Thursday, 5 October 2017

Happiness - Scrapmatts DT

This is my October Scrapmatts DT reveal.  I've gone back to basics with a lot of classic pieces, along with some new leaf pieces. I have had a 12x12 sheet of CB8001 Circles 01 for so many years now, and I've used almost all of the 29 pieces up but just had two large circles left. I couldn't resist paring it with this oversized photo I had ordered in the wrong size. 

My title comes from CB6112 Scrap Words 31. The leaf pieces come from CB1246 Leaves 06. They come in a variety of sizes so are perfect to scatter around as accents.

My top cluster uses CB1209 Scrap Words 12, CB1189 Scrap Words 01 and CB4008 Butterflies 01. You can see little bits of Stencil 9017 net poking out of the edges from both clusters. 

I'm also going to enter this into the Show Us Your Stuff October challenge. The criteria for this is to use 3 items beginning with F. I have used flowers, a flair and a frame. My handmade items are the painted chipboard.

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Monday, 25 September 2017

Loved Canvas - D-lish Scraps DT

Hello friends! This is a sad blog post for me because it is my last on the D-lish Scraps design team. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time, getting to see all the fantastic creations by the other team members and taking part in the challenges and chatter over at The Scrap Suite. However, all good things must eventually come to an end. I thought it fitting to finish my term as I started, with a mixed media canvas.

There are lots of details to this canvas, so there are a few different detail shots. Starting in the top left corner, I used a lovely apricot Sakura Bloom at the focal point. I then worked my way down in size using a range of paper flowers including a cabbage rose, tea roses, and resin flowers. You can also see a clear glass cabochon and some glitter enamel dots scattered around the edges. At the very bottom level of my layers, I have some orange/white twine and an off-white paper doily.

I couldn't resist these adorable wooden boy buttons when I saw them in the shop and had been saving them for just the right occasion. 

This last close up shows the beautiful orange Little Birdie bloom, as well as the Kinder Kreations chipboard title.

Just in case anyone was interested, I also whipped up a really quick step-by-step as to how this canvas was made. 

1/ To create the background I adhered some torn up book pages to the background, then painted over them with gesso. I randomly stamped over the top of this with Stazon ink. Lastly, I applied texture paste through a Scrapmatts stencil.
2/ This is the fun step - just pick a couple of different coloured mists and spray away. I have used green and orange dylusions plus antique gold Kaisermist, and yellow and coral sprays. I let this all dry completely, then did it all again to build up a nice vibrant colour over the gesso base.  Don't fall in love with this later, as most of it will be covered up.
3/ Add some texture over the paint. I have added some strips of builders tape, orange/white twine and cotton thread. Make sure these are going to poke out far enough to still be seen once you add the embellishments and photo mat.

4/ Make up your photo mat. I've used a couple of different pocket-page cards cut down to size and some paper doilies. This is stuck to the page over the top of two layers of cardboard so I can fit embellishments under it.
5/ Add the paper flower embellishments. Start with the larger flowers and work your way down in size. I have misted some of my flowers in the top cluster so they match the background.
6/ Make a bead mix (I used a pre-made combination from My2Angels mixed with orange microbeads from a past Just Add Paper Kit) and mix this with strong liquid glue, before applying randomly with a spatula. Mix some gesso with water and flick this over the canvas.

7/ Last step is to add in the little embellishment details like some resin flowers, glass cabochons, wooden button and glitter enamel dots. Add your photo and title then it's done!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Smile - D-list Scraps DT

I hear lots of people talking about how they just don't like scrapping with a certain colour and that colour is so often purple. Purple is my husband's favourite colour and was the colour choice for our wedding so I have quite a bit of experience scrapping with it. Hopefully my layout today convinces you it's not really such a difficult colour to work with.

There are so many yummy D-lish Scraps embellishments available in the shop, which means there are also a whole heap of choices in my stash now. :) For this layout I started with the Creative Cuts - Roses, because I knew I wanted them to be the feature. I have coloured three pieces using Gelatos and Twinkling H20s. I then just started pulling out all the purple or cream embellishments I had in my stash.

