Sep 27, 2014

Nautical #2 with a little shabbiness.

Hello Everyone.
 The Nautical theme Challenge at Country View Crafts.
  And for my second inspirational piece this month, I have a little shabby going on around my nautical compass.
I shall take you through the steps on how this wall hanging came together.
Inking up the Bg in distress inks; scattered straw and vintage photo.
Compass templates cut on the cricut machine.
Marking and inking with a pitt pen.
Stamping the text and inking the edges.
 Embellishments; these are just scraps that I have in a box on my desk.
 I altered the anchor with Alcohol Inks.
Inked the bird then applied a coating of multi medium .
The dial also altered with Alcohol Inks .  
I wanted more texture, so mounted the card onto burlap and chipboard.
Finished off with more embellishments; glass beads and sequins etc.
 Remember you can click on images for close-up views.
If you want to enter the Country View Crafts Challenge - click.
Have a great day,

Sep 23, 2014

Mixed Media House Card.

Hello Everyone,

Today a little card with a pretty House. 
The inspiration for this creation was obtained from Jo Firth Young; designer over at Paper Artsy Challenge Blog. She made a triptych of houses and I just loved all the texture she obtained.
I have been wanting to partake in these Challenges for such a long time and today I have the opportunity..  I also wanted to join Lynn over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, who has a stunning colour pic for inspiration.
It is the Hot Orange and the flowers that grabbed my eye it relates warmth and friendliness, I have tried to convey this in my creation here.
 I made up my papers first with the gelli plate.
 (there are tutorials on you tube for this process if you are not familiar with the plate.)
I enhanced the design by doodling over the shapes.
Added some texture paste.
And some Glass bead gel on the door.
Painted a fence and dry embossed the house in various texture fades.
Can you see the organza for the smoke on the chimney.
Adding the glamour.

The Paper Artsy Challenge is HERE.
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge is HERE

Challenges such as these are a good way to extend yourself creatively.


Products used.

Sep 17, 2014

White on White Wedding card.

Hello Everyone,

I have been up to my neck in paints and mediums the last few weeks, completing projects for my design teams- (all two of them.) I have said on many occasions that I am slow in my design and construction of projects, but it is not because I find it arduous, on the contrary I enjoy every minute of the messy process. But...ha there is always a BUT.
I always need to create something clean and elegant after all the chaos of mixed media.

So today I have a lovely tall Wedding card.
The Bg is wet embossed using a Heart stamp and White embossing powder.

The heart was cut free hand, then laces applied with a ribbon rose on the top right.
Die cut a flourish and added the florist pearls to finish. 
Simplicity is sometimes very pleasing to the eye.

Crafty Cardmakers has the perfect Challenge for this delight: Ribbons/Lace and Pearls
So off it goes to join the many wonderful entries, I think it will sit quite happily amongst the other admissions.

Back to get dirty again now... do you want a little peek to tempt your interest?
Full reveal in a couple of months!


Sep 5, 2014

Altered Mixed Media Box

Hello everyone.

 The Mirror Crack'd is a new mixed media/altered art style challenge blog, and the owner Lin -Twisted Witch kindly invited me to be on the design team which I gladly accepted.
 I tend to muck around with mixed media and don't  take it very seriously, I guess that is what it is all about, getting messy, having fun and hopefully at the end of it a creation emerges!
The challenges will be running once a month on the fifth day of each month, some of which might have prizes, if you would like to participate you will find the first Challenge -'Anything Goes' here. NO CARDS ARE ALLOWED.

My first project is an altered box, it is always pleasing to me to see where the paper takes me, my inspiration was the G45 paper-12 days of Christmas.

 First step:
Choosing a few items for inspiration.

Attaching the G45 paper with Glue N' seal

Adding the media; fluid matte medium coloured with Red acrylic
Die cut, lace and Gold leaf, I also painted a wash in Antique Linen, but this did not last as you will see later.



Diecut frame and dry embossed.

Adding the image and Gold leaf into the glossy accents on the frame.

Back to the lid now and you will GASP!... because I did, but do not fret this is all about mixed media and this is par for the course so to speak, (well it is for me anyway).
 Red Acrylic and Black Indian Ink, spritz with water to let it run.  You have got to admit this looks a disaster, but I can fix it no worries
Added all the elements, including a cut up heart to hide my faux pas. 
I was looking for a hint of Red for the Bg, I was dreadfully heavy handed.

The metal element is topped with a brad, I cut off the prongs on the back for it to sit flat.
Attached some fibres along the bottom.

All finished.

More inspirational pieces can be found here. 
Working with mixed media can be scary, as normally it is a free for all with anything on hand, this is the fun bit as each creation is unique and interesting.
 So if you like getting down and dirty, give it a go, we would love you to join us for this fun Challenge.