Monday, 22 January 2018

Born to be Wild | Viva Las VegaStamps

Hi everyone!
Popping in today to share my first project as an official design team member for Viva Las VegaStamps. (I can't tell you how excited I am to be able to say that!)
So I thought I would start with what I do best - a mixed media scrapbook layout featuring a fun SnapChat selfie.

To create this page, I started by laying down my background colour onto my cardstock using  Colour Blast Colour Artist Inks. (I used Berry, Oasis & Marine.) I first spritzed the cardstock with water, then used a small brush to apply the inks and a little more water to move the colours around, before drying it with a heat gun.

Once dry, I decided I wanted more hard water lines; so I went back and applied more ink & water to my focal area; as well as some splatters with a small, stiff brush; before again drying with the heat gun. 

Next, it was time to add some depth to my background. I used Staz On ink along with a couple of my favourite mark making stamps to add structure to my focal area:

I also stamped a few quotes randomly around my page:

Next, I turned my attention to the focal piece of my page. I fussy cut my photo away from the background; and I also cut out two rabbit images I had previously stamped onto tissue paper to use on either side:

I adhered them all to a piece of cardstock using acrylic matte medium, before cutting around them, leaving a white border. (You will note the tissue paper simply disappears into the background using this technique.)

To add a bit of colour to my gorgeous creepy little rabbits, I used Faber-Castell watercolour pencils, which I applied roughly, before blending them out with a water pen. Once coloured, I mounted my photo up on some cardboard to raise it from the background and then moved onto to putting the page together.

Underneath where my photo was going to be placed, I added a die cut glitter frame, that I had cut in half; along with some messy purple thread. 

I then added a few torn pieces of washi tape to my background, and also tucked a piece of paper doily in behind my photo before sticking it down.
I used a chipboard title from Kinder Kreations, which I coloured simply with black ink.

I then stamped some scattered stars using purple ink:

To finish my page I added a wood veneer arrow (also inked black) to the left of my photo.

And to the right of my photo, I added a cute handmade rabbit embellishment from Charms Creations.

Here's a linked list of all the VLVS stamps I used:
-  Star Sliding 

Thanks for stopping by so I could share this - I hope I have inspired you to get inky today! I will be back soon with another project to share. Til then, happy scrapping! X

Saturday, 20 January 2018

I am a Girl | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone!
Time again for another design team share for Flutterby Designs. I am still loving the recently released 'We Run the World' collection and couldn't resist creating another page with it. I had these fun Snap Chat selfies and thought they would work perfectly with this range. Instead of my usual messy mixed media however, I was instead drawn to create a more graphic style page. (Yes, it shocked me too!)

As you can see my page design features lots of straight lines, colour blocks and clean, white space. (OK, so there is a bit of a splash of mixed media, but it's very minimal.) 
Besides the photos, my main inspiration for this page was the I am a girl piece I used for my title. It was fussy cut from one of the 'We Run the World' Everyday Etc cards and I was really drawn to the brush stroke behind it.

I then pulled out the we run the world title card from the same pack, and fussy cut the words from it as well. Next, I sorted through the coordinating filler card pack and started pulling pieces that I thought would work well together. After that, it was simply a matter of shuffling pieces around my page until I was happy with the placement before I started sticking them down.

Once my photos and paper pieces were in place, I added some scrap cardboard under my photos and the we run the world phrase before using a small amount of liquid adhesive to stick it all down. 
Then it was time to add some embellishments. I wanted to layer some of the key words from the collection around my page on top of my paper strips.

At the top of the page I used the strong die cut from the Die Cut Bits & Bobs pack, which I mounted up using some foam tape to give it a little dimension. I also used the fierce from the Wood Veneer Bits sheet (which I coloured white using a Posca pen); and an opaque acetate brave word.

On the small square in the top right of my page, I added one of the flair buttons from the 'We Run the World' set #1; and a small heart from the die cuts pack. I also added a larger die cut heart to the square on the bottom right of my page. 

I used the empowered sticker from the 'We Run the World' Sticky Quotes sheet; along with a small heart. At the bottom of my page on top of the brick wall paper, I added the we can rock the world sticker from the same sheet.

To finish off my page, I couldn't resist a tiny amount of messy media. I used some watercolour pencils to add a couple of organic scribbles, which I then went over with a waterbrush to blend the colour out slightly. I also used a Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Cube to add a small splash of green on the right side of my page, and some tiny splatters around as well.

