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!


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.


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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Sexy valentine!

Sexy valentine!

This is my valentines card for hubby!

This is my first Saturated Canary digi and I love how she turned out! I used my computer to put her on a background that lookes like a room and colour matched to the papers I was using. I coloured using Promarkers and then used some pearlescent ink to paint highlights. I took tons of pictures as she looks so different depending on the angle!

The middle heart is a circuit board covered with pearlescent ink and crackle paint and a couple of Me To You brads.

I used glitter and pearlescent ink around the edge of the card.

I would like to enter the following challenges
Crafts and me challenges- new images
I love promarkers- love is in the air
Digistamps 4 joy- do it with love
The paper shelter- be my valentine
Whimsy inspires- love theme
Sassy Cheryls challenge- be my valentine
Tuesday taggers- True love
Tuesday throwdown- be my valentine
Craftdoor magazine- valentine’s for a male NO PINK
Cards for men- valentine’s day/ love
Lexis creations- love
Kaboodle doodles- where the boys are
Divas by design challenge- love is in the air



I’m getting into hearts and flowers mode with this and some other things I’m working on! I’m still using up scraps where possible. I used some hearts pattern paper at the back  and then sprayed with glimmer mists (unfortunately you can’t really see the pattern of the paper in the photo). I used a MS punch around the page for the inner paper and the corner punch for the back paper. I liked the inner paper so much I couldn’t bear to cover it up! I just added the same glimmer mists so it matched and to messy it up a bit!

I added pink roses from Wild Orchid Crafts which I painted with pearlescent ink. I also added a metal heart charm.

I would like to enter the following challenges.
Shopping our stash- hearts. valentines and/or lace
Hooked on craft challenges- hearts
Lexis creations- love
My grafico crafts- fairy or St Patricks Day
Crazy challenge- fairies
The pink elephant challenge- pink
Rainbowladys challenge- have a heart
Belli challenge- hearts/ valentine
Fab n funky challenges- love is in the air
Whimsy inspires- love theme
Truly scrumptious challenge- love and hearts

Seahorse kiss

Seahorse kiss

It’s so good to have a chance to get more crafting done again. I’ve really missed the nice crafting routine I had!
Today I wanted to do a Valentine card that was masculine and using non-traditional colours. I came up with this.

I made the papers using Craft Artist. I distressed inked the card edges and then added mother of pearl style beads.

I also decorated the inside of the card. I will add sentiments later!

I would like to enter the following challenges
ooh-la-la- creations challenges- seeing double
crafty ribbons challenge- one for the boys/ men
Craft door magazine- Valentine for a male
scrap it girl- show some love
sugar creek hollow- vacation at the beach