Wednesday, 11 January 2017

A Light-Bulb Moment - A Christmas Wish to All Part 3

Hello Friends! How have the first weeks of 2017 been for you? Mine quite eventful, to say the least, but all in a good way! The Christmas tree and all decorations are gone now but I still have a Christmas/winter project left to share with you. This make is part of the Christmas lights trio I created for the Craft Stamper Magazine and you might have already seen my Altered Christmas Lantern and my Decoupage Christmas Candle. If you haven't,  be sure to check them out!

Altered light bulb mixed media decoupage

This is an upcycled large light bulb turned into a Christmas bauble ornament. After painting the bulb with Chalky Finish paints,  the image was transferred using a dry decoupage technique with Adhesive Sheets rather than through a traditional way of wet decoupage with decoupage glue. Then I heat embossed it with Kaleidoscope powder and coloured it with Inktense pencils, before sealing it all with matte varnish.

Dry decoupage Christmas bauble



Tim Holtz Sizzix poinsettia die

There's lots more of wintery and snowy inspiration on the Stampendous blog this week. Be sure to check it out!

Supplies:

Stampendous: Snow Queen; Crystal Micro Glitter, Champagne Crushed Glass Glitter; Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder; Spoonful of Pixie Dust
Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: 3D Foam Snowflakes; Adhesive Sheets 4"x6"
DecoArt Americiana Decor ® Chalky Finish: Everlasting; Vintage
DecoArt Snow-Tex, DuraClear Ultra Matte Varnish
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Die: Tattered Poinsettia
Derwent: Inktense Pencils
Large light bulb
Seam binding ribbon
Pearl lace
Cheese cloth
Spray of foam berries
Decorative pins
Tissue paper

Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments!

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

And The Winners Are....!

Hello Friends! My sincere apologies for the slight delay in drawing the winners of my Seasons Givings Giveaways! Life got in the way again! :-)

So, without further ado......

The winner of my blog giveaway is... Jane !


And the winners of my surprise Instagram giveaway are.... Beverly Jordan and Hellen T!

Congratulations Ladies!!! Please contact me with your address details and the goodies will be on their way shortly!

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Sharing Some Love - Mixed Media Magazine January 2017 issue

Hello Friends! If you are looking for my Seasons Givings post and giveaway please click here.

I'm just popping in to say that the new issue of the MixedUp Magazine is now available to download! This is not an ordinary digital mag - if you'd like to find out why, check out this post Why digital?


The mag is full of super inspirational projects and oh boy, you really want to see the AMAZING cover project by Helen Chilton!

I am also thrilled to say that I have a Valentine's Day inspiration project featured in the magazine and you can see some cheeky sneak peeks above :).

Be sure to get your copy of the mag - you will find all the details here!

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Seasons Givings Giveaway Blog Hop - Year 5

Hello Friends, I am absolutely delighted to be again taking part in the Seasons Givings blog hop. This is the fifth year running of this fabulous initiative started by our talented hostess Latisha Yoast. This is a wonderful blog hop to say 'thank you' to all our blog readers and followers for their time and kindness whenever they visit our blogs.

My blog had been a bit neglected in this last year and I am really sorry for being such a bad blogger in the recent months. My attention and focus were very much directed to finding my own feet in the new job, settling in the new house and I've started professional studies, too. Somehow these things have exhausted my creative muse which was hiding somewhere reappearing only occasionally and for very short moments. But even with such infrequent posting I have been really touched to see that many of my blog friends remained in contact and for that I want to express my heartfelt gratitude ❤❤❤.


This blog hop is so fabulous for two more reasons. The participating blogs wil be sharing some wonderful crafty inspiration as well as offering some delicious giveaways as a way to say 'thank you'. So be sure to visit them all to see what gems and treasures are waiting for you there!

My inspiration for you is this mixed media canvas panel which I created at the back of this Retro Girl With Attitude project that I shared a while ago.

