Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A short 'how to'...on Making your own resist paper.

I had a little play around last week with Gesso and paints
trying to make my own resist papers.
It was all very experimental for me, but lots of fun
and the result is not too bad- if kind of messy. Haha
But as it's supposed to represent the ocean I didn't think 
that would matter. lol.

Here's the end layout!

I used lots of handmade embellies from some 
talented ladies including the felt flower from Rainbow Splendor, Charms Creations lollipops
and perfectly colour matched buttons from Caties Craft Corner.
Oh and some clothing swing tags from 'Rivers' clothing company- I knew they'd come in handy one day, with their little surfer dude on them.

A close up of some of the gesso and paint.

And I made a collage of the steps I used to create
the resist paper.
Unfortunately I took these pics with my phone as I 
was doing it so I apologise for their quality.
I was trying hard not to cover my phone in blue paint 
while holding the it steady!!
1. Draw a rough sketch of the pattern you wish to create with lead pencil.
2. Paint over your design with Gesso.  Allow to dry.
3. Paint over the gessoed design with acrylic paints.
4. Once the acrylic paint is dry Spritz the paper with a water mister until it is fairly wet and 
then use baby wipes (you need lots of them I found, LOL)
to wipe off the excess paint and Hey Presto the gesso design is revealed once again!

I discovered at this stage that in some areas I had probably applied the acrylic paint a 
little too thickly and I couldn't rub off the paint without putting holes in the paper!!!
That's at least one lesson learnt for next time.

So what do you think?
Hope there was something here to inspire.

Thanks for your comments, 
they're very much appreciated.
Cheers, Leonie :)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Winter is on the way!

Oh I am so not looking forward to winter this year. 
I used to love winter, cold days, the heater on, snuggling up at night ;). 
Not any more! 
I much prefer the warm summer days and nights now-a-days.

Just Imagine weather so cold that when you go outside in the morning the icy leaves and grass crunch underfoot, last year on one such morning I took some pictures of the ice encrusted leaves and even
a dandelion that had tiny icicles on it. Brrrrrrr!!! 

Here's one of the photo's I took scrapped with some gorgeous D-Lish embellishments.

a printed wooden button, the D-Lish Store has some really pretty 
printed wooden buttons!

And one of the mini-roses which are becoming one of 
my all time favorites. 

Love the doilies too which come in several sizes.
And Washi tape what can I say....
It comes in so many fabulous designs
and great value for money!

I used the 12x12 Crafters Workshop Dandelion stencil with modelling paste, Liquid pearls and
American Crafts 'slick writers' to colour the grass and stems.

Hope you like. :)
Cheers for now.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Scrap the boys Share-March

The Challenge at Scrap the Boys this month is to use the phrase
'Life is Good', red somewhere on your layout and handwritten journalling.

Using more of the October Afternoon Sarsparilla range.
The twine, red spotty button and blue roses are all from 

Jouranalling and a close-up of the masked stars. 

Some more D-Lish, mini roses, another spotty button and a printed wooden button.

Cheers. :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

some kit pages

Just sharing a couple of layouts I made last week with 
the current kit from 'A Piece of Cake Designs'
Gorgeous combination of papers in this kit.

I used my peacock feather Crafters workshop stencil for the first time on this one with some Gesso.

I added the angels and butterflies from Ye Old Stash plus this Heavenly Heart

And this is the second layout.
Loved this frame paper from MME. 

I cut the insides of the frames out, put my photo's behind the
frames and 
stitched and distressed around them for 
some added texture.

thanks for your kind comments and dropping by


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My Mind's Eye March Challenge

Ooooo I'm having so much fun with the My Mind's Eye-Miss Caroline range.
I loved the last layout I did with it, so for this one I decided to join in the March challenge 
on the My Mind's Eye blog which is a sketch challenge.

Here are some close-ups.
The woodgrain papers are fabulous, great texture and I added
Gesso, paint, rubb-ons and stamps to add even more texture!

The butterflies are punched out with a Martha Stewart Punch.

Most of the Embellishments I used are also MME, various brads, twine, buttons, tickets and diecuts.
the white doily was cut with a Cherry Lynne Designs metal die.

Some MME pins and a Charms Creation Luscious lollipop.

So this is the sketch I used. 

And here's the whole layout.
some pictures of my daughter and nephew messing 
about on the Ipad.

I had lots of fun creating this, thanks for stopping by. 
Cheers. :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge March 1st Challenge

I just recently discovered 'Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge blog' which 
challenges you twice a month to Scrap about yourself.

