Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Ho Ho Ho - Merry Christmas

From all of us at Mixed Media Mojo - we want to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Barb is sharing one of her canvases for this year.

See you January 1, 2015, for our first challenge for the NEW Year.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pet Christmas Decorations

Hello all! Niki here (aka Pawsitively Creative) on the blog today and as some of you may know I am a vet tech that loves her furry family members. I make this dog biscuit wreath ornament for them every year, so I thought I would share my process.

First, get your supplies ready.

 Using old cardboard boxes cut out a round wreath shape. The size of the wreath depends on the size of your treats (cat treats work as well). I like to use wired ribbon because it holds the treats better. Cut a very long piece of ribbon (more than you think you will need.) 

Grab your glue gun and attach your ribbon at an angle to the back of your cardboard. 

Next-wrap your ribbon around your wreath and insert treats at every new wrap. Does that make sense?
Continue wrapping and inserting treats until your entire wreath is done. The last wrap will be the top of the wreath so make sure your ribbon is long enough to reach the back of the wreath. We don't want the end to show on the front. Use your glue gun to secure the edge. You can stop here, or to add an elegent touch, use an embellishment or a holiday pick to attach to the front top. I used 2 gold leaves and some gold balls. 

This is an easy way to include your pets in your holiday festivities. TIP-some animals have allergies to certain foods so remember to get hypoallergenic treats if needed. TIP-make sure these wreaths are out of reach of pets! We wouldn't want them to eat the ribbon or cardboard!!
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays to all! If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment and I will answer ASAP. 

Carpe Diem!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Ornament How To

Barb here - telling you how I made this ornament.  There are many ideas all over the net on how to decorate the glass bulbs you can buy at the craft stores.  This ornament is one I did this year.

This one of the flatter ornaments so the front surface is a good one to do some artwork on.

I first primed the glass with Gesso.  I had bought some clear Gesso and wanted to try that.  Here is what it looks like on the front of the ornament.

Not really that clear.  Hmmmm - false advertising.  I used regular Gesso on a page of a book and then stamped my snowman (Paper Smooches).

I colored the snowman with my Big Brush Pens from Faber Castell and carefully cut him out.  I used gel medium to put him on the front of my ornament.

Oops and once again I forgot to take pictures of what I did so get your imagination working here to see what I am talking about.  I used embossing paste and made a snowbank for my snowman to sit in.  I then used my distress paints and colored the sky.  After it was dry, I used a new stencil and made those random dots with more embossing paste.  I added some snowflake stickers I had.  I brushed the snowman and snowbank with a glitter and glass bead gel from Faber Castell.  I used more normal gel medium over the top of the sky to set the color and the stickers.

I decided I wanted to fill the bulb with some sparkly gift bag shreds.

Lucky me - I found 3 bags of these shreds in my supplies so guess I need to get busy and make some more ornaments.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.  Make sure you enter our monthly challenge.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mixed Media Mojo December Challenge

Welcome December!  I can't believe it's the holiday season already!  This month we are making mixed media projects for the winter holidays with a twist of ornaments.  Before we get to the beautiful creations of the design team let's announce our winner and Guest Designer for January from our November challenge!

And the winner is:  BECCA from The Damsel of Distressed!!  Becca we would love to have you as our Guest Designer for January!  Please contact Maria at riann1973 at yahoo dot com.

Now let's take a peek at what the DT Created this month:

Thanks for stopping by! I can't wait to see what you come up with this month!! And this month's winner will be our February Guest Designer!!