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Hi I'm Clare, and as you can probably tell by my blog name I love to craft. It is a hobby of mine which I fit in my hectic life whilst working as a teaching assistant in a primary school, looking after my son, daughter and hubby Gary. Not forgetting our two mad springer spaniels, Suzi and Jess.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Love, Discover, Embrace

Good morning all, I'm here again today with another post for Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!  Our more than generous sponsers, Canvas Corp, sent me an abundance of crafting goodies I was able to come up with another mixed media piece.  
  I have included some photo steps for this piece but so far into making this I got lost in the moment and forgot about the photos!  

I started off by layering some Canvas Corp papers onto a canvas board.  Once dried I roughly scraped some gesso over the top and stamped into it to leave lots of texture.

Once the gesso had dried I added some texture paste through a stencil. 
 Using the fabulous Tattered Angels  glimmer mists, supplied by Canvas Corp,  I spritzed over the canvas board leaving various shades of shimmer behind.

Whilst waiting for my shimmering board to dry I pieced together some more of the gorgeous papers to prepare for another piece to place on my canvas.

 Again I spritzed with the bronze glimmer mist and cut out my shimmering heart.
Here is where the photo stages ceased so I'll talk you through the rest.  I took my heart and using the sewing machine I sewed some random lines, with various patterns, over the heart.  I also cut out a couple of smaller hearts from to accompany the large heart. I layered the large heart with burlap and using a hot glue gun, I applied this to the canvas along with the two smaller hearts.  I applied some words and added some background stamping in white ink.  I also added some white dotty doodles.  

 There is still plenty of time for you to submit your  rustic entry for this months Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.  There is a voucher worth $25 from Canvas Corp up for grabs!  Pop over to the blog for some more inspiration and show us your creations.   Crafty Hugs, Clare X X X     

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - Rustic

Morning all, I'm here to share with you this months theme for The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
Our theme this month is 'Rustic'.

Our guest designer this month is Lynne Forsythe and our sponsor is Canvas Corp Brands.  They will be offering a gift certificate of $25 dollars.  They supply some amazingly gorgeous products and you certainly will be spoilt for choice!

Well I really did have a super selection of goodies to work with!  Once I'd received my parcel I spread the contents over the table and my planning began.



Such an array of gorgeous crafting goodies what was a girl to do?  I started off by looking at the seven gypsies ATC drawer.  I painted  it with the Tattered Angles naturally aged paint system, I really love the effect that these paints and sprays acheive and they really do have endless possibilities.

I decided that my ATC drawer was to be a more of a configuration box.  After using the paints I lined the insides of the drawers using the delicious papers that Canvas Corp had provided.

I then had to think about what was going to sit on the miniature shelves.  I absolutely love painting houses, so that was going to be the theme.  Using the small wooden canvas stretchers you find attached to canvases, I glued them together to form the mini buildings, I gave them a coat of gesso before spraying some with the Tattered Angels chocolate glimmer mist and painting some with chalk paint.


I added details to the houses using the paper scraps from lining the drawers so that the houses co-ordinated with the drawer.

I constructed a drawer to slot inside the bottom opening and routed around in my treasure box to find a mini handle and I rummaged around in my husband's garage to find some mini handles to attach as legs.  I die cut some flowers from the canvas panels and added buttons to finish.  Tying some strings and cotton tapes (died with glimmer mists) I tied these to the handle on top of the drawer.


So there you have it, my attempt at a mini  Rustic configuration piece.  Now it's your turn!   I look forward to seeing what you make for this months challenge.  

Pop over to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge website to see the rest of the teams amazing creations and submit your own entry.

Crafty hugs,

Clare X X X 

Monday, 22 August 2016

Master board step by step with Dylusion Paints

Hi folks, I just thought I would do a quick blog for my page today to show you how I come up with my master boards.  I don't think that there are any hard and fast rules to this and everyone has their different ways of creating.  I have made a step by step in photos to show how I built up the layers on this particular board.

I started off with white linen Dylusions paint and brayered onto my white card.

Using London blue and the brayer I repeated.  It doesn't look much at the moment,  I promise when you add more layers the magic begins!

Brayering again now with white.

A change of colour.  Using after midnight.

Again I brayer over the darker blue to knock it back.

Time for some stencils, using white linen I sponged through the Dylusions stencils.  I like to put my stencils in three different areas but that is dependant on size, style and pattern.

Now for some dots using a Dylusions stencil, I love dots, circles, splodges all shapes and sizes, I love em!

Now I've added in some stripes still working in three areas and placing my stencil in different directions.

