Sunday, 14 January 2018

Love 2 Create - Winners & Top 3 for Challenge #3

Happy Sunday everyone and we're here to share the winner and top 3 from challenge #3. Remember you still have until 28th January 2018 to enter our current challenge - details here - we'd love it if you could play along/create with  us.

Winner of Polkadoodles prize
(Chosen by random.org)
Debs from Deb's Bat Cave

Congratulations Debs. To claim your prize please email Polkadoodles directly, quoting 'Love 2 Create winner' in the subject bar. Claim code is L2Cwk3. Have fun choosing your goodies.

Top 3
(in no particular order)
Jana 
Vinita
 RoRa



Finally and by no means least, could the following please email me (Lou Sims) regarding a GDT position on Love 2 Create challenges. Please add 'GDT position' in the subject bar to ensure your email doesn't get added to the junk folder by mistake.

 Kym 
(from Kyms Crafty Cards)
Many congratulations to you all and we look forward to seeing you again at Love 2 Create Challenges.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Love 2 Create Challenge #4 - Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes

Good morning everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR! We hope you all had great fun bringing in 2018, whether that was partying or even creating. As it's the start of a new year, it means another new challenge at Love 2 Create. A big thank you to everyone who entered last month's challenge and winners, plus Top 3, will be announced on 14th January 2018.

There was a little confusion (from our end), over the winners for challenges #1 & #2 and we thank you for your messages bringing this to our attention. Winners for both challenges have been announced, double checked and can be found HERE or on our 'Winners Page'.

The long winter evenings will slowly be getting lighter but they are still a great excuse to craft, so we hope you're going to join us for challenge #4. Our theme is easy peasy ...

Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes

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Our sponsor for 2018 will still be Nikky Hall from Polkadoodles and you can check out all the wonderful selection of Polkadoodles goodies in the shop. Have you visited recently? If not pop over now as there are oodles and oodles of new goodies waiting to be re-homed ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

You don't have to use our Polkadoodles products to enter but we do a happy dance when you do lol. The challenge will run until 28th January so there's loads of time to play long. Ooohhhh, we must mention that we've a fabulous prize from Polkadoodles for our lucky winner, (chosen by random.org)?
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Prize: £5 gift voucher for the Polkadoodles store.

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Now let's check out the inspiration from our DT. As you can see our talented team have been busy working their mixed media magic for you .....


 Terry:this time for your inspiration I made a Birthday Card. Clean and simple. I worked on the background with Distress Oxides and splashed water all over it this way the colors mix all together. Usually I work with brighter colors so this was a bit out of my comfortzone. After I dried the background with my heattool I Stamped with red ink. I used the butterflies from Nikky's stampset Bella Fleur A5 large Clear Stampset.  I just love butterflies. I colored them with Panpastels and the toplayer I used is crackle accents. Last but not least I placed a happy birthday sentiment and colored them with distress inks. 


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Gemma: I made this beautiful box and notebook for a friend, the box is an MDF blank and the notebook was made form scratch. All the stunning papers used to decorate both are from the Polkadoodles Beau Paperie 6x6 craft paper pack.








Lou: I've decided to play with Odella Twig digi image from Polkadoodles to create a tag. Odella has been coloured with pencils but then I have triple embossed here adding additional coloured embossing powder to each layer. I was trying to go for a more aged look ...





We're all waiting here eagerly at Love 2 Create to see what you have created, so please link up below ...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year to you all ...

From all the DT here at Love 2 Create we wish you all  ...
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Here's to all our new crafty endeavours, inky, painting 
and messy adventures in 2018.

New challenge begins on 7th January 2018 - see you then ... 

Thank you for your continued support,
 Love 2 Create DT
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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Apologies for the confusion over the winners ...

Thank you for all your kind messages regarding winners for the first 2 challenges and the confusion generated. Yep we had posted Challenge 2 winners  in error and missed off the first challenge winners.  So to clarify the situation here are the winners for Challenges 1 and 2 ...

Challenge 1

Random.org winner
Many congrats Granmargaret. Please email sales@polkadoodles.co.uk, quoting code L2Cwk1a and also stating that you are a winner over on Love 2 Create. This information will help you claim your prize.

