Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dare to Dream - Stuck?! Sketches Nov. 15th reveal (Blue Fern Studios & Lindy's Stamp Gang)

I love working with Blue Fern Studio papers, not only they're so beautiful, but they're heavy weight. As I was in a girly girl mood, I decided to work with BFS products and some beautiful Lindy's Gang mists to make my DT layout for Nov. 15 reveal at Stuck?! Sketches. I really love the shabby chic look of my layout.
Here's the sketch to work with, made by Laura Whitaker:
I've started with covering the  BFS paper (Love Story/ The Grand Ball) with clear gesso, then I worked with a modeling paste over TCW stencil. After it was dry, I stamped with some BFS stamps (Halftone, Dreamy), and IBS and Maya Road stamp, using Ranger's black archival ink.
Now was the time for some misting... I used Lindy's Stamp Gang products: Cotton Candy Pink, Delphinium Turquoise and Pop Rock Purple.
Matting the photo with BFS papers (Blush/ Devoted; Sanctuary/ Calling Cards), ading a stamped title (BFS /Dreamy), and some sentiments from TH chit chat, matted on a BFS paper (Timeless/ Song).
Decorating with Cheery Lynn Design die (English Tea Party), Prima flowers, metal rose, lace from my stash and microbeads). Topping all with some deluted white gesso, and that's it - finished!
Here are some close-ups:

I would like to enter this layout to the following challenges:
Moodboard at Off the Railsscrapbooking - I was inspired by the feminine feeling and the colors of the moodboard.
The vintage and shabby chic mood board at Mixed Media Place:
I was inspired by the pastel colors and the shabby chic look, as well as the colors, of the shabby chic moodboard.
Challenge YOURself asked for their challenge to use sprays/inks and to include a photo of ourselves:
I used lots of sprays and inks here and this is me in the photo :).
Country View Challenges, which asked to use stencils. I used TCW stencil on the background.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Adventure - Kraft Plus Challenge

Hello dear friends! Today I want to share with you a lo I've made for November's challenge at Kraft Plus. The challenge was to 'Think Big'.
For my layout I've used my November Counterfeit Kit. Actually, I've used only one pp from the kit, the 'Border Stripes' from Echo Park 'Go, See, Explore' collection. The BIG title is one of the border stripes and the paper underneath my photos is the other side of the same paper.
For me, using multi-photos is a BIG thing. I hardly use more than 2 photos, and usually I use only one. This time I've used 4 photos, so showcase the movement of the scene.
I also used BIG amount of embellishments, I think I used more than half of the embellishment in my kit. I'm very proud of myself for that! some of the embellishments are handmade by me (the cork circles, the blue label, the two-colors hearts and the enamel dots). Using my stash means I will HAVE to buy some more LOL.
Here're some close-ups on the details:

And Here's a little sneak peek to a lo I will be posting in a cupple of days:
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Warm and Cosy - November Counterfeit Kit

This month at Counterfeit Kit Challenge they have 'Emerson' by Citrus Twist to counterfeit. 
I have to admit - I had no inspiration from the kit. Luckily, they also have a FB page, and the lovely ladies over there just helped me with ideas.
It's funny, but my starting point was the cork embellishments, and I remembered that I have a long forgotten cork sheet, so I was very happy to finally use it. I cut some circles with my BigShot, and stamped with archival black ink:
Okay, that's nice for a start, but usually my inspiration drives from the colors. So I set and wrote down the colors, patterns and type of embellishments, to help me.
My list was:
Colors: gray (dark and light), yeallow, light blue, peach/ coral/ light pink, light orange.
Patterns: chevrons, triangles, hearts.
Embellishments: wood veneer, cork, heart in two colors, words stickers, labels, sticky dots/ eyelets.
Bingo! now I was able to sort through my stash. I and finally came out with my 'Warm and Cosy' kit.
Here's my kit:

papers: My Mind's Eye (Find your wings and fly/ Sky's the limit); Simple Stories (Posh/ I laugh lots, Dream big); Echo Park (Go, see, explore/ border stripes, Dots&stripes/ Pineapple), Fancy Pants (Park bench/ Blanket).
embellishments: handmade (cork circles, labels, double color hearts, enamel dots); Fancy Pants (lime envelope, puffy stickers, cork arrows); StudioForteen40 (flair buttons); Creative Embellishments (diamond chipboards); Yael Yaniv (letter stickers); Tim Holtz (Idea-ology word stickers).
This kit is certainly out of my comfort zone and I hope it will inspire me this month. Time will tell..... LOL
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Happy Day - Stuck?! Sketches Nov. 1st reveal

