Sunday, October 26, 2014

D-Lish Cybercrop

 
Good morning!
I had a blast playing along with
last week. Their monthly cybercrops
are filled with fantastic challenges and inspiration!
 
One of the challenges was to
create a layout with the colour purple, and to add
purple flowers!
 
I have to say, I haven't always been a fan of that shade.
I didn't have much in the way of paper so I used
a lot of embellishments and mediums
to finish this layout.....
 
 



I've used lots of Manor House Creations flowers as well
ad Flourish with A Bling flourishes, WOW chipboard and
some lovely embellies from D-Lish scraps
 
Okay, so purple is not that scary after all!
It might even be growing on me......
 
Thanks for dropping by!
Monica
xoxo

 

Monday, October 13, 2014

My Masters Journey - October Afternoon

 
 
Good morning!
One of the most challenging criteria
for this year was the October Afternoon
double layout challenge.
I've never really scrapped doubles - only if I have to.
So, this one was a little tricky for me.
 
I decide to keep in style with the graphic
design layouts that have been hugely popular this year.
 
 
 

 
I'm a huge OA fan so the papers and embellies were
a dream to work with!
I specially love the beautiful colours and patterns in this collection.
I made a point of journaling more this year - have you noticed?
I'm guilty of not journaling enough but I think sometimes
I am just happy to create colours and textures
and I'm happy to let the photo do the talking :-)
 
 
 
 
I love the thick chipboard stickers - just stick and go!
Makes scrappin' so much easier!

 
This was such a fun challenge - I can't tell you
enough how incredibly generous the sponsors were.
I still have oodles of product left from every single one.
I'm sure the new Masters have realised how
fortunate they are ;-)
 
Thanks for following my Master's journey.
I'll be back soon with more layouts to share!
Have a great day!
Monica
xoxo

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Mixed Media Canvas

 
 
Hello crafty friends!
I wanted to share with you all this canvas I made for
a work colleague.
I wanted to create something fun, playful but still arty.
 
I started by working with a flat canvas - they are the best!
I can't see me buying a traditional stretch
canvas in the near future!
 
I really wanted to give my piece a unified look so I simply
adhered lots of embellishments to it. I tried to keep them
all the same colour hues to make the job easier.
After placing my embellies, I gave everything a
generous coat of gesso so it looked like this......
 
 
 
 
Pretty plain hu?
After the gesso dried, I sprayed it liberally with
Dylusions spray mists.
The wonderful thing about it is that, if you spray it
over a medium like gesso, the mists react
to give a watercolour effect. So, I was able to swirl
the colours around and blend them to create this....
 



It is a really easy way to get that
mixed media work done - Of course, I have Pinterest
to thank for this idea - totally not mine!!

Don't you just love the wide variety of tutorials
on line? How did we ever cope without them?
Here's a close up of all the textures....


 
I hope you like this canvas and I hope
you discovered a new way to create a canvas.
Thanks so much for dropping by!
Monica
xoxo

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Masters Journey - Flourish With A Bling

 
Good morning crafty friends!
 
One of the my favourite things about being a Master
was the great range of product we were able to work with.
It allowed me to play with different styles, depending
on the product.
 
I had a lot of fun with the
challenge. I love their puffy stickers. I remember collecting
them when I was little, so it was way fun to be able
to play with them again as a grown up lol!
 
I had a design in mind and knew this had to
be a loud, messy piece.
I haphazardly punched around the edges with a Fiskars punch.
I used very little paper and splashes of watered down acrylic paint.
 

 
Lee's Tree has to be one of my fave stickers.
I added a bit of foliage to it by trimming some of the leaves
from the vine flourish.
The Beach huts fit my theme perfectly!
 
 
 
 
I love the bright bold colours of the stickers - I have to
say, FWAB sure know how to make stickers cool!
I layered three different styles here to get more depth.
 

 
It was so much fun creating with these awesome products!
FWAB were incredibly generous - I still have tons of pretties
in my stash from their awesome prize pack.
 
Thanks so much for popping in and
following my Masters Journey!
 
Monica
xoxo

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sassy Scrappers, September mood board.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Good morning everyone!
I hope you QLD Mammas are enjoying
the school holidays.
It has been pretty good here, they have
not broken me yet lol!
 
I have been playing along over at
Sassy Scrappers  I say playing along, because you wouldn't
believe how long it has taken me to do this layout!
I literally have been doing a square inch
at a time!
 
The mood board is gorgeous!
 
 
 
I was inspired by the large photo of the star fish on the
sand and the beautiful blue hues.
 
Here is my layout:
 
 
 
I've given my background a generous amount of Gesso
before spraying it with dYlusions spray - I prefer
the effect it creates better than spraying
it straight onto cardstock :-)
I've used some 7 Dots Paper and cut out honeycomb shapes
using a Couture Creations die.
 
I've used some Kulort, decorative sand here - it was a little tricky
to adhere but I found a clear tacky glue did the job the best.
I've added some builder's mesh and some
dots using modelling paste.
 
I've embellished with a Flourish With A Bling
puffy flourish and Mother of Pearl shell buttons.

 
A final "beachy" touch is this awesome chipboard piece.
It's a WOW - Words Or Whatever. I kept it raw and simply
added colour to the edges with an ink pad.

 
Thanks so much for popping in! I hope
to have some time to go blog hopping over the
weekend and see what you all have been up to!
 
Have a great weekend!
Monica
xoxo


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Masters Journey

 
Hello everyone!
I thought I might share with you all my
Masters journey for 2014.
As the new Masters begin their super exciting journey - I can't
wait to find out who you are!! I wanted to showcase
my work for the past year.
 
It really has been an incredible experience. Not only was I lucky
enough to work with the amazing Vanessa and the
Scrapbooking Memories Team, I also got to play
with incredible products from the generous sponsors!
 
The first project was courtesy of
They have quickly grown to be one of my
favourite paper companies.
Here is my project created with the Hopefully collection
 
 
 

I love the tags and sentiments sheets as they are so easy
to use. Just tear apart and stick on - easy!
Here I printed a couple of Instagram photos - They are such
a fun size and perfect to use on scrapbooking layouts if you ask me!
 
 
 
 
I used some puffy paint with a stencil as it gave this really
cool, messy look - you know I love messy!!
I also used one of my favourite things on the planet - mother
of pearl shell buttons! I just adore them!!

 
This was such a great way to kick off the Masters journey!
I hope you can pop in once a week to check
out the rest of my projects!
 
Thanks so much for visiting!
Monica
xoxo

Sunday, September 14, 2014

 
Good morning crafty peeps!
I hope you are all having a great weekend.
 
I have been busy in my scrap studio this
last week. One of the projects sitting on my desk
is this layout based on the
Life Of Pie sketch series at
 
 
Here is Em's fabulous sketch:
 
 
and here is my interpretation:
 
I wanted to use lots of paper layers an really play
with a graphic style. I don't scrap like
this often and I really have wanted to explore
this style more.
 
 

 
 
The pictures are not perfect. They were taken with my
iPhone so it was extremely hard to catch a still
bumper car. It took a lot of shots to get these few.
I like how the blurry photos really tie in with the theme!
 
 
 
 
There are hardly any embellishments on this layout, a couple
of resin dots and a Basic Grey flair button.

 
I just love Em's sketches! they really do get the mojo going!
Thanks for dropping by!
 
Monica
xoxo