Sunday, 3 June 2018

Challenge #9, Anything Creative/Mixed Media goes at Love 2 Create Challenges

Welcome back to another challenge! As always, the theme this month is
Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes
Our sponsor for 2018 is Polkadoodles and you can check out all the wonderful selection of Polkadoodles goodies in the shop. There are some amazing stamps and papers which are perfect for all your mixed media projects so make sure you check them all out, and you can tune in to Hochanda TV on 7th May for a lovely stamping show with Nikky at 12noon.

You don't have to use our Polkadoodles products to enter the challenge.
The challenge closes 30 May 2018 so there's loads of time to play along.
Our prize is a $10 gift voucher from Polkadoodles for our lucky winner, (chosen by random.org)...
Polkadoodles Ltd
Now let's check out the inspiration from our DT. 
As you can see our talented team have been busy working their creative/mixed media magic for you .....

This month we have had a fabulous Guest Designer joining us! 
We love her creative work and are thrilled to have her with us, so here's a little insight into our fab Guest Designer:
Tina de Marche...
make sure you check out her blog HERE..... Thanks so much for all your amazing work in the past few weeks Tina, we've loved seeing your amazing inspiration!

Tina...This is my last Guest project for WeLove2Create, I have really enjoyed it.  This image was colored with colored pencils.  I sprayed the canvas with some inks and added a little bit of texture with some molding paste and stencils.  Metal, chipboard, gems, leather, twine, embossing powders, paints and inks were use in this creation.
Terry: Hey there guys, this time I made a Butterfly card for your inspiration, I have worked on the background with Distress Oxides, the butterflies from Nikky's Stampset Belle Papillon are colored with the Distress Oxides too. The sentiments in the background are from the Stampset Papillon and the little detaills in the background are from the Reagal Peacock stampset. Everything Polkadoodles, love it The tiny detailled stamps are so versatile and easy to use for your Mixed Medium Project, you should really try it out.
Julia I have used the gorgeous new Posy Doodles, Honey Daisy stamp set I stamped onto rice paper and then adhered to a plastic jar. I then used some twine to wrap around the top of the jar. I stamped out loads of the flowers and coloured them using my Ecoline pens, and fussy cut them & used them to embellish the jar. Full details on my blog.

Gemma
Something new for me this month, I had never made something using these techniques before and if I am very honest I am not sure it was a success but it is always good to try something new to push your self in whatever you are doing so I thought I would share it with you all anyway.  I stamped the lovely butterflies from the Belle Papillon stamp set onto Belle Papillon paper and coloured them in before gluing it to an acrylic frame, which I then filled with layers of melted embossing powder and glitter.
WINNERS FROM CHALLENGE 8 Thankyou everyone who entered this challenge - we really loved looking round your blogs, you all left us some awesome work to pore over!
Our Random winner chosen by Random.org is: 
#56 Denyse - Well done!
PRIZE: $10 gift voucher to the Polkadoodles Store. 

To claim your prize please email Polkadoodles, quoting 'Love 2 Create winner' in the subject bar. Please include this claim code L2Cwk8001 in your email and allow 14 working days for a reply please.
It was so hard to choose this week, we seriously wanted to have a Top 10, there were some amazing entries, thankyou! TOP 3 DT FAVOURITES (no particular order):  #46 Repolainen
#45 Karen
#36 Tanvi A big thank you to everyone who entered last month's challenge and winners, plus Top 3, will be announced on the next challenge. 
Just in case you have missed any winners posts, previous winners, Top 3 and GDT's can be found on our 'Winners Page' at the top of the blog. Just add you entry below in Mr Linky and if you would like to appear as a GDT on Love 2 Create Challenges, just add GDT after your name.
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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Challenge #8 - Anything Creative/Mixed Media goes at Love 2 Create Challenges

Welcome back to another challenge!
As always, the theme this month is
Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes
Our sponsor for 2018 is Polkadoodles and you can check out all the wonderful selection of Polkadoodles goodies in the shop. There are some amazing stamps and papers which are perfect for all your mixed media projects so make sure you check them all out, and you can tune in to Hochanda TV on 7th May for a lovely stamping show with Nikky at 12noon.

