Monday, 18 September 2017

Friends Are the Family We Choose | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone! Popping in today to share my latest design team project created for Flutterby Designs. Today I have a 12x12" mixed media layout featuring a couple of photos of the Flutterby boss lady (AKA Neet) and I that were taken at the 'Create by the Lake' retreat back in July. (These photos were taken late at night, when we were channeling our inner Freddie Mercury.) I don't really have to say anything else about the story behind these photos - I think the title says it all for me.

"Friends Are the Family We Choose"

I started this page by brushing some Colour Blast black heavy gesso onto my white cardstock, then smeared some Colour Blast 'Envy' Colour Paste around randomly with a palette knife. Next, I used my Flutterby 'Stargazed' stencil to apply some texture paste; then topped it all off with a good drizzle of 'Green Limousine' Flutter Colour paint. I then set it aside to dry thoroughly.

The next step in my process was to create a mat for my photos, so I used an assortment of Everyday Etc filler cards, which I cut into pieces and layered together. I topped that with some frayed gauze and a page tab before mounting my photos on top.

I then started adding my embellishments to my layout. I used the friends are the family we choose wood veneer (unfortunately no longer available) for my title, which I painted with 'Tropicana Teal' Flutter Colour paint, before adding some white highlights with a paint pen. Above it, I added the let's flock together black Tiny Sticky Quote.

Alongside my photos I added a small cluster that included the awesome ticket from the 'Xtreme Teen' ticket pack; the hashtag sticker from the 'Xtreme Teen' Sticky Quotes sheet; some messy cotton thread and a cute camera flair button.

Below my photo I added the parental advisory sticker (also from the 'Xtreme Teen Sticky Quotes); which I framed with a large wood veneer circle (coloured white with a paint pen). I also added a few other painted wood veneer circles to my page to help keep my design balanced.

The quote in the top right hand corner of my page was cut from one of the 'Partners in Crime' Everyday Etc cards (THE perfect set for funny photos with friends!) I then added a Charms Creations handmade star; a few star stickers from the 'Xtreme Teen' Sticky Quotes sheet; and some scattered enamel dots.
To finish off, I added a few stamped phrases, the date and a few splatters of Colour Blast 'Lagoon' Colour Spray.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. If you think you might like to join in on the fun at the 2018 'Create by the Lake' retreat, registrations have already opened! Head over to the Flutterby Facebook page for more details.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Thursday, 14 September 2017

True Friend Canvas | Colour Blast

Hi everyone! I am here today to share my latest design team project - a mixed media canvas I created for Colour Blast. I was inspired to create this because I wanted to make a decor piece to showcase the beautiful quote featured in the centre.

I started my project with the quote card (which was cut from an Everyday Etc card from Flutterby Designs); and a 6x6" blank canvas. Despite the fact the surface was pre-primed; I covered it with black heavy gesso using a foam paint brush, as I needed a dark background for my design concept.
*Design tip - when painting on a canvas, don't forget to paint down the sides as well - it helps when your project isn't always viewed from front on to carry the theme over the edges*

Once my gesso had dried, I took my canvas outside and spritzed it all over with Bling Colour Shimmer Spray. (You really need to try the Colour Shimmer Sprays on a dark background if you haven't already, that is when they are at their best!)

After the Colour Shimmer Spray had dried (so shimmery!) I adhered my quote; then it was time to add a little texture. I reached for my Bling Colour Paste and smeared it around randomly using a palette knife. Once that was dry, I added a border around my quote with a Sharpie pen (yes, a Sharpie will draw over dry Colour Paste, just make sure it is completely dry and don't push the tip in too hard.)

Next, it was time for embellishments! I wanted to keep the embellishments to a minimum to ensure the quote remained the focal point; so I opted for some simple chipboard stars from Imaginarium Designs, which I embossed using Snow White Colour Embossing Powder. (I would ordinarily prime my chipboard with white heavy gesso before embossing with snow white, but I didn't want the stars to be too stark against the background, so I opted to emboss them from raw and allow a bit of the natural colour to show through.)

As you can see, I embossed the entire sheet. Some of these stars were super tiny, so it made the job a lot easier to simply emboss the entire sheet and just pop them out when they were done. I then glued them onto my canvas.

The final step was to add some fine "starry" detail using my white Sharpie paint pen. (I really love this pen! It has a fabulous fine tip and great flow!)

And here is my completed canvas...

Here you can see some of the close up textural detail the Colour Paste adds...

And check out the shine on those stars!

Finally, look at how gorgeous the Bling Colour Shimmer Spray looks against the black background - *swoon!*

That's all from me today. I hope I have inspired you to pull out those Colour Shimmer Sprays and put them to work on some dark backgrounds! (Remember the black heavy gesso is ideal for this, you can grab it in the Colour Blast store HERE)
I will be back in a couple of weeks with another project to share. Until then, happy scrapping!

