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Monday, 16 January 2017

Stick It Down


It is the design team reveal for the single page team at Stick It Down today.  We had this sketch to play with...


And this is what I came up with...


I've used my mixed media supplies along with Pretty Little Studio's Here Comes The Sun collection.


I love the rainbow colours of this layout, and the washed out feel matches the rainy photos too.  I agonised over the black splatters... I went with them in the end as I feel they match the feelings I have about these photos.  I will add some personal journaling on the labels after sharing the layout.


I filmed a process video if you fancy a watch...


I hope to see you over at Stick It Down with your take on this month's sketches!

Joy is effervescent hope


 Have you ever had a 'word of the year'?  I liked the idea but found it hard coming up with one word.  In the end, I settled on this little phrase...


Joy is effervescent hope.  It came from a bible reading via UCB.  I wanted to go a little deeper so added the definitions and synonyms...


Without getting too preachy - this is a craft blog after all - I like that having that hope in the Lord, knowing that he is always working for your best, can bring joy; joy that just spills over out of you that you cannot control.  I want that in my life!


Back to the craft... I grabbed a 12" embroidery hoop and some paper and rub ons from like for ever's Woodland kit.


I added a few sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps to add some twinkle.


To hang it I added some 3mm grosgrain and my favourite mint lace from Crafty Ribbons.


I added the rub on butterflies to vellum and fussy cut around them.  This gave them lots of dimension and delicacy especially when only adhering down the centre of their body.


I so pleased with how this turned out and hope to focus on these words all year.


Here is the process video of how it all came together:



Thanks for stopping by.

Linking at Inspire Me Mondays

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Kindness and Confetti


Sequin confetti, of course!  Hi, I'm here today with a bunch of ATC's.  I am taking part in a swap you see... 52 cards themed 'Love, Kindness and Hope' and in return, I get 52 cards from all over the world made by different artists.

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I start with a master board - a big piece of watercolour paper that will eventually be cut down to size.  I made three sheets with different colours using mainly Shimmerz sprays in different finishes.  I added some stencilling with Dazzlerz paste for some texture.

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Next, I moved on to the fun bit - filling up 52 little glassine bags with sequin confetti.  I won't list all of the sequin mixes I used as there are far too many!  You can find them all here!

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I printed out the phrase "throw kindness around like confetti" and trimmed them down to small slips of paper.  I have all my elements ready now so I set up my sewing machine.  I picked a background, a glassine bag of confetti and a sentiment slip and ran them through my sewing machine on a straight stitch.

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It was good fun whizzing them all through not having to worry about straight lines!

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They've now been parcelled up and posted and the tricky bit begins... I have to wait for them to be swapped and posted back!  I'm not very good at waiting!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

SpiegelMom Scraps and Cuts2luv Hop


Hello and thank you for joining us for this super fun product swap between SpiegelMom Scraps and Cuts2Luv! I had a great time combining the sequins and flair from these two companies. They look so awesome together!

I hope you enjoy what I’ve created for you today and enjoy the rest of the hop! Remember to leave comments on all of the designer's blogs to be entered to win a couple of fabulous prizes from each company!

Your next stop on the hop is the lovely Megan If you get lost along the way you can always go to SpiegelMom Scraps for the full list.


List of supplies: Felt hearts, tag, Build A Snowman sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps
Flair from Cuts2luv
Papers and vellum from like for ever kits



Thanks for dropping by!



Monday, 9 January 2017

together


Hey there!  I've been scrapping with my like for ever kit 'Woodland'...


Boy, I love this kit!


For more details and a process video pop over to the like for ever blog here.


And if you'd like details of the kit club you can check out the FAQ's here.


Ain't my budgie boy a cutie?


Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Feeling Moody!


In the mood for a mood board that is!

Have you seen SpiegelMom Scraps January challenge over in 15 Minutes to Scrap?  It has been set by the lovely Hannah Lemieux and it is to use this mood board as inspiration.  Hannah also asks us to pay particular attention to textures and use one of the textures displayed in the mood board.

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When I start scrapping based on a mood board the first thing I notice are the colours.  I adore these colours - rich teals, metallics and greys are what stand out to me most.  However, you could also run with duck egg, wood, and white with a pop of mustard.

Next, I notice the finishes - wood grain, velvet, hammered metal and - my favourite - woollen pompoms.  Seeing as Hannah specified texture I thought I would attempt to make some mini pompoms for my layout.  After five attempts I came up with something usable and gathered some other supplies...

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I knew I wanted to make a segmented sequin shaker pocket from vellum.  My vellum has a slightly grey tinge to it which I thought matched the mood board colour scheme perfectly.

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I pulled out my sewing machine and the darkest teal shade of thread I had and made a film strip style pocket stuffed with aqua marine dream sequins.

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I started working on a mixed media background combining metallic washi tapes and inks.  The trouble was I couldn't make it work as a big piece...

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No problem, though - it had all the right colours and textures to work with the theme it was just too big.  The solution was to cut it down into smaller pieces.  I plumped for the star shape as it matched both the photo and the sequins.

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As I worked with my ingredients and referred back to the mood board I was inspired to go for a segmented look... the board has 9 boxes, but also looking at the middle column you have window panes, rectangles of colours in the swatch and geometric areas of colour in the art work.

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This also gave me the opportunity to add copper pen work.

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I added the writing after everything else was finished.  I always forget how nerve-wracking it is writing directly onto a layout!!  My tip is to sketch it out very lightly in pencil and wait over night for the ink to dry before erasing the lines.  Also write confidently (I find going too slowly makes me more likely to wobble) and move your  wrist along the paper (if my wrist is not comfortable the writing won't be fluent.)

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I'm so pleased with the texture the pompoms give.  I'm not sure how this will work in an album - it might be one for a box frame.

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Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you'll join us over on the facebook group for Hannah's challenge.

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