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Hi I'm Clare, I live in the South West of England in the seaside town of Torquay. I adore playing with inks, paints and generally getting messy. It is the calm place which fits in between my hectic life whilst working as an outreach support worker, looking after my son, daughter, foster son and hubby. Not forgetting our gorgeous springer spaniel, Suzi.

Thursday 15 December 2016

Winter Warmers

Good morning all,  just a quick post to remind you there is still time to take part in this months  Mixed Media Monthly  Challenge.  Pop over to the the blog  to check out the rules and submit your entries and  as it is the season of goodwill there are some fabulous prizes up for grabs so be sure to enter your merry makes!

Eileen Hull, our sponsor for this month,  very kindly provided us with some die cut boxes.  For my second project I visualised the delightful tray full of seasonal treats.

In this  design  I used  Decoart fluids (turquoise) once again but this time I chose to work with the Decoart crackle paste.  I went for a mega crackle and applied weathered wood before applying a layer of the paste.  Once dry  I painted on a layer of antiquing cream  and rubbed back to reveal my frosty offering.  I trimmed the box with some die cut snow flakes and some sparkly stickers.  I couldn't resist adding some stickles to give some more twinkle to the project.  The title was applied and the little box was filled with sachets of  hot chocolate and festive treats.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by.  It is such a busy time of year so I really do appreciate it.  I'm really looking forward to the holidays (lots of crafty time) and I'll  be back soon to share some more craftyness!

Crafty hugs,

Clare X X X 

Thursday 1 December 2016

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #31. Merry & Bright

Good morning all,  I'm bringing with me some good cheer today and sharing with you the latest theme for the  Mixed Media Monthly Challenge


Our sponsor this month is Eileen Hull and this months lucky winner will be receiving one of Eileen's fantastic dies.  Our Design team member Lisa is also on Eileen's design team so be sure to pop over to the MMMC BLOG to check out the makes Lisa and the rest of our talented team!

  I painted my die cut box with a layer of Decoart media fluid Paynes Grey and added a layer of weathered wood medium.   
Over the top of the weathered wood medium I added some Decoart crackle paint,  waited for it to dry and watching the crackles appear.  Once dried I applied a coloured layer of quinacradone gold and red.  
  Through a TCW stencil I sponged on some Decoart metalic gold.  I splattered on some white paint to create a snowy atmosphere.  Once dry I constructed the box with double sided tape.  I had already prepared some dictionary pages using the Decoart reds and a Tim Holtz stencil.  I applied these to the bottom of my box using Matt medium.  Using Canvas Corp papers I cut out some triangles to turn into christmas trees.  I added some liquid pearls to my little trees, some ribbon and a sentiment to the lid of my box.  


Well that's one of my projects for this months challenge, now it's your turn!  Head over to the blog to capture some more inspiration, check out the rules and submit your entries.

Happy christmas crafting.

Clare X X X