Monday, 21 August 2017

Sketch challenge at Swirlydoos

Hello all, 

When I first saw Kim's gorgeous sketch for the July Sketch challenge at Swirlydoos Kit Club I knew I had to do it! And I enjoyed every minute of doing it!
My mojo has been a bit lacking lately but this sketch really got the brain cogs working again and filled me with inspiration! 

Here's my layout!

and here's the sketch.....

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Here are some close ups and details........

The colours for the layout were inspired from the pretty autumn vines in the background draping over the wood panelled chair. Using the pink from DD's top and the dark tones from DS's top and the background wood colours as my highlight colours. The layout is created on a Blue Fern Studio paper from the Blush collection.

I love using mixed media in all my projects, as I mentioned earlier my mojo had been taking a vacation lately but my love of mixed media got me thinking again with this layout and I wanted to try and do something a little different.

I started my layout with a stencil and some Viva Inka Gold ( in the photo below)

When the Inka Gold was dry I dabbed over my Flitter Glu in patches on the gold and then applied the gilding flake. when I rubbed of the excess it left a lovely mottled coloured effect. I used a flake from Indigo Blue called Lancashire Rose which had gold and red tones in it. See below.... yummy!

I arranged the design of the ephemera pieces and my photo next to get the general shape of the design I wanted to match the sketch. I inked most of the edges either with Vintage Photo or Rusty Hinge ink.

Covering up the photo, I splattered the layout with 2 colours of mist, a rose coloured one and an orange one. Next was die cutting the leaves. I used several different types and each on a different colour cardstock/PP. I inked some edges to make them more dimensional and poked these into the design. I also used a burlap sheet (its backed with thin cardboard and goes through a die cutting machine) to create some leaves with a different texture.

I used a few pretty bicoloured pink tones flowers to highlight the pink top of DD. 
Other little details added then were the buttons threaded up and then some straggly ends of thread winding their way through the clusters.

The  title is a laser cut thin chipboard piece from Wycinanka. I simply spritzed it with the rose/rouge mist.

I then finished of by using the 2 mists as washes with a paint brush and blending them around the immediate design coming out from underneath the photo layers to really make the design 'pop'.

Products used in this layout:

* Blue fern Studios: Blush: Key to my Heart
* Kaisercraft: Collectables ephemera from several different collections
* Brown, rust and olive cardstocks
* Tim Holtz: Distress Ink: Rusty Hinge
 * Tim Holtz: Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
* Cosmic Shimmer Mist: Red Firefly
* Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist: Crème de Rouge
* Hobby House: Buttons
* Wycinanka: Laser Cut Chipboard: Berries/mistletoe
* Wycinanka: Laser Cut Chipboard: Remember Word Set
* Wild Orchid Crafts: Paper flowers: Miniature Sweetheart Blossoms mixed
* cardboard backed Burlap sheet
*Viva: Inka Gold: Old Gold
* Indigo Blu: Flitter Glu: 
* Indigo Blu: Mega Flake Gilding Flake: Lancashire Rose
* Cherry Lynn Dies: Pair of Ferns B118
* Spellbinders Die: Bitty Blossoms ( the leaves)
* Memory Box Die: Leafy sprig
* Black cord thread
* Stencil: Flourish

Thanks for looking!

And again don't forget this challenge can be found here at Swirlydoos

Ginny   :)

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Lets Get Sketchy

Hello all, its time the mid month challenge at Lets Get Sketchy!

Here is my DT layout for the August 15th challenge...

And here is the sketch and mood board for this months challenge... for the girls!....

my layout was inspired the pinks, blues, white and touch of green and the balloons.

Here are some close ups....

This photos shows the flower die I used, unfortunately I don't know the brand. I layered it up and then kept it in place with a brad. I have used lots of colourful paper layers using the My Minds Eye papers under my photo matching the colours from the background Prima paper. 

The opposite corner has another layered die  flower with  brad making a cluster with the pink sprig and leafy die cut set on the doily background.

I used a Prima stencil in the background with the distress grit. the red Magnolia flowers add the 'pop' factor to the clusters.

The wood word is simply painted with gesso. On the background I used splats of mist.

I adore this photo, such cuteness! My DD all sleepy on my lap cuddling up with one of my besties Jack Russell dogs who also wanted cuddles. 
 This is one of the few photos that also contains 'pinky' bunny, Holly's faithful bedtime cuddly toy whom has been there since day one and still is! And looking still slightly pink unlike the grey version he is now!

