Monday, 25 September 2017

Loved Canvas - D-lish Scraps DT

Hello friends! This is a sad blog post for me because it is my last on the D-lish Scraps design team. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time, getting to see all the fantastic creations by the other team members and taking part in the challenges and chatter over at The Scrap Suite. However, all good things must eventually come to an end. I thought it fitting to finish my term as I started, with a mixed media canvas.

There are lots of details to this canvas, so there are a few different detail shots. Starting in the top left corner, I used a lovely apricot Sakura Bloom at the focal point. I then worked my way down in size using a range of paper flowers including a cabbage rose, tea roses, and resin flowers. You can also see a clear glass cabochon and some glitter enamel dots scattered around the edges. At the very bottom level of my layers, I have some orange/white twine and an off-white paper doily.

I couldn't resist these adorable wooden boy buttons when I saw them in the shop and had been saving them for just the right occasion. 

This last close up shows the beautiful orange Little Birdie bloom, as well as the Kinder Kreations chipboard title.

Just in case anyone was interested, I also whipped up a really quick step-by-step as to how this canvas was made. 

1/ To create the background I adhered some torn up book pages to the background, then painted over them with gesso. I randomly stamped over the top of this with Stazon ink. Lastly, I applied texture paste through a Scrapmatts stencil.
2/ This is the fun step - just pick a couple of different coloured mists and spray away. I have used green and orange dylusions plus antique gold Kaisermist, and yellow and coral sprays. I let this all dry completely, then did it all again to build up a nice vibrant colour over the gesso base.  Don't fall in love with this later, as most of it will be covered up.
3/ Add some texture over the paint. I have added some strips of builders tape, orange/white twine and cotton thread. Make sure these are going to poke out far enough to still be seen once you add the embellishments and photo mat.

4/ Make up your photo mat. I've used a couple of different pocket-page cards cut down to size and some paper doilies. This is stuck to the page over the top of two layers of cardboard so I can fit embellishments under it.
5/ Add the paper flower embellishments. Start with the larger flowers and work your way down in size. I have misted some of my flowers in the top cluster so they match the background.
6/ Make a bead mix (I used a pre-made combination from My2Angels mixed with orange microbeads from a past Just Add Paper Kit) and mix this with strong liquid glue, before applying randomly with a spatula. Mix some gesso with water and flick this over the canvas.

7/ Last step is to add in the little embellishment details like some resin flowers, glass cabochons, wooden button and glitter enamel dots. Add your photo and title then it's done!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Smile - D-list Scraps DT

I hear lots of people talking about how they just don't like scrapping with a certain colour and that colour is so often purple. Purple is my husband's favourite colour and was the colour choice for our wedding so I have quite a bit of experience scrapping with it. Hopefully my layout today convinces you it's not really such a difficult colour to work with.

There are so many yummy D-lish Scraps embellishments available in the shop, which means there are also a whole heap of choices in my stash now. :) For this layout I started with the Creative Cuts - Roses, because I knew I wanted them to be the feature. I have coloured three pieces using Gelatos and Twinkling H20s. I then just started pulling out all the purple or cream embellishments I had in my stash.

Over in the purple cluster this meant a lovely fabric bloom feature, which I've paired with a black tassel. This was off-set by two cream paper flowers. I have used a couple of pieces from the mixed resin flower grab bag, as well as spread out some purple mini roses. No layout is completed for me at the moment without a scatter of sequins across the page.

The smaller embellishment cluster is based on a large off-white/cream doily. Over the top of this I have added another mini-rose, some rosebuds, another paper flower spring, a cream pick 'n' place bow and a flair. The top corner is finished off with a delightful resin butterfly.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Feeding Time - Scrapmatts DT

Thanks for checking out my second Scrapmatts DT layout. My little family took a short break up to the Sunshine Coast a couple of months ago and spent the day at Australia Zoo. We asked Harrison what animal he was most looking forward to seeing and he said giraffes. It turns out that for only $25 you can have up to four people take part in a feeding session complete with photos so we couldn't pass up that opportunity. As you can see, Harry has a great time and still talks about feeding them.

I have used CB5133 Africa 01 and acrylic paints to create a little animal scene. I love adding details and depth with paints on chipboard pieces. CB5150 Sticks 01 has been cut into smaller pieces and tucked under all the photos. Cutting the sheet up is a great way to get more value for money and make it last longer.

The enamel stickers, sequins and burlap leaves all come from D-lish Scraps. I dug deep into my stash for the paper and sticker, they're copyright 2005! What's the oldest thing you've used on a layout recently?

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Life Gets Messy - Scrapmatts DT

Welcome back to my blog. Today I'm sharing the first of two layouts created for Scrapmatts featuring my son because, in my unbiased opinion, he's the cutest toddler around. ;)

The two photos were taken while he was playing around in the backyard, going through a phase of thinking anything he could sit on was a ride-on toy. I loved both of them, but they had a distracting background and I couldn't work out how to fit them both on the one layout until now.

I used the 'life' chipboard piece from CB6115 Assorted Words 28 as my title on this one, painting it with acrylic paint then misting while still wet to get the right colour. The yellow hexagons were created using Stencil 9002 in the A6 size. I used Color Crush powders to mix up the perfect shade of yellow from white texture paste, then applied it over the white gesso hexagons. The hexagon flair is from D-lish Scraps, I always love it when I find the perfect embellishment just hidden in my stash!

I also used CB5124 Hexagon Mesh 03 in the background, painting the mesh light grey and the popped out hexagons a sparkly charcoal. These pattern pieces of chipboard are so great for adding interest to backgrounds, particularly the ones that include some of the interior shapes as well. A couple of blue sequins scattered over the place and some black stamping completed the background work.

I'm actually doubling up this layout and entering it in the current Kraft+ challenge for September, inspiration image is below. I think the hexagon inspiration is pretty clear, it also informed my yellow/white/black colour scheme.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Best Day Ever - D-lish Scraps DT

I'm a couple of days late with this share, but better late than never! This is my interpretation of the current D-lish Scraps inspiration board, which has a rainbow theme this month. 

I created my coloured texture paste using Tinby Designs Color Crush powders mixed with white texture paste. I found a small birthday set of stamps which I scattered around along with some sequins. All of the embellishments can be found in the D-lish Scraps shop. 

Why don't you take a try at this mood board this month? The rest of the DT has created a heap of colourful examples to inspire you.