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.

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.

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

16/02/2016 EDIT TO ADD:  Thrilled to be selected as a winner at LESSology!!

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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:

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


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:

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):

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.

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!

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

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

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

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

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:

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:

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

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18 January 2016


I made another art journal page!

Torn paper collage background:

Gesso, then stencilling:

And here's the finished page:

The theme of my page was inspired by the January challenge at Mixed Media Monthly...

And... the Bowie Inspired challenge theme at Mystical Scrapbooks.  I used lyrics from David Bowie's song Changes, from his 1971 Hunky Dory album. 

Kaisercolour Dusty Pink acrylic paint
Kaisercolour Spearmint acrylic paint
Kaisercraft Clock template
Uniball Signo - Gold gel pen
Vintage book page

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17 January 2016

45 - Make Today Awesome

Week 3 at Colour Me Positive, and this is the prompt:

This is my creation...

... not an art journal page, but a layout this week.  I created a collage base with lots of old patterned papers.  I experimented with Liquitex gel medium for both the adhesive and the primer.  That seemed to work well but then I tried a Dylusions spray ink on top, and it didn't look right.  Those two media don't play nice together!  The ink was patchy and looked more red than pink.

When the ink finally dried, I covered it all up with white gesso with the aim of starting over...which of course reactivated the ink.  It created a beautiful smooth coverage over everything, like a super creamy acrylic paint, and the gesso diluted the colour too.  Not the result I expected, but I do like it!  And it's always good to discover new things

The cupcake is cut from a birthday card, and I raided my stash for the alphas and other embellishments.

Also joining in at Dylusions Facebook Challenge this month, where the criteria is PINK, LIME GREEN and NUMBERS.

Ranger Dylusions - Bubblegum Pink ink spray
Arctic Frog Alphabet Avenue - Alphabet Garden number stickers
Provocraft Alphabitties letter stickers
Provocraft Alphabiggies letter stickers

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16 January 2016


Playing along at the Scrap Suite cybercrop with this layout for the monochromatic challenge:

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And this one, for the Power of Three challenge:

Kraft cardstock
Prima Dude - Fun Stuff patterned paper
Basic Grey Two Scoops - Mint Chocolate Chip patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety - Sweet Pea patterned paper
American Crafts Thickers - Jewelry Box alphabets
Dymo tape
Washi tape
Ric rac
Paper clip

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15 January 2016

Playing with colour

This layout is for the White with a Twist challenge at Scrapping Outback:

This is the picture that inspired the layout:

I used the colours of white, grey, silver and a touch of black.  I added a chipboard title.

GCD Studios Paris Nights - Notre Dame decorative strips
Prima Essentials flowers
Prima leaves
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Silver gems
Ruby Rock-it Le Jardin - Family chip title
Carabelle Studio Composition-avec-des-carres art template
Texture pasee

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This layout is for the January challenge at Scrap the Boys:

I took inspiration from the moodboard colours, leaves and door panels:

Paper scraps - KI Memories, Rouge de Garance, SEI, Crate Paper, Bazzill
Prima Homespun Elegance - Vintage burplap flower

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14 January 2016


Scrapbook Fantasies has a butterfly theme for their Weekly Inspiration Challenge #2 - just the creative nudge I needed to get these photographs scrapped:

There are butterflies on the patterned paper, the journalling page, and also my embellishments.

Kaisercraft Enchanted Garden - Fascinate patterned paper
Bella! Narratives - Sarah Jane journalling page
Wooden butterflies
Prima Welcome to Paris textured canvas alphabets

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13 January 2016

Friday 13th

This layout is based on the January sketch at Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia:

My background is a leftover drop sheet with paint castoffs from an old project.

Bo Bunny Vicki B - Florilicious patterned paper
Bo Bunny Vicki B - Bubbly patterned paper
Washi tape
Dymo tape
Product packaging (grid cardstock)
Kaisercraft Dahlia resin flowers
Kaisercolour Mango acrylic paint
Kaisercolour Candy acrylic paint
Making Memories Scrapbook Colors - Eat Your Carrots acrylic paint

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12 January 2016

I will fly

This is my creation for Week 2 of the Colour Me Positive art journalling challenge:

The prompt is Be Brave, with the additional criteria of a silhouette:

For my project I quoted lyrics from Touch the Sky, from the 2012 Disney movie Brave.

I'm also sharing my page at Mixed Media Monthly:

I created the 'cloudy' background by applying paint with a make up sponge directly onto the cardstock.  No gesso, no other prep - I just jumped in and squished the paint around.  Pretty brave, for me!  I really like the result.  When it was dry, I added the bird using a stencil and black sharpie pen.

The flowers and rhinestones are from my scrapbooking stash, and the words are printed with Dymo tape.

Simon Says Monday has a STENCILLING theme this week too!

Bazzill Basics cardstock
Kaisercraft Dusty Pink acrylic paint
Kaisercraft Spearmint acrylic paint
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Black gems
Dove folkart stencil
Pink satin flowers
Dymo tape

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11 January 2016

Two more beach layouts

It's summer, and I'm in the mood for scrapping some more beach layouts!

The first one was inspired by the January challenge at ARTastic:

This is the artwork prompt, a painting called Bondi Scene, by Isabelle May Tweddle:

I took inspiration from the beach scene, and I used torn papers to mimic the breaking waves. For me, summer and the beach go hand in hand!

I used the January sketch at Stuck?! to build my layout.

Bo Bunny Country Garden - Charm patterned paper
Bo Bunny Mammarazzi2 - Oh Snap patterned paper
Basic Grey Serenade - Dowager patterned paper
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Silver gems
Green Tara Mini Tassel - 15mm white ribbon trim

08/02/2016 EDIT TO ADD:  Selected as a winner at ARTastic!

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The next layout is a companion page to the one above.  It's for the blog sketch challenge at  Bo Bunny:

I used Bo Bunny papers and doiley on this layout. I used stitching and cotton tangles to add some texture:

I'm also sharing this layout at Clique Kits for the Anything Goes theme.

Bo Bunny Country Garden - Charm patterned paper
Bo Bunny Mammarazzi2 - Oh Snap patterned paper
Bo Bunny Medium Doiley
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Silver gems
Green Tara Mini Tassel - 15mm white ribbon trim

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