Thursday 29 September 2016


This month FRIENDSHIP is the challenge at Anything but Cute.  I used a vintage photo of a child and a dog- what spells Friendship more than having a pet.  

This is Alex and Zeke when we first bought Zeke home- Look at that smile!!!!  Now it is three years later and he still has that smile, and Zeke is very much our second child.

Now the friendship layout.

I started by brushing on white gesso on background pattern paper.

Added modeling paste through a brick stencil.  Once modeling paste is dry spray with water.  I like to add the water before color so the color blends and bleeds easier.  Next splash with color.  Used Lindy's van Dyke Sepia, Buccaneer Bay Blue, Brushed Nickel, Pegleg Pete's Purple.  I splattered the pegleg Pete's Purple.

I cut tags, tabs, texture edges, and harlequin with my silhouette from pattern paper and vanilla cardstock.
Distress and ink paper elements. Position everything on the page along with chipboard.  At this point the chipboard and harlequin has been left plain.

I painted the harlequin with Pegleg Pete's Purple, I puddled it onto to get it dark and have slight variations in color.  You could paint before glueing down but i didn't really know what i was doing still I was doing it.

I painted the chipboard with alchemy paints- metallique steampunk copper, opal magic blue-gold, and metallique black berry.  I painted all the chipboard with opal magic blue-gold first then blended on copper and black berry in selected areas.  No rhyme or reason to where i added copper and black berry just painted.

I like how the purple turned out, which is weird i am not a purple person.  Not even sure why i bought purple lindy's spray but hey it works.

I like the contrast of white in the background from the gesso.

Have a great weekend ladies, maybe a gentleman or two.  My family and I are off to Smokey Lake Pumpkin festival in our new to us 1965 Ford Falcon. Below.  The husband is very excited, I figure this purchase is worth a couple scrapbook weekends without his moaning and groaning!!!

Wednesday 21 September 2016

13 Arts Challenge- STEAMPUNK!!

That's right folks my favorite- Steampunk Challenge at 13 arts  Here is my take

LOvE this layout.  It was one of those scrapping moments, I tried the background 2 times then the 3rd time BANg it all worked.  Once i got the background the rest was easy.

I started with a pattern paper, that i painted with white gesso.  I like gesso over acrylic paint because it has a transparent effect which is what i was going for.  Next I used gel medium to adhere some old music paper, and tissue paper.  Once all that was dry i applied modeling paste through harlequin stencil.

Allow to dry.

Next i applied black gesso through a numbers/ industrial like stencil. Allow to dry.  Next apply color with Lindy's spray- treasure island, jazzy jivin purple, and van dyke sepia. First i spray some water onto the layout then add color with a paint brush, I like to add color puddles then move them around with the brush. By adding water before the color there are no harsh edges and can move the color around easier.  I don't spray on the color because i can't control where it goes. I also like to add a little splatter by tapping the brush loaded with color spray.

Close up of color puddling with a little splatter.  I like to add the color around harlequin texture.

Next the photo cluster, instead of matting the photo I wanted a more organic cluster.  I cut out butterfly wings and created a chipboard cluster with gears, and rib cage lightbulb.  I really love how this turned out, it was a little flat until I added texture cut from pattern paper and silhouette that tucked into and behind butterfly wings and photo.

I glued all the chipboard together then painted it using alchemy paints. I wanted to have an ombre effect. The alchemy paint worked fantastic gives them a metallic finish which i think is more steampunky.

Close up of paint job.

Now for a few of my favorite spots.

Sunday 18 September 2016


The Mixed Media Monthly challenge is RUSTIC, when i heard rustic i think of country decor, vintage finds, rust, and distressed finishes.  Here is my creation.  I usually do i quick tutorial on the creation process but today i am lazy so just some pictures and close ups.

I kept all the colors soft with lots of inking for a distressed finish.  I used vintage photo, walnut distress ink and brown gelatos to add antiquing.

Lots of layering as usual with elements cut with my silhouette.  Loving the silhouette these days I design in Corel Draw then cut.  Works great i can use my chipboard designs and cut from paper.  Much easier for layering.

I used new chipboard pieces, door wreath, panel window, and inspiration words.  I was lucky enough to find a picture that worked with the panel window.

Added texture with modelling paste and color with Lindy's sprays for the background.  Again nice soft colors.

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Monday 5 September 2016

Summer Sea & Nautical

Page layout for Mixed Media World- Summer Sea & Nautical.  I love Blue so that works, and I have chipboard sea shells then of course a steampunk twist and here you have it

I started with the chipboard and painted in soft colors, vanilla, turquoise, sage green and mauve pink.
Once the chipboard was painted and dry, I lightly sand and ink- gives it a nice distress grunge finish.
Lastly i sprayed with perfect pearl biscotti- this is my favorite adds pearl tint.  I have the liquid spray but if you have the powder just add with water in a mini mister, bingo pearl spray.  The gears i used stampendous aged bronze embossing powder- another one of my favorite things.  (Movie reference A few of my favorite things- Sound of Music)
Seashell chipboard
Compass Chipboard
Edges Chipboard

Next i created the layering elements- cut a bunch of textures, and banners with my silhouette.  Cut layering panels, distress and ink, finally stamped some manila tags, and ink.  Next create the background mixed turquoise paint with modelling paste, and press through a harlequin stencil.

Add color with Lindy's spray- treasure Island Aqua, maidenhair Fern Green, and Delphinium Turquoise.
I just add more and more color until happy.  I like to have the layout really wet, it blends better, and you don't get any hard edges.

I was impatience and didn't let the paint mixed with modelling paste fully dry so that blended in too.  At first i was grumpy but when i let it dry overnight i liked the element or maybe i just needed a break from staring at it.  The final touch was lightly adding some brown gelatos around edges, makes the harlequin pop.

Add all the layers

Off the clean the house... why oh why is there no magical fairy.  I often tell my husband i need a wife- someone who cooks and cleans so I would have the time to craft more.

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