Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Making Friends @ Hooters | Scrap the Girls October Challenge

Hi everyone! Today I am popping in to share my take on this month's challenge at Scrap the Girls, which is a combination of two events that both occur this month. It's called "Boo Bees" - Breast Cancer Awareness meets Halloween. You can choose to be inspired by either of these themes, or even something else from the inspiration image below...

I decided to cover both bases by creating a boobies themed layout with a Halloween colour palette. I reckon I nailed it - what do you think?

Those fabulous photos of me with the Hooters girls were taken during my trip to Arizona for Creativation last year. The girls were so lovely and more than happy to pose with me. 
To create my layout, I started by creating a quick watercolour style background using 'Faded Jeans' Distress Oxide (to tie in with my denim jacket in the photos). I then added some random stamping using a jumbled text stamp and grey ink.

Over the top of the watercolour, I added the Burst Circles cut file from this month's homegrown sponsor, Cut to You. I really wanted the shapes to pop against the background, so because I had already cut it with white, I just coloured it black with a Sharpie. I then used patterned paper from Cocoa Vanilla Studio to back a few of the larger circles to start bringing in the red / orange colours. I then set to work on some papery layers.

Underneath my photos I stacked layers of tissue paper, a paper doiley, printed tags tied with twine, and some frayed gauze for texture. I also put some scrap cardboard under my photos to help pop them up from the page.

To the left of my photos, I added a Charms Creations handmade star embellishment, which I topped with the hello flair button (from my sister's stash). 

To the right of my photos I added a piece of an old floral print Hambly Screenprints transparency, and some twisted coloured wire that I attached with staples. I used some small sparkly orange alpha stickers for the first part of my title; the @ from a pack of Heidi Swapp die cuts; and then black Thickers for the word hooters. (I love a good mixed font title!)

I finished off my page by adding a some stamped phrases; orange and black ink splatters and few well-placed orange enamel dots (to help some of those circles look like boobs). 

You only have 10 days left to join in this challenge to be in the running for the prizes from Cut to You (for the Aussies) or Tanya Leigh Designz (for the internationals). If you haven't already seen how the rest of the team interpreted this challenge, visit the Scrap the Girls blog HERE for more inspiration.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Happy Days | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone! I'm popping in today to share a recent design team page with you that was created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio. This layout is actually the very first page that I created with the 'Daydream' collection when I received it, and I reached for the adorable Over the Rainbow paper first. (I think there are lots of people who did the same - including the CVS design team!)

Now the funny thing about this layout, is I already knew I was going to make it before I even got the collection. (Very unlike me to plan a page ahead of time!) As soon as I saw Zoe's reveal of this paper, I knew I wanted to use a silhouetted photo of my daughter standing under the rainbow (so I had her pose for the photo in advance).  

I started my layout by adding a little bit of extra detail to the paper. I used a fine tip white paint pen to add faux stitched detail along the edges of some of the rainbow arches, and then faux hand stitched details onto the blue hearts. 

I then cut around my photo to get rid of all the background and placed some messy white cotton thread for soft texture where my photo was going to go. I used some scrap cardboard behind the photo to pop it up from the page.

Once I had the photo in place I added a floral piece from the Die Cut Ephemera pack along the bottom edge of the page so it looked as though she was springing from a bunch of flowers. I also added a small floral sprig and the fantabulous banner piece to cover her hand. 

Now it was time to add some extra detail around my page. In keeping with the whimsical scene I was creating, I added the die cut sun from the ephemera pack in the top right corner of the page using some foam tape to pop it up. I also used the happy days words from the ephemera pack as my page title.

With my daughter's pose of her hand being held joyfully in the air, I wanted to create a look as though she was scattering some fun / happiness / rainbow vibes, so I used a selection of sequins from the Sequins & Flowers pack and stuck them as though they were being thrown from her hand.

I also added three fussy cut butterflies from the All Aflutter paper, placing them so they were on the coordinating coloured arch on the rainbow.

I finished off with a few happy phrase stickers from the Accessory Sticker sheet placed onto the rainbow and my page was done. This whimsical scene was unlike my usual style of page, but I really had fun creating it and I am happy I could bring my vision to life. (And my daughter absolutely loves it, which is the most important thing, right?!)

Thanks so much for stopping by so I could share this with you. If you haven't managed to find the 'Daydream' collection yet because your favorite store sold out, rest assured that plenty of re-stocks have been shipped, so check with them to see if they have it coming.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

This Is Life | Kitaholic Kits Cyber Crop challenge

Hi everyone,
I am popping in today to share another layout I created for the recent Kitaholic Kits 'Spring Fling' cyber crop. For this challenge the criteria was a sketch that looked like this...

If you have known me for a while, you will already know that following sketches is not my strong point. I always begin with good intentions, but once I start working on my page it tends to take on a life of its own. I do always try to include the key elements though, and I think I achieved that here.

