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