Thursday, September 28, 2017

"Happy Moments Together" 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.  Lots of close ups and step by steps so why not grab a cuppa and enjoy!

For this layout, I started with a black and white picture of myself and my daughter.  I love scrapping photos like this, family pics of us just being together, no special occasion, just being us.  I wanted to work with a white background and a monochromatic colour scheme, I've gone with Pink, Black and White.

To begin, I started with Bazzill Marshmallow card stock so no gesso was required.  I've started with the packaging technique using Colour Shimmer Spray in Punch and Blush.  I've mentioned before how I love using these 2 tones of pink together, they work so well for a tone on tone effect.

Next, I have added some splatters, firstly with the Shimmer Sprays, and then, once dry with the Colour Shimmer Cube in Punch.

Here is a close up... you can see the different result achieved by the packaging technique compared to the splatters.

Next, I needed some contrast, so I went with the stunning Sienna in the Colour Shimmer Spray. I have used a paint brush to add more splatters.  I use one colour at a time and allow everything to dry before using the next colour.  This helps to ensure no mixing of the colours as they dry.

With my background complete, it was now time to work on the cut file element I wanted to add.  I simply cut out a bunch of flowers using my Silhouette and while they were still on my cutting mat, I applied Shimmer Spray in Blush and Sienna to them using the packaging technique.  For this process I did allow the colours to mix a little and really love how that looks!

I was VERY careful not to add too much liquid here as the card stock I was using had not had gesso applied, and I didn't want any moisture getting onto my Silhouette cutting mat.  I then carefully removed the cut flowers from the mat and let fully dry.  You will need to work quite quickly here as the longer the moisture sits on the paper the more likely it will tear as you remove it.  I love how their edges curled up a little as they dried.

Here you can see a close up of the finished flowers.  I love how uneven the mists look, there are sections where the colour is quite saturated and other sections with very little colour applied.  I now had all of the elements ready to complete my page. 

I simply arranged the flowers onto my background adding a tiny spot of glue to the centre.  I really wanted their edges to stay curled up a little for added interest.  I love how their open design allows you to see the background through the petals.

I then placed my photo and title as these were my two largest elements.  Once their position was locked in, it was easy to add the other elements around them.

To complement my photo I've added in some other black and white elements including these chipboard hearts.  I just love the contrast they provided to the design.  I've added other die cut elements from Crate paper and Flutterby Designs and the page was done.

I give this project a "mess level" of Low
 (Thanks to the plastic packaging which I didn't even bother cleaning (throw it away people), and a paintbrush I can really control where the colour goes and still no messy hands or nails!)

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

"Create Happiness" for Dlish Scraps

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!

I'm here today to share my very last layout as part of the D-lish scraps design team.  It has been an amazing year on the team, I really have loved every minute!  I have especially loved Amanda's amazing inspiration boards. She comes up with colour combos and inspiration that pushes me out of my comfort zone and enables me to push my creative boundaries and I so love that!  So what better way to finish my term than with a layout inspired by the latest inspiration board "Over the Rainbow".

This is the perfect example of a page I wouldn't normally create, I love colour but generally would not use all of the colours on one page!!  To keep it more my style, I went with a pastel version of the colours and used tone on tone for the embellishments.

To start the page, I have also kept the background pretty clean by adding some mist in co-ordinating colours. I have simply added each colour in a strip creating a 'rainbow' of sorts across the centre of the page.  Next, I went about punching out the hearts using paper scraps from my stash. I wanted a pastel version of the colour represented in the inspiration board.

Next, I went about stitching a line of colour along the centre of each of the rows of hearts, to keep the design clean, I wanted to block the colours and use tone on tone.  You can also see I've hand stitched around my photo, once I knew where the placement would be, I co-ordinated the stitched edge with the section of the background it would be sitting on.  Now that I've mentioned it, you will really notice it in the images above... each section around the edge of the photo has co-ordinating thread.

Next, it was time for smaller elements, I pulled out a stack of Pick n place bows, one for each of the colours represented in my 'rainbow'.  Then, I did the same for the Jewelled cabochons and Resin flowers.

I also used one of my favourites the wood beads from Pink Fresh studio here as well.  I'm loving the different textures here, the resin, the canvas and fabric bows and the wood.  I just added items here and there in co-ordinating colours to the hearts and background until I was happy.

Lastly, I added my title using Thickers and a chipboard word painted with white Gesso and... that was the layout complete.  I hope it inspires you to give the Inspiration board a go, they really are so fun to work with!

Thanks for all your support, encouraging words and love for my D-lish scraps layouts.  I have so loved being part of the team.  Looking forward to the next adventure, so lots more scrappy inspiration still to come.

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Monday, September 18, 2017


Hi Creative Friends,

Back today for another Cocoa Vanilla Studios share, and this week on the blog the DT are focusing on Hearts and Flowers!  You will all know this was NOT a challenge at all for me as I adore working with both!  I started with this cute selfie taken by Miss 10 of herself and the cat, there is nothing quite like finding gems like these on your phone, I so adore them!

