Saturday, 14 July 2018

Beginners Kit

I often hear people say that they would like to have a go at Mixed Media but that they don't have any of the things that they need. With this in mind I have made up a beginners kit with a few bits and bobs you can use to play with. Here is the video of the contents with me yapping on in the background lol

You can find this in my Etsy Store The Kit Cafe and if you click on the tutorials tab at the top of the page you can find the recipe for the Texture Paste. Have fun xx

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Die-versity Number One

I tried this technique using die cuts for a class a few months ago and decided to have another go to make some of my own art for the walls in my house.

I discovered two things which you need to know if you are going to have a go at this. 
Firstly use a white water colour paper. It wasn't until this morning that I realised my paper has a grey/blue tinge to it so I going to have to do it again.
Secondly less is more. You definitely need to leave more white space. The framed card looks much better minus the greeting of course.
So here is the process video speed at x2. Hope you enjoy it and if you have a go please leave a link to your piece in the comments.

Sorry that the design is sometimes out of shot. Definitely didn't look like that when I was filming. Will improve next time xx

Monday, 9 July 2018

Christmas In July

Yes I know beautiful sunny weather outside but if you don't start now you won't be ready in time lol. This next project is one I made for Lynette Jasper's DT Pretty Gets Gritty airing in Hochanda TV today.
It is very difficult to show how beautiful the sprays are used on mdf but here are a few close ups which might help

and here is the process I followed.

Stick your baubles around the mdf wreath using Gel Medium and making sure that they are piled on top of each other. Leave to dry (this takes about two hours in this heat)

Now paint the whole wreath with white gesso and while this is drying pick out a word, some trees, stars and poinsettias and also cover with white gesso.

Use your sprays to colour the wreath and embellishments and allow to dry naturally (this will make the colours more intense.

Stick your trees to the back of the wreath as shown in the main picture.

Add the poinsettias, stars to the wreath and add some glitter to the stars.

Add the red dotty paper to the back of the wreath and stick in place.

To finish heat emboss your word using gold embossing powder (I did this twice) and stick the word in place.

Here are a list of the products I have used. You can find them all HERE

Craft Buddy Mixed Media Double Sided Papers.
MDF Wreath Blank
Lynette Jasper set of 96 MDF Baubles
Lynette Jasper set of 18 MDF Words
Lynette Jasper set of 48 MDF Trees
Lynette Jasper set of 78 MDF Christmas Shapes
Pearl Spray Winter Cherry (FDPS 10)
Spray Chameleon Gentle Shabby (FDSH 03)
Spray Metallic Greens With Gold (FDML 17)

I have another project to share tomorrow xx

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Playing with butterflies

I love butterflies and of course I have many, many butterfly stamps so I thought it was time I used them.
You can make this really easily and I think that the white space really makes the butterflies stand out.
Colouring has been done using Pro Markers but you could easily use Distress Oxides or paints x

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

All together

and finally some candid shots of the projects on air and in a group.
ooh I forgot the wings. These were made using some of the large chipboard pieces. I used texture paste through one of the stencils in the beginners kit.
and then I sprayed them with the beautiful sprays launched this time.

Don't forget you can still order the products to make these projects on Hochanda. (links below)
I am working on some new projects so I promise I will share as soon as I can. xx

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Shadow Box

All three shows on Hochanda TV were a great success today with loads of sell outs. This is another one of my projects made for the show. I used one of the 8" Shadow Boxes (you can find them HERE)
The secret to making a shadow box is to add layers inside to build up a 3d scene. I used some of the gorgeous sprays for this project, the texture paste and one of Lynette Jasper's stencils.
Don't forget you can watch all three shows on REWIND. I will definitely be making more of these.x

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Circle Canvas for my mum

I really enjoyed making this one.All the items I have used can be found on Hochanda TV on Thursday starting at 8am.

The background is one of Lynette Jasper's new stencils and newly released Texture Paste.
The frame, birds, flowers and fence are all available to buy and they are super cute with so many uses.
The whole canvas was covered in the black gesso and when dry I used a wax over the top to bring out the detail. Hope you like it xx

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Ready for Fathers Day

I was so excited to receive my Pretty Gets Gritty DT kit and to find the fantastic box frames inside was a bonus. As you know I lost my dad three years ago but it doesn't stop me from thinking of him so this year I have made a Fathers Day frame.
 I made it using some of the many beautiful products designed by Lynette Jasper for Hochanda TV this coming Thursday. The frame was painted in white gesso and then stamped with the word stamps available on the show. The flowers , trellis and wording are also available and were painted with acrylic paint.
The shows start at 8am on Thursday and for those of you who can't watch Hochanda on the television here is a link so that you can watch the shows on the computer

Loads more to share so don't miss out. Join Lynette on Thursday. You won't regret it xx

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Mixed Media doesn't have to be messy

Not all mixed media has to be paste and paint. Sometimes just mixing up papers and fussy cutting is all you need to do. So here are some cards and a canvas I made for Lynette Jasper.

