…putting her own twist…

…on a interesting challenge.

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Gauche Alchemy’s November challenge is an inspiration board of art from Gustav Klimt.  My only scrap of knowledge of Gustav Klimt is his painting The Kiss, but I went looking for it after seeing a picture on Pinterest of a couple cosplaying as the painting.  Quick tangent for the un-initiated, cosplaying is dressing up in a character’s costume (as in costume play, or cosplay).  Usually if you’re a comic book or anime/manga fan, you’re well aware of cosplaying (I did, in fact, attend I-Con cosplaying as Robin from Witchhunter Robin).  Plus, the prize is a punchinella pack, and can I just say I’ve drooled over punchinella since I first saw it?  Oh yeah, how I would loooooove some punchinella 😀

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So anyway, after musing (sorry for the pun, couldn’t resist) over the moodboard, and viewing shots of his work, trying to get a feel, I knew I wanted to use the repeated appearance of eyes in his work.  An idea came for funky eye flowers, and I’d recently taken a class with Dyan Reaveley (which I cannot recommend enough!  Oh my, did I have fun, and she is an absolute joy as a teacher), so I thought I’d make a little mini canvas.

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I’d experimented with some patterned paper and leftover paper tape, and used my HS Teal Color Shine (so there’s my metallic bit).

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I also used pattern/shape repetition in a bunch of ways, using stencils, cardstock and paint pens.  I wanted to add some bright colors (cuz I love ’em) and used Dyan’s toadstools stamp (toadstools have spots, mushrooms don’t) and markers.

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I like how it turned out, especially because I was trying to think of what the heck I could use this experiment for.  Now it’s funky weird garden a la Alice in Wonderland 🙂

This will be showing up in my Etsy shop at some point soon *wink, wink*

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…dusting off the crayons…

…and colored pencils.

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So I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll say it again.  As of August this year, I got a job in NYC and I live on Long Island.  That means a long-ish commute both ways and a slightly earlier wake-up, so a bit less time at night.  I’ve also tried to explain in detail how I’ve made my layouts, cuz layouts I’ve seen that I love don’t really tell me how they do it.  However, I think that’s where comments can come in.  You ask, and get an answer.  And I do like love comments and questions and in the interest of time, etc., my posts are going to be shorter.  I’ll try to highlight things here and there, but please, by all means, comment and question to your heart’s content! 😀

Now, on to the layout.  I saw this Fancy Pants sketch and thought it’d be great for two random photos of my little guy.

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So I had a different plan for this layout, but that’s okay.  I like how it turned out.

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I started with FP Me-ology paper ‘Oh Snap’ for my background paper.  I’m always playing with my camera and that includes taking lots of photos of my little monster (most of the time an affectionate term :P).  He got a mini trampoline for his birthday (and no, I can’t play on it, the weight limit is 100 lbs.), which he loves.  A weekend afternoon playing on the trampoline and I luckily capture this moment.  I used gesso, stencils, my Faber Castell crayons and acrylic paint for the background texture.

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I matted my photos on pieces of pieces FP Be Different ‘Silly’ and ‘Personality.’ The two large tags are mop up tags.  I added white paint around the photos and stencilled the border frame.  The monster ticket is also from the Be Different collection.

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I added paper and fabric tape, part of a Glitz Design journaling card, a bottle cap holding thread and a couple buttons, wood veneer card “love” , ribbons, a mini clothesline pin, some chipboard and a TH painted gear. The “Too” part of the title was drawn on a FP chalkboard tag with a white colored pencil, and filled in with a mint colored pencil from Tombow Soft Brights set (giveaway win, woot!) and cut out.

And, of course, more close-ups.

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Please don’t hesitate to ask questions and thanks for visiting.

Happy scrapping!

…in celebration and contemplation…

And so we meet, 35

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I do like birthdays.  Traditions in my family have been the birthday person gets to choose dinner (home-cooked or restaurant), and there’s cake and ice cream.  Unless it’s an ice cream cake.  And I’ve had some wicked awesome birthdays.  One of my favorite cakes was a graveyard cake (my birthday’s in October and I LUUUUURVE Halloween/Samhain).  And one of my favorite birthdays was my 20th, when my boyfriend (now-husband) had all my favorite dishes made, along with cake, ice cream, and sparkling cider.