Monday, 11 September 2017

Happy Hair Day | Scrap the Girls September Challenge

Hi everyone! So many fabulous challenges around this month, and I am here today to share my take on the Scrap the Girls September challenge. This month it's a sketch called "Dear John" (that was actually designed by me!)
Here it is...

And here is the layout I created inspired by the sketch...

"Happy Hair Day"

I sat down to create this page with some white cardstock and the two photos I planned to use in front of me. I wanted to try and stick to the basic layout of the sketch, with the three focal points for my design. Beyond that I had no real plan; I just let the colours and textures in the photos guide me as I went along.

I started by adding some mixed media to define the three focal points. First, some stamping using my brick wall stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps to mimic the brick wall background. I then added some colour using Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Cubes (a mix of Sienna, Leather and Steel); as well as a few smears of Colour Paste (Sienna and Bling) which I applied with a palette knife. I also added a few torn strips of washi tape.

Next, it was time to start adding some layers and dimension. I created a mat for my photos to sit on using a number of items from D-lish Scraps - grey paper doilies; a kraft printed bitty bag; dip dye tag tied with twine; wood veneer frame and some coloured wire. I also added a Charms Creations DIY heart, which I stamped and then coloured to match my background using my Sienna and Bling Colour Shimmer Cubes.

Next, I worked on the focal point in the top corner, which (like the sketch), was where my title was going to go. I again used some paper doily and coloured wire (just as I had in the main area of my page); and I also added the Flutterby Designs #happy wood veneer and Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Totally Rad' alphabet stickers to complete my title.

To keep my design elements cohesive, I added a small wood veneer arrow to the third, and smallest, focal point on my page; then added a phrase to each cluster using Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Wild at Heart' accessory stickers.

To finish off, I added some handwritten journaling, stamped the date, and splattered some Colour Blast 'Sienna' Colour Shimmer Spray and 'Coffee' Colour Spray. I am really happy with how this page came out - the tones I used worked perfectly with the photos.

If you would like to play along with this month's challenge at Scrap the Girls (please do - I would love to see how you interpret my sketch!) you have until the end of the month to link up your entry and be in the running for a prize from Kitaholics Kits or D-lish Scraps.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Thursday, 7 September 2017

I Love Everything About This | Charms Creations

Hi everyone! Popping in to share the second layout I created for my guest designer spot with Charms Creations last month. Following on from my page I created for Scrap the Boys last month, which featured a silhouetted photo that I had cut out; I also found this old (and very cute!) photo of my boys in my stash so I decided to use the same technique.

"I Love Everything About This"

I started by creating my mixed media background for this page. I knew I wanted to use a brown tone, so I mixed up some Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Dusts (Candy and Paris) and just tweaked them until I achieved the colour I wanted. I then applied it to my page using a wide brush and some short strokes. On top of that, I added some grey ink through my Dusty Attic 'Crosshatch' stencil, then some random smears of Colour Blast 'Steel' Colour Paste and some splatters of Colour Blast 'Stormy Weather' Colour Shimmer Spray.

Once the mediums were all dry, I added some torn pieces of washi tape (from a previous D-lish Scraps Just Add Paper kit); and some stamped phrases.

It was then time to construct the remainder of my page. I gathered together some random bits and pieces to form a layered mat behind my photo. I included a large kraft Heidi Swapp tag; coloured paper doilies and a wood veneer frame (both from D-lish Scraps); and some frayed gauze to add soft texture.

I then added my photo and began adding embellishments. I started with the gorgeous Butterfly Heart from Charms Creations as my feature (although these are not currently listed in the Charms Creations store, these are an item that are added regularly, so keep your eyes peeled!) I then added a set of Charms Creations DIY XO's, which I coloured using a Colour Blast 'Leather' Colour Shimmer Cube. On top of the O I added a D-lish Scraps flair button and tucked a cute wooden button behind it.

I then added the sequin bow to my tag and the wood veneer stars and gold sequins scattered around my page (all from D-lish Scraps). To finish off, I cut my title from a Project Life card, and then used some striped pieces from the same card to put in the diagonally opposite corners of my page. This not only helped tie the title colour in better, but also helps to draw the eye through the page.

I had so much fun creating this layout, and I am so thankful to Charmane for asking me to be her guest designer. (I have plenty more pages coming this month featuring Charms Creations embellishments so stay tuned!) If you haven't grabbed any to use for yourself then you can head to the Charms store HERE or make sure you follow her Facebook page HERE for regular sales and special items. (*psssst - Charm currently has free shipping available until midnight TONIGHT, 7th September, so check her Facebook page for the code!*)
Til next time, happy scrapping! X

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Kick Ass | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone! I am here today to share my latest design team project with you - this one for Flutterby Designs. This page holds a special place in my heart. It features a photo of five members from the current Flutterby Designs DT, and was taken when we all got together at the recent 'Create by the Lake' retreat. I thought it was the perfect subject to pair with the recently released 'Flawsome' collection.

"Kick Ass"

I started this page with a black cardstock background, which I swiped with some 'Tropicana Teal' and 'Green Limousine' Flutter Colour paints.

