Friday, 14 December 2018

Us Together | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone!
Today I have a mixed media scrapbook layout to share that was created for Flutterby Designs featuring the new 'We Are' collection and Flutter Colour paints. It also features a fun (part) family snap I took a few months ago...we are so not normal! haha

I started my page with white cardstock and Flutter Colour paints in Cotton Candy Pink, Tangerine Orange, and Yellow Zest. I thinned these down slightly and used a brush to create a rough painted background, blending the colours as I went. I then used Arctic White and applied it with a brayer to the focal area of my page to strip the colour back a bit. 

After I had the paint down, I used the 'Happily Ever After' stencil with some acrylic modelling paste, then dried it off with a heat gun. 

I then cut some pieces from some of the 'We Are' Everyday Etc filler cards and layered them together to form a mat for my photo, along with some small torn pieces of washi tape from my stash.

Once I had the paper pieces in place, I used the 'XO' stencil (unfortunately, no longer available);grey StazOn ink and a dauber to apply some XOs to several areas of my page. (You could use any small pattern stencil for this, it was simply to bring a little darkness into the page.)

I then added a paper doily and some frayed gauze to my paper layers before adding my photo on top.

Tucked in around the top right corner of my photo I added a manila luggage tag tied with twine; the this is us page tab; and the large heart I had fussy cut from one of the 'We Are' Everyday Etc cards. The die cut word together that I added onto my photo came from the 'We Are' Die Cut Bits & Bobs pack.

Below my photo I added the normal family quote I had also fussy cut from another of the Everyday Etc cards; along with the yellow heart sticker from the 'We Are' Sticky Quotes sheet; and the small LOL sticker from the white Tiny Sticky Quotes sheet.

To the left of my photo I created another cluster using a Charms Creations DIY heart, topped off with the family fun flair button from the 'We Are' flair buttons set #1 and another Tiny Sticky Quote.

I finished off my page with a splattering of Colour Blast 'Soot' Colour Artist Ink and some stamped phrases using a Typo roller stamp.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. Don't forget to stop by the Flutterby store to see what's new, including some awesome ideas for Christmas gifts! Check them out HERE
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Merry Christmas | Scrap the Girls December Challenge

Hi everyone!
Can you believe that Christmas is right around the corner? Where did this year go?? I am here today to share my take on the December challenge for Scrap the Girls, which just happens to be about Christmas. This months mood board is called 'The Christmas Dress' and your challenge is to be inspired by one of the "spectacular" dresses on the board. hehe

I chose the dress featuring gingerbread men and candy canes and used it document some photos of my daughter and her first ever gingerbread house. As I am not a fan of the "traditional" Christmas colour scheme of red and green, I pulled the yellow from the dress for my primary colour, and then threw in some red and lime to give it a bit of a festive feel.

To create my background I started with some Dina Wakley acrylic paints - beginning with Lemon applied with a wide brush (with a little water added to make it more fluid); then some Lime added over the top.
I then took an orange gelato and added some extra colour to the top and bottom corners, as well as adding a scribbled border around my page which I then blended out with a baby wipe to soften it a little. 
Next, I added a little Colour Blast Lime Colour Artist Ink which I added with a small brush then tipped the page up to allow it to run down.
Finally, I added a little white paint with a brayer where my photos were going to go, just to bring back the colour a bit.

Then it was time to start building my layers over the top. I began with some strips of red chevron and heart washi tapes, which were there to represent the candy canes on the dress and the lollies in the photos. I also added a couple of small pieces cut from a Jane Davenport printed napkin that featured a paint palette design on it. 

I then added a piece of spotted tissue paper in my focal area. I love the way tissue paper "melts" into the background, allowing the colours underneath to show through. Next, I added a paint sample card and a paper doily, before using a Prima star stencil and some texture paste to add some subtle dimension. For extra depth, I used the Sky of Stars stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps with some Ranger Archival ink in a few places around the page.

As this month's challenge is being sponsored by our very own Gwen Wruck from Cut to You, Gwen generously supplied our team with some Christmas themed cuts to use on our page. I couldn't go past the cute gingerbread man, tucking him in behind my photos to peek out, just like my daughter was from behind the gingerbread house in the photo. As there was already so much colour on the page, I chose to leave him white to bring some freshness to the page.
I also used some Cut to You stars, also leaving them white; which I adhered with a dab of glue in the centre then bent the points up slightly from the page. 

