I have blown my self instigated ‘use your stash’ challenge this month, there has just been too many sales and bargains to be found with ‘inter’ National Scrapbook Day (weekend/week/month) and all the Mother’s Day deals. I spent up at Anna’s Craft Cupboards 13th Birthday sale this month, after all, it is my birthday this month as well, plus Mother’s Day, if anyone deserves a prezzy, I do!
Also, I don’t like to pay for shipping and so I always make sure I spend the minimum spend for FREE shipping. For example, I ran out of white cardstock this week! Yikes, no scrapper can live without white cardstock and so I went online to order more, but 60 sheets did not make the FREE shipping minimum, so what’s a girl to do? Yep, I really did need some masculine patterned papers and who doesn’t need wolf and bear motifs when they live in Australia? So, the Heidi Swapp ‘Wolf Pack’ collection may have also found its way into the cart. Geepers, how does that happen?
Anyway, for this month’s sketch challenge I used some of my new purchases from Anna’s Craft Cupboard. At least I was following my rule about new product, if it comes in the door you must use it straight away. I had bought myself some of the Jillibean Rainbow Roux collection and the Vicki Boutin stencils which I had been coveting for quite a while. I was looking forward to trying out the stencils and fussy cutting those Jillibean flowers.
Here’s what I used…
It was a messy process, as I mentioned I had no plain white cardstock left and so I had to use some glossy, mixed media cardstock. It’s a lot like glossy photographic paper, in fact, it probably is photographic paper. Because it was so glossy I got out my Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and splashed some around and tried using the new stencils with the inks. It wasn’t that successful but gave me a background to work with.
Next, I stencilled over the background with distress inks to build up some texture.
Then, some fussy cutting with the Jillibean Dash of Daydream paper.
I didn’t want to use up all my paper and decided to stencil some flowers onto the background.
Surprisingly, the black archival ink I used turned purple on the glossy cardstock. I tried to stencil a ring border and lead it down to the bottom right corner, like in the original sketch.
I cut out a circle of yellow patterned love hearts (the B side of Pinch of Colour, JB2313) and played around with laying out the fussy cut flowers around my photo.
Happy with the result I fixed them down in layers using double-sided tape, glue and foam.
Then, I added three titles to the layout and a little 1/2 tag which I cut from the Pinch of Colour paper. The bottom title is one of the new Annabelle acrylic embellishments which are gorgeous, they are so fine and delicate. I have purchased a few sets of these and will definitely be buying more in the future. Just be careful when you remove them from the packaging, they are set on sticky dots and one of mine broke because of how I twisted it to get it off the packet. I can still use it, a little glue will fix it.
The finished layout is very vibrant and fun. I can’t wait to make some other layouts using both the stencils and the Jillibean collection, both are very versatile.
Who else indulged this month on new supplies? Share what you bought and do join up with Anna’s Craft Cupboard community on FB. Have a go at their monthly challenges and support the store by buying product.
Keep on scrapping 🙂