Friday, 20 July 2018

Enjoy - Helen's 2nd post July challenge "How sweet it is"

Welcome back to the Scrap Matrix challenge where this month
the theme is "How sweet it is"

You might be inspired by the colours, or the photos on the Gelati bright mood board; you might want to record a sweet moment; what ever floats you boat, but do let us know what inspired your project.

I chose to scrap a photo of one of my little Garden helpers.

My plan was to create a background using my Gel Plate with 
the lusciously creamy, Dylusions paints and some stencils.

I added small dabs of paint onto the Gel Plate.

Using a brayer, I spread them out, trying not to blend them too much.

Next, I added a stencil from my stash, then I placed a piece of  white card stock on the top.  Using my hand, I rubbed the card firmly, to ensure contact with the paint, before gently peeling it off to reveal the pattern it created.

The first pull was a bit dark, but I really liked this second one.
Having allowed the paint to dry, I added some more Teal paint through a stencil, trying to pick up the colour of the bucket.

Now to colour the chipboard.

First I tried painting the chipboard hearts with Squeezed Orange Dylusions, but I didn't like the look with the pink flowers in the photo. 

So I tried the Bubble Gum Pink. 

Nup! Toooo pink. How about some over stamping? Meeeh! Don't think so!

 What about some Gold Wax?   Yuk!  Going from bad to worse!
Why am I boring you with all my fails you might ask?  Just to prove that the Blue Fern Chipboard is so sturdy it will stand up to anything you throw at it and not distort or warp. 

Then I remembered an embossing powder which might mute the colour and add some black and gold.  It went seamlessly over all the layers and finally I had a look I was happy with. What do you think?   

I stamped some triangles and a square on the first Gel Plate Pull, cut them out and tucked them under the photo for a bit of definition.

To extend the area of the background, 
I added some stamping with triangles.

To finish off, I added a bit of stamping to echo the colour of the chipboard and scattered a few prills inside the hearts.  The tiny flowers are from my stash. 

This little boy loved watering the flowers every time he came with his twin to spend the day with us.  I notice he just got his undies on; it must have been one of his "No, no, Granny, no shorts" days!

I hope you find time to play along, just add your entry to the 
Scrap Matrix Shares page in the corresponding folder and don't forget to let us know what Scrap Matrix products you used and what inspired you.  You could be in the running for a $30.00 gift voucher and perhaps a Guest Design Team spot down the track.

Scrap Matrix Products used:-

PaperArtsy Stamps, EKC02
AALL & Create Stamps, #43
AALL & Create Stamps,#10
AALL & Create Stencil #9
Carabelle Studio Stamps, Les Geometriks #1
Maremi Small Art Stickers for 13@rts, Small Sayings

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Loved .. with Alz

Morning peeps!

I'm back today to share my second project for the current Scrap Matrix challenge .. How Sweet It Is.


I was inspired by the yummy pistachio-ish green and vintage-y kraft colours, the love heart and, most of all, the song lyrics "How sweet it is to be loved by you".

I knew how I wanted this layout to look, but wasn't entirely sure I'd be able to translate my 'vision' to the page. So I started experimenting with, yet again, my favourite Dina Wakley Media stamp set .. Abstract Blooms. I didn't want the stamping to be 'heavy' so used a Watering Can (instead of Jet Black)  Ranger Archival Ink to do my stamping. I like the softer look the Watering Can gives. Once I had established that the stamped images looked good on the reverse sides of the yummy (pun intended lol) Studio 75 Yummy patterned papers (I used 03 and 04), I cut them out. I did try colouring a few of the flowers but decided I was right first time around, and left them plain with the kraft colour coming through.