The challenge for the 1st of March is to Scrap some Memories
of a school holiday that you experienced.
I though I'd give it a go because I've scrapped very little layouts about my childhood
and well... how cool is their blog name!!!! haha.

So here's my take on the challenge
using the Miss Caroline MME range

I documented about my birthday, which falls over the Christmas holidays. 
This meant that we were usually away on camping trips with friends and familly for my birthday.
This particular trip was down at Lorne on the Great Ocean Rd.

Here's some close-ups for you. :)

how cute is the little cup cake button? 

Cheers thanks for stopping by.
Leonie. :)

Monday, March 12, 2012

D-Lish share

Just a quick drop in to share this layout I did for D-Lish scraps.
Maggie was in the 'choir of angels' for the School Nativity Mass last year.
She told me she had really wanted to play the part of the main angel and she even 
knew all of the words for the part!! Hehehe, either way she looked so cute
and very angelic!

Anyway to the layout, I used some basic grey as a base and a crafters workshop 
template and distress inks and stains.

All of the embellishments I used on this layout are from D-Lish Scraps.
Amanda really has the most extensive and beautiful range of embellishments in the store.

Chiffon rose trim in white which I coloured pink 

A couple of close-ups of the quote I used.

and the little dragon flies that are almost camouflaged amongst the masking. 
I made these with texture paste, a crafters workshop template and coloured them with 
Pebbles chalks.

Thanks for dropping by and thank you to the comments 
that you leave, I appreciate each and every one.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Stuck Sketch 1st july

Hi all, just posting my Stuck Sketch entry for the March 1st sketch.
You can check out the sketch here

I used the sasparillia range from October Afternoon.
I really wasn't too sure about this range when I first got it 
but i've loved how my last 2 layouts have come out with it.

Here's some close-ups. :)

Some mist splats and ring marks to add texture

and I also added some real denim for more texture  
the spotty button is by Lil Red Rocket.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Daring you to scrap-march

'Old school' photo's is the challenge this month at 'Daring you to Scrap'.
Photostrips or poloroids.
I chose to scrap some photobooth pics of myself!

I used a prima mask, gesso and mists to create the background on this one.

Prima resin and flower, a cute little babuska button from Catie's Craft Corner and 
some lovely white splats I made with- picket fence distress stain.

This quote was on a tag at a retreat I went to. 
I added some mist and inks to it jazz it up 
a little.

Cheers my friends. Thanks so much for your comments I appreciate 
them a lot! :)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Show Us Your Stuff -March

Show Us Your Stuff sample for March has an amazing inspiration 
photo prompt for their 1st challenge.

This is my take on it. 

Here's the prompt a fantastic crochet umbrella!
As soon as I saw this photo I knew I had to create some sort of rainbow on my layout 
so I got busy with my mists!

The black pattern on the base is stamped on with Dylusions Stamps (seriously love those stamps) 
coloured in with a white gel pen.

Our sponsor this month is Jules Gems and we were sent some 
lovely metal embellishments to use. 
I used mine as flower centres adding a brad to each embellishment.

I also made this little banner from random Jilly-Bean Soup labels.

Don't forget our junior scrappers challenge at SUYS starts this month. 
It's called Sophie's Corner.
I'm sure there are plenty of kids out there that would love to participate in a blog challenge 
just like their Mum does! 
All the details are HERE.

Cheers and thanks for popping by.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Scrap the Girls - Celebrations

March challenge is up over at Scrap the Girls and it's a nice easy one.
the theme is celebrations
Simply scrap a page that is about some type of celebration: birthday, anniversary, 
Christmas etc.  There are some fabulous interpretations
on the Blog by the other DT girls.
Remember though, Girls only in your celebration photo's.

For my sample Layout I chose a photo of myself and 2 sweet girls, Raquel and Marelle
celebrating at Raquels' wedding last year.

I used some Tim Holtz kraft core as my base and teamed it up with 
some Dear Lizzy fabric sheets which I've sewn on to my layout.

A close-up of these paper flowers which I made, pretty cool huh?
Thanks to a tutorial by Jasmine (thank-you Jas), they were white 
Kaisercraft paper flowers and I misted them once they were made to match the 
Dear Lizzy fabric.

and I added this cute little tag and embellishment 
that were part of the wedding invitations, it tied in well with the Kraft core paper.
That pink flower is a Prima one, and I added a few Jenni Bowlin Kraft butterflies.

There are some great sponsor prizes this month at STG so I hope we get lots of entries. 
There were 45 last month which is Awesome but can we beat that?
Cheers :)