Friday, November 11, 2016

Video Tutorial - Altered Wine Canister for My Creative Scrapbook

I'm up on the My Creative Scrapbook blog today with a start-to-finish video tutorial on how I converted a S'well water bottle cylinder into a wine bottle canister for a housewarming gift using the November Limited Edition kit.

Here's a preview of the completed project:

And the video, which includes instructions on how to make your own vine from the flowers in the kit:

A couple closeups of the project:

Gosh I love those beautiful Blue Fern Studios poppies!

And one more of the completed project.

Thanks for stopping in today! Be sure to visit the My Creative Scrapbook store to check out the available kits, and visit the blog to find inspiration, including loads of tutorials, from the talented design team.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

My Creative Scrapbook - I Like Big Trucks (And I Cannot Lie)

I'm back today with my third project with the glorious November My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition kit.

The Tale of Treasures paper has gorgeous subtle blue patterning which I built on with some stenciling. To get a subtle blue, I mixed two colours of Dazzlerz with clear crackle paste, and sprinkled clear glitter on top. For a little added definition, I traced the outline of the damask pattern with a grey Aquarelle pencil and blended it into the background with water.

To create a masculine look I used corrugated cardboard, and diecut then dry embossed some gears out of Kraft Glassine, which I distressed with blue and gold paints.

I added a couple rustic handmade blooms made from kraft glassine and burlap, and diecut some vines from green cardstock.

I love the fussy-cuttable images on the Blue Fern papers, and had cut out this pocket watch with a bird inside from one of the calling cards to use on a project. I also tucked one of the metal Prima trinkets into the cluster.

I painted the canvas Thickers from the kit with mists to colour match them to my picture as a final touch.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Products Used:

From the Kit:
- Blue Fern Studios Memoires collection: Tale of Treasures
- Trim
- Thickers DIY: Ali
- Prima Vintage Trinkets

From My Stash:
- Corrugated cardboard
- The Crafter's Workshop 12x12 Damask stencil
- Shimmerz Dazzlerz: Sea U in the Mornin', Spun Sugar
- Prima Crackle Paste: Clear
- Gesso: White
- Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine
- Prima Metallique paint: Light Patina
- Inka Gold: Gold
- Tattered Angels Chalkboard spray: Cherry Cola & Apricot Nectar
- Shimmerz Inklingz: Me & Blue, Brass Knuckles
- Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
- Faber-Castell Aquarelle pencils
- Stampendous Crystal Glitter Ultra Fine

Monday, November 7, 2016

My Creative Scrapbook - Thank You Box

My Creative Scrapbook's November kits are on sale now, and I had the pleasure of guest designing with the Limited Edition kit once again this month. Today I'm sharing an altered Thanksgiving box made with supplies from the LE kit and a couple stamps - the perfect little box for some chocolates or another similar treat for a hostess gift.

To give you some perspective on the size of the box, it is an iPhone 5 box. I topped it with a step card accented with burlap and some Tim Holtz pumpkins and wheat stamp on some of the Blue Fern Studios Memoires paper from the kit and coloured in with Gelatos.

To trim the front of my box I cut one of the Blue Fern Studios Lace Rounds in half and heat embossed it with aged gold embossing enamel and mounted it with one of the Prima metal trinkets from the kit.

I love these Blue Fern Studios flowers, especially the poppy-style ones. To add to the rustic feel I hand cut some leaves from burlap and tucked them into the flower cluster.

I coloured the canvas Thickers from the kit with yellow mist, and finished the whole project off with some splatters of white paint.

Thank you for stopping in today! If you haven't picked up your November kit yet, please be sure to visit the My Creative Scrapbook store, and for tons more inspiration, check out the blog.

Kit Products Used:

Blue Fern Studios Memoires collection: Photographic record, Grand Sequel
Trims from kit (both)
Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Lace Rounds
Prima Vintage Trinkets
Blue Fern Studios flowers: Memoires
Thickers DIY - Ali

From My Stash:

Tim Holtz stamps: Mini Blueprints 5, Halloween Blueprints 2
Faber-Castell Gelatos
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Stampendous Aged Embossing Enamel: Gold
Liquid Pearls: Hot Cocoa
13 Arts Splash! Ink: White
Prima Color Bloom spray: Yellow Mustard

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Remember When - My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition Kit

It's reveal day at My Creative Scrapbook, and I am happy to have been asked to guest design with the Limited Edition kit again this month.

It's no secret that I love Blue Fern Studios papers and chipboard, so I was very excited to get this kit, which is packed full of the Memoires paper collection, Blue Fern Studios flowers (which are quickly becoming a favourite!) and lots of chipboard.

For my first layout, I scrapped a photo of my three boys on a hike for their dad's birthday in May of this year. It can be a real challenge to get a photo where all three are smiling, looking at the camera and have their eyes open, so I cherish the photos that work out.

To start I coated both sides of the background paper with clear gesso. Blue Fern papers are nice and thick and stand up well to mixed media as is, but I find that reinforcing the paper on both sides with gesso has two benefits; it reduces warping dramatically when working with water or wet media and it prevents your media soaking into the paper, which makes it easier to move around on your background (or to sop up with a paper towel with a minimum of mess if you make a mistake).

I started by adding some stencilling with an alphabet stencil to the background with light modelling paste for a subtle effect that would absorb rather than resist the mediums I would add later (you can see  the stencilling in the photo above). I then added my paper layers and painted on some shades of blue using mists.

