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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.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Mood Board

Hello all, I hope you have all had a fantastic weekend?  I have just updated my blog to remind you that there is still plenty of time for you to join in with this months challenge

There is a fabulous prize of $30 from Stampotique to spend so head over to the MMMC blog for more inspiration and submit your entry.  Now although our mood board has a spooky theme there is a fantastic array of colour which is what I have used for today's project.

I started off by applying white acrylic paint through a variety of stencils.  Once this had dried I applied festive berries, wild honey and peacock feathers distress inks over top, I love how the acrylic pops through the distress inks like magic!

After I'd finished with the bright distress inks I blended around the edges with pumice stone distress inks to add a little more depth.  

Onto some water colour card I stamped Stampotique's Birdy up, by Kira Nichols and coloured with Neocolour II crayons and a water brush.  I added some dots to the birds using a White posca pen.  I penned directly onto the card (after a practise) a line for the birdies to perch and finally added my feathered friends to their positions.

Now it's your turn!  I can't wait to see your entry for this months challenge.  See you soon.

Crafty hugs,

Clare X X X

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Fall Ball 2016

You You Hi folks it's the first of the month so that can only mean one thing.......Mixed Media Monthly Challenge new challenge!  This months challenge is a mood board


You've got it,  it's a Halloween theme and our sponsors for this month are none other than Stampotique Originals.  They are giving our winner $30 gift certificate !

So to start you off with a little inspiration here is my make for this months challenge.  I wanted my
journal pages to have a photo album feel.  Using Decoart paints I created a master board with stencils and Kate Cranes doodle cube stamp.  I also made a journal page using the same paints, slightly different stencils.

I wasn't happy with my original page so I saved this for a different project.

I chopped up my master board into squares and layered them onto white card to give the appearance of Polaroid photos.

I customised some photo corners using the co-ordinating paints and a brayer.

The Stampotique characters were stamped onto watercoloured card and coloured with Neocolour II crayons.  I fussy cut them out and placed them onto the Polaroid.


I added some shading behind the characters with a black Neocolour II crayon and water brush.

Now with the colours that I had used  there wasn't a huge Halloween influence so I decided to document what they got up to at the Fall Ball.   I typed this up,  printed out and arranged in my journal.  

I added some doodles to my pages with a white and black pen.

My Stampotique photo album page was complete!  I can't even begin to tell you how much fun I had planning and making this project!

Now it's your turn!  Head over to the Mixed Media Monthly challenge, check out some more fabulous inspiration and submit your entries!

Crafty hugs,

Clare X X X 

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.


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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