Saturday, 9 January 2016

More Mixed Media Challenge Blog - January Blues!

I'm really excited to be one of the new Design Team for More Mixed Media Challenge Blog! It was launched on 5 January and our theme for this month is - Blue - apt really as it's how a lot of us feel in the colder months of the year after the excitement of Christmas. However, crafting is a good distraction from the awful weather and the cold, wet, dark evenings. I love doing something new and although I have done one lot of ATCs before, this set was my very first 'proper' set, and I really enjoyed making them. The theme for the swap I did was Oriental or Egyptian - having no Egyptian bits, I went for Oriental, and really happy with how they turned out.

I used a variety of media for these - the first one is stamped and heat embossed around the edge and then a piece of Tim Holtz paper was used as background and I stamped an oriental lady on top and coloured her with my Promarkers. I added some flowers to embellish.

The second one, which is the submission for the January Blue challenge blog DT, is again, Tim Holtz papers for the background and a Lily of the Valley (LOTV) stamp coloured with Promarkers and fussy cut out and stuck to the background. I added some embellishments - a metal fan and some bling, for impact. The third uses the off cuts of the lovely Tim Holtz papers top and bottom and some pretty ribbon and a metal embellishment. I used multiple stamps for the image, layered and masked out and then coloured with Promarkers. A few little bling gems added for impact.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest make and really looking forward to sharing my other makes with you. Do feel free to comment on any of my posts - I really value your input and love hearing from fellow crafters!

Michelle xx

New Year - and New Challenges!

Helloo - I hope you all had a wonderful New Year? I have had a relaxing, busy, non-crafting and also, sadly, ill time - so has kept me on my toes!!

I'm starting to get better now, well aside from the normal flu bug that is doing the rounds, and really getting geared up to start back on my craft projects, after packing them away for the Christmas and New Year festivities (my craft space is currently the dining table so couldn't really have the turkey and trimmings amongst my craft detritus hehehe...

Well, my first submission for the new DT is now submitted and will hopefully be up on the main challenge blog very soon. I will be creating a separate post regarding the ATC I used tho, and the link to the wonderful challenge blog is to the right - More Mixed Media Challenge Blog.

So - here's to a fantastic new year for us all!

Michelle xxx