Friday, 17 November 2017

Thank You Samantha K Gifts and Crafts!

Every month Mixed Up partners with a sponsor business and for November we are working with Samantha from Samantha K Gifts and Crafts.


Her store is packed with fantastic quality laser cut MDF shapes which our team have fallen in love with. The designs are gorgeous and I've tested them out with various media and they hold up beautifully to abuse from paint, mediums and spray inks! Here's a little something I made earlier ;).

There's a full tutorial on this piece here.

More to come from the rest of the team throughout the rest of November!

Please do pop over to Samantha's store and have a look - I don't think you'll be disappointed!

Katy x

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Feathers appears when angels are near - Three christmas/winter cards for inspiration

Hi everyone! Anita from the Design Team here today to share a Mixed Up Merchandise DT inspiration Christmas/Winter project with you - from a wonderful set of beautiful angels from the Mixed Up Merchandise Printables!

I started by printing out Angels #1 and cut them out.

Then I gathered all the ephemera I want to use for my Cards, such as cardstock, lace, flowers, desgin papers, pattern papers, pearls, ribbons, treads, feathers and doilies.
I also gathered some tools that I will need.

Then I composed it all together using glue pads and glue gun.

Those beautiful angels and the centence I've been use on these Cards and many many more you can find in Mixed Up Magazine Etsy store here.

I hope you get inspired to buy and use some printables from Mixed Up Merchandise Printables in your Projects.

Thank you for visiting!

Hugs, Anita


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Traveller's Journal with Samantha K Gifts & Crafts

Hi all! Katy here today with a creation using some wonderful laser cut shapes from our November sponsor company, Samantha K Gifts and Crafts. Owner Sam sent the team some amazing bundles of shapes, precision cut with the most amazing detail. All this month we'll be showcasing her wares and we have a giveaway coming up too!

I am currently obsessed with the Eileen Hull journal dies, so that's what you've got today! I used some lovely warm autumnal shades with embellishments from my Samantha K stash. You'll find a list of materials at the end of the post.

Here's how I made it:

1 Start by cutting the die covers (I used mountboard). Use Raw Umber paint to colour the spine. I like to crack the spine where it's scored and paint the scorelines in also.

2 Using a variety of Printables from Mixed Up Merchandise, cover the front randomly. Glue the pieces with gel medium or similar and seal them with the same medium for a good bond. I love using printed 'ephemera' for projects like this where it will be mostly covered it - it seems a waste of the 'real' antique stuff! Allow this to dry well.

3 Knock back the print with Titan Buff paint and dry it with a heat tool. Add blobs of Diarylide Yellow, Trans Yellow Iron Oxide and Burnt Sienna.

4 Work the paint out randomly with a DRY brush. Once the brush is no longer loaded with paint, move to the next colour and spread/blend that colour too.

5 Add more areas of colour and continue to blend - I don't like brushstrokes so once I'd spread the paint, I lightly blended it with my finger to remove them.

6 Keep adding paint until you are happy. I added extra areas of dry brushed Titan Buff mixed with yellow to highlight and the very dark edges are created with the addition of purple (Quin Violet).

7 Heat emboss the laser cut pieces with Stampendous Detail Gold powder (I chose a detail powder because the die cut is so intricate and I didn't want to lose that). Once embossed, apply Rebekah Meier Mixed Media Medium (Therm-o-Web) randomly in some areas with your finger and, once the medium is tacky, apply Rebekah Meier gold leaf. This gives a two-tone gold effect which I love.

8 Using a stencil (Andy Skinner) apply Americana Premium Gold paint to the edges (I prefer the thicker consistency of the Premium paint for stencilling). Also stamp some texture around the edges with Raw Umber paint (oooops! Forgot to take a pic of that!).

9 Enhance the die cuts a wee bit with some metal additions - the clock hands and Tim Holtz Word Band are both altered to match with some paint. The clock face has a scrap of stamped paper behind it to highlight it.

Glue the chipboard pieces in place on the cover, along with some metal book corners. Assemble the book according to the instructions, slipping a little key charm onto the closure near the spine. I threaded the book with 2mm elastic.

I loved working with these products and I hope you've enjoyed my tutorial today.

