Thursday, 17 August 2017

Adorable | Colour Blast

Hi everyone! I am popping in today to share my latest Colour Blast design team project with you.
I am sure I am not the only person who has lots of items in their stash gathering dust, and one of my big ones is flowers. It's been quite a while since I made a layout using them, so I thought it was time I dusted them off and got some onto a page. And as long as I was embracing flowers, I figured I might as well go the whole girly way, and create with some beautiful pink from the Colour Blast range!

"Adorable"

So how did I go about creating this page? Here's a pictorial step by step of my process using the various mediums.


1. I prepared my cardstock for my background by spreading with a thin coat of White Heavy Gesso. (I used an old gift card to achieve a smooth, even coverage.)

2. Once the gesso was dry, I took my cardstock outside (to minimise mess) and stood it up vertically.

3. Using Blush Colour Shimmer Spray, I sprayed along the top 1/3 of my page. I sprayed until the page was quite wet, which allowed the colour to pool and run down the page.


4. Once dry, I tore the edges from the page (I took off approx. 1/2" all around) and distressed them using my finger; then adhered it onto a sheet of coloured cardstock (another thing gathering dust in my stash) to form my page base.

5. I then took one of my older stencils with a baroque style pattern (because it was the day for stash busting) and used a palette knife to apply some Fire Engine Colour Paste to the top 1/3 of my page.

6. I then allowed the paste to dry.


7. Once the paste had dried, I then took my palette knife and used it to spread some Blush Colour Paste over the top to help further define the focal area where my photo was going to go. I used a fairly rough application, as I wanted the paste to have good, defined texture to contrast the smooth edges of the stencilled design.

8. You can see how the Blush Colour Paste has settled down in the areas between the stencilled pattern; and how it has helped soften the bright colour of the Fire Engine paste. I deliberately left some areas of the pattern untouched though, to allow the deeper colour to pop.


9. After the second Colour Paste had dried, I added some splatters to my page using Steel and Stormy Weather Colour Shimmer Sprays and some Bubblegum Colour Spray. (I simply took the nozzles from the bottles and flicked them around my page.)

10. Whilst my background was drying, I took a Blush Colour Shimmer Cube and used it to colour the Charms Creations fabric heart and two wood veneer hearts I was going to use to embellish my page. After spritzing the surface of the cube with water and leaving to stand for a minute, I used a small flat brush to apply the colour directly onto my embellishments then set them aside to dry.

Next, it was simply a matter of constructing my page.


I used layers of tissue paper, a paper doily and some frayed gauze as a mat under my photo. I also added some scrap cardboard to mount my photo up slightly.


I added the painted Charms Creations heart, which I topped with a flair button along the edge of my photo; then added small clusters of paper flowers on either side of my photo.


Below my photo I added another cluster of assorted flowers; a sequin bow; and then the two wood veneer hearts further down my page. (Flowers, bow, paper doily and flair button all from D-lish Scraps.)


To finish my page I added a few stamped phrases and I was done!

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

Monday, 14 August 2017

Shameless | Scrap & Chat Retreat Challenge

Hi everyone!
Just a quick share from me today of a layout I completed whilst at the Scrap & Chat retreat in Victoria last weekend. It was one seriously AWESOME retreat with such a fabulous talented crew and I am already counting down until next year!
Here's our group photo...


Now, onto my layout. This page was completed for one of the many challenges we had available to participate in. We were each given a stencil, wood veneers and a DIY fabric button from the lovely Jo at Kinder Kreations that we had to use on a project.

Here's what I created (and yes, there is a swear word on it)...


I went with a black cardstock background for this one and then used some Colour Blast 'Sienna' Colour Paste, which I smeared around with a palette knife. Once dry, I applied 'Dusty Charcoal' Colour Paste using the Kinder Kreations alphabet stencil over the top of the 'Sienna' paste.


I then added some texture to my background using some plasterers joint tape and some frayed gauze, before adding my photo on top, which was mounted on some cardboard to give it extra dimension.


I then took the Kinder Kreations wood veneer stars and added some subtle colour to them using a Colour Blast 'Singin' the Blues' Colour Shimmer Cube and a small brush. I also added a few random painted spots to my background to provide some contrast. (The shimmer showed incredibly well on the dark background!)


While I had my paintbrush out, I also added a small swipe of the same colour to the Kinder Kreations fabric button, as well as some stamped words.


