Sunday, 16 March 2014

1,2,3 challenge- purple, spirit, texture

1,2,3 Challenge~ Purple, Spirit, Texture.

My daughters' love is Highland Dance, it has been her life for 10yrs. Throughout these years her teacher and mentor has taught not only the skills of highland dance but the importance of being a part of an extended big dancing family, over the years she has taken all this and adopted it into everyday life and has grown into a wonderful mentor herself.  She is a brilliant role model for the young dancers of the future, taking on the challenge of teaching the  'wee ones' of our school as well as supporting all dancers and parents as much as she can. Becky holds the 'Spirit of Highland Dance' close to her heart and inspires others to be the best that they can be and  the importance to be there for others. 
With this in mind I thought that the photo I took at a ceilidh that the school performed at last year, depicted the 'Spirit' she always demonstrates so well.

The background TEXTURE was made with my new mini diamond stencil (Balzer designs) and Mont Marte white Gesso, after it dried I dabbed PURPLE Distress Stain (Ranger Dusty Concord from Kaszazz) onto the diamonds and sprayed it with water letting the ink spread out and dribble down the page. Stamping I added to the background included; diamonds (Stampin up set of 5),  and Texture stamp (Lucy's Stamps Aging Block).  On the top of the layout and under the photo and paper stack I used music Washi tape (Kaszazz) with PURPLE Artist Chalk (Kaszazz) for added colour and texture. To finish off the background I added water to some Dusty Concord Distress Stain and using a paint brush, splatted it onto the page.
Paw of Approval from Sebastian.

I chose a range of papers from my scraps and tore the edges to soften the look and used a stamp that I had purchased at a highland dance competition, a pair of pumps (highland dance shoes) to decorate one of the papers and to define the photos I edged them with black Gesso

My heading is 'Love The Highland SPIRIT' and is made in 2 parts. 'Love'  is made from my 'Love will find a way' stamp (Stamp-it) edged with Distress Ink (Ranger Vintage Photo and Dusty Concord) and black Gesso and decorated with a highland dancer I made by stamping another of the highland stamps I purchased at a dance competition onto Shrinky Dinks (Kaszazz) and heated in an oven for approx 1 min.   'The highland' is handwritten and the word SPIRIT was made using Kaisercraft chipboard lettering painted with PURPLE Distress Stain (Ranger Dusty Concord from Kaszazz) and then when dry I covered each letter in  Dimensional Magic (Plaid Royal Coat). 

Thanks for visiting my first 1,2,3 Challenge entry and hope you return to check out more of my blogs.


  1. Loving your diamond stencil. Why am I not suprised this is purple lol and what a fantastic way to use the Distress Stains. Xx looks awesome

  2. This looks wonderful.. love the mask you have used, the texture is fabulous.. thanks so much for joining in at 123 challenge blog!

  3. I think your page is fabulous Sandi and do you know what I almost love the most about it? You avoided the very obvious use of tartan and instead with the more subtle 'argyle' look in your background mixed media. I really hope you'll join us again at 123. :)

  4. Lovely page with a great story behind it - I love how the purple and the texture paste echo your daughter's costume and the ruffled washi looks really cool, perfect finishing touch! Thanks for playing with us at 1-2-3 this month, hope to see you again next time! :o)