Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Guest Designing for Uniquely Creative!!

I was pretty excited to receive this month's 'Mixed Media Kit' called 'Doilies' by Uniquely Creative in the post and when I opened it I may have squealed!!

It has a real Mandala vibe to it!

I created three layouts.....

For my first one I just had to do a dreamcatcher with feathers.

I painted the wood veneers with watercolour paint and added some dots using a black journal pen.

I added more feathers. Those rainbow ones were cut using the Uniquely Creative Metal Die Set called 'Sketchy Feather Trio Set 1'. I then added some watercolour paint and let them 'bleed' together a little. The black and white ones were also cut using the Metal Dies, and finally I added in a few real feathers too.

See the little dots behind the feathers? I created those with the 'Dot Fade Stencil' from the Kit. Just added them by rubbing paint through the stencil in a line.

I also used the smallest 'mandala/flower' shape from the 'Doily Stamp' Set in the Kit to create some lines too.

I used the wood veneer from the kit for my title, adding watercolour paint in a rainbow effect, again letting it bleed into each other.

For the journaling I used the word quote from the 'Doily' stamp set in the kit. - I blocked out a couple of the words with washi tape, as I wanted to alter it a little.

For the centre of the dreamcatcher, I stamped and cut out some of the Mandalas from the 'Doily' Stamp in the kit in various sizes.

I layered these around the edge of the photos, and then added some of the 'Word Strips' from the kit on top.

I really love how this turned out!

Now for my second creation.....

A layout about last year's Phuket trip.....those Doilies/Mandala's just reminded me so much of the place, I just had to use them.

I created the background using white texture paste and the 'Doily' Stencil in the kit.

I cascaded it down the page and once dry I added some of the Uniquely Creative Watercolours.

Such a cool effect.

I then stamped and cut out Mandalas in various sizes from the 'Doily Stamp' in the Kit and added the watercolours to these too.

I added these using foam tape for dimension, and again cascading them down the page and around the photos.

I added some of the 'Word Strips' from the kit and then used a Metal Die called 'Scripty Sunshine' to create the title.

Some journaling, and paint flicks and it's done!

Ok, let's take a look at the final layout.....

Look!! I created a giant Mandala Tam style - colourful and messy!

I began with some white cardstock.

I added a circular shape using pink paint. I used Dina Wakley ‘Magenta’.

I then placed the 'Doily Stencil' from the Kit onto this whilst the paint was still wet and using a baby wipe, wiped away the paint through the stencil.

I then added painted circles around the edge of this, and just let it grow bigger.  I tried not to overthink this part, just get the paint on – I’m not striving for perfection – I want it to have an arty look.  I also didn’t let it dry inbetween changing colours.

I used Dina Wakley Paint in ‘Magenta’, ‘Turquoise’, ‘Ocean’ and ‘Lime’.

Working quickly, whilst the paint was still wet, I rubbed a baby wipe through parts of the 'Dot Fade Stencil' from the Kit and lifted some of the colour.

I then added some Dina Wakley ‘Black’ Paint in swirls, again, the messier the better!

I added some doodling with a black pen (dots, scribbles), and then used the smallest mandala shape from the 'Doily Stamp' in the Kit to create some circular patterns.

I also stamped one of the doily shapes from the 'Doily Stamp' into the very centre using black ink.

Time to move on to the photos and the layering.

I stamped a few of the ‘Mandala Stamps’ from the Kit onto white cardstock.  They just stamp beautifully, perfect every time!

I cut these out and added them behind my photos.

I also made some tags and embellishments from some of my paper scraps and added these in too. They looked great when I added some of the 'Word Strips' from the Kit.

The quote on the blue tag comes from the ‘Stamp Set’.

I poked some netting/bandage around the photos too and then added all this using foam tape to lift it up off the background.

I finished it off by journaling around the outside edge of the painted Mandala.

Wouldn’t this look great in other colour palettes?

I’d love you to give this a go….you never know you might actually get it more even than mine! Mine is a little lopsided but I am NOT a perfectionist, so I’m ok with that.

