Friday, 2 December 2016

Creative Artiste: A Winter Door Hanger

It is the first Friday in the month so it must be time for a new challenge over at Creative Artiste!
To find out who the winners were last month and to see all the inspiration projects from the team please click HERE.
This month the sponsor for the challenge is
Here is the project that I made, with a distinctly winter feel...
I started with a blank MDF door hanger that I primed with white gesso then added snowflakes through an Imagination crafts stencil with light paste from Finnabair.  I also added some Golden glass bead gel for extra texture...

Then Starlight paints were added for some frosty sparkle...

Using the same stencil I added more snowflakes this time with the Imagination sparkle paste...

Finally I die cut snowflakes using dies from Spellbinders and Sue Wilson and added them to the door hanger along with a sentiment from Creative Expressions.

It would be great if you take a look at the challenge and even better if you are inspired to enter a project!

I will be back tomorrow with some design team samples for the launch of Hunkydory's 'For The Love of Stamps' latest range, you can take a look over on Create and

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  • I hope you have a great end to the week and are looking forward to the weekend.

    Jane x

    Thursday, 1 December 2016

    Altered Eclectics - Christmas Wreath


    Well it is December!  Time for the advent calendar and Christmas music to start...
    It is also the start of a brand new months challenge at Altered Eclectics, please click HERE to go straight over to the challenge blog where you will see inspiration from the whole team.  The theme is always 'Anything Goes' but NO cards or ATC's.

    As it is that festive time of year I decided to create something to reflect the season and one of the things that I love is snowflakes, especially the patterns and the icy colours.  So I made an altered MDF wreath trying to create that feel...

    I started with a blank MDF wreath which I primed with Decoart white gesso then added some texture using light paste from Finnabair through an Imagination crafts snowflake stencil, and then for that extra frostiness added some touches of Golden glass bead gel...

    The wreath was then painted using blue and pearl starlight paints from Imagination crafts... 

    I wanted to create a really icy look to the wreath so used the Decoart crackle glaze in places and once this had dried added white Decoart antiquing cream which was then wiped back leaving some areas whiter, especially within the crackles.  At this point I felt that something was still missing so added some more shimmer using Imagination sparkle paste through the same snowflake stencil as before.  Some gilding wax was also added to highlight the texture...

    To finish I wanted even more layers and dimension with some more snowflakes, so used a spellbinders snowflake pendant die and some Sue Wilson snowflake dies to create layered embellishments from different pieces of card.  These were sprayed with some pearl diamond spray then finished with a gem each and a touch of silver Pebeo gilding wax in places...
    The sentiment is from Creative Expressions (heat embossed with silver detail powder) and was die cut then coloured with a brush of distress ink...
    Finally some white satin ribbon was added to hang the wreath from and I adapted an embellishment to add to the centre of a bow...
    I hope you enjoyed seeing how this was made as much as I enjoyed creating it.  I really liked the different layers and texture, and I was happy that I achieved the frosty look I was going for.
    Please do pop over to the Altered Eclectics challenge to see what the design team have made and hopefully you will also be inspired to enter a project!
    I hope you have a fab start to the month and please pop by again tomorrow when I will have another project to share for another new challenge!
    Jane x 

    Wednesday, 30 November 2016

    Hegdehog Delight!


    I have recently been very lucky to have been given some brand new stamps to try out some projects with :)
    The stamps are from LC Designs (Little Claire) who are a lovely company making clear stamps plus a range of card/paper accessories.  I have, over the years, bought stamps from the company when I have seen them at various craft shows so I was really excited to have a play with these!

    This new stamp set has an outline hedgehog that can have words added to it, plus there are some other elements on the set as well.

    Here are a couple of cards that I made using the set...

    For this card I cut out the stamped leaves and coloured them before coating in glossy accents. The hedgehog image was stamped then the word added and for this card I decided to add my own prickles! 

    On this card I decided to use the tree trunk element from the stamp set along with the hedgehog, this time the word become the prickles!  I wanted a printed look so coloured the image using Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol pens.

    Here is an idea of some of the other elements on the set...

    To see more the website for LC Designs is...

    To get up to date info about events and products, plus inspiration their blog is...

    I will be back tomorrow with my project post for the Altered Eclectics Challenge blog, so I hope you will come by to see what mixed media I have been up to!

    Jane x

    Monday, 28 November 2016

    A Little Bit of Fantasy...


    I have been very lax with my posts again and also realised that I hadn't shared some samples that I made for the Hunkydory Twilight Collection launch a couple of weeks ago.  So I thought I would share my creations with you today, especially as the stamps sold out so quickly when the shows were aired so I don't think the design team samples got much chance to be seen!

    This collection is based around fantasy and fairy tales and the kit itself had lots of black silhouette images against quite dramatic colours, so with my samples I tried to show how the stamps could create some different looks...

    Have a lovely start to the week,

    Jane x

    Saturday, 19 November 2016

    Decorative Boxes

    Hello again!

    Three days of posts in a row, must be a near record!!

    Today I have some of the samples that I created for the Weekend Wow over on HOCHANDA at the moment.  The beautiful and intricate dies are fab for a range of projects and I decided to use two of them to decorate different styles of boxes...

    This first box was created using a tutorial on You Tube by Lea Denton who is a Stampin'Up! demonstrator, here is the link to the video...
    I used 12 x 12 coredinations card for the main part of the box and cut the Fancy Shutter die out of coredinations green card backed onto stick it.  Once cut this was then mounted onto gold foil card and the box all put together.  Finally I stamped and embossed the sentiment which was from one of the Sentimentals sets by Crafter's Companion and some luxury ribbon was added as per the tutorial.
    My second box was a simpler and flatter box that I made using the box base and lid measurements on my Big Score board.  I used the Butterfly Swirls die and cut it twice to create an oval shape.  By cutting the die a couple more times I was also able to snip away some of the whole butterflies to layer up onto the main die cut.  Gilding wax was added to highlight the texture and organza ribbon and a sentiment added as the finishing touches.
    To see the dies in action and lots more samples from the whole design team you can tune in as follows...
    Hopefully I will keep my posts more up to date now and hope to see you soon,
    Jane x

    Friday, 18 November 2016

    Hearts and Flowers


    I hope you had a chance to catch some of Leonie's shows yesterday, I really enjoyed seeing the demos and also the samples, including some by the new design team members!

    Today I thought I would show a couple of new cards that I made using the entwined heart dies in combination with some of the floral stamps that were also on the shows...

    This card was created using the Big Heart (Floral Cascade) along with the butterfly from the Folk Heart base.  I kept the inside of the heart that had been die cut and coloured it using gilding wax to create a contrast when the elements were put back together.  The Beautiful Blooms stamps were used in the background as well as then stamped, cut out and shaped for the focal elements.  Finally the sentiment came from the message ribbons stamps.
    For this card I wanted to use a different colour scheme from purple or pink so went for blues.  The background was created using the Dizzy Daisy stamp set and coloured using Spectrum Illustrator pens, with Broken China distress ink blended around the edges.  I also watered down some gold paint to flick onto the background for extra detail.  The Folk hearts were used to create a solid and detailed heart in coordinating colours and finally some of the message ribbon stamps used again for that finishing touch of a sentiment.
    Starting today on HOCHANDA is also the Weekend Wow from Crafter's Companion for which I have also made some design team samples!!  There are lovely dies that are great for creating really elegant cards, boxes and lots more and I will put some of my projects on here tomorrow as well.
    I hope you have a good end to your week and are looking forward to the weekend, hopefully I will see you back again soon,
    Jane x 

    Thursday, 17 November 2016

    A bit of mixed media dies and stamps...


    Firstly I must apologise for my lack of posts, I have been very busy though crafting for the design teams ad also preparing for a couple of Christmas craft fairs so my blog went a bit by the wayside :(

    However I am back today to show you some of the new samples that I made for Leonie Pujol's One Day Special that started last night and continues today at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm.  It is some of the previously released stamps and dies but at fantastic prices!!
    Here are a couple of the samples that I made with a selection of the Mixed Media stamps and dies...

    I really love the flower dies as I am always putting die cut flowers on projects but these are that bit different having a more funky and fantasy feel!  I decided to really go full on for this card and wanted it to be bright and sparkly.  The background was created by stamping the flowers and then heat embossing with clear powder.  Then I added Leonie's sparkle pens, blending them together at the joins before adding some of the text stamps in black to really stand out.  The die cut flowers were also coloured using the sparkle pens before being stacked up then a sentiment added.
    For this card I wanted to create something a bit different so only used the lips from the die set.  Each set of lips was coloured using Spectrum Illustrator pens then coated with glossy accents.  The background was created using Aqua Markers on the mixed media texture stamps and then finally one of the word ribbons was used around the edge.
    These were great fun to make and I will be back tomorrow with a couple of the new samples I made using the entwined heart dies.
    A quick reminder that when I reach 50 followers I will be having a giveaway of some crafty goodies, including some of the dies that are on the shows today, so if you are not already a follower I would be really pleased if you would click on the button over on the left hand side :)  Here is the prize I will be giving away from a special post...
    I hope you have a lovely day,
    Jane x