Thursday, August 11, 2016

Two Cards - August Limited Edition Kit from My Creative Scrapbook

I'm back today to share two cards I created with the My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition kit. This month the kit featured two cut apart papers, one from Graphic 45 and one from Blue Fern Studios. With these papers, I like to cut them apart as soon as I start working with the kit, as it gives me lots of little bits for layering on layouts and for making cards and tags (which I generally assemble while the media on my layouts are drying).

For my first card, I started with the packaging from the Blue Fern Studios chipboard included in the kit, as I love subtle pattern on all the BFS packaging. The piece with the nest was cut from the G45 June Cut Apart sheet, and I wanted to pair it with the adorable little chipboard birds from the Maggie Holmes Bloom chipboard sheet, however the quote printed on the paper was not the sentiment I was after for my card. I covered it up with one of the Calling Cards from the Attic Charm collection, mounted on some cardboard to give it dimension. I edged everything in gold mist, and added some trim from the kit and fussy cut flowers from the G45 June Flourish paper to tie all the layers together.

For the second card, I started with one of the Attic Charm Calling Cards. I wanted to preserve the image of the banister and bird at the bottom left, so I placed my cluster more toward the top right. I added gold mist in splatters and around all the edges, and layered on one of the Heidi Swapp frames from the kit, and the sparkly hearts from the Bloom chipboard sheet, and finished it off with some trim, one of the Sophia roses and a quote from the Calling Cards. 

 Just a quick post today, but thank you for stopping by to check it out nevertheless! If you haven't yet, be sure to stop by the My Creative Scrapbook store to check out all the fabulous August kits on offer.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Sonoma - My Creative Scrapbook August Limited Edition Kit

Good morning, Bloggers, and happy Monday! Today I'm sharing my third layout with the stunning My Creative Scrapbook August Limited Edition kit, featuring another photo from Evan and my recent trip to California, this time at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery (no kids, sun, wine - don't we look relaxed?).

I started by adding a coat of clear gesso to the Blue Fern Studios Generation paper, then added white crackle paste through a harlequin stencil, and added shading with grey and green Gelatos and a waterbrush once that was dry.

To frame my page and add some extra dimension, I added torn strips of paper left over from other projects with this kit.

The chipboard frames and elements and roses included in the kit are perfect for layering.

I cut strips of words from the Graphic 45 June Cut Apart paper and tucked those in amongst the chipboard frames for some added interest.

If you haven't picked up your August kit yet, be sure to stop by the My Creative Scrapbook store to check out not only the Limited Edition kit, but the other amazing August kits.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope it's the start of a marvelous week.

Kit Supplies Used:
- Blue Fern Studios Attic Charm papers: Generation, Foyer
- Graphic 45 Time To Flourish papers: June Cut Apart, June Flourish
- Heidi Swapp Photo Frames Chipboard
- Maggie Holmes Bloom Chipboard
- Blue Fern Studios flowers: Attic Charm Glitter Roses
- Prima flowers: Garden Fable Perrinial
- Doodlebug Designs alphas: Love Letters

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Wine - August My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition Kit

Hi there! I'm back today with my second layout with the gorgeous My Creative Scrapbook August Limited Edition Kit.

In early July Evan and I got away for 9 days without our kids for a much-needed getaway, and we headed down to California, spending a couple of days in LA before heading up to wine country. Three days of wine tasting was about as much as Evan, who isn't a big drinker, could handle, but I was in heaven.

This picture was the tasting set up at St. Clair-Brown winery, our favourite of the wineries we visited, and I knew I wanted to include it on a scrapbook layout. And the soft, vintage colours of the Attic Charm papers from Blue Fern Studios included in the kit were the perfect complement.

The Blue Fern Studios Mandala Frame is a gorgeous accent piece. To create a rustic, gilded look, I started by priming it with white gesso, then added misting to select spots (letting the gesso show through) with two colours of gold spray to give it some shading. To help it stand apart from the background more, I then edged it with a gold leafing pen for a gilded look, and finished it off with some wine-coloured splatters.

The kit contains a set of Metal Trinkets and Alphas by Prima, which I altered to make my title. I started by brushing some white gesso across the piece using my finger so that it worked into some of the nooks and crannies but still left some contrast in the deep recesses. I then brushed the gesso off the raised areas. Once that was dried, I misted the pieces from a distance with gold spray. To give it the illusion of vines and grape clusters, I coloured selected areas with Gelatos applied with a water brush, then applied the alpha stickers.

