Thursday, 18 January 2018

Boxed Heart by Hannah

Hi all, Hannah here with a fun little project created using DecoArt paint techniques and greyboard elements from Tando Creative.

Using on of the Tando Creative Cubby boxes I began by embossing the back panel with a metal checker plate design. All surfaces of the box were painted in Metallic Silver as a base.Washes of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics to the inside and outside of the box created metal effects.

The washes to the inside of the box build in intensity to give an interesting effect. The heart is a greyboard embellishment layered roughly with Dimensional Texture Paste. Painted in tonal colours, the heart has been dry brushed with gold to highlight the textures in the paste.

The outside of the box has been painted in a rust technique using washes of Paynes Grey, Yellow Oxide and Quinacridone Gold. Areas of neat paint have been used to give a true rust look.

To finish, holes were punched through the greayboard and laced with rusty wire, running from one side to the other.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Art journal spread with a lot of printables and scribbles

Hello and Happy New Year Everyone! Anita here today, and I want to show you this art journal page i've made using Printables from MixedUp Merchandise on Etsy:

I found a free page in my Dina Wakley's art journal, and started printing out some Merchandise.

I glued down the Ledger paper With glue stick

Then I cover the page with clear Gesso

When the page was dry I inked the page With Acrylic ink and water and let it drip down the page.

Then some white acrylic paint with spatula over the page. I let it dry between the layers

Some more printables. This time Registars document.

 And some scribbles..

Some stamping - with my own carved stamp.

Litle more white acrylic paint...

More printables - this time Wrapped Up and Enjoy Your Thoughts Words

 And more scribbles....

Close up details:

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! Be sure to check out all the fun and beautiful printables at the Mixed Up Merchandise store! Thanks so much for stopping by today, until next time - Shop to you drop and make some extraordinary art in your Art Journal!

Hugs, Anita

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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