Top 3 
(in no particular order)


Challenge 2
Random.org winner
Many congrats Maggie. Please email sales@polkadoodles.co.uk, quoting code L2Cwk1 and also stating that you are a winner over on Love 2 Create. This information will help you claim your prize.
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Top 3 
(in no particular order)
 
 
All details on winners lists etc have been updated and again apologies for any confusion caused. Winners for challenge #3 will be announced on 14th January 2018.

Many thanks for your continued support,
 
Love 2 Create DT

Welcome our GDT Jacki Daniels ...

Again here at Love 2 Create we are very priviledged to have another guest designer sharing their talent with us and this week it is the wonderful Jacki Daniles. You can check out her blog HERE.

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Jacki Daniels I live in Oldbury West Midlands UK, I’m 49 and
I have been card making for about 10 years now I started after I had an accident at work that made me unable to work and very noise sensitive. I needed a hobby and started off cross stitching which I loved but the finished product could take months to complete and I’m a very impatient person lol. So I brought a magazine about card making and was hooked, I love colouring - my favourite medium is pencils - I‘ve never taken any classes everything I have learned has been from youtube or blogs. I love mixed media work and have dabbled a little and made a few pieces I’m still learning and it’s something I want to do more of.

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Here is the fabulous project Jacki has created for Love 2 Create ...

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As my week is coming up to Christmas I decided to make a Christmas canvas.
 
I started with a blank 8x10” canvas and coated with gesso then added a sheet of Christmas paper - from one of the many collections over at Polkadoodles. I tore the edges of the paper so it would blend better when painted and there would be any harsh lines. 
 
Then I  added so texture using some star and snowflake stencils I added some dotty texture as well. Then I added some circles by cutting lengths off the centre piece from some tin foil (you know the cardboard middle bit) I dipped that into the texture paste (homemade) and added it here and there to the canvas.
 
 
I then went all over with a thin coat of gesso to tone everything down I then started to add ink and paint to the canvas (distress stain and oxide inks and starlight acrylic paints). When I was happy(ish) with the inking I decided to move onto my tree (knowing I could go back in and add more colour if I wanted to once it was all in place) So taking sheets from different Christmas collections I printed them off then cout them into sections so I could roll them into straw like tubes.
 
 
This was the basic shape for my tree I just had to adjust the sizes of the straws to get smaller as they went up to the top. Once they were done I needed a base so I hand cut a pot shape from white card then using brown distress and oxide inks I went to town colouring it, once happy I shaped it and glued it to my canvas then added the straws to make the tree.
 
I wasn’t sure what to put at the top of the tree I did think about a star and something but then decided on a bronzey coloured bow and also thought I’d add one the pot as well. I then went back in with my inks and paint to add some dimension to the tree and I also added some die cut snowflakes that I covered with frontage, I also added some to the canvas. I finished off with a sentiment from one of the papers I just cut out and embossed with clear powder then added splats of paint and ink.
 
So there you have my Christmas canvas I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it and I’ll see you soon.
 
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WOWswers what a fabulous project and description and again many thanks to Jacki for joining in with us.

Have a fabulous Christmas everyone and our current challenge is still open until the 31st December, so if you have the time, please do play along with us.


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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Welcome our GDT Katrina Brown ...

It's the final day to enter our current "Anything Mixed Media/Creative Goes" challenge and you can find all the details HERE.

Now we are again pleased to have another talented crafter joining us as a guest designer, Katrina Brown and you can see all katrina's wonderful projects over on her blog HERE.

Before Katrina shares her project with us, let's learn a little bit more about her ...



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Katrina Brown ~ I live in Indiana, USA. 
I have always enjoyed art and crafting. I would always choose collages over reports in school! I couldn’t figure out why anyone would choose to write a long report over doing an art piece! ; ) I enjoy all sorts of paper-crafting, I suppose my favorites currently are journal pages and books. I also dabble in mixed media, faith journaling and 3-D projects in addition to scrapbook layouts and cards. Outside of crafting, I spend my free time with my horses and family.

Now let's thoroughly enjoy Katrinia's wonderful journal page ...


My creation is a layout in my faith journal.  I was inspired by the verse from Exodus in conjunction with this wonderful Winnie image ~ Bearing Gifts!  I'm no literary/religious scholar, but for me this verse is a reminder of how we are all entrusted with talents and I especially liked this for mixed media since it talks about stones, metals, woods, and crafts!

All of this inspired me to cut the trees from a plaid fabric and add gems, sequins, and pieces of gold and silver chains to them.  The trunks of the trees are cut from wood veneer.  

