Saturday, 14 July 2018

Feeling the Love | Viva Las VegaStamps

Hi everyone!
I hope all my Aussie friends are staying warm during these chilly days; and for all my northern hemisphere friends, that you are enjoying your summer. I am popping in today to share my latest design team project created for Viva Las VegaStamps. This mixed media scrapbook layout features an abstract painted and stamped background, and a photo of one of my most treasured scrappy friends and I taken at a retreat last year.

I began this page with some heavy weight white cardstock and a few Dylusions acrylic paints. I used a brush to apply the paint randomly in a few different directions; simply following my instinct and a rough idea of where I was going to put my photo.

Once I had the paint in place and it had dried, it was time to add some stamping to the background. I started with stamps from one of my very favourite plates, #1495. I used the Rows of Numbers and the Typeset Scallop to add some vertical and horizontal structure to my page using black Staz On ink. I then used the Cross Marks Background stamp with Ranger Archival Ink (Paradise Teal) to add some extra depth. 

Next, I added my photo to the page using Miracle Tape and then began building layers around it. I started with a few Jane Davenport patterned papers, which featured gorgeous painted style backgrounds. I used the Large Butterfly Gossamer and stamped out a couple, then fussy cut them and set them aside. I then repeated the process with the Whimsical Leaf and the Leaves stamps. I then began assembling my page.

I used the fussy cut leaves and placed them along the horizontal line created by the scallop stamp, tucking the ends in under the photo. I layered the whimsical leaves and tucked them in beneath the photo.

The two butterflies were adhered along the body only, allowing the wings to be bent up away from the page. I then took some white cotton thread and added some on top of each one, wrapping a few strands around the wings.

My page still need more though, so I took the opportunity to use up a few old Heidi Swapp acetate ephemera pieces that I had in my stash. These were perfect for layering over the painted and stamped background as they allowed the colours and patterns underneath to still be visible, while adding an extra layer over the top.

To finish off my page I stamped some Scribble Hearts with Vivid Chartreuse Archival Ink. I also added some scribbles with a Stabilo All Pencil; and some tiny splatters of Colour Blast 'Mermaid' Colour Artist Ink.

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

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Take Me There | Colour Blast

Hi everyone!
Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. Today I am sharing a fun spread in my altered book art journal using Colour Artist Inks and Colour Paste. This page was inspired by the image of the hand holding the cocktail glass (those that know me, know how much I love a cocktail!); that I cut from a magazine advertisement. 

To create my page I began by roughly smearing some white heavy gesso across the book pages using an old gift card. I didn't go all the way to the edges of the pages, or worry about complete coverage as I wanted to show some of the original book paper.

I then added some colour to my pages using Oasis Colour Artist Ink, which I brushed on and then used a little extra water to move it around before using my heat gun to dry it off.

Once I had the base ink colour down, I wanted to add some contrast and texture using Fire Engine Colour Paste and a stencil from Flutterby Designs. I applied the paste through the stencil using a palette knife in 3 small areas close to the edges of the page; creating a "visual triangle" around where my focal image and words were going to be placed.

Once I looked at the red paste against the blue ink, I decided that it the contrast was too great, and I needed another colour to bring the two together. The obvious choice was a colour that met somewhere in the middle, so I looked for a shade of purple and chose Berry Colour Artist Ink. Again, I used a brush to apply the ink, dabbing it over and around the areas where the paste was to tie the colours together.

Once I had dried the background off, I added the large focal image that I had fussy cut from a magazine; along with the take me there quote that I had fussy cut from a Flutterby Designs Everyday Etc card; a Flutterby Designs sticker and a line of text from a magazine. I then used a Stabilo All pencil to outline them all, before blending it with a water brush.

To finish my page I added some white highlights using a paint pen; some stamping using a roller phrase stamp and the Doodle Dots stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps

And last but not least, a single sweet little heart sticker.

That's all from me today, thanks for stopping by so I could share this with you. If you are an art journaller (or even if you aren't...yet); I would encourage you to keep an eye out everywhere for items you can use in your journal. (I keep a folder specifically for collecting things of interest that I find.)
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Sunday, 8 July 2018

I Love You From My Head Tomatoes | Flutterby Designs

Hi Flutterby peeps!
Sue Plumb here to share my latest design team project with you. Today I have a 12x12" scrapbook layout to share that features the recently released 'Happily Ever After' collection and a snap of one of my boys and I that was taken at a party last year. (This particular one isn't fond of selfies with mum, so the fact that I got this pic was quite an achievement! haha)

For my layout I really wanted to use the cute I love you from my head tomatoes quote so I built my page design from there. I fussy cut the cute tomato and quote from the Everyday Etc card; and then pulled the gorgeous bright mixed media style cards from the Filler card pack to form a mat for my photo. (The background paper is from the 'You Rock' collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.)

