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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.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Altered book dragonfly

Good day to you all.  A quick blog post from me today with a little mid month inspiration for Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.  Challenge #34 Buttons.  As you were very well informed  in my previous post for this Challenge, you will already know that I am rather fond of the use of buttons in my crafting.  This time I decided to have a go at an altered book.

I love Dragonflys too!  They appear in abundance all around my home,  they have  even become a symbol of our christian distinctiveness at the school where I work!  So I crafted an altered book to put up on a display for school.

I started off by sticking down my pages with Matt medium and giving the pages a coat of gesso.  As the book had coloured pages a gave it a couple of coats as I did it want any of the bright colours poking through.  Once the gesso had dried, I scrunched up some printed tissue paper and glued it down with more Matt medium.  Through a TCW chicken wire stencil, I applied some grunge paste to add some texture.

  I sprayed the pages  with tattered angels glimmer mists.  The buttons were glued down, to form the dragonfly, with finnabair 3D gel.  More drying time,  then time to apply some Finnabair rust paste.  I sanded back the grunge paste and then applied some treasured gold gilding wax to the wire fence stencilling and dragonfly.

Thank you for stopping by today, remember to submit your entries over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog.  

Happy crafting,
Clare x x x 

Monday, 6 March 2017

Paperartsy - Paint & Infusions canvas

Good evening all,

I am thrilled to share with you a project I have up on the Paperartsy blog this evening.

The current challenge at Paperartsy is Paint with Infusions.  I chose to combine the two on a 12 x 12 canvas board.

Using Antarctic & Nougat Paperartsy Fresco paint I put down a base on the canvas.  I stamped my main image directly onto the canvas and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I masked off the central flower so I could add some stamping behind the flower and also add some grunge paste.

Once the grunge paste had dried I was able to sprinkle the Infusions onto the canvas, spritz with water and watch the transformation take place. 

I added some splattered gold acrylic paint,  I love the way it breaks up the colours with a hint of shimmer. 

I adhered some sequins to the finished piece and framed.   I love using sequins in my projects as they catch the light and twinkle before your eyes. 

Thank you for stopping by.    All products are available from Paperartsy stockists listed on the blog.  I hope you have enjoyed your visit?  I love to hear your comments, they are all great fully received.

Crafty hugs,

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Oxide Love

Evening all, my love for distress inks has been well and truly rekindled since being introduced to the yummy new Distress Oxide pads!  I have seen many a doubtful post over the past few weeks as people were deciding if they were going to invest in the new little pads of inky fun.  Now I have to admit I was a little hesitant at first about ordering them, but boy I'm glad I did!  I am somewhat addicted to experimenting, trying them in different colour ways, spritzing with perfect pearls as opposed to just water.  The more I make, the more ideas that come to mind!

Paperartsy  stamps by Jofy

I love the countless layers that you can build using the dye & pigment fusion of inks.  Keep adding
layers, spritzing with water, dry in between and add your next layer.  This simple background was made just by inking up my craft mat, spritzing with water and mopping the colours up with the card.  I used fossilised amber, spiced marmalade, fired brick and antique photo.

Paperartsy stamps by jofy 

A similar technique, I started off by mopping the colour from the craft mat but this time I introduced some stencilling.  I used worn lipstick, cracked pistachio and iced spruce.


Butterfly stamp from Indigoblu

A few practice tags from last weekend.  Tags are fantastic for experimenting on.  Working  on a  smaller size really gave me the confidence to play and see what I could achieve.  

Caribelle studio stamps 

 Sizzix dies from Tim Holtz 

 Paperartsy stamps by Tracy Scott

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog.

Happy crafting, Clare x x x 

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #34 Buttons

Hi there!  It's the start of a new month that means that there is a new challenge going live today on the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

This month our challenge is sponsored by 28 Lilac Lane, they offer an awesome collection of crafty embellishments some encased in the cutest bottles.  They also have an array of gorgeous embellishment kits organised by colour and theme.  Our guest designer is May Flaum, pop over to the blog and have a peep at what May and the rest of our amazing team, have been creating.

Now I absolutely adore buttons!  On clothing, ok that's a necessity, but for embellishing cards and mixed media makes they are very often one of  my favourite go to embellishments.  There really is 

something quite special about them.  I really love my ample collection of buttons, it so satisfying to 
empty the tin and just delve in to the colourful, tactile discs. 

Buttons is the theme, buttons it is!  I went all out selecting many different shapes, sizes and textures with some teeny tiny seed beads thrown in for good measure.

On a 12 x 12 canvas (pre-loved, a project that hadn't progressed) I adhered the buttons to the  bloom already on the canvas,  this had been created by using one of Donna Downey's large bloom stencils. To adhere my buttons  I used Finnabair 3D gel.

