Friday, 14 June 2019

Sun, Sea & Sand - a new Themed Collection over at Mixed Up Creative Academy


Hi and servus!

Some may already have heard (or seen) that I have recently joined the fabulous Mixed Up Creative design team around wonderful Katy Leitch and become a resident tutor there.

Mixed Up Creative offer several platforms that provide step by step and video tutorials, in-depth workshops and masterclasses on specific mixed media techniques, articles all around being a creative, inspiration via high quality project pictures and so much more. There's the free Mixed Up Creative Blogbut workshops, masterclasses and themed collections can be bought separately via the Mixed Up Creative Academy platform and some of these are even included when you purchase the monthly Academy PLUS subscription with which you get new courses every month, plus discounts on workshops and masterclasses that can be bought separately, freebies and prize draws.

Today I would like to announce the first "Themed Collection" to which I have contributed a project and step by step tutorial (as a new resident tutor on their design team). It's perfect to get you in the right summer holiday mood - the "Sun, Sea & Sand - Themed Collection"!

You'll find all the info you need if you click on the link right above the picture. This Themed Collection can be purchased for £10.95 and offers nine awesome projects - some have a written step by step with pictures, others are video tutorials - but they all are just amazing and so inspiring! You do not have to be a pro to be able to recreate the projects, effects and techniques shown but even if you are already an experienced mixed media crafter you will still find loads of inspiration and maybe even some new tipps and tricks to learn from.

I really am so proud to be part of this and to be able to work alongside all those inspiring and talented designers! This is the official sneak peek at my project - the pirates themed "Sunken Treasure" (a highly textural altered bottle). And as you may have noticed I am no good at this kind of advertising stuff at

All projects come with detailed lists of products used and info on where to get these. And you get nine projects for the price of less than £ 1.22 each!  I call that a real bargain ;) . I hope you will enjoy the projects and tutorials of this lovely Themed Collection!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Hugs and happy crafting!


Monday, 10 June 2019

Ahoi, ahoi! - a Calico Craft Parts Project

Servus, hi and ahoi, dear crafty landlubbers!

This is my usual short invitation over to the Calico Craft Parts Blog where you can check out a little maritime themed project I've made for your inspiration.

The sneak peek image is meant to already get you in the right mood (and of course to lure you over to the project post with the finished project and a little how-to).

I hope to see you over there!

Hugs and happy crafting!

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Wellbeing Through Creativity - Join Me and 21 Other Creative Tutors in an Amazing Six Weeks Wellspring Summer School

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Hi, servus and thanks so much for stopping by on this special day!

Special for me, because I am announcing my first Video Class I have put together and recorded for you and that is part of a six weeks long fantastic creative summer school named Wellspring 2019  and is offered by Mixed Up Creative over at their Mixed Up Creative Academy platform.

This is how lovely Katy, the mastermind behind Mixed Up Creative and this summer school explains what Wellspring 2019 is all about:

Wellspring is a six-week summer school focussing on the power of creativity for self-care. We’ll look at how you can learn to use your creative time in ways that can be beneficial to your mental wellbeing. In a series of 25 detailed lessons, we will explore topics around the creative self, challenge you to look at how you work and what blocks you may have, consider how and why art can be so good for your soul, and make lots of fun projects along the way. Plus, you’ll learn more about how and why art can be therapeutic from mindfulness and art therapy experts.

OMG! I just love being part of this!!!!
I guess we all know how much creativity and well being are connected and about the therapeutic effects of creative processes, but here you will find over twenty classes that will in one or the other way show you how to nurture your creative self and soul. To take a peek at the projects your tutors have designed for Wellspring 2019, simply click on the link at the bottom of this post or watch the short video right here.

My project is all about facing those parts of our personalities that we do not feel comfortable with - anger and frustration. And it is about unveiling the energy hidden or locked away within these feelings. It is about becoming whole and accepting all the facets of our personality - which is a crucial factor when it comes to wellbeing and self-care.
Looking at it from the creative side, we will be tackling the much feared topic of self-portraits - but in a new and totally stress- and failure-free way!
And you can even attend this class without having to dig deep down into your selves and still profit from the technique shown to grow your confidence with portrait painting. And of course you can also profit from the psychological effect behind the project without having to create the perfect self-portrait. Either way - I hope my class will help you as much in increasing your wellbeing as it did with me.

For those who want to save a few bucks...there is an early bird price that runs until Thurs, 13th June.

There will be some pre-school classes that start on 14th June.
These remain open until 30th June, at which point registrations will close.
Wellspring Summer School officially starts 1st July and will offer 25 lessons spread across six weeks in July and August. There will also be a private facebook group where tutors and students can discuss and share their progress.

More information and all the deets you need to know can be found here:

I can feel an exciting summer filled with creativity and well being
lying ahead of us!
Hope to see you over there! 


