Friday, June 27, 2014

Sketch-y Friday at Scrapmuch......HeART This!

Good morning.

It's time for a new Sketch over on the Scrapmuch?! Blog, and this week Team B are delivering a little inspiration.

That means I'm up, so I get to play.

Here's the wonderful Sketch drawn by Laura Whitaker:

And here's my take on it..........HeART This.

This is the second time I've used this collection of papers in as many months - 'Plus One' from Amy Tangerine......I think I have 'a thing' for the pink painted background.

I threw on some black sequins and splatters of Molding Paste using a stencil......I like my random paint splatters to be neat! Lol

I found a sheet of patterned paper, Teresa Collins I think, that was covered in Picture frames so I fussy cut a bunch of them to layer behind the photo's.

Finally I pierced a couple of hearts using a template then cheated faux stitched through them using a fineline marker.

I do love the title too.

So, you know what you need to do if you want to be in with a chance of winning a prize this up your own creation over on the Scrapmuch?! blog.

I'll be back here Monday (I hope!) with a little 'Disney' goodness.

Have a great weekend,

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Little Red Wagon #243 Animal Antics

Well hello!

I feel as though I'm finally starting to get back to normal as far as my health is concerned.  Still a slight problem with numbness in my hands but improving slowly, and at least I've managed a little crafting.

Today is Wednesday which means it's time for a new challenge over at.........

and thankfully, this week I'm able to join in.

Jan would like to see some Animal Antics, so basically any animal will do as long as there's one on there.

Here's my effort:

I feel as though it's been forever since I used a coloured image on a card, and to be honest this was one I found in my stash......already coloured from eons ago and ready to go!

The image is from Saturated Canary and coloured with Copics.  I added a little sparkle, as no pig could possibly be seen wearing a tutu with no sparkle!!

I hope you'll get a chance to join in with our challenge this week.  Just hop on over to the blog and link up your own creation........after perusing a little inspiration from the rest of the Girlfriends of course!

Have a great week and I'll be back on Friday (promise!) with a layout.

See you then,

Monday, June 16, 2014

Inspiration Elevator #24 (Michelle Hernandez) - A Public Page

It's that time...........

Welcome to another month of Inspiration Elevator!

Our main purpose here at IE is to challenge ourselves, each other and YOU to take the creative process to the next level;  to inspire growth and change in our scrapbooking beyond the mundane.
You can see all of Inspiration Elevator's previous challenges at our blog and catch us on Facebook and Instagram (soon!) too.

This month's challenge is issued by the innovative Michelle Hernandez. Michelle's style is about telling the story with a clean and simple, yet artsy approach, an awareness of current trends, and garnished with her use of chipboard and often neutral colours. Here is her challenge for us, in her own words:
The challenge for June 15th is- make a public scrapbook page. You are making a page to go up at work or to give away to a family member to put up in their space. In your blog post you will tell us how knowing this page isn't going in a book or in your home changed your style. Did you go all out and make something that is 3D? Did you suppress your love of a particular color or product? How do you feel about the page being public- outside your regular audience of scrapbook lovers who read your blog or open your books at home?

OK so I had to think long and hard about this one, mainly because the majority of my pages are created for the public eye.  My DT work for a local Scrapbook store and a couple of other Design Teams means that I'm constantly creating with a particular goal in promote a certain paper collection/embellishments, or to interpret a Sketch as creatively as possible to hopefully inspire others.

My point is, these days I rarely scrap just for the pleasure of accomplishing another page for the scrapbook........that's not to say I don't enjoy these regular methods of scrapping - far from it!

I just struggled with coming up with something different to my norm for this challenge.

Then, whilst I was stalking perusing Facebook one day and in conversation with a scrappy friend, I noticed a gorgeous photo in her album.

Inspiration finally struck and I started on a page as a gift for her.

But before I reveal that, let me fill you in on the inspiration behind it.

I've known Dee for approximately 5 years since she welcomed me into a close knit community of fellow crafters, and nurtured my like minded love of Scrapbooking.

She's one of the good ones.....both creatively and in Spirit.

Unlike some crafters in their Golden years, she is definitely not your 'Old Fashioned' scrapper......always receptive to trying new techniques and idea's, especially when it comes to Art Journalling......her secret love.

This is where her real personality shines through and I believe what she enjoys the most.

We've often talked about our wish to incorporate more and more of the mixed media techniques into our scrapbook pages.

I for one dabble here and there, trying to introduce more 'artsy' stuff into a layout, as does she, but she's said more than once that she often feels a little nervous about going 'full out' on a layout in case she doesn't like it.

That's the purpose of my page.

It's not a perfect work of art by any means (I'm my worst critic!) but I'm hoping it will at least serve as a little encouragement for her to 'go for it' and more than anything......enjoy the process!

