Friday, December 15, 2017

'TIS THE SEASON - Single Page Layout
(CSI DT - Case File 244 + Stuck?! Sketch)

This is a bittersweet reveal for me as it is my last case file
Yes, I am retiring as a CSI Detective at the end of the month,
but I am very grateful to Debbi at CSI for this incredible opportunity!

This is Case File No. 244 which inspired this layout.
Click HERE for more details and more DT inspiration based on this file.

The Scene quite obviously evoked Christmas feelings in me.

The Scheme is a classic Noel palette of red and green
with some neutral pale gray/almost white, gray and black.

From the Evidence, I chose Christmas, animals (the deer head), trees and ribbons (bow).

For my Testimony, I opted to just add a simple sentiment about what I love
 the most about Christmas and that is spending it with my love.

 I was also inspired by the December 1st Stuck?! Sketch.

To create this layout, I went and searched through my old Christmas stash
and found this very beautiful Pink Paislee collection that matched 
the Scheme quite perfectly.  It is called Merry & Bright.

The trees are from the Die Cut pack from Pink Paislee.

I spritzed some Snow White Glossy Ink Spray from Daily ART on my page.

It's true that Christmas just wouldn't be the same without him... 

Thank you so much for visiting!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

(Dusty Attic DT - December Mood Board Challenge)

I got busy with my extensive stash of Dusty Attic chipboard
to create this very fun and whimsical layout 
based on the Dusty Attic December mood board challenge!

Here is the lovely December mood board.  Click HERE for the details.

I was so inspired by the board as I absolutely loved its colours and retro feel!

I used only black, white and different hues of teal/aquamarine blue
so I treated all my chipboard with a combination of dark charcoal Copic marker
and the lovely Oceania Dusty in Colour acrylic paint.

I fussy cut the photo of my friend's beautiful daughter and created
with an array of flowers and the gorgeous and intricate Floral Fantasy design.

On my background white cardstock and beautiful 13arts Vintage Moments paper,
I used the River Stones stencil (as seen above) and a mixed media stamp.

To go with the Floral Fantasy chipboard, I also used the Fantasy Flowers
and one of the Paisley #3 border. These pieces are absolute must haves!

I added a few Mini Dragonflies and then lightly misted the embellishments 
with some Daily ART white Vintage Ink Spray.
Speaking of embellishments, the fabulous steampunk badges are from Cuts2luv!

I am very proud of how my page turned out and I find that it complements
the December mood board perfectly with a little 60's flower child look!

Here is the complete list of Dusty Attic products used:

Dusty in Colour

Make sure to visit the Dusty Attic website to see lots more of their designs
 and products as well as the blog for daily DT inspiration!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

FESTIVE NOËL - Gift Bag & Card Set
(Daily ART DT - Photo Tutorial)

How exciting it is for me today to share with you my very first 

Daily ART DT project on their blog and right here on mine!

Here is a photo tutorial on how I created this Christmas gift set with bag and card.

I started with creating the tag for the gift bag. I covered a Hardboard Tag #6 
with White Gesso over which I applied some Fine Texture Paste with
the Vintage C Stencil. This paste is perfect for adding just the right amount 
of texture to any project. I then used my heat gun to dry it all up.

Next came time to have fun with some different sprays.
To create the base of my tag, I used a combination of Vintage Nestle Leaf
and Glossy Olive and Cut Grass. I sprayed and then blended with a sponge
until I got the desired effect and colour.  I then dried it with my heat gun.

I wasn't quite finished with the tag.  I dabbed a bit of Red Chameleon Patina
and then spread with my pallet knife a bit of Malachite Velvet Paste. I adore Velvet Paste!
Then, to add even more texture, I added some cheese cloth which I glued
down using Gel Medium Gloss and then I sprayed some more Olive Glossy Ink.