Supplies:

Stampendous: Beautiful Braid Rubber Stamp, Peacock Background Stencil, Creative Palette Rounds

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: Black 3D Foam Tape, Thin 3D Foam Squares - Black, 3D Foam Pennants, Home & Hobby Extreme Double-Sided Tape - 1/4"

DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Ocean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Bright Green, Antique Green, Light Buttermilk

Spectrum Noir markers:
Hair: LY1, LY3, GB1, GB3, GB7, GB9, GB10, EB7
Face: FS1-FS5, CR2, CR3, CR6, IG1, IB2
Blouse: JG1, DG1, CG2, CG4, GB2, GB10

White and gold chalk markers, Sakura Clear Star pen, black chalk pencil
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology - Small Talk stickers

Now,  onto my giveaway:

The package includes:
Cling rubber stamps - Stampendous
Adhesives - Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
mulberry paper roses
Stampendous cling rubber stamps: Lion Reader, Pajama Cat, Lion Crown, Unicorn Forest, PenPattern Cake, Snowy Sled, Tin Man Reader, Sir Toad, Birthday Jazz Cats, Lion With Lamb, Eagle Rock, Picnic Ants, Bundled Kitty, Puppy Pals, PenPattern Frog, Hippo Cycler, Amazing Shoes, Snowman Warm Ears, Newspaper Pup, Hedgehog, Running Horse, Patriotic Painters, Hanging Jeans, Teacup Sailing

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L: Mounting Squares (clear), Black Photo Corners, Clear Photo Corners, Click 'n Stick Mounting Squares, White Photo Corners x2, 3D Foam Easter Shapes, 3D Foam Party Shapes. Thin 3D Foam Squares - White

To enter my Giveway simply leave a comment at the end of this post letting me know what your favourite achievements or memories in 2016 have been - crafty or otherwise. I have quite a few ones to cherish, we moved onto a new house, I started a new job, we visited my family in Poland in the summer, my best friends have welcomed new arrivals into their families... just to name a few! :)

You do not have to become a follower of my blog to enter this giveaway but I would be delighted if you chose to become one :). You can follow my blog via the Google Friend Connect ('Join this site' button in my sidebar), on Bloglovin' or by subscribing by email (or you can enter your email in the sidebar gadget).

You can enter until midnight (GMT) on 6th January 2017 and I will draw the winner on the 7th January 2017 :). I will endeavour to contact the winner directly - please be sure I can easily find a way of contacting you back - either via your blog or by leaving your email address with your entry. If the contact is not successful, I will draw another winner/s.

You can also find me on Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr :).

Ps. I have another surprise giveaway on my Instagram profile so be sure to check it out,  too! :)

So here's the list of who's joining in with the Fifth Season of Givings!:


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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

A Christmas Wish to All - Part 2

Hello Friends! I hope you had an amazing Christmas period, enjoyed together with your family and friends. Ours was lovely, too - spent with family, friends and... a leaking radiator! Not exactly my choice of Christmas entertainment if you ask me but it could've been worse :). We moved into our new home earlier this year and the house is still throwing surprises at us here and there!

As promised, here's the second companion from my Christmas Lights set - in my previous post I shared this Christmas lantern and I have one more item to share :).

I love how church candles can be altered with stamped images - they can easily transform ordinary candles into magical ornaments. I've previously shared on my blog another set of altered Christmas candles and I also have one in my Easter Home Decor set.

Shabby chic DIY handmade Christmas ornament
Stamped images can easily transform ordinary candles into magical ornaments
For my altered candle I stamped this beautiful image onto tissue paper and I coloured it with Spectrum Noir markers first. I also used the alcohol ink markers and an air spritzer to give my Crystal Angel a whimsical look. Then I adhered the image to the candle by gently melting the tissue into the wax.

Alcohol ink markers Spectrum Noir with Air spritzer
Use alcohol ink markers and an air spritzer for a whimsical look
To melt tissue into the wax evenly, wrap the candle tightly with grease-proof paper, carefully heat with a heat gun until the image underneath looks sharper and continue to hold the sheet until the wax cools down.

As a finishing touch, I added a glittered 3D foam snowflake, some handmade poinsettia flowers with glass glitter 3D DODZ centres and some lace and seam binding ribbons.

Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia cutting die
Add handmade poinsettia flowers, ribbons and lace to create a shabby chic look
Supplies:
Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: 3D Foam Snowflakes; 3D DODZ
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Die: Tattered Poinsettia
Crafters Companion: Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
Church candle
Seam binding ribbon
Pearl lace
Cheese cloth
Spray of foam berries
Decorative pins
Tissue paper
Air spritzer tool

I hope you've enjoyed today's post. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments!

