Thursday, August 24, 2017

"Donut Day" for D-lish Scraps

Hi Creative Friends,

I'm here today to share another layout for D-lish scraps. This one may have you all wondering why on earth I would scrap about doughnuts, but I say why not!! Miss C was making a huge deal about International Donut day, she had marked it in her calendar and was counting down the days so it was a big deal in our house!  She was not going to let it go until she got a doughnut on International Donut day!  AND of course, such an occasion MUST be scrapbooked!!  For those wondering, it is on the first Friday of June so go ahead and mark it in your calendar now :)



 The idea for the design of this page started with a Crate Paper page from the Hello Love Collection from 2015.  I knew I wanted to fussy cut out a stack of the X and O elements from the sheet to make a background.  I started by staggering these in rows across my page.  Once I had these placed, I then went about punching with an edge punch some paper scraps from the same collection and layering them up on my background.  This design is in a way similar to another page I created with the same punched paper strips.  Not every page needs to be a new design or idea, sometimes it's great to scrap lift your own page and tweak it for something different.



Once I was happy with the background placement, I went about stitching it all down with my sewing machine.  Next, it was time to place my photo and photo mat, for this I've used a sheet of pattern paper and a piece of scrap and a paper doily. I then mounted it all on foam to help separate it from the background.


Next, it was time to add my title, for this I have used the Puffy Alphabet Stickers.  I just love how you can stitch these down; I've used grey here which picks up my photo and there is also a touch of grey in the pattern papers I have used.


I then went about creating 2 small clusters of embellishments.  One at the top of the page and the other in the bottom right-hand side of my photo.  These are not very detailed or layered, they were really just a few buttons and a paper flower from Little Birdie.  You can find the heart buttons here and the Jewelled Cabochons here.  With the paper layers going on in my background, I did want to keep my embellishments simple, it was really just some finishing touches I was adding.



Here you can see that I hand stitched the buttons on (after adding a very small amount of glue to hold them in place and the page was done!  I really love how it turned out and I hope next year, you celebrate International Donut Day, I'm pretty sure we will be!

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thanks for popping by today
Gwen


xo

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pink Paislee Summer Lights - Guest DT for Sassy Scrappers - Hello Weekend


Hi Creative Friends,

I'm back on the blog today with another share as this months Guest Designer for Sassy Scrappers!  This month I'm creating with the latest collection from Pink Paislee - Summer Lights and today I'm sharing my third page.  If you missed the first or second one, you can check them out on the Sassy Scrappers blog here.


For this page, I really wanted to pull out the stunning turquoise and yellow in this collection, I was really inspired by the No 10 pattern paper which I have used as my background.


I had this sweet action shot of Miss 10 and my hubby at the beach and went about creating a little beach scene starting with a sun shape which I have cut using my Silhouette and a piece of 6x6 paper from the paper pad.



For the bottom part of the page, I wanted to create some waves, I didn't really having any cut files that would work, but then had an idea to use a border punch. There are a few in store here, and many would give you a similar effect.  I simply punched out a stack and trimmed them very thinly and layered on my page and then stitched down.  I chose different shades of the turquoise paper to simulate the waves.


Once I had the Sun and the waves in position, it was time to add my photo. I've mounted it with a scrap from my previous pages and a bright yellow sheet from the 6x6 paper pad.

It was then time to add my title, I went with a chipboard piece that says "The ocean is calling" and two more thicker stickers "Hello Weekend".  The Thicker pack is full of text that you could use as a simple and quick title to a page and they are really great value.  The page was now really coming together and just needed some finishing touches.  I chose a cute little camera, some glasses and star fish as well as some foil elements which are so fun!  I also added some clouds to the top of the page which have been fussy cut from one of the papers in the 6x6 paper pad.  I really love how this has come together.

Thanks for checking out the blog today, I've had an absolute blast creating these pages for you as part of the Guest DT and I hope you will check out the collection in store and get creating with your Summer filled photos.





You can find the entire range in the Sassy Scrappers store here.

Until next time,
Gwen
xo

Friday, August 18, 2017

THE SLEEPY KITTY | ENDLESS SUMMER | GWEN WRUCK

Hi Creative Friends,

Back today for another Cocoa Vanilla Studios share and this week on the blog our focus in on multiple photos.  Generally, I prefer to scrap one photo per page so it was fun to mix things up a bit and include more than one.  I had these 2 cute pics of my kitty Ferris and thought they would be perfect.  I seriously think this cat sleeps all day, it's quite the life don't you think!


