Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A notebook

Good morning Crafty Friends!
Lucyna here. Today I want to show you  my take on our current challenge theme ,,BACK TO SCHOOL".
It is a small( 10x14 cm) altered notebook.

I started with covering the both sides with black gesso.


Next I added some die cuts for nice texture.


Then I put some modelling paste through the stencil for some more interesting texture.


 I have painted some crafty canvas with my acrylics.


Next I made some colorful diecuts and attached them to the covers. 


Than I stamped them.

I finished my piece with colouring some chipboard letters which I added to the cover.
There is still time to play along with us this month!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Back to school matchbox drawers and books

Hello, I hope everyone has had a good summer. Its my most favourite time of the year, and it's always sad to see it slip into Autumn. It's now time for children to return to school so this months challenge is Back to School with a Twist of Primary Colours.

I made this little set of drawers with a little girl making the best of her last days of school holidays, and happily flying her kite .

You can find many templates for matchboxes on Google. When you have found the one you like, print it onto card and carefully cut it out. I decided to make a three drawer box. Before assembling the boxes I coloured each one in primary colours. I used ink dusters to apply the dye inks. The boxes could also be covered in pretty papers, we all have plenty of those!

I stacked the boxes on top of one another and used PVA glue to keep them in place. A small decorative brad can be added as a handle.
I stamped and water coloured a lovely Phyllis Harris girl stamp. I wanted her to stand up on top of the box so I left a tab on the bottom of the stamp. I folded the tab up and glued it to the top of the box.
A diamond shape cut out of some card works well as a kite. I adhered it to some wire and placed it on top of the match box to appear as if the girl is holding on to it.

Now what to put inside the drawers? You could put small sweets or mini gifts such as erasers, pencil toppers etc I decided to make some miniature books. I used my Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland and Classic Pooh stamps, to decorate both sides of the miniature accordian books.

We look forward to seeing all of your creations for this months challenge.


Thursday, September 1, 2016

September Challenge

Happy September!  WOW, I can't believe how fast time flies!  Thanks to everyone who played along with us in August!

Our August Mixed Media Mojo Diva is:

DOTS TO LINES.  Congrats!   
Please contact our Guest Designer Coordinator Jannet - (gillslap AT for your badge and information on being our next Guest Designer!

Let's get onto this month's challenge:

 Check out what our amazing Design Team did:

Ann - September Guest Designer

I hope you will play along with us this month! Please link up below a new project created for this challenge and do not combine with more than 6 other challenges. Limit to 3 entries per person. You can be the next Mixed Media Mojo Diva!

I hope you will come play along!


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Guest Designer Sara Emily

Today we welcome our amazingly talented Guest Designer Sara Emily from Saras's Closet.

Autumn is my favorite time to craft, so I was really inspired by the theme 'Harvest With a Twist of Adding Fruit' and pulled out some fall colors, stamps, a stencil and embossing folder.

For my leafy background panel, I started with a card stock scrap cut to size for a card.I applied Spiced Marmalade Distress ink to the raised side of Tim Holtz embossing folder and embossed the card.. I cut another piece of scrap using Tim's Tattered Leaves die and used the cut leaves as a mask.I stamped with a Tim Holtz script stamp in sepia Archival ink, then blended with Fossilized Amber Distress ink.Leaving the masks in place, I placed Tim's Flourish stencil over the left side of the card and applied Ranger Transparent Matte Paste. I sprinkled on clear micro beads and Clear Rock Candy Distress glitter while the paste was still wet. I removed the stencil and washed it immediately. When the panel was dry, I repeated the same process to the right side.

Removing the masks, I painted the leaves with a water pen and Distress crayons in Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo, and Rusty Hinge. I just got Pumpkin Spice Distress ink after this step, so I applied some randomly to the background with a water pen. When the card was completely dry, I replaced the masks and blended with Vintage Photo ink and lightly wiped off the stenciled areas with a damp cloth. I dribbled some water for some aging, and dried. I splashed on coordinating inks and applied Distress Crazing randomly. It's a mixed media mess at this point but most of it will be covered up, so no worries.

If you would like to see how I made my embellishments and wood grain backing panel, I welcome you to pop over to my blog, sarascloset.

