Thursday, 17 January 2019

Merry & Bright | Viva Las VegaStamps

Hi everyone!
Popping in today to share a mixed media scrapbook layout I created for Viva Las VegaStamps featuring some of the recently released VLVS Christmas stamps and a photo of my kids with a cool Santa.

As it is summer time here in Australia at Christmas (and also because I am not a fan), I tend to steer away from the "traditional" red / forest green Christmas colour combination and lean towards brighter colours that more accurately reflect our season.

I began this page with some white cardstock and Dina Wakley acrylic paints (turquoise, lime, sky, blushing and ruby), which I applied using a brayer and my fingers to build up some layers of colour. I also splattered some Colour Blast 'Soot' Colour Artist Ink around the page.

I then took an assortment of Christmas-themed stamps and used them to add some interest to my background. I used a combination of black StazOn ink and Paradise Teal Ranger Archival ink. The stamps I used were:

I then added a variety of patterned paper pieces from Cocoa Vanilla Studio to form a layered mat for my photo, before adding some frayed gauze and my photo on top.

To embellish my page, I used some cool chipboard Christmas trees from the Yuletide MASH pack by UmWow Studio, which I coloured using a gold paint pen before sticking them down with a liquid adhesive. 

I layered the chipboard trees with some assorted Christmas themed wood veneer pieces; flair button; resin star; enamel dots; and red & white paper flowers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio; plus a few tiny pale blue flowers from D-lish Scraps.

For my page title, I stamped the May Your Days Be Merry stamp a couple of times, then overlaid it with a merry&bright wood veneer piece (also from Cocoa Vanilla Studio and coloured gold with a paint pen). 

To finish off my page I added my handwritten journalling with a Sharpie, and some splatters of Colour Blast 'Bling' Colour Shimmer Spray.

I have a process video available on my YouTube channel for this page:

(If you do stop by to watch it and like what you see, please give me a thumbs up and subscribe!)

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to document your precious Christmas memories too. Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Friday, 11 January 2019

Totally Epic | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!
I am so happy and grateful to have the opportunity to be creating for Cocoa Vanilla Studio for another year alongside so many talented ladies. So without further ado, here is my first Cocoa Vanilla share for 2019 - a page I created with the fabulous 'Boys Rule' collection, documenting my hubby and one of our sons mountain climbing together. (This one is definitely dad's "mini me" and wants to do everything just like him.)

I began my page with the fabulous mixed media style 'Messed Up' paper, which provided me with a quick and easy background to start with. I then used pieces of the 'Expressionist' and 'Straight & Narrow' papers to to define the spot where my photos were going to be placed. I also added a couple of strips of the 'Boy Stuff' paper, using the triangular pattern to help draw the viewer's eye through the photos. 

I then positioned my photos - overlapping them slightly, and adding some scrap cardboard to the back to pop them up from the page. To further define the photos, I took a grey die cut frame from the Miscellany ephemera pack, which I cut in half and tucked in either side of the photos. 

I fussy cut the EPIC and YOLO woodgrain print hashtag pieces from the 'Boy Stuff' paper, adding some cardboard to the back of them and then placing them in the spaces that were created by the offset photos. I then added some small pieces of torn washi tape from my stash to tie in with the woodgrain colour. I also added a few wood veneer pieces from the 'Totally Rad' collection.

To further highlight the hashtag pieces, I used a couple of aqua blue paintbrush stroke stickers from the Clear Stickers set. (Just like the background paper I used, these stickers are a great way of adding a mixed media touch to your page without getting your hands dirty.) Also from the Clear Stickers, I used the tiny words this is and the larger word Totally to complete my title; then two small phrases beneath my photos.

To finish off my page, I added the boys rule flair button; the love it tab from the Accessory Sticker sheet; and a few splatters of Colour Blast 'Soot' Colour Artist Ink.

So there you have it - a mixed media style layout without the mess. I am looking forward to sharing many more Cocoa Vanilla creations with you over the coming year.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Fun Stuff | Scrap the Girls January challenge

Hi everyone!
Today I am popping in to share my design team layout for the January "Time Traveller" challenge at Scrap the Girls. This month there is an awesome pin up themed challenge image to inspire you, along with an additional Pinterest board full of extra images. You can be inspired by any of the images from the challenge image or Pinterest board, but when you link up your entry your entry must mention what inspired you and why.

Here's the challenge board...

You can find the additional inspiration images on Pinterest HERE

And here is what I created...

My layout was initially inspired by the image of the three girls on the board and their pouty red lips. I found a cool SnapChat filter that magically turned me into a pin up style nurse, and then created a photo collage using three shots I took. I was also inspired by the colours from the other images, opting to use the black / white / red / nautical blue for my palette.

To start my page I created a mixed media background - first using red Dina Wakley acrylic paint applied with a brayer; then layering over it with Colour Blast black heavy gesso applied with a wide brush. Once dry, I applied Colour Blast 'Just Blue' Colour Paste through a Tim Holtz stencil to three areas of my page, then wiped off the excess paste from my palette knife onto the page. 

