Saturday, September 17, 2016

Travel Adventure


September's sketch at My Creative Sketches is another lovely one by Liz Chidester.


For my DT layout, I chose to scrap more photos from my daughter's literature trip to the United Kingdom with her school, using a mix of papers from Graphic 45 and S.E.I. I like that the S.E.I. paper, from their Moravia colletion, has felt bits which lend the layout some texture.


In fact, this layout is really a combination of the various product brands I have in my stash, and I'm happy to see how they work so well together!



Here are the close-ups.



Thank you so much for dropping by. Now, hop on over to the MCS blog for more inspiration, and also to check out the wonderful prize that awaits this month's winner!

Materials used:
Patterned Papers - Graphic 45 - Communique Collection - Communique, On The Dot, Postage; S.E.I. - Moravia Collection - Katerina
Flowers, Leaves and Vines - Prima Marketing - Gracie Vine (Almanac), Orchard Mix (Sahara), Rodanthe Collection (Seaboard), Florella Collection
Title - K and Company - Roam Collection - 'Words' Adhesive Chipboard
Wooden Tag - Little Yellow Bicycle - Wood Tags
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Adhesives - Beacon’s 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Kokuyo Dotliner, EK Success 3D-Dots

Monday, September 12, 2016

Canvas Project


Last week was Teacher's Day here, and this year, I decided to experiment with canvases for my daughter's teachers. I have to say I like how they turned out.


I pasted strips of paper napkins and various lace trims onto the canvas, and used a stencil to apply modeling paste to the top corner and bottom edge, for added texture. I then applied gesso to the entire canvas and then sprayed glimmer mists in a mix of colours over the canvas.


After the canvas has dried, I added the alphas and embellishments, and applied gesso to these. I then sprayed the entire canvas again with the same glimmer mist colours. I finished off the canvas by spraying it over with a specific glimmer mist in Iridescent Gold, to give the entire piece a lovely gold shimmer.


At the back of the canvas, I pasted a little message for the teacher.


Here's another design.





And yet another in more earthy tones.





And finally, one for the male teachers - I replaced the flowers with buttons and wood embellishments instead.






Here's a collage of all the canvases - don't you just love all the pretty colours?



I gift-wrapped the canvases with black tissue paper and finished off the look with a red ribbon and matching sticker tag. :)



Materials used:
Canvases - Phoenix Stretched Canvas (0.75in, 6x6in)
Laces - Prima Marketing, Minton, from stash
Paper napkins
Alphas - American Crafts - Thickers - Giftbox Chipboard Letter Stickers, Shoe Box Chipboard Letter Stickers, Typo Chipboard Letter Stickers, Cherry Patterned Chipboard Letter Stickers; Paper Market Alpha-Bites - Cookie Fudge Chipboard Stickers, Cookie Glaze Chipboard Stickers; K and Company - Black Filagree Alphabet Adhesive Chipboard
Flourishes - American Crafts - Thickers - Vera Accents Vinyl Shape Stickers
Flowers and Leaves - Prima Marketing - Vivian Eliza, Rondelle Collection (Plume), Bella Notte Collection (Vermont), Innoscence Collection, Ameruse Pastel Perle Mix, Florella Collection; Petaloo Premier - Printed Darjeeling Collection (Wild Blossoms x9 Med - Soft Grey), The Penny Lane Garden Collection (Mixed Blossoms x8 - Antique Beige, Robin Egg Blue)
Butterflies - Prima Marketing - Natural Bark Shapes Wood Embellishments
Wood Embellishments - Kaisercraft Wooden Flourishes - Hot Air Balloons; Kars - Wood Ornament Box
Buttons - Momoyo Craft
Mediums - Liquitex - Gesso, Flexible Modeling Paste; Reeves - Gesso Primer; Tattered Angels - Glimmer Mist (various colours)
Stencil - Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz Collection - Tiles
Adhesive - Beacon’s 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue

Thursday, August 18, 2016

To Be Or Not To Be?


It's time for another reveal at My Creative Sketches and here is this month's lovely sketch.


My daughter recently went on a school-organised literature trip to the United Kingdom, and I just had to scrap these amusing photos of her mimicking the Hamlet statue at the Gower Memorial in Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Sir William Shakespeare.


I used papers from one of my favourite collections from Webster's Pages - their Magical Wishes collection, and mixed those with some corrugated cardboard for dimension and texture, embellishing the layout with flowers and bark butterflies from Prima.



