Lets go Explore

I have some big things happening down the track so I am in the process of getting my layouts sorted and shared rather than having them sit waiting.  Waiting for what I have no idea maybe just time to sit down and blog them.  I am currently waiting for another process video to save, so why not blog and share these layouts especially as this one is a perfect Rainbow Splendour share.  Check out those wood veneer planes.  My favourite of all the RS woods.

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This is a heavy mixed media background with lots of texture so I kept the veneer raw to make it pop.

Here are a few close ups:

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CSI Challenge #226

This month as part of the Charms Creations Creative Team I was invited to play along with CSI Challenges.  I have played along before and they are great for getting your mind ticking and thinking outside the box.

Here is the challenge:

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And here is my take on it.  I took inspiration from a few of the criteria.PicMonkey Collage.jpg

I have been hoarding these chipboard animals for a long while.  My aim this year is to actually use my stash!

Here are some Close ups:

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Krisy xx

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Masculine Mixed Media Card

Today I am sharing a Masculine Card I made. The card I created I wanted to be very neutral.  What I mean by neutral is Occasion neutral.  Something that is clearly masculine but could be used for any thing.  This is what I came up with….

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It’s not secret I love grunge.  So I created a grungy embossed background that I then layered embossed chipboard over the top before adding a stamped fussy cut image.

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The Colour Blast Embossing Powder is super shiny and difficult to photograph.

As for the stamped man, he is from A Stampers Anonymous collection of stamps I recently purchased with this task in mind. I coloured him using the new Colour Blast Shimmer Powders.  I’m not much into fussy cutting but I think I might do it more often as it is a great way to use your stamps.

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There is a process video that goes along with this card too you can check it out here

I am the Machine | Mixed Media Colour Blast DT Share

Today I am sharing my most recent layout for Colour Blast Australia.  This layout is made up of a whole heap of scraps, colours, chipboard, stamping and that’s about all.

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I literally used scraps to build my base.   You can read all about it on the Colour Blast blog.

Wild at Heart | Altered Canvas for Colour Blast Australia

Today I am sharing an altered canvas that I have created back in July but I have been saving it until now to share.  It turned out pretty good and the whole process was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be.  The hardest thing is waiting for layers to dry.

 

For this project, I decided to give photo transfer a go.  The only thing is I don’t have a printer at home so I asked my husband to print a photo at work with a laser printer.  He wasn’t sure if he had one and I am still not sure the print was printed on a laser printer as the actual transfer process didn’t work as easy as the tutorials I watched on YouTube.

I added heaps of recycled embellishments and bits that I had been hoarding to this canvas.  I really love the depth of texture and details.

Here you can see a bottle cap and some of the chipboard and lace embellishments under all the colour.

 

I left all the tails of the hot glue gun as I liked what they added to the finished piece.  They look a lot like threads all over or even cobwebs.  No need to dust it later on 😛

I used a whole heap of Colour Blast Products on this piece.  I used Colour Sprays, Shimmer Sprays, Embossing powder and the Texture paste.  Every product added a little bit more to the piece.

Here’s a tip: The Colour Paste can also be added directly to metal embellishments without any need to prime them.  Here you can see I added it to this metal butterfly.

I then added black and white drawing ink splatters and a bit of Royalty Colour Shimmer Spray in splatters to tone down the white. ( I went a little cray cray) Finally I added some more metal embellishments and a quote cut into strips.  The quote is from the very first Kit the Habit Kit called Brave.  That was one of my favourite kits.  The other thing I did was add a chipboard title.  This one is from Imaginarium Designs.  I coated it in two layers of Bling Embossing Powder to make sure it was super shiny and really stood out.

I have wanted to make one of these for ages.  They look more complicated than they actually are.  So give it a go.  I also created a process video you can check out here.

Layouts That Didn’t Make the Cut | An honest share.

Just a quick share from me today.  As you know I was a Guest Designer over with Imaginarium Designs for the past six months.  My time there is now finished but I wanted to share a few layouts that I didn’t think made the cut.  They are ok layouts but to me, they are not my best work so I decided to hold them back and create something else in their place.  I guess the reason that I am sharing this is to show that not every layout meets our personal expectations and rather than dwell on it, I just put them to the side and move on.  I tend to think that I am better vesting my energy elsewhere rather than dwelling.

Here is the first one:

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This layout is ok.  I used a darker photo because it told the story.  It is a full family selfie after my husband had returned home from a 10 day work trip.  We don’t get full selfies very often so it was important for me to capture this in a layout.  Because of the photo and the glare the page didn’t photograph very well not matter what I tried so I decided I wouldn’t use it.  Straight into the album it went.

Here are a couple of close ups of the details:

The next layout, I was experimenting with some paper layering of Napkins and a more vintage feel. Flowers are not really my favourite thing and everytime I look at this layout I don’t think it has the finished feel to it but I wasn’t sure what else to add to it.  Rather than wasting time thinking about it I decided to put it aside and I would come back to it one day when I know where I wanted it to go.

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Here are some close ups:

Finally there is this layout.  It is a photo from my daughters first birthday.  Over the past year I have scrapped a few different photos from this day.  This layout is finished, I am ok with how it looks but for some reason I decided it wasn’t quite design team worthy.  I think maybe because gold is such a hard colour to photograph in real life and I couldn’t get it to look right in the photos.

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So, there it is…My shitty layouts that will go into my album but didn’t make the design team cut from my perspective.  I have an expectation of my layouts that I share especially representing the companies that I do. But most of all, I want to be proud of them knowing that they are a true representation of me and my style.

Final Guest Designer Share | Imaginarium Designs

Well the second half of this year has flown and I am sharing my last Guest Designer project on the Imaginariums Design Blog.  You can read all about the details there but I thought I would share the finished product here too.  It’s another art journal page.  This is my brain fighting with my heart about moving back overseas again.

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Here are some close ups of each page:

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