Here is my layout, "This is Life"...

I decide to work with the Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Daydream' collection for this layout because I just can't get enough of it! I started with the soft pink watercolour print on the reverse side of the Stepping Stones paper as my page background. Instead of using patterned paper for the large vertical block in the sketch, I decided to use paint instead. I added another layer over the top using Vicki Boutin gold glaze and one of my favourite StencilGirl stencils - 'Rembrandt's Words'.

With my photos I decided to use three, instead of just the two shown in the sketch. I still used two smaller ones, but added the third larger one as a feature in place of the title / journalling block. The photos were of my daughter with her phone (which is usually glued to her hand), and the reaction I got when I asked her to look up from the screen. 

 I used pieces of patterned paper to add some layers behind my photo, and a paper doily and a circular die cut frame to represent the round element from the sketch. For the smaller vertical blocks in the sketch I used strips of washi tape.

For my embellishments, I used a mix of coordinating products from the 'Daydream' collection - Die Cut Ephemera; Accessory Stickers; Puffy Heart; Flair Button and Die Cut Titles. I also used a handmade star from Charms Creations.

I finished off my layout with handwritten journalling, stamped phrases and splatters of black ink.

If you would like to see how I put this layout together, I've got a process video on my YouTube channel that you can watch below:

Thanks so much for stopping by so I could share this with you. Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Friday, 2 October 2020

You Are Kind | Kitaholic Kits Cyber Crop challenge

Hi everyone! 
Just thought I would pop in quickly to share a mixed media layout I created over the weekend for one of the challenges for the Kitaholic Kits 'Spring Fling' cyber crop. The criteria for this challenge was a gorgeous mood board...

My initial inspiration came from the included quote "every day is a gift", which made me think of this cute photo of one of my boys handing over a flower he picked for me. The photo was taken at the beach, which gave it a summery vibe (even though it was actually winter at the time). 

Here's what I came up with...

So my page began with a sheet of white cardstock and some "Picked Raspberry" Distress Oxide, which I simply mixed with some water on my craft mat, then laid the cardstock over the top to pick up the colour. Once dry, I added some subtle detail using grey ink and a crosshatch pattern acrylic stamp to add some random stamping around the page.

For my next layer I used a Simple Stories heart pattern stencil with my Vicki Boutin "Prism" glaze so that I could draw in the hearts from the board. I then added some splatters to my page using blue and grey mists.

Now it was time to move onto some paper layers, so I decided to pull out my Vicki Boutin stash, as I thought it would work well with the bright colours of the board.

I layered some papers from the 'Color Kaleidoscope' collection, adding a pink paper doily and some pieces of torn washi to my page as well. I also added some frayed gauze for soft texture, before adding my photo on top.

I then added some of the coordinating ephemera pieces and chipboard Thickers, and my journalling on a small journal spot.

I finished off by using a roller stamp to stamp hello, I love you repeatedly around the page.

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I will be back with another project (and maybe even a process video?!) soon. Until then, happy scrapping! X

Monday, 21 September 2020

Sweet Beautiful You | Cocoa Vanilla Studio - September Monthly Challenge

Hi everyone! I'm popping in today to share one of my recent Cocoa Vanilla Studio design team projects with you. For this project I was tasked with sharing some inspiration for the September monthly challenge. If you haven't already seen the gorgeous "Garden Party" mood board designed by Danni Visser, here it is...

I absolutely love all the pretty pastel tones of this board, which were perfect for me to pair with the brand new 'Daydream' collection. There were several elements in the board I really wanted to represent on my page - the flowers; the outdoors (I chose some photos of my daughter in the garden) and (of course) the colours, including pops of yellow, just like those delicious looking macarons. I also wanted to include the word "sweet" as a nod to the sweet treats in the photos.

Here's what I came up with..

I began my page with a sheet of white cardstock and some inks in shades of pink, blue and yellow. I mixed the ink with a little water and then used some plastic packaging to gently apply the watercolours to the cardstock, drying between each colour. I then added some darker blue splatters over the top.

Then it was time to add some gorgeous papers! I used pieces of the All Aflutter; Sweet Serenity; and Happy Place papers to create a layered mat for my photos. To add a pop of yellow, I also included a small yellow paper doily from my stash; then topped all my layers with some frayed gauze for texture before sticking my photos on top. 

I wanted to continue building on the layers I had created and help frame in around my photos. I used the tag sticker from the Accessory Sticker sheet, which I tied with a little twine and tucked it in behind the point where my photos overlapped. I also added the you are my sunshine sticker directly onto the join between my photos. 

Next, I chose some flowers from the Die Cut Ephemera pack and used them as the basis for the second and third embellishment clusters around my photos. In the cluster below my photos I included one of the fabric Puffy Hearts which also added a lovely textural element.