On top of my photo mat, I added some strips of the XO washi tape from the May kit; then mounted my photo on some cardboard before adding it on top. I also added some cardboard to the back of the tomato and the quote, before adding them as well. 

Tucked in behind my photo I added one of the 'Happily Ever After' Page Tabs. Using this particular page tab meant I needed to add something else to bring in more green, so I used a coordinating filler card and a punch to add some circles to my page. (I also wanted to tie in the circular shape of the tomato.)

To the left of my photo I added the selfie wood veneer, which I coloured black with a Sharpie. Below that I added the appreciate the moment Snippet Strip and above it, the cool sticker from the 'Xtreme Teen' Sticky Quote sheet. 

Above my photo I added the asshole sticker from the 'Happily Ever After' Sticky Quote sheet (this sticker was perfect for this page, as being an asshole is one of this boy's specialties! hehe) I also added the you're my weirdo sticker from the same sheet at the bottom of my page.
To finish off my layout I added some Neon Enamel Dots and Rainbow Heart stickers; some splatters of Colour Blast 'Soot' Colour Artist Ink; and a few stamped phrases and date. 

That's all from me today. Thanks for stopping by so I could share this. I will be back again soon with another project. Until then, happy scrapping! X

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Shine Brightly | Scrap the Girls July Challenge

Hi everyone!
I am popping in today to share my take on this month's challenge for Scrap the Girls. This month Krisy has put together a challenge called "Dark Inside" that looks like this....

I really loved this board, which may seem intimidating to some at first glance; but once you strip back the layers and focus on something that inspires you, really isn't that hard at all. The first thing that grabbed me was the colour palette - black, white, grey, pink, red. I was also taken with the grungy, painted look in the background behind the poppies. The other main influence I took from the mood board was the sad faces of the girls, which reminded me of a funny SnapChat photo I had taken. Now I had a photo, a colour palette, and a style & technique decided, I was off & running.

Here's what I came up with...

I started my page by creating my background. I used Flutter Colour paints from Flutterby Designs, which I swiped, smeared and smudged around my page using a palette knife, a brush, and my fingers. Once dry, I used stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps to add some structure and depth to my page.

I then used some Everyday Etc filler cards from the Flutterby Designs 'Flawsome' collection, that I cut and tore into pieces and layered on the background, along with some frayed gauze. I then cut around the silhouette of my photo and added a some scrap cardboard to the back before adding it to my page.

With my photo in place, it was time to add my title. I fussy cut the large shine brightly words from another of the Flutterby Designs 'Flawsome' cards.

I then added the rest of my title using a Flutterby Designs Sticky Quote, alphas, die cut; and some Cocoa Vanilla Studio alphas.

I wanted to tie in the "shine" part of the title a bit more; so I added some silver glitter foam asterisks from a Thickers pack; scattered sequins; splatters of Colour Blast 'Steel' Colour Shimmer Spray around my page.

Finally, I added some splatters of Colour Blast 'Soot' Colour Artist Ink around my age and I was done. 
Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. Don't forget you have until the end of the month to join in with this month's challenge. Up for grabs for our winner is a prize from The Resin Rainbow - so get those entries in!
I will be back again soon with another project to share. Until then, happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Hello Awesome | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone! Popping in today to share the second of my pages from my recent class at the Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo using the ‘Boys Rule’ collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. Having a set of rough and tumble twin boys (who just turned 6 last week), I get super excited every time a new Cocoa Vanilla boy collection is released and I just can’t get enough of this one!

For this page I decided to document these photos of my boys doing their best “super hero” poses. (Usually, if I was doing a multi photo page I would print my photos smaller, but as this page was designed for a class, I decided to use two 6×4″ photos so it would be easier for the participants to have the right sized photos.)

I started with the reverse side of the Happy Go Lucky paper. I so love the grungy look of this dark wood grain / chalkboard pattern and I contrasted it with pieces of the striped Straight & Narrow paper. (I chose to use the stripes running vertically, rather than horizontally, to match the fence palings in the photos.)

I used a large piece from the Expressionist paper as a mat for my photos, which I layered with a variety of frames and a tag from the Die Cut Ephemera and Miscellany packs; as well as some Clear Stickers to add depth to my focal area. I then mounted my photos using scrap cardboard before adding them on top.

