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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Altered picnic basket with Marion Smith Designs

Hello friends!

I'm in today to share a small altered project I created for Marion Smith Designs. Usually altered stuff are not my thing but MSD products are so suitable for them, I had a lot of fun making this picnic basket.



What better collection to use than the Mad Tea Party eh? I used the papers and metal embellishments from this line, together with some bits from the Garment District 6x6 paper pad. 

Some closeups: 


Handmade flowers with the Bloom Impressions Tool and an altered metal butterfly.


Floral sprays made from MSD flower stamens. Love that they come in teal!

And here's a video of how I put the whole project together. Sit back and enjoy, and remember to hop over to the MSD blog for a whole list of supplies used.



love,

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fly Away with 13@rts

Hello paper folks!

I'm up on the 13@rts blog today, sharing my first page with a black background. I had this dandelion photo in my stash for about a year now but never found the inspiration to scrap it until I wanted to try working with black patterned paper.


I'm using papers from the "Fly Away" and "All is Love" collections from 13@rts. To create the contrast, I did masking with acrylic modelling paste, stamping in grey chalk ink and gesso instead. There was very little misting, and only in the parts where the colour can be visible.

Some close-ups:


For the colours to show, I created splatters with the mists by wetting the brush from the bottle. I also used Ayeeda matt paints very lightly watered as these have more body and leave a more solid colour on the dark background. For the papers in my layers and the Shabby Brick Bit chipboard from Blue Fern Studios, I patted on modelling paste with a palette knife to create texture.


My title is a piece from the "Fly Away" sticker sheet. I distressed it with black ink and brushed on some gesso. The paper roses were dabbed with Ayeeda Matte Paint in Caramel and bled the colours with a small amount of water. I also fussy cut out some wings and tucked them under my photo. 

And that's all I have for now. Do drop by the 13@rts blog for more inspiration from the fabulous DT.
Until then, happy scrapping!

love,

Monday, August 18, 2014

August Prima BAP

Hello everyone!

Back in after the weekend to share with you my take on Prima's BAP for August. I thought I would be quite exhausted from taking care of a sick toddler but creating this page was really therapeutic for me. And I wouldn't be doing this if not for the fact that my talented friend Jennifer Synder designed this month's sketch! 

Here it is:


And my take on it:

As a tribute to her talent, I scrapped a photo of one of my favourite cats (if you're familiar with Jennifer and her works, she often features her Escape Kitty). This particular feline of mine, named Meow-Bi aka Empress Dowager, came to me as a little kitten of 8 weeks old and we had her till old age. Sweet lovely girl but oh, grouchy most of the time. This is a photo of her basking under the sun taking her nap.

For the papers, I've used mostly from the Delight collection. Initially I wanted to go without a backing, but the page was heavy and I had a sheet of patterned paper from "Something Blue" lying around. Yes, it was utterly destroyed in my first attempt to take on this sketch but nobody said you can't reuse it as backing. As it is, the mistakes were nicely covered up. Me - 1; trashbin - 0.

some close ups: 


Some Prima flowers, resin frame and blings layered on top of a Wild Flourish Frame from Blue Fern Studios. One thing I like to do with bigger chipboard pieces like this is to snip it into two and tuck them under separate clusters. It creates a certain sense of balance and fills out the page nicely. On this page, I painted the chipboard with Distress Paints and a dash of Ayeeda matt paint in Raspberry.


My chandelier stamping which didn't turn out as perfectly as I wanted it, but easily covered up with some pretty flowers and a word sticker. 


More vintage trinket and flowers. Love how the cheesecloth softens up the page.

That's all I have for today. Thanks for dropping by the blog and leaving your love. Until my next post,
happy scrapping!

love,