Friday, 22 May 2015

Coffee Solves Everything Layout
Studio 75 plus the Lessology Cupcake Challenge!

Hello one & all!!  I have a new layout up on the Studio 75 blog HERE today.
My dedicated post is HERE.

Take a look there if you are interested in the products I used as they are all
 available from their online store HERE.  Any South Africans wanting
 anything I can order together with my Design Team order next time
 & postage will work out cheaper for you that way :)

The papers & circular elements all come from Studio 75, from 3 different collections!

Just like Prima, everything from Studio 75 works well with everything else so buying
their papers is always a great investment due to their versatility.  I NEVER buy
themed papers & avoid them as much as possible, favouring the more subtler
"wallpaper prints" as I call them, that can usually be found on the B sides
of brighter papers.  As I like to embellish a lot I prefer a calmer base!!

See the LESSOLOGY CHALLENGE HEREThe challenge is to use a cupcake
 in some form, plus one upcycled item.  The paper coaster that says "Coffee 
Solves Everything" comes from my favourite chain of coffee shops here, 
Mugg & Bean, & comes under every cup of coffee ordered. 

 Needless to say I have a stack of them by now!!   

I've used 3 images of cupcakes - 1) the photo  2) The circular element & 
3) The cupcake (case only) underneath the photo strip - ( shiny & pink!)
I am loving these photo strips I get printed these days by a new local
 company - very hipster I think!!  They work really well for mobile
phone photos as mine are not of a very good quality :)

Thanks for looking today!  Don't forget our current challenge going on at 
Studio 75 right now HERE - MIXED MEDIA TAG - easy peasy so enter 
right?! Great first prize & merit winners voted on by the DT :)

And there is also time to play along with LESSOLOGY too!!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Boys with Big Ideas Layout - 2 Craft Chipboard -
Guest Designing for Off the Rails Challenge Blog

Hi everyone!  This month the Design Team at 2 Crafty Chipboard
 are guesting at Off the Rails - an Australian Challenge blog HERE.

This is the lovely mood board we got to work with.  I did my best 
to use the colours as well as be inspired by the quote.

I used some Crate Paper Sticker strips that I've had in my stash for YEARS
along with some Webster's Pages sentiment resins that I've been dying to use.

I used the DREAM title & the Chicken Barbed Wire from 2 Crafty as well
 as the stars & the large circle {from the concentric circle set}.

The script stamp comes from 7 Dots Studio{Cold Country}, the black alphas are from
American Crafts {Thickers} & the canvas ones are Prima ones I recoloured using ink pads.

I splattered the base paper with Prima Color Bloom Sprays
 & 13arts black Splash! ink before I begun.

The small alphas come from Webster's Pages. 
 This layout used up quite a bit of my older stash...

If you have the chance pop on over to "Off the Rails" & join in!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Journey Awakens The Soul Canvas
Prima Build-a-Page Sketch

Hello Everyone!!!  Blowing kisses to you all!!
I hope you've had an AWESOME SUNDAY!!!
Right now I am rushing off to watch "Pitch Perfect 2" with my 2 daughters!
We are dying to see what Fat Amy has been up to since we left off LOL!!

Just popping in to share my take on the Prima Build-a-Page sketch contest this month,
using the sketch above {believe it or not LOL}.  I really did start with it in mind!!

I actually created this on an old metal/tin lid from a chocolate box. 
 I use the box to store card blanks in in one of my drawers & quite frankly
 the lid was annoying, so rather than throw it out I thought I would
 re-purpose it & save some money instead of buying another canvas :)

To create a grip on the smooth & shiny metal surface I began by priming with
 gesso & a thick brush then once that had dried I applied modelling paste then 
stuck dry-wall tape into that whilst it was still wet.  I dried that of before
 applying Ranger crackle paints, dried those off then used my
 Prima Color Bloom Sprays for the drips, etc.

Because my background is so textural, with so many subtle colour variations,
I embellished simply, using Prima flowers, tags & wooden butterflies
then added some metals to the bottom for the title & to balance out
the top are of my "canvas".

