Sunday, 15 February 2015

Think Pink and a big surprise

Hi everyone and lovely to have you drop in! A slightly belated Happy Valentines to you all!!
 Of course I have a project to share, and here it is:

One of my new years resolutions was to enter more challenges, so in the nick of time I entered the Mixed Media Monthly challenge with one of my journal pages.
While there I saw that they were having a design team call which closed the very next day. On a whim I decided to apply, because Mixed Media is my favourite style at the moment. I never thought for one minute I would be picked.... But, as you may have guessed by now, - I was. I was just about in shock when they emailed me.

So today I am introduced on their blog, and  this is my first DT piece I made for them.

It started with a bit of grey board that I covered with two different bits of designer paper and then treated with gesso, some texture paste through a Tim holtz folder and some Lindy's Stampgang Spray in Boudacious Blush. I also added some background stamping.
The theme is Think Pink, so obviously pink had to feature in it.

Next for the embellishments, I started with a wood swirl by Kaisercraft and treated it with numerous colours of Decoart Media Acrylics, in order to get a similar colour as my background paper. I then added crackle glaze and when that had dried Antiquing Cream, also from the Decoart Media line:
Next I took a couple of little wooden butterflies, added a sealant and then crackle glaze again, but it did not crackle for some reason, it just bubbled a bit, so in the end I just coated them with Decoart Metallic Glaze in gold.
Time to put it all together. I took some flowers from my stash, sprayed them with the Lindy's spray and also some Victorian Velvet Distress spray and then layered it all up, onto a bit of corrugated card that had also been treated with some gesso and a few sprays.
At this point I decided I wanted to make it into a little wall hanging, so I took another larger bit of grey board, covered it with some text paper, followed by Gesso some inking and stamping and that was about it.

Here are just a couple of close ups still:
A text stamp from a recent release by Crafters Companion.

As regulars will know, I am not really a pink girl, so this was a bit of a challenge for me, but I had fun making it in the end. If you don't know the Mixed Media Challenge Blog do check it out. My teamies shared wonderful projects already on the 1st of February. There were well over a hundred entries last month and of course we have a sponsor and a fabulous price to be won, so if you have not entered yet, I hope you will!!

Thanks for visiting like always!

53 comments:

  1. Fabulous hanging Astrid love the splash of pink and congratulations on your new DT post

    MaggieH

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  2. Astrid, congratulations! I love your mixed media art so much! Thank you for all the inspiration and the hanging is awesome!
    All the best!
    Branka x

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  3. Huge Congratulations Astrid. I'm not in the least surprised that you were chosen. This hanging look stunning and lots of added interest on this one too. Hugs Rita xxx

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  4. Many congratulations Astrid and I can see why you got picked as your creation here is totally stunning!
    Well done!
    Fliss xx

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  5. Woo hoo, congratulations on being selected for the new team - your work is amazing and you will be a wonderful asset to the design team. And, your wall hanging is absolutely gorgeous, as always. Thanks for sharing the details and lots of inspiration.

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  6. This is a gorgeous mixed media creation. I love how you incorporated the pink. We are so glad that you are joining our team and can't wait to see what you make in the future!

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  7. Congratulations on DT spot, we well deserved and the wall hanging is gorgeous!!!

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  8. Congratulations Astrid! A well-deserved selection. Your mixed media creations are beautiful and full of inspiration...and this wall hanging is no different. I love visiting your blog.

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  9. Wow, fabulous news and fabulous mixed media art, Astrid!!
    Congratulations, I love what you create !! :)

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  10. Congratulations Astrid what lovely news and a beautiful wall hanging.
    Julie xx

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  11. Well done and very well deserved Astrid. Your makes are always a joy to see and your tutorials are wonderful and much appreciated.

    This piece is stunning.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  12. Congrats, I love their blog! Love your first project, no one would ever guess you don't usually use pink as your hanging is beautiful! Claire x

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  13. Really amazing a mixed media project!

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  14. Congratulations, Astrid! You certainly deserve to be on the Design Team! Your project is beautiful and , as usual, texture and embellishments are stunning!

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  15. Stunning piece as always! Congrats for your new adventure! BArbarayaya

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  16. It's fabulous, Astrid. I also love entering challenges !
    Corrie x

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  17. I don't know why on earth you would think that they wouldn't want you!! Your artistic talents could only be an asset to them!! :D

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  18. This is just beautiful! You really have talent my friend :)

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  19. No surprise here... Congrats on your new DT and I love your new project! Beautiful blush colors and the texture is amazing.

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  20. Astrid this is absolutely wonderful news, I am so happy for you and aren't they the lucky ones to have you on their DT where you will provide a continual source of inspiration.
    It doesn't look to me as though you don't like pink. It might surprise you to learn that I am very particular about pink, it has to be vintage/dusky. This is beautiful in every way. I love the aged appearance and all the beautiful textures side by side.
    What an incredible first DT piece you have created.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  21. Congratulations Astrid, its a gorgeous project, who said you weren't happy with pink.
    Yvonne xx

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  22. Congratulations, Astrid! Wonderful news! I shall look forward to their challenges even more now! ;)
    Beautifully messy mixed media hanging, perfection! Xx

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  23. Congratulations Astrid!!! You're a real mixed media artist...your first make is a stunner...enjoy!!!

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  24. Congrats on your new DT Astrid! what a marvelous project - you make such wonderful thick layered and textures backgrounds - love this page and the crackle on the flourish - just gorgeous!

