Monday, 27 March 2017

In Love With Distress Oxides!

 Hi there Arty Peeps.
Peg here to share my new love.

So the CHA trade show, now called 'Creativation' happened in the US in January and as always I like to keep an eye on what new things are hitting the crafty market. Generally speaking it is usually more of the same but using different colour schemes and patterns. This year however Tim Holtz introduced a new range of inkpads - Distress Oxides.
Now I have dozens of different inkpads in my art room, pigment, dye, permanent, water-reactive, etc... and thought, seriously, how could these do anything I cannot already do with the ones I have?

Well they can!! They are a blend of pigment and dye ink (and, yes, I have some like that already) BUT they behave completely differently from anything I have ever used. They keep their colour when layered but also have a transparent quality. They are freaking divine!
I Googled them and watched this Youtube video by Jennifer McGuire to get a feel for what they could do. Then I went to town using my craft mat, water spritzer, some stencils, and the amazing Distress Oxide inkpads from Tim Holtz.

Background #1 - First I applied inks to my mat, misted with water and picked up the colours with a piece of Marshmallow cardstock, then dried. Next I applied the ink with a blending tool through a stencil and misted lightly before drying again. Lastly I flicked some water on it and dried using paper towel.

 Background #2 - LOVE this one!! The first 2 steps were the same as above. The last step I applied some ink to my mat, misted with water and picked it up with a Tim Holtz splatter brush and flicked it on.

 Background #3 with which I created the following layout. This one I started with the stencil and applied pink and purple inks with a blending tool, lightly misted with water and dried. I keep my inks clean by using a different foam for each colour. When it was dry I used it to clean up the butterfly stencil I had previously misted with grey.

When I made this page I trimmed my Marshmallow background, inked the edges, and matted it on black cardstock. I cut a couple of pieces of Hambly transparency to add some pattern without covering the pretty background, and I found an old piece of mulberry paper that matched. The chevron strips of paper and brads come from the 'Something Wonderful' range and the paperclip word is from Freckled Fawn (these are currently on sale!). The chippy 'love' and hearts are Heidi Swapp, as are the silver stars which I unearthed in my art room last week while searching for something else. I coloured the wood veneer with the Oxide Inks too, and typed the story on my photo.

Omg, so much fun!
Right now I am headed back to my art room to play with these inkpads some more. Seriously folks, it's true love!

'Til next time, stay arty.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Chocolate - With Karyn Schultz!

Hi Scrapping Clearly Lovelies!!! 

It's Karyn here and today I have a scrapbook page to share with you made using the Teresa Collins "Something Wonderful" collection (papers, paper pad, enamel dots, ephemera tags, chipboard buttons, chipboard elements, decorative brads) available in the  Scrapping Clearly Store.
I've started with a sheet of 12x12 white cardstock which I used a "Painting with plastic" technique then splattered with watercolour pan paints (blue, black, red and yellow colours). I then let this dry for an hour or so.  
For this page I've matted 2 photos (of a recent trip to the Lindt shop lol) with a PL card from the ephemera pack. 
I'veadded a strip of paper to the bottom of the page and an embellishment cluster in the bottom right corner.  I've added a selection of chipboard stickers and alphas as my title down the middle of my page. In the bottom left of the page I've added some handwritten journalling and a date stamp.
Scrapping Clearly products I've used include

Teresa Collins "Something Wonderful" collection   (papers, paper pad, enamel dots, ephemera tags, chipboard buttons, chipboard elements, decorative brads) 
Heidi Swapp memory planner date stamp  
Watercolour pan paints

Thanks so much for stopping by
Crafty Hugs xx


Friday, 24 March 2017

Yin/ Yang Dreaming

Salutations Bloggers,Lisa Here with a Friday Mixed Media update.
My mojo seems to have found me again,its been on holidays, 
but seems to have returned, after a simple purchase of the New Dina Wakley Art Journal .
Oh my Art Goddess me , with 4 different surface to choose to create upon , this baby is a must have on your list of  creative stash supplies  .
I only got this baby last Saturday, I've worked a full week and I am 10 pages in already.
Now That is creative inspiration !
I'm sharing today with you a Dreamcatcher piece
yep .... another one .
A piece created upon one of  Hessian pages within the book.
Ok,its brown, hmmm,I lay a piece of white muslin down and

