Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Imagine Art Journal Page

Good morning.

Today I am talking about an art journal page I have created.

This is the first page in my disc bound notebook. I purchased a Happy Planner Notebook to use for an art journal. I was not sure about the thickness of the pages before I bought it so I was not surprised that I have to stick two pages together to make it sturdy enough for my liking. I did this with Gel Medium.

My plan is to leave the backs of the pages blank so I can write on there the products I have used. I have got plenty of pages that I do not know what I have used on them so if I want to reproduce the technique I don't know where to start.

You can watch the video here if you want to see how this page came together.

To start my page I covered the background with book paper using Atelier Heavy Gel Gloss. The text was very dark so I gave it two coats of Gesso. This actually turned out to be too many, I should have stuck with just the one coat, as when the Gesso was dry and the inks were applied on top of it the text was completely covered.

I used Distress Inks as the base colours for the background. The colours I used were Broken China, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw. I applied the colour with a blending tool.

Using Dylusions Mini Stencil - Diamonds In The Rough I applied some Broken China and some Black Soot Distress Inks randomly through the stencil.

More dimension for the background was created by stamping. I used Kaisercraft's - Stains clear stamp and the Black Soot Distress Ink first and then the same stamp with my Encore Gold Ink

Next I used both Black Soot and Broken China Distress Inks, with a Deep Red stamp called Water Droplets Background, randomly on the background.

Now that my background is finished I gave it a coat of Boyle's Clear Matt Spray sealer. The Distress Inks re-activate when they get wet and I did not want them moving around  as I continued with the page.

For my focal points I used Kaisercraft's Child Play clear stamps. I cut the centre out of the largest circle stamp to make two stamps and with my Stazon Ink Jet Black I stamped the circles onto my page. I wanted it to look like some of the circle were behind others so I cut a mask so I could stamp on top of any circle and not have the overlap show.

The centres of the circles got two coats of Gesso so that the colour I applied to them would be true.

I used acrylic paints, Duncan Sunshine Yellow, Duncan Sunrise Orange and DecoArts Christmas Red to fill in the centres of the circles, blending them together as I went.

When the acrylic paint was dry I used my Fude Ball pen to doodle on the circles and doodle a border around the page. I thought the Fude Ball pen was waterproof (it says it is on the pen) but I found out it was not when I wiped over it with a baby wipe after it was dry and it smudged.

I wanted to add some white next so I used some Scribbles SC110 in White (this is similar to Stickles but from my ceramic days) to add dot and lines to the circles. I also used some watered down white acrylic paint in my Fine Line bottle to draw around the circles and around the page.

To finish the page off I used some Sizzix - Background Weave rub-ons on the background and a Kaisercraft SB522 Inspiration Rub-On which said Imagine for my title. The title does not stand out but it is there if you are looking for it.

Wow this is a very long post so if you have made it this far thank you for sticking with me.

The video is quite short, I try to keep them all under 15 mins, so why not pop over and check it out.

Thank you for spending some of your day here with me.

Till next week

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Cards using Briarwood paper range

Good morning.

Glad you could join me here on my blog today.

Although I am trying to use up the huge amount of product I have in my stash, I bought a 6" x 6" paper pad and a pack of embellishments from The Reject Shop when I was in Burleigh Heads recently. The brand is The Craft Stall and the collection was Briarwood. I cannot remember what I paid for them but I think it was only about $2 or $3 each. Even if these three cards are the only ones I make from the pad I think I have got great value for money. There are still over 30 pages left in the pad and over a 130 embellishments left in the pack so there are a lot more cards to be made from these supplies.

These are the cards I have made

You can see the process video here.

I used a couple of sheets of white cardstock that was embossed with dots to make my 5.25" square card bases.

All of the flowers used here are from my stash and were NOT made especially for these cards.

The edges of all of the papers have been distressed and inked.

I chose six sheets of paper from the pad, 3 of them a fairly plain print and 3 with a heavier pattern. I cut the lighter patterned paper to 5" square and the other sheets to 4.75" square. The smaller pieces were then attached on top of the larger ones to use as the backgrounds.