Then I gathered together some of the 'Flawsome' Everyday Etc filler cards, which I layered together to form a mat for my photo, and topped with some frayed gauze.

I then added some dimension to my page using the 'Bubble O'Fun' stencil and some Colour Blast "Envy' Colour Paste.

I used the kick ass 'Flawsome' Everyday Etc card for my title, which I tucked alongside my photo, then added one of the white Sticky Quotes on top of it. I also added a coordinating Page Tab tucked in behind my photo.

I created my sub title using one of the coordinating 'Flawsome' wood veneer pieces, which I coloured with a Posca pen; added some alpha stickers, and the 'Flutterby' logo (cut from the edge of a Page Tabs sheet.

To embellish my page I added a flair button; some twisted coloured wire (attached with staples); and a few black Tiny Sticky Quotes.

I finished off with some white gel pen doodling, my handwritten journaling and some splattered white ink spray.

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I will be back again soon with another project. Until then, happy scrapping! X

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Too Glam to Give a Damn | Colour Blast

Hi everyone! Popping in to share my latest Colour Blast design team project with you. Today I have a project I actually created whilst on retreat, featuring a fun Snap Chat photo of my daughter and I together and (of course), lots of Colour Blast goodness!

My colour palette for this page was guided by the colours in the photo, so I started by creating my background using some Duke Colour Shimmer Dust, which I mixed with a little water and brushed onto my cardstock.

As part of our goody bag we received at retreat, we were given the "too glam to give a damn" cut file cut from white cardstock; which I decided to use as my layout title. I painted it using a small brush and the Colour Shimmer Dust left over from my background.

The next step on my background was to apply some contrast, so I used a star stencil from Flutterby Designs to apply some Blush Colour Paste to random areas of my page. I also used my palette knife to add a few random "smears" of colour, then set it aside to dry.

The final step in my background was to apply some extra splatters of colour, so I used Colour Shimmer Sprays (Blush, Stormy Weather and Bling) and flicked them around the page.

Once all my mediums were dry, I constructed the remainder of my page. I started by adding a paper doily to the focal area of my page to act as my photo mat and topped it with some frayed gauze.

I then backed my title piece with a project life card and a small piece of scalloped glitter card.

I then mounted my photo and title piece on some scrap cardboard to raise them up, and tucked an extra piece of the scalloped card and some messy pink thread in behind each of them.

Next, I added a Charms Creations handmade heart embellishment, which I topped with more pink thread and a flair button from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

To finish off my page, I added a few punched glitter butterflies; some sequins and stamped phrases and I was done! (Pages like this are ideal for those who are on a scrapping budget, as there were very few additional materials used beyond the mediums.)

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I will be back again soon with another project. Until then, happy scrapping! X

Sunday, 27 August 2017

F*ck Yeah | Flutterby Designs Retreat Challenge

Hi everyone! Just a quick post from me today to share a layout I created recently for a challenge at the Flutterby Designs 'Create by the Lake' Retreat. The challenge was a quote challenge and this is what I created...

"Fuck Yeah"

I was in a definite mixed media kind of mood at retreat, so of course I used some of my Colour Blast goodies to create my background. I started with some stamping on my cardstock, using a Carabelle Studio stamp (borrowed from Krisy Podolak), and one of my own Darkroom Door stamps. I then mixed up some Duke Colour Shimer Dust with water and used a water brush to apply it to my background. I also added some splatters while I had a wet brush.

Next, I created some layers for my photo to sit on. I used one of the Everyday Etc cards from the new Flutterby 'Flawsome' collection; some tissue paper; a small paper bag; die cut glitter frame; paper doily and some frayed gauze for texture.

Anita had printed each of the challenges onto cards for us, so I decided to use the challenge card and cut the quote directly from it to adhere to my layout.

Next, I shaped a circular wire frame for my photo, which I attached using tiny staples before adhering my photo to the page. I popped a Charms Creations star, topped with one of the flair buttons from the 'Flawsome' range, alongside my photo.

To draw in more black, I added some wood veneer circles and arrows around my page; then the fuck wood veneer (my last one! *sob*), all of which were coloured black using a Sharpie pen. I completed my title using some black alpha stickers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

To finish off, I added some stamped phrases with a Typo stamp; and some splatters of Colour Blast 'Stormy Weather' Colour Shimmer Spray and 'Road Base' Colour Spray. So in love with the grungy, edgy, feel of this page!

I was fortunate enough to win a prize for this page - a fabulous "Paint-me-Dori" from MadeByNinnyNoo. I was SO thrilled to win this prize, as I had checked them out after seeing Anita Rodway share her amazing "self portrait" finished cover. If you are a fan of Traveler's Notebooks or art journaling, then I highly recommend you check these out. The quality is fantastic! You can find NinnyNoo on Instagram HERE and you can find her Etsy shop HERE. I will share a post with my finished cover soon!

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I have been doing lots of creating with two recent retreats under my belt, so there are lots more projects still to come!
Until next time, happy scrapping! X