Uniquely You!

Morning,

I have been getting messy with some mixed media and it has been so fun. It has been a while since I created a full-on mixed media layout, creating the background paper and the embellishments. Yes, it takes hours but who cares when you are getting messy, relaxing and taking some me time!

I had purchased this card kit from Uniquely Creative a couple of months ago and had broken my self imposed rule ‘ Everything new must be used ‘ rather than stashed. This Indigenous_Journey_Mini_Kit_-_Uniquely_Creative_2000xkit had been sitting on my desk, under a pile of supplies and when having a clean up I found the kit and broke it down, separating and sorting all the components. Now I don’t make cards but I loved the stamps and stencils in the kit, which is why I purchased it. The design of both is very Australian, using patterns similar to indigenous art. The booklet which came with the kit had a picture of a wonderful layout made by Tammy Klingner. The colours she had used just sparked and sent me running to find a photo which I knew would work well with both the stamps and stencils.

Here is what I used, I pulled in a couple more stencils to play with. The green stencil is a Kaisercraft but I’m not sure about the others, they may be WRMK. As usual, I’m pulling in some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks, love, love, love these. You can see Tammy’s layout in the first photo below which I am using as inspiration.

So, here is what I did…it was a long process. I started by using textured gesso paste and the stencils to create some texture on my background page.

While the gessoed background dried in front of the woodfire, I stamped out the circle embellishments onto white cardstock. Then I used the same stencils and some Tim Holtz Distress oxide inks to add some layers of colour and pattern onto each circle. A Little rub of Distress Glaze between layers fixes the ink in place.

Some blue oxide ink, a plastic bag and a splash of water and I have a lovely textural look to stamp more circles on and punch out.

I recently purchased some WRMK 2″ Clear Cut Punches, I had wanted some for ages but they are pretty expensive, close to $50 (AU) here. A 50% off sale happened and I couldn’t resist, snapping up the heart, hexagon and circle punches. It has taken me a while to master using them, at first I battled to get a clean cut and I ran some waxed paper through them to lubricate the mechanism. This seems to have helped, either that or I’m better at applying an equal weight distribution when punching. Anyway, I used some Simple Stories, Heart collection papers to punch the circle embellishments, the colours in this paper collection matched well with my photo.

With the gessoed background dried it was time to add some colour, more oxide inks were splashed around to build up layers of textural interest.

Some oxide Chipped Sapphire darkness to bring it all together. I love how the ink pools around the gesso and seeps into the previous inks. You may notice that some of the gesso took on a creamy yellow colour when dry, I was testing two different gessos. The yellowing didn’t bother me and worked to my advantage, as it matched in well with the Simple Stories papers.

Next, some stamping, more stencilling and a whole lot of fussy cutting! Those stamped circles took a while to cut, think I need to purchase some more circle punches.

Then, it was just a case of assembling, layering and adhering the circle embellishments. I used some fun foam and double-sided tape to create different layered heights. I added some black watercolour splatter and some small text quotes.

Even though I loved how it looked I felt it needed a little more punch and so I added some bright red watercolour splatter to pick up the thin red line in the hoodie from the photo. Then, a few enamel dots from the Simple Stories collection. The title came from the kit, a piece of wood veneer which I painted with watercolour paint.

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This was so much fun and I highly recommend the Uniquely Creative stamps and stencils, no connection, I just like their products. Do check out Tammy’s blog, I love her colourful style.

And, please do leave a comment, I would love to hear what you think about this layout…is it too much? Remember that you need to click on the title of the post to open the page to comment.

The next post will be another mixed media layout, stay tuned, I’m nearly finished creating it.

Keep on scrapping!

 

Heidi Swapp-Wolf Pack, more Layouts!

Good Morning,

Today I am sharing a few more layouts using the Heidi Swapp, Wolf Pack collection. In June, when I first got this paper pad, one of the FB groups put out the challenge to use up a whole paper pad. Now, the idea was to use an old one which SBC_ac-314693_96233you have had sitting around for a few years, untouched! I did not have any untouched paper pads, only brand new ones (birthday/Mother’s Day gifts) which is why I decided to use this paper pad. I am doing well, getting through the pad with 14 papers left out of 36. The ones left are mostly pine trees, wolves and bear papers, given that I live in a country with no wolves and bears it is a challenge.

