Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Little Something Pretty

It's been a few days so I thought I would share with you a little something I was playing with today. Love the cool speckled effect even it if was an accident! No, it's not salt! I hadn't bothered to clean the gesso from my desk surface before I began to create - and this is the result. Neat, huh? 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Old Booth - FabScraps

Today I want to share this layout I created for The Scrapbook Store using my February kit featuring the FabScraps collection, Romantic Travel. I have also played around with some of the new Dusty In Colour paints, having created both my background and added colour to the Telephone Booth chipboard. Here I have used Mountain Meadow in my sample but there is a huge palette to pick and choose from. There were two things which really caught my eye with this paint straight away. It paints on quite THICK which is perfect for chipboard coverage - no more 3 and 4 coats to get that great colour pop, and I also noticed that it dries fast once you have painted it onto your surface. Perfect for chipboard. 

Here was my dilemma. I had this FAB Telephone Booth chip piece which has fine detail etched into it - very cool. But if I painted over the top of it then I would lose all that great detail. No problem really, just add some water to your paint and you can still add colour and retain the etch in your chip. You also get the added bonus of a weathered look so I was doubly happy. 

So after I had finished my background and chipboard I started adding elements cut from Travel Romance patterned paper - the large clock face and vintage street lamp - as well as several elements from the Travel Items sticker sheet. These stickers are transparent which is a great look but if you really want the colours and design to pop simply stick them onto some smooth white cardstock as I have done here and cut them out. 

Lastly I have added some Green Tara flowers and leaves and stamped my edges with Distress Ink and Kaisercraft Clear Texture Stamp - Crackle

Thanks for dropping by, enjoy your day!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

U - Keeping The Best

Just couldn't resist the current sketch over at Keeping The Best blog and I had an absolute blast creating this layout from start to finish. I made my own background to suit the sketch and added a large scattering of Green Tara favourites as well as including some handmade lovelies, a vine and skeleton leaf. The cog element was created using a 2Crafty chipboard piece from their Gears collection.

Thanks for calling in, enjoy the rest of your day :) 


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Peace On Earth - Scrapbooking Memories

I created this layout some time ago now for Australian Scrapbooking Memories magazine Christmas edition using their free papers and alphabet designed by 7 Dots Studio. I was just so excited and thrilled to have been asked to do this - I had never had any of my work published before! How cool is that! 

So now that it's been a couple of months since the mag was released I can share this on my blog as well. I created my background using patterned paper, gesso and texture paste along with a generous amount of gold tinted glimmer mist - which has the most wonderful glimmery shine but sadly doesn't show up very well in this photograph. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Liberty - FabScraps

Today I wanted to share my second layout using my FabScraps Romantic Travel kit from The Scrapbook Store. This page came together so quickly and I let the background paper dictate to me how the layout would look. Here is a picture of the original patterned paper "Travel Large" to compare. 

I've used a stock photo of Lady Liberty as my central focus point, recolouring it to match the papers I was using, and began to embellish the layout adding fussy cut elements from "Travel Large" to add dimension with a paper tole effect on the clockface element as well as the edges of my layout. I also added two more postage stamp images at the top of my layout which I cut from the same patterned paper and arranged two sticker images from the Stamps & Coins sticker sheet. For a nice pop of colour I have created a flower and leaf cluster with some Green Tara roses and leaves around the edges of the clock, some grungy style stamping using one of my new Kaisercraft texture stamps and lastly my title which simply states "Liberty". For this I have used some American Crafts DIY Thickers, which seem to be my go-to alpha at the moment. 

I am also entering this layout in the February challenge at Berry71Bleu to use white space a feature on your layout. The original challenge post is here for anyone else who may be interested in playing along as well. 

Hope you are inspired to create your own dream travel layout! Thanks for calling in today. 


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Rave - Guest Designing for Every Day And Special Occasions Blog

Today I have the great pleasure of being a Guest on Emmo's Every Day And Special Occasions blog. I just love Emmo's blog, she always has such interesting articles and beautiful things to look at and enjoy, and I am absolutely stoked to be featured there today. 

And, just to add to the honour, there is a challenge this week to create your own background for your layout. 

"In this weeks challenge we are starting with an empty space. Create the background with gesso, mists and inks and add embellishments, patterned papers and other elements to your self made background!"

How cool is that! Please drop by Emmo's blog for more info on the challenge and inspiration. 

Hope your weekend was great! 


Friday, February 8, 2013

Travel Time - FabScraps For The Scrapbook Store

I often daydream about visiting exotic places and experiencing all the wonderful things our world has to offer, but I am such a home body as anyone who really knows me well knows, and to get me to step outside my comfort zone can be next to impossible sometimes. This doesn't stop me from dreaming about travelling one day and seeing some amazing places myself and I have been known to scrap pages about this, such as the one I am posting today. 

I've used a stock photograph of a gorgeous scene from Italy as my inspiration for this page and embellished it using my kit from The Scrapbook Store which is made up of Fabscraps "Romantic Travel" goodies

I started out with a heavy 12x12 chipboard base and added my title chipboard piece "Travel Time", painting it all with gesso and then applied areas of the Travel Romance 2 patterned paper using a transfer technique with gel medium. This gives you -the- most amazing peeled and worn look background, and I think I might have to be using this technique again. I've also used some of the new Dusty Attic "Dusty In Colour" acrylic paint in Mountain Meadow for some added colour to my background and a light splattering of OA Sprinklers in a golden yellow shade for contrast. After everything was dried completely I arranged my photograph and added a few embellishments from Romantic Travel such as stickers from the Stamps & Coins set along with some fussy cut elements from both the front side and reverse side of Travel Romance 2. Lastly I have inked my edges with Distress Inks and added some doodling using a Copic Multiliner. Voila! All finished. 

