Sunday 30 October 2016

Alpha/Dictionary Challenge

Alpha/Dictionary challenge

Good morning all!

In the UK we put the clocks back to Greenwich 
Mean Time which technically means we get an 
hour longer in the evening for crafting

So, it is Sunday and this means it is
Challenge Day!!

Today we have the new letter for the
Alpha/Dictionary Challenge...............
and the letter is....................


Karen has added to her tray with
another super project...

You have two weeks to upload
as many entries as you like via the link

If you can't use the link, email your pics to me at
and  will add them for you

The link will be open until midnight on
13 November 2016 
and the winner will be chosen the
following Tuesday

Good luck everyone!

Mickie xx

Saturday 29 October 2016

Mixed Media

Mixed Media

Hi everyone!

Today we have another beautiful canvas 
using Carabelle Studio stamps; 
this time brought to us by

Claire Jackson

and here she is:

Take a 5" x 7" canvas board

Create a background by sponging PaperArtsy Fresco Finish chalk paint 
in bora bora, mermaid and haystack.

Dry the base layer. 

Apply paint to the dots and circles stamp with Cut n Dry foam
and stamp all over the canvas board in jade, bora bora and limelight 
gradually building up the background. 

Wash the stamp as soon as you have finished.

Stamp the Carabelle flower freize 3 times in black Archival ink, 
varying the height each time. 

Highlight stems and petals in white paint pen.

Apply autumn fire paint to the top part of the flower frieze 
and stamp randomly over the canvas board.

Stamp the freize 9 times and emboss in black detail embossing powder. 

Cut the flowers out so that they can be layered.

Spray the centres and base layers of the large flowers with Color Bloom tea stain.

With your finger and a cotton bud apply tea stain to some of the other flowers. 

Apply copper Alchemy Wax to some of the other flowers, 
rub over the embossed lines with a damp cotton bud so the black shows through. 

Leave some parts white for contrast.

Overlay the flowers onto the canvas board and glue into place. 

Stamp the sentiment and layer onto orange card edged with copper Alchemy Wax.

Materials used:

Thank you Claire - a lovely project!

These Carabelle Studio stamps 
are becoming quite a favourite
with us all


See you all tomorrow!

Mickie xx

Friday 28 October 2016

Mixed Media

Mixed Media

Hi there!

You'll need to get comfy and perhaps

get yourself a cuppa.  

We have a scrummy canvas today from

Hazel Harler

and here she is to talk you through it:

I stencilled with modeling paste onto a canvas board using a 
Carabelle Studio stencil and a circle stencil [brand unknown], 
I also used matte medium to glue some gauze to the canvas, 
when everything had dried I gave it a coat of gesso.

I coloured the canvas with Gelatos, spreading the colour with a baby wipe.

 I sprayed some dragonfly blue and brimstone wings Color Bloom 
onto the edges of the canvas and let it run down. 
Whilst this was still wet I coloured the edges with 
blue and black Gelatos and used my finger to spread it.

I stamped the collage image onto tissue paper
 and glued it to the canvas.

I stamped the circles twice onto card and 
cut them out leaving one image whole and 
cutting single circles from the second one. 

I left the circles black and white 
as the background has a lot of colour.

I coloured some card with the dragonfly blue Color Bloom 
then stamped and die cut the butterfly.

Using my finger I spread some gold wax over the raised areas 
and added some coloured resin circles that I found in my stash. 

A close up showing the texture and gold wax

I glued the butterfly to the canvas and added 
a metal pointer for the body and some gold wire for the antenna, 

I also added a Tim Holtz small talk sticker.

Items used.

I said it was scrummy.  I was't wrong.

Those Color Bloom Sprays are so sparkly,
full of pigment and really good value.

This would brighten up any shadowy area
never mind sparkle in the sunlight

Thank you Hazel

See you all tomorrow

Mickie xx

Thursday 27 October 2016

Mixed Media

Mixed Media

Hallo everyone! 
We're almost through the month already
Can you believe it?
Me neither, although I seem to be wearing a
jacket more often now when I leave the house!

Here is   Angela Radford

who has given us this beautiful project

The plan for this project was to create a canvas with lots of dimension.

 I started by tearing two pages from an old book then coloured these with sprays. 

While these were drying I started on the canvas by adding Gesso and Crackle Paste through stencils. Once this was fully dry I coloured it using sprays, drying between each colour.

Tear down the centre of one of the book pages and remove a third from each. Edge the sheets with distress ink. Roll these around a thin paint brush and glue.

Continue to add colour to the canvas using sprays and distress inks and 
then when dry use a text stamp randomly over the canvas.

4. Use a brayer with white Gesso to highlight the raised areas and edge it with distress ink.

Die cut a range of cogs and colour these with sprays and distress inks then stamp over them randomly. I used a Tim Holtz stamp but any text stamp would be good.

Next I made a Masterboard using the same stencils, medium, sprays and inks.

Using the Masterboard, die cut three tags, distress, stamp and colour the edges. I screwed these up a little as this gives more interest and dimension when mounted.

I used an MDF frame and lightbulb from my stash to create the focal image and decorated these with Stampendous Frantage in a variety of colours. You can see here that I splattered the canvas with white paint too.

And here is the finished canvas. Hope you like it.

Happy crafting, Angela x

Thank you for a lovely project Angela

The Color Bloom Sprays are, in my opinion, such good value 
when the bottle is empty just fill it up again with water and
you are ready to go again with that luscious colour!
You can do this twice - see the table for instructions
and the colour range is..............awesome!

See you all again tomorrow

Mickie xx

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Mixing Media

Mixing Media

Hello everyone

A new theme this week that is
entitled Mixing Media so anything goes

 We start with

Jane Castle

who has brought us a Christmas Keepsake 
and here she is to guide us through it:

This Christmas for the special people who I send cards to 
I decided to ring the changes and make something 
they would be able to keep if they so wished.  

I began with a MDF heart which I drilled a hole in for the ribbon 
and gave an all over coat of Lake Wanaka Fresco paint. 
Then added colour with a dry brush using 
Mermaid, Snowflake and streaks of Brushed Pewter Distress Stain.

To this I then stencilled small areas from the holiday knits stencil, 
slightly curved the ‘deck the Halls’ stamp onto my block 
to the shape of the heart and stamped in Ocean Depth ink 
and clear embossed.

To the top curves I used the hanging stars and white heat embossed.

Next I stamped the main image from the set twice, once onto thick white card and then onto much thinner white card. These were stamped in black ink and then heat embossed with clear powder.

The thicker image would be the main focal point 
and the thinner card used for layering. 

I then had fun painting the stamped image with various 
Fresco Translucent paints and Distress stains.
I also added a little metallic glaze to the paints 
to give a slight glossy sheen rather than using glitter. 

This was then cut out with a craft knife.

I then felt having used the ‘Deck the Halls’ stamp 
that I needed a few extra holly leaves 
so stamped the JM28 a couple of times and 
coloured in before cutting out. 

The berries were punched out of red distress card.

The tag was stamped and heat embossed in platinum 
and the date stamped in Ocean Depth. 

The tag was threaded onto some metal effect bead and star string 
and the heart was assembled using Pinflair glue.

Now I need to find or make some boxes so I can post these !!!  Maybe cards would be simpler —— but hey, where’s the fun in that!

Materials used:

A lovely project Jane, thank you very much.  

Mickie xx