Friday, 2 June 2017

Creative Artiste: Decorated Frame


I am back again with another challenge launch, this time for Creative Artiste...

This challenge starts on the first Friday of each month and always has a fab prize on offer, this month it is a selection of stamps and dies provided by our very own design team member Judy!

To find out more about the challenge please pop over by clicking HERE.  Please have a quick look at the rules and then we would love to see your mixed media creations!

Inspired by our brilliant prize this month, I used a few of my own stamps and dies on this project...

I love floral dies so wanted to use this as a theme for my vintage style canvas and frame.

The background was made using one of Crafter's Companion's new 3D embossing folders (Country Garden) and then coloured with distress inks (worn lipstick and wild honey) and gilding wax.
To try to create an old gold look I painted my plastic frame with starlight paints from Imagination Crafts (chartreuse) and also a 7 x 5 canvas board to mount the embossed card onto.  I added stamping to the canvas using the dinkie script stamp by IndigoBlu and gold embossing powder.  The frame was finished off with a touch of king gold gilding wax from Pebeo.

To create the focal points on the canvas I die cut some flowers using the classic sunflower die from Heartfelt Creations with some foliage, and also a magical butterfly by Sue Wilson.

The flowers were coloured with distress inks matching the background and then the same script stamp was used to create extra detail using archival sepia ink.  These were then stacked together and a gem added to the centres.  The foliage was coloured using crushed olive and wild honey distress ink, and the butterfly was covered with Pebeo gilding wax.

As always I like to add a sentiment for the finishing touch and chose one out of a lovely new set of stamps from 'Mama Makes by Loti Marie' (Watercolour Inspiration).

It says 'Fill your heart with what makes you happy' and I feel that it complements the frame well!

Thank you for taking the time to have a look at my project and I hope you will go on over to the challenge and enter a project, we love seeing what you make :)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend whatever you are doing,

Jane x

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Altered Eclectics: Home Sweet Home


Wow! It is amazing to think that we are now heading towards the summer, the months go by so quickly!  So as it is the start of June it is time for a new challenge over at Altered Eclectics.  We had lots of fab entries last month and would love to see even more so if you love mixed media or altering items please take a look and enter, the only items not allowed are cards and ATC's.  Click HERE to go straight to the challenge blog.

This month I decided to alter a plaque kit that I have had in my crafty stash for a good few years!  It is a grey board kit from Tando that I bought at a craft show and this month I decided to alter it using a range of paints and mediums from Decoart...

All the pieces were initially coated with white gesso then I used texture paste through a Scrapmatts circle stencil on the main plaques.  These were then coloured using fluid acrylics (green gold, cobalt teal hue) and tinting base. 
The house roofs were then covered with crackle glaze and left to dry, whilst I used texture sand paste on the hearts.   The houses were then painted using hansa yellow light and pyrole orange with cadmium red hue used for the hearts. 
The words were painted with carbon black then glossy accents were added over the top.
Next I used the dinkie script stamp from IndigoBlu with sepia archival ink before adding all the different parts to the plaques.
The finishing touch was some king gold gilding wax from Pebeo.
I look forward to seeing your entries this month,
Jane x

Friday, 5 May 2017

Creative Artiste: Journal Page


The first Friday of the month means that it is the start of a new challenge over at Creative Artiste.  Creative Artiste is a mixed media challenge and this month has once again got a fabulous prize, this time it's a voucher from Lindy's Gang!

If you would like to go on over to the challenge blog to see the whole design team's projects and to have a look at the rules and other entries please click HERE.

As last month I decorated my journal I decided that this month I would complete a page from my journal to show you...

I started by preparing one of the watercolour pages from my IndigoBlu journal with white gesso
then added some texture using some doilies and applying them with matt medium.  I decided to have the main focus of my page on one side with elements extending from there...

To add more texture I then used an Oval Lace stencil from Bee Crafty with some Finnabair light texture paste...

I have a few Craft Boxes from Anna Hersom and her 'Chronicles of Handmade', and these chipboard elements from Snipart were in those.  Although they have some weight they are not too heavy and so were fine on the page.  They were adhered with heavy body gel and this was then all covered with white gesso to provide a base for the colour to be added to...

The sprays used to colour the page were from Lindy's Gang and are from the starburst range.  The colours used are Pretty in Pink, Prima Donna Purple and Jazzy Jivin Purple.  I wanted to create a darker edge where the embellishments mainly were so built up my colour in layers, drying in-between and adding water to blend and create drips...

Using some watered down gesso I added some more texture by stamping with the distressed diamond stamp from Bee Crafty.  Then some Pebeo King Gold gilding wax was added to highlight the textured elements...

To finish off the page I wanted to add some extra embellishments, so die cut some Sue Wilson Magical Butterflies, which were then coloured with the Lindy's sprays and gilding wax.  I still wanted something to lift the page so added some sparkly gems to the butterflies and other areas...


I also used an old loyalty card with white and black gesso for a bit of extra interest in the background...

The very final but important part was to add some wording.  I love quotes and find them very inspirational so I looked through my stamps to find what I wanted and in the end decided to use this one from Leonie Pujol's Funky Tree set...

