Wednesday, 13 December 2017

My first December 2Crafty share

Hello everybody
I've popped in today to share my latest creation for 2Crafty Chipboard.
It's titled:

"A Christmas Tradition"

It's all about baking and decorating the Gingerbread biscuits every year at Christmas time.  It's one of the many things we do as a family to celebrate this time of year. 
The kids look forward to it and spend ages decorating their various shapes, and yep then I spend ages afterwards cleaning up the MESS!!
I used the following 2Crafty Chipboard:
"Grid Bits"
"Wire Stars"
"ATC Tiny Stars and Hearts"
"A Christmas Tradition Title"
"Star Circular Frames"

I added a lot of different finishes to the Chipboard.

The "Grid Bits" are heat embossed with a chunky white emboss powder.

The "Wire Stars" are heat embossed with a gorgeous white emboss powder with flecks of gold through it.  There are shimmers of gold that really jump off the page.
Hard to capture the beautiful shine.

I used some 7Dots paper from my favourite scrappy store Scrap Matrix.
I also used lots of tags from 7Dots too - I can't get enough of these, they are appearing on all my layouts at the moment -  I love the layers it gives my creations.

I also added some 13 Arts fibres, also available from yep you guessed it...Scrap Matrix.

To the "Stars Circlular Frame", the "Stars" the "Mini Stars" and the "A Christmas Tradition" I applied white gesso, and then added some Mica Powder and some water to create the colour.
They have a lovely subtle metallic sheen.

The blue and the green look just lovely together.

Love the little pops of red too.

The frame around the photo really draws your eye into the layout and the details of the photo.

That's it for today. I'll be back real soon to share my next creation.


Saturday, 2 December 2017

Another 7Dots Creation, using Hazy Days for the Scrap Matrix Challege

Hi there everyone
Today I've popped in to share another layout I created for Scrap Matrix using the 7Dots Studio Hazy Days.
I'm a big fan of 7Dots and all their ranges, and  Hazy s is Days is definitely one of my faves.
Last time I went bright and colourful, so this time I thought I'd go a bit more grungy.
Here's what I created......

I scrapped the 5 of us!!
It's not that often that the five of us are in one space at the same time, so it's definitely worth scrapping!!
I began by adding clear gesso to my background paper.
This provides a barrier for all the mixed media and allows it to sit on top of the paper instead of sinking in.

I then added some water to the layout, concentrating on the right hand side with a small amount on the left hand side.
I added some Colour Arte's Primary Elements Powder in Bolivian Blue.
A gorgeous colour.

I also added some of the powder to a few spritzes of water, and then dipped some string into it.

I did the same with ColourArte's Primary Elements Spiced Pumpkin powder.

I then grabbed the gorgeous 7Dots Hazy Days Chevron Stencil.
I mixed some white acrylic paint into some 3D Gloss Gel and swiped this onto my background.

Once this dried, I selected the 7Dots Hazy Days Stamps.

Love these so much.  I stamped these onto my background.

I used black staz-on ink and again focused on layering upon what I had already created.
I also added some strips of Mesh Tape. 
I love this stuff!! I love the texture it creates. 
It looks great as is or coloured with mixed media.
I love how it can be cut into whatever size you like, and its self adhesive - so super easy to use.

I had recently ordered the Finnabair Patina Effect pastes.
I already have the rust effect and just love them, so couldn't wait to try these.
They come in a 3 pack.
I added some of the blue directly to my background using the chevron stencil, and I also swiped some around the edges of my photos.
I did the same with the brass paint from the pack. 
I also cut out some photo matts and some tags from a sheet of paper and added some to these too.
The brass and the blue look fabulous together.
I just love the look of the tags, but unfortunately Vicki was out of stock of the Hazy Days tags, so I created my own from paper.
I then added the rest of my embellishments.
Flowers and stickers galore!  I love that they all match.
I added some blue paint to the flowers - just a quick swipe with my fingers. Love the look of this - those two colours together look fabulous.
Easy and messy, just the way I like it.
I then added some of the black German scrap.  Love this stuff.
To the centre of my flowers I added circles from the Hazy Days Element pack or some Crystals or some metal brads.
Lots of different textures.
Finally I added some 7Dots Hazy Days Word Stickers
Once I stuck everything down I decided to add some of the ColourArte Primary Elements Powder in Spiced Pumpkin  to areas of the background.
I just mixed with a little water.
That's about it.........
Here's a few more close ups of the layout.

Lots of layers and lots of textures.

I love how the combination of the string, the mesh tape, the German Scrap and the stamping all work together to create layer upon layer of scrappy goodness!!

