Friday, 1 February 2013

'Island Life'Layout - Purple Pumpkin - February Sketch

Hello there & welcome to a new sketch up on the Purple Pumpkin blog 
today!  As you can see (from the title being sideways!!) I turned the
 sketch to suit my photo (seeing as it was already printed out and 
my computer is BROKEN AGAIN so I can't print any more photos!

A nice simple sketch with lots of scope!

I used paper from 2009!  Go me!!  The Purple Pumpkin goodies
on this page are the fabric button, lace flower, satin flower, doily, 
resin rose & tickets.  All available in store HERE.

I started by using my new 6" chevron stencil from The Crafter's Workshop
together with my Hard Molding Paste from Golden.  I love the texture/3D
effect of this very thick, strong  paste & it dries quickly if you use
 an embossing/heat gun.  Then I sprayed on my mists along with several 
squirts of water, and also shook the mists on from the uptake wand 
(by unscrewing the top & flicking it on with the 'straw' to create the
bigger blobs) then holding my page upright to create the drips.

Supplies List for 'Island Style''Layout

Base Paper - Fancy Pants (She Can Dance)
Hard Molding Paste - Golden
6"Chevron Stencil - The Crafter's Workshop
Mists - Lemon Zest & Sunshine - Tattered Angels
Piglet & Opaque White - Mr. Huey
Flowers, doily, fabric button & tickets - Purple Pumpkin
Die-cuts - K & Co.
Craft Doilies - Maya Road
Ornate Bling - Bindis
Other bling - stash
Bling Lace - Prima
Pink Alphas - Webster's Pages
Black Alphas - Making Memories

Inspiration Link-Up!  For pretty work using different mediums see Iris's blog HERE.

Thrifty tips!  1.  Get through your stash of older papers by using the 'B' sides', which are always much more subtle, then adding some mediums on top if desired.

2.  If you can't splash out on a Cameo or other intricate die-cutting machine look for precut die-cuts like the ones I used on this (from K & Co) to achieve the same effect {very trendy right now!}

3.  Make your mists go further by spraying them onto your page then immediately spraying water on top to dilute them further - this creates 'pools'of different concentrations, which is another very popular 'watercolour'look right now.

4.  My ornate bling/brads are actually 'bindi's' I bought from an Indian/Hindu store here & the pink bling dots you see are cut from a 'mobile phone' bling sheet also bought locally.  These generics work just fine & save on postage if you live somewhere without access to many scrappy supplies.

5.  For the popular 'side-strips' I have on my layout (often seen too, at the top and/or bottom of layouts) they only need to be narrow so often you can cut your offcut (or in my case the tickets) in half down the length, thus using very little to great effect!

Time to complete!  2 hours

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 on offer each month - one for a Design Team voted winner and one drawn
 at random.  All winners and features are displayed on the blog aswell, 
so enter if you can!  You have the entire month!! 
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alexandra s.m. said...

OH Helen your layout is amazing!
I so love the way you did the background, it rich and yet very fresh ;-)


Linda Eggleton said...

Seriously gorgeous layout, Helen! I love the textured template work on the background (I so wish I had got this template as a 6x6, rather than the larger patterned 12x12!!) as well as all your great tips. I wish I could create layouts in 2 hours!!

Lizzy Hill said...

LOVING your 'hints'...& that texture on the LO....just perfect...such a pretty soft colour combo, too - that computer!!! GRRR indeed:(:/

Jasmine S said...

What a fabulous mix of everything Helen. The large flowers look amazing and the background work with your colour and chevrons is divine. And so too is the photo of course.

Paula F.P. Simionato said...

So nice background and tips.
Great job Helen your page is gorgeous.

Marelize said...

Beautiful Helen! You always mix everything up to perfection. Gorgeous colours and techniques. xx

Lynette said...

Awesome texture you created...and I love the tips.

Lynnda said...

Beautiful layout Helen...Such a great technique.... hugs...xoxo

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is GORGEOUS! I loveeeeeeeeee the colors, the flowers and loving the chevron background!!

sandi said...

Oh Helen this is just beautiful! Love the background......looks so neat!

Eila Sandberg said...

The hard modeling paste looks really good, me thinks I'll have to go and check out our local art shop for some of that stuff. Yah WTG Helen - 2009!! This is so fresh and so pretty, love the background too! xoxo

Evgenia Petzer said...

amazing LO! I am using my prima satsh and even using some papers from 2007:) and this also makes me so proud!

Evgenia Petzer said...

amazing LO! I am using my prima satsh and even using some papers from 2007:) and this also makes me so proud!

Alison said...

That chevron background is fab, Helen!
Alison xx

scrapping4me said...

Very nice page Helen! Love the tips on your recycling 'old' paper! There is some use for them afterall!

dstandard said...

Helen this is fabulous - love all the techniques you used and love that you have created a tutorial to teach us how to use them!

Keren Tamir said...

Love the layout and the masked background looks amazing!! aren't you loving your Golden products lol. How heavy was your suitcase???

Karen Shady said...

WTG using those 'older' papers.. and you have used them perfectly, gorgeous work as always xx

Fi said...

Lovely take on the sketch, the textures paste and misting gives it some wonderful detail and I like how you've added the ticket pieces down the side.

Rachael Funnell said...

This looks Soooooooo GORGEOUS Helen...

Sandie Edwards said...

Its just gorgeous Helen, love your attention to detail and how you describe things both in your layout and in your blog... always a pleasure to come and visit for some serious inspiration! Hope you are having a brilliant

Tracey Sabella said...

Wow, you gave this older paper a great fresh look with your amazing mixed media work! Great thrifty tips too!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

MARILYN said...

Sooo Beautiful!!!! love the white space and the modeling paste design!