Sunday, 8 March 2015

Mixed Media World Challenge 1 Anything Goes

Hello and welcome to my first post for our newly designed and renamed blog, we were called The Speed Craft Challenge, we are now Mixed Media World.

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Our Design Team remains unchanged but with the addition of the VERY talented Georgie C, welcome Georgie, so glad to have you on board!

  Head over here to see the wonderful Mixed Media creations my Team Mates have all created.

Please note the new rules, i hope to see you joining in and having lots of fun with our new Challenges.

GlitzCraft is our sponsor for this challenge. The prize for the winner will be a £20 voucher to their store and the winner will be featured in MMW gallery and then invited to guest design the following month.


Here is my Anything Goes Project


Been having a clear out of my crafting stash, not been done for over 10 years, one of the things i discovered were 4 sets of photograph albums. These come in a box and have 3 different albums for you to fill. Mini album is 3.5 x 3.5 inches and has 5 pages.


I have only altered one so far as i wanted to see how it would turn out. The pages have been covered in DecoArt Americana Chalk Paint Everlasting.

Added some Pan Pastel colours over the top, think i used Turquoise and Yellow Green mixed together.

Recently i purchased a couple of the New Paper Artsy Fresco paints called, Blueberry, Purple Rain and Smurf, i am so in love with them!


Using the above colours i painted the front, back and around each of the pages with a mix of the Purple Rain and the Blueberry.

For the back and front inners used Snowflake Fresco Paint and the Rebekah Meier stencil Gothic Romance.

Over the top of this i used the script stamp from Sara Neumann plate ESN05 and used Pearl Sky Blue Brilliance ink pad.

I also used the large flower stamp from Paper Artsy Hop Picks HP1004 to cover the centre of the stencil using Brushed Pewter Distress Stain directly onto the stamp.

I love all the shine which i don’t think you can see in the picture.







The above pictures show each page as it opens, i am loving all the colours!

Each of the pages has been coloured and stamped exactly the same but haven’t been careful just a little bit slapdash with the stamping, didn’t want a uniform look more of watercolour/distressed.

Each page has Darcy Wilkinson grass border from plate EDY07 and the leaves from Paper Artsy Flora and Fauna SIFF3. The colouring off these elements has been done with my wonderful Derwent Graphik Line Painter Pens.

Started by stencilling the Gothic Romance stencil using a mix of the Blueberry and Purple Rain paints over each side, then adding Brushed Pewter to the large flower stamp and directly stamping over the aperture, then adding the leaves and finally the flowers.


Also coloured the ribbon using Smurf Fresco Paint and stamping over using the flower stamp and the distress Stain.



The front and back of the Photograph Album have been created by using the new Mixed Media dies from Tim Holtz and turning them into stencils painting through the diamond corner. Also used the new Ronda Palazzari Mini Textures Stencil on the edges of the page.

Stamped the script stamp from Sara Neumann over the top of the diamonds, then added a white pen mark to lif the edges.

The images are from a Gelli Plate Transfer Film Technique i tried and posted about here.

Doodled the frames, i like this design and how you don’t always have to be completely accurate.


After a couple of days i added 3 layers of the DecoArt Ultra Matte Varnish over the top of the covers, this has helped to get rid of the shine from the tape and help the images to blend in more with the background.

Also added a small stamp to the front and the back cover from Rubber Dance.

That was one huge post, phew i hope you are still here with me.

Don’t forget to join in with our new Mixed Media World Challenge, Anything Goes for March.

I would like to enter my project into the following Challenges:

Paper Artsy – Miniatures

Country View challenges - Anything Goes

Pan Pastels – Stencils

Looking forward to your comments and thank you for dropping by.



