Saturday, 21 April 2018

{Colour Blast} Us ~ A Scrapbook Page

Hey Colour Blasters and welcome to the blog today! I have a pretty share for you today - something somewhat different for me but today I am scrapping an older photo of me and one of my besties so went pretty!! Here's a little sneaky peek ;)


And, of course, there is a process video right here so grab a cuppa and enjoy!


I have used this month's challenge as inspiration and if you have not yet seen it here it is!


And here are my step-by-steps!


A quick, light coat of White Heavy Gesso across my whole 12x12 white cardstock background. By the time I had cleaned up my spatula and work surface the gesso was dry!


I have 2 tubs of white gesso on the go at once - one is thicker than the other. To get your gesso to thicken up just leave it with the lid off while you create your next page and keep doing that until you get the desired consistency! However, I digress, I used my thicker White Heavy Gesso to apply through a stencil on my background. I taped off the parts of the stencil I didn't want the gesso to go through. This I left to dry overnight - I didn't want it to bubble and have the really textured, grungy look.


The next day I used a pipette to add some Colour Shimmer Spray's to a palette to make easy water colouring. I have used Punch, Sunshine and Tangereen Dream (to fit in with this months challenge).


I then added the colour randomly to my dried stencilling in patches, letting the colours blend a little together so I didn't get any harsh lines. I did dry after each colour to prevent the colours from completely blending together and really like the pretty background I have managed to create. I, of course, also added splatters in the same colours but keeping them pretty close in and small.


When that was all dry it was time to add all my layers and photo. I have primarily used the Vicki Boutin All The Good Things range because I knew there were birds in the ephemera pack and I love all the colours!


After my camera was turned off I added a few extra pieces including the torn edge on the left hand side and some black and white phrases. 


With those pops of black I also watered down a little Black Heavy Gesso and added some little splatters with a paint brush and 3 big splatters on the vertical where most of my design is. It's not very common for me to not have anything to say on my pages but for this one I felt those word/phrase stickers were enough and said what I wanted to say so I'm calling it done!



And a last couple of close up's - my little birdies!!


And my final page

You have until the end of the month to get your challenge entries in so head over here for the album and have a look around the group for lots of inspiration from the other girls on the DT but also from all of the other Colour Blast fans in the group!

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Melinda

Monday, 16 April 2018

{ScrappingClearly} Minc Mini Album

Hello and welcome to my blog on this Monday!! Already! I for one could have added a couple of extra days to our weekend as I was lucky enough to be away, just my hubby and I, celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary! No crafting but lots of wine tasting for me, how about you? Did you get your craft on?!

Anyways, today's share is for ScrappingClearly and it is VERY different for me! Like, VERY!!! Kylie sent me these lamination labels in the Minc range and I had ZERO idea what to do with them until one day, bam! Inspiration struck! A mini album! So that is where this mini album started - some labels!!


I pulled out some more bits from not only my latest kit from Kylie but some older goodies she sent me - seriously these DT kits she sends just keep giving!! I have used lots of different bits and pieces are here are the direct links to all of the goodies I have pulled that are available in store:

Heidi Swapp Minc Lamination Labels
Heidi Swapp Minc Tags
Heidi Swapp Minc Chipboard Frames
Heidi Swapp Minc Alpha Stickers
Heidi Swapp Minc Pink Foil
Heidi Swapp Minc Mint Foil
Heidi Swapp No Limits Stix
Heidi Swapp Puffy Stickers
American Crafts Clothespins
American Crafts Clips
Studio Calico Chipboard Heart Stickers
Crate Paper - Maggie Holmes - "Flutter" 12x12 Paper
C'est La Vie ephemera piece

At this point I am going to say, make sure you have a cuppa with you - I have photos of each page to share and a little "this is what I used" so sit back and enjoy!



What I love about the "cover" is all the different angles and the bits and pieces poking out and around all the sides with nothing being exactly square or neat!




For this I have used 3 pieces from the Minc Tags pack and one of the AC clips. I used a combo of the pink and mint foils as well and so I am not repeating myself on every photo I have used pink foil on the mint coloured pieces and mint foil on the pink pieces ;)



The acetate tag is from the C'est La Vie ephemera pack. I have used the Minc Alphas (mint foil), one of the Heidi puffy stickers (there is another on the back as well!) and I pulled apart one of the Heidi Stix to just use the one camera.



The base here is one of the laminated tags and I very simply added in one of the AC chippy hearts.



Before I say anything else this is one of my all time absolute favourite photos of my littlest guy. I just LOVE it!! We have this in colour on our wall as a big canvas <3<3<3

For this one I have used a Minc Tag and pink foil (really hard to photograph!) for the page base. A fussy cut butterfly from the Flutter paper and another of the AC clips.



My next laminated tag, this one paired with a AC clothespin. Another of my all time faves!!



