Friday, August 29, 2014

Challenge : 3 in 1

Hello !
This is one layout which i did using prompts from 3 different challenges :

I also tried to do some water-coloring and hand-stitching using embroidery floss.

here is my LO :

for my kraft elements : i used 2 birds, a border on the top and the big heart. also used a light kraft color patterned paper as my background.

for my messy painted buttons : i painted white buttons to include purple, green and gold.  this is what i did :
purple buttons : i used alcohol ink - eggplant and cranberry
green buttons : i used distress paint 
gold buttons : i used gold color shine with gold paint.
(the only reason i did this is cause i didn't have these colors in my stash, but i have a lots of white and clear buttons so this worked out great :), i wish it could have turned out a bit neater, but after i added the floss i guess it looks ok)

for my water-coloring : Mardi Gras title
i'm not very good at this. this is what i did :
1. i printed a Mardi gras doodle by doodlesave in a smaller size and fussy cut it. 
2. painted it with water-colors. (note to self : next time use water-color paper instead of regular cardstock, the water makes the cardstock warp a lot)
3. i then outlined everything with black water-proof marker. (though i didn't have any bleeding of the printer ink, the lines were very faded, that's why the outlining.)
4. lastly i applied a thin layer of Glossy accents (i love this stuff :) i did this to saturate the colors a bit and give it a sheen which made it look a little cooler :)). Since Glossy accents is water-based i recommend dry-brushing it and working quickly. 

for my stitching : i didn't use any pre-made stitching guides. i just let the element shapes guide me and poked holes around it. 
1. on the heart element - i stitched the buttons. stuck it on my LO. then made holes around the heart and did a straight stitch to accent it. 
2. 3 cross-stitches to the top-right : did this to bring in the purple. i lightly drew 3 X's. poked the holes. rubbed my marking and did the stitch.
3. banner : did this to add a little festive look. i first drew a line where i wanted my banner to be. then used the ek-success banner punch out as a guide punched holes. And then did a back-stitch.

hope u like my LO and please do try some water-coloring and hand-stitching on u'r projects, it is really fun. 

Thank-u for stopping by. :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Challenge : MMM : Stencils with Modeling Paste

Hi !
This is what i did for the Mixed Media Monthly challenge.

challenge : Stencils with Modeling Paste

I used this technique on a project life spread. Stencil i used is a Prima stencil with white modelling paste on a very busy printed card, just to tone it down and add some texture.  

here is the spread.

 here is a close-up of the effect

I also used the new Heiddi Swapp Overlay Project life 4x6 overlays.
I really love them. it really adds so much so easily.

note : it only appears a little cloudy at first cause of the thin film over it which needs to be removed.

The only problem i had with it was after layering the overlay above the photo and then putting the card in the protector sheet the photos appear a little dull. So i had to cut away the clear overlay which was over the photo. yeah i know it sort of defeats the purpose but i don't care. my photo are small so i can easily make it work. i still love them :).

Thank-u for stopping by. :)

P.S. : I made the "love" 3x4 frame and shared it as a freebie : click here for the download link

Sunday, August 24, 2014

August Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog Hop

Hello !
I am so glad to be taking part in the CKC blog hop. 
Thank-u for visiting.

This is my project which i did using my August CK. 

I did Challenge #3 Vellum : Find a way to incorporate vellum.

Its a layout using the vellum elements i made using my punches. I also used the negative off-cut vellum sheet (which i used to punch out my elements).
here is my layout : hope u like it. :)

Now on with the hop :

u'r next blog is : Julene :

u have arrived here from : Lisa :

if u would like to visit the other blogs in this hop, please visit CKCB here :

Thank-you for stopping by. :)

P.S. : in-case u r interested in seeing the kit : here is the link to that post.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Challenge : SSS Monday : Anything Goes, PL Value Kit & a freebie

Hello ! This is what I did for the
Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge : Anything Goes 

The challenge : do anything u like.

So I decided to use the very brand new Heidi Swapp Project Life - Overlay Kit. I love this. the colors r vibrant and u get quite a bit. I also used new Heidi Swapp Project Life self inking stamp.

here is my layout

I used the 3x4 overlays as layers under my pics.

I made the "love" die-cut using a black marker and the silhouette-trace and cut feature. Today I'm sharing the .png file. I also made a 3x4 frame. This is only for personal use. hope u enjoy using it in u'r layouts. :)

please click here or on the preview to download.

