Saturday, 21 March 2015

White with Hemlock March Challenge.

Being restricted to using one colour and 70% white on a layout can be very challenging and one of my favourite ways to challenge myself. This month over at White with 1 they have chosen 'Hemlock'.

As I do not have this colour in my paint stash I experiemented with modeling paste and paint and wasn't happy with the finished colours. I have wanted to try gelatos from Faber Castell for quite sometimes and was very excited to discover Big W was selling them in their catalogue. I brought several packs and discovered that 'Acqua Dolce' was a perfect match.

So this is what I created:

Items I used included:
  • White 12" x 12" paper stock.
  • Crafters Workshop stencil 6" x 6" 'Mini tile texture'
  • Faber Castell Gelatos 'Acqua Dolce'
  • 6" Glitz paper park 'Unchartered Waters'
  • Washi tape 'Film strip'
  • Francheville 'Rainbow enamel sticker-black' dots
  • Kaisercraft 'Curiosity' Collection - 'Love'
  • Chippie letters
  • Gesso - White and Black
  • Jewelery element from local shop in Beachport 'Coastal Elegance'
  • 'Enjoy the little things' strip from a piece of Kaisercraft paper edge.
  • Francheville circlular Stickers.
  • Lace sticker tape from my old stash.

Firstly I used my new Mini tile texture stencil to place modeling paste in 3 sections on my white paperstock, when dry I rubbed the gelato stick over the areas and blended the colour with my finger. I then added my washi tape to the layout. I painted my chippies with  white gesso and then used my gelato again to match the stenciling.

I placed my photo of a beautiful church in Cortina d' Ampezzo, Italy onto a piece of cardboard to lift it for added dimention and height, then added my strip 'enjoy the little things' , torn pieces of Glitz paper  to back my photo and piece of jewelery and a circle coloured with gelato. Pieces of lace stickers were added behind the photo as well. To finish off my layout I added splats of black gesso I had watered down and black and white enamel dots.

I hope you are inspired by my take on White with 1 Challenge for March 'White with Hemlock', I recommend that you head over the the blog and check out the amazing design teams inspiration and the artists entries.

Kraft+ March Challenge

Kraft paper is definitely a new and challenging to use, so practice hopefully makes perfect layouts.
This month the challenge combines a sketch and 'All That Glitters'

Kraft+ March Challenge
Here is my take on the challenge:

Items I used included:
  • The cut off strip sections of the 12"x 12"Kaisercraft Papers:'Tiny Hearts', 'Butterflies', 'Pin stripes
  • 'Tim Holtz stencil 'Dotfade'
  • Impasto gel medium to seal Kraft paper to ensure crisp colours and minimise paper curling.
  • Modelling paste with Semco Acrylic paint 'Vividian' mixed in.
  • 'SnapShots' from Kaisercraft 6"x 6" 'Sandy Toes' Paper pad.
  • Film strip washi tape from Kaszazz
  • Gold heart from a local shop in Beachport 'Coastal Elegance' where you can buy jewelery making elements, jewelery, accessories and I can buy more scarves to satisfy my scarf addition.
  • 'Rainbow enamel sticker dots- black' Francheville
  • Some blue rhinestones from Kaisercraft
  • Kraft 'Tags and Rope' from Francheville.
  • Kraft and Cork Collection from Francheville- Cork frame.
  • 'Barn door' Tim Holtz Distress Ink
  • Rub ons from one of my many collections from Kaisercraft
  • Sharpie fine for border doodling and words.
After sealing the paper with Impasto gel medium I placed the stripes across the page using the film strip washi tape between each. Then I used my 'Fadedots' stencil with the mixed modeling paste to place colour and texture to the page.

While the paste was drying I decorated my tag edging it with 'Barn Door' distress ink and placing on my rub ons, writing and tying on the heart using the rope from the tag kit.

 I cut my large photo in half and then backed each of the photos with paper from 'Sandy Toes' papers and some black card and placing them on angles gave the layout more direction showing them having fun together running down the sand dune. 

To finish my layout I added a cork frame with the arrow 'Snapshots', adding extra rub ons, rhinestones to depict the ocean spray and used my fine 'Sharpie' for the writing and border doodling.

Thanks for coming over to my blog and seeing one of my newest challenge entries.

For more ideas jump over to Kraft+ and see the amazing inspiration they are providing in using Kraft paper.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Off The Rails Scrapbooking March DT Inspirational Layout

Hi everyone, This month is my turn to share some more inspiration using the wonderful mood palette and sketch from the Off The Rails Scrapbooking. The challenges can also be challenging for both the design team and the people entering the challenges.  These colours are not ones that I use very often or choose and so I found this one a little difficult to begin but the sketch and palette was a great inspiration and I really enjoyed the experimenting process and using my new resources. I am very happy with what I designed and hope you love it to0.