Over in the purple cluster this meant a lovely fabric bloom feature, which I've paired with a black tassel. This was off-set by two cream paper flowers. I have used a couple of pieces from the mixed resin flower grab bag, as well as spread out some purple mini roses. No layout is completed for me at the moment without a scatter of sequins across the page.

The smaller embellishment cluster is based on a large off-white/cream doily. Over the top of this I have added another mini-rose, some rosebuds, another paper flower spring, a cream pick 'n' place bow and a flair. The top corner is finished off with a delightful resin butterfly.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Feeding Time - Scrapmatts DT

Thanks for checking out my second Scrapmatts DT layout. My little family took a short break up to the Sunshine Coast a couple of months ago and spent the day at Australia Zoo. We asked Harrison what animal he was most looking forward to seeing and he said giraffes. It turns out that for only $25 you can have up to four people take part in a feeding session complete with photos so we couldn't pass up that opportunity. As you can see, Harry has a great time and still talks about feeding them.

I have used CB5133 Africa 01 and acrylic paints to create a little animal scene. I love adding details and depth with paints on chipboard pieces. CB5150 Sticks 01 has been cut into smaller pieces and tucked under all the photos. Cutting the sheet up is a great way to get more value for money and make it last longer.

The enamel stickers, sequins and burlap leaves all come from D-lish Scraps. I dug deep into my stash for the paper and sticker, they're copyright 2005! What's the oldest thing you've used on a layout recently?

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Life Gets Messy - Scrapmatts DT

Welcome back to my blog. Today I'm sharing the first of two layouts created for Scrapmatts featuring my son because, in my unbiased opinion, he's the cutest toddler around. ;)

The two photos were taken while he was playing around in the backyard, going through a phase of thinking anything he could sit on was a ride-on toy. I loved both of them, but they had a distracting background and I couldn't work out how to fit them both on the one layout until now.

I used the 'life' chipboard piece from CB6115 Assorted Words 28 as my title on this one, painting it with acrylic paint then misting while still wet to get the right colour. The yellow hexagons were created using Stencil 9002 in the A6 size. I used Color Crush powders to mix up the perfect shade of yellow from white texture paste, then applied it over the white gesso hexagons. The hexagon flair is from D-lish Scraps, I always love it when I find the perfect embellishment just hidden in my stash!

I also used CB5124 Hexagon Mesh 03 in the background, painting the mesh light grey and the popped out hexagons a sparkly charcoal. These pattern pieces of chipboard are so great for adding interest to backgrounds, particularly the ones that include some of the interior shapes as well. A couple of blue sequins scattered over the place and some black stamping completed the background work.

I'm actually doubling up this layout and entering it in the current Kraft+ challenge for September, inspiration image is below. I think the hexagon inspiration is pretty clear, it also informed my yellow/white/black colour scheme.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Best Day Ever - D-lish Scraps DT

I'm a couple of days late with this share, but better late than never! This is my interpretation of the current D-lish Scraps inspiration board, which has a rainbow theme this month. 

I created my coloured texture paste using Tinby Designs Color Crush powders mixed with white texture paste. I found a small birthday set of stamps which I scattered around along with some sequins. All of the embellishments can be found in the D-lish Scraps shop. 

Why don't you take a try at this mood board this month? The rest of the DT has created a heap of colourful examples to inspire you.

Friday, 25 August 2017

Enjoy The View - D-lish Scraps DT

Good morning fellow scrapbookers! Thanks for stopping by to check out my latest layout created using a whole bunch of D-lish Scraps goodies. I hope it inspires you to create something too. Don't shy away from a good selfie either, your memories are just as important as the rest of the family.

I've used some Tinby Designs Color Crush powder to create my green background, along with flicks of green and brown mist. There are two different types of stamping in the background, plus some gesso randomly swiped over a Scrapmatts stencil for added depth.

