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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Vintage Christmas Tag

December seems to have arrived pretty quickly and I have been busy making a selection of tags for a few family gifts....so I thought I would make one as my design team project over at
More Mixed Media for the December Challenge.
The theme is always Anything Goes...each month there is an option and the option for December is "White"


I kept the background of my tag white and stamped the Artistic Outpost trees in black archival ink.
When the ink was dry I highlighted most of the branches in a green whisper pen, using the fine nib.
The children were stamped on to some spare card, as well as the December date.
I coloured the children and the little tree using whisper pens...once dry I added some glitter on the scarves and coat edges and the outer edge of the date label. ( that was stamped in peeled paint distress ink...which was also used to distress the edges of the tag )


Close up to show the sparkle....

Do pop over to More Mixed Media and enter our challenge..there is a prize on offer for the winner, so well worth a look..hope to see you there soon.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Let it Snow....

Rhedd's Creative Spirit has it's last monthly challenge for 2018...and it will run from the 1st December to 31st January..giving the design team a well earned break.
For the December challenge I created a Let It Snow canvas, although it didn't actually start off as a christmas themed project.
I started with strips of torn book pages and backing papers that I glued down, then scraped over with texture paste, once dry I went over it with white acrylic paint, wiping back over some script with a baby wipe..I repeated this a few times and noticed that a sort of snowy landscape had been created and I thought it would look good with a row of houses on it...


I die cut a few houses and added them to the canvas...then added the sisal fibres, twigs and mini cones that I had daubed with white paint. 


I had some frosty snow texture paste that was really past it's sell by date, but there was enough left to dab a brush in and swipe it over the canvas and twigs to give it a little more texture and some sparkle.Once that was dry I flicked some diluted white paint over the canvas to give it a snowy look.


Finally I added the image of the little girl throwing a snowball...


I darkened the last photo to show the sparkle in the sky....

Hope you manage to find time to pop over and join in with our challenge...it ends the 31st January, so plenty of time
You can find us here at Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Tic Tac Toe

Tic,tac,toe is the theme over at Tag Tuesday and was chosen by teamie Joan.


I chose the center line...stamping, brads and die cut to create my tag.


The background of my tag was coloured using oxide inks..once dry I used a selection of stamps to decorate. I added 2 brads and the two little girls die cut from Tim Holtz relatives.
I also stamped "dream" on some spare card and added to my tag.

Do pop over and check out the challenge...you can find us here at 


Sunday, November 11, 2018

Poppies

The theme over at Tag Tuesday is Poppies and was chosen by Wendy for a special memory she has, so the theme is very close to her heart.
As today is Remembrance Day I felt it the best day to post my Poppy Tag.....


I kept the background of my cream tag plain...using an old set of stamps by Elusive Images, I stamped the poppies in black archival ink.
I used whisper pens to colour the image.
I printed the sentiment, cut it half and distressed the edges in red and added it to the tag.
Today is certainly a day for thought and thankfulness...

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Monday, November 5, 2018

More Mixed Media

I've been decorating some hearts for christmas so I thought I would make one that fits the theme over at More Mixed Media.....as always the theme is Anything goes..with an option and that option is Black.


I have several sets of these birch wood folk type hearts, I used the largest one for this project. I painted it twice in acrylic black paint, set it aside  to dry.
I used one of the smaller hearts and traced around it on some thick card and cut it out.
 I stamped the sentiment and distressed the edges in distress ink.
Back to the large heart, which was now completely dry. I added some green mesh, burlap and sisal fibers to the heart ( I used hot glue  to secure in place ) then added the small heart.


From my stash I added some leaves that I had previously stamped, a few that were glittered and a few that were heat embossed. I made a small bundle of twigs tied with string..so adding the sycamore seeds and leaves first I layered the cluster up..adding the Autumn label and a string bow.
To finish I flicked over the finished heart with a paintbrush loaded with some white acrylic paint that had been thinned slightly with water.
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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Rhedd's November Challenge

Time for another monthly challenge over at Rhedd's  Creative Spirit..as always it is Altered Art/Mixed Media..definitely no cards.
For my design team project this month I have some wooden shapes that I trimmed in to little house shapes....


The first and second house I painted with gesso then swiped other colours over the gesso.


I used a stencil and swiped some orange paint over and also painted the number five.
Using stamps in my stash I decorated the first two houses then added embellishing and the lovely relative images by Tim Holtz.


The tall thin house I covered with some book paper...then used distress ink through a stencil and added more designs using stamps. I added the postage stamp and then another relative image.


I distressed the edges of the tall house with ink...I am so pleased with these houses and have them on display on my circle of wood....
You can find our challenge at 


Monday, October 22, 2018

Edgar Tag....

Time again for another challenge at Tag Tuesday..a great theme too, chosen by Michele.
I have to admit, Edgar Allen Poe has never been a subject that I have created with..so I was stumped for a while....then I remembered I had bought a second hand rubber stamp some time ago..Goth the Raven..perfect for the tag.
As for Edgar, I had to download a clipart image....I hope I have managed to cover Michele's theme....


I hope you can find time to pop over and join in with our challenge..you can find us here at
Tag Tuesday