Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Old, New & digital Too, a new Challenge Blog

Hello everyone a HUGE welcome to my first post as the owner and creator of this new Challenge blog. I am very excited that my idea for this blog has at last been realised. I have been working on my idea for over a year but it was in January that i decided to go ahead and make it happen.

Old New and Digital Too.


I have to give a shout out to the very talented Pamellia from My Little Craft Things who came to my rescue when i was struggling to put the blog together. I provided Pamellia with the artwork she then designed our blog. She has done an amazing job and i am hugely grateful to her for getting it up and running.

THANK YOU Pamellia!!!


My project has all three of the elements required to enter into our challenge.

My ‘Old’ elements are the flower and leaves, the card stock, twine, Stickles and Treasure Gold which are all from stash.

My ‘New’ is the die i used from Eileen Hull called Mini Album 658982.

My ‘Digital’ is a drawing of an Angel i did which i photographed and printed out using my inkjet printer.



Firstly i cut out a mini album and 5 signatures using the die.


Lined the album using some very old papers with some fab textures before adding the signatures at the end. Took this picture after i had finished the album. Got too carried away playing to take step by step pictures, sorry!


Added corrugated cardboard over the spine area but didn’t glue it down right to the edge as i wanted to add a couple of little embellishments.

Painted the base of the album with DecoArt Vintage Chalky paint. Used Everlasting Chalky paint through an old stencil called Cosmic Swirl.

Sprayed the whole base with DecoArt Turquoise Shimmer mister then went over with DecoArt Media Interference Paint Blue then added a layer of DecoArt Raw Umber Antiquing Cream. When dry i rubbed a lot of it off to get this wonderful mottled effect.


Used a Martha Stewart punch to cut out a design and added this over a piece of thick card stock from stash to create the border. Lightly rolled the edge of the papers to give that aged look.

Added a paper flower and leaves from stock and stamped out the word Breathe from a small set of alphabet stamps from The Range.


Hope you can see the lovely Treasure Gold colours i used.


My hand drawn Angel has been added onto a piece of light card stock and drawn over using a black Uni-Pin Pen. Her hair is courtesy of Stickles and Treasure Gold. Derwent Graphik Line Markers added the little bits of colour to her Heart and lips.

A piece of corrugated cardboard provides her base. Used Treasure Gold in 3 colours here to match the colours of paint i have used.


The front of the mini album.


Flattened out as best i could so you can see from all angles.


The five signatures have been added using some IKEA cord and tied round the back using a basic knot.

I do hope you have found some inspiration and see how easy it is to add all three elements to your projects.

Please visit our very talented Design Team to see their fantastic projects too.

Looking forward to your lovely comments and thanks for taking the time to drop by.





  1. Congrats on this exciting new event Mo ! What a fab first make!
    Love it!
    I will try to come up with something soon!

  2. Ooh wow Mo - I'm off to take a peek!! x

  3. What a lovely project! <3
    And thank you for your generosity! :)
    You can view your mention here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Il-Filo-dArte/1631526913728833?ref=hl

  4. That is gorgeous Mo! Big huge congrats on the new challenge too hun, have seen and followed and I hope to be able to play along soon. I am now hoarding cereal boxes for my MM arches and some cardboard because you have inspired me to recycle more lol!
    Thank you so much for the lovely comments on my blog, I'm off to take a look around at whatever I may have missed next.
    The suggestion of the WRMK board is a good one and TBH I struggled badly with the cutting file I had to use - it was in inches! I don't do inches, we did centimetres at school and I've always struggled trying to convert them lol! I have a very old wooden board that was called a Box Board - it's my go to board when I have to create boxes and lids to match it makes it so easy!
    I wish you the best of luck with your new challenge hun Karen x

  5. Huge congratulations Mo, I have been over for a look and joined as a follower. I may not have time to join in much but I certainly support you and wish you all the very best in your new and exciting adventure! Love your inspiration piece here today too. How lovely of Pamellia to help you, the challenge blog looks fantastic. Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Oh wow! Huge congrats for your new endeavor! I have never done digital but will have to look into it. Wonderful job and design of your mini album and your angel is so angelic. Off to go check out the new challenge blog. Hugz!