Once the gel had dried I covered the canvas with a coat of black acrylic paint.  I love the way the 
previous colours I'd applied are making an appearance through the seed beads. 

Using Dina Wakley Acrylic paints I worked on my button bloom using Magenta and blackberry I layered the paints on with a dry brushing of white in between colours.

I continued on the rest of the canvas using Dina's turquoise paint once that was dry I added some white dry brushing.

To finish, using Treasured gold, aquamarine and rose quartz I waxed over the buttons to give a luxurious sheen. 

Thank you for popping over to my blog today.  It's your turn to dig out the buttons and get creative!  Head over to MMMC HQ to check out the rules and place your entry on the blog to be in with a chance of a 28 Lilac Lane prize.

Happy crafting,

Clare ❤️

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Infusions experiments and Unexpected backgrounds!

Good evening folks!  A little impromptu blog from me this evening.  I've recently acquired a set of  Paperartsy Infusions and boy oh boy what fun they are.  Now I have used similar products to this previously, but I have to say these little bottles of powdered colour are A-Mazing!

I'm really wishing that I'd documented how I made this one but I truly believe 

that luck came into it, however I hardly ever disregard anything inked or painted only because I can usually find a use for it in other projects.

My first card shown was born from this background!  I'd used a stencil and sprinkled my favourite colour Infusions, A Bit Jaded, over the stencil, spritzed with water and removed the stencil from my raindrop background.  Now looking at the stencil, it still had a lot of beautiful Jade inkyness all over it, so waste not!  I took a clean piece of card and rescued the remaining colour by pressing onto the 
stencil.  Hey presto, a background that I really wasn't expecting, bonus!

The colours are truly vibrant, here are a batch waiting to be turned into cards. 

For those of you like me who really struggle with white space these colourful powdered crystals come into their own there are so many possibilities! 

A recent journal page using Infusions along with Paperartsy fresco paints, grunge paste and Electica Tracy Scott stamps and stencils.

Here is a mixed media canvas, I used the Infusions in the background before gelli printing over the top with Fresco paints.

The only trouble is there are now 12 more colours available, I think I NEED them all! 

It's always lovely to here your comments,  thank you for stopping by.

Crafty hugs,
Clare x x x 


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Bee Sweet, Bee Mine?

Hi guys I'm back with a little mid month inspiration for you.  The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge theme this month is Sweet Inspiration!  Our Sponsours this month are Stampendous, so to be in with a chance of a $25 gift certificate it's time to get crafty!

Using Dylusion paints, Bubble Gum, Lemon Zest & Vibrant turquoise, I scraped the paints over the 
tag, drying in between changing colours.  I knocked back some areas with white linen.  Time for some mark making!  With the edge of an old gift card I added in some lines, using an old bottle top I stamped on some circles.  Using the flowers from the Whisper Fly stamp set I stamped into the background.

I stamped the cute bumble bee from the Stampendous Whisper Fly set and coloured Neocolour II crayons.  Completed with some sequins and twine my little valentine tag is ready to go.

Now it's your turn, head over to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog, check out the rules and submit your entry! 

Crafty Valentine Hugs,

Clare x x x    

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #33

Good morning all!  A new month, a new challenge.  Love is in the air this month as we ask you to search for some Sweet Inspiration with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

Our sponsor this month is Stampendous and our special guest designer this month is Fran Seiford.  Fran is the founder of Stampendous and has also designed an abundance of stunning stamps!  Stampendous are offering you a chance to win a $25 gift certificate for this months challenge.

So looking at the selection of goodies I had to work with I knew that it wouldn't be too tricky to come up with something as sweet as candy.

I started of  by applying the dream weaver  glossy  stencil paste through the stencil and spinning some of the uber fine micro glitter over the wet paste.  I set aside to dry to use to embellish my card.

Using Paperartsy fresco chalk paints I layered up my card.  Using the circle shape from the gelli printing shape set I started to print different coloured circles onto the card changing the pattern after I'd ran out of colour on the circle.  

Once I was happy with my gelli print I decided which part I wanted to use and with some die cutting,  I cut out a heart from the centre of the card.  I layered onto black card.  I then proceeded to add some doodling using a white Posca pen.

I stamped the image onto watercolour paper and coloured using neo-colour II water colour crayons.  I cut out leaving a slight white edge around the sweet little fairy and balloons.

I cut out some candy circles from the glittered, rainbow card, applied a sweet sentiment and attached to the card along with the floating fairy.

That's my sweet inspiration for you, now it's your turn.  Head over to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge blog to check out some more sweet inspiration, read the rules and submit your entry for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate.

Thank you for stopping by today, I look forward to seeing all of your Sweet Inspiration creations.

Hugs, Clare x x x