Sunday, October 03, 2010

The Creative Type is back...

Yes, it's been a long summer break, but The Creative Type is back, with new challenges with an emphasis on words, and typography, fonts print...
We have some new Design Team members and we are on the lookout to extend our team too.
Do you love typography, and journalling? Then you might be interested in joining our team.
Keep your eyes on the blog for further information.
The challenge that is up this week is all about inspiration.
Why not go over to the blog and check it out. We'd love to have you play along.
My layout was inspired by my fellow DT buddy, Dani, and here it is:-

I had fun with this layout, stencilling with distress inks, adding some glimmermists, and using rubons.
I'm on a mission to use my rubons before they stop working!!
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fabric layout

recently made a layout for The Scrapbook Magazine. We were asked to make a layout using something which we normally avoid. For me, this was fabric. I have quite a bit of fabric hanging around my house but I have never used any on a layout-well apart from ribbon!
So I decided not just to use fabric, but instead to try to make the entire layout from fabric.
I started with a 12x12 piece of canvas as my base. I distressed the edges of the canvas, then sewed some patchwork squares to the canvas. Then I sewed a square of lace over the top, and inked the edges of the canvas.
I printed my photo onto organza fabric and stitched it onto a canvas matt. This was sewn to the base, leaving an opening at the top to slip a journalling tag under. Then I began embellishing the layout. I used various trims-lace, leaves and sticky back felt flowers.
I painted some leaves and prima flowers to knock back the colour a bit.
I think my favourite bit is the tulle overlay, which I melted holes in with my heat gun.
The butterflies and some flowers have been cut from old net curtains, and the round flowers were made from the same net curtains. The pearl and gem flower centres are from Kaisercrafts, as are the flourishes.
The title is not fabric-The chipboard letters have been painted, stamed and glazed with Glossy Accents.
I added some gold stickles around the edge for a bit of a lift.
Here are some details-you can click on the images for a closer view.
I am pretty happy with this layout. It has a lovely dreamy quality, and is so very tactile too!
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hot Hot Hot-Blog Hop

What's hot?
Gauche Alchemy and Bombshell Stamps are having a blog hop!!
That's what's hot- and if you join in and leave comments on the blogs you're in with a chance of some hot prizes!
Follow the link at the bottom of this post to hop from blog to blog to discover lots and lots of creativity! It's a bit like a magical mystery tour-you never know what you might discover!

What else is hot? Robert Maloney-that's what! Well I don't actually know if Robert Maloney is hot-but his art certainly is!
In a recent edition of Cloth, Paper and Scissors, I came across the work of Robert Maloney. Robert is a digital artist and his work just blew me away! Take a look at his web site.
There is a lot to love about his work-the complex layers, the colour palettes, the texture and the strong horizontal and vertical lines within his work.
Robert's work inspired me to experiment with a small canvas for my wall. I am no digital artist-I like getting messy with ink and paint too much to go digi!

So here's what I did:
1. Mask off areas using masking tape and plasterer's tape.

2. Spread texture paste over surface. When dryish remove the tape.

3. Paint over using watered down acrylic paint. The texture paste stripes can clearly be seen.
4. Collage on some paper. I chose a vintage advertisement and some strips of braille print from Gauche Alchemy.

5. Spread on a layer of gesso, and when dry add some stamps using Stazon ink.

6. Spread a thin layer of cream coloured paint. When dry add some colour using a texture background stamp (I used a brick pattern stamp) and Stazon ink. I used three colours-mustard, olive green and rusty brown. Just stamp randomly , and quickly to add some hints of colour. I then stamped some lines in black.Now, here's a dilemma- When do you know your piece is finished? I rather liked the canvas at this stage, and thought it was finished-a bit like a Rothko painting-it's all about the colour

But the next day I looked again and felt it needed something more, so I decided to add an image.

7. I printed out one of my favorite photos-a derelict factory, and made an image transfer, using acrylic gel medium. You can see how you need to rub quite hard to get rid of all the backing paper.8. So after that, I decided to add even more images-a gel transfer of a birdcage; some olive branches, and the small swallow cut from a paper napkins; the egg and yellow bird image just cut and pasted to the canvas, and some random stamped foliage in the bottom left corner.

Then I added some shading around various elements.So now I have a canvas, inspired by Robert Maloney, but looking nothing like his work!

So that's my canvas-only problem is, I'm not sure if it's finished! I do like it as is, but am wondering if maybe it needs some words.....mmm...

