Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Halloween/Autumn Tag Trade ~Scraps of Darkness~

I have a really quick share for you tonight - I realized that I forgot to post the tag I created for my friend Lee (aka Violent Kittie) for the Scraps of Darkness Halloween/Autumn Tag Trade! I chose to go all-out-Halloween for my tag and created this Spooky oversized tag for Lee! The base is a Prima Doll tag and there is a second Size 5 tag on the top (the spiderweb). I used a section of Imaginarium Designs chipboard Spade-Top fence, and lots of fun Halloween embellishments to create this fun tag!
It looks so much cooler in real life.....I hope Lee loved it!

In return, I got an A-mazing tag with gorgeous Autumn Colours - I LOVE IT! Check it out on Lee's blog here!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Love This ~ Scraps of Darkness November Kit Sketch ~

The Scraps of Darkness November Kit - "Water Lilies" - was inspired by the famous painting by Claude Monet and is full of spectacularly gorgeous papers and embellishments! My first layout with this kit, entitled "Love This" is based on this month's exclusive sketch by SuePup! My layout features pictures of my son playing outside at a local harvest festival this Autumn - I love watching him play and have so much fun! I converted the photos to black and white since the background of this layout fetatures so much colour! Here is my layout:
And here is the sketch this layout is based on:
For this layout, I used the Kits 7 Dots Studio paper, the Crafter's Workshop Template, Petaloo Flowers, Leaky Shed Studio Chipboard, 3D Stamp Paint, Inka Gold colour, Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists and Pink Paislee tag from the SOD kit and add-ons, along with some mixed media elements, Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists, drywall tape and cardstock from my stash. Here are a few close-ups of the different elements of the layout.
In this close-up, you can see the masking done with the TCW template - I used Fibre Paste from my stash, mixed with some of the Cobalt Blue Inka Gold colour from the Main Kit. The circles are the 3D stamp paint from the Creativity Add-on - I simply painted the edge of the paint lid and stamped that on the page.
I used four different Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Mists on this layout - Tea Pot Purple, Time Travel Teal, Shabby Turbine Teal and Edelweiss Moss Green. You can really see the drywall tape and layering in this close-up - I also used some staples to hold down some of the layers and the tag.
I painted the Leaky Shed Studio Chipboard with Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glazes (Olive Vine, Pomegranate and  Solar Gold). I twisted the Petaloo vine around the chipboard and also added a cluster of Petaloo flowers to the opposite corner of the main photo. (It is too bad the photo of my son isn't sharper - that's what happens when I let my husband be the photographer ;).

I can't wait to get back to creating with this kit - there are so many possibilities!!!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

You Colour My World ~ Imaginarium Designs & Scrap Around the World ~

This month, Imaginarium Designs is one of the sponsors at the Scrap Around the World challenge blog and the Imaginarium Designs DT was asked to create a project inspired by the mood board and/or optional sketch. I chose to create a project inspired by the rainbow of colours on the mood board and made this mixed media canvas featuring an adorable picture of my son from this Autumn - he truly does "colour my world".
I started off the project using a Crafter's Workshop 12 x 12 Bricks template with Golden Coarse Pumice Gel. Once that had dried I coated the masked bricks and canvas with a coat of gesso. Then I added the Imaginarium Designs compass, clock and border and painted them with gesso as well. I created my own rainbow of mists for the colours using watered-down acrylic paint + pearlizing medium. Once the coloured paint dried, I added the picture and flowers and then dry-brushed everything (including the flowers) with white gesso and then Luminarte Silks Acrylic glaze in gold. The last step was to add the title - first I primed the chipboards with gesso, then painted them with Distress Crackle Paint in Picket Fence; finally, I dry brushed the letters with the gold acrylic glaze and attached them to the layout.

Here is the Scrap Around the World mood board that inspired this project:
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today - be sure to play along with the Scrap Around the World Challenge this month for a chance to win an amazing prize pack of chipboard from Imaginarium Designs!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Scraps of Darkness - November 2013 "Water Lilies" Kit

The Scraps of Darkness November Kit was revealed today and it is utterly gorgeous! Melinda's inspiration for this Kit was Claude Monet  - and so the Kit has been named Water Lilies in honour of one of his most famous paintings. Here is a picture of the Kit - be sure to check the Scraps of Darkness website for a full list of the kit contents and the amazing add-ons available!
I'll be back very soon with some projects created with this breathtaking kit - I can't wait to create with it!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Magic Dragon ~Scraps of Darkness~