Card No 1.

For the first card I selected another piece of patterned paper and trimmed it to 2.5" x 4.75". Using some craft foam I attached the paper towards the left hand side of the card on top of some white gauze poking out from it.

To decorate this card I used a strip of small white tulle flowers, an assortment of purchased flowers and leaves and a handmade flower that I had made some time ago. The hand made flower is made by cutting various decreasing sized circles, inking the edges, spraying them lightly with water and scrunching them up. Leave them to dry and then flatten them out slightly and layer them on top of each other, securing them in place with a brad.

I chose a small butterfly from the embellishment pack, trimmed the white edge off and attached it to the card. I also chose a sentiment from the pack and attached it to the card on top of the tulle flowers. A few dots of Crystal Scribbles (similar to Nuvo Glitter Drops) were added for a bit of bling.

To finish the card off I sprayed it with Tattered Angels Glimmermist in Gold. This gives the whole front of the card a very pretty golden shine.

Card No 2.

To create a horizontal panel for the second card I cut a 2" x 4.75" strip of patterned paper and attached a layer of lace to it. On top of this I attached a 0.75" x 4.75" strip of patterned paper.

I used my hot glue gun to attached this to the card holding a piece of gold speckled netting in place behind the panel. I have attached it about 2/3 ads of the way down the card.

On top of this panel I added a piece of resin and four purchased flowers. The origin and brand of the flowers is unknown because I take all of my flowers out of their packaging and store them in a large tub.

The sentiment is made using a clear sticker from 13@rts. I have attached the sticker to a piece of pink paper from the pad and then mounted on some white cardstock. This was attached to the card in the upper right hand area, using some foam squares.

Card No 3.

I have used some mixed media on this card. I applied some Matisse Impasto Medium, which dries clear, through a diamond stencil. While this was still wet I added some 13@rts Old Gold XS Microspheres and set this aside to dry.

I made a panel to run vertically on my card using bits and pieces from my embellishment box. This is where I put things that I make for a project and then don't end up using. I gathered up a piece of white cardstock that had been die cut using Tim Holts Ornate die, a piece of grey spot paper that had been punched using a Martha Stewart punch and an off cut from the background papers from the 6" x 6" paper pad I am using. These were layered on top of each other then attached to the middle of the card front using my hot glue gun. I also attached a strip of lace to the left hand side of this panel.

Many years ago (about 10 I think) I bought a pad by K&Company called Cardstock Flowers - Paper Posies. There are 24 pages of pre-cut flowers and foliage that you can layer to create flowers. The two flowers on this card we're assembled from this pad. I added two smaller flowers to complete the flower cluster

I have used a larger butterfly from the embellishment pack on the card, once again cutting off the white border.

The greeting is another sticker from the 13@rts sticker sheet that I attached to a piece of the pink paper from the pad and attached it to the card using foam squares. Unfortunately I took the photo before I attached the sentiment and did not realise it until much later. The sentiment is attached in the bottom left area of the card and says Thinking of You.

A light coat of the Tattered Angels Glimmermist in gold finished this last card for today.

A quick look at all three cards again

Please pop over to my YouTube channel and check out the video for all the details.

Thanks again for popping by, I appreciate you spending your time with me.

Till next time

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Watervale Layout

Good morning

Todays layout is a travel related layout. Ray and I do housesitting as a sort of hobby/holiday thing.

This layout showcases one of those housesits. We did this housesit in April 2016 so you can see how long it has taken me to get around to scrapping it.

I had 13 photos that I wanted to use so I reduced 12 of the photos down to 4" x 3" and left one at 6" x 4"

To fit them all on one page I created a booklet to attach to the page and then I altered the page protector in my album so that the booklet could be opened without having to take the page out of the protector.

I created a video showing the process, you can see the video here on my YouTube channel.

This photo shows the booklet open

All of the papers on this layout are from very old collections that I have had for some years. I am using them as part of my project to reduce my stash
All of the papers have been distressed using my Prima Distress tool and Kaisercraft's black ink.

I have used Making Memories Toil & Trouble paper for the background of the layout.

