Thursday, December 18, 2014

Quick Card for Marion Smith Designs

Hi everyone!

Have you been busy like Santa's little elf preparing for Christmas? I've been spending my time catching up with assignments, Christmas shopping and gift wrapping, baking and sending out stuff to people! So today, I have a small card for Marion Smith Designs that I would like to share with you.

I've used papers from the Posh and Garment District collections for this card, and embellished it with the resin flowers from Junque and Gems.

Adding dabs of gesso for a distressed look, and some Ayeeda matt paint in green on the ivory resin rose for some color.

A rose cabochon which I really like, tucked under a paper flower from my stash. The black doily was also die cut using one of the sheets from Garment District.

That's all I have for you today. Thank you for dropping by!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

December Challenge with 13@rts

Hi everyone! Today's a busy day with a second post for 13@rts. It's time for another challenge and my beautiful and talented friend Melenia is hosing this month's challenge.

Here is her photo inspiration and challenge rules:

Melenia with you today, hosting the December Challenge!
I was thinking about my turn to host a 13@rts Challenge the other day, and as we are well into the winter (the Northern Hemisphere), yarn was the first thing that came up to my mind!

The challenge is based on yarn and specifically this photo:


The criteria of the challenge are the following:

1. Use the photo as your inspiration, which can come from anything in the photo, e.g. colours, texture, theme etc - there are no restrictions as to this).
2. Use a mask (or more)
3. Use modelling paste

Rules of the challenge # 25:

1. Create a project based on the photo of the challenge (as it was mentioned before, inspiration can come from anything in the photo, colours, texture, theme etc).
2. Publish your project on your blog and add link directly to the post using Inlinkz tool at the right side bar.
3. Please add link and info about our challenge, where your work is published.
4. You may submit as many entries as you like. 
5. You can enter with your project to maximum 2 other challenges and your work must be new, not published before our challenge has started. 
6. The challenge ends on December 28th at 23:55. Winners will be announced on January 1st, 2015. 

When the challenge ends, our Design Team will vote and pick the best project. It will be awarded with shopping voucher for 13 arts store worth - 60 PLN with free international shipping. The winner will be invited to join us in one of our challenges as Guest Designers. Additionally we will feature few works with biggest number of points.

Here is my project based on this challenge:

I love the grey tones of the photo, as well as the warm earthy colors of beige and brown. It all reminded me of our visit to Rockingham in Perth and the sunny but cool winter's day spent by the beach. So I picked out papers from the "Cozy Evening" collection for my background, and the colored ones from Olga Heldwein's Color Basic collection for my photo paper layers.

Some close-ups:

Lots of string, yarn, cloth used here. My background was created with lots of 13@rts mediums - Ayeeda mists in Brown, Dark Brown and Antique Cream. I also wanted some grey but realized I didn't have any in my stash, so I mixed Ayeeda Matte paint in Black and White Chalk Mist. I also used the branches stencil from the "Cozy Evening" collection together with Ayeeda modeling paste. Finally, I finished up the layout with splatters of Olga's Splash! acrylic ink in white.

I used chipboards from Blue Fern Studios - the Memory Frames and also a piece from the Graduated Squares to frame my photos. The Memory Frame and Graduated Square were given a coat of gesso and inked with grey chalk ink.

The Crossing the Lines chipboard was used as a base for my photo layers and was given a coat of gesso, followed by a yummy mixture of Antique Cream mist with liquid medium for both color and dimension. 

And this is my last post for today. Thank you for dropping by, and please also go by the 13arts blog for more inspiration from the DT. Have a great week ahead!


Easy Watercolor Christmas card for Off the Rails Scrapbooking

Hello friends!

How is your preparation for Christmas coming along? We are doing a lot of last minute gift shopping for the kids and their friends, as well as scouring the internet for yummy recipes that help this mummy look like a fabulous chef during parties.

Today I'm up on the OTRS blog with a easy card for you, along with a step by step tutorial on how I created it.

The card is based on our December moodboard:

As you can see, I'm a very pastel person so I've used the softer versions of the colors in the mood board.

Step 1:

Prime your white cardstock with gesso. Pick out the watercolor pencils that you will be using. Next, trace out the shapes on your stencil and shade in the colors. Lastly, using a small brush, add water to paint. It's ok to let the colors bleed out and blend.

Step 2:

Take the red water color pencil and trace out small triangles from another stencil. Repeat with the bleeding and blending with a small wet brush.

Step 3:

Using the Ranger's embossing pen (black or white is fine), trace out the red triangles and sprinkle black embossing powder. Heat to set.

Step 4:

Stamp around the edges with a border stamp (I used one with a lot of triangles) and adhere the cardstock on to a sheet of patterned paper. Then I made my title with a some Christmas title dies from Sizzix. To finish off, I altered a snowflake chipboard with some Shimmerz Texturez and sprinkled gold glitter on the edges while it was still wet.

And here it is, my easy-peasy Christmas card! Hope you found the techniques here useful!