This month’s Mixed Media Kit by Uniquely Creative is absolutely stunning and you will have so much fun with it. I sure did!!
It's only $21.00 for all of the above and includes 2 stencils, 1 stamp set, 1 word die cut sheet, 1 wood veneer set containing a title and some feathers plus loads of ideas and inspiration in the little mag.

You can order it HERE

See you again soon


Friday, 12 July 2019

I just can't stop playing......

Hey there creatives.
I've popped in to share another Scrap Matrix creation.

So....have I had fun with the current moodboard!
I may have got carried away.

As my go-to colours are generally blues, greens and teals,  playing with oranges and pinks was a bit of a challenge....but one I LOVED and once I started, I couldn't stop.

That's the beauty of  challenges. 
They force you to try something think outside the box.

I began with this one, firstly drawing the face and then adding in lots of Tracy Scott flower stamps in the hair. 

I used Set ETS124 and ETS21

All the colour was added using Art by Marlene's watercolours in Bold and Bright.

To be honest, I don't like this one, I felt like I'd ruined the scribble flower by adding in black outlines.

You see I tried stamping and embossing with them, but it didn't work and I tried to cover it up with thicker lines.

After lots of fiddling, I just resigned myself to the fact that it hadn't worked, and it was time to move on.

Always good to try things out though, sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.

So time to turn a new page......

This one was inspired by Michelle Grant. I love her flowery hair designs.

I also combined it with a previous post I did where I created watercolour flowers in the background of a scrapbook's a reminder of the page.....and you'll find the details HERE.

I really enjoyed creating flowers out of blobs, so using the same technique, I again created a face, then added some watercolour blobs around the face using Art by Marlene Watercolours.

I let them run and then once dry went in and drew in flowers with a black pen and a white pen.

I just love those drips!!

So much happier!!!

And to be honest, so much easier!!!
Sometimes simpler is better.

I then added a sticker from the Art by Marlene Whimsy Sticker book.

I have also created some watercolour cards.

I love the sunset image in the moodboard.

and I have a bit of a thing for trees....

So simple, and so great to have some cards on hand.

Ok, now I promise this is the last one for today....

I absolutely love that Tracy Scott Stencil....

I added Art by Marlene Watercolour and again allowed it to drip down the page.

I then added some 'Peach Nectar' PaperArtsy paint through the stencil using a dry baby wipe.

I then added a Dina Wakley stamp sentiment and I grabbed some black paint and flicked it onto the page and swiped it around the edges.

The final step was to add some pen marks - the secret is to work quickly!

Ok, I think I'm DONE!!

Can't wait to see what you guys come up with.

Here's the moodboard

and here's a link to the details about this months challenge.

I'll see you next month

Luv Tam

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Feathered Friend for 2Crafty

Hope you're all having a beautiful weekend!! 

Today I'm sharing my latest for 2Crafty Chipboard....

It's called:

"Feathered Friend"

So important to scrap our family pets.

I used the following 2Crafty Chipboard:
"Feathered Friend" Title
"Geometric Arrows"
"Assorted Arrows"
"NEW Aztec Feathers"
"Tree with Sparrows"

I coated the "Geometric Arrows" and "Assorted Arrows" with black acrylic paint.

To the "Feathered Friend Title" I applied white gesso and then added a teal coloured acrylic paint to the top part. 
Whilst still wet I applied yellow acrylic paint to the bottom and then blended the two colours in the centre to achieve that green colour.

I really love that ombre effect and so simple!!

I selected the colours as these are the colours of our pet budgie 'Milo',  as the photos are black and white, I felt it important to include his colours.

I even included some of his feathers - don't worry I didn't pull his feathers out, they were in the bottom of his enclosure! Lol.

I followed the same technique as above with both the gorgeous NEW 'Aztec Feathers' and the little bird from the 'Tree with Sparrows'.
I just added in some swipes of black ink and some pen marks.

How GORGEOUS are those new feathers? So much intricate detail!

Finally I painted a couple of the smaller frames from the "Polaroid Assorted Frames" with white gesso and then stamped some random triangular shapes on them, before tucking them into the layers.

That's it from me today, I'll see you next time.

Luv Tam