Monday, 31 August 2015

Last Minute August Challenge Post

Nothing like leaving things until the last minute! I thought I would have a go at the Scrapbooking Top 50 August challenge and started playing around with it on Friday, but a really busy weekend and follow on today didn't give me the time that I really wanted, but nonetheless I finished something!

The challenge was to be inspired by this image:

My first thoughts were pink and a yellow/limey green and for some contrast black and that is where I started! I also played around with another idea for the Charms Creations DIY's based on a cool technique used by Belinda Jane Spencer.

So here is the page that I finished with:

I also went with cake themed photos too! This is my little niece on her 5th birthday and the dress she is wearing is a perfect match for the colours on the page.

I am loving using the word stickers/phrases at the moment and these from Crate Paper were perfect!

There are the D-lish Scraps journal spots that find their way onto almost every page that I do now! A must have in my stash!

And here is the Charms Creations DIY, I transferred a photo of my niece onto the fabric using gel medium. I think I still need to perfect the technique, but now I know it is possible. So stay tuned for a refined method on how to to this, maybe I should even do a step-by-step!

Well, that is it from me, more things to get back to! Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, 24 August 2015

August White With One

Sharing a new page today that I created for the WW1 August colour which is custard.


Now, I love custard and I love yellow, so thought that this was a must do this month! The only problem is that some of my custard colour ending up being a bit more golden. That is what you get for taking at face value the label that says custard on your spray mist! Not to worry, I toned some of it down with a bit of white gesso.

Now what better pictures to use for a gorgeous shade of yellow than beach photos?! And with my DS wearing his blue swim shirt it set it all off beautifully. I love adding touches of black for contrast in my WW1 pages.

What do you think of my Charms Creations DIY star? I used some matching liquid pearls and created outlines of stars inside to brighten it up, almost looks like a sun!

I love using the D-lish Scraps wordfetti too, they are a great way to add some words and this set just happened to be in blacks and yellows!

Well, that's all for now, thanks for stopping by.

Katie x

Friday, 21 August 2015

Cyber Crop Playing

Hi Ho it is Friday! I have had a good week with getting DT commitments done and found myself with a little spare time to do some scrapping just because and just for me. I have been having a hankering to play too so armed with the gorgeous colour challenge set by Cindy for the Scrap Suite cyber crop I decided to play!

Isn't it a fabulous colour palette?! And a pretty amazing sample by Cindy too! And the good news is the challenge is open until mid September so you have plenty of time to join in if the colours grab you too! Just head over to the D-lish Scraps blog here and find the join the Scrap Suite button in the side bar.

So, back to it, I decided to start with some of the new distress ink colours, specifically Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron. I swiped these onto a piece of old plastic bag, spritzed with water and "stamped" onto my background cardstock. I did this around the page and built up colour here and there and let it dry (well mostly, I do get impatient!). I then added some colour in the same way using Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn and Iced Spruce ink pads. After this was completed and dried I added some texture paste with a Scrap FX diamond stencil, let this dry, so much drying.... And finally played with some Indigo Blu stamps around where I was planning on placing my layered pile of papers and photos. So let's look at the finished page:

I used one of the D-lish Scraps 5x7 paper bags opened out and cut up layered with some doilies and dictionary print vellem. The bags are a great substitute for patterned paper.

My title was cut on my Cameo using a cool script type font. I am loving adding some random bits of punchinella into my layers too. Throw in a few other bits and pieces and hey presto!

I have been really enjoying the enamel shapes pack that I picked up at the birthday sale! I love having hearts and other shapes to add in. 

And to finish off some motex tape for my journaling and date, stapled for some added interest.

I hope to see your takes on this colour palette too!

Thanks for stopping by,

Katie x

Thursday, 20 August 2015

So Guess What?!

I am on the new Scrap the Girls creative team!! Yay! How exciting!

You can check out the announcement post here and see all the talented ladies that I will be working with.

Make sure you check out the great challenges too.

Katie x

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Scrap the Girls - August

Well we are a bit past mid way through the month and it feels the year is getting away quickly, as it always does at this time of year! We are about to head into a busy time with lots of birthdays, school fete and fathers day so I know my spare time is going to be whittled down. Ahh well, that is life!

So, I am here to share the page that I created for the Scrap the Girls August challenge. This month is a gorgeous mood board that I instantly fell in love with.

Isn't it divine?! Just beautiful colours and I had great fun using a Charms DIY new diamond shape on my page. I also had in my head the gold dipped look so I experimented and I am pretty happy with what I came up with! So here is my page:

On my background I used some peach coloured Kaiser Mist and some faded jeans Distress Ink.

To continue the diamond shape through the page I also cut two diamond shapes from card coloured with the peach mist and then spread gold pearl texture paste on the other half to create the dip dyed effect. The little roses are white coloured with the mist too, and you have to love some gold flair from D-lish Scraps!

