Monday, 19 June 2017

Mixed Media Place and Stuck! Sketches!

Hello all!

I have created couple of layouts to be entered into a couple of challenges again this month.
I created this page earlier in the month and then forgot to post it in the challenges I was entering! Have you ever done that?! The date for Mixed Media Place challenge completely escaped me but I have scraped in just, with this being the last day! And it was a lovely mood board too and inspired this layout!

On to the layout......

So here we are with a mixed media layout created for the following challenges.
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June 1st Sketch Challenge


May/June Mood Board Challenge

My inspiration from the mood board came mainly from the bottom right picture, the colours and florals popped out at me along with the blue from the sea picture. I wanted a whimsical, magical feel to the layout to go with my images, which were from DD and myself mucking around with Snapchat filters!

So lets waffle about mixed media with these photos. I have tried to use a lot of products to get the colours, different textures and effects. Firstly, those butterflies - yes I'm jumping straight to the embellishments! - these are soooo pretty, simply painted with a little gesso and then whilst it was still dry sprinkling the Art Sugar Light Pink over it and left to dry. It works, it stays stuck on!
The tiny star like flowers are heat embossed with Blue Fern Studio Embossing powder Magenta, this powder gives a lovely mottled effect when it is got really hot!

This photo shows the only blue embossed flower poking out from the bottom. Heat embossed with Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel Shabby Blue. If you like shabby chic colours then this range of embossing powders are for you! Gorgeous colours mixed with chunky white and old gold pieces, beautiful.

The word title was heat embossed with WOW! Embossing powder Princess Pink.

In the embellishment cluster you can see two other wood flowers, one is heat embossed with the WOW! Princess Pink embossing powder again and the other is eat embossed with Lindys Gang Embossing Powder Coral Blush. I like textures on my layouts so I have used a texture dot cardstock for my tag and some photo mat layers. The tag edges were inked with Chalk Ink Pad Dry Sand.

 And now for the background....... I used a Double Dot BoBunny cardstock paper and painted it all over with a coat of clear gesso to prime it ready for the mists and mixed media. This basically makes the paper stronger and more resistant to all the liquids we are about to throw at it!
I used 4 different mists to get a marbled effect background, names in product list below. These were sprayed, splattered and allowed to run.
I then used a Prima stencil with the Grit Paste, splattered watered down gesso over the background and did a little stencilling with Shimmerz Textures and Dazzlers. The turquoise colour is the 'Textures' and the pale pink is the 'Dazzlers'.

This photo shows you the difference in texture and finish of the 3 products used through stencils really well.

The photos are popped up on cardboard (or foam pads) and arranged to match the sketch, with the tag behind the first photo.  The flowers are a mixture, the apple blossoms are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the paper roses are from my stash.

I think this sketch worked really well for a mixed media layout :)

Product List For this Layout

BoBunny: Double Dot Cardstock: Dusty Rose
Coredinations cardstock: Pastel Pink
Bazzil: Texture Dot: Salt
Prima Marketing: ColorBloom: Soft Teal
Prima Marketing: Color Bloom: Peony
Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist: Crème De Rouge
Blue Fern Studios: Imagine Ink: Mist Cotton Candy
Shimmerz: Dazzlers: Spun Sugar
Shimmerz: Textures: Patina
Blue Fern Studios: Embossing Powder: Magenta
Wow! Embossing Powder: Princess Pink
Lindys Gang: Embossing Powder: Coral Blush
Stmpendous Frantage: Embossing Enamel: Shabby Blue
Prima Marketing: Art Ingredients: Art Sugar: Light Pink
Tim Holtz: Distress Grit Paste
Emboss It: Dabber Clear - for heat embossing
Prima Marketing: Chalk Ink Pad: Dry Sand
Freckled Fawn: Wood Chip Words
Art Anthology: Embedibles: Butterflies
Straw- Live and Love Crafts
Wild Orchid Crafts: Apple Blossoms flowers - mixed pastels
That Special Touch: Stencil: Poppies
Imagination Crafts: Stencil: Flourishes
Prima Marketing: Stencil:

Thank you for stopping by my blog today, your comments are gratefully received, I love reading them! :)

Ginny   :)

Thursday, 15 June 2017

***Let's Get Sketchy Challenge June 15th***

It's sketch challenge time again!
Hope you have your papers and embellishments ready for a little creative time!

