Brand New Challenge Blog

I’m in love with Lisa’s laser cuts.  They are so beautifully designed and superbly cut.  There really is nothing else on the market that compares!  My crafty friend Ria and I have started a new challenge blog to showcase them (you can also enter if you use Creative Expressions’ mdf).  The theme will be anything goes (we might rarely have a theme).  We just felt there needed to be another place to show off everyone’s creations with these divine products.

Toad & MagicHere’s my first dt project for the new blog.  I embossed a piece of ugly card with a clock embossing folder (Christmas time, get it???), adhered it to the mdf bauble with DecoArt’s decopauge, painted it with Cosmic Shimmer Shimmer paint in green aqua, finally highlighting the embossing with Cosmic Shimmer gold gilding wax.  Then it sat on my desk for awhile! lol

Toad & MagicI decided to case myself and made this Christmas card where the bauble can come off and be a wee present for those people that you want to give something more than a card to, but not a big pressie. (Surely, you know people like that too!) I tried to make the card so that when the bauble is removed the card is still nice.  lol  The papers are from my stash, the dies are from Spellbinders, and the sentiment is from the sillhoutte shop and I used vintage photo distress ink to make the white paper match the other papers.

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Mdf bauble, embossing folder, dies, paints and ribbon available from That Craft Place.

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Why buy…

why buyI’m sure you’ve seen this meme and found a lot of truth in the humour.  Well, I couldn’t stop thinking about it whilst making this project.


I needed a new toothbrush holder.  My only options were to get one from Argos or make one since I’ve been rather housebound because of my health.  Of course I decided to make it! 😉

This was a jar of olives recently that has been painted with white chalk paint.  Because it goes on so smoothly, even on glass, you can paint the outside.  I then used archival ink to stamp the flowers and butterflies (JOFY).  They looked a bit sparse and empty so I used fluid acrylics to colour them in.  I wrapped the lovely string/plait stuff round the top where the threads were showing.  Lastly, I varnished it with a few coats of satin varnish.

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You can get everything to make your very own toothbrush holder (except the jar of olives!) from my favourite shop aka That Craft Place.

Have you ever made something that you could have bought cheaper?

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Take Rest

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This did not turn out the way I imagined.  Not one bit! lol  I used distress inks for the background.  The chicken wire was done with a stencil and paint.  The flowers are a stunning stencil from That Craft Place.  I have yet to use it to it’s full potential…I keep having good ideas that I can’t quite pull off! 😉

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Home is…

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This quote showed up on my Facebook feed the day after Prince Charming had been particularly wonderful about my current health issues.  As soon as I saw it I knew I had to make a page in my journal.  I ‘drew’ the heart and the house.  The wings and hearts used on the painted background are from PaperArtsy purchased from That Craft Place.

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One of the videos I’ve been watching uses sprays (I used a turquoise and hermatite from DoCrafts) in a different way and I absolutely love how that works.  I stamped the dragonfly (that I bought wood mounted almost 10 years ago and paid a fortune for! lol) on the second layer of a serviette that I separated for decopauging onto mdf.  When I adhered it with DecoArt Decopage the tissue totally disappeared…epic!  I couldn’t have ever stamped a good image on such a textured page!

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Embracing Imperfection

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One of the many videos I’ve watched recently talked about painting with a baby wipe.  OMG!  How I love that technique…such lovely smooth backgrounds and I seem to better control the amount (ie I’m able to do uneven better).  Since starting this grungy journey I’ve been working on embracing imperfection and the uneven.  This page shows that positive/negative use of stencils better than the one I posted on Monday.

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Collage prompt from Journal 52

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to participate in Journal 52.  It’s the only one I’ve kept! So sad…set a great resolution to make a Christmas card a month (might have been 2)…I was going to say haven’t made a single one, but I did actually make one a couple of weeks ago and will blog it soon.