Card One - no stamping here just beautiful papers and a bit of fussy cutting.
This is all stamped and I have taken this picture three times and still don't know why the sentiment is showing black. Weird lol
Card three - Now on this one i have used papers and stickers however if you look closely you will see that the pattern at the top and the bottom of the card is one of the new stencils. I used Faded Jeans Distress Oxide and when dry added little white dots in the centre of each one.
Card four - made using a cream and black paper and coloured in using Pro-Markers
Card five - this time using the new stamps and a bit of colour
Lastly was the canvas. For those of you who hate getting your hands dirty but want to make your own canvas, this is the one for you. All I did was cover one of Lynette's shaped canvas with paper and add cut outs and stickers to the top. I did add a bit of glued tissue but you could miss that step.
I was so excited to use my embossing powder again to enhance some of the papers design. Enjoyed doing this.
And here is the whole collection.

Well that's it for now. Time for a few days rest but I'll be back xx

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Pretty Gets Gritty Show Projects May 2018

Loads to share today all of which are projects made for Hochanda tv programme last Saturday and Sunday.
All product links are at the bottom of this post .
Firstly an MDF Organiser decorated with the paper that came as part of the kit and Lynette Jasper's new stamps
I embossed the edges of the stamped leaves using pva glue and gold embossing powder.
I also made two tags which I backed with cardboard.

 The embossed detail is one of Lynette Jasper's new stencils, texture paste with embossing powder sprinkled on the top and then heat dried.
Tag two  and this time I used the wooden frame from the Organiser kit and stamps from the show.
Here's a bit more detail. Loving those stamped words.

You can find all of the stamps and stencils HERE and HERE
The Organiser Kit HERE
and the Canvas HERE

More examples tomorrow xx

Monday, 21 May 2018

Mixed Media Class April 2018

This was a fantastic day and everyone did so well. Every project was different and beautiful. Here are the pictures of my clock examples
so out of 14 students 12 decided to make the white one and 2 the metal one and they all did really well.
Here are some photos of the day

and then of course we had the group photo just to prove we did it
I will be selling the kits and online class to these very soon so keep checking my Etsy Shop 
I also did little 1 minute videos every so often so that the class could look back on what they had done. I've speeded it up a bit but you get the idea.
There is another Mixed Media day on Sunday 21st October with another projects to make. Places sell fast so don't leave it till the last minute. 
Have a great evening xx

Friday, 18 May 2018

Pretty Gets Gritty - Baby Ring

Once again this ring is lovely to hang on a new baby's door. 
I love the mdf bunting and the alphabet letters
I only use a little bit of texture on the teddy bear but you could really go to town with texture paste to make a fur like effect.
the little feet are really cute and could also be used on a beach projects as footsteps in the sand.
and to finish off here is a picture of all three together
I really enjoyed making these. Hope you enjoyed the show xx

Monday, 30 April 2018

DT Pretty Gets Gritty - Princess Wreath

This one was my favourite and would be so cool as a door hanger for a little girls bedroom.
I loved the tiny mdf diamond rings and the gorgeous pink flowers
and if I made this one again I would make the carriage and title more glittery.
The wheels on the carriage were coated with NUVU Crystals to make them stand out. I will share the last of my three wreathes tomorrow. Don't forget you can still buy your Wreath Kits HERE. xx

Saturday, 28 April 2018

DT Pretty Gets Gritty - Floral Wreath

Four projects that I can share now. This first I decorated with enamel looking flowers. Actually it was a bit easier than that because I used Ranger Perfect Pearls and NUVO Crystal Drops
The Vines on the right are glittered plastic painted with Gesso and waxed/
And the flowers on the left were self supporting, carefully glued together with Matte Medium.
You can still see the shows on Hochanda ReWind on 23rd and 24th April where you can also buy all of the elements for this project. Another one tomorrow xx