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I would like to enter the following challenges:
Mixed Media Place - December mood board
Country View Challenges - Christmas
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make It Sparkle
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Anything Goes
Mixed Media Monthly Blog Challenge - Merry and Bright


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Sunday, 25 December 2016

A Christmas Wish to All - Part 1

Hello Friends! I've been promising to get back into regular blogging routine and this is still to happen - please forgive me! Hopefully I will be a much better blogger in the New Year! :)

For now, please allow me to wish you all a very happy Christmas, full of love, peace and kindness and also hope that the magic of Christmas can conquer any obstacles and sadness that may be thrown your way. May this festive season be the happiest one ever, one to remember for years to come!

As I haven't done much Christmas crafting this year I thought I would share with you a winter project that appeared in the December 2015 issue of the Craft Stamper magazine. This is actually a trio of mixed media/altered items and today I'm kicking it off with this altered winter lantern. The idea was inspired by the Halloween altered lantern I created some time ago.


If you have an old lantern that has suffered some damage to the glass panes, this is a perfect up-cycling opportunity. You can alter and decorate the lantern to your heart's content, just like I did with layers of 3D foam shapes, crackle paste, paints and DIY shimmer mists. I make my mists quite subtle as I use them more for vintage ageing and delicate shimmer than for intense colour tinting.



You can also replace the glass panels with illusion film sheets - they reflect the light beautifully and guarantee an attention-grabbing look to the whole project. And yes, they are also perfect for stamping! I found that StazOn ink works great on them and the stamped image shows through on both sides. If you want to add more colour to your images, I recommend using alcohol markers on the reverse (unstamped) side – as the markers will make the StazOn ink smudge. The blending pen will then help you move the colour around the image.


The final touches were made with textural snow (toned down with paints after it was dry) and Glossy Accents glittered icicles. To embellish my lantern I added cheese cloth, seam binding ribbon and handmade poinsettia flowers.



Supplies:
Stampendous: Cling Sweater Snowman, Cling Sweater Square, Crystal Micro Glitter, Champagne Crushed Glass Glitter, Spoonful of Pixie Dust
StazOn Ink: Jet Black
StazOn Ink: Emerald Sky
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: 3D Foam Stars, 3D Foam Snowflakes, DODZ 3D
Donna Salazar with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®: Pigment Powder - Gold, Pink, Brown
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics ®: Oyster Pearl, Silver Sage, White Pearl
DecoArt Americiana Decor ® Chalky Finish: Everlasting
DecoArt Snow-Tex, Texture Crackle

Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Die: Tattered Poinsettia
Crafters Companion: Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
Rowlux: White Moire Illusion Film
Glossy Accents
Lantern
Seam binding ribbon
Cheese cloth
Spray of foam berries

Thank you so much for stopping by and for any kind words you'd like to share to let me know you've been here :).

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I would like to enter the following challenges:
Mixed Media Place - December mood board
Country View Challenges - Christmas
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make It Sparkle
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Anything Goes
Mixed Media Monthly Blog Challenge - Merry and Bright

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Sooo....I'm back!!!

Warmest hello to all my dearest friends! So... after a very looooong break, much longer than I've ever anticipated, I am (slowly) getting back to blogging! And you have no idea what a terrifying thought it is for me lol :).

I've been 'away' for such a long time that I am finding it really difficult to get back into blogging routine and to start crafting 'properly' again. A lot has happened since the beginning of this year - I started a new job, I've moved house (I'd love to show you my new fabulous craft room soon!) and I became a student again in my old age! These things have kept me rather busy. Actually, they still do, so please bear with me for a tad longer, until I find my blogging feet again :).

For now, please allow me to share with you a couple of very happy news!

First one up, I am delighted, excited and super grateful to have been invited by the uber talented Katy Leitch to join her team of hand picked designers supporting her brand new baby - a fabulous new digital magazine for all mixed media fans - the Mixed Up Mag! The first issue is already on sale and oh boy, this format takes crafty mags to a completely new level! You really do not want to miss this issue and you can get it here.

Mixed Up magazine


And I am really humbled to say that my work is featured in this very first issue in the Halloween gallery. Be sure to check it out!

But that's not all! I am also just as excited and super happy to share that you can also see my work featured again in the  November issue of the Craft Stamper magazine!



Here is a little sneak peek of what to look out for! :)


That will be all from me for now :).

But before I go, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all those who have kept me in their thoughts and stayed in touch via email and social media. I really appreciate your kindness and warm thoughts. And another big thank you to all my followers for not giving up on me! Thank you, thank you, thank you!



Have a fabulous week everyone!

