Friday, June 15, 2018

June Mid Month Inspiration

Happy Mid Month OTR friends,
Today we have some more amazing DT reveals for our Mid Month inspo.

Lets check out the moodboard challenge first though...…

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And now lets see how some of our DT have interpreted this gorgeous moodboard.

Emma has drawn inspiration from the colours using lots of the blues 
/greens with hints of orange and sand coming through.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Art Journal Page tutorial - by Lisa-Marie Watling

Hello Friends and Fans of Off The Rails!

I hope this finds you all well - and totally inspired with the gorgeous mood board we have for the month of June!

I must apologise for being MIA as of late - it's not been the greatest year for my family and I so far; but with that being said, I do appear to finally have all my ducks in a row (mostly!).  Special thanks to the team at OTR for being so incredibly understanding and supportive during my rough patches.

Right!  So now on to some craftiness!

I wanted to create an art journal page tutorial for this month, based on the theme and colouring of the mood board - this is what I have put together for you.  I hope you like it!

Until next time!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Scrapbook Layout with June Challenge prompt

Good Morning Off the Rails Friends,

Deb here with a 12x12 mixed media layout incorporating the June challenge

Fabulous moodboard isnt it??

First off I took a piece of Bazzill Marshmellow cardstock and using Crackle Texture paste stencilled the whole background using a stencil that looked a bit like water, sand and clouds, lol

I then took my Prima Watercolours and used blues and yellows to create the sea, sand and sky.  Once this was dry I added splatters with Dylusions Shimmer Spray, Smooch Spritz and Dylusions Mica Spray

Once I was happy with the background, I cut out some journalling cards from an old Kaisercraft collection- Sandy Toes - and matted my photo with a piece of Kaisercraft Offshore Collection - Current (A and B side).  I then placed some the photo matt onto some craft foam for dimension.
I layered my photo and journalling cards across the middle of my layout horizontally, and embellished with some Maremis Smallart fussy cut flutterby and watercolour flowers, as well as a flair badge, and some brads from the Offshore Collection.  A journalling tag has the location and date of the photo.

All in all a very simple layout for you.

Thanks for joining us today.  I look forward to seeing what you produce with the challenge.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Impossible Card Tutorial

Welcome to the blog and thank you for dropping by.  It's Narelle here.

Today I have a video tutorial for you on how to make the Impossible card. I have seen this card pop up everywhere on  the internet, so I thought it was time I tried to make one. And thought perhaps you would like to see how I made it. But first here are a couple that I made to practice the technique.

A new gorgeous floral stamp set - Abstract Impressions - get yours here -

A new gorgeous floral stamp set - Abstract Impressions - get yours here -

A new gorgeous floral stamp set - Abstract Impressions - get yours here -

I think they are called Impossible because the flap in the middle seems to stand by itself. I could be wrong with that....if I am please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know why it is called what it is. I know why I call it Impossible, because when I first saw it, I was like what, how did they do that. That's impossible to make. But as I researched more, I found out that  they are not impossible to make. In fact, they are quite easy. I did a video to show you just how easy  they are.

Here is the finished card from the video. I love the paper on this and the matching stamp set.

A new gorgeous floral stamp set - Abstract Impressions - get yours here -

A new gorgeous floral stamp set - Abstract Impressions - get yours here -

A new gorgeous floral stamp set - Abstract Impressions - get yours here -

Here is the template for when you want to make your own.

I  hope you have enjoyed seeing how these cards are made and you have a go at making one.

Thanks for dropping by.
Have a great day.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Heartfelt Creations products plus flower shaping with Bev

I Bev here today. I have been experimenting with Heartfelt Creations products.... which includes flower shaping. These cards I am sharing were part of a class I took by Karan Gerber at our new local Scrapbook Shop. Everything was supplied but we had to assemble and shape our own flowers to make them our own. Today I would like to share what I have found out works best for me.

Things you will need. Flower stamp and die cut set. Or die cut set only will work.
You can stamp and colour your own flower or stamp and die cut on coloured cardstock or die cut without stamping on cardstock. .... your choice as to what you own and will be working with. Lots of options if you don't happen to own everything needed.

Distress inks if colouring your flowers but has to be at least 100lb neenah paper because you will be misting lightly with water.
OR heavy cardstock that can take the light misting.

Glue and glitter, a foam piece and a stylus, pop dots and pop up foam.

For those that have the Heartfelt Creations products you need the Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.... but like I keep sharing... not necessary if you improvise.

I will share the basics and you apply them to what you have on hand... OK. Are you set.


I am now going to share some of my very own card creations with step out. 
So first I stamped and die cut the flowers in different sizes.

I then inked using a finger dauber. (your total option to do what ever combo and colours you like OR  (use coloured cardstock and do no colouring)

Lighting mist the backsdie before shaping... softens the paper for shaping and molding.

You can firmly press into foam.... roll round in small circles... move from outer edges of each petal to centre.

Now flip over and firmly mold centre of layers into deep central valley.

I like to take a few stamens and roll them together .. twist and add a touch of glue to hold this shape.

Put your layers together alternating the petals. Put a hole through centre of the whole flower. Feed the stamen through and adhere with glue to the backside. 

Flowers can be single, double or even multi layered ... your option and mix them up.

Here is this finished card with cluster of flowers.

More cards with more molded paper flowers. Above flowers are inked.
The flowers below are stamped onto colour cardstock. So many options.

Flowers can be used on layouts, cards, tags and so many other creative projects too... so have fun making them. Making them in your own personal colours to match each project is perfect.
Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon.

Friday, June 1, 2018

June Challenge - Water, Sun, Bikinis

Welcome to 

Off the Rails


This month we have some stunning colours for you to work with
the designers have given you some gorgeous inspiration 
Please visit their blogs if you like their work, and see what they have going on, don't forget to follow them.  

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

"Daisy Day" wire tutorial by Trish A

This moodboard made me think of daisies..they seem to honour nature..with their brilliant colours and the crispness of their delicate petals.

So although l havent exactly incorporated nature..this is my inpired by the gorgeous moodboard and nature herself.

I started ransacking my stash and sticking it down. I love this style of scrapping as it can use some of those odd things in the piles.

From here l spray painted it all in a light covering of white spray paint...yeah true!

Then the fun starts..
Wire daisy flower.

Ok..some awesome copper wire, l used 18 gauge artistic wire..its lovely to work with, keeps its shape..but is soft enough to bend.

I wrapped a length around this container of handcream and then pulled the circle to elongate it and then bent it to create the petal look.
Then with all my fingers in the right places l used the silver wire to hold it all together.

Then its just a matter of adding it to the background.