Thanks so much for dropping in today, I hope you can find some inspiration from my blog and have a great weekend. 


I Will Love You Forever

February at Scrap The Girls is sketch month and we were also given the opportunity to work with some fabulous Sticky Paper from Sawyers Place, who is one of our sponsors - so there is a great prize pack from them up for grabs. 

I've followed the sketch but squashed some of the elements down for a more compact look - particularly the vertical strips, and added some of the  chainlink fence sticky paper to my top and bottom edges as well as creating a paper clip flag for some extra embellishment. Papers and embellishments are taken from Echo Park's For The Record 2 collection, which I absolutely ADORE, as well as a few faves - some tiny buttons, butterfly punch and a Darkroom Door Film Strip. Skeleton leaf and tiny roses are Green Tara.  

Here is February's sketch - and we would love to see what you can do with it too! 

Thanks for joining me today :) 


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Guest Designing @ 2Crafty Today!

So happy to be sharing my first layout as Guest Designer for 2Crafty over the coming months. I really enjoyed creating this layout featuring a portrait photo of my DD and it all seemed to just flow together. I just love it when that happens! 

Ariel's Spray really did dictate to me how this layout would come together. It's such a gorgeous flourish and I wanted to build the rest of my page around that piece to show off it's beauty. 

More detail and close ups of my layout can be found at the 2Crafty blog here. I hope you are inspired to create your own Ariel's Spray LO. 

Thank you for dropping by today, 


Monday, February 4, 2013

Breathtaking - Sketch Challenge At The Scrapbook Store

The February sketch is now up at The Scrapbook Store gallery, and I have created a mixed media layout using some of my go to techniques at the moment. I have represented the circle in the sketch with gauze, string and an inky background then added a few elements and my title, including some tiny chipboard butterflies which are sooo adorable. 

I've also added a few tiny Green Tara flowers and a leaf, some buttons from my stash and a title using DIY fabric Thickers which I have painted with gesso

Here is the sketch for February, there is a fabulous random draw $40 store voucher up for grabs with free postage! Hope you can play along with us!


Sunday, February 3, 2013

True Grace - WW1

I just love the current theme over at White With 1 this month and it's been an age since I've played along with their challenges so I was really happy to have had some time in the past couple of days to work on my own interpretation. 


I've used a few different shades of pink from a peachy pink colour through to a bright vivid pink. For my hearts I have used chipboard shapes - both negative and positive, lots of my fave Green Tara products including flowers, twine, wire and lace along with a skeleton leaf that I have distressed and coloured with a soft pink matte finish embossing powder. And because I have the great privilege of being a Guest Designer at 2Crafty for the next few months I have used a few of their yummy chipboard pieces. 

Thanks for calling in, enjoy your day.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Dad - February Challenge @ KIU!

Where did January go? I just can't believe how quickly that went by and here we are, already facing up to February. But, as a new month ticks over, so does the new challenge for Kraft It Up! and for this month's theme I have made a male themed layout! OHMYGOSH I hear you say, yes I was saying it too! Here I have used a photograph of my father taken when he was about 16 or 17 years old. He was such a larrikin back then and this photo really captures that. 

The new challenge is to use stickers on your page - here is the prompt we were given: 

This month I want to see some creative uses for sticker embellishments, now all of us have them, they can be epoxy, journaling, chipboard, fabric stickers, lettering or decorative borders the list goes on...

So, I have had this OA Rocket Age collection in my stash forever. When it first came out, probably 2 years ago now, I instantly fell in love with it but I've NEVER used it! It's criminal, I know. It's full of great little sticker embellishments and chipboard elements - time to dust this off and do something with it. I've also used some of the sticker waste from the alpha sheet behind my photo for a little extra texture. 

We are now split into two reveal groups on the KIU site, so be sure and check back mid-month for some more inspiration from the team. 

Hope to see you getting your stickers on this month. 


Friday, February 1, 2013

Love - Once Upon A...Sketch

So happy to be sharing with you my second layout as part of the wonderful Design Team over at Once Upon A...Sketch. I still cannot believe my name is amongst the amazing line up of talent on this blog, and for this I am absolutely thankful. 

This month we combine the theme of "love" along with the sketch and I have chosen my current "go to" colour of yellow teamed with some beautiful papers from Maja Design, "Walking In The Forest", which I have fussy cut elements from and arranged on my page. The little maple leaves and mushrooms add just a touch of whimsy. My background was created using Imaginarium Designs chipboard alpha arranged into a circle pattern to tie in with the sketch and I have added some cord from a Scrapbook Fantasies ribbon pack. And of course I couldn't call it finished until I had used some favourite flowers and embellishments from Green Tara. Isn't that butterfly just amazing! 

So here is the new sketch for February with the theme of "love":

...and don't forget to include your journalling somewhere! 

Thanks for dropping by and enjoy the rest of your day.