Monday, September 18, 2017

Perfection

Happy Monday everyone!!

Well school holidays are finally here, and I have to say I am enjoying a few days of unwinding and getting creative.  I did this layout a few weeks ago, but haven't shared it yet as I have been very very busy.....

Anyway, here it is.  I used 49 and Market Papers, Distress Oxide Inks and chipboard to created lots of layers and texture.

I love the way the Blue Fern Studio Treasured Floral Frame really draws the eye to the photo of my cheeky monkey.  All I had to do was emboss it with Blue Fern Studio Embossing Powder and it was perfect.
You can find it here in the Scrap Matrix Store.


I did some fussy cutting to get the bollard and bird embellishments, and just added some random flowers in coordinating colours.  To add some extra texture, I used some of this gorgeous 13 Arts Ecru in White.


You can find it in the Scrap Matrix store, here - you can get it in a variety of colours too!

Here are some close ups.



Thank you so much for popping by my blog - I hope you have a lovely week.
xx


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Hazy Days Love


Happy Sunday Everyone!

How has your Father's Day been treating you?  My day has been pretty quiet, my boy went to spend the day with his Dad, and my gorgeous man went to work this morning, and then spent the afternoon chillaxing.

I do have another layout to share with you.  Once again, I have been playing with the gorgeously grungy 7 Dots Studio Hazy Days collection.

This is what I did:




First of all, I gave my background a quick coat of clear gesso.  I then used some texture paste and the ever so cool 13 Arts Stencil "His Time" - adding it across the page and in the bottom right hand corner.  I used some Lindy's Stamp Gang Cattail Copper Brown to add some colour to the texture paste, spraying it with water and drying it to add some depth to the colour. Finally, I used the Hazy Days Stamp set to stamp some blue splats onto my background.

I then decided to use some of this Finnabair Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance Wax in Red Amber so I gently rubbed it over the raised bits of the texture paste.  I love how it turned out.  You can see it here peaking out from under these layers.



I painted some Dusty Attic Pipework Chipboard silver, and some Dusty Attic Corner Cogs brown, then I used some Rusting powder on the cogs to add texture and a Rust colour to my chipboard.  You can see the smaller cog on the left in this picture to see how it turned out.


I backed my photo with a lot of tags, and stickers and elements from the Hazy Days collection, then adhered my photo over the top of the cog corners.

Finally, I added a few Prima Mechanicals - Steampunk Gears, Washers and Hearts to finish everything off.




That's it from me for this evening.  Hope you all have a fabulous week.

xxxx


All of the following products I have used are available at Scrap Matrix:

7 Dots Studio "Hazy Days" Collection. 12x12 Tags and Zip









Thursday, August 24, 2017

Some Exciting News!!!


Hi Everyone,

Yes yes I know I have been very quite in Blogland, but I can pretty much guarantee I will be making more of an effort to post my  creations.

I have some very exciting news.....




I was one of the lucky girls to be selected for the first ever Scrap Matrix Design Team!!  To say I was excited was an understatement.  I think I spent the first 24 hours grinning stupidly from ear to ear.
I just feel so lucky to be a part of an awesome team of creative talent, and to be creating for such a lovely boss lady, with such gorgeous products.....

So, anyway....
While I am here I thought I'd share one of my latest creations.  I have used the beautiful 7 Dots Studio Hazy Days collection, which can be found in the Scrap Matrix Shop here.


I love the way this turned out.  I used Lindy Stamp Gang Sprays (in Cattail Copper Brown and Shabby Turbine Teal) and Some Distress Ink (Blueprint Sketch) on my background.  The edges were distressed with some Distress Oxide Ink in Vintage photo.  (Who doesn't love those awesome Distress Oxides?)  The Chipboard I painted in some Dusty Attic Chocolate Brown paint - then I used some Dusty Attic Rusting Powder to give a gorgeous rusted, worn look to the cog and steampunk chipboard.   I added some rusty Prima Mechanicals (also found at Scrap Matrix) to keep that grungy cog look flowing.