I tore along the top edge of the paper and then made it back up to 12" x 12" using 7 Dots Studio Domestic Goddess - Women's Talk. This paper was also used to cover the folio I created to house the bulk of the photos.

To make the folio I cut a piece of kraft cardstock to 8.75" x 10" and another that was 9.25" x 10". I scored the larger piece at 1/2" on the 9.25" side and folded this over to create a flap. Using double sided tape and glue I joined the two pieces, with the flap being at the back of the folio.

All of the photos for the inside of the folio were reduced to 4" x 3" in size and then matted on black cardstock that measured 4 1/8" x 3 1/8" giving them a nice fine 1/16" border that separates them from the background. The photos were then attached evenly to the inside of the folio.

Once the patterned paper was attached to the front of the folio, the folio was attached to the background cardstock approximately 3/4" from both the bottom and left hand edges

To decorate the front of the folio I cut a piece from Prima Marketing's Sunrise-Sunset Collection - White Hot that measured 7.75" x 8".

Using Kaisercraft's Grunge stencil I applied Mont Marte Modelling paste randomly on the 7.75" x 8" patterned paper. I let this dry and then sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Gold and Tattered Angels Chalkboard spray in Valencia letting the colour run and pool on the paper. Using Tattered Angels Glimmermist in Black Magic I added some splatters. I was hoping that this would make the Modelling Paste stand out a little more but it didn't. I probably should have sprayed first and then applied the modelling paste. Once this was dry I attached it to the layout at the top of the folio on an angle so the top left corner was approximately 3/4" from the left hand edge of the folio and the bottom left corner was on the left hand edge of the folio.

I used a strip of the Domestic Goddess paper that is 1.75" wide to add a horizontal element to the layout. I wanted it to go across the complete page but because the folio has to open to be able to see the photos I had to cut the strip where is crossed the folio cover.

I glued some craft foam to the back of the larger photo before attaching it to the front of the folio.

For the title I used Kaisercrft chipboard letters - CB108 Alpha #2. I gave them a coat of Gesso and then applied the same two sprays that I had used on the patterned paper earlier. I applied the colour with a brush in the hope of getting a deeper colour. once they were dry I took a text stamp and some black Stayzon ink and stamped on top of them.

I punched a tab using my McGill 2.25" tab punch and used the same stamp and ink on it. I also used some black alpha sticker to put "open" on the tab.

I attached the tab to the top page of the folio and the title to the bottom section of the folio.

I embellished the layout with collectables from Kaisercraft's Check In range.

I cut my page protector open and put a slit in it where the front page of the folio is to poke through, I put the page in place and then sealed up the protector. You can see how I did this in my video here.

Thank you for spending some of your day with me on my blog today. Hope you have time to check out the video

Till next time

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Three Assorted Cards

Good morning papercrafting friends,

Today's post is about the three cards I made this week. I have used three different background dies and used different techniques for each card.

I have recorded the process and you can see the video here.

I have used a no brand set of dies for this first card. I cut the die three time using white cardstock. I layered these on top of each other and attached them to the handmade card base.

The card base is 11 3/4" x 4 5/8" and scored at 3 3/8" and 9 1/4". I have used white cardstock as I was going for a classic elegant look but you could use a colour for your card base.

I have attached a piece of patterned paper to the centre inside of the card. This is where I put my sentiment. The sentiment is a stamped image saying "Thinking of You" that was a giveaway with a magazine I purchased a while ago. I stamped on white card stock and then heat embossed it with silver embossing powder.

The flower on the front of the card is hand made using velum and Couture Creations CO724161 die

The second card also uses a no brand background die. I have cut it in white and attached it to a 5" square mauve card base.

To embellish the card front I have used some gauze, pearl stems, flowers and leaves. I have attached these with my hot glue gun.

The sentiment was also heat embossed using another stamp from a purchased magazine and some very old glitter embossing powder. This was matted on some of the same cardstock that the card base was made from, and then attached to the card with foam tape.

Once again a no brand die was used to cut the background with white cardstock.

I also cut the die from three other patterned papers.