I was really happy with how this page turned out, and the fact I had used a different style. (And quite impressed with my ability to show restraint for a change! haha)
Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I will be back again soon with another project to share. Until then, happy scrapping! X

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Brave Heart | Colour Blast

Hi everyone!
Sue Plumb here to share my latest Colour Blast design team project with you. Today I have a mixed media scrapbook layout to share, but I decided to mix it up a bit by creating an A4 sized page. I don't often create in this size, but as the photo I chose to work with was only 3x4", I thought it would work better on a smaller scale page. (And I must say, I liked the change!)

This page was actually inspired by the quote I used. It was one I found in a magazine quite a while ago, and I had cut it out and filed it away; but this week it really spoke to me so I wanted to create a piece using it.

I began my page by creating my background. I had an A4 sized sheet of cardstock, which I primed with White Heavy Gesso (I used an old gift card to get thin, even coverage); then once it had dried I started adding some colour. I used Steel Colour Shimmer Spray, which I applied simply by adding a couple of sprays very close to the surface (so it would pool rather than fan out). I then spread the colour using a wide brush.

Once the spray had dried, I then added some further colour to define my focal areas using Colour Artist Inks. The colours I chose were Barley; Rust and Soot as they worked perfectly with the small amount of colour shown in my photo.

To apply the inks, I sprayed a small amount of water first to wet the surface, before adding a few drops of Barley with a brush. I then added a little more water with my brush, which allowed me to move the colour around my page. I then used a heat gun to dry it before repeating the process with the Rust ink, which I also dried with a heat gun.

The next step was to add some depth and interest to my background by stamping with some of my favourite mark making stamps from Plate #1495 from Viva Las VegaStamps and Staz On ink.

Then, to add further depth and some texture to my page, I grabbed my Bling Colour Paste and a thin palette knife and spread small amounts randomly around my page.

I then used Soot Colour Artist Ink and a small, stiff brush to add some black splatters. (This ink makes the perfect splatters!)

Now it was time to add some focal images. In keeping with the steampunk style colour scheme I had used, and also because of the key word strength in my quote; I chose some images of the Viva Las VegaStamps Water Pipe Shutoff stamp that I had previously stamped onto tissue paper. (I used a small amount of matte medium to apply them, but you could even use a simple glue stick.)

I also added a couple of layers behind where my photo was going to go. I used a piece that I cut from white cardstock using a heart wreath die from Uniquely Creative; along with some frayed gauze for texture before mounting my photo on top.

After my photo was in place, I added a cute wood veneer frame from D-lish Scraps over the top.

I then added my quote, along with a wood veneer arrow from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

Next, I added my Brave Heart title down in the bottom right corner of my page. This was also a Viva Las VegaStamps image that I had already stamped onto tissue paper using the Brave Heart stamp.

Finally, to tie in the heart theme and also to add some more dimension to my page; I added a handmade Charms Creations DIY heart embellishment with another wood veneer arrow mounted on top of it.

I am really happy how this one came together, and so pleased I was able to use the quote I had saved. (I knew one day it would speak to me!)
Here's a final look at some of the colours and textures on my page (look at that Bling Colour Paste shine!)

I will be back in a couple of weeks with another project to share. Until then, happy scrapping! X

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Bad Day | Scrap the Girls January Challenge

Hi everyone!
Time to share another design team layout with you, and this time it's my take on the January challenge for Scrap the Girls. This month's board is called "I Got the Blues" and it looks like this...

As you can see it's full of gorgeous, glorious shades of blue; which is where my initial inspiration came from. My second point of inspiration came from the title of the board, which made me think of sadness. The quote from the board had me determined to document something that told a story, so I decided to do a page about the day Brielle broke her arm (which definitely checked all the boxes).

To create my page I started with the background. I used Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Dusts in Duke and Navy to apply colour to the top of the page with a brush and then simply let it run down. (I wanted this to symbolise the tears she shed that day.)

Once the watercolour had dried, I added some stamping using stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps. The small crosses are from Plate 1495, which has an amazing array of mark making designs that are perfect for backgrounds by DeeDee Catron. The large crosses and the stitching (which I used to represent a heartbeat) are from Plate 1455 which also features awesome textures and marks.

Next, I created a layered mat to define where my photo collage was going to be placed. I used some printed vellum from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Wild at Heart' collection, along with a floral patterned paper from the 'Hello Sunshine' collection. The chipboard frame (also from 'Wild at Heart') was cut in half and placed on either side of the photos; and I also added some frayed gauze for added texture.