Incidentally, if you like to create on neutral, kraft-like coloured backgrounds, I can't recommend the Studio 75 Yummy patterned papers to you highly enough. They are a lovely weight to work with, distress well, cut through like butter, and the colours on the other side (reds and yellows) are just as yummy (again, lol, pun intended) as the kraft coloured sides. I know there are more yummy (sigh lol!) kraft coloured papers in store, but for now, let's focus on the Studio 75 Yummy ones.  ;)

Next it was time to move on with my background. As I've said above, I was really inspired by the pistachio-like, green tones in the mood board. I'm not entirely sure why. I mean I know its Tammy's favourite colour, but is it mine?? I wouldn't say so, but this patterned paper by Maja Design (drool!) from the Coffee in the Arbour collection is to die for .. Feel the Grass (I'd much rather smoke it but that's another story .. did I just say that out aloud? oops he he he!). Why do I drool over the Maja Design patterned papers? First and foremost, their weight is perfect. Just heavy enough to carry a lot of mixed media, but not so heavy to be inflexible or rigid in your album. The patterns, whilst seemingly a little shabby chic/vintage, are generally delicate and work well as backgrounds. If the pattern isn't so delicate you're pretty much assured the reserve pattern will be. They also have a white core which makes distressing a breeze. If you haven't tried them out yet, you might as well pop a few into your next order. Especially as they're on sale at the moment.  ;)

Anyways, first up I used Snow White Colour Blast Paste over a 12x12 TCW Template (Tiny Circles).  Once dry, it was just a little too sparkly for my 'vision' so I randomly ran a brayer over my page and some of those raised tiny circles. In this instance, instead of my 'go to' white gesso, I've used a Paper Artsy Fresco Finish acrylic paint in Nougat. Although I left plenty of sparkly tiny circles, it now needed a little oomph. I got my oomph by using Metallic Rub Ons. I used the gold from Kit 4. So as not to get it spread all over the page, I placed my Tiny Circles 12x12 TCW Template back on top of my page so the raised tiny circles poked through. This enabled me to be quite precise in where I rubbed on the gold colour with .. wait for it .. my finger! So quick and easy.

see how it sparkles?
ps: I forgot to take a pic of the painted background before adding the gold 
so we'll just pretend for now that there is one here yeah?
applying the gold rub on
(couldn't manage to take a picture of my grubby finger actually doing this
and hold my phone at the same time!)
the finished background (or is it???)

So I'm reckoning right about now that I've finished my background. Buuuut I figured I'd go wash the gold off my finger and make a cuppa. When I came back to my page I realised it still needed something to lift it. My absolute favourite product of the moment came to the rescue .. irResistible Spray! I used New Sprout.


The next bit was the easy bit. Some layering, embellishing, final touches and Bob's your uncle. Well actually, he's mine, or was till he passed .. lived up in Mildura with Aunty Joan (who's still with us) .. a pretty part of Victoria .. darn hot though. 

Moving on ..

I ripped some small strips off the Studio 75 Yummy patterned papers and kind of randomly stuck them down, but so they'd flow. Out came my next favourite product of the moment .. Dina Wakley Media Tissue Paper. OMGee this stuff is to die for. Here, I found it positively perfect for layering, using little torn up strips like washi tape but not, and for cutting out shapes. For this page, I've cut out four hearts, stapled them together, and then ruffled them up a bit to create some dimension. I figured out where I was going to stick down my cut out Abstract Blooms, coloured the leaves green with a pencil from the Prima Watercolour Pencils Scenic Route tin, and added a small length of Vintage Lace 5 in black and a Petaloo craft brown Doily to my layers. I also tucked in a Petaloo Botanica Mini Pistachio flower and created my title with Black Fitzgerald American Crafts Thickers. Finally, as per usual, I printed my journaling with a free font I found online called 1942 report.

A few close ups ..

Did I manage to capture my 'vision'? Yep! Well mostly. I think. Most likely by the time I finished this layout I couldn't remember what my 'vision' had been, but at least it provided me with a starting point!

Now, don't forget that Scrap Matrix has changed the dates for its monthly challenge. Our challenges now run from the 1st of the month to the last of the month. So you have until midnight on the 31st to get a photo of your layout, or other project, uploaded to the Scrap Matrix Shares Facebook page. Please don't forget to let us know the products you've used which are available at Scrap Matrix.