You don't have to use our Polkadoodles products to enter the challenge.
The challenge closes 30 May 2018 so there's loads of time to play along.
Our prize is a $10 gift voucher from Polkadoodles for our lucky winner, (chosen by random.org)...
Polkadoodles Ltd
Now let's check out the inspiration from our DT. 
As you can see our talented team have been busy working their creative/mixed media magic for you .....

This month we have a fabulous Guest Designer joining us! 
We love her creative work and are thrilled to have her with us, so here's a little insight into our fab Guest Designer:
Tina de Marche...
make sure you check out her blog HERE.....
Hi, I'm Tina and excited to be a Guest Designer this month .


I'm a mom to 4 boys, so there's never a dull moment in my house.  I've always been surrounded by crafty people in my family (it's a big family), so my hands love to stay busy.  If it's not crafting, it's cooking or gardening that I enjoy doing.  I've been making cards for 14 years now, started in a Calligraphy group, then later on, I got into stamps.  I love to learn and try new things out, so I'm hoping to inspire you to do the same.










For this card, I used colored pencils to color the image, sprinkled some Fran-tage embossing powder around it.  The heart is canvas that I stamped, sprayed some ink and then added little paint drops.  I also sprayed my corner pieces, distress the butterfly strip with ink and lastly dabbed silver paint around the edges . See more on my BLOG...
Jan I have made a little mixed media tag album using lots of the lovely Stampin' Unicorn StampI have used Distress Oxides, watercolour Pencils and paints, inks. I really had great fun putting my album together...
Gemma  I have a few cards to share with you today. I created an A3 masterboard with Gelatos, stencils, and stamps, which I cut down to 4x4 squares. Before gluing the squares to card blanks I stamped focal images made up from the small stamps on the Regal Peacock stamp set and doodled around the edges with a black pen.




Regal Peacock stamp set


Julia I have made a tag, using lots of gorgeous Polkadoodles products, I started by adding some torn pieces of paper from the Posy Doodles paper pack I then layered some distress oxides over it & some of my mop up rice paper. I covered a little frame with black Gesso, and created a paper ribbon from some more of the paper pack. I have stamped onto fabric using Dotty about Flowers I then added some stitching detail. I then painted the back of the fabric using a mixture of 50% PVA & 50% water, once it was dry I cut round the flowers & finally I added a sentiment using Treasured Blooms stamp set.

Terry: I made a Tag this time, colored the background with 2 colors Distress Oxide Inks, sprayed water on it and dried it. Than I worked with the sentiment stamp from Nikky's stampset Belle Pappilon, which I love....I used some leaves from the mixed medium stampset STOP and worked on the edges with a brown ink to make it extra vintagy. I wanted something more on the backgound and used a stencil from plants, worked on it with Light Modelling Paste and played with some crackle. On top of the plants I placed some Nuvo drops liquid. The butterflies are colored with Polychromos pencils and waterpaint. And to finish I placed small sentiments.
     
WINNERS FROM CHALLENGE 7
Thankyou everyone who entered this challenge - we really loved looking round your blogs, you all left us some awesome work to pore over!

Our Random winner chosen by Random.org is: 
#10 Paperplottalotta - Well done!
PRIZE: $10 gift voucher to the Polkadoodles Store. 
To claim your prize please email Polkadoodles, quoting 'Love 2 Create winner' in the subject bar. Please include this claim code L2Cwk7001 in your email and allow 14 working days for a reply please.

It was so hard to choose this week, we seriously wanted to have a Top 10, there were some amazing entries, thankyou! TOP 3 DT FAVOURITES (no particular order): 
#34 PaperBeauty
#24 Kates Scrap yard 

#8 Judy McKay 

A big thank you to everyone who entered last month's challenge and winners, plus Top 3, will be announced on the next challenge. 

Just in case you have missed any winners posts, previous winners, Top 3 and GDT's can be found on our 'Winners Page' at the top of the blog.
Just add you entry below in Mr Linky and if you would like to appear as a GDT on Love 2 Create Challenges, just add GDT after your name.

