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Southern Girls Challenge 'The dream is real'

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It's time for a new Team Lou challenge over at the Southern Girls Challenge Blogspot - this time we are looking at Fairies, Fantasy and/or flowers.  We have got some great sponsors for this challenge including Technique Tuesday and Hannah Lyne Art.

I have chosen to use a great digi stamp from Hannah Lyne Art - Bookwork Fairy, it reminds me of my daughter, she loves to read and to write songs!  With this being my inspiration I have made a notebook for her.  


 This is something that I haven't done before so there was a bit of trial and error.  I used a notebook that I purchased from a store, making sure that it had a sturdy cover for my base.  I then added some sheet music and some other lightly patterned pieces of paper. From there I added my circles for the bubbles and tried a few different mediums to get them white....gesso was the winner in the end!
I've added a bit of extra colour using gelatos.....I did discover that trying to write on top of the gesso with a black pen …

Challenge #136 Through a window...

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Welcome back it's that time again...I'm sure you don't all really need reminding to get your work of art uploaded for this months Let's Craft and Create challenge, but just incase you do here is my inspiration piece for the reminder.


This months theme is 'Through a window' and as soon as I saw that I thought about my dogs that sit on the bay window looking out onto the street.  They are usually there when I arrive home so it's one of the first things I see.  It's quite delightful and yes I do believe a house is not a home without a dog.

Supplies used:
AC Cardstock - Coffee Bean
AC Cardstock - White
Archival ink
Stitched Square Die
Reno Markers - Tonal Grey 1, 2 & 3
Reno Markers - Aqua Blue

Thanks for visiting - happy crafting everyone!

Do-Al(1) Kreatives - Pastel tones

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Hi Everyone - today I have another challenge for you from Do Al(1) Kreatives.  The theme is around pastel tones or shades and the image has been sponsored by Sheep Ski Designs.

I thought with this one I'd like to do something a bit different for me - so I made a tag!  I never make tags not even at Christmas time lol.  So here I present my first tag, leave me a comment and let me know if I did an ok job.  Who knows this year I may even create an art journal page.......



I tried out a few different techniques on this tag.  I started by using some 13@rts Clear medium gel through a stencil.  Once the medium gel was dried I then used some 13@rts Metallic Teal paint over the top.  I was hoping that the gel wouldn't absorb the colour and I'd be left some really visible texture...unfortunately that wasn't the case.  I still liked the effect it gave though. 


I built up some layers using a Kaisercraft frame die and edging.  I layered these under and on top of a doily in a multi …

Southern Girls Challenge 'Die Cuts' - We're Expecting!

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My goodness with so many great dies out there days it was so hard to decide what to do this month.  As tough as it was though I went with a card that I've wanted to try for ages...but you know it's one of those that you never really seem to find the time....

Before anyone asks or even thinks it though No I'm not expecting! ha ha

While flicking though you tube one day, as you do, I happened to end up watching a Simon Says -Lawn Fawn clip where I saw a gender reveal card and I just loved the idea of that.  I really wish this type of thing had been around when I was having my babies....it's a bit late to do a reveal for them now though.

Anyway here is my version of a gender reveal card.........



Even though I used my Mini Misti stamping tool I clearly need a bit more practice with stamping on acetate! 

Supplies List
White Cardstock
Brown Cardstock
Yellow Patterned papers
Yellow Ink
Archival Grey Shadow Ink
Stazon Ink Black
Acetate
Foam Squares
MFT - BB Happy Hippos
Lawn Fawn -…

Do-Al(1) Kreatives - Spring/Easter

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Wow so it is March already and time for the next Do-Al(1) Kreatives challenge.  This months themes are around Spring and Easter.  My inspiration piece is related to Spring with a lovely Fairy digi stamp from this months sponsor Digi4Joy

I have used Reno Alcohol Markers to colour my fairy.



Happy crafting everyone!

Southern Girls Challenge 'Nature'

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Team Lou is focusing on 'Nature' this time round, so I thought I'd do my own kind of spin on it.  I'm not normally a flowery kinda girl but this kind of flower well yeah I like it!


As I said I thought I'd do something a bit different - this is water colour on canvas. I like to think of them as funky flowers, or depending on how some of them turn out freaky flowers!


So the idea here is to obviously paint the flowers on using water colour and then outline everything that you see.  Each person see's things differently too which is the great thing about it.  Here's a peek at what an area can look like before the outline and after.


Because it's water colour you can control the depth of colour.  It would look great as a layout background too - Just remember to first apply some clear gesso to your paper.
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Challenge #134 'Mother's Day' (UK)

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Challenge time again - this one goes out to all the Mother's!  It's Mother's day in the UK on March 11th - and so here to help you with some inspiration is the Let's Craft and Create Challenge #134.

Supplies Used: Close to my heart - My Mother stamp set Archival Ink - Black Kaiserkraft Corner flower mini stamp AC Cardstock - Ash Lace Edge Dies Ribbon. No excuses now...don't forget Mother's day.  Give her a hug and a handmade card! Happy crafting everyone.