Saturday, 11 March 2017

Scrapmatts March - sponsoring CSI

Hello Scrappy friends, welcome back, lovely to have you visit again.
is sponsoring CSI this month and the Scrapmatts team have been invited to Guest design for CSI.  Thank you Debbi Tehrani, your challenges are fun and make me think outside the box.

It’s easy to play along, just use all five colours, at least three of the evidence clues 
and at least one of the testimony clues.
I used gesso on the white background before applying texture paste through the diamond stencil and splashing some ink around.
I love the fabric flag from Charms creations
and the Flair is from Funky Flair Studio, it seemed perfect for a pregnancy photo.

The Scrapmatts chipboard circle was wet embossed.

The papers are from Heidi Swapp, "September Skies" and Studio Calico "Wanderlust"

The Title was painted with distress ink and clear embossed
and the heart was randomly dabbed with a water colour wash.

Stars, Stitching, Diamond shape, (the texture paste),  Circles (the flairs and the chipboard), Washi tape, Bunting.

I chose to journal about Adventure.

It was a hot day when this photo was taken in December, about six weeks before you were born.  Mummy and Daddy were off on another Adventure, not travelling this time, but an adventure into parenting.  I’m sure it will be as exciting, memorable, exhausting and rewarding as any previous holiday. Something they’ve planned and longed for and something which will fill their hearts with love.   I hope you are a calm and happy Baby like your Daddy was and I know you will call them both to their higher selves, as parenting is the most important job they will ever have.  We can’t wait to meet you little one.   
Love Granny 10 February 2017

Scrapmatts products used:-
CB1071 Hearts 04

The second project I made as a special gift for my DIL.
It's on canvas, because I wanted to use a lot of mixed media.
First I chose a mixture of sprays, acrylic and water colour paints to create
the ombre shading on the background.
The textured effect was achieved by applying crackle paste through one of the new stencils.  ST 9002-A5, before over spraying with mists.
The large circle is String circle was wet embossed.  I liked the symbolism it created.
The butterfly was a gift from my kind friend Marilyn,
when the one I had planned using was just too big.
The flowers are a mixture of older and new products, mostly Prima and K&Co.
I love the heart sprays peeking out from the clusters.
The stamp set is from Ranger, Dina Wakley quotes.
The flair is from Funky Flair studio.

Scrapmatts products used:-
String circle CB4071
Heart Spray CB1109
Stencil ST9002-A5

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  1. Fantastic layouts Helen! Great photos! Everyone looks so happy :) Love all the papers and fancy chipboard pieces! Thanks for the inspiration! Hope you have an amazing weekend!

  2. awesome projects Helen, love the canvas with all its elements and textures X

  3. You are absolutely the queen of backgrounds, Helen! I'm always amazed at your perfect use of stencils, paste & inks--but that is just the start! You use embellishments to perfection--never distracting from the photos & your journaling is the best I've ever seen! Just love seeing your work!

  4. oh my GOSH! 2 awesome that flair on the top one & that top cluster.....really NICE. And I do adore it when you add texture paste. you never 'overdo' it like I'm inclined to! And the 2nd one, the canvas. That chippy circle and how you've decorated it...just PERFECTION! LOOOOOVE! The photo is gorgeous, too:):)

  5. Two really beautiful creations with precious photos and moments. love the embellishing and great use of the Scrapmatts too... I hope your weekend is going well...

  6. So much lovely stuff to look at in this post Helen. Your take on the CSI challenge is brilliant - lots of interesting detail and texture and perfectly chosen pretties as always. And the canvas Well!! what a wonderful gift for your DIL. Love the colours, the crackled stencilling and the treatment of the circles, and all the little beaded touches. Perfect :o)

  7. Both beautiful layouts Helen. The first layout really pops. Love the little cluster in both corners and you are right the flair is perfect. Love your journalling , very clever. Your second layout is equally as beautiful . Love the circle chipboard piece and the embossing on it looks wonderful. The butterfly is beautiful and goes so well here. The cluster of flowers and the colours are divine and love the sprinkles of sequins. Your DIL should be so happy with what you have created for her.

  8. 2 gorgeous projects lady! ;-) Love the fresh and sunny layout....beautiful! Also love that super canvas...the colouring and textures are just divine! Looooove these beauties! ;-)

  9. Congrats on your GD spot at CSI. Love the CAS look of your layout, the flair is perfect, a beaut photo and amazing journaling as always. The canvas is stunning and I'm sure your DIL would have loved it. Love the ombre shading and crackle texture on the background. A beautiful photo and cluster. Thanks for sharing. xx

  10. Absolutely beautiful work Helen! Love the colours on the first one .. so bright and happy .. just like the lovely couple in the photo. Bet they are even happier now with the adorable new bub (that's if they're getting any sleep! LOL!) Your cancas is stunning!! Amazing background .. gorgeous ombre colouring and the crackle texture is amazing! A precious photo beautifully showcased. Your DIL will treasure this always I'm sure. Enjoy your weekend Helen. hugs xx

  11. Beautiful layouts Helen. I can't wait to hear all about it and glad all went well. They look so happy and it will be a great adventure. The colours are soft and gentle. Perfect. Love the second one too. Lovely colours. Thank you for always inspiring me <3

  12. Wow! That MM canvas is a stunner! Great color blending and texture with the stenciling. I really love the circle chipboard. The top LO is just amazing! That little bundle with the pennant is tremendous! You have a great eye for detail while keeping things uncluttered. Love that! Hugs, Autumn