Sunday 26 November 2017

Welcome our Guest Designer Julia and winners from Challenge 2!

Now at Love 2 Create challenges we are continually amazed by the talent of the crafters out there and even more blessed to have wonderful guest designers who want to join in with us, and this week we have another talented crafter joining us ... Julia McNeill. Check out Julia's blog HERE to see all her wonderful projects.

Before we see Julia's project, let's learn about her ...

I'm Julia .. I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, I was always making something, having art lessons on the beach on holidays, with my uncle who is an amazing artist. My Nan litrally gave up her spare room as myself and my cousins built a whole village out of cardboard boxes, tolit rolls margarine tubs ... we even stunk the whole house out when we decided to make grass out of Thyme. I did sewing, x-stitch and knitting with my mum so really and I have dabbled in all sorts of crafts and still do. Papercrafting probably took hold about 12 years ago, and has remained a firm favourite, now I mostly colour ( I have a major obsession with colouring products ) & make cards. I do love playing with mixed media and getting covered in ink and paint, and generally just making a mess.

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Here is Julia's wonderful project ...

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Many thanks Julia for creating such a beautiful project with us and if you would like to be guest designer on Love 2 Create challenges, either drop us an email or leave GDT after your name after entering the challenge.

Now on to the winners from our 1st challenge ... boy oh boy was it a struggle to pick out a Top 3, so here they are ... in no particular order ...

The randomly chosen winner of the fabulous prize from Polkadoodles is ....

Many congrats Maggie. Please email, quoting code L2Cwk2 and also stating that you are a winner over on Love 2 Create. This information will help you claim your prize.

Next week another challenge starts, so please pop back to see more inspiration from the DT.

Sunday 19 November 2017

Weclome our Guest Designer Zeljka

Here at Love 2 Create we are very priviledged to have another wonderful guest designer joining us and this week it is Zeljka. You can check out all Zeljka's wonderful projects over on her blog HERE.

Zeljka has created a fabulous project to share with us all but firstly, let's learn a little bit more about this talented crafter ...

I am Ċ½eljka (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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Here is the project Zeljka has made to share with us all ...



Even though I am not a mix media tip, I accept the invitation to challenge myself. I love to use stencils,inks etc. so it should not be that hard...I thought...But I struggle !!!I waited for my inks to come,and since they didn't,on time, I was out of mojo and my whole concept of the project was crushed.And then I's going to be tag...I used the Kraft card base and die cut the tag,add stencil and with distress inks I colored the stencil paste and add to the tag and left to dry. I stamped the gorgeous Christmas Poinsettia/Holly on watercolored paper and colored with my ZIG markers.After it's dry I add some shadows with my color pencils.I also used the paper from Belle Papillon Big Kahuna Download bundle and distress the edges .From my stash for some dimension I used silver glitter chipboard snowflakes and one big white snowflake and white lace.I also  add sentiment that I used from Christmas Wreath stamp set.Last touch was adding some Nuvo Jewel drops,that becomes transparent,so you get the feeling of rain drops on the petals and some white splatters  with acrilic paint.

Many thanks Zeljka for creating such a beautiful project and if you would like to be a guest designer on our blog, please enter the latest challenge, putting GDT after your name. You can find all the details and links about the latest challenge HERE.

You still have one more week to enter the latest challenge, so please don't be shy, share all your wonderful projects with us at Love 2 Create.

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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