Sunday, August 2, 2015

August Inspiration with Blue Fern Studios

Happy Sunday friends!

We had a very enjoyable evening by the Bay on Saturday watching the aerial and fireworks display for our 50th National Day celebrations rehearsal with friends. It's actually our first time going all the way out for National Day festivities and the kids were just having a blast. Now, taking a break on Sunday and popping in to share my creations for Blue Fern Studios, using the new Paisley and Vine collection. I've kept my layouts and clusters to a minimum because of the strong lines and patterns in the papers. This collection is quite different from the others in terms of color and design and I had to approach it with a slightly different style, but that's all what is so fun about playing with different papers!

First up, here is Michele's sketch for the August challenge:



And my take on it:



Keeping things really simple here because there are lots of gorgeous images on the paper itself that I didn't want to cover.

Close-ups:



Title using a piece from "Playing Cards".



Mod Squares chipboard pieces which I coloured with gelatos.



Lots of stamping and heat embossing to create a textured background with the Journey Stamp set.

Next I have my Educator video, made also with the Paisley and Vine collection. 



I layered both papers and chipboards, and made my own rosettes as well from different sheets in the collection. The papers themselves were so detailed and colorful that I didn't feel the need for additional embellishments other than the chippies and rosettes.

Some close-ups:



Using the centre negative piece as a pop up.



Keeping themes consistent with sun bursts in the background under my Radiant Burst chippies and black microspheres on both chipboard and background.



A title piece from "Playing Cards".

And here is the start to finish video:



I hope you have enjoyed what I shared here. Have a great week ahead!

love,

Friday, July 24, 2015

Enjoy Life with 13@rts

Good Friday friends! How has your summer been so far?

Today I'm up on the blog with a cute little wall hanging which I altered with lots of 13@rts products. I was inspired by the pink and purple lupins I saw when I visited New Zealand during summer. A friend was telling me that one bunch of these costs a bomb in Europe, whereas these grow like weeds in the South Island! The meadows, riverbanks and roadsides would be bathed in beautiful pink and purple and needless to say, I came back with a hundred photos of the same thing.

Anyway, here is my project:



More details in the close-ups:



I first primed with a simple layer of white gesso. I then made a thick paste with it and lots of Magic Powder and scraped it over a stencil, giving my poppies a lot of texture. Then I misted and painted from the bottle with Pearl Pink and Chalk Lilac mists. This was finished off with some script stamping using Matt Paint in White, which gives a gorgeous embossed effect.



I primed this sweet flower chipboard (from Blue Fern Studios) as well and first painted a very thin layer of Raspberry matt paint. Then I scooped up some white sand grit with modeling paste and patted them down in the centre. Then it was layering more colors in Lavender matt paint and Vivid Violet paint. For the stalks, I used Green metallic paint and layered them thick in some places for a darker look.



Decorating the banner with some glass beads, silver microspheres and pink sand grit. Then adding on color with Pearl Pink and Pearl Violet mists, and also Chalk Lilac mist.




Another chipboard piece of a little bridge which I colored with Old Silver metallic paint. I also tucked in a little resist butterfly piece which I colored with Pearl Violet mist. There were also a couple of flowers in the background with I colored with Pearl Violet mist and as I let the color run with water, it separates into a gorgeous purple and teal.

So that's all I have for today. Enjoy your weekend!

love,
 


Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Perfect Day with Maja Design

Hello friends!

Have you ever fallen in love with a collection of papers so much that you just cannot keep your hands off of it? Well, I am looking at the new Summer Crush collection from Maja Design and there is this mad impulse to make loads and loads of stuff from it. I guess that's why it's so aptly named "Summer Crush"!

This is my second project featuring these papers and I'm focusing on the pink this round after working with the teals in the previous post. It's remarkable how easy these two colors are to work with, either together or on their own. Here is my layout, a rare one of me and the boys at the park since I'm always the person behind the camera. It's not often I play rough with them, especially since I'm pregnant now but you can tell that we were having a lot of fun here! More like they were having a lot of fun tickling and climbing over me....It is a pleasant reminder that it's not a must to capture the moment, but more important to live in it.  But make sure your camera settings are right so that the husband can do the capturing instead.



Now in the collection, one of the sheets actually came exactly like the background you see here. However it was too flat for my liking so I trimmed out the centre teal portion and mounted it onto another sheet with the pink checkered design. This way, I can distress the edges of my teal paper and make it more dimensional and outstanding. I would have done some stitching as well along the edges if I wasn't such a klutz with the sewing machine. Once again, my background mixed media work was kept close and tight to the main cluster so that it doesn't cover up the gorgeous images Marie has drawn over the page.

If you look closely, almost everything on this page is a square of some kind. The papers I used for layering are all squares of different sizes,  my chipboard frame is square, my two main sheets of patterned paper are squares, the stamped design is square... and I even found two square buttons in my stash! Now what's up with the squares you say? I really have no idea other than it's fun!

Some close-ups:




I just cannot get enough of those straws! In my previous post I demonstrated how to make these cute little babies and this round I've used the hearts and chevrons to complement the whole mood of the layout.



Layering the patterned papers and also a die cut doily to create some additional detail in my floral cluster.



The info strip which I used as a subtitle.

That's all I have for today. Hope you like what I have shared!

love,