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Certain birthdays have definitely gotten my attention, like turning 25 and turning 30.  Life didn’t go exactly as planned (when does it ever, right?), and recent events that have been brewing for awhile seemed to finally come to a bit of a head this time around.  I fell into the melancholoy for a bit, and art journaled about it (I’ll post that soon), and came to a conclusion of sorts.  So this layout is really about the good and the food for thought around my birthday.

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I used several stash papers as well as some Amy Tangerine.  My background is several layers.  First is a piece of patterned paper that I gessoed and painted over.  Then I grabbed some FP Me-ology and Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste paper (I’ve seen grid paper all over and I really love it!).  Cutting the FP and AT papers in half, I also cut off blue border around the FP paper, as well as the center graphic (it would be covered by other paper).  Then I adhered my half papers to my gessoed patterned paper and set about continuing the background work.

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I took a page out of one of Donna Downey’s Inspiration Wednesday videos and grabbed some mini number stickers.  After putting a bunch of them on, I lightly layered gesso, then applied paint through a stencil.  Lastly I took a small brush and wrote “life” over and over (by the way, I like the graphic, brush script style letters/words too :D).

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My four mini photo mat stacks were made with AT and stash papers.  I used my black Sharpie to doodle in spots.

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Also featured are an altered chipboard title and round frame, die-cut, fiber, thread, metal lightbulb clip, feathers, sequins, a transparency frame and border sticker, paperclips and a mini clothespin, and part of a PP canvas Halloween border sticker.  My journaling spot is the other half of a Glitz Design journaling card I used on my “Too cute” layout.

And now, some more close-ups 🙂

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…in love with fairy tales…

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…and my dear hubby.  So when I saw the September moodboard at Scrap Around the World, it immediately brought him to mind.

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He’s a fabulous (yes, I’m biased, but I’m far from his only fan) fantasy fiction writer, published on Amazon Kindle (Charles E Yallowitz, http://www.legendsofwindemere.com).  He’s been creating stories since he was a kid, and he’s got this amazing creative imagination.  The old tomes made me think of some of his influences, including J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.  The exposed gears reminded me of his interesting injection of technology into his world (for anyone who’s read fantasy fiction, technology is not high on the list).  And I don’t do nearly enough scrapping about my hubby, so this was perfect.

I also found this great sketch on Creative Scrappers and thought it’d be awesome.  I’d recently gotten some scrap goodies and wanted to play.

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I pulled out some old and new goodies for this layout.  I got some new papers from Amy Tangerine and Fancy Pants, as well as tons of other awesomeness.  My initial idea didn’t quite work out as planned, but it’s cool 🙂

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First I took some patterned paper I didn’t really like and flipped it to have a blank background to start.  Since my hubby’s a writer, and I had leftover alphas (who doesn’t, right?) I made three columns, the middle with old Thickers and the side with flat alpha stickers.  Then I covered them with gesso and stamped using a large rubber ticket stamp from Unity and Archival black stamp pad.  I gave the background a spritz with Dylusions Calpso Teal and Postbox Red.  Then I pained over the alphas with green, blue, and yellow paint.

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Didn’t quite go as planned, since Dylusions is water-reactive and mixed with the paint.  But, no worries.  I thought the background was a little too bright, so I grabbed a Dina Wakeley stencil and gessoed over everything but the painted letters.

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After that it was time to start layering.  Patterned paper, a kraft photo frame, other die-cuts and Amy Tangerine embellishments.  I used some older alphas, and a chipboard alpha that I had initially painted, but it was too light, so I wrapped it in washi tape.

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I also used washi tape on the sides of a journaling card and painted over the words and added more leftover alphas.  You can see I also added some paint smudges to help tie everything together.

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Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!  Feel free to ask any questions! 🙂

relishing the pure joy…

…of this fabulous photo I was able to capture of my son.

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I submitted this to last month’s CSI/Scrap365 collaboration file, but never actually posted it. Main reason is my new schedule. I was working close-ish to home part-time, which meant I had two whole days during the week to work on stuff. I got a great new job in the city recently; pay, benefits, great people, etc. I also now have a commute into the city every day, which takes a fair chunk out of my day. I’m working on getting an art journal/scrapbooking travel kit put together so my lunch break can be put to good use, as well as my ride home.