Once the background had dried I stamped some random hearts around the page using StazOn ink and a Scribble Heart stamp from Viva Las VegaStamps.

Then it was time for some texture and layers! I used pieces of patterned paper, tissue paper, paper doily, paper bag, plasterer's tape, washi tapes, a printed tag, wire and frayed gauze to create a layered mat for my photo collage.

Alongside my photos I added a handmade red & white butterfly heart embellishment from Charms Creations. I also added a couple of cute little blue acrylic hearts from Corbett Creations and some blue enamel dots from D-lish Scraps.

The quote I used was from a MAMBI sticker book, and the wood veneer stars (also from D-lish Scraps) were coloured red with a Posca pen. 

To finish off my page I stamped the sassy since the day I was born quote around my page with a Typo roller stamp, and I also splattered some Colour Blast 'Marine' Colour Artist Ink. Then it was a few scribbles with my black and white Stabilo All pencils and I was done!

This was such a fun page to do (and the fact I completed it when I was at retreat surrounded by some of my favourite people probably made it even more so). 

I hope you will join in on this months challenge - our fabulous sponsor is Cut to You from Created by Gwen. If you have a cutting machine and you haven't checked out her newest cut file designs yet, then make sure you check them out HERE 
If you don't have a cutting machine, never fear! Gwen also cuts her designs and ships directly to you - how cool is that? You can check out the range of custom cuts HERE

Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Family | Flutterby Designs

Hi everyone and happy new year!
Just popping in to share a recent Flutterby Designs DT project with you. Today I have a 12x12" mixed media scrapbook layout to share that features some of the recently released 'We Are' collection and a photo of my siblings and I together.

I had lots of painty fun creating this page, starting with some 'Tropicana Teal' Flutter Colour paint, which I applied to the bottom half of the page using a brayer. I then used a wide brush to apply some Dina Wakley 'Night' acrylic paint to the top half of the page.

Once the paint was dry I used a silver gelato to scribble some colour around the edge to form a rough border, which I then blended a little using a water brush.

Over the paint on the top half of the page, I used the 'Bubble O'Fun' stencil and some Colour Blast 'Steel' Colour Paste to add some texture in a few areas. Over the bottom half, I used the same stencil and some grey ink with a sponge dauber to add a little detail. (Unfortunately this stencil is no longer available, but there are a great range of alternative designs available HERE)

Next, I created a layered mat for my photo using some of the 'We Are' Everyday Etc filler cards. I also added some frayed gauze and a frame from the Die Cut Bits & Bobs pack that I cut in half before adding my photo on top; then tucked in a couple of the 'We Are' page tabs

Lately I have been trying to incorporate some older products and mix them with new, so I took the opportunity to include some washi tape from the 'Good Vibes Only' kit. I also included some of my Flutterby staple supplies - white Tiny Sticky Quotes and enamel dots.

On the bottom half of my layout, I wanted to use a variety of words created from different materials arranged in a sort of word cloud. I started with the large LOVE word from the Die Cut Title Set as the base, adding the word family from the gorgeous 'We are Family' Teal Acrylic Title pack. 
In keeping with my mission to include a few older supplies, I overlaid the forever & ever wood veneer piece along the bottom.

On the left side of my word cloud, I added hugs from the Die Cut Bits & Bobs pack, along with a wood veneer heart.
To keep my page balanced, I also tucked a small wood veneer star in behind my page tab above my photo.

Finally, I added the this is us flair button from the 'We Are' flair button set #2 into my word cloud before finishing off my page with a little scribbled border detail using a Stabilo All pencil.

Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could share this project. I hope this year is full of happiness and creativity for you! Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Too Glam - art journal page | Colour Blast

Hi everyone!
Today I am here to share my latest Colour Blast design team project with you. This fun, colourful art journal spread that I created in my altered book journal was inspired by summer; and features Colour Artist Inks, Colour Pastes and a Colour Shimmer Brush Marker.

Here's a look at the entire spread...

And now for my process...

I began by priming my page using White Heavy Gesso. I used an old gift card to spread it to ensure a thin, even coat. I didn't want it too thick, as I still wanted some of the text to be visible.

Next, I began adding colour to my pages using Colour Artist Inks. I chose Berry, Bordeaux, and Slipper as my colour palette - all shades of pink / purple. I used a small, round brush to apply the ink, starting with Berry around the outer edge, then moving to the lighter Bordeaux inside it.

I then dried the two colours off with a heat gun before going in with the Slipper ink to add some extra colour along the very outer edge and in a few spots over the top of the Berry ink. 

Once all the inks were dry, it was time to add some features and dimension to my page. I used the 'Dream of Palms' stencil from StencilGirl; which I paired with Deep Water Colour Paste. I applied a thin layer of paste through the stencil in the top right corner of my page, before flipping the stencil over and applying more paste on the left side. 

I then moved onto adding the focal point for my page. I cut out a flamingo from a printed paper napkin and adhered it onto the page using a gel matte medium. I also tore up some other pieces featuring flowers and leaves and collaged them onto the page as well. The quote was cut from an Everyday Etc card from Flutterby Designs, and I thought it was a perfect sentiment to use for a flamingo! 

