Saturday, February 13, 2016

Brotherly Love - Wonderful! More Than Words Challenge

Hello Bloggers! I'm playing along with the More Than Words challenge this month. The "word" part of the challenge this month is "Wonderful", while the "more" portion is to make your project sparkle.

When I think of the word wonderful, I think of the bond that my three boys share - their love is truly wonderful to me. Full of conflict and complexity, naturally, but also deep, goofy, enduring and beautiful - and I chose to celebrate that on my layout.

I am in love with dark background paper right now, and chose the dark, grungy tones of the Blue Fern Studios "Sanctuary" collection for my sparkly boy layout.

I started off by scraping some heavy gesso over my background, to which I added stencilling. I didn't have just the right colour of paint, so I cracked open a bottle of Liquid Pearls and used that, sprinkling in superfine glitter while it was still wet. I then splattered my background liberally with gold and blue mist to pull out the subtle background colours in the paper.

To continue on with the star motif, which I associate with a more masculine tone, I used the Blue Fern Studios Seeing Stars chipboard set, which I covered with Shimmerz Dazzlerz paint and sprinkled with glitter.

For a grounding, metallic influence, I heat embossed one of the Mixed Chains chippies in Midnight Copper and then dry brushed on some gesso.

I balanced all of the sparkle with some grungier elements: metals, cork and corrugated cardboard.

Even though it's a boy layout, I couldn't resist adding some flowers, but mixed in some metal and cork elements to help to integrate them to the rest of the layout. I love these Prima Winthrop vines - I think I bought them in every colour!

I had a lot of fun playing along with More Than Words, and can't wait for their March challenge!

Supplies Used:

Blue Fern Studios

Sanctuary Paper Collection:
- Correspondence
- Meadows of Time

Paisley & Vine Paper Collection:
- Playing Cards

Montage Collection: 
- Now And Then

- Mixed Chains
- Seeing Stars

Prima Marketing Inc.

- Winthrop Flowers: Amethyst
- Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets: Roman Numerals
- Epiphany: Cork Stickers
- Paperclips: Something Blue
- Junkyard Findings: Industrial Lamps
- Art Sugar
- Heavy Gesso: White
- Stencil: Stars
- Color Bloom Spray: Gold Foil, Antique Gold, Deep Teal, Soft Teal


- Shimmerz Dazzlerz: Gummy Beary Blue
 - Lindy's Stamp Gang Embossing Powder: Midnight Copper
- Liquid Pearls: Majestic Purple


Di Garling said...

First of all I have to say how much I love that photo, it sure is wonderful. Awesome layout and brilliant take on our challenge. Thanks so much for playing along with us at More Than Words.

Nicole Doiron said...

What a wonderful photo and a gorgeous layout! Truly love it! Thank you for playing along with us at More Than Words!

Helen Hapsi said...

Great page and looovely photo of your boys, what a sweet hug !!! I really like all those little sparkly details too !!Thank you for playing along with us at More than Words !!

Valerie Ouellet said...

Oh fabulous!! I love this page! Thank you for your participation to more than words challenge.

Valerie Ouellet said...

Oh fabulous!! I love this page! Thank you for your participation to more than words challenge.

Heather McMahon said...

Oh my - this is a stunning layout and a fantastic photo! Thanks for playing along at More Than Words this month.

Rachael Funnell said...

WOW! This layout is GORGEOUS... Thanks for joining us our February Challenge over @ More Than Words....

langeatheart said...

Awesome page! Love how you added the glitter to your layout. Love that adorable photo! Well done! All the best from More Than Words! :)

Mona Pendleton said...

Wonderful layout! Love all the shimmery details! Thanks for joining along with the MTWC. Please feel free to check out my sample for the challenge:

Arantzazu said...

So so cute page!!
And Love the layers and shiny details!
Thanks for playing with us at More Than Words!

Valia Katzaki said...

Such an amazing layout! And the photo is os precious! Thank you for playing with us @ More than Words!