Thursday, 21 December 2017

Winter is not over but wanting spring

Debs is longing for spring and has created a beautiful floral journal page today, using stamps from our wonderful December sponsor Rubber Dance.

Hello Everyone Debs here with stamps from our Sponsor this month, Rubber Dance. When I created this I was thinking about spring and the beautiful palette she brings us.

I smooshed blue and green Aztec paint from ColourCraft together and then dabbed the colour with my finger tips to blend and add interest. Once dry, starting in the corner with Versamark and the large corner from Flower Power, I stamped my first spray of flowers, and then sprinkled with white embossing powder. Repeat in the opposite corner. To complete the oblong I used the small corner. I also added some circles from the same set.

Next comes leaves from Crazy Flowers 2 which once heat set and cooled I coloured using Artist Pitt Pens from Faber Castell. I also added some flowers from Beautiful You. With a white gel pen I added some white dots, to represent seeds flying about.

Next came the medium sized butterfly from Butterfly Trio treated in the same way. Once cooled I went round the outside with a fine tipped black pen.

Lastly I stamped my sentiment from Beautiful You.

Thanks for your visit
Take care
Hugs xx

Stamps used:
Beautiful You
Butterfly Trio
Flower Power
Crazy Flowers 2
All available from Rubber Dance

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Christmas Memories: 2 Little Journals by Leslie

Leslie has some last minute gift ideas for you, using Eileen Hull's fab Passport die.

Just a quick post for this hectic month! I have created two little journals using the Eileen Hull Passport Die after seeing so many creative projects using it. These little booklets I have made will be stocking stuffers for two special young ladies to record their Christmas 2017 memories, pictures and recipes. (And just maybe, I'll get the new Eileen Hull Journal Die in my stocking...although I've been told 'coal' is more likely.)

After cutting my front and back covers and spine, I cut divider pages from cardstock and the other pages from heavy paper to create 3 signatures of 6 pages each. Setting the signatures aside, I pressure embossed the covers using a snowflake folder (green journal) and a paisley-pattern folder (blue journal).

Color was next.  I'm not a traditional 'Red and Green' Christmas person so I chose a palette of Blues and Greens with a little Rust thrown in (I can't help myself when it comes to rust) using Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays.

The wood snowflake embellishments were gessoed and treated as follows:

Green Journal: Crackle Paste, LSG Sprays, rhinestones, screw head and white gesso highlights

Blue Journal:   LSG Sprays, white gesso, LSG Embossing Powder, silver thread and a wood plug

Before glueing my covers to the spine, I heat embossed the edges and corners using LSG Embossing Powder and then attached the snowflake embellishments. When the glue was completely set, I finished the mini journals by binding the signatures to the spine using twine (green journal) and yarn (blue journal).

Please visit Eileen Hull's video for details on cutting, assembling and binding her mini albums.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Merry Christmas!

Art For Dinner

Product List

Sizzix:  'Eileen Hull Passport Die', 'Little Sizzles Mat Board'

Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays:  'Ponderosa Pine Olive', 'Tiffany Lou Blue', 'Whale Watch Blue', 'Afternoon Delight Denim' and 'Frozen Jack Frost'

Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio Spray:  'Sandra Dee Sepia'

Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder:  'Gilded Burgundy Brass' and 'Twilight Bronze Slate'

DecoArt:  'White Gesso' and 'Crackle Paste'

Wooden snowflakes, cardstock, heavy paper, faux screw head, rhinestones, furniture plug. silver embroidery thread, jute twine and yarn

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Betsy Skagen from sponsor Paper Calliope is joining us today. She's been playing with Eileen Hull's marvellous journal die and her own fabulous range of Printables.

This holiday inspiration journal is almost as full as Santa’s sack--except instead of toys, it offers fun places to stash photos, Christmas mementos, holiday recipes and much more. Using the Eileen Hull Journal Die you will make a cover & eight inside pages. You can also use what you learn as inspiration to create additional pages for tucking away even more paper treasures.

