Monday, 25 September 2017

We Were Here | Scrap the Boys September Challenge

Hi everyone! September means Fathers Day here in Australia (not sure about other parts of the world - when is it celebrated where you are?) and so we at Scrap the Boys are celebrating dads - with this as our September challenge...

I couldn't resist the opportunity to scrap some photos I had of my hubby and one of our boys on a ride together at an amusement park. This was the first time the boys were tall enough to go on some of the "big" rides, and even though the other one wasn't too keen, Hunter couldn't wait to get on it with his dad. He was so proud to sit up beside him like a big boy.

I started this layout with a sheet of white cardstock and brushed it with Colour Blast 'Peacock' Colour Shimmer Dust that I had mixed with water. I then added some stamping using a couple of my favourite stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps. Next, I took my Colour Blast 'Royalty' Colour Paste and a Dusty Attic stencil and applied some rich, vibrant texture to my page. I topped that off with a liberal "drizzle" of yellow Flutter Colour paint and set it aside to dry.

The next step was to add some layers and create a mat for my photo strip to sit on. I gathered together an assortment of items including some Flutterby Designs Everyday Etc filler cards that I cut into assorted shapes and sizes; a die cut glitter polaroid frame; frayed gauze; and black cotton thread.

I then set about adding my embellishments. I used some phrases cut from Flutterby Designs Snippet Strips to help convey the theme of my page as well as contributing some extra pops of yellow. Alongside my photo I added a handmade super star from Charms Creations, which I topped with a Flutterby Designs flair button. (Charms stars + flair buttons = can't go wrong!)

Finally, I added a Flutterby Designs wood veneer title and some tiny stars, all of which I coloured black using a Sharpie pen. I also added a few stamped phrases and my handwritten journaling and I was done!

I hope you will play along with us at Scrap the Boys this month. (You can scrap any "dad" you like - it could your dad, your husband, your grandad or just your take on the Fathers Day theme - as long as you are scrapping boys!) You have until the end of the month to get your entries linked up and be in the running for a fabulous prize.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Love You | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone! Today I have my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studio design team project to share with you featuring the beautiful 'Wild at Heart' collection, and a photo of me with my three children. (All looking in the same direction AND smiling - it's a photographic miracle! haha)

Knowing in my head I wanted to add some mixed media to my creation, I started my layout with a sheet of white cardstock, then added vertical strips of both the 'Bohemian' and 'Patchwork' papers to define the focal area of my page.

I then added a mat for my photo cut from the beautiful marbled print side of the 'Grow Wild' paper and some frayed gauze for subtle texture.

Next, I took a sheet of the gorgeous floral 'Memento' paper and fussy cut several large floral pieces from it. I used these to tuck around my photo, and also to create to focal anchor point in two of the diagonally opposing corners. This helped bring balance and flow to my design. I then used Colour Blast 'Blush' Colour Shimmer Cube to highlight and extend on each of the floral pieces. I also added add some soft splatters around my page using the coordinating 'Blush' Colour Shimmer Spray.

For the cluster in the bottom right corner, I topped the floral piece with one of the rubber charms and a small heart from the chipboard accent stickers sheet. For the top left cluster, I added a small heart from the die cut ephemera pack. I also added a sentiment from the ephemera pack directly onto my photo.

I used the large love you from the chipboard accent stickers as my layout title, adhering it directly below my photo and emphasising it with a die cut ephemera frame that I cut into pieces.

To finish off, I added a beautiful butterfly from the ephemera pack and then I left it at that. I was really happy with the soft, understated result of this page.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today so I could share this with you. I will be back in a couple of weeks with another project to share. Until then, happy scrapping! X

Monday, 18 September 2017

Friends Are the Family We Choose | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone! Popping in today to share my latest design team project created for Flutterby Designs. Today I have a 12x12" mixed media layout featuring a couple of photos of the Flutterby boss lady (AKA Neet) and I that were taken at the 'Create by the Lake' retreat back in July. (These photos were taken late at night, when we were channeling our inner Freddie Mercury.) I don't really have to say anything else about the story behind these photos - I think the title says it all for me.

"Friends Are the Family We Choose"

I started this page by brushing some Colour Blast black heavy gesso onto my white cardstock, then smeared some Colour Blast 'Envy' Colour Paste around randomly with a palette knife. Next, I used my Flutterby 'Stargazed' stencil to apply some texture paste; then topped it all off with a good drizzle of 'Green Limousine' Flutter Colour paint. I then set it aside to dry thoroughly.

The next step in my process was to create a mat for my photos, so I used an assortment of Everyday Etc filler cards, which I cut into pieces and layered together. I topped that with some frayed gauze and a page tab before mounting my photos on top.

I then started adding my embellishments to my layout. I used the friends are the family we choose wood veneer (unfortunately no longer available) for my title, which I painted with 'Tropicana Teal' Flutter Colour paint, before adding some white highlights with a paint pen. Above it, I added the let's flock together black Tiny Sticky Quote.