Starting at my main cluster, I jumped at the chance to use my brown tassel. I actually purchased a couple of packs of these to have a huge variety of colours to match my layouts. Little Birdie Flowers were recently re-stocked in the shop and you have to check these out! My small pink flowers and the tiny white ones with glitter accents are both Little Birdie Flowers. Wood veneer leaves have had a touch of glitter added along the vein. That beautiful big green flower is a Sakura Bloom, with a smaller green paper flower up the top. The burlap leaves are currently out of stock in the shop.

I had these puffy alphabet stickers sitting on my desk and realised they matched perfecting with the colour scheme of the layout. This is why I'm a messy scrapper, it helps me find the perfect accent/embellishment all the time. :) I've used both sides of an old Kaisercraft patterned paper to mat my photo.

This smaller embellishment cluster is very similar to the larger one, with the addition of a resin flower from the resin flower grab bag. I like getting these grab bags because of the variety I can find inside. The beautiful metallic flairs are from Accent Scrapbooking. I really like the depth added by the vellum die-cut flowers. 

Just as a side note, I almost stopped with the layout the other night but it seemed just a little bit incomplete. Which do you prefer, the first or second version? I think I'm still undecided.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Adored - D-lish Scraps DT

Hello! Lauren here today, a couple of days later than normal because I was celebrating my son turning three and party prep kind of took over my life. I'm very happy to be back on track now and sharing this layout of my nana and me. I was originally going to use the 'proper' photo of the two of us, but decided the 'out-take' version was a much better memory to document. :)

There are so many D-lish Scraps goodies on this layout, because every time I looked through my stash I found something new that matched the colour theme and had to go on the page. My first embellishment cluster has a black Bitty Bow, Little Birdie watercolour flower, resin glitter dot and sequins. The flair, washi tapes and resin rose are all from past Just Add Paper kits. The fern leaf also came from D-lish but seems to be out of stock and not currently listed. You can just see the edges of my white paper doily poking out from behind the photo too.  

I wanted a simple little cluster in the top right of the page, to provide some balance to the design. The resin rose comes from a past Just Add Paper Kit, all other supplies are already listed above.

The bottom cluster is so big I thought I'd break it down into two photos so you can check out the details. You can see I've used two different types of paper flower blooms, as well as another Little Birdie watercolour flower. The tassle is from a previous Just Add Paper Kit. The lovely title piece is a Kinder Kreations chipboard title. 

This angle shows of another Bitty Bow and paper flower, as well as more resin glitter dots. The small blue resin flower is from a past Just Add Paper kit.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look, hope it's inspired you!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Greeting Cards - Scrapmatts DT

Here is the second part of my Scrapmatts DT post for August. I was playing around with using Tinby Designs Color Crush powders to create background papers. I not really into the Art Journaling thing (I've tried but it's not for me) so whenever I want to try out a new technique I'll normally incorporate it into a card or tag.

It's always a good idea to have a few birthday cards in your stash. This one didn't hang around long, I've ready given it to a friend! I used ST9018-A6 in the background, just as straight gesso over the background. Chipboard pieces include CB5087 Leaf Spray 09 and CB6100 Words 29.

The second card uses the same background technique as the first, but I've taken it in a different direction. I can never go past a pun and the CB4067 Marine Life 02 set was perfect for this one. The chipboard has been painted using distress inks stamped onto my craft mat then spritzed with water and painted on.

The last card is another birthday one which has a galaxy feel to it. Quite simple in design, but I think the background really makes it pop. The stencil is ST1008, I used Versamark through the stencil then embossed this with a clear embossing powder to create a resist effect. The chipboard is CB6100 Words 29 and CB1223 Stars 03, both have been painted with acrylic paint.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

ATCs - Scrapmatts DT

Hello. This post went live on the Scrapmatts blog on the 5th but I forgot to load it on my personal blog. I was a little distracted because my baby turned 3 on the fifth! If I'd been planning ahead, I would have done a couple of layouts of him to celebrate. But instead, I was too busy trying to plan the party and get everything ready for my family visit, so I have a variety of small projects to share instead. :)

I'm a big fan of ATCs as they were the start of my journey into scrapbooking. They are also really great projects for when you only have a short amount of creative time. For these ones, I painted ATC10-010 Bracket 01 with gesso, then sprinkled Tinby Designs Color Crush powders across them and activated with water. They had a beautiful vibrant colour while wet but unfortunately the gesso mutes that as they dry.

