Thursday, November 23, 2017

Scrap the boys November challenge

I haven't done a challenge at Scrap the Boys for a few months now, not from want of doing, it's been a time thing. This month however, I had some time to do the challenge, and I loved this challenge. I love colour challenges, they are so versatile.
How awesome are these colours for boys? 
I decided to just stick to traditional scrapping for this challenge. I mean to say, we have so many papers and embellishments to use, we should use them, so that's what I did. The photo is of great nephew Hendrix on his first birthday. I really love how all of these colours worked together. 
Cake smash

More than Words challenge November

I managed to have a go at the November challenge at More than words, and it was a fabulous challenge:
I have had this photo of this old abandoned dinghy in my stash for a while, wondering how to scrap it. The dinghy has it's own story, I don't know what that is, but if you use your imagination, you could try to work it out. 
Anyway, this challenge was perfect for this photo. I used a woodgrain paper as a background, and the outdoors concept was about the dinghy. I tucked a lot of different elements into spaces on the layout, and tore some corrugated cardboard as well, which added to that woodgrain effect. The addition of the clocks on the layout helps to add to the mystery of the old dinghy. 
I really had a lot of fun just playing and creating this layout. 
Thanks for the challenge.
By the sea

Kraft Plus November challenge

Wow, what a challenge this one is at Kraft plus for November:
So many ideas, so many different things that could have been used. 
When I was looking at my photos for this challenge, I came across this photo, which I have been waiting to scrap, also wondering how I could scrap it. Perfect opportunity. 
The photo was taken at a class with the talented Louise Nelson, when she was here in Melbourne. A group of my friends and I attended her all day classes, and it was fabulous. This photo was taken during our lunch break, Louise photo bombed the photo with myself and Sonia. It was a lol moment. 
So on my layout, I used BIG letters to create my title. I created a thinga-me-bob, one of Lou's techniques, and had to be included on my layout. I love how different this layout is, it's so different to anything I normally do. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

CSI colour challenge November

So for November at CSI, the new case file is all about autumn.

This would have to be my favourite time of the year. I love the colours of autumn, it's usually just the right temperature, and there is no polllen to cause hay fever. It is just so pretty.
My layout is about a town that my husband and I visited in Autumn, called Walhalla. The colours were perfect.
My background was created using Tim Holtz distress oxides to get the right colours. For the evidence some white rub ons. I used some chipboard leaves to the side of the photos, some die cut flowers and skeleton leaves. The Charms Creations DIY chevron was also another perfect bit of evidence, I coloured this with oxides.
My testimony was the journaling about Autumn in Walhalla, and I created the title by die cutting some acetate that I had coloured with alcohol inks.

Show Us Your Stuff November challenge

It's time for the new challenge at Show Us Your Stuff for November. Can you believe it is the nearly the end of the year? I can't.
I must say this was a fun challenge, trying to see how much metal stuff I could put onto my layout. I am surprised at just how much we have to play with. 
So my colour inspiration really came from the photo itself, they it was a matter of placing down the metal. I recently obtained some metal chipboard shapes - stars and arrows - they were totally perfect for this layout. I added some wire which has been stuck down with staples, a heart paper clip, brads (remember them?), silver paint. I die cut the title out of some silver paper. The final addition to the layout was the Charms Creations glitter heavenly heart
The cutest face

Scrap the Girls November challenge

November is here and it is time for a new challenge at Scrap the Girls.
I didn't have a photo to use of just shoes, so I used a photo from my 50th birthday, highlighting my shoes that I wore. My outfit for my 60's theme party was really based around my $20 bargain platform shoes I found whilst out shopping one day. 
I created my layout, by using Tim Holtz distress oxides, and then stencilling over that. I tried to use a stencil pattern that looked a bit similar to the pattern in my dress. 
As there was so much colour in the photo, I wanted to get this into my layout, and added that in the chipboard and die cut flowers. The Charms Creations DIY heavenly heart was perfect for this layout, as I was able to colour it with the oxides. The final addition to the layout was the chipboard shoe from Scrap FX which I sprayed with gesso. 
This is another funky layout that has been added to my crazy album from my party. It's a fun album to look at. 
It's all about the shoes

White with 1 November challenge

So it is November, and the year has flown. With the new month, the challenge is here for White with 1 :
Now ordinarily I don't scrap much with yellow. I loved this one though, it made for a fun layout, and very summery. 
I started with some colour using Tim Holtz oxides on the white cardstock. I then added some  patterned paper, and texture paste randomly over this. I then stamped using archival ink and also did some embossing. I framed the photo, with a cute little wood veneer frame, and then added anything yellow that worked, including a little pineapple, coz why not. 
I love how this turned out, considering I don't much do yellow.
At the Beach

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Scrap Matrix guest designer share - Art journal double page spread

Hi everyone, I am back with my second share for October for Scrap Matrix as a guest designer. This has been a real privilege, thanks Vicki.
So, for my second share, I have an art journal creation. I am reasonably new to art journaling, so still finding my feet with it. I loved doing this one though, as the products I used are just so much fun.
I really love the 13 Arts ayeeda watercolour powders, and this was the main feature used on my art journal spread.

With these powders, the more water added, the more dilute the solution, and with less water the more intense the colour.

So with the sky blue, I spread this over my art journal page, adding water as I went, adding more powder – even to the page, and continued spreading it until I was happy with the look I was achieving. I dried it in between layers, to be able to add more intensity in some areas.

I added splashes of water to the layers as well, to create some spots on the spread colour.

I used the most basic of tools for my art journal, grabbing the trusty paper tool, and I removed sections of colour as well, as really wanted some differentiation on the pages.

Once I was happy with the layers, and after drying them all off, I then added some more intense colour with a spray in the mini mister, as I wanted to create some flowers.

