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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Midweek Magnolias #160 Anything Goes with A Magnolia Image

Hi Crafty Bloggers
It's time for a new Challenge at

Midweek Magnolias
for this fortnight the theme is
ANYTHING GOES with A Magnolia Image

there is lots of super inspiration on the blog
 all the ROOLZ of how to enter and the
 details of the awesome prize from
MAGNOLIA SWEDEN
so please pop on over & check it all out !!

I have used some design papers from Crate Paper and then coloured
Have dinner with me Tilda with watercolors from Prima confections.
I have framed her with a chippie and painted that too .

I have used some gorgeous lace trim and made a pin with beads and added this awesome flower also from The Trinket Parlour on Facebook . The tag is cut from a Vintage Magnolia luggage tag and I have used a LOTV stamp on there . Lastly I have some butterflies with another Magnolia Vintage box die from the design papers .


I do hope you will join us 
Many Thanks for visiting 
Sending Crafty Hugs 
Kirsty-Anne ;0)


Saturday, 11 March 2017

The Sketchy Challenges #115 Inspirational photoboard Team A

Hi Crafty Bloggers 

How are we all ? it's time for a super new challenge at 

The Sketchy Challenges
It's Team A this fortnight with a Inspirational Photoboard !!
To check out all the details and fab ideas from the team then please visit the blog 

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We have an awesome sponsor too !!

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Emily is providing one monthly box of goodies which is so generous to the winner.  The monthly box is themed and is full of crafty surprises including hand cast resin and embellishments. 
You can find lots of wonderful TUTORIALS and inspiration there too.

I have chosen the colours and berries to use on my card !! I have used some Papermill Linen card for the base . I have colour washed watercolours for the background and then used them to stamp & colour Festivity Tilda from Magnolia Sweden.

I have used a Sue Wilson die and stamped some strawberries which I painted and cut out and lastly added some sequins felt the need for a CAS card lol ;0)

I hope you will join us and thank you for visiting 
Sending Crafty Hugs 
Kirsty-Anne ;0)




Sunday, 5 March 2017

Mixed Media Makes February

Hi Crafty Bloggers

I have had some relaxing time off work and have been enjoying getting crafty and playing with Mixed Media .

I had made some backgrounds using masking tape and watercolor paints .
I then doodled on them and then stamped on them . The first card I used a chippie and made a tag used some twine and little flowers . The stamp with my doodles is from Kaisercraft and is lace . The text stamps on all of them are from Stempleglede.


Here I have added another different dot stamp with my doodles and some flowers from my wonderful bloggy friend <3


The Last card I used a crafters workshop harlequin stamp with the doodles .


They are all ready for when you need a quick card !!

I was inspired by MaremiSmallArt on youtube for the double bows and the masking tape texture effect ,


On this canvas I was inspired by Emily's tutorial at The Trinket Parlour where you add lots of texture , metal pieces,  resin pieces and chippies onto a black guesso board or canvas . Then you add foil aluminium tape over and rub it down it was so therapeutic .When you paint guesso over it again and rub it off it looks like brushed metal it is so cool . I have went a step further and put some acrylic opal paints on top . I put way to much on it and it looks really eerie but loved making it <3




Here are my ATC cards for the 52 CafeCards challenge at Maremis
Creative Cafe on Facebook 
This is E for Eclipse I have painted the background with guesso and used distress crayons and added a chippie and sticker

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This is F for Folk Art 
I saw an awesome doodle of a thistle so had a go
 with my watercolors and finished with a fine marker and white gel pen


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G is for gears 
I have used  watch gears to make the butterfly and flower and used mini art stones coloured with watercolors and I wrote the word 
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H is for Hearts or Hummingbird
I chose hearts I had done some acrylic painting on old packaging with sand texture paste and added glitter . I added hearts with homemade texture paste and stencil . I finished with embossed chippie hearts and beads and twine . 

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I is for Imagination 
I made the background with rubbing distress crayons. I had stamped a vintage wood grain stamp on water colored wash paper and fussy cut a tree . I used a die to cut out the cloud to tuck behind the tree. I added some art stones and mixed with soft gel and watercolors for the flowers . I painted some chippies for the birdhouse and butterflies . I then stamped randomly with ink and a mini harlequin stamp and used kitchen roll tube  for the circles using guesso and lastly used a graphite pencil to shade and coloured the chippie word with a black ecoline marker .


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Have thoroughly enjoyed getting messy and trying out new techniques and can't wait to see what makes are in March <3

Thank you for stopping by
Sending Crafty  Hugs 
Kirsty-Anne ;0)

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Midweek Magnolias #159 Celine's Bingo


Hi Crafty Bloggers 

It's another super challenge at

Midweek Magnolias

We have a theme of BINGO designed by Celine 
you can choose a line double line or why not even go for a full house !!!


There is lots of super inspiration on the blog along with all the
 details of how to enter and our generous prize from 


I have chosen Tilda bringing flowers to colour on Neenah dessert storm card with prismacolor pencils . The gorgeous papers are from Dear Lizzy which have been matted onto Papermill linen card and I used the Recipe Card collection large die for the frame .

I have cut the jar from the papers and butterflies which I edged with a white uniball pen . The cute tag is also from the recipe collection . I have used some bow sparkles and large pearl from the Trinket Parlour on facebook . Lastly I have finished with some sequins and Nuvo drops .

