Minions birthday card

Minions birthday card

I made this Minions birthday card for a lovely boy called Joe 🙂 I designed and created it using the Scan’n’cut and got to use up lots of small scraps of card.
Minions birthday card 1

I added some detailing using gel pens. I recycled a small plastic washer from an electric toothbrush and painted it silver using a my silver Promarker. I used glossy accents inside it to give a glass effect.

Minions birthday card2

I’d like to enter the following challenges

Crafty Girls Corner- use yellow

Moo-mania and more- Masculine cards

Challange up your life- Repurpose household items

Di’s Digi Designs- For the boys

Send A Smile for Kids- Bright cards for kids

 

40th birthday altered book art

40th birthday altered book art

I altered this book as a birthday gift. The recipient is a big fan of The Lord of the Rings and I managed to find a damaged book with a map on the inside reminiscent of that great saga.  I folded the pages to create the ’40’ and stained the edges with distress ink to help the numberd stand out. I used a ribbon to hold the book in place for display.
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I created the scene for the back cover using Craft Artist and kept it within the fantasy theme. I’ve covered the sentiment for privacy reasons.

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I’d like to enter this for the following challenges

Creative Loops- recycle

Craftin Desert Divas- Create a scene

Love to Create- Anything creative/ mixed media goes

Kitty Bee Designs- Fairytale/fantasy

Polkadoodles- Birthday celebrations

 

 

Recycle, refashion and repurpose for the May challenge

Recycle, refashion and repurpose for the May challenge

The challenge for May is recycle so you can produce any type of creative project with that theme. The challenge topic (recycle) just needs to be a starting point for your inspiration so you could do a creative project made with recycled materials (refashion, repurpose, upcycle, altered art) or maybe using up scraps that might otherwise be binned…….you can do anything you think is linked to recycling. Please link up your project at the end of the post.
The Creative Loops challenge is for all types of creatives and is truly anything goes- art, mixed media, sewing, knitting, quilting, card making, paper-craft, cross-stitch, photography, altered art, creative writing, graphic design, floral design……if it is creative and inspired by the challenge theme you can join in. The idea is to connect and inspire creatives. We are a local group that meet weekly but anyone is welcome to join the challenge and link up their project.
Feel free to add any ideas and to chat about inspirations in the comments. I always appreciate knowing someone is reading.
Here is an inspiration board of ideas you could use with the links listed below. Links with tutorials or patterns are shown with a *. Links to items which you could buy are shown with **
Please add your finished projects at the bottom of this post.

Creative loops challenge recycle

Links
By members of Creative Loops
1. I used scraps to add embellishments to a skirt at achelois.co
2. Beautiful dresses and other clothes made with vintage fabric by Carrie Trigg and available to buy at Sidcup & Co and her Etsy shop**
3. Using paper scraps up to make a card by Haith’s Handmade
4. Another way to use paper scraps in a card by me at achelois.co
5. Hedgehog book art by artist Jocelyn Leigh
6. Art on a bag at my Etsy shop**
7. How I made mini gift bags from envelopes at achelois.co

Inspiration from others
8. Making a bath mat from old towels*
9. Using tissue paper on glass vases and candle holders*
10. Refashioning skirts and tops by adding peplums*
11. 25 ideas for using shoe boxes*
12. 50+ fabric stash busters*
13. T-shirt shrug tutorial*
14. Skirt refashion with stencilling*
15. Beautiful home décor art at Romancing the Home
16. Mixed media palette
17. Different ideas for refinishing wooden furniture
18. Easy t-shirt skirts*
19. Patchwork style card using scraps*
20. Necktie aqua handbag by Rick Rack Ruby
21. 6 ways to make necklaces using buttons
22. The Bookworm by Tammy Smith Design
23. 50+ things to make with old sweaters
24. Lots of ideas on how to recycle old Singer sewing machines

Hopefully that provided enough ideas to inspire you. Now all you need to do is
1. Get inspired
2. Create (original and new creations only, please respect copyright)
3. Take photos of your creation
4. Link up
5. Check out the other linked projects, comment on them etc. We want to build a community.

If you have a blog please write about your inspiration, how it links to this challenge and include a link to this post. Add a photo of your project with your name and a short description below. If you do not have a blog post you can upload and share your photo or email me a copy of the photo and details. If you have any problems linking up there is a how to video and tutorial here.

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April Creative Loops challenge is water

April Creative Loops challenge is water

Today I’ve got lots of inspiration for our April challenge- water. The challenge topic (water) just needs to be a starting point for your inspiration so you could do a creative project made with water (ice sculpture anyone?) using water (dye fabric or yarn, watercolour etc.), featuring water, inspired by water (beaches, waterfall cardigans, mermaids)….anything you think is linked to water.

