Monday, 23 February 2015

Two Little Layouts

Hello crafty peoples!  I have a couple of layouts to share with you all today.  These were created from the Graphic 45 paper collection - "Raining Cats and Dogs".  I thought this year I would branch out and try my hand at creating some layouts in this 8x8 size and also A4....Just for something different.  So guys here are my layouts.....

and here are some of the close ups.  Well readers, would you believe I have drawn a mental blank?!  I always get stuck for words when it comes to describing how I created my projects...but I will do my here goes.  The first layout is of our little princess Tash.  The photo is about wallet size and I have offset it on some scraps leftover from last weeks mini album.  I have used a large doily that I have sprayed with some Tibetan Poppy Teal from Lindy's Stamp Gang and embellished it with some flowers from my kitd and little tags from the paper pad...oh and some bling...every princess needs bling right????

 One of my favourite techniques is distressing the edges with just a pair of scissors and adding a few rolled tears here and there.  I have tucked under some  small scraps to match the layer on the doily.
My second layout is of our newest furbaby... Cosmo.  Again I have used another wallet sized photo.  I have also used black cardstock to mat with.  I wanted to make the papers pop just that little bit more.

I have also used more Lindy's Stamp gang sprays - Red Hot Poker Orange to brighten and blend in some of the little paper blossoms.
...added a little twine to the banner
and I'm not sure if you can see it....but I punched a border and edged it with some Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.

Well readers I did my best.  There really isn't much to tell. I hope you have enjoyed my layouts.  I actually quite enjoyed working on this scale and plan to do a few more.  I do hope you check out the links below to see what other happenings have been going on with Mad About Scrappin and my fellow team mates.

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Art Journalling ....

I don't know why, but this simple little title can fill me with fear and trepidation, but at the same time I am absolutely in love with this form of art and I am just dying to give it a go.  For me, I think it is stepping into the great unknown...there are no boundaries, parameters and there is this sense of complete freedom that I kinda find daunting.  However, this week I took a flying leap of faith and got myself a visual art diary that I endeavour to fill with my artful intentions.

Now peeps believe me, I am NO artist at all...I can't even draw a straight line!! In fact when they were dishing out the art bones I am sure I was off naval gazing somewhere...cause I sure missed out!  So, with that in mind I am sure you can understand why this blank page filled me with a sense of fear and dread....what to fill it with ....the possibilities are limitless, endless....infinite if you have an ounce of talent, but what about the likes of me....who only has a dream, a wish, a hope....

Well I thought how bad could it get....and it is about time that I embraced the imperfections and the stuff ups and just DO IT!!

So here it first dabble into the world of art journalling... please go easy on me guys...I really haven't got a clue how to do this or what I am doing....I am just dabbling... I began by adding a coat of white gesso..

Then I grabbed my pigment inks for Ink It Up and wiped the page with Cotton Candy Pink and Bright Yellow.  I used my crackle back ground stamp and some Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink.....BAD move 'cause, when I sprayed it with Lindy's Stamp Gang Ramblin Rose Pink, the distress ink blurred and started to run.   Lesson learnt!! always ALWAYS  use Stazon
Soooo with lesson in mind I then stamped with my Jet black Stazon and my script background stamp.  Which you can just see in this pic below....You can also see I have added a hand drawn ribbon border and I wanted to add some texture so I peeled a paper napkin apart and layered it onto my page with some mod podge.  It also helped to tone down the bright inks...
Once the mod podge dried I just ripped off the excess.  I then used a stencil and some modelling paste to add even more texture...
From that paper napkin I ripped up, I glued the top layer down ... it was a tea cup with some macaroons.
 I then grabbed a black sharpie and filled out the ribbon border around the edge....
 added some lettering to form my title, some stamping with Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink and I doodled some circles randomly around the outside of the ribbon
 .... I wanted to add some more colour so splattered some Lindy's Stamp Gang Tibetan Poppy Teal to it.
 I have also outlined some of the modelling paste with my black sharpie...
It was at this point that I stopped and stepped away from the page otherwise guys I think I would still be there adding a little bit here and a little bit there.  So there you have first attempt at art journalling.  It was lots of fun and I did enjoy the process and I will be making a few more attemtps but for now,  thanks for joining me today and till next time
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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Bottlecap Charms

