Thursday, 22 March 2018

Good Vibes Only | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone!
Popping in to share my latest design team project with you, and my very first one using the brand new 'Good Vibes Only' collection from Flutterby Designs. This range is super fun - packed with colour, patterns and sweet summer motifs - perfect for scrapping all those fun holiday snaps. 
I chose to document a photo of my hubby, my boys and I at the beach during the Christmas holidays.

I started this page with one of the 12x12" sheets from the 'Good Vibes Only' Paper Pack. The one I used was called 'Salty Seas' and has a beautiful blue watercolour pattern. I decided to add a bit more colour though, so I grabbed my Flutter Colour paints and added some 'Bahama Blue'; 'Aquamarine Dream' and a few small highlights of 'Cotton Candy Pink' for contrast. 

The paint colours worked perfectly with the gorgeous tropical pattern on the Everyday Etc cards I chose to use. (Luckily there is one of these cards in both the 'Good Vibes Only' Everyday Etc Card pack and the coordinating Filler Card pack, and I could resist using both of them!)
Once I had my cards stuck down, I added my photo on top, using another filler card to add a pop of yellow to frame under the top right corner.

I created a small cluster in the top right corner of my photo using a couple of flowers from the 'Good Vibes Only' Die Cut Bits & Bobs pack; a leaf sticker from the Sticky Quotes sheet; and the tan lines flair button from the GVO Flair Button Set #2

My title came from the Die Cut Bits & Bobs pack, along with the leaves and flower I clustered below it. On my background I also added some small pieces of torn washi tape from the washi tape tag included in the 'Good Vibes Only' Full Collection Kit. (There are 5 different designs included on the tag.)

The final cluster I created was to the left of my photo. I fussy cut the beach selfie piece from one of the Everyday Etc cards; and tucked a die cut flower under the corner. I then added two of the phrase stickers from the Sticky Quotes sheet, and another one at the top of my page. 

And with that, my page was complete. I so love how this turned out - that tropical print is so divine (and such a perfect match for the colours in my tattoo!)
If you haven't seen all the new goodies in the shop, head over HERE and check them out. (Besides the 'Good Vibes Only' collection, there are also some fabulous new stencils!)

Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Sunday, 18 March 2018

I Wish You Were Here | Viva Las VegaStamps

Hi everyone! 
Popping in to share my latest design team project for Viva Las VegaStamps with you today. This mixed media scrapbook layout features lots of delicious painty layers, and (of course) plenty of fabulous stamps! It also features a fun photo that was taken on dress up night at the Flutterby Designs retreat last year.

I took lots of process photos while I created this page so you can see exactly how I put it all together - and perhaps even try creating your own version?

I started with my cardstock and a selection of Flutter Colour acrylic paints. I didn't have any plan when I applied them, I just followed my instinct.

I started applying the paints using a wide brush, allowing each colour to dry before adding the next; then moved on to using my fingers. (Fingers make the best brushes!)

Once all the paint was in place, it was time to pull out my stamps to give my page some structure and depth.
The stamps I used for my background were:

After I had stamped out my background marks, I decided I needed a little colour contrast; so I used my finger to rub a little pink paint into the centre of each circle.

With my background complete, it was time to start adding some focal images to my page that were going to help compliment my photo. I looked through the images I already had stamped onto tissue paper to see what would work with the theme of my page. 
The images I chose were:

The butterfly was to represent the fact that it was the Flutterby retreat, and the paintbrush was to represent creativity and tie in with the painted background I had created. I adhered my images using an acrylic matte medium.

Once I had the focal images in place, I wanted to add some words to my page. I used the following stamps:

It was then time to add some texture to my page, so I collaged a few bits and pieces onto my page (torn tissue paper; plasterer's tape; paper doily; cotton thread).

I then added my photo on top, which I mounted onto some scrap cardboard first using Miracle Tape
With my photo in place, I then added my handwritten journalling before adding a few random sequins to my page to finish it off.

Here's a closer look at the finished details...

Thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to get inky too!

VLVS stamps used:

Friday, 16 March 2018

Hashtag This | Colour Blast

Hi everyone!
I am here today to share my latest design team project created for Colour Blast. This time I have a fun mixed media layout I created using the Colour Artist Inks (my fave medium at the moment!) As I was using a small photo, I decided to create a more minimalist style piece, incorporating plenty of white space. This also helps the colours to really pop off the page.

This page was relatively simple to create (and sometimes that's OK!) I started with white cardstock, and applied some white heavy gesso using an old gift card to the centre of my page where I knew the inks were going to go. Then it was time to add my Colour Artist Inks.

I started by applying the Oasis ink with a small paint brush, allowing the ink to pool as I went, before drying with a heat gun. I then repeated the process with the Marine ink (overlapping some areas of the Oasis ink); before finally adding some highlights using the Grass ink. Each time I applied the ink I used a heat gun to dry it quickly so I could achieve the hard "water line" look I was after. (As you can see in my process shot below.)

Next, it was time to add some stamping over the top of my ink and around my page. I used stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps to add depth and interest to my layout.
I used the following stamps:
- Scribble Circle
- Cross Marks Background

You can see how adding the extra layer with the stamping really helps bring the inks to life.

To add an extra pop of colour to my page, I added a quick bit of random scribble to my focal area using a blue Posca paint pen. Then it was time to add some layers where my photo was going to go. I added an assortment of materials - paper bag; die cut frame;paper doily; and frayed gauze.

