Thursday, 12 July 2018

Tam's second take on the Sweet Challenge

Hi everyone, Tam here today.
Are you just LOVING the 'How Sweet it is' Challenge over at Scrap Matrix?
I know I am - I love that it can be interpreted in so many different ways.
Today I'm sharing my second creation. 
Last time I was inspired by the colour and the circular shapes, this time I've taken a totally different soon as I saw that picture of that heart shape and the sunset, I knew I had the perfect photo.....

These photos were taken on our annual January holiday to the beach.  My girl and I had a bit of fun on our final night and amongst the photos, I had these.
Just perfect. 
I had a blast creating that background.......

Let's have a look at how it all came together....

I began by adding some white gesso to black cardstock.  I focused this just in the areas where I knew I would add my mixed media - the gesso acts as a primer for all the wet product that is to come.
Next I added Dylusions Ink Spray in 'After Midnight'.  A gorgeous deep night sky colour.
Whilst this was still wet I placed a 7Dots Geometric Stencil on top, and rubbed gently with a nappy wipe.
This removes a little of the colour and adds some pattern.

Once dry, I added some big splodges of Dylusions Ink Spray in 'London Blue'.

Once this dried, I got out some of my Dylusions paints - love their bright, vivid colours.
I also grabbed an old 'store card' and dipped it into the paint colour and then placed it on the layout.
This gives a lovely liney texture.
I did this with the following colours:
'After Midnight'
'London Blue'
'Calypso Teal'
'Crushed Grape'
'Squeezed Orange'

I only used a very small amount of 'Squeezed Orange', just for a bit of contrast and to make the page 'pop'.  Too much would have overwhelmed the other colours and ruined the effect I was aiming for.

Finally I added some white paint in the same way, just to help 'pull' it all together.
I then added some flicks of white paint.

At this point I was happy with the result.

Ok with the background complete, it was time to concentrate on the photos.

I began by gathering some papers.
I used some 7Dots 6x6 paper pads - I love mixing the ranges, and for this one I used some 'Paint Chips', some 'Verano Azul' and some 'Northern Lights'.
I cut out a few tags and grabbed a few from my stash too. 

I wanted them to be quite random, and in all different sizes.

I added some muslin behind my photos and then began to poke and layer the tags around this.


Time to add some embellishments.
I dug out this PinkFresh Ephemera Pack - from this I found my title
 'Something beautiful is on the Horizon'; and couple of words and a pile of stars.

Next I added some Scrap Matrix Metal - these reminded me of a moon, so they were perfect.

I added a few word stickers by 7Dots Studio.

And finally those little stars.

Here's another look at the finished layout.

I finished it off with just a few flicks of orange paint.  Again not too much!!

I had a lot of fun creating this one, and really love how the background complements the photos and the beautiful sunset.  It reminds me of the magical/celestial feeling that surrounds you when watching a sunset.

I'm really loving seeing all your entries this month.
You've still got plenty of time to join in, so here's a reminder of the challenge......
So get creating and head on over to the Scrap Matrix Shares Facebook page to upload your entry.
Don't forget to let us know what product/s you've used that are available at Scrap Matrix.
That's it! No blog necessary.
Well that's it from me today, I'll see you again soon.
Scrap Matrix Products used:
Black Bazzill
7Dots Stencil
7Dots Verano Azul 6x6 Pad
7Dots Word Stickers Cotton Candy


Friday, 6 July 2018

2Crafty Chipboard Layout and VIDEO TUTORIAL

I've popped in  today to share my latest layout for 2Crafty Chipboard, plus I have a video tutorial to inspire you too.
Today's creation is titled:

"Capture the Moment"

A layout featuring an action photo of my boy playing soccer. 
As he is a teen, I went bright colours and added lots of black grunge.

To replicate the soccer theme, I went with lots of circle stamps in the background. Both are by Aall & Create and available at Scrap Matrix.

I used loads of yummy 2Crafty Chipboard:
"Capture the Moment Title"
"Assorted Arrows"
"ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars"
"Chicken Wire Panel"
"Polaroid Frames"
"Dotty Bits"
"Chevron Bits"

I applied white gesso and a coat of white paint to the "Chicken Wire Panel".
I selected this piece of chipboard as the hexagon shapes reminded me of the soccer ball shape.

I love the black and the white contrasted with the bright blue and lime.

For the title "Capture the Moment", I painted the top section in black acrylic paint, and to the bottom section I applied white gesso, and then painted on some Dylusions Ink Spray in 'London Blue', available from Scrap Matrix.

I really love those titles with two different fonts.

I like the grunge effect the Dylusions Ink Spray gives it.
I love my Dylusions Ink Sprays - they are my go to. I love the bright colours and the vividness. They are all available from my fave online scrappy store Scrap Matrix.

I painted a 'Polaroid Frame' in white gesso, then white paint, and to go with the grunge feel, I randomly stamped a background stamp onto them.

I love the look of this and it was perfect to highlight my boy in the layout.

Remember, I'm aiming for grunge not perfection.

I painted the remainder of the Chipboard that I used in black acrylic paint.
Again I love how this pops against the background, and the black works so well for teen boys.
Simple yet effective.

