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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

New Design Team and Metallic Mixed Media Panel by Teresa


Good evening Crafter's.

I am so excited to introduce you to our brand new Design Team, each month they will be bringing you inspiration on crafting with your goodies boxes and  maybe even some other products from Artful Days ;) 



Chris our resident designer


Hello! I am Teresa and I live in Staffordshire, England with my partner, my daughter and her partner and our two cats! I have been crafting in one way or another for most of my life and started card-making around 12 years ago. I decided to start blogging a few years ago, and this led to me being invited onto a couple of design teams. I love to think outside of the box, and have fun trying out new products and techniques. I enjoy altered art, journalling, and mixed media, as well as card making. When I am not covered in paint and glue, I love to get outside and enjoy the countryside. I am an avid photographer, always looking for interesting details or beautiful plants to photograph. 


Hi my name is Sandra, and I live in the Netherlands. I am married and we have 2 daughters. I have been crafting all my life, and scrapbooking since 2009. Recently I discovered Mixed Media scrapbooking, and I absolutely love this. I also love to make mini-albums, and enjoy coloring with my Copic markers as well. 


Hello, I am Katie, based in the UK and I am a mixed media artist, well i try my best :). I was a Guest Designer for Artful Days last year and I really enjoyed the challenge of creating with different products that I wouldn't normal think of using.

And then of course there's little old me and I will be popping up with a project or two.
 


We shall be seeing lots of projects over the coming months, but first up on tonight's blog is Teresa with a fabulous Metallic Mixed Media Panel using this months Goodie Box Tweet Tweet. 

1.Glue a piece of patterned paper onto the grey board panel. Take some scraps of scrunched tissue paper from the packaging and glue in place with Mod Podge around the edges for texture.

2. Use mica sprays in black, gold, blue and purple to cover the panel allowing certain areas of the background pattern to show through. Keep spritzing until you are happy with the effect.



3. Paint the wooden embellishments and fabric flower with a coat of black gesso and allow to dry.



4. Arrange the embellishments on the panel and glue into place with all purpose glue once you are happy with the placement. Add some of the little texture stones and a sparkle gem and carefully apply black gesso to these too. 


5. Use more mica sprays and gilding waxes to highlight the texture and shapes of the embellishments.



6. Add a sticker sentiment to finish.




I am sure that you will agree a stunning first piece from Teresa.

We would love it if you can leave a comment to support our designers.

More from Teresa can be found on her blog - http://thefatcactus.co.uk

There is still a small amount of Septembers boxes left, please visit the store on www.artfuldays.co.uk 

Teresa has kindly made us an unboxing video so you can have a quick look at the contents:) 


Thank you for looking 

Jules xxx



















Monday, 28 August 2017

New DT Team Members



Hello everyone, hope you have enjoyed your bank holiday weekend. 

Firstly a massive thanks to everyone who applied, we received loads of entries for the design team call and the standard of work was really high, so you all made my job really hard lol x

I am really pleased to announce however that the 3 creative peeps joining the team are......

Teresa Morgan 

Sandra Jassen-van Mourik

Katie Lamb

Really looking forward to see all their creations and working together.

Thanks again

Jules xx



Saturday, 26 August 2017

Tea Party Time Goodie Box - White Rabbit Scrapbook page

Evening Folks

I have been working on a Scrapbook page using the August Goodie Box 


I used a 12 x 12 Hazy Days Scrapbook page to work with the 6 x 6 pages included in the box. I have had this Rabbit image for some time now and I had to use as the focal point for this box.











I started by sealing the page with Prima Clear Gesso, I use a 13 x 13 hardboard back with clips as this helps to keep the page flat when adding wet mediums.



Next whitewash the centre on the page and add colour and texture through the stencils, I also used a Seth Apter Stamp


 I used some of the straws, papers and tags from the box to start my layout, distressing the sides of the papers.


I have a flamingo, and chair die so used through in my design as well. Then it was a case of arranging all the different elements from the box. I did paint some of them to match my colour scheme.
I finished with splats of white & black paints.








I hope you like it, loves making this....

The NEW September Goodie Box is available to pre-order now on the website. www.artfuldays.co.uk 

Thanks for looking

Jules xx



Wednesday, 23 August 2017

DT Call



Hi all, we are having a Design Team call here at Artful Days.

Do you love to create mixed media projects, scrapbook pages and embellished cards??