The design for this page started with the photos which I knew I wanted to print smaller than usual.  These are 3 inches x 3 inches.  I would definitely recommend working with smaller prints if you are used to only using one photo at a time.  I also knew I wanted to create a bold title, another reason for printing smaller than usual as I knew my title would fill up quite a bit of space on the page.  I have used my Silhouette to cut the title from a plain piece of card stock, then I went about mounting it with the Sunbleached paper, I just love the ombre on this one, I didn't want a pattern in my background here, I wanted something very simple and this paper was perfect.


Next, it was time to get about hand stitching.  I punched small holes around the edge of the letters and then hand stitched using embroidery thread.  I like to leave a small white space between the edge of the letters and my stitching so that it looks more like an outline rather than sitting directly on the edge.

I then also mounted this piece of white cardstock onto the Sweet Treats paper - just so that a small strip was showing at the top and a slightly larger one down the bottom.  I also added stitching with my machine around the edge at this point.


Now was the time to place my photos and add my embellishment clusters.  I wanted the design to be somewhat symmetrical, so I placed one photo under the title on the left and the other above the title on the right.  I have mounted these using the striped side of the Coastal Chill paper and the lightest part of the Sunbleached paper.  Next, I added the cute floral pieces from the accessory stickers sheet.  I know it's extravagant to use the 2 floral pieces from 2 separate sheets, but I had them there and I really wanted that part of the design to balance.



 It was now time to finish off my title, I've done this with the Alphabet stickers.  I pulled out the green letters on the sheet to help balance out the small green details from the flower clusters.  There was already a lot of the warm peach tones, so I didn't want to add to them, I wanted something to break them up a little.  With such a big title, I wanted to keep the other elements on the page quite simple so I have just added a few wood veneer elements, these ones are from the Life is Beautiful collection and some sticker hearts also from the Accessory Sticker sheet.




Lastly, I added some cute enamel elements from the Enamel Shapes pack and the layout was done.

Thanks for popping by today, I hope you have enjoyed seeing how this one came together and I'd love to see your pages using more than one photo; so be sure to share them in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Community, we do really love seeing your creations!

Until next time,
Gwen
xo

Thursday, August 17, 2017

"Follow your heart & Dance" for Colour Blast

Hi, Creative friends!!

Back with you today as part of the Colour Blast team sharing with you another "clean mixed media" project, this time featuring a beautiful rose cut file.

The idea for this project came from this divine Roses cut file I have used to fill my entire background.  I love cut files like this one as it is a great start to a page, add some sparkles and the page pretty much makes itself.


To create my page, I started with a few small splatters in the top left-hand corner and bottom right-hand corner of the page using the Colour Shimmer Cubes in Blush and the Shimmer Spray in Blush as well.  I find the colour in the Colour Shimmer Spray to be quite light compared to that of the colour in the Shimmer cubes (especially if you don't water it down very much) so it's nice to use the same colour in a couple of different products for a colour on colour affect.  The dark splatters here are the Shimmer cube and the light ones are the Shimmer spray.


Next, using a combination of Blush in the Colour Shimmer Cube and Lipstick in the Colour Shimmer Cube as well as more of the Blush Colour Shimmer Spray, I have painted the cut file.  I have not been too particular with the painting as I really wanted a variety in the depth of colour - I was really hoping to see the variation in the colours here, whilst they are all in the same colour family, the Lipstick is a bit darker so I tried hard not to blend it all too much.


Once I was happy with the colour on my cut file, I dried it off with a heat gun. I then layered it over the splatters I created in Step one and glued it down to onto my background.  I didn't use very much glue, just enough to keep it in place for the next step.


Now was the time to add some stitching.  I have created loose circles with my sewing machine creating a few circles around each of the flowers.  This took some time but was worth it considering it was the main feature of the design.  You can see a close up of the stitching below as well as the different shades of pink on the cut files; I love that the colour is not perfectly blended and in some sections, you can see quite a bit of the white cardstock showing through.


Next, it was time to add my photo and embellishments.  Whilst I had the 9 Roses in the background sorted, I wanted to add two main focal points for the actual design, a smaller one in the top left-hand corner which features a chipboard piece that says "Follow Your Heart" and the larger one including my photo in the bottom right-hand corner of the page.


I've mounted my photo keeping the photo mat pretty simple as I already had quite a bit going on with the rose background.  I've added a few embellishments on the left with the main cluster on the right including some pretty flowers and a geometric heart embellishment.


Finishing up the page, I added the word "Dance" to round out my title - Follow Your Heart & Dance as well as some pretty yellow butterflies for contrast.  I like how these ones look painted without the mess and hard work :)


and there you have it.. my second Colour Blast project - I really hope you like it and it inspires you to work with the new Colour Shimmer cubes, and your Shimmer Sprays they really are beautiful!

