Saturday, 31 August 2019

Celebrating our Lynn

Hi everybody,

Well I've popped in today with a heavy heart.

Our beautiful Lynn has decided that her life has just become too busy at the moment, and she needs to step away from the Design Team .


She's such a talented creative, and a beautiful soul, with a great sense of humor.
She's also become a good friend.

Lynn has played a big role in the behind the scenes running of the DT and the blog.

Well, before I start blubbering (I do have a few tears writing this), let's say a big thankyou to Lynn and take a look at some of her beautiful and inspiring creations.

Her work often contains purples, and oranges and yellows.
She creates magic with metals and can art journal with so much flair.
She often has a grungy style, but then smashes out a creation with an explosion of colour.

Let's take a look  ....

Incredible right!!!!

Well Lynn, farewell and we wish you every happiness moving forward.

Thankyou for being a special part of Scrap Matrix.

We hope you pop in every now and then and say hi.
We miss you. already
So much love


Saturday, 24 August 2019

Seize the Day!!! by Tanya Froud

WARNING!!!!More mandalas Zentangles and color inspiration incoming!!!!!!!

Hi there Tanya here!!!

Today I have a super bright and fun double art journal page for you...

To start with I grabbed a few Dina Wakley paints and smeared them here and there all over my blank pages and then dried completely.

Once dry I grabbed a TCW stencil Botanical Dream and sponged Black Dina Wakley paint through it...this toned down the crazy bright pages.

I then stamped and heat embossed onto black card some Tracey Scott Flower stamps then fussy cut them out. I created an embellishment cluster in the corner and added some hand Zentangled elements and also cut them out and stuck them into the cluster.

I was going to add a quote and call it done, but I felt it needs "more" so I stamped an Art by Marlene Girl image and water colored (Prima) her and placed her on top of the cluster. and added a quote strip.. now it felt done, a quick doodle border and that was it!

That's it from me,
Hugs xx

Thursday, 22 August 2019

'Shut up and Color' by Elisa Ablett

Hi Scrap Matrix Fans,

Elisa here from the design team with my latest inspiration based on this month's challenge over in Scrap Matrix Shares.

 I created a bright and fun art journal page with a huge watercolour mandala for the background and added some gold zentangles or actually more like doodles to the mandala.

Here is the challenge graphic and link to the facebook group - Scrap Matrix Shares.

Make sure you put your entry in this month!

No photo description available.

Here are a list of the products used and links to the store.

Girl Boss 3.0

Image result for dylusions stamps shut up and colorImage result for carabelle texture plates

Prima Watercolour Confections - Odysee

Other items include - gold foil flakes, paint brush, 
gold irResistable pico embellisher, acetate butterfly.

Let's take a closer look!

To create my gorgeous fairy girl, I stamped and coloured her using Prima Watercolours and then made a couple of 'cuts' to her neck and legs so that I could position her head and leg at a slight angle. Just add your acetate butterfly underneath when you are ready to glue her down.

To create your unique mandala in the background, I painted directly onto the Carabelle Texture plate using Prima watercolours and then placed a piece of paper over the top of the plate and lifted it gently up to avoid smearing the watercolours. Let dry and then fussy cut out.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, 
I hope I have inspired you to pop an entry into the challenge...


Elisa x

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Mandala Wind Chime Art Journal Page
with Lisa Amiet

Hello Scrap Matrix fans!
It's Lisa here today to share some Mandala inspiration with you.

I have created an Art Journal page,
 using this month's Mandala / Zentangle challenge as inspiration. 

I have used my 'Dylusions Creative Journal Large'
and I have sealed my page with a coat of 'Dina Wakley Media Clear Gesso Medium'.

I have then used my 'Red Tin Roof Doily #4 Large' Stencil,
and 'Finnabair Modelling Paste' to stencil the mandala shape onto my page.

I have then used my Distress Ink Pads in 'Peacock Feathers', 'Broken China',
 'Weathered Wood' & Faded Jeans'
that I have stamped onto some plastic packaging and added water to it. 
I have then smeared this over my page.

I have then used the same technique with my Distress Ink Pads,
 in 'Picked Raspberry' and 'Wilted Violet'
You can see that there is an area that I must have missed with my Gesso, doh!
I will cover that later. 

I have then traced around my stenciled mandala, with a black pen, to define it a bit more.
I have then added some more of the same colours to a piece of white cardstock.
I have then drawn own some feather shapes to fussy cut out.

I have then used these on my page, in clusters, 
like they are hanging from a windchime. 
I have then drawn in the strings for the feathers to hang from. 

I have also doodled some beads in the frame of the windchime mandala. 

I have curled the edges of the feathers slightly for a bit of dimension, 
and the feel of movement. 

