Saturday, 28 February 2015

Guest Designing with 2Crafty Chipboard for CSI Case #156

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.  Thank you so much for dropping in.
Well, after not posting for weeks, here I am posting twice in a couple of days!!  Thing is, I have been creating some stuff but wasn't able to post anything as it was DT work.  Just haven't had time for much else though.
Anyway, I'd like to share another Art Journal page with you.  This one was created for Challenge #156 over at CSI2 Crafty Chipboard are a major Sponsor over at CSI during February so the 2Crafty Design Team have been Guest Designing for them.
Now, as most of you know, CSI is a Scrapbook Challenge and I don't Scrapbook.  Soooo, how come I'm Guest Designing???  Because the lovely Debbi Tehrani who is the owner of CSI allowed me to do an Art Journal page instead.  Thank you so much Debbi.  I am so pleased that I could be a part of this GDT.

This is the Case File.

 I have used all the colours.

Having never done a CSI Challenge before, it looked a little daunting to me at first but, when you read it through, it really is quite easy to follow.

You only need to use one item from this list.
One of the prompts is to use the inspiration word 'grow' so that is what I incorporated into my quote.

You need to use at least two items from this list.
I have used text print, flowers, stamps, mixed media background, cursive font.

Started off this page by glueing down some strips of paper and then sprayed over it with watered down acrylic paints.  I also sprayed some Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst 'Cape Cod Coral' for a little bit of shimmer.
All of the chipboard on this double AJ page is, of course, from 2Crafty.  I coated all the pieces with gesso first and then used acrylic paints for the colour.  In the picture above, you can see the ATC Georgian Frame placed over the Square Collage Panel.  The 'flower' petals underneath the cluster were also sprayed with acrylic paint for colour as was the small piece of burlap..

 I used one of the plain circles from the 6" Clock Frames and added the Leafy Shrub Set 1 flourish over the top.

My favourite piece on this page is the Square Collage Panel.  It comes as a 6" x 6" panel but you can cut random pieces from it and use it in a myriad of ways.   I simply cut off a section from one side of the panel to use on the left hand side of my double page and then cut another smaller piece for the right hand side.   The small seed beads were added for the touch of grey I needed and the small labels are from G45.

Here you can see the 'stamping' in a 'cursive font'

and I also did some stenciling in a 'cursive font' as well.

2Crafty Chipboard used

 6" Square Collage Panel

 6" Clock Frames

 ATC Georgian Frames
Leafy Shrub Set 1

I'd like to thank Debbi and the CSI Team for having us 2Crafty girls as Guest Detectives this month.
It was a lot of fun!!

Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!
Take care and God Bless.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

'Butterfly' Art Journal Page

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.  Sorry that I haven't posted for a while but, unfortunately, life keeps getting in the way.  Every time I think things are getting straightened out, they go whoopsie again.  Going to try making up a schedule for myself just to get everything sorted, including my scrappy stuff.  Might work, might not, we'll just have to see.

Anyway, I would like to share an Art Journal page with you today.
Our Creative Corner has a Tic Tac Toe Challenge this month.  The idea is to choose one line from the grid below and create something using those items or techniques.  To take a look at the Challenge HERE is the Link.

 So, I have chosen the middle line and decided to create an Art Journal page using paints, stamps and stencils.

Started off by sponging on a coat of watered down gesso.  In the past gesso hasn't worked for me.  I have no idea why but when I brush it on, like I've seen lots of other people do, I find I can't get the paint to stick too well.  Then I watched a video by Di Garling and she lightly sponged her background with watered down gesso so I thought I would try that out, and it worked!!!   Now, I realize my background looks fairly pale, but that is the way I wanted it.  Had I added more layers of the sprays it would have come out a lot darker.  (In real life it is actually a bit darker than the photo shows)
The sprays I've used are simply watered down acrylic paints.  I do have some Distress Sprays and some Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays, but not in the colours I was after, so paint was the alternative. Besides which, I needed to use paints to keep to the Challenge criteria.  LOL!!
Once the sprays were dry I added the stenciling with Texture paste and with gesso and when that was dry I did a little stamping.

You can see some of the stenciling here ...

... and more of it here.

For the flower petals I cut some hearts from old book paper, inked them with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, then lightly edged them with Gathered Twigs DI.

The first layer was simply glued to the page and then the second layer was only glued at the centre so they could be