Winnie is Copic colored and I added sparkly glues/gels to the crown.  






Winnie (Bearing Gifts) and the trees (Winnie Winterland Digis) are from Polkadoodles Winnie in Winterland Bundle.  The background paper is from Winnie White Christmas.  





I am so grateful to share with you over at We Love 2 Create and thank the wonderful team for inviting me to participate!

My journal pages are off to:
A Inky Mess:  AG Mixed Media
Classic Design Team:  AG
Crafty Girls Creations: AG
Jo's Craft Shack:  AG

Thanks for dropping by today.  It's always great to have company!  Please feel free to peruse other pages/posts, visit my Pinterest,  or view some videos at my YouTube Channel.




I'm sure you all agree that Katrinia's journal page is stunning and we at Love 2 Create would like to say a huge thank you to Katrina for being a wonderful GDT. Remember if you are interested in becoming a GDT, either email us or alternatively add GDT after adding yor project to our current challenge HERE .

Not long now until the man who bears gifts will vising us all ... are you organised yet?

The Love 2 Create DT.





Sunday, 10 December 2017

Awesome tutorial from Gemma!

Happy Sunday everyone and you are all in for a treat as we have a wonderful tutorial from gemma today. Before you whizz down to the tutorial, please remember that you have up to 31st December to enter this months challenge, (Challenge #3) - details HERE - and if you fancy being a GDT for Love 2 Create, add GDT after your name when entering your project.

Now over to Gemma ... 


I have a fun Christmas/winter canvas to share with you all today, I love making this kind of project, it is not too time-consuming and the process is fairly simple to recreate in lots of different sizes and on different bases.


 I printed out a few background sheets from the wonderful Polkadoodles Festive Christmas collection, Keeping in mind that I wanted papers for the sky and ground as well as different patterns on cardstock for the trees. 


Then I tore my sky papers into little squares and glued them to the canvas with a mat gel medium, I covered about two-thirds of the canvas, not worrying about the edges as I had already decided I was adding a painted frame. 
I tore the ground papers into stripes, giving then a curved shape and I glues them to the canvas in the same way.


Before cutting my printed card into triangles and some scrap card into rectangles for my trees, I went around all the edges of the papers that were glued down with my Pitt brush pens and blended the ink with my fingers. This helps to bring everything together and make it feel like one piece. 


After my trees were glued into place, I edged them with the same pens. At this point, I also stamped out and glued my chosen text onto the canvas and edged them as well.


I then took a lovely wintery themed stencil from my stash that reminds me of snow falling and applied texture paste through it onto the canvas. before the paste could dry I sprinkled glitter over the top.


Then I just needed to frame it and I did this by adding brown paint to texture paste, I applied it to the canvas with a palette knife, which gave me the effect of a very rustic bumpy imperfect frame.


I hope you enjoyed my tutorial, there is still plenty of time to join in this months challenge. We love seeing what everyone is making.

Gemma


Sunday, 3 December 2017

Challenge 3 - Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes

Good morning everyone and yep, December is here already so it's time for a new challenge!! A big thank you to everyone who entered last month's challenge. We'll be announcing the winner plus Top 3 for Challenge #2 on 24th December. - Christmas Eve!

In case you missed the post, winners for Challenge #1 can be found HERE on in the tabs above.

The long winter evenings are a great excuse to craft so I hope you're going to join us. Our theme is easy peasy ...

Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes

You don't have to use our products to enter (but we do a happy dance when you do lol) and the challenge will run until 31st December so there's loads of time to play long. Did I mention we've got a fabulous prize from Polkadoodles for our lucky winner too?

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Prize: £5 gift voucher for the Polkadoodles store.

We were wondering whether any of the crafters who join in with us would like to be a GDT for one of our challenges in 2018? When you link up to this challenge, just add GDT after your name and we will contact you.



So check out the inspiration from our DT and get crafting to be in with a chance of winning! As you can see our talented teamies have been busy working their mixed media magic for you .....


Terry  Hey there crafters outthere, I have made a card with the Lush stampset from Nikky, I just love butterflies and thought I would make a card with them, colored the background with waterpaint and the background stampset from Nikky, Colored the butterflies with waterpaint too and placed some sentiments from a stampset from Polkadoodles.