  1. Oh Mo, this is absolutely beautiful! Love all of it but especially the wonderful new PA colours you've used and all the grasses and flower stamping on the inside pages. I'll have to pop over to the challenge blog and find out the new rules xx

  2. Fabulous transformation Mo - love the choice of colours - looks amazing. Nikki x

  3. Wow, wow, wow Mo!
    There are so many lovely layers of texture, colour and stamping. I am seriously going to enjoy looking close up of every photo. A truly stunning transformation Karen x

  4. WOW! What an amazing beautiful project Mo!
    Just GORGEOUS!

  5. Wow,I'm so happy to have you as a teamie Mo as you create such lovely stuff like this! Love it....can't wait to see the other ones you transform too ;)
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  6. I am loving it too! So many beautiful images and much to look at! It's stunning! Well done you! Xx

  7. I'm guessing this wasn't a speedy craft... Amazing transformation of your album, love the colours, love the motifs you used. With the challenge not so speedy I might be able to join!

  8. Beautiful!! I love the colors and the carefree meadow look! Can't wait to play along with all of you in this new venture... xx Lynn

  9. What a stunning transformation Mo love how it now looks. You've acheived fabulous painty effects and this one,on its own, fabulous, and what a beautiful collection it will be when you've done the others.
    Amanda x

  10. Oh wow, wow, wow, what an amazing book! Evrey page looks amazing.
    So now I will have to check out the new challenge rules, as I love mixed media. I never checked out the speed challenge as I must be the slowest crafter on the planet, so that would not have worked for me.... This is very impressive!

  11. Wow Mo your photograph book is so beautiful. I wish I could create things like that but know I would need 'Colour by number' type instructions, haha.
    Hope you've had a great weekend. ((Hugs)) :o))

  12. Ohh Moh the colours have turned out great, and what cute little albums to find in your stash! Fab!

  13. Wonderful transformation! I really love what you did to this album!

  14. What a wonderful make for our new challenge can't wait to see what you do with the rest. Xx

  15. Ooh MoH I really like this, what beautiful colours and great choice of stamps xx

  16. Gorgeous project, love the transformation.

  17. What a fantastic makeover! Love your new album. The colours and patterns are just fabulous! Thank you for all your time and effort. Hugs xx

  18. such a wonderful project ... gorgeous ideas and colours x

  19. Absolutely gorgeous. Using the dies as stencils brilliant. X

  20. That is gorgeous, such a wonderful transformation.

  21. Wow, gorgeous Mo!! Loving the colours, it's a mixed media extravaganza!! What a wonderful makeover! hugs :)

  22. Congrats on the new challenge blog, Mo! Your first project is remarkably thoughtful, artistic and downright gorgeous!

  23. Really beautiful project, Mo. I love how you used the mix of different materials and stamps. They look wonderful together. xx

  24. Love your beautiful projects. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! Valerie

  25. Great project Mo, sorry I've not really been over much, but I'm on the mend! I hope!! :) Love what you've done here and I'm so happy to be on the team with you xx

  26. Hello my dear sweet friend - I am in awe of what you have created Mo. I absolutely love how you shared each step along the way to your beautiful altered album. Just a creative and brilliant idea - one I will tuck away in my own brain for using on some similar albums I have. It's so exciting to be on this new blog challenge with you and I am so looking forward to your future works of art. You are very very talented!!!

    Hugs and smiles

  27. Hi Mo

    I totally forgot - I hope you will consider submitting your project at Re-Cycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent challenge. Yes, I am a DT member but I really think your project is a perfect fit. I hope you will give it some serious consideration. Here's the link and hope to see your projects over there and maybe consider joining our group too.

    Hugs and smiles

  28. Oh My!!! This is brilliant - love the gorgeous colours (still NEED some of those new colours!) Hope I get a chance to play! Hugs, Chrisx

  29. Really stunning, Mo - I'm in love with Blueberry too, and it works so well combined with the Purple Rain (just bought but not played with that one yet). The Darcy flower stems make such a lovely framing image - brilliant work.

    Looking forward to the rest of the albums too...
    Alison xx

  30. What a stunning book, absolutely love what you've acheived ...and those colours..yummy. Fabulous DT post and hope to be able to join in this 'new' challenge site. Fab ART!! Ruth x

  31. Wow, what an amazing transformation and I adore your colour palette! Beautiful stamping with the flower stems and your birds are wonderful, just gorgeous!