Tuesday, August 15, 2017

AHOY! - Single Page Layout
(CSI DT - Case File #236)

I solved another Case File from CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration
and it's a m-ARRRR-velous one!

To find out more about Case File No. 236
and see lots more DT inspiration, click HERE.

Let me explain how I solved this case!

Arrr-gust is International Pirate Month so the Scene offers an adorable pirate-inspired image so I decided to celebrate pirates too with my layout featuring my friend's son looking quite dashing in a pirate costume.

The Scheme consists of these colours from the Scene:
light teal green, black, white, light warm gray and crimson.

I opted to use many elements from the Evidence list:
stripes, polka dots, gold (sequins), flag (tags), wet medium (gold mist), 
lots of nautical elements, wave shape (background patterned paper), twine,
skull/crossbone, buttons and ombre (also on the background patterned paper).

In my Testimony, which I've added on a tag hidden behind the photo, 
I journalled about how all boys dream of being pirates... the thrill of adventure, 
sailing on the beautiful vast sea and exploring for treasure!

And now let's look at some close-ups:

As soon as I saw this case file, I knew I had the perfect paper collection for it: Scrapberry's The Pirate Treasure.  This collection offers lots of gorgeous pirate themed designs and cutouts which matched perfectly my photo and went along well enough with the Scheme.  My light teal green turned more into a sky blue, but you can still see some teal in the wave design.

I found some pirate chipboard set in my stash and I added some gold sequins
to represent treasured gold coins that pirates constantly seek.

I cheated a little and added some extra colour to my page, but I found that
these gold elements from the Scrapberry's paper line were too good to not use.

Here is a sneak of my hidden journaling...

Ahoy, matey!  Little Tristan looks like a very happy pirate indeed!

Now, how will YOU solve Case File 236?

I hope I have inspired you to play along!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

DREAM ON - Mixed Media Canvas
(Dusty Attic DT - August Mood Board Challenge)

I am so thrilled to be sharing with you my very first DT project
for the Dusty Attic.  Being a part of this fabulous team is truly
a dream come true so this canvas that I created that I call 'Dream On'
is the perfect project to start off this marvelous creative adventure!

I was inspired by the gorgeous August mood board that is country, rustic,
shabby chic, and elegant all into one.  Hopefully you will play along and 
link up your project in the Dusty Attic blog sidebar by the end of August.

Since I was making a mixed media canvas, I decided to save the lovely sketch
for inspiration for my 2nd DT project which I will be sharing with you
a bit later on this month.

Let's take a closer look at my canvas!

As you can see, it's actually a canvas upon a canvas.
I started off with a 8x10 canvas and affixed a smaller 4x6 canvas 
on top of it.  I wanted to make the focal piece of my project,
the stunning Dusty Attic Dream Catcher #2, pop out even more.

My canvas was primed with white gesso after which I some modeling paste
with the Feathers and Arrows stencil to create some textured design on the base.
I then added layers upon layers of different mists, stains and paints
until I achieved the marble white and aqua blue effect that you see.

On all my chipboard pieces, I used some blue and white embossing powders,
and then I dabbed the pieces with shimmery white paint to also give them
a dual colour effect.  There is so much medium on each piece 
that I'm sure that they have easily doubled their weight.

Below you can see details of the flowers I used including some vintage 
blooms from Dusty Attic in the ivory color and a lovely 
Page Pebble that went perfectly with the theme of my canvas.

Without a doubt, one of my favorite Dusty Attic set is the Boho Feathers set.
I used 2 feathers on my canvas and still have 3 left for future projects!

I have a very messy style when it comes to mixed media,
and even on most of my layouts, as you will see with future shares.
I tend to go crazy with the white paint and mist on most of
my embellishments, from flowers to badges to chippies.
I also like to sprinkle lots of micro beads here, there, everywhere!

And here is one final look at my canvas
which I really hope has inspired you today.

Here is a list of the Dusty Attic products used:

Dusty in Bloom - Champagne Kisses

Click HERE to see my first DT reveal on the Dusty Attic blog
and I would so appreciate if you left me some comment love on there.

Until next time!

Monday, August 7, 2017

BIRDS OF A FEATHER - Set of 3 Cards
(Scraps of Elegance DT - 'Birds of a Feather' Kit)

With a kit called 'Birds of a Feather' and the lovely bird die cuts 
from the BoBunny Serendipity collection included in the June 
Scraps of Elegance kit, I just knew that I had to create this card set!

I created 3 birthday cards (sentiment in french), each one
with different color birds and birdhouse on a ivory and yellow base.

I think this one is my favorite simply because I love the look 
of this birdie in flight.  In the BoBunny chipboard set from the kit, 
there are some framed images of the same birds. I used one on each card.

I love creating cards with leftovers from the kit.
I had more than enough die cuts, stickers, chipboard shapes, flowers
to use on these cards, and I certainly could create more.

And there  you go!

This concludes my DT work with the Scraps of Elegance June kit.

To learn more about Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance kits,
click HERE.  Do not miss the chance of subscribing to this fabulous kit club!

