Monday, October 16, 2017

Scrap Matrix guest DT layout for October challenge - watercolours and words - This moment captured

Hi everyone, I am sharing my first Scrap Matrix guest post. I am so pleased to have been chosen as a guest designer for Scrap Matrix , and have this layout to share with you, for the Watercolour and words challenge for October.
As I was searching the store for products, I came across the awesome Blue Fern Studio Wanderlust patterned papers, and knew this was where I wanted to start my layout for the Watercolour and Words challenge. I had a photo from my 2016 holiday in Hawaii just perfect for the layout, and these papers were so right for the photo. I tore the edges of the papers and layered 3 different sheets together to create the background.  I also stamped on the papers just a little, using the Blue Fern Studio departure stamp.
This Moment Captured

I chose some 13arts rainbow watercolour powders, for the watercolour component to the challenge. These products are new to me, and I have to say, are now a new favourite product, so will need to get a few more colours. I chose sky blue and brown, as they were going to match the papers nicely.
I purchased  a Blue Fern Studio chipboard title for my layout, which I firstly sprayed with gesso, then started to colour with the watercolour powders.

You only need a small amount of the powders, and the more water you add the lighter the colour. I had a couple of different puddles of colour tones that I used to colour my elements.

I purchased some dried roots, that were available in ecru, which I coloured with the watercolour powders, both by painting on and spraying (adding powder and water into mini mister) , and then tucked the roots in around the paper layers:

I stamped some flowers onto watercolour paper, using an archival ink. I then blended the powders adding more water or powder, as required to colour the flowers from light to darker.

I die cut the flowers, and placed these around my layout, surrounding my photo with them:

This challenge is also about words, so I purchased some 7 Dots Studio lost and found word stickers, and scattered these around the layout, including as part of the title.

My journaling was typed onto some cardstock, but I didn’t like the colour match, so I just added a little of the watercolour paper to the cardstock, to allow it to match the rest of the layout.

I had  a lot of fun with these gorgeous products. Make sure you take a look around the Scrap Matrix shop for some really cool products. Thanks to Vicki and the team for having me as guest designer.
I hope you have enjoyed my creative process. If you would like to see more of my work, take a look at my blog here.
Products used:
Blue Fern Studio Wanderlust patterned papers
13 Arts Studio rainbow colour watercolour powders
Ranger archival ink
Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms stamps
Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms die
Blue Fern Studio Departure stamp
7 Dots Studio Lost and Found stickers
7 Dots Studio Lost and Found elements
Blue Fern Studio chipboard title
UsARtQuest Prills
Prima Archivist flowers
Prima flowers - other
Dried roots – ecru

Sunday, October 15, 2017

CSI case file 240 - October 15

The mid month challenge for October at CSI is a beauty, and sure to inspire with it's shabby chic appeal:

I decided to scrap about my daughters 8th birthday, the colours in the photo suited the challenge criteria. 
For my evidence I have used polka dots and stripes, heart, cupcakes, flowers, ricrac, texture paste and I have sprinkled around some confetti. I think I have the evidence covered, lol. 
I really like this challenge for it's soft tones in the pink and blue, but then the pop of red. 
I have used a Charms Creations heavenly heart to finish the layout off. 
8th birthday

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Show Us Your Stuff October challenge

Wow, it's October already, I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by.
Anyway, it is time for a new challenge at Show Us Your Stuff. I think you will like this one:
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When you sit and think about it, there are loads of words starting with F and many products as well, I had FUN with this challenge. 
I created a background using Tim Holtz distress inks, and some stamping. 
The F products I used are: flair (handmade from D-lish Scraps), flowers, frogs, felt embellishment and the word froggo (the name of Dusty's toy frog - sadly demised now lol). 
My other handmade items on the layout is a Charms Creations Denim and hessian arrow and a D-lish Scraps journal it's.
So Show Us Your Stuff with F, and have FUN. 
Dusty loves froggo

Scrap the Girls October challenge

The new month of October, brings us another new challenge at Scrap the Girls and also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so our pink challenge is a tribute to this cause:
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Even though I have used a photo of a young girl, it is never too young to be breast cancer aware, we should talk about it with our daughters and grand-daughters. 
I used the quote and the handbag as inspiration for my layout, with the pink embellishing. I thought the quote was perfect for the photo of my friends grand-daughter, Addison. It is a clean layout, no mixed media, I decided it needed none. I've got lots of pink scattered over the layout with flowers, and also the Charms Creations heavenly heart and terrific tab. I have used a Scrap FX chipboard dress form, which I coloured pink. The handbag is from the Fancy Pants paper collection that I used for the layout. 
I hope you have fun with the challenge.
Do you have this in pink