The inspiration for this page began with the cut file from Paper Issues.  As my photo was a little grainy, I knew it would have to stay quite small in size so I thought I'd go for a large cut file element to fill in the remainder of the page.  I also knew at this point I wanted to use the bright pink, green and yellow tones in the Fresh Cut paper from the Make A Wish Collection as my inspiration.

I don't actually end up using a lot of this paper, however, it really was my starting point for the page. There are so many times where I'm not sure to start and pretty products like these always get me inspired!

 I started by backing the three flowers in my cut file with this paper and the leaves as well, with the Party Dots paper.  I also used these 2 papers as the mount for my photo.  I also wanted to pull out floral elements from the die cut ephemera as well as the vellum accents pack.  Both of these packs have so many pretty floral elements, I knew they would all be a perfect fit!!  I also now took the time to fussy cut out a few of the yellow and pink flowers from the Fresh Cut paper.

Now was the time for some fun!  I simply went about adding floral elements in between and over the top of the cut file piece.  I was going for a floral explosion here!  I also found this pretty little vellum piece in the vellum accents pack and thought it would be a very sweet title, I've just hand stitched it onto a circle of white cardstock and placed it in the centre of the middle flower.

You can see here my photo mat and some of the die cut pieces.  The paper flower is part of the Hello Sunshine Collection - shop them here.

Now was the time to think about adding some hearts for the "heart" part of the challenge... I had certainly covered flowers at this point :)

I went with the Free Spirit Resin hearts and Life is Beautiful Wood Veneer hearts, I just love how all of the Cocoa Vanilla collections work so well together and they were a really nice finishing touch.   I have also added in a wood veneer butterfly from this same pack to pull together the die cut butterflies I have added.

I really loved the page at this point, but felt it was missing something... it was still very white on white and needed a little more contrast.  So I decided to add a little more stitching.  Well, a lot more stitching actually!  I had already added some for the circle title element, so it made sense to add some more around that floral piece.  Then I added more on the leaves and a few other floral elements in pink, green and yellow....  the 3 colours that started it all in the first place!

Lastly, I added a few sequins for some sparkle and the page was done!  This one did take a while with all the stitching and lots and lots of small elements, but I am super happy with how it turned out, I think it was worth it!

Thanks for popping by today
Until next time

Thursday, September 14, 2017

"Gather Pretty" 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.

For this layout, I started with a picture I had taken of my craft room.  I have been scrapping for a long time now and for much of that, I did not have my own scrappy space so for this page I wanted to document my craft space and my love of collecting pretty things to fill it with.  I love vintage and second-hand shopping and especially love that I have a space of my own to decorate and keep the things that truly inspire me. #alltheprettythings

The inspiration for the colours in my page started with a printed chipboard banner from Maggie Holmes.  I just love the colours in this so I went to my swatch book and found Colour Shimmer Sprays in Punch, Envy and Bling were a perfect match so I pulled out the matching Shimmer Cubes as well.

Next, I set about getting a plan for my design.  I find it helps to know where you are going to be placing items on your page before you start any background work, this way you can keep colour to those areas leaving room for "white space".  I wanted to create a vertical design using some black and white picture frames cut from a pattern paper.  I placed these onto my background and then marked their placement with a pencil for reference.

Now that I had a clear plan for the page, it was time to add some colour.  I began by spraying some mist onto a clear stamp block and stamping on my background.  I've also added a few splatters here and there using the nozzle of the spray knowing that some of these would be covered by my frames.  I was just trying to get some layers going on here.  It's super important to dry each colour off before adding the next to stop the colours from going muddy.  Below you can see the small pencil marks as a guide for my frames as well as the three colours added to my background.

Next, it was time to secure my frames onto the background. Once I had done this, I could see that the splatters I had added earlier had not really stood out, so it was time for some more.  This time I used the Shimmer Cubes as I know the colour is deeper and bolder.  I tried to focus the spatters along the lines of my design following along with the frames and was perfectly fine for some to go on top of the frames themselves.

You can see here a close up of the mix of splatters I now have from the Shimmer Spray and the Shimmer Cubes.   Once this was all dry, I then went about stitching around each of the frames for added detail.

I was really loving the pop of black on my page here and decided at this point to roll with it!  I pulled out the black chipboard title "gather" and fussy cut some pink and black butterflies.  Then, searching through my stash, I found this laser die cut black butterfly which would fit in perfectly.  I simply sprayed it with some Colour Shimmer Spray in Punch and WOW, did that sparkle!  I really would recommend using your sprays over a darker colour, they really look beautiful.

I will add here that I was very generous with the spray I added to this element, I wanted the colour to pool in sections rather than having a light mist effect.  I was really happy with how these elements were looking so it was now time to add my photo and other elements to my page.  Lots of chipboard and some pretty pink paper flowers.