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Sunday, 1 April 2018

Challenge # 7 - Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes at We Love 2 Create

Happy Easter Sunday everyone and welcome back!
Now we all know that crafters don't really need an excuse to 'play' with their crafty stash but just in case you do, why not play along with this months challenge. Our theme is easy peasy ...
Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes
Our sponsor for 2018 is Polkadoodles and you can check out all the wonderful selection of Polkadoodles goodies in the shop. Have you visited recently? If not pop over now as there are oodles and oodles of new goodies waiting to be re-homed 😇

  You don't have to use our Polkadoodles products to enter but we do a happy dance when you do lol. 
The challenge closes 29th April 2018 so there's loads of time to play along. Our prize isfrom Polkadoodles for our lucky winner, (chosen by random.org)...
Polkadoodles Ltd
Prize: $10 voucher to spend at Polkadoodles

Now let's check out the inspiration from our DT. As you can see our talented team have been busy working their creative/mixed media magic for you .....

This month we have a fabulous Guest Designer joining us! 
We love her creative work and are thrilled to have her with us, so here's a little insight into our fab Guest Designer:
Tina de Marche...
make sure you check out her blog HERE.....

Hi, I'm Tina and excited to be a Guest Designer this month​.


I'm a mom to 4 boys, so there's never a dull moment in my house.  I've always been surrounded by crafty people in my family (it's a big family), so my hands love to stay busy.  If it's not crafting, it's cooking or gardening that I enjoy doing.  I've been making cards for 14 years now, started in a Calligraphy group, then later on, I got into stamps.  I love to learn and try new things out, so I'm hoping to inspire you to do the same.





I used molding paste, stencils, tissue paper, inks and paints to create the background. Embellishments were also painted, inked, and sprayed to created harmony.
 
 Gemma.....
I had fun with this little canvas, it was complete and total play time for me, and I really like the end result. I threw so many different thin layers of mediums on it, I'm not sure I will remember them all pop over to my blog and see how many I do remember.
Belle Papillon Stamp Set


Jan For my tag I used Polkadoodles stamp set that I heat embossed I then used watercolour paints .For the background I used Distress Oxides. I love making tags so simple yet you can add so much

Terry,  Hey there crafters out there, I made a card for you this time, for your inspiration. I have worked on the background with lots of distress inks, mixed them all together to create these colors. Than I could use my Stampplatform for the very first time, I must say a Stamp platform is such a handy tool to use when you are creating WITH stamps, just fabulous. So I have created these flowers with the fabulous stampset  Regal Peacock and Bella Fleur. And I have colored the flowers and the Moth with Distress Oxide inks, on top I have worked with the Glitter Shake Markers, they work wonders on your stamps....The background was finished with a Sentiment and those cute little leaves. Wanna see more, than I suggest you come over to my blog and check it out.

Julia here, I Altered this watering can. First I primed with Gesso. I then used the gorgeous stamp sets, Blossom, Dotty about Flowers & Heavenly Bluebells http://www.polkadoodles.co.uk/stampin-unicorn/ & stamped onto rice paper. I then coloured using Ecoline pens & adhered it using a decoupage medium. Used a metallic finish paint for the rest of the can, & then added some string & created a little flower using stone paper.





WINNERS FROM CHALLENGE 6
Thankyou everyone who entered this challenge - we really loved looking round your blogs, you all left us some awesome work to pore over!
Our Random winner chosen by Random.org is: #55 Danielala
PRIZE: $10 gift voucher to the Polkadoodles Store. 
To claim your prize please email Polkadoodles, quoting 'Love 2 Create winner' in the subject bar. Please include this claim code L2Cwk6001 in your email and allow 14 working days for a reply please.

TOP 3 DT FAVOURITES (no particular order): 
#67 Paper Beauty
#10 Alice P
30 Kakichka

Thankyou all so much for your wonderful entries, very creative, we loved them!

