Wednesday, 1 June 2016

June Guest Designer for Scrap Africa.

Hi! Today I am happy to say that I am guest designing with Scrap Africa.
I was the wnner of last months challenge with this page and got to prepare a page for the June reveal.

Guest Designer Badge

Here is the soft and beautiful mood board that Denise sent me:

It was a joy to create with this mood board. The colours are so yummy. Apart from the colours 
I was inspired by the stacked trays and macaroons to use layering on my page. 
I tried to add a couple of round shapes as well. 
The spidery legs of the chair are reflected in the stencilled swirl on the right hand side of my page.

Lots of Prima products here. Apart from the ever gorgeous flowers I used the leaf die and a few 
of their texture stamps.

I made some long 'branches' I had in my stash into a circle to put behind my matted photo as 
an added element of layering.

At the very bottom of my layers is a bit of cardboard box that I had rescued from the trash. 
I peeled of some of the paperlayer and  applied gesso and a few paints on top as well as more 
layers of patterned paper.

 Apart from the paints I used many different kinds of media on here. -Different brands of mists, 
water colour pencils and gel medium to stick down the different micro beads, pearls 
and art stones to name a few.

The flair button is by Prima as well as the wooden shape underneath it. I love the subtle elegance of the pink and green half pearls in the 'wilder' mixed media setting.

 Ok, so just a couple more close ups and I'm done! LOL! ;-D

Please pop over to the Scrap Africa blog HERE to see some gorgeous examples from the 
design team. I think you will feel inspired and want to take part in the June challenge as well. 
Looking forward to seeing what you create!!

Thanks for looking!!

Sunday, 8 May 2016

'Simple Things' using 'Tales of You & Me''

Hello lovelies!!
Did you all have a good (Inter)National Scrapbooking Day celebration yesterday?
There was so much fun happening all over he web!!
I managed to join in the afternoon as I had prior engagements. I could still take part in a couple of bloghops, some giveaways and also enjoy a few hours of Prima Ustream get-together. I stayed up way past my bedtime (US are 7-8 hours behind,....) So today I am tired. But it was all worth it as it was all so much fun! I actually think we should get to celebrate this great hobby/lifestyle 
more than once a year!!  Heck, why not once a month!!?...

I managed to make this page, but other than that I was not very productive. But I loved watching others share their tips on how to do different things.

For my page I used the Tales of You & Me again.I still think it's gorgeous and 
I have many papers left,.... (So you'll see even mooooore,....) I prepared the background with paints, gesso, and stamps as always. I also added more mixed media ingredients in the form of Art Stones, tiny golden microbeads, and gold mica flakes. I used gel medium to stick it all down.
I coloured the art stones with Prima's Color Bloom spray;Tea Stain. The seambinding I used for my bows has the same colour as the Color Bloom mist.

 I did some paper-pleating a few years back and wanted to try it again. 
It adds a lot of dimension to the page I find.

I think it looks pretty neat,.... The flowers are different Prima ones, old and new. 
The die I used to cut the leaves is also by Prima called 'Forest Leaves'.

 Finally a side-shot to show a little bit of the dimension here. 
So many layers and bits tucked in between,...just the way I like it :-).
Thank you for taking a look and for any comments you may leave.
 I appreciae each and every one of you taking the time! <3


Saturday, 30 April 2016

'You are my Anchor' using Prima's 'French Riviera'

Can you believe it!!,...? Another post from me already... :-)
Today I have made another page with the French Riviera collection. 
I used an older photo of my two youngest daughters that was laying on my desk. 
We actually have some gorgeous beaches here up north, shame the temperature does nothing 
to make me want to go there,....

The pretty flowers I used are mainly by Prima from the Cartographer collection. 
I decided they were a great match for my theme. The small daisies are from Bedtime Stories.
I actually mixed in some paper from 'Tales of You & Me', between the layers. I wanted to 
experiment and see what that would look like....

 I love the look of the Art Stones that I coloured with Blue Fern Studios mist 'Sky'.

Those die cut leaves are so darn pretty!!

Another close up of the layering and decorations.

This photo was taken a few years back. I have a feeling the girls will probably protest that they don't look their best. You know: 'hair is messy' etc etc,..but to me they always look like princesses :-D

Well done for getting this far,... Only one more close up and I'm done,...LOL!
Actually, I like it when I visit a blog and there are many pictures of the details. 
I feel I can get a closer look at the page, almost as if I were there. 
What do you thnk? Do you like to look at close ups on your blog round?

I will enter this page into the April challenge over at Let's Get Sketchy.

Thank you so much for visiting today. I hope you have a nice and restful week end <3

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

A mixed media page using Les Papiers de Pandore's 'Carte Postale'.

Hi there!
Today I want to share a page using the new Carte Postale collection from Les Papiers de Pandore.
I love these new papers and also the stamp-set that have matching designs. Soo pretty!
You can see the ollection HERE

This was a really fun page to make. I used many of my mixed media goodies with the Pandore papers.
I started with gesso and some mists, then I added some watercolour pencils and some different media and things for texture. The Finnabair art stones are great for just texture and even the tiny microbeads.

The beautiful Blue Fern Studios chipboard got a lick of white paint and I even stamped with a small script stamp on top. You can see how I added the art stones inside the tiny frames while letting the dotted washi tape underneath shows through.

Here I used the 'Say Hello' from the stamp set and made a kind of a title together with the word 'friend' from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Friendship Script Words.
This is one of my fave  die cut word sets.

The large white flower is by Prima and  the leaves were made with a die also by Prima Marketing.

A couple of more close ups.As you see here;  with just small means you can achieve a lot of texture.

Finally I would like to share with you the challenge at Scrap Africa where I will be entering my page:
I actually took the liberty of adding some yellowy tones to the mix . (Initially I saw the lighter greens as yellow on my screen) My page kind of evolved on it's own. I took my inspiration from the first and last picture of the board. I associated to layering and mixing things up very freely.
And that suited my mood just perfectly

This is the enticing moodboard over there.

I hope you liked my page and maybe even feel a little inspired to create your own version of a mixed media page. They are just so much fun to make!!

Hugs and thanks for looking!! 

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