I am here with the mid month challenge for Let's Get Sketchy.

Can you believe we are half way through June already! I don't know where the year is going to!
I think the kids have about 6 weeks left of school before we start our summer holidays here in the UK and then we are on the downhill slope to Christmas - NO I hear you cry, we cant start talking about that yet!

So firstly let me start with my layout

A fun layout with lovely bright papers from Simple Stories, with lots of layers and elevation.

Here is the June 15th Sketch

The first thing you notice is that I have swopped the hexagons for squares as these were the shapes in the designs on my chosen papers.
 Apart from that I have used every layer and shape on the sketch and then added more with the embellishment layers.
Unusually for me there are no actual flowers on this layout just the flower cluster sticker in the centre. I have popped some of the elements up on foam pads to add interest and depth.
Everything on the layout is from the So Fancy collection from Simple Stories. I have used the coordinating background papers, the patterned papers and the journal card papers, finished off by using the sticker sheet for the extra embellishments.

The final feature was the faux stitching around some of the squares.

Here are some close ups

Products used on this layout:

* Simple Stories: So Fancy: Marquee
* Simple Stories: So Fancy: Bits 'n' Pieces
* Simple Stories: So Fancy: Besties
* Simple Stories: So Fancy: Fancy
* Simple Stories: So Fancy: 3x4 journal cards elements page
* Simple Stories: So Fancy: 2x2 6x8 elements page
* Simple Stories: So Fancy: Mint Watercolour / Triangles Background paper
* Simple Stories: So Fancy: Enamel Dots
* Simple Stories: So Fancy: Sticker Sheet
* Pigma Micron Archival Ink pen Black

Thanks for stopping by today, I do hope you come and join in with this challenge and the June 1st challenge too!
Look forward to seeing your creations linked in the Linky Tool on the Lets Get Sketchy Blog page.

Creative Embellishments is offering this $30 gift certificate to the winner of this month's challenges!  Remember, you can't win if you don't play!

Ginny :)

***CSI - colour stories inspiration #232***

Hello CSI-iers!
It's time for another case file at CSI - color stories inspiration!

So get out your forensics kit and lets get investigating! :)

So here is the case file for June 15th

Here is how I solved the case!

Here's how.....

All colours of the scheme used

Evidence used;

* Woodgrain background
* Wood accents
* Mesh
* animals
* Trees  foliage
* Stitching

Testimony used;

* Document something about the outdoors

Now for the low down!

So the stars of the photo are my DS when he was a toddler with his Grandad down on the beach in Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire, out of season. Who says beaches are only for summer with bikinis! The beach was nearly empty and untouched, perfect for a little boy to muck up with his spade!
My journaling is done with tiny alpha stickers, a little fiddly but I like the look.

I used some masculine elements for my embellishment cluster with the cogs, some fencing and the shutters to frame the photo. The beaches and coastal areas in Pembrokeshire are always busy with bird life and this is a passion for my father so I included the bird. And ....well I had to add a flower or two, these are masculine coloured flowers!

My leaf/ foliage element is a flourish die from Cherry Lynn, I did this in white, as there was a lot of colour going on anyway and I wanted them to just be a subtle effect not in your face! The eyelet tag is my wood accent along with the background paper, which is obviously my wood background as well. I love this paper, its like a stable door!

My paper layers, which hold all the colours from the Scheme, are all strips and oblongs of various sizes all layered up on top of each other. These have been left in inked and not even distressed! But I thought there was enough going on with all the patterns!

I do love getting my sewing machine out on my layouts, I wanted to keep to the shabby chic, mixed media feel to the layout so I did random whizzing with my machine rather then a neat line or border. I liked the effect it gave. The brads added a little final touch in the needed 'green'. 