To the right of my photos, I tucked in a partial rainbow that I had fussy cut from the cut apart Happy Place paper and used this as the spot to add my title. I fussy cut the sweet flag piece from the same paper, then combined it with the beautiful you banner sticker to complete my title.

I finished off my page with a gorgeous little indigo butterfly and a little yellow heart - both from the Die Cut Ephemera pack. 

I so love how this page turned out - this collection really is amazing! I hope I have inspired you to play along with this month's challenge. There is a $25 store voucher up for grabs for one randomly drawn winner. You can find all the details and enter via the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Facebook community group HERE
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Saturday, 19 September 2020

Whatever | Scrap the Girls September Challenge

Hi friends!
I am popping in today to share my take on the September challenge for Scrap the Girls. For this one, I decided to document a photo of my daughter and our cat. This was taken one night when she was in bed reading and I had asked her if she knew where the cat was. She replied "no".  I then walked over to her bed and found him IN her bed like this. Just look at the smug look on his face - because he knew he shouldn't be in there!

So this month the challenge is called "Painty Hands" and it looks like this...

Despite the fact that most of the images in the inspiration board featured watercolours, I decided to buck the trend and work with acrylic paints instead. I was guided by the colours in my photo for my colour choice, which was black, pink and teal; and used a combination of my brayer and fingertips to apply the paint to the page.

Next, I added some texture to my page using the 'Starlight' stencil from StencilGirl, and Vicki Boutin gold glaze. This provided some beautiful contrast and gave my page the night-time feeling I was looking for.

Once I had the paint dry, I started adding some paper layers. I used a couple of scraps of my Vicki Boutin papers, along with some gold tissue paper, a paper doily and frayed gauze for texture. I then added some scrap cardboard to the back of my photo before adding it on top.

I finished off my background layers with some torn pieces of washi tape - first a teal spotted one, then a thinner heart print one. I then began adding my embellishments. I started with a cluster to the left of my photo using a Charms Creations handmade heart topped with a flair button. I also added some twisted gold wire to which I attached with a stapler. 

 I continued the gold wire across to the right side of my photo; plus I added a Heidi Swapp printed acetate heart and an American Crafts gold phrase sticker directly onto the top right corner of my photo. 
For my title, I used the word whatever from a pack of foam Thickers, as I thought this perfectly summed up my cat's attitude when I busted him hiding in the bed.

I finished off my layout by scattering some Studio Calico gold glitter stars across the top half of my layout and then adding my journalling in the bottom right corner.

I do hope you will join us for this challenge, you still have until the end of the month to get your entries in. Our Aussie sponsor is Charms Creations, and our international sponsor is Tanya Leigh Designz. For more details, or to see what else the team created for this challenge, pop over to the STG blog HERE.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Friday, 18 September 2020

Big Fun


Hi everyone! I've got another "just because" layout to share with you today. This mixed media page was created to document another one of my kids awesome dress-up photos using some of my favourite products from my stash.

 I started my page by adding some Distress Oxides to my cardstock (Chipped Sapphire and Mowed Lawn), which I applied by mixing it with water on my messy mat and then laying my cardstock over the top to soak it up. I love the randomness of using this method, as it's always a surprise how the colour will come out and it gives me a jumping off point for the rest of my page.

Next, it was time to start building some layers. First, I used black ink and one of my fave star stamps (Squiggly Star Collage) from Viva Las VegaStamps, which I stamped three times to create a "visual triangle" around where my photo was going to go. I then took some Vicki Boutin Prism glaze, and swiped a little around the page using my palette knife. This broke up the strong navy of the ink, and added texture and shine. 

For my next layer I used a stencil from StencilGirl Products called 'Military Style Stars' along with my TCW 'Light & Fluffy' Modelling Paste. I chose a basic white modelling paste as I wanted something with a matte, white finish to pull back some of the colour. I then used another of my fave VLVS stamps 'Sky of Stars Background' to add yet another layer to my background. 

Next, I added some papery layers using patterned papers from Vicki Boutin (a mix from both the 'Let's Wander' and 'Color Kaleidoscope' collections). I cut and tore the papers into various size pieces, which I stacked with a paper doily and some frayed gauze before topping with my photo. 

For my embellishments I again used Vicki Boutin products - a mix of ephemera, stickers and Thickers. I used these pieces to continue building up the layers on the page. To the right of my photo I added a handmade star embellishment from Charms Creations, which I topped with a flair button (from my sister's stash - thanks Mandy!)

I finished off with some Vicki Boutin puffy word Thickers for my title and then I was done! I had so much fun creating this page and it all came together so easily. (Don't you love it when that happens?)
Thanks so much for stopping by so I could share this with you. Until next time, happy scrapping! X