Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Crafty Gals Corner #4 - Try Something New (1/28)

Over at Crafty Gals Corner the challenge this week is to Try Something New.

Maybe there is a technique, fold, item, style you have been putting off trying.. well now is the time to step out of your comfort zone and take a leap.

For this I tried printing on to patterned paper. I was quite selective about the image as I wanted a silhouette, so there wouldn't be any clashing of colours etc. I printed on a sheet from Prima Art Journal paper pad, mounted on white and then on to a piece from Prima Romance Novel. All mounted onto a plain white card.

I outlined the images with a white gel pen to allow them to just slightly separate from the paper and coloured some parts of the butterflies and fairy wings, to add a little more interest. Also for the 'Live, Love, Laugh' too. Then finished up with some pearls. :)

Our sponsors this week are:

Prize: $20 Gift Certificate


Prize: 7 Digital Images

This is something I will happily do again. Printing on to patterned paper is definitely a quick way to pull a card together.

Hope you're all having a great week and do come and play along with us at Crafty Gals, we love to see your work.
Happy hugs
Georgie xx

Monday, 26 January 2015

Speed Craft Challenge Blog 11 - Sparkle and Shine!! Mixed media tag

Many of you that follow me know how much I love mixed media, especially the Prima Finnabair products! I love her style and the style of her design team, I took inspiration for this from Elena Morgun of the Sunshine Studio blog. If you've not seen her work check it out... seriously, you'll never be disappointed.

I've tried to encapsulate her style for this challenge, and I wanted to prove (to myself more than anything) that mixed media can be done in a quicker time. So here is what I accomplished in 15 minutes:

Can you see all that beautiful sparkle? 
15 min tag to enter to challenge

I wasn't entiiiiiirely happy with the tag at this stage so I did go back and do some more to it but this is it after 15 minutes... Didn't think it was too bad for after quarter of an hour - lol

Desk before - got out all the things I could potentially need.

Straight after - as soon as the alarm went I stepped away and then took a picture before going to the  light box :) 

Anyway, as I said I wasn't entirely happy so I went away and played some more and this is the finished result:

I applied some extra gesso, which is something I love to do to knock back and then add colour but didn't have time for before. I added some extra paint, some glitter, some buttons and some of those little gem things. :)

I spend one evening every month or so and go die cutting crazy and store them up. So I used two leaves from that stash and I keep my wax paper die cuts so a couple of those got used here. Hope this doesn't go against me for this challenge... :/

So mixed media can be done quickly, I learnt a few things though...:

  • Ensure your glue tip isn't stuck with glue, for quick access.
  • You have clean paint brushes to hand
  • Use super glue or hot glue
  • Make sure your mini misters are already filled
  • Have an idea in mind (I was thinking about the style the night before)
  • Keep all your products close to hand that you want to use
  • Baby wipes out and ready

At one point it was crazy, I had the heat gun in one hand drying and a baby wipe cleaning my stencil in the other!! :)

If I could do this again I think I would have done it on white, I was hoping the gold sparkle paste would pop more on the black, but I think the rest of the design suffered for it. However, I had amazing fun doing this, I love the pressure of just 'doing' rather than umm-ing and ahh-ing all the time over the composition. You just have to run with what you start and it's very refreshing.

I'd like to enter this (15 min tag) over at the Speed Craft Challenge Blog for their Sparkle and Shine Challenge. :) Hope this counts for it!!

Hope you're all having a great start to the week


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Hare - Intuitive Painting - Mixed Media Place

There's a fab challenge over at the Mixed Media Place Blog... Intuitive Painting! Sounds intriguing right? The idea behind this is really simple, but of course it doesn't always feel like that. :)

The Process:
You place a few colours of paint on your mat and start to just paint on the page, however you like, just let the colours take you over and don't think too much about what you're doing. Once the paint is dry you try to pick out images and make it come to life on the page.

(I've done this at work with scribbles, you know when you have one of those phone calls where you're put on hold for (what feels like) hours on end. Take your biro and scribble on a section of the note book and pick out shapes and define them further with your pen. I usually see boats and sea scenes :) )

For this challenge I've already done a couple of pages and it's such great fun, I really recommend this, it's pure art therapy! You don't have to worry about being judged, at all!!

Here is my first page:

I used three Tim Holtz Distress paints (Vintage Photo, Victorian Velvet and Peacock Feathers) and just applied with my fingers, smudging it all over the page, here and there. Making a right old mess, but it equals good fun :) (Working in my art journal)

(Before pic) sorry this was on a different camera, so only just uploaded :) can you see it too? 

