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. :)


  1. Hiya Binty and wow what an amazing page so full of things to see

    x Hilda

    Mines up on Simon Says now

  2. This is absolutely gorgeous!!! I love what you did with that Mardi Gras title

  3. What a lovely layout! Love the mardi gras theme! The pictures are lots of fun! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  4. This is SO so pretty! Thanks so much for joining us at LCOM:)

  5. oh my gosh! such a fun page - really captures the energy and excitement of mardi gras! I really love that button heart - such a good idea that I may have to steal! thanks for playing along with us at the studio! xo

  6. I love your use of the buttons!
    Thanks for playing with us at The Studio Challenges!

  7. I love LOUD layouts! Great use of the LCOM sketch!!

  8. Great layout! So many details to look at - the way you have used the buttons, the watercolour, the stitches... And I love the small legends for each of the photos!
    Thank you for playing along with us at The Studio Challenges!

  9. Super fun and colourful! Love that you used so many pics, brilliant! Thanks for playing along with Let's Capture our Memories!

  10. What a fun layout! Thanks for playing along with us at The Studio Challenges! :)

  11. It's great, very happy, thank you for participating in The Studio Challenges

  12. Hi Binty, I wanted to let you know that we selected your page using our Page Drafts sketch as a September Gallery Standout. Here is a link incase you'd like to stop by the Page Drafts blog. Your page is sensational, Congratulations!