Tuesday, 16 May 2017

My Girl

I'm sharing a recent scrapbook layout today, featuring a lovely photo of my daughter which shows off the stunning petrol blue colour of the dress. The photo was taken about 9 years ago but it's taken me this long to decide on a layout.
My first decision was to create all the elements and background myself and not use any patterned cardstock or bought elements.  So I started with white 12" x 12" card on which I painted random stripes of Cerulean Blue watercolour paint across the page.  Next I used a piece of corrugated cardboard (so versatile) and dragged chalk paint in teal across the surface.  
I used Cricut cartridge Elegant Edges to die cut the border strips, photo mat and journalling mat and Gypsy Font for the name. 
I painted all the die cuts except the name with chalk paint in pale blue and then ran the photo mat and name through the Cuttlebug, using a swiss dots dry emblossing folder to add some texture.  The border strips and name were then sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer, Astral Mystery.


Saturday, 13 May 2017

An Elegant Lady

Here is my entry for this month's ART JOURNAL JOURNEY theme of 'Elegance and Grunge', hosted by Gill.

 I started by dripping and dragging Distress Stain, Vintage Photo and Distress Ink, Antique Linen across the page, then added torn strips from a magazine page.  To tone down the colours of the magazine, I painted the whole page randomly with gesso.
The nude figure is one I painted early on when I started looking at figures and is taken from an Artist Photo Reference Book.  I cut the image out and pasted it on using Mod Podge, which I used for all the elements.  I added another torn strip of paper, then the birdhouse and die cut shapes in the bottom corner which I received through an online swap.  You can see the layers in this close up.
The image behind the birdhouse is from Crafty Individuals' stamped in Distress Ink Vintage Photo.  The die cut butterflies were sprayed with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist,  Astral Mystery to provide a pop of colour and add to the elegance.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Pocket Letters

This was a lovely swap recently at UKATC and something very different. 
Take a 9 pocket (each one 3.5" x 2.5") plastic sleeve used for collectible cards and fill each pocket with an ATC and some little treats.  These could be die cuts, postage stamps, mini pictures or anything that will fit in the pocket.  Both sides of the cards need to be decorated but the great thing is the sleeve can be rolled to fit a stand DL envelope.
I received a lovely Pocket Letter from my swap partner and had great fun finding the little treats.  I had as much fun putting mine together and here's a picture of the front ...
... and the back.
There are quite a few YouTube videos about these if you're interested.
See you soon.