After my photo collage was in place, I added the unforgettable sticker (from the 'Hello Sunshine' accessory sticker sheet); then below it I added a denim heart from Charms Creations. The three small black word circles were from a Heidi Swapp ephemera pack.

The stitched denim print alphas I used for my title were also from the CVS 'Hello Sunshine' collection. (I so love these stickers!) Then it was simply a matter of adding my handwritten journaling (not that this story took too much explanation), and I was done.

I hope you will get a chance to join in with this month's Scrap the Girls challenge. You can be inspired by the board in any way you wish (just remember as this is a colour challenge you will need to use blue somewhere!) You can head over to the STG blog for all the challenge and prize details and see what else the DT created HERE.
I will be back with another project to share soon. Until then, happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Big Beautiful Moment | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!
Today I am sharing my first project for Cocoa Vanilla Studio for 2018, which was created using the gorgeous 'Bohemian Dream' collection. This layout is particularly close to my heart for a couple of reasons. First of all, because it was actually created as part of my entry for the Masters competition for the (now defunct) Scrapbooking Memories magazine. But secondly, because it documents a truly amazing moment in my life - meeting my half sister for the very first time.

My layout started with the stunning Beautiful Mess patterned paper for my background. Although this paper is designed to use as a cut apart in smaller pieces; I loved the patchwork-style look of it as a whole sheet, so I decided to add some machine stitching to turn it into a design feature.

Next, I used the B-side of the Abundant paper to mat my photo with, before mounting it on some cardboard to raise it up from the page and help it pop. 

Behind my photo, I tucked in a tab from the die cut ephemera pack; and then added a heart from the chipboard accent stickers just below it, directly onto my photo. 

When it came to embellishing my page I wanted to keep it sweet and simple. I sorted through the die cut ephemera pack and pulled out pieces that coordinated with each of the colour blocks on the paper. I also added some of the small phrases from the accessory sticker sheet

For my title I utilised the large negative space of my photo, and used a combination of chipboard accent stickers; an accessory sticker and a chipboard title sticker word that I coloured using watercolour paints.

To finish my layout I added some simple, typed journaling strips and I was done. I am so happy with how this page turned out, and that I could use such a beautiful collection to document such an important moment in my life.
Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Get Your Halo Dirty | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone!
As you may have already seen announced, I am so happy to say that I am staying on the Flutterby Designs team again this year (Anita might have to pry me out with a crowbar at this rate - but who else lets me say "fuck" on my pages as much as she does?) ;)
Today I am here to share my first Flutterby project for 2018 - a page I created using the recently released 'We Run the World' collection. (As soon as I saw this SnapChat filter, I immediately thought of the get your halo dirty card from this collection!)

Let's talk about my background first.
That gorgeous paper (that I have been hoarding!) is called 'Beyonce' and is one of the ten 12x12" papers from the 'We Run the World' Paper Pack. (These were produced in a very limited run, so if you want to get your hands on some, grab them before they are gone!) I didn't want to mess up the awesome pattern too much, so I simply dry-brushed a small amount of Colour Blast white Heavy Gesso over my focal area to help define it.

The next thing I did was fussy cut my photos and then matted them with some white cardstock to help them pop a bit more. I also mounted the main photo on some cardboard (I use my Flutterby order boxes for this); so that the front photo would sit out from the one behind. (I was going with a "devil on your shoulder" type design.)
As I already knew I wanted to use the halo quote; I cut it out from the 'We Run the World' Everyday Etc card and then used the excess pieces to tuck in underneath the bottom edges of my photos.

Behind my photos at the top, I tucked in an Everyday Etc filler card that featured a gorgeous round frame, as I thought it kind of resembled an orb of light (or something like that). I also added some messy cotton thread for texture before sticking my photos down. 

I love a good mixed font sentence that doubles for a title; so along with the quote, I used some Flutterby Blackboard and Teal Sticky Alphas; Snippet Strips; Black Tiny Sticky Quotes and the bad ass tab from the 'We Run the World' frame. Alongside my title, I added one of the flair buttons from the 'We Run the World' set #1.

To finish my page, I added a few of the hexagons from the 'We Run the World' Wood Veneer Bits set. I simply popped them out of the sheet and used a pink Posca pen to quickly add a bright splash of colour before sticking them on.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I am looking forward to sharing many more Flutterby projects over the coming year!
Until next time, happy scrapping! X