For my title, I used the merry Christmas words from Cut to You, and painted them with Cider Colour Artist Ink, before sticking them onto the page. (I love the way these look with the ink added and the fact I was able to custom colour them to suit.)
I also added some yellow acrylic pieces from Corbett Creations - a heart, tiny arrow and a couple of chevrons. I think they worked perfectly!

To finish off my page I added a little doodling around the border using a coloured pencil, and the date and my journalling using a felt pen. I felt like the page needed a little bit of sparkle (it was a Christmas page after all); so I added some coloured sequins scattered around.

That's all from me today. I hope you will join in with our challenge this month so you can be in the running to win a prize from Cut to You. Gwen has some amazing designs in her store which you can purchase as digital files (for those with cutting machines), or you can have them cut for you and posted to your door! How awesome is that?!
Check out her shop on her website here:

Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Sweet Memories | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!
Popping in today to share my latest Cocoa Vanilla Studio design team project with you. This page was created for the "Throwback Thursday" feature, so I have a layout using a collection released back in 2015 - 'Life is Beautiful'. I couldn't help myself but choose this range - I still love it so much! And it was perfect for documenting this photo of my gorgeous gal that was taken last year while we were out celebrating her birthday. 

For my layout I decided to create a design that was concentrated down the central area of my page, leaving white space on either side. I used pieces of the 'Beautiful Day' and 'Blossoms' papers, layering them in the same order from the top and bottom towards the centre of the page. I love the way the bold patterns look together - all so different, yet unified by the common colour palette.

After I had the base papers in place, I added my photo, then set about embellishing the page around it. I first fussy cut some of the funky flowers from the 'In Bloom' paper, and then used them to frame along the bottom edge of my photo; a second piece tucked in under the right edge of my photo; and saved a final small piece to add to my title cluster. 

Along the bottom edge of my photo I also added a scalloped border from the Accessory Sticker sheet; and then the best day ever banner piece from the Die Cut Ephemera pack over the top, using some foam tape to pop it up.

For my title cluster, I used two tickets (chosen especially because this photo was taken at a theme park); the large script word sweet and the memories banner piece - all from the Die Cut Ephemera pack. I used foam tape under some of the pieces to add dimension. Underneath the cluster I tucked the small fussy cut floral piece I had saved from earlier.

Also from the Die Cut Ephemera pack, I chose a beautiful floral print butterfly that I added directly to my photo. (The main reason for this was to cover up a red sign in the photo that was very distracting.) The small so happy arrow that I added to the right side of my page was cut from the 'Mixed Bag' paper and my journal spot was also from the ephemera pack.

On top of the floral piece below my photo, I added the remember this flair button; and then tucked a couple of small resin roses from the Little Pretties pack in around the edges. Next, I added some of the Life is Beautiful coordinating Enamel Dots (I so love the colours in this pack!); and I surprised myself by using some of the larger sized dots, as opposed to the tiny ones I usually prefer. 
To finish off my page, I added some small splatters of orange and yellow ink. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share this with you. If you have some older CVS collections in your stash that you haven't used in a while, I challenge you to get one out and create a page with it. It's so much fun going back and re-visiting an old favourite collection - it's a bit like catching up with an old friend.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Awesome | Viva Las VegaStamps

Hi everyone!
Today I have design team project created for Viva Las VegaStamps to share with you. This 12x12" mixed media scrapbook layout features some new release library-themed stamps, as well as a few others from my stash.

I created this page to document some photos of my boys that I captured in a hospital waiting room one day, while they both practised their reading and writing skills.

I began my layout with a sheet of white cardstock, and a couple of pages torn from some old books. I collaged the pieces onto the cardstock, then applied Mont Marte acrylic paint over the top with a brayer to give the page more of an aged paper look. 

Once the paint had dried, I stamped the new Library Return Card stamp multiples times to define the focal area of my page where my photos were going to be placed.
I then used the This Book Belongs To: and the Library Return Dates stamps to add some extra interest and structure to my background. 

(These three stamps are all available together on plate #1508.)

