Friday, January 23, 2015

Go Outside and Play - Lindy's Stamp Gang January Color Challenge

Have you seen the gorgeous purples in this month's Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge? It just so happens that, as my 3 year old keeps reminding me, purple is my favourite colour (or one of them; I'm also partial to red!). So I pulled out my mists and embossing powders, combed through my wintery pictures (inspired by the gorgeous picture included in the color challenge) and set to work.

I started by using clear gesso on the background paper so that I could control where my mists ended up and blot up any mist I didn't want. Then I stencilled in some snowflakes using modelling paste, and set to work adding my colours. I outlined the snowflakes in black to help them stand out.

To bring in the coral colour from the palette, I primed the Blue Fern Studios' Lattice Fence chipboard (which I cut into three pieces) with gesso and spritzed it with Lindy's Cape Cod Coral, then sprinkled on some embossing powder (Magic Moon Pearls and Midnight Violet) while it was still wet and heat set it.

Once I got everything put together I wanted to bring in a little extra yellow in addition to the original background misting, so I added some yellow thread and glass beads.

To finish everything off, I added some chipboard snowflakes from Blue Fern Studios, primed white and sprinkled with super fine glitter for incredible shine.

Here is this month's Color Challenge if you're interested in playing along, too.

Lindy's Stamp Gang Products Used:

- Embossing Powders: Magic Moon Pearls, Midnight Violet
Wicked Witch Purple

Other Products Used:

- Blue Fern Studios chipboard: Lattice Fence, Shabby Flakes
- 7 Dots Studio Cold Country collection: Secret Diary, As It Was Before,
Elements, Element Stickers
- 7 Dots Studio Love Is In The Air: Thunder Of The Sea
- Liquitex: Clear Gesso, Light Modeling Paste, White Gesso
- Crafter's Workshop 6x6 snowflake stencil
- Stabilo Aquarellable pencil: Black
- Georgia Heald/Scrapbook Diaries Zipper stamps
- Faber-Castell Stamper's Big Brush Pen: Black
- 13 Arts Splash! Ink: White
- Prima 3D Gloss Gel
- Prima Glass Beads: Butter
- Superfine Glitter

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Beach Boys - Prima January PPP

This month's Prima PPP challenge is full of delicious blues and blue-greens, perfect for boy projects! And though it's the dead of winter, the colours suggested a beachy project to me, as well as a chance to use a Prima product I've been hoarding like a miser for the past year (pretty much to the day, as I picked it up at Prima ArtVenture last year) - the Ingvild Bolme Altered Metal Frame.

Though the frame comes gorgeously distressed, I wanted to build additional colour onto it, so I started by sponging on some heavy gesso, then applied three blue Color Bloom sprays: Soft Teal, Summer Sky and Cobalt.

The top of the frame was perfect for a Winthrop vine, with a distressed resin piece adhered to the front.

To create my beachy scene I started with a page of the aptly named Seashore paper for the background, then added some pieces of Blue Fern Studios' Country Picket Fence and some gauze sprayed with Color Bloom in Tea Stain.

To add some depth to the resin pieces, I sprayed them with Color Bloom in Worn Leather, then blotted it off the raised areas. And then finished everything off with more gorgeous Prima blooms!

Prima Products Used:

- Ingvild Bolme Altered Metal Frame
- Seashore collection: Sea Horse 12x12 paper, 3x4 ATCs
- Ingvild Bolme Shabby Chic Treasures Resins: Frames (89211),
Dell' Arte (891466), Shells (891985)
- Wintrop Vine (577704)
- Color Bloom sprays: Soft Teal, Summer Sky, Cobalt
Tea Stain, Worn Leather
- Cradle Robin nests (552879)
- Abbey flowers (571801)
- Say It In Crystals Free Spirit (573164)

Blue Fern Studios Products Used:

- Country Picket Fence

Monday, January 19, 2015

Cute Stuff - Prima January BAP

The Prima BAP is one of my favourite challenges to play along with, even more so on the months where the sketch was created by one of my best scrappy friends, the incomparable Jennifer Snyder. This month's sketch is another beauty, and I was inspired by the use of two smaller photos to sort through my photos to find two I'd like to use. Using PicMonkey I made them into a collage, and set to work. I am so happy with the way this layout turned out - it exceeds what I pictured in my mind, and then some!

And here is this month's Prima BAP sketch:

I started by adding some chevron stencilling to the Time Traveler "Tickets Only" paper using super heavy white gesso; after that dried I painted on Shabby Tote Chalk Edger with a wet paintbrush and blotted it off for a subdued aged effect.

I added strips of scrap paper from various collections, inked with chalk edgers for a bit of definition, as well as some resist canvas coloured with Gold Foil Color Bloom vertically on the page (I also splattered Color Bloom on the background).

Though there wasn't a vertical strip in the sketch, it felt right for my layout; I cut peek-holes through the Stationer's Desk "Captured Drama" paper, defining them with Dark Bark Chalk Edger. I mounted the strip on a backing of chipboard pop outs to give it more dimension.

To create a centrepiece for my photos inspired by the sketch, I used a chipboard circle painted with Color Bloom in Antique Gold, and topped it with Wire Thread in Rose Red. The bow is also Wire Thread - perfect for such a task as it keeps its shape! Prima flowers and leaves in muted colours, as well as Prima metal accents, contribute to the rustic feel of the layout.

For the cluster on the bottom right I incorporated many of the elements used in the larger cluster, adding a resin frame coloured with Color Blooms, and a chipboard title that perfectly sums up my cheeky little monkey.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Prima Products Used:

- Time Traveler collection: Tickets Only
- Stationer's Desk collection: Captured Drama
- Cigar Box Secrets: Corona & Presidente
- Chalk Edgers: Dark Bark & Shabby Tote
- 12 x 12 Mask: Chevron
- Resist Canvas Borders 4
- Color Bloom Sprays: Gold Foil, Antique Gold, Worn Leather
- Wire Thread: Rose Red
- Junkyard Findings: Industrial Lamps, Wall Lamps
- Prima Resin Frame: Baroque Frame

- Flowers: 
Capri - Cabernet
Hillsboro - Butter
Rodanthe - Seashell
Rondanthe - Sandbank
Florella - Leaves

Blue Fern Studios Chipboard:

- Graduated Circles
- Good Vibes
- Roman Clock Set - Small