Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Fancy | Viva Las VegaStamps Guest Designer


Hi everyone!
Super excited to share this with you today! If you are a regular follower of my work or blog, you will already know how much I love my stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when the amazing DeeDee Catron contacted me to ask if I would do a guest design spot for them?! Ummm...let me see...hell yes please!!
So I set to work with my stamps and this is the first piece I created...

"Fancy"

This 12x12" mixed media layout began with a fun Snap Chat selfie, white cardstock and my stash of Viva Las VegaStamps. I started by adding some subtle blue watercolour to my background using Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Dust and a wide brush; before using my stamps to define the focal areas of the page. Some of the images were stamped directly onto the cardstock, whilst others were pre-stamped onto tissue paper and adhered with a gel matte medium. 


I then used my Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Cubes and a waterbrush to add colour to some of the images. I also flicked some spots of colour around. 
Once the paint had dried, I started adding the other elements of my page. For the small cluster at the top, I layered a piece of red paper doily, some torn pieces of glitter washi tape, messy cotton thread and a Charms Creations butterfly heart.


I used many of the same elements from my top cluster in the main area of my page - another paper doily, washi, cotton thread; - along with some spotty tissue paper; a die cut glitter cardstock frame; and the beautiful Gossamer Butterfly image I had stamped onto tissue paper. To add the butterfly, I simply cut the image in half and incorporated it into the layers under my photo. I only adhered it at the inner edge, which allowed the delicate wings to float free.


I then added my title (a Pink Paislee foam word from my stash); my line of journaling; and I used the "Incredible as it seems" stamp to add some text around my page.
Here is a full (linked) list of the VLVS stamps I used:




I have more Viva Las VegaStamps goodness to share later in the month, so stay tuned.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Scrap Moles | Scrap the Girls October Challenge

Hi everyone! Time to share another design team layout, and this one is for Scrap the Girls. This month's challenge at Scrap the Girls is called "P is for Pink" and it looks like this...


There are no prizes for guessing what I took as my main inspiration from the board, of course it was the colour pink! I wanted to delve a bit deep into how the board inspired me though; so I thought of what else "pink month" for breast cancer awareness signified to me. I immediately thought of sisterhood. Women banding together to not only look out for themselves, but also each other. Breast cancer is a topic that unites all women. It was for this reason I decided to scrap this photo of me with one of my scrapping besties, Krisy. This chick always has my back, and she knows I have hers; plus, she totally gets me - true sisterhood.


I started my layout with some white cardstock and my fave pink Dylusions acrylic paint. (They don't come much pinker than this one!) I added a few random smears of yellow as well, just to give the background some contrast. 


Next, it was time to set to work with some ink. I started with my Dusty Attic 'Squared' stencil and applied ink with a sponge to a few areas of my page. I then added lots of stamping using some of my fave stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps. Once all the ink had been applied I then added a bit of Colour Blast white heavy gesso to some areas of the page to strip it back a bit.


Next, it was time to start adding the paper based elements of my page. I cut up some paper doilies and added them to the area where my photo was going to go, and also a piece in the top right corner. I then added some strips of washi tape to hold the doily pieces down, and also some small torn pieces around my page.  


I then gathered together some pieces to layer under my photo - tissue paper; punchinella; hand dyed muslin; and some glittered die cut pieces. (At this point I was really just looking to add an assortment of eclectic items to my layers that would help tie in some of the colours from the photo.) I then added some of the same elements to my cluster at the top as well, along with the custom wood veneer title from Corbett Creations that I had painted black and highlighted with a white paint pen. 


To the right of my photo, I added some messy white cotton thread, topped with the Flutterby Designs do epic shit flair button. I also added some pink wire, which I twisted and attached using staples. Beneath my cluster I added a couple of black tiny sticky quotes from Flutterby Designs. I then added one above my title and another above my photo.


I also added a second piece of wire on the left side of my photo, along with the butterfly heart from Charms Creations.

To finish off my page I added all the white detailing. I used a Crafters Workshop 6x6" template for the floral shapes - tracing them out with a black Sharpie pen first, then colouring them in with a paint pen and adding some black detail on top. The bubbles were added using my Flutterby Designs 'Bubble O'Fun' stencil (currently on sale in the Flutterby store.) Again, I used a white paint pen, then added some black detail over the top. I then added a few other little doodled black details to my page and I was done!