These awesome letter stickers by Tim Holtz were used in my title, and scattered around on the background as well (something I do often just to add a bit of extra texture and interest.)  I was getting a bit desperate because I was running low on my stock, but now I've discovered Scrap Matrix stocks them I will be popping them in my order next time...hehe.


Anyway folks thats all from me tonight, it is getting late and I have a big day tomorrow at work.  Happy scrapping on the weekend xx

Monique




Tuesday, June 27, 2017

More Than Words Challenge

Good Morning Scrappy Peeps!

I know I have been absent in blog land again for over a year.  There IS a very good reason for it - I went back to full time teaching, which I LOVE LOVE LOVE.....  But, unfortunately, it has left very little time to create, much less blog about it.

So now the holidays are upon us, I have been spending more time being creative (BLISS!)
I needed some inspiration, so I went over to the More Than Words Challenge site - I challenge site I have been stalking for quite some time, but just didn't have the time to do any of the challenges until now.

So - the word inspiration for this month's challenge was "Father" and the creative inspiration was "Steampunk."

This is what I came up with:























Now, for those of you that have been following me for a while will know that the man in the photo is not my son's natural father.  His father and I separated over three years ago.  Since then, I have met a wonderful man who has taken on all the challenges of parenting a child with ASD with me.  He treats him like his own son, and supports us both in every way possible.  He is a fantastic role model and really, I couldn't have hoped for a better "father figure" for my son.  Connor still has a relationship with his father, which I would never try to stop, but it is a relief for me to know that he also has another man in his life who is kind, caring, loving, respectful and hardworking.

I didn't directly use the word "Father" in my title, but the inspiration is there, with the subtitle and title "It's not DNA that makes an Awesome Dad"   Pretty much sums it up really.  As you can see, I have use lots of cogs, bulbs and metals in keeping with the Steampunk Theme.  I have used a mixture of Kaisercraft and 7 Dots Studio paper, with dimension added through the use of Colour Blast Colour Paste in Stormy Sky, and some Colour Blast Shimmer Spray in Stormy Sky and Lindy Stamp Gang's Ink Sprays.  I have Embossed some Blue Fern Studio chipboard in Blue Fern Embossing Powder (Ginger) as well as a sprinkle of Colour Blast Embossing Powder in Coffee.   I also added some Imaginesce Chevron chipboard which I had covered in Dusty Attic Rusting Powder.  I raided my metal trinkets stash to find some cogs, bulbs, keys etc to add and voila! One Steampunk themed layout created!

Thank you for popping by, folks, hope you enjoyed my shares.

Monique
xx


Monday, May 23, 2016

A "Just Because" Layout - "Enjoy The Sunshine"

I just adore scrapping "just because" layouts.  It's when I get a chance to use mediums that I might want to try, or techniques that I want to experiment with, or even goodies I've been dying to play with.
"Enjoy The Sunshine" is exactly that.  I had so much fun just sitting down and playing.
This is what I did:




On this layout, I was keen to try out my new Dusty Attic "Waves" Stencil,  so I used some Colour Blast Colour Paste in Snow to apply the "waves" to the Pion Design "Shoreline Treasures" paper.  I really wanted to create a foamy "white cap" look.  You can get the Dusty Attic "Waves" stencil and the Colour Blast Colour Paste from Studio M Designs here.

 I completed the background by using a Prima stencil and stencilling some "bubbles" onto the background with some texture paste mixed with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals.  Then I splattered the background with some Lindy's Stamp Gang mist in Sandra Dee Sepia and Aloha Avocado.  Then I blended some blue into the background with some watercolours - just to give the layout a watery "under the sea" look.

 I also wanted to use a Dusty Attic "Fishnet" chipboard piece.  All I did with that was stamp some embossing glue on it, and embossed it with some Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder.  I was really trying to blend in the background colours of the paper, and give a "fish net" look to the paper.