I hope you enjoyed!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

PEACE - Single Page Layout
(Scraps of Elegance DT
+ Mixed Media & Art July Challenge)

Here I am again today to share with you
another layout created with the Scraps of Elegance June kit.

My page was also inspired by the July challenge at Mixed Media & Art.

This mood board brings on such a peaceful feeling whenever I look at it.
The sketch is simple and so versatile.  I love the beautiful feathery designs of the BoBunny Serendipity papers and all the die-cuts and chipboard shapes that went along with it.
I thought they were perfect for creating a whimsical and rustic page 
with a shabby chic twist to express the 'peace in my heart'.

The Scraps of Elegance main kit and floral add-on contain
gorgeous blooms from Prima, Petaloo and 49 and Market.
It is no surprise that flowers are my #1 crafty embellishment!

I sprinkled a fair share of glitter glass I received in a previous kit 
and sprayed on some white mist over my embellishments.

I found that this quote was a great complement to my overall design as well as the photo used that was taken at dusk on the boardwalk in my town. I try to find peace within myself every day which is a challenge, but sure is worth it in the end. Creating art always brings me a sense of peace and I'm ever so grateful for the ability (thank you Scraps of Elegance) and the inspiration (thank you Mixed Media & Art) to create.

Make sure to share with us your creations on the Scraps of Darkness
We would love to see what you have created!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

ENJOY TODAY - Single Page Layout
(Scraps of Elegance DT - 'Birds of a Feather' Kit)

I am back today with some more inspiration
featuring the Scraps of Elegance 'Birds of a Feather' kit.

For this layout, I combined roses and leafs patterns
and added the gorgeous chipboard piece from the Elements add-on.
I simply colored it with Copic markers and then dabbed a bit of white.

This piece of Prima MetalWare also from the Elements add-on
was the perfect addition to my page amid gorgeous roses from the Floral.

I added some stenciling on my background
and used many of the butterfly die cuts and chipboard shapes.

This picture was taken almost 10 years ago
near this time of year.   How time flies!

Here is the 'Birds of a Feather' kit and the add-on kits
with which I've created this layout and the projects 
I will be sharing with you over the next couple days.

Elements add-on kit

Floral add-on kit

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the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance kit clubs.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

SUMMER TIME SELFIE - Single Page Layout
(CSI DT - Major Case File #235)

Let's play detective!!!

The Major Case File #235 from CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration
has been revealed a couple days ago and here is how I solved it:

To find out more about Major Case File No. 235
and see lots more DT inspiration, click HERE.

Let me explain how I solved this case!

The Scene represents friendship, girlfriends, girl fun, so I chose to 
scrap a recent photo taken with my friend and co-worker Nathalie
while we were out on a work break indulging in a sweet Summer treat.

The Scheme consists of beautiful pastel colors:
light chartreuse, turquoise, white, light gray, 
and a shade between periwinkle and lavender.

From the Evidence list, I opted for: 
a solid white background, polkadots, flowers, bling, 
wet medium, and floatie shape.

For the Testimony, I journalled about how life is good, especially
while eating an ice cream treat during work break with Nath!

And now let's look at some close-ups:

I really enjoyed scrapbooking in this colour palette.
On my white background, I added a polkadot pattern with lilac distress stain using a stencil.
And I also added some turquoise using another circle pattern stencil.

I love the layers I created with the tag and all those flowers.

We look like we'll be ready to attack the rest of the working day
after filling up with that delicious ice cream!

Well, another solved CSI case under my belt!

Now, let's see how YOU solve it! :)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

TORI & HER PIANOS - Single Page Layout
(More Than Words DT - August Main Challenge)

Today is awesome for several reasons...
it's only my 2nd day of Summer vacation (2 weeks off work)
it's reveal day for a brand new More Than Words challenge!

I am so happy to be able to share with you this layout that I created
a couple weeks ago based on the August challenge.

Just look at this gorgeous challenge board:
Word Inspiration - HARMONY
Creative Challenge - SONG LYRICS

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.

I have been wanting to scrapbook about this subject for a while now,
and what better opportunity  than with this challenge!

I have been a huge fan of Tori Amos for years, and her music inspires me to no end.  The word HARMONY made me think of her kinship with her pianos - she normally has 2 on stage with her and even plays them both at the same time!

I couldn't pick lyrics from just one song as that would have been an impossible choice as there are so many favorites, so I used a collage of some of her most memorable lines.  In my eyes, there is just no other songwriter like her - she is truly one of a kind!

I chose red as the basis colour for my page, quite obviously inspired
by Tori's lovely red hair for which she is so most well known.
I added a bit of aqua blue as it is one of my fave colours. 
This older collection from BoBunny seemed to be a perfect fit.

The flairs are from Prima and the gorgeous music note chipboard is from Dusty Attic.

I added some lacing along the edges of my distressed paper layers.
I hadn't used this technique in a while - I used to do it often a few years back.

And here she is... my musical muse!

I really hope that you like my layout.

If you are a Tori fan like me, please let me know in the comments!