Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Who is a WINNER!!!!!!

Firstly I would like to thank everyone for all your supportive comments left while our Hop was alive and running! It is so nice to get some feedback and know real people are out there reading my Blog!!! I hope I inspired and would love to visit each of you on your own Blogs to see what you have done with all the tips shared over the course of this hop! So look out for me as I go cruising!

So without further ado it is time to draw a random winner of my little prize....

Ok drum roll please................

And the Winner is  

Lizzy Hill

Congratulations Lizzy if you could could send me your details I can get that out to you ASAP!

Be sure to let me know what you create.... thanks for supporting our little hop have fun now!!!!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Welcome to the ScrapFX Technique Hop!!!

Welcome Friends to the first stop in our Technique Hop.
I am starting with some very simple techniques that are my "Go To" staples for  ScrapFX chippies and stencils!!! The other amazing ladies will further inspire you, so be sure to check them all out and leave a comment back on the ScrapFX Blog to be in the running for that amazing major prize!!!!
So here goes........

As you all may or may not know, I am a Mum to 2 boys. Masculine pages are my comfort zone, however, my eldest is now 15, with his brother closely following at 12. So the cutesy stuff no longer cuts the mustard! So how to create for the pesky teen???? The answer..... be messy & grungy!!!!
Think "Graffiti" for the look that I think suits most.

I do know that it is a struggle at times to find the right look for a Teen (especially Boys) when a flower (have never been good at that) will just not work. So stay with me for a bit and maybe I can get the ball rolling and the mind ticking away for some totally teen embellishments and backgrounds!!
This is my first full blown tutorial so I apologise in advance if I am way too "Wordy"!

This is the page I am basing this tutorial on, I have used Scrap FX chippies and the awesome Urban Stencil.

Technique#1: Simple Stencil Background

To create the background I randomly sprayed mists with no particular pattern in mind.

This is the Urban Stencil,
very hard to get a great shot ....sorry!

Then with a fineliner I used components of the stencil to outline, I love this stencil for that particular reason, it looks great with any pastes or paint also..... but that will have to wait for another time!! 

This gives the background some definition without overloading the page before you have even begun.... very simple right!!!!

Technique #2: Perfectly Imperfect Embossing!

I often go for a rustic textured look,  I don't use an embossing ink pad because I do not want it to have perfect coverage. So first step is to use a paint dabber and coat the letter with paint in a random manner, varying the thickness (that is why a dabber works well).
Whilst still wet, sprinkle with the embossing powder and tap off excess.
Heat as usual with a heat gun, you have yourself some great texture!

You will find that the powder sticks
on random spots of paint. 
After heating you have
great texture to work with.
Then spray with the mists used in the background, you do not have to wait for the powder to cool, just fire away. As the ink dries it will pool for a great effect.
Use the Sprays whilst the
powder is cooling.
The pools of colour
catch in all the low spots
created by the embossing. 
The letters are now ready to add to the page!

A Title is Born!
Technique#3: Grungy Embellishments (last one I promise then you can be off on your merry way)

To Grunge up chippies is not a perfect art, completely the opposite!
I just keep adding paint or sprays till I get the look I want, I really do not think about it.... but I did for this tutorial & it almost sent me over the edge! I never know what I will need until I am doing it.... not good for writing and taking shots for a step by step I can tell you....... see I am getting too wordy again! So here is what I came up with:

The supplies!
Base coat the chippies with white acrylic paint using a paint dabber (as before, I like the texture it creates).
Having a white base means that the
colour you add next will be more
vivid if you want a
muted tone skip this step!

I then dabbed some grey paint over the top in random spots. Use a heat gun to dry.

Then spray lightly with mists till you like the effect!

Spray the chippes as a group
so you get the random look
(and you don't waste product!)
Add a little more paint for a faded look.

Define the edges with a stamp pad to make them "pop" on the page.

In this step use a light touch remember less is more!
A final touch is to use a background stamp and Stazon ink randomly stamped on the chippies as they lay. Then a rough outline with a fineliner!

All done ready to attach to a page!!!!

So that is all from me "Phew" I hear you say, maybe I should have just stuck with the one technique but hey I was on a roll!!! Just a little over excited, sorry! 

To thank you for visiting my happy place and for putting up with my ramblings, I have decided to add some candy here. So to be in the running for a little something all you have to do is add a comment below (to say you were here) and maybe become a Follower (if you are not already).
Once again thanks for joining us on our little Hop, off you go and

You are now headed to the gorgeous Bella where I am sure you will find something pretty to feast your eyes on.
If you get lost here is the full List:

Be sure to head back to the Scrap FX Blog at the end to be in the running for this major prize full of Scrap FX goodness!!!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

"Outdoor Fun"

We have had a very hot Summer here and my boys have just had such a great time, doing what they love!!! My boys love the surf, our youngest (featured here) has just purchased his first board with his own money and is sooo proud, I will feature that photo in due coarse!

With all this outside fun however, my scrapping has suffered considerably, for that I apologise! On the Up side I do have a heap of photos to last me a while.... be warned .... Summer could be a recurring theme here over the next few months!!!

This latest page features Scrap FX and Sawyers Place Tapes and Rounds:

I used some summer brights & barbed wire tape from Sawyers Place with the urban stencil from
Scrap FX to create a textured background. 
 I used a plastic bag & glimmer mist to add colour to the background and Viva decor crackle paste with the stencil and a bit of Gesso too. Had no idea what I was doing but it was fun just to play!

The wordlet and arrows are a new release that I treated with embossing powder and glimmer mist, I think the arrows could become a staple for me!!!
 The stencil from Scrap FX has so many "Bits" that can be taken from it, you do not have to use it as a whole. I used the bar code and arrows section and positioned them to suit!

The  "Today" circle is a round from Sawyers Place that I have had for a while and struggled to use, as I do not use a lot of pre made embellishments that I cannot alter to suit, but I am starting to broaden my horizons!!!  
 The little dots are Liquid Pearls..... a little obsession I cannot seem to shake!

Love the Barcode!!

An old Brad from Kaiser that I have had in my stash suits the page perfectly!
 I really have to leave it at that my friends so I can leave this computer and create some pages I have in my head.... a very busy head it is!!! So for now Goodbye, please stay tuned as I have a fun announcement and giveaway coming up that you all may be interested in at the end of the week! So be sure to pop back in now!!!!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Catching Up Time!

Wow, time has flown and this Blog is feeling a little neglected for sure!
It is a beautiful summer here so not much scrapping has been done as we are well and truly an outdoors family! I have been trying to catch up on my DT commitments now that my boys are back at school.
The first page I have done for 2013:
A wonderful photo of my Brothers Family.......

This is was done for Sawyers Place and features not only their awesome Washi tape but also a new product called sticky paper. The stuff is great for covering chipboard and withstands a fair bit of punishment!

 The photo is mounted on cardstock then the sticky paper covered cardboard. I splashed paint on it and ink and then dried it with a heat gun and it came up trumps, so it is officially my kind of product!

Went a little crazy with the crackle paste on some Scrap FX chipboard flourish and wordlet.

The black & white words are actually a new tape by Sawyers Place again.
So that is page number one, will be back soon for more.
Thanks so much for dropping by,