Monday, April 21, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas

I had an awesome weekend away.  We went up to Mangawhai on Thursday evening.  On Friday, hubby and our friend, Michael, decided to use the kayak's to do some fishing.  I dropped them off on the river near were we stay and  hours later I picked them up in the harbour.  Meanwhile, as Yvonne was still in town working, I got the crafting supplies out, and had a day of fun.  I had watched Jill Foster doing an Art Journal page on the Penny Black blog.  Loved what she did and thought it would translate to a canvas, so picked up a couple of 6x6 canvases and gave it a go.  I don't have any Penny Black dies, so made do with what I had.

mixed media canvas

I used three layers of a heavy card stock to layer my dies onto the canvas and added gesso

As you can see, I also did a tag.  I tried everything on the tag first, then onto the canvas.  Above, you can see the texture paste and gesso drying.

Mixed Media Tag

I really enjoy the process.  So much so, that this morning, I started another one.

Still to finish this one off.  

Over the weekend, I made 6 cards, the tag, and these two canvases as well as colouring a number of digi images... a very creative weekend.   And we also spend a day over on Kawau Island... 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter to you

Happy Easter to you.  Today I'm sharing a card and gift box I made for a friend's daughter.

This is using a digi image from Bugaboo, the sponsors this month over at Die Cut Divas 

I also used the sam imaged, printed much smaller this time, on a little gift basket I also made for Jade and filled with hand-made chocolates

When I took this into work to give to Jade's mum, one of my other colleagues decide that these would be awesome at Christmas time to fill with cookies.  She has now made a note in her diary for early November to get me to make her half a dozen in reds and greens!  

Hope the Easter break is going well for you.  I managed to get a full days crafting in yestserday - making a 6 x 6 mixed media canvas, a tag, and two cards.  Then today I made two super quick cards as my friends daughter was going to a wedding and about an hour before hand asked me to make a card.  So with very limited supplies I managed two for her to choose from.  I've taken pics but as I'm on my tablet, haven't uploaded yet.  

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hero Arts Sketch Challenge.

The latest challenge over at Hero Arts is a sketch one.   I decided to have a play


Take time

I had seen Lin using a technique with distress inks, stamps and a whole lot of water!  I decided to try it with an Hero Arts stamp that was one of the first I bought.  I stamped the leaf from the set in a variety of colours of distress onto some water colour paper (cheap variety of paper) and spritzed it liberally with water.  Once it dried, I cut it with a Simon Says Stamp edge die, and layered it onto the my card.  I added a length of ribbon and then using a Hero Arts die, cut the oval and sponged on some ink.  The sentiment is from the same set as is the little butterfly.  Finished with some sequins.  

I'm just finishing up packing to head up to Mangawhai for the Easter weekend.  I've packed a bigger suitcase of crafty stuff, then clothes!  

Have a great Easter break.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Ladybug Ladybug, fly away home!

Ladybug, Ladybug, fly away home!

Over at Die Cut Divas this month's sponsor is Bugaboo.  Both Arlene and I used images that used Ladybugs.

I coloured my Ladybug with bright colours to tie into the colour/photo inspiration that Paula set for the challenge.   Arlene, used a single flower and Ladybug. I added some die cut photo corners and a little Hastings Rubber stamp sentiment.  

We'd love to have you join us.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Somebunny Loves You.

Yesterday I saw this adorable card from my bloggy friend, Joy and it reminded me that I had the same digi image but just hadn't got around to printing it out and using.   So today I did just that... amongst a few other things!

I started by printing Wryn from Tiddly Inks at 90% - but it was too small for my card design, so reprinted at full size and much happier


I coloured Wryn with Copics and fussy cut her.  I found some pretty PP from a pack called "Japanica" by Rosie's Studio.  I cut it with a Lil Inker's rectangle die and then cut a white card circle with a Spellbinders nestibility. I made a bit of a mess of the sentiment, so had to make a save by white embossing it onto some black card.  

As I had already coloured and fussy cut the smaller image, I made up a mini (10.5cm x 7.5cm) card, using some of the PP I had cut for the first card.  

Mini Easter card

She looks very cute on this card.  I love the way you can change up the size of your images with digi stamps.   

I also took my crafting outside today.  Our weather has been superb lately.  A long late summer so it was too nice to stay in all day.  


I took some stencils, paints and inks outside and had a play.  Still have to make these up into cards.  Got a couple of ideas in mind.  

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope your weekend was full of crafty time.  I managed to get three cards done yesterday as well... some work for May's Die Cut Divas so awhile before I can share.  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Water colour Paints

The other day I was playing around with some Tim Holtz Distress paints.  I smooched three colours onto my craft mat and spritzed with water.  I used some textured card stock and pulled it through to get a soft watercoloured background.

Live Beautifully

I then stamped a Hero Arts background stamp in Versafine ink - doing a second generation stamping moving it slightly.  The sentiment in the centre is from Kaisercraft.  I finished with a punched vellum dragonfly that I coloured with Copics.

Some times it's fun just to play with no other thought in mind than just to have fun.  I hope that you get to have some play time over the weekend.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Earn your Stripes.........

Today is my first as a DT member for Southern Girls Challenge.  Our theme for this fortnight is "Earn your Stripes"  We got to work with some images from our sponsor "A & T Digital design - home of Emerald Faeries" and some Inklings from Artfull Crafts


For my card I used "Boo and Snookie"

I used Copic markers to colour the image and then used a Wonky Rectangle die to cut it out.  The orange striped background is a Hero Arts stamp inked up with a Distress ink.  Added some paper flowers and gems and a striped ribbon bow.  The sentiment is also a Hero Arts stamp.

For my Inkling sample I used one of the yet to be released images.  Hop over to the Artfull Crafts blog and find out all about the Inklings.  They are fun to work with.

I coloured the image with Copics and added some Stickles.  The background is made with some Simon Says stamps inked up with Hero Arts Neon blue inl.  The Happy Birthday is a Hero Arts stamp and the little rope bow is from the same Simon Says Set as the stripes and anchors.  Just love this little image.

Hop over to Southern Girls Challenge and add your striped projects.  Would love to see you there.   

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Butterflies, birds and dragonflies.

Our lasted challenge is underway at Chalk'n'stock.  Anything Goes as usual, as long as you use chalk somewhere on your projects.

Our sponsors are Bugaboo Digi stamps and I chose to use a delightful background image.

I used chalks to colour the image and then punched out the dragonfly out of some vellum and coloured with Copics.  The sentiment is from Kaisercraft. 

Thanks for stopping by today.