08 February 2016

Kindness - a mixed media challenge

Powering along with my art journal experiments... this is my latest one:



I used the quote from the Week 6 prompt at Colour Me Positive.  My design was inspired by the February prompt at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge:



I cut my title word from glitter cardstock:



I am sharing my page at Clique Kits for the Anything Goes theme.

And... I am submitting my page at C'est Magnifique for the mixed media technique challenge ~ use texture in three different ways:
* paper collage background - thick and varied
* gesso - I love the grainy texture!
* texture paste - two different types (white first, then gold on top)

Materials
Clearsnap ColorBox Art Screen - Bloom stencil
Imagine Crafts CM - Metallic Gold texture paste
Sullivans Glitter - Gold cardstock
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters alphabet dies

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07 February 2016

Dino-tronics

Another layout for the 2015 Ekka album... getting closer and closer to finishing it!



I'm joining in the monthly layout challenge at Scrapbook It, with the following criteria:
* Five patterned papers - listed below
* Three or more embellishments - several kinds of flowers, wooden button, rhinestone
* Recycled item (vintage book pages)
* Ripping and tearing (torn book pages)
* Washi tape

I'm also submitting my layout at Clique Kits for the Anything Goes theme.

Materials
Crate Paper Brunch - RSVP patterned paper
My Memories Chevrons - Gold patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket 2wenty-Thr3e - Postcards patterned paper
Basic Grey Lily Kate - Chocolate patterned paper
Basic Grey Hang 10 - Wipeout patterned paper
Core'dinations Black Tie cardstock

Bazzill Basics Bitty Blossoms - Arroyo satin flower
Prima Essentials peach flower
Metallic striped kraft washi tape
Wooden daisy button
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Yellow gem
Doodlebug Simply Sweet - Lily White alphabet stickers
Dymo tape

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06 February 2016

Another Ekka layout

... this time, it's a pocket page spread:



I started with the book-inspired challenge at Scrap Our Stash:

 

I used some animal photographs, and used the title Big Heart on my layout.  I included more than two hearts:



I'm also joining in at Simon Says Wednesday for the Have a Heart theme.

Materials:
Simple Stories Sn@p! Studio - Insta-Pocket page
Crate Paper Maggie Holmes - Shine - Devine patterned paper
Kaisercraft Enchanted Garden - Entrance patterned paper
Kaisercraft Waterberry - Delicious patterned paper
Doodlebug Hopscotch heart stickers (from sheet of alphabets)
Maya Road Hearts trinket pins 
Dollar shop alphabet stickers
Prima Sprites 2 - Orange flower

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05 February 2016

Use your scraps...

I am joining in at the Use Your Scraps challenge at C'est Magnifique.  I made two tags with some corrugated card and scraps of paper, fabric and ribbon:



 

The February mood board at Berry 71 Bleu inspired me to use the lockets, as well as lots of golden touches - the ribbon, gold texture paste, gold gel pen.

Materials
Imagine Crafts CM - Metallic Gold texture paste
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Silver gems
My Memories butterfly punch

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04 February 2016

#wonderfulday

Another layout for our 2015 Ekka album:



I was inspired by these challenges ~

Scrap the Girls, with their gorgeous Good as Gold mood board.   I scrapped a picture of my daughter, and used the colours of black and gold.

> More Than Words, with the prompts of WONDERFUL and SPARKLE:


I used WONDERFUL in the title, and lots of glitter cardstock:



> Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, with the prompt of GLITTER:


The mixed media element is the stencilling, and glitter cardstock used as a photo mat and cut into star embellishments.

> C'est Magnifique Mixed Media challenge, following the stencil bump tutorial.  I used texture paste for my base layer, and my 'bumped' layer is gold metallic creative medium.



This was a new technique for me so I was a bit tentative and conservative, but I like the result and will try the technique again on future projects.

Materials
Authentique Classique - Elegant One cardstock 
CTMH Silhouette patterned paper
Sullivans Glitter - Gold cardstock
Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz - Stars layered stencil
Texture paste
Imagine Crafts CM - Metallic Gold paste

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03 February 2016

Pocket scrapping... with scraps!

For a while now, I've been on a mission to use up my scraps and part-packets of embellishments, so I thought I'd do a scrappy catch up on some more August photographs today, and revisit pocket-style scrapping.  I took inspiration from Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge for February - all the pieces I used are scraps (I didn't cut into any new sheets) and I mixed collections. I find it so satisfying to use up my existing stash rather than using pre-made pocket cards.  The paper flowers are the last two from a mixed size pack.