My base is one of the Minc Tags. The pink stripes are printed and then the green is foiled. I added another of those adorable AC clips here too.

I'm sure by now you have noticed that I have not at all overthought this process and kept it pretty simple from page to page. I really feel that having my photo's in black and white and printing them all to 2" x 3" made making decisions so much easier!



Another of the laminated tags. I felt the florals and his gorgeous squishy face was enough for this so didn't even bother adding anything else!



A non-photo page! Another tag from the Minc Tags package and another AC chippy heart. Oh, and pink foil.



I totally and completely forgot we managed to get this photo until I printed them out for this album and oh my stars!! I should have known back then (he was 8 or 9 days old!) he was going to be my mischievous little man!! However, another laminated tag and another fussy cut butterfly from the  Flutter paper. Oh, and I trimmed this photo too ;)



I had a few different ideas for these frames but really love what I ended up deciding to do!! So, this has 2 photo's and 2 of the Minc Frames as the page base and I have simply adhered those back to back. I added another of the AC Clips as a place to hang this page from the ring and voila, done! The front has the text which is foiled in pink.....



and the back has the stripes which I foiled in mint. I will say it again, the foil is really tricky to photograph well but the mint colour is way more mint and pretty than this photo indicates!



This piece is actually what inspired me to choose the photos I chose to work with! My little family of 4! We are far from perfect but we love, we laugh and we have each other and that is enough <3 This came from the Minc Tags set and is a minty colour and I have added pink foil. And an AC chippy heart.

And that is my album in it's completion! I really, really love it! Mini's are not my "norm" but sometimes it is super fun to step away and challenge yourself. I really do adore my end project and so too do my boys, so I'm calling that a win!!

I do have a video of my process and you can see that below and you will see how much I didn't really over think the process or make it complicated.


I hope you enjoy and I hope I inspire you to get your creative on!!

Have a fantastic Monday and I'll be back again later in the month!

Melinda


Tuesday, 10 April 2018

{Stash} Shimelle ~ Clear The Desk ~ Kit One ~ Pages Flip Through & Left Overs

Hey and hello scrappy friends!! A super quick share today of some pages I created at a recent retreat.

I took Shimelle Laine's newest class "Clear The Desk" and took the kits with me on said retreat. I worked my way through 2 1/2 of the kits I created with stash items and today I am sharing Kit One and what I made.

You can see my YT video walk through here


And here are the 4 pages and kit created using Shimelle's class


This was the kit I put together based on that bokeh effect paper. There is a quick flip through at the end of the video of what I have left as well ;) Which I will add to my "left over" kit bits for playing with at the end of "using up" all the kits!


Love & Adore


My Little Cat


Our Island Adventure


Best Wishes

So, that is the 4 pages I created so far with the kit. I have more pages made from the next kit/s I just need to work out what I've done etc and I can share!!

If you want to see more from Shimelle head to www.shimelle.com and you can also find her on YT

I hope enjoy and I shall see you again very soon! 

Have a fantastic, scrappy day!
Melinda



Saturday, 7 April 2018

{Colour Blast} Gel Plate + Colour Shimmer Dust = FUN!

Hello, hello and welcome to my blog today!! Today's share is for Colour Blast and it is more cards!!

I'm going to start this post will a little confession!! Last June I attended the Brisbane Craft Show and purchased a Gel Press plate - I couldn't wait to get home and PLAY!! When I finally did play, let's just say I was less than impressed with my end results so I put the press away with every intention of trying again "one day." Well, that one day is here so I grabbed said gel press, white acrylic paint, ALL of my Colour Shimmer Dusts, brayer, stencils and paper and off I went!

I started by mixing my paint with my first colour choice of Peacock Colour Shimmer Dust. I mixed this well with a palette knife and applied to my plate with my brayer. I then grabbed my first piece of cardstock and pressed that straight onto the top rubbing firmly to get an impression.


Depending on how thick you do the paint and how much you press you can get multiple prints from the same paint layer. 

Please remember, I was simply playing and I think I still have a long way to go!! I continued with the same technique a couple of times and then decided to add another colour for another layer.

Next up was Paris Colour Shimmer Dust. I did not clean my "palette" so got a deeper green than the Paris by itself would be. I was having so much fun brayering and pressing that I forgot to get a photo of that particular layer however you can see the colour in the next step.

I decided to try adding a completely different colour and this time grabbed the Sunflower Colour Shimmer Dust and white acrylic. You can see the left overs of the Paris on the plate to the left of the photo.


I added in some stencils using  the stencil almost like a stamp and impressing the stencil into the wet paint, removing the stencil and moving it all around the plate and then doing another impression for another layer of colour.


Each time I changed colour families I cleaned my gel plate. Also when I decided to add in the yellow I actually grabbed some old acetate/packaging to create a palette to mix the colour and apply to my brayer.

