Saturday, 30 June 2012

A whisper and sketch time....

Lots more sketches I have played with from Heather's scrappy sketches site. You should go visit if you have time, she'd love some more visitors I am sure.....
I am rather behind with them as she puts one up every Wednesday but I never get a layout a week done. When I think about it I probably do..... but I tend to scrap in batches and do three or four in a night at a crop, not necessarily make the effort for one a week.

MWS 13-12 with views from my Hotel in Amsterdam. My Fiskers circle templates got a workout with this one.

MWS 17-12 which the title says it all.

MWS 18-12, I turned the sketch 90degrees to work with my landscape photo.

MWS 22-12 a very lazy layout with one main patterned paper from Grace Taylor Vintage stack which I did a little fussy cutting on. A border strip from the same stack, a stamped butterfly, title and a few small flowers to finish it off.

And to finish was the layout for our Scrap Whisper at Home and Scrapped in May. It's like Chinese whispers but as a scrapping version where you only see the layout before yours and you "lift" the layout then send it to the following person on the list for them to "lift". It's always interesting to see how it started and how it changes along the way.

Happy craftin' all.......

Friday, 29 June 2012

New challenges for the month of June

I know it's late in the month to share my June challenges but I did actually do some scrapping for the month.

First up is Jewels challenge at Home and Scrapped, to scrap a layout with ten or more layers. I did lift a little of this layout as I am not a person who uses many layers so had to find some inspiration. Not sure who created the original layout I lifted as I cannot find it now. I used some really old papers and rub-ons on this along with my new spellbinders foliage die. This was my dinner one night in Amsterdam - not so healthy but oh so yummy......

Whilst the Home and Scrapped girls were on Retreat in Brisbane, those of us left behind at home were challenged by Jewels yet again to use a sketch she created herself. I used a pallette of colours from design seeds to give me some ideas for working with old, scrappy papers and getting them to match. They were colours I would not necessarily choose to put together for myself but was quite happy with the result.

Angie's June challenge was to use a neutral background, a piece of ribbon or lace, two patterned papers, three brads or buttons, four stamps or rub-ons and five flowers. This was a recipe that worked nicely for my photos of my hotel in Amsterdam.

Heather treated us to a step-by-step challenge on the first Friday of the month and this was the result with yet another colour pallette from Design Seeds. This is my new favourite place to find colour pallettes to work with.

I also managed to get at least one mid-week sketch done from Scrappy Sketches designed by Heather. This is MWS 19-12.

June has been a windy and wet month here in Perth and Bruce has been away from time to time in Jakarta so I have managed to sneak time here and there when he is in the country to get to a crop or two. My nightime scrapping has been slowed down as my interest in reality TV has been heightened lately. I have been watching Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, The Block and Survivor so they are all coming to an end soon which will allow me more creative time.

Who else is a reality TV watcher?   ...... or am I on my own on this one.

Happy craftin'..............

Thursday, 28 June 2012

I eventually got a chance to play

After receiving my happy mail a month ago I finally found a little time to play with one of my new stamps. This is the Hero Arts Flower text  design block stamp and I love the fact that you get a great image without much stamping work. I stamped it several times sometimes embossing the image with black or white and sometimes just straight stamping with dye ink. I did however play with background and colouring techniques.

This was stamped and embossed on watercolour paper and coloured with watercolour pencils.  Because of the size of the stamp, rather than trim it down I made a card base larger than the regular size to suit the image.

This card was inspired by the colours that Darlene from Darlene's that I watch. I loved her use of the grey background with the black so I had some grey I didn't know what to do with and found that the white embossing worked beautifully on it. It was coloured with black and green markers and I found some red embroidery thread that worked nicely with it. I love black, white and red together as a colour pallette so was extremely happy.

This one was another play with white embossing on the grey and this time coloured with perfect pearls painted with an aqua painter. I just love the shimmer and shine that this card has. It is difficult to tell from the photo but in real life it looks very effective.

Last but not least, I white embossed on a glimmermisted background which I had sitting around as scrap from something I sprayed on a layout. I then used the same colours of glimmermist to paint the stamped image which made it a subtle but stunning effect.

I do have another couple of images coloured but have yet to convert them into cards so when I get a chance to finish those I will share them also.

Have fun and happy crafting........