When I had almost finished, I could just see this hare (one of my favourite animals) appearing from the brown 'smudge' at the bottom of the page. After highlighting and shading him, (used watered down gesso and pencils and a black pen in odd places) the page just reminded my husband and I of Watershipdown. I decided not to add anymore to the page as I just loved the mood of it as it was.

I'll have another to share tomorrow too. This is quite addictive!!

Hugs and happy weekend crafting
Georgie xx


Thursday, 22 January 2015

Blog Candy Winner.... Announcement!!

Wow!!! Thank you so much to everyone for the super lovely comments over the last couple of weeks and thank you to my new fabulous followers, I'm so glad to have you come along on my crafting journey.

I'm hoping I have managed to get round to everyone and in return now follow you, please say if I haven't. I do get tangled up in baby brain from time to time!

Anyway... without further ado I can now reveal the winner of my £20 gift certificate. Big yaaaay! :)

The winner was selected at random via names in a bowl (very technical and modern...) and then stirred with a wooden spoon by husband (because it's juuust his style... ), who then very graciously dug deep to pick the name...............:

'Butterfly' - aka the lovely and very talented Alison over at Words and Pictures!!!!


Alison does some of the most amazing vintage shabby-style mixed media projects you could hope to find and is constantly thinking of ways to combine these projects with light too. There's a beautiful post where she made these gorgeous candle holders with the Tim Holtz Vellum - STUNNING!! And pure genius!!!

Do check it out :) or pop over to say congrats, and Alison please can you email me with the store where you would like the credit for and I will get it sorted for you ASAP :)

Thank you to everyone for supporting the new Challenge Blog and team at Crafty Gals Corner the response has been phenomenal. You have all made our DT Leader one very happy lady!

Currently the challenge this week is Let's Hear It For The Guys - make any project, honestly it can be anything, as long as it's masculine themed. As always there are some fab prizes up for grabs, just take a peek!

Have a wonderful weekend one and all, I hope it's filled with lots of creative time! xx
Georgie xx

P.S. Big thank you to those who added this to their side bars, your support for this meant so much to me - hugz xxxx

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

'Perfect' Mini Album - Crafty Gals Corner Challenge

This week the challenge is to create something for a boy or a man, so using my son for inspiration I decided to make something for him. A one sheet wonder mini album for my 'perfect'* little boy!! :)

* Disclaimer - This is not always entirely true, like today... but I shan't dwell on these details :)

Here is my mini album:

I used the image 'Perfect' as I want my son to always believe these words. I hate that as a society we place these ideals on ourselves, but I won't start on that as I'll never stop :)

Some peeky-peeks inside :) :

Inside fully opened out with belly bands

The back

I've kept the mini album as clean and simple as possible, as I want him to be able to use it. Hence the Painted Tim Holtz clip instead of ribbon. I can't wait to get some photos and little tags with notes in there for him. Hopefully it will be something he keeps and can look at when he's older.

Papers used were Animal Antics by First Edition (these albums are a great way to use up 6 x 6 pads)

The little images and labels are from Kaisercraft Collectables.

If you're about to create something for a boy/guy come and enter it into our challenge at Crafty Gals Corner, we'd love to see you there!!

The sponsors this week are:

Prize: 3 digital images


Lacy Sunshine

Prize: 3 Digital Images

Please pop along and see us at Crafty Gals Corner, we love all your entries xx

Take care
Georgie xx

Friday, 16 January 2015

Bo Bunny Layout

Hello to my newest followers, so glad you could join me here and thank you. I will hop round to you all soon too :) xx

Over at Bo Bunny they are having their January Sketch Challenge and I really wanted to give it a go. If you're new to scrapbooking this is a great one as you can make it as simple or complicated as you like!!

I opted for the simpler version as I didn't want it to get too messy or too over done, so no paint other than a bit of white gesso on the roses for extra depth. Can't believe I left those paint brushes alone!!!

Here is the sketch:

So pretty isn't it!

Some close ups:

I used The Avenues paper collection by Bo Bunny and originally I was going for very vintage but when selecting the papers I just fell for this colour combo.

Anyway this is just a quickie, thanks for stopping by and wherever you are in the world have a lovely morning/afternoon/evening/ or... goodnight and sleep tight :)

* Edit - The pic is of my son at two months(ish) old and of my Mother in Law who passed away last year. She was the kindest person, ever!!! She had so much love to give in everything she did, hence my sentiment :)


Like to enter this in
Bo Bunny January Sketch Challenge


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Crafty Gals Corner Sweetheart Challenge

*** Don't forget I have **blog candy** still available, for more details and a chance to win a gift certificate worth £20 please click above. :)*** All you have to do is become a follower... easy peasy :) One week left!!!

