Sunday, 19 November 2017

Weclome our Guest Designer Zeljka

I am Željka (45) and I come from Zagreb,capital city of Croatia (Europa).As a child,my mum told...when we were in big shopping store I always went to paper section...had no interest in doll's ,barbies etc...paper,crayons,glue,scissors,pens...that was my joy...and 4 years ago begins my journey with card making.Love to create all types of cards and special challenge for me are mix media cards or projects.

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

A Fab Tutorial by Terry

Happy Sunday everyone and boy oh boy do we have a treat for you today ... a stunning tutorial from Terry who uses a digi image to create a mixed media project. Terry's full tutorial is below.

Our monthly "anything mixed media/creative goes" challenge is still running and we'd love it if you could play along. The link to the challenge is HERE.

Now over to Terry ......

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It is my turn, Terry to put a tutorial together for your inspiration and I just loved doing this for you all.

I colored the ULA Image from Polkadoodles, with my copic markers.....I love coloring and this amazing cute girl was a lot of fun to color.

What I did was I cut a piece of paper that I wanted for my background, took different coloured Distress Ink and splashed some water on top to let it flow over the paper. The best way to do that is to hold the paper between 2 fingers and then spray the water. You can rotate the paper so that water goes over it. That way you get a mix of colors on your background.

After the background paper is dry, I have added some color. Also, the brown color along the edges of the paper and a bit of green.

Then of course I wanted to be sure that the background colors would fit with Ula....and I thought she did fit in perfectly.

I thought the background was a bit bland, so I used a stencil to fill the background. The Grit Paste gives the flower a 3D-effect and takes in the color from the Distress inks.

When the Paste was dry I got my waterpen, the fabulous stampset from Polkadoodles, calles Bonfleur and stamped 2 butterflies from the stampset. I colored the butterflies with the Distress Oxide and cut them out of the paper. The background was colored with the Oxides too. This time I used the Distress Inks but you can easliy work with the PanPastels too. They work great on the background and also to color your Digi stamps and Stamps.

Working with the Paste gives the flowers a real 3D effect. Still thought the background was a bit bland so I stamped a few tiny flowers on the paper. I colored the tiny ones with distress too and I was happy with the result. 

A bit upclose so you can see what I mean with the flowers having a 3D effect with the Paste. 

Oke so my background is finished with the fab colors and the stencilled flowers. Now all I need is the colored image from Ula, so I decided to get some doublesided tape on it and placed the image on my background paper.

So what do ya all think, I am pretty happy about it, and if you tell me Mixed Mediums don't mix with digi images, you'r totally wrong eh? All it needed was a few words...I thought Sending Lots of Love would be just perfect....and to finish I have placed the colored butterflies on the flower and on top of the card and my card is finished. 

So there ya go, my project that I wanted to share with you for your inspiration is finished. I sure hope you are going to get your thinking cap on and get those fabulous digi stamps from Nikky, from Polkadoodles...I am sure you are going to love these cuties.....

Thank you all for stopping by and hope I gave you some ideas on what you can make with Mixed Mediums and Digistamps mixed with stamps.
Have Fun.

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A huge thanks Terry and next week, our inspirational post is from another ubber talent crafter, Zeljka Jurkovic-Grizic.

Don't forget you still have time to enter our November monthly challenge and you can find all the details HERE.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Challenge 2 - Anything Mixed Media/Creative Goes

Good morning, November is here already so it's time for a new challenge!! A big thank you to everyone who entered last month's challenge, the DT will be voting for their top 3 picks and we'll be announcing the winner and Top 3 on  November 26th. The long winter evenings are a great excuse to craft so I hope you're going to join us. Our theme is easy peasy ...

Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes

You don't have to use our products to enter (but we do a happy dance when you do lol) and the challenge will run until 30th November so there's loads of time to play long. Did I mention we've got a fabulous prize from Polkadoodles for our lucky winner too?

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Prize: £5 gift voucher for the Polkadoodles store.

So check out the inspiration from our DT and get crafting to be in with a chance of winning! As you can see our talented teamies have been busy working their mixed media magic for you .....