Anyhoo…I had absolutely no plan other than to do a torn magazine background that Neil Walker taught at an awesome set of art journal workshops that I attended last year.  I wasn’t sure if the Next catalogue was going to work for this or not (Neil is all posh and uses his National Trust magazines), but it worked an absolute treat…the colours on the pages are divine!

Toad & MagicThe flowers are made from baby wipes that I thought the colours were too pretty to throw out.  Had no idea how I’d ever use them, but wondered the other day if I could die cut them…guess what?  It works!  This is the peony die set from Spellbinders.  Peonies are me favourite flowers after pansies which were me beloved Gram’s favourites.  The stems are Dylusions stamps.  I tried stamping them in Cosmic Shimmer  paint (gorgeous colour…green aqua), but didn’t think they showed up enough.  Thought, I know, I’ll paint them green then stamp over them with black ink (they’ve got a pattern on the stamps…a bit zentanglish).  Whilst mucking about with the page, I added black gelato round the outside for the shadow and fellToad & Magic in love with the the solid look.  I had toyed with the idea of painting paper green and stamping in black and cutting out and layering (and did in fact try it), but much preferred this look this time.  The sun is a page from an old hymnal with DecoArts Yellow Iron Oxide fluid acrylic.  I needed some yellow in that corner because I wanted to use my yellow flower.  The tags are canvas ones from DoCrafts that have been aged with the Yellow Iron Oxide (the uber talented Claudia gave us a tip at her workshop…a wash of this will instantly age any paper).  Somehow…flakes of dried quin magenta and quin violet and green aqua paint from my craft sheet ended up on one of the tags so I had to make the rest look alike! 😉  Actually, I really like how it helps tie everything together.

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Everything used on this page is from That Craft Place except the baby wipes, hymnal, Next catalogue, and staples/stapler! Baahaa!

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Latest fascination

I’ve been memorised by mixed media youtube videos lately.  Quite honestly, I can’t remember which videos inspired which of the journal pages any more.  However, you can find the videos I watched here.  I haven’t watched all the videos that I’ve pinned yet…roll on summer holidays! 😉

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I love the background on this page (that needs to be cut down the middle and hole punched so it can go in my A5 journal).  One of the videos showed flipping the stencil over after you’ve used it and pressing it down on the page to get the negative of the stencil (that doesn’t make sense…watch one of the videos further down on the link). (On closer inspection…do you see where the t in my watermark is?  That’s the negative of the cheesecloth stencil.) I’m less pleased with the what I’ve added (and pretty much hate what the brown dylusions did to my music paper), but art journalling is a journey and sometimes the view is less than stellar! 😉

DecoArt paints, Archival inkpads, DoCrafts sprays, Dylusions, stencils and Cheesecloth all available from my favourite shop That Craft Place.

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Steampunk Love

I rarely name my creations, but I was calling this one ‘Steampunk Love’ in me head whilst doing it.

Toad & MagicThis is one of the Shaker Hearts from Creative Expressions.  I embossed a cog background and painted it with Cosmic Shimmer Shimmer Paint Rich Oak.  This is the most amazing brown with hints of other rich dark colours.  So scrummy! I used brass gilding wax because there’s lots of brass in all things steampunk.  I used G45’s Steampunk coordinating papers to paper piece Steampunk Betty (her skin is coloured with copics).  I did use silicone glue to give some layers some depth.  I saw a pin that used rusty hinge distress embossing powder to make paper look rusty.  Out came my brand new CE Peony dies (with matching stamps, but didn’t use the stamps this time) and some kraft card. I used a screw brad for the center.  I’m so impressed with how easy these flowers were to make and the embossing powder really does make it look rusty…perfect for Steampunk Love! 😉

Toad & Magic I sprayed some white flowers with Dylusions  to make them match the project. The barbwire is mirri card cut with a Cherry Lyn die and painted with a bit of quin gold.

Toad & MagicI used a bit of green ferro paint on the mdf birdcage (Stampink from That Craft Place) and a bit of DecoArt Quin gold fluid acrylics.

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Links you need:

That Craft Place

That Craft Place Facebook Group

That Craft Place Challenge Blog

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