Friday 24 July 2015

A Scrap Around The World Tutorial

Hello there! I'm very excited to be sharing with you my photo tutorial in our Design Team 'Moment To Shine' series at Scrap Around The World. I used our current challenge here as my inspiration.

Here's the mood board:

I was inspired firstly by those pink steps in the mood board. They immediately reminded me of the gorgeous steps everywhere on the Greek Islands &, as I have a gazillion photos of these places, I thought it was a great opportunity to scrap them. I was also inspired by the amazing blues in the flower pic.

Here's what I made:


1. Stamp a few background stamps onto a good quality cardstock, using StazOn ink so it won't run when water is applied. Draw a few rough circles with pencil.

2. Paint inside the circles with the Silks. Add a little water to the Silks first for a more transparent look & easier application.

3. Spray a very light spray of water over the area you want to colour. Take pinches of Magicals (use gloves if you don't want to stain your hands) & sprinkle them across the wet parts of the page. Spray another very light spray on top of the Magicals. The areas coloured with Silks will slightly repel the water & Magicals, letting the circles show through.

4. Stamp a small flourish onto a few places on the background with embossing ink & apply silver Metallic Melts. Heat to set.

5.If your background has buckled, place it under a heavy weight to flatten it while you
work on the embellishments. Paint the Dusty Attic chipboard flourish with gesso & let dry.

6. Paint the Dusty Attic chipboard title with gesso then paint or ink the top half with blue. Add blue Metallic Melts to the top half only and heat to set.

7. Drop silver and blue metallic threads across the page and glue down the photo, title and chipboard flourish. These will anchor the thread in place.

8. Add a variety of blue and silver bling, write in your journalling and ink the edges of the page with blue ink. Your layout is done!

The more water you use, the more the Magicals will blend together. Try varying the amount of water you use on different areas for interesting effects.

Small details like bling & Metallic Melts can make such a big impact.

On a busy or eye-catching background, you sometimes don't need too many embellishments. A gorgeous flourish & title are all that's needed on this layout.

The products I used:

Supplies List

Cardstock - Core'dinations Heavyweight
Chipboard - The Dusty Attic - Wrought Iron Design Set & Dusty Curls ABC Set
Embossing Powder - Tinby Designs Metallic Melts - Blue & Silver
Acrylic Glaze - Silks - African Jade
Magicals - Lindy's Stamp Gang - Tibetan Poppy Teal
Gesso - Derivan Matisse
Inks - VersaMark Watermark, ColorBox & StazOn
Stamps - Pink Paislee, Kiasercraft & Bo Bunny
Bling - Bella!, Paper Xtra & Kaisercraft
Thread - Gutterman Metallic
Pen, Pencil

Remember - there are only 7 days left to enter this month's challenge!

To be in with a chance to win 1 of our 11 amazing prizes you'll need to be quick!

You can find the challenge details HERE.

Tuesday 21 July 2015

A Dusty Sampler

Hello scrappy friends! I'm back with you today to show you how you can make a simple but striking multi-photo page using Dusty Attic chippies. This is not only a great way to experiment with products but it's a fabulous way of using up those leftover bits and pieces from your chippie collection.

Here's my layout;

To make this, I first drew 9 rough squares using the inside of a Polaroid Frame chippie as my template. I then used a variety of products to colour the squares. I incorporated paints, texture paste, stamps, stencils and - oh! It's that Dusty Attic star stencil again! Lol!

I then added small photos onto some of the squares and decorated them with Dusty Attic chippies as well as a few other bits and pieces. To finish off I doodled around some of the squares and added a bit of gold stamping to the background.

This would be a great page for any event where you have multiple photos as you can change the colours and style to suit.

If you do make a page like this, I'd love to see it!

The Dusty Attic products I used are:
Polaroid Frames DA0932
(used as a template)

Mini Banners DA1021

Flutterbies #3 DA 0766

Mini Bird Cage #2 DA1189

Heart Arrows #1 DA 1016

Heart Arrows #2 DA 1026

Mini Hearts #2 DA 0990

Foliage #3

Word Pack #4 DA 1077

Page Pebbles #3 and #9

Mini Him & Her Border DA 1065

Phew! That was a long list! But seriously, the idea is to use up those odds and ends you have left over from other projects.