For the fifth metal trinket, I fussy cut the clock from the Calling Card paper, and created a domed covering for it similar to that on the alphas using Glossy Accents.

I added splatters to the background with various mists and Gelatos mixed with water. To create the layers I fussy cut the flowers and clock from the packaging for the Blue Fern Studios flowers, and fussy cut the decorative strip from the Curio paper, and mounted the strip onto cardboard for some added dimension. I dry-brushed white gesso over the chipboard banner from the Maggie Holmes Bloom chipboard sheet in the kit to tone it down a little before layering it over the Mandala Frame.

 The rolled Prima roses from the kit are perfect for clusters, and lay beautifully on their sides. And look at the gorgeous shine on the Attic Charm Glitter Roses!

 I happened to be scrapping this layout on the deck at my in-laws' rustic ocean-front cabin, and as I was working some dried lichen blew across the table, so I saved it and included it in my cluster.

 Thank you for stopping by today! If you haven't picked up your kit yet, be sure to head over to My Creative Scrapbook and become a subscriber so you never miss a kit again.

Kit Supplies Used:

 - Blue Fern Studios Attic Charm papers: Mercantile, Curio, Calling Cards
- Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Mandala Frame
- Prima Timeless Memories: Metal Trinkets & Alphas
- Blue Fern Studios flowers: Attic Charm Glitter Roses (and packaging)
- Prima flowers: Garden Fable - Perrinial, Sophia
- Maggie Holmes Bloom chipboard

Friday, August 5, 2016

My Creative Scrapbook August Limited Edition Kit

I am honoured to have been asked to be a Guest Designer for My Creative Scrapbook with their gorgeous Limited Edition kits. This month’s kit features the beautiful papers from Blue Fern Studios’ Attic Charm collection (and if you’ve followed my blog for awhile, you know I have a soft spot for Blue Fern) and Graphic 45’s Time To Flourish collection, along with gorgeous flowers from Prima and Blue Fern Studios, and chipboard from Blue Fern, Maggie Holmes and Heidi Swapp.

For my first layout, I wanted to achieve a fun theme to go with the picture of two of my boys jumping on the beach. Motivated by the chipboard pinwheels, I set out to create pinwheels of my own with some G45 paper (the larger of the two measures 2x2” and the smaller 1.5x1.5”) to use as accents.

I started with some background work. First, I coated the entire page in clear gesso to allow myself more control with the media I would apply later on. I scraped heavy white gesso in certain spots using a palette knife. Once that was dry, I added stencilling with white crackle paste, which I allowed to dry before brushing over some of the gold spray from the kit using a wet paintbrush to dilute it. I also brushed the gold spray around the edges, adding a darker gold colour from my stash closer to the edge.

To bring in the blue from the picture, I painted through a stencil using Gelatos, then added paper strips, a decorative straw, drywall tape, trim from the kit (cut in half for a ragged edge) and stamping to complete the background.

One of the first things I did when I received the kit was to cut apart the G45 June Cut Apart and BFS Calling Cards papers so that I would have lots of little bits for layering (I edged these with different colours of Gelatos for this layout to give them definition). I fussy cut the blue flowers and roses from the G45 papers, and layered those in along with some cheesecloth and the pinwheels I'd made earlier. 

The rolled roses from Prima included in this kit are great for tucking into clusters, as they do equally well on their sides.

The Maggie Holmes Bloom chipboard is great for layering - I used it for the centres of all of my pinwheels and to tuck in to my clusters.

If you aren't already a My Creative Scrapbooker subscriber, head on over to the website to check out not only this month's kits, but also past kits - you won't be disappointed!

Thank you for stopping by today! I have more Limited Edition kit projects to share with you over the coming weeks.

