Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Scrap the Boys DT - Jan 2019 Summer Treats

Hello Scrappy Friends, welcome back to my blog today 
where I'm sharing a DT layout for
Scrap the Boys



This mood board had me longing for ice cream in a cone, and I had the perfect photos for this challenge.



Mr Mojo had disappeared with the Christmas wrapping, so I flicked through some of my albums, found a page that I'd created a while ago, adapted it to suit my photos and things fell into place.

My punches came out for a play to border the photos.  The "Train Edge" is by Martha Stewart and the "Upper Crust" is by Fiskars. 



The background paper is from Simple Stories, 
the Summer Days collection, "Soak up the Sun".

The little heart embellishment is from Pink Paislee.



I've tucked two flairs in at the top, "Note this" is from A piece of Cake designs and the Camera flair is from Basic Grey.

The little ice cream cone and the flamingo on the other close up, are both from Cocoa Vanilla, Endless Summer collection, "This and That".



I found this cute, free, cut file at Paper Issues.


I hope you will feel inspired to play along and be eligible for a prize.


I appreciate your kind comments and so enjoy reading them.  Thank you.

Thursday, 20 December 2018

The Colour Wheel - Helen's 2nd post, Dec 2018

Welcome back to the Scrap Matrix challenge this month 
where we have a vibrant and colourful mood board to inspire you.



The bright colours reminded me of the Spring flowers in our garden and that led me to thinking of my littlest Grand children blooming like flowers in another state, so the page is all about them.

  We connect on Face time and when our 22 month girl sees my face, she says, "Where's Pa?"  It's almost like she thinks we are the terrible twins; can't have one without the other!   She is  learning about colours now and she knows many of them.  I marvel at her ability to distinguish different hues of the same colour.  


I started with a piece of heavy weight white card stock.
As usual when working with mixed media, I applied a coat of Finnabair White gesso, so the mixed media has tooth to grab onto.


In an attempt to create a hillside of flowers, I mixed Dylusions paints, Periwinkle blue and a big blob of Dylusions White Linen and swiped it on with a baby wipe to create a sky. The colours looked a bit too lavender, so I added a bit of Dylusions Polished Jade. 



The hills were created the same way, but this time with Fresh Lime into a blob of white.


I like the mottled, streaky look created by using a baby wipe to apply the colour.


Next, I added an additional layer by dabbing white gesso through  a stencil from my stash.


While the background was drying, I stamped out various flower and stem images with Tim Holtz Jet Black Archival ink.   Then I  fussy cut the images before adding colour with Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks. These sticks are super creamy and smooth to work with and when water is added, their colours intensify.  Just yummy. 


I used the following stamps.


I may have bought a few stamps when I went to Tracey Scott's 
inspirational classes earlier in the year!

These two are currently out of stock, but can be ordered.

Paper Artsy ETS22
Paper Artsy ETS18


Next, I just fiddled around (yes, that's a scrapbooking term!) until I was somewhat happy with the placement.   I can never settle on the first idea that comes to mind.  

The background looked too bare, so I trialled various stems and small flower stamps on the first version of this layout.   Do you do that too?   Have a trial run, to see what works, make a big hot mess and toss it in the bin?


I won't bore you with pictures of each addition; the clouds, the butterfly, the branches and tiny flowers.



 Suffice it to say, I'm really happy with the finished result.  I'd forgotten to leave room for a quote, so I just scribbled it up the stems.
Ta Da! 



I hope you find time to play along, just add your entry to the Scrap Matrix Shares page in the corresponding folder and don't forget to let us know what Scrap Matrix products you used and what inspired you.  You could be in the running for a generous gift voucher and perhaps a Guest Design Team spot down the track.


Scrap Matrix Products used:-

Friday, 7 December 2018

Scrap Matrix DT December

 The Colour Wheel with Helen
Welcome back to the Scrap Matrix challenge this month 
where we have a gorgeous mood board to inspire you.

I've heard a rumour that Christmas is coming, but getting  stuck into a challenge is a sure fire way to de-stress.  I promise!




I decided to challenge myself by using a colour wheel which I bought recently from Scrap Matrix.  I tend to gravitate to the same colours all the time; often using a monochromatic theme.   It gets a bit boring, even for me, so it's time to experiment! 




As I've never studied art at any level, all these combinations are new to me and I choose a Triad (Contrast) theme, with three colours equally spaced on the wheel. 
Green-Blue, Violet-Red and Orange-Yellow.  
  



The eye on the mood board also inspired me and I used a piece of art work, created by Hope Wallace, a truly talented artist in our family.  Thank you Hope.


But, back to the beginning.  I almost always use clear Gesso on my page before I begin, to seal the Card Stock so I can use Mixed media. It seals the background and makes it easier to sop up a any little mistakes.  


I apply it fairly thickly, then smooth it out, often with my hands.  It looks white here, but dries clear.


Next, I added the quote, using a wide bodied printer.


Using a new stencil, I applied a thick layer of texture paste and allowed it to dry overnight. It's Oh so tempting to rush this part, but I've learnt my lesson and leave it well alone these days.


These Scribble Sticks are new to me and I love the creamy texture they add on top of texture paste.  I scribbled directly onto the texture and then added water with a soft brush.


These are the three colours I used,Fuschia, Peacock and Cheddar.  The Cheddar appears orangey in the stick, but it's yellow when scribbled onto the project.



By scribbling the sticks onto a craft mat and adding water, I made liquid colour, which I just flicked around with a brush.
I was trying to simulate a colour wheel; what do you think?

Finally, I added some strips of colour on two of the edges with some punched borders, filled in with card stock.

I hope you find time to play along, just add your entry to the Scrap Matrix Shares page in the corresponding folder and don't forget to let us know what Scrap Matrix products you used and what inspired you.  You could be in the running for a  gift voucher and perhaps a Guest Design Team spot down the track.


Scrap Matrix Products used:-
AALL & Create Stencil # 28 - not currently in stock