Sunday, 5 March 2017

Let's craft and create 123: enTWINEd


This is my design card for Let's craft and create challenge 123: enTWINEd - using twine. Please click on the link to see the lovely crafting of the rest of the team and we hope you will join in our challenge.

At the end of 2016 I was asked if I would like to try some chalk markers, free of charge - such a generous offer ... and I said that I would write a review on Amazon.co.uk and also on my blog. It so happened that John was taken ill and ended up in St Thomas hospital in the new year and life has been quite difficult since, with other things happening as well ... so this has been my first opportunity to 'play' with the markers.

You can read all about the Chalkola markers on their website here. You can buy them here and here on Amazon.

I was given a set of premium wet wipe markers and also a set of earthy colors.

I used them to colour on to acetate - I had a 12 x 12 piece of printed 'down by the seaside' acetate by Creative Imaginations for a long time and thought it was about time to use it, cutting it down to fit an 8 x 8 card.

The background with the bunting and the beach huts is a piece of kitchen towel that I carefully ran through my Xyron to stick to the card blank, sticking the acetate on to this and then adding the chipboard pieces and the twine, having used a piece of patterned paper behind the chipboard frame.

This is a lengthy introduction to this card because I wanted to give the information about the markers and to say how grateful I am to have the opportunity to try them - I would thoroughly recommend them - they are easy to apply - best used on non porous surfaces, which is why I chose to colour on to acetate. I did have to be careful to give them enough time to dry. If I had been certain that the acetate was heat proof I would have dried with my heat gun, but I wasn't sure.

Chalkola are offering 20% off their markers, applicable on their website here and on Amazon here and here.with the code 20OFFSTR. I would recommend my readers to take advantage of this generous offer and try them for yourselves - you won't be disappointed.

So here is my card:


This is also for:

We love 2 create 5: anything creative/mixed media goes
Altered eclectrics March: anything goes mixed media or altered art or recycling
Art journal journey March: out and about
Creative artiste 24: anything goes mixed media
Mixed media world 22: anything mixed media goes
Cards und more 9: anything goes with flowers
Open minded 14: flowering in February
When I am inspired 56: openings or negative recess (frame)
Craft rocket 34: no patterned papers
Lacy sunshine: anything goes (coloured in)
Colour crazy week 9: anything goes (coloured in)
Love to scrap 95: anything goes (coloured in)
Digistamps4Joy 134: anything goes + twist: add washi tape or bunting
Jo's scrap shack funday 178: anything goes
PDE linky party 162: anything goes
QKR stampede 233: anything goes
Crafting with friends 38: anything goes
Fussy & fancy 182: anything goes
Inspiration destination 123: anything goes
Kraftin Kimmie wonderful Wednesday: anything goes

More mixed media March challenge


This is my design project for More mixed media March challenge where the option this month is to use green, so I used plenty of it (and not much else!).

I covered the front of a plain beige coloured scrapbook (the finish was a bit like canvas so I took a chance to see if gesso/paint would 'take'). I added white gesso, slightly watered down and then brushed with a mix of three different acrylic paints, using a fourth one to stencil through the woodland flower stencil, adding white opal liquid pearls and dabbing around the bottom with the stencil brush. The 'remember' and the corner stamps are from a Teresa Collins set inked with memento cottage ivy (more prominent irl than in the photo).

Update: I notice that, in the comments, quite a few people have referred to this as a card - it isn't a card, it's the front of an 8 x 8 scrapbook which was originally plain beige.

Colour for Curtain call: green:



And for Allsorts 405: spring inspiration:







This is also for:

We love 2 create 5: anything creative/mixed media goes
Altered eclectrics March: anything goes mixed media or altered art or recycling
Art journal journey March: out and about
Creative artiste 24: anything goes mixed media
Mixed media world 22: anything mixed media goes
Stamplorations March: mixed media with stencil
Cards und more 9: anything goes with flowers
Art at Stampz by Star: make it monochrome
Kort o mania 171: monochromatic
4 crafty chicks 340: green
Craftaholics R us March: shades of green
DL.ART thankful Thursday 199: green
Delicious doodles March: add something green
Simply create too 125: lots of green
Creatalicious 110: anything goes + option: lots of green
Eclectic Ellapu March: spring colours and/or Easter
Double D: think spring
Paperminutes 476: spring
Noor March: spring
Not just cards 41: spring
Stamping sensations March: close to nature
Craft rocket 34: no patterned papers
Sweet stampin: no designer paper
Stamp ink paper 88: anything but a card
Heartful stamping (stamped blessings): anything goes
One crazy stamper March: anything goes
The artistic stamper March: springtime
Craft stamper take it make it March: anything goes with stamping
Penny Black and more at Allsorts March: anything goes
Paradise of stamps 54: spring
Hiding in my craft room 291: spring colours
Ike's world 83: anything goes + twist: use a sentiment
Brown sugar 240: anything goes
Jo's scrap shack funday 178: anything goes
PDE linky party 162: anything goes
Polka doodles week 9: anything goes
QKR stampede 233: anything goes
Crafting with friends 38: anything goes
Fussy & fancy 182: anything goes
Inspiration destination 123: anything goes
Kraftin Kimmie wonderful Wednesday: anything goes