The Creative Loops challenge is for all types of creatives and is truly anything goes- art, mixed media, sewing, knitting, quilting, card making, paper-craft, cross-stitch, photography, altered art, creative writing, graphic design, floral design……if it is creative and inspired by the challenge theme you can join in. The idea is to connect and inspire creatives. We are a local group that meet weekly but anyone is welcome to join the challenge and link up their project.

Feel free to add any ideas and to chat about inspirations in the comments. I always appreciate knowing someone is reading.

Here is an inspiration board of ideas you could use with the links listed below. Links with tutorials or patterns are shown with a *. Links to items which you could buy are shown with **

Please add your finished projects at the bottom of this post.

Inspiration creative loops challenge water

By members of Creative Loops

  1. Nautical card by Haith’s Handmade
  2. Be Unique is original artwork by me available to buy (prints also available on my Etsy shop). Mermaid & quote ‘You’ve got your own style so let it shine through and remember no matter what you gotta be you’.**
  3. Altered book with stream and fish by Jocelyn Leigh
  4. Water bottle carry bag by textile artist Alison Ripley. There is a tutorial for a similar water bottle holder with a pattern here.*
  5. Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain available at my Etsy shop**
  6. Girl’s summer A line dress using vintage oriental print fabric of landscape by water by Carrie Trigg and available to buy on her Etsy shop**
  7. I hand painted this bag using Inktense blocks and pencils. It is available to sell in my Etsy shop.**
  8. Melanie is a new talent in our local Creative Loops group. She has designed and created a range of puzzles many of them have an ocean and sea life theme. You can buy them at Fox Puzzles.**

Inspiration from others

9. Peru born textile artist Ana Teresa Barboza has created several pieces inspired by water including this piece with water flowing out from the embroidery hoop.

10. This fish scale style jar was on sale from http://www.putinajar.com but it sold out. You can use this tutorial to create your own.*

11. 10 tips for waterfall photography*

12. Video tutorial on how to make a seahorse using wire and stones or sea glass.*

13. Recycle a bottle using jute, decoupage glue and paper napkins with this tutorial.*

14. Using natural dye and shibori technique in this tutorial*

15. Tutorial for creating a botanical watercolour wreath*

16. Be a mermaid! Free pattern for crochet mermaids tail for baby and here is one for adults.*

17. Card I made using my mermaid digi stamp by Sylvia Zet at Wee stamps

18. Creating a waterfall bustle explained here.*

19. 24+ free sea creature patterns including some great goldfish mittens and knitted fish.*

20. I really love to paint anything. This is by Vivian Xiao.

21. Rain painting and other fun watercolour techniques with Alisa Burke (she also has great online courses including watercolour bliss).*

22. No sew waterfall cardigan from t-shirt tutorial*

23. Tutorial on painting realistic water with acrylics*

24. One of the great things about water is reflections and I used this idea in this card.

25. Waterlily tutorial*

26. Some tips for water drop photography*

Hopefully that provided enough ideas to inspire you. Now all you need to do is

  1. Get inspired
  2. Create (original and new creations only, please respect copyright)
  3. Take photos of your creation
  4. Link up
  5. Check out the other linked projects, comment on them etc. We want to build a community.

If you have a blog please write about your inspiration, how it links to this challenge and include a link to this post. Add a photo of your project with your name and a short description below. If you do not have a blog post you can upload and share your photo or email me a copy of the photo and details. If you have any problems linking up there is a how to video and tutorial here.

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Daffodil on vellum for Mother’s Day card

This is the Mother’s Day card I made. I embossed the daffodil on vellum and coloured and blended with layers of polychromos for the flower and Pan Pastels for the background.

Daffodil vellum Mothers day cardI don’t have time to write a full post tonight but I’ll try and finish it asap so please reread it if you want to know more! Here are a couple of close ups.

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I’m entering the Creative Loops challenge- flowers

 

 

Floral inspiration- 44 ideas for Mother’s Day and our March Challenge

Floral inspiration- 44 ideas for Mother’s Day and our March Challenge

Creative loops challenge march flowers mothers day

Today I’ve got lots of inspiration for our March challenge- flowers. The challenge topic (flowers) just needs to be a starting point for your inspiration so you could do a creative project made from flowers, using flowers, featuring flowers, inspired by flowers….anything you think is linked to flowers.

The Creative Loops challenge is for all types of creatives and is truly anything goes- art, mixed media, sewing, knitting, quilting, card making, papercraft, crossstitch, photography, altered art, creative writing, graphic design, floral design……if it is creative and inspired by the challenge theme you can join in. The idea is to connect and inspire creatives. We are a local group that meet weekly but anyone is welcome to join the challenge and link up their project.

Feel free to add any ideas and to chat about inspirations in the comments.

