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Aall and Create itac17 Challenge 1 – Europe

Hello friends and welcome to a different post from me as this time I am participating in a challenge which is something that I do not normally do.  I am still questioning whether it is a good idea to participate as I have seen the other numerous posts and mine is nothing short of substandard in my humble opinion.  Maybe if I could draw properly then I would have a chance, but here I am am showcasing my take on the Europe theme.

This MDF house shape was something which I had started to play with and it had paper on it.  I ripped off most of it and painted over it with what remained of Paper Artsy Blueberry Acrylic paint.  Its patchy in a lot of places but I just left it hoping that it would end up being effective.  Once that was all dry I had a look through some of my MDF shapes and all I can say is “Thank You Dreamees”.  All my MDF shapes have come from there and I was especially pleased to find the Eiffel Tower amongst the stash.

I decided to play with my distress oxides and chose Black Soot, Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap.  I activated it with water and dragged my Eiffel Tower through it.  I heat dried it and then continues to spray with water and build up the effects on the MDF.  I left it to one side as I could not think of anything else to add at this point.  However I then realised that I had some “faces” and chose a Wonky Tonk Girl set called “Daydreamer” and inked the face and added it to the Eiffel Tower, I like the effect.  This was set aside to be placed on the house later.

Next I decided to paint some clouds and some birds to add to a travelling theme.  I used two MDF hot air balloon shapes and I embossed them to look like they were coloured. I drew in the lines with a sharpie.  I wasn’t sure if the effect was there but it looks nice.  I used red and white ribbon so I had a red, white and blue theme.

The oval MDF plaque has been covered with an embossed piece of paper.  This paper was run through the same distress oxides that were used on the Eiffel Tower but I ran the scrap of paper through a Tim Holtz Paris embossing folder!  I then used a Tim Holtz stamp and embossing powder for  “Life was meant for a great Adventure”, I thought that it was appropriate.

Everything had dried and I placed everything and glued it with my hot glue gun.  I felt something could be added and I then realised that I had some Euro coin and some Polish Zloty.  So I got them from where they were sitting and glued them into the box by the Eiffel Tower.

So this is my challenge and I feel like I have done the best my can but my best would not be good enough, but if I don’t challenge myself then I won’t know how I do.

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Catch your dreams

imageHi!  Something a little different from me today and something which I’ve never done before – an MDF tag.  I do like working with MDF and plenty of friends have received gifts which have been constructed from MDF but I’ve never done anything this small and I am pleased with the results.

I received some MDF shapes with a kit from Dreamees (a Create and Craft purchase) and I was immediately drawn to the tag. I investigated the accompanying CD and I printed off a number of the blank flower shapes so that I could test them out and I coloured them in with various shades from the Vintage Spectrum Noir set.

I applied two coats of Paper Artsy Fresco Finish in Snowflake to my tag and whilst these coats were drying I cut out my flowers. Once the paint was dry I stamped two images onto my tag.  The phrase comes from a set by AlteNew called “Thoughts and Reminders”. I then masked that saying and applied my Eiffel Tower image from the Dreamees Pretty in Paris collection and set them aside to dry.  To add some subtle sheen to my tower I applied some clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle.

I chose some ribbon from my stash and made some bows and a hanger for my tag. I applied these and then I added my flowers.  The centres are made up from faux pearls which I cut from jewellery sourced in charity shops, which I then cut off their strings.  They give dimension and I am very pleased with the effect that they have given these flowers and overall I really like the tag which I am keeping for myself and have hanging in my room.

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One sherry too many


I wanted to share a fun canvas I made for my best friend. I’ve had the Joanna Sheen CD Rom Viva La Divas here for ages but I’ve not really played with it.  I decided to play and see if I could make a print of one of the images especially as I discovered that the images could be personalised.

I painted the canvas using Paper Artsy Fresco Finish in London Bus, a lovely vivid red which doesn’t really show on the computer screen. The image from the CD Rom I have mounted onto two pieces of card before mounting onto the canvas.  The canvas looked rather bare so I decided to accent it with some red card candi by Craftwork cards and it set the design off perfectly.


