Sunday, 25 February 2018

Guest Designer for February - Introducing Kym Upshaw

 Happy Sunday everyone and welcome back!

Again at Love 2 Create Challenges we are extremely proud when other crafters agree to be featured as a GDT on our blog and today we are sharing a project from Guest Designer Kym Upshaw. You can check out Kym's fabulous work over on her blog - Kym's Crafty Cards

Here's a short bio about Kym ...


My name is Kym and my blog is Kym’s Crafty Cards. I have been married to my husband for 26 years. I am a mother to two boys aged 25 and 21. I started cardmaking about 10 years ago and the cards that I make I sell solely to raise funds for different charities.  I love to use decoupage, toppers, rubber stamps but my first love has to be using digital stamps as you can print them any size that you want. I love to work with many different styles of rubber stamps/digital stamps eg cute, vintage, fantasy, Christmas etc and will have a try with any image to make some wonderful cards/creations so that I can sell to raise funds for charities.

Here is the fabulous card Kym created for us using Polkadoodles 'Ula - Be a Mermaid' ...


After being offered my GDT slot, I was lucky to be allowed to create with a Polkadoodles image and I chose to use "Ula be a Mermaid". I have coloured the image in with Promarkers and fussy cut around the image. I also printed off a sentiment that I got with the image, die-cut and edged with my Turquoise Pan Pastel.

For the background I used a Turquoise, Diarylide Yellow, Hansa Yellow and Pearlescent Yellow Pan Pastels to colour the background. I then used various seaside orientated stamps (greenery, driftwood, bubbles and fish) and stamped these onto the background.

I then used a Marianne designs die to make the mount for Ula the mermaid. I have finished the card off with some die-cut greenery and a die-cut shell border and individual die-cut shells highlighted with the the Pan Pastels used for the background and two large pearls.


Here is a list of the products I have used to create my card :-

Promarkers used: Face/skin - Saffron, Spice and Oatmeal
                             Hair - Yellow, Canary and Lemon
                             Mermaid/shells etc- Duck Egg, Turquoise, Putty, Tan, Burnt Orange & Dusky Pink.

Pan Pastels used: Rich Gold
                            Diarylide Yellow
                            Turquoise
                            Copper Metallic
                            Hansa Yellow
                            Pearlescent Yellow.

It's a honour to be a Guest Designer as I have followed the Love to Create for quite a few years now and participated in lots of the challenges..


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Thank you Kym for your fabulous project and we look forward to seeing more of your projects in the future both here at Love 2 Create challenges and also on your blog.


Just a quick reminder to everyone that Challenge #5 ends tonight at midnight which means you still have a little time to add your project. All details for Challenge #5 can be found HERE.

Join us next week for another new challenge but until then ... happy crafting to you all ...,

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Winners from Challenge #4 & Recycled Cheese Box from Norma

Happy Sunday everyone and welcome back!
Today we have the winners of our last challenge but before we get to that we have another amazing creation from our Guest Designer Norma to share with you...

This week we are joined by the very talented Norma Pechir Holland. You can check out all of Norma's wonderful creations on her beautiful blog - Creating and Sharing It
Here is a little bit about Norma ...
Norma
Hi, I’m Norma. I born in Mexico City, but I live in New York. Crafts have been part of my life since I can remember. Most of the things that I know I learned them from my mom, my life was around art because of her. She taught me about mix media when I was 15 and even when I’m not as good as her, I love to make some projects for my house or for my good friends.
Below is the wonderful project Norma has created for us...

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To make my project, I recycled a box of cheese, each time that I got that cheese, I have in my mind that something is possible with that box, and today was the day.
I used a piece of paper of the Belle Papillon Collection, that I love, some flowers from my stash and the beautiful butterflies from the same collection.
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So time for the winner, plus top 3 from challenge #4. 
Remember you still have until 25th February 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)
Congratulations! You have won a $10/£8 voucher to spend at Polkadoodles on anything you wish - dies, stamps, paper packs, downloads - have fun choosing!

To claim your prize please email Polkadoodles, quoting 'Love 2 Create winner' in the subject bar. Please include this claim code L2Cwk4 in your email.


Design Team's favourite Top 3 (in no particular order)
Uma Didwania

GUEST DESIGNER OPPORTUNITY
As an added extra for being one of our Top 3, we would like to offer you a GDT slot on Love 2 Create challenges - if you are interested -  so please email us for further details.  Please put GDT for L2C in the subject bar.

Many congratulations to you all and we look forward to seeing you again at Love 2 Create Challenges.

Finally before we go ... what have you been making recently? Why not pop over to our Facebook page and share your projects with us - https://www.facebook.com/groups/love2create - we look forward to seeing you.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Love 2 Create - Nikky Hall using a digi image to create a journal page

We are very lucky today and have the very talented Nikky Hall (from Polkadoodles) sharing one her of her projects with us on Love 2 Create using a digi image called Oddella Twig to create a journal page ...

