Saturday, 15 July 2017

Lets Get Sketchy July 15th Sketch Challenge


It's time for the mid month sketch challenge at Let's Get Sketchy!

This challenge will remain open until the end of July, so get your mojo on and come and join in with us with this super sketch!

Here's my layout inspired by the sketch


And here's the sketch

I used one piece of 12x12 patterned paper from Authentique for this layout, cut down by 1cm on TWO sides so that when I stuck it centrally onto my cardstock mat, the cardstock showed around the edge of the patterned paper. I used my Perfect Tears Tools to create the perfect tear lines in the paper first and then the two middle strips I had torn off I simply turned them over and used the other side of the paper to create the design. Before sticking these torn papers onto a piece of 12x12 cardstock though I did a couple of other things......

My buttons I have actually sown onto the patterned paper with pink and white cotton.
And the bottom strip of over turned paper ( chequered) I paper pierced so I could sew my bakers twine through the paper as these photos show you....

Pierce through the paper carefully with a pokey tool.
Tie a knot in the end of the bakers twine when threaded on a needle and sew away!

Until it looks like this! Then stick all the pieces of patterned paper onto the cardstock background.

Here are the sown on buttons!

Now for a few photos of the finished layout.

I have used Martha Stewart moulds to make some white paper clay flowers. These were finished doff with some Liquid Pearl in the centres, and mixed in with some Prima flowers and a Apple Blossom flower from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The Wycinanka Allium flowers I left bare and just added Liquid Pearls to the dotty ends.

I inked the edges of the embellished papers on the brads with the Rose Bud Chalk ink.

I also used paper clay leaves and pushed them under my matted photo which was lifted up with foam pads to slot my embellishments underneath.

I added a ribbon between the photo and its mat before sticking and knotted the ends. It is placed so it follows the movement of the ribbon on DD pretty dress. I love this sweet photo to of her giving Merlin a big loving hug too!

Here are the products used on this layout:

Authentique: Fabulous: Fabulous Five
Bazzil Cardstock: Blossom
Bazzil Cardstock: Tutu Pink
Kaisercraft: Tiny Alpha Stickers: Cotton Candy
Kaisercraft: Alpha Stickers sheet: Ivory
Wycinanka: Laser cuts: Allium
Wild Orchid Flowers:
Prima Marketing: Flowers: Wild & Free: #594701
Prima Marketing: Chalk Ink Pad: Rose Bud
Liquid Pearls: Petal Pink
Bakers Twine: pink
Tim Holtz: Distress Grit Paste
Prima Marketing: Stencil: Doily
My Minds Eye: Miss Caroline: Embellished Brads
Martha Stewart: Moulds & White Paper Clay

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, don't forget to come and join in with us with this sketch challenge this month!

Ginny  :)

Mid Month challenge at Scrap Our Stash

Hello, its time for the second part of my Guest Designer Spot here at Scrap Our Stash for July!

I am back with my layout for July Sketch challenge using the word ‘FIREWORKS’.

I really enjoyed creating the layout for this sketch!

Here it is.....

And here is the super sketch that inspired it!

The July Sketch is teamed up with the word ‘FIREWORKS’. The idea is to use a stash item for each letter of the word FIREWORKS. Here are my stash items I used for each of the letters: -

F: Flowers

I: Ink (paper edges)

R: Rosette

E: Embossing Powder (on title chipboard)

W: Wood

O: Outdoors (photo)

R: Rhinestones

K: Kaisercraft (papers)

S: Seed Beads

I really enjoyed doing this one, my colours were inspired from a colour combo photo I had seen, so after rummaging through my papers I came up with these Kaisercraft papers 50 Cents, these gorgeous patterns look fabulous layered up. I do love to add a little mixed media to my layouts and this one has a little! I created the background ‘circle’ from the sketch with gesso applied with a palette knife. I have a rhinestone circle on top of that. My chipboard title was altered with embossing powder. My edges have all been distressed and inked with Frayed Burlap, and in the background, I have added mists and seed beads. The layout is finished off with the flowers clusters, buttons, rosette and wood icons. The ‘outdoor’ photo is my DD riding a few years ago, we used to trundle through the lanes picking flowers as we went!

