Tuesday, 16 April 2013

'Precious' Layout - Purple Pumpkin {The Scrapbook Store April 2013 Sketch} Dear Lizzy for American Crafts/Pink Paislee/Prima





Hi Everyone :)  Tuesday already!  My weeks only seem to get busier but I've got myself 'into a groove' and if I stick to my routine I can keep up with all the new developments in my life.


I used the sketch from The Scrapbook Store as I ♥ the sketches & live in hope that one day it will be ME that is the winner of $40 worth of stash PLUS free postage!  I rotated the sketch one turn to the right (clockwise) in keeping with my photo orientation.


You can see my post up at Purple Pumpkin HERE.  Check out the blog this week - we have some new designers!  Woot!!  And of course our sketch challenge is going on all month as usual!


I used navy cardstock for this one - to make my central area of photo/embellishments 'pop'!  I had a tiny bit of dried up white acrylic paint in the bottom of a tube I'd already cut open & used what I could out of - so I used the dregs to create this white vignette effect around my elements.  LOVE how it turned out!


Vibrant colour schemes are my favourite (as Stacey Julian says 'Life's too short for beige!') so I decided on Navy, yellow, lime & deep pink, with some teeny variations in the embellishments.


I tried something new & interesting with my Purple Pumpkin embellishments this week.  I actually dry-brushed over them with white acrylic paint & it proved to be a good way to tie many different colours and prints together.


Loads of Purple Pumpkin loveliness here as usual.  The navy spotty buttons, the denim flower, the XL rose button, the crochet flower, 2 cameos, resin flower ticket offcut, as well as the felt die-cut circle from a Limited Edition Kit. 


I made a frame for my photo using the free corrugated tissue-wrap that comes on the top of biscuits in a large tin.  I inked it up in several different colours first & cut out the centre so I could place the photo behind the frame (that way the photo would remain flat rather than becoming wavy when placed on top of the corrugated paper).

Thanks so much for swinging by today!  
Remember not to throw away your paint until you've cut the top off, 'pegged' it with a bulldog clip & used it until dry-brushing is your only option :) 

 Gotta suck the most out of life I say!! {and paint!}



22 comments:

yyam said...

Wow. The bold colours really pop on that dark base. Awesome clustering of the yummy embellishments!

Lynnda said...

WOWzers Helen... loving the colors... the layerings... the punches... the bloom... like Yvonne said... just stands out against the dark background... totally Awesome...hugs...x

Gayle Price said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous...sooo bright ! Love the colour and all the details put together so perfectly. xx

Desire Fourie said...

Just awesomely gorgeous and so creative. Love how the design elements really complements the photo.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Adriana B said...

gorgeous gorgeous... love the colour :)

Sandi Smith said...

Just beautiful Helen...love how everything pops off the navy background!

Val Thorpe said...

A really cool idea to use the white paint on the dark background paper to create a vignette... and then to tie it all together... Lovely layout with fabulous colours.

Cindy Keogh said...

Wonderful Layout Helen! I love all the embellies and colors!

Lizzy Hill said...

Yep, great colours & I really like the swiping with white to tie it in idea...& LOVE the blue bg....must try that...great colour:):):)

ANUPAMA CHOUDARY said...

Love the brights, Helen! The blue BG looks great. Cute frame too :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Soooooo gorgeous! I love love love those bright colors against that darker background!! WOW!!

sandi said...

Wow! This is one amazing lo! Love the circles, the fabulous mix!

Marelize said...

Wow! This is such a stunning vibrant layout Helen! Beautiful take on the sketch! Love it! xx

Carin McDonough said...

Gorgeous layout as always Helen, love what you have done with your paint end! :)

topkatnz said...

Vibrant indeed:) I would love to see how all your layouts look together in an album - pretty stunning I'm sure:)

Mitra Pratt said...

This page was almost a bad influence this morning! All I wanted to do was cut those Tim Holtz flowers! I do so love the white you added. I have done that before but it makes me nervous until I'm done and then I love it! This is a great color combo, nice and bright love it!

Fi said...

Loving the dark background here Helen, it really makes all those other colours just pop out at you. The white adds a nice soft touch.

Alexandra Polyzou said...

woooooow!!!!!!!!love it!!!

Eila Sandberg said...

Ooooh love the tropical feel to this page!! so many happy bright details, make me smile! xoxoxo

Laurence said...

Don't know if you won, but your page is gorgeous !

Denise van Deventer said...

So great how you tied all those vibrant colours together with the brush over of white paint...I have recently tried that too! It works really well! This is just such a lovely page and is really eye-catching! ;-)

MARILYN said...

Wow, Gorgeous!!!!! very striking, it looks awesome!!!! ;)