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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

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
Nicola 
XXX

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
Nicola 
XXX



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
Nicola 
XXX



Sunday, 24 May 2015

That Craft Place DT Project...Mixed Media

Hello lovelies!

I am so excited to be showing you my first design team project for 


The challenge theme this time is

'Shabby Chic'.

I have been chosen to be part of the Mixed Media team. I love to get all painty, inky and very messy! 

For my 'Shabby Chic' Mixed Media project, I wanted to show you a tutorial too. I thought it would be nice for you to see how I created my lovely box to store

'Pretty Lace and Pins'


I started with this MDF box, which I already had in my crafty stash.


The lovely items I used to create this are as follows...


Hearts Stencil, Greyboard ornate panel, MDF butterflies, Greyboard Keys, Betty Boots Clear Stamp Set, Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue.

Items which I already had in my crafty stash...

Gesso, Texture Paste, Sea sponges, 6 Spatulas, Scrap lace panel, Sequin waste, Fork, Skewer, Shotcup, Spoon,
Acrylic Paints in shades - Mint Green, Victorian Rose, Baby Blue, Light Blue, Purple Lilac, Jamaican Sea, Sunflower, Ballet Pink, Spring Rose, Skintone, Titanium White, 
Ranger Crackle Accents, Deco Art Glamour Dust, Distress Inks Squeezed Lemonade, Shaded Lilac, Peacock Feathers, Victorian Velvet, Tim Holtz Grunge paper, Tim Holtz Sizzix Dies Elegant Flourishes, Tattered Floral, Tattered Leaves, Ornate buttons, Heart Charm, Blue Ribbon, Letter Brads, 'Gather' metal charm, lock & 2 brads, Clock hands & 1 brad, Pins, Trinket Finding, Metal Flowers, Lace, Linen, K & Company Metal Art Keys. 

Step by Steps...

Paint the box inside and out with Gesso. I gave it two coats.



Paint the spatulas with Gesso.



Paint the outside of the box Mint Green. Edges and inside the lid with Victorian Rose. Inside base with Baby Blue. Leave to dry.





Apply Texture paste by painting over the materials. Use the fork, spoon, skewer and shotcup to create patterns in the paste. Leave to dry.





Paint the greyboard pieces and mdf butteflies with Gesso, Leave to dry.



Paint the spatulas with Mint Green, Victorian Rose and Baby Blue. Leave to dry.


Paint the stencilled hearts, greyboard pieces and mdf butterflies using Light Blue & Purple Lilac paints.




Use seasponges and brushes to dab and brush the paints over the box. This is a very random technique. Work until you've acheived the result you like. Leave to dry.





Paint the Crackle Glaze over the front of the box. While wet, sprinkle the Glamour Dust in random areas. Leave to dry. This could take between 1 - 4 hours. 



Use the seasponges and brushes to paint the spatulas, greyboard and mdf as before. Use the distress inks around the edges. 



Stamp over the greyboard, mdf and spatulas using the Betty Boots stamp set and Distress Inks.


Die cut the flowers, leaves and flourishes from the grunge paper. Paint some of them in two tone colours, and some of them plain colours with a sprinkling of Glamour Dust while they are wet. Leave to dry.




When dry ink the edges with Distress Inks.


Shape the flowers and glue together. Add the ornate buttons to the center of six flowers, and the heart charm and ribbon to one flower center.



Add the brads to the decorative greyboard to spell out
'Pretty Lace And Pins'. Glue this to the base. Add the heart over lapping the stamped watch face. Secure the gather word to the opposite corner.


Glue a piece of linen onto the inside of the box, for the pins. Fill with pretty lace.


Glue the decorated spatulas around the sides of the box.


Finally, embellish the front with the flowers, lace, locks and keys and other findings.


I absolutely loved decorating this box. I love the Shabby Chic colours. It's amazing what household items you can use in Mixed Media work to create texture. 

Don't forget to hop over to 


to see the wonderful creations from the rest of the design team.

We would love to see your entries for this challenge.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial. Thanks for visiting.

Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola
XXX