I had these sweet little wooden rocking horses in my stash from a wood icon Christmas collection but thought they worked perfectly for this LO!
The gorgeous shabby teal buttons are from my bead stash, I actually had these to make jewellery with but they just seemed to scream at me to use on here!

I have used wound up ribbons and twines in my embellishment clusters to add texture and detail with the rosette and the Petaloo flowers.

Here you can see the rhinestone circle with the grit paste stencilled dots and antique Gold mist in the background. The seed beads also add a little bit of extra colour and detail.
Applying the gesso with a palette knife like I have on the background circle on this layout gives a completely different look compared to brushing it on with a paint brush or doing something with a stencil.

I do love this Kaisercraft collection 50 Cents. I loved the colours mixed with the browns from the pony I the photo and highlighted with some extra Teal. The patterns on the papers gives a lovely country feel too! You can also see the Izink splats in this photo too.

This is the embossed title, whilst heating the black embossing powder I dropped the gold frantage into it so it melted and blended together at the same time.

My layers are popped up with cardboard which enabled me to be able to push the wood icon borders into the layers for full effect.

Products Used on this layout

Kaisercraft: 50 Cents: Guinea
Kaisercraft: 50 Cents: Sovereign
Kaisercraft: 50 Cents: Farthing
Kaisercraft: 50 Cents: Sixpence
Kaisercraft: 50 Cents: Dime
Prima Marketing: Color Bloom: Antique Gold
Prima Marketing: Color Bloom: Soft Teal
Prima Marketing: Wood Icons: Sunrise Sunset #960223
Pigment Izink: Turquoise
Personal Impressions: Embossing Powder Opaque Black
Stamendous: Frantage Embossing Enamel: Shabby Old Gold
Tim Holtz: Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap
Tim Holtz: Distress Ink: Broken China
Tim Holtz: Distress Grit Paste
Tim Holtz: Die: rossettes
Clear Gesso
BoBunny: Double Dot Jewels: mocha
Seed Beads
Petaloo: Botanica: Vintage Velvet: Dogwood; Teal
Kars 'Make Me' Funny Fibres
Wood Icons: Christmas

I have really enjoyed being a guest designer here at Scrap Our Stash this month and seeing what you are all creating. I hope I have inspired you with this month’s challenges!
Please come and join us at Scrap Our Stash!

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Ginny  :)


***CSI - Color Stories Inspiration Case File 234***

It's time for another Case File here at CSI, Color Stories Inspiration!

This one gave me a complete headache! All the colours I dislike the most when put together and I don't do orange!

Anyway after a few attempts at a 'start' for a layout, I gave up with my patterned papers and started instead with a sheet of white cardstock, inks and stamps and this then happened.....

This is the case file.....

All 5 colours were used from the Scheme.

My evidence used:

* Trees, flowers
* Dashed Lines
* Triangles
* Stamps

My Testimony Used:

* Presentation: Make your Journaling meander around your page.

On my 12x2 sheet of white cardstock I used a selection of stamps with distress inks and markers to create my background design.

I started with the flourish stamp from Indigo Blu to create the basic shape of the design. I used both Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon Distress markers together on the stamp, simply colouring over the stamp with both pens in different places until the whole stamp is covered and then stamp it. This obviously has to be done quite quickly so the ink doesn't dry before you get to stamp with it.

I then layered up other stamps over the top of the flourishes. The stitched circles was done with the Squeezed Lemonade. The leaves and arrows with Black Soot and the triangle background stamp with Scattered Straw.

The 'x' line stamp s from the 'Rosarian' stamp set and stamped in Broken China and the Wooden 'lines' stamp was stamped in Tumbled Glass.

