Monday, October 12, 2015

Kraft+ October challenge - In Max's Garden

This month at Kraft+, this is the challenge:
Another fabulous challenge, and had I not already scrapped some photos of Willy Wagtails that I had, that is probably what I would have done. So I had to think outside the square. I had this photo of me, admiring a plant in my friend Alz Callcott's garden, so this is what I went with. 
I had an awful time trying to get a decent background on the kraft cardstock, and this is the second attempt, that didn't go into the bin. It wasn't the cardstock, it was the crackling medium that I so desperately wanted to use. Anyway, I started by spraying the cardstock, which I cut down the top piece, stitched it to the second piece and then adhered that to some backing cardstock. I spread the horrible crackling medium (I am going to have to learn how to use it - lol - big tub), over the sprayed area, and allowed that to dry overnight - that is how long it took - 12 hours! It still didn't look great, really fine cracks, so I rubbed ink and then metallic lustre into it, to get something close to what I was looking for. I then stamped using a cool Tim Holtz stamp (recently acquired) over that - the end result was fabulous - I am glad I stuck it out, as I wasn't going to bother trying again had it failed. 
For my natural elements on the page, I dehyrated a piece of the bush, using a microwave dehydrater, and also added leaf matter from the garden under the photo, to which I also sprinkled some little prills. I die cut leaves using a Couture Creations die, and have tucked feathers here and there, I left the Scrap FX ones raw, I thought they looked cute like that.
I am happy with the end result.
Thanks for looking at my layout, and for any comments you may leave.
In Max's Garden


  1. Wow that's amazing! Really love your take on the challenge!

  2. It really does look a nest, like I said on FB....I'm glad the bg FINALLY worked....sometimes those difficult ones are the best in the's just a bit of a journey to get there, right? Love the prills scattered around, too. As always, I do so enjoy seeing what you've come up with for our K+ challenges - thanks for sharing!!!

  3. This is just perfect. Loving it all.
    and the bg looks amazing!!
    so glad you played along with K+ x

  4. This looks great - love those dehydrated leaves. Thanks for joining in at K+

  5. This is such a stunning layout! I love your background & your natural elements. Thanks for joining us over @ Kraft+ :)