Thursday, October 31, 2013

Mixed Media Art Journaling

Hi guys, just wanting to drop by quickly tonight to share one of the things I was working on this afternoon - my latest fairy entry in my art journal. I'm sure I've mentioned a few months ago that I have been taking a few online classes in the background to develop my drawing and painting skills. This also indulges my great love of mixed media products - and I've come such a long way in just a year. I would highly recommend you check out Jane Davenport's self paced classes here if you're interested in something like this, or if you're local to me and would like a creative weekend of fun journaling, Paula MacMillan-Perich offers some wonderful workshops which will well and truly get you on your way.

All that PLUS my very favourite scrappy shop is now stocking some of my fave art supplies - love you TSS! - that I just can't live without these days. Skintone starter sets in both Ceramcoat matte acrylic paints and Prismacolor pencils - YUM! My preserved fairy was created using both of these products, some gesso, a few paint and gel pens and a couple of Tim Holtz Distress Inks. Neat huh? 

Thanks for calling in, enjoy your day!

Supplies used:

Liquitex Gesso
Ceramcoat Matte Acrylic Paint - White
Ceramcoat Matte Acrylic Paint - Antique White
Ceramcoat Matte Acrylic Paint - Light Ivory
Ceramcoat Matte Acrylic Paint - Santa's Flesh
Ceramcoat Matte Acrylic Paint - Medium Flesh
Ceramcoat Matte Acrylic Paint - Dune's Beige
Ceramcoat Matte Acrylic Paint - Pale Lilac
Ceramcoat Matte Acrylic Paint - Seafoam
Prismacolor Pencils - Portrait Set
Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber - Cool Periwinkle
Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Milled Lavender
Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Shaded Lilac
Molotow 1mm Paint Marker - Signal White
Copic 0.1mm Multiliner - Black


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

You - October Prima BAP

Ever since I returned to blogging and scrapbooking a couple of years ago I've wanted to try my hand at the Prima BAP - or Build-A-Page sketch - so this month I have finally taken the plunge and interpreted a sketch Prima style. So here is my take on October's BAP

I've used lots of goodies from the new Prima Delight collection picking up on the deep coral colours and a touch of pistachio green. I'm really loving this colour combination and even a bold and bright colour such as the coral in this layout can look so utterly soft and feminine when it's teamed up with pastel shades.

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

Materials used:


Monday, October 28, 2013

Mad Tea Party Curious Stamp Set using Copics

Today I wanted to share a card I created using the large rose image from Mad Tea Party Curious Stamp Set. This stamp measures 10cm from top to bottom so it really makes an impact on your project and I've enjoyed revisiting my Copics to colour it. I just love images like this where you can create such dimension using layers and a paper tole technique with foam dots between each section, and the end result is worth the extra effort.

I've then added my dimensional rose to my paper layers taken from Marion Smith Designs brand new Mad Tea Party Collection, adding the whole thing to a card base. The finishing touch is the gorgeous monarch butterfly - another stamp found in the Curious set.

Thank you for dropping by today, I hope you like my card and you can find more on the Marion Smith Designs blog here including a closer look at some of those rose layers.

Materials used:

Copic markers petals - R000, R00, R20, R22, R24, R59
Copic markers flower centre - YR21, YR23, YR24, E15
Copic markers leaves and stem - YG03, YG23, G07, YG67
Copic markers butterfly - YR21, YR23, YR24, E15
Martha Stewart Crafts Glass Microbeads - Clear


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Whimsical Smash Journal using Graphic 45 Typography

Hello! Today I have a sweet whimsical journal page to share which I have created using some of the goodies from the new Graphic 45 Typography collection which I have been playing with this month for The Scrapbook Store.  I love the patchwork feel to the "Create" patterned paper, and this really was my inspiration for this new page in my smash journal. At home I have been doing lots of art journaling - mermaids, fairies, little whimsical characters - learning different paint techniques and getting to know my mixed media type products all a little better. It's lots of fun just to start something like this and see where it leads you - no plans in place or pre-conceived ideas on what will happen.

Thanks for calling in and enjoy the rest of your weekend :) 

Materials used:


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Half Mermaid, half Electric Eel

This is my latest addition to my mermaid journal. Creating this lovely being was an absolute joy from start to finish - she was just dying to be seen, to be borne into my journal - and I just adore her. I think she has a little electric eel somewhere in her distant ancestry because she has that radioactive glow thing going on. Perhaps there is a story there and maybe it will come to me one day and be written in, but for now this makes me happy.


