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Playing with paint, stamps and ink is what I do to put me in my happy place! My Blog is where I show and tell and hope to inspire. If you have any questions you can contact me hereThank you for dropping by and big hugs if you left a little love! 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Kraft Plus Challenge sponsored by Scrap FX!

Hi All! 
Just a little bit excited to be asked to guest design, as part of the Scrap FX Team, for the new challenge blog, Kraft plus. This months challenge is a sketch that I loved working with.
Scrap FX are sponsors this month so I can assure you 
the prize pack will be simply fabulous!!! (a little biased I know!) 
Enough random ramblings here is the Sketch and here is where you can find the challenge details

So the challenge required the sketch and some sparkle, here is what I created. I hope you get that I did use the sketch, I do tend to loose myself when I create so I did get a little off track, but I assure you I did have the sketch firmly in mind!

I had a hankering for a girly page so used this photo (from a recent wedding) of my nieces. Loved the print of their dresses, I did try to replicate the water colour look on the page.

The Scrap FX chippies I used are treated with embossing enamel from Stampendous, just cannot keep my hands off the stuff! 

I did not want a solid gold lump of chipboard so I painted first then added the powder in random places then cut the pieces to spread over the page and create a balanced look.
I gessoed the background and used the random dots stencil to create a little texture.

The metallic sections on the background are created by stamping with a tacky glue then using gilding this look but be warned it is sooooo messy! Those flakes are just so light they fly everywhere....I found myself holding my breath!!!

The colour I created by spreading a little Lindys Stamp Gang Sprays around, using a brush the spraying with water to create "drippage" trying to get that look on their dressses.

Take a peek I even used some glittery bits! I don't get to do that too often with the boys!!!

I attached the shiny bits with gel medium....those little suckers are not going anywhere!!!

So that is about it from me hope I have inspired!!!! Head over to the Kraft Plus blog and take a look at all the other fabulous Designers takes, I am sure you will be racing to your own scrapping corner to  create a up storm!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Masters projects 3 & 4.

Finally, back again after quite a while! No excuses, just life in general has been way too hectic for my liking. But hey, I am here, and I am keen to get the rest of my Masters entries out of the way so I can start to show something new!
So here goes!
Firstly a layout with the journalling as the focus:

This is the page where I knew what look I was going for but did not quite "get" what i wanted and did not have the energy or the time to redo!! Yes it was a little bit of a disappointment really, but hey what is done is done!

We might just skim over the details with this one, LOL! 
I used a Scrap FX stamp spot set that I love and a few left over bits and pieces to finish off the journalling section.

The chippies all got the rough embossing treatment that I love then I gave them all a spray with the colour I was using on the background.
Now for the last project we had to do a journal cover. I have done a lot of these in the past and really love doing them, this one is called "Perfectly Imperfect" as I will use it as a "junky" art journal where I will experiment with new techniques!

A lot of texture in the background using molding paste and the squares and circles stencil
 by Scrap FX. Then I went a little crazy with some ink and colour sprays, shadowed a few "edges" of the texture with a charcoal pencil to make them pop.

The title and other chippies are also Scrap FX but the leaves are metal and I have added some embossing enamel to them to give that worn effect and a little bit of gold!

The title chipboard is treated with an embossing enamel by Stampendous, just cannot keep away from the lovely course powder!
Sprinkled a few sequins around and embossed the edges with the same enamel to tie it all together then finished it off with some dots from a pearl pen.
So there you go I am done and I am ready to get creating for 2015, it's almost March already and I really do not know where that first little bit of the year has gone!!
Bye my Friends Hugs for the love!
 Much appreciated in advance!!
Stay Happy everyone!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

"Masters Project 2"

Back again with another quick share of my Masters Projects. This time showing project number 2. The challenge was to use non conventional materials.
Now this one was the most fun and pushed me to give the Masters a try!!
It was so much fun to create and as a result is my most favourite project!
For my materials I used joint compound and newspaper in my background.
See if you can spot them.

I wanted to create an original "beachy" background using the chosen materials and paint starting with a 12x12 sheet of chipboard. With all the wet mediums I wanted to use, I knew I needed the extra rigid substrate.

I used the newspaper to create some texture and glimpses of print under the layers of paint and joint medium.

After spreading the joint medium in various places I waited till it started to dry (it changes colour from a muddy cream to an off white) then pressed an embossing folder just enough to create an impression. If you want to give this a try just ensure you wash the folder straight away so that the medium does not ruin it.
Stamps are also great for this technique.