I have then used a cut-up quote from the 'Dina Wakley Media Collage Word Pack'.
I am in love with these tissue paper quotes, they speak to me lol.

One of my favourite mixes of colours I think.
I hope that you like it too!

Maybe you'll get chance to play along with this month's challenge?

Until next time!


Scrap Matrix Products Used:

'Peacock Feathers'
'Faded Jeans'
'Broken China' 
'Weathered Wood'
'Picked Raspberry'
'Wilted Violet'

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

art journal page ... by Lynn

Hi everyone, today I would like to share with you my second project for this months challenge.  

This time I have created an art journal page

Here is the moodboard - I have used the black and white from the girl as my inspiration.

This is a super easy and quick page once you get into the flow of things.   You need to stamp your images onto a separate piece of paper and cut out.  They then become the masks - you place them on the already stamped image on your paper so when you stamp the next image, the edges which would have stamped over the original stamps are on the mask and dont mess up your previous stamped image - does that make sense!!!!!

I have used the Paper Artsy ETS23 stamp by Tracy Scott and a page from the Art by Marlene Journal 

I have now got a very busy background!!!!! - which I love and really didnt want to do anything to it - but I decided to add two little creatures from the Zini stamps which are super cute and a quote from Art by Marlene whimsy stickers

I hope that you have a go this month and enter the challenge - it is easy - Just add your creation into the 'August - Mandalas and Zentangles' Album over on our Facebook Scrap Matrix Shares page, and let us know in the comments what products you used from the Scrap Matrix store!

A voucher to the store, or even a Guest Design Spot are up for grabs!

Til next time - happy crafting

Monday, 12 August 2019

Tam returns with more Mandalas and Zentangles!

Hi there lovelies,

Tam back to share a few more creations with you inspired by the very cool 
'Mandalas and Zentangles' Challenge.
I can't seem to stop at just one now, so I go with it!

First up.....
a scrapbook layout

Yep, of course HEAPS of colour!
A giant mandala!

So to start this one I grabbed a few supplies.

I laid the Sweet Posy stencil over my cardstock and marked the edges with a pencil, so I knew where the paint approximately needed to end.

I then began painting in a fan style.

I used Dylusions paints in the following colours:
Fresh Lime
Cherry Pie,
After Midnight
Lemon Zest
Calypso Teal
Crushed Grape

Once dry, I laid down the Sweet Posy stencil, and using Black Paint by Dina Wakley, I rubbed over the stencil using a DRY baby wipe.

and this is what you are left with when you lift the stencil....

I wasn't happy with the way it wasn't centred properly, so I grabbed a Tracy Scott stamp, stamped a Mandala and then cut that out to cover it up.

I then layered around my photo.

I used a few Dies Cuts from Art by Marlene, some whimsy Stickers for the title, another Mandala stamp by Tracy Scott, a sticker from the Pinkfresh Embrace the Ordinary pack, and a MAMBI chip.

I feel that is all that is needed with such a bold background.

I then scribbled with my fudeball pen around the edge of the giant mandala.

Once I stood back and looked at the finished result, I felt that I should have added my paint in circular patterns rather than a fanned look.

It bugged me....
so I went with it and created a very quick art journal page
The whole thing took about 10-15minutes.

This time I used some Dina Paint in:

Love those colours together...

So yep this time I just painted circles.

I then grabbed a smaller mandala stencil, and again the Tracy Scott stamps.

To one of the circles, I used the technique above with the baby wipe and black paint.

To the others I stamped some of the mandala stamps, and then added lots of doodles and scribbles.

Finally I added a quote from the Tim Holtz Stickers.

So let's take a look at the challenge.....

I just couldn't go passed that image in the top left corner.....
I just had to have a go....

So let's take a look at this one....

I began again with the Tracy Scott stamps...

I wanted to add them into the hair (like the image)
so I stamped half a one onto my page

I then used a cut out stamp as a mask and stamped again.

I repeated this using some of the smaller stamps in the pack.

I then began to add in hair and the face.

Once sketched, I went in with my fudeball pen and began to doodle.

This part is so relaxing....don't overthink it, just do it.

Look at that glorious sun coming in my scrap room!!
Not great for the photos, but definitely lifts my mood.

Ok done!!

Time to add some colour.
I used the Bold and Bright watercolours by Art by Marlene.

I left a few black and white for contrast.

I then added a sticker from the 'Art by Marlene' Whimsy Sticker pack.

So after all that, that's it from me today!!

I can't wait to see what you clever people come up with for this challenge.
Just load your entry into the 'August' Album over on our Facebook Shares page.

See you next month

Scrap Matrix Products used:

Tim Holtz Stickers