If you got through all that reading, thanks for sticking with me! Although it may have sounded like a long process or a lot of work, it really wasn't. The layout came together easily and in the end I had to make myself step away from it because I was having so much fun.

You have until the end of the month to get your own entry in for this month's Scrap the Girls challenge. See how the "P is for Pink" board inspires you, and you could be a winner! This month's main prize is from the Resin Rainbow, and there is also a prize for a winning international entrant too! Head to the blog HERE to link up your entries or see what the rest of the team created.

Til next time, happy scrapping! X

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Cino Time | Colour Blast


Hi everyone! 
Time again to share another mixed media design team project created for Colour Blast. Today I have  12x12" scrapbook layout featuring a background made with some gorgeous Colour Pastes and a photo of my beautiful girl enjoying a babycino while on a day out with her grandparents. 


The first thing I had to consider when creating this page was my design. As the colours in the photo were largely neutral, I decided to use my daughter's shirt as inspiration - choosing a white background with pink / red accents on it.

To start, I chose to use a mandala stencil as it provided a large feature pattern, which instantly grounded my page design. I used a combination of 'Fire Engine' and 'Blush' Colour Pastes, applying a combination of the two colours through various areas of the stencil with a palette knife until the entire pattern had been filled.


Once all the paste had been applied I took 'Blush' Colour Shimmer Spray and 'Road Base' Colour Spray, and splattered some of each around my page. I then set it aside to dry.


Once all my mediums were dry, it was time to start adding some papery layers to define my focal area for my photo to be placed. I took the opportunity to do a bit of stash busting - using up some papers from an old 6x6" pad; some printed tissue paper; a coloured paper doily; printed transparency; a die cut label and washi tape. (I love being able to utilise old products!)


After I had my photo mat in place, I added some frayed gauze on top for texture and then my photo. I then added a Charms Creations heart on the corner of my photo with some messy cotton thread and a Cocoa Vanilla Studio flair button on top.

The final thing my page needed was a title. Instead of using alpha stickers, I decided to pull out my 'Dusty Charcoal' Colour Shimmer Cube, a water brush and a cardstock offcut and simply hand paint my title. Once dry, it was fussy cut and adhered to my layout.


Here you can see the gorgeous variation in colour that is achieved by using two different Colour Pastes through the stencil - in some areas the 'Blush' is more prominent, whilst in others it is the 'Fire Engine'. This technique works well when you have two shades from the same color family.


You will note that in some areas my stencilling was a bit smeared - this was entirely due to the fact that I haven't taken care of this old stencil, and it is no longer entirely flat. This doesn't bother me at all, as you can see from the style of rest of the layout that I wasn't looking for perfection anyway - I like things a bit messy! ;)


Look at all those luscious layers! And I am pretty happy with my simple title too. (A great way to create titles if you are on a budget - much cheaper than alphas and more fun to do too!)


Thanks for stopping by and checking out my project today. If you have some Colour Pastes in your stash I hope I have inspired you to pull them out and try blending them too? Or perhaps have a go at creating your own hand painted title?
Whatever you decide to do - just be creative, it's good for the soul!
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Boys Rule | Cocoa Vanilla Studio


Hi everyone!
Popping in today to share my latest boy layout using the awesome 'You Rock' collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. This page features a photo of my boys that really doesn't have any deep or meaningful significance. It was simply one of those everyday moments. You know the ones - when you turn your camera towards your children and fire off a quick snap just to capture them as they are. And as important as it is to capture milestones and memorable events, I think it's equally important to just capture moments like this.


I decided to create a mixed media based page for this one. I started with white cardstock and began applying layers. First I added some blue watercolour using Colour Blast 'Cobalt' Colour Shimmer Dust and a soft brush. Once that had dried, I used a Donna Downey stencil to apply Colour Blast 'Dusty Charcoal' Colour Paste. After that was dry I then used my new DeeDee Catron designed stamp set from Viva Las VegaStamps (seriously awesome set, check it out HERE) to add some stamping around my page.


I then gathered up some 'You Rock' papers to create a layered mat for my photo. I used pieces cut from the In Line; Galactic; and Night Sky papers; which I topped with some frayed gauze and a frame from the chipboard accents sticker sheet. To get the best use of the frame, I cut it in half and tucked the two halves on either side of my mounted photo.


Now it was time to turn to the embellishments. I fussy cut a few stars from the Starshine paper, which I placed to form a visual triangle around my photo. Next, I added stickers from the accessory sticker sheet - the large starburst label above my photo; a small label tucked into the layers behind my photo; and a small banner beneath my photo. I also added the rad and you rock phrase stickers.