Saturday, 1 June 2019

Assimilated - an SASPC Project for our June Challenge

"We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile!"

Welcome and thanks for stopping by to take a closer look at today's project I have made for our June challenge over at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

Oh, my! I loved watching the Borg and Captain Jean Luc Piccard and his crew from "Startrek - The Next Generation". You too?

So when I saw the cool "eyepiece" chipboard kit from boozybear it made me feel quite nostalgic and I immediately had to think of a Borg themed project for the June challenge over at our Steampunk challenge blog.

Doing a background that is one completely crackled surface was inspired by the awesome "Crackle Masterclass" over at the MixedUp Creative Academy.

I used DecoArt media white Crackle Paste on a thick wooden panel that had some chalk letter quote on it (from the sales section of a home decoration store) . I always browse the sales sections of these stores for cheap alterables. ;)

I spread the crackle paste with a palette knife and made sure I didn't cover the panel too evenly. This produced a beautiful mix of differently crackled areas.

I stamped an eye onto a paper tissue in black archival stamping ink to use the top layer of the stamped tissue and decoupage it on top of the crackle surface.

But first I had to draw the missing parts of the face. The eye surrounded by the "eyepiece" was put in place first as this was my focal element. The nose and mouth were added with a permanent black ink PITT marker (I used the medium sized tip marker and the brush tip marker).

Time to glue the stamped eye in place. I used DecoArt Paper Decou-Page this time as it is more liquid than the matte Decou-Page and therefore does not tear the tissue when you glue it in place with a soft brush.

Then I misted the dry panel with DecoArt media Misters and also some dark brown Distress Stain spray. I added, dabbed off, sprayed some water on top to dilute the added paint sprays, dabbed off again, added more....until I was content with the look. Heat drying was no problem at all as the crackle had been done a day earlier and obviously was completely dry. Also none of the crackle came off during this heavy treatment with loads of paint and water. Really cool!

To make the face more prominent I painted in the highlights with a soft brush and DecoArt Americana Snow White acrylic paint.

Then I went in with a wash of DecoArt media Quinacridone Gold fluid acrylic paint to paint the shades.

The irises were painted in DecoArt media Cobalt Teal Hue fluid acrylic paint.

The finished face so far. 

To paint the eyepiece I used DecoArt matte Metallic paints Pewter and Aged Bronze.

On top of some of the parts I added a wash of Carbon Black DecoArt media fluid acrylic paint.

While the eyepiece was set aside to dry I die cut the letters for my Steampunk word (using the cool "Wonderland" font die from Tim Holtz) from thin greyboard. The letters were painted using DecoArt media fluid acrylic Transparent Red Iron Oxide.

Then I drew the shades with the black permanent PITT marker before I stamped some faux rust texture on top using black archival stamping ink and an Andy Skinner stamp.

I found the eyepiece needed another metal tone, so I painted some parts with Silver DecoArt media fluid acrylic Metallic. I diluted the left overs on my palette and loaded a brush with these to sprinkle them on the dry eyepiece.

I lightly smudged the edges of the two smaller pieces from the eyepiece chipboard kit with DecoArt Silver Sparkle Metallic Lustre. A very thin wash of media fluid acrylic Quinacridone Gold was added on top of all the pieces.

Some washers and screw heads from my beloved Calico Craft Parts MDF Mini "Hardware" sheet
rounded up the design just beautifully. I painted these in Silver and Quinacridone Gold.

I used DecoArt matte Decou-Page and Tacky Glue to glue the eyepiece, screw heads and letters in place.

Some detail shots:

Over at the challenge blog you will find more inspiration made by our amazing design team! I hope you like my Borg inspired project and I also hope to see you play along with us this month. Two prizes are waiting to be given away to two randomly drawn winners among all proper entries...and of course our players' entries are worth taking a closer look at too ;)

I just love how our players and the design team always share so many amazing steampunk designs and ideas over at our challenge blog! Together we are all making SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges such a special mixed media steampunk and industrial style place to meet at. And this makes me very happy and the proudest challenge blog owner ever! Mwah! XXX

Hugs and happy crafting!

Monday, 27 May 2019

Storing my Steampunk ATCs

Servus and thanks so much for stopping by today!

It's a Calico Craft Parts Monday for me and this is the usual invite over to the Calico Craft Parts Blog. Today I am sharing a new little storage for my steampunk themed ATCs.

I have already used the large ATC Display Box kit from Calico Craft Parts HERE and I loved that it has room for three ATCs side by side (which I love having on my craft desk for inspiration), but I also found it is cool to have a smaller Display Box the width of just a single ATC that just holds ATCs of a specific theme or type. One for the forest themed ATCs, one for ocean themed ATCs, one for....well, you know what I mean ;)

To find out about the techniques and Calico Craft Parts I used to create this steampunk ATC storage, simply hop over to the Calico Craft Parts Blog. Hope to see you over there!

Have a good start into the week!

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