What do you think?

Thanks for visiting and I hope you'll hop on over to the next blog on the blog hop!


Don't forget to leave comments on all the posts for a chance to win some great prizes!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Back again..

I'm back from my 5 weeks in Australia, and keen to get scrapping some of the many holiday photos I took.
Also keen to get going with Gauche Alchemy, as I am now on their Design Team. GA produce very quirky kits with lots of different bit and bobs that you wouldn't normally think to use on scrapbook pages. They have a great blog, with lots of inspiring idea, so do yourself a favour and take a look?
It will be so different to designing for Kaisercrafts, with their beautifully coordinated ranges.
GA is really going to challenge me creatively-let's hope I'm up to it!!
Meanwhile I still have lots of Kaisercrafts project that I didn't upload before I went on holiday.
Here's a couple:
First a layout using KONSTRUCT-a great range for the the budding builders and decoraters in your life.

Secondly, a minibook using LE CHATEAU- possibly my favourite range from Kaisercrafts

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Le Chateau..

....of all the collections Kaisercrafts produced this last year my favourite is this line. Le Chateau-the colours are so subtle, the designs are elegant and the papers are so versatile. Combined with the new wooden flourishes, designing with these products really is a breeze.
This layout is about Emily about to leave home in the Autumn to go to university. The birdcage motif was the inspiration for this page:

Here are some details:
The large flower is simply made by cutting some circles (of decreasing sizes) from chiffon. Heat the edges with a heat gun. The edges will crinkle up giving the circles some dimension. Sew the circles together and add a button, brad, or pearl centre. Easy-and so pretty!

And how do you get a bird rub-on to soar above your page? That’s easy too! Apply the rub on to a piece of acetate-I used old clear packaging. Cut out around the bird. Now cut a thin strip of acetate about 0.5 cm by 6 cm. Fold this acetate strip to form a Z shape. Cut a slot in your page and feed one end of the strip through to the first crease mark, Adhere to the back of the page. Glue the back of the bird to the other end of the strip, using clear adhesive like Glossy Accents.

And add a bit of colour to the wooden embellishments using watercolour paint and some Stickles glitter glue.

Here is a card I made for a friend's daughter's graduation.-Note a floating butterfly!
The 6x6 paper pads make card making a breeze!
This would make a lovely wedding card, don't you think?

I'm really gonna miss designing for Kaisercrafts!

This is my last post until who knows when. I leave tomorrow for 5 weeks in Australia!
Going home to see my mum, and sisters, and brothers, in laws, cousins, neices, nephews, friends...
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My year...

...designing for Kaisercrafts is over, which is very sad. I've enjoyed designing for this company so much. They have been so generous with their product, and so easy to get along with. I'm really gonna miss those packages coming through my door-the anticipation as I rip open the packages to see what delights are inside. I'm gonna miss the other DT girls too-they have all been so friendly and supportive over the past year.
SO I wonder who will be on the new DT-if it's you, then you are one lucky ducky!!

Anyway, here's a layout using the Jungle Bug collection-a great collection for all things boy and all things outdoorsy! This layout features the scalloped circle paper adhered down towards the bottom of the page, rather than centrally like my previous post. I love the shot of colour provided by the orange in this caollection.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Hey Birdie... one of Kaisercraft's latest releases. It is a fantastic range. the colours are great-pink, nicely balanced with creams, olive greens and browns. And the design is so cute, with trees, leaves and birds. These designs are so easy to use and lend themselves beautifully to cutting out and layering up.
Here's a layout I made using this range.

Don't you just love the circle paper? As well as papers the range includes stamps, rub ons and felt embellishments.

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Back with a 'How to'...

....I was asked to make a layout for the 'SCRAPLIFT CHALLENGE' in the latest edition of The Scrapbook Magazine. I wanted to do a layout that require people to look quite closely to work out how to copy it, but for all you blog readers I have broken down the process a little.

1. Swipe a round the edge of cardstock with acrylic paint and allow the dry.
2. Tear 4 strips of patterned paper about 2" x 10". Ink edges and machine stitch to the page.
3. Tear a large rectangle of patterned paper, ink edges, machine stitch to the centre of the page.
4. Doodle around the edge of the photos and work out photo placement, but do NOT adhere yet.

