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


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 


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


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 

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Crafting Musketeers - Midway Reminder...

Hello lovelies!

Half way through another month can only mean one'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

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

Sunday, 21 June 2015

That Craft Place 'Lot's of Layer's' Challenge...

Hello lovelies!

We have another fabulous challenge for you over at

The theme for this challenge is

'Lot's of Layer's'.

I'm on the mixed media team, but as I also love making cards too I've joined this challenge. I've used a gorgeous new digi stamp from THAT CRAFT PLACE - ETSY SHOP called 'Daddy's Little Helper'.

I've coloured this little cutie with Letraset Promarkers in shades:
Skin: Soft Peach, Oatmeal, Sunkissed Pink, Almond, Dusky Pink
Hair: Cocoa, Henna, Terracotta, Cinnamon
Clothes & Splats: Dusky Rose, Antique Pink, Mandarin, Peach, Pastel Yellow, Yellow, Meadow Green, Marsh Green

The lovely products used from 
Quality Paper Pad PPSL10 ~ Pearlescent Card ~ Tim Holtz Distress Inks Abandoned Coral & Cracked Pistachio ~  Ink Splat Stencil ~ Greyboard Drips ~ MDF Banner ~ MDF Word Circle ~  Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue ~ Cheesecloth ~ Patterened Ribbon ~ Flowers 

I think 'Daddy's Little Helper' is so cute.

We would love to see your creations for this challenge, so don't forget...Layer It Up!

Hop over to 

to see lot's of wonderful design team inspiration.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Happy Crafting,
lots of love

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Crafting Musketeers Midway Reminder....Shades of Summer

Hello lovelies!

We are halfway through June already, which means that it is time for the

The theme for this month is

'Shades of Summer'.

We are sponsored by Hobby House who are kindly giving the winner of the challenge a voucher to spend on their website.

My 'Shades of Summer' card just had to be a cute digi that is just perfect for this theme.  

Meet 'Sunshine Bubbles'

This little cutie is available from 

I have coloured her with Letraset Promarkers in shades:

Skin: Sand Dune, Putty, Almond, Pastel Pink, Cocktail Pink
Hair: Saffron, Gold, Vanilla, Mustard, Ivory
Hat, Bikini & Glasses: Iced Pearl, Spring Lilac, Frosted Jade, Pastel Green.

The Happy Birthday tiles are also from That Craft Place. 
The lovely dots around the card are Nuvo Crystal Drops by Tonic Studios.

I love using straws too, so they just finish it off perfectly.

We would love to see your creations for this challenge.

Hop over to the 

to see lots more lovely design team inspiration!

Happy crafting,
lots of love

Sunday, 7 June 2015

That Craft Place Mixed Media 'Anything Goes' Challenge....

Hello lovelies, well I am loving my time as a design team member over at 

Such a lovely bunch of girls to work with, and they are all very talented and inspirational too. 

It's time for another challenge over at 

'Anything Goes' Mixed Media.

I altered a canvas for my project this time...

The ingredients I used ...

Betty Boots Clear Stamp Set, Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue, MDF Cogs & a scrap I had left from the Mr & Mrs MDF sign, Heart Stencil, Peach and Pink resin flowers, Greyboard Feather

Already in my crafty stash...

10"x10" square canvas, gesso, watercolor card, Rich Cocoa Memento Ink Pad, Distress Inks Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Tea Dye, Waterbrushes, String, Scrap Negative Grunge paper from a flourish die cut, Acrylic Paints Linen, Rose Garden, Victorian Rose, Distress Crackle Paint Tattered Rose, Tim Holtz Bubble stencil, Sea sponge, Metal findings and cogs, Wax paper, 3 brads, Stazon Ink Timber Brown, Glamour Dust, Beads, Diamond Stickles.

How I made it...

Paint the canvas with gesso.

Stamp Betty onto watercolor card using the Memento ink.

Dab the ink pads onto a brown craft sheet.

Use the water brush to build up colour.

Build up the colour gradually, until completed. Glue string to the canvas to create a criss cross pattern and a loopy border. 

Trim the negative from the flourish die cut.

To fit the bottom left corner, glue onto the canvas.

Glue the MDF pieces to the canvas.

Paint over all of this with the gesso, apply it over the edges of the watercolor card to blend them into the canvas. 

Paint over with the Linen Acrylic Paint.

Use a sea sponge in a dabbing motion to apply Rose Garden and Victorian Rose Acrylic Paints. Also use the stencils in various places.

Paint the Distress Crackle paint in the criss cross squares, in the loops and on the MDF pieces.

Once dry you will see the cracks that have appeared. Use a soft sponge to apply Distress Tea Dye ink to the cracks. 

Use the stazon ink to stamp elements from the Betty Boots stamp set onto the mdf pieces and parts of the canvas. Cut circles from wax paper, attach together with a brad. Scrunch up then pull apart the edges to separate them. Add glue and sprinkle with glamour dust. Colour the greyboard feather with Victorian Velvet Distress ink, add Diamond Stickles. Glue the embellishments and beads onto the canvas. 

I really enjoyed making this. I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I made this.

Don't forget to hop over to 

to see the rest of the fabulous design team inspiration.

I am entering my Mixed Media Canvas into the challenge over at 

Altered Eclectics  - Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu  - Steampunk
Rhedds Creative Spirit  - Anything Goes

Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love