My first completed page in my journal, and I hope it will spur me on to complete many more!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and do please pop over to Creative Artiste, it would be fab if you could enter a project :)

Have a lovely weekend whatever you are doing and Hunkydory are back on Create and Craft this weekend with a new For The Love of Stamps launch.  I will share some of my design team samples on Sunday.

Jane x

Monday, 1 May 2017

Altered Eclectics: Oval MDF Box


As it is the first day of a new month it must be time for a new challenge over at Altered Eclectics!!
Click HERE to go on over and see all the design team projects and hopefully get inspired to enter a project of your own.  This challenge is for all altered and mixed media art, but no cards or ATC's.

My project this month is an altered MDF box...

I started by painting the box with Americana Décor Primitive paint then once dry added some of the crackle medium to areas.  Once this was thoroughly dry I painted over the box with the Refreshing Americana Décor paint.  Then added some Pebeo Antique Gold gilding wax...

A script stamp from Bo Bunny was used with archival sepia ink to add some extra interest to the box.
I have previously created embellishments using resin and paper clay in a range of moulds (Iron Orchid Designs, Martha Stewart and Stampin'Up!), so I picked out a selection and painted them with the same Refreshing paint and added more of the gilding wax...

Some more embellishments were also then chosen to add to the top of the box.  Paper flowers, metal embellishments and some cardboard elements as well as a gem...

For mw the final touch has to be a sentiment, so I chose a tag and sentiment stickers from the 7 Dots Studio 'Lost and Found' collection and toned them into the box by adding Vintage Photo distress crayon to the edges...

A touch of gilding wax was added to the other elements to bring the whole piece together.

Thank you for reading and looking.  I will be back tomorrow with some of my design team samples for the latest Signature Collection release from Crafter's Companion, it is very glamorous!!

They are being shown tonight (1st May) on HOCHANDA at 8pm, then again tomorrow at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm.

If you are in the UK have a lovely bank holiday, and for everyone else have a great day whatever you are doing!

Jane x

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Typography with a Twist


Today on HOCHANDA Leonie has 3 shows with her latest Typography collection.  This time though there is a twist using some of the Shabby Chic collection as well as the Pebeo foils.
The shows are at 7am, 10am and 5pm and here are my design team samples...

  Plaque using the Fly Free stamp set and lily and rose dies from the Shabby Chic collection.

 An easel card using the Rag Doll stamp set with the frame and rose from Shabby Chic.  The frame was also aged using some of the Pebeo mixtion fluid and foil sheets.

Tent card with the Funky Tree stamp through the shabby chic window die.  The 'wallpaper' is made using the little embossing folder from one of the coordination collections.
All the samples use lettering from the Typography dies which are an ideal size for putting through smaller die cutting machines, so really handy for adding quick wording.

Thanks for looking and I hope you get a chance to catch some of the shows!

Jane x

Friday, 14 April 2017

Hello to Cupid's Bow and more!


Another Crafter's Companion launch took place last night and so today to coincide with the shows at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm I thought I would share some of my favourite design team samples.

You can watch on...

  • SKY 663 (24/7)

  • FREEVIEW 85 (24/7)

  • FREESAT 817 (24/7)

  • or online at

    I used 3 of the new dies, Cupid's Bow, Countesses Crown and Delicate Trellis, here is a selection...

    These dies were lovely to work with and really have an intricate and elegant look.

    I hope you get a chance to see some of the shows to see them in use and also to have a look at all the samples made by the whole design team.

    Have a lovely Easter weekend,

    Jane xx

    Thursday, 13 April 2017

    Mixed Media Die Cards


    I am back today with some design team samples using the Crafter's Companion mixed media dies.  These dies are thicker than your usual metal dies which means they can cut through thicker and different materials to.  Previously I have used these dies to make a range of home décor and jewellery projects but today all my samples are cards to show that even though they are called mixed media they can be used easily within card making...

    This aperture card used the Twit Twoo owl die, cut out using felt attached to card with a fabric adhesive.

    The Penant die and Cogs in Motion were cut out of mount board to create the focal point for this tent card.  Some of cogs were also cut from card to create some background interest.

    This easel shaker card was made using the Blossoming Tree die.  It was cut out of normal weight coredinations card, but as the die is thicker I was able to cut multiple layers of card for the blossoms and leaves at the same time, making it much quicker to create my shaker pieces!

    My final card was made using one of the Maple Leaves dies through shrink plastic which was then shrunk down with the heat tool and coloured with alcohol markers.

    These dies are really good fun and open up so many more possibilities within both card making and other areas of crafting.

    To see demos and all the design team samples the shows are on today at 8am, 11am and 3pm on HOCHANDA...

  • SKY 663 (24/7)

  • FREEVIEW 85 (24/7)

  • FREESAT 817 (24/7)

  • I will be back again tomorrow as tonight is the launch of a brand new Fancy Edegables die collection that I was also lucky enough to work with.  These will launch tonight on HOCHANDA at 8pm and I will show some of my samples tomorrow at 9am as the shows continue throughout Friday as well.
    Enjoy the rest of your day,

    Jane xx

    Friday, 7 April 2017

    Creative Artiste - Art Journal


    I am here today as it is the first Friday of the month and so a new challenge over at the mixed media challenge blog Creative Artiste, if you click on the link below it will take you straight over to the blog where you can read all the guidelines for entering and see all the design team projects for extra inspiration...

