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Sunday, 1 March 2015

'TIME' for a tutorial...

Hello lovelies!

I bought a lovely MDF clock last week from 


I wanted something that I could decorate myself and to have it hanging in my craft room when I had finished it. 

The mdf clock is perfect as a mixed media project.

I decided to show you my step by step project, just so you could see not only the finished project, but how I got there in the end too.

I am also entering my 

Mixed Media Clock

into the challenge over at the


with the theme

'Anything Goes'.


The ingredient's you will need for this project are:

~ MDF clock with the workings
~ Gesso
~ Texture Paste
~ Acrylic Paint Portrait Pink
~ Ranger Adirondack Metallic Acrylic Paint Dabber's in Gold & Copper
~ Metallic Acrylic Paint's in shades Regal Red, Antique Gold, Peach Pearl & Bronze
~ Stencils Tim Holtz Bubble, and a Heart's and Text with Heart's, both of these are from That Craft Place
~ Tim Holtz Distress Ink's in shades Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye
~ Memento Rich Cocoa Ink Pad
~ Crafter's Companion Texture Stamp Set Basket & Burlap
~ Crafter's Companion Words of Wonder Stamps Set 2 
~ Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue
~ Gold Mica Flakes
~ Creative Expression's Metallic Gilding Wax in shades Cast Bronze, Deep Red
~ Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in shades Antique Linen, Vintage Photo
~ Matte Varnish 


Paint the clock with Gesso.


When dry apply texture paste to the numbers 12, 3, 6 & 9. Leave to dry.


When dry paint the clock with the Portrait Pink.


This gives a nice base colour as shown below. Then use your dabbers to randomly apply colour...


as shown below. Pour a small amount of your acrylic paints into a small container, use small pieces of sponge to randomly dab colour all over the clock. When happy with the result, leave to dry.


Lay the stencils where you wish over the clock and use the sponges and paints to carefully dab over them.


I've used the Love word from the stencil to be at the centre of the clock.


Choose which stamps you wish to use and then using your different inks stamp over the clock. 


Build up the stamping layer by layer until your happy with the result.


Use the acrylic glue to add the Mica Flakes.


The next step is to apply the gilding wax...
  

If you find your wax has dried up, pour a small amount of turps into the pots. This softens them up so you can use them. Apply in various places, rubbing with your finger. Then use kitchen paper to buff the wax. 


Use the Distress Stickles on a few edges and some of the butterflies.


When dry, rub with your finger to release the crystals.


Finally, paint over the clock with the Matte Varnish. When dry, attach the hands of the clock.


A little tip, if you find when you've painted over the clock with the varnish the words haven't shown through as much as you would like, re-stamp them with Stazon Timber Brown. I used Inspire & True from the stamp set. 


I loved decorating my clock.  I wanted to create texture, and by using texture paint and a few other mediums I think I've achieved the result I was after!

My clock will now be hanging in my craft room.

I'm really happy to be also entering this into the challenge over at 


I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read it. I always appreciate your visits.

Have fun and happy crafting,
lot's of love
Nicola
XXX

Monday, 23 February 2015

Cute Cards...

Hello lovelies.

This is a quick post to show you four cards I have made this afternoon. 

I have made them using the 

Rachelle Anne Miller CD - Kids at Play

brought to us by 

Crafter's Companion.

This CD is really cute, lot's of lovely elements on it. There are two cd's, and the second one is called 

Animal Adventures. 

I am really looking forward to making some cards with this too.

Here are my cards so far...





I hope you have enjoyed looking at my cards. Thank you for visiting, I always appreciate you stopping by.

Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola 
XXX

Sunday, 22 February 2015

My Decorated Calendar...

Hello lovelies.

I would like to show you a calendar that I have decorated.

I do this every year as a Christmas gift for my lovely husband. It take's some time to do, but I think the end result is well worth it. I usually choose a different theme each year, but since we got Peggy I think it's just perfect to use her photo's. 

It is a nice way of scrapbooking  her life and is a lovely keep sake too. I think this album also shows just how much the three of us love each other! We have lot's of fun and so much happiness in our house with our golden girl!

The calendar is a Graphic 45 Easel calendar. I have used various papers that I already had in my stash. I wanted to use a theme of button's and die cuts too, so you will see these on each page. Some of the embellishment's are made by East of India. The heart and rose on the October page I made using Ultra Thick Embossing Enamels and Crystals, with my melt pot and moulds.

August is very pink, as that is my birthday month lol. Well pink is my favourite colour after all!

I hope you enjoy looking through the 12 months of a lovely year with Peggy!














Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my blog and see my calendar.

