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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.

Monday 4 December 2017

Hey Mr Snowman!

I'm over on the Topflight Stamps Blog today!.   The weather in the UK is certainly on the turn, with a light dusting of snow here and there!  So today I have brought to you my own zingy colourful snowman.

A few weeks back I pulled some prints from my gelli plate and had some clean up pages that I felt the need to keep.  Using Carabelle Studios Snowman set I stamped my snowman onto the printed page.

I masked off the snowman and stamped the houses & Christmas lights into the background.  Using distress oxide inks I used the snowflake stamp and some other stamps to build up some more layers.  I added a little shading around Mr Snowman, using a black inktense pencil, to make him pop!

I cut a clean piece of card as some white snowy ground for my snowman to sit and attached it over the printed card.  From some pink card stock I die cut the sentiment 'Celebrate' and attached.

Happy crafting,


Friday 1 December 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #43 Believe

A new month, a new challenge...Christmas challenge, 'Believe'.  It's our Christmas challenge at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge and time to get your mixed media all Christmassy!

Our sponsor this month is the lovely Glenda from Boozy Bear.  She makes a wonderful selection of chipboard shapes and textures.

I didn't use all of what Glenda sent to me but I had a good go!  

I started off by painting and brayering onto an MDF panel using a selection of Paperartsy fresco chalk paints.  With a stencil and a snowflake stamp I gradually built up my layers until I was happy.

With corresponding colours I painted the snowflakes and the chipboard punched circles.  I found the MDF heart my stash of bits and bobs, layered it up with paint using stencils and then gave it a fine coat of the chalk paint, just enough so the stencilling could show through.  I stamped on the sentiment and heat embossed with EP.

I attached all the separate painted elements using Finnabair 3D Matte Gel (Translucent).  What will you make for this months challenge?  Head over to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, check out the rules and submit your entries.

Happy Christmas crafting!