Over to you Nikky ...


I coloured this Oddella image up a few weeks back and when I looked at it the following day I suddenly had an overwhelming urge to make her into a journal page which I have not done for absolutely eons...and I mean eternity eons! So I didnt lose the mojo for her I rushed upstairs as soon as I got in from work and decided I was only allowing the time it took for the pizza to cook and no more - I'm trying to set myself time goals so I just go with the flow and didn't procrastinate too much as it's killing my melon, man ... this was the coloured image before and after ...



 I just got all my fave colours out and random stamps which just happened to be the nearest to hand which were all my textures from Premium Art Brands and threw it all on. I did actually spritz and seal between layers but because I was rushing they did get very muddied and I used a lot of yellow ochre pan pastel, (which I don't normally do). Not what I was aiming for at all but this was pizza journaling after all ...!



I just ripped the image off the paper and glued it down with photo glue then applied all the Pan Pastel colours around it, using a Versamark inkpad to overstamp - love using Versamark ink as they just stick to the Pan Pastels like glue and make it so vibrant...


A bit of doodling to finish off using a black Graph'It marker which will go over virtually anything and the must have Graph'It White Shake marker and voila ...




WOWsers, I'm sure you will all agree that that is one fabulous journal page and unless you were told, wouldn't believe that it was a digi image and not a stamped one.

We'd love it if you became a follower of our challenge blog, not just to join in with the challenges ... which would be way cool by the way ... but to check out all the fabulous projects shared.

Happy crafting everyone and don't forget to pop over next week as the winners, plus top 3 will be announced for last months challenge. REMEMBER you still have time to enter this months challenge and all the details can be found HERE.

Before we go, what have you been making recently? Why not pop over to our Facebook page and share your projects with us - https://www.facebook.com/groups/love2create - we look forward to seeing you.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Love 2 Create - Challenge #5 - Anything Creative/Mixed Media goes

It's the start of a new month which means another new challenge at Love 2 Create Challenges. A big thank you to everyone who entered last month's challenge and winners, plus Top 3, (for Challenge #4) will be announced on 18th February 2018.

Just in case you have missed any winners posts, previous winners, Top 3 and GDT's can be found on our 'Winners Page' at the top of the blog.

Now we all know that crafters don't really need an excuse to 'play' with their crafty stash but just in case you do, why not play along with this months challenge. Our theme is easy peasy ...

Anything Creative Mixed Media Goes

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Our sponsor for 2018 is 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 😇😏😁

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 25th February 2018 so there's loads of time to play along. Ooohhhh, we must mention that we've a fabulous prize from Polkadoodles for our lucky winner, (chosen by random.org)?
Polkadoodles Ltd
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 .....





I have a fun inky card to share with you all today, created using Distress Oxides and delightful stamps from Polkadoodles. More details can be found on my blog 

Belle Papillon




Terry: Hey there guys, for today's challenge I have made a Journal Page, with yep lots of butterflies that I made with clay, gave them a color with PanPastels and placed them onto my journal page. So the background of my Journal Page is colored with PanPastel the light colors, On top I have worked with a stencil and Light Modelling Paste. I have colored the plants with PanPastels and the dots on the background too. Last but not least I have placed a sentiment.





Some products that I worked with are: 





Just add you entry below in Mr Linky . The Love 2 Create team can't wait to see what you have created this month ...



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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Love 2 Create - last reminder as challenge #4 closes today

Just a quick reminder to everyone that Challenge #4 ends tonight at midnight which means you still have a little time to add your project.

All details for Challenge #4 can be found HERE.

Also if you would like to be a GDT on Love 2 Create Challenges remember to add GDT after your name or alternatively email Lou Sims for more details. Please put 'GDT position' in the subject header.

Join us next week for another new challenge but until then ... happy crafting to you all ...,

Love 2 Create DT

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Welcome our Guest Designer Norma

Again, we are very pleased to welcome another Gust Designer here at Love 2 Create challenges and this week it's the very talented Norma Pechir Holland. You can check out all of Norma's wonderful creations on her beautiful blog - Creating and Sharing It

Here is a little bit about Norma ...

Norma

Hi, I’m Norma. I born in Mexico City, but I live in New York. Crafts have been part of my life since I can remember. Most of the things that I know I learned them from my mom, my life was around art because of her.
She taught me about mix media when I was 15 and even when I’m not as good as her, I love to make some projects for my house or for my good friends.

Below is the wonderful project Norma has created for her GDT spot ...

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To make my project, I recycle a box of cheese, each time that I got that cheese, I have in my mind that something is possible with that box, and today was the day.
I used a piece of paper of the Belle Papillon Collection, that I love, some flowers from my stash and the beautiful butterflies from the same collection. 

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I'm sure you will agree that it is a beautiful upcycling project - thank you Norma for joining in with us at Love 2 Create challenges.




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 😇😏😁

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)?
Polkadoodles Ltd
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. 


I worked with these products:




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