Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Prima Guest Designer! 'Chase Happiness' Layout
{Prima BAP - November 2014}

Weeeeeeeeeee!!!!  Yes it is finally MY TIME up on the Prima blog!
It is such an honour to be there this month & came around mighty
 quickly let me tell you.  The announcement was way back in June
 I think it was but before I knew it I had the BAP & PPP to work with
 & it was time to get cracking on a couple of samples!

I got to work with an incredible sketch designed by my very special friend
 Keren & worked with one of Prima's newest collections - Forever Green.

Supplies List:-

Patterned paper – Forever Green {Nature’s Bounty & Orchard Fresh}, 
Color Bloom Sprays – Vintage Coal, Antique Gold & Lime Wedge
Stamp – Forever Green & Stitched Circles
 Inks – Ingvild Bolme for Prima {Old Road, Coltsfoot & Olive Vine}
 Flowers – Perdu Item #571054, Essentials 11 {Printery} Item #552527
Romantique – Mini Rose, Leaves - Splendor Maple Item #553562
Metal Clockface – Vintage Mechanicals by Finnabair for Prima
 Metal Clock & Paper Clip – Lifetime Collection
Metal Embellishment – Ignition {Junkyard Findings} Ingvild Bolme
Brad – Cartographer Collection 
Enamel Dots – Time Traveler & Seashore Collections
 Stash – Hemp & Jute thread

As you can see from my supplies list I mixed up little bits & pieces from the many different 
Prima collections I've accumulated over the years, spiced up with some new product too.

  To create this layout I started with a few flicks of mist from Prima's new Color Bloom sprays.  
I love the way you can half squeeze the trigger to achieve this effect ever so easily. 

2)  Next I marked the position of my elements with a pencil & did all my stamping 
with one of the new Forever Green stamp - full of ferns!  Ooooh I loooove this
 new stamp.  I'm going to be using it a lot more often I can tell!! 

 I used 3 different colours of Ingvild Bolme Chalk ink to stamp with then I mimicked 
the circles in the sketch with one of my favourite Prima stamps ever - 
the stitched circle, which I shaded in with some IB chalk ink.

3)   Next I made up my photo stack & embellishment clusters, popped them on then
 tucked in some threads & string & added some final stamping directly onto the flowers.

4)  Lastly I added my final "bits"- some extra scattered leaves
 & enamel dots followed by my hand-written journaling.  

Honestly creating this layout was nerve-wracking for me, being for the Prima blog & all! 
 However I'm really happy with the way it turned out!  

I could have gone more "messy" but these days I'm actually over ''over-doing it''
 & think that mixed media is going in more of a lighter direction so I  chose to 
go the route of something easily replicable & less experimental.

Thank you for visiting & sharing in my Prima excitement today!!


Debbie Sherman said...

Gorgeous and congratulations!

Heather McMahon said...

Fantastic Helen! You nailed this! And I agree with your comments re the direction mixed media has been going.

Gayle Price said...

Beautiful, masculine but soft. Love the stamps. Congratulations, a wonderful Prima page!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Stunning layout!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Huge CONGRATS!! This is gorgeous! I love love love the flowers and the colors!!!!!

Helen Wallace said...

How exciting to be on the Prima blog, such a wonderful tribute to your creativity to be chosen. Love your page :D

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!!! Congratulations on your GDT spot Helen, so well deserved and I knew you would ace it!! Love the earthy colours on the white background ... stunning!!! ox

Kim Ewins said...

Totally awesome, Helen!!!
Love your stunning creations.....you must be on cloud 9?

Sandi Clarkson said...

Awesome! And whoot! Whoot! This is fantastic!

Svetlana Austin said...

I a, excited for you, Helen! congrats to you on this achievement once again! stunning LO and amazing way to praise your wonderful son!

Annie Claxton said...

Wonderful page Helen and I love how you've mixed in some of the older Prima products too. Big congratulations, very well done and very well deserved :o)xxx

zenevak said...

Gorgeous work! Fabulous composition and love the colour mix.

Heather Jacob said...

massive congrats to you Helen .... how wonderful and this is such a beautiful layout ... love love the colors and design ... congrats and so well deserved x

Val-Belle said...

Whoo hoo go you. Love this layout... quite different to your normal styles... kind of cleaner in a way. Love the photo and your words to your boy are very special. Love it.

Evelyn Walter said...

Congrats, dear Helen! Very pretty photo and the LO is really stunning. Love it!

Mitralee said...

Congrats on your spot at Prima! I do always appreciate you commenting on the latest styles because it's always interesting for me to here and recall that I've seen! ;-) Really dig that fern look, those are AWESOME YUMMY! Rock star page there! Hugs from NY!

Cheryl said...

Absolutely stunning Helen!!! Congratulations!!!

yyam said...

Ahhh...such an elegant layout! Love the colours and the placement of those foliage!

Denise van Deventer said...

Gorgeous page....and even though there are blooms etc...still has that masculine feel to it! The colours are amazing and an awesome photo! ;-)