White with 1 October challenge

Time for a new challenge at White with 1, with the start of October (already - eek). This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we are going pink:
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with an an optional sketch: 
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The softness of this pink was tricky to replicate, and I had very little in my stash that was the right tone, so I am afraid the pink is a bit deeper on my layout. I used the sketch this month, it is a lovely sketch from Pagemaps
I created the background with my gelli plate, paint and Ken Oliver colour bursts. I had hoped the pink would tone down a touch with the white paint, but it didn't. The rest of the layout came together with stamped images, flowers, die cut feathers and a Charms Creations heavenly heart
I hope you have fun with the challenge, but also take some time to be breast cancer aware.
Besties forever

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Kraft plus September challenge

This month at Kraft plus the challenge is to use bee related items:

So this is a bit different, and at first a little daunting. Now I couldn't let my record of doing every Kraft plus challenge so far, slip. So I did't back away from the challenge, and I am really glad I didn't as I really love my layout.
The photo is of my great nephew Rome, enjoying some juicy, sweet watermelon, apparently his favourite food. 
I created the background with a stencil and some Tim Holtz grit paste, which gave the hexagons some nice texture. I stamped with a hexagon stamp, cut out some hexagons, and added bit of hexagon chipboard. A couple of stamped bees finished off the bee theme. 
I completed the layout with some pretty Prima flowers and a Charms Creations heavenly heart
Thanks again to the Kraft plus team, for another awesome challenge. 
Sweeter than honey

Friday, September 15, 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! September 15 challenge

Hello friends!  We have something special going on for our September 15th challenge!  Along with the reveal of a new sketch challenge, and 2 amazing sponsors, we have loads of bonus inspiration for you, in the form of a blog hop with our generous friends at My Creative Scrapbook!!

We are teaming up with My Creative Scrapbook to bring you a super fun blog hop, to share loads of inspiration from both design teams and to give you an extra chance to win their prize!  The My Creative Scrapbook design team members will be using a variety of their fabulous September kits to showcase our sketch. Each of the blog hop commenters will earn a ballot and have the opportunity to win one of My Creative Scrapbook's gorgeous September main kits (shown below)!  Read on to find out how you can earn a second ballot to win this prize!

As usual, we have a second sponsor! Thank you also to the amazing, supportive and long-time friend to Stuck?! Sketches, Creative Embellishments  who are also sponsoring this challenge with a $25.00 gift certificate to their online shop for our second randomly chosen winner!

Creative Embellishments is a new family owned company that was created by Michael and Nicolle Kramer. We are a husband and wife team who design and manufacture unique, high quality chipboard, wood and rubber stamp products. It is our mission is to offer fun and inspiring products to bring out your inner creativity that you can add to any project. In the near future we will be expanding into other mediums such as rubber/acrylic stamps and acrylic embellishments.

ALSO, We want to show you how much we appreciate that you play along with us and share your designs and talent with us so we will be choosing one scrapbooker from this challenge to guest with us for our November 15th challenge!

Of course, we still need to share our sketch with you, check it out:

And now here is your hop order!

You can also earn a second chance to win the My Creative Scrapbook September main kit by playing along with our September 15th sketch challenge and linking up your entry as usual!  As always, all winners will be chosen randomly, though we will be doing a random manual draw for the My Creative Scrapbook prize, and our usual draw for the Creative Embellishments prize.

We will be back tomorrow to share more of our amazing design team's inspiration with you, as well as our incredible guest designer!  In the meantime, we hope you enjoy visiting the DT from both teams, we know you will be inspired by all of the eye candy along the way! Don't forget to leave comments for your chance to win a My Creative Scrapbook September Main Kit!!

So this is my last DT share with Stuck?! Sketches!, and the September 15 sketch is just lovely to finish up on.
I had a lot of fun with this photo of my nephew, but also kept it simple. This is such a versatile sketch, you could really dress it up a lot if you wanted to, but then there is nothing wrong with simplicity either. 
I hope you join us in the blog hop, but also in the sketch. 
It's been fun being part of the team and sharing my layouts with you, I hope I have been able to inspire somehow. 
Take care, and continue to be happy in your scrapping. xxx
Boy, oh boy