    The prize for the winner this month is really exciting as this months sponsors are Decoart!!!  Here is a picture of the prize you could win, well worth entering...


    I love Decoart products, in particular the media line and regularly use them within my mixed media projects so I was really excited to create my project this month, here it is...

    I bought this art journal kit from IndigoBlu a little while ago and have been waiting for enough time to get the covers decorated.  Because I wanted it to be something really special to me I wanted the cover to reflect all the elements of crafting that I love plus the chance to use some of those really special embellishments that I am always saving!
    The covers are a good quality thick chipboard so I knew they would be able to take the products plus the weight of the metal embellishments and I wasn't disappointed.

    I started by coating the covers with Decoart white gesso, then added some stencilling using Decoart crackle paste through the Andy Skinner French Elements stencil, plus some Decoart sand paste through a Bee Crafty distressed diamonds stencil.  Then I added some Tando grey board pieces that I had coated in gesso to form the base of my journal...

    Once this layer was dry I added the main colours that I wanted, these were the Decoart fluid acrylics (cobalt teal hue, phthalo turquoise and cobalt blue hue)  they were also mixed with some of the tinting base to create different tones...

    I added some stamping using the IndigoBlu script stamp and archival sepia ink (I had meant to do this at an earlier stage, which would have made it a bit easier!!).
    To create a rusty look to the cover I used quinacridone gold and payne's grey (an Andy Skinner 'dirty wash') along with extra water, and dripped some from the top of the board allowing it to find it's own direction around the embellishments...


    Once this was dried I added Decoart crackle glaze to areas and allowed it to dry overnight.  Once it was ready I used the Decoart raw umber antiquing cream to highlight the crackles...

    Once I had completed the base it was time to use lots of my gorgeous embellishments that I am usually too scared to put on anything!  These were mostly from Prima (Finnabair collection), and I added some paper to the inside of the pocket watches from the Madame Payraud collection by Papermania...



     I did not want the cover to be too dark and grungy so I added some Pebeo gilding wax and also teal glitter, splash and copper micro beads and turquoise glass beads (all from Finnabair) for a bit of sparkle and shine...

    Using a stamp from Bee Crafty (Wordage), I added a sentiment to the cover that I thought went well with the theme.  I toned it in with some of the acrylic paint and gilding wax...

    The final finishing touch was to make some embellishments to hang from the book rings using fibres and charms that I had from the monthly craft boxes by Anna Hersom.

    I absolutely loved creating this journal cover and am really looking forward to getting into art journaling properly so that I can fill it with lots of crafty goodness!

    I would like to enter this project into the following challenges...

    Thank you for looking and I hope you are inspired to have a go at entering the Creative Artiste challenge and possibly winning the fantastic Decoart prize!

    See you soon,

    Jane x


    Saturday, 1 April 2017

    Altered Eclectics: Shadow Frame


    It is the first day of April and I am here with a design team project for Altered Eclectics and HERE is the link to head over to the challenge blog.  This challenge is for altered and mixed media projects, the only projects not allowed are cards and ATC's.

    This month I decided to put together and alter a chipboard shadow box that I purchased from Craft Box and is made by Snipart.  It was very simple to put together and I was impressed with how sturdy and able it was to take the weight of the products and embellishments that I added.  Here is my completed project...

    I love to watch mixed media videos on Youtube (although a terrible time waster and usually ends up costing me money due to then buying the products used!) and a few of the people that I enjoy watching use papers and embellishments by 7 Dots Studio.  Recently I bought a couple of sets of the range as I really love the style, but I especially liked the word stickers that match the sets.  I decided to use one of the sets (Lost and Found) as the basis for my frame...

    After painting the frame using Decoart paint and adding some Pebeo gilding wax, I used a piece of script paper to create the background layer of the frame.  I then randomly (and it really was random!) took some of the tags, embellishments and stickers from the set and started to staple and stick then together to form the centre focal point of my frame...

    On the main paper I used an IndigoBlu script stamp and splat stamp with staz on ink, then stencilled some diamond starlight paint (Imagination Crafts) through a Bee Crafty dinky diamond stencil.  I also aged the paper slightly using some vintage photo distress ink.  Then I attached the tags and embellishments using 3D glue gel...

    I then used a selection of metal embellishments from my Craft Boxes (from Anna Hersom)  to create extra interest on two of the corners, and also added some gems and pearls...

    Finally I added two of the word stickers and some splashes of gold with some watered down acrylic.

    Once the box had been put together this was actually quite a quick project to complete and I was pleased with how it turned out as it is a bit different to what I would usually make.

    I hope reading this will encourage you to have a go at entering the challenge over at Altered Eclectics, it would be lovely to see your projects!  I will be back again soon with another mixed media project, have a lovely weekend.

    Jane x