Sunday, July 13, 2014

Alz's challenge - Flowers!

 
 
Good morning!
Back again with another
Birthday Bonanza challenge!
This time I am doing
Challenge #3 - Alz's product challenge!
The challenge is to use 5 different type of flowers
in a layout!
Here is mine:
 
 


Okay, I am not loving this photo but
I am trying to work out hubby's new laptop  - and boy!
Is it a headache! My laptop finally bit
the dust so forgive me for the bad photos - ie/ bad cropping etc lol!
 
Anyway, here I used a big Green Tara damask flower
along side a gelato flower from Manor House Creations.
I've added a big metal flower which I covered in gesso to help
blend it in to the rest of the layout.
I placed a small resin flower in amongst
the larger ones and scattered small filigree flowers around the page.


 
I don't know if I can add my texture paste flowers to the list?
This was a hard colour combo for me - I just don't do pastels!
But, I seriously have no photos to scrap!
I have tons - but no photos to scrap if you know what I mean? ;-)
 

 
I am totally loving getting my scrap on again!
It is just so great to be able to stay up and get creative.
It is seriously the best thing right now!!
I might even get another challenge done tonight!
Thanks for dropping by!
Monica
xoxo

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Birthday Bonanza!

Hi there!
I think I must be the only person out there
who has not joined in with the
D-Lish Scraps birthday Bonanza!
The challenges are really fun and I want to get at
least a couple done before the
due date.
To start with, I played along wit Wendy's challenge.
This was a colour challenge: White, yellow, dark blue and light blue.
Here's my layout:
 
I kept it nice and simple - you all know
I love to mix up my scrapping styles!
The background is watercolour with splatters of
Glimmermist scattered across the page.
 

 
I've used some gorgeous Couture Creations dies here as well
as some raffia and fluoro dots for depth and texture.
The cute love heart button is from D-Lish Scraps.


 
Here I have used a Pilot pen for my journaling, they are really are
fabulous for writing and doodling on your projects!
I've also added a little D-Lish flair.

 
Loved this colour combo so much!
I thought it might be fun to use it for a girl ;0)
Thanks so much for popping
in to my blog!
Have a wonderful day!
Monica
xoxo

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Upcycled cork trivets!

Hello July!
I'm starting the month sharing a project I made for
my current Masters article.
 
I am a huge fan of upcycling so I ventured into
Beyond The Page territory for
my turn at Mastering The Art.
 
I wanted to show you a close up shot of
my upcycled IKEA cork trivets.
 
 
 
 
I kept some of the bases raw and added fun stickers - which
have already been tagged by the children!
 
I gave the cork a coat of gesso so the vibrant colours I had
chosen would remain vivid after applying them to the trivets.
To get the linear design, I stuck masking tape to the trivets before
painting them with acrylic paint.
 
 
 
I added paper in the form of journaling cards and interactive
elements like the pegs and push pins.
I gave the pegs an extra touch by altering them with strips of
washi tape.


 
I am totally loving this incredible Masters journey
and I hope that you all think about entering the search
this year!
Thanks so much for dropping by!
Monica
xoxo

Monday, June 30, 2014

White with 1 + Scrap The Boys

 
Hi everyone!
Since It's the last day of the month and I am
running out of time to upload these, I thought I would share
two layouts today!
The first is for
The challenge was to use a 5x7 inch or larger photo.
I had to dig around in my stash for one
but found one that is a few years old of
Corey that I never got a chance to scrap before.
 
 
I love Kaisercraft Base Coat papers - one of which I have
used as my background paper.
 
I've used a little gesso for a washed out look
and a Kaisercraft stencil with texture paste for added depth.
The gold highlights are Viva polish. I've added it
to my metal pieces and also to the chipboard arrows.
 
 
 
I am totally loving chipboard again!
I have so much of it in my stash, it was great to take
it all out and play.
These pieces are from 2 Crafty. The lovely texture one is
from WOW Chipboard.
One thing I have a lot of in my stash are jumprings! Literally
thousands so I thought I might add them to
my layout as an embellie!

