Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Gift Bags

With Easter just around the corner I thought it would be fun to make a some bags for the little ones for a few treats from the Easter Bunny.

I won't repeat the process on making this little gem of a bag, which requires one sheet of 12 x 12 paper! Yep you read that right, just one sheet!! Amazing right, and we get to hold on to our precious and gorgeous paper just a little bit longer! Does anyone else have a pretty paper fetish and hoard it rather than use it?? The tutorial for this can be found here over at Como Cricket, this is a great little video to watch.

This week the challenge over at Crafty Gals Corner is Fancy Folds, so my fold is the folds making this super cute gift bag. I used the image Birdie Hearts from Sami Stamps and coloured with Copic markers to make a soft grey and blue, to make a tag for the bag.



Again, I'm using Digital Images to be part of the project to help enhance rather than them always being centre stage on a card. I think the mindset is that images are meant just to be on cards, but they can be used in so many other different ways!!




Our sponsors this week are:



Prize: $12 Gift Certificate



AND





Prize: 2 Digital Images/3 Images if you use an image from TSB


Hope you've had a good week so far and we're almost at the weekend again - yay!!
Hugs
Georgie xx
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Scrap-Tag - 'Vacation Time' over at Frilly and Funky

My second round of Guest Designing over at Frilly and Funky and this weeks challenge is:

It's Time for a Vacation

It's time to get away from winter and go on a vacation somewhere - it could be a warm beach, an exotic locale with lots of sights to see or even in your own back yard.

I decided to 'Scrap-Tag' or 'Tag-Scrap' (unsure if these are the official terms) a little picture from our vacation last year in Cornwall. We have some lovely memories of being at the beach,  playing in the sea, eating ice cream and walking the doggies!! We're certainly hoping to be able to do the same this year :)


The Basics:
I cut three size 8 tags from some sea themed paper, splattered paint using Tim Holtz Distress paints in Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean and of course using the paint with some of his stamps. I also let the paint run and drip in places to create subtle change in colours. 

Extras:
Seed beads were added here and there for extra texture too. Some lace from my stash has also been included in places to soften the feel.


I used the new Tim Holtz Mixed Media dies to create a bubble/sea netting effect in the background - LOVE THIS DIE!!! Seriously, this is a must have product, the potential and possibilities are endless :)

Rock Candy Dry Distress Glitter for the centre of the flower and dotted around in other places for some extra yummy texture.

Tim Holtz Word Band - 'live in the moment'. I chose this especially as that is what holidays are all about... sharing fun times with your family. :)

Just a close up the two of them (I couldn't resist!), Isaac loves to be thrown and swung around - typical boy!! :) Love these photos from this day, he had so much fun, plus he was wearing this little full body swimming outfit which is navy and white stripes, but in B&W photos he looks like a Little Victorian! Perfect for someone who loves a bit of vintage in their world!!

I finished up with seam binding using Tim Holtz Distress inks in Broken China and Vintage Photo to match the distressing around the edge of the tags.

I'd like to wrap this post up with a massive thank you to Frilly and Funky for letting me come and guest for them. It has been such an honour and so much fun to guest design for such an amazing team full of super talented ladies - ****THANK YOU**** :) 

Enjoy the rest of you day my craft-happy-bloggers and hope that this will help get some creative juices flowing.... !!

Love and hugs
Georgie xx

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Friday, 20 February 2015

I Dream In Colour - Scrapbook Page

A big hello out there to the lovely bloggers of blogland!!

Ah... phew........ the end of the week and a weekend in front of us, what are we to do with ourselves...? Hmmm, like that requires a lot of thought, right? :)

How I love Lindy Sprays (insert drool here) and because I have (ahem - quite) a few of them, I'd like to start making use of them in the challenges over at Lindy's Stamp Gang Blog. After all they must earn their keep!! 

I managed one project last month and so glad I got round to finishing my project for this month. The Design Team over there are incredibly talented and do such an amazing display of wonderful 'craftiness' with their sprays and paints. Please go and check them out, there is inspiration galore there!!

Here is my take using their colour board:

It's very rare that I will ever do a scrap-selfie, in fact this is my first completely on my own without a baby to distract from me!!!

I chose the saying 'I dream in colour' and the black & white picture to contrast the rest of the page. In everyday life out of blogland, people don't really know me or about my passion for paints and all things arty. I keep a lot of that to myself, which is why you'll rarely see anything on FB from me. So the picture is me at face value but the 'mess' on the page is my bubble, my world in blogland, in my 'messy' room - this feels like the real me, rather than the one I have to be at work or anywhere else.
(not sure why blogger can't align this para - tut) :)

Some close ups:







I used some random stamps from Tim Holtz (stars, Paris, NewYork, London, a swirly one :) and a numbers one - am I being hopeless?? - yep I think so!!) for the background and his Flourish stencil with white modelling paste in random areas for extra texture. I then hit these areas lightly with black archival
ink in patches too.