To finish my page I added some copper coloured wire (attached with staples); white ink splatters and my handwritten journaling using a white gel pen.

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

Friday, 11 August 2017

You & Me | Scrap the Girls August Challenge

Hi everyone!
Back again with another project to share - this time it's my take on the August challenge for Scrap the Girls. This month, the challenge is a fabulous mood board called "Mr Grey" that looks like this...


To say I was excited when I saw this board is probably an understatement - I LOVE grey! I didn't want to stray from the monochromatic tones of the board, so used that as my main inspiration. I also drew on the scripted quote in the top right corner, and put my own scripted quote in the same spot on my page. I was also inspired by the image of the ink(?) on the left, which spurred me to create a mixed media background that featured quite a bit of stamping.

"You & Me"

The photo I documented was a recent selfie of Brielle & I that I snapped while we were at Aussie World. I LOVE this pic of us together and I thought it was a pretty good effort for a quick selfie!

To create my page, I started by adding some grey colour to my cardstock using a Colour Blast 'Stormy Weather' Colour Shimmer Cube and a waterbrush; and then some stamping using stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps and Carabelle Studio. Next, I added some texture using Colour Blast 'Steel' Colour Paste, which I smeared randomly around the page with a palette knife.


I then began adding the layers that would form the mat for my photo. I used a random assortment of items, that I just kept adding to until I thought I had enough. My layers included silver tissue paper, a paper doily, grid print bitty bag, frayed gauze, a silver die cut glitter frame (which I cut in half) and some black punchinella. (Most of these items were from D-lish Scraps.) I used a stapler to secure all the layers together before adhering to my page.


For the quote, I used a Project Life card, which I simply cut into a circle. You can also see where I also added some stamped quotes randomly around my page.


To help frame my photo and draw the viewers eye in, (and also provide me with my title), I used a D-lish Scraps wood veneer frame, which had the words "you & me" on it. I altered the frame by colouring it black and then I tucked it around the corner of my photo before securing it on top of my layers.


To finish off my layout I added a grey Charms Creations heart, which I topped with a silver foiled flair button from Flutterby Designs. (No matter which way I angled it, I just couldn't get a clean shot without any reflection or colour cast, sorry.) I also added some black splatters using Colour Blast 'Road Base' Colour Spray.

Entries for this Scrap the Girls challenge close at the end of the month, so you still have plenty of time to get yours in. This month's winner will receive a prize from Colour Blast (yay!) who are our sponsor this month. Make sure you pop over to the STB blog to see what the rest of the design team created too!
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Happy Brothers | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone! Time again for another design team project from me, this time for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the fabulous 'You Rock' collection. It's no secret that I love creating boy layouts, so with two five year old boys, I always have plenty of moments to document. The photo on this page was taken the day I took my Cars-mad boys to see the new 'Cars 3' movie. (Of course, we had to wear our Lightning McQueen shirts for the occasion.) Afterwards, I took them to spend some birthday money that was burning a hole in their pockets, and they quickly snapped up some of the car characters from the movie.


I adore the wood grain print on the reverse side of the Plus One paper, so I decided to use that as the base for my layout. I wanted to "grunge" my page up a bit first, so I added some brush strokes of Colour Blast white heavy gesso; a few random smears of 'Steel' Colour Paste, and some stamping to the paper before constructing my page.


I started by creating a layered mat for my photo to sit on. I used pieces of the Stripped and Galactic papers, which I cut and tore into a variety of shapes and sizes, then stacked and stapled the pile together. I also added a small amount of frayed gauze to add some texture before adding my photo on top.


Next, I took some of the washi stickers and tore them up. I applied the enjoy the little things phrase to the right of my photo, and small pieces from the blue striped one around my page.


Die cut ephemera was next. I selected several pieces from the pack and used them to add dimension and interest to my layers by tucking them in around and under my photo.


With that fabulous wood grain print forming the background for my page, I couldn't go past using some of the coordinating wood veneer shapes to embellish it. (I so love the stars in this pack!) I added several pieces around my page, which brought warmth and natural texture to my design.


Finally, I added my title. I used the happy word from the Wild at Heart wood veneer words pack; and paired it with the word brothers from the cut apart Random paper. I highlighted my title by adding a small arrow from the rubber charms pack. I also added the double trouble phrase sticker from the accessory sticker sheet above my photo; my handwritten journaling; and a few splatters of white ink.

