Wednesday, 18 May 2016

In the Countryside with Lynne

Good morning, it's time for our mid month inspiration post where the current challenge for the DT is either try a new technique or share one that they particularly enjoy using. 

We have seem some wonderful entries so far this month, but if you have not joined in yet or would like to enter a second or third time to there is still plenty of time as the challenge runs until 1st June. The prize is a super £35 store voucher from Crafty Individuals.

Now I will hand you over to Lynne who will tell you all about the lovely canvas she has created.............

"Our topic for our current set of mid-month posts is to showcase a technique, either a favourite or one we haven't tried before. I decided to go for the latter. I've always wanted to have a go at a mixed media canvas but never got round to it before, mainly because I didn't really know where to start! However, this is what I managed to come up with!

I've no idea whether the way I did it was correct or not, if indeed there is a "correct" way, and having done it, there are things I'd do differently another time, but I'm not too dissatisfied with the finished result, imperfect though it is! 

I have a few step by step photos and a brief how-to (or how not to!) on my blog Creative Lynks, so please do take a look, and I hope you have a go at creating a mixed media canvas. I certainly had fun doing it".

Thank you Lynne, I am sure everyone enjoyed seeing your lovely canvas as much as I did.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

May challenge - Anything goes

Good Morning to you all and Happy May Day.

Our them this month is a nice and easy one of...................

********Anything Goes********

As the title suggests, the choice of theme is totally down to you, all we ask is that you remember the basic rules: You can enter up to three times, combine with other challenges, use any make of stamp......but can I please remind you.........we are a stamping challenge so must see a stamped image, sentiment or quote as the focal element of your artworkIt so upsets us to see names come out in the draw who are not eligible for the prize because they have not read the rules. 

Crafty Individuals is an exciting web based venture into the creative world of crafts and altered art products and produce an eclectic range of unique and top quality art rubber stamps, cutting dies, masks/stencils and paper craft products. One very lucky winner will win a £35 voucher to spend in their store.

Anita is our Guest Designer this month and has created this very elegant card to share with us.............

And as usual the Design Team have come up with some fabulous artwork, several using products from this months sponsor.................

Using Crafty Individuals CI-442 and CI 409

Using Crafty Individuals CI- 445

Using Crafty Individuals Background Paper Book  Book 5, Travels in Italy

Using Crafty Individuals CI 357

Using Crafty Individuals CI-452 and Paper Book 3 Springtime

Using Crafty individuals CI-430 and CI-387



Good luck to you all.

Friday, 29 April 2016

April winners

Good morning, it's time to announce the winner and Top 3 from our April challenge.

Now I know I say every month that the DT have a tough job voting for their favourites, but goodness me, this time round it really was so, so difficult as we all had different favourites from so many wonderful entries and it took me some time to sort the votes to come up with the final four.

But I got there in the end and I am pleased to announce the winner of the £40 store voucher from PDA is............
The stunning Butterfly just floats off the card

Congratulations Samantha, please mail me with your full name and postal addy so I can arrange for you to choose your prize.

And our Top 3..............
Such elegance with a beautiful Orchid

A lovely background to set off the Butterflies

A beautifully sunny card to brighten any day

Well done to you all, please collect our Top 3 badge to display on your pwn blogs.

I will be back Sunday with a new challenge and another super prize.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Art Deco candle set from Tracy

Good morning, it's time for our mid month inspirational post where the DT are taking it in turns to share either a technique that is new to them or one that they particularly enjoy using. Our April 'One for the Girls' theme is in full swing, it runs until 27th of this month so there is still plenty of time to join in and be in with a change of winning the £40 shopping voucher from PDA.

It's my pleasure to introduce Tracy this month and I am so pleased that she is sharing one of her stunning candle collections. I've been a lucky recipient of one of Tracy's candles and it has pride of place in my dining room and would you believe it has Poppies on it, I will pass you over to her to tell you how she created her set...................

"As we are showing techniques that we use, I thought about showing this one, candles. I do them often to make as gifts, often as part of a set.  They are wonderful to give to people and not as hard as you think to make.  Before I tried doing it on my own I attended a class to learn the process, but I know there is plenty of videos on line.

There is many ways to decorate candles but always remember that anything you add must be removable to allow the candle to burn.  When you add the image it is done by using tissue paper so that burns well.

You have to be very careful when doing this technique as the candle can melt really easily if the heat gets too much. I have had a few disasters while learning this, so my advice is start with cheap candles from a pound shop to practice on.

Hope you give this a try and enjoy it as much as I do"

Tracy x

Thank you so much Tracy, I hope she has inspired you to have a go at creating a beautiful candle.

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