Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Challenge Winner and Highlights

There were  70 beautiful spring-inspired mixed media cards were in the gallery in March! Thanks so much to everyone who played!

Here's the mixed media card that the design team voted as the winner:

Congratulations, Mackie! Please grab your winner badge below to display proudly on your blog.

And now here are the highlights. The girls in the design team picked an entry to highlight. It's the entry that uniquely impacted us in some way -- a specific technique that was used, the colors, the creativity, or something in it that touched or impacted us.

Deepti's Highlight: #6 Seikku
Deepti says, "The colors and stamped details on Seikku's background are incredible. Love it!"

Elina's Highlight: #7 Mackie
Elina says, "The background is amazing: Loved the idea of using crackle paste with a stencil. Looks great! Also the butterfly/flower cluster in the center is so beautiful!"

Jan's and Maria F.'s Highlight: #63 Irma Tirza
Jan says, "Such a beautiful watercolored flower garden! Great textured bird and natural string adds interest."
Maria F. says, "Irma's watercolored background reminds me of an out-of-focus photo of blooming trees and bushes in the springtime. Wonderfully done."

Jenny's Highlight: #27 Becca Cruger
Jenny says, "I love how Becca made her background with the black stenciled over the colours and the gold  perfect pearls sentiment on the black."

Julia's Highlight: #68 Kris
Julia says, "Great layering of paints and florals - love the sunny green/yellow colors."

Lyndal's Highlight: #16 Karen Dunbrook
Lyndal says, "LOVE the fabulous watercolour garden Karen created, it really pops against the red border and white space below."

Loll's Highlight: #18 Hannelie
Loll says, "The beautiful colours of watercolouring really enhances the gorgeous white embossed design."

Sanna's Highlight: #57 Gelsomina
Sanna says, "I loved this card for it´s romantic look, the color combination was just fabulous and  all the pretty layers just made me feel spring! Fabulous card!"

Shirley's Highlight: #42 Susan B 
Shirley says, "I love the background of splattered glass beads tinted with pink."

Congratulations, ladies! Grab your badge below to display proudly on your blog.

Get your artsy supplies together and check back tomorrow at 6 a.m. PDT (GMT-7) for the April challenge.

Be artsy. Be messy. Be creative! :o)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Hint of Spring {More Inspiration}

There's still a few days left to play in this month's challenge, so share your NEW creations with us!  Check out these inspiration cards from out design team and then link up here!

White embossing paste through a Dot Fade stencil, gold embossing powder, adhered Tissue tape randomly over tag and swiped through 2 colors of Distress Acrylic paints and water, bird nest stamped and clear embossed, metal pieces and wishbone attached to tag. 

Die-cut, acrylic paints, translucent acrylics, embossing paste through stencil, brad.

Stamped and stickered cardbase, sloshed middle layer, heat embossed vellum, fabric tape, stitching.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

More Inspiration Cards #7

Hi there! March is flying by - I hope you are all starting to see and feel some signs of Spring.
We have some more inspiration for you today.


Faux Mother of Pearl technique for background.  Mix of white card stock and
vellum for the butterfly die-cuts


Watercolour with various mediums,  heat embossed background  with distress ink sponging,
  stamped script and die cut dragonfly.

Dry & heat embossing, Color spray, Gelliplate die cut and paper clay embellishment

You've still got until the 25th March to play along - you can enter the challenge here.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

{Hints of Spring #9} More Inspiration

Hi there. From most of the comments around blog land, it seems Spring has not yet arrived. I hope everyone is staying warm and making lots of cards!

Have you played along with this month's challenge yet? The theme is 'A Hint of Spring' with the optional element being *Bird*. We have a few more cards to give you some inspiration.

Sponging over stencil for background; Die-cut flower that is layered, sponged and shaped, heat embossed splatters and sentiment

Watercolour background, Colour Shine stencilled background,
 stamping text on silhouette cut birds

Maria L

Dylusion Sprays on the background (separate white panel), Tim Holtz stencils using archival ink.  Time Holtz Mixed Media stamp clear embossed.  Bird colored using water colors and cut out.


Spring coloured embossed papers, die-cut tags and Coffee sentiment, wood veneer hearts and lots of Distressed Ink in Vintage Photo.


15 stamps, 2 stencils, distress stains and inks, archival inks, glitter, embossing powder, dimensional pearls and flocking.

 You have until 25 March to join us and you can link up your cards here.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Mixed Media Card Challenge #9 {Hints of Spring}

Goodbye, February. Hello, March! Are you ready for a new mixed media card challenge theme? For March, our theme is "SPRING". Show us your spring-themed works of art -- we'd love to see them! "Bird" is an optional element.

1. Create a mixed media CARD based on the theme, with or without the optional element.
2. Display the challenge graphic on your blog post and link back to this challenge post.
3. You may enter as many times as you want, as long as each entry is different.
4. You may combine a maximum of 7 challenges (6 other challenges plus ours).
5. Submit your projects by March 25, 11:55 p.m. PST (GMT -8).
6. We'll announce the winner and highlights on March 31.

How did we interpret the theme? Take a look below. We hope our mixed media cards inspire you to play along with us! We look forward to seeing your beautiful cards!

I watercolored the background and embossed with a wood grain stamp and various other stamps with white embossing powder. The heart is done the same way and the bird is watercolored.

Brusho watercolour background mixed with shimmer paint, then sponged over top with a leafy stencil. Die-cut branch and leaves which are sponged and shaped with stylus for dimension.

Stamped and stenciled backgrounds and sentiment. Embossing paste. Heat embossing on vellum. Distressed edges.

Rubbed card base through Distress Stains and water, sponged Distress Inks through Dot Fade stencil, flicked with water, embossed layered sun die and bunny die, used a rub-on bird.

Textured patterned paper paired with spring field of poppies created by masking and coloring makes for my Mixed media card.

Stamped image, masked with masking fluid before watercolouring and stamping the background.

Pink Distress Stain on the background to create a faux watercolor effect. Some partial stamping with grey dye ink, Glimmer Glaze splatters in pink, an old sticker, some wood veneer birdies and tiny leftover paper hearts here and there. In addition doodled frame with a grey pen.

Watercolour paper with distress ink background, stamping, stencilling, 
Twinkling H2os and machine stitching.

Small bits of pink tissue, paints, texture paste through stencil, stamping, clear gesso, more paints and stamping in that order to create the background.

Background-smooshed distress stains and dry embossing with Gold lame accents. Butterfly embossed with distress inks. Accented with Inka Gold and Mica Gloss and gold foil.

Acrylic paints, chalk paints, gelli print, modelling paste through stencil, black and white pens on bird.

Gelato watercolour with salt background with Gelato watercolour bird fussy cut and pop dotted

A friendly reminder: We are a CARD challenge, therefore please only submit card projects (no layouts, altered projects, ATCs, etc.). Non-card projects will be deleted.