You - Marion Smith Designs Mad Tea Party

Today I wanted to be sharing my first layout created using the new Marion Smith Designs Mad Tea Party collection. I just love the colours, the designs and the gorgeously feminine touches that make up this beautiful line of patterned papers and coordinating Cut & Create Ephemera sheets. I can really see myself using this collection a lot over the coming months.

I've used Distress Paint to create the colour in my background and built my paper layers up adhering them in place with some torn washi tape. Add to this some beautiful blooms and a title and the layout really is complete.

For more detail on how I created this page from start to finish please see my blog post at Marion Smith Designs here. Don't forget to sign up while you're there to get all the latest design ideas from this amazing team.

12"x12" chipboard sheet
Liquitex gesso
Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Victorian Velvet
Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Antique Linen
Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Gathered Twigs
Texture Paste/impasto medium
large resin round frame
Prima flowers
Washi tape
dimensional dots
Prima alpha
Marion Smith Designs Mad Tea Party patterned paper - Rabbit Hole
Marion Smith Designs Mad Tea Party patterned paper - Wonderland
Marion Smith Designs Mad Tea Party patterned paper - Spot Of Tea
Marion Smith Designs Mad Tea Party patterned paper - Cut & Create Ephemera
Marion Smith Designs Mad Tea Party Stamp Set - Curious


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Best Day Ever! - Sketchbook 365

Its time for the new sketch for November over at Sketchbook 365!  I know, can you believe it! 
If you love layered looks in your scrapbooking as much as I do then this one is a must-do. I've used Distress Paint along with a couple of stencils for a grungy graffiti look to my background, building my layers on top and finishing off with that so so cute flair button from A Piece Of Cake Designs here. Oh my goodness I so love these flairs too! 
There is a bundle of some of the latest release Glitz Designs papers up for grab this month - very cool prize - so be sure to get your entry in for a chance at those goodies :) 
Here is the new sketch - can't wait to see your take.

I've made two posts today - scroll down for more!

Laugh Often, Love - The Scrapbook Store

My second layout using Graphic 45 Typography for The Scrapbook Store features a fun photograph taken of my daughter about a year ago when she went through her "black hair" phase. We were going through some of my old dresses from when I was her age - gorgeous frocks that I have just never been able to part with - and trying them on. I was so happy to see them come to life again, and I can't quite believe I was her size once too! The years have not been so kind to me!

The gorgeous colours of the Typography collection look so fabulous against the black background - a marriage made in heaven, for sure. I have created my own chalkboard look by mixing black acrylic paint with matte medium and painting it straight onto my chipboard piece. Easy peasy and couldn't be more funner!

Here is the complete list of materials used:

12"x12" chipboard base
Dusty Attic Dusty In Colour - Soot
Liquitex Matte Medium
Graphic 45 Typography patterned paper - Imagine
Graphic 45 Typography patterned paper - Typography
Graphic 45 Typography Element Stickers
Graphic 45 Typography Die Cut Tags & Pockets
Petaloo Chantilly Blossoms Velvet Hydrangeas - Blue


Friday, October 18, 2013

Forever - 2Crafty

I just love how this layout turned out. It's so perfectly girlie and pink and it all just seemed to flow as I was creating it. Lots of gorgeous texture a soft palette and some lovely chipboard pieces are some of my favourite things - what's not to love!

I've used the Giant Cogs set, a flourish and the "forever" title, colouring them up with Tim Holtz Distres Paint. For more detail and some closer photographs please follow the link to the 2Crafty blog.

Thanks for dropping by, enjoy your day :) 


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Farewell To Green Tara

My first layout features a Gold Green Tara flower spray and a gorgeous silver diamante heart. I love the way a few embellishments can really add such an impact to a layout without overdoing it. The colours of the Green Tara products blend so well with this background and papers for a fabulous look.

For my second project I have created another layout, again keeping my embellishments simple and just letting them speak for themselves. I've been so inspired by the recent chalkboard look hitting the papercrafting world lately and bright colours work beautifully with this look. Again I have used a simple flower spray, this time in red, giving it some shape by bending it into a circle to frame my photograph. The finishing touches are two simple roses and that amazing suede cord bow.

For my third and final project I have created a tag using lots of wonderful texture, adding some of my favourite paint in olive shades and just a touch of vintage with some Distress Stains. That giant flower really takes centre stage with a sweet rose centre, some beautiful Green Tara laces tucked in behind and an olive Christmas Vine trailing up the side of the tag. Tags can be such fun to make, quick and easy and really add an impact to a special gift or use instead of a card, or they look fantastic as a large embellishment on a scrapbooking layout. 