I used the distress crayons with water to splash over the background. Just scribble the crayons on your brown craft sheet, spritz over the top with water and then mix together with a paint brush and then flick over the layout. I used two colours on my background, Fossilized Amber and Rusty Hinge.

My journaling winds around my layout in a clockwise direction following the stitched circle stamps. The sentences are joined by dotted lines. It tells about the photo of my two children which was taken not long after they had  recovered from Chicken Pox.

The Prima flowers I thought just finished the layout of. I finished the flowers with centres of Buttercup Liquid Pearls and added some more pearl drops around the design.

I then drew free hand some dotted swirly flourishes with a Weathered Wood Distress Marker.

Products used on this layout

Bazzil Cardstock: White
Authentique: Petite Type: Durable
Dovecraft: Glitter Alphabet: Dusky Blue

American Crafts: Dear Lizzy: Acrylic Stamps: 59163
Indigo Blu: Vintage Flourish
Kaisercraft: Clear Stamps: triangles
Prima Marketing: Clear Stamps: Rosarian #559472
Prima Marketing: Cling Stamps: Stitched Circles #570491
Prima Marketing: Wooden Stamps: Lines

Liquid Pearls: Buttercup
Tim Holtz: Distress Crayons: Fossilized Amber
Tim Holtz: Distress Crayons: Rusty Hinge
Tim Holtz: Distress Markers: Spiced Marmalade 
Tim Holtz: Distress Markers: Ripe Persimmon
Tim Holtz: Distress Marker: Weathered Wood
Tim Holtz: Distress Ink: Black Soot
Tim Holtz: Distress Ink: Squeezed Lemonade
Tim Holtz; Distress Ink: Scattered Straw
Tim Holtz; Distress Ink: Broken China
Tim Holtz: Distress Ink; Mustard Seed
Tim Holtz: Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass

Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope you liked this layout!

Do come and join in with this case file at CSI!

You could win a prize from one of these amazing sponsors of CSI!

Ginny   :)

Saturday, 1 July 2017

***DT layout for Let's get Sketchy***

Here is my DT layout for the July 1st Sketch Challenge at Let's get Sketchy!

I loved this sketch! A multi photo sketch with lots of layers and a mood board to go with it!

Here's my layout

Here's the sketch we followed:

And the Mood Board

Now for some details and close ups

My inspiration for this layout came from the colours on the mood board, the red white and blue.
I had these photos of Holly dressed in these exact colours which was perfect. I then matched up with coordinating papers, all from Teresa Collins collections. I really enjoyed making this one, with colours and papers I wouldn't really normally use, great foe using up some stashed papers!

I wanted to make the design slightly different to the sketch so decided to do a lot of punching to my layers to change things up a bit. I used two different punches from Martha Stewart. Using such bold colours in the layers made the punching really stand out against the other papers.

I added an ephemera piece tucked into my layers.....

....... and only one flower! My English rose!  This wood star had a perfect sentiment from me to my daughter, I tied it on to the bakers twine which is running along the layout. I found a lovely selection of buttons in my button jar that fitted the theme perfectly too!

I used the first photo slot from the sketch as a journaling spot, using this frame which came from the contents of a Papermaze kit.

The star of the layout was my DD. Two of the photos are stuck straight down on the background layers but the last photo is popped up on some cardboard (or foam pads) The mainly white patterned paper is also popped up on cardboard to add dimension and so buttons could be slightly pushed underneath.