Detail shot of the 2x2 square, with teeny-tiny fussy cutting:


I'm also entering my layout in the Pocket Page challenge at C'est Magnifique.

Materials
Simple Stories Sn@p! Studio - Insta-Pocket page
Crate Paper Maggie Holmes - Shine - Devine patterned paper
Kaisercraft Enchanted Garden - Entrance patterned paper
Kaisercraft Waterberry - Delicious patterned paper
Basic Grey Lime Rickey - Howdy Doody patterned paper (fussy cut birds)
Kaisercraft 2cm White paper flowers
MFT Die-namics - Little Lowercase Letters alphabet dies

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02 February 2016

Dream big

This is the prompt for Week 5 at Colour Me Positive:


And this is the art journal page I created:



I used an upcycled page divider for my cardstock base, because it was just the perfect shade of blue! Then I did some simple stencilling with texture paste - no primer or other medium.

I made the hot air balloon by free-hand cutting the shape, and gluing on kaleidoscope of punched butterflies.  {I got the idea from Gypsy Stockley whose hot air balloon made from hearts inspired this design.}

I'm sharing my creation at Simon Says Wednesday for the Anything Goes theme.

Materials
Stencil Girl Rembrandt's Words 6x6 stencil
Texture paste
My Memories butterfly punch
Baker's twine
Bella Blvd Sunny Happy Skies - Borders patterned paper (fussy cutting)

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01 February 2016

Pixels & Paper - February DT Reveal

I love travel themes, so it really was love at first sight when I saw this month's Pixels and Paper inspiration piece:


I created a layout to add to our 2015 family road trip album:



I used map paper and a map marker flair:



I'm sharing my layout at Simon Says Wednesday for the Anything Goes theme.

Materials:
Kraft cardstock
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Collection patterned paper
Washi tape
Funky Flair Studio Girl Map Marker flair
Micador Collected & Co - Text Type Black alphabet stickers

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31 January 2016

Classy and fabulous

Another card, this one for a friend's birthday:



This is my entry at More than Words Mini Challenge, where the theme word for January is BE.

I'm also submitting at Simon Says Wednesday, for the Anything Goes theme.

Materials
Graphic 45 Couture - Elegant patterned paper
My Memories Glitter - Bright Gold cardstock
Really Reasonable Ribbon Diamond Satin - Poppy Red 5/8" ribbon
Portacraft Metallic Gold alphabet stickers

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29 January 2016

Drive Time

I'm enjoying my journeys in the mixed media world, and I had fun creating this layout:



I started with a collage of scrap papers, which I covered with gesso {loving the reduction of my paper scraps stash!!}



Then, in response the Candy Land challenge at LESSology, I sought inspiration from this packaging:


I inked up the background with orange to match the logo, and used browns and creams and spotty elements.  I used the actual packaging on my layout, as a photo mat, and cut out one of the little spotted dogs.

I also used some of the tabs from the packaging:



I'm also submitting my layout at Creative Artiste for the Anything Goes / Use Chipboard challenge.  Here's a detailed shot of the chipboard, which I cut from a larger panel, and altered with gesso:



(You can also see the adorable spotted dog, which I couldn't resist fussy-cutting and adding as an embellishment.)

And... this week at Simon Says Wednesday, Anything Goes ~ so I'm sharing there too.

Materials
Ranger Dylusions - Squeezed Orange ink spray
Creative Embellishments Circle Lattice Panel chipboard
May Arts 3/8" brown/white spots grosgrain ribbon
3/8" argyle grosgrain ribbon
Dymo tape
Kraft washi tape
Product packaging

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25 January 2016

Believe in yourself

This is my creation for Week 4 of Lulu Art's Colour Me Positive art journalling challenge.