Here are a couple of close-ups.



Now, hop on over to the MCS blog to check out the amazing prize that's been put together for this month's winner, and also for more great inspiration, and come and play along with us! Thanks for taking the time to drop by! :)

Materials used:
Patterned Papers - Webster's Pages - Magical Wishes Collection - Prince Frog, I Believe, Make A Wish, Magical Life
Corrugated Cardboard
Flowers and Vines - Prima Marketing - Pixie Vine Collection (Fairy Belle), Vintage Emporium Collection (Verona), Salvage District Collection (Royal Hall)
Butterflies - Prima Marketing - Natural Bark Shapes Wood Embellishments - Butterfly
Alphas - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Alpha Parts - Newsprint, Signmaker
Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain; American Crafts - Slick Writer - Fine Point (Black)
Adhesives - Beacon’s 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Kokuyo Dotliner, EK Success 3D-Dots

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Story Of Today


My DT layout for My Creative Sketches this month is inspired by this lovely sketch by Christine Meyer.


I used papers from DCWV's beautiful The Mariposa Stack, with embellishments from Prima Marketing, Petaloo, Pink Paislee and Webster's Pages, among others.


The photos were taken during our visit to the Longneck Karen Tribal Village in Chiangrai, Thailand last December, where we got to meet these amazing women and observe as they weave the beautiful scarves which they were selling. It was a wonderful, memorable experience, which I felt I had to document.


I substituted the star and pennants on the sketch with flowers, and used pop-up foam dots for the mounted photos to give the layout some dimension.


Here are some close-ups.




Now hop on over to the MCS blog for more inspiration, and to check out the wonderful prize that's been put together for this month's winner. Looking forward to seeing all your lovely layouts, so come play along and join in the fun!

Materials used:
Patterned Papers - DCWV - The Mariposa Stack
Paper Doily - d.line - Paper Doyleys
Flowers and Leaves - Prima Marketing - Bellas, Tatiana (Victorian); Petaloo - Botanica Collection - Faux Dried Blooms x4 (Cranberry/Amber/Green)
Garland - Prima Marketing - Prima Vines - Scrapbook Jewelry (Daffodil)
Butterfly Clip - Pink Paislee - Hope Chest Collection - Butterfly Clips
Title Sticker - Me And My Big Ideas - Soft Spoken Embellishments
Washi Tape - Webster's Pages - Allison Kreft Designs Designer Washi Tape - Composition And Color Collection
Printed Canvas Ribbon - From own stash
Adhesives - Beacon’s 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Kokuyo Dotliner, EK Success 3D-Dots

Friday, June 17, 2016

Discover


This month's sketch at My Creative Sketches is a lovely two-page one by Liz Chidester.


I used papers from Pink Paislee's Sweetness and Butterfly Garden collections for my layout, with photos taken during our trip to Chiang Mai last December.


Here are the individual pages of the layout.



I used Bazzill Basics' Bling cardstocks as the background papers, applying a chicken wire mask to create patterns on them, and embellished the layout with laces, flowers and wooden embellishments.

Here are more views of the layout.










For more inspiration and also to join in the fun, hop on over to the MCS blog. And check out the lovely prize that's been put together for this month's lucky winner.

Materials used:
Patterned Papers - Pink Paislee - Sweetness Collection - Picture Perfect, Sweetest Day, Love Letters, Pretty Lace; Pink Paislee - Butterfly Garden Collection - Dew Drops
Cardstocks - Bazzill Basics Paper - Bling Cardstock (String Of Pearls)
Flowers and Leaves - Prima Marketing - Royal Menagerie Collection (Helena), Vintage Emporium Collection, Florella Collection
Wooden Embellishments - KaiserCraft Wooden Flourishes - Magical Butterflies, Ornate Clock
Laces - KaiserCraft - Crochet Doilie; Minton Ribbons
Title Alphas - Prima Marketing - Alphabet Stickers
Journal Sticker - K & Company - Brenda Walton Embossed Stickers (Maison Word Strips)
Puncher - Martha Stewart Crafts - Punch Around The Page - Loop Edge Punch
Stamp - Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz Collection
Mask - The Crafters Workshop - 12x12 Template - Chicken Wire
Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Walnut Stain); Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
Adhesives - Beacon’s 3-In-1 Advanced Craft Glue, Kokuyo Dotliner, EK Success 3D-Dots