The Scraps of Darkness October Kit had an amazing Colour Add-On that included the Lindy's Stamp Gang Industrial Chic Mists set, designed by Limor Webber. I decided to use the mists to create my own background for a page featuring my son dressed up as a dragon (Halloween 2012). The colours in the Industrial Chic set were ideal for this - the greens/teals with sepia and silver accents really complement the picture and make this one of my favourite layouts this year!
I started out with a large piece of cardboard and tore off the top layer to reveal the corrugated layer underneath - this made a great, heavy base for the mixed media layout and looks great too. Then, I masked "Scales" onto a piece of white cardstock using a Prima Finnabair 12 x 12 stencil and some light molding paste mixed with Luminarte Primary Elements pigments (Forest Green, Lucky Apple, Mediterranean Blue) to tint it a light greenish-blue colour. Once that had dried, I started misting with the Industrial Chic mists - mainly the green and teal colours (Rusty Lantern Lime, Shabby Turbine Teal, Time Travel Teal) along with hints of the Sepia and Silver (Steampunk Sepia, Steel Shimmer). Here is a close-up of some the masking/misting.
The green and teal in this layout are perfect for the Lindy's Stamp Gang November Colour Challenge - so I am submitting this layout!
Once the background was complete, it was finally time to get to the picture and embellishments! I fussy cut the picture so it would look like my son was sitting on the layered ribbons (from the Creativity Add-On and Main Kit) and then added some "graveyard moss" for texture (and to hide the fact that my husband cut-off my son's legs in this photo). I added a combination of Prima, Kaisercraft and Petaloo flowers from the Main Kit and Flower Add-on and the Signature Stick Pin from the Embellishment Add-on. Finally, after carefully covering the picture, I did some more misting of the flowers/moss to finish off the layout!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today - I appreciate your visits and comments so much!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Imaginarium Designs - There's No Place Like Home

I have a "challenging" layout to share with you today. I love playing along with challenges and haven't been doing it as much as I used to - so this month I have created a layout to play along with the November Sketch at Once Upon a . . . Sketch and CSI - Color, Stories Inspiration Challenge #96. These two challenges actually intersected quite nicely for me as my "happy" place is my home - I'm a total homebody and love just cozying up at home with my family and my pets. My home is also a century home - so I've documented a bit of its history through photos and talk about the struggles/joys of owning such an old home in my journalling. I had fun searching through our County's Archives for some vintage photos and have to credit Google Earth for the most recent photo - I hope you enjoy a little peek into the history of my home!
Here is the OUAS sketch, which I rotated 90 degrees clockwise for my layout design!
I used Bo Bunny's "The Avenues" collection for this layout - the colours were perfect for the CSI colour palette and the door motif was so appropriate for documenting a layout about my home. I distressed the papers quite heavily as I thought it suited the theme of the layout. I used the Imaginarium Designs 8x8 Honeycombe as a layering element and the There's No Place Like Home phrase for my title. Both of these chipboard pieces were primed with black gesso and then painted with Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze in Carmen to give them a deep black/red colour.
I fussy cut the windows from the door and added a piece of velum so that it looked like frosted glass. I used a variety of Prima and Kaisercraft flowers to create the flower cluster and added in some Imaginarium Designs chipboard 'greenery' to complete the cluster. I simply sponged the greenery with acrylic paint in a colour to match the leaves on my flowers.
Finally, in case you're wondering what the journalling says, here is a little close-up of the tag tucked into the velum envelope behind the door. I wrote the journalling on my computer using a typeset font to fulfill one of the 'testimony' requirements for the CSI Challenge and then printed it on a nice, textured tag.
Here is a quick summary of how I solved the CSI Case File:

The Scheme: I incorporated all the colours.
Evidence: I have used clocks, flowers, a vintage photo, velum (something transparent) and paint (white gesso). 
Testimony: I have used a typewriter font, tucked my journalling behind a door and used the inspirational words message and remember for my journalling.

Imaginarium Designs Chipboard Used
8x8 Honeycombe - IDS0053
 There's No Place Like Home - Phrase - IDP0061

Kerri Flourish Tiny - IDT0026

Other Materials Used:  
Patterned Paper - Bo Bunny "The Avenues" - Treasures, Clocks, Doors, The Avenues; Pro Art Gesso - White; Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Red; White Cardstock; QuicKutz Die - Paint Chip; Black Soot Reinker; Velum, DecoArt Acrylic Paint - Leaf Green;  Prima Mini Roses - Red, Grey;  Aleene's Tacky Glue; 3D Foam Adhesive
Bits & Pieces from Scraps of Darkness Kits - Mini Clothespins - Red; Velum Envelope; Quilled Creations Textured Gift Tag; Red Gingham Ribbon; Prima Flower - Clara; Kaisercraft Paper Blooms - Black.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today - don't forget to leave a comment on my post on the Imaginarium Designs Blog for a chance to win some fantastic Imaginarium Designs Chipboard! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Frightfully Delightful ~Scraps of Darkness~

Today, I'm sharing another layout created with the amazing Scraps of Darkness October "Gothic" Kit. This layout also happens to be my entry for the October Round Robin at Scraps of Darkness - stop by our forum and check out our challenges - you don't have to be a kit subscriber to play along! I've scrapped another photo of my son from his first Halloween - I can't help it - he is just so cute in his little skeleton jammies!
There is a bit of masking with a Prima Finnabair Stencil and some Heavy Gel Medium mixed with Distress Glitter; but, the main focus of this layout is lots and lots of distressed layers. Here are a couple of close-ups!
This Kit is a dream to work with - the My Mind's Eye Happy Haunting papers distress so beautifully! I had fun adding in some dictionary pages and some of the "invitations" from the Teresa Collins Masquerade Party papers and the title/journalling spot from the Anna Griffin Spooktacular "Titles, Tags & Quotes".

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!