Thursday, 7 June 2018

My first June 2Crafty Chipboard Share

Good morning!
Today I'm going to share my latest 2 Crafty Chipboard Creation.
This one's titled :

"Crazy About You"

A layout celebrating my love for my gorgeous daughter.
For this layout, I wanted to challenge myself. 
I am scared of purple!! It's my nemesis, my kryptonite. I struggle to use it. 
Now before all you purple lovers get angry with me, let me explain. 
For those who know my creative work, you will know I'm a huge COLOUR fan - the brighter, the better. BUT I tend to steer clear of purple. Lately I noticed that I had hardly any purple in my stash, so I recently purchased my 'go to' colour products in purple - Dylusions Ink Spray and Dylusions Paint.
Right, time to get over my fear, time to dive in, time to fall in love with purple!
But first let's start with the 2 Crafty Chipboard pieces used on this layout:
"Ava's Frame"
"Lattice Leaves"
"Crazy About You Title"
"Moroccan Bits"
"Starbright Snowflakes"
So I began coating the "Moroccan Bits" in white gesso and then added a few random sprays of Dylusions Ink Spray in 'Crushed Grape'.
I wanted this to have an ombre kind of effect, I didn't want it to be just one colour.
I placed these onto my background.
I then applied white gesso to "Ava's Frame" and added this to my page so that it circled my photos. I love how the flourish sits - it provided the perfect spot for me to add some clusters of flowers.

I also applied white gesso to the "Starbright Snowflakes". Once dry, I added clear Kindy Glitz for a gorgeous subtle glittering shimmer.
I haven't used this stuff in years, it looks perfect on the snowflakes - kinda looks like snow. So magical.
My daughter loves Winter and Snowflakes so these were just perfect to pop on the layout.
Some I snipped in half and adhered so they looked like they were trailing off the page.
Some I added into the clusters.
The glitter is so subtle, I hope it shows up on the camera.....
I painted the "Crazy About You Title" in black paint as I really wanted to add a strong contrast to the softer feel of the layout.
I then applied Dimensional Magic, which gives a beautiful glossy resin like finish.
I also added some black paint to the "Lattice Leaves" and poked these into the cluster of flowers.
So there you have first play with Purple. I think I did ok.
I'm really hoping we can be friends, in fact, I really hope we can be more than friends!!
Purple, I would love to LOVE YOU!
What have you done lately in your creating that challenged you and pushed you out of your comfort zone?
I'd love you to share that with me.


Saturday, 2 June 2018

I'm making my POINT at Scrap Matrix......

Hi there Scrap Matrix creatives!

I'm back to share my second creation for the current 'What's the Point' Challenge over at Scrap Matrix.

My last creation was all about my girl, so I thought I'd create a boyish one this time.
All things pointy go so well with boys = Stars, Chevron, triangles, arrows......

So let's have a look at how this page came together....
I began with some black cardstock and a 7Dots Paper.
I then added some Dylusions Paint in my favourite colour 'Polished Jade'.
I simply swiped it over my page with an old store card.
I focused the paint towards the bottom of the layout....where I wanted my photos to be.
I then added some arrows using a Paper Artsy Stamp. LOVE IT!
On the patterned paper I used black ink and on the black cardstocks I used a thin layer of white paint.
I then used a Tim Holtz Stencil and a couple of pens to trace some Chevrons onto my paper.
I love the whimsical look of this.
Using a stencil is soooo  much easier than drawing freehand, and my lines are much straighter! Lol!
I then grabbed out some of the papers I created about a month ago using my NEWEST toy, my Gelli Plate
I love this so much!
From these I randomly tore off strips, made tags, punched stars and cut out triangles.
I added the strips and tags in layers behind my photos.
I gathered my various sized triangles and drew a border with pen.
I also added in some triangles cut from the Pinkfresh Escape the Ordinary paper.
I then layered these onto my layout.
You can see I also added some gauze, spritzed with Dylusions Ink Spray in Lemon Zest.
I love the different texture this gives, and how I LOVE the vibrant colour!
You can see I added Mixed Media Tape by Dina Wakley - I used the chevron and cut it into smaller sections.
I also punched some stars from the papers I had created using the Gelli Plate, plus I cut
out some chevron shapes from the Heidi Swapp Mixed Media pack and added these to my layout too.
Lots of dimension and layers.

The final step is always a few flicks of Dylusions paint, just to tie it altogether.

