Sunday, October 14, 2012


Hello all!

Well, the big day is here at last.  The very auspicious and grand opening of the first challenge at Eclectic Ellapu  - big fanfare and lots of cheering!
    This fab and funky brand new challenge blog is all about having fun.  The word 'eclectic' means 'composed of elements drawn from various sources' so it's not just a card blog but of course cards are welcome, as is anything else that links up to each week's theme. 

                        There are 2 teams - pink and purple - which means each team will get a week off between challenges.  I am on the pink team (appropriately enough given my blog name!) and we kick off the challenges with that all round favourite 'Anything Goes'.  I hope you will head on over to the  EE challenge blog  to check out the rest of the wonderful DT's work once you have finished here.

            As much as I love doing cards, there are so many other areas of art and craft that I enjoy and I am hoping to use EE as a springboard into doing more of this.  With that in mind, I decided to do a mixed media canvas for this first challenge.  I used one of my own digis from LilyPink Designs at CYDI which I printed into sticky back canvas, fussy cut and then coloured with Copics.

            The canvas itself, I painted with some Claudine Hellmuth Studio acryclic paints and added some dylusions ink sprays over that (they're so bright and zingy, I love them!).
                                I then got messy and added bits of text paper, inked through stencils, used bubble wrap and bottle lids as stamps and played with the background until I was happy :)  The canvas image was stuck down and I added some letters, cut using my Cameo to make the quote from Alice in Wonderland.  The actual size of the canvas is 10" x 8" which is a good size to start with if you want to play with some mixed media - I can highly recommend it as it is such good fun getting inky and painty!
The finished project.
Thanks for sticking with me on this rather long post and please do go and take a peek at the fabulous projects from the rest of the Pink DT at Eclectic Ellapu.
I would like to link this up to the Inspire Me Fridays linky party and enter into the Anything Goes challenge at and the harvest moon challenge at .
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Theresa said...

I love this Dawn! Isn't it great to do something a bit different now and then? I didn't even know you could do Copics on sticky back canvas - I've got a whole package, so I will have to give that a try. Big hugs to you!

NanaConnie said...

This is so marvelous, Dawn! Love how the background turned out -- bright, bold colors and such a great way to set off the teacups. Fabulous fussy cutting!

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

Dawn, what more can I say apart from this project is so colourful and cheerful. I love the idea of canvas and I may just have to have a go myself. I am honoured and blessed to have you on my team of ECLECTICS. Much hugz and love
Elaine xx

Sue said...

This is stunning, I love the colours and and wonderful design


Laurian said...

Fabulous Dawn! Love the zingy colours and the teacups are fantastic, its great to start with something different and I look forward to seeing many more!



butterfly said...

Brilliant card - absolutely love your background, and the teetering pile of cups is a great image, looking great in all those zingy colours! Congratulations on your first piece for the new challenge blog!
Alison x

Linda Palmer said...

This is fantastic Dawn. Love the colors you chose and I love the background you made. I can't wait to see what else you come up with.

May said...

Brilliant canvas... WOW!!! love it! This is your digi boy!! I'm heading over to your store asap.. Love the image.. fabulous colours, great design & detail.. The background is amazing... Hugs May x x x

Chana Malkah said...

So very creative! I really, really like your card! Your background is "sweet". Thanks for sharing the details. I can't wait to see more of your work! So glad to be on this team with you and all the other talented designers!


Bernardine Cuttino said...

Fabulous technique, beautiful design and fabulous coloring and the background is simply incredible. Gorgeous card!

Andria said...

Wow - Dawn, this canvas is fantastic, ou creativity is inspirational to me and I'm hoping to learn more from you and pluck up the courage to think outside the (card)box myself and give something like this a go.


Patricia said...

Dawn, this is the cutest canvas ever! Love it!

Tracy said...

Mixed media really is fun isn't it. :-) I like how you used the sticky backed canvas for your image. Great idea since it will take the ink. Beautiful project Dawn. Congrats on your new team! Hugs!

Peanut said...

Another fussy-cutter! Yay! I'm not weird after all! LOL! Adorable project, Dawn...and I'll have mine white, no sugar...thank you very much! ;-D

Anonymous said...

Love the backing paper and image, thanks for sharing at craftymess.

Kathi said...

Wow. Totally fabulous canvas. I love your digis and that amazing background that you created.

Penny said...

Gosh, Dawn, your post isn't long. (Of course, I am comparing it to my novellas--LOL!) Hey, congrats on the new DT--and this is right up your creative alley, so to speak. I love this mixed media piece--it is such a great collage of color and images. A fabulous design! :^)
Hugs, Penny

ursula Uphof said...

Love your project Dawn and that digi is asorable, love anything with cuos, not the greates tea drinker though!, hugs, Ursula

Sandra said...

Wow Dawn, this looks so nice!!
Great colors and so creative!!

Unknown said...

Such a lovely entry, thank you for playin with us at craftymess challenge blog

Judie xx

Tina said...

I LOVE LOVE THIS!!! I MUST try it!! Fab!

Tarnished Rose said...

This is wonderful! Great use of the colors of our Challenge. Thank you so much for joining in at SoArtful.