On top of my photos I added the super hero piece from the Die Cut Ephemera pack using foam tape. Beneath my photo, I also added a couple of stars from the pack, also using foam tape for dimension.

In the top left corner of my photo, I added a sticker from the Accessory Sticker sheet; which I layered with a rubber charm from the ‘You Rock’ Rubber Charms pack. (I love that you can easily mix and match items from other collections!)

Along the bottom edge of my page, I used the words hello and awesome from the Die Cut Ephemera pack to form my title; adding a star and an arrow from the same pack as well.

To finish off my page I used a watercolour pencil to add some grungy shading in places around the edges of my photos; then added some tiny splatters of Colour Blast 'Soot' Colour Artist Ink.

Thanks for stopping by so I could share this page with you, I hope you are feeling inspired to dig into your stash and create something today. Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Cool Kid | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!
Sue Plumb here today to share a layout I created with the brand new 'Boys Rule' collection.
As you may already be aware, I was fortunate enough to be one of the tutors for Cocoa Vanilla Studio at the recent Brisbane Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo. It had long been a dream of mine to teach at the expo and I had such a fabulous time! I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thanks to all the lovely ladies who attended and helped make my classes so enjoyable. 
The layout I am sharing today is one of the pages I taught in my "Boys Rule" class. I LOVE creating boy pages and this new collection makes it so easy!

I used the Messed Up patterned paper as my page background, which is one of the mixed media style papers from the range. (These are perfect for anyone who likes the look of mixed media but without the mess!) 

I then created a layered mat for my photos using pieces cut from the Fun & Games paper; a tab from the Accessory Sticker sheet; and a frame from the Miscellany pack.

My title was created using pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack, and I also added a phrase and an arrow from the new Clear Stickers pack.

Alongside my photos I added the do your own thing quote piece from the Miscellany pack.

Around my page I scattered a few stars from the Die Cut Ephemera pack; and on top of my photo I added the that's my boy piece from the 'You Rock' Rubber Charms pack. 

To balance out my page I created a small cluster in the top corner of my page using pieces from the Die Cut Ephemera pack and the Accessory Sticker sheet.
I finished off my layout with a little shading using a Faber-Castell watercolour pencil and some small splatters of Colour Blast 'Soot' Colour Artist Ink.

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

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Love You | Colour Blast

Hi everyone!
Popping in to share my latest Colour Blast design team project with you. Today I have a mixed media scrapbook page that features Colour Artist Inks, Colour Paste, and a photo of my daughter and I that was taken recently when we were out celebrating her birthday.

I started my page with a sheet of heavy weight cardstock, which I spritzed with water from a spray bottle, and then left it for a minute or two to soak in, before adding another little spritz to moisten the surface again.

I then took my Colour Artist Inks and began by applying some 'Sunburnt' ink, by using a brush to add drops around the page. As soon as the ink hit the wet surface, you can see how the colour began to fan out and soak in where the water had been applied. (Allowing some of the water to actually soak in and penetrate the cardstock before applying the ink is what gives the "feathered" effect you can see.)

I then repeated the process with both the 'Barley' and 'Cranberry' Colour Artist Inks, ensuring the colours were dispersed in different areas of the page. In some places the colours naturally began to run together; whilst in other areas it either required a slight tilt of the page, or an additional little spritz of water.

Once I was happy with how the inks looked I set it aside to soak in and dry for a while before finishing it off with a heat gun. (I didn't use the heat gun right away as I didn't want too many "hard" water lines in my background - instead I wanted a "softer" look.)

Once the background was dry, it was time to add some texture and contrast. I chose 'Dusty Charcoal' Colour Paste, as I thought it would provide a good dark contrast against the inks. I used a small floral stencil from D-lish Scraps, and applied the paste using  palette knife; moving the stencil around to get the flowers placed where I wanted them. (I dried each area with the heat gun before re-applying the stencil to ensure the paste did not get smudged.)

Once the background was complete, it was simply a matter of adding some layers before adding my photo on top. I used a coloured paper doily; punchinella; dyed muslin; and a few pieces of coloured wire (all from D-lish Scraps). I secured everything in place with staples before adding my photo on top.

After the photo was in place, I added some simple embellishments - handmade heart from Charms Creations and some small acrylic hearts from Corbett Creations.

I also added some matching acrylic chevron arrows; and small phrase stickers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

I used Heidi Swapp printed acrylic words for my page title, and added a Cocoa Vanilla Studio chipboard sticker onto the corner of my photo.

To finish my page, I added a few splatters of 'Soot' Colour Artist Ink and I was done.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to get your Colour Blast products out and get messy too!
Until next time, happy scrapping! X