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Anyway, so with all this, I don’t know how many challenges I’ll be able to submit to, but I’m determined to enter at least one a month, regardless of the project (layout, canvas, ATC, etc.)

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So I had this photo (I’ve got several more from that morning) of my son playing with a balloon that the grandparents brought back from a New Year’s Eve party. Now he’s only stayed up until midnight one time, mainly because he does not sleep in most mornings anyway and he’s a beast when he’s tired (aren’t we all :P). So he came downstairs New Year’s morning and found a balloon. You can see from the look on his face that he was a tad ecstatic 😀

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So I wanted to experiment with a gelato watercolor-esque background. I don’t own any gelatos, but I do have a set of Faber-Castell water-soluble crayons. From what I’ve seen (having never used gelatos, though I’ve used regular crayons), what I have are smoother than regular kids crayons but not quite as smooth as gelatos. At some point I will have to get me some gelatos.

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So working with the color scheme, I stuck with the blue and green shades. I’d color, then used my waterbrush to blend it in to watercolor effect. After that I did some freehand doodling as well as doodling with my HS circle/star/heart stencil. I used my Marvy Uchida stamp markers (which I need to use more) to add some color to the circles. They might have some out looking more like bubbles, but it stills works I think.

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The same blue and green I combined with accents in the other colors. I cut some patterned paper strips as well as a few small pieces from the cover of an Amy Tangerine paper pad. Stapled them, outlined with my black Sharpie, and added a button and TH gear. I traced over the bottom label sticker with my Sharpie (it was pink originally), and took a flat homemade “flair” circle of patterned paper and pressed it into a bottle cap. I used an Amy Tangerine border strip, as well as some classic Mickey Mouse paper and part of a inked doily. I also added a large photo corner type cluster, although it’s fairly well hidden. I stamped using a circles Inkadinkado stamp set and my Rubber Stampede mini dye ink pads, then cut a scallop corner from that white stamped cardstock and the Mickey paper, layered them, and stapled. I also added some doodle clouds.

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Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…playing with new goodies…

So I won a couple of giveaways and also made an order  that came in and was LOADED 😛  So I’m finally using a photo (two copies because I just have to scrap 2+ photos) that I took of my son wrapped in his frog hooded towel after his bath.  The photo is a couple of years old, I think, and it’s a perfect close-up, clear shot of my little monster (affectionate term, honest! – well, usually 🙂  This is my entry for Kreative Koncepts Sketch Challenge 28

“That’s the ticket”

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and here’s the sketch:

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Definitely a mix of old and new.  First off, the really like this paper, the whimsical doodling rocks, and the reverse side is the same design with the colors reversed.  It’s from a manufacturer that I don’t really go for usually, but this caught my attention and I grabbed two sheets 🙂

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I stared by doing some mixed media.  Dylusions sprays and then paint through stencils.  I made sure to try to keep the stenciled designs in a contrasting color to let them shine.  Then i added several strips of old and new washi tape.  After I put down some of the tape, I decided I wanted to put some more down under the photo.  Problem: I’d already glued it down and added gesso around the edges.  So what’s a girl to do?  I pulled out my self-healing craft mat, Fiskars multi-tool (include an exacto blade) and cut somewhat widely around the entire area.  Now I had to figure out what to stick the tape too.  Enter heavy duty patterned paper that I didn’t love anymore.  It happened to have the same shades as my layout.  I glued the larger part of my layout down, leaving the hole for the photo spot.  Added some foam adhesive and it’s good!

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I was trying to figure out the hexagons.  I don’t have those, and I could have cut some from patterned paper, and at some point I might do that just for the future, but I had some patterned paper with tickets lined up.  An idea was brewing.

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I fussy cut the tickets, covered them in gesso, then using my HS honeycomb stencil, I sprayed Dylusions Cut Grass, Calypso Teal, and a mix of Lemon Zest and Postbox Red (to make orange), making sure each layer dried before spraying the next and shifting the stencil between colors.