I cut the birdhouse flourish chipboard apart into four pieces that I could layer in each of the three clusters on the page, and painted it simply with gold mist.

Have I mentioned how much I love these flowers? I dabbed a bit of white gesso on them, then covered my photo with some scraps and splattered the completed page with red mist and opaque white paint.

Thank you for stopping by today! If you haven't yet picked up your Limited Edition kit, or if you want to see the other three November kits on sale now, please stop by My Creative Scrapbook.

Products Used:

Blue Fern Studios Memoires collection: Remember When, Grand Sequel, Calling Cards
Blue Fern Studios Tranquil Blooms
Chipboard birdcage

From my stash:

Tim Holtz stencil
Light Modeling Paste
Prima Color Bloom sprays: Gold Foil, Soft Teal, Poppy Field, Deep Teal
EK Success Punch
Archival Ink - Jet Black
Prima stamp
White gesso

My Creative Scrapbook - November Limited Edition Kit Reveal

Happy weekend, Bloggers! At this time of year I get irrationally excited for the time change, and that elusive extra hour of sleep. I say irrational, because as I'm sure other parents know, when you have little kids no one is going to get to take advantage of that extra hour of shut eye.

I can console myself with some other excitement happening this weekend, though: it's kit reveal day at My Creative Scrapbook today. I had the pleasure of guest designing with the Limited Edition kit again this month, and I have to tell you, it's a favourite of mine, with Blue Fern Studios Memoires papers and flowers, Prima flowers and several beautiful chipboard pieces.

I look forward to sharing my full projects with the kit, but in the meantime, here are some sneaks to wet your whistle.

Be sure to check out the My Creative Scrapbook store for available kits.

Have a great weekend - I hope you get that extra hour of sleep!

Monday, October 31, 2016

More Than Words October Challenge

Happy Halloween everyone! I'm playing along with the More Than Words October Challenge. This month's word is "Change", and the "more" part of the challenge is "Ombre".

When looking through my stack of photos to choose one for this project, I came upon this picture of two of my boys running into the Aegean sea, and the Jimmy Buffett song "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes" sprang into my head; I knew I had my photo!

I created an ombre effect on several parts of my layout, with some turning out more dramatic than others. I extended both the green, blue and sand colours out from my photo using various Shimmerz watercolour paints, tapering the blue and gold out to a translucent edge for a subtle ombre effect.

For the bubbles I wanted a more dramatic ombre effect. I started by stamping the bubbles with a Prima stamp, then added three colours of Gelatos inside each one for a tapering of colour before finishing them off with some dry-brushed gesso. I added splatters to the background using Shimmerz Inklingz; I love to use dry watercolour pucks for this as I can add less water for more textural drops that aren't lost in the background colours. The Webster's Pages sequins added just the right sparkle and visual interest to keep things from being too two dimensional.

The Blue Fern Studios Swirlydoodle chippy was painted with white gesso topped with gold Shimmerz paint and chunky glitter; to help it stand out and to echo the outlines of the bubbles, I outlined it using a black Stamper's Big Brush pen.

I splattered the white Prima Winthrop vines with the same colours I used on the background and added some white gesso to the leaves to help integrate them with the rest of the page. The chippy star is painted with Prima Metallique paint in Ancient coin. To achieve a sandy look under the cluster, I added Ceramic Stucco to the page, and coloured it with some Color Bloom spray before pressing green and blue glass microbeads into the wet medium. I glued the shells in once everything was dry.

For a pop of colour, I used some yellow mesh trim upcycled from the wrapper of a Costco bouquet, and finished everything off with the "Joy" chippy coated in Aged Aqua Embossing Enamel, as the sentiment sums up pretty well the emotion my boys were feeling frolicking in the Aegean.

Here is the graphic for the More Than Words challenge (click on the graphic to be directed to the challenge post):

Thank you for stopping by today!

Products Used:

Blue Fern Studios Serendipity: Contemplation
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard: Swirlydoodle, Seaside Seashells, Good Vibes
Prima Métallique: Ancient Coin
Prima Flowers: Winthrop Vine - White
Webster's Pages: Party Time Sequins
Faber-Castell Gelatos
Prima Stamps: Don't Forget to Fly
Super Heavy Gesso
Prima Micro Beads: Splash, Grass
Prima Color Bloom: Tea Stain
Shimmerz Inklingz: French Twist, Giddy About Green, Me & Blue
Shimmerz Texturez: Artie-Choked
Shimmerz Blingz: Gold Glimmer
Shimmerz Shimmerz: Butter Cream, Tickle Me Turquoise, Sky Blue
Fancy Pants: Memories Captured Alphas
Stampendous: Aged Aqua Embossing Enamel
13 Arts: Splash Ink - White
Ceramic Stucco

Friday, October 21, 2016

Birthday Card - Throwback to My Creative Scrapbook September LE kit

Today's post is a throwback to last month's My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition kit. I love the Prima Rossi Belle collection, with its amazingly fussy-cuttable pages and versatile chipboard bits, and I love how well the collection paired with Prima Rust paste for a weather-beaten look. I revisited the combination for a birthday card for my great-aunt, who is turning 65.

Some closeups: 

I started with some stenciling with super heavy gesso, then went back in with some blue paint, rust pastes and finally with some gold spray from the kit.

I love all the fussy-cuttable elements in this collection; here I outlined my fussy cut piece with a black india ink pen to give it definition and to help separate it from the images on the background paper.

 Thanks for stopping by today!