fredag 30 november 2018

Explore, mixed media canvas with process video


For about 6 months ago I made this canvas for the France Papillon CT.
I wanted to try something a little new, and this piece had been lurking
in my head for a while...

You´ll find the video on my YouTube channel HERE.

Products used:
Stamps: Illusionary Artists; London New York, 
Creepers and Crawlers, Perfect Words
Stencils: France Papillon; Rockformation
Mediums: DecoArt; gesso, matte medium,ultra-matte varnish, 
crackle paste, one step crackle, antiquing cream black. 
Chalky finish: vintage, everlasting. 
Fluid acrylics: quinacridone gold, carbon black, 
phthalo turquoise, blue green light, raw umber, titanium white
Others: white Posca pen, pencil, Versafine ink onyx black. 
Distress inks: Walnut stain, Vintage photo, Rusty hinge

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
Hugs, Melina

lördag 24 november 2018

Golden mandalas, ATCoin hanger for That´s Crafty!


I know you have seen some of my ATCoin hangers by now, 
but this is the first ATCoin hanger I made.
I used the That´s Crafty ATCoin stamp set 2, and made this for a
Hochanda show a while back.

Here´s what I did:

I used a gelli printed paper with an ombre effect. I glued the paper to the coins,
going from the lightest to the darkest.


I stamp five of the designs from the stamp set onto the coins, 
and heat emboss with gold powder.

I take a long, thin piece of burlap and grunge it up a bit
using Distress ink Walnut stain and Rusty hinge.
At the top I glue down a stick and a rusty nail.

I glue down my coins to the burlap. In the gaps I glue down rusty nails and other sticks.
When the glue is dry, I sew them in place as well for extra interest.
Here´s my finished hanger.

Hope you enjoyed, and thank you so much for stopping by!
xx Melina

onsdag 21 november 2018

That´s Crafty ATC chunkie with Scribbled Shrooms - Step-by-Step tutorial

Hello lovely peeps!

Today I have been playing with a That´s Crafty! ATC sized Chunkie

Here´s what I did:

I put the Chunkie together and paint it with That´s Crafty! Lime Multi Surface Paint.
You can watch how easy it is to put a Chunkie together in this video HERE.
I stamp the images from the Scribbled Shrooms stamp set onto gelli printed and 
"brayer off" papers. 

I cut the images out and apart to be able to use different parts of the same images
but in different colours.
I use That´s Crafty gesso, light blue paint and Dinky stencil tc044 to create some
texture on the Chunkie.

I create my little scene all around the Chunkie by adhering my images
with gel medium. I also add details and more colours in some places using 
Distress Markers and Posca pens.

I add some shading using a black Distress Marker and a water brush.

I go around all the images with a really fine black finelinder pen.

Finally I add some more stamping using the background stamp from the same set,
and also use some Tim Holtz Clipping Stickers.
Here are the Chunkie from all four sides!

That´s Crafty! products used:
Multi Surface Paint, Lime, Light Blue

Thank you so much for stopping by today!
xx Melina

söndag 18 november 2018

ATCoin Christmas ornaments / gift labels for Rubber Dance Simplicity Sunday

Today I´m sharing a little idea on how to use all those coins 
you are creating. I know, they are addictive, aren´t they!?

Christmas is getting closer, and I had this idea to use coins as 
Christmas tree ornaments or gift labels. 

For these coins I used the Rubber Dance Whimsical Winter stamp set.
 The coins are greyboard coins from That´s Crafty!

 Welcome over HERE for the full blog post!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, and hope you liked my idea
on how to use coins as labels or ornaments :)
xx Melina

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lördag 10 november 2018

Silence the mind, finished journal page

                                                                     Hello lovelies!

                                   This is my finished journal page from this weeks Alad challenge.
                                              I have shared all my steps and layers in the 
                                  France Papillon and Creative Butterflies Facebook group
                               If you are an art journaler, it would be great if you`ll join us!

I have used Stamps and Stencils by France Papillon and 
mediums from the Decort Media line.

Welcome over to France´s blog HERE to read all about next weeks challenge
and for the list of supplies I used for this page.

Thanks for stopping by!
xx Melina

fredag 9 november 2018

Craft card - Craft Stamper November TIMI challenge inspiration

Hello and Happy Friday to you!

Here´s a little reminder about the ongoing Craft Stamper "Take It, Make It"
challenge for November. It´s an "anything goes" theme as long as there
is some real stamping on your project. As always fab prizes to be won!

This is a quite simple card made with scrap pieces of paper 
and stamped images from the That´s Crafty! stamp set 

Welcome over HERE to the Craft Stamper blog for some more 
inspiration and information!

Wish you all a great weekend!
xx Melina

torsdag 8 november 2018

Christmas cards with Rubber Dance stamps and 3 x embossing, video tutorial


Today I share these Christmas cards over at the Rubber Dance blog.

I used the Music and Whimsical Winter stamp sets for the background and 
one of the trees from Four Seasons as focal image.
The trees are stamped and cut out from a piece of Brusho coloured paper.

You´ll find the blog post and the video HERE.

As always you´ll get free shipping world wide from Rubber Dance
with the code MDFreeShip, on orders over 15 Euro.

Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs, Melina

onsdag 7 november 2018

Mixed media tag using That´s Crafty Scribbled Shrooms - step by step

Hello crafty friends!

Today I share a tag where I have used a stamp set I have 
designed for That´s Crafty, called Scribbled Shrooms.
I have a step by step photo tutorial for you.

I´m working on a 8x16 cm white/greyboard tag, and start to play
with the large background stamp.

I also stamp it on a background I made a while ago where I used
That´s Crafty Lustre sprays. If you like to take a closer look at these
awesome sprays, you´ll find my video HERE.
I tear this piece of paper to fit on the tag.

I make some splashes with Lime and Red Lustre sprays.

I adhere the paper to the tag using a distance
for some dimension. I also tuck in some cheesecloth in a few places
between them. Splashes with diluted white gesso.

I stamp the two mushrooms from the stamp set and cut them out.
I add some Lilac Lustre spray to them and adhere them to the tag with small pieces 
of cheesecloth underneith them.
I use one layer 3D foam pad for the big one, and 2 layers behind the small.

I continue to colour the shrooms, now using Lime Lustre spray and some 
blue Distress Marker for the windows (and some other tiny details on the 
background to bring it all together). I use the Walnut Ink crystals
for shading on the shrooms and also use it here and there on the tag. 
I stamp the sentiment from The House Collection stamp set.

Finishing touches - I stamp, cut out and add the star from the stamp set and tie
a piece of twine to the tag.

I try to catch the awesome shine from the sprays, but the photo don´t 
make them justice!

That´s Crafty! products used:


Thank you so much for stopping by today, and hope to see you back soon!
xx Melina

lördag 3 november 2018

Silence the mind, new France Papillon Alad challenge

Hello everyone!
I´m in charge over this weeks challenge, Silence the mind.

I´m sharing my thoughts about beeing present and not beeing 
overwhelmed by hard thoughts and feelings over at the blog
of France Papillon today. You´ll find it HERE.
How do you silence your mind when it is too busy?

Hope you´ll play along with me this week and thanks for stopping by!
xx Melina