Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Prima Paper Clay and Prima IOD Moulds

Hi Crafters

Today's blog post is a bit different to my usual, I am still showing you a make but not a completed piece, this is more of a my views on the products used.

So for a while I have been wanting to make my own embellishments for my mixed media art pieces so I purchased some stunning Prima Marketing IOD Moulds and Prima Marketing Paper Clay from Thompsons Craft Supplies.

What did I think to the Paper Clay?

The clay is very reasonably priced especially with it being Prima Marketing, but unfortunately for myself I found it very hard to work with, it does need a bit of working before it is right to be put into the moulds. As someone who suffers with chronic pain (Fibromyalgia) the clay put a lot of strain on my hands, wrists and arms with having to work it so much as it is a very tough clay, but once warm and right it goes into the moulds perfectly. So if you are someone who suffers with chronic pain and it affects your hands please be aware of this, other than finding it tough to work with I had no other problems with it.

The clay once dry can be coloured using a number of mediums including acrylic paint, ink sprays, ink to name a few.

What did I think to the Prima IOD Moulds?

Now the moulds what can I say apart from WOW!!! the detail of the designs is beautiful, they are fantastic quality. The moulds are also food safe and can be used with Resin, Clay, Hot Glue Gun to name a few. The moulds are flexible so it is very easy to remove your pieces. There are a fair few different designs available of these moulds too and I would highly recommend them.

What results did I get?
 Here are the pieces I did from some of the Prima IOD moulds and the Paper Clay. 

I left the clay in the moulds to air dry and they came out of the moulds very easy, you can take them out before they have dried also it is personal preference.

Now be aware as with any air dry clay you can get cracks and breakages (as you can see on the picture above I had a couple of breakages) but I think that adds to the character of the pieces and any that are broke can easily be glued back together if you wish. Some of the pieces I didn't do the full piece but only some of it.

Products Used:
Prima Paper Clay 
Prima IOD Moulds - Baroque 6, Keys, Wings, Keyholes, Trifles

I hope this post has been helpful, I will be doing other posts about clay and moulds so keep a look out for those. 

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

All products used I have purchased from Thompsons Craft Supplies and I was not paid to do this post, this has been done to give my opinions on them to help anyone who is thinking of trying the clay and moulds.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

ATC Coin Swap - Theme Vintage

Hi all

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend
 Today I have some new ATC Coins to share with you all which were done for this months Crop Central swap which took place on Saturday 8th.

This month's theme was Vintage, and here is what I did

The products I used are as follows:
White Thick Cardstock
2.5 inch Circle Die
Gold, Silver and Bronze Metallic Paint
Vintage Photo Distress Stain
Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap - Melange
Black Lace
Tim Holtz Paper Dols
Tim Holtz Clippings Stickers
Matt Medium
Black Soot Distress Ink

As you can see I made 5 of these coins, 3 were for the swap and 2 I have kept for myself so I have a spare for any future swaps and one to keep in my collection.

I really enjoy doing these and taking part in swaps for them, they are so quick to put together.

I hope they have given you some inspiration and I would love to hear of any swaps you take part in.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Abstract Mixed Media Canvas

Hi all

Well it is that time again for a new challenge over on the Happy Little Stampers Blog, this months theme for the mixed media challenge is 

For my inspiration for this challenge I have done something completely different for me something I have been wanting to do for a while....... Here is my Abstract Canvas

I absolutely loved creating this piece and will definitely be tackling it again and I think I shall do something a lot bigger too.

The winner of this challenge receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop. If you use stamps by Happy Little Stampers and you are the random winner, your prize will be doubled.

Here are some close ups of my canvas, I think the wording I chose for this piece fit it perfectly
"Out of limitations comes creativity"

 "Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful"

Now for the list of supplies I used to create this piece:
8 x 10 (20 x 25 cm) Canvas
Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap - Melange
Tim Holtz Small Talk Stickers
Old Book Pages
Matt Medium
Gelatos - Blueberry, Cotton Candy and Grape
Baby Wipes
Dylusions Paints - Vibrant Turquoise, Bubblegum Pink, Lemon Zest, White Linen and Black Marble
Bubble Wrap
Mark Making Bits
Heat Tool

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my Abstract Canvas and it has given you lots of inspiration. I look forward to seeing your challenge entry.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Monday, 27 August 2018

Steampunk Queen

Hi all

Today I have a new project to share with you all, this project is now in my top 5 favourites that I have created recently.

I have called this piece Steampunk Queen.