March 2015 Inspiration and Mood palette  and Sketch.

List of the resources that I used:

12"x12" white card stock coated with Mont Marte 'Impasto' medium
 Mont Marte White Gesso and Modelling paste
Kaisercraft 'Hello Today' 6"x 6" paper pad
'Creativ' small paper doily
Stencils: Donna Downey 'Scribble Script' and The Crafters Workshop 6"x 6" 'mini chicken wire'
2Crafty 'Chicken wire panel' chipboard.
2Crafty line words 'Good Times'
Franchville 'Yellow' Enamel stickers 
Tim Holtz Distress Inks 'Linen Antique', 'Vintage Photo'
Dylusions Stain 'white linen', 'black marble', 'Lemon Zest'
Acylic paint- 'Titanium white' ' Raw Umber'
Washi Tape assorted- Kaszazz
Studio Calico- Wood Veneer 'cameras and people'
Assorted flowers
Old lace from my Nan's collection
Black cotton

After sealing the white paper with 'Impasto' I used distress ink 'Vintage Photo' with the ' mini chicken wire' stencil in selected places on the page. Choosing a selection of papers from the 'Hello Today' Kaisercraft papers and tore them into strips and squares, I stuck them on along with some washi tapes before using a spatula to glide some white gesso over the sections.. I glued them onto the paper and then cut up the 2 Crafty chipboard Chicken wire panel into smaller pieces.  

I used my new Donna Downey Stencil 'Scribble Script' to add  modeling paste with Raw Umber mixed into it onto the page.
I added a piece of scrap cardboard at the back of the photo (My dad and Me when I was very young) to lift the photo and give more dimension, adding a small piece of lace I found in my Nan's (my dads mum, the photo was taken in her garden) onto the bottom edge.

I used both 'vintage photo' and 'linen antique' distress ink to age the very white paper doily.
To finish off the page I added lace and paper flowers, wood veneer people and camera, the word 'Remember' from 2 Crafty and enamel dots. Finally I splatted the page with 'Lemon Zest', 'White Linen' and 'Black Marble' Dylusions Ink.

I enjoyed doing this paper and using some of my new resources that only arrived the day I was planning to do this layout, no wonder I was having trouble getting started I didn't have all of my resources in my craft room. Thanks for popping by Off The Rails Scrapping Blog and coming to see my latest layout, I hope you find the challenge as inspirational as I found it.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Off The Rails Scrapbooking March Tutorial- Chocolate Box

Easter is coming up and of course everyone loves chocolate. If you are making your own chocolates which I love doing what better way to give them to your loved ones than in a box that has been personally decorated by you. This is what I've done and would like to share how I did it.

Firstly I found a small box from my recycling box and chose a textured paper from the Mix'd Media Stax 2 from Donna Salazar designs paper pad and cut it to cover the lid of the box. I also chose some pale blue lettering stickers from Creativ.

After gluing it onto the box I cut a small paper doily from the pack of 3 size doily from Creativ in half. Using Tim Holtz Distress Ink 'Vintage Photo' and 'Linen Antique', I blended each ink over the doily to give it an antique lace effect and glued it down onto the corner and it's sides.

 I chose several pieces of paper from the Kaisercraft 'Hello Today' 6"x 6" paper pad and tore them into strips and glued them vertically onto the top. The flower and butterfly washi tape I placed horizontally was from Kaszazz.

 The next set of resources I sourced was Mont Marte White Gesso and Modelling Paste, Jo Sonja's acrylic paint 'raw umber', 2 Crafty 'mini chicken wire' chipboard, Prima stencil 'stone wall' and a WOW chipboard 'Mini Messy Rectangle frame'.

Using my wonderful new spatulas given to me by my amazing friend "Thanks" I smeared some White Gesso over the top of the strips and washi tape to blend and soften them. Mixing the paint with the modelling paste I applied it over my new Prima stencil onto my box. While they was drying I painted the chicken wire chipboard and messy rectangle with the 'raw umber' paint.

The next group of items I collected to use included a butterfly from the Kaisercraft collectibles 'Curiosity', Franchville enamel dots 'yellow' and 'black', Green Tara Water Hyacinth twine, Prima and Kaisercraft flowers and some black cotton.

Some of the flowers I left white, and some were painted with Dylusions Spray Ink 'Lemon zest' mixed with 'White Linen' and 'Bubblegum Pink' with 'White Linen'.

After alot of experimenting with placement I decided that more chicken wire was needed and a few more flowers as well and this was my final placement and finished box.


I hope you have enjoyed reading my tutorial, been inspired and take some time to read other artists amazing tutorials and gorgeous layouts at Off The Rails Scrapbooking