Friday, May 1, 2015

Kraft Plus Inspiration

Hello Fellow Krafter's!!

First day of a brand new month - Are we ready for another awesome Kraft Plus Challenge reveal?

Welcome to our Moodboard Challenge: Photo Inspiration + Your Imagination 

Interpret the 'Kraft' Board as you wish. You may be inspired by the colours, the beads, the twine, the books.... well, you get the idea

Here is where the inspiration and imagination took me:

I have taken inspiration from the books and altered a book cover. I also incorporated colour, flowers, twine, metal, little bottle and bead trinkets in the design. Textural elements in photo 2 inspired dry embossing of the Kraft Cardstock.

For all challenge and sponsor details + all the designer and guest amazing inspiration can be found HERE

Happy Krafting Everyone!

Thursday, April 30, 2015



Backtracking today and sharing something that I created a while back for Scrapbook Creations Issue 104 for their colour challenge. I have had a play with Dylusions Ink Sprays and water for creating the background effect on the white cardstock.

To recreate a similar background effect:
Position a Prima Turkish Grunge stencil over the top of the cardstock and spray with Calypso Teal and Green Grass. Concentrate on the areas where the photo and embellishment is going to be and alternate the colours leaving areas of space between the colours. Remove the stencil and then spray over the coloured areas with water. Use paper towel to blot up the areas of excess and to soften. when dry apply extra masked detail with white gesso paint randomly - I used a stencil with circles for this.

Chipboard elements were painted white and then also misted with Calypso Teal and Green Green. Spray a small amount each of the colours onto a non slip craft mat, position the chipboard piece over the top and then twist/rotate around to create a swirly, variegated effect of the colours.

Thanks for dropping by,
Till next time,

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Light House Project


Thanks so much for dropping by. Today I have a beyond the page project to share with you created with Prima's Sea Shore collection.

**Also note the top of the lighthouse lifts off so that the LED candle can be switched on and off **

The light house was created using my own template design. The foundations first created with stronger chipboard and then covered with Sea Horse 'Under The Sea' patterned paper.

A brick pattern was added to the base of the lighthouse using a Prima stencil and texture paste. Glass Glitter was sprinkled over the texture paste with Color Bloom Sprays spritz over the top - I used Antique Gold and Soft Teal.  White Gesso was dabbed over some of the misted area so that just a hint of colour peeks through.
Resin and Metal elements add a touch of shabby and Chantilly Metal Knobs and hemp twine add a little nautical feel:
Shells have been adhered around the base of the lighthouse for a touch of seaside influence.

Till next time,

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

You Bewitch Me


A layout to share today created with the Graphic 45 collection An Eerie Tale. I have gone for a non traditional 'spin' on this totally 'bewitching' range.

You Bewitch Me
I chose to go with a more neutral Kraft cardstock background for this and added a little masked detail and colour fun with Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine and Lindy's Stamp Gang Sweet Violet Purple Teal. A border around the outer edge was created with 'An Eerie Tale' and 'Wicked Whimsey'.

Strips of patterned papers were layered behind the photo - Captivating Characters, Unsolved Mystery, Grand Illusion and Wicked Whimsey.

Fussy cut elements from 'An Eerie Tale', 'Captivating Characters' and 'Run and Hide" were used for embellishing along with Graphic 45 chipboard buttons and coordinating Banner elements and a few metal elements.

Thanks so much for dropping by,
Till next time

Monday, April 27, 2015

Altered Paper Mache Album


From time to time, I like to venture outside the ‘creative square’ so to speak. This time a quote from the ‘Hunger Games’ movie-  ‘Every Revolution Begins With A Spark’ provided the initial creative ‘spark’ for my altered album.

This started out as Paper Mache Book Album.  So for something a little different, I converted the album into a 3D ‘art’ book. 

'Every Revolution Begins With A Spark'

Texture and detail were added with layers of patterned paper, lace ribbon, canvas, gauze, button trinkets and mixed media. 

Chipboard cogs, gears, sprockets and metal game spinners have been incorporated into the design to evoke the rotation of moving parts synonymous with the word ‘revolution’ from the quote.  Whilst light bulbs and spark plugs are the ignition for spark.

The blank pages of the album were used to create the shadow box effect by being adhered together. A middle section was removed by using the front cover’s window as a template.  The back cover of the book had a similar opening and was then attached to the reverse side of the adhered pages.   A smaller ATC sized shadow box was constructed and then inserted into the cavity created. The front cover attached over the top creates the 3 dimensional effects. 

Mixed Medium detail added with a brick stencil, antique gold texture paste and colour mists.

Chipboard elements were inked brown and then highlighted with a subtle dabbing of metallic gold paint.
Thanks so much for dropping by,
Till next time

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Back Track 75


The inspiration for the project I share with you today takes me back to a much earlier childhood memory. As a child, my brother and I would listen to Patsy Biscoe’s 50 Favourite Nursery Rhyme’s Album.  It seemed appropriate to showcase this special memory on an older vinyl record which is the non- conventional item I chose to alter.  I found this in one of my opp shop visits and cost me the grand total of 20 cents - Bargain!!

The darker background of the record creates a night sky effect and allows the colours of the nursery elements to pop. A sprinkling of stars was added with masking using a Heidi Swapp mask and a few fussy cut ones from Graphic 45 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' paper. I used clear gel medium for the masking with a sprinkling of white gitter added over the top to make them ‘twinkle’. A ‘milky way ‘effect to the night sky was created by dabbing white gesso in areas and then dabbing a touch of iridescent with Heidi Swapp Teal Color Shine.
Fussy cut elements from Graphic 45’s Mother Goose collection allowed me to ‘Back Track’ to 1975 and recreate the nursery rhymes from Patsy’s record that I fondly recall.  
A large moon was created from chipboard and patterned paper and provides the foundation for all of the nursery elements to rest on.
Thanks so much for dropping by,
Till next time

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Time Traveler Inspired Hat

Hi Lovelies,

So I had a creative idea that started to form when Miss E pulled them out of her magic showbag  from the Whittlesea show last year - they were a plastic pair of black round glasses. Kinda quirky (and yes I agree a touch on the uglier side as they are not very flattering on the face) but they lended themselves beautifully for the project that I had them in mind. Just had to convince Miss E that I needed them more than she did.

Combine with the toning and design elements of Prima's Time Traveler collection, a hat was fashioned from the patterned papers. Add a few fussy cut elements, a vine, flowers and trinkets and I came up with a Time Traveler Inspired Hat with a steampunk influence.

Time Traveler No 70 was used to create the 'brim' of the hat and Dark Lines for the top part of the hat. For a touch of 'swagger', the brim was slightly rolled up on one side and affixed in place.

Embellish liberally with a cascading medley of flowers , fussy cut elements, chipboard cogs, shabby chic treasures, junkyard finding  and other trinkets and haberdashery.

Thanks so much for dropping by,