Alongside my photos I added a small cluster that included the awesome ticket from the 'Xtreme Teen' ticket pack; the hashtag sticker from the 'Xtreme Teen' Sticky Quotes sheet; some messy cotton thread and a cute camera flair button.

Below my photo I added the parental advisory sticker (also from the 'Xtreme Teen Sticky Quotes); which I framed with a large wood veneer circle (coloured white with a paint pen). I also added a few other painted wood veneer circles to my page to help keep my design balanced.

The quote in the top right hand corner of my page was cut from one of the 'Partners in Crime' Everyday Etc cards (THE perfect set for funny photos with friends!) I then added a Charms Creations handmade star; a few star stickers from the 'Xtreme Teen' Sticky Quotes sheet; and some scattered enamel dots.
To finish off, I added a few stamped phrases, the date and a few splatters of Colour Blast 'Lagoon' Colour Spray.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. If you think you might like to join in on the fun at the 2018 'Create by the Lake' retreat, registrations have already opened! Head over to the Flutterby Facebook page for more details.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Thursday, 14 September 2017

True Friend Canvas | Colour Blast

Hi everyone! I am here today to share my latest design team project - a mixed media canvas I created for Colour Blast. I was inspired to create this because I wanted to make a decor piece to showcase the beautiful quote featured in the centre.

I started my project with the quote card (which was cut from an Everyday Etc card from Flutterby Designs); and a 6x6" blank canvas. Despite the fact the surface was pre-primed; I covered it with black heavy gesso using a foam paint brush, as I needed a dark background for my design concept.
*Design tip - when painting on a canvas, don't forget to paint down the sides as well - it helps when your project isn't always viewed from front on to carry the theme over the edges*

Once my gesso had dried, I took my canvas outside and spritzed it all over with Bling Colour Shimmer Spray. (You really need to try the Colour Shimmer Sprays on a dark background if you haven't already, that is when they are at their best!)

After the Colour Shimmer Spray had dried (so shimmery!) I adhered my quote; then it was time to add a little texture. I reached for my Bling Colour Paste and smeared it around randomly using a palette knife. Once that was dry, I added a border around my quote with a Sharpie pen (yes, a Sharpie will draw over dry Colour Paste, just make sure it is completely dry and don't push the tip in too hard.)

Next, it was time for embellishments! I wanted to keep the embellishments to a minimum to ensure the quote remained the focal point; so I opted for some simple chipboard stars from Imaginarium Designs, which I embossed using Snow White Colour Embossing Powder. (I would ordinarily prime my chipboard with white heavy gesso before embossing with snow white, but I didn't want the stars to be too stark against the background, so I opted to emboss them from raw and allow a bit of the natural colour to show through.)

As you can see, I embossed the entire sheet. Some of these stars were super tiny, so it made the job a lot easier to simply emboss the entire sheet and just pop them out when they were done. I then glued them onto my canvas.

The final step was to add some fine "starry" detail using my white Sharpie paint pen. (I really love this pen! It has a fabulous fine tip and great flow!)

And here is my completed canvas...

Here you can see some of the close up textural detail the Colour Paste adds...

And check out the shine on those stars!

Finally, look at how gorgeous the Bling Colour Shimmer Spray looks against the black background - *swoon!*

That's all from me today. I hope I have inspired you to pull out those Colour Shimmer Sprays and put them to work on some dark backgrounds! (Remember the black heavy gesso is ideal for this, you can grab it in the Colour Blast store HERE)
I will be back in a couple of weeks with another project to share. Until then, happy scrapping!

Monday, 11 September 2017

Happy Hair Day | Scrap the Girls September Challenge

Hi everyone! So many fabulous challenges around this month, and I am here today to share my take on the Scrap the Girls September challenge. This month it's a sketch called "Dear John" (that was actually designed by me!)
Here it is...

And here is the layout I created inspired by the sketch...

"Happy Hair Day"

I sat down to create this page with some white cardstock and the two photos I planned to use in front of me. I wanted to try and stick to the basic layout of the sketch, with the three focal points for my design. Beyond that I had no real plan; I just let the colours and textures in the photos guide me as I went along.

I started by adding some mixed media to define the three focal points. First, some stamping using my brick wall stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps to mimic the brick wall background. I then added some colour using Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Cubes (a mix of Sienna, Leather and Steel); as well as a few smears of Colour Paste (Sienna and Bling) which I applied with a palette knife. I also added a few torn strips of washi tape.

Next, it was time to start adding some layers and dimension. I created a mat for my photos to sit on using a number of items from D-lish Scraps - grey paper doilies; a kraft printed bitty bag; dip dye tag tied with twine; wood veneer frame and some coloured wire. I also added a Charms Creations DIY heart, which I stamped and then coloured to match my background using my Sienna and Bling Colour Shimmer Cubes.