Well that's it from me for this challenge......
Hope this has inspired you to go play with some 7Dots goodness!!
Don't forget that Vicki has a challenge create using 7Dots products.....and there's a voucher up for grabs, so head on over to the Album section at Scrap Matrix Shares and load your entry (don't forget to let us know what 7Dots products you used in the comments section).
You have until the 14th December to load up your entries.
I can't wait to check them all out.
Scrap Matrix Products used:
Liquitex Clear Gesso
Crystal Brads
Prima Sunrise Sunset Flowers

Friday, 1 December 2017

December Scrap the Girls Challenge

Tell me how it's possible that it is December 1st???

Wasn't Christmas only a couple of months ago?

Wow, it always feels fast but this year it seems to have whizzed by at a ridiculous speed (yep a clear sign that I am getting old!)  Remember being a child? and waiting and waiting for what seemed like forever for Christmas, and hearing old people complain of how quick it went, and thinking 'No way', time goes so slowly.  And now here I am. Yep. Old.

Well I've digressed, back to showing you what I've created for the awesome challenge over at Scrap the Girls.

I always fear December - don't get me wrong its my absolute favourite time of year.  I love the planning, the shopping, the decorations, the family time, the countdown, the carols - all things Christmasy, but I'm not a huge scrapper of Christmas.  I tend to document it in my Project Life rather than in my layouts.
I think it's the colour schemes of the photos that challenge me, and I much prefer to scrap in a therapeutic way - rather than just capturing a moment, I love to journal and tell a real everyday life story.
So......I checked out this month's challenge with trepidation.....

but I really shouldn't have....check it out!!  No red and green in sight and I adore the inclusion of the black and all the textures.  YES!!!
So here's what I created:
This layout celebrates my beautiful girl cousins who I adore (always have, always will). We always catch up at Christmas time.

I took inspiration from the trees by adding in a cool 2Crafty Chipboard one and also cutting my own out of papers. 

There's lots of layers behind my photo which reflects all the textures in the moodboard.

Beautiful girls. And can you tell which one married in to the family! I'll give you one guess!
Yep pretty strong genes there!

This month D-lish Scraps is our sponsor.  This is a great little online store with lots of exclusive scrappy items. 
I love checking out the Designers creations - loads of talent over there.

Don't forget to go check out the rest of the Designer's creations.  They always have a little magic about them.
Then get scrapping your Christmas memories using this awesome colour palette, and link your entries to our blog or to our facebook page.
Don't forget to make sure it's all about the GIRLS!! No boys allowed. Love it

See you again soon.


Sunday, 19 November 2017

7Dots creating for Scrap Matrix Challenge using Hazy Days

I've popped in today to share step by steps of my layout for Scrap Matrix using the 7Dots Studio range Hazy Days.

This month the challenge over at Scrap Matrix Shares is to create using 7Dots.


There is so much 7Dots goodness at Scrap Matrix, so get creating and upload your creation to Scrap Matrix Shares to win a store voucher!
You have until the 14th December to enter, and don't forget to let us know in the comments section what 7Dots products you used on your creation.

Here's what I created with some of the Hazy Days Collection:

Yep, my usual bright style!!

Last time I created a more grungy page in earthy tones using this range, so this time I wanted to be different, so colour it is!

I began by coating background paper in clear gesso.

This gives all the paint and mediums something to sit upon, rather than soak into the paper.

I then got out my Prima Watercolours in Tropical, and began adding colours to the background, ensuring there was plenty of water to make the paint run a little.

I kept adding colour until I had a bit of a mess!!

At this point, I got so involved in the process that I forgot to take photos!!

Whoops.  I'll add what I can.

I didn't like the look of the bronze coloured flowers with the rainbow colours, so I changed them up!!
I simply added white gesso and then sprayed with my favourite Dylusions Ink Spray - Polished Jade.

I added a few tags and layers behind my photos, and added cardboard under these to give them height.

I then began to add lots of metal flowers to my background sheet, I glued them on top of the colours.
This is the part I forgot to get photos of. Whoops!

I then painted them in white gesso, and then added colour to some of them (I left a few white), using the Prima Watercolours.

I also added in some white paper flowers that I sprayed with Dylusions Ink Spray, to get strong, vibrant colours.

I also added in some German Scrap, and some smaller flowers which I also coloured myself.
I wanted my flowers to look like they were cascading down the page.

I LOVE that about white flowers - change them to suit your layout.

I added stamping  using the Hazy Days Stamp Set.  I adore those paint flick stamps!!!!

I then added some of the 13 Arts Dried Roots in black - I poked it in and around the flowers.

I then added some word stickers 

When I stood back and looked at my layout, I felt the large flowers which I had coloured with Polished Jade Ink Spray looked like they needed something extra, so I cut down a trim and added these to the centres.

Finally, my journaling.

Here's a few more close-ups of the layout, showing the flower details.

So that's it from me....

I can't wait to see your creations this month using all things 7Dots.

Scrap Matrix Products used:
Liquitex Clear Gesso
Prima Finnabair Sunrise/Sunset Flowers
Large White Roses
Bling trim