5. Add stamped design bearing in mind the photo placement. Start to build up page elements-rub on journalling, stitch banner across the page.
6. Add photos

7. Continue to add elements-doodled bracket, title. This title is painted chipboard, doodled with a uniball signo white pen. Embellishments include rub on flowers, felt flowers, chipboard buttons covered with patterned papers, ribbon, tag, brads.
Here is the completed layout:

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I really love this page-it's so busy, bright and cheery-very appropriate for a kids page!

There are two design element that tie this page together-Firstly, the paper-although it's all different colours the papers are unified by all being spotty.

I LOVE spotted paper!! These are all Kaisercrafts.

And, secondly the black of the stitching, the journalling, the title and the doodling around the photo.

Friday, May 07, 2010

I loved..

....making this layout:
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It was for The Scrapbook Magazine article on Challenge blogs. This challenge came from Scrapjacked. Scrapjacked is a scraplifting challenge site, but this was not a lift of a scrapbook layout, but of a piece of street art, which you can see here. So I had a lot of fun interpreting this street art and reinventing it as a scrapbook layout. And I really enjoyed using paint and ink and NO patterned paper! Most of the stamps are from Kaisercrafts, as is the metal embellishment, and I've also used some Hambly transparency.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Back on track.

..well nearly. It's quite amazing how much behind I am because of our unexpected, extended stay in Madrid. Since I got back I feel like I've been chasing my tail. Firstly, trying to sort out receipts, scan them and make claims to try to recoup at least some of the money we had to shell out to stay in Madrid, and to get back to Britain. Also been playing catch up at work-fortunately I will still get paid, but I do have to make up the time somehow.
I missed a couple of my Kaisercrafts commitments too-and my parcel of new products from Australia was held up due to the volcanic eruption. BUT it has arrived now, and the new ranges are lovely-'Tea at Elsie's' and 'Utopia'. I love both collections, but most of all I love the 'Tea at Elsie's' clear lace stamps!

Anyway, I don't think I've posted since The Creative Type moved to a brand new site!! This is a NING site so it's like a forum. You can start your own gallery, add your entries to the challenges, and chat. Please feel free to go and register, have a chat-and hopefully complete some of the challenges too!
The new prompt is up, and it's all about using stamps. If you've been scrapping for some time, like me, you are bound to have any number of alphabet stamps hiding in the back of your cupboard. Well it's time to dust them off and get scrapping!!
Here's my take:

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

I will..

update this blog soon, I promise. I was caught up in the volcanic ash situation last week and our 4 day holiday in Madrid turned into 13 days-and a lot of expense, so I am chasing my tail this week, trying to catch up at work, at home etc. But hopefully I'll get everything under control and will get scrapping and blogging soon.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

As promised..

...some more of the festival journal published in the latest edition of Somerset Memories. Someone asked where I get my Somerset magazines from- well I buy direct from Stampington and Co. I don't know how the price compares with buying them in the UK, but since I don't know where in the UK I can buy one from, then ordering direct is the only option for me.
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Tuesday, April 06, 2010


...What came through my letterbox today:
I LOVE Somerset Memories.
It is full of amazing layouts and art work,
by exceptionally talented artists and scrapbookers,
which is why....

I am beyond thrilled....

to have been published there:
Some of the pages from my festival journal of last year. I will upload some of the other pages tomorrow, as I need to trawl through my photos to find them.
Sorry about the quality of these photos-I didn't want to bend the magazine and break the spine.
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Friday, April 02, 2010

In print..

The new prompt at The Creative Type is up, and has been for a week now-I can't believe I forget to blog about this last week, especially because it connects to an article I wrote that was published in the latest edition of The Scrapbook Magazine!!
The article was about Challenge blogs, and I chose very different challenge blogs to focus on:
and of course my favourite challenge blos is THE CREATIVE TYPE. Why not go and check it out (There's big changes afoot there too, coming soon....)
Here's my layout;
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Thursday, April 01, 2010

I'm on holidays...

...two weeks off. And much needed too! Yes!
I'm planning to do some spring cleaning-whoopee!! OK it's not fun, but I know I'll feel so much better for it. And I intend to clean my scrapping space too, and that can be interesting, rediscovering long forgotten stash! And I'm also going to Madrid, so that'll be my reward for all that cleaning!
Anyway, here's a layout:

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This is the La Di Da range from Kaisercrafts-perfect for handcutting and layering-and great for Spring photos. But would you believe, here it is, April 1st, and there's snow on the ground outside-and that's NOT an April fool's joke!!!