Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oh, Look at this!

I was lucky enough to win an embellishment kit from Dlish Scraps the "purple" challenge in one of their cybercrops.
The kit was gorgeous and I was inspired to create with it straight away.

 
If you know me, you know my aversion to purple! However, I have to admit, it's starting to grow on me!!
I loved every little bit in the embellie kit and there was enough to complete the whole layout with leftovers!

The flowers are so gorgeous and I loved the Doilie! I have added a WOW chipboard birdie and some acrylic pearls.
The background is using a Prima template with texture paste. The colour, a combination of spray mist and water paint.

I've used some 2 Crafty crafty chipboard here also. They have such beautiful flourishes!


Finished it off with some gold foil alphabet stickers and jewellery wire.

Totally getting back into the swing of things lately! There are plenty of exciting things happening now and in 2015!

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Monica
Xoxo

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Scrap The Girls

Just in the nick of time! I've had a few layouts piled up on my desk and this is one of them!
It's for the Scrap The Girls challenge based on their fabulous sketch!
It's been great to get back to basics lately, focusing more on paper and card stock. It's what I love so much about this craft - anything goes!



The background paper is Kaisercraft. I have teamed it up with Bo Bunny papers, Manor House Creations flowers and a few random embellies.


Some Flourish with a Bling laser cut flourishes to finish off the cluster....


The title banner is a Maggie Holmes design for American Crafts.

I have to say, that Kaisercraft paper is one of my fave collections - but then I say that a lot lol!

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Monica
Xoxo

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Master Journey - WOW Chipboard

 
Hello everyone!
I have to admit, before becoming a
Scrapbooking Memories Master, I was not a huge
fan of flowers.
I mean, I used them every now and then but
as a rule, I didn't know what to do with them so I avoided them!
 
working with a lot of the sponsors really pushed
me out of my comfort zone and I think
that's the best thing about this - well personally that is.
I had the chance to try new techniques, use a wide variety of
embellishments I otherwise wouldn't have and
over all it really broadened my horizons.
 
One such challenge was the
WOW Chipboard challenge.
Everything in my pack was so girly!
I teamed it with lots of flowers and other "girly" bits
and pieces and ended up with this....
 
 
 
 
 

The chipboard is so thick and easy to work with. You can cover it
with so many mediums and it doesn't break!
I've used embossing, enamel and acrylic powders for some pieces
as well as gold colour paste.
 
 
 


The stencils are also very thick - it makes it so much easier to
create a background and also easier to clean
up afterwards ;-)


 
So, I have become a bit of a flower fan now lol!
I'm not afraid to add a few blooms to my projects now and
I love experimenting with different styles and mediums.
Thanks so much for dropping by and
following my Masters journey!
 
Monica
xoxo

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