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Monday, 27 June 2016

Happy Birthday To Our Janelle!

I know I've been AWOL for a very long time and I promise to get back into a blogging mode very soon :).

But today I am popping in to send a birthday wish to someone very special :). Janelle at Rain Puddles Design, a truly gifted artist who is also the right hand of our Stampendous DT Boss, is celebrating her birthday today!

Janelle always works her socks off tirelessly to help run the Stampendous blog and events as smoothly as possible. So the whole Stampendous gang is joining in today for a little birthday wish blog hop to show this fantastic lady how much we love and appreciate her and how grateful we are for all the amazing things she does for us!

Unfortunately the installation of my craft room is still in progress (more on that soon, I promise!) so I haven't been able to make a card for this occasion, but my teammies have prepared some fabulous creations for Janelle! Be sure to check them all out our here:


Stampendous flowers with alcohol markers Spectrum Noir
This beautiful image is the Stampendous Sketchy Blooms stamp coloured by me using Spectrum Noir markers :)


So Janelle, you are AMAZING my friend! You always go out of your way to help with anything and you are one of the nicest people on Earth! And you are a truly inspirational artist - I sooo want to be like you, when I grow up! :) Happy birthday lovely girl! I hope you have an amazing day!

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Friday, 11 March 2016

Shabby Chocolatier - Stampendous and DecoArt Blog Hop Finale

Hello everyone! Welcome to the big Stampendous and DecoArt blog hop finale! Throughout this week both design teams have been very busy tempting you with delicious designs and inspiring projects to get your creative juices flowing.

This collaboration has always been one of my absolute faves as I absolutely loooove playing with stamps and paints! I hope you will enjoy visiting the other posts published earlier this week, if you haven't seen them yet. The week has been packed full with fantastic projects - you really don't want to miss seeing any of them!

So what has this week really been about? The whole Stampendous gang along with our friends at DecoArt have joined forces to show off some fantastic stamps designed for Stampendous by Andy Skinner who's a great mixed media artist and DecoArt International Education Coordinator.



Andy will join us along with his team of international mixed media artists including Julia Stratford-Wright, Mark Gould, Mel Hookham and Jools Robertson. Plus there will be posts this week on the Stampendous and DecoArt blogs as well.


And let me tell you. You’ll want to get your commenting fingers ready… Each comment on a post this week will enter you to win a fabulous prize package! (one comment per post, per person). Contest open to everyone! We have three packages and each has a Fluid Media Starter Kit, all three of Andy Skinner’s new Stampendous Stamp sets and a Jumbo Acrylic Handle. Look at this great prize!

I have a super sweet project for you today! I altered an ordinary, boring, metal CD tin and created this choccie tin instead! Needless to say, the chocolates are long gone - just say'n, in case you wonder...lol.

Stampendous Supplies:
Andy Skinner - Shabby Chic and Toxic stamp sets 
Detail Embossing Powders - Black and Gold
VersaMark Watermark embossing ink pad

DecoArt Media: Titan Buff, Quinacridone Gold; Ultra Matte Duraclear Varnish

Other:
Color Solution Alcohol Inks: Pearl White, Creme Brulee
Ribbon - May Arts
Metal tin, self adhesive pearls
StazOn Mini inks - Spiced Chai, Ganache

Directions:
1. Using felt alcohol ink applicator cover the tin with Creme Brulee alcohol ink all around the edge.
2. Cover the top of the lid with Pearl White alcohol ink.
3. Using a cosmetic sponge dab Titan Buff paint all over the tin.
4. Add more Creme Brulee in places for more rusty look.
5. Stamp the 'scratches' with a texture stamp from the Toxic set using Spiced Chai and Ganache inks.
6. Add a wash of Quinacridone Gold paint, wiping some off with a baby wipe.
7. Stamp the labels from the Shabby Chic set and heat emboss in black and gold.
8. Finish off with a small bow and accent pearls.
9. Add choccies.
10. Eat choccies :).


So here's the full line-up of the blogs playing today:

Asia King (that's me!)