Then I added some scrap cardboard to the back of my photo before mounting it on top.

After my photo was in place it was time to add a few embellishments to complete my page. I added a Flutterby Designs flair button and some messy cotton thread directly onto the corner of my photo.

I also added a couple of Flutterby Designs stickers alongside my photo.

Finally, I added a Charms Creations teal chevron to help draw in the eye into my photo.

To finish my page I added a few splatters of Lagoon Colour Spray and Apple of My Eye Colour Shimmer Spray.

Thanks for stopping today by so I could share this with you.

If you are in the Brisbane area and are interested doing a class using Colour Artist Inks, I will be teaching a class tomorrow (Saturday 17th March) at Brookfield and still have spots available. 
If you are interested in booking a spot, you can email me: or head to my Facebook page Sue Plumb Designs to message me or for further details. 

Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Monday, 12 March 2018

Live a Colourful Life | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone! 
Stopping by today to share my latest design team project created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. This 12x12" mixed media layout uses the gorgeous 'Bohemian Dream' collection. I am still so in love with this collection with all it's stunning colours and beautiful florals! I pulled a photo of my babies from the archives to scrap this week. (I have never scrapped this one before because it was taken with a flash and isn't that great; but I couldn't resist documenting it as it was the first photo I took of my kids all together after my boys finally got out of hospital.)

I had lots of colours to work with in my photo; so I decided to start with the multicoloured spots of the Wild & Free patterned paper as my background. I applied some Colour Blast heavy white gesso to the centre section of my paper, which I simply spread with my finger. I then used some of my Colour Blast Colour Artist Inks and a small brush to add some layers of colour to my page, using a heat gun to dry them to create the "water line" look I was after.  

After I had the mediums in place, it was time to work on adding some papery goodness to the focal area of my page. I used a pieces cut from the Gypsy Heart; Kaleidoscope; and Abstract papers to mat my photo with, which helped add some definition and separate my photo from the background. I also used some scrap cardboard behind it to pop my photo up a little.

To go with the organic look of the ink on the background, I fussy cut a few beautiful floral pieces from the Abundant paper which I tucked into my layers around my photo. I also added a few stickers from the accessory sticker sheet - a label, the heart tab, and the little love this banner. Above my photo I added the sticker that became my title - live a colourful life.

To complete my page I added a stunning butterfly that I fussy cut from the Boho Bits paper (I think this is one of my favourite CVS butterflies EVER!) Then I added a few phrases from the accessory sticker sheet and some hearts from the enamel shapes pack.

That's all from me today, thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Thursday, 8 March 2018

F@*k This | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone!
It's time to share my latest Flutterby Designs DT project with you - and I must warn you, if you don't like a bit of swearing, this isn't the page for you, so scroll on by! 
As you may know, the brand new 'Good Vibes' collection was released last week (you can find all the new products in store HERE); so while I was waiting for it to hit my doorstep, I decided to use up some of my older bits and pieces. I had this fabulous photo of my boys on their first day of school that was begging to be scrapped (quite obviously one was more impressed with school than the other was! haha).

I started this page by smearing some Sunshine Yellow Flutter Colour Paint on white cardstock using an old gift card; then I built up the layers on my page using some stamps and black ink.
I then added some Xtreme Teen Everyday Etc filler cards, that I layered together to form a mat for my photo. I also added a ticket from the Xtreme Teen Tickets pack, which I secured with small staples.

It was quite clear what was going through my son's head when I took this photo, so I figured it would make the perfect title for my page. I used (my very last) fuck wood veneer, which I coloured black and paired with some Cocoa Vanilla Studio black alpha stickers.

Below my photo, I added the quote card which was from the Xtreme Teen Everyday Etc card pack - it worked so perfectly for my school photo! Under the quote card I added a phrase sticker from the Blackboard Sticky Quotes; and I also added a few bold enamel dots around my page.

To finish my layout I added a Charms Creations star, which I topped with the fuck this flair button from the Sentence Enhancers flair button set.
 I am so happy with how this page came out - I am sure it will give my boys a laugh in the future!
That's all from me today, thanks for stopping by. Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Foo Fighters | Viva Las VegaStamps

Hi everyone!
It's time to share another design team project with you, and this one was created for Viva Las VegaStamps. This mixed media scrapbook layout I created features a recent photo of my daughter and I when we went to the Foo Fighters concert. (To say she is my mini me is probably an understatement! haha)

To create this layout I first started by stamping out a custom background on some white cardstock. I used a variety of my favourite stamps:

Once I had all the stamping done and I was happy with the way it was looking, it was time to add some colour. I used Colour Shimmer Cube watercolour paints from Colour Blast and just painted a few metallic colours randomly around the page; before applying some gold Colour Paste (also from Colour Blast) with a small palette knife.

Once I had all the mediums dry, I created a layered mat for my photo using a variety of materials - sheet music; paper doily; punchinella; paper bag; tissue paper and frayed gauze. I held all my layers together with a couple of staples before adding my photo mounted on top.

Once the photo was in place, I added my title alongside it. I used the this one time at chipboard title from Kinder Kreations; along with some small black alpha stickers from Flutterby Designs. To draw attention to my photo, I also added a handmade chevron embellishment from Charms Creations.

The small phrase stickers I used around my page were also from Flutterby Designs.

To finish off my page, I added a few splatters of Colour Blast 'Sienna' Colour Shimmer Spray, which is a beautiful copper colour.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to get inky!
Until next time, happy scrapping! X