The first is Layout #3. I used the paper which looks like a starry night, it is the B side of the Tracks paper. On top of this, I stencilled white gesso using a Studio Light Grunge collection stencil. I blended the edges of the gesso to give it a milky way look. I then splattered white watercolour paint over the paper to increase the number of stars on the paper.

Once dry, I added different shades of blue Tim Holtz Oxide Inks which seeped into the gesso crevices (using water/brush) and blended into my starry night (using blending sponge).

Then, I mounted my photo onto scraps of the Wolf Pack collection papers and adhered it to the background.

Next, I used the stencil and oxide ink on white cardstock to create some embellishments. I cut this apart into little triangles and diamonds and layered them onto the page using foam and double-sided tape.

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The finished layout came together well with the addition of a title and a few acrylic stars.

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Next, Layout #4. This layout was very simple and quick, I used the map paper SBC_ac-314691_85259_200and added some colour across the page using the plastic bag smooshing technique. The Tim Holtz ‘Tumbled Glass’ oxide ink created a soft blue surface to work on, I then splattered some watercolour paint across the page in browns and blue.

 

Then, I worked on building layers with patterned paper from the Wolf Pack and assorted embellishments from my stash.

The final touch was adding the title.

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Layout #5. is my favourite so far. I wanted to find a way to use the wolf papers SBC_ac-314683_85243_200in the collection and finally come up with an idea when I came across some photos of my grandson eating some dessert.

I started by creating a framed background using two of the papers. Then I built up papers to mount my photos on and added the title ‘Wolf it Down’. No mixed media was used in this layout.

A subtitle was added using part of the cut apart sheet and then lots of text quote embellishments and some Wolf Pack puffy stickers.

The finished layout ended up just how I wanted it, messy and fun.

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June 2019 CKC, Layout #5.

Hello,

Today I am sharing another June Counterfeit Kit Challenge layout. This one is very bright and a little crazy. I am having fun using my kit and most layouts I am creating are very sunny. The photo used in this layout is an old one of my son at a dress up party, the photo is not the best quality but I did want to record this funny moment in time. My son is always a good sport and willing to dress up, at Christmas, he always turns up dressed as Santa Claus and adds to the fun.

I selected a mix of papers and scraps from my kit.

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To start with, a piece of the American Crafts heart cut file sheet to use up, I cut it in half and filled the hearts with scrap paper from my kit.

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Next, I worked on the background, inking up a piece of white cardstock using the plastic bag technique and some gorgeous ‘Mustard Seed’ Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Ink. This colour is still my favourite, it is so vibrant and can be used in many ways, becoming subtle when you add more water and less ink.

Because I had a clear vision in mind of how I wanted the layout set out I added the title first, I needed to make sure I had enough space to fit my photo along the side. The title was cut using an Altnew alpha die set and my Sizzix Big Shot, using the lovely striped paper from my kit.

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Next, I mounted my photo using scraps of patterned paper from my kit. I tried to pull in some colours similar to the clothes in the photo. Then, I adhered my cut file hearts and the mounted photo to the background and went to work adding embellishments. Many of the embellishments were fussy cut from the American Craft cut apart sheet and fixed in place with foam tape. I added some gems for some colour and glitz.

The finished layout turned out just how I had wanted it, colourful and fun!

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Make sure you check out what other scrappers have been creating with their June CKC kits on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community or on their blog.

Keep on scrapping 🙂

June 2019 CKC Layout #1.

Good morning,

Here I am sharing my first layout from my June Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit. The photo I am using is quite recent, it is my eldest daughter and her friends ready to head off to their friend’s wedding reception. They all look so beautiful in their outfits but I especially like my daughter’s dress which has a very distinctive 70s style. I wanted to highlight that free and fun style, somewhat hippy look, within my layout design.