I've used stencil ST5024 in the background of all three ATCs, but each one was used differently. On 'Discover' I used a small Versacolor stamp pad in charcoal to ink through the stencil, this gave the crispest edges to the image. On 'Remember' I misted Kaisermist through the stencil, you can see it leaked in some places because my ATC based had warped a bit after the gesso layer. Finally, on 'Inspire' I flipped the stencil over and stamped the left over Kaisermist onto the image, then misted white Glimmermist to highlight the design.

The sentiments all come from CB1199 Scrapwords 07. The leaf pieces come from CB1146 Leaf Spray 01, CB5144 Layered Poinsettias 01 and CB1235 Leaf Spray 14. I finished them off with the lace, flowers, sequins and D-lish Scraps enamel dots.

Maybe next month I'm be organised enough to show you a layout celebrating my son's birthday. ;)

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Snap an Elfie - D-lish Scraps DT

I was feeling in a bit of a rut with my scrapbooking, like every page was starting to look the same. So for this layout, I decided to take things in a totally different direction: multiple photos, absolutely nothing in the centre of my page. I love the result and feel refreshed. Don't be afraid to try something new every now and then, you might just like it. ;)

As soon as my son got invited to an 'elves and fairies' birthday party, I knew I was going to want to use this flair on the layout! Just when I thought enamel dots couldn't get better, I find there are GLITTER D-lish Dots, I was in heaven. I have used Kinder Kreations frames on the smaller photos, inked in charcoal ink. You can't go past a basic white doily, or two, in the background.

My title comes from Corbet Creations chipboard and originally read 'selfie', but I love a good pun. ;) The wooden star buttons matched the wooden/natural feel I wanted for the layout. The green leaves came from a mixed grab bag, but they seem to be out of stock at the moment.

Thanks for having a look. Please share your project with us at the Scrap Suite if you do decide to create something out of your comfort zone.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Sweet Child of Mine - D-lish Scraps DT

Good morning everyone! It's time for a new cyber-crop over at D-lish Scraps facebook community, The Scrap Suite. I've created one of the challenges for this month. I LOVE scrapbooking Christmas layouts, so I've gone with the theme of  'Christmas in July'. You can create a layout, card or OTP project to enter.

I used a photo from Harrison's first Christmas, some Cocoa Vanilla Studio's papers and a few Kaisercraft pocket page cards. Plus, the all-important D-lish Scraps embellishments! This Christmas Elf flair was too perfect to pass up. I've also used some D-lish Dots and the wood veneer stars which I've inked in green then coated with Dimensional Accents. Perfect sized white doily hiding in the background too.

Another D-lish Scraps flair and a 'sweet' chipboard title.

 Hope to see an entry from you soon!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Today Was Good - D-lish Scraps

I'm not sure about you, but for me the majority of my layouts generally go somewhat according to plan. There are the rare unicorns where what I create looks EXACTLY like the image I had in my head, and then there are the layouts that turn out NOTHING like I had imagined. My reveal today is one of those: when I sat down I was planning on scrapping a photo of my son in an elf costume. A couple of hours later, I had this layout instead. :)

I love to scatter some D-lish Dots around my page and have a range of packs so I can always get the perfect matching colour. The wood veneer stars were a recent purchase for me and I've already almost used up my pack of ten, the combination of hearts and stars is just too cute. I wasn't sure I'd use the pip berry stems but I like the extra movement they add to the page. I've just stuck mine down with strategically placed staples. 

I picked up this bike flair from an old Just Add Paper kit because I knew it was perfect to go with this photo. I was so excited to have a chance to use one of the tassels, I got the vibrant pack but there are more subtle colours too. You can't go wrong adding a white doily to the background of any layout, it adds detail without being distracting. D-lish has a variety of designs and sizes available too.

Thanks for having a look today. Hope it inspired you to use some products you haven't tried before.