Monday, 5 November 2018

November Guest Designer ..... Caroline

We are super excited to have Caroline join us in the month of  November where she will bring to you an amazing array of mixed media / off the page artwork.

We originally found Caroline over on Instagram and spotted this beautiful seahorse mixed media project.

Please make her feel welcome as you are in for a treat with her designs. We have already gotten to have a sneak peak and OH MY! Love !!!!

Hello! I’m Caroline, a southern girl born in Alabama, raised in Tennessee, but with Australian citizenship. (Thanks, Mom!) I dabbled in scrapbooking in 2002, but lost interest a year or so later. I never really considered myself a crafty person, until the spring of 2016, when I went online to look for a tutorial for making paper flowers. I ended up falling down the YouTube rabbit hole, first learning quilling, then art journaling, mixed media and card making. My favorite things to make are off-the-page mixed media projects, but I do enjoy making cards for friends and family as well. I’m always willing to try new techniques, since I still feel like I’m a beginner in the crafty world. I hope we can inspire each other!

I’m super excited and honored to have been invited to be a guest designer for WOW! Embossing Powder! For my first project, I decided to get into the Christmas spirit a little and make an altered embroidery hoop.

I took a 5-inch wooden hoop and painted it first with white gesso, then with Vintage Photo and Picket Fence Distress Paints. With my finger, I rubbed a little bit of Brushed Iron and Vintage Gold wax here and there to give the hoop a distressed look. 

I cut a circle of dark blue scrapbook paper to use as my backing. I took the Hero Arts Starry Night Background stamp and stamped it using the WOW! Embossing Pad. Now, my plan here was to use Clear Sparkle embossing powder to give the background a subtle pattern. But I accidentally grabbed the Sparkling Snow powder instead. In the end, I rather liked the sparkly white powder as it reminded me a bit of swirling snow, so I kept it. I then attached the circle to the back of the hoop with glue and left it to dry.

I die cut my candles using the Tim Holtz Candlelight Bigz Die with thick watercolor paper. I also cut the candles out of regular white cardstock so I could layer them to make them a bit thicker. I applied Distress Oxide inks in Antique Linen, Bundled Sage and Vintage Photo to give them a bit of color. For the flames I used Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade. I also added some WOW! Unicorn Magic embossing powder to give the flames a bit of sparkle. 

The greenery was die cut using the Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens and Spring Greenery dies. I embossed the greenery with Metalline Greengage and Kiwi Krush and the branches with Metallic Copper. At the ends of the berries I added a dollop of glue and sprinkled on some Coral Beach Sparkles glitter. 

I attached a piece of jeweled tulle at the bottom of my hoop, then glued the candles on using foam tape. From there I layered my greenery and branches until I was happy with the placement. I still felt it needed a little something, so I die cut the Small Blooming Poinsettia from Poppystamps and heat embossed it with Red Glitz from WOW! 

To finish off the hoop, I added a little child from the Tim Holtz Christmas Paper Dolls and a sentiment sticker from the Tim Holtz Small Talk Occasions. I tied a piece of plaid ribbon to the top of the hoop and my project was done!

Thank you to the WOW! team for letting me play along this month!

WOW embossing powders: 

Other supplies: 
  • Vintage Photo Distress Paint — [SBcom] [SSS]
  • Picket Fence Distress Paint — [SBcom] [SSS]
  • Brushed Iron wax — [SBcom] [SSS]
  • Vintage Gold wax — [SBcom] [SSS]
  • Hero Arts Starry Night background stamp — [SBcom] [SSS]
  • Tim Holtz Candlelight Bigz die — [Amazon]
  • Antique Linen Distress Oxide — [SBcom] [SSS]
  • Bundled Sage Distress Oxide — [SBcom] [SSS]
  • Vintage Photo Distress Oxide — [SBcom] [SSS]
  • Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide — [SBcom] [SSS]
  • Mustard Seed Distress Oxide — [SBcom] [SSS]
  • Tim Holtz Mini Holiday Greens — [SBcom] [SSS]
  • Tim Holtz Spring Greenery — [Amazon]
  • Poppystamps Small Blooming Poinsettia — [SSS] [123Stitch]
  • Tim Holtz Christmas Paper Dolls — [SBcom] [SSS]


  1. Welcome Caroline, and this is very pretty with the candles and foliage and the sweet little lady too, and lots of sparkle. x

  2. Caroline this is gorgeous, I would definitely say you are not a beginner in the crafty world lol. I just found the next 6 WOW! Embossing powders to go on my "must have" list, everything in your project is stunning. I am definitely going to try something like this asap. Thank you for sharing and the amazing inspiration. I look forward to seeing more of your projects. (

    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I still feel like I have a lot to learn when it comes to crafting though! :)


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