 
 
The next layout is so different!
This is for 
This month, the challenge is to use
White + Pomegranate
 
 
 


I've kept this one fairly simple in design
using lots of white space.
The background is watercolour paint. I used a Tim Holtz
stencil at the edges and a WOW Chipboard stencil
with black acrylic paint for highlights.
 
Getting into the thread action
as I have tons of it that I will probably never use
for sewing!
 
 
 
I didn't want to use a lot of embellishments
for this one so I just added a couple of chippy pieces
some random embellies and some buttons here and there

 
Phew.....in just in time!
Thanks so much for taking a look!
Have a wonderful day!
Monica
xoxo


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

7 Dots - Natural Beauty

 
Hello my crafty friends!
It is such a beautiful day here. he sun is shining, the birds
are singing. It's the perfect day!
I know, I have been terribly slack with my scrapbooking
but I made a deal with myself to do at least
2 challenges a month to keep the mojo going.
This is one of them.................
 
 
 
 
This month, it's all about "Natural Beauty"
You can check it out yourself along with the amazing
DT examples here
Here is my layout:
 
 

 
I used some images from Domestic Goddess range - one
of my faves as I love vintage images!
The background is watercolours, gelatos, home made mists - best thing ever!
I've added texture with modelling paste and a WOW Chipboard stencil.
The background stamps are Kaisercraft and Prima, the gorgeous flowers
are Manor House Creations and Green Tara.
 
 
I wanted to use these lovely images because I think as women, we can
be our own worst enemies and harshest critics.
When really we should be a lot kinder to ourselves. Like the journaling states...
Every Woman is beautiful, in their own unique way.
 
The wire behind the images is Tigertail - it is traditionally used for jewellery
making but I love to use it on my layouts!


 
I am hoping I can fit some more scrapping into my day today - even
better, I'm hoping to finally crack open my Project Life album - Eeekk!
Do I dare??? !!?!?
Thanks so much for dropping by!
Monica
xoxo
 

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Scrap The Girls - May challenge

 
Nothing like leaving it to the last minute!
I've had this layout sitting on my desk for a couple
of days!
I took inspiration from this month's challenge at
 
"Something old, something new, something borrowed
something new"
 
I had to dig around my photo stash and I found this cute
photo of Sophie playing around the garden.
It's a few months old, but it fit the theme because she
loved to "borrow" her brother's gumboot
and squelch around in the mud on rainy days!
 
 

 
 
I've used modelling paste for the chevron background - which is a
WOW Chipboard stencil. I found that if I heat set the modelling paste
for a little bit - but not for long - I could press a stamp onto the
paste and it left these cool indentations.
You have to touch the paste while heating it so it doesn't get too hard.
 
The water colour effect, is actually home made mist
spray.  When I sprayed it, I quickly swirled the colour around with
a paintbrush to get a watercolour effect.
 
 
The cute chipboard buttons are from The Trinket Track as is
the resin button and stamen in the centre of the flower.

 
I'm so glad I managed to get this layout done!
It has been such a long time since I actually sat down and crafted -
just doing whatever!! It is so much fun!
Thanks so much for dropping by!
Monica
xoxo

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sharing...

 
Hi everyone!
Boy, isn't my blog a sad state of affairs.
I have just had a look back and I have been so slack at
posting and creating.
I really feel like I have lost my groove.
I have been doing lots of staring at card stock and patterned paper
but not really connecting.
I miss the days when I would scrap for the love of it, visit
my scrappy friend's blogs and be inspired.
It feels like  LONG time since I have done that.
I am kind of bummed because this was meant to be a huge year for me
but I haven't really taken advantage of the creative journey.
After all for me, that's what this is all about.
Anyway, enough ranting. I wanted to share this layout. I borrowed
it from my other blog but that's how dire things are at the moment.
 
This was scrapped so quickly - the longest thing was
drying the paint with my heat gun lol!
 

Thank goodness for Kaisercraft paper - makes my life a lot
easier now a days!
I have kept everything simple and worked with the bright
colours to make this layout interesting.
 
 
Okay, I am definitely in need of inspiration!
Thanks so much for dropping by everyone, I really
appreciate you all taking the time to leave some love!
Monica
xoxo