Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2Crafty Chipboard Card Set

Having created a lot of layouts already with 2Crafty chipboard, 
I thought that I would show how versatile 2Crafty chipboard 
is by making a nice birthday card set with some of my favorite pieces.

 Card #1

I LOVE cupcakes and I love this chipboard Cupcake too!  It comes in a set of 3 
and looks awesome covered with thick coats of gesso, white paint and glitter.

2Crafty has a lot of card embellishment packs including ones with many different sentiments.   I took the Happy Birthday from one of these Card Sentiment packs 
and cut out the 'birth', replacing it with the same letters from the Scrabble Tiles 
which I layered with white paint, distress inks, distress stains and more paint.

Card #2

 This card has more of a fancy touch using lots of flowers 
and a piece of the beautiful Corner Large Flower Vine 
that I covered with heated gesso and various inks, stains and paints.
I then added an Ava's Butterfly.


The 'Best Wishes' also comes from a Card Sentiment pack.

Card #3

This is my favorite of the 3 cards because, quite obviously, 
that Carousel Horse is so adorable.
I put layers upon layers of different mediums on this one,
going from gesso to crackle paint to paint
to distress stains to more paint.

 The sentiment on this card comes from the Happy Birthday Card Pack.  
You get 6 in one pack so lots of cards to be made!

I had some piece left over from the Party Banner used on a previous project 
and thought it looked perfect on this card.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my cards.  

I will definitely be making some more using 2Crafty chipboard.

To see lots more chipboard designs, click HERE to visit the 2Crafty blog and website.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sisters Forever (SOS DT Reveal - Sketch Challenge #16)

The mid-month challenge at Scrap Our Stash went live on July 15th and 
it's now my turn to reveal my take on this pretty sketch challenge.

This Sketch with Stash challenge is to create a layout using the sketch 
as inspiration and use ribbon/trim on your layout.

Link up your layout HERE before July29th for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Paper Issues.

I was given this picture of my aunt Marie and her 2 sisters a while back by my mom.  She asked me to create a special layout as a surprise gift for my aunt and I finally got around to doing it.  I found that the SOS sketch with the small sized picture was the perfect design for it.  And as for my stash, I added a piece of fancy lace trim on the left side of the layout.  I'm very grateful for the inspiration and love the final result.  I'm sure that my aunt will love it too.


You probably have noticed that I used lots of beautiful chipboard on my layout 
and yes, you guessed right... it's from none other than 2Crafty
starting with the Loopy Font Forever title 
which I painted with black silk glaze and then dabbed with white and light pink paint.

After painting it with white gesso, misting it in pink and dabbing it with more white, 
I cut up the Floral Branch and tucked the pieces behind my different flower clusters.

Three hearts for three sisters... 
the Frame Love Hearts was the perfect focal point for my layout!

I also painted a Journaling Frame in black and cut it in two, 
slipping each piece on either side of the picture.  
I then added some stenciling with molding paste
and dabbed with pink and white paint.

Hope I've inspired you to create today!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Precious Ella (2Crafty DT Reveal)

I'm very happy to be sharing with you today my first July DT reveal layout for 2Crafty!

This layout holds many of my favourite things... favourite colors to scrapbook with: aqua blue, hot peachy pink and pale ivory (see below what challenge inspired me to use those colours), favourite patterns: polkadots, hexagons (no, I'm not tired of them yet!) and musical notes (see below what challenge inspired me to use those patterns),  my favourite embellishment (2Crafty chipboard obviousy) and last but certainly not least, one of my 2 favourite girls in the whole world, my niece Ella, the other one being her sister Daphne.

I played along with 2 challenges to create this layout.

that includes this fabulous mood board designed by Tusia Lech.
As mentioned above, I was inspired by the colours on this mood board which happen to be some of my favourites.  I also love the first image that reminds me of Ella... 
fun, girly and as sweet as a bunny.  She is also one of the most happy go lucky girls I know and I take great pride in being her aunt. I hope she never changes!

 I also was inspired by this fun  
This challenge asks to include at least 3 different patterns on your creation.  
Although sometimes i like fun bright colorful patterns (depending on what kind of pictures and themes i'm using), i have to say that i tend towards more soft, monochromatic and subtle pattern nowadays.  I used various patterns on my layout, most notably, polkadots, music notes, grid, vertical stripes and hexagons which all come from some of my favourite older papers from My Mind's Eye.

 Now on to the details and a closer look at all the 2Crafty Chipboard used!

