Sunday 31 December 2017

Happy New Year to you all ...

From all the DT here at Love 2 Create we wish you all  ...
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Here's to all our new crafty endeavours, inky, painting 
and messy adventures in 2018.

New challenge begins on 7th January 2018 - see you then ... 

Thank you for your continued support,
 Love 2 Create DT
x x x

Sunday 24 December 2017

Apologies for the confusion over the winners ...

Thank you for all your kind messages regarding winners for the first 2 challenges and the confusion generated. Yep we had posted Challenge 2 winners  in error and missed off the first challenge winners.  So to clarify the situation here are the winners for Challenges 1 and 2 ...

Challenge 1 winner
Many congrats Granmargaret. Please email, quoting code L2Cwk1a and also stating that you are a winner over on Love 2 Create. This information will help you claim your prize.

Top 3 
(in no particular order)

Challenge 2 winner
Many congrats Maggie. Please email, quoting code L2Cwk1 and also stating that you are a winner over on Love 2 Create. This information will help you claim your prize.
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Top 3 
(in no particular order)
All details on winners lists etc have been updated and again apologies for any confusion caused. Winners for challenge #3 will be announced on 14th January 2018.

Many thanks for your continued support,
Love 2 Create DT

Welcome our GDT Jacki Daniels ...

Again here at Love 2 Create we are very priviledged to have another guest designer sharing their talent with us and this week it is the wonderful Jacki Daniles. You can check out her blog HERE.

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Jacki Daniels I live in Oldbury West Midlands UK, I’m 49 and
I have been card making for about 10 years now I started after I had an accident at work that made me unable to work and very noise sensitive. I needed a hobby and started off cross stitching which I loved but the finished product could take months to complete and I’m a very impatient person lol. So I brought a magazine about card making and was hooked, I love colouring - my favourite medium is pencils - I‘ve never taken any classes everything I have learned has been from youtube or blogs. I love mixed media work and have dabbled a little and made a few pieces I’m still learning and it’s something I want to do more of.

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Here is the fabulous project Jacki has created for Love 2 Create ...

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As my week is coming up to Christmas I decided to make a Christmas canvas.
I started with a blank 8x10” canvas and coated with gesso then added a sheet of Christmas paper - from one of the many collections over at Polkadoodles. I tore the edges of the paper so it would blend better when painted and there would be any harsh lines. 
Then I  added so texture using some star and snowflake stencils I added some dotty texture as well. Then I added some circles by cutting lengths off the centre piece from some tin foil (you know the cardboard middle bit) I dipped that into the texture paste (homemade) and added it here and there to the canvas.
I then went all over with a thin coat of gesso to tone everything down I then started to add ink and paint to the canvas (distress stain and oxide inks and starlight acrylic paints). When I was happy(ish) with the inking I decided to move onto my tree (knowing I could go back in and add more colour if I wanted to once it was all in place) So taking sheets from different Christmas collections I printed them off then cout them into sections so I could roll them into straw like tubes.
This was the basic shape for my tree I just had to adjust the sizes of the straws to get smaller as they went up to the top. Once they were done I needed a base so I hand cut a pot shape from white card then using brown distress and oxide inks I went to town colouring it, once happy I shaped it and glued it to my canvas then added the straws to make the tree.
I wasn’t sure what to put at the top of the tree I did think about a star and something but then decided on a bronzey coloured bow and also thought I’d add one the pot as well. I then went back in with my inks and paint to add some dimension to the tree and I also added some die cut snowflakes that I covered with frontage, I also added some to the canvas. I finished off with a sentiment from one of the papers I just cut out and embossed with clear powder then added splats of paint and ink.
So there you have my Christmas canvas I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it and I’ll see you soon.
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WOWswers what a fabulous project and description and again many thanks to Jacki for joining in with us.

Have a fabulous Christmas everyone and our current challenge is still open until the 31st December, so if you have the time, please do play along with us.

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from us all at

Love 2 Create

Sunday 17 December 2017

Welcome our GDT Katrina Brown ...

It's the final day to enter our current "Anything Mixed Media/Creative Goes" challenge and you can find all the details HERE.

Now we are again pleased to have another talented crafter joining us as a guest designer, Katrina Brown and you can see all katrina's wonderful projects over on her blog HERE.

Before Katrina shares her project with us, let's learn a little bit more about her ...

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Katrina Brown ~ I live in Indiana, USA. 
I have always enjoyed art and crafting. I would always choose collages over reports in school! I couldn’t figure out why anyone would choose to write a long report over doing an art piece! ; ) I enjoy all sorts of paper-crafting, I suppose my favorites currently are journal pages and books. I also dabble in mixed media, faith journaling and 3-D projects in addition to scrapbook layouts and cards. Outside of crafting, I spend my free time with my horses and family.

