Sunday 19 April 2015

Lindy's Stamp Gang

April Challenge at Lindy's Stamp Gang is the following color challenge

This was a huge challenge for me- so much color, that is not blue.  Most of my layouts are mostly blue definitely not pink and purple.  So huge challenge!!!

Here is my take!  Can't say I love it but I did it-color.  Used lots of layers to create texture, paper layers, stenciling with ink, paint, markers, chipboard, and rub ons.  Part of me thinks its too busy, part of me thinks it's missing something.

I once told a friend not every page can be a masterpiece- yes a backhanded compliment and i think it applies here today.  She would enjoy telling me not every page needs to be a masterpiece.  This one is for you Jen.

Products used are industrial chic
time travel teal, and rusty lantern lime
Van Dyke Sepia moon shadow mist

Saturday 11 April 2015

13 Arts April Challenge

I stumbled across this blog the other day and man am I sure glad i did, so much inspiration.  April challenge mood board is right in my wheelhouse.  Check it out here 13arts

 how can a person not be inspired from this mood board,  I LOVE LOVE LOVE turquoise. In fact most of my pages have some sort of blue, teal or turquoise, even my son knows this is my favorite color.

I enjoy mood boards, i have always found sketches more challenging than mood boards.  A page has a way of taking on a life of its own and ends up moving way be on the sketch.

Like always i started with creating the background, as my scrapbooking moves into more mixed mediums creating a background is my favorite part.  Today i am using Junque Gypsy by Marion Smith, this paperline is FAB!  I can not express how FAB! it is.  I added images transfers from the same paper line.  Ink around the outer edges of image transfers in peacock then in vintage photo distress ink.  Next more layering, bubbles from stencils and outlined with back and some white.  After all that was completed I wanted the image transfer pop a little more so those got outlined with white.

Here is the finished page, these days i have been experimenting with chipboard and gesso.  I glue the chipboard on in random positions on the page, then paint with gesso, and dry brush gesso around the chipboard.  Kind of highlighting the chipboard but blending into the page at the same time.  Try it you will understand what the heck i am talking about.  Once the gesso is dry i paint using my finger with acrylic paint, i didn't paint solid but lightly in some areas and darker in others.  The final step is to add dark brown gelato along the edges.  Picture, rubons, metal and ta da the finish page.

Close up of chipboard- love this treatment i want to use for every layout but then i worry i am stuck in a box.  A silly worry but there it is.

Enjoy.  Looking forward to May Challenge.

Monday 6 April 2015

Scrap the Boys- April Challenge

This month the challenge at Scrap the Boys is this mood board

 which i love!  All of my favorite things, woodgrain, blue, industrial piping, and sea glass bottles.

The review.  The page started as vanilla cardstock, then i added woodgrain pattern paper that i image transferred onto the cardstock.  Spray several colors of blue and brown with Lindy magicals.  Added bubbles with transparent embossing paste and bubble stencil, then added a darker blue spray to highlight the bubbles.

I added chipboard and painted it with white gesso, and dry brushed around the chipboard. Added gelatos for color, a combination of aqua, gold and brown.

Added some additional accents like rub ons, and metal.  Then i added some shadow harlequin pattern with brown ink then sprinkled with biscotti perfect pearls.

Lightbulbs are one favorite things and seem to be included in all my layouts.

Thursday 2 April 2015

Blue Fern Studios- April Challenge

This week i am over a Blue Fern Studios to participate in their monthly challenge.  This challenge is close to my heart since i design chipboard for them and 3 of the 5 chipboard pieces on my layout our my design.  This month challenge looks like this

and i created this
i love everything about this page, it was just one of those scrapping moment when the page and my brain worked together.  This started as an idea, i knew chipboard was a must, i knew the picture i wanted to use, i knew i wanted to blend chipboard into background and i knew i wanted to do image transfers.

I started with a vanilla piece of cardstock, and image transferred pattern paper- the harlequin pattern and the bird nest.  Add color via prima color bloom sprays and distress ink.  Then i thought needs white!  I glued on the chipboard and painted over with white gesso, dry brushed around chipboard as well to get on page.  Now too white so i added a couple blue paint coats.  I used distress paint with lots of water so it would be transparent.

this is my favorite part!!!  The chipboard now white because of the gesso was too white, so i added muted color with the new metallic gelatos. I just brought this weekend and LOVE!  Once i colored chipboard with gelatos it blended in a little more than i wanted so i doddled around the outside.

I also LOVE the empty space i have on the layout never underestimate the importance of white space (otherwise know as empty space).  Not every corner needs to have something, in fact it will make your picture stand out more if you make it the focal point.  There's my rant, anyone who has every taken a class from me knows this rant.

I designed the steampunk goggles for BFS and i am so glad she decided to use the design.  Here i cut off the one side, painted black then toned down with those FAB metallic gelatos again.  I think the rub on eye ball with the goggles is my favorite part.  I finished with laying tags, metal and rub ons in clusters around the picture in the bottom right hand corner.

Chipboard used:
Notebook Edges
Tattered Diamond Bits