On the left side of the chipboard frame, I added some messy grey cotton thread, topped with a flair button; whilst below the photo I added the navy awesome label from the die cut ephemera pack to compliment the you rock sticker I had already placed there.

To finish off my page, I added small torn pieces of a couple of the washi tape stickers to add further depth to the layers surrounding my photo. I also added some splatters of Colour Blast 'Road Base' Colour Spray and stamped the date.

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

Thursday, 5 October 2017

That's My Boy | Scrap the Boys October Challenge


Hi everyone! 
Popping in today to share my latest design team layout for Scrap the Boys. This month the challenge is a sketch (and who doesn't love a good sketch, right?!) This one was created by Laura Whitaker and looks like this...


I actually did a surprisingly good job sticking to the sketch this time, although I did flip it around a bit. Here's my take on it using the Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'You Rock' collection and some photos of one of my boys helping me wash my car...

"That's My Boy"

I started with the gorgeous ombre side of the 'Experimental' paper as my base, which I dry brushed with a small amount of Colour Blast white heavy gesso. I then added some stamping using my Viva Las VegaStamps 'Doodle Dots' stamp. (This could possibly be my favourite stamp EVER, it certainly gets used more than any other.)


Next, I added the white circles using a fine tipped paint pen, and then it was time to start adding some papery layers. I used pieces of the 'This Way', 'Galactic'; and 'Stripped' papers under my photo; along with a paper doily and some stickers from the accessory sheet. For the tag sticker, I cut it in half and tucked the halves in above and below my photo, adding a small piece of twine to the top part.


In the top corner, I created a simple cluster using another piece of the 'Galactic' paper; a piece of paper doily; some fussy cut stars and a piece from the die cut ephemera pack. The large stars were all fussy cut from the 'Starshine' paper and I love the combination of colours I used - the few yellow ones adding a bit of extra pop to the page.


I kept the remainder of my page embellishments simple -  a rubber charm and ephemera arrow to the right of my photo;, and a few yellow enamel shapes scattered about. To finish off, I added some stamped phrases, the date, and some splatters of white ink.

I hope you will play along with us at Scrap the Boys this month. We have Scrap Boutique joining us as our sponsor and providing a prize for our lucky winner. You have until the 31st October to get your entry in. Head over to the Scrap the Boys blog HERE for more details or to see what else the DT created to inspire you.

Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Monday, 2 October 2017

Be Happy Yourself | Flutterby Designs


Hi everyone! 
I am here today to share my first design team project for the month for Flutterby Designs using the fabulous 'Flawsome' collection. For this page, I was inspired by the quote card perfection is like the unicorn. magical. mythical. and the gorgeous watercolour background on the card.


Of course, I had to create my own watercolour background to match; so I started with my 'Macaroon 5' stencil and I applied some texture paste around my page. Next, I used a combination of Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Dusts (Duke; Peacock; Velvet; Navy) to match the beautiful colours on the Everyday Etc card.


Once my background had dried, I then gathered together some of the 'Flawsome' Everyday Etc filler cards and I cut and layered them together to form my photo mat. I also added a coordinating page tab; a Photo Cut Out tab; some frayed gauze and messy cotton thread.
For my page title, I used the be happy wood veneer (that I had painted blue) from the 'Flawsome' wood veneer pack; which I then layered over the yourself die cut from the Die Cut Bits & Bobs pack.


I added the Everyday Etc quote card alongside my photo. On top of the card I added the you are enough tiny sticky quote sticker, then one of the 'Flawsome' flair buttons


To finish off my page, I added a few die cut hearts from the Bits & Bobs pack; and some torn pieces of Jane Davenport washi tape.

Unfortunately the 'Flawsome' Kits are all sold out in the store, BUT there are still plenty of items from the range available separately. You can head over to the Flutterby shop here to see what's still available and what's new in store. 

Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Saturday, 30 September 2017

5 | Cocoa Vanilla Studio


Hi everyone! 
Squeezing in a final design team page for the month. This one was created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio, using the fabulous 'You Rock' collection. I am still loving creating pages with this collection - with it's bright colours and bold patterns, it's perfect for photos of my twin terrors! Just like this snapshot from their 5th birthday a few months ago. We always have two cakes on their birthday - this year they asked for their favourite Transformers. (Just because they share the same birthday shouldn't mean they have to share a cake too, right?!)


