Thursday, 29 September 2016

Mixed Media ATC Trio

Hello lovely crafty friends!


I hope you are all doing well. I have a dose of WOW! embossing inspiration to share with you today with these micro mini wonders or ATC's (artist trading cards). I have used a selection of  WOW embossing powders to create a variety of textures and effects.
And here is my set of three ATC's together. I wanted to create a set which matched in terms of colour scheme and accents but were all individual.
The base for this one stared out as an old postcard which I cut down prepared with gesso. I stamped the circular stamp from the Spark 'n' Shine set all over the card then adhered pen nibs and pieces of crumpled Copper Fab Foil onto one of the stamped circles to fashion the main feature of the card. Textures have been created with the use of micro beads, Copper Ultra High and Blueberry Cheesecake embossing powder which I melted over the beads.  
For the second ATC I used the same postcard, again cut down to form the base card and added gesso to prime the surface once again. using some mica spray to which I added Green Pearl and Peppermint Tea embossing powders which gave a beautiful subtle shine to the background then just layered embellishments and highlighted with Ultra Rich Gold powder.

The resin heart embellishment has been made using the WOW! Hearts mould and Melt It powder mixed with Silver Stratosphere embossing powder. I've finished the card off with a border stamp from the Pick 'n' Mix set.
For the final card I used a piece of scrap packaging as a base which I layered with denim scraps, tiny wooden shapes, old brads and gems. I covered with gesso to allow my paint spray to adhere properly then added Copper Ultra High, Chocolate Caramel Pearl and Primary Blue Tang powders into the wet spray once again and melted. For the main embellishment I have used a leave stamp from the Flights of Fancy stamp set which I stamped onto card and coloured with a paint spray. To create a beautiful iridescent two tone effect I melted Pearl Green powder on top of the wet spray.


Have a wonderful day
 xxx






Friday, 16 September 2016

Papteterie Aberdeen 2017 Workshop Announcement

Hi sweeties!


I'm so excited to announce I will be back at Papeterie Crafts in Aberdeen next April!! I had a fabulous time when I visited in August and I'm really looking forward to returning. There will be a full weekend of Prima workshops and mixed media messy fun, with an art journal and canvas workhops! Details below:


Saturday April 29th 2017 - 10am-5pm- Creative License art journalling class £65








Sunday April 30th 2017 - 10am-4.30pm Freedom mixed media canvas class £60




Book both days with a discount for £120


For info / booking please contact powderblue@hotmail.com


Hugs,

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Autumn Workshop dates

A warm hello to you all!
Firstly, I just to apologise for things being a little quiet around here recently. It's been a very busy here with lots happening behind the scenes, along with a few bouts of illness to hamper things! But as you can see I'll be busy in the next few month and I'm very excited to announce my series of Autumn workshop dates around the UK. I feel like I'm in a band lol.



Saturday 17th September - The Artistic Stamper - Faversham bookings



Saturday 24th September - The Mulberry Bush - Thatcham bookings



Saturday 1st October - Sir Stampalot - Peterborough - bookings



Saturday 15th October - Daisy's Jewels & Crafts - Coventry bookings



Saturday 22nd October - Crafty Ideas - Studley



Saturday 29th / Sunday 30th October - Scrapbook Magic - Helston bookings
 



Saturday 12th November - Keep On Crafting - Bury St.Edmunds bookings



Saturday 19th November - Craftstation - Kirkby-in-Ashfield- Project TBC

Saturday 26th November - Loobi Crafts - Leighton Buzzard - bookings

 


I will certainly enjoy getting inky fingered and messy, meeting new people and having fun. Hope to see you there!

Bug hugs,

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Because We All Need to Bloom: Art Journal Page

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all well and enjoying the later Summer sun. Today's post is a dose (that was snappy, go me!) of WOW! inspiration for you. I decided to try out the new Hey Little Flower and Just Saying stamps combining them into an art journal page



Firstly I applied a layer of clear gesso to my page to protect the pages then once this was dry I added paint and watercolor ink for my colour base. Into the wet paint and ink I added pinches of Silver Stratosphere and Blueberry Cheesecake embossing powders which I heated to melt.




