Friday, 5 October 2018

I Love Getting Messy at More Than Words!

Hello again!

Have you seen the new challenge over at More Than Words? The word that you need to be inspired by is 'Leisure' and the creative challenge is to use 'Splats' on your canvas, layout or art journal page. I decided to use a favourite photo of my hubby playing chasey with some village kids in Papua New Guinea. I love the look on the kids' faces in this!

Making a page with splats on it was fun! I used Tinby Designs Metallic Melts to make those cool splats and splashes on the background.

I added more splats with a stamp and green ink.

I hope you can join us this month. Here's the challenge board:
You can find the challange here.

Happy scrappin'!


Monday, 1 October 2018

It's All About Friends

It's the start of the month and that means new challenges - woohoo!

Over at Kraft Plus this month the challenge is to create about 'Friends'. Just create on a kraft background and you're eligible!

I scrapped about a group of our friends at a wedding. It was a beautiful day and this photo captured the happy mood of all of us.

I didn't want to go too over the top on this one as I wanted the photo to remain the focus. I added some fussy-cut roses and a punched edge for the photo to 'sit' on then ran the title under that. The words in the title get smaller as they go down the page to create a triangular shape.

I added simple embellishments - some punched circles and hand-drawn stars. The gorgeous chipboard border is from The Dusty Attic. Most of the papers are older Webster's Pages.

I hope you can join us at Kraft Plus this month. You can find the challenge here and here's the mood board:

Happy scrappin'!


Friday, 28 September 2018

Modern Vintage

Hello! Today I have a more vintage style project to share. I made this for the challenges at Mixed Media & Art and Mixed Media Place.

I made a series of ATC's, layering each stack up with gauze, chipboard and various other media. I coated the chipboard in a variety of products - gesso, Gelatos, ink and Metallic Melts - to achieve that modern vintage look. I love this effect. I actually scraplifted myself for the design of this one and taught these techniques in some classes a while ago.

I thought the title was perfect to celebrate my two gorgeous kids. The photo shows their fun personalities well.

Here's the Mixed Media & Art challenge board.

I took many elements from this board. Obviously the colour scheme was the big influence but I also added book paper, stamped moths, a single leaf and metallic affects. I was excited that they had moths in the moodboard and not butterflies because I knew I had some moth stamps - lol! Some of the moths are stamped on book paper. I even added an image of book spines but it ended up mostly hidden under another layer. The mood board creates an 'old and cozy' feel and I think my layout captures that. You can find the challenge here.

The Mixed Media Place board is gorgeous:

The theme is 'Autumn' so I chose to use autumn colours with a warm, rich feel. I took the brown and gold colours from the central photo. As much as I adore the pinks and oranges, they wouldn't have worked with the style I had in mind for this project. This mood board was all about warmth and comfort so I created my page to reflect this. You can find the challenge here.

I hope you can join in these fabulous and inspring challenges!

Happy scrappin'!


Sunday, 23 September 2018

Shine Bright at More Than Words

Hello there! It's Mini Challenge time over at More Than Words and the word that we need to see on your card, tag, ATC or postcard, is 'Bright'. I made a card:

You know me - if the challenge word is 'bright', I'm not only going to use the word, I'm going to make my project very bright as well. Lol!

I dragged out my old Silks to paint these letters. They have just the right amount of transparency that gave me enough colour but still let me highlight with black pen over the top. I hadn't used them for ages and was horrified to find most of them had dried out but a bit of water on the brush worked well enough.

I hope you can join in the challenge this month. Be quick! You only have until the 30th of September. You can find the challenge here.

Happy scrappin'!


Saturday, 15 September 2018

Getting My Mojo Back With Art Playground


Since I've come back from holidays I've had trouble getting my mojo back. It's the first time this has happened to me and it wasn't fun! Today however, I got very inspired by the challenge over at Art Playground. I'd like to thank them for helping me find my mojo! It's a cold, wet day here, with hail and even a bit of snow, so it was the perfect day to stay inside and scrap about a summer holiday. Here's what I created.