I've included a couple of close ups of the black die-cut butterfly with the Punch Shimmer Spray over the top, it really does look pretty!

You can see the shimmer here, including the shine in the background too!

and one more shot of some pretty details, these gold sequins were the perfect match to the Bling Colour Shimmer Cube splatters.

and there you have it.. my latest Colour Blast project - I really hope you like it and it inspires you to pull out your Colour Shimmer cubes, and your Shimmer Sprays and try them on some dark cardstock!

I give this project a "mess level" of Medium
 (I did use a few more things for this project, a stamp block and paintbrush and there was a bit of over spray when working with the spray directly onto the butterfly, still no messy hands or nails!)

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

"Special Moments" for D-lish Scraps

Hi Creative Friends,

I hope you are all doing well!

I'm here today to share another layout for D-lish scraps, I've gone with a simple grid design for this one featuring Miss 10.  I wanted to document her recent reading addiction, she is reading mad right now and I LOVE IT, I sure do hope this phase sticks!  This photo was taken one day straight after school, I had taken 30 seconds to pop her school bag into the boot and she had raced around to the front seat, popped on her belt and already started reading all before I could even say "Hello, how was your day"!

To start the page, I created 9 squares of pattern paper from a paper pad.  I love a grid design as it is a great starting point and will continue to be a classic design.  I've sewn around the edges of each of the squares for added detail.  Next, it was time to matt my photo, I've gone with a pretty simple matt, again with scraps from the 6x6 paper pad. To finish the photo mat off I've added a paper doily.  You can never have enough of these in your stash!

I've placed the photo in the bottom left-hand corner of my page with the idea that the grid will form the background and on top of that there will be three focal points, one being the photo and another being my title, with the third being a cluster to balance.  To go with my photo, I've simply added a paper flower from Little Birdie.  I so love that D-lish stocks these, so many sizes and colours to choose from!

Next, I started work on my title and the cluster that would go with it.  I've used the Corbett Creations Wood Veneer word "Memories".  I added another Little Birdie flower here, as well as my favourite wood heart and a flair button.  

Here is that cluster from another angle, you can also see here I've also added a Resin flower and the feather design Creative cuts which are such a great option for those of you who do not have a Silhouette AND those of you who want the look without pulling out your machine!  I've backed these with a bright pink pattern also from the same 6x6 paper pad.

and... here is the third cluster, another of the creative cuts feathers and a Pick N Place Canvas bow - YES, these are back in stock so go get them now friends!!  I use these A LOT - they are on of my all time favourite D-lish products.  That's the layout done, a pretty clean and simple one, but I love how it turned out.

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Monday, September 4, 2017


Hi Creative Friends,

Back today for another Cocoa Vanilla Studios share, this time I have a fun Summer themed page featuring me!   This shot was taken at a Fun Run my sister and I did last year, as part of our "try new things" year for my 40th birthday.  I had never done anything like this so it was on our list!! AND it was so fun!  Now, we didn't run but walked the 10-kilometre track, stopping along the way for happy snaps and this was one of them!  I've used the Endless Summer collection for this for its Summery soft tones.

The idea for the page began with my photo and the die cut title from the Ephemera Pack.  I find a page always comes together quickly when you have something like this to start you off.  I then went about cutting out the floral die cut file from the Colour Me Happy collection.  I went quite large with these as I knew I wanted them to be a major part of my design and to layer my photo and elements over the top of them.  I've left then plain white to contrast my background.

I went with the Sweet Treats paper for my background, because, well, who doesn't love a wood grain!  I have rotated the paper so the grain runs up and down rather than across as I knew my design would flow more in this direction.  Next, I went about matting my photo, I've used both sides of the Coastal Chill paper.  I love doing this for a double matt photo.  You know the patterns will work together well and you are only cutting into one sheet.  I've also used a section of the This & That paper as my third paper layer, lots of fun things to fussy cut out of this one and then you can use the outside edges as a photo mat.

I've then gone ahead and fussy cut out the pink doily and striped tab from the same paper and layered them into my paper stack.  I also took this opportunity to add some foam tape to my photo to make it stand out above the background layers.  Now was also the time to add a single pink flower from the Blooms pack.

I then went ahead and added the smaller elements.  I adore the little wood veneer pieces in this collection, cute clouds, hearts and even a flamingo!! I've also added a cloud from the puffy stickers sheet, super cute!! I then went in search of elements from the Ephemera Pack.  I went with this cute banner as well as the title.  It was a nice chance to add some stitching here as well.

Lastly, I added the Flair and Enamel Shapes and some Woodies, all the page was done!  I love how it turned out, so warm and Summery.  With Winter now behind us in Australia, I am so looking forward to seeing all the Spring/Summer filled pages and I hope mine has inspired you today.

Thanks for popping by today
Until next time