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Silver Wedding Canvas

image Today I am sharing the canvas that I made as a gift for my friend’s Silver Wedding Anniversary.  She doesn’t like fussy but she does like something which is unusual and classy.  Having recently made some canvases I stuck to that idea and also decided that I’d stay away from using their names and date of their marriage so it was different.  I guess you could say less is more.

I used two colours of Paper Artsy Acrylic Paint for the base, using a wide piece of masking tape to separate the colour, it didn’t take long to dry so I could easily apply a second coat for coverage.

I had some Kaisercraft paper left over from my previous canvas projects so I used this to make my lettering.  I decided to cut 3 corners using a spellbinders die but it didn’t look very nice so I used another colour, cut out another three and used these as a shade and even though you cannot see these on the canvas they look really nice.

The largest piece on the canvas is the rose which I cut out using the Spellbinders Create a Rose Die  I used plain white card and then hand coloured the rose petals in two shades of Promarkers and the effect was lovely and I was ever so pleased, with the effect.  That rose became the 4th corner of my project and I have to say it looked lovely and my friend was thrilled with it. I hope you like what I made.

The materials I used were as follows

  • Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint in Vintage Lace and Moonlight
  • Promarkers in Lavender and soft Mauve
  • Kaisercraft paper “Flattered” from the Key to My Heart collection

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Happy 40th Birthday

My lovely Irish friend Aoife celebrated her 40th birthday this week and I chose to make her a Matchbox flower card, customising it to reflect her important birthday and making the box extra special.  I followed the instructions to make the card as given but decided to add some painted chipboard letters in her name just to make it that extra special. I added Glossy Accents to the painted chipboard for extra shine and effect and I was so pleased with how it turned out.  I hope you like what I made

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Here’s notice

Talk about being busy.  Birthdays all at once and no time to add my latest projects to the blog!!  So here we go, the first of a number of posts showcasing what I have been up to recently.

For once I have made something for myself!  The vast majority of my work I give away, but this was something I liked and decided to go for it and I am really pleased with the colours and the whole finish.

I started with this
I started with this
And this is the finished result
And this is the finished result

I loved the Craftwork Cards Scrumptious Paper Pad and made a feature of some of the elements of the paper.  The basic board I painted in Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint by Paper Artsy in Ice Blue and Spanish Mulberry for the centre notice board.  I took a favourite piece of the Scrumptious paper and decoupaged elements of it which I then mounted onto a piece of mulberry cardstock and then onto the notice board.  To give the paper some strength I coated it with Claudine Hellmuth’s multi medium.  It’s such a shame you can’t see the decoupage because the 3D effect is lovely.

Next up I cut out lots of pretty flowers and stuck them randomly over the board, securing them with the multi medium and then when that was dry adding some pretty acrylic diamonds and sparkles here and there. Whilst I was waiting for this to dry I found some chipboard ampersands which I thought would nice.  I painted these with the Fresco Finish and when dry applied a lot of Glossy Accents.

The top of the board was looking a little sorry for itself so I thought I’d make a sunflower feature using the pieces of the scrumptious paper.  This Spellbinders Die Is one of my personal favourites and I have used it so many times to brighten up little gift boxes.  Its unusual but pretty all the same.

To finish the notice board I had some pretty lace ribbon (if you can call it lace ribbon) and secured that.  I pinched some clothes pegs and decorated them with flowers and sparkles.

The notice board is now on my wall above my computer desk and I use it for my reminders and appointment cards, although Vik the Viking seems to have made himself at home on there are well (he’s the little Viking figure I bought in Copenhagen whilst “on tour”)

Here’s what I used

Stamps away wooden elements notice board

Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints:Eggplant, Ice Blue, Snowflake, Spanish Mulberry

Craftwork Cards Sumptuous Paper Pad

Spellbinders Create a Flower Sunflower Die

Clothes pegs

Claudine Hellmuth Multi Medium


I hope you like this home décor project and please visit me again soon