I almost never use purple so this pushed me well outside my comfort zone. I'm thrilled with the results though. The challenge is to use the colours from the board.

The theme to go with the colours is "Oh Blessed Mistakes", the idea being to embrace your mistakes. I was scrapping a few days ago and I started a background for another page. I worked on it before the paint was dry though and I smudged it. I couldn't rescue it, and I couldn't use the back because it had a faded secion on it, so I put it aside. When I saw the Art Playground challenge, I had an idea. I could use my mistake page to start another project.

Here's my 'mistake' page, complete with smudges and a few marks from a stencil.

For this project, I swiped gesso over most of the dodgy circles, leaving just a bit of them showing. The paint I had used for the circles was a textural one so the shape can still be seen under the gesso.

I then went crazy with purples, some pinks and a splash of orange. The hot pink and orange paper behind the photo is a gelli plate print from Fiona Paltridge that she gave me one day. I adore that colour combo! I stamped the roses, then painted them with Pebeo two-toned iridescent paint, which gave an amazing pink and purple metallic look.

In a nod to the circles underneath the gesso, I added some wire circles under my photo.

I ha so much fun making this!

I hope you can play along at Art Playground this month. You can find the challenge here.

Happy scrappin'!


Friday, 7 September 2018

I'm Back!

Hello there! Welcome back to my blog.

For those of you that might have noticed I was missing for a while, I've been travelling so I haven't been scrapping. I was very privileged to see some amazing sights on this trip.

One of the highlights was the incredible cultural shows in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. I was blown away by how colourful and spectacular the costumes and makeup were. To top it off, the people were so friendly and welcoming, yet so proud.

I wanted to capture all of this on paper so I used part of a photo plus a variety of mediums to try to capture the colour and impact. I hope I succeeded.

I started by cutting out part of a photo that included the face of a spectacularly painted performer.

I used a mix of Tinby Designs Colour Crush, watercolours and acrylic paints to make the head-dress and used watercolours for the shoulders.

Although first impressions when looking at these head-dresses is that they are made of feathers, there are actually many other objects in there. I saw sticks, wool, plastic, sparkly objects and, commonly, long blue strands of plastic that look a bit like the much-desired Bird of Paradise feathers. I have no idea what they are but I tried to incorporate them into this head-dress.

I had some ideas in my head of what I wanted to create and when I found the challenge over at Mixed Media and Art I knew I'd found the right challenge for me. Here's the mood board.

The theme is "Colours of Life", such a perfect description for my proud Highlander in his traditional costume. I was inpired by the blues and yellows of the moodboard but also by the swirls, swipes and splats of paint.

Happy scrappin'!


Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Scrapping Dr Seuss!

Hello and welcome back!

Who would ever have thought of using Dr Seuss as a scrapping challenge? Well Sandra Wallace over at Kraft Plus did! I did some online research and found some quotes that were perfect for my travel photos.

I love this quote - it's taken from "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" I inserted photos into the text that matched the text, for example, I inserted photos of 'Feet' and 'Shoes' after those words in the quote. For the second part of the quote I inserted photos that were relevant to me 'steering mysef in any direction I choose'. All these photos were taken on a walk we did along the Lycian Way in Turkey. It was such an incredible walk. It was so hard to select just a few photos for this page!

I highlighted key words by using brightly coloured alphas. This is a great stash-buster!

I added in a few clouds and balloons as these feature in the book. My balloons certainly don't look like Dr Seuss' unique ones but I think it helps give the general feel of a Dr Seuss book.

Before I started this layout, I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do. I thought it would come together quite quickly, however it took ages to get all the spacings right while still keeping the design balanced. It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be!

Here's the challenge board. Isn't it fabulous? You can find the challenge details here.

Happy scrappin'!