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Then I took an alphabet stencil (dollar store buy, three in a pack) and used my Tattered Angels Almost Black.  After that came time to play with a new stencil and medium.  Dina Wakley’s Plastic Canvas (I attended her class at Scrapper’s Playground, Woot!) and modeling paste were applied to the tickets.  When the paste was finally dry, I determined where they were going to go on my layout (approximately) and drew pencil lines on those tucked under a layer so I knew where not to add stuff.  Then I broke out my mini alpha stickers and some graffiti-esque rub-ons and went to town with phrases, etc.  I lastly added a black border with my sharpie.

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I made my own “flair” from some gelli-printed paper and a chipboard star.  I also used some other scraps (the black and white paper on the right actually says “freeze frame”, and I played with a piece of orange cardstock.  I open sprayed it (no stencil/mask/anything) with Dylusions Postbox Red.  Then I added some blue paint through my DW Plastic Canvas stencil.  After that was my HS chevron stencil and black paint.  Then I decided to use my postage stamp border punch on one edge.  I really liked it, but didn’t want to use the whole thing, so i cut off a small piece and still have the rest to play with.

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I also added other stash stuff.  A feather, chipboard bracket (I love brackets!), an Amy Tangerine frame, some older Fancy Pants die-cuts, as well as black thread to help anchor the tickets and triangles.  The title is alpha stamps and Colorbox pigment ink in orange and blue and larger blue alpha stickers.

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Whew!!  Check out the Kreative Koncepts blog for tons of eye candy and great tutorials!

P.S. I’m thinking of changing my blog theme to either a dark pattern or lighter color scheme, for ease of read, etc.  Any thoughts?

P.P.S.  I tell all the details of my work because I like to know how people make stuff.  I’m debating cutting down on the how-to in some way.  Do you like the tell-all details of my crafty ways or simple is better and you can comment and ask me?

As always, thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…trying new things with SDC 159…

…and liking the outcome so far.

First off, I will say this – I’m not a bow person.  I’m not a pink, frilly, glitter person.  I’ll add touches here and there, but I won’t go crazy.  So for the current Stampotique Designer’s Challenge is bows.  Yeah, I saw that and I’m thinking, what the heck can I make?  Granted I’ve got loads of ribbon and fabric, but I was stumped for a little bit.

Then I saw the first project by Gay Peplow, and loved it!  Not only did it inspire me for the album I’m making for some friends, but the laced ribbon also reminded me that a bow comes in many different forms.

I’m experimenting with different sizes.  I’ve done layouts, cards, started delving into tags, and now ATCs.  I was making a canvas and had paint leftover, so onto a couple ATCs.  Here’s the one I’m entering into this challenge:

“All Sunshine and Happiness” (and a bit of snark :P)

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I started with some patterned paper I didn’t like and turned it over and covered it in the fabulous blue.  I also did some swipes/mark making with a deep orange, some neon yellow (they look green, which is fine) splatters, black paint through a HS honeycomb stencil and some doodling with black sharpie and white-out pen.  I’m not a huge flower person, but this is a funky, different sort of flower.  The flower bud is a pattern block stamp with black pen doodling around it (leftover from a previous project that was never used).  I added the alpha stickers and colored them orange, and outlined them with my white gelly roll pen.  The “sunshine and happiness” are from a stamp set that I stamped onto white cardstock (after checking it would fit) and cut it out, then doodled around the frame.  I also used my super fine point black Copic pen for the doodling.  For the lacing, I used one of the strings that come on those manila office tags, used my hole-punch, and laced it through.

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This will also be up for sale in my Etsy shop soon, so check it out!

Thanks for looking and happy scrapping!

…wondering where July went!

So in my family, April to July is a pretty crazy time.  Between holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries, it’s a wonder anything else gets done.  Which is why I’ve been quiet and have this one post to show for my efforts.  I made a chipboard scrapbook album for a fabulous friend featuring photos from her bridal shower and bachelorette party.  I’m now in the process of making an album for the friends’ wedding and honeymoon.

“Sealed with a kiss”

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I’m really glad that this fits into a lot of different challenges this month, since this is all the work I have to show (again, life craziness got in the way).  The sketch for my layout is from Creative Scrappers

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and the color palette from Kreative Koncepts.

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The wedding color scheme was teal and purple, so the color palette just sang to me. I also really wanted to make something for the July moodboard from Scrap Around the World, pictured below.

