Thursday 29 November 2018

Inspiration post...Bright Backgrounds

Hi everyone, Ruth here with this weeks Inspiration post. Keeping with the theme of Toni's challenge using bright colours I decided to seek out some of the really bright backgrounds from a Gelli printing session that were also a bit 'uninspiring' or 'not quite sure what I'm going to do with those' and use them to make some quick cards; with Christmas fast approaching they also have a seasonal take.

Firstly the Gelli prints

This one was a magazine print

One of my favourite Lynne Perella images and it's looking like a stormy sky.

Add in lots of star stamps, embossing powder and few white pen dots and dashes and you have fireworks or is it New Years Eve... 

...or maybe even a Christmas starry night

Next snowflakes and it's definitely Christmas, super quick with simple embossing 'sparkling snow'

Lastly a wintry theme which could be a journal page, December birthday card or yes Christmas card, I've used stencils, stamps, embossing powder, platinum crackle paste and die cuts.

Gelli prints can give such gorgoeus colour ways

Lovely Alison bomber quote, hoping you can see the crackle and I've used 'silent night' embossing powder. (All embossing powders were by WOW).

Hopefully that's brought a little brightness into dull, dreary November days. Still time to join in with our challenge. Ruth xx

Thursday 15 November 2018

Welcome to today's Guest Designer, Martina !

Hello and welcome back ! Today we are welcoming Martina of Piece of Me who was the winner of the It's been a while challenge. Let's move on and hear from Martina:

Hello everyone! My name is Martina Stoycheva. I`m from Bulgaria and live in a small town on Black Sea coast named Burgas, with my husband Stanislav and my 4 years old daughter Ava. My interest in scrapbooking started in 2015. I was making albums for my little (then baby) girl. Almost two years later I found mixed media. It was an instant love. So much freedom to create, so much possibilities.
I was making cards for a few months and then slowly discovered layouts, canvases and off the page projects. I love using paints, pastes, powders, different textures. I like all pretty things and exploring new products. You will see me using flowers often, but then you will see projects without flowers.
It all depends on my inspiration and where it comes from. I really hope I can bring up some inspiration for you.



Martina has very kindly put together a video of her project which you can find here. Below is a taster of the finished article ! 


Thank you Martina for sharing your fabulous project with us ! There's still plenty of time to join in with the current theme Remember Remember the 5th of November !

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Thursday 8 November 2018

Inspiration Post - Bright Heart

It is Cec here and I am presenting the Inspiration Post this time and have created a very bright heart to share with you.  I usually like to make my inspiration posts follow the current challenge but since I live in Canada where we do not celebrate Bonfire Night, I decided this post would be about something colourful and not something directly related to the celebration held on November 5th each year.

Here is how to make this canvas with the products I used:
  • Using Mod Podge or some soft gel medium coat an 8"x8" canvas board with white tissue paper that has been crumpled up and then opened up again
  • Cover the tissue with a coat of White Gesso (Liquitex)

  • Spray the canvas with Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange, Bubblegum Pink and Cherry Pie Ink Sprays (Dylusions)
  • Soften the look slightly by spraying the canvas with White Linen ink spray (Dylusions)

  • Mix some Medium Yellow Acrylic Paint (Folk Art) with some Glazing Medium (Liquitex) and brush on random sections of the canvas

  • Add some stenciling using a Bubble stencil (Tim Holtz) and some Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi)
  • Coat a wooden heart (cut by my husband but a chipboard hand cut or die cut heart could be used) with White Gesso (Liquitex)

  • Rub some Passion Fruit, Mango and Lemon Gelatos (Faber Castell) on the heart and then blend with a wet finger
  • Cover the heart with Mod Podge to seal

  • Use a floral stencil (Plaid) with some Crackled Texture Paste (Wendy Vecchi) to add some stenciling to the heart

  • When the stencil is dry repeat the Gelato step

  • To pump up the colour ink with Picked Raspberry. Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
  • Use gel medium (Golden) to mount the heart on the canvas

  • Create a trio of curly wire (mine is wire found inside telephone cable that I confiscated from my husband)
  • Use Worn Lipstick Distress Spray Stain to colour a white paper flower and then add it to the heart along with the wire (they are there but hard to see in the photo), a couple other flowers, some leaves and a feather
There you have it, a bright colourful canvas that should cheer anyone up on a dreary day - I hope you will give it a go.

Tuesday 6 November 2018

Winner Spooky Fun with an Autumnal Twist

Hello and weclome back ! Today is the day to announce the winner and top 3 for the Spooky Fun with an Autumnal Twist. Please congratulate:

Congratulations Ann ! We loved your spooky project cobwebs and skulls included ! Please email for your winners badge and details of your guest post.

Now on to the top 3:



Congratulations everyone ! Please email for your top 3 badges.

The current challenge is Remember Remember the 5th of November and you have plenty of time to join in !

Thursday 1 November 2018

Remember, Remember, the 5th of November..........

Hi it's Toni here and I've got a 'bonfire night' challenge for you this month. As a child, I used to love bonfire night. My dad would come home from work with a box of fireworks and packets of sparklers. We couldn't wait to get outside and enjoy the show! Fireworks and fire, are used in celebrations all around the world. I'd love to see your art works based on fire and fireworks. Think bursts of colour, let rip with colour sprays, glitter, and paints, in fact whatever you like ! Let's have a bit of fun and brighten up these dark days with COLOUR ! Just remember it must be mixed media and must include stamps or stencils or even both. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with.




Now it's over to you !