I carefully selected the papers and embellishments from my kit, based on the colours and patterns of the girl’s dresses, and the environment in which the photo was taken (there was a lot of grass green).

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I began by constructing the background using watercolour paints and the plastic bag technique, smooshing on each coloured layer. Then, splashing and splattering paint on top. At a later stage, I realised that I needed to add more paint to my background cardstock if it was going to peek out from beneath the love hearts.

I used the American cut file love heart sheet, filling each space with the quilted patterned paper from the Horizon, Pink Paislee, which matched the colours in the photo.

I adhered the hearts onto my background with double-sided tape.

I mounted the photo onto three layers of patterned paper from my kit and adhered it onto the layout with foam tape.

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Then I fussy cut motifs from the American Crafts cut apart sheet. I then arranged and adhered all my embellishments onto the page, including the simple, gold printed title, Beautiful.

I love the end result, the paint and embellishments really pick up the mood and feel of the dresses and the happy occasion. It all works well together and has given me a taste for venturing more into cut files, even if it is a little time-consuming.

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Make sure you check out what other scrappers have been creating with their June CKC kits on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge FB community or on their blog.

Keep on scrapping 🙂

 

 

Heidi Swapp, Wolf Pack Layout #2.

Hi again,

Today I am sharing another layout I made using the Heidi Swapp, Wolf Pack collection. This layout features my youngest son at a different stage of his life. The photo I SBC_ac-314693_96233have used was originally a photo of all four of my children together which I have scrapped several times, so they each have one. This time I cropped the photo down to try and just get my youngest son in the image, as I don’t have many teen photos of him to use in layouts. The problem I encountered, as you can see, is that part of my eldest daughter was still in the image. As gorgeous as she is, she had to go for this layout! Here’s how I erased my daughter from the image by hand, the old fashioned way and then, put the layout together.

Below are the Wolf Pack papers I used and the washi tape. I selected the B side of the Explorer paper, a fun polka dot print and the B side stripe print of the Zodiac paper, plus the Woodsy paper with the pine trees.

 

First, I fussy cut the pine trees from the Woodsy paper to use as embellishments.

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A little sandpaper worked magic to create an interesting border and camouflage my daughter’s bright dress into the foliage.

Then, I layered my fussy cut pine trees over what was left of my daughter. She always did like to climb and hide in trees. 🙂

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When constructing the background I applied strips of washi tape horizontal onto each stripe of the B side, Zodiac paper.

Then, I used Tim Holtz Oxide Distress inks and the plastic bag technique to smoosh some colour onto the background. I was careful not to use too much water or the washi tape may have lifted.

Next, I mounted the photo onto pieces of the banding strips offcuts from the papers and adhered it to the background with a layer of foam. A few more pine trees were added on the other side of the photo for balance.

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A small cluster of paper scraps, sticker quotes (Tim Holtz) and embellishments were added to the bottom left corner. Then, I covered the photo over to protect it and splashed around some white watercolour paint.  I used a few of the Wolf Pack puffy stickers to add a little dimension. I think I did well hiding my daughter in the bushes. Haha 🙂

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I am loving using this collection, it is so very versatile. Please do share what you are making with the Wolf Pack collection.  You can share links to your work in the comments section, remember that you need to click on the title of the post to open the page to comment.

Keep on scrapping 🙂

 

 

Heidi Swapp, Wolf Pack Layout Fun!

Hi everyone,

I recently treated myself to some scrap goodies for Mother’s Day and my birthday, amongst what I purchased was some of the lovely masculine Wolf Pack collection by Heidi Swapp. It’s a gorgeous collection with lots of potential and versatility, I saw myself SBC_ac-314693_96233being able to create layouts about my sons, daughters, grandson and Christmas. The lovely outdoor pine forest, mountains and starry nights would work well for our traditional, annual, Christmas tree hunt. The other papers, a mix of contemporary and cultural patterns in black, white and shades of greens, and the wood grain can be used for recording many special events or moments.