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The colors, and especially the top right block and the quote, seemed very wedding appropriate, as did the rest of the blocks, either literally or figuratively.

I’m also entering this in these challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – J is for…

The letter J stands for a few things for my entry.  First off, the first names of the bride and groom begin with the letter J.  There’s also the jewel tones of the color palette.  I’d also say it stands for the joy of their wedding day.

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I combined two dark patterned papers to make the background, swirled lines of black and purple glitter glue, then used gesso, paint swipes and Dylusions spray drips to cover the seam.  The purple heart is a hand-drawn heart cut out of 7Gypsies paper and painted with a combination of gel medium and Dina Wakley’s Blackberry Violet paint (I swear it smells like grape! :P), courtesy of a tutorial  from Miae Rowe on the TCW blog.  The other heart is also hand-drawn on deli paper, and was actually a cast-off bit.  I’d used purple paint through a Prima stencil (raindrops), then used the stencil with white paint on a background paper.  I pressed the remainder onto the deli paper and loved it!  So I cut out a heart and inked the edges with my Black Coal Ink Edger from Ingvild Bolme.  The chevrons are a gelli print stamped with the phrase “Say Cheese!” from a Mama-razzi stamp set (Bo Bunny).

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My original background was different patterned patterned paper, that I’d played with, and played some more.  It started out as a lightish distressed teal/blue with vintage script written over it.  First I scraped some paint across using an old credit card.  I also added pieces of Magic Mesh silver mesh and some really garish ribbon that I was going to gesso over anyway.  After the gesso, I sprayed Dylusions Calypso Teal and Crushed Grape to get the jewel tones.  But I wasn’t extremely happy with it.  So I cut it up, thinking I might layer the pieces under my photos.  Still didn’t work.  Then I broke out some stamps.  At first I used my purple and blue dye ink cubes, but switched to my Archival Black stamp pad (love this!).  I used a Time Holtz Stampers Anonymous butterfly and harlequin stamp and some Inkadinkado circle stamps. The colored images I outlined with a black pen.  Then I cut them up even more, but first I drew shapes.  Mostly hearts (very Stampotique-esque, but drawn by me), and some clouds.  I cut these out and noticed that one line made a nice pointy border.  Delicious!

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So I set about putting my layout together with the prep work done, whew!  I combined my two heart shapes with some other patterned papers, and added “LOVE” in rub-ons on the largest piece.  Oh, almost forgot the circle shape!  This was an experiment.  I took gold-printed vellum and flipped it over.  First I gelli-printed onto it, didn’t love it.  Then I sprayed some Tattered Angels and dried it, really not loving it.  Then I took my TCW mini numbers stencil and sponged blue paint over it.  Much better!  I had mixed some homemade texture paste with some purple paint and had some leftover, so I grabbed the TCW Ronda Palazzari well-rounded stencil and smooshed the paste through one part of it a few times on the vellum.  Beautiful!

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So I layered all my papers, glued them down with fabric glue (it sticks so well!) and some pop-up adhesive.  I added lots of bits after.  I added the hearts and chevrons, the zigzag border strip, some Amy Tangerine die-cuts, some stamping, thread, sequins, a touch of washi tape, and did my journaling.  I used Cosmos Cricket mini alphas for the title words on the photos, along with a TH Distress Marker.

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Thank you so much for looking!  Feel free to leave comments and happy scrapping!

…loving this sketch…

…and how my layout turned out.

rockin’ the scarf

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The top layer of paper began as white cardstock.  I’d drawn with my black sharpie and my Mini Bricks stencil, then added my homemade texture paste (a recipe I found on another blog) inside the stencilled bricks.  I then did some paint/pigment ink pad and stencil work , but it needed something more.  Then I attacked the paper with my mini mister with three different shades of purple and water and sprayed down the page.  Not enough color.  So I painted a deep purple directly onto the paper.  Better.

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It needed a little bit more punch.  Time to experiment.  I grabbed my Tattered Angels Rouge spray and just did one spritz, and really liked it.  So I added a bunch more along the side, let it drip a bit, then set it down to dry.  While that dried, I combined a large scrap of light yellow patterned paper from We R Memory Keepers and some black and white love graffiti paper and stuck them together in the opening of the top paper layer.  I made a triangle of paint to mesh the two a little more, then did some doodling.