Oh wait! I forgot the title.
A fun sticker by Me and My Big Ideas.

So are you gonna have a go at our 'What's the Point' Challenge?
I sure hope so!
There's still plenty of time.....all you need to do is create something (a layout, a canvas, a few cards or tags, a journal page) and use triangles, stars, arrows, chevrons, diamonds. And/or you could make it about your "point" of view... or even your pointy nose, or the top of a mountain.
Use your creativity and imagination, along with the moodboard to make your point!
Just add it to the Scrap Matrix Shares page in the corresponding folder and don't forget to let us know what Scrap Matrix products you used, and what inspired you... to be in the running for a $30 gift voucher - and maybe a Guest DT spot in a couple of months!

Well that's it from me today.
I'll see you over on the Shares group, and look forward to checking out your creative projects!

7Dots Paper 'Lost and Found'
Black Bazzill
Paper Artsy Tracy Scott Paints
White pen
Tim Holtz Stencil - Chevron
 Dina Wakley Mixed Media Tape
7Dots Tags -Paint Chips
Heidi Swapp Mixed Media Pack
Mambi Chips Sweet Memories Value Pack

Friday, 1 June 2018

Scrap the Girls June Challenge

Hello there, well it's officially the first of June today.....Winter is upon us.

The mornings and evenings are chilly, and we're hanging on to the last few rays of sunshine.  Perfect scrapping weather. 

Maybe you'll join in with the new challenge over at Scrap the Girls.

Here it is.....

It's all about friendship as we celebrate International Best Friend Day on the 8th of June.
Here's my page about my best friend and I.....
 I used loads of goodies from Scrap Matrix on this one. 
Papers and embellishments by 7Dots in the 'Paint Chips' Range....I just love this range, my favourite of theirs.  The colours are wonderful!
I also used some Media Tape by Dina Wakley, a gorgeous new stamp by AALL & CREATE, and some Mesh Tape too.
 I also used loads of 2Crafty Chipboard......'The Best of Friends Title' (perfect!), 'Gigi Flowers' and 'Spring Flower Bunches'.

Here's a few close ups......

My favourite colour is green, and my best friend's favourite is Blue, so I used these two colours together to create this layout.

The purple helped it to 'pop'.

The sponsor this month is Flutterby Designs, an awesome Aussie company creating unique and 'real' products full of life and colour.  Do yourself a favour and check them out.

Just link up your creation about friendship to either our Blog or on Facebook.  Don't forget it must be all about GIRLS!
You can see the other Design Teams awesome creations on the Blog too.

I'll be back again soon with more inspiration.

Until then much friendship to you all.



Sunday, 27 May 2018

"Paradise Found" for 2Crafty Chipboard

Hi there! Today I'm here to share my latest creation using my favourite chippy, 2Crafty Chipboard
This one's titled:

"Paradise Found"

A page about a recent adventure to Phuket and how the colours of this amazing place totally inspired me.
I used the following '2Crafty Chipboard':
"Paradise Title"
"Flower Doilies"
"Crazy Stitched Panel"
"Swaying Branches"
I began by coating the "Flower Doilies" in white gesso.
I then applied a pink/burgundy watercolour.
I love the watercolour effect - the mottled uneven colour.
I also applied white gesso to one of the "Swaying Branches".
I painted a few of the leaves and stems in a green watercolour.
I then added a few dotes and lines to highlight these.
I really wanted to define just some of the leaves, but not all of them.
I placed this branch underneath my photo, but allowed it to sweep over the photo.
I did this to mimic the branch at the top of the photo.

I trimmed off small sections of the "Crazy Stitched Panel" and applied black gesso.
I then placed it randomly on top of the bright coloured background I'd created.
I like how the black grounds all the bright colours and acts as a strong contrast to the whitish background.
For the title, I applied white gesso and then once dry applied green watercolour to the top half, and once dry, added blue paint to the bottom half.
I just love the Ombre 2 tone effect and the colours that mimic the gorgeous water.
To continue with the water theme, I added Glossy Accents.
The high gloss/resin finish gives the illusion of being wet.

I love that I was able to mimic so much about beautiful Phuket - the colours, the water, the beauty.
I love that you can achieve so many different finishes on chipboard that complement your story, your layout, your photo.
Paradise found is right!
I wish I was there right now!
That's it from me today, I hope I've inspired you today in some way. 
I'd love you to leave me some feedback