Monday, December 21, 2015

A Steampunk Canvas

Finally!!! I am all organised for Christmas and now I can do a little catch up here, so that 2016 can be started afresh with new exciting designs. 
It feels so long since I last got back to this little blog, so for that I do apologise. So lets get on with it shall we?
It has been a while since I have done a scrapbook page and this is the reason.... I have been inspired by the fabulous steampunk designs by Scrap FX for last month!
These latest designs are just awesome!
I have used them to create 3 canvases and here is the first one, using the Large Steampunk Bird:

Steampunk Bird LARGE

I have used lots of chippies old and new from  my Scrap FX stash and some metal bits and pieces to create layers a plenty!

The bird comes in 2 pieces so that it is so easy to decorate! Even the cog eye comes out ready to colour separately.

It is so much fun to combine metal and chipboard creating a cohesive piece using paint, ink and embossing powder.
So that is canvas number 1, stay tuned for the second in the series!
And if I don't get back to this before Christmas, have a very Merry One Everyone and a fabulous New Year!!!
Stay Safe People!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

A Special Journal

Hi Everyone,
I am back to share a special project that I created as part of being a Scrapbooking Memories Master earlier this year. We were asked to create a journal with a decorated cover and a page or 2 inside. The journal was to be given (after being published in the magazine) to a worthy and appreciative recipient who was fighting terminal cancer.
Having a close friend go through the fight of her life a few years ago, I found this task to be a very important one. It became a labour of love, even though I would probably never know who received it in the end, it was just so imperative that I had to just get it just RIGHT (yep I love putting pressure on myself)!
Here is the finished project:

This journal was very difficult to start but once I got going was probably the most rewarding, heartfelt and satisfying project I have completed. 

The front and back covers.
My first step was to ask my friend what she thought helped her through the toughest journey of her life, she then the sea of quotes began!

Here is the back of the front cover, (I added the envelope) and the first divider/pocket.

We were only required to decorate the cover and a page or 2 but I just could not stop! I wanted to put so much into this project. So together we finally got the quotes down to a manageable number, then it was time to find the perfect journal to work with. I wanted something with lines as well as pockets or dividers to decorate. After a thorough search I found the perfect Typo! A journal with Kraft dividers that were pockets as well and lots of lined pages ready to be used.
I then proceeded to decorate each pocket and divider page, and also pop a quote card inside each one, yes I did have a lot to say!

Back of the first divider/pocket.

Divider 2.

Back of divider 2

Divider 3

Back of Divider 3.

Inside the back cover.

It was an emotional moment when I gave it to my friend to give it the seal of approval before sending it away. We both found ourselves in tears, then I knew..... I had achieved what I had set out to do! Even as I write this, I am keeping my tears at bay (a little unsuccessfully)!
Well thanks for listening to my emotional rambling, I will back again soon!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

"Wild & Free"

So much to catch up on! I am sharing a canvas that I created last month for Scrap FX. 
I was inspired by the Primitive Heart chippy and instantly knew what I wanted to do with it, create a canvas!

This is actually a canvas within a canvas, I used the back of the canvases to create a Shallow shadow box effect.

I added loads of texture using Dry wall tape, crackle paste by Viva Decor (my Fave!) as well as glass micro beads.

The heart and mini Alphas are embossed with Stampendous enamel to make it look like they are made of twigs (well I tried).

The colour is Lindys Stamp Gang Sprays and acrylic paint by Golden.
My Blue bird is painted with Metallic Paint by Viva Decor and I added a little texture by adding a little heavy Gesso.

I used a few metal bits and pieces I had in my stash, threw some paint around and the job was done!
Thanks for dropping by and do come again! 
As always comments are treasured so thanks if you decide to leave me one!