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

Friday, 4 August 2017

Cool As Bro | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone! It's time for another design team project share and this one is for Flutterby Designs. Two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend the annual Flutterby 'Create by the Lake' retreat held at Lake Keepit, along with several members from the Flutterby Design Team (and about 75 other ladies). I was so happy to be able to get together with these girls in person - they really are my people!

Here's a shot of us together taken just after the colour activity that Anita had organised...

L to R - Skai, Tam, Anita, me (Sue) and Krisy 

Whilst on retreat, I also had the opportunity to create several Flutterby projects, the first of which I am sharing today. This page was created using a combination of Flutterby items. 


I started with a white cardstock base, and I added some red watercolour paint using a Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Dust (Candy) and a wide brush. I then took my Flutterby 'Stargazed' stencil and added some texture using Colour Blast Colour Paste (Dusty Charcoal); and some splatters of 'Love' and 'Road Base' Colour Sprays.


I then created a layered mat for my photo using a range of Everyday Etc cards (some of these were from the recently released 'Xtreme Teen' collection); a page tab and some messy black cotton for added texture.


I fussy cut the large pair of sunglasses from another of the 'Xtreme Teen' Everyday Etc cards, which I topped with a flair button. 


The title was also fussy cut from one of the cards, and I added a the Blackboard Sticky Quote directly onto my photo. Around my page I stuck a couple of Snippets, which also helped to bring more of the aqua colour onto my page.


As a final touch, alongside my photo I added a little ghetto blaster die cut from the 'Xtreme Teen' Die Cut Bits & Bobs pack; and a few stamped words and I was done.


Thanks so much for stopping by so I could share this with you. I will be back again with another project soon. In the meantime, pop over to the Flutterby blog to see what the rest of the team has been up to and don't forget to share your own projects in our Flutterby Inspiration HQ group on Facebook.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Go See the World | Scrap the Boys August challenge

Hi everyone! Can you believe it's the first of the month again?! That means time for lots of new challenges, and I am kicking off August with my take on the Scrap the Boys challenge. Our challenge at STB this month is to "use a 5x7" or larger photo". Unfortunately, as I print my photos at home these days, I don't usually use 5x7; so I had to dig deep in my photo stash to see what I had on hand. Luckily, I was able to find this gem of Kaden as a baby, and rather than using it as a plain rectangle, I decided to cut around his silhouette so I could discard the background.

"Go See the World"

I decided to go with a mixed media background for this page, and chose blue to help highlight his beautiful blue eyes. I used Colour Blast 'Peacock' Colour Shimmer Dust, which I applied to my background using a wide brush and short strokes. I then added some stamped detail using stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps and Carabelle Studio.


I then started adding some texture and detail to my background. First up, some smears of Colour Blast 'Steel' Colour Paste; then some small, torn pieces of washi and some pieces of plaster joint tape.


Then it was time for some layers - tissue paper and a paper doily; topped off with some frayed gauze. I also added a D-lish Scraps dip dye printed tag, which I tied with a short piece of twine.


On top of the tag I added a Charms Creations hessian heart and a Flutterby Designs flair button. I also scattered a few Flutterby wood veneer hearts around my page, which I coloured black with a Sharpie. A few D-lish Dots enamel dots and a some black splatters using my Colour Blast Colour Spray and I was done!


Thanks so much for stopping by today. I do hope you will join in with this month's Scrap the Boys challenge. You have until the end of the month to get your entry to be in the running for a fabulous prize. You can find the August challenge post on the STB blog HERE
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Friday, 28 July 2017

Masculine Layouts | Scrapbooking Memories magazine

Hi everyone!
Just a quick post from me today to share the two layouts that were published as part of my 'How To: Masculine' Creative Team article from Scrapbooking Memories magazine Vol 20 No 3. In my article I discussed some of the techniques and materials I often use when I create masculine layouts; and provided two sample layouts in different styles.

For my first page, I told a story about my hubby and his best mate when they were involved in a mountain rescue of some trapped climbers, so I had lots of journaling to include. I used some of my favourite scrappy supplies on this one - a combination of Cocoa Vanilla Studio and Flutterby Designs goodies. (Which blended extremely well together!)