I would like to thank Jannet and the rest of the talented Design Team for allowing me to craft along side them today! It has been such a pleasure working with you!


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fruits Of Our Labours Mixed Media Canvas

Hello and welcome, Deb here today for Mixed Media Wednesday to share a project with you that was inspired by our August challenge, Harvest with the twist of adding Fruit.

I have a quick tutorial on how I made my 'Fruits Of Our Labours' mixed media canvas, hope you will enjoy it.

I started out with a 5" x 7" flat artists canvas and added die cut letters to spell out my words.  I have A LOT of die cut letters from previous projects that I hoard keep in my stash so I used them and didn't worry about what material or colour they'd been die cut from as I intended to cover everything with gesso.  I layered three of each letter together for some dimension and adhered them to the canvas.

The wide serif letters are from Tim Holtz's Boardwalk die and the narrow sans serif letters are from his Alphanumeric dies.  I gave the whole canvas a coat of gesso and let it dry.

Sprays and drips with Distress spray stain in shades of yellow and orange came next along with some spritzes of water to blend the colours.

After the stain had dried, I sealed the whole canvas with Distress Matte collage medium and then intensified the colours by scribbling with Distress crayons and blending with my fingers.  I added some shading to the lettering with shades of brown Distress crayons and then gave each letter a dusting of Perfect Pearls.  The edges of the canvas were also shaded with brown Distress crayons.

Stamping came next, I used a variety of script and mixed media stamps from my stash and stamped them onto the canvas with Black Soot Distress Archival ink.

I still felt I needed some interest on my background so spattered the canvas with white and then black thinned acrylic paint, masking off the lettering before doing so.  Here's a close up picture of the spattered and stamped background.

I then fussy cut some vintage peach and apple images from my stash (courtesy of Magic Moonlit Studio) and adhered some of them to the background.  I sealed the background images with Distress Matte collage medium and then used a Black Soot Distress marker to add some shading.

The two foreground images were mounted onto black fun foam and adhered over top to add a bit more dimension to my canvas.

I love the addition of the Perfect Pearls to the lettering, I must remember to use it more often!

Hope you have enjoyed my quick little tutorial, this is a great way to make use of those hoarded surplus die cut letters you have in your stash!

I also hope it has inspired you to join in our August challenge, I can't wait to see what you create.

Thanks again for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Fruit Harvest

Hi there Mixed Media Mojo friends!
It's me  Lucyna here to show you a few steps of my take on the theme Harvest with the twist Fruit.

I altered a box, we usually buy strawberries in such kind of containers.

I started with adding some chipboard banners and giving them all a good wash of gesso. 

Then it was time for spritzing and misting. I used Dylusions ink spray and Perfect Pearls mists.

Next outlining with green ink was made.

I finished the piece with some drawings and some scraps of fruit.

I hope I could help your imagination bloom. Have a look, put your thinking cup on and join us in the fun at the challenge.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

An Apple Or Two A Day For Bernie


Do you have a folder of backgrounds which you have created but haven't used? I know I do so I pulled one of them out to use as my base for this picture.

I firmly taped my elephant stencil down with some masking tape. I swept some texture paste over the stencil with a palette knife, I wanted to give the elephant a cracked rough elephant type skin so I used a sponge (an inexpensive make up sponge) and pressed it into the paste and then quickly lifted it up. I have never used crackle paint, but you could probably create the same appearance with that.

When the paste was completely dry. I put the stencil back over the paste and carefully stuck it down. I used Rangers Cool Graphite dye ink to colour the elephant. I really should give him a name.... I think I will call him Bernie. I dabbed a sponge into the ink and dabbed it all over until Bernie was a glorious grey colour.

Now Bernie is often hungry so I quickly painted him a few apples, and coated them in glossy accents. When nice and dry I cut them all out.

I stamped a bird on a little piece of card and cut it out and sat him on Bernie's back. I added few green stamped branches and leaves, and glued the apples amongst them.Now Bernie is ready to have a feast!


Please join in the fun and add your project to this months Mixed Media Mojo

Challenge Harvest with a Twist of Fruit.