I do hope you will join us in the challenge 
Thank you for stopping by
Sending Crafty Hugs 
Kirsty-Anne ;0) xx

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Midweek Magnolias #158 Anything Goes with A Magnolia Image


Hi Crafty Bloggers 

How are we all? It's time for a super new challenge at the

Midweek Magnolias

The theme is ANYTHING Goes with A MAGNOLIA IMAGE
We have a wonderful prize from 


For all the ROOLZ and fantastic inspiration
 please visit the blog for all the details.

I have used Tilda enjoying summer coloured with prismacolor pencils on Neenah dessert storm card and framed her with a chippie from The Trinket parlour . The background paper was made with stripes of painted prima watercolors confections and I used a Vintage box die to cut the shape .


All the pretty dies are from the Magnolia recipe card collection and Vintage Box cut from the handmade background paper .
I have finished with a teardrop pearl and Nuvo drops.


I hope you can join us <3

Thank you for stopping by 
Sending Crafty hugs 
Kirsty-Anne ;0) xx

Saturday, 11 February 2017

The Sketchy Challenges #113 Team A Sketch

Hi Crafty Bloggers 

It's time for a brand new challenge at 

The Sketchy Challenges
It's Team A's turn and I have designed a sketch for this fortnights challenge 


feel free to flip the sketch too !!

The awesome sponsor is 

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to check out all the generous details of the prize and all my teamies gorgeous creations please pop on over to the blog 

The weather is horrible cold and non stop rain and snow on the way so I needed some bright colours so I decided to colour Heavenly Tilda trying a new colouring medium Prima watercolor confections just adore them and hoping to try out new sets I have used the pastel dreams set to colour her on Prima watercolor paper. I was quite surprised it's very similar to Langton aquarelle paper but cheaper !! 


I have made my own background using the paints blending the colours in stripes  I have added some black card and white card with foam cutting a Hero Arts Love die and Tim Holtz chit chat sticker . The dies are from various Magnolia kits. The flowers are from The Trinket Parlour and lastly I have finished with some Nuvo drops .

I hope you will join us 
I would like to enter my card into the following super challenge ;-


Thank you for stopping by
Sending Crafty Hugs 
Kirsty-Anne ;0) 



Thursday, 9 February 2017

Mixed media Journey continues

Hi Crafty Bloggers 

I have been so inspired by MaremiSmallArt on youtube and at Maremiscreative cafe on facebook that I have been enjoying learning mixed media and it reminds me of my younger days when I used to love drawing and painting .

First up I have made a handmade journal with envelopes from a video tutorial on her channel had so much fun decorating I love that there is never a real plan and its awesome to see how it turns out !!




I have used designer papers on the chipboard cover and lightly put on a coat of white guesso .  I have glued all the metal ,chipboard pieces and resin with E6000 mostly all from the trinket parlour on facebook . I then lightly paint the pieces with a dry brush with guesso . Once dried I have used prima watercolor confections in pastel dreams to colour applying with a brush .





Lastly I added some pearls and used a gold metallic gelato to highlight.

A shot of the inside the clasp closes with some wax cord



Here is some of the texture paste that I had also used with a Tim Holtz stencil  to add interest before applying the watercolor.



Here is my first page inside the journal after the pastels I wanted some colour . I have used Tim Holtz distress crayons directly in stripes and used my finger to blend out . I then used a baby wipe on the Tim Holtz stencil to remove the wax to leave white dots and then used the same stencil with a black crayon for the darker dots.
I had watched another video where we were encouraged to use test pages and had made the watercolor flowers , I used a circle punch to cut them out . I have used a black crayon to smudge around the flowers and white gel pen to add highlights . Thread was added for the stalks and lastly stamped butterfly's on the waste test paper to create the butterflies . I have use Tim Holtz chit chat stickers to finish .


There is a wonderful challenge at the creative cafe that is called 52cafecards . 
For A & B the challenge was Art & Bubbles .
I have used Prima Vintage Alphabet cards as the base . A light coat of guesso first to prime . The first I used gelatos and a water spray with stencils for texture and a harlequin stamp . I splattered some paint and used a die cut for the art and sticker for the word . The second I used prima art alchemy paint on top of a stencil with texture paste . I used a black pen to outline and then stamped the words on paper and cut and corner chomped the sentiment . Lastly some bling !! and white gel pen to finish !!



The next part of the challenge is C for Coffee & D for Dragonfly 
I played with textures in the first using sand texture paste and cheesecloth . I then added distress ink with water to the textures . I have used darkroom door stamps to cut out the coffee cup stain and coffee word and then used distress inks and gel pen to colour , The last ATC I have used a stencil with texture paste using distress prima watercolours to colour with some water and to paint the chippies . I have added a bling dragonfly and words sticker to finish .


Next up is E for eclipse so looking forward to getting crafty soon . 
 Mixed media  tips I have learned so far 
1. Always use inks with water on craft mat don't apply straight to project .
2. Water down guesso or use chalk paint over design papers with script you want to show through .
3, Spread out glue and dry evenly to stop warping of paper .
4. Dry each layer before adding another 
5. Do not use heat gun for texture paste as it looks great when all puffed out but goes flat again when you touch it .
5. Leave white spray to the very end and practice a light mist as hard to cover over if too much applied.
6. Do not be afraid just do it !!! have fun  there is no pressure to be the best mixed media artist and every artist has there own interpretation <3

Thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to try new things !!
Sending Crafty Hugs 
Kirsty-Anne ;0) xx