Dies, Gelli Plate

52 mixed media cards… Week 3

Hi… another of my 2018 challenge cards to share tonight that I made a couple of nights ago. This time Chris’ prompt was black and white and colour all over. This is what I made using my box of bits!

Once again I started with a scrap of gelli print and this time a scrap of painted cardstock that had lots of acrylic paint on it… mainly metallic.

I layered them up and then added distress stain in Abandoned Coral all over it… there is the colour all over part. Love how some of the gelli print resists the colour.

Now for the black and white.

I added a scrap of vellum and added a little gesso onto it and adhered that with some gold staples and then a black bird die cut (left over from the class last week) and a sticker sentiment. Finally some doodling to finish with both black and white pens.

Really pleased with this and lovely the playtime I had making it. And of course some more bits from the box used!

Happy crafting!


D├ęcoupage, Oh so succulent, Watercolor words

More decoupage cards

Yes the remaining six decoupage cards I made from the Crafts Beautiful decouoage kit… these were made adding my own card blanks into the supplies… 

The first three I added simple embossed sentiments and decoupage panels.

The final three I added some patterned paper and cardstock to finish them off in addition to sentiments either from the kit or from my stash.

I added glitter to some and little dots of glossy accents to others and on the final one I added flicks of pearlescent pink mica spray.

Loved this little play with decoupage for a change. And it just goes to show that allcrafting can be fun! 

Happy crafting!



Decoupage cards

There was a discussion between my crafty friends and I last week about decoupage and although you may think with my love of mixed media and grungy crafts that decoupage might not be my thing… but I do enjoy it every so often. So when I saw the Crafts beautiful magazine and it had a decoupage kit in it as the freebie I thought … why not! 

Of course it was meant to make 6 cards but I ended up adding a few card blanks and bits and pieces of paper to make it into 12! 

Here are the first six which are using the cards that came in the pack with various levels of decoupage. I did add some glitter, glossy accents and some foiled sentiments to a few to add to them… otherwise these pretty flowers are mainly how the kit intended them to be (I just skipped a few layers to save them for other cards!).

I will share the other six I made another day… but hope you also like these pretty cards. Far from my usual style but still fun and relaxing to make. 

Happy crafting!


Deco art fluid acrylics, fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Inktense, Derwent, Masks/Stencils, Petal Palette

Art journaling to prompts

So just before christmas I shared some canvases that I made using the instructions that my friend Chris provided. I decided to also make a journal page based on the instructions. 

I started with a page thay had some wiped off ink and stencilling on it in my Dylusions journal. 

Then I added a layer of lime green decoarts paint, then the stencilling of modelling paste and then some strips of book print.  I know this picture looks yellow but in real life the colour is more green.

Next step was to add analogous colours…. 

I added some Haystack and Butternut fresco finish paints through a stencil and with a sponge.  I then added plenty of splashes and flicks or paint.

Now time for the contrast colour.  This was to be a contrast to that original colour of the lime green and to be used sparingly in at least three places. So I chose a bright blue… I know probably purple would have been a more accurate contrast but I thought this was probably good enough. Of course at this point I felt the end was in sight and forgot to take pics! 

So I chose to add the bright blue with the credit card to create some patches and then also added it over the texture as a very light layer. This showed the texture up more. 

The next instruction was to add a feature image and the final one words and finishing touches! So I guess now I reveal the final page… 

So the image was from a magazine I added some shading using Inktense pencils, some pen doodling and painted in the glasses to add more blue to the page. I also added a little red stamping and some red paint to the texture to add some more balance.  I chose some Tim Holtz stickers and some words cut from magazines for the page too. 

I added doodling using white and black pen for a few bits and pieces and finally added some little black enamel accent dots. 

Super happy with this page. It was fun to use the prompts as guides for each stage too. 

Lovely to get my first mixed media journal page done of the year! Think I will aim for one a month to try and get more play into my life! 

Happy crafting! 


Art and crafting styles, Waterfront

Waterfront sympathy

I hate that I had to make this card. The news that someone has passed away always knocks me. And in this case the world has lost a young, creative, fun soul. I feel for her parents and of course all her family. Rest in peace Lorna. 

I decided to make a muted card with a scene using these amazing Waterfront stamps from Stampin Up.  I have seen so many cards using these on Pinterest and can’t wait to make some different scenes using them. 

I used a mixture of grey inks, mainly distress inks but also added in weathered wood for a touch of blue. I then added some light shading to the edges and to catch the texture of the cardstock with a clarity brush.  The sentiment was a magazine freebie stamp.

I kept the card simple with a black mount for the image and then a linen cardstock card blank.

Happy crafting! 


Claritystamps, Gelli Plate

Happy birthday Millie B

The princess’ best friend is a unicorn obsessive so I made a unicorn card for her birthday!  Her birthday was actually at the beginning of December but rather rubbishly she has only been given her card and present today.

I used one of the gelli plate backgrounds I made a while ago as the starting point and added some additional colour to the Claritystamp unicorn. Then I added plenty of wink of Stella to make it brilliantly shimmery! 

I added lots of layers of pink and blue cardstock and then some blue and purple thread wrapped round and knotted. 

So happy belated birthday Millie!

I also have quite a few backgrounds left that I have not had a chance to turn into cards yet… hopefully will be able to soon.  So do watch out for the rest of the backgrounds in the future.

Happy crafting!


Epic Celebrations, Gelli Plate, Inktense, Derwent

52 mixed media cards… card two

Hello. I’ve managed to catch up on the challenge … phew! 

Chris gave us a prompt that we could use or ignore for this week.  Use three geometric shapes. 

I chose to add three triangles punched out of a gelli print. So here is the starting point. 

Red cardstock, atlas paper cut slightly smaller and three triangles of gelli print. I added some inktense to define the triangles.

Ok so no idea where to go from here so gesso layer went down. The atlas paper is quite shiny so the gesso is a requirement. I also added a scrap of painted paper too. 

I added stamping (the black dots) and more Inktense in blue and red. Then I hunted through my folder of collage pieces in magazines. Found a man who fit the piece (no plan still in what I was doing!) And outlined him in blue and added gesso to him and some definition using a pen.

Ok I still wasn’t happy with this. So more work on it required. 

More Inktense added. Then doodling with black and white pens and then enamel accents added too. Finally happy with my little card. 

Took me out of my comfort zone doing this and took a while till I felt I was happy go with it and not just throwing it away! 

Finished with a Tim Holtz sticker sentiment that summed up the process rather than the image.

Now feel like I am on a roll so looking forward to seeing what the prompt is for next week. 

Happy crafting!