Well, that's it for me today. I hope you're having a great July and enjoying doing your taxes!!

Cheers .. Alz  :)

Scrap Matrix products used:
Colour Blast Paste - Snow White
TCW Template - 12x12 Tiny Circles
irResistible Spray - New Sprout
Studio 75 Yummy - 03 and 04
Ranger Archival Ink - Watering Can
Vintage Lace 5 - Black

Sunday, 15 July 2018

How Sweet It Is.....

Hello everyone!  It's Monique back again sharing my second layout for the simply gorgeous "How Sweet It Is" Moodboard challenge here at Scrap Matrix.

Here is that divinely scrumptious moodboard:

Oh my, it is so yummy - those colours!!  Those sweet treats!!

Anyway, this is the layout I came up with this time:

This time, I took inspiration from the sunset picture on the moodboard, and of course, the title!
This is a picture of the view from our balcony at sunrise - of course, it isn't always as pretty as this, but it is still pretty sweet living here - hence my title.

I had so much fun creating this.  I did some free drawing, and also broke out my Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks to add colour!

First thing I did was create a watercolour style background using Dylusions Ink in Squeezed Orange and Lemon Zest.  I simply painted on the ink with a paintbrush, then spritzed it with water, gradually building up the layers of colour until I was happy with the result.

Next, I carefully traced around where I wanted my photo to be, and then hand drew a sun coming up from the photo.  I used my Dina Wakley Scribbles sticks in Sedona and Chedder to add some colour, then I drew the outline of the sun with a black marker and slowly increased the depth of colour in the Sedona to add more depth to the sun.

I wanted to emulate the dark outlines of the palm trees in my photo, so I drew an outline of a palm tree onto black cardstock and carefully cut it out.

Next, I lightly sanded around my photo and adhered it to some black cardstock.  Remember that outline I drew around my photo so I could place the sun where I wanted it?  This time, I used the outline to stencil some doodled borders in Archival Ink just below where I wanted my photo, using the 12x12 version of  this TCW 6x6 stencil.  I then added some German Scrap Renaissance Petite Black edging so it just overlapped my stencilling.  I adhered my photo onto my layout, and then placed my palm on the left hand edge of the photo - with some of the fronds tucked behind to add dimension.

Next, I got my AALL & Create Stamp #20 and stamped it onto white cardstock using Archival Ink.  I then got out my Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks Set 2 and coloured in the flowers, dipping the crayons in water to give the flowers a watercolour look.  I then cut the flowers into pieces and set them aside.

I then put down my clusters in a triangle to draw the eye across my layout.  I also added some black chipboard leaves I had (I think they are Kinder Creations Chipboard ones!) to balance the other dark elements in my layout.

Here are some close ups:

The products I have used that can be found in the Scrap Matrix shop include:

You've still got plenty of time to have fun with this challenge as it is due at the end of this month!  It's really easy to enter too - just upload a picture of your creation into the "How Sweet it Is" folder on the Scrap Matrix Shares page on Facebook.

Thanks for popping by, I can't wait to see all your creations!

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Lynn's second layout for the "How Sweet it is" challenge

Hi everyone, Lynn here to share my second layout for the fantastic challenge we have this month.  I am amazed at all the different projects the design team has come up with.

Here is mine:

and here is the moodboard - i have taken inspiration from the green and the dog picture - as well as the word sweet - which describes my furbaby  :)

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I have used the 7 Dots Garden Party Collection which I have found to be awesome.

I have trimmed the first layer and then punched around the edges - I love to use punches but so often forget about them!  I have then applied a layer of clear gesso to the paper.

I have then used a square stencil and crackle paste in random areas where my  photo will not be

I have then applied scribble sticks and water to the page - I forgot at this point to take photos but will explain.  One the scribble stick paint was dry I have randomly stamped using the AALL & Create #57 stamp.  This stamp is my new favourite!

I have created a photo mat using some tags from the Garden Party collection as well as making my own from the paper.

