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Sunday, 30 August 2015

That Craft Place Mixed Media Challenge...Anything Goes

Hello lovelies!
It's time for another challenge over at the

 Today is my birthday. So, with this in mind, my design team mixed media project is a little gift to myself for my craft room. My favourite colour is pink, so I have made a gift set using this as the dominant colour. 

Sssh...let's whisper quietly, I'm 44 today! It's just a number, who cares? LOL

Anyway, I have made this gift set, which would be ideal for any of your crafty friends to make for. You could just enjoy making it for yourself too, like I have done!





The lovely products I have used from 
are...
Cotton reel ~ Gesso ~ Texture Paste ~ Cosmic Shimmer Paints in shades Pink Plum & Gold Lime ~ Petal Lu Flowers..Pinks ~ Pink Stamens ~ Imagination quote from the Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime Collection ~ Large Peg ~ MDF Butterfly ~ Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste ~ Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud Blending Ink Decadent Grape ~ Tag from the Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime Collection ~ MDF Ovals ~ MDF Heart ~ Letters from the Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime Collection ~ 6x6 Stencil ~ Collall 3D glue ~ Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue

Other materials from my crafty stash...

Pink Straw ~ Pink Lace ~ Selection of pins ~ Pink Beads - Pink Satin Ribbon ~ 3 gems

How I made the...

Cotton Reel ~
I painted with white gesso. Then painted with the Cosmic Shimmer Paints. I cut the straw down and then poked it into the middle securing into place. Then wrapped lace around the reel, glued the pink stamens into place along with the beads and flowers. Finally tucking the pins into place and finishing off with the 'Imagination' quote.

MDF Ovals ~

Paint both ovals with gesso. The larger oval paint with the pink paint. Lay the stencil over the smaller oval and brush over Texture Paste. Lift the stencil off carefully and leave to dry. Once dry, use a small paint brush and paint over the raised pattern using the Gold Lime paint around the edges and the Pink Plum in the centre. Leave to dry.
Once dry, paint over the whole thing with the Sparkle Texture Paste. Leave to dry. Ink around the edges using the Colour Cloud Blending Ink. Glue the ovals together. Colour the MDF heart with the paints and ink. Glue to the centre. Glue the letters LOVE to the bottom of the small oval. Tie a ribbon and lace bow and glue to the top of the oval. To finish add a flower and secure some ribbon at the back to create a hanger.

Peg ~

Paint with gesso. Paint all over with the Pink Plum. Leave to dry. Paint on the Gold Lime paint using sweeping brush stroke motions to create a random contrasting look. 
When dry, paint over with the Sparkle Texture Paste. Leave to dry thoroughly. Glue pink lace and ribbon in place to create a cascading effect. Glue the pink stamens to the bottom and add a flower centre. Glue two flowers at the top. Paint the MDF butterfly with the paints, apply sparkle texture paste, then when dry ink with Colour Cloud ink. Add 3 gems to the middle. Glue onto the ribbon. Finally thread the small fairy tag with ribbon and glue into place.

I'm over the moon with this gift set!


It is now sitting pretty in my craft room!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have enjoyed your visit.

Don't forget to hop over to 


to see lot's of gorgeous design team inspiration! We would love to see your entries for the Mixed Media Anything Goes Challenge.

also have a FaceBook group called
We would love you to join. Lot's of crafty inspiration in the group.
 Don't forget also you can buy from That Craft Place on Facebook too. Lot's of lovely product's to choose from.

Happy Crafting
lots of love
Nicola 
XXX





Sunday, 16 August 2015

Crafting Musketeers Midway Reminder...

Hello lovelies!

It's time for the


This time we want you to follow a sketch.

The sponsor this month is

Delicious Doodles

Here is my card with my interpretation of the sketch...


I've used this cute Turtle which is a House of Zandra decoupage sheet.

Hop over to the 


You will see lots of gorgeous design team inspiration.

Happy Crafting!
Nicola 
XXX


That Craft Place Challenge....Feeling Blue...

Hello lovelies!

The weeks are flying by, I can hardly believe we are halfway through August already. 