"You Rock"


For my second layout, I took a mixed media approach for this photo of my boys at the beach drinking orange juice. I used the photo as inspiration for my colour palette and a combination of supplies from Colour Blast; Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Flutterby Designs; D-lish Scraps; and stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps.

"Hello Sunshine"

The next issue of Scrapbooking Memories magazine is hitting mailboxes and shelves about now, so be sure to look out for my next Creative Team article inside which is all about mixed media scrapping.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Monday, 24 July 2017

Hello Jail Bird | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone! Just popping in to share my latest design team project for Cocoa Vanilla Studio with you. Today I have a layout I created using the 'You Rock' collection; a bit of mixed media; and a funny photo of one of my boys that I took recently at a theme park.

"Hello Jail Bird"

I started my page with a sheet of the 'In Line' paper, and I chose to run the stripes vertically to mimic the bars in the photo. I then added some extra depth to my background using a Darkroom Door texture stamp; and some subtle watercolour paint using a Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Cube (Steel). I also added some small pieces of torn striped washi tape sticker; along with a printed phrase washi sticker to the top corner of my page.


Next, I gathered together some papers to create a layered mat for my photo. The papers I used included the reverse side of the 'In Line' paper; 'Night Sky'; and 'Random'. I also use the lightning bolt strip cut from the 'Stripped' paper and ran it vertically through the focal area of my page. I then added some messy black cotton thread for texture and mounted my photo on top.


To embellish my page, I started by adding a few fussy cut stars from the 'Starshine' paper; then a couple of chipboard accent stickers, which I layered directly onto my photo.


Next, I added several wood veneer shapes around my page; including the hello word that I used as part of my title. The remainder of my title was created using some Colour Me Happy black alphabet stickers and Totally Rad wood grain alphabet stickers. I also added a few small phrase stickers from the accessory sticker sheet.


Beneath my photo I added the awesome tag rubber charm, which I tied with a small piece of twine. To finish off my layout I added some splatters of Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Spray (Sienna & Stormy Weather) and Colour Spray (Road Base); and a few stamped phrases and date.

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

Friday, 21 July 2017

Relax | Colour Blast

Hi everyone!
I hope this finds you well today. I am currently off at the Flutterby Designs 'Create by the Lake' retreat (and I am probably shivering my butt off right now - Tamworth winter temperatures are a bit different to the Qld ones I am used to!)

It's time to share another design team project with you - this one was created for Colour Blast. This 12x12" mixed media layout features a recent photo of my daughter and I. For this page, I wanted to put the focus on a couple of the metallic tones from the Colour Blast range - Sienna (copper) and Bling (gold).


I began my page with a sheet of grey patterned paper (from Cocoa Vanilla Studio), which provided me a good neutral base to allow the metallic tones to shine. I then used a Darkroom Door texture stamp to define the focal area of my page, before I applying some colour using a Sienna Colour Shimmer Cube. I used a flat brush to apply the colour in both vertical and horizontal strokes over the stamped areas.


Once the colour had dried, I then added my next layer of colour over the top using Bling Colour Paste. I first applied it through a stencil (this one was from Flutterby Designs) in areas around where my photo was going to be placed; then I spread some small patches directly on the page using my palette knife.


The next step in my process was to add some contrasting splatters. I wanted to keep with the metallic theme, so chose Sienna and Stormy Weather Colour Shimmer Sprays. I created my splatters by taking the nozzles out of the bottle and flicking them at the page.


I then set my page aside to allow all the mediums to dry completely. Once dry, I added some small pieces of torn washi tape. At this point my background was looking like this...


The next step in my process was to emboss the wood veneer pieces I planned to use with Sienna Colour Embossing Powder. (Wood veneers from D-lish Scraps.) I love the beautiful colour & texture it gave them (even if I didn't have the best light to photograph them in).


Next, I started constructing my layout. I gathered together tissue paper, a metallic doily, a die cut glitter frame (which I cut in half) and some gauze, and layered it together to form a mat for my photo.


I then added some small pieces of copper coloured wire, which I twisted around before attaching with staples.


Next, I added a Charms Creations arrow alongside my photo, which I topped with a D-lish Scraps flair button.


Finally, I added my embossed wood veneer pieces; handwritten journaling and a few stamped phrases. (OK, and a few little black splatters with my Road Base Colour Spray - it just wouldn't be complete without them! haha)


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