Here goes:

Beautiful Bermuda

I started by layering strips of burlap behind a second sheet of PP, then got to work with mists, a whitewash of Gesso, Molding Paste and stencils, stamps and ink and just a touch of Inca Gold (in Silver) to give that pearlescent look.

Another stencil and texture paste up here, together with Gelato's and a paintbrush to create a little water coloured shading.

I printed the photograph onto a textured cardstock, then sanded the edges a little as I wanted to create the look of canvas.

There's also feathers, some inked florist wire, lots of flowers and a pretty little collection of embellies clustered here....

It's now all framed and ready to go.....I'm a little nervous as I hope she likes it.....

......but if nothing else, I thoroughly enjoyed making it.

And now back to some important deets....

Here's a complete list of this month's participating designers!  We encourage you to check out each designer's creation this month, then come on back and give the challenge a try yourself!

We also have the wonderfully talented Christy Riopel joining us as Guest Designer this month so please stop by and say Hi.
We have a couple of regular artists taking a summer hiatus and look forward to the return of Joanne Burton and Christa Uttley in the fall.
Meantime, if you've wanted to participate as a guest designer with Inspiration Elevator, just contact team lead, Ann at ann jobes at bell dot net
Now it's your turn to get creating about art you share publicly, and share your blog link at the IE blog. We would love to see what you were inspired to make!

So there you have it!

I'm off to check out some fabulous creations from this inspiring group, in amongst trying to clean my parents are flying in later this afternoon from across the pond.

Woo hoo......babysitters!! Lol

Take care and have a great day,

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sketchy Friday at Scrapmuch? - It's Only Rock n' Roll

Good morning.

I got another good night of sleep last night so I'm flying on Cloud 9 again today......we'll see how long it lasts!

I'm still having trouble with my hands right now, but today marks a new Sketch reveal and challenge over on the Scrapmuch? blog, so it's not all bad.

When my project was due at the beginning of this week, I really had to dig in and pull this one out of the the midst of my Mono symptoms.

Oh well, it might not be my best but I actually enjoyed the fact that I didn't procrastinate too much.........just got everything on there as efficiently as I could.

My Father-In-Law will enjoy this one (hopefully!).

It's Only Rock n' Roll.

Look at that dude all the way back in 1962!

Hmmm I don't ever remember my FIL being able to play the guitar so me thinks I'll have to delve into this story a little more!

I created the large star in the background with my Silhouette and a Sketch pen, then rubbed my cardstock over a little watered down mist spritzed onto my craft mat.  The final step was a little checkerboard stamping in black.

I picked up the perfect 50/60's style font, free over at Dafont......'Remachine Script', and then again used my Silhouette to cut the title.

The retro paper collection from my stash (Echo Park) also worked perfectly for this theme, and I was lucky enough to have the co-ordinating stickers too.

I put them to good use especially, for the banner which I popped with foam dots for a little more dimension.

I think that just about covers everything which is just as well cause my fingers are now numb again.

If you'd like to join in with our Sketch Challenge this week, just head on over to the Scrapmuch? blog and link up your creation there.

Before I go, I almost forgot to show you the wonderful Sketch I got to work with for this page.......

You can tell I 'flipped' it and changed up a few of the shapes/elements but that's the beauty of a sketch.........creative license and all that!

Have a great weekend and I'll see you on Monday for this months Inspiration Elevator creation,


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Little Red Wagon #241 - Teacher Appreciation

Hi there.......yep I'm still here!

Sorry I haven't been around recently but I was sick for a little while with a virus......knocked me off my feet!  Now I'm battling what looks like Carpal Tunnel which is playing havoc with EVERYTHING I try to do, but mostly my sleep and crafting......the two things I love to do!

Even today's post is a struggle so I'm keeping it short and sweet.

Over at Little Red Wagon this week.........

Jodi would like to see a little Teacher Appreciation as the school year is rapidly coming to an end.

My project isn't overly 'Teacher'ish.......well not at all actually......just a simple 'Thank You' card which will make it's way to my youngest daughter's Teacher.  It was made with the pre-requisite that 'maybe it could be pink'........and 'an animal would be cool'.......ooh and 'some sparkle please'!

Sure, cause nothing says a huge thank you to your teacher like a pink, blinged up animal card now does it?!

Her wish is my command, so here's the very 'un'Teacherlike Appreciation card:

The cute little monkey was a freebie cut file from Miss Kate Cuttables, and I had to dig into the depths of my high school brain to retrieve a few different languages for the sentiment!

Well that's about all I can manage for today, so I'm off to try and restore some feeling into my fingers.

Check out the rest of the projects from the Girlfriends over on the Little Red Wagon blog when you get a chance.

I may not be around here as often as I'd like in the near future.  Hopefully some pending Doctor's appointments will have a few answers for me.

Till then, enjoy your day,
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