Products used on this layout:

* Prima Marketing: Devine: Couplet
* My Minds Eye: Collectable: memorable "journey"
* My Minds Eye: unforgettable: "today"
* Lace 
* Dovecraft: doily
* Freckled Fawn: Wood Words
* Gesso
* Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist: Crème de Rouge
* Tim Holtz: Distress Grit Paste
* Prima Stencil
* Magnolia Flowers: red paper flowers
* Annamarie Designs: Flower sprigs pink
* My Minds Eye: Brads
* Flower and Leaf dies

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, 

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Ginny :)

***CSI - Color Stories Inspiration #236***

It's time for the 2nd case file of August!

Here is Case file #236!

And here is my interpretation of the case file....

I used all five colours from the scheme.

Evidence used:

* stripes, polka dots - loosely interpreted with the river stones stencil and the postmark stripes on BG Paper
* wet medium - texture paste with the stencil
* nautical elements - die cuts of crabs, seahorses, lighthouses
* fish birds animals - seahorses, crabs, fish on BG paper
* scallops, wave shape - die cut of waves, scallop beige ribbon, edge to white lace die cut
* twine , jute, string - burlap strip, burlap decorative twine ribbon

Testimony used:

* Document an adventure

Now for some of the little details.....

The die cuts, including the seahorses, anchor, crabs and lighthouses, I dabbed with clear rock candy crackle paint to add some texture and substance to the otherwise flat paper shape.

I love this natural moss and I use it in nearly every 'seaside' themed layout. It does look like seaweed!
Here you can see the 'wave' die on the bottom of the photo and the text where I have incorporated the 'red' from the colour scheme.

The burlap decorative twine ribbon is slotted behind the lighthouse with a pale blue 'ribbon' die. 
My background paper edges and the papers used in the layers were all distressed.

I used a couple of dies under my paper layers, one a white lace die from Sue Wilson, this had the scallop edge to it and then the bubbles die in the blue colour, I thought the bubbles worked quite well in a 'water' theme. The chipboard I simply painted with the picket fence crackle paint and then went over in place with the frayed burlap crackle paint to blend them with my papers and photo.

Here you can see the burlap strip with frayed edges and the beige scalloped ribbon with the strips from the postmark on the background paper.

I love this 'river stone' stencil from Dusty Attic and used it here coming out from under my layers mimicking the rocks and pebbles that were all around us on the beach.

This was our adventure, taking the nets down to the rock pools and seashore in Pembrokeshire. The kids were so excited to try and catch something, anything, even seaweed was a major find in the mind of a couple of trepid explorers!

Products used on this layout:

* Prima Marketing: French Riviera 12x12 pad and sticker sheet
* Bazzil cardstock: Almond Cream
* Tim Holtz: Distress Crackle Paint: Rock Candy
                                                            : Frayed Burlap
                                                          : Picket Fence
* Finnabair: White Crackle Texture Paste
* Dusty Attic: Stencil: River Stones DA17823
* Dusty Attic: Chipboard: Doodads #7 DA74045
* Prima Marketing Flowers: Seashore #574949
* AnnaMarie designs: Natural Moss
* Burlap Strip
* Burlap decorative twine ribbon
* Scalloped Ribbon beige
* Selection of nautical themed dies.

Thanks for taking a look at my blog today.

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Ginny  :)

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

***Lets Get Sketchy Aug 1st Challenge***

It's August! 
Another month gone and summer is in full swing, my children are now on their summer holidays from school. I have been thinking of all sorts of crafty things I can do with my daughter who loves crafty activities, not so my son!

It's  now time for the August 1st challenge at Let's Get Sketchy! This challenge not only has a sketch but we have a mood board too and a masculine theme going on with it!

Here is my layout.....

And here is the sketch and mood board....

I was inspired with the bright blues, greens and red from the mood board.

My patterned papers are a mix between to different paper lines.
I have user Kaisercraft Class Act and BoBunny Welcome Home paper collections.

I added the polaroid and stars die cuts as my main feature points.

And brads and jump rings as smaller details. All my paper edges have been inked with distress ink. 

On my background I splattered with some mists.

My title is created from some wood scrabble tiles.

The photo is mounted on some red PP from the Class Act collection and my journaling card is just slotted underneath this layer.

I used a stapler to fix all my layers together which also adds more detail and great for a masculine page. I also used eyelets in the corners of the layout and little wood pegs on the photos. 

Products used on this layout

BoBunny: Welcome Home: Dreams
BoBunny: Welcome Home: Front Door
BoBunny: Welcome Home: Key
Kaisercraft: Class Act: Red Paper.
Cosmic Shimmer: Mist: Red Firefly
Cosmic Shimmer: Mist: Blue Lime
Tim Holtz: Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Sissix Thinlets: Star Die
Twine: red
Polaroid Die
Simple Stories: Awesome Me! paper- the stars
The Works: Scrabble tiles
Teresa Collins: Memorabilia Brads
Jump rings

Thank you for stopping by today to see my layout, don't forget to stop by the Lets Get Sketchy blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with! Follow the link below...

Ginny  :)

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