To add a little extra texture and colour I then swiped some Lovely Lilac Colour Paste over a few random areas of my page with a narrow palette knife.

Next, I wanted to add some contrast and a little extra sparkle, so I used a Gold Colour Shimmer Brush Marker to add some highlights through the branches of the palm trees and on top of some of the collaged pieces. Sometimes it's hard to capture just how gorgeous the sparkle is in photos (especially when you are taking shots and the sun won't come out to help you!)

I decided my focal image needed a little something extra to help it pop and stand out from the page, so I used my Stabilo All pencil to add some shadowing to the outline. Once I had drawn it in, I blended it out with a water brush.

To finish off my page I decided to add some splatter using Cider Colour Artist Ink. I simply dipped a small, stiff bristle brush into the bottle and then tapped the ink off around the page.

You can see how the Cider ink brought extra warmth to the page and helped to tie in the gold from the Colour Shimmer Brush Brush Marker...

Here's a closer look at the finished page, so you can better see the colours and texture...

I love all the layers at play here...

That's all from me today. I hope I have inspired you to pull out some supplies and do some post-Christmas crafting.
Until next time, happy creating!

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Stamped Bookmarks and Notebook | Viva Las VegaStamps

Hi everyone!
Popping in today share a Viva Las VegaStamps design team project with you. As we head into Christmas, I thought it would be a good time to share a couple of simple appreciation gift ideas with you. There are always people in our lives that deserve a small token of our thanks - whether that be teachers, neighbours, friends, the mailman, or even the staff at the local store. So I decided to whip up some simple bookmarks and notebooks featuring some of my fave Banksy stamps to give out.

For the notebook, I started with a plain, kraft cover notebook (purchased from Kmart). I used Dina Wakley acrylic paints, applied with a brayer and layered randomly to add some colour. I then took the recently released Victorian Flower Background and used it to stamp a border around 3 sides of the cover.

Next, I chose the fabulous Banksy Wall Singer for my feature image on the cover, before I also stamped the Banksy Life is Beautiful as the accompanying text. I love how it turned out! I paired it with a pen before wrapping it up.

After I created the notebook, I decided to re-visit a project I have created previously and shared here - bookmarks. (You can find my original watercolour bookmark post HERE) This time however, I wanted to use a more minimalist style to showcase some cool Banksy stamps. 

I started by cutting some smooth white cardstock into strips measuring 2x8.5". I then stamped a focal Banksy image onto each one, and an accompanying quote as well. 
Here is a list of all the stamps I used on the bookmarks (as shown from left to right above):

I also stamped the back of each bookmark with the Banksy stamp.

Once they were all stamped, I used Faber-Castell gelatos to add a splash of colour to each one. I wanted to keep them minimal, so I only used a single colour on each one and left the focal images uncoloured.

I then took all the bookmarks and laminated them, trimming off the excess laminate with a trimmer.

I then punched a hole into each bookmark and added a variety of twine, tassels and a metal charm to decorate them.

I am so happy with how these turned out and cannot wait to gift them to their new owners! Thanks so much for stopping by so I could share this with you. I hope I have inspired you to create some special handmade appreciation gifts for the people in your lives too.
Until next time, happy scrapping! X

VLVS stamps used:

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Story of Us | Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi everyone!
Time again share another design team project with you. Today I am sharing a layout I created for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the beautiful 'Midnight' collection; and just as its name suggests, I chose to work with the gorgeous deep midnight blue as my primary colour for this page.

I started my page with a sheet of 'Bloom & Grow' paper, which I cut down to measure approximately 9x12" and then added a strip of the 'Inky Depths' paper down the left side. I love the contrast of the block colour against the stripes, and the dark shades of these papers so much!

Next, I created a layered mat for my photo using pieces of the 'Inky Depths'; 'Inspired'; and 'Mixed Blessing' papers, which I layered with a paper doily as well. 

I then built a large floral cluster to the right of my photo using pieces from the die cut ephemera pack. I used foam tape to pop some of the flowers up and bent up the edges of them, and the leaves, from the page.

To the left of my photo I added a few more die cut flowers, again using foam tape to create dimension; before adding the every moment matters flair button on top.

Along the bottom edge of my photo I added the here + now quote that was cut from the 'All the Things' paper. For my page title, I used words from the die cut title pack. I used a double layer of foam tape to pop them up to the same height of the photo so they didn't get lost on the background.

To give the page a little more dimension I added few hearts from the chipboard accents pack, and I also added the sweet little tab with hearts which I tucked in behind the top edge of my photo.

To finish off my page I added a couple of small stickers from the accessory sticker sheet where my papers joined at the top of my page. I used a small banner and layered a small tab over the top of it.

That's all from me today, thanks for stopping by. 
The 'Midnight' collection is now available in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio store, along with some recently released page kits and some super specials from the Black Friday Sale. (But hurry, before they are all gone!)
Until next time, happy scrapping! X