Speed Craft Challenge Blog 11 - Sparkle and Shine!! Mixed media tag

Many of you that follow me know how much I love mixed media, especially the Prima Finnabair products! I love her style and the style of her design team, I took inspiration for this from Elena Morgun of the Sunshine Studio blog. If you've not seen her work check it out... seriously, you'll never be disappointed.

I've tried to encapsulate her style for this challenge, and I wanted to prove (to myself more than anything) that mixed media can be done in a quicker time. So here is what I accomplished in 15 minutes:

Can you see all that beautiful sparkle? 
15 min tag to enter to challenge

I wasn't entiiiiiirely happy with the tag at this stage so I did go back and do some more to it but this is it after 15 minutes... Didn't think it was too bad for after quarter of an hour - lol

Desk before - got out all the things I could potentially need.

Straight after - as soon as the alarm went I stepped away and then took a picture before going to the  light box :) 

Anyway, as I said I wasn't entirely happy so I went away and played some more and this is the finished result:

I applied some extra gesso, which is something I love to do to knock back and then add colour but didn't have time for before. I added some extra paint, some glitter, some buttons and some of those little gem things. :)

I spend one evening every month or so and go die cutting crazy and store them up. So I used two leaves from that stash and I keep my wax paper die cuts so a couple of those got used here. Hope this doesn't go against me for this challenge... :/

So mixed media can be done quickly, I learnt a few things though...:

  • Ensure your glue tip isn't stuck with glue, for quick access.
  • You have clean paint brushes to hand
  • Use super glue or hot glue
  • Make sure your mini misters are already filled
  • Have an idea in mind (I was thinking about the style the night before)
  • Keep all your products close to hand that you want to use
  • Baby wipes out and ready

At one point it was crazy, I had the heat gun in one hand drying and a baby wipe cleaning my stencil in the other!! :)

If I could do this again I think I would have done it on white, I was hoping the gold sparkle paste would pop more on the black, but I think the rest of the design suffered for it. However, I had amazing fun doing this, I love the pressure of just 'doing' rather than umm-ing and ahh-ing all the time over the composition. You just have to run with what you start and it's very refreshing.

I'd like to enter this (15 min tag) over at the Speed Craft Challenge Blog for their Sparkle and Shine Challenge. :) Hope this counts for it!!

Hope you're all having a great start to the week


  1. This is fabulous and sounds as though you had fun too! Love all your fab additions!! I really do intend trying speed crafting!! Chrisx
    ps Off to look at the hare I saw on my phone!!!

  2. Hi Georgie, our rules allow you to gather your supplies before you start the clock, no matter what they are. Die cuts take up too much time out of your 15 minutes so you are allowed to do them before. This allows you more time for your paints etc, hope that clarifies things for you.

    Stunning Tag, love what you have created in the 15 minutes full of sparkle and shine!

    Thank you for joining in with our Challenge and we hope to see you play again soon.

    DT Speed Craft Challenge

  3. Great tag Georgie! Amazing in the time and stunning colour choices. Nikki xx

  4. I like it. I like it a lot. ;)

  5. Wow Georgie, this is incredible! I think the black looks great as the background, it really makes the gold and purple pop!! What an amazing tag, I can't believe you did this in 15 minutes, wow! Talented lady! hugs until next time :)

    1. Hi Georgie, I was going to email you, but I can't find a contact button. If you don't mind, could you email me? pamellia1162@gmail.com

  6. Wowzers! 15 minutes! Fabulous job! This is beautiful!

  7. Wow - that's a fabulous 15 minute tag - what lovely shimmery embellishing over the funky background!
    Alison xx

  8. Oh my! Georgie, this is a real stunner and a perfect example how mixed media can be done fast! You have perfectly explained what I have been trying to explain in your post and that made me very happy! Big thumbs up! Thank you so much for playing along our challenge at Speed Craft! Ingrid xx

  9. Such a fabulous tag, can see the influence....I adore Finn and her teams style and funnily enough had just been looking at the beautiful canvas video by Elena on the blog. This tag is just wonerful....and in just over 15 mins...hugs Ruth x

  10. I say you capsulated her perfectly, Georgie! Next time we'd love a video of you with the speed heating in one hand and wiping in the other in a controlled frenzy!! You give new meaning to the determination of "An Artist At Work!" Well done!! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

  11. WOW!! 15 minutes!!!! I can spend 15 minutes just thinking what to do, well done you!! Hugs Lori x

  12. Absolutely stunning Georgie - you created a gorgeous tag. I love how you explained the whole process so beautifully in your post. Thanks so much for joining in our Speed Craft Challenge and we hope you will join in again.

    With smiles
    Laine K
    DT Speed Challenge

  13. Congratulations on your win - did I say I thought it was fabulous??!!! Hugs,Chrisx