Saturday, November 1, 2014

November Challenge

Is there really only 8 more Saturdays until Christmas, yikes. 

Well to take your mind of that we have an autumn inspired mood palette with a touch of purple.


- Front of the card -
The card has been created using mixed media technique. 
All the edges of the page are been distressed, I have used distress ink to 
created the effect of dark purple & orange and brush gesso over . 
I have also inked and used Yellow Gelato over the lace, as for green 
that Glimmer mist  spray ink 

- Floral Arrangement -
once the floral were arranged, i also have brush Gesso over it 
flowers are in the colour from the mood board or closer .
the chipboard- inked with distress ink and brushed over modge podge ,gesso & glitter
the word -LOVE- is a metal piece . 

-side view of the card -


Cannot wait to show you what the rest of the Design Team have created using this gorgeous mood Palette. 

Thank you to Lynn for suggesting the colours and a huge thank you to Fiona for putting the palette together.

Don't forget you have the whole month of November to enter your creation.

Happy Creating

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ravishing Ribbon

Hello there! Not only do I own lots and lots of washi tape, I also have managed to gather and hoard many boxes full of all kinds of ribbons. I have lace, velvet, name it! I then had been using netting (like the one that comes with veggies from the grocery store) recently on a few cards like a stencil and thought that this technique would probably also work with ribbons. So I went and tried:

 I first took a piece of blue plain cardstock (also a color I don´t use that often, so good for this kind of experiments) and placed a wide lace ribbon over the paper and protected the rest of the cardstock with a piece of office paper. I then sprayed the lade with white ink (Dylusions) and carefully lifted the lace.

This is the result. A lovely lacey pattern. I then added some ink splatters for additional interest. You know me, cannot live without ink splatters :). 

Next I placed the wet side of the ribbon onto the blue cardstock and used a brayer to press the wet ink onto the paper. This now created a really nice opposite image of the ribbon. You have to be fairly quick as the ink soaks into the ribbon and dries up quite fast. 

This is how the finished cardstock piece looks like. 

And this is what I made out of that paper. I really like the look of these Christmas cards!

I also made a second piece and used it as a layout background. Now just imagine the possibilities here! You can not only use those ribbons, but also find ways to use up your colored cardstock tones you might otherwise not want to use. 

Have fun experimenting!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Girly Box - Upcycling Project

Hi there! Lizzy with you today:)
This month I've decided it's BOX month for me at Off The's box is in my scrap holds my bling - rhinestones, pearls etc. But it really didn't 'match':

It's the bright pink, here's how it ended up:

MUCH better, don't you think? 
Btw, I think this was originally a box that came with a perfume set in it:

I simply ripped up some pretty pp that I had, covered it in Bostik Kids' PVA glue....all the way around the box, as well as the lid. Once it had dried, I smudged in a little gesso to 'soften' the lines, then added more PVA to give it a nice, glossy finish.
On the bottom, inside, the base was a bit spongy, so I added a random piece of card stock:

Next I covered it with some more that didn't really match - but I figured once I'd added some gesso, & my 'bling' was back in place, I'd never see it anyways, so it didn't matter too much. Below you can see it 'pre-gesso', still 'wet' with the PVA glue!

And a couple more pics of the finished box, so you can see that GORGEOUS gloss you get from using the PVA glue! The top of the box is one whole piece of patterned paper -no ripping here!

 And a lucky last 'pretty' picture:)

Thanks for looking ~ & happy scrapping!
Lizzy ♥♥♥

Monday, October 27, 2014

Embossing Folder Stamping

Hi Bev here today to share a simple but so cool easy idea.

For all of us that have embossing folders this is for you.

Take an embossing folder with the brand name up .. open the folder
and on the side with the name brand on.. you use either paint dabbers,
 glimmer mist, or ink pads to colour this side of the folder. 
Now using a small water spray bottle squirt until you have water beads. 
Take your white cardstock and place it down onto the folder holding it for a minute to absorb the colours and design... let dry and finish your card anyway you like.

I used matting, inked the edges and matted again on a print paper.. all to pop my image.

 Add a SEM sticker  border  and sentiment and what a cute fun easy card.

If you like here is a video link to show you how to make this card.

Thanks for visiting.. come back again soon.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Keep Some Room In Your Heart

Hello, Deena on the blog with you today.

When I started my art journal, I didn't know what size it was going to be, all I knew was that I was going to have loose pages. While sorting out a shelf in my creative space I found an mdf album that at the time of purchase I had no project in mind for it, but as soon as I uncovered it, I knew that I was going to use it as my art journal. 8x8 is a size that I have found that I love using and creating with.

What does a doilie, a paper flower, and a chipboard heart all have in common? 
They are on a new page of my journal.

I stuck these 3 objects along with a piece of imitation leather on to my page. To bring them all back to a neutral working surface i painted them with gesso.

To add some texture to my page I spread texture paste around the page with a palette knife. Once that was semi dry I decided that there was still not enough texture so I went through my stencils and found the Mini Harlequin from The Crafters Workshop. Still not enough textured I said to myself so the last thing I did was find a cardboard tube and pressed that into my texture paste.

Next was adding colour. I had already decided before started my art journal page that I was going to use my Derwent Inktense blocks.

You can use them in three different ways:
1. Drawing on your surface then adding water
2. Using a water brush and picking up colour straight from the block
3. Making your surface wet and then drawing on your surface with the inktense block.

Number 1 was my choice for adding colour. I added each colour separately and made sure that each colour was dry in between just to make sure that I did not make a dirty colour. The colours still mingled with each other but they played nice.

Once my page was completely dry I added Golden Regular Gloss Medium to the surface to seal it.

To add extra colour to the circles, flower and heart I used Faber Castell Pitt Pens. Because I had sealed the surface I could draw on it and then if I added too much colour just rub it away.

Last of all I added my stamped butterflies and quote. To add them I used Ranger Archival Ink as this is permanent ink.

The quote I used is a little hard to read but it says

'Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable'

Dont forget you still have 4 days to enter into our current challenge.

Happy Creating

Friday, October 24, 2014

Baby Card

Hi everyone, Priscilla on the blog today and I'm sharing a dimensional card I created a for a new born baby with two of my treasured Graphic45 collections - Once Upon A Springtime and Little Darlings :)

Can you tell the layout of this card including the words (Bless You) were totally inspired by the movie; Maleficent? For those who have watched the movie, you can probably connect to the three fairies, one precious baby, the moment where they were blessing the baby and the song...I love you, I walk with you once upon a dream :) Yes? Well couldn't find anything that says Once Upon a Dream but I guess Once Upon A Springtime is perfect too!

Thanks for looking and I hope you like the card.

Happy Crafting

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fussy Cutting

Rose is with us on the blog today 
and she is sharing a card using the Kaisercraft range - Fine & Sunny.

Not everyone enjoys fussy cutting but you can create some amazing projects if you put in the time and effort.

What an adorable card Rose has created, who ever receives this will be so very lucky.