Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Mixing Media

Mixing Media

Hello everyone

A new theme this week that is
entitled Mixing Media so anything goes

 We start with

Jane Castle

who has brought us a Christmas Keepsake 
and here she is to guide us through it:

This Christmas for the special people who I send cards to 
I decided to ring the changes and make something 
they would be able to keep if they so wished.  

I began with a MDF heart which I drilled a hole in for the ribbon 
and gave an all over coat of Lake Wanaka Fresco paint. 
Then added colour with a dry brush using 
Mermaid, Snowflake and streaks of Brushed Pewter Distress Stain.

To this I then stencilled small areas from the holiday knits stencil, 
slightly curved the ‘deck the Halls’ stamp onto my block 
to the shape of the heart and stamped in Ocean Depth ink 
and clear embossed.

To the top curves I used the hanging stars and white heat embossed.

Next I stamped the main image from the set twice, once onto thick white card and then onto much thinner white card. These were stamped in black ink and then heat embossed with clear powder.

The thicker image would be the main focal point 
and the thinner card used for layering. 

I then had fun painting the stamped image with various 
Fresco Translucent paints and Distress stains.
I also added a little metallic glaze to the paints 
to give a slight glossy sheen rather than using glitter. 

This was then cut out with a craft knife.

I then felt having used the ‘Deck the Halls’ stamp 
that I needed a few extra holly leaves 
so stamped the JM28 a couple of times and 
coloured in before cutting out. 

The berries were punched out of red distress card.

The tag was stamped and heat embossed in platinum 
and the date stamped in Ocean Depth. 

The tag was threaded onto some metal effect bead and star string 
and the heart was assembled using Pinflair glue.

Now I need to find or make some boxes so I can post these !!!  Maybe cards would be simpler —— but hey, where’s the fun in that!

Materials used:

A lovely project Jane, thank you very much.  

Mickie xx

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Two Weekly Challenge Winner

Two Weekly Challenge Winner

Hallo everyone!  

At last, I'm here to announce

this week's winner

Sorry to have kept you in suspense for so long!

This time the theme was Pumpkin with

the added challenge of including a bat.

Just eleven entries this time to hand over to
Mr R Generator. 

 He's had a ponder and chosen

No 3

Congratulations MirreP

Please contact me at

so that I can send you your prize

Thank you to all who entered.
As always, I enjoyed visiting your blogs
Better luck next time

Mickie xx

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Two Weekly Challenge

Two Weekly Challenge

Happy Sunday to you all!

Anyone doing anything exciting?

Woke to a beautiful red sky this morning
so I guess the weather will provide much
excitement today in that it means I shall
stay indoors and craft the day away

Time for the new two weekly challenge
and in the UK we are going to be
celebrating Bonfire Night 

There is even an old folk rhyme:

"Remember, remember, the 5th of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot....."

This refers to Guy Fawkes and his pals'
failed plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament

Back in the day this was probably the only reason
for letting off fireworks.  Nowadays we don't care
we let off fireworks on every occasion possible!!

Enough meandering down historical paths - time
for the challenge, which is


sparkling explosions of colour in the night sky......
................sort of thing.....

As ever, you have two weeks to enter as many times
as you like via the link.  If you can't use the link then
send your pictures to be and I will upload them for you

The link closes at midnight on 6th November and the
winner will be chosen by the Random Generator on the
following Tuesday

Good luck everyone

Mickie xx