A big thank you to everyone who entered last month's challenge and winners, plus Top 3, will be announced on the next challenge.
Just in case you have missed any winners posts, previous winners, Top 3 and GDT's can be found on our 'Winners Page' at the top of the blog.
Just add you entry below in Mr Linky and if you would like to appear as a GDT on Love 2 Create Challenges, just add GDT after your name.
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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Gemma's fabulous tutorial

 I am really enjoying making cards again at the moment so I have this fun 8x8 butterfly card to share with you all today. Please comment below let us know what you think, are you enjoying the tutorials?

There is plenty of time to join in this months challenge, I am looking forward to seeing all the entries, instructions for this card can be found below.


Steps 


 1- Cut a piece of cardstock to fit the card blank
2- Take the larger butterfly from the stamp set and using Archival ink stamps randomly over the left side of the cardstock
3- Spread three colours of Distress ink onto a mat spray with water, when spraying with water wet the inks enough that they form beads of ink but not enough to form puddles.
4- Press the cardstock into the ink and dry with a heat tool, repeat until happy with the background effect created.


5- Using the script stamp from the same set and Distress Ink, stamp along the right side edge of the cardstock. 


6- Stamp the same butterfly randomly over the cardstock with glue and sprinkle with glitter, make sure to wash the stamp straight away and make sure all the glue is removed. As the glue dries a lot of the glitter will fall off, but it normally leaves just enough for a nice sparkle.


7- Die cut three scalloped circles that fit on top of each other, using the three inks from the background cover each circle, one which each colour of ink.
8- Stamp the largest circle with the same script stamp used on the background, use the small butterfly stamp on the middle circle and a sentiment and large butterfly on the smallest.
9- Attach ribbon to the bottom of the cardstock and attach it to the card blank.
10- Glue the largest and the middle circle to the card and then the smallest using foam tape, add a few gems to finish.

xx Gemma xx

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Wk6 - Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes Challenge

Happy Sunday everyone and welcome back!
Now we all know that crafters don't really need an excuse to 'play' with their crafty stash but just in case you do, why not play along with this months challenge. Our theme is easy peasy ...

Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes
Random winner prize: $10 gift voucher to the Polkadoodles Download Store.
Closing date for entries: 25th March, Noon. Max 2 entries per person, no backlinks.
You do not need to use Polkadoodles products to enter our challenges, use any products you wish...

Our challenge 5 winners are at the bottom of this post.
Now let's check out the inspiration from our DT. As you can see our talented team have been busy working their creative/mixed media magic for you .....

Terry: I have made a gift envelope with a small card to go with it. This small envelope was made with the fabulous papers from Polkadoodles, Just love them because it has so many fabulous butterflies and colors on it. So I cut out an envelope from a template from DD. I then cut the papers and placed them on the envelope. The borders are worked on with Distress Ink and I placed some sentiments on the card and on the envelope to finish my project.








Gemma  You can never have too many birthday cards, can you?  Pop back to the blog on the 11th for my step by step tutorial.


xx Gemma xx
Belle Papillon Stamp


Lou Sims: I've decided to alter a phone box that I've had for eons using the following Polkadoodles products: Tropical Underworld clear stamp set, Stitched Circles dies, Scenic Landscape dies, oodles of mediums, distress inks and my pan pastels. More photos and details of products used can be found on my blog HERE ...





Julia McNeill....This is a litttle wooden birdhouse I picked up and I painted using Yellow and Pink Acrylic paints. I then used the new Polkadoodles Time to Bloom Stamp set. I stamped a little detail onto the house using white Gesso, and then stamped the little border onto the house. The bird and flowers and stamped them on watercolour card, coloured with my zig pens and decorated the house with them...




 Jan Marshall...using Polkadoodles stamps Great Days clear stamp set  , Distress Oxides for the base, I heat embossed the flowers and then used water colour paints, added some snips of ribbon and my tag was ready to go ...