Lou: I've decided to play with the Belle Papillion big kahuna kit to create an album from scratch using lots of the papers, embellishments and stamps. I've aged the papers further with my inks and pan pastels. More details can be found on my blog HERE.





Gemma is sharing a little sneak peak of her project because next week she will be showing us all her finished project plus sharing a superb tutorial with everyone.





REMEMBER: We were wondering whether any of the crafters who join in with us would like to be a GDT for one of our challenges in 2018? When you link up to this challenge, just add GDT after your name and we will contact you.


We're all waiting eagerly here at Love 2 Create to see your wonderful projects 
and all you need to do, is link up below:




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Sunday, 26 November 2017

Welcome our Guest Designer Julia and winners from Challenge 2!


Now at Love 2 Create challenges we are continually amazed by the talent of the crafters out there and even more blessed to have wonderful guest designers who want to join in with us, and this week we have another talented crafter joining us ... Julia McNeill. Check out Julia's blog HERE to see all her wonderful projects.

Before we see Julia's project, let's learn about her ...


I'm Julia .. I have been crafting for as long as I can remember, I was always making something, having art lessons on the beach on holidays, with my uncle who is an amazing artist. My Nan litrally gave up her spare room as myself and my cousins built a whole village out of cardboard boxes, tolit rolls margarine tubs ... we even stunk the whole house out when we decided to make grass out of Thyme. I did sewing, x-stitch and knitting with my mum so really and I have dabbled in all sorts of crafts and still do. Papercrafting probably took hold about 12 years ago, and has remained a firm favourite, now I mostly colour ( I have a major obsession with colouring products ) & make cards. I do love playing with mixed media and getting covered in ink and paint, and generally just making a mess.

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Here is Julia's wonderful project ...

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Many thanks Julia for creating such a beautiful project with us and if you would like to be guest designer on Love 2 Create challenges, either drop us an email or leave GDT after your name after entering the challenge.

Now on to the winners from our 1st challenge ... boy oh boy was it a struggle to pick out a Top 3, so here they are ... in no particular order ...


The randomly chosen winner of the fabulous prize from Polkadoodles is ....


Many congrats Maggie. Please email sales@polkadoodles.co.uk, quoting code L2Cwk2 and also stating that you are a winner over on Love 2 Create. This information will help you claim your prize.

Next week another challenge starts, so please pop back to see more inspiration from the DT.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Weclome our Guest Designer Zeljka

Here at Love 2 Create we are very priviledged to have another wonderful guest designer joining us and this week it is Zeljka. You can check out all Zeljka's wonderful projects over on her blog HERE.

Zeljka has created a fabulous project to share with us all but firstly, let's learn a little bit more about this talented crafter ...



Hello!!!
I am ลฝeljka (45) and I come from Zagreb,capital city of Croatia (Europa).As a child,my mum told...when we were in big shopping store I always went to paper section...had no interest in doll's ,barbies etc...paper,crayons,glue,scissors,pens...that was my joy...and 4 years ago begins my journey with card making.Love to create all types of cards and special challenge for me are mix media cards or projects.



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Here is the project Zeljka has made to share with us all ...

 

 

Even though I am not a mix media tip, I accept the invitation to challenge myself. I love to use stencils,inks etc. so it should not be that hard...I thought...But I struggle !!!I waited for my inks to come,and since they didn't,on time, I was out of mojo and my whole concept of the project was crushed.And then I decided...1.it's going to be tag...I used the Kraft card base and die cut the tag,add stencil and with distress inks I colored the stencil paste and add to the tag and left to dry. I stamped the gorgeous Christmas Poinsettia/Holly on watercolored paper and colored with my ZIG markers.After it's dry I add some shadows with my color pencils.I also used the paper from Belle Papillon Big Kahuna Download bundle and distress the edges .From my stash for some dimension I used silver glitter chipboard snowflakes and one big white snowflake and white lace.I also  add sentiment that I used from Christmas Wreath stamp set.Last touch was adding some Nuvo Jewel drops,that becomes transparent,so you get the feeling of rain drops on the petals and some white splatters  with acrilic paint.


Many thanks Zeljka for creating such a beautiful project and if you would like to be a guest designer on our blog, please enter the latest challenge, putting GDT after your name. You can find all the details and links about the latest challenge HERE.

You still have one more week to enter the latest challenge, so please don't be shy, share all your wonderful projects with us at Love 2 Create.