With all that text in place, it was time to add a few images to my page. I used a series of dragon images (all with a book theme) designed by Brian Kesinger - Aagar the EmotionalTelkyn the Learned; and Vornii the Bookish. (These three stamps are all available together on plate #1499.)

I stamped the three dragons around my page to form a "visual triangle" around my photos. 

With all my background in place, it was time to add some papery layers to form a mat for my photos. Naturally, I turned again to book paper (a logical choice for this page, right?) 

I layered some torn pieces of paper, along with some brown paper, small white tags, and a large kraft tag that I had also stamped with the Library Return Card stamp. 

I stapled all the papers in place along with some frayed gauze, then added my photos on top before turning my attention to the embellishments to finish off my page and tie it all together. 

In keeping with the reading theme of my page, I chose a handmade book paper star from Charms Creations, and tucked it under the right edge of my photo.

I added three wood veneer stars from Cocoa Vanilla Studio, layering one on top of the book paper star and using the other two to again form a "visual triangle". 

To the left of my photo I added a wood veneer arrow, and then below my photos the large awesome wood veneer piece for my page title (all from Cocoa Vanilla Studio's 'You Rock' collection). 

I added some simple handwritten journalling below my title using a felt pen, and my page was complete.

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

VLVS stamps used:
Vornii the Bookish

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Together | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone!
Just popping in on this VERY hot day at my house, to share my latest Flutterby design team project with you. Today I am have a 12x12" mixed media layout that features the brand new "We Are" collection. This range has proven to be very popular already, so if you haven't snapped some of it up yet, make sure you get on it!

For my layout I decided to use a beautiful photo of two of my kids that I took recently. (I was aiming for all three of them together, but there is always someone who doesn't play along and ruins my fun!)

I began my layout with one of the sheets from the 12x12" paper pack, called "The Story of Us". This paper is designed like a large sheet of notebook paper and it was the perfect canvas for me to add some of my Flutter Colour Paints to it. I used a combination of brayer, brush and my fingers to spread the paints around, layering the colours until I achieved the look I was after. 

I then added some stamping using background stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps and some sweet hearts from Cocoa Vanilla Studio with teal Archival ink; before using my Stabilo All pencil to add a few random scribbles on top.

I used a few different "We Are" Everyday Etc Filler Cards to layer behind my photo - cutting, tearing and even punching them to add interest. I also added the grateful page tab from the "We Are" Page Tabs sheet. I then topped the papers with some frayed gauze to give soft texture, before mounting my photo on some scrap cardboard and adding it on top.

I then added a small heart from the Die Cut Bits & Bobs pack directly onto the corner of my photo.

Alongside the left edge of my photo, I added a cute handmade heart embellishment from Charms Creations, which proved to be the perfect spot to add the we are family flair button from the "We Are" Set 2 on top.

Below the bottom right edge of my photo I added a couple of phrases from the Sticky Quotes sheet, as well as one above my photo. Then, also from the Sticky Quotes sheet, I added the script word together at the bottom of my page. 
To finish off, I added a few enamel dots; a small splattering of teal ink and stamped the phrase I love you lots with a roller stamp.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I hope I have given you a taste of just how fun and fabulous this collection is for scrapping all your family photos. 
Make sure visit the store to snap up all the new goodies (including a great range of mugs that are perfect for Christmas gifts!) HERE 

Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Stay Fierce | Colour Blast

Hi everyone!
Happy hump day! It's Sue Plumb here today to share my latest Colour Blast design team project with you. Today I am sharing a mixed media piece I created using Colour Artist Inks and Colour Paste. For today's post I decided to re-visit a project style I have created previously, but this time I mixed it up a bit by changing some of my materials and altering my process steps. 

First, here's a look at my completed piece...

And now to my process...

I started this project with a page torn from a large, glossy wedding magazine that I picked up at an op shop. I have never created one of these girls on gloss paper before, so thought I would give it a go. I deliberately didn't use any gesso on the paper as I wanted to as I wanted to see how the Colour Artist Inks behaved on a different substrate. 