Happy scrappin'!


Friday 17 July 2015

Dusty in July

Hello again. I'm back with my layout for The Dusty Attic using the gorgeous July mood board. Don't forget that the winner of this month's challenge receives a $100 voucher from Dusty Attic!

I had just downloaded some photos from my camera and when I saw the mood board I realised my photos would work perfectly with it.

Here's the mood board:

And here's what I made:

You can see I was completely inspired by the beautiful photo of nature. I focused on using the greens and complemented them with deep red Dusty Roses and Dusty in Colour Raisin paint.

I painted the foliage chippies with two shades of green Dusty Attic paint and added a few gold highlights.

The foundation of the background is torn paper and gesso with stamping and stencilling over the top. One of the words on the mood board is 'Magical' so I just had to use Lindy's Stamp Gang's Magicals as well!

The Dusty Attic products I used are:
Foliage #2 DA1292

Flutterbies #3 DA0766

Monarch Butterflies DA0819

Word Pack #10 DA1266

Dusty in Bloom Champagne Kisses

Dusty Roses - Deep Red

Dusty in Colour - Jungle Green, Forrest and Raisin

I hope you can join the challenge this month!

Happy scrappin'!


Tuesday 14 July 2015

Scrappy Chat Designs teams up with Kraft+!

Hello there! Today I'd like to share with you a layout I made using the gorgeous "Favourite Little Something" Kit from Scrappy Chat Designs. Scrappy Chat Designs is a sponsor over at Kraft + this month so I'm entering the challenge with this one too.

Here's the Kraft + inspirational photo. You also need to add yellow paint.

And here's what I made using this month's Scrappy Chat Designs kit:

I was inspired by the many vertical lines and the textural feel in the Kraft+ photo.

As usual, there are exciting and fabulous products in the Scrappy Chat Designs kit. Apart from the Kaisercraft and Prima papers, there are cardstock, straws, twine, Stampendous Lux Flakes and, my favourite, Faber-Castell Texture Luxe. This product is amazing! The gold is so intense yet still holds it's shape and body so well.

I added some yellow enamel dots from a previous kit and outlined them in black pen. If you don't have any enamel dots just paint some paper with yellow paint, punch out some circles and add Glossy Accents on top. Easy peasy!

To see how the other Arty Chics and I create our layouts why not become a member? Kits are still $39 + Postage with LOADS of value for you money, as it is like doing 3 classes - all in the comfort of your own home! Each premier kit comes with Video AND instructions to complete the three layouts. They feature many techniques with product that can be used well after the life of the kit. (With all of our kits you will have plenty of product and knowledge to add to future projects).

Included are all the products needed to complete the project with a list of additional basic items used such as ink/ paints/gesso/texture paste and colour sprays you will need out of your supplies

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Happy scrappin'!


Monday 13 July 2015

A 7 Dots Challenge

Hello again. I don't know how I've done it but I somehow managed to find time to enter a challenge! I've been busting to give the 7 Dots challenge a go for ages and I've finally done it!

The challenge this month is to use the phrase 'Time Flies" as your inspiration. You can find the challenge here. Here's the Inspirational Circle:

And here's what I created:

I've gone for a funky look on this one using papers from the Destination Unknown and Thoughts Keeper ranges.  The page is about how my daughter keeps changing her hair colour. To me, it shows how fast time is flying when she seems to have a different hair colour every time I see her. The journalling reads, "....Time flies.... So many hair colour options, so little time....Time flies...."

I have been collecting bar code strips from 7 Dots papers for a while and had fun using them on this page. I cut out the colourful dots and formed a row of them which I added under a punched edge to give my page a lift. On the far left, I used a whole strip as part of my design for an interesting feature. I liked the "Destination Unknown" name on it as that describes my daughter perfectly!

The title runs from the top of the photo to the bottom.

The butterfly, the Polaroid frame, the leaves and the alphas are all from The Dusty Attic. I coated the alphas, the leaves and the butterfly in Beck BT's Tinby Designs Metallic Melts. I love that grungy, chunky look it adds to my work. I painted the Polaroid frame black and wound metallic thread around parts.

I added Magicals to the background and stamped hearts which I coloured with Silks. I also used Silks to colour the circles behind the photo and along the journalling line.

Happy scrappin'!