For this layout, I chose to use three of the collection papers, the Zodiac, the wood grain (B side of Mama Bear) and the black and white bold stripe (B side of Woodsy). I also wanted to use the washi tape and the very cute puffy stickers.

To start with I used some texture gesso paste and a Kaisercraft stencil (Distressed Dots)  on my background, a mix of stripe and wood grain paper. The stencil gives a lovely grunge effect.

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After drying of the gesso, I applied Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. You just stamp the pad on a smooth surface, mine is a piece of black acrylic, and add water to the ink, then paint the ink onto the stencilled gesso. The fluid ink runs into all the crevices of the gesso and blends together beautifully.

While that dries I got to work on mounting my photo. I used the banding strips trimmed off the papers, each strip has a print motif on it of one of the other papers in the collection…wolves, bears, etc. Because they are little strips and I am using them as edging mounts, you can’t identify them as bears, etc.

Next, I mounted the photo onto the background and began to embellish the layout. Even SBC_ac-314687_85251_0though the papers are quite masculine and I am using a photo of my teenage son, I couldn’t stop myself from adding some sparkle and shine to the layout. The Zodiac paper features the night sky and astrology motifs and I wanted to highlight this in my design. I used a variety of sequins in crystal, navy, aqua and green to decorate and enhance the layout. Then, I splattered on some watercolour paint in white, green, dark blue and brown.IMG_7659

The final touch was to add the puffy star stickers, some moon washi tape and some cotton thread bunches, then a few Tim Holtz quote stickers and a little extra splatter.

I decided not to add a title, the layout was to capture my son at this stage of his life when he was full of dreams and possibilities for the future. The quote stickers were appropriate and told the story, a title would draw the viewers eye away from the photo.

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I love how this turned out and it was fun to create. I can’t wait to use the rest of this collection. Who else is using the Wolf Pack collection? Share links to your work in the comments section, remember that you need to click on the title of the post to open the page to comment.

Happy scrapping 🙂

May 2019 CKC Challenge #2.

Dreams are the seeds of change.

Nothing ever grows without a seed,

and nothing ever changes without a dream. – Debby Boone

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How beautiful is that quote? This is the second challenge set by the May, Counterfeit Kit Challenge team. Create a layout based on this quote, theme, image or colours.

For me, being a very visual person, it was the colour and image which first grabbed my attention. I love that dreamy blue and blowing those seeds into the wind reminded me of childhood, I knew that my page would be of my grandson or my own children when they are young. When I went through my photo boxes I came across some lovely photos of my grandson sleeping in his car seat on his way to visit us. He looked so peaceful asleep and I’m sure he was dreaming happily, this was definitely the photos to use for the challenge.

When I went through my kit looking for papers, I didn’t find the right blue or patterns in filemy kit. The only patterned paper I had included which was light blue had aeroplanes on it, so I decided to create my own background on cardstock using my new Vicki Boutin stencils.

I started by using the starburst/flower stencil and some white gesso texture paste, stencilling across most of the page. After leaving it to completely dry, I sprayed on some Heidi Swapp Teal Color Shine and gently rubbed it over the texture paste stencilled flowers. This created some lovely shiny areas and enhanced the texture of the stencilling.

Next, I used some Tim Holtz distress inks and the leaf stencil and stencilled the design around the edges of the cardstock, blending the two blue inks to create a more dreamy coloured surface. *The nighttime lighting makes it look a little green and purple in these photos.

Then, I got busy fussing cutting out some white flowers and foliage to use as embellishments on the layout. I found a few acetate embellishments from Kaisercraft and Heidi Swapp to use, and some black and white seed embellishments from the PinkFresh Studio, A Case of the Blahs collection. I mounted my photos onto scraps of patterned paper from my May kit. The title, Dream, is from the Rainbow Roux, Jillibean collection.

The finished layout looks very dreamy and meets the challenge criteria brief beautifully.

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Keep checking in on what other CKC scrappers are creating either on the blog with the monthly link up page or on their FB community page. Please leave any comments below, remember that you need to click on the title of the post to open the page to comment.

Happy scrapping 🙂