Instead of the torn strips at the top I added the darker green spray for that area instead
& instead of all the stencilled words in the background I concentrated on background
detail with many variations in place of the words.  I flipped my photo to the other
side of where it appears in the sketch, because I always like to have my photo
subjects facing into the composition rather than out of it, it just looks better.

This was actually a really straight-forward project to create and took me a couple
of hours which were very relaxing & enjoyable.  I am preferring a less complex
look these days & easy-to-create little projects.  I hope you like it!!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Just Do It Layout - 7 Dots Studio
- Guest Designing at Sketchabilities

Hi!  So 7 Dots Studio were invited this month to Guest Design over at 
Sketchabilities HERE.  As you all know the sketches there are awesome.

I used papers, die-cuts, stickers & tags from the Thoughts Keeper Collection
HERE for this layout, together with the BEAUTIFUL Soulmates stencil HERE.  

I love the neutral tones of this collection & at the moment I'm loving bronze
 inking. I also added some bronze metallic thread behind my elements.

I used gesso to mute out some of the background together with some 13arts Splash!
 ink in black & white.  These inks are thick & opaque which I REALLY like. 

For the stenciling I used some black granite paste from Liquitex that is
 really fine & gritty, along with my bronze inkpad again.

The Scrabble alphas are part of the Thoughts Keeper Collection & come as a sheet 
of paper that needs to be hand-cut.  I love the look of the letters juxtaposed
 against one another with a few shiny black staples thrown into the mix!

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Love Canvas for 2 Crafty Chipboard
Plus an Easy Peasy Textured Background Tutorial!

Hello again!  Geez you must be sick of ME!!  Finally everything I've made lately needs sharing LOL! If only that could happen ALL the time eh?!?  As I said yesterday, I am
up on the 2 Crafty Chipboard blog HERE sharing a few projects for April.  

I love this scripture!  If only I could live up to it!!  So inspirational!!! 
 This piece is going by our front door as a reminder to us all on our way out & our way in!!!!
It's actually NOT strictly a canvas.  It's a piece of very thick board.  Canvases have become
a bit expensive here this year so where possible I am using lids, etc, as substitutes!

As you will see in my tutorial further down I started by creating texture with stickers & sticker negative sheets.  They were old & I was worried they may not stick firmly so I spread a layer
of white acrylic paint all over my base before adhering the stickers directly to the wet paint.  

I used 3 sets of circles from the mini-sampler set, 1.5 packs of skeleton leaves
 & 3/4 of a pack of mini-flourish bits.  My post on the 2 Crafty blog shows
 the images of the exact pieces of chipboard I used & you
 can also find them in the 2 Crafty store HERE.  

I raised my photo up on some foamcore board *QUICK TIP - always cut the board 
underneath your photo half an inch smaller, all around the edge.  This makes it 
SO EASY to tuck all the chippie pieces & flowers, etc underneath. This
 always looks nicer than placing things on top.  Use your awl {spiky tool}
 to push your embellishments a little underneath the photo.  

To get those awesome lines you need to *QUICK TIP - buy a hair-dying brush!  
These are available at supermarkets/grocery stores/pharmacies/drug stores
 & they are usually about 2 inches across. They are 
quite hard so they show the lines more visibly.  

I snapped some photos as I was creating {in the evening so the lighting
 isn't spot on but thought it would be better than nothing!}

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my canvas & easy peasy tutorial!
Remember if you are anywhere in AFRICA you can order your
 2 Crafty Chipboard from ME!  Just click into the store link above 
Email the info & I will quote you.  Parcels take about
a month to arrive but are worth the wait :)

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Love Technology Layout for 2 Crafty Chipboard

Hello Everyone!  I'm up again right now on the 2 Crafty Chipboard blog HERE.
I created this fun layout of my daughter smiling at her mobile phone screen!
The amount of time kids spend on their devices is quite frightening, but then again I
am not the greatest example myself, as I absolutely LOVE doing exactly the same 
thing !  Lately I have been putting a "cap" on my phone time by setting my alarm
 for when I can go on it again.  Desperate times call for desperate measures...