Products used on this layout:

Teresa Collins: Fabrications: Linen: Pretty Flowers (reverse)
Teresa Collins: Everyday Moments: Flying Birds (reverse)
Teresa Collins: Everyday Moments: Yellow Dots (reverse)
Teresa Collins: Spring Fling: Mixed Brocade ( reverse)
American Crafts Thickers: Varnish Letter Stickers: Iguana Black
Prima Marketing Flowers: Tales of me and You: #586263
Martha Stewart: Punch around the Page: Lace Border
Martha Stewart: Border Punch: Pansy Border
Papermaze Kit: Alpha Stickers
                                         : Wood embellishment Star
                   : bakers twine
                   : Black Beads
                                   : Pale Blue Photo frame
                                      : Bazzill cardstock: Arctic
                                                    : Bazill Cardstock: Black Prismatic

I hope I have inspired you to come and join in the fun with us at Let's get Sketchy!

As always you could be in with a chance to win a fabulous prize from our sponsor this month just by linking up your layout to the linky in the side bar on the blog here:

Thanks for stopping by

Ginny  :)

***Guest Designer for Scrap Our Stash***

So this is so exciting and now I can tell you all!

I am so happy to be a Guest Designer for Scrap Our Stash for the month of July!

As you know I love entering challenges, I do this because I love sharing my work and joining in the challenges with all you other ladies. It is even more wonderful when one of your layouts ends up being featured or placed or winning, how exciting is that? I was lucky enough to be chosen as a 'Top 3' at Scrap Our Stash last month and invited to Guest Design for July, I cant wait to show you what I came up with for this months challenges.

Today it is the reveal of the Tic Tac Toe Challenge for July 1st.

Here is my layout:

This is the Tic Tac Toe board for this month.

Create a layout and you must use all three items from any horizontal, vertical or diagonal row. 
This challenge is open until the 29th July 2017

I used the horizontal line  STRIPED PAPER - TAG - BANNER

Now for some  details and close ups...

I used a lovely paper collection from Carta Bella for this layout, Flora No.1.
I really liked the colours in the papers to go with my photo and the dark floral PP to bring out DD's dress. In particular I loved that striped paper which I think makes the layout 'pop' out at you!

My large layers were torn  instead of cutting, to create the distressed shabby chic feel and my smaller layers i.e. the banners were all distressed with Prima distress tool. I even distressed my photo!
The photo is matted onto back cardstock.

I loved this lace, this is just slotted under the matted photo, which is popped up with some cardboard (or foam pads), giving some texture and a softening to the edges of the photo.

My background had a little splattering of mist, I do like a little mixed media on my layouts, but this layout didn't need any much with the busy patterns of the papers. I stamped this Finnabair butterfly onto the background paper as I love the sentiment on it, for my daughter, I really wish my daughter to spread her wings and fly in life and it was appropriate with the beautiful butterfly face painting on her face! I stamped it with Distress Ink Black Soot.

Under the banners I used a paper doily die cut, it is a whole one cut in half so I could fit it both sides of the photo. I used a selection of embellishments from a Papermaze kit, these included the clear buttons, pink rose and the dinky little Prima butterflies. I tied bakers twine through the buttons and tied at the back and left the ends showing through the clear buttons.

The kraft tags were also in this kit, I cut into the 'today' one so I could slot most of it under my photo but still have the word on top.

My journaling is written on another kraft tag and slotted in the layers behind the photo, so it can be easily pulled out to be read. I also loved the clear background quote stickers added over the layout.

Products used on this layout:

Carta Bella: Flora No.1: Peony Posy: Cluster
Carta Bella: Flora No.1: Peony Posy: Journaling Cards (reverse)
Bazzill Cardstock: Black Prismatic
Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist: Crème de Rouge
Prima Marketing flowers: Wild & Free: #594701
Prima Marketing: Finnabair: Butterfly wood mounted stamp
Tim Holtz: Distress Ink: Black Soot
Papermaze Kit: buttons, pink rose, Prima Rose Quartz butterflies, Kraft tags, doily.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today, please have a look around whilst your here!
I hope I have inspired you with how I created using the Tic Tac Toe board. I look forward to seeing all your creations too!

Add your layouts to the challenge linky in the side bar on the Scrap Our Stash blog

I will be back on the 15th with the second part to my Guest Designer slot this month.

Ginny   :)