Katy x

- Samantha K Gifts and Crafts: Pendulum Clock and Clock Sign, Scrollwork Hinges
Eileen Hill Sizzix Journal Die
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Diarylide Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Titan Buff, Quinacridone Gold, Raw Umber, Trans Yellow Iron Oxide, Quinacridone Violet
- Americana Premium Acrylic: Gold
- Andy Skinner Stencil: Distressed Numbers
- Stampendous Clear Embossing Ink Dauber
- Stampendous Embossing Powder: Detail Gold
- Stampendous Andy Skinner Stamp Set: Industrial
- Rebekah Meier Mixed Media Medium
- Rebekah Meier Transfer Foil - Old Gold
- Metal embellies
- Elastic cord

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Monday, 6 November 2017

Inspirational Coasters

Hi everyone! Leslie here to share a Mixed Up Merchandise DT inspiration project with you today, an awesome set of inspirational coasters I created using 50s Ladies and Enjoy Your Thoughts Words Mixed Up Merchandise Printables! OMG, these were a blast!

These are slate coasters and were gray in color so I started out by coating them with a couple coats of black gesso.

I stenciled a harlequin pattern on each coaster with white acrylic paint, a pouncing stick and The Crafter's Workshop Mini Harlequin stencil.

Now, I have to apologize because none of the rest of my tutorial photos were captured. Not sure what happened but I didn't realize it until I was completely finished with the coasters. But the rest of the process is fairly simple and straight-forward, and I know you won't have any problems following along!

I re-sized and printed four separate images from the 50s Ladies Printables (the lady holding the bouquet, on the bottom right of the contact sheet) on white cardstock, colored them with Spectrum Noir markers in teal, green, yellow and pink, and fussy cut them. I adhered one to the left side of each coaster with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

I chose four simple inspirational sentiments from the Enjoy Your Thoughts Words Printables, trimmed them down, and adhered one to each coaster with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

Using my finger, I 'painted' the rough edges of each coaster with silver acrylic paint and let them all dry. The final step for the front of each coaster was several coats of Ranger Multi Medium Matte to seal them well. 

And finally, I just have to share this really cool rubber stamp I got a couple months ago to stamp the back of all my cards. It has a QC Code of my blog's URL along with my name, email and blog. I stamped this four times on a large Avery label in black ink, trimmed them, and affixed one to the back of each coaster with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s project! Be sure to check out all the fun stamps and other goodies at the Mixed Up Merchandise store! Thanks so much for stopping by today – we’ll see you next time!

Scrappy hugs,


Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Eeeek it’s Halloween!

Hello Everyone, today we have some fabulous makes from the team to get you in the mood for the spookiest night of the year! No tutorials today just lots to look at and ghoul over. 

First we have Lynne with her spooky haunted house.

Check out how Lynne created this wonderful spooky house over on her  blog 

Next we have this ghoulish creature From Leslie

You can see more of Leslie’s fabulous makes over on her blog here

Katy created this spooky graveyard scene with stamps from Stampendous

Why not check out more or Katy's gorgeous creations here

And how about this ghostly piece from Lisa

There’s more gorgeous art over on Lisa’s blog

Next we have spooky guy  from Carol

Why not  pop over to see what’s going on at Carol’s blog.

And lastly me Debs with this fiendish woman

And a little something I created a while back.

You can find more on my blog

We hope you have enjoyed this little round up of things that go bump in the night

Hugs from me Debs, and all the team xxx

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Write your own Story - by Debs Wainwright

Hello Everyone Debs here with a journal page using fabulous stamps from our sponsor this month Sin City. 

To start - I cut up patterned card into different sizes, ensuring that the edges were cut straight, and then stuck them onto my page with a heavy Matt Medium. After drying It with a heat gun, I scraped white Gesso over the page. This not only knocked back the images on the card but also provided a good key for the next layers.

Step 2 - I chose 3 colours that are close together on the colour wheel to ensure I didn’t make mud (if you mix your primary colours of Red, Blue and Yellow in any combination, you will make brown.  For example, if you mix Purple -Red and Blue with Orange - Red and Yellow, you will get brown). I chose Blue, Yellow and Green, and 3Stencils, to build up lots of layers. I completely dried this before changing my colours.

Step 3 - I scraped on some more White Gesso, to again knock back the colours and to add more interest. Once dry I used spray Chalks in Gold and Lilac.
I let the colours run and drip before again drying.

Step 4 - I repeated step 3, with  more Gesso, and sprays until I felt I had the background filled enough to host the feature stamps. I added some circles with a bottle top still using paint, for more interest, and with black ink I started stamping. First some script randomly over the page, then the main features. I heat set the ink before adding colour to the elements, including the circles. To finish I added a sentiment.

The materials I used
Stamps Sin City Correspondence (Katy Leitch)
Acrylic Paint Ranger (Dina Wakley)
Stencils 13@rts (Marta Łapkowska)
Watercolour Paint Jane Davenport 
Ink Ranger.

I loved creating this page and got very messy, which for me is what it’s all about.
Take care