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After the spray dried, I grabbed my paints and stencils.  I used an alphabet stencil and some yellow and orange paint mixed together in s couple spots.  Then I used white and (when the white was dry) yellow paint through a stencil to add my chevrons.  Once the paint was all dry, I used a think black American Crafts pen to outline the chevrons and the bricks.

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Then I added my photos, journaling and embellishments.  Among my embellishments are Amy Tangerine die-cuts and stickers (“Oh Joy”, frame on top left and under center photo), part of a Studio Calico  border sticker (green on left side), dragonfly transparent die-cuts from K&Co., black and white graffiti rub-ons (clearance from Michaels), made by me die-cut shapes (stars, heart, and sun in lower left corner), a Prima key and a mini red clothespin (dollar store, yeah, seriously :P).  I also put my journaling on a tag and popped it up on dimensional adhesive (along with a few corners of my photos) after adding a few embellishments.  I also tucked some embroidery thread behind my top photo and dragonfly die-cut.  Initially I was going to stick with yellow, but saw yellow, black, and a deep purpley (is that a word?) shade that I snagged and put together.

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I’m entering this in these challenges:

Kreative Koncepts Sketch 26

Punky Scraps # 76

…playing with words…

…with one last project for the month.

“At the Corner of Curls and Waves”

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I’m entering this in a bunch of challenges.  First off is Scrap Around the World’s moodboard

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and two sketches:  Creative Scrappers #271 and  from the June sketch from My Mind’s Eye

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The sketch from Creative Scrappers is relatively simple, so I thought it worked.  Just flipped both sketches to the right and bingo!  Shopping Our Stash’s current challenge is Color My World, in which you use your favorite color.  Well, for me, that’s yellow, hands down.  And it fits right into the moodboard for Scrap Aroud the World, so, fabulous!  Lastly, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes, featuring anything American Crafts.

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I love Amy Tangerine’s products, if I could have them all, I would! 😛  Anyway, I used an Amy Tangerine tag for my journaling, along with some frames I cut from my Amy Tangerine 6X6 paper pad.  I also die-cut the “@” sign and brackets around “and” from the same paper pad.  For the My Mind’s Eye challenge, I used a black flocked chipboard alpha set for the word “waves”.  Scrap Around the World’s moodboard also caught my eye in other ways besides the color scheme.  I loved the striped straws, so I rolled up a piece of laser cut paper and sprayed the white side with my Color Shine Mustard spray.  I also rolled up a piece of black with silver stars patterned paper.  The stripes made me think of baker’s twine, which I added to my page in a couple pages.

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The word LOVE also inspired the layout in general, and comes into play with the title.  I’ve struggled for years with my hair, being told it was wavy, but not really know how to bring the waves out.  I’ve done some research recently and been able to keep my hair healthy while bringing the curly waves out.  Which also explains the title, partially.  For a weird (or maybe not so weird) reason, I had the phrase “curds and whey” in my head, and simply changed the words to “curls and waves.”  My hair is just shy of being actually curly, so it seemed to fit.

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For the background, I took the background paper and brushed on a combination of gesso and yellow acrylic paint.  I also used gesso with my new Balzer Punchinella stencil and TCW numbers stencil, as well as the two stars in the bottom left corner.  I also used the same Color Shine spray along with my Tattered Angels Almost Black spray and my chevron stencil.  I also added some splatters of my Color Shine spray.  Then I added some paper tape (Bella Blvd. and Tim Holtz) and staples/glued different pieces to the page.  Embroidery thread, patterned paper scraps, die-cuts (Amy Tangerine, etc.).  I used some fabric glue in a beer bottle cap (cleaned first) and added thread and several beads of different sizes and used that for the “o” in “of.”  The “F” is a metal letter tile that I filled in with a white-out pen, which I also used to doodle on the paper in spots and outline “waves.”  I used a tiny spinner from Tim Holtz Ideaology, some ribbons (American Crafts) and fibers from my stash, sequins and buttons (don’t remember).  I used a camera sticker, cut out a compass from a transparent frame, and added the “@” sign die-cut.

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I also added some brads from my stash and a yellow bead from a dollar store buy.

And some more close up shots.

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Thanks for stopping by and happy scrapping!