Other Dusty Attic chipboard - the Shells and Seahorses - where painted in ombre tones.  To achieve this, I painted the base of the chipboard in the darkest shade, then kept adding white and blending it in as I went higher.  I finished the chipboard off by sprinkling some glitter on to it.

Here are some close ups:






I cut some diecuts with the Kaisercraft "Seagrass" die and painted the white yardstick in greens to blend into the layout.  I put the whole layout together with some flowers, and some Prima Glass Glitter.

Hope you enjoy your week folks, thank you for stopping by my blog
xx



Tuesday, May 17, 2016

I Have a Confession.....

Like most of us, I am my own worst critic.  Sometimes I HATE what I do creatively.  Most of the time I leave a layout to sit for a few days, and I keep revisiting it, analysing it, trying to find ways to improve it.  There are times when layouts just don't "look" right.  They don't look balanced, the colours seem off....whatever it is, I am not happy until I have one final fiddle to fix it.

One such layout was this one:



Now, don't get me wrong, I loved MOST of what I'd done.  LOVED the background work.....  Even liked it enough to blog about it.  But in my view there was something not right about it....

So I kept it aside, just looking at it every now and then....  worked on something else...  Then I figured it out.  Just to be sure, I consulted with a couple of very talented scrappy friends of mine (Michelle Grant)

Anyway, this is what I did to "fix" it.


What do you think?  Can you see what I've done?
In the end, I decided I wasn't happy with the balance of the photo mat, and I didn't like the way the title blended into the background.  So I got more of the Blue Fern Sudios Number chipboard, and coloured it the same what I coloured the other, then placed it under and above the photos - effectively matting the photos with the chipboard.  I then moved the title down to the bottom right corner.

What do you think?
What do you do when you aren't happy with a layout?

Thank you so much for popping by today - will be back in a few days with another share
xx

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Be Yourself

Good morning everyone - Happy Sunday!!
Thank you for stopping by.  Today I am sharing another layout I have done using 7 Dots Studio Papers - this time it is the gorgeous "Nature Walk" collection.  I always know when I truly adore a range when I just about run out of the papers.  That's the case with this, I think I've done about 4 layouts with this range, and every single one is different - such is the versatility of the range.



The photo is of my stunning niece Paige.  She is such a beautiful soul, sweet, loving, kind - with just the right mix of cheekiness.  Such a unique young lady.  Hence the title "Be Yourself"  My journalling is "Your are amazing just the way you are."

I did my background with a bit of Gesso, then used some Lindy's Stamp Gang Inks to add some colour.  I used Hibiscus Rose, Time Traveller's Teal and I'm Late I'm Late Slate.  Then I did some stencilling with some Colour Blast Colour Paste in Stormy Weather and Bling.  The Colour Blast Colour Paste in Bling would have to be one of my favourite colours.  It is SO golden and shimmery, just divine.....

Finally I used a few stamps to stamp across the "T Zone" of my photo background.  From memory I think they were a Kaisercraft Texture Grid stamp, a Prima Coffee Stain stamp and an Indigo Blue stitch type stamp.



This gold butterfly I created by smearing a very thin layer of the Colour Blast Colour Paste in Glitz over a piece of cardstock.  I waited until it was very dry then I ran it through my Sizzix with a butterfly die.  It is REALLY important to smear the paste thinly and to wait until it is completely dry before using a die, or the card will stick to the die and tear.   Believe me, I had a couple of mishaps before I finally got it right - LOL.  Good think I am persistent.  Hehe.



The black swirls at the top left of the photo is from a Manor House Creations Frame.  I also simply stamped some Blue Fern Studios Chipboard in some Black Memento Ink to provide some nice dark anchors for the photo.
I then finished the layout off with some lovely flowers in pink, teal and grey.

That's it for today - hope you have a lovely day.
xx