The view from the top of the tag showing a piece of the new Fairy Mesh in Metallic Gold tucked in behind the flower, the olive Xmas Vine and a few roses tucked here and there. The chipboard is from 2Crafty, "Shrub Set" which can be found here.


I just wanted to take a moment to thank Green Tara - especially Allison - who has been amazing to work for and incredibly generous to her Design Team and of course, to myself. I have had a wonderful year working with these products but the time has come for me step aside and let some other incredible talents shine. I've been blessed to have worked with many designers through Green Tara and for this I am very thankful. 

Thank you also to Di Garling for being an amazing coordinator who works tirelessly ensuring things run smoothly. She always had our backs :) 

All the best to the new team, may you enjoy your Green Tara experience as much as I did. 


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Imagine Dream Art - Step By Step Tutorial

Today I am sharing a tutorial on how to create a textured stucco look background using stamps and texture paste for The Scrapbook Store. This month I am creating with Graphic 45's new collection, Typography which features beautiful vintage style font designs coordinated with G45's trademark sepia and black colour combination.

I've used a photograph I took of some street art on a recent trip to Sydney which matches this collection perfectly. As well as the G45 goodies I've also created a mini tutorial on how to give metal embellishments a super fast patina or enamelled effect. Loving this look right now! Here is a close-up of the result -

Below is a complete list of materials used. You can find the step by step tutorial for my stucco look background along with the faux enamelled metal embellishment here
12x12 Chipboard
Liquitex Modeling Paste
Liquitex Gesso
Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Antique Linen
Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Broken China
Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Gathered Twigs
Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Antique Linen
Kaisercraft Texture Stamp - Bubble Wrap
Kaisercraft Texture Stamp - Grid
Kaisercraft Texture Stamp - Journal
Petaloo Chantilly Blossoms Blue Velvet Hydrangeas
Graphic 45 Typography patterned paper - Dream
Graphic 45 Typography patterned paper - Typography
Graphic 45 Typography patterned paper - Inscribe
Graphic 45 Typography Die Cut Tags & Pockets
Prima Marketing Finnabair Mechanicals - Plated Label

Thanks for calling in, enjoy your day!


Monday, October 14, 2013

Art Journaling

 This weekend I had the great pleasure of catching up with a couple of arty friends at a local retreat and I thought I would share one of the pieces I created with them. We had such a great time - I learned a few new fabulous techniques, talked too much, ate too much and came away with a boatload of inspiration to keep me busy until next time. 

So, wondering what I've been working away on in the background? This is a sneak view of what has had me so busy! Loving me some art journaling right now.


Monday, October 7, 2013

Design Team Callout for Once Upon A Sketch!

Hi guys! I just wanted to drop in today to share a great opportunity to join an amazing Design Team. Once Upon A...Sketch! has been a terrific experience for me and this is a team family I am sadly going to miss being a part of but the year is up this coming December and so there will be a brand new line up of designers starting in January. 

I would like to encourage EVERYONE to apply. This truly has been one of my greatest DT experiences to date. It doesn't matter where in the world you are or what your scrapbooking style is, just go for it.

For further details on the application process please read the above flyer and visit the Once Upon A Sketch design team callout post here

Good luck!


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Be You - The Scrapbook Store October Sketch

What an unusual start to the month it has been for me this month. Normally by this time I have quite a few projects posted already but the beginning of this month has been unusually quiet - mind you, only on my blog, I've had things going on in the background! 

BUT, here I am with my second post for October - the new sketch for The Scrapbook Store, with another chance to win a $40 gift voucher plus free postage from the shop. All you need to do is follow this months' sketch and upload it to our gallery here - it's as easy as that!

I've used the beautiful aqua and gold patterned papers from Bo Bunny's The Avenues collection as my inspiration for this new layout. YES - how I love my aqua! And the gold works so so well with the aqua and beige colours. I've used Zing embossing powder in Glitter Gold for that perfect pop of bling.

Here is the sketch for October - I've rotated it once anti-clockwise - and I hope to see your layouts in our gallery!


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Home Is Here - i {heart} u!

The beginning of a new month is always so exciting with new inspiration popping up everywhere. I love seeing all the fun challenges and DT samples around blogland. This month at 123 challenge we get to play around with YELLOW (one of my fave go to colours right now), use the word heart as your inspiration and include some mixed alpha! There are so many possibilities with this challenge and I chose to create my page demonstrating my love for my family home.

There are so many amazing entries for the September challenge - it's going to be a tough call choosing just a few to be featured. Thank you to everyone who supported the challenge last month, hope to see lots of entries again for this one :)