You can see the arrows here, painted black.
They are pointing towards both the soccer ball and the title.

I also added a few stars from the "Tiny Hearts & Stars" pack, plus I trimmed a few of the "Dotty Bits" and randomly added these circles to my background.
Again, these replicated the soccer ball.

The final touch was some of the "Chevron Bits".
I pointed these towards the title and the layout in general.
This focuses the eye into the layout.

That is it!!
A bright yet grungy teen boy layout.

I've created a video tutorial of this layout, so you can see exactly how it all came together.
Here it is, I really hope it inspires you to get creating.....

I'll be back again real soon!

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Sweet Memories

Today I'm here to share my first creation for the current Scrap Matrix "How Sweet it Is" Challenge.
So I bet you can all guess what inspired me about the moodboard..... Why COLOUR of course!
Here it is......

All that glorious colour!!
I was also totally inspired by the shapes of the lollies and the shapes of the macaroons.
So I went a bit crazy with the circle theme.  I pretty much dug out every circle stamp I have!
I also went with the 'Sweet' Theme, both in my title and in the theme. 
I scrapped my kids eating Kitchener Buns. Oh how they LOVE them!

And do you know what? I got so inspired whilst creating this layout that I totally forgot to take step by step photos!!
But don't worry, I decided to recreate it in my art journal, just so I could show you the steps.
So here goes......
First of all I stamped onto my page using one of the gorgeous new Aall & Create Stamps. This one is No 63 by Olga Heldwein. Such a beautiful stamp that I just know I will get a lot of use out of.
I stamped using an Archival Ink, as I knew I wanted to add wet mediums and I wanted to ensure the stamping didn't run.

Please note that on my layout, I added a layer of clear gesso to my white cardstock before stamping.
Next I added a few more stamps using another Aall & Create Stamp. This one is No 34 by Tracy Evans.

I love how much they remind me of the macaroons!!
Finally I added some swirly circles from my favourite stamp set by Paper Artsy - Tracy Scott's 09

Ok, that's the base work done.
Now onto the colour!
I used my Prima 'Tropicals' Watercolour Set, and began by colouring in the circles, using the colours in the moodboard as my inspiration.
I then wanted them to drip down the page, so I added some water, held up the page and let the magic happen.

I wanted to add some more colour, so from various scraps (some are literally scraps left from other creations, others are ones I made using my Gel Plate). These are still from the first experimental batch I made.....I've used them to death. For tags, for layers, for stamping.
I love their vibrancy and really must make some more.

Once stamped, I cut them out. To my layout I attached them using foam tape, to add some dimension, but in my journal I just stuck them down with some Soft Matte Gel.
I don't use foam tape in my journal as it would just be too bulky.

Next I added some stamps from 7Dots Studio - Hazy Days I love this set and use it all the time.  I added the paint splodge onto the background, and then used that small stamp - which looks like flicks of paint.

I then used this stitched looking stamp from the first Aall & Create stamp that I used. (No. 63)
I love how this one can fill in the gaps, and again I know I will use it over and over again!
I really wanted those large black splodgy stamps to stand out a bit more, so I grabbed my Pico Embellisher IrRESISTable in black (I love this stuff so much - I love the gorgeous resin finish it gives and how fluid it is).

I swirled this around  the circles and then added some scribbles.
I feel that this really finished off the background and 'pulled' it all together.

So now I moved onto layering behind my photos, which I didn't do on my art journal page, but basically I used a few tags from 7Dots and I also made my own tags from those papers that I used earlier (the ones I created using a Gelli Plate), plus I added a few scraps of leftover papers.
To add some extra textures, I added some tissue paper by Dina Wakley, which I recently purchased on a lovely shopping spree!!
Vicki really does get in the BEST stuff!!
I added a few circle stickers, word stickers and Die cuts from various 7Dots ranges.

I'm a big fan of 7Dots word stickers and really love how they seem to suit EVERY layout that I create!!
I added a title using the MAMBI Chip Stickers, these also seem to end up on every layout I create!!
So that's about it!!
For my art journal page, I added a quote....... here's the finished page

And here's a few more pics of the layout........

I'm really happy with how it turned out.
Oh wait, I've just remembered the final step is to swipe black paint around the edges.
I try to be as messy as possible with this step. I think it gives it an 'arty' feel.
It also acts as a border to the layout.

Here's a reminder of the moodboard that inspired me.......

I hope I've inspired you to enter our could win some free gorgeous Scrap Matrix products and also the chance to be a Guest Designer and play along with us!!!
All you need to do is create something using this moodboard as could be a layout, some cards, some tags, an art journal must use at least one product available from Scrap Matrix (obviously the more the better).
You don't need a blog, just upload your entry to the Scrap Matrix Shares group.....pop it in the right album, and just let us know in the comments section what Scrap Matrix Products you used.
I can't wait to see all your SWEET creations.....
Until next time, happy creating!
And if you'd like to head over and see the rest of the Scrap Matrix Design Team's creations for further inspiration, head HERE
Scrap Matrix Products used:
White Bazzill
Aall & Create Stamp #63
Aall & Create Stamp
7Dots Cotton Candy Word Stickers
Mambi Chips - Chalkboard