I couldn't resist trying some pink so grabbed my Lollipop Colour Shimmer Dust and got mixing. I applied a layer of that to my plate and then did a little experiment. I grabbed my Sunflower Dust and sprinkled that in couple of places on the wet paint on the gel plate, added a small blob of acrylic, brayered that and then did an impression. This gave an intesting, much more saturated, effect to the areas where the Dust hadn't completely mixed in.


By this stage I had done a number of prints and thought I should stop then and see what I had. I had also experimented yesterday to see if I could get my idea of Colour Shimmer Dust and acrylic to work so there a couple of extra book pages I did a couple of extra impressions on those. I chose some of the prints I thought I could work with and cut them down to card front size (10cm x 14.3cm) and here are the bases I cut. I also had enough from one of the prints to do 2 10cm square fronts as well. 


I picked 3 I wanted to work with added a couple of more layers! Starting with Colour Paste in Bling to 2 of the card fronts.


When that was dry (I did give it a bit of a head start with the heat gun!) I added in some stamping with gold ink and also black ink. I also inked around all of the edges of the cards to give them a little bit of a defining edge.


I grabbed a few embellishments from my stash - Charms Creations, D-lish Scraps and Funky Flair Studio's mostly - and stuck those on and mounted my card fronts onto cream card bases.


And a photo of each




If you know me well chances are you can pick my fave is the star one. Do you have a favourite??

I have filmed my process which will give you a better idea of the actual process (and just how messy I got ;) ) which you can see here. 

Now that I have broken the printing plate in I can't wait to do some more playing and printing!! Do you have a gel plate you've been "meaning to get to"? Have a play, it is FUN!!

I hope you enjoyed this and I'd love for you to share if you create something inspired by this so please head over the Colour Blast Creative Corner on FB and share away!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!

Melinda





Wednesday, 4 April 2018

{ScrappingClearly} Gift Tags with the Minc

Hello crafty friends and welcome to my blog today! Today's share is for ScrappingClearly and I have something a little different to share with you but it's something quick and easy and it made a great gift!!


Yep, lots of little tags which I made for my Mum for her birthday. And before you ask, yes, this is what she asked for!! My Mum crochet's and has found herself with enough beautiful things to last a life time (a bit like us with our paper, right?!) and has decided it's time to sell some off and wanted tags to go on them so with that in mind off I went!!


I started with the GORGEOUS Minc paper pad - brights - these colours are divine!! and got designing on my computer in Word. A very simple design and if you are interested the font I used is called PN Octopus Socks Script. I had my document printed onto the card through a laser printer so I could Minc away.


I chose the holographic foil - it's "neutral" enough to go with all the colours and oh so pretty, I love it!! Because I have the 6" Minc I had to cut my pages down to fit into the carrier thingy - yep, technical ;) so had to do multiple runs through the Minc. You will notice in the close ups some of the foiling is not perfect, I think that was the print and not the Minc itself or the foil as I have not had a single other issue with either! I am quiet happy with the less than perfect look, I mean, I don't often do neat and perfect in either my scrapping or real life ;)

I die cut all of my tags using a metal die from my stash but you could so easily use another tag as a template and hand cut, use a cameo or simply just freehand some tags or any other shape that appeals to you.


I used a paper punch from my stash paired some of the offcuts from around the tags and also some vellum to create some very simple embellishments for each tag (you could of course use ANY type of printed vellum as well, that would look great too!), lightly stuck the layers together and ran them through my sewing machine. A little bit of glue and my final touch was some twine.

Like I said, a pretty simple project but Mum loved it and it was fun to put something a little different for together!

There is a process video for this - it's not very long - but I hope you enjoy!


Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time, happy scrapping!

Melinda

Sunday, 1 April 2018

{Scrap The Boys} Love You ~ April 2018 Chellenge

Oh my goodness!! April ALREADY! Now that I am over the initial shock that the first quarter of 2018 is done onto my share!! Today's is for Scrap The Boys and we are going geo this month!! My very 1st thought was STARS, of course, but I decided to do something different and went with squares/rectangles - rectangles because free handing squares is too hard to get it just right ;) lol


Here is my page


And process video


This month we are sponsored by Cocoa Vanilla Studio and I have used mostly some of the new More Than Words collection, but have also thrown in a couple of pieces from older collections and love how this page came together!


This was super fun - I loved doing the stitching in the back ground the most I think!! For those lines I used my t-square ruler and drew 3 vertical and 3 horizontal lines without paying any attention to exactly where they were, I used them more as a guide for straightness than a "stitch here" guide.


Of course, mixed media fun in the back ground using some of my fave Colour Blast colours and you can see all of that on the video!


Here are a few close ups, I hope you enjoy and we would love to see you share your take over on the blog this month. Make sure you pop over to check out all of the other A-MAZING girls' takes on the challenge for lots of inspo!!!



Until next time, happy scrapping!!

Melinda
xx