Julia McNeill.... For this card I started with the A4 papers from the new Polkadoodles Posy Doodles collection and covered the card. I then cut out 3 circles from a coordinating paper. The circles were then inked using Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers. I stamped over using the Special Times stamp set. I mounted it onto the card, and then used an inktence pencil to create a shadow around the circles to make them stand out from the page. I then added a few strips of paper from the 6x6 Posy Doodles paper. I stamped up the flowers on watercolour card and coloured up with SN sparkle pens, shaped the flowers and then added them to the card. The whole card was edged with distress ink Black suit. To finish off, I grabbed the die, used it as a stencil to edge the circles with some doodling & finally a load of white paint splattery stuff...



 
WINNERS FROM CHALLENGE 5

Thankyou everyone who entered this challenge - we really loved looking round your blogs, you all left us some awesome work to pore over!
Our Random winner chosen by Random.org is:
#74 Samara Navi - well done!
PRIZE: $10 gift voucher to the Polkadoodles Store.
To claim your prize please email Polkadoodles, quoting 'Love 2 Create winner' in the subject bar. Please include this claim code L2Cwk5001 in your email. 


TOP 3 DT FAVOURITES (no particular order): 
#58 Irena Stefanova
Thankyou all so much for your wonderful entries, very creative, we loved them!

Challenge #6 will run until 25th March 2018. Just add you entry below in Mr Linky and if you would like to appear as a GDT on Love 2 Create Challenges, just add GDT after your name. The Love 2 Create team can't wait to see what you have created this month ...
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Sunday, 25 February 2018

Guest Designer for February - Introducing Kym Upshaw

 Happy Sunday everyone and welcome back!

Again at Love 2 Create Challenges we are extremely proud when other crafters agree to be featured as a GDT on our blog and today we are sharing a project from Guest Designer Kym Upshaw. You can check out Kym's fabulous work over on her blog - Kym's Crafty Cards

Here's a short bio about Kym ...


My name is Kym and my blog is Kym’s Crafty Cards. I have been married to my husband for 26 years. I am a mother to two boys aged 25 and 21. I started cardmaking about 10 years ago and the cards that I make I sell solely to raise funds for different charities.  I love to use decoupage, toppers, rubber stamps but my first love has to be using digital stamps as you can print them any size that you want. I love to work with many different styles of rubber stamps/digital stamps eg cute, vintage, fantasy, Christmas etc and will have a try with any image to make some wonderful cards/creations so that I can sell to raise funds for charities.

Here is the fabulous card Kym created for us using Polkadoodles 'Ula - Be a Mermaid' ...


After being offered my GDT slot, I was lucky to be allowed to create with a Polkadoodles image and I chose to use "Ula be a Mermaid". I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and fussy cut around the image. I also printed off a sentiment that I got with the image, die-cut and edged with my Turquoise Pan Pastel.

For the background I used a Turquoise, Diarylide Yellow, Hansa Yellow and Pearlescent Yellow Pan Pastels to colour the background. I then used various seaside orientated stamps (greenery, driftwood, bubbles and fish) and stamped these onto the background.

I then used a Marianne designs die to make the mount for Ula the mermaid. I have finished the card off with some die-cut greenery and a die-cut shell border and individual die-cut shells highlighted with the the Pan Pastels used for the background and two large pearls.


Here is a list of the products I have used to create my card :-

Promarkers used: Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal
                             Hair - Yellow, Canary and Lemon
                             Mermaid/shells etc- Duck Egg, Turquoise, Putty, Tan, Burnt Orange & Dusky Pink.

Pan Pastels used: Rich Gold
                            Diarylide Yellow
                            Turquoise
                            Copper Metallic
                            Hansa Yellow
                            Pearlescent Yellow.

It's a honour to be a Guest Designer as I have followed the Love to Create for quite a few years now and participated in lots of the challenges..


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Thank you Kym for your fabulous project and we look forward to seeing more of your projects in the future both here at Love 2 Create challenges and also on your blog.


Just a quick reminder to everyone that Challenge #5 ends tonight at midnight which means you still have a little time to add your project. All details for Challenge #5 can be found HERE.

Join us next week for another new challenge but until then ... happy crafting to you all ...,

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Winners from Challenge #4 & Recycled Cheese Box from Norma

Happy Sunday everyone and welcome back!
Today we have the winners of our last challenge but before we get to that we have another amazing creation from our Guest Designer Norma to share with you...