It's time for another challenge over at


Now, I know I'm usually on the mixed media team, but I also enjoy making cards. So, I do love to jump on board the card challenges too!

The challenge this time is the theme...

'Blue'


Here is the colour palette to follow...


I have used a cute stamp by Saturated Canary called
'Chasing Butterflies'

Ingredient's I used are...


Saturated Canary Chasing Butterflies Stamp ~ Broken China Distress Ink ~ Blue Pearlescent Card ~ Scalloped Card Blank ~ Blue Stamens

Crafty goodies from my crafty stash...

'Dear Friend' stamp by Hampton Art ~ Promarkers in shades Pastel Blue, Powder Blue, Denim Blue, Blue Pearl, Rock Pool, Capri Blue, ~ Flexmarkers in shades Glacier Blue, Blue Grey 3, Blue Grey 1, Dolpin Blue, Surf Blue ~ Docrafts Papermania Capsule Collection Parisienne Blue Papers, Die-cut Notelets & Big Bloomers ~ Blue Cotton Lace ~ Blue Fabric Butterflies ~ Fancy Stapler ~ Blue Gems

We would love to see your 'Blue' creations. Hop over to 
and see lot's of gorgeous design team inspiration!

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges...


Happy Crafting,
lots of love
Nicola 
XXX


Sunday, 2 August 2015

That Craft Place Challenge - Mixed Media...A Little Bit Of Love...

Hello lovelies and welcome to my blog, I hope you enjoy your visit today!

It's time for another great challenge over at 


The challenge theme is

'MIXED MEDIA - ANYTHING GOES'.

The perfect opportunity to get all inky and messy!

I have used an MDF heart for my project from 


I love using MDF pieces, the quality from That Craft Place is just amazing. I love also how you can take a plain shape and turn it into something beautiful!



So, here is a list of the fab goodies I used...

Available from That Craft Place 

MDF Heart, 3 small MDF hearts, MDF Love banner, MDF Love tag, Gesso, Texure Paste, Stencils, Cosmic Shimmer Crackle Paints in shades Jade Mint & Heather, Distress Inks in shades Cracked Pistachio & Shaded Lilac, Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powder Ancient Copper, Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue

From my own crafty stash

Metallic Gilding Wax in shades Patina & Vintage Plum, Distress Embossing Ink, Mica Flakes, Various embellishment's..I've used a metal heart charm, Prima flowers, string, pearl string, and 3 purple flowers that I made for a previous project using UTEE and a mould, Sakura gelly roll pen, Pearl Ex Pigment Powders in shades Sparkling Copper, Antique Copper, Duo Green Yellow, Spring Green. 

Paint the MDF pieces with Gesso, leave to dry.


Use the texture paste with the stencils over the heart. Leave to dry.



Use the small diamonds stencil with the texure paste over the small hearts. Leave to dry.




Paint the larger heart and banner with Jade Mint, wipe excess paint off the word LOVE with a cotton bud. Paint the other pieces off MDF with Heather paint. Leave to dry thoroughly until the cracks appear.


Use a sponge to blend Cracked Pistachio onto the larger heart and banner. Use the same technique with the Shaded Lilac on the small hearts and tag. This will show off the cracks even more.



Randomly rub the gilding waxes over the heart and other pieces. Use kitchen roll to buff the waxes.


Dab the embossing ink over areas of the MDF pieces, sprinkle over the embossing powder and heat until melted.




Apply glue to areas of each of the MDF pieces, then sprinkle over the Mica Flakes. Press into the glue and leave to dry.



Thread the tag, banner and heart with string and pearl string. Glue the banner and tag into postition. Use the gelly roll pen and go over the LOVE word. Glue a Prima flower at the end of the banner and use an embellishment in the middle. Thread the heart charm with string and pearls and glue into place. Glue the UTEE flowers and hearts as shown.


Add the powders into 4 ink sprayers and carefully spray random areas of the heart to create a slight shimmer. Then use a small brush to pick up the Pigment powders and use at the bottom of the heart and around the top edges. Use a larger brush to lightly brush away excess powder.


Finally, here you have your finished result!


