Thursday, 9 June 2011

Colour Combos Galore 195/Sketchy Thursdays

Okay so what I had to do here was slide in with this post, with literally 10 minutes to spare before the Linkitz tool closed at Sketchy Thursdays - talk about cutting it fine!  I actually thought the challenge closed at midnight EST so when I saw it was 10p.m EST I flew into panic mode but not to worry, one of the advantages of living in South Africa is that we are SIX HOURS AHEAD OF EST - so I made it in time!  (It says Thursday on the top of this post but remember that that is South African time, not American time!!)

So what I did is I quickly got the title up & the photos in then published the posts, and now here I am editing it, to add in the text, so I hope this works & doesn't mess up the linky tool!  Sure it will as long as I don't mess with the title!  Anyway, things may be a bit back to front with this post 'cos am only adding the COLOUR COMBO & sketch now!  So here they are!!

A very fresh combo going on this week over at Colour Combos Galore! and a rather darling little sketch to work off happening over at Sketchy Thursdays!

So I only got going on this this evening but was determined to get it in on time as it is the SEVENTEENTH consecutive week that I have entered the Colour Combos Galore Challenge (and my TWENTY FIFTH entry) so I wasn't about to start messing up my track record!  Still need to leave the girls there some comment love but will do that "in the morning" - (it being after 4a.m here already now!) cos I need sleep!!!

I misted over a Basic Grey doily paper with Clover Mr. Huey mist, and stamped with my favourite Kaiser bubble-wrap stamp before layering on my other elements.  If I am really in the mood to create (like I was tonight) I always start with misting followed by stamping, that way I know I will be building up a layout with quite a few layers of dimension, which to me is a good look!

I followed the sketch's layering of the strips idea & the strip journaling by cutting out elements from the Webster's Pages Ladies & Gents Papers & used last Season's "Life's Portrait" journaling cards (which I then cut into strips) for the strip journaling - which I wrote out by hand - then fussy-cut around my loopy letters.

The printed paper is Webster's Ladies & Gents "Tea Time" punched with my large Martha Stewart Shell punch.  I used some WP bloomers ribbon down the side of the main photo, anchored with a WP sparkler & a LYB doily.

The "Designer's Challenge" was to use hot-air balloon images so I have snuck in FIVE there - 4 on the WP fabric fancy & the big grey one is a Studio Calico rub-on.  In case you are wondering why it looks so grainy above look carefully & you will see I used a sheet of WP netting under the photos but over some of the embellishments (I placed the embellishments behind the netting) for a subtle vellum effect.


Blue cardstock - Colour Mates - Belgium Blue
Printed "red" paper - reverse side of Webster's Pages "Ladies & Gents" - Tea Time
Fussy cut layered elements - Webster's Pages "Ladies & Gents" Framed Beauty (reverse side)
Scalloped paper - Deja Views Blue - reverse side
Misted with Mr. Huey Clover by Studio Calico
Misting mask - Basic Grey Laser cut doily paper
Blue ink for stamping - Colour Box
Bubble-wrap stamp - Kaisercrafts
Mini-doilies - Little Yellow Bicycle
Martha Stewart giant shell punch
Prima flower
Webster's Pages mini resin bloomer
Webster's Pages 2 x green Sparklers
Webster's Pages Vintage Inspired Netting - white polka dot
Webster's Pages "Life's Portrait" Journalining cards x 2 (cut into strips)
5 butterfly brads - from stash
Webster's Pages Fabric Fancy
Studio Calico hot-air balloon rub-on
American Crafts Thickers - Chipboard "Sunrise" alphas

***  Back tomorrow with info on the latest BIRD IS THE WORD CHALLENGE & my DT layout which you can sneak peek over here!***


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is GORGEOUS! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee the photos, the floral trim and LOVING the butterfly edges! Thanks soooooooooooooo much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays! :):):):):):):):):):)

yyam said...

Just gorgeous Helen! I love the background texture! And how everything just looks so good together! :)

Diana said...

4am!!! ok you're really crazy!

Diana said...

btw I think it's so great you're scrapping these older photos.

Yolande (pronounced you-land-a) said...

Superb Helen!!! Love your misting, stamping and your use of did a fantastic job of building up layers and dimension. So many awesome details and gorgeous photos. Good grief..can't believe you were posting this at 4am...I'm up at I think I'd fall over. :) Hope you get some sleep before it's time to do the morning school run around... :)

Audrey Yeager said...

The misting on this is just beautiful! Love your page! Thanks for joining us this week at Sketchy Thursdays!

Sabrina Scrapbook said...

Helen, you are so funny, can imagine you in your panic mode. LOL! I really love the colors for the background, Helen!! And beautiful photos!! Hope you will have a good sleep and enough rest so that you can scrap more!! Take care! xoxo.

Bellaidea said...

I love it, Helen, great photo too!

Irini said...

Gorgeous layout! the punched border is really effective love the layering the colours and the details...just fabulous!

Stefanie said...

It is beautiful,once again you got an unusual colour combo to make your photos sing. Love the blue edge peeking out under the yellow die cut paper.

Lisa Amiet said...

oh this is too cute Helen, gorgeous pic...look at those dimples :)) love the punching and all your layers. Hope you are well xoxo

Marelize said...

Oh, I love your layout Helen! Fantastic take on the colour challenge and the punching looks wonderful! :)

Mel said...

Oh wow, this is simply stunning Helen, I love the different textures here, wow, 17th in a row, that is incredible, your photos are always so clear and beautiful. Melxx

Heather Jacob said...

wow you are on fire Helen ... this is awesome and fabulous all at the same time .... simply perfect it ... hugz x

Kerryn said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Helen. I adore how you've used the colour palette!!

sandi said...

Wow! Helen this is just beautiful! I love all the detail. The ribbon looks fab and the background, stamp, embellies...perfect!
Thank you for the love you left Jess. She was so thrilled with your wonderful/inspiring words! :)
Hugs, Sandi

Cathy said...

Gorgeous LO Helen.. ADORE the misting and textured background, looks fantastic!! What a little cutie! Have a fab weekend :)))

jax said...

hello friend, what a lovely layout and the butterfly frame is magnificent! Cam is as beautiful today as the day she started grade 1 - what an honour it was to see this talented little girl perform in the showcase last weekend! x

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Oh my, isn't SHE lovely?
Love the texture and edge punch around, beautiful!

Shayne said...

What a little cutie she was (still is as a matter of fact!). Love the school uniform too.

I see you're getting good use out of your new punch - it is really great.

Lovely LO Helen - quite like the sketch may have to borrow it.

Happy weekend xx

Pearl said...

What a lovely punched border ! love your tip with the misting and stamping in your background ! lol

Have a great weekend !

Rachael Funnell said...

Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Helen.....that punched boarder WOW!!! the misted background is awesome.... FAN FAB U LAS Layout..
without sounding a bit repetitive! but I just love how much work go's into your blog posts!!!
Love it!
If only I'd had the time & effort.. LOL!

Sharm Nidyanandan said...

Amazing Helen!! love the punched borders, the hot air balloon..everything is so beautifully put together!!! :)