I coloured a few of the butterflies with the scribble sticks and used Dimensional Magic over the top.  Once dry I fussy cut them out

I have then put my layout together with flowers, metal flowers, lace, and buttons.  I have linked the products used to the Scrap Matrix shop at the bottom of the blog.

Here are some close ups:

Thanks for stopping by and now that we are running the challenge by the calender month there is plenty of time to enter.  All you have to do is upload a  photo on the Scrap Matrix Shares Facebook page and name at least one of the products used that is available at Scrap Matrix

Super simple!!  
Well thats it for me  til next time - happy crafting !

Here is the product list
Prima Square Stencil
Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks
AALL & Create Stamp # 57

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Tam's second 'Sweet' Creation

Hi everyone, are you just LOVING the 'How Sweet it is' Challenge?
I know I am - I love that it can be interpreted in so many different ways.
Today I'm sharing my second creation. 
Last time I was inspired by the colour and the circular shapes, this time I've taken a totally different soon as I saw that picture of that heart shape and the sunset, I knew I had the perfect photo.....

These photos were taken on our annual January holiday to the beach.  My girl and I had a bit of fun on our final night and amongst the photos, I had these.
Just perfect. 

I had a blast creating that background.......

Let's have a look at how it all came together....

I began by adding some white gesso to black cardstock.  I focused this just in the areas where I knew I would add my mixed media - the gesso acts as a primer for all the wet product that is to come.

Next I added Dylusions Ink Spray in 'After Midnight'.  A gorgeous deep night sky colour.

Whilst this was still wet I placed a 7Dots Geometric Stencil on top, and rubbed gently with a nappy wipe.
This removes a little of the colour and adds some pattern.

Once dry, I added some big splodges of Dylusions Ink Spray in 'London Blue'.

Once this dried, I got out some of my Dylusions paints - love their bright, vivid colours.

I also grabbed an old 'store card' and dipped it into the paint colour and then placed it on the layout.
This gives a lovely liney texture.

I did this with the following colours:
'After Midnight'
'London Blue'
'Calypso Teal'
'Crushed Grape'
'Squeezed Orange'

I only used a very small amount of 'Squeezed Orange', just for a bit of contrast and to make the page 'pop'.  Too much would have overwhelmed the other colours and ruined the effect I was aiming for.

Finally I added some white paint in the same way, just to help 'pull' it all together.
I then added some flicks of white paint.

At this point I was happy with the result.

Ok with the background complete, it was time to concentrate on the photos.

I began by gathering some papers.
I used some 7Dots 6x6 paper pads - I love mixing the ranges, and for this one I used some 'Paint Chips', some 'Verano Azul' and some 'Northern Lights'.

I cut out a few tags and grabbed a few from my stash too. 

I wanted them to be quite random, and in all different sizes.

I added some muslin behind my photos and then began to poke and layer the tags around this.

Time to add some embellishments.
I dug out this PinkFresh Ephemera Pack - from this I found my title
 'Something beautiful is on the Horizon'; and couple of words and a pile of stars.

Next I added some Scrap Matrix Metal - these reminded me of a moon, so they were perfect.

I added a few word stickers by 7Dots Studio.

And finally those little stars.

Here's another look at the finished layout.

I finished it off with just a few flicks of orange paint.  Again not too much!!

I had a lot of fun creating this one, and really love how the background complements the photos and the beautiful sunset.  It reminds me of the magical/celestial feeling that surrounds you when watching a sunset.

I'm really loving seeing all your entries this month.

You've still got plenty of time to join in - in fact we've changed it this month to run until the 31st July, so here's a reminder of the challenge......

So get creating and head on over to the Scrap Matrix Shares Facebook page to upload your entry.
Don't forget to let us know what product/s you've used that are available at Scrap Matrix.

That's it! No blog necessary.

Well that's it from me today, I'll see you again soon.

Scrap Matrix Products used:

Black Bazzill
7Dots Stencil
7Dots Verano Azul 6x6 Pad
7Dots Word Stickers Cotton Candy