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  25. Love this project a lot , great colours and textures, your background is marvellous!!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  26. Congratulations Astrid and your creation is so pretty in pink!

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  27. Biiiig congrats on your new DT spot there Astrid, and it´s not you, who´s the lucky one here but them, as they´re very læucky to have you and your wonderful skills on their team. Your wallhanging here is sooo beautiful as ever, and noone can see, it´s not your color, and if I hadn´t known you for so long, I would NEVER believed you, as it´s just as beautiful as anything else, you´ve ever done. It´s just perfect hun and soooooo beautiful.

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  28. Congrats on this new job Astrid and what a fantastic piece for your first show! Great!

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  29. you so deserve this, your work is outstanding. I adore this tag and love the way you show how you got your results x

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  30. Huge congratulations Astrid you will be a great addition to the team. Love your textured make and the fabulous layers you have created. A stunning piece. Have fun tomorrow and I look forward to our get together on Friday x x

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  31. Astrid, that is amazing. Congratulations.

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  32. Big congratulations Astrid (although I'm not at all surprised that they would choose you)!! Your project is just amazing, one of my favourites! I just love the corrugated background and that amazing flourish topped off with the delicate flowers...incredible mix! I'm super excited for you and wish you the best of luck on this new leg of your crafting adventure! hugs :)

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  33. Congrats to you Astrid,a perfect choice! That challenge blog is brilliant so you'll have a lot of fun ;)
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

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  34. Congratulations Astrid, a lovely textural first piece too. Love all the layers you added, gorgeous design too. Hugs. Tracy x

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  35. Truly have never seen anything you made that was not INCREDIBLE so we are ALL totally lucky to learn from your designs for this team. I love Mixed Media Monthly because it gives those of us that are not card makers etc - a "place" to be. Now we have you ASTRID - Congratulations - so exciting! Absolutely a perfect choice on their part! And your pink wall hanging is beautiful... you are just so talented in such an elegant and distinct way. Can't wait to see more and more - GREAT New Year's resolution!!!!! j.

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  36. Fabulous Astrid, I adore that cracked flourish and your colours on this beautifully textured piece. Nikki
    PS Enjoy the NEC - wish I was going!

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  37. Another fabulous creation!! Great texture and colors!!

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  38. Hello Astrid :)
    Firstly ... MANY CONGRATULATIONS on being picked as the new Team player - but then ... how could they resist? You are brilliant at what you do, they'd have to be mad to not choose you, my much loved crafty friend.

    The tag is perfect. Even though you didn't get the result you wanted with the butterflies - I think that the result you did get is perfect for the look of the whole thing. Perfection.
    Oh ... and the pink? It's brilliant! I can't imagine a better colour or tone for that tag.

    Sending much love and big crafty, friendly hugs ~ Cobs.x

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  39. A beautiful pink project, with your wonderful colour combinations, and the crackled swirl on top. The flowers in just the perfect tones, and the worn look ,that I love. Congratulations dear Astrid on being on the design team for Mixed Media Monthly- you sure deserves it !!!
    Dorthe, xo

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  40. Totally gorgeous wall hanging and the crackled flourish is just wonderful, huge congrats on your news, I haven't visited there before, so will have to hop across now you're part of the team! Ruth x

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  41. Huge Congratulations on your new DT post Astrid, glad you are a happy lady!

    Beautiful hanging, the pink is always a challenge for me, as always you have used it to perfection:-) xxx

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  42. Congratulations!! Well-deserved, and you will bring so much talent to this endeavor....Good on you that you applied! I always learn a lot from looking at your posts, and revisit them often. Fabulous job with this make - love the corrugated layer, and all the crackling....and as always your taking designer paper to another dimension in mixed media. I am putting my toes in those waters, as well.... but have a ways to go, like forgetting to gesso first, lol! xx Lynn

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  43. Well, I have another fave!! This piece is awesome Astrid!!! The finish on that Kaiser Flourish is fabulous! Loooveee the crackle, it looks fantastic and I love that bit of added grunge too in the corrugated board ... brilliant!! I am not at all surprised that you made this Team, you are the perfect fit!!! Huge congratulations to you!! ox

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  44. Another terrific work of art ... I have tons of chipboard frames if you can use them email me your address and I mail some to you

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  45. I did just learn of that blog and for the first time joined in their challenges and I saw that you were on the new team and I really loved your piece so had to come say, "Congratulations!!" I look forward to seeing more and more of your inspiring work.

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  46. Congratulations on your new DT position at Mixed Media Monthly, Astrid! Your first creation for them is just wonderful in all of its pinkness!! Your layers and textures are fabulous!! You're a fabulous addition to their team!! Have Fun!! XOXO-Shari

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  47. Apologies for my late visit. Huge congratulations Astrid, it sounds like the perfect place for you with your love of Mixed Media! A perfect match!

    I LOVE this gorgeous creation, pink and all, it is stunning. Hugs, Anne xx

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  48. Congratulations Astrid - the Mixed Media team are lucky to have you! This is a splendid start - I love all that fab texture! Oh! and I think pink suits you!! Chrisx

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  49. Oh congratulations - what fantastic news (for them too!) - what a perfect fit for you. And even though you had to go pink for the first challenge, you've absolutely knocked it out of the ballpark. A beautiful, shabby chic creation with wonderful textures - just love it!
    Alison xx

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  50. Well Astrid, they are super lucky to have you (of course they jumped at the chance of having you!) and what a way to start. This is STUNNING! Pinning to remind me what to aim for. Jenny x

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  51. What a stunner, Astrid! Love your colors and all that glorious texture.

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