Saturday 9 April 2016

Scrapmatts DT projects April 2016

Hello there Scrappy Friends, I have three projects to share with you, each showing the versatility of Scrapmatts products.

The team was asked to use a photo of ourselves on a canvas. Gulp!
I have very few photos of myself and I had never used canvas before.

But nothing like a good challenge to get the creative juices flowing. I loved the way the canvas responded to all the mixed media, staying firm and straight.

First, I applied a coat of gesso, before using texture paste through Scrapmatts stencils, I used ST 1003 Stencil Sticks

ST 1004 Stencil Bubbles, then I used various mists, sprays and inks to achieve colour. The chipboard used is listed below.

CB 1021 Flowers 01
CB 6103 Scrap Words 21
CB 1146 Leaf Spray 01
CB Butterflies 02
CB 1188 Birds 06

The Flowers were heat embossed with Stampendous
"Aged Scarlet" embossing powder. The bird was heat embossed too.

The leaves and butterflies were painted with Twinkling H2O's.
The title needed no treatment at all.

I scattered some thread and a few beads around, as well as some Prima "Say it with crystals" for a bit of bling.
For the "Imagination" layout I used the alphabet flags as the title and thought they combined beautifully with the kite. The quote is from Lauren Bacall.

CB 6085 Alphabet Flags 04
CB 5036 Kites 01

A few embellishments from my stash.

I tried to achieve a weathered look on the kite with acrylic paints.

The flair is from Studio Fourteen 40

My journalling is on the back of the layout and it reads:-

You three little Grandchildren wanted to play outside. “Can we dig some dirt Granny?” “Sure, where do you want to dig?” “Somewhere with lots of room, so we can make a river and a lake” With a spot chosen under the orange tree, you formed a team. Without any discussion a foreman nominated himself, a second in charge assumed that role, which left a very willing girl to do the water carrying. You spent hours slopping around in the mud, discussing the merits of digging through to the other side of the world before dinner and other important matters. The session ended with a mud pie bake off and a taste testing for Granny.

What a delight to see you using your vivid imaginations in the great outdoors having good, dirty, fun.

Finally, a Birthday card for someone special, using Maja papers and an embossing folder to showcase the chipboard, the CB 1244 Scrap Words 30, I left raw CB 5035 Hot Air Balloons 01, was heat embossed and the CB 1109 Heart Spray 01 painted with silver.


for the full range of Scrapmatts chipboard, (Acid Free,) stencils and other products. You can order direct from the manufacturer.
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I truly appreciate any comments you may care to leave.


  1. These look great Helen! Just love your pretty canvas, lovely photo! Fabulous altering of the flowers! Sweet layout with the large banner on your layout, you always put lots of thought into your layouts and the story's you tell! And love the card too, fabulous use of the hot air balloon! Have a good weekend!

  2. Cannot believe that is your first canvas .. it is stunning!! Fabulous colour and lovely textures too .. those flower chippies are gorgeous and I love your treatment on them. Absolutely adore the page of your grandies and their imagination. Wonderful to see kids playing outside, and in the mud, and using their own imagination. Awesome!! Love how you created the 'dirt' too .. that crackle patch looks fabulous. Your card is stunning too. Love the different shades of blue and the different layers as well. Absolutely delightful post Helen. Can't pick a fave .. they are all gorgeous!! hugs xx

  3. Such a gorgeous picture of you and taking pride of place on the lovely canvas you made. Those chipboard flowers look just perfect there on the corner. The page has a carefree and childlike feel to it that is very charming (apart from it being gorgeous of course). Then finally the 'piece de resistance'-your birthday card. I just love it and find it totally fabulous and layerlicious. Have a great week end!! :-)

  4. Your canvas is awesome - can't believe it's your first! LOVE LOVE LOVE the layout and your birthday card is just beautiful!

  5. Ah Helen, It is wonderful to see you creating again. Gorgeous projects and my favourite is the canvas of you. Love all the techniques you used on the canvas.

  6. Wow Helen! A fantastic canvas. Isn't is so much fun!? I love the colours & twinkling H2Os & a gorgeous pic of you :) Your Grandies are growing up so fast & what a breath of fresh air to see kids playing outside & in the dirt! A beautiful page about them & of course that card is to die for - so pretty & I love hot air balloon embellies xx

  7. Oh wow Helen! What a wonderful collection of projects! Love the fancy frame and beautiful photo :) Your layout and card are awesome too! Great mix of papers and embellishments!

  8. These projects are just beautiful Helen. Gorgeous canvas, lovely photo of you and I love the blue hues and your treatment of the chippies. Imagination is the perfect title for the wonderful layout of your Grandchildren, they look like they are having a world of fun and so good to see children outdoors playing and using their imagination. The card elegantly beautiful
    Mary x

  9. You nailed it! You are a beautiful woman and this shows you off with such beautiful texture and detail, yet accenting the photo perfectly. Love it!

  10. Oh WOW WOW WOW WOW - Helen, these are all wonderful. I love that first one with the photo of you. The colours are fabulous and the texture great, the chippies look wonderful. I love to work on canvas with MM... it does respond well. Such a glamorous granny :D Beautiful photo. The second is just perfect and your journalling speaks of a wonderous childhood for your grandies. Such precious and special times. That card is just beautiful and I spy my favourite papers there too not to mention my favourite colour. You have been so busy.
    I hope that you are back home now and safe and sound. Hope you had a wonderful holiday and I look forward to catching up. Thank you for amazing inspiration. I am hoping that from now until the new baby arrives things will settle down a little :D

  11. 3 beautiful projects Helen! ;-) I love the canvas. Such beautiful colours and such a gorgeous photo of you! Love the page fun and cute! The Birthday card absolutely stunning and loving those papers! ;-)

  12. What a fun post Helen with so much to see! I love both the layouts - the canvas with that gorgeous artsy background and the way you've made over the chippies, and the mud pie page is so evocative, took me right back - and the card is beautiful. And btw the photo of you is beautiful too :o)xxx

  13. WOW! The canvas is exceptional, love, love it...the photo, colours, texture and chippie...Incredible! Clever lady.
    The layout of your grandies is just perfect...what kids don't like to play in water and mud. Hope the taste testing went well!
    Your card looks fabulous, wonderful colour and details. Thanks for sharing and for the canvas inspiration. x