I used paper to build up layers at the start, but wanted to accentuate this further after the painting. So I used my Faber Castell Big Pitt Marker to go over the over laps, this in turn deepened the colour of the overall feel of the page, which I love!! Seriously recommend having one of these pens in your stash!!!


As always the Lindy's sprays were a dream (see what I did there) to work with, they mix beautifully and the magicals are the easiest thing ever to use, sprinkle on the page and spray with water. They really make painting and creating backgrounds super easy!


I used the following Lindy Sprays and Magicals in this layout:

Sprays:


Magicals:



Hope you 'survived' this and sorry it's a heavy post. I did try to keep it mainly to photos - bad Georgie - will try harder next time :)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone,
Hugs
Georgie xx

I'd like to enter this in:












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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Butterfly Utopia!!

Hello my lovelies!! (Just a quick-ish post)

Thanks for popping in and taking a look at this weeks projects for Crafty Gals Corner Challenge.

This week is Bingo week (aka Tic Tac Toe), we had to choose three from a bingo grid (pic below) and apply them to a project with our chosen images.

I chose the butterflies from Deedee's Digis Fluttering By, and straight away I knew how I wanted to use them :)



A lot of the time you see digis as being the centre of card or the main focal point, but I wanted to showcase them in a style that they can be used to help enhance other projects. 

Lots of gesso, stencils, paints, silks and die cuts were used in making this. I wanted lots of colours and shimmer, but I couldn't get the camera to pick up the depth of colour and shimmer. This was the best shot I could get out of 200+ photos :)

Just make sure you let us know which three you are using in your project!



Our sponsors this week are:

Prize: $10 Gift Certificate

AND


Prize: 3 Digital Images or 1 digital set

Remember it can be any kind of project that incorporates three in a row from the grid above, it doesn't have to be cards and you don't have to use digis to enter :)

Have a very lovely Wednesday
Georgie xx


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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

A Lifetime - Scrapbook Page

Haha... yep a third post - did I say I had been busy...?? :)

I think I am so art-focused at the moment, that I'm really not happy unless I have a paint brush in my hand!!

I've used two blogs for inspiration, Dusty Attic (mood board and chipboard) and C'est Magnifique (Layout).

C'est Magnifique have beautiful layouts each month and I find combining theirs with a colour theme or mood board really helps focus some of the creative energy.

The colours from Dusty Attic are darker, warm and rich (pic below). I also LOVE their chipboard and being the month of Valentine's and all things love, it seemed very fitting to do a page for my little boy. The sentiment chipboard piece that I use 'a LIFETIME is not long enough to LOVE you', just felt like the perfect choice for me.



After colouring the chipboard I used UTEE to give the 'love' a little more oomph and shine. I love how this stuff and love how it came out.



Do you like how I covered his 'dignity'? ;) teehee.... He'd kill when he's older otherwise!



I went sparingly with the flowers on this one


I used WOW embossing powders in Pomegranate and Paprika for the chip board Baroque Circle.


Used UTEE for added texture around the frame with a Tim Holtz Urban Grunge Stamp.


The brown part of the chipboard was coloured with distress paints, ink and then stamped over the top with white and then inked again with Victorian Velvet ink,




I'd like to enter this in:

The Dusty Attic Mood Board Challenge
C'est Magnifique Layout Challenge
House of Cards Love Challenge


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Just Because...

Hello and welcome to my post today. :) And a huge warm welcome to my newest followers :) xx

I'm sharing a card I have made for Frilly and Funkie, I was so over-the-moon happy when they asked me to step in and guest design for their team for awhile. I felt very honoured indeed... They are the most lovely group of people and such a talented team!

Their challenge theme is Winter Blooms! Be it daisies, roses or carnations, dress your project with handmade flowers and start to coax a little spring back to the world.

Here is what I have made for inspiration on this theme:


I have designed a card ready to go at a moments notice for anything, hence the sentiment. I used loads of yummy goodies, most of which can be found at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Loads of distressing and Tim Holtz papers went into this.

My flowers were made using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die. I used heavyweight cartridge paper as I knew they would be taking on a lot of water for the shaping process. Here's a close up:


Here's a close up of the Prima Butterfly I used. I applied some paints and Clear Distress Glitter to add a textured 'vintage' feel.