This week we are joined by the very talented Norma Pechir Holland. You can check out all of Norma's wonderful creations on her beautiful blog - Creating and Sharing It
Here is a little bit about Norma ...
Norma
Hi, I’m Norma. I born in Mexico City, but I live in New York. Crafts have been part of my life since I can remember. Most of the things that I know I learned them from my mom, my life was around art because of her. She taught me about mix media when I was 15 and even when I’m not as good as her, I love to make some projects for my house or for my good friends.
Below is the wonderful project Norma has created for us...

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To make my project, I recycled a box of cheese, each time that I got that cheese, I have in my mind that something is possible with that box, and today was the day.
I used a piece of paper of the Belle Papillon Collection, that I love, some flowers from my stash and the beautiful butterflies from the same collection.
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So time for the winner, plus top 3 from challenge #4. 
Remember you still have until 25th February 2018 to enter our current challenge - details here - we'd love it if you could play along/create with  us.
Winner of Polkadoodles prize
(Chosen by random.org)
Congratulations! You have won a $10/£8 voucher to spend at Polkadoodles on anything you wish - dies, stamps, paper packs, downloads - have fun choosing!

To claim your prize please email Polkadoodles, quoting 'Love 2 Create winner' in the subject bar. Please include this claim code L2Cwk4 in your email.


Design Team's favourite Top 3 (in no particular order)
Uma Didwania

GUEST DESIGNER OPPORTUNITY
As an added extra for being one of our Top 3, we would like to offer you a GDT slot on Love 2 Create challenges - if you are interested -  so please email us for further details.  Please put GDT for L2C in the subject bar.

Many congratulations to you all and we look forward to seeing you again at Love 2 Create Challenges.

Finally before we go ... what have you been making recently? Why not pop over to our Facebook page and share your projects with us - https://www.facebook.com/groups/love2create - we look forward to seeing you.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Love 2 Create - Nikky Hall using a digi image to create a journal page

We are very lucky today and have the very talented Nikky Hall (from Polkadoodles) sharing one her of her projects with us on Love 2 Create using a digi image called Oddella Twig to create a journal page ...

Over to you Nikky ...


I coloured this Oddella image up a few weeks back and when I looked at it the following day I suddenly had an overwhelming urge to make her into a journal page which I have not done for absolutely eons...and I mean eternity eons! So I didnt lose the mojo for her I rushed upstairs as soon as I got in from work and decided I was only allowing the time it took for the pizza to cook and no more - I'm trying to set myself time goals so I just go with the flow and didn't procrastinate too much as it's killing my melon, man ... this was the coloured image before and after ...



 I just got all my fave colours out and random stamps which just happened to be the nearest to hand which were all my textures from Premium Art Brands and threw it all on. I did actually spritz and seal between layers but because I was rushing they did get very muddied and I used a lot of yellow ochre pan pastel, (which I don't normally do). Not what I was aiming for at all but this was pizza journaling after all ...!



I just ripped the image off the paper and glued it down with photo glue then applied all the Pan Pastel colours around it, using a Versamark inkpad to overstamp - love using Versamark ink as they just stick to the Pan Pastels like glue and make it so vibrant...


A bit of doodling to finish off using a black Graph'It marker which will go over virtually anything and the must have Graph'It White Shake marker and voila ...




WOWsers, I'm sure you will all agree that that is one fabulous journal page and unless you were told, wouldn't believe that it was a digi image and not a stamped one.

We'd love it if you became a follower of our challenge blog, not just to join in with the challenges ... which would be way cool by the way ... but to check out all the fabulous projects shared.

Happy crafting everyone and don't forget to pop over next week as the winners, plus top 3 will be announced for last months challenge. REMEMBER you still have time to enter this months challenge and all the details can be found HERE.

Before we go, what have you been making recently? Why not pop over to our Facebook page and share your projects with us - https://www.facebook.com/groups/love2create - we look forward to seeing you.