The album features a plethora of pockets and spots for journal entries that easily snap shut thanks to hidden magnets. 

Another magnetic closure--hidden by a frame made from a vintage holiday box--holds inserts in place. The frame allows a photo to easily be slid into place. 

Christmas Inspiration Journal Cover

Begin by cutting your cover pieces from black tagboard using the Sizzix Eileen Hull Inspiration Journal Die. Repeat by cutting the same pieces form Authentique Brick and Authentique Wintery Gray Dot to use for the exterior and interior of your book cover. Apply a strong score tape adhesive as shown on the tagboard.

Overlap the center spine flaps of each side of the tagboard and adhere them together.

Apply strong adhesive to the exterior front of your book and add your cover sheet. When you reach the spine, bend your book into the closed position before adhering the remainder of the sheet. Add the second exterior cover sheet while the book is still closed. Once, when I instructed a class in how to make this journal, one student argued that the paper should be applied before the covers were adhered together. While you can certainly do this, the disadvantage is that then you will be able to see the edge of the tagboard on the spine where the two pieces meet.

Mix brown ink with Decoart Snow-Tex to give it a tan color. Apply the Snow-Tex through a snowflake stencil to the cover. Sprinkle with white glitter. Set aside to dry.

Adhere the Santa with Boy image from Be Merry to thick chipboard and use it to complete the cover.

Open your book and adhere the interior cover sheets. Glue this same paper to the tagboard label to create your title piece. Add rub-on letters and ink the edges with brown ink. Adhere red and gold sequins and the label to the cover. Cover the clasp with the same paper and add hook and loop material. Punch a small hole in the back and secure with a brad. Cover the inside of the brad with some decorative paper.  Lace elastic string through the spine holes, following the directions available with the die. 

Next cut two 8" x 8 1/16" sheets of white cardstock. Score them in half at the 4" mark and fold each to make two sets of four pages, also called signatures. Decorate these with Printables.

Once finished, I hope you enjoy your book—a true effort of time and love—either for yourself or to give to someone special.

Betsy Skagen,

Product list

Star Canvas by Kate

Christmas wishes today from Kate, with this stunning MDF star decoration.

Hi, at the beginning of my short blog post I would like to wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope you will stay with us next year and that you will like inspiration which we in the design team are preparing for you as well as authors in Mixed Up Magazine.

I can proudly say that you will meet me also in 2018 :-)

And here is my canvas. It is easy star canvas (base is MDF my friend laser cut for me). I applied white gesso, gold Aladine paste, I played with ScrapFX chipboards and Colourcraft acrylic sprays gold and copper. The main awesome image is from Mixed Up Printables - you can buy it HERE. It is originally a colour image but I was out of colour in my printer so I made black and white. I like to cover images with DecoArt crackle glaze - it makes really nice structure on the image and it is also a great way how to seal the image and protect it from damage while finishing your project. My sentiment is chipboard by Tim Holtz. It is an easy Christmas canvas to make.

Have a nice day
Kate Dachovska

Monday, 18 December 2017

Pastel Sweeties Note Cards (set of 4)

Leslie Turner has some simple but effective card designs to share today.

Hi everyone! Leslie here to share a Mixed Up Merchandise DT inspiration project with you today, a pretty set of pastel note cards using the absolutely adorable Tinted Images #1 - Girls Printables! OMG, aren't these little sweeties just the cutest ever?!

I've been a card maker much, much longer than I've dabbled in mixed media, so making a set of cards with these images was the first thing that came to mind. Then, adding the stenciling with crackle paste, watercoloring and stamping just kind of happened for the backgrounds!

These were super easy. So here's what I did:

Trimmed the four images all the same dimension and layered on pastel glitter paper, leaving a 1/4" margin around the edges. Then layered on silver mirror cardstock, leaving a 1/8" margin around the edges.

Cut a sheet of water color paper in quarters. Applied opaque crackle texture paste over a leaf and flourish stencil with a spatula on each of the four pieces.

Had to check out those awesome cracks when they were all dry!