Before I start to decide on the mediums I am going to use I always pick out my focal point and embellishments and then play around with the arrangement until I am happy.

A little tip for you which I find helpful: Once I am happy with the layout I take a picture so I then have a reference to look at when it comes to adhering everything.

Now to show you Steampunk Queen in all her glory

Now for some close up's to show the texture and detail

I also took a picture of the canvas from the side and a picture with the flash on to show some of the colour 

To do this piece I used the following products:
20 x 20 cm Canvas
Black Gesso
Paper Flowers
3D Printed Face - from The Scrap Lab
Laser Cut Frame
That's Crafty Surfaces - Cogs and Large Clocks 
Texture Paste
Andy Skinner Stencils - Cogs
IndigoBlu Paints - Kingfisher Blue and Miss Moneypenny
IndigoBlu Paints - I made into sprays - Aladdin and Emerald City
Artsy Stones

I hope you like what I have done and that it gives you some inspiration.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Spooky Goings On

Hi all. 
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, so today I have a new project to share with you all and yesI know it is only August but Halloween is my favourite holiday so of cause I just had to do something spooky.

Now this piece I am sharing with you all today was inspired by Mike Deakin.....

So here is what I have been doing

Now I bet you are sitting there thinking what is spooky about this?........ Are you ready? ...... 

Oh hello Mr Skeleton ;) Yes it is a 3d picture. The above two pictures have both been taken with the flash on to show the colours and the metallic a bit more.

Now for some pictures of the canvas with no flash and some close ups

Close up pictures of some of the detail and texture on the canvas

I absolutely love how this turned out and can not thank Mike enough for the inspiration, as I have had some of these 3d Halloween pictures for a fair few years and they have just been sat in a draw, I may have to do the others so there is a set of them, If i do the rest I shall share them with you all.

The products I used to do this piece are as follows:
20cm x 20cm Canvas
Black Gesso
3d Halloween Picture
Cheese Cloth
Metal Embellishments
Mixed Media Stones (Medium and Large) - Imaginations Crafts
Metallic Acrylic Paints - Miss Moneypenny, Emerald City, Aladdin - IndigoBlu (two of the colours I made into a spray)
Dylusions Paint - Tangerine Dream (Made into a spray)
Pumpkin Chipboard
Dylusions Halloween Stamp and Stencil Set - Used the stencil 
Texture Paste

I hope you like my spooky mixed media canvas and it gives you some inspiration for Halloween, just like Mike's gave me inspiration to give this a go.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

I would like to enter this piece into the following challenges:
Altered Eclectics -  Anything Goes as long as it is mixed media
Creative Artiste Mixed Media - Anything Mixed Media Goes
Love To Create - Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes
More Mixed Media Challenge -  Anything Goes - Optional Brights

Friday, 17 August 2018

My Little Mermaid

Hey Hey 

Yes you guessed it my third and final scrapbook layout I did at my local crop is being shared with you all today.

This layout was so much fun to do and here it is 

My Adorable Little Mermaid

I just had to do a layout using this picture my Brother sent me of my Niece in the Mermaid Tail Blanket I made for her (yes I crochet too :) ). Looks like little miss is saying "Not another picture Daddy?? What are you doing to me?"

She looks so cute, I have been asked to make another but a bit bigger for her so I reckon once its done I will get another picture sent over of her in that one hehe.

I have used the Dream Big Collection for this layout .

Here is a close up of a quote I included on the layout, this quote is so so true... 

I love how colourful the layout is and how well it matches the photo.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX

Thursday, 16 August 2018

First Cuddles Scrapbook Layout

Today I have another Scrapbook Layout to share with you all, this is another layout I completed while at my local monthly crop.

This layout is one of my most precious memories as it is of me and my beautiful baby niece having our first cuddles. (Lots more cuddles to come for my little munchkin and me)

This layout was created by using a piece of white 12 x 12 card stock and a page out of the 8 x 8 paper pad called It's A Girl, I fussy cut each hexagon out of the page and arranged it onto my white card stock piece until I was happy.

After this was done and all stuck down I then began to back my photo onto another page out of the paper pack and then onto a beautiful piece of purple polka dot foiled paper from another paper pad and stuck it all done, Finally I added some embellishments around the photo, added the banner in the top left corner and to finish the layout added my title.

Here is some close ups

I hope you have enjoyed seeing this layout and it has given you some inspiration to try something a little different to what you normally do for a scrapbook layout.

Xx The Crafty Bat xX