I really like adding straws at the moment, they add a very different look and look quite striking and again great for a masculine page. Mt background stencilling was done with a Mesh stencil in Distress Grit Paste. I also added some splatting with a red acrylic paint to finish the background off.

Products used on this layout:

* 7 Dots Studio: Destination Unknown: Walk the Plank
* Carta Bella: Bundled up: 6x6  pad
* Live & Love Crafts: Straws
* Memory Box: Stencil: Mesh
* Kaisercraft: Tiny Alpha Stickers: Black
* Cherry Lynn: Die: Small Swirl Flourish
* Indigo Blu: Acrylic Artists Paint: English Cottage; PostBox Red
* BoBunny: Chipboard: Bella Rosa
Darice: Rustic Accents: Rusty Tin Fence
Prima: Wood Tickets #554422
Tim Holtz: Distress Grit Paste
Kay & Co: Green Patterned Paper
Petaloo Flowers: Darjeeling: Anemona Mix

I hope you enjoyed your visit to my blog today, have a goo look around whilst your here!

I look forward to seeing your creations for this case file on the linky on the CSI blog

Here are our sponsors for this month

Ginny  :)

Monday, 12 June 2017

Let's 'Scrap the Girls'!

Hello crafty friends!

It's been a few days since my last post but here we are with a June Challenge entry!

When I saw this sketch for the 'Scrap The Girls' June Challenge, I knew I had to do it, it was right up my street!

Here is my layout entry:

And here is the Sketch and link to the Scrap The Girls Challenge blog

A beautiful sketch...yes?

So I kept very much to the sketch, using beautiful flowing flowers to frame the side of the circle. I tried to use my imagination with what I created my circle with and used a Kaisercraft Stencil with Distress Grit Paste.

So lets get on with some close ups and details!

On this layout all my flowers were from Wild Orchid Crafts here in the UK. These are beautiful paper flowers in a wide variety of types.
And the gorgeous patterned paper is by..... yes, you've guessed it.....Blue Fern Studios. This one coming from the Courtship Lane collection.

I have used several dies on this layout too. The Ivy die is from Joanna Sheen Signature dies. This is such a good size die but perfect for cutting up into smaller pieces too. I have used mine whole so give a lovely sweeping feel to the arrangement.

I have used another swirly flourish leaf die, this one is I think is a Memory Box die. I cut it out from white cardstock and then inked the edges with Weathered Wood distress Ink. 

The stencil I used for the circle was from The Crafters Workshop. It is a 12 x 12 stencil. I have found an image of it curtesy of Google. Its quite a handy stencil with some interesting feature s on it for backgrounds.

Image result for the crafters workshop 12x12 stencils

I used Tim Holtz Distress Grit paste with the stencil. You should all be aware of my love for this product by now! Lol.  You can see from the photos it has given the effect of  concrete slabs!

I have used a couple of different dies for matting behind my photo, to give a much more soft feminine backing then just straight forward cardstock matting. These were cut with scrap patterned papers in different cream colours. Again I'm not entirely sure of the brand of these dies as they came from my Mum. Any die with a pretty edge could be used for this purpose though. If anyone would like to know which dies they are then just leave me a message in the comments and I will ask my Mum!

The only mixed media I used on my layout was some splatters of Blue Smoke mist, a lovely dark blue mist from Perfect Pearls, which matches the distress ink perfectly and some gesso splattered over the page too!

The photo was matted with a very thin white cardstock before the pretty die shapes were put behind it, mainly just to make the photo a bit more sturdy. It was then popped up onto some cardboard to lift it off the page to give dimension and because I like to poke flowers under my layers so they look like they are coming out from underneath the photo as well as having some on top.

