Thursday 29 May 2014


this is our Zekey dog, we got him from the pound and he instantly became part of the family.  He is quite the character with very much his own personality, but man is he clumsy so my husband starting calling him knuckle.

I started with a pattern paper from prima, it was cream background with dark words.  First i colored the background with Huey mists and moved the color around on the page with baby wipes. Next i used modeling paste and fern stencil to create the background. Once modeling paste was dry i i painted with my fingers and distress paint- various greens, then to make them pop outlined with black distress paint.

close up of painted ferns, using your fingers as a brush makes blending easy.  I used a brush and black distress paint around the raised fern edges.
Underneath the photo i added a kraft pocket to insert a tag for journaling.  Other embellishments include washi tape, brads, rub ons, and speaking bubble.  I used a white gel pen to write on the black speaker bubble.

Tuesday 27 May 2014

OOPS... I did it again

 I have no idea what he did but he looks utterly adorable so it needed to be cropped!  I tried to step out of my box a little with this one, so i stamped the flowers onto cardstock with black archive ink then colored with water color markers.  It was the first time i used water color markers but they were flab, used a paintbrush with water to blend.  I also didn't use pattern paper just blank cardstock, i always use pattern paper.  I used a fern stencil and distress ink in three color to add color and interest in the background.
once i painted the flowers i fuzzy cut the flowers and leaves out, but they were super bright a little too bright for my liking so i inked the edges, back in my box.
 added a title- fun foam words from Amy Tangerine (ordered from wsquaredscrapbooking.com ) , then another out of box moment i doodled with black and white markers, i now believe i will be putting doodling in my box of tricks.  The white gel pen is another great purchase from wsquaredscrapbooking.com Uni-ball white gel impact pen.
Then back in my box with some chipboard, i inked the arrows black and added more doodling.

This one took me the longest and it was a challenge from start to finish, i kept adding more and more in an attempt to like what i created, in the end I love it.

Monday 26 May 2014

rub a tub tub

i spent the weekend at a low key crop and managed to get 4 layouts completed.  First i used my new cell theory stencil

instead of using the stencil for the background i decided i wanted to use the stencil for the foreground.  First i created the tag (description below) and then layered the layout together.  I added journalling along the right side and used a texture stamp to add distress around picture edges.
Once the layout was completed added  the stencil around the outside edges with modelling paste (used white modeling paste, didn't tint first)

for the tag i painted with scattered straw distress paint, before it was dry i ran my palette knife through the paint to create woodgrain then allow to dry.  Once dry ink with walnut distress ink, the distress ink with settle in where you have scratched off the paint.  Wipe off the excess distress ink that is sitting on top of distress paint.  I added the same textured on the tag bottom and rub ons on the top.  Finally paper clip, title, and jouralling tag.

The water pipe pieces from prima work perfectly for this layout.
once the modelling paste dried i painted the raised bubbles with a combination of distress paint stormy sky and dylusions blue spray.  Along the bottom i painted in between the bubbles with watered down black soot distress ink, dark to light from bottom up.

Wednesday 14 May 2014

Vintage and Bright

LOVE LOVE LOVE this picture of my husband, he is actually smiling, a good smile not his usual dokey smile, this is my husband in work clothes and smiling!!

I wanted to mix bright bold colors with vintage pattern paper and embellishment and IT WORKED!!

For the background i used a tim holtz stencil and created a raised image with modeling paste.  Once dried i used Mr. Huey's color mist to color background pattern paper and raised image.  I used a baby wipe to move the mist around and blend colors together.  I like translucent color mist so you can still see the paper pattern. Additional embellishments are rub ons, and fuzzy cut hot air balloons

The left side looks great but was very painful, i cut out the circle from pattern paper- very time consuming.  Added circles, gears and metal accents