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Monday, March 30, 2015

Mixed Media MONDAY!!!!

Hello everyone!

Are you all good? ... Those lovely ladies in Victoria its day one of the school holidays! YIPPEE!! (not) ..... I don't know about you but my kids drive me CRAZZZYYY!!! When they are together for too long... LOL

Anyway, I am going to try try TRY my so very best to post a Mixed Media project every Monday ...

******* MIXED MEDIA MONDAY *******

I created this background a few weeks ago using some my awesome Dylusions Inks! I am so in LOVE with these sprays, they sit in a special place on my desk, right next to my yummy yummy all time favourite pencils ... drum roll .... PRISMACOLOR! ( the need a drum roll ). 
Enough of my craziness ....

I woke up this morning with a girl in my head, a sweet face with blue hair! So I made a coffee, and started to draw. "She" is what happened. No arms and all..... I love her ... "she" is different!

I drew her out using my Stabilo ALL pencil. This is such a cool pencil, it draws on plastic-metal-everything! Deb you need to get these in the shop! I suggest EVERYONE buys one of these pencils! ... They are pretty cent around $3 .....

Using my cheapy Paints, I started to add shadows to her face with Paynes Grey acrylic paint, then my mid-tones using my Delta Creamcoat Paint skin colour and then white for the high lights.
Don't you just love how the "background" colours still show through! ..... I finished her off with some blue hair and a funky pink dress!

I then stamped the edge with a Kaiser Craft background stamp, and coloured in some of the squares with my Fude Ball pen. I continued to "doodle" around the edges. Finishing off with my word "DIFFERENT".

Mixed Media Journal
Connie Hatch

    I hope you love her too!

Ok! .... I think its time for a little CHALLENGE!! ...... A Mixed Media challenge ..

A nice easy one to get you all started in the fun of Mixed Media.
I would like you to create a ....
using at least ....


EASY! .... I am sure I can russell up a prize!!! ...... Post your backgrounds on facebook and I will ask the wonderful Debbie to pick a WINNER!!!

See you later!

Connie ... xxx


Stabilo ALL Pencil
Cheapy Paint - Paynes Grey, Magenta, Ultramarine Blue, Turquoise
Kaiser Craft Paint - White
Delta Creamcoat Paint - Skin Colour
Dude Ball Pen

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bye Bye For Now

Hi everyone. I am sad to say today is my last post as a Deer Designer. I would love to thank Debbie for allowing me this awesome opportunity to be apart of her awesome little shop. This year as been a whirl wind so far with so many awesome opportunities for me and my creative hobby at the age of 14.

So today I thought I would share a Project Life layout. I love documenting my life every week with Project Life. I only started last year and I love how my style has changed.

Here is Week 9 2015 -

Right Side -

Left Side -

I used some of the very cute Project Life Desk Top Collection chipboard stickers.

I also did something a little different and added a shaker pocket but glued each sequin down.

Title Card -

I hope you all enjoyed my creations and got some inspiration from them. 

If you would like to follow my creative adventures make sure you check out my blog.

Lydia xxx

Instagram- lyd_gibson

Saturday, March 21, 2015



I am in love with our lovely Debbie (boss lady :)) bringing all the AWESOME mixed media products!!
I am so excited, and my bank account has taken a very hard hit, over the last few weeks. I just can't say no.

So today I am going to share with you a really quick Mixed Media page I have done in my art journal.
I love Dina Wakley! I have brought her new Mixed Media book - Art Journal Courage. I already had her first book -Art Journal Freedom, which is a great book if you are starting on your Mixed Media Journey. Her second book - Art Jounal Courage is even better.

So this art page is a lesson from Art Journal Courage.
I used a combination of acrylic paint, Dylusions Ink sprays and stencils to create my background
Messy FUN!

I decided for the next technique, instead of drawing my lady I would trace a lady I printed from Pinterest. This is a great technique for those who are just starting out, and THINK they can't draw! Everyone can draw. I promise.

Using a sheet of carbon paper, I trace around the printed image on a separate piece of watercolour paper, pressing fairly firm. I only traced the important details, don't worry about trying to get every line/mark.