See I told you I love circles!  Using my chosen colours placing white over the darker areas and darker shades over the lighter areas.

Coming back with the White, using Tim Holtz splotches stencil.  I broke my rule of three on this I love the effect the rough edged circles create over the darker colours.

Time for some stamping!  Using stamps from the Tim Holtz set 'District Warehouse'  I stamped in blue and white pigment ink.

So there you have it, my master board!  Like I said there are no rules just go with what you feel and watch your piece grow!

Here are a couple of very different makes using this master board.  The details and links to the materials I used are over at A Sprinkle  of imagination.


Thanks for stopping by.  I love to hear your comments, you can leave these below or maybe you would like to follow my blog for regular updates?

Happy crafting,

Clare X X X 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Scribbly summer days

Hi folks just a quick blog from me tonight.  I decided today that I wasn't going to be wasteful!  So flicking back a page or two, in my large Dylusions journal, I decided to use a background I had made for a different project which I'd abandoned.

I sploged away with my Dina Wakely acrylics to layer my petals.

I blended around the flowers with my fingers with umber, white, some tangerine and magenta.

Lots of doodling now with my Posca pens.  I was very scribbly with my doodles on the flowers!

That's all from me today.  I have lots of projects on the boil so I hope to be back soon to share with you all.

Happy crafting, 

Clare X X X 

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Happy Place

It seems like an age since I reached for my journal and for one reason or another today was the day.  

Today I used my Paperartsy Fresco paints and sploged away to make my background.  Using Tim Holtz stencils and the paints I added in some marks for me to work with later.

I stamped Trish Latimer's Whimsy girl onto some water colour card and coloured with Neocolour II Water soluble crayons.  I fussy cut her and collaged onto my journal page.

I added lots of doodling with my paint pens (my favourite part).   That was some much needed therapy today.  I really let go, note to self  I must make more time for my journal in future
and stop letting things get in the way.

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Happy crafting,

Clare X X X 

Monday, 1 August 2016

Bobbing along......

Hi folks and welcome to this months Mixed Media Challenge!  It really has been an exciting first month on the team and I've really enjoyed looking at all the entries and visiting  your blogs.

So without further ado let me tell you about this months challenge .....


Yes it is holiday season and the theme is travel.   Our sponsor and Guest Designer this month is Lindsay Weirich. She has a HUGE You Tube Channel. She is known as The Frugal Crafter. She is offering a free spot in her new online Craftsy Class called Mix It Up Mixed Media for our winners.  She is ALSO offering a half off code to her class to all our viewers. Here is the code for the discount http://craftsy.me/thefrugalcrafter You can visit her blog https://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.comhttps://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com and her You Tube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/thefrugalcrafter#p/u  Her You Tube Channel has 263,242 followers!!

So now you have all the info let me share with you the project that I have made especially for this month. 

 Living in a seaside town it made perfect sense to go with what I know, the boat is my means of transport being that my husband is more often than not out bobbing around the deep blue in search of his next catch.

For my project I worked on a canvas board with Dina Wakely acrylics.  I added a little DecoArt crackle paint in areas for interest.

For my beach houses  and vessel I decided to collage using old French dictionary pages along with Tim Holtz distress Matt medium. 


I doodled over my canvas with Posca paint pens and added some pearly dots using liquid pearls to create my fizzing ocean. 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  Your comments are always great fully received.  Pop over to the Mixed Media challenge bloghttp://mixedmediamc.blogspot.com/2016/08/mixed-media-monthly-challenge-27-travel.html to submit your entries.  I can't wait to se them all.  

Crafty hugs,   

Clare X X X 

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Oodles of doodles!

Hi folks, no smonday feeling for me tonight, it's the start of the summer holidays,  time to kick back and relax!  After suffering withdrawal from my craft room I managed to skip back in there today to finish a project that I had started three weeks ago.

I've been avidly following the wanderlust projects and this particular canvas was inspired by Magda Polakow.  She creates amazing whimsical art and also designs stamps for Stampotique.

On canvas I collaged  scraps of paper before painting with Dina Wakely acrylics and Posca paint pens.  I drew my little owl character, painted with gesso and added watery colours with inktence pencils.  The flowers were made from a previously painted piece of deli paper.

I really enjoyed creating this project, the whole process was very therapeutic.  Now what crafty mayhem will I cause next?  I have a couple of ideas on the boil but before then the craft room needs a tidy....so I can make another arty mess.

That's all from me tonight but I look forward to sharing some more of my makes with  you over the coming weeks.

Crafty hugs,

Clare X X X