Once happy with the arrangement I stamped various flowers from the Hey Little Flower stamp set around the pages with black ink and WOW's clear slow drying ink pad. I sprinkled Metallic Copper and Pink Lady over the wet ink and set with a heat tool.


I filled some of the petals with a chalk pen and some with WOW's clear embossing pen, which enable me to add embossing powder into those fiddly areas!  


 I finished off with some more stamping from the Just Saying set, doodles and journal scribbles.

I hope you will be inspired to try using your WOW stamps and powders for something a little different like journalling and don't forget to join in this month's challenge.


Have a creative day
 xxx



Thursday, 28 July 2016

Escape Journalling

Hi everyone!

I hope you are doing well. It's a busy busy day at Peanut headquarters and I'm taking a breather from work to share a journal page I created a while back but never got around to posting

My idea of an inspirational page is to create something with freedom and honesty along with adding in things which are powerful to me. And for me the journalling on this one is the power point.




I wanted a bold and striking feel to the pages with an urban edge and bright, clear colours. I used a selection of my favourites from the Art Alchemy paints which are the usual suspects of teal, hot pink, orange and mauve.


Sculpture Medium is great for giving texture 3D properties and durability to bend into various forms. Here I used the Clear Sculpture Medium with cotton to create the 3D hair on my image, painting  the medium around the edge of the image and coiling lengths of cotton into it. I painted over with more of the medium and layered with more cotton to build up the texture.



Using oil pastels onto a gessoed surface and blending with fingers is a great way to create journal backgrounds. I used the new Art Alchemy acrylic paints around the pastel details which added rich metallic colour.

Beige Sculpture Medium was used to create the messy swirls, I simply drizzled onto the page to create texture then added doodle details on and around the dry medium.




Prima Products:
Art Basics: Double-Sided Texture Brushes Set 1 - 3 pcs 963873
Sculpture Medium -  Neutral Beige 963026
Sculpture Medium  -  Clear 963019
Art Alchemy-Acrylic Paint-Metallique Gold Rush 963071
Art Alchemy-Acrylic Paint-Metallique Pink Blush 963217
Art Alchemy-Acrylic Paint-Metallique Black Berry 963149
Art Alchemy-Acrylic Paint-Metallique Brass Hardware 963095
Oil Pastel Crayons 814328
Royal Menagerie - Diana 583354
Royal Menagerie - Helena 583330
Art Basics - Heavy Gesso - White (17 fl. oz.) 961374




Have a wonderful creative day
xxx

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Top Embossing Techniques Video Tutorial

Hi sweeties!

I hope you are doing well. I have some embossing inspiration for you today with this texture rich Birthday card I created for the WOW! "favourite embossing techniques challenge this month. Plus there is a start to finish video tutorial which encompasses some of my favourite quick and easy embossing techniques.


The card's background has been achieved using the WOW! Clear Ultra Slow Drying Embossing ink pad along with a selection of gorgeous blue hued embossing powders.



And in the video tutorial I give you a few ideas for pimping up your embellishments!



As you can see you can create some fabulous effects and textures with embossing powder which are great for all your projects.







I hope the tutorial has inspired you to have a play with your embossing supplies. Enjoy!





Hugs


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Friday, 24 June 2016

The Journey - WOW! MIxed Media card tutorial



Hey everyone! I hope you are well and feeling creative today. Over on the WOW! embossing powder blog the month's theme is Summer and I went for a less obvious route as inspiration for the project; journeys. Summer is all about holidays, trips out, getting out and enjoying the light, warmth (occasionally!) and possibilities it brings.



I firstly gessoed the front of the card and added the main texture of tulle net which I adhered with soft gel medium, sprinkled with embossing powders onto then melted with a heat tool .
Using a WOW! Clear Ultra Slow Drying Embossing pad to tap around the edges of the card I then sprinkled with Copper powder to add a dramatic metallic highlight. 



On top of the net details I added a foiled die cut star and stamped leaf from the Feathers of Fancy
with the Clear Ultra Slow Drying Embossing pad. I sprinkled the images with Bonding Powder then melted with a heat tool and lightly pressed Teal and Copper Fab Foil onto the stamped details. Leave to cool, lift off and hey presto! For some further interest I layered stamped multiple images using the Sparkle & Shine set.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and feel inspired to give mixed media with embossing powders a try!


Have a wonderfully creative Friday.

 xxx