Saturday, May 24, 2014

Magenta May Challenge

Anything goes is the theme for this month's Magenta Challenge. After receiving new items from the Magenta Spring 2014 Supplement CatalogueI was organizing my DT supplies when I rediscover a bunch of Magenta items in my stash that sparked this layout idea.

I cut the title from a Magenta Canvas Fabric sheet using my Silhouette and a Silhouette cut file. Because the fabric is paper backed it cuts beautifully clean and then lifts off the cutting mat with ease. Going to have to do more fabric cuts in the future. It was just too easy.

These heart stickers were some of the first Magenta products that I ever owned.  I decided to go with them on this layout because I liked the watercolour look to them.

The finishing touch was a liberal sprinkling of sequins.  I originally had less on the page, when my daughter came into my scrap room to see what I was working on.  She requested that I try it with more sequins. Once I added them, she said she liked it better that way. Who was I to argue.  The girl is going to end up with these when I am gone anyways! LOL!

You can find details and enter the Magenta May Challenge here.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Watercolouring Bonus Day

Yeah, an extra day of fun at the Online Card Classes Watercolor for Card Makers!

The technique that I wanted to try was the textured background taught by Laura Sterckx.  I used an emboss folder, then the watercolouring technique using distress inks and lastly a misting of glimmer.

The bird and branches were punched from watercolour paper and then watercoloured with a wet brush and distress inks.  They too received a touch of shine with colour corresponding Glimmer Mists. To finish off the card, a fav sentiment stamp from Magenta.

Now to go back into the earlier lessons and to try out a few more techniques.


Watercolouring Play Day!

Watercolor for Card Makers had a day 11 which the called Play Day and boy was it ever.  Tim Holtz brought on the fun with a stencil Distress Ink  technique which was a must try.

I have to say that I love, love, love this fun technique! Bright, cheery, and fun, I had the perfect Magenta sentiment stamp (from the new Spring 2014 Supplement ) to go with the Silhouette cut heart background stencil that I had previously created.

On my first attempt, I did not like the pattern I had created as a full card but saw the potential in cutting it into two smaller pieces.  They really worked out well that way.

The marble background was made from the left over ink left on the craft mat after I made the darker striped background.  I like the softness that it brought to that card.

Love the intensity of colour on this one. Just what I had in my mind.  Love when that happens.

I created a softer version and blinged it up with glitter glue filled hearts and touches of chunky gold glitter.

Love the variety that can be created with variations in pattern and colour intensity along with changing up the embellis.

Lots more card ideas percolating from these technique packed classes. Looking forward to sharing more soon.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Kreative Koncepts Colour Challenge #25 Guest Designer

I am loving the colour challenges over at Kreative Koncepts (formerly Scrap Friends).  I was lucky enough to be a random winner in March/April Challenge #23 with my "The Girls" layout and received an opportunity to Guest Design for the May/June Colour Challenge #25.

Again, it is a colour board that speaks to me and my stash of pretty papers. Such beautiful bright cheery colours and I knew just what collection I wanted to use.

Supplies: patterned papers (Bazzill), stencil (Magenta), Whipped Spackle and gelato (Faber-Castell), wood veneer title (Studio Calico), wood veneer leaves (Recollections), tissue paper and floral pieces (Dollarama), gesso (Golden), pen (Staedtler)

I have had this Margie Romney-Aslett's Bazzill Basics Vintage Marketplace patterned paper since it was first released.  It is so pretty and perfect for this colour challenge.  The roses tied into the inspiration photo too.

I used some pre-prepped tissue that I had made while experimenting with gelatos and tissue paper when I made my "Sister's layout".  I coloured the white tissue paper with Metalic Melon gelato and then saturated it with water to activate the gelato. It had a very shimmery satin/silk feel which totally worked with the colour board inspiration photo of the silk pillow.

I used my favourite Magenta butterfly stencil with Faber-Castell's Whipped Spackle.  Love the consistency of this product which varies from molding paste as it is a whipped gesso. You only need a little as it goes a long way.  It is easy to use and dries quickly.

The florals are from Dollarama but they all were actually parts of two separate candle rings.  I bought them with the intent of taking them apart and using them on a project.  Again, an item that is ideally suited for this challenge as it goes with the branched and floral design in the inspiration photo fabric on the chair.

Check out the other beautiful takes on the challenge and come join in here.


Friday, May 16, 2014

Watercolouring... who knew?

I have been a bit quiet of late.  I have been taking a university course on top of working and it is eating any of the few extra minutes that I had previously to craft. Sometimes when I go for chunks not creating, I just get an overwhelming urge to just pause on everything else and just do it.  Last night was one of those nights where I was sinking in other work items and just had to stop and do something different.  I do have some crafty things to share and will catch up on that in future posts but today I am sharing an unexpected card that I made as a result of my break time last night.  

When I saw the Watercolour for Card Makers Online Class advertised a while back, I was interested but knew it would not fit with my other course.  Then I saw something in regards to it again yesterday and decided what the heck, the classes are available for me to look at in the future so why not.  I signed up on Day 9 of 10. LOL! Watched that day's first video on Simple Freehand Painting using a splatter painting technique and just went for it.

Supplies: Watercolour paper (Carsons), watercolour paint pucks (Artist Loft), sentiment stamp (Winnie and Walter), ink (Archival-Ranger), cardstock (Bazzill)

My card is a slightly different take on the tree technique as shown in the video for I went for a spring cherry/apple blossom look.  I think it is not bad for a first try especially because I have not had the benefit of having taken the other days' classes.  LOL! Nothing like jumpin' in feet first!

I paired my tree with a Winnie & Walter sentiment stamp.  I shortened the tail end of the font script to make it fit my card space by using a post-it. 

Looking forward to going through the other lessons with a school break coming up and sharing my learning creations in the future.