Remember that if you want to see ALL the chipboard pieces that 2Crafty has to offer,
you can view their entire selection on their website right HERE.

First, i used the Loopy Font Precious Title and 
the EveryDay Font U/C & L/C to spell out the name Ella. 
 I embossed the letters with a polkadot pattern and then covered every piece 
with white gesso, sprayed them with different shades of aqua blue glimmer mist 
and then dabbed on some white paint on the top half to give them an ombre effect.

 Because i love hexagons even though some would say that they are not trendy anymore,
 I just had to add some Small Chicken Barbed Wire.

I lined up a piece of the Doily Border at the bottom of my layout 
which i treated the same way as the title.

The Frame Lucy's Flourish piece is so beautiful and elegant, 
i wish i would have had 2 as i would have added a picture of my niece Daphne in the 2nd one, that way making this layout about my 2 favourite girls!

 This sweet looking key comes from the Keyholes and Locks set, 9 pieces included.

And one last look from the side on which you can see some of the layers and all the pretty flowers.

I hope you enjoyed.

I loved playing along with both challenges at
Scrap Around the World and Berry71bleu 
while, at the same time, promoting the best chipboard out there, 2Crafty!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cat Watch (White with 1 - Duck Egg)

This month's challenge at White... with 1 was very challenging to say the least!

Duck egg blue!

In the past 2 days while working on this project, I've realized that i just might be a bit colorblind 
as I had the hardest time trying to capture the essence and perfect hue for this beautiful color.
After spending quite a bit of time mixing white, blue and a touch of yellow (I googled the recipe - hehe), I think i finally attained the right combination

Here goes...

This picture of our furry baby, Sugar, is so adorable and a little bittersweet at the same time.  Let me explain...  We adopted Sugar when she was 2 years old and we were told that, despite her having been declawed (front paws only), her previous family did let her go outside, but to what extent, we do not know.  Because we want to keep her safe, we keep her indoors, but she wants to go out so badly!  We tried the harness and leash thing a few times last Summer, but she was able to get out of the harness and didn't waste time heading off to explore the grounds.  We live on a fairly busy street and there have been sightings of coyotes in the nearby woods, so needless to say, it is a bit disconcerting to think of her roaming away too far.  I have hopes that we will eventually find the perfect harness out of which she won't be able to escape.  I do believe that cats are meant to roam nature, hunt the occasional bird or butterfly and lounge in the tall green grass on warm Summer days...  so it breaks my heart sometimes when i see her sitting on the window ledge looking at the world outside.

Do any of you have an indoor cat and feel the same way?

 Time for some close-ups!


I love these flowers from Recollections, bought at Michaels.
So lucky that they happened to be the right shade of blue. :)

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
Please feel free to leave me a comment - I appreciate each and every one!

If you want to play along with White... with 1, 
you can link up your project HERE until the end of the month.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July MCS Tutorial

This month, as you all know, the Main kit from My Creative Scrapbook came with a Lindy's Stamp Gang medieval gold Glitz Spritz which goes perfectly with the gold accents in the My Mind's Eye Market Street collection.

I created 4 different layouts with the Main kit and for each one, I started with plain white cardstock as the background.  I used the Glitz Spritz in 4 different ways to create a different background for each layout.

Background #1

I started by using the stencil (included in the kit) with molding paste in order to add a bit of layered texture on my background.  I dried the pattern using a heat gun.

Next, I poured some Spritz unto my crafting mat and dabbed a piece of scrunched up paper towel into it, making sure to absorb as much of the pigmented liquid as I could.

  I then just simply dabbed the mist on my stenciled pattern.

Completed layout using background #1

Background #2

This technique is a bit more daring as you never quite know how it'll turn out.

I covered my scrapping mat with Spritz.

I went pretty liberal on the spritzes. :)

I then took my blank white cardstock and flipped it over the scrap mat, pressing on it in order for all the mist to transfer on to the cardstock.

And here is what I ended up with...

Completed layout using background #2

 Background #3

For this background, I simply lined up the stencil where I wanted the color effect to show on my cardstock and I sprayed some Spritz...

being careful to lift up the stencil after and drying with a heat gun.


Background #4

For my final background, I just used the Spritz as it's meant to be used...  with sprays closer or farther from the paper to make different effects and shapes.

I then dried the splatters of mist with a heat gun.

Completed layout using background #4
Note: Unfortunately, the picture of this layout came out a bit bright so the result doesn't really show.

Thank you for joining me today on my Tutorial Day!
Now, it's your turn to go Glitz Spritz crazy! :)