Sunday, 29 June 2014

Scrapbook page inspired by Prima's Blog

I absolutely love Prima Marketing and everything they do. Their colours within each line just blend beautifully and make working with them a dream.

For some reason though, I’ve never been and explored their blog - big mistake! I went over a few days a go and had a browse and saw that they had this colour palette inspiration challenge.

Oh my, aren’t those colours stunning?!!!

Anyway, the colours caught my attention and gave me the inspiration to scrap a photo I’ve been meaning to do for ages. I don’t have a lot of photos of me as I normally stand the other side of the camera and the fact that I don’t like my picture being taken, but I don’t mind this one - partly because of the cute, hubby-cheeked lil man stealing the limelight :)

Here is my layout:

I used a Dusty Attic frame around the page, painted with gesso and some chalk inks and paints in soft greens and rosy coral colours. I rounded off the top of the photo with a prima vine, but knocked back the redness of the flowers with some gesso. I had some pink flowers in my stash so they got blended into the vine and downwards. 

The Prima Birds are my favourite embellishments ever, so stunning. I painted these with gesso, then an all over coat of PaperArtsy chalk paint in Irish Cream and dry brushed with snowflake to make them white again, but the cream/brown underneath fitted with the Prima colour palette better.

The tag was a must for me to include, 'things I love', it just had to be included. 

I used a beautiful little cameo which I found at The Works, never thought I'd see something like this in there, happily surprised. The clocks are from Maja Design and have been fussy cut from the page and inked lightly. 

Of course this is all backed by Prima papers - Delight and Art Journal. Only thing I wish I had done was stitch around the page and add more layers. Was so engrossed in the inky creating side - oh well, still learning :) I had great fun with this page x

Would like to enter this into the Prima Product Picks for June.

Oh and I will definitely be going back to Prima's blog, got to get used to the wealth of information out here in the blogging world :)



What's On Your Workspace Wednesday, No.1

A friend in the crafting world introduced me to this site, Stamping Ground - What’s On Your Workspace Wednesday. So thank you Anne for the intro to this :)

I have of course had a nosy, and I think I’m addicted already! There’s something quite intriguing about seeing how other people work, but I also thought I’d put my pic in too for this week.

In my house any clear flat space is in danger of being crafted upon and this time my sons ‘broom broom’ table has been hit with the latest project (which I’ll post tomorrow), hence the roads and traffic lights.

On the plus side I think I may have convinced my husband to let me turn part of the dining room into a proper crafting area, with proper storage, proper lighting, proper everything. Let the planning stage commence.


Saturday, 28 June 2014

Kelly's card :)

(Hi Kels x)

I love it when a crafting (and a best) friend has a birthday, you just know they'll appreciate a handmade card or item that much more. 

I had seen this design floating around on Pinterest by a few people and thought it was stunning. I was desperate to try it... and I was so pleased with the finished result. 

I used  Basic Grey's Serenade paper from a 6x6 pack - perfect size for card making. The brad is from Prima's Delight collection and the flowers are from mini eBay hauls. Some stitching around the sides to add texture, and the friendship embellishment came from a papermania set, just edge lightly with distress ink (vintage photo).

Again so pleased with how this turned out and it was so easy to do too xxx

Friday, 20 June 2014

Father's Day Project

Back in May, I found out that my scrapbook page ‘New Beginnings’ was chosen for the Design Team Special Mention Award at the Country View Crafts Challenge site. I was absolutely stunned and so delighted, it’s feels like such a privilege, and when you haven’t been blogging your work long it is such an encouragement too! So a big thank you to the Design Team :). 

From this I also got the chance to be one of their Guest Designers for June, the theme being ‘Only Men Allowed’. 

Fathers Day was in June - ding!! 

The tag started with some distress inks blended through, nothing too special, just enough to get a good base layer. I stamped some cogs with black archival ink and edged it at this stage too, before embossing with the Tim Holtz ‘cogs’ folder.

Next - Paper Artsy Treasure Gold! I…Love…The…Stuff. I used the colours White Fire and Sapphire, I blended them into the background colours for added depth, but only on the embossed parts, then gently scraped over with some more black archival ink. With more Treasure Gold I covered some grey textured die cut cogs from Cheery Lynn and layered those on the tag in waterfall effect from top to bottom and then finished off with some embellishments in my stash and a Tim Holtz Word Band. appropriate for Fathers Day.

The pillow box was an extra to house the gift but as I can’t emboss this I decided to go for an 'art journal’ feel, so the same Distress Inks were used along with some Tattered Angels and Gelatos on heavy weight cartridge paper. (I must reiterate that heavy weight is so important for doing this other wise all your hard work when you go to bend the creases will go to waste as the ink will weaken these areas and your box is likely to break.)

I kept with the same stamps, distress inks and embellishments as used in the background of the tag. A little extra pop was added with Gelatos and Tattered Angel mists. I used the sentiment from Tim Holtz stamps ‘it’s the little things that make life big’, this just seemed so appropriate, the ‘little’ thing being Isaac and the ‘big’ being how much he has enriched our lives.

It has been great getting seriously inky with this project, hope you’ve enjoyed it and thank you for reading :)

Georgie xx
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