Now let's thoroughly enjoy Katrinia's wonderful journal page ...

My creation is a layout in my faith journal.  I was inspired by the verse from Exodus in conjunction with this wonderful Winnie image ~ Bearing Gifts!  I'm no literary/religious scholar, but for me this verse is a reminder of how we are all entrusted with talents and I especially liked this for mixed media since it talks about stones, metals, woods, and crafts!

All of this inspired me to cut the trees from a plaid fabric and add gems, sequins, and pieces of gold and silver chains to them.  The trunks of the trees are cut from wood veneer.  

Winnie is Copic colored and I added sparkly glues/gels to the crown.  

Winnie (Bearing Gifts) and the trees (Winnie Winterland Digis) are from Polkadoodles Winnie in Winterland Bundle.  The background paper is from Winnie White Christmas.  

I am so grateful to share with you over at We Love 2 Create and thank the wonderful team for inviting me to participate!

My journal pages are off to:
A Inky Mess:  AG Mixed Media
Classic Design Team:  AG
Crafty Girls Creations: AG
Jo's Craft Shack:  AG

Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.

I'm sure you all agree that Katrinia's journal page is stunning and we at Love 2 Create would like to say a huge thank you to Katrina for being a wonderful GDT. Remember if you are interested in becoming a GDT, either email us or alternatively add GDT after adding yor project to our current challenge HERE .

Not long now until the man who bears gifts will vising us all ... are you organised yet?

The Love 2 Create DT.

Sunday 10 December 2017

Awesome tutorial from Gemma!

Happy Sunday everyone and you are all in for a treat as we have a wonderful tutorial from gemma today. Before you whizz down to the tutorial, please remember that you have up to 31st December to enter this months challenge, (Challenge #3) - details HERE - and if you fancy being a GDT for Love 2 Create, add GDT after your name when entering your project.

Now over to Gemma ... 

I have a fun Christmas/winter canvas to share with you all today, I love making this kind of project, it is not too time-consuming and the process is fairly simple to recreate in lots of different sizes and on different bases.

 I printed out a few background sheets from the wonderful Polkadoodles Festive Christmas collection, Keeping in mind that I wanted papers for the sky and ground as well as different patterns on cardstock for the trees. 

Then I tore my sky papers into little squares and glued them to the canvas with a mat gel medium, I covered about two-thirds of the canvas, not worrying about the edges as I had already decided I was adding a painted frame. 
I tore the ground papers into stripes, giving then a curved shape and I glues them to the canvas in the same way.

Before cutting my printed card into triangles and some scrap card into rectangles for my trees, I went around all the edges of the papers that were glued down with my Pitt brush pens and blended the ink with my fingers. This helps to bring everything together and make it feel like one piece. 

After my trees were glued into place, I edged them with the same pens. At this point, I also stamped out and glued my chosen text onto the canvas and edged them as well.

I then took a lovely wintery themed stencil from my stash that reminds me of snow falling and applied texture paste through it onto the canvas. before the paste could dry I sprinkled glitter over the top.

Then I just needed to frame it and I did this by adding brown paint to texture paste, I applied it to the canvas with a palette knife, which gave me the effect of a very rustic bumpy imperfect frame.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial, there is still plenty of time to join in this months challenge. We love seeing what everyone is making.


Sunday 3 December 2017

Challenge 3 - Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes

Good morning everyone and yep, December is here already so it's time for a new challenge!! A big thank you to everyone who entered last month's challenge. We'll be announcing the winner plus Top 3 for Challenge #2 on 24th December. - Christmas Eve!

In case you missed the post, winners for Challenge #1 can be found HERE on in the tabs above.

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 31st December 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.

We were wondering whether any of the crafters who join in with us would like to be a GDT for one of our challenges in 2018? When you link up to this challenge, just add GDT after your name and we will contact you.

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 .....

Terry  Hey there crafters outthere, I have made a card with the Lush stampset from Nikky, I just love butterflies and thought I would make a card with them, colored the background with waterpaint and the background stampset from Nikky, Colored the butterflies with waterpaint too and placed some sentiments from a stampset from Polkadoodles.

Lou: I've decided to play with the Belle Papillion big kahuna kit to create an album from scratch using lots of the papers, embellishments and stamps. I've aged the papers further with my inks and pan pastels. More details can be found on my blog HERE.

Gemma is sharing a little sneak peak of her project because next week she will be showing us all her finished project plus sharing a superb tutorial with everyone.

REMEMBER: We were wondering whether any of the crafters who join in with us would like to be a GDT for one of our challenges in 2018? When you link up to this challenge, just add GDT after your name and we will contact you.

We're all waiting eagerly here at Love 2 Create to see your wonderful projects 
and all you need to do, is link up below:

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