Here is a close up of the DIY diamond. I used the faded jeans distress ink to colour the top half of the diamond and then I soaked some embossing ink into the bottom half and used some gold tinsel embossing powder on the bottom half. While the embossing powder was still hot I sprinkled some more on the give it a little more thickness. I really love how it turned out!

On the title I coloured some white Basic Grey letters with my gold Wink of Stella pen. So there you have it. my glittery and shiny girls page!

Thanks for stopping by.

Katie x

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Kraft+ August Challenge

So the Kraft+ challenge this month was definitely one that had me put my thinking cap on. Here is the challenge:

Now I do like to doodle, but I don't really do it very often and certainly not as detailed and intricate as these examples show. So to say this was a challenge is probably a bit of an understatement! Not to mention sometimes it is hard to get what is in your head translated onto paper!

But enough of my complaining! I started my process by doing some zentangle doodling on a DIY Charms Creations heart that I also mounted onto cardstock. Then I found a photo and proceeded to zentangle my background. I decided I liked the idea of white on the kraft so focused on that. And this is what I ended up with:


A close up of the DIY heart.

I decided to doodle my title as well! And I had some die-cut hearts that I decided to add in as well.

So, definitely a challenge, but I think the result is ok. Not sure I will be taking it up on a regular basis however!

Thanks for stopping by,

Katie x

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Guest Designers for Show Us Your Stuff

So Charms Creations is a sponsor for Show Us Your Stuff this month and we were invited to be guest designers too! Well those of us who aren't already on the SUYS team that is!

This month they have an awesome mood board:

So the challenge is use the board for inspiration and add something hand made.

And this is what I came up with:

There was just so much to be inspired by on the board and you can probably see lots of little bits of it in my page!

I included a D-lish Scraps flair button on my page too, which is a handmade embellishment!

I just loved the peg stars on the board so made some half size ones to include on my page. I swiped gesso over the top so they would stand out against the wood background.

Of course there had to be a Charms Creations on my page, and given this month we are celebrating the DIY shapes I have included one. To make it fit my page I doodled some daisies on it and finished them off with yellow enamel dots. I think it looks so sweet! The DIY's are so versatile make sure you grab some and have a play!

So there you have it. The full challenge details can be found here, and if you want to see what the Charms Team got up to you can see it all here.

Thanks for stopping by,

Katie x

Monday, 10 August 2015

D-lish Scrap wrap for July

Happy Monday! Actually not that happy in this house, my boy is home sick with sore throat and sniffles and I have some kind of gastro bug. Fun!

But I do have something fun to share with you, my D-lish Scraps posts from July. I decided to do something different after watching a cool you tube video by Irit Ladgraf you can watch it here. The video was basically about pre-making embellishment clusters for your pages, and I loved that it just got me thinking differently about putting together my pages.

So my three posts for July revolved around some embellishment clusters that I made using lots of D-lish Scraps goodies and then using these on a card and pages.

You can see the first post here with all the details. Here are my clusters, followed by the creations that I made using them afterwards.


The post for this layout is here.

And the post for this one can be found here.

All in all a great way to shake up you crafting!

Thanks for stopping by.

Katie x

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Scrap the Boys share for August

Another month has rolled around and that means time for a new challenge at Scrap the Boys. This month the challenge was to be inspired by or use the following quote:

You can also use a photo of you and your boy for this challenge. I firstly got inspired by the colours from the image and the little soft hearts in the jar so thought I would try and use these ideas in my design also, and as I had recently managed to get a couple of good photos of my boy I decided to use them and not one including me.

For my background I decided to play around with the bokeh technique, but instead of using a circle shape I went with a heart shape to experiment, and I was thrilled with the outcome!

Other than the background, the rest of the page is fairly simple. I am loving playing with the punchinella from D-lish Scraps, and the cool crosses (or x's) from Charms Creations are awesome to play with too.

 I love to layer the Charms Creations and create a cluster with them to really ground them in the page design. Here I layered with a flair button and journal spot (both also from D-lish Scraps).

I do really love how the bokeh effect came out. To do this I started with some distress inks and gently covered and blended them on the background, I then gently misted this with water to soften the effect and let them blend a bit more. (I think I used cracked pistachio and tumbled glass.) Then I cut a heart shape in three different sizes out of card to use as a mask. (Using the negative cut of the heart.)

Starting with the biggest heart I randomly inked the heart with white ink around the page and let it dry. Then I did the same with the next size, allowing overlaps here and there, and finally finishing with the smallest heart doing the same thing. I did go back over the smallest hearts for a second time with the ink to make them stand out a little more. But otherwise this is a really simple technique and it created such a soft and dreamy effect.

Make sure you stop by the Scrap the Boys page and check out the other great samples by the team and remember there will be a second reveal mid-month.

Thanks for stopping by,

Katie x