Sunday, October 11, 2015

October Eves with 13@rts

Hello friends! How are you this fine Sunday?

I have finally ventured out to a shopping mall after one month of confinement (not exactly confined as I was still shuttling between home and the clinic and my mum's place) and it was nice to be outdoors for once. The air is slightly cooler with the northeast wind coming in, telling me that the rainy season will be here soon. But I can imagine all my friends in the Northern Hemisphere cooking up all things pumpkin spice these days!

Today I'm sharing my project created for the October challenge at 13@rts and it's a gorgeous theme this month - one of my favourite seasons!

Here is the mood board, created by Maryse Jolin:

and the challenge rules:
Rules for Challenge # 35
1. Create a mixed-media project based on our moodboard above.
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 a 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 your project with a maximum of 2 other challenges and your work must be new, not published before our challenge has started. 
6. The challenge ends on 25th of October. Winners will be announced on 29th of October.7. You do not have to use 13 @ rts products in your project.

And my take on it:

I bought this wooden frame from one of the art stores here for altering and it was just perfect for this project.

Some close-ups:

A vine which I covered with Old Gold metallic paint and dabbed on more green metallic paint and pearl gold paint. I also sprinkled glitter while the paint is wet for that extra shimmer.

Adding texture to the wooden frame. I have microspheres as well as a nice thick paste of Magic Powder and gesso to create the lovely cracks and peaks. Then all was given a nice wash of mahogany matt paint and gold pearl paint.

The background was created on "Pegasus" paper from Starlight collection. I first used a leaves mask followed by a nice watered down layer of Woodbine and Dark Brown chalk mist. Then I gave a coat of gold pearl paint for accenting the background and also on my embellishments.

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


Friday, October 2, 2015

October Inspiration with Blue Fern Studios

Hello friends!

How time flies and we're already in the month of October! Honestly I can't wait for the rest of the year to come by as I know the weather will be a lot cooler (and the northeast winds will be blowing the haze far, far away....)

I'm up today on the Blue Fern Studios blog with two creations for this month. Firstly is this layout of my second boy when he was still a little baby. When our little girl was born she looked exactly like her eldest brother. But as the days went by and I looked at her again, she resembles her second brother! It's amazing how babies change over time in character and appearance.

I'm using the oh-so-gorgeous Frolic collection designed by Michelle Singh. Just love the bright happy colors perfect for a day out under the sun or just about any other memory that warms your heart. My background work is simple because there were just so much detail in the papers that I wanted to show off.

Some close-ups:

The Deja Vu Atelier chippie which I have covered with a few different mediums. What you see here is crackle paint in pewter (for some reason my cracks are not showing up nicely all over), Perfect Pearls and Sticklers.

For this part of the same chippie, I've painted the flowers with 13@rts' matt paints and leaves with Twinkling H2Os.

Some more detailing here with plastic fillers (13@rts) on one of the chipboard flowers and silver microspheres dotting the leaves. I've layered my photos with pieces from "Calling Cards" from the collection.

My title piece double heat-embossed and sprinkled with distress glitter.

And my balancing cluster with simple fussy cut designs.

 My second creation is a layout with a video tutorial. This one is of one of my cats who passed on some years back at the age of 13. Grumpy one she was but always so elegant and graceful (until the day she tried to sneak up on a grasshopper and it backfired spectacularly).

I used lots of pinks from the Frolic collection because she was such a lady.

Some close-ups:

The Framington Medley chipboard layered on top of fussy-cut frames.

Chained Bits chipboard which I snipped and tucked all over.

My title piece from the Love Story collection. It was sitting in a box full of these cut outs and looked perfect for this layout.

My floral cluster.

And here is the video of how I put everything together. Sit back and enjoy the process!

And before I go, here is this month's sketch challenge over at the BFS blog. Do play along for your chance to win some fabulous prizes!

And that's all I have for today. Thanks for dropping by!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Joy with 13@rts

Hello friends! How are you this Wednesday?

I'm up on the 13@rts blog today to share a layout I made of my eldest. Now that we have a newborn at home, it brings back a lot of tender memories of the older boys' babyhood, and I'm really glad I started scrapbooking early enough to record those moments.

Here's a recent photo of my eldest enjoying the big grass meadow on a vineyard we visited. I used the "Hallerbos" paper from my Mental Vacation collection for the nature theme it had and I wanted my background to reflect his love for nature too. Lots of watercolor effect here created using Chalk and Pearl mists in Violet, Berry and Lavender, and I love how well the colors complemented the paper.

Some close ups:

Texture fun with microspheres, glass beads and glitter. I also used modeling paste over a poppy stencil and traced the outline of the flowers with a Sharpie.

Another layer of masking, but this time I made a paste from Magic Powder and a mixture of Vivid Violet and Metallic Purple paints. The chipboard from Blue Fern Studios I painted with Berry and Lavender matt paints.

And that's all I have for today. Thanks for dropping by!