I covered my chipboard embellishments with first Dark Red Acrylic Paint
and then some Pearl Red Stencil Paste to add a little shimmer.  Some of
the chipboard was already glittery, but I just added some more 
using Red Glitter Paste, Gold Stencil Paste and Transparent Glossy Varnish Spray.

Now that my tag was pretty much complete, it was then time to work on the bag.
I wanted to keep it simple and classy so I just added the Vintage N stencil design
with the Pearl Red Stencil Paste along the side of the bag. I sprinkled some Gold Glimmer
Ink Spray and added a few chipboard decorations before sticking my tag onto it.

As for my card, I treated the corrugated base similarly as my tag.
I stuck down some cheesecloth using Fine Texture Paste and Gel Medium Gloss,
and then I went a bit crazy with the different shades of Green and Snow White Inks.

I put my sentiment on a cardstock tag and added some decorations.
I finished by spraying a bit of Transparent Glossy Varnish on the card and the bag.

This is my finished card with some close-ups.

And here is my gift bag featuring the mixed media hardboard tag.

I hope you've enjoyed my tutorial and that you are now inspired 
to create your own special Christmas gift set for a special someone!

Here is the complete list of all Daily ART products used...



If you want to learn much more about all Daily ART products, visit their website HERE.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

HAPPY GO LUCKY - Single Page Layout
(Kraft+ International Guest Designer)

I am back today as the International Guest Designer
at a favorite challenge blog that inspires me every single month
but with which I don't always get to play along...
Kraft Plus Challenge Blog.

Take a look at the fabulous December PHOTO INSPO challenge
about which you can find all the details right HERE

I absolutely love this challenge's trendy image! I was immediately attracted to the busy 
and colourful patterns of the pillows and the variety of designs on the wall decor. 

With that inspiration in mind, I wanted to create a happy
and eclectic page using a darling photo of my niece in an outfit and demeanour
just as fun and colourful as the challenge image.

I found the perfect papers in my stash from Momenta and several badges inspired
by the buttons in the board as well as flowers, confetti and brads to create this happy
mix, all of course on a base of beautiful kraft paper!

All the chipboard used is from Dusty Attic and I used Dusty in Colour acrylic paints
to add different colours to them as well as on my background.

This is one of my all time favorite photo of my niece... she was having
a grand ol' time at Walt Disney World a few years back!

Thank you so much to Kraft Plus for having me as a GDT!

Friday, December 1, 2017

THIS IS MY FAMILY - Single Page Layout
(More Than Words DT - December Main Challenge)

What with Christmas approaching fast, the month of December
is mostly about counting down the days until we get to spend 
some quality festive time with the people we love the most... 
our family, as crazy as they may be!  Well, this layout is all about them...

Here is the December Main Challenge over at More Than Words
from which my page was inspired.
Word Inspiration - FAMILY
Creative Challenge - NUMBERS

You can find all you need to know about this challenge and the fabulous prizes
up for grabs as well as inspiration from the very talented MTW DT right HERE.

 When I saw this month's word, it was very obvious which photos I would be
scrapping. These have been taken last year when we celebrated my mom's 65th
birthday. All those lovely smiling faces are my FAMILY!

I loved the NUMBERS creative challenge and had too many creative ideas
that I had didn't know where to start and what to pick. I finally decided to use
some patterned paper with numbers on it as part of my background
as well as some number grid and page pebble chippies (all from Dusty Attic!)
to represent the 'counting of my blessings'.

I love that I found this patterned paper in my stash... it matched the colour palette
that I had in mind. And those big bold numbers were just perfect for this challenge.

I did some stenciling on my background and dabbed on
some Dusty Attic acrylic paint on it.

Pretty much all the chipboard pieces except for the title
are from Dusty Attic.  I absolutely love the Number Grid piece
and the Wall Clock #2 just complements very well the whole creative challenge.

Me and my family!

I hope you enjoyed looking at my layout and
that you have been inspired to play along at More Than Words!

See you back in a few with more scrappy inspiration!!