Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Together - new challenge from Stuck? sketches



Check out the new mid-month challenge which has just gone live at 'Stuck' Sketches. Another great multi-photo sketch. Here is my take on it for the Stuck DT.
Instead of using two equal sized photos I modified the sketch to include a main 6x4 photo and a smaller 3x3 supporting photo. I took both photos a couple of weekends ago at a beach picnic that we shared with my son Jaime and his beautiful girlfriend, Cindy. I especially love the sneaky little photo that I took from behind as we were walking back to the car - love how they are so casually holding hands and chatting together.
My papers and embellishments are mainly Studio Calico. Can you see my stitched circle stamps? I am really loving these!


To get the script effect on the butterfly I simply painted it with yellow acrylic paint. When the paint was dry I used a grey gelato pen to 'ink' my type-stamp and then stamped directly onto the butterfly. I inked the edges with black ink to get a shadow effect.


My title 'together' is another 2Crafty loopy word. I coloured it pale blue using a gelato pen and inked the edges again.
I hope that you have time to join in with our challenge this month. There are some great prizes up for grabs including  ScrapMatts chipboard and Let's Capture our Memories who are offering a $20 store voucher. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Love Life Always - Kaisercraft Saturday Sketch #1


April #1 sat sketch
I was recently lucky enough to win someof these awesome kaisercraft 'Limelight' papers so I decided to have a go at the kaisercraft Saturday sketch competition. Here is the first sketch for April and my page based on it. 
The photo of my youngest and oldest children was taken at Auckland zoo. We were celebrating Benjis 5th and Opas 80th birthdays. Chris had put benji on his shoulders so that he could get a better view of the monkeys (one of their favourite animals). I love the happy smiles on both their faces.
I loved all the layers in the sketch and I stuck quite closely to its format. 


I did a lot of fussy cutting on this one. I loved that big rose that I cut for my corner piece and I found some black and white butterflies in an older Kaisercraft range that I had in my stash which were perfect to 'sit' amongst the flowers.
I also loved the hearts on the sketch and I embelished this idea using wood veneer hearts, sequines and rub on gold stars.

Hope you are having a great start to your week and are looking forward to the easter weekend.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Its a Girl Thing


The new CSI challenge is live. here it is and my DT take:

As you can see it is also a sketch week - my favourite as I love working with Em Stafrace's awesoome sketches.
Natalie had a cultural mufti day at her school last week. She dressed up as a gypsy and looked stunning. This weeks sketch was perfect to showcase a few of my favourite photos of her from that day.
I used Teresa Collins 'Daily Stories' papers - they were girly and matched her clothes well. I used my new prima stamps to make a faux stitched border around some of my paper blocks.

The gorgeous title is a 2Crafty product. It was originally welded together into a rectangular 'corner' shape but I cut it apart and spread it across the page to really make a feature of it. I painted it black and outlined it with white gel pen (I think this is my favourite way to dress up chipboard).


From the evidence list I used jewels, hearts and doodling and I journalled about Natalie's quirky style.
Hope you are having a great weekend and that you find a little time to check out the CSI blog :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Not Very Scary Pirate


I was browsing through the pages of the awesome on-line magazine 'Life, Paper, Scrapbook' (if you haven't found this magazine yet you really need to hop over here - it is truly AWESOME) when I came across the work of a scrapbook artist called 'Mette'. I was so inspired by her pages that I wanted to have a go at her style. This page is the result. (thanks Mette I love your style!).
I adore the photo of Benji dressed up as a 'Scary Pirate'. Really??? just look at those furry slippers!, not to mention the cute little smile. The current challenge at another of my favourite new discoveries - 'Off the Rails Scrapbooking' is 'stencils and masks'. Easy for me since I used masks in almost every page that I create. Here I sprayed blue ink through a very cool 'Prima' bubble mask, inked through another chequerboard mask and finished off by spraying grey ink through another starry mask and letting the wet ink dribble down the page. The stitched circles are another of my newest and most loved aquisitions - they are from a 'Prima' stamp set. I coloured them in using my 'Inktense' water colour pencils.


My papers and most of my labels and die-cuts are all Heidi Swapp and the photo-negative transparency is cut from a 12x12" sheet from Kaisercraft.


This is a great challenge to try out - very easy and open to your own interpretation. Hope you are having a great week :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pink Always



Here is the new awesome sketch from 'Sketchabilities'. How could I resist trying this one out?  Karan's Sketches are just the best!
A couple of weeks ago Sophie broke her arm on the monkey bars at school (again!! - she did exactly the same thing last year!). Well on Thursday she got her permanent cast put on. She had spent days pondering the available colour choices and was determined to go for a different colour than pink this time (she had pink last time she broke her arm). Well, all thoughts of other colours went out of the window when she saw this gorgeous hot pink colour and she was delighted with the result. She really is a girlie-girl!
I inked and sprayed my background with my usual variety of stencils and stamps. My papers are a mix of whatever I had in my scraps box along with some Kaisercraft and Studio Calico die-cuts. 


Check out those flowers - two of them!!! I rarely use flowers on my pages but the colour of these Prima blooms was a perfect match for Sophie's cast! 