But, before I go, I just wanted to share one last image... this one of my swatch book.  I have swatched out my collection of Colour Blast onto plain white cardstock, punched a hole in the top left-hand corner and placed onto a jump ring.  I love how I can quickly and easily see what a product will look like once dry and compare to other products in the same colour family.  If I have a colour in more than one product, I have placed them side by side on the jump ring for easy comparison.  This also shows me at a glance the colours I am missing and what I need to add to my collection next!




I give this project a "mess level" of Low
 (A quite wipe of the messy mat with a baby wipe after painting the cut file, 1 paint brush and 1 cup of water)
Hands, nails and workspace remain totally colour free!

Thanks for popping by
Gwen
xox




Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pink Paislee Summer Lights - Guest DT for Sassy Scrappers - Mermaid Hair don't Care

Hi Creative Friends,

I'm back on the blog today with another share as this months Guest Designer for Sassy Scrappers!  This month I'm creating with the latest collection from Pink Paislee - Summer Lights and today I'm sharing my second page.  If you missed the first one, you can check it out here.


As soon as I saw this collection, I knew I had to create a page with the chipboard Mermaid - how cute is she!!! AND that sentiment, "Mermaid Hair don't care" I adore that too so I then went about finding a photo of Miss 10 that would fit those. Living on the beautiful Gold Coast, we enjoy Summer most of the year and often find time to go to the waterfront for a swim, so it was not hard to find one of her looking like a gorgeous mermaid!


Next, I pulled out a stack of the frames from the Ephemera pack.  I wanted to heap them up as the base for my photo mat.  I just layered them up across one third of my page crisscrossing at different angles.  I then went about matting my photo, and added some foam tape for dimension.  Then it was time to add the mermaid, she was a perfect fit just to the right of my photo.  The chipboard in this collection is so sweet, with lots of cute icons and I thought why not add the umbrella here as well as some cute shells from the ephemera pack.


Once I was happy with this little cluster, I went about finding a spot for the sentiment "Mermaid Hair don't care".  It was a perfect fit under the photo and rounded out the embellishments needed for this side of the design.  This then meant that the left hand side of the page was a little bare so I found the "Beach Life" chipboard piece and the little sign and camera and added these in.  I've also just slid a tag under my photo here as well, just for a little bit of interest and a lovely pop of pink!


I've added a couple of Rhinestones from my stash to round out of the layout and it was done.  I'm really happy with the clean look it has even though I've used a pattern paper for my background.

Thanks for checking out the blog today, I hope I've inspired you to get those Summer photos scrapped, this collection really is perfect for it!






You can find the entire range in the Sassy Scrappers store here.

Until next time,
Gwen
xo

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pink Paislee Summer Lights - Guest DT for Sassy Scrappers - Summer Love

Hi Creative Friends,

Super excited to be stopping by the blog to share as this months Guest Designer for Sassy Scrappers!  

I do not know how Olga manages to get her hands on all the latest release goodies so fast, but I sure am happy to be able to snap them up!  This month I will be creating with the latest collection from Pink Paislee - Summer Lights and today I'm sharing my first page.



The idea for this page started with that cute bright pink 'Summer' element from the No 12 paper and the word 'Love' from the card stock sticker pack.  I knew I wanted to make this my title for a sweet photo of hubby and me at the beach.  Often, when I'm creating, a whole idea for a page starts with one or two elements from a collection, just like it did here, it makes creating so easy!


Next, I just had to use the cute little wave elements, these came from the card stock sticker pack as well as the Thickers sticker sheet.


It was now time to mount my photo.  To do this, I've added lots of lovely paper layers from the 6x6 paper pad.  I will often grab these when purchasing a new collection as they are a really economical way to get all the papers.  There is a stack of fun elements in the collection to choose from, but I thought the hearts were a great choice seeing it was a page about Summer Love!  I have also included lots of other Summer icons as well including cool glasses and icy poles, so fun!


Once my paper layers were all decided, the page had come together nicely.  All it needed was a little sprinkle of interest on the left and right side.  I started with the space above the word 'love' as it was the largest and chose a sweet little camera sticker and a shell from the chipboard pack.  I also added some stars from the card stock sticker sheet and a heart I'd just punched from a sneaky scrap I'd had from the photo mat.


How cute is the rainbow element?  It was the perfect touch for the top left-hand corner of my page.  Here you can also see the sprinkle of elements I created on the left, more punched hearts from the offcut pattern paper and some rhinestones from my stash.


Thanks for checking out the blog today, I know it's Winter here in Australia right now, so what better time to remember the joys of Summer and get those photos scrapped, this collection really is perfect for it!




You can find the entire range in the Sassy Scrappers store here.

Until next time, 

Gwen
xo