  7. Congratulations, Mo! I've become a follower of your challenge blog. How fun!!
    Your mini album is gorgeous!!!
    All the best!

  8. Ooo looks like fun and I'm sure I've got something this month that I can link up and join in. Good luck with it. Kx

  9. Good luck wit your new challenge Mo,certainly sounds different to anything else out there. I just need to figure how to do something digitally then I can enter too!
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  10. A big huge congratulations to you Mo on a successful launch of your new blog! Thank you so much for the shout out, but the credit is all yours! You made beautiful art, all I did was plug it into the right place for you!

    Your album is drop dead gorgeous, I just love the colours and the wonderful image you drew! A beautiful piece!

    Best of luck to you on this new adventure! hugs :)

  11. Hi Mass! Lovely project! It looks wonderful! Well done. I shall take part if I have some time! Looks like fun! 💖💖💖

  12. congrats on your new venture and a great project to stat off x

  13. Congratulations!!!!! I am so happy for you! It takes a lot to make an idea into a concrete event and then to follow through - and I bet you will make so many people happy in the process! ;) Your first piece is just lovely! xoxo

  14. This is a wonderful project, I love what your work and may not comment often but always see what you do.
    Congratulations on your new blog and good luck.

  15. Well done for getting this amazing enterprise off the ground Mo! I love what you created. I will try to join in if I possibly can! I have one or two ideas! xxx

  16. I send my very best wishes to you, my namesake, in your new endeavour. Your mini album is lovely and the angel so cute. I love the colours on the cover too and the twine.
    Bravo, Mo :o)) xox

  17. Splendid news, Mo and hoe exciting to be at the start of a new challenge blog.

  18. How exciting! I am just on catch up ….again! Huge congratulations on starting this new Challenge blog! I will get my 'thinking hat' out ( or maybe it should be a time machine!! )Chrisx

  19. Just came back to say sorry you won't make it to Port Sunlight, we will have to meet up in October instead! xx

  20. I have a ticket! Have asked a mutual friend to see if she can contact you! Chrisx

  21. Ooo Mo, I LOVE this. The layers and textures are gorgeous :)
    (I'm not techy enough to do digital rofl)
    Big hugs xxx

  22. Oh! Please give my love to Lindsay! I want to do one of her workshops too(so does hubby) but Happy Stampers…..holidays….grandchildren….We will get organised after June! Hugs, Chris

  23. Very beautiful project, the textures are gorgeous.

    Congratulations on starting the challenge :)

    Love and hugs

  24. Ooh, gorgeous work - I love the colours and the textures are fabulous - such a lovely, lovely album.

  25. Mo this is really lovely, and congratulations on your new venture. Your angel is beautiful! Enjoy your weekend xx

  26. What a great album and fantastic cover. Your cover is absolutely beautiful with the angel, the lovely blue flower and all the textures.
    All the best for your new challenge, it's a good one.

  27. Good Luck with your new challenge blog! I wish you all the best with it!!! And I absolutely love the album you created. It is gorgeous in so many ways. And I also want to wish you a very Happy Mother's Day, too! HUGS!!!!

  28. Congratulations are definitely in order for this new challenge blog. I wish you the very, very best with it. You have certainly put together a diverse design team, at least according to their profiles. This is VERY impressive, and I look forward to seeing what each DT member comes up with each month.

    Good luck, although it sounds like you aren't going to need it. I really LOVE the first entry, the album, you made. It is simply stunning, and you put SO much thought into every piece of art you make.

  29. I love this... such a delicate natural colour palette, and the crinkly texture is so fabulous around the spine. Beauitfully done.

    Many congratulations on your launch - what an exciting thing! I may not make it along right away, but I'm looking forward to coming and playing soon.
    Alison xx

  30. Really wish you luck with your new challenge blog, great idea and hope I'll get to join in at some stage. Ruth x

    1. Forgot to say great project from you too! Lovely soft colours, a delightful mini album! Ruth x