Thank-u for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Challenge : SSS Monday : Scratched Up

Hello !
This is what I did taking inspiration from the
Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge : Scratched Up
The challenge : do anything that had some distressing of any kind.
So i took my alcohol inks, foil paper and an embossing folder. 
This is what i made.

what i did :
1. emboss my DCWV silver foil paper.
2. dabbed alcohol inks -  mix of lettuce, slate, butterscotch.
3. sanded it lightly
4. dabbed a little gold alcohol ink in few spots using the same felt piece.
5. sanded it again where i put the gold.
6. punched out a few shapes. and done ! :)

here is my layout i used these pieces in. 

I used alcohol inks on the metal letters and sanded it a little for a more grungy look. I also used distress ink to distress the edges of my layout and to do some imperfect stamping.
Thank-u for stopping by.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Challenge : Counterfeit Kit Challenge kit

Here is my counterfeit kit i made taking inspiration from "Penny Arcade" by Studio Calico. This is for the August 2014 CKC

here is a small 6x6 page i made to try out my kit. love it :).

thank-u for stopping by. :)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Embellishments : binge Cricut cutting : Accent Essentials cart

Hello !
Today i wanted to share how i use my Cricut machine. After i got the Silhouette i have hardly used my Cricut. But i have 13 carts each costing a lot of money so obviously i want to get the most out of that. 
I came up with binge cutting and thanks to Cricut-CraftRoom. If u haven't yet tried it u just got to. Its pretty cool and love the free font they have in the software. I'm still not able to link my gypsy but i think they r working on it.

My process when i scrap - i like all my embellishments already made and i just choose what i want to put on the layout. I have found that is easier for me. 

This is what i do. today i will share my process using Accent Essentials cart.

1. select all the images i like on the cart. and place them in 6x6 size areas. cause i will be cutting these from 4 papers.

2. i choose 4 papers from one 6x6 paper pad. (yeah i have too many of those.) sometimes I do mix the papers with another having a neutral color, but mostly it will be be from one 6x6 paper pad. That way i know when i layer the pieces they will co-ordinate.
also i try to choose double-sided papers so that i can get even more variety in my designs. 

today i choose papers from MME-Lost&Found2 and Authentique-Kraft Black/White. here is showing the A Side and B Side.

3. then set up the papers on the mat and cut.

4. then i separate my flower layers. and i also separate the other elements in board categories - like swirls, stars & hearts, others.

5.  next i assemble the flowers. On some i use brads and some i use foam tabs. i will distress or scrunch or glitter then as per my layout later on when i use them.

From the off-cuts i punch out small circles or small scallop circles to add to the layers if i think i need it. 

6. lastly, I put all the different element categories in small baggies, and i put everything including the off-cuts in 1 zip-loc bag and label it with the name of the paper-pads i used.

I do the same steps with different 6x6 paper-pads. 

here is another example using 6x6 pad from Pebbles-Family Ties. 

I will also re-shuffle my images in the craft-room for 4x6 paper placement - to use my DCWV 4.5x6.5 paper pads and do 1 set. (i do trim my papers to 4x6).

here is one using 4.5x6.5 DCWV paper-pad 

Aren't they cute. lovin them. they all look different though they r all from the same cart. 

this way i know i have used my Accent Essentials cart and my 6x6 paper pads and my 4x6 paper pads.

Hope u have enjoyed this share and this inspires u to look at u'r Cricut carts in a new light.

If u have any questions/comments please leave me a note in the comments. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summer CHA 2014 products I'm lovin

Hello !
Welcome to my first post on this brand new blog dedicated to scrap-booking. rightnow seeing the new Summer CHA 2014 products. they r amazing. what i'm lovin.

1. wallflower vellum paper stash by Tim Holtz

So want this paper pack. I love Tim's stuff but i have to admit i do have a hard time using them, but this vellum pack i know i will be use it very very easily.  really lovin it.

will i buy it ? : YES

2. 3D Gloss Gel by Finnabair (Prima)

really lovin what one can do with the 3D Gloss Gel and glitter. Check out this video taken by Bluemoonscrapbooking


this will be coming to the looking forward to that.

will i buy it ? : YES

3. Teresa Collins Nine and Co. Collection

I saw this on love the colors. but to be frank i think i can make a similar kit using this color palette from my stash. but what i love love the most r the sequins. i have always been a big fan of Teresa Collin's  sequins. but these cute white flower sequins r calling to me. and the wood veneers r too cute.

will i buy the collection ? : probably not 
will i buy the sequins-pack ? : YES
will i buy the wood veneers ? : probably YES
that's all from me for today. hope some of this products make u feel scrap happy. :)