Here is an inspiration board of ideas you could use with the links listed below. Links with tutorials or patterns are shown with a *. Links to items which you could buy are shown with **

Please add your finished projects at the bottom of this post.

Floral inspiration 44 mothers day ideas

By members of Creative Loops

  1. Carrie Trigg (cut ’n’ sew) teaches sewing and she taught the Creative Loops group to make this floral organiser.

2,3,4 Carrie also makes beautiful clothing from retro, vintage fabrics. These makes from floral prints are great inspiration…..or you could just buy one from her Etsy shop CarrieJTrigg and make something else for the challenge 😉

  1. My colouring calendars feature a couple of floral images **
  2. One of my hand painted bags with a floral henna style motif I designed **
  3. This was made by Annette for the challenge last month but as well as featuring a heart it also has some beautiful flowers. She drew using a fine black pen and then coloured with watercolour pencils.
  4. My Lord of the Rings inspired woodland scene **
  5. A colourful floral card from Kristina
  6. Beautiful artwork by Jocelyn Leigh on display at a local tea room

Inspiration from others

  1. Nail polish earrings** by SenJewelry with video tutorial*
  2. Felt rose mobile tutorial by tiffercolabear
  3. A list of 16 free flower knitting patterns at in the loop knitting*
  4. Flower vase card tutorial at notableNEST*
  5. Chocolate flowers….who would not love getting these!! Photo tutorial at all day boutique*
  6. Using forced perspective to photograph flower girls. Love this technique. It has taken me half an hour to track down the photographer- Tatiana Mikhina
  7. Blooming monogram with silk flowers tutorial at Urbanic Paper blog*
  8. I believe the original tutorial for this picture is at icreativeideas.com*
  9. How about making a floral Easter style bonnet like this one shown in CountryLivimg.com
  10. Tutorial for felt hydrangea cushion*
  11. A 3D card I made for Mother’s Day featuring lots flowers
  12. Beautiful textures in floral art by Paula Nizamas
  13. I’ve got one hand in my pocket and the other one is giving the peace sign Hand embroidery by Mariana on Flickr
  14. Tutorial for needle felted flowers at craft me happy
  15. 10 free crotchet flower patterns collated at Chaleur Life
  16. In series 1 of the Great British Sewing Bee Stuart Hillard added tulip pockets to his skirt in a refashion project. Great idea executed in double quick time!! He brought out a book called Sew Fabulous but I’m not sure if it features this project.
  17. Delicate cut paper flower by Maude White at Brave Bird Paper Art
  18. Loom knitting flowers- I’m not sure where the photo originates from (please contact me if you know). Video tutorial on loom knitting flowers here.
  19. Why not try a tulip style dress or skirt. Free tutorial for this tulip dress at The Felted Fox
  20. Several patterns for this hippo available using African flower hexagons
  21. Beautiful altered shadow box scrapbook layout at The Dusty Attic Blog
  22. Caught in crystal technique with flower stamp
  23. Painting watercolour hydrangea- step by step tutorial*
  24. Mixed media art by Toni Burt
  25. Altered art shabby chic clock attributed to Asuka Miyamoto. Definitely uses her chipboard layout.
  26. Alcohol ink painting by Teri Jones
  27. accredited to A Fairy’s Dream at afairysdreamonline.com but blog appears to be inactive
  28. zentangle meets embroidery by hoooooplaart on tumblr
  29. Altered frame using products by ArtC (Momenta) at CHA 2016 and shown on Create and Craft TV
  30. Vase book folding pattern and tutorial* for sale on Etsy by Foldilocks**
  31. Vase and flower book folding at Bev’s Book Folding Blog with link to YouTube tutorial on making the flowers*
  32. Wet felting by Renata on Flickr
  33. Screen printed t-shirt with dimensional flowers added was available at Zara
  34. Recycled denim bag by Alla Larkin. She has a shop on Etsy and a blog

Hopefully that provided enough ideas to inspire you. Now all you need to do is

  1. Get inspired
  2. Create (original and new creations only, please respect copyright)
  3. Take photos of your creation
  4. Link up
  5. Check out the other linked projects, comment on them etc. We want to build a community.

If you have a blog please write about your inspiration, how it links to this challenge and include a link to this post. Add a photo of your project with your name and a short description below. If you do not have a blog post you can upload and share your photo or email me a copy of the photo and details. If you have any problems linking up there is a how to video and tutorial here.

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Love is caught in crystal

Love is caught in crystal

The February challenge for Creative Loops is hearts– perfect for a Valantine’s Day card. I decided to attempt the caught in crystal technique for the first time and although I was happy with the results there is room for improvement on my next try!