Kit Supplies Used

- Blue Fern Studios Attic Charm papers: Sachet, Calling Cards
- Graphic 45 Time To Flourish papers: June Flourish, June Cut Apart
- Maggie Holmes Bloom chipboard
- Heidi Swapp mist: Gold Lame
- Trim
- Blue Fern Studios flowers: Attic Charm Glitter Roses
- Prima flowers: Garden Fable - Perrinial
- Doodlebug Designs alphas: Love Letters

Monday, July 25, 2016

Dragon canvas

Good morning! Today I'm sharing a canvas made with Sculpey clay and lots of mixed media goodies. I was inspired to try using Sculpey clay after watching Gabrielle Pollacco's video for her octopus canvas. After pinning a number of clay dragons and a clay dragon tutorial on Pinterest (you can see my board here), I was ready to give it a try. I'm not much for trying something easy and then building up to what I want to do, so I jumped right in with both feet, and am pretty happy with the results.

I wanted the dragon to wrap around the canvas, so I started with an armature of aluminum foil (a scaffold to build his head/torso and tail/leg around) and built the dragon around that so that he would keep his shape. I moulded him around the shape of the canvas and the heart clasped in his hands, and baked the canvas and resin heart with the clay so that the sculpture would maintain its shape).

I brushed antique gold PearlEx powder on the clay before baking, then added the colouring to the scales and wings using Art Alchemy paints once it had cooled.

A couple closeups:

To create a deeper red for the heart, I mixed Artisan Powder into the Royal Red paint.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:

- Sculpey clay
- Prima Artisan Powder: Parthenay, Vausseroux
- PearlEx: Antique Gold
- Prima Art Ingredients Mica Powder: Tangerine, Summer Sky
- Prima Art Alchemy Opal Magic: Violet-Green, Yellow-Blue
- Prima Art Alchemy Métallique: Royal Red, Silver Spoon, Light Patina
- Prima Relics and Artifacts: Chivalry
- Prima Vintage Vanity A4 Paper Pack
- Liquitex Ceramic Stucco, White Gesso
- Prima Stencils: Rock Wall, Roses
- Prima Louviere Chains
- Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays: I'm Late I'm Late Slate, Gregarious Grey, 
Autumn Maple Crimson
- Prima Color Bloom Sprays: Berry Wine, Boysenberry, Tea Stain, Cobalt
Inka Gold: Graphite, Gold
- Blue Fern Studios: Mini Rings Panel, Jeweled Page Baubles
- Prima Flowers: Le Mia - White, Lifetime - Green
- Lindy's Stamp Gang: Midnight Copper
- Viva Pearl Pen - Copper

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Prima June PPP

Hey Bloggers, what's up? Here in our corner of the world, the kids finished school and are on summer vacation as of yesterday, and their baseball season just wrappe up, which means that as a family we are about to go from our most frenetic time of the year into our most peaceful. I can't wait!

So far creatively, this month has been about coaches and teachers cards, but I have managed a little "just for fun" scrappy time to play along with Prima's June PPP. I was originally a little stumped by the palette; as you may be able to imagine, as the mom of 3 boys, pink isn't a staple in my scrapping stash. But hey, isn't that what paint (in all its various permutations) is for? Called in to help were Color Bloom sprays, Chalkboard Paints, and Art Alchemy paints.

Some closeups:

Here is the PPP for this month:

Prima Supplies Used:

French Riviera: Journees De Reves et Aventures
Timeless Memories: Spirited

Gesso: White, Clear
Color Bloom Sprays: Cobalt & Summer Sky (mixed), Soft Teal, Dark Teal
Chalkboard Paint: Sea Breeze, Antique Pink
Modeling Paste
3D Gloss Gel
Art Alchemy Métallique Paint: Light Patina, Brass Hardware

Stamps and Stencils
12x12 Woodgrain stencil
Stitches Stamps: Lines, Circles

Cameo Roses: Poppyfield

Bedtime Stories Say It In Crystals

Monday, June 13, 2016

Birthday card

Happy Monday! We had another busy weekend here, culminating in a birthday party for my nephew and stepmom last night.

Here is the card I made her. I absolutely love poppies, and the Bloom Girls poppy stamps have been sitting unused in my stash for way too long. 

I stamped the images on watercolor paper, and colored them in using a red and a black Gelato with a waterbrush, layering on the colors to add shading and highlights. The images were then fussy cut and layered with foam tape over a painted chipboard circle on Prima Royal Menagerie papers.

For the finishing touch, I edged the paper layers with gold leafing pen.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Products Used:

Bloom Collection: Floral Stamp
Metallique Paint: Light Patina
Royal Menagerie paper: Penny For Your Thoughts

 Faber-Castell Gelatos
Krylon Gold Leafing Pen