I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial on how to create this beautiful mixed media altered heart.

Hop over to the challenge over at 


to see lot's of gorgeous design team inspiration!

Have fun creating,
lots of love Nicola 
XXX

  

















Sunday, 19 July 2015

That Craft Place - Words Challenge

Hello lovelies!

It's time for another challenge over at


Now I'm usually on the Mixed Media design team, but I couldn't resist joining in with this challenge too.

The theme this time is

'Words'.

I made a card for this using the gorgeous Candibean Little Darlings Stamp 'Shop Till You Drop'.
I got this little cutie from
That Craft Place


I've used MDF banners and paper flowers which I got from That Craft Place 

The papers are Papermania Capsule collection.

The Promarker shades I've used are...

Skin: Starfish, Peach, Soft Peach
Hair: Blush, Vanilla, Saffron, Caramel, 
Rest of image: Pineapple Crush, Pastel Yellow, Spring Lilac, Iced Pearl, Antique Pink, Dusky Rose, Pastel Green, Frosted Jade.

I am entering this card into the challenge over at 

We would love to see  your creations for this challenge.

Hop over to the 


to see lot's of gorgeous design team inspiration!

Happy crafting,
love Nicola 
XXX



Thursday, 16 July 2015

Crafting Musketeers - Midway Reminder...

Hello lovelies!

Half way through another month can only mean one thing...it's time for the midway reminder for the 


The challenge this month is sponsored by 


The theme this month is

'Anything Goes'.

I've made a card using a gorgeous image from 


called Chillax Sugar


I've used Letraset Promarkers to colour her.

The shades are...
Wild Orchid, Champagne, Canary, Dusky Pink, Apple, Soft Aqua, Cool Aqua, Honey dew, Duck Egg, Sea Mist, Watermelon, Aniseed, Pink Pearl, Shocking Pink, Soft Khaki, Buttercup, Blush, Cappuccino.

The Happy Birthday greeting is an MDF banner from That Craft Place. 

We would love to see your creations for this challenge,
hop over to the 
to see lots of gorgeous design team inspiration!

Happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola
XXX

Sunday, 5 July 2015

That Craft Place - Mixed Media Challenge...

Hello lovelies!

We have another fantastic challenge for you all over at the 


The theme for this month is

'Mixed Media' - Anything Goes...

This means we would like to see anything that you have used Mixed Media techniques on. This is a perfect chance to get all inky, painty and very messy if you wish. Or you can alter and decorate something using gorgeous papers.

I have decorated a printer's tray for my Mixed Media project. I've used gorgeous papers by Graphic 45, and used a combination of Crackled Paints and Gilding Waxes.


The lovely list of ingredient's I've used are...


Large Printer Tray ~ Grapic 45 8x8 Couture Paper Pad ~ Gesso ~ Cosmic Shimmer Crackle Paints in shades Saffron & Vanilla ~ MDF Ticket, Tag Beautiful, Hearts & Dress form ~  Resin Flowers ~ Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue ~ Collal 3D Glue ~ Red Beady Spirals ~ Tim Holtz Distress Inks Tea Dye & Vintage Photo

From my crafty stash I already had...

Red Paper Roses ~ Red Stamens ~ Jute ~ Sequin Length ~ Lace ~ Satin Crinkly Seam Binding ~ Mini Cotton Reel ~ Tape Measure Ribbon ~ Mini Jar ~ Seed Beads ~ Various Ornate Buttons & Beads ~ Diamante Ribbon Slider ~ Red Organza Ribbon ~ Self-adhesive Crystals ~ Gilding Wax in shades Deep Red & Cast Bronze

I absolutely loved creating this Mixed Media project. The printer tray is so easy to decorate. I used the gorgeous papers to decorate the sections, crackle paint for the panels of the frames, and the ornate corners. I then finished the look with Distress Inks and Gilding Wax. Finally adding lot's of pretty embellishments.

I am entering my Mixed Media Printers Tray into the following challenges...


Hop over to 


to see the rest of the design team inspiration.

Happy Crafting,
lots of love
Nicola 
XXX