Wooo Hooo Guys it is happy hump day down here in my part of the world and today I wanted to share some charms I have been creating.  Last month I received some chain, bottlecaps, lobster claw clasp and some clear cabochons in my creative designer kit from Faith Pocock Craft Studio, and I have spent the last few days having a bit of a play around with them.  This is what I came up with....


 I had such fun creating those charms up there, that I thought I would crochet a couple of little owls as keychains as well - just for a bit of a hooot lol sorry couldn't help myself.... but how caaaa-uuute are they??

The supplies I have used to create the bottlecap charms with are:-

Well readers that's all I have for you today, thanks for stopping by and taking a look, please come and like Faith's Store on Facebook and check out all the latest goodies she has for sale by clicking the links below.

....remember to live your bliss......
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Monday, 16 February 2015

Quick "n" Easy Mini Album

Good morning everyone, welcome to my Monday Mad About Scrappin share and just as the title says it is a quick 'n' easy mini album.  I have used one of these scalloped edged cards that I received in this months kit.
I scored a 1/4 inch spine and then from some cardstock I cut some inner pages.  These pages measured roughly 4"x8".  I folded them in half and then with some crochet cotton I sewed them to the inside of the card.

Once this was done I then matted the whole booklet or mini with some black cardstock.  I then started cutting some mats from the Graphic 45 - Raining Cats and Dogs.  I also printed out some black and white photo's of my sons dogs and cut them to size.  I have alternated each page with a photo and a pocket with tags for journalling.  I was surprised at just how quickly this mini worked up...I had it done in no time at all.  I tried really hard to not over embellish and to keep it "flat" but as you can see by the pics...I wasn't overly successful at doing that :) I have used a Creative Memories tag punch through out and fussy cut the images from the paper collection.  As usual guys here are all the pics...

I hope you have enjoyed my little mini this week. These little mini's would be perfect for holding all your instagram photo's or as a little brag book of your children or grandchildren. I do plan to take this back to the drawing board - or should I say scoring board and re-think this.  I think it needs some room to grow  .... keep an eye out for the revamped or re-thunk version in coming posts....annnnd as always....please check out the links below to see what other happenings have been going on with Mad About Scrappin.

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Monday, 9 February 2015

Just A Few Cards

Good morning everyone, It's Monday down here on my side of the pond and I am back to share my Mad About Scrappin Project Share with you all.  I don't know about you but these Mondays seem to rockin around faster and faster these days.  Today, I just wanted share a few cards with you that I have created using those wonderful Graphic 45 Papers - A Time to Celebrate, and some embellishments from the Mad About Scrappin Store.

I started with some card bases that I received in this months kit....

together with some paper flowers and fancy cardstock frames from previous kits.
There's not much to really tell about these, so once again I will let the pics do most of the talking for me....

 I loved using the ornate lacey frames.  Here I have cut the frame in half and placed either side of the diecut base.
 To create these flowers I have punched them out of some co-ordinating cardstock from my stash and added some tiny seed beads to the centres using Glossy Accents.

Just love these cute little paper flowers.  To co-ordinate them just a little more with the papers, I dry brushed some Tim Holtz Tattered Rose distress ink to the centres.
As you can see these cards go perfectly with my project from last week.    As always thanks for stopping by, I hope you have enjoyed my mini as much as I did creating it.  Please be sure to check out the links below to see what my other creative team mates have been up to...

....remember to live your bliss......
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 PS:...Please come back next week as I show you how I took these card bases and created two little mini albums....