Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Quick Birthday Card

Welcome back!
Today's post is a short one about the quick creation of a birthday card.
I needed a quick card to send in a care package that would be heading off to 
my son at university.


I grabbed my Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink pad and Sprayer.
I applied some ink to my splat mat and sprayed it with some water.

I laid my watercolour paper in the ink then gave the ink a blast of canned air.
I love this splatter effect! I repeated this technique a few times until I was happy with it.

My focal point - the birthday hat - is the from the 2015 STAMPtember Blueprint Set.
I stamped it with Archival Ink on watercolour paper & coloured it with Distress Markers.

I stamped the image on my card base before layering the coloured birthday hat over it with
dimensional foam.

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Friday, 8 September 2017

Stamptember Blog Hop with Scrap 'N Stamp

Welcome back! I am so excited to be back as a guest designer for 
Scrap N Stamp's September Blog Hop.

This month Scrap N Stamp is featuring
The Postage Strip Die from Memory Box.
This is such a fabulous and versatile die that can be used in so many ways!

Here is my finished project - a vintage photo inspired 5 sided frame.

The 5-sided frame came from a project my dad was working on. I knew I would use it some day but was waiting for inspiration. To make the insert for the frame I first took a piece of 12x12 chipboard and cut it to fit my frame. I then used natural canvas and Aileens Tacky Glue to adhere it to the chipboard. This took a couple of days to dry completely.
Once it was dry, I applied a layer of white gesso to seal the canvas.

Next I took a couple of stencils: Prima Grungy Grid and Stencil Girl Encouraging Scribbles and used these with  molding paste to create my focal point.
I painted the entire surface with vintage white acrylic paint once the molding paste was dry.

To start adding some colour to my canvas, I took some cheap acrylic paint I bought at the dollar store in blues, greens and browns. I added the blue and green paints with a brush then sprayed them water, letting the drip over my stenciled images. Next I added the brown by dry brushing along the edges and splattering some across the canvas.

The help the raised parts stand out a little more I used some Distress Oxides: Frayed Burlap; Walnut Stain; Vintage Photo and Black Soot. I 'painted' the Oxides over the stenciled areas to help them pop off the background. 

Next I collected some ephemera: vintage photos,  post card, book page, ration stamps, lace doily and a Wildflower Bouquet chipboard die from Southern Ridge Trading Co.
I used the Postage Strip die from Memory Box to die cut out 6 pieces from my vintage postcard and painted the Wildflower Bouquet die with some black acrylic paint.

 I began to assemble these pieces into my focal point. Before using the postage stamp die cut I did use some Distress Oxides to grunge them up a bit. After I got everything adhered down I decided that the black Wildflower Bouquet was a bit much - so I gently dry brushed some light brown acrylic paint over it It was just enough to help the flower die blend a bit into the background.

Here is my finished project again.
Check out some more inspiration from the
Guest Designer Team.



Monday, 4 September 2017

Scrap Shotz September Kit Reveal . Pt 2

I'm back with part 2 of my September Kit reveal for Scrap Shotz.
Yesterday it was all about mixed media and home decor. 

Today its all about cards - and for these cards I used some of the paper scraps I had leftover from my mixed media projects from yesterday.


The double-sided pattern paper from the Carta Bella Transatlantic Paper Line are very thick and make great card bases. They score beautifully. On this card I used s sentiment that I cut out of one of the sentiment papers. These are also perfect for pocket scrapbooking. I added some brads that come with kits before inking the edges and mounting on some bazzill cardstock. And you got it, this cardstock comes in the kit too! 

Here is  a look at the inside of the card  - 

Here is another card that I made specifically for a globetrotting couple who will be celebrating an anniversary very soon. As soon as I saw this quote I knew it would be perfect!

Here is a look inside the card - 


Be sure to go check out the Scrap Shotz blog for lots more September Kit 
inspiration from the design team



Sunday, 3 September 2017

Scrap Shotz September Kit Reveal

Hello! Welcome to the September Kit reveal!
Today is my first project for Scrap Shotz using the September Kit and add-ons.
 These kits are fabulous and bursting with wonderful goodies.

September's kit features the Transatlantic Travel paper from Carta Bella. 

The design team is using a page sketch from Stuck?! Sketches

Here is my take on the sketch using the September Scrapbook Kit.

I created a mixed media layout  - first I choose a pattern paper from the kit and used matte medium to adhere is to piece of chip board. *Full Disclosure - I don't do a lot of scrapbooking so when I create a layout like this it will usually be framed and hung up in my house - thats why I use the chipboard**
I cover the front of the paper with matte medium and let it dry completely.

When this was done I took some Distress Crayons and applied these through a stencil on to my background.  

Next, I took a palette knife and applied Distress Crazing Medium over my entire page leaving some areas thicker than other. This gave me larger crazing in spots. I left this to dry overnight.

I took my Black Soot and Walnut Stain Distress Crayons and went over the areas with the larger cracks to highlight them. Being sure to get the crayons in the cracks before wiping off the excess.
To create my focal point I used various ephemera from the kit along with 2 photos from my stash.

To create the 'O' in the word Explore I used this cute new stamp from Emerald Creek Craft Supplies.

This stamp is brand new and will be available from Scrap Shotz in September and is included in the September Kit.


BONUS PROJECT:
I was having so much fun creating with this kit that I created another mixed media home decor item.
This time I used a small Etcetera Tag as my substrate.


Be sure to check out the Scrap Shotz blog for even more September Kit inspiration from the Design Team.