I then started to bring in the brown watercolour as well.

After I was happy with the background colour, I sealed it with some clear gesso.
I grabbed my white sharpie and gel pens, and started to draw circular shapes onto the pages.

I cut out some circular shapes from some leftover Blue Fern Studio patterned paper, and added this to the pages.

The next step was to do some random stamping around the pages.

I mixed the blue and brown watercolour mixtures to make a greenish colour, adding another colour tone to the pages, and painted the stamped images with this and also with the straight diluted colours.

To then added some plasterers tape, 7 Dots Studio Lost and Found elements and word stickers.

To complete the pages, I grabbed some Art Alchemy acrylic paint, and randomly painted this around the paper flowers.

So the completed art journal pages were a complete surprise to me, how the watercolour powders would work with techniques I used. It was a completely random process, and a great way to explore some very fun products.

Art journal spread

Products used: 
Art journal
13 Arts Studio Ayeeda watercolour powders
Prima Finnabair clear gesso
Blue Fern Studio Wanderlust patterned paper
Blue Fern Studio Departure stamp
Stampin Up Reason to Smile stamps
Stampin Up Fast and Fabulous Stamps
Dina Wakely stamp set
Ranger Archival ink
Plasterers tape
7 Dots Studio Lost and Found Elements
7 Dots Studio Lost and Found word stickers

Prima Art Alchemy acrylic paint

Saturday, October 21, 2017

More Than Words October challenge

I have managed to have a go at the October challenge at More Than Words:
What a lovely challenge, and how versatile this is. 
I have interpreted my layout a little differently, using the strong contrast of the brick wall in the background of the photo, with the delicate kiss between this couple on their wedding day. This is what led me to create the layout as I have. I have used a cobblestone/brick stencil and texture paste, to create the look from the brick wall in the photo. However, I needed to add delicacy, so I have done this with a lace patterned paper, stamping of flowers around the page, lace transparency, the butterflies, bird and flowers fussy cut from patterned paper. I have also used a small and delicate title, so it doesn't overtake the photo. 
The fabric component to my layout is the lace tucked in around the papers, lace leaves and organza flowers. 
A perfect moment

Friday, October 20, 2017

Kraft plus October challenge

The challenge for October at Kraft plus is just fantastice, and what a great way to use up some supplies from your stash. This time it is the clear stuff - you know acrylics, transparencies etc:
I just love this challenge, so much fun. 
I had this awesome photo of my great nephew Rome, sitting in a tub of water, which was perfect for this challenge. 
I was inspired by guest designer Alison Callcott, who used some clear embossing powder, and used some on mine, in the way of splats, you can just see them most of them were covered by the photo - oops. 
I also used transparencies, there is a 6 x 4 size over the photo, plus some circle shaped ones, to which I then applied some acrylic circles - which I applied some alcohol ink to, to make them blue. I also cut up some bits of bubble wrap, and added them, to appear like drops of water - I saw this done at a retreat I attended earlier in the year - fabulous idea (can't remember who did it though, to credit them). 
I completed my layout, by adding a Charms Creations O (from the XO sets).
I love how this turned out, I think I pretty much covered the clear component. 
Thanks for another great challenge. 
Water Baby

Monday, October 16, 2017

Scrap Matrix guest DT layout for October challenge - watercolours and words - This moment captured

Hi everyone, I am sharing my first Scrap Matrix guest post. I am so pleased to have been chosen as a guest designer for Scrap Matrix , and have this layout to share with you, for the Watercolour and words challenge for October.
As I was searching the store for products, I came across the awesome Blue Fern Studio Wanderlust patterned papers, and knew this was where I wanted to start my layout for the Watercolour and Words challenge. I had a photo from my 2016 holiday in Hawaii just perfect for the layout, and these papers were so right for the photo. I tore the edges of the papers and layered 3 different sheets together to create the background.  I also stamped on the papers just a little, using the Blue Fern Studio departure stamp.
This Moment Captured

I chose some 13arts rainbow watercolour powders, for the watercolour component to the challenge. These products are new to me, and I have to say, are now a new favourite product, so will need to get a few more colours. I chose sky blue and brown, as they were going to match the papers nicely.
I purchased  a Blue Fern Studio chipboard title for my layout, which I firstly sprayed with gesso, then started to colour with the watercolour powders.

You only need a small amount of the powders, and the more water you add the lighter the colour. I had a couple of different puddles of colour tones that I used to colour my elements.

I purchased some dried roots, that were available in ecru, which I coloured with the watercolour powders, both by painting on and spraying (adding powder and water into mini mister) , and then tucked the roots in around the paper layers:

I stamped some flowers onto watercolour paper, using an archival ink. I then blended the powders adding more water or powder, as required to colour the flowers from light to darker.

I die cut the flowers, and placed these around my layout, surrounding my photo with them:

This challenge is also about words, so I purchased some 7 Dots Studio lost and found word stickers, and scattered these around the layout, including as part of the title.

My journaling was typed onto some cardstock, but I didn’t like the colour match, so I just added a little of the watercolour paper to the cardstock, to allow it to match the rest of the layout.

I had  a lot of fun with these gorgeous products. Make sure you take a look around the Scrap Matrix shop for some really cool products. Thanks to Vicki and the team for having me as guest designer.
I hope you have enjoyed my creative process. If you would like to see more of my work, take a look at my blog here.
Products used:
Blue Fern Studio Wanderlust patterned papers
13 Arts Studio rainbow colour watercolour powders
Ranger archival ink
Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms stamps
Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms die
Blue Fern Studio Departure stamp
7 Dots Studio Lost and Found stickers
7 Dots Studio Lost and Found elements
Blue Fern Studio chipboard title
UsARtQuest Prills
Prima Archivist flowers
Prima flowers - other
Dried roots – ecru