I used my new Prima stitched circle stamps for the background circles and I coloured them with inktense water colour pencils. The original photo had a very messy, busy background which I hated. So I did something that I rarely do and silhouettted Sophie from the photo. I then replaced the backgound with a Crate Paper transparency. it looks so much better than the original photo - I will definitely remember this technique for future photos!
There is still time to enter this challenge at Sketchabilities - do go over and take a look! Have a great week :)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Precious Little Boy



Here is my take on challenge 117 for the CSI design team.:

I based my page on this awesome mood board which is the April challenge at Scrap Around the World.. I just love the challenges at SATW. They are always so inspirational and take me a little outside of my comfort zone - always a good thing don't you think?

I was inspired by the colours on this board - which matched the CSI challenge colours very well. I also loved the cracked, distressed element and the butterflies. I can spend ages getting my backgrounds 'just right' but for this page I took the advice on the mood board and 'just let it go'. I used inks, texture paste, gelatos, stamps, torn paper strips and gesso. I layered all of these elements together failly randomly, using my masks and stencils for a cohesive look. 


I really love this photo of my little man cuddling up to his favourite soft toy 'Paddy'. I changed it to 'sepia' so that it would fit in to my colour scheme perfectly! I matted my photo on a variety of elements. Firstly the torn patterned paper strips which I adhered to the page and coated with a thin layer of gesso. I added a few pieces of washi tape between the strips for extra colour and texture.  I layered my chipboard flourish (initially a large single piece from Kaisercraft but I cut it into several separate portions to better frame my photo), transparency, Purple Pumpkin crocheted doilies, and die-cuts on top of  large paper doily. Finally I added my photo to the top of this pile of 'goodies'.   


My title is a mix of 2Crafty chipboard (the word 'precious') , thickers (boy) and Kaisercraft mini-alphas. I wanted to include the story behind this cute photo but also to fulfil the jourrnaling criteria for the CSI challenge. I tried out the random word generator and it came up with 'face' which was easy to incorporate into my story. 
You have to go along to both these awesome challenge sites and check out the challenges. You won't be disappointed and there are fantastic prizes and guest DT positions up for grabs! Have a great weekend :)

Friday, April 4, 2014

My 2crafty April Post




Can you believe that it is already almost Easter? It is seriously scary how fast the months are flying by! It is my turn to update the 2Crafty blog and I would like to share two new layouts that I created especially for 2Crafty. I am still trying to catch up with the pile of summer holiday photos that I have waiting to be scrapped. The first project that I would like to share with you today showcases a couple of my favourite shots from our family beach vacation. Sometimes, when I get a photo that I really love I like to print it out at A4 size to really make it the focus of my page. That was the case with this picture of Benji swinging and humming to himself on the rope swing in the beautiful Hokianga harbour. You can see the majestic sand-dunes in the background. Because there was a lot of 'white space' on my photo I chose another favourite shot from the same morning, printed it out at 3x3" and layered it over the main photo. 
The great thing about using a larger photo is that you don't need too much patterned paper or background work to set it off. A few well chosen embellishments are all that is needed. 2Crafty chipboard pieces are perfect for the job! 
The pieces that I have used here are:

  • chicken wire panel
  • 'Cherish' loopy word
  • 'Today' loopy word
  • assorted arrows


The chicken wire panels are great for rustic, outdoors or beach themed pages. I hae left mine completely raw as it matches my theme so well in its natural state (and I love the look of raw chipboard!). It adds interest and dimension to the page, lifting my smaller photo a little from its background so that the viewers eye is drawn to it. 


The 2Crafty loopy words and the 2Crafty phrases are my absolute favourite way to add a title to my page.Here I used the words 'Cherish Today' and added them directly onto my large photo. I used white embossing powder and heat embossed the glossy white finish onto the letters. I chose white because it blends into the colours of my photo and the title becomes a subtle part of the whole rather that the focus of the page. 

To finish off my page I added a couple of 2Crafty arrows. I considered painting them, stamping on the or outlining them, but in the end I decided that I couldn't improve on the 'raw' look for this beach themed page. I simply added a little ink to the edges.


The next page that I would like to share today features my little son again. He is standing proudly by his classroom window next to the 'self portrait' that he painted on his first school trip (to a local art centre). His painting had pride of place in the window and he was very excited to show it to me (and to pose for a picture!).
I piched the green colours from the photo to create my background using 'Inktense' water colour pencils. When the colour was dry I added lots of stamping and ink splatters. The 2Crafty products that I used on this page really make it shine. 
  • circle revolution frame 
  • Loopy word 'Sweet'
  • Sharons butterflies
  • view finder
The 'circle revolution frame' that I used to frame the focus of my page really is the centrepiece of my page. I painted it with black distress paint and attached it to the page using cross-stitches. This adds interest to the page as well as serving to attach the frame. 


Again I have used a loopy word 'sweet' as my title. This time I coloured it red using a gelato pen. To get great chipboard coverage using gelatos simply colour in the shape roughly with the gelato then rub and smooth in the colour using your fingers.  
'Sharon's butterflies' are a pretty addition to many page themes. If you have the larger Martha Stewart butterfly punch these chippie pieces are perfect to layer with the punched shapes as they are very similar designs. Here I embossed the butterflies using white embossing powder for a glossy finish. 


The final chippie item on this page is the view finder (well half of it anyway - the other half can be seen on another of my pages!). I painted it white, backed it with black cardstock and inked the edges. 


Thanks for popping by today. If you have a chance to check out the 2Crafty blog you will see a wealth of inspiration and pure 'eye candy' over there. 

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