Hope you like and if you're making some homemade flowers this month why not come over and say hi and enter this challenge... The winner is always picked at random, with a prize of a $25 gift voucher. Very generous!! :)

Have a wonderful day/afternoon/evening my lovely craft-happy blog-friends, 
Hugs
Georgie xx








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Sunday, 8 February 2015

A Sprinkle Of Imagination Design Team Member

Okay to start with I cannot tell you how over the moon I am!! When I received the email from The  One And Only Trish Latimer, I had to re-read it (several times), I thought I was day dreaming :) but there is was in black and white...

" I'm hoping this will be a good start to your week..... we would LOVE it if you would be part of the A Sprinkle Of Imagination DT "

My response back was a little disjointed... I think I said 'Hello' - the word you usually use at the start of an email - somewhere in the middle :) The reply in itself should have been fairly straight forward and easy, but nah... I was knocked for six!! But very very very very happy. Can you tell I'm happy?!! :)

Anyway............... here is my badge I get to display oh..so..proudly.. (can't get to the comp again until this evening, but it WILL be there) and I am one delirious happy bunny :)


So please hop on over to the blog and meet the rest of the team, there is some major talent in there!! In fact I feel a little nervous about being along side these gifted artists with such ability and flair for the crafts, that it still doesn't feel like it is really happening to me!!!!!

That being said I do have some interesting projects lined up (fingers crossed they go the way I'm planning in my head). Mixed media goodness, as most of you know, is my first love so look out for those projects, I will be going for some wow factor, with bling!

The A Sprinkle Of Imagination online shop is well known for stocking the most yummy of crafty goodies, Tim Holtz, Prima, Finnabair, MME, G45 to name but a few and with our monthly challenges starting in March, that's right next month, there will be a chance to win a gift voucher for these wonderful goodies!

I'm going to leave it here my lovelies and I will catch up with you soon in another post, but for now........ yippee-doodle-dee :)
Hugs
Georgie xx




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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Notelets - ScrapbookerPhD Challenge - CAS, Use a Stamp

Hiya ladies, hope all is well and a warm welcome to my newest followers. It's so great to have you here!! :)

This month's challenge over at ScrapbookerPhD is CAS using a stamp. I love making little notelet cards, they are great for any occasion, but particularly these will be ideal with spring around the corner!!







Here's how I did it:

Stamp some very beautiful and very quirky JoFY stamps on to white card stock


Colour in with Copics

Cut with the Tim Holtz Bunny die and edge with black pen



Use some lovely papers for backgrounds and edge these too!




Tie with some bakers twine and keep handy for emergencies!!

The sponsor this month is Pretty Cute Stamps over at ScrapbookersPhD for a $15 voucher, so... Clean and Simple (easy and peasy), and use a stamp somewhere in your project for a chance to win.

That's it for today, thank you for visiting and please come and check out the other lovely designs from the DT.

Hugs
Georgie xx





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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Shabby Chic - Gift Wrap and Tags - CGC (Pinkalicious)


The challenge this week over at Crafty Gals Corner is... Pinkalicious!!! Who doesn't love adding and splashing some pink into their projects. For me this was the perfect opportunity to go shabby chic, and I do love a bit of shabby :)

We have two sponsors this week so I have done two projects:



Gift Wrap using Elizabeth Bells digital image, Merry Weather


and...




I like to try and be a little inventive with digital images as there is so much you can do.... And for most of you that follow me you know my heart lies with mixed media, but I want to prove that you can combine the two!

Gift Wrap:
After I printed the paper and wrapped the pressie I could immediately see the design I wanted, especially with our pink theme this week. I wanted very soft hues, but textures. I made the main flower using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die (smallest flowers) and added some peridot chip beads to the centre. Other flowers were pre-made ones from eBay. Everything got a coat of gesso and then some Pink Grapefruit and Pretty Peridot Luminarte Silks paint. 

I cut a couple of tags from Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs & Tags die. The first was coated with Victorian Velvet Distress Dry Glitter and the topped up with the matching ink. The top tag was given some more distress ink and I added a XOXO Tim Holtz Chit Chat sticker (love those things)!!

This will be a little gift for my mum on Vals Day :)

Tags:
I cut the tag using Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs & Tags die with the pretty paper, inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and then began some fun with some trinkets and seam binding. I used PaperArsty Chalk Paint in Rose to colour the metal charms, and then added a pink Swarovski heart charm.


The sponsors this week are:


Prize: The 2 digital images used by the DT.


AND



Prize: Full Key & Roses Digital Paper Pack


Hope you give this challenge a go!! Thank you for popping by and for all your lovely comments, I love reading them, they always make my day xx
Georgie xx

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