If so I am looking for 3 talented crafter's to work with my Monthly Goodie Boxes on a bi-monthly basis and to share and shout about the products on social media.

Every other month I will send you a box to create 2/3 projects with, so you will be rotating with the other team members. Create anything you wish as long as at least 80% of the finished projects come from that months box and follows the theme.

The requirements
  • You must be able to work to very tight deadlines, all projects to be completed and blogged before the 25th of each month.
  • You will need to have a active blog and at least 2 social media accounts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.
  • I would like at least one design member to have an active You Tube account to do unboxing videos, tutorials etc
  • Be able to committ for at least 6 months with a view to extending that period.
  • Encourage and comment on fellow DT members blogs and where possible promote them as well as promoting each months box on social media.
  • Take good quality photos for the blog with step by step processes. 
We will offer you the box, and good discount off products on the website, you may also be sent extra new products to play with.

If you are interested please email me at juliebell1911@yahoo.co.uk  
  • Photos of your 3 favourite projects 
  • Links to your blog and most used social media account. 
  • A couple of sentences about you and your craft. 
  • Any other design teams you are in. 
I am looking to make a quick decision so I can send out September box to design with, so please email as soon as you can. 

I will announce the team members here on the blog.

My website is www.artfuldays.co.uk and the Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/artfuldays.co.uk/ if you would like to have a look.

Thanks and good luck 

Jules xx




Monday, 17 July 2017

Travel Plans - Scrapbook page

Hello, well its been a very long time and I am sorry I haven't blogged any makes with the Goodie Boxes, hopefully we shall be fixing that. 
I will start with a post of a scrapbooking page I have made with our latest box called Travel Plans, as we speak there's just single figures left on the website, just go to www.artfuldays.co.uk to order yours. 





Nearly all the elements used are from the box, but I have added a 12 x 12" page, a world die, Seth Apter Stamp, Prima White Gesso, Molding Paste and some Lindy's Sprays.



I started with a the 12 x 12 " sheet of paper and used Prima Clear Gesso to seal the paper, this stops other wet mediums from soaking into the page. Then a coat of Prima White Gesso in the middle of the page, before finishing with a stencil and modelling paste. 


Next some colour, using Lindy's sprays, flick, brush and splat the colour on, not really taking much care at this stage. Also adding flicks of white paint at this stage. Stamps using the Seth Apter Stamp with Black Archival ink 


There's loads of papers to choose from this month and some jornalling cards, here I started to cut and layer them up. I also used that fab Stamps washi tape to create some lines below where I plan to add my photo.


I used a photo of one of my dogs Kayla on a boat trip on the Norfolk Broads a few years ago. All my papers and photo have been distressed, this can be done with the Prima distress tool of scissors, just be careful with those :) 


It was then a case of arranging the elements from the box, I used the little envelopes, large tag, 2 flowers, a couple of charms, Scrapiniec pieces, a stamp (love those) and a Resin camera.

Splats of Black & white paints finish the design. 

I really enjoyed digging out a photo to use in this piece, and its a great keepsake, in fact I plan to frame it.




Thanks for looking, until next time.

Jules xx




Sunday, 11 June 2017

Circle Journal Round Two 2016/2017

Hello

So we have just finished, well a few weeks ago our 2nd round of the journal circle and I wanted to show all the art inside mine, we had 12 wonderful peeps join in this time, so it took a full year but boy it was worth the wait. I think I was probably cursed a few times as I chose to make a large journal and asked fro a double spread and a word page lol. 
The brief was to choose a shape, so mine was waves, each double page is a different size with a wave down each edge. We really had a great and fun variety of shapes coming room.

Here's my cover, 








Finished Words from everyone



First in my Journal is a great colourful page from Wanda Hedges, loving the flower stamp



Next is a page from Chris Cresswell, sooo much to look at...




 Shabby Chic from Jo Myhill with loads of texture



Love these stamps and colours from Hazel Agnew




Fab figure from Gabby Price




Loads of colour and texture from Linda Regan





 Lots of bright colours from Tracy Scott, love the tops of the paint




Great vintage page from Catherine Johnson, recognise the keys lol




Love the delicate colours and stamps from Claire Snowdon




Wonderful girl, with so much texture from Marie Hampson





Another fab girl and published work in Mixed Up Magazine well done Debs Wainwright





Just the back inside cover to finish off at some point :) 


I was blown away by everyone art and how much work went into each page, thank you. 

Looking forward to the next round, here's a sneak peak of my front cover. 


Jules xx