October 13, 2017

Oh happy moments with you

Hi there!

Today, I am sharing a layout inspired by the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine October sketch.

I've had these photo frames in my stash for years. I think they are an old Two Peas in a Bucket free cut file. Many times if I am cutting an image from a multi image file, I will cut the extra items just to have on hand.  These were cut out of white cardstock but the white didn't stand out from my background paper.  So, I coloured them with Distress Oxide Ink in Worn Lipstick and Cracked Pistachio and Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Stone Wash. All the embellishments are from Crate Paper Oasis and Carousel. 

This page came together for me very quickly - only a couple of hours.  That's almost a record for me!

Thanks for looking!

October 7, 2017

Guardalavaca Beach

Hi there!

I'm up today with a mixed media layout featuring Infusions Coloured Stains from PaperArtsy.

The coloured stains are pretty fun to use.  They are made up of dye colour pigment with small amounts of walnut stain mixed in.  They are water soluble and can be used in many different ways: stamping, stencils, watercolouring, etc. 

For this page, I sprayed the background page first, then sprinkled the Infusions in Olive Tree and Green Man.  The minute the powders hit the water, they start to dissolve and the colour blends.  The walnut stain dissolves more slowly, but to control the brown colour, I heated the solution with my heat gun.  If you want a darker colour, you can add more water and powder.

I didn't have an infusion in blue, so I added a bit of Gelato in Boysenberry and Blueberry mixed with water. It blended very well with the Infusions.

Once the background was complete, I started layering some very old Glitz Design papers under the photo and embellished with some very old Paper House chipboard and some new Carta Bella Transatlantic diecuts. You know I love mixing new with old!

As usually happens with mixed media, most of it is covered up with the photo and embellishments, but I love the effect of it just peeking out.

Thanks for looking!


September 30, 2017

Sneaky Selfie

Hi there!

Today I'm sharing another vacation layout mixing Crate Paper Oasis supplies with older items from my stash.

I started this layout with the page design in my head.  The dark blue towel in the photo was my nemesis trying to pick a background.  In the end, I went with a neutral kraft paper and some torn paper strips.The pink background stamps are an old Studio Calico stamp and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks.  The title is cut using my Silhouette.

Once the background was done, the rest of this page came together very quickly.  The very old chipboard  umbrella is from the Crate Paper Pier collection. Since the flamingo is gold, I felt like I needed some gold in the opposite corner.  But, I didn't have anything that would work in my cluster.  That's when I had the idea to gild the umbrella with some extremely old foiling kit from We R Memory Keepers.

The date on the package says 2008, so I wasn't sure if it would still work, but it worked like a charm! I think the Duo Embellishment glue was from the same kit and it wasn't even dried up. ;)  I painted the glue onto the the chipboard using a small paintbrush then let it dry until it became tacky.  Then I placed the foil sheet over top and rubbed to adhere the foil. 

As you can see, it's a little bit splotchy, but I might not have left the glue to sit long enough.  I was really anxious to see if this would even work.  HA! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. The gold looks better in real life. I'm thinking that maybe I should have done the entire umbrella in the foil, but it's done now. And I never go back and redo something, so it's going in the album as it is.

I really love this page.  Now, I'm looking around thinking what else I can foil.  ;)

Thanks for looking!