So the girls in the photo? ......... well that's me and a 'bestie friend' on holiday last year in Suffolk, East Anglia, UK

Products used on this layout

* Blue fern Studio: Courtship Lane: Town Gossip
* Bazzil: Cardstock: Textured Dot: Salt
Tim Holtz: Distress Grit Paste
Tim Holtz: Distress Ink Pad: Weathered Wood
Perfect Pearls: Mist: Blue Smoke
Prima Marketing: Chalk Ink Pad: Pastel Peach
Kaisercraft: Word Dies: Beautiful Moment
Kaisercraft: Pearls: pink
Joanna Sheen: Signature dies: Ivy Flourish
Wild Orchid Crafts: Wild Roses: Ivory
Wild Orchid Crafts: Apple Blossoms: Pastel tones
Wild Orchid Crafts: Miniture Sweetheart Blossoms: Pink tones

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, I love reading all your comments :)

Ginny  :)

Thursday, 1 June 2017

*** Let's Get Sketchy - June 1st Challenge***


Its June the 1st! Can you believe that!

I don't know where this year is going to!

BUT that does mean its time for a new sketch challenge at Let's Get Sketchy!

Here's the sketch.....

And here is my layout created with this sketch.....

I loved the design of this sketch but wanted to soften it a little bit into my 'style'.
So I have softened the lines by tearing my papers for the corners and made them larger to overlap the central design. All the other edges have been distressed with a distressing tool. I use a Prima one.
Most of the edges have been inked with distress ink Vintage photo, apart from the grey cardstock which I left not inked.

The central design I have layered up as per the sketch including the tag, I then slipped it under the corners so the corners act like a frame to it. The corner sections are popped up on foam pads which is more noticeable in real life then on the photos.

The patterned papers are from a 7 dots Studio collection called Nature Walk, which I thought fitted the scheme with my photo perfectly

I did a little bit of stencilling with my Distress Grit paste. (my favourite thing of the moment - I love this stuff, it dries so quick and gives such a wonderful textured look - I am nearly at the end of my pot - I need a new one!!) So I used a new stencil to me, I have been eyeing this one up for a while, I used it because here in the UK we often see poppies growing in our wheat fields, so to include this stencil in this photo of cut wheat bailed seemed ok!

Can you see the texture from the grit paste? Love it! Thinking about it now I could have rubbed some ink gently over the top to catch the rougher bits and create a whole new look - I will have to try that out next time!

So this gorgeous flower is from BoBunny. It's been in my stash for a LONG time a) because I love it and didn't want to use it ( just love the centre of it) and b) because I don't usually like yellow tones and struggle to do a yellow layout so it hasn't been used anyway! But this time the layout and theme seemed perfect for it!

This flower came as a set with 2/3 others, I have used 2 of them with it, the little crochet flower and the rolled material rose. I added some twiddled up twine and some sprigs of dried flower behind them.

I also ran the Prima vine from behind this cluster too and had it sweep across the bottom of the photo. I then added a few cream flowers to the vine and a couple of golden straw coloured leaves behind the corners of the photo.

The title is a laser cut piece from Wycinanka. I left this untreated as it fitted the layout just as it was,

These photos are from back in 2014 but they definitely need scrapping! The kids had such fun being hoisted up onto the them so I could take photos!

Products used on this layout:

* 7 dots Studio: Nature Walk: Cotton
* 7 dots Studio: Nature Walk: Cloudy  (both sides)
* BoBunny: Blossoms: Buttercup Dahlia
* Prima Marketing: Lovely Fabric Leaves #547509
* Prima Marketing: Decorative Border: Cinderella collection Crown #549206
* Anna Marie Designs: Dried flowers
* Tim Holtz: Distress Grit Paste
* Tim Holtz: Distress Ink Pad: Vintage Photo
* That Special Touch: Stencil Poppies
Wycinanka: Be Happy
Coredinations: Cardstock: Harvest yellow
Wild Orchid Crafts: cream flowers

I hope you have enjoyed visiting my blog today and take a look around whilst you are here!

And I hope to see you entering your creation into
our sketch challenge this month. Don't forget we have another challenge out on the 15th of the month, so please come back to see the next one!

This months challenges are sponsored by Creative Embellishments!

Don't forget to link your layout up to the linky in the side bar on the Lets Get Sketchy blog to enter.

See you all soon!

Ginny  :)