I stuck with a range of warm colours - Citrus, Sunburnt,Cranberry, Slipper and Cider. To apply, I simply dropped the ink randomly onto the page from the dropper, then spread using a brush. I then set it aside to dry. When I returned I noticed that the inks had dried lighter than they would usually, obviously from reacting with the gloss paper; and I loved the effect!

Once the background colour was in place, it was time to add my focal image. I used a fabulous face stencil from StencilGirl that was designed by Andrea Matus deMeng, and I simply used Staz On ink and a sponge to apply it. I then used a Sharpie to fill in the small gaps left from the stencil in the hair and along the edges of the face.

Next, I added a few torn pieces of paper. This paper was from Flutterby Designs and featured a mixed media design. I wanted to use the paper over the top of parts of the stencilled design to push the face back into my design by building over the top of it. (This is different from my usual process, when I usually have the face more in the foreground; but as this face was larger and quite bold I wanted to soften it a bit.)

The next step was to add some stamping using rubber stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps. The purpose of the stamping was to add depth and interest to my layers.
I followed this with some contrasting colour detail using Oasis Colour Artist Ink. I applied it with a small brush directly from the bottle. (When doing this, you need to remember that the colour will blend a bit with the colour underneath, so make sure you use colours that will work together.)

Then it was time to add some texture. I used a stencil from Flutterby Designs, along with Lovely Lilac Colour Paste. Using lilac gave me a good bridge between the warm and cool colours, and also helped to blend the lilac colour that was on the paper pieces I had used.

After the Colour Paste, I then went in with a white Posca pen and added some white highlights to the eyes, lips and bridge of the nose; as well as some other defining detail around the face.

With all the structure in place, it was time to add my focal words. These were fussy cut from a Flutterby Designs card; attached with a liquid adhesive, then stapled to add extra detail. I also used some Flutterby phrase stickers.

For the final details on my piece, I used a Stabilo All pencil to add some scribbles to help highlight the words and add a bit of a border; then used Slipper Colour Artist Ink and a small brush to add some splatters over the top.

When you look closely you can see all the layers at play, and despite its simplicity at first glance, it demonstrates how much depth this piece really has.

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to try something similar using your Colour Blast supplies. (If you don't have a face stencil, make sure you check out the Michelle Grant designed ones available in the Colour Blast store HERE or you could even try using a magazine image.)

If I have inspired you to create something similar, I would love to see it! Make sure you share it in the Colour Blast Creative Corner on Facebook or tag me on Instagram - @sue.plumb

Until next time, happy creating! X

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Be a Mermaid | Viva Las VegaStamps

Hi everyone!
Today I am sharing a sweet little stamped project I created recently for my daughter, and it's in stark contrast to my previous Viva Las VegaStamps share which featured my "zombie" cat. This time I opted for a small scale project - working on an index card, which fits perfectly into a small 6x4" frame that can then go into my daughters bedroom.

I started by applying a light coat of gesso all over the card, before using Faber-Castell gelatos to add some colour. I used a moist baby wipe to blend each colour, mixing the 3 colours together, but concentrating on having the darkest tone around the outer edge to border it. Once I was happy with the colour, I set it aside to dry.

I then took the Cat Mermaid stamp, which was to be my focal image, and stamped it onto some white cardstock using Staz On ink. I again used my gelatos to add colour; this time by adding a little to my craft mat and then using a water brush to pick up the colour so I could colour my image.

I then turned my attention back to my index card, using the gorgeous Sky of Stars Background stamp and Ranger Archival ink to add a whimsical touch. I also used the Scribble Heart stamp to add a little love.

Next, I fussy cut around my cat mermaid; before stamping the quote using the Always Be Yourself/Mermaid stamp onto cardstock. I again used a gelato to add some colour, then fussy cut the quote into two pieces.
Now it was time to construct my piece. I started by adding a small paper doily to the centre of the card, topped with some messy cotton thread, then added my cat mermaid on top.

I then added the two pieces of the quote above and below the cat.

For a bit of extra whimsy, I finished my piece with a sprinkle of sequins.

This was a super fun little project to make. I must admit that I wasn't really used to creating pieces on such a small scale when I began working on this team; but my amazing VLVS teamies inspired me to give it a go and now I love creating these delicate little pieces! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share this with you, I hope I have inspired you to get inky too! X

VLVS stamps used: