Monday, 23 April 2018

Mixed media tag... "Grapevine"


Hi everyone...
It's a long time since I've been here. Many things have changed... many projects were created. 
If you would like to see them please visit my Instagram

The most important thing however... at least for me... 
is the fact that I started to create more again. Not because I "have to" but because I "want to"
...and believe me, there's a massive difference between the two.

In the last few days I dusted my mixed media products down and I have to admit 
I've missed them a lot!!!... the smell, the texture, the colours... the endless possibilities... 

... and I created a mixed media tag :)


As a base I used chipboard tag which I primed with white gesso. 
I dyed it with a heat gun and started to "build" my wall.
To do that I used pre-cut chipboard bricks and gel medium. 
Then I added some texture to my tag and wall with texture, sand and crackle pastes
and left them to dry naturally. 
After that the fun began... adding a colour to my brick wall. 
I used several colours from several companies. 
I was adding and removing colours until I was happy with the final result.  


My grape leaves were made from green foamiran. 
I cut them out using a metal die and shaped them. I covered them with vanish 
because I wanted to use sprays and inks to age them as well.


When I decided where my grape branch would be, I started to make a grapevine 
using art stones and gel medium. After it dried, I coloured it 
with paint and sprays.


To add more character to my wall and age it even more, I used green reindeer moss
which I pressed between the bricks. It was time consuming but worth the effort
as I really really like the final look.

To make my grape branch more realistic I used curly moss to create tendrils.


As a final touch I added a street sign embellishment and decorated it with more moss
et voila... my mixed media tag was ready :)

It took quite a while to create it, especially by leaving everything to dry naturally,
however I enjoyed every minute of it and I am sure it is not my last mixed media project.
Quite the opposite to be honest 
as mixed media gives me endless possibilities to create & experiment 
and I have still so much to learn and discover!

I hope you like my mixed media tag "Grapevine".
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you will visit me again.
Have a great day, M. xxx  

Friday, 8 September 2017

Mini rose stem...

Hi everyone!
I was playing a lot with a silk foam lately (foamiran)
so I decided to use regular this time :)


I cut petals out using Craft Passion Flower Set 04
and coloured them with Gallery Oil Pastels.


It's not a secret that olive green is my favourite colour 
out of all the green foamiran sheets available on the market, 
so of course I used it to make rose leaves. 


I didn't plan to make a stem... the idea was to use all elements on the card
which is why I didn't really put much attention to detail when choosing wires lol 
Tried to mask it a little with olive green florist tape 
but as you can see I failed miserably due to being impatient as well...
not gonna lie ;)
Next time I'll be better ;)

All products are available in my shop


Thank you so much for your time and I hope you will visit me again :)
Have a lovely weekend,
M. xxx

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Workshops for Beginners...



FOAMIRAN FLOWERS MAKING WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS🎉

on 30th of September 2017 in Nuthall, Nottingham (NG16 1DP, J26 of the M1) 
with me :)

NUMBER OF PLACES IS LIMITED!!!

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You will learn step-by-step how to make these beautiful flowers from scratch and more!!!
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Time: 9am - 1pm
Price: £25
Foamiran 0.6mm & 0.8mm
All materials provided, except scissors, glue gun and iron (please bring these with you)

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VENUE: 
Nuthall Parish Council Temple Centre
44 Nottingham Rd
Nuthall
Nottinghamshire
NG16 1DP
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For more details please email: handmadebymonia@hotmail.co.uk 
and type the subject as “Workshops for beginners” 
or send a message on my Facebook Page Handmade by Monia.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Let's get Vintage...

Hi everyone :)
I hope you have had a nice day so far.

From the moment I saw gorgeous flowers on Ala Alina Facebook page
I wanted to make a similar one...
...and I did :)


It took a while to even try because I am not confident with silk foamiran
as I would like to be. However it is not as bad as I thought :)


To colour my leaves and petals I used mix of Gallery oil and dry pastels.


I'm not entirely happy with the way the leaves turned out
however Im sure if I practice I can make them the way I want them :)


All product I used are available in my shop 


Thank you so much for your time 
and I hope you like my Vintage rose :)



Friday, 18 August 2017

One colour... so many possibilities :)

Hi :) 
It's Friday!!!

White foamiran, one oil pastel...
so many possibilities ;)




I used:


All these products you can find in my shop at

Have a fabulous weekend!!!
Thank you for your time, 
M. xxx

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Tag & foamiran flowers

Hi everyone :)
Finally I decided to use some of these flowers I made over the last few weeks
and a tag was something I wanted to do for a quite a while
but I didn't have time :)


and Studio 75 paper 01 from Mr & Mrs Black collection.
I think they look amazing together :)


I stitched the edges by hand as Im not very good with sewing machine.
Need practice more lol

I love chipboards... right after foamiran ;)
This time I chose Anemone - Vintage Birdcage


Of course I decorated my tag with foamiran flowers... lots of them :)
I cut them out with CraftPassion dies - Flower Set 03 and Flower Set 04.


I coloured just a large flower... with a pink oil pastel. 
To made rest of them I simply used different colours of foamiran... nothing more:
white, rich yellow, mocha, flesh tone, peach, salmon and olive green for leaves.
I added stamens as well... matt stamens, glass stamens and decorative plastic stamens.


I finished my tag with natural sisal, sparkly flower centre 10mm and gems.
I hope you like it :) 

Products are available in my shop - Love to Craft & Create


Thank so much for stopping by :)
Please let me know what you think about my tag in a comment section below :*
Have a lovely day,
M. xxx