Using my Stabilo ALL pencil, I went over again to give it a "scribble look". I also added her shoulders, neck line and dress details
Stabilo ALL pencil is water-soluble, so you can use a wet thin paint brush and go over the lines, to give it the painterly look!
I took my watercolour pencils - any brand will work, and added some colour to her hair, face and dress.
Fussy cut her out and glued her down on my background.
To help my lady to become apart of my page, I drew around the edges with my Stabilo ALL pencil and a wet paint brush. I also added a little more aqua and some grey paint. All I had to do now is add me journalling and I am done!

Art Journal Page by Connie Hatch
Inspired from Dina Wakley.

Don't you just love her!

If you would like to learn more Mixed Media Techniques, Please leave a comment or let Debbie know!



Acrylic Paint - Cheapy one - Medium Yellow, Turquoise, Paynes Grey and White
Stabilo ALL Pencil
Derwent Watercolour Pencils
Carbon Paper
Watercolour Paper
Standard Pencil - for tracing
Fude Ball Black Pen
Delusions Mixed Media Art Journal 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

DIY Tags

Hi everyone Lydia here to share 3 tags I made and embellished with the beautiful KaiserCraft collection 'All That Glitter'.

I didn't have any tags in my stash so I jumped on Pinterest to find a tag printable, but instead of printing them I traced them and cut them out on a cheap canvas pad paper from Kmart.

I then got my watercolours out and did some ombré effects on them to co-ordinate with the  'All That Glitter' collection embellishment pack. I also used some bits and pieces of gold from my study also.

And here are some close ups of the finished product.

I love how these simple and easy tags turned out.
Lydia xxx

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Happy Life

Hey everyone Lydia here sharing a 12x12 layout using the beautiful new KaiserCraft Sparkle! and All That Glitter.

I used all of the new Kaiser collection except the black Thickers, enamel dots and tiny word stickers.

I really like how it come together. this collection has all of my favorite colors so that is a bonus. 

These very cute butterflies are from the All That Glitter Collectables and I used magic mount foam to give them and the page a bit on dimension.

 for my layers I used a piece of paper from the All That Glitter 6x6 paper pad and I used 2 of the 6x4 cards from the Sparkle! Captured Moments Cards.

I hope you all have a great day.
Lydia xxx

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Long Weekend!

Here in Victoria, we had our Labor Day long weekend!

This was the weekend my hubby Mark ( <3 you to bits xxx ), fixed up an old pine dining table for my craft room!! And it looks awesome! ... I am so happy in my new space, I have heaps more desk space, which is what I have really needed.

Before  : 

After :

Sorry, iPhone photos :)

So this is why I am late AGAIN this week! 
So I decided to alter one of the many old books I have laying around! Every time I hit a vintage/op shop, I always come home with old books.
I was inspired by one of Maggie Holmes online classes. I love everything Maggie!

Using all the yummy Pretty Little Studio product and some other bits I had laying around, I have started my book. I haven't added my photos yet due to running out of paper for my Picture Mate. As I add more pages I will share the images I put in.

"Favourite Moments"


Inside cover

First page

Second page

 As I progress through my altered book I will share!

If you have any questions please leave a comment! Also if you would like me to do and more tutorials, let me know!

See you soon



Pretty Little Studio - Love This - 4x6 Pocket Cards
Pretty Little Studio - My Deer - Flair Buttons
Pretty Little Studio - Tickle Me - Paper Feathers
Pretty Little Studio - Perfect Match - 3x4 Pocket Cards
Pretty Little Studio - Conversation Hearts - Die Cuts
Dylusions - Ink Spray - Vibrant Turquoise
Doilie - Yellow - White, Green
Snap - Life Documented - 3x4 Pocket Cards
We R Memory Keepers - Studio Gold  - Teresa Collins - Instagram Cards
Dear Lizzy - Serendipity - Card Stock Shapes
Random - Paper Clips, Flowers, Vintage Paper (out of the book), Buttons, Veneer.

Lydia's March Inspiration

Morning everyone, I am here to share my take on this months challenge.

Use our logo as your inspiration... Create a 12x12 layout, Mixed Media project or a Pocket Page in these colours...

I loved using the logo as my inspiration as I love the colors and floral.

I knew exactly what products i was going use when I found out the challenge and that was Maggie Holmes Open Book Collection.

I love love love how this layout turned out. I love all the gold on this layout also.
 And a quick close up.

I cant wait to see all of your entries and I hope you got a little inspiration from my layout.

Have a great day 
Lydia xxx

Monday, March 9, 2015