Claire C I've made a mixed media wallhanging using the beautiful new image called Nature Lover - January which you can find in the Polkadoodles store here. I've printed her onto kraft card and coloured her with pencils. The background was made with PanPastels. Next I stencilled some leaves with iridescent paste and once it was dry added some colour with alcohol markers. You can find all the details on my blog

Gemma I have a poster to share with you all today made using printouts from the wonderful Belle Papillon collection from Polkadoodles. I ripped and glued printable background papers onto mixed media strength card with Gesso. Once dry I layered up acrylic and water sprays, before adding some stencilling with Pan Pastels. Then I glued these wonderful large butterflies from another printable into place with a feel-good quote, once dry I added some colour with more Pan Pastel and colouring pencils to blend them in before going around the edges with a black pen.

Lou: Last week I shared a 'top tip' about different media to print on to create your mixed media projects - see HERE - and this week I am sharing with you the project I made using my printed toilet roll and kitchen towel. I have used the Belle Papillion Big Kahuna collection to make a notebook cover. I even dusted off my Bind It All to make the notebook! You can find lots more details and photos over on my blog.

A Sneeky Peeky this time from me (Terry) on the 19th of November I will be sharing a Tutorial on how I made my project....hope to see you there....xxxx

We don't really do loads of rules here but we do have a couple so please take note:
1. No back links
2. Only 2 entries to make it fair for everyone
3. The main prize must be claimed within 10 days or it will be offered to a random winner from the Top 3 from the same week.
4. You MUST be a follower of this blog to enter.

The challenge will run until 30th November and the winner and top 3 will be announced on Sunday 24th December 2017!!

Add your link below to be in with a chance of being our lucky winner or Top 3 honours.
Good luck everyone!!

Do you fancy a GDT spot at Love 2 Create? 
If so, please put GDT after your name and we'll contact you.

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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Last week to enter challenge 1 and some Top Tips!


You have one more week to enter the current 'Anything Goes' challenge and 
you can find all the challenge details HERE
Many, many thanks to all the wonderful entries so far.

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Hi Lou here and my "top tip" today is to think outside the box with regards to your printing. We are all familiar with printing on printable acetate, vellums and a range of papers/cards but did you know that you can also print on other every day items ... yep, you can.

As you know Polkadoodles have a wonderful range of collections and for my next project I want to use the Belle Papillion collection ...

Belle Papillon Big Kahuna Download bundle

... but alas Nikky doesn't produce napkins to match! No worries because I can create the same look by printing on to kitchen towel and toilet roll! Below is a quick tutorial as to how you can work my "top tip" ...

For my project, I want to use an embossed kitchen towel, (but other types will do). Begin by placing double sided tape along the top of your cheap printer paper and stick the kitchen towel in place.

Make a mark with pencil where the kitchen towel ends, and just above the mark, place another line of double sided tape. Carefully smooth the kitchen towel over the tape.

Finally, turn your paper over and either cut away excess kitchen towel or alternatively place another strip of double sided tape, securing over hang. Repeat on both sides and you are ready to print.

Below is the printed design I have chosen and all I need to do is carefully lift the kitchen towel up or alternatively cut. Voila, I have my napkin with the design I want.

If I was a really frugal crafter - especially as this is a 2ply kitchen towel - I could have left the 2nd layer in place and reprinted ...

Now this medium is trickier to print on as it has a little more give to it. To help your printer and to make sure it grabs the paper first - and not the toilet paper - place your double sided tape about 2 cm down from the top.

Next, place your toilet paper horizontally and don't worry if it goes over the edges. As before, make a pencil mark and add your double sided tape above this mark. Carefully smooth your toilet paper in to place.

Continue down the paper until you have covered the copier paper as much as you want.

Turn your paper over and place double sided tape down the vertical edges of the copier paper, trapping the edges of the toilet roll in place.

Finally, send your chosen design to print.

As with the kitchen towel, if you carefully pull the top layer away, you can reprint another ...