Once all was dry I covered the lot with gesso to create a good base to play with. Then the fun part began, playing with paint to get the look I wanted.

I tried to highlight the raised pattern with a combination of Inca Gold and thick embossing powder by Stampendous.

I treated the chippy with the same paint and stamped a pattern with versa mark ink then embossed with the same embossing powder.

When it came to the photo I chose a few neutral papers to layer so that they did not "fight" with the background, and made the photo pop! 
The title I coloured with black ink then used gold paint for the brackets.

So that is how I created my second masters project! 

Hope you have enjoyed the process and it has inspired you to give it a try. 
I am looking forward to giving my Christmas pressie a shot very soon.....a cute video camera! Process videos are a coming, may take some time for this tech challenged gal to get up to speed, but it will happen.....stay tuned everyone!
Next week project 3!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Happy New Year!

So I guess everyone is wondering..... where the *** ***** are you? 
Well the answer is, I have been relaxing on the beach and I now feel renewed and ready to create up a storm!
Before I do, 
I thought I would start the year by showing you all the projects I did for my Scrapbooking Memories Magazine Masters entry. 
Then by the time I finish the show and tell, I hopefully will get my hands messy with some new stuff!

So without further ado here we go:
The first Project, required a large 5 x 7in photo.
This challenge took me back, I used to scrap this larger photo all the time in the early days.
 I really enjoyed getting back to making that photo the hero large and loud!
So here it is:
My Eldest in all his splendour, ready for his senior formal 
(has not got the luscious locks any more, all got cut off when his Nan told him his hair looked nice and fluffy! He now looks 12 years old!).

After creating a rough grungy background using Gesso with gold and navy Lindys Stamp Gang sprays, I used loads of layers in neutral tones. Used up a lot of my scrappy paper bits and pieces.

Once I laid down all the paper pieces, I splashed around a little more inky sprays with a stencil and a Stampin' up roller stamp (to create that checkerboard pattern).

The Title is a Scrap FX chippie that I cut to make it 3 pieces, with a heart beat border (also from  Scrap FX) in between.

I treated the chippies with Stampendous Embossing Powder in Aged Gold, just love how it comes up!

 Used that same powder on the heart embellishment also, just used an old embossing pen I had in the stash, did not work perfectly (I am telling you it was REALLY old!!!) but I kind of liked the little bit of imperfection!

So that is all from me for no. Next up is Project 2, where we had to make a page using non traditional scrapbooking products. I loved doing that one, I raided the garage and found a new cheap go to product called joint compound! So stay tuned, do not forget to come back next week!
Bye All!

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Cat's Out of the Bag!

I have been holding my breath for long enough......I can finally announce that I have been one of the "chosen ones"....... a Master at Scrapbooking Memories Magazine !!!!
Can you believe it????

I am still pinching myself, I am so glad I bit the bullet and decided to enter!
It has been a blast so far, and now the cats out of the bag I am going to have fun hunting down all the other Masters on Facebook!!!
There are just not enough exclamation marks to express how awesome this news is, in my little world so I am adding a few extras now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL
Off a huntin' I go!!!!! (Yep, got me some more!!!!!!!)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Happy Place!

Hey Lovelies!
A new month, means a load of new releases at Scrap FX to play with. 
So much to love about these releases and I just love  Grunge and Steampunk it sends me to my Happy Place!!! Check out all the goodies here!
I have had fun so far and I have so many more designs in my head, just need to find time to get them done!!
First a layout featuring my eldest with his best mate before footy Best and Fairest presentation Night:


I used this new piece, the Circle Mash Collage, added some micro Cogs and hey hey we have a grungy steampunk page!
Circle Mash Collage

If you take a close look you might be able to see these two  beauties I used in the background.  Grunge and Harlequin stamps. These 2 made me squeal Out Loud!
Grunge StampHarlequin Stamp

Yes my mini Banner obsession continues!

My next Layout has my niece as the star!
Once I saw this Grungy Wing Stencil, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
Grungy Wing Stencil
Just do a flip and you have a perfect pair!
I used texture paste to create my wings here.

Here are a few closer shots:

The Micro Cogs, cogs and flourishes worked so well together to create depth to the "wings".

I used the Random Dots Stencil with texture paste to create some "movement" on the page.

I really got my pink Mojo going on here, something very rare!

PicMonkey Collage

I do love how this one turned out!
Well I am done for now I will be back as the other projects I have in mind take shape, but for now it's bye bye!