First, the prompt:


The background colour and texture was inspired by the mood board at Berry 71 Bleu this month:


I started with a collage background:


I covered it with gesso, then with acrylic paint.  I didn't like how 'solid' it looked, so I gave it another coat of gesso, then sprayed with dye ink... then decorated.   To finish up, I added a light spray of gold... and I was finally happy with it. This is how it finished up:



Some detailed shots ~

Stencillling with texture paste and Twinkling H2Os:



Gorgeous gold sheen:



Materials
Cosmo Cricket Earth Love - Borders patterned paper
Crate Paper Shine - Dazzle patterned paper
TCW Mini Winged Exploration 6x6 stencil 
Making Memories Scrapbook Colors - Ocean acrylic paint
Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst - Time Travel Teal mist
LuminArte Twinkling H2Os - Pink Cloud watercolour
LuminArte Twinkling H2Os - Pink Grapefruit watercolour
Uniball Signo - Gold gel pen
Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Gold mist

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24 January 2016

Cybercropping

I created these layouts using prompts at the Mystical Scrapbooks David Bowie Tribute cybercrop.

The first one was based on a sketch, which was based on an album cover:



I rotated the sketch 90ยบ clockwise to create this:



Materials
Elle's Studio You& Me - Mixed Dots  patterned paper (reverse side)
Doodlebug Simply Sweet - Lily White alphabet stickers
Riley Blake Designs Mini pom pom - Aqua trim
Printed grosgrain ribbon (received as RAK)

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I created a pocket scrapping page in response to the title and lyrics challenge:



My title is taken from the 1980 Bowie album and song Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps):



Materials
Simple Stories Sn@p! Studio - Insta-Pocket page
Cosmo Cricket Social Club - Manhattan patterned paper
American Crafts Thickers - Jewelry Box chipboard alphabets
Glitz Designs Teeny Alpha - Yellow Block alphabet stickers
Green Tara 4cm Petals - Ivory paper flower

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This third challenge is based on the picture prompt of David Bowie & his wife Iman -  Scrap a significant relationship.  This is my layout:



My layout design was inspired by the stash challenge at Scrap our Stash:


I used blue and white for the main paper, stripes, and a splash of red.  I also used white paint in the background to meet the additional criteria.

I'm also submitting this one at Scrap Challenge YOUrself for the Anything Goes theme.

Materials
October Afternoon Sasparilla - Rustler patterned paper
Basic Grey Hang 10 - Wipeout patterned paper
Making Memories Noteworthy journalling page
Tim Holtz Idea-ology journalling ticket
Bakers twine
Prima Welcome to Paris textured canvas alphabets

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23 January 2016

Saturday scrapping

Too hot for gardening today, so I spent some time scrapping.  Three layouts today...

This one is in response to Paper Issues Scrap and Chat challenge ~ use a bow:





Also sharing at Rochelle's This or That challenge (ribbon or twine) - I chose ribbon!

Materials
My Minds Eye Wild Asparagus - Imagine title card
Petaloo Floradoodles - Daisy Layers fabric flower
Kaisercraft 5cm Lime paper flower
Wooden heart button
Sequin trim (RAK from Lizzy Hill)
Olive spotted grosgrain ribbon

* & * & * & * & * & *

This one is for Scrapbook Fantasies ~ Scrap an imperfect photograph:



Materials
Lasting Impressions Dream journal card
Crate Paper Shine - Devine patterned paper
Baker's twine - yellow
Wooden flower buttons

* & * & * & * & * & *

This one is for the Orange, Red, Yellow challenge at Scrapbook Fantasies:



Materials
Rose Moka Appel de la Nature - Sous Bois patterned paper
WRMK Fiesta - Nuevo patterned paper 
Baker's twine
Scenic Route Sonoma journalling label die cuts
Paper clips
Micador Collected & Co - Text Type Black alphabet stickers

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20 January 2016

Salt in the Air

This layout is my take on the January challenge at Show Us Your Stuff:



I took inspiration from the beach-themed pictures and the title.

I hand-cut my own title letters from cardstock offcuts, and also included a flair from Funky Flair Studios:



Materials
Studio Calico Classic Calico - Geometry patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket Earth Love - Remember patterned paper
Bo Bunny VickiB - Loverly patterned paper
My Memories butterfly punch 
Funky Flair Studio Camera Captions flair
Robin's Nest Teardrops - Sunflower Seeds gems

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19 January 2016

Be irreplaceable

I love the mood board at Berry 71 Bleu this month:


The very first thing I noticed was the beautiful peacock feathers.  I created this card for a workmate's birthday:



I've been hoarding some lovely Graphic 45 papers and this was the perfect incentive to used them.  Here's a close up of the feather motif, and the punched edge I added to the card:



Materials
Core'dinations Black Tie cardstock
Graphic 45 Couture - Elegant patterned paper
Satin textured ribbon
Martha Stewart Arch Lattice edge punch

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