I love seeing Darren's face when he opens his gift and looks through each month. It makes every minute of making this worth while.

Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love
Nicola
XXX

Monday, 16 February 2015

Colouring with Polychromo pencils...

Hello lovelies!

Well this afternoon I have been busy colouring a lovely digi called

Betty Boots

which I bought from 

That Craft Place.

I decided to colour her using my Faber-Castell Polychromo pencils.

I really like using these.

I have made this card to enter it into the challenge over at 


The theme is...

Film (Inspired)

I have chosen a film that I absolutely loved from 1986. 

'Pretty In Pink'.


I love this film, it is one of my favourite's.

The shades used are...

Rose Carmine, Middle Purple Pink, Magenta,
Mauve,
Walnut Brown, Burnt Ochre, Cadmium Yellow

I hope you like my entry into the challenge for


Thanks for stopping by today. I always appreciate your visit's.

Have fun and happy crafting,
lot's of love
Nicola 
XXX

Crafting Musketeers Midway Reminder

Hello lovelies! 

Well we are halfway through the month already, time certainly does fly!

This means that it is time for 


Midway reminder.

If you haven't entered this month's challenge yet, you still have time to do so.

We are sponsored this month by

The prize is a £10 gift voucher for the store.

The theme for this challenge is

'Cute'

Here is what I made...



I used this cute little image and created a Valentine card for my wonderful husband.

I coloured the image with Letraset Promarkers.

I think this card is cute, and my husband loved it.

Hop over to 

The crafting musketeers challenge

You will see lots more design team inspiration and we would love you to enter.

Thanks for stopping by today, I always appreciate your visits.

Have fun and happy crafting,
Lots of love
Nicola
XXX

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Love from Sugar....Anything Goes Challenge...

Hello lovelies!

I can't believe we are in February already. I have been busy working at the salon as usual, but in my spare time when I'm not walking my lovely Peggy I've been holed up in my craft room.

Today's creation I have to show you is a card I have made. I actually coloured this lovely image yesterday, and then made her into a card today!

I have just recently bought some gorgeous digis and sentiment's from


I absolutely love the gorgeous digis to choose from.

Let me introduce you to the gorgeous...

Love from Sugar...


I love the scrabble tile effect sentiments too, which you can buy along with the digi's.

I have coloured Sugar using Letraset Promarker's in shades...

Hair: Duck Egg, Pastel Green, Grey Green, Tea Green, Cool Aqua
Face, Legs, Neck, Arms: Almond, Oatmeal, Tan, Blush, Sandstone
Top: Pale Pink, Cocktail Pink, Antique Pink, Dusky Rose
Shorts: Denim Blue, Cornflower, China Blue
Hearts: Carmine, Magenta
Eyes: Burnt Sienna, Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen
Outline: Soft Green, Blue Pearl
With Love Sentiment: Pastel Green, Grey Green, Duck Egg

I used an embossing folder to create a distressed background card. I love the little hearts.

I really enjoyed colouring 'Love from Sugar'.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my creation.
  
I would like to enter this into the challenge over at


The theme is

Anything Goes.

Thank you for stopping by.
I always appreciate your visit's.

Have fun and happy crafting, 
lot's of love
Nicola 
XXX

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Pink, Pink and more Pink....

Hello lovelies!

Pink, pink and more pink!

Yes, I absolutely love pink and as most of you know it is my favourite colour. That's why I also chose to have 'Pink' in the title of my blog.

So, the other day I was browsing around social media when I came across the new challenge over at the 


The theme this week is Colour Challenge - Pink.

Of course I just had to enter this.

I made a card using a Crafter's Companion Scruffy Little Cat stamp.
The name of the stamp is
'Nicola'....hehehe just like me!


I have coloured 'Nicola' using Letraset Promarker's in shades...

~ Skin: Almond, Putty, Oatmeal, Sunkissed Pink

~ Hair: Tan, Sandstone,Caramel, Cinnamon, Cocoa

~ Clothes, rollers, box: Antique Pink, Rose Pink, Cocktail Pink, Baby Pink, Salmon Pink, Pastel Pink, Dusky Pink, Cool Grey 1, Cool Grey 2

~ Diamonds: Cool Grey 1, Cool Grey2.

~ Outline: Cool Grey 3

The sparkly bits on the shoes, pearls, lashes, crown and diamonds are Sakura Gelly Roll Pens in
shades: Rose Star, Pink Star, Silver Star, Clear Star.

I used a heart stencil with Distress Ink Picked Raspberry to create the background.

So I hope you like my 'Pink' entry for the


Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visit's.

Have fun and happy crafting,
lot's of love
Nicola 
XXX