Next, I worked on the focal point in the top corner, which (like the sketch), was where my title was going to go. I again used some paper doily and coloured wire (just as I had in the main area of my page); and I also added the Flutterby Designs #happy wood veneer and Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Totally Rad' alphabet stickers to complete my title.

To keep my design elements cohesive, I added a small wood veneer arrow to the third, and smallest, focal point on my page; then added a phrase to each cluster using Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Wild at Heart' accessory stickers.

To finish off, I added some handwritten journaling, stamped the date, and splattered some Colour Blast 'Sienna' Colour Shimmer Spray and 'Coffee' Colour Spray. I am really happy with how this page came out - the tones I used worked perfectly with the photos.

If you would like to play along with this month's challenge at Scrap the Girls (please do - I would love to see how you interpret my sketch!) you have until the end of the month to link up your entry and be in the running for a prize from Kitaholics Kits or D-lish Scraps.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Thursday, 7 September 2017

I Love Everything About This | Charms Creations

Hi everyone! Popping in to share the second layout I created for my guest designer spot with Charms Creations last month. Following on from my page I created for Scrap the Boys last month, which featured a silhouetted photo that I had cut out; I also found this old (and very cute!) photo of my boys in my stash so I decided to use the same technique.

"I Love Everything About This"

I started by creating my mixed media background for this page. I knew I wanted to use a brown tone, so I mixed up some Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Dusts (Candy and Paris) and just tweaked them until I achieved the colour I wanted. I then applied it to my page using a wide brush and some short strokes. On top of that, I added some grey ink through my Dusty Attic 'Crosshatch' stencil, then some random smears of Colour Blast 'Steel' Colour Paste and some splatters of Colour Blast 'Stormy Weather' Colour Shimmer Spray.

Once the mediums were all dry, I added some torn pieces of washi tape (from a previous D-lish Scraps Just Add Paper kit); and some stamped phrases.

It was then time to construct the remainder of my page. I gathered together some random bits and pieces to form a layered mat behind my photo. I included a large kraft Heidi Swapp tag; coloured paper doilies and a wood veneer frame (both from D-lish Scraps); and some frayed gauze to add soft texture.

I then added my photo and began adding embellishments. I started with the gorgeous Butterfly Heart from Charms Creations as my feature (although these are not currently listed in the Charms Creations store, these are an item that are added regularly, so keep your eyes peeled!) I then added a set of Charms Creations DIY XO's, which I coloured using a Colour Blast 'Leather' Colour Shimmer Cube. On top of the O I added a D-lish Scraps flair button and tucked a cute wooden button behind it.

I then added the sequin bow to my tag and the wood veneer stars and gold sequins scattered around my page (all from D-lish Scraps). To finish off, I cut my title from a Project Life card, and then used some striped pieces from the same card to put in the diagonally opposite corners of my page. This not only helped tie the title colour in better, but also helps to draw the eye through the page.

I had so much fun creating this layout, and I am so thankful to Charmane for asking me to be her guest designer. (I have plenty more pages coming this month featuring Charms Creations embellishments so stay tuned!) If you haven't grabbed any to use for yourself then you can head to the Charms store HERE or make sure you follow her Facebook page HERE for regular sales and special items. (*psssst - Charm currently has free shipping available until midnight TONIGHT, 7th September, so check her Facebook page for the code!*)
Til next time, happy scrapping! X

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Kick Ass | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone! I am here today to share my latest design team project with you - this one for Flutterby Designs. This page holds a special place in my heart. It features a photo of five members from the current Flutterby Designs DT, and was taken when we all got together at the recent 'Create by the Lake' retreat. I thought it was the perfect subject to pair with the recently released 'Flawsome' collection.

"Kick Ass"

I started this page with a black cardstock background, which I swiped with some 'Tropicana Teal' and 'Green Limousine' Flutter Colour paints.

Then I gathered together some of the 'Flawsome' Everyday Etc filler cards, which I layered together to form a mat for my photo, and topped with some frayed gauze.

I then added some dimension to my page using the 'Bubble O'Fun' stencil and some Colour Blast "Envy' Colour Paste.

I used the kick ass 'Flawsome' Everyday Etc card for my title, which I tucked alongside my photo, then added one of the white Sticky Quotes on top of it. I also added a coordinating Page Tab tucked in behind my photo.

I created my sub title using one of the coordinating 'Flawsome' wood veneer pieces, which I coloured with a Posca pen; added some alpha stickers, and the 'Flutterby' logo (cut from the edge of a Page Tabs sheet.

To embellish my page I added a flair button; some twisted coloured wire (attached with staples); and a few black Tiny Sticky Quotes.

I finished off with some white gel pen doodling, my handwritten journaling and some splattered white ink spray.

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I will be back again soon with another project. Until then, happy scrapping! X