I cut the black card base to create a 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" card. I used glue to attach the die cut to the card base, then using the pieces from the other die cuts I have filled in the butterfly and the flowers.

This was a very time-consuming process but the more I did the easier it got.

I chose two flowers from my stash and attached them to the front of the card and to make the butterfly stand out a little more I attached a coloured butterfly outline.

The sentiment is computer generated and mounted on black cardstock. This is attached to the card using foam tape.

Because the card base is black I have attache a 6" x 4" pale pink patterned paper to the inside where a hand written message can be written.

You can see the full process video here If you would like to subscribe to my channel I would appreciate it

Thank you for visiting my blog today and spending your time with me.

Till next time

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Live Beautifully Art Journal Page

Good morning friends

I am happy that you have come to spend some time here with me today.

I have created an art journal page today. The inspiration for this page came from Pinterest.

I have a process video for this page and you can view it here.

I am using a page from my 8 1/2" ring bound journal. I love this journal because I can remove the page to work on it and then return it to my journal.

The page has been given a coat of Gesso.

A TCW261s Mini Art Is stencil was used with some Mont Marte Modelling Paste to add some texture to the background.

I hunted through my stash and found a chipboard frame, some wooden Kaisercraft flowers and leaves and an assortment of other flowers.

Once I had attached all of my embellishments to the page using my hot glue gun, I gave it a light coat of Gesso using a dry stiff brush. This had the effect of bringing everything down to a similar colour and made it easier to apply the new colour.

I used Lemon Zest and Rose Quartz Dylusions Ink sprays and Cut Grass Dylusions Shimmer spray to colour the page. I sprayed the colour where I wanted it and then sprayed it liberally with water. When I wanted a stronger colour in a particular area I used a brush to add more of the spray.

Using a Kaszazz 4795Q Lifes Moments Background stamp and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, I stamped randomly on the background.

To add some sparkle to the page I used some clear glue on the centre of the largest flower and inside the bottom right corner of the frame before sprinkling some Aussie Stamper & Crafts Opal Blend Glitter on to it.

A Kaisercraft black ink cube was used to run around the edge of the page to give it a very fine border.

The verse is a Kaisercraft clear stamp and comes in the Confidence set. I used an ink pad that worked well with the colours on the page to stamp the verse. I then lightly outlined the LIVE and DREAM words in the verse with a fine black pen.

I really enjoyed making this page and I hope you have enjoyed looking at it.

It came together very easily and I encourage you to check out the video and perhaps give this technique a try

Thanks for dropping by
Till next time

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Special Day Layout

Good morning.

Today's layout was created for Off The Rails Scrapbooking using the August Moodboard.

I have posted a video on YouTube that shows how this page came together. You can see it here.

Here is my layout

and here is the moodboard.
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I have used two patterned papers from Imaginisce's Black Tie Optional range and one from Teresa Collins called Damask.

The embellishments came in a paper kit that I purchased a few years ago and I no longer have the packaging so I cannot share that  information with you.

Everything on the page is matted on white cardstock and the background is an embossed black cardstock.

The photo was taken when we went out for lunch to celebrate our 41st Wedding Anniversary in 2014.

A thin strip of white cardstock that has been punched along one edge using a Martha Stewart border punch, again I have thrown the packaging away so I can't tell you the name of the punch, has been attached at the top of the page and some white outline hearts cut from white cardstock with my Kaisercraft Heart Borders die has been attached under the photo to the right.

The photo and the embellishments have been attached to the page with a layer of craft foam behind them so they are risen off the page.

This is a very simple page and, once I had decided on a design, came together quite quickly.

Don't forget to check out the video

Thanks for spending some time here with me today

Till next time

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Second project using Scrapping Fun Kits August kit - Julie Layout

Good morning to you all.

Today's layout is the second layout I have created using the August kit from Scrapping Fun Kits.
The kit is glactic themed with reds blacks and whites.
You can find out more about the kits and subscribe here.

I have created a process video showing how this layout came together. You can see the video here.

This photo was taken on a ship when we were on a cruise in 2014. It is one of my favourite photos of me. I am like most people and do not think I take a good photo generally but this one seems OK to me. I chose it because of the amount of red that is in the photo.