That's all from me for today. Your next stop is Pam Hornschu. Enjoy the hop and good luck in the draw! And have a wonderfully creative weekend! :)

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Monday, 7 March 2016

Caution, Retro Girl With Attitude! Stampendous And DecoArt Blog Hop

Hello everyone! I am still officially on a blogging break and I haven't been able to craft lately. If you've seen my last post you'll know that there's been a lot going on in my non crafty life and also that my hubby and I are in a process of moving house. Unfortunately the process has been quite traumatic for us and things just keep getting delayed. We still haven't moved yet and we're kind of constantly on a 'high alert' and 'high hope' too that the move will finally happen soon. But I am popping in this week to play with Stampendous and DecoArt peeps with a couple of projects I made a while ago :). Before I tell you all about this week's shenanigans I'll also add that Maureen (the winner of my Seasons Givings giveaway) and I had finally made successful contact :).


So onto this week's big event! The whole Stampendous gang is super excited to play this week with our friends at DecoArt. Mixed Media Artist and DecoArt International Education Coordinator Andy Skinner has designed some fantastic stamps for Stampendous and we’re going to be showing them off all week long.

Andy will join us along with his team of international mixed media artists including Julia Stratford-Wright, Mark Gould, Mel Hookham and Jools Robertson. Plus there will be posts this week on the DecoArt blog as well. Naturally the Stampendous Design Team will be checking in as well.


And let me tell you. You’ll want to get your commenting fingers ready… Each comment on a post this week will enter you to win a fabulous prize package! (one comment per post, per person). Contest open to everyone! We have three packages and each has a Fluid Media Starter Kit, all three of Andy Skinner’s new Stampendous Stamp sets and a Jumbo Acrylic Handle. Look at this great prize!

My project today was initially inspired by the strong retro vibes that I can now see everywhere in fashion, home decor and furniture shops. Totally infused with geometrical shapes and neon love. 

When I stamped the Fashion Dame I thought she looked like a girl with quite an attitude so I added the Caution sign from the Andy Skinner's Toxic stamp set, which I thought was quite fitting :). The chipboard buttons were also stamped with Toxic stamp set using the texture design.

To create my background I stared by misting my Linnie Blooms canvas panel with DecoArt Media: Primary Yellow and Yellow Green Misters. When the panel was dry I stenciled Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste through the Pop Rectangles Stencil which I sprinkled with the Summer Shine Embossing Kit. After shaking off the excess powders I heat embossed the paste with the embossing powders overheating in places to get nice thick bubbles. This panel was all about drama and fluorescent toxic hazardous effects (a bit like my life at the moment lol) :). Quite a change from my usual feminine flowery makes :).

The image was coloured with Distress Markers and for stamping I used Black Archival ink and Blue Hawaii StazOn Mini ink. I also used 3D Foam Squares - Black, Regular from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

So, here are the blogs playing today:

Oh, and I almost forgot...! Please look out for the new issue of the Craft Stamper's magazine (April 2016). I have a couple of quick makes in there using the free cover stamp :).


I hope you will join us for this week's medialicious blog hop! Don't forget to comment as you visit participating blogs to increase your chances of winning! That's all from me for today and I'll see you again on Friday during our big blog hop finale!

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Challenges for this project: 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Create your own background
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Touchy Feely
That's Crafty! Challenges - Masks and Stencils 
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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Maureen Hayes - Where Are You? And a Little Break


Hello my lovelies! It has been a little quiet on my blog and I apologise for my absence from my blogging and visiting duties.

Some of you may know that there's been lots of new things happening lately in my 'non-crafty' life that have taken the front seat. I've recently started a new job and if that wasn't enough to keep me occupied, my hubby and I are also hoping to move house soon! Sheesh! There are other things going on as well, which I won't bore you with, but suffice to say my head and heart have had their focus turned away from crafting for a short while.

With a heavy heart I had to step down from the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L's design team and I am taking a (hopefully short) break from regular blogging. I might pop in occasionally but I can't promise at the moment... Things with the move are still up in the air but we're starting to prepare for the move as we might have to get everything packed at a very short notice. Then, it will take a little while to organise a new craft room/space in the new house.

I would also like to mention this last call for Maureen Hayes, the winner of my Seasons Givings giveaway - please do get in touch, hun, otherwise I'll have to redraw the winner. I've sent you emails and tried to contact you via your blog but with no success :(. This was Maureen's winning comment:


I know Maureen has seen my winning post but I still haven't received an email with her mailing address. If you know Maureen, please let her know I'm still waiting to hear from her. I will wait another week but after that I will redraw the winner.

So, that's all from me for now! Please, send some positive vibes and prayers my way - they are much needed at the moment and will be greatly appreciated! :) And I hope you won't forget me - I will be back soon! :)

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