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I used my Indigo Blu poppy heart stamp and Blazing Poppies stamp with Versamark Watermark Ink
on Heat Resistant Acetate and I heat embossed using WOW! Blue Pearl Embossing Powder. I then started painting from light to dark on the images. I started with the highlights on the poppy using Acrylic Pearl Liquid in Volcano Red.
I then mixed two shades of Daler Rowney acrylic redsto paint the mid and shadow areas. The lighter areas are more sparkly in real life and of course the acetate adds some shine. Although I used the mid shade behind the edges of the pearlescent areas I would have liked to achieve a more subtle blend so I’ll have to play further to see if that is possible. I used Pebeo pearlescent green and Daler Rowney Graduate Acrylics for the leaves and am happier with the blending I achieved here.

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Once dried I added Pledge Klear Multi-surface waxand used Spectrum Noir Aquatints to get a blend of colours. I also added some Glamour Dust Glitter which is difficult to see in the photos. I went for shades of red but the differences were quite subtle once they all mixed and didn’t show up as well as I’d have liked. Greens or contrasting colours may have been better. I also wonder if I used too much of everything.

I crumpled up my tissue paper and splodged it on to the Pledge paint mix making sure it was saturated. I left it to dry overnight.

I attached it to the metallic blue mat using Screw Brads. I embossed the sentiments from the Phill Martin Baroque Every Day Corner range onto the mat corners. I coloured the card edges with Peeled Paint distress ink and then embossed metallic green card with my Tattered Lace Fretwork Lace embossing folder.

Heartcaughtincrystal1I would like to enter the following challenges

Creative Loops challenge– Hearts, love etc.

Creative Playground Challenge– Show us your heart

Pattie’s Creations Challenge– Love is in the air

Cuttlebig mania– I {heart} you

Stampin’ Royalty Challenge– Sparkle and shine


 

 

 

28 ideas you will love for our Valentine challenge of hearts.

28 ideas you will love for our Valentine challenge of hearts.

Creative loops challenge hearts valentine loveToday I’ve got lots of inspiration for our February challenge- hearts. The challenge topic (hearts) just needs to be a starting point for your inspiration so you could do a creative project with hearts or love or valentines or red….anything you think is linked to hearts.

The Creative Loops challenge is for all types of creatives and is truly anything goes- art, mixed media, sewing, knitting, card making, papercraft, crosstitch, photography, altered art, creative writing, graphic design……if it is creative and inspired by the challenge theme you can join in. The idea is to connect and inspire creatives. We are a local group that meet weekly but anyone is welcome to join the challenge and link up their project.

Feel free to add any ideas and to chat about inspirations in the comments. Here is an inspiration board of ideas you could use with the links listed below.

Please add your finished projects at the bottom of this post.

Creative loops challenge hearts

  1. Valentine Skirt- adding heart pockets to a skirt
  2. Heart mini quilt
  3. Love..a sewn work in progress
  4. Crazy quilt heart patch
  5. Heart applique cushion (no instructions)
  6. Heart crochet slippers
  7. Knitted heart coasters
  8. Needle felted heart
  9. Crochet heart strings
  10. Crochet floral heart
  11. Weaving heart baskets
  12. Watercolour heart art for children (and adults too!!)
  13. Colour bursting heart- art by Debra Wenlock
  14. Dictionary heart art by Madame Memento
  15. Pan pastel on tissue paper- mixed media art
  16. Photography- heart bokeh effect
  17. Armfuls of love picture from anabeliahandmade
  18. Mixed media playing cards
  19. Heart shaped merengue cookies
  20. Heart shaped cinnamon buns
  21. White chocolate raspberry cheesecake
  22. Paper quilled heart
  23. Heart string art
  24. Heart wire bangle
  25. 3D open up heart card tutorial
  26. Shabby chic floral card
  27. Bunting card (no instructions)
  28. Perfect love one layer card

A mix of ideas to inspire you. Now all you need to do is

  1. Get inspired
  2. Create (original and new creations only, please respect copyright)
  3. Take photos of your creation
  4. Link up
  5. Check out the other linked projects, comment on them etc. We want to build a community.

If you have a blog please write about your inspiration, how it links to this challenge and include a link to this post. Add a photo of your project with your name and a short description below. If you do not have a blog post you can upload and share your photo or email me a copy of the photo and details. If you have any problems linking up there is a how to video and tutorial here.

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New baby scrapbook page

Hi!

Today I am still following the Creative Loops challenge theme of ‘new’ by trying something new with a scrapbook page for a new baby. I used Craft Artist to create the page digitally. I decided on some lovely spring colours. I love making scrapbook pages to frame for special occasions.

New baby scrapbook page

I must get back to posting more regularly- I think I might have lost a lot of the lovely people who used to visit and comment 🙁 Maybe it is the change of blog name and the fact the comments aren’t as obvious in the new blog layout too.

I would like to enter the following challenges

Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenges- Try something new

CRAFT challenge- not a card

Crafting With An Attitude- anything goes

Scrap and Craft- New Beginnings