I have used what was left of my kit after creating this layout and a few items from my stash.

I have made a 1" frame with the black cardstock and trimmed the blue down to 11.5" square and attached that on top of the black frame.

Using a Crafters Workshop stencil called Mini Circus Banners and some Mont Marte Modelling Paste I added some banners across the top left hand corner of the page and across the page about 1/3rd of the way up from the bottom.

I have used SpellBinders Nested Lacy Pennants, Die-Namics Mix and Match Banners and an unbranded die to cut an assortment of banners using both papers from the kit and my stash.

I also cut a pink and a yellow SpellBinders Label 8 die. This will hold some of the journalling.

I used the same pink and yellow paper to cut a couple of strips, I punched one of the long edges of the pink to add some interest. These will be layered on top of each other and used to create a horizontal element through the layout.

Before I attached the elements to the page I watered down some acrylic paint in pink, yellow, black and white and created a light covering of splatters to the blue cardstock.

Using glue I attached all of the elements to the page. The photo was mounted on some craft foam before being attached.

I used Couture Creations CO724161 flower die and the velum from the kit to create the flower in the cluster on the left hand side of the photo. I actually made two of these flowers so I have a spare to use in another project.

The rest of the cluster was made up with a red paper rose and a black flair, also from the kit.

Using my Uniball White Gel pen I added faux stitching to the pennants and the edge of the blue cardstock

The title was cut using Kaisercraft's DD700 Alphabet Upper Case dies and some of the red cardstock from the kit. I inked the edges of the letters and attached them to the layout below the photo.

I originally hand wrote the date on the label to the left of the photo but I did not like it so I cut another label and used my computer to print the date on it.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the process of creating this layout.

The kits are available here and you can see what other members of the Design team have created with the kit here.

Don't forget to check out the video. If you enjoy the video there are some links to other videos I have created in the description box below the video.

Thank you for spending your time here with me today

Till next time

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Three Shabby Chic Cards

Today I am sharing three cards I have made. I made these in the Shabby Chic style.

I recently bought a 6.5" paper pad from Kaisercraft's Rose Avenue collection and thought that would be ideal for this type of card.

All of the cards are 5.25" square. The card bases are cut from 12" x 12" sheets of white cardstock.

I have videoed the process and you can see the video here.

All of the papers have been distressed and inked with black Kaisercraft ink.

The inside of each card has been decorated with some of the paper off cuts.

There is two sheets of "Cut apart" in the pad, I have cut one of these up to use as embellishments on my cards.

I decided to go with a pink colour scheme for this first card. I chose 3 patterned papers from the pad. The background piece is very lightly patterned and was cut to 5" square.

The second piece had a floral pattern running down two edges of the page so I cut this in half and used that for my second layer.

The third piece which was more heavily patterned was cut to a fishtail banner shape and attached to the card using craft foam to add some height.

I painted the piece of chipboard first with Gesso then with a pale pink acrylic paint.
When the paint was dry I cut the chipboard in half and attached it to the card with some cheesecloth under it.

The sentiment was attached also using craft foam and then three gems were attached randomly.

I chose blue colourings for this second card.

Once again I chose three patterned papers and instead of distressing the edges I decided to tear them before inking them

The background layer was sized so that it mostly covered the card base and then a couple of patterned paper strips were torn so they could be layered on each other to run horizontally across the card.

Cheese cloth was placed on top of the card before the sentiments from the cut apart sheet were added using craft foam to raise them from the card.

The flower cluster was created using a couple of purchased flowers and a handmade rolled flower from my stash

Three pearls completed this card.

I have used some gold mesh as the background layer for the final card today.

An off cut from one of the patterned papers from the first card made the next layer.

A piece of white cardstock that has been embossed with a rose embossing folder was used next.

Two  cut apart pieces created the sentiment and a layer behind the sentiment.

I used the Tim Holtz's Ornate die to cut a piece of paper to go between the netting and the floral paper layer on the right hand edge of the card. The point of this die cut is protruding over the edge of the card.