I started this page with a sheet of white cardstock as my base. I already had a basic design in mind, which I knew was going to be quite busy with many colours and patterns, so the white background provided the viewer's eye a place to rest.

I added torn pieces of the 'Plus One' paper to the top and bottom of my page, which I overlaid with a colourful striped piece from the 'Stripped' paper.


I used a variety of papers for the layers under my photo - 'Galactic'; 'Night Sky'; 'In Line' and 'Random'. I added in some torn pieces of washi tape sticker; red paper doily and some messy cotton thread as well.

The card with the jumbled numbers was cut from the 'Random' paper and I used it as my title card by simply outlining the 5 with a Sharpie pen and using an arrow from the chipboard accent stickers to highlight it. The wow word piece was from the die cut ephemera pack and I popped it onto some foam tape to mount it a little higher on the card.


Along the bottom of my page, I created a secondary focal point to anchor my journal card, using similar items to the main section of the page. This time I added in a flair button and clustered some enamel shapes nearby.
I then added a few extra enamel shapes around my page, as well as some phrase stickers from the accessory sticker sheet.


To finish off, I added some happy birthday themed stamping around my page and some splatters of Colour Blast 'Road Base' Colour Spray.

Thanks 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

Thursday, 28 September 2017

"Peacock" Watercolour Painting | Colour Blast

Hi everyone! Time to share my latest Colour Blast design team project with you. You may recall the Colour Blast project I posted earlier this month (a mixed media canvas) was different to the scrapbook pages that I normally create for the team? There's nothing like creating something to get you out of your comfort zone now and then. Today I am stepping well out of mine and sharing a watercolour painting that I created using Colour Shimmer Cubes.


Since I was a child I have always loved to draw and paint. But (like so many of us) I have always been critical of the work I produce. My inner dialogue constantly said "I wish I could draw". And there it is. That self-fulfilling prophecy that serves to reinforce the thought further and keeps you boxed inside your comfort zone. But with age comes wisdom; or least you reach a point where you learn to say "you know what? This makes me happy and I am going to do it anyway". So I did. And here is what I created...


My process for creating this was fairly simple - in a nutshell - I sketched it, then painted it. I started with an A3 sized sheet of 300 gsm watercolour paper, a pencil and an eraser and then roughly sketched out my image. I wasn't looking for perfection, because I knew I was going to paint over it anyway.


Once my design was sketched out, it was time to add some colour! I started with the body, and my Just Blue Colour Shimmer Cube as this was going to be the most dominant colour of my image. To give some variation and depth to my peacock's body, I also added highlights of color using Singin' the Blues; Deep Water and Envy.


Next, I moved onto the feathers. I started with Deep Water, and coloured the spots on the tail feathers. While they dried, I moved onto Apple of My Eye and used it to colour the plumage behind the body. I then went back and painted the outer circles of the tail feathers. After they had also dried, I coloured the inner circles using Sienna.

*Tip - It is important not to paint over one colour with another unless you are intending to blend them together. Even once dried, the paint will reactivate once it is wet again*


I then began adding some detail to my image. I used Dusty Charcoal to paint the "eyes" in the centre of the feathers. I then switched brushes from the small, soft brush I had been using to a fine tipped water brush so I could begin adding detailed strokes to the plumage. I used Deep Water over the top of the existing Apple of my Eye green I had painted, as I knew minimal blending would not give me an undesirable tone. I also painted in some of the tail detail using the same color.


I also used the water brush with the Dusty Charcoal to paint in the detail of the face; then more detail was added to the tail using Stormy Weather, Steel and Apple of my Eye.
I then added some highlights using Bling randomly through the tail, the plumage and on the body.


Once all the paint was dry, I went back and added some small final detail over the top using a Stabilo pencil.


You can see how this added depth to the final result.


Look at the delicious combination of Colour Shimmer Cubes I used for my project...


And look at the equally delicious shimmer they produce...


Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired your inner artist to pull your Colour Shimmer Cubes out and paint something with them. (If you don't have any Colour Shimmer Cubes, head to the Colour Blast store HERE and grab some!) Don't listen to that voice of inner doubt that tells you you can't - just do it because it's fun and it makes you happy!

If you do paint something using Colour Shimmer Cubes and feel brave enough to share, I would really love to see them! You can post them in the Colour Blast Creative Corner group and please tag me so I don't miss them!
Til next time, happy scrapping (or painting!) X