Mixed my India inks in small spray bottles to match the colors of the glitter paper - teal, green-yellow, pink and purple.

Sprayed each piece evenly with the India ink and let dry. I ended up going back to add random spritzes of ink to each piece to make them a tad darker.

Randomly stamped three different texture images around the outside edges of each piece in Pumice Stone distress ink.

Layered each piece on the silver mirror cardstock, leaving a 1/8" margin around the edges.

Then adhered the layered images, two offset to the right and two offset to the left for a little interest. Here are angled and front pics of each color:

And one final pic of the four cards together. I'm loving how these turned out and can't wait to use them, lol! Or I may just gift them... ;)

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! Be sure to check out all the fun stamps and other goodies at the Mixed Up Merchandise store! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,


'Angels walk among us' - Printables

Lisa from the Merchandise DT joins us today, with a Christmas project in striking non-traditional colours.

Can you believe that Christmas is almost upon us? Hope your preparations are going well. Today I thought that I would make my festive contribution with a little inspiration using the beautiful Printables. Taking angels as the theme I decided that a pretty colour palette of pinks, greens and gold would help deliver a delicate vintage canvas to compliment my Christmas decor.

How it was done: 

Print the 'angels' along with some elements from 'travel' and 'postcards' onto smooth white card . Print the 'music' sheet and 'antique page'  onto plain rice paper. 

The background:

Using the travel and postcard elements, cut out and lay onto the canvas to create a textural  first layer. Stick down using matt medium.

Once the background collage is dry, lightly coat with white gesso and then use the three stencils with texture paste to create added texture .

Add another thin layer of white gesso and using torn pieces of the music script rice paper stick down randomly.

Using the ink sprays spray on different parts of the canvas and when dry splatter black, white and gold ink on top. When you are satisfied with the colour, using white gesso and a sponge lighten around the edges of the canvas.

Adhere the script rice paper to the centre of the canvas and then using black ink and the script stamp stamp around the edges.

To add a final touch of background texture adhere a mixture of gems and gold micro beads in areas around the centre.

The elements:

Cut out the tall angel picture and fussy cut the seated angel removing her wings. Distress the edges of the main picture, add watercolour highlights to both angels and ink the edges in pink.

Die cut the frame in gold metallic card and create an additional frame to be added on top by twisting gold wire.

Paint the greyboard wings using  dark grey paint then add a layer of crackle paste. (sometimes I add a layer of weathered wood gel under the paste to speed up the crackle). When the crackle is dry paint in buff acrylic and then highlight with distress ink and gold glitter kiss.

Die cut the fir trees and spruce branches and add a little white flower soft and gold glitter.

Putting it together:

Cut out the sentiments and edge in pink . Add some colour highlights to the stencilled areas using alcohol markers. Set out the composition and stick down using glue gel or heat gun. I added some berries and mulberry flowers to the die cuts to add a little freshness. Finally I sprinkled additional gems and spread a little glitter kiss to the top of the canvas and to the features. It is Christmas after all!

Hope you all have a happy holiday season. Till next time.

Lisa xx



Angels #1
Music #1
Antique page 
Travel #1
Postcards #1

9'x12' Canvas
White printing card
Gold card
Plain rice paper
That's Crafty- Surfaces 'feathers and wings'
Gold wire
Gold micro beads
White flowersoft
Assorted mulberry flowers and berries

Stencils: Snip art 'feathers'; Visible image 'strobes'; Imagination crafts 'repeating leaf'
Dies: Tattered Lace 'Inverse flourish'; Sheena Douglass 'Evergreen trees' & 'Christmas foliage'
Stamps: Creative expressions 'vintage script background'
Colouring products:Ranger distress inks, forest moss and picked raspberry; Alcohol markers ,pink and green; Pentart media mists, lemon, olive green and rose pink Deco art fluid acrylics, titan buff and dark grey. Versafine black ink; White gesso.
Gels and mediums  Indigoblu 'slap it on' matt; Deco art crackle paste; Creative expressions glitter kiss, golden sand; Collall glue gel.