I'm late for my Stuck?! Sketches Dt post.... but here it is now.
This is the lovely sketch made by Laura Whitaker:
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Join us in the fun and show us your take on the sketch.
For my layout I've used my October Counterfeit kit. I just love the colors of fall...
Here are some close ups:

I would like to enter it to the current challenge at More than Words, which is 'Outdoors & Woodgrain'. 
Also for the 'Anything but a card' challenge at CAS-ual Fridays:
The photos were taken on one of our vacations about 3 years ago and I've used woodgrain pp.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

A mixed media birthday card - Lindy's Stamp Gang

Continuing with the autumn mood, I've created a birthday card, using Lindy's Stamp Gang products, along with Finnabair's products.
I used papers and embellishments from my October Counterfeit Kit (7 Dots Studio pp, Lemoncraft pp, Prima flowers, Petallo flower, sequins, Robin's Nest's dew drops, DIY enamel dots).
I started applying Finnabair's clear gesso all over the 7 Dots Studio pp, then I used Finabbair modeling paste over a foliage stencil. 
After all was dried, I stamped leaves and foliage stamps (one from 7 Dots Studios, and the other I don't know the manufactor) with Ranger's black Archival ink.
I colored the masking areas with 2 LSG sprays - Go Greased Lightinin Green and Summer Lovin Sun, to get the lime color. With this combination I also colored the swirl die cuts.
The other leaves were colored with a combination of two other LSG sprays - Buccaneer Bronze and Mango Mania.
Then I adhered some microbeads with Finnabair matte gel, and some Prima's & Petaloo's flowers (after adding Finnabair's white gesso on them).
This is how it looked in the process:
Later I added some sequins, DIY enamel dots and Robin's Nest dew drops. 
I added Finnabair's Art Alchemy Sparks Acrylic Paint - Ginger Magic on the flowers and the edges of the sentiment block.
Topping with splatters of LSG Sidewalk Chalk and the lime green sprays combination.
The sentiment was heat embossed, and so was the flower next to the sentiment.
Here are some close-ups:

I would like to enter this card to the following challenges:
Lindy's Stamp Gang October challenge:
I was inspired by the leaves and the orange and green colors.
Mixed Media World - mixed media with a twist - glass or something that imitate glass (the Robin's Nest dew drops are transparent).
Dies R Us - leaves (I used two metal dies: Cheery Lynn's mini fanciful flourish and Die-Namites Large Ivy).
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Saturday, October 21, 2017

MIni Album with Graphic 45 papers - GD for Mini Album Makers blog

I was invited to be a Guest Designer at Mini Album Makers blog, and today I'm up over there with this gorgeous mini album.

It's a super quick and fun mini album, you can easily make in an hour or so, using one cardstock or designer paper and some DP and embellishments.  The size of this mini album is 5 1/8" x 3 7/8", and it can hold up to 15 small photos plus some journaling tags.  You can either make it as a mini album that stands for itself, or as an insert in a larger mini album, to document separate events or trips, etc.
For a long time I've been intrigued by the concept of 'One Sheet Wonder (OSW)' to make a mini album or an insert that holds a few photos, and I searched Pinterest for ideas.  There are many tutorials, with many variations of OSW, and I decided to use this tutorial by Claudia.  The measurements are in cm, so if you need the instructions to be in inches, you can use this tutorial, which has a table of measurements in inches.

I used papers from a very beautiful Graphic 45 collection - 'Portrait of a Lady'.  For the base I used 12x12 DP (these papers are so thick, and it's perfect for mini albums!) and for the decoration I've used some 8x8 papers, fabric flowers, lace flowers, eyelets and baker's twine.

My mini album is a little different from the original one, as I wantd it to hold more photos, so I did some flaps and pockets, and also made a booklet.  I could do it easily since the construction had gussets of 1/4".

You can see that I've added a small pocket on the outer part of the middle section:

And a little decoration I adhered partially, so it can hold a journaling tag and a small tag for date etc.

And the booklet:

A tip: when making a mini album based on folds and flaps, without a hinge, keep your embellishments in the inner part of the mini flat, otherwise you won't be able to close it properly.

You can close the mini album either with a ribbon (make sure to adhere it to the base before you decorate the front and back cover.  Another option is to use magnets to close the album (again, make sure to put the magnets before decoration the base.

Here are some close-ups:

I hope you'll give this mini album a try. If you do, let me know so I can come and look and leave you some love.
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