 Then using a Black Jo Sonja textured paste I stenciled a Kinder Kreations Floral Yin /Yang image onto the background, allowed it to dry ,then added a few painted feathered background stencil bases and came over the top with the Art Anthology Textured paste to give a little dimension .
 Again using a  Kinder Kreations 2 part feather stencil .
 I love the results of the double layering of stencils 
To add some colour and detail to the piece, 
I stamped a few Dina Wakley Fronds with Black Stazon onto 
 I spritz the page with a little water then sprayed some Dylusions Inks in rainbow colours , 
So I had choices for which colour I wish to use.
 Now its just layering time with a few extra embellishments .
Usually I keep my art journal internally very flat , no embellishments , which helps , if you are actually drawing within the pages , but with this Dina Wakley journal ,
I am just running with heart and creative spirit
(yep , its that inspiring )
I hope you get time to play and be creative this weekend .
See you next week for a new update .
Lisa xxx

Thursday, 23 March 2017

March Mood Board - by Chloe

Hello!!  Have you seen the awesome March mood board yet??

Here is my sample page:

I just love blues and greens together!  I've added a pop of black too :)

As you can see, I took inspiration from the watercolours/splatters for my background, the leaves and the child focus.

Other products used:
Something Wonderful Decorative Stickers 32 pcs
Something Wonderful Washi Tape
Teresa Collins Something Wonderful Ephempera Pack
Teresa Collins Something Wonderful Chipboard Elements
Heidi Swapp Dipped Tags Blue

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

You are my happy - Mood Board Inspiration with Amy Prior

Hi everyone! Amy Prior back with you all again today, this time sharing my take on the current Mood Board challenge which has been designed by the amazing Peg Hewitt! Here is the mood board and you can check out the challenge details by clicking here

Here is my take on the challenge for this month:

To create this layout, I have started off with a piece of  American Crafts 12x12 Double Thick white cardstock which I have sprinkled some some amounts randomly of Colour Blast - Shimmer Dust - PeacockColour Blast - Shimmer Dust - Lush, and Colour Blast - Shimmer Dust - Navy onto.

I have then sprayed some water over the top of the dry powder to activate the coloured pigment and shimmer. Avoid spraying too much water as you don't want the colours to mix too much with each other. 

If the colour is not intense enough, simply sprinkle some more of the Shimmer Dusts over the top until you get the desired effect. You may need to add more water if there is not enough to activate the additional powder.

If there are chunky areas of powder, simply spray more water on those areas to disperse. When the background is completely dry, spray some more water over the top to get this cool bleached effect. The result is a super fun mottled watercolour background!

I have finished off this layout with various Dear Lizzy - Happy Place - Patterned Papers layered, Dear Lizzy - Happy Place - Die-cut Phrases, alongside some die cuts and flowers from my personal stash.

The complete product list for this layout includes...

Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Mermaid Hair - March Mood Board

Morning Scrapping Clearly Peeps...

Have you had a chance to check out our Mood board this month? As soon as I saw it, I knew this was the photo I was going to scrap. My daughter attend a private school where weird and wackey hair colours are a huge No-No... So for the summer holidays we dyed her maid pastel blue and she declared it 'mermaid hair'. 

I started my base off with a piece of black cardstock from my stash. It was a piece of Core'dinations that had a blue base, so when I have sanded the edges, the blue came through. 

Next grab some Marshmallow Heavy weight cardstock and some Colour Blast shimmer powder in LushNavy Sunshine and Peacock and get messy and play!! 

I usually sprinkle a little bit onto the cardstock them apply random spritz of water and let them meld and mix. The effects are stunning and the applications are endless. 

Ive used pieces of patterned cardstock from the
 Crate Paper - Cute Girl range to matt my photo, and the super cute mermaid cut out from the chipboard stickers with glitter accents.

To finish it off, ive added some splatters of acrylic paint in London Blue and Calypso Teal from Dylusions

Dont forget to upload your mood board entries to the Face book page HERE to be in the running for some amazing prizes.

Happy Scrapping...