The pink flower was cut on my Scan N Cut, the layers then attached on top of each other using glue.

A Kaisercraft wooden flower was added peeking out from the large flower and three pink gems completed the card.

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you have spent here with me.

Don't forget to check out the video here and see just how these cards came together.

Till next time

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Masquerade layout for Scrapping Fun Kits

Good morning to you all.

I am very happy that you have chosen to spend some of your time with me today.

The layout that I am sharing with you today is one I created using the August kit from Scrapping Fun Kits.
You can subscribe to the kits here.

I have created a process video that shows how this layout came together.
You can see the video here.

The background paper for this layout is from Kaisercraft's On the Dot range. It has been trimmed to 11.5" x 11.5" and matted on a piece of black cardstock that I have cut the middle out of.

I chose a piece of red paper and the black and white floral paper from my stash, tore one long edge of each and layered the floral on top of the red so that the floral had a red definition along the top and the bottom.

The photo is matted on a red and a black paper from the kit and white cardstock giving it a triple mat. I wish I had of  cut the centres out of the mats so I could of had more of this great paper to play with but I did not think of it at the time.

I used a Crafters Workshop stencil called Mini Peacock Feathers and some Mont Marte Modelling paste to add the feathers to the bottom central area of the background. I have chosen feathers as the main embellishments on this page to go with the feathers in the mask I am wearing.

The photo was taken at my niece's engagement party in 2011. The theme was Masquerade.

While I was waiting for the Modelling Paste to dry I found a few of pieces of chipboard in my stash and painted them with 2 coats of acrylic paint. I have had the chipboard for some time and no longer have the packaging.  The black square cluster, red bracket and white scalloped piece are all chipboard.

The transparencies are from Kaisercraft's Check In Acetate Shapes pack. (Very old)
The white flower and the feathers are from my stash and I cannot remember what brand they are either.

All of the embellish have been attached to the layout using double sided tape or wet glue for the bulkier items.

The title uses stickers from the kit. They match the papers and embellishments from the kit so well. I had trouble deciding where to put the title but finally decided to place it in the bottom right of the layout. I have underlined the title with a black fine tip pen, to help it stand out a little more.

My final step was to splatter some black acrylic paint here and there.

Don't forget you can buy the kits here and see the video here.

Thanks again for visiting me here today

Till next time

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Start Your Day card for Scrapping Fun Kits

Good morning

Today I am sharing my second project using the July kit from Scrapping Fun Kits.

You can check the kit out here. And you can order the kit here.

There is a process video for this card on my YouTube channel here.

The photo below shows the card when it is open. Each front section is a Z fold.

This view shows the card with the left hand side closed and the right hand side open.

The card base is cut from white cardstock. It measures 10.5" x 5.25". I have scored it at 1 3/8" and 2 3/4" then flipped it and and scored at the same measurements on the other end.

Make a mountain fold first and then a valley fold. Repeat this for the other side of the card.

I cut a piece of patterned paper from the kit to 5" x 4.75", inked the edges and attached it to the middle section of the card.

Using Cheery Lyn "Chrysanthemum Strip" die, Couture Creations CO724161 flower die and a no brand flower die and the paper from the kit I cut enough flower layers to create 6 flowers.

Each of the flower layers was inked on the edges and rolled around my poke tool to give them some dimension. Using glue I layered the flowers on top of each other, staggering the petals. Crystal gems are attached to the centre of 4 of the flowers.

I used my Cottage Cuts Leafy Foliage die to cut some leaves, inked the edges and attached them amongst the flowers.

The flowers on the front of the card blended into the patterned paper the centre of the card too much for my liking so I cut a piece of white cardstock 5" x 2.75". I ink the edge of this and then attach it to the centre of the card. When the card is closed the flowers on the front of the card stand out much better.

The greeting is a Kaisercraft clear sticker from the "Inspirational" pack which I have cut into sections so it shows between the flowers when the card is closed. It is a generic greeting so I can use this card for any occasion. My hand written message will be written on the white panel beneath this greeting.

Thank you for spending some of your time here with me today

You can get your kit here.

Don't forget to check out the video here

Till next time