I went with 2009!!!  dark brown paper {thank you very much Pink Paislee!} to contrast 
against the very "white" photo.  I began by applying modeling paste through a 
beautiful UmWow Heart Stencil.  Dried that off, splashed on some amazing 
gold ink, then began my placement with a couple of very old strips of
 patterned paper strips I found sitting on my pile of brown offcuts!

You can pop over to the original post to see all the bits & pieces of chipboard I used.
The doily borders {down the sides}, the Hello & Love Word Circles & the 12 inch
 Cog border {that I cut up into 3 x 4inch lengths & tucked into 3 sides of the photo}.
I embellished with Prima flowers, leaves & some older Pink Paislee 
cotton reel heads & Maya Road resin roses. 

I used my Aladine IZINKS to recolour the chipboard pieces.  
These inks are EXPENSIVE but BEAUTIFUL & if you pop on over to 
Scrap Around The World this month there are LOADS of them up for grabs as Aladine
 is one of our Epic Event sponsors.  What I like about these inks is that they come
 in a small bottle {a glass one so be careful} & work great for splashing ink 
onto a background, which is a technique I LOVE.  Also, if you dip a watercolour
 paintbrush into them you can paint your chippie directly for a lovely sheen. 

These inks also blend beautifully & if you start with the palest colour first it's easier as 
you don't need to wash the paint off in between.  You can look at all the wonderful
2Crafty chipboard pieces in their store HERE & remember locals that I am their
South African agent & can order you anything you want & bring it in for you.

Obviously it works out more expensive than what is manufactured locally, but
there is no comparison,  The cuts are so fine & the designs are up to the minute
& always on trend, they are updated on a continual, usually monthly basis.  

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Wedding Card & Tag Set for Studio 75
Using Rosalie in the Garden Collection

Hello all!  Thanks for being here today!!  Today I have a card & tag set up on 
the Studio 75 Blog HERE.  I used the Rosalie in the Garden papers along with 
some elements from the YUMMY collection.  If you want to see the products 
click into the post link provided as I have linked up to them all there :)

The card is simply a collage of off-cut pieces inked & overlaid against
 each other.  Before I began collaging I used some modelling paste with
 a stencil to create a raised heart design which I think inked in bronze.

All that was left to do after that was add my paper elements, flowers, leaves, 
ribbon, stickers, chipboard embellishments & bark hearts.  Did I mention
that those bark hearts make me just a little bit giddy? ♥

Now onto the tag!  I opted for oversized as my work is too bold for too fiddly a format :)
To match with the card I used the same papers & the same textured hearts added
 through a stencil using modelling paste & then inked over with bronze.

Rather than add a hole, which I find can often cheapen the look of a tag, I chose rather
 to sandwich the gold lace tie between 2 sheets of patterned paper then add a lush 
satin double bow to the top centre, that is purely decorative.  {Note the lovely
Studio 75 YUMMY paper element peeking out from the bow!}

Lastly I layered up my papers as before, using a gorgeous Prima die-cut too,
 adhered everything with my glue gun, inking as necessary as I went along, 
then called it done :)  A pretty set for an upcoming wedding!
What do you think?  I hope the happy couple will treasure both!!

Please play along with our current challenge HERE.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Rainbows Challenge - 7 Dots Studio
Closing 19 May 2015

The current challenge is based on RAINBOWS & you can see the post HERE.

What a cool idea for a challenge don't you think?
Be inspired by RAINBOWS!  Use a rainbow on your page - you could make it
out of paper or colour it with gelatos for example, or perhaps you have a photo
featuring a rainbow or just go with the general theme of rainbows 
& what or who reminds you of them!

The 7 Dots Studio Challenges always close at 11.55 pm CET on the 20th of the month
so don't forget to get your entry in by then!  The rules are very free & simple :-

1.  Stick to the challenge theme & submit a project created 
after the date of the challenge announcement.  

2)  Use at least one 7 Dots Studio Product
{ie papers, stamps or stencils}

3)  Publish your project on your blog & link back to the 
challenge you have created your project for.

4)   Use INLINKZ linky tool to connect us to your BLOG POST not
 to your entire blog or we may not be able to locate your entry. 

Merit winner is voted on by the Design Team & wins a $50
box FULL of 7 Dots Studio goodies!!