Over to you to give this a try. It goes to show that digi images or papers do not always need to be printed on to paper or card! So be brave and give printing on different surfaces/papers a go. Once you start, your mind goes in to over drive ...! Please share with the team here at Love to Create the different materials/media you have printed on, so we can have a go too.

Now I have two different printed media to use on my project and they can be secured in place with PVA glue, Mod Podge etc. Next week I will show you what I have created with them.

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Welcome our Guest Designer Jane

Hellooooo crafty friends!! Have you entered our challenge yet? You've still got enough time to play along as you won't want to miss out on our gorgeous prize of stamps and papers from Polkadoodles!

The theme is

Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes

And you can enter here

You can use any products on your project!! The challenge runs until the end of the month so what are you waiting for?? LOL. Oooh I know, you're waiting to meet this weeks Guest Designer!!

This week the lovely Jane Savage has created a beautiful project for us,

Wow how beautiful! Jane has used the Bella Fleur stamp set and the coordinating Flower Branch Doublet Die. She's also used the beautiful Bubblicious Frame die.
Pop over to Jane's blog to find out how she made this beauty!!

Let's find out a little more about this weeks talented guest designer ....

Hi my name is Jane I live in Oxfordshire, UK! 
I have a mild to manic obsession with craft that started from when I was very young and has never left me (thankfully). I love dies, dies and more dies and enjoy colouring with pencils and making a mess. I don't really have a 'style' if I like where I've stuck something it stays stuck..simple as!! 😊

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Thanks so much Jane! If you'd like to check out more of Jane's artwork have a look at her blog here and if your here to add your entry to this month's challenge just click here and scroll down to link up your project!!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Welcome our Guest Designer Jan

Good morning crafty friends, we've got a fabulous project from this weeks talented Guest Designer, Scatty Jan for you today but before we have a look at Jan's gorgeous artwork just a little reminder about this month's challenge!
Our theme is

Anything Mixed Media/Creative Goes

and  we've got a gorgeous prize of stamps AND papers from Polkadoodles ....


It's so easy to enter, you can use any products to play along, just have lots of crafty fun and enter your project here!

Back to our lovely Jan who's been a busy bee making not one but three stunning tags for us....

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Jan has used some of the awesome Oddella images from the IckyInk collection at  Polkadoodles and the Absolute Vintage Clear Stamp set to make these tags, you can find links to them at the end of this post. Here's how Jan created these little beauties .....

I cut out three tag shapes onto watercolour card and printed off three of the lovely Oddella's that you can find in the Polkadoodles store here I coloured up the Oddella's using Polychromo Pencils in shades of grey and red I used Distress Oxides on the tags mainly Iced Spruce with some splashes of Black soot. Next came the stamps I used Absolute Vintage Clear stamp set - stamping Cogs and clocks randomly. I also used a few other stamps for the circles and lines. I also had a play with a few masks. Added a little red paint to the top of each one and let it run down the tag. I lastly added a few different size sequins and a sentiment to each one The sentiments have a brush of fired brick distress ink and finished off with a little doodle

Now let's find out a little more about the lovely lady herself .....

Hi , I am Scatty Jan, the only photo's I have of me are selfies with my Granddaughter (always silly ones too) ~I started crafting 7 years ago I started out by making a scrapbook, and after trawling the internet for ideas I found card making , colouring blah de blah. I was never really into crafts as a child so was very surprised how much of a hold this took . I really love to colour up , and after years of hiding from stamps I now adore them and they are one of my favourite crafting items ~ I also adore Distress Oxides. Nothing beats a fab craft session with my best friends (My portrait and My Granddaughter) xx

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Gorgeous pic of our lovely Jan isn't it? As you can imagine, Jan is such fun to work with in the land of Polkadoodles! Please check out her blog as she's a real inspiration and creates some stunning projects - she's a real whiz with her Portrait!

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous tags with us Jan!!

Thanks for visiting, don't forget to click here to link up your entry to our challenge
We'll be back next week with more inspiration from a brand new Guest Designer!!

Hope to see you then :-)