This week the challenge is 'Sweethearts' over at the Crafty Gals Corner Challenge, please come along and play :)
Mango Treasures textured paper from Paper Temptress

I never grow tired of doing art journal style pillow boxes and when I saw this paper I could see this design almost immediately. The orange base was actually much sturdier than I thought it would be and took the paint so well. 

I used Tim Holtz Distress Paints in Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed and just dabbed randomly on the card, then sprayed with some water to blend. I love the vibrancy of this, the pink and yellow blended beautifully with the orange paper. 

I used the heart stamp from the Tim Holtz Urban Chic set and his Hearts Movers and Shapers. 

Heart Balloons from StitchyBear Digital Outlet

CAS design for this card, using a blend of red copic markers. Drew the boarder in the same squiggly style. Such a brilliantly quick style to do if you're in a hurry or forget to do a card for Valentines Day! :)

All you have to do is use a heart somewhere on your creation. Easy Peasy...

The sponsors this week are:

Prize: $25 Gift Certificate


- please make sure you mention which artist your image came from, the name of the image, and a link to their store -
Prize: $10 Gift Certificate 

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to link up your challenge here at Crafty Gals Corner Challenge Blog

Have a great day my lovelies xx

I'd like to enter this in the Craft Stamper Magazine Challenge  Take a Stamp (Pillowbox only)

Monday, 12 January 2015

Wedding Card and Prima Product Picks - January

A big warm welcome to my lovely new followers, it's so lovely to have you here, and thank you everyone for your supportive comments over the last few weeks. :) You are the most amazing community and I'm so grateful to be inspired and supported by you all. xx

Those that have followed me for a little while know how much I adore Prima and Prima always has the most amazing colour schemes in their Product Picks, I will post a pic below of this months, but for this challenge they have chosen the most beautiful shades of teal and turquoise. It's such a great challenge to get involved in if you love Prima.

Here is my take on this months palette:

Because this will be a card with an easel back I have tried to be a little clever and have included a tag from the Prima Something Blue range - our message to the happy couple will go on the back of this, but the message is out of sight, so our scraggly handwriting can't be seen :)

This is how it looks without the tag.

Close of the Prima Newsprint and Mini Frame - distressed the frame lightly

Close up of layers

Prima Products Used:

Hello Pastel - Large Flowers
Something Blue - Tags
Something Blue - Honeymoon Flowers
Divine - Newsprint and Mini Frame
Seashore - Papers
Seashore - Leaves
Prima Dies
Resin - Fly Away
Say It In Crystals - Mini Swirls
Colour Bloom Sprays - Colbolt, Glistening Waves, Soft Teal
Trim - Wide Flower
Prima Chalk Paint Edger - Teal Damask

Other Products:

Dusty Attic - Mini Branch
Perfect Pearls Baby Blue
Thread - Soft Grey
Luminarte Silks - Majestic Blue and African Jade

Prima Product Pick Palette:

It's a palette of fresh and inspiring images. Gorgeous, right?!! :) 

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving lovely comments of support, I read and love them all.

If you have anything you want to ask on the above please get in contact :)

Big Hugs

I'd like to enter this in:

Prima's January Challenge Product Pick
Mixed Media Place - Wings (Prima Bird)
The Mixed Media Challenge Blog - Something New for the New Year (New Prima Flower Lace Die)
House of Cards - (Colour Palette/Glitter)
Frilly and Funkie - Anything Goes
Craft Hoarders Anonymous (Spray Mist/Thread/Mixed Media&DieCutting/Chipboard/Flowers)
Country View Crafts - Use Something New to You (New Prima Flower Lace Die)


Sunday, 11 January 2015

Bubble Journal Page

Big welcome to my new followers, so happy to have you here :) and thank you everyone for all your lovely comments, they mean the world to me xx

Today I'm sharing an art journal page. The reason behind this page was showing a crafty friend, where to start with an art journal, as they'd like to start a journal too! I find an art journal one of the most liberating things you can do as it sooo doesn't matter on the end result. I just love to play with colours.

I have progress photos of my workings, although they are very dark - I was taking them in my crafting area, I don't have the best light in the evenings - however the finished page photo was done elsewhere and truer to the colour.

Finished page:

How I got to this page:

(used the lid to create the circles)

It's far from perfect, but then I guess that's the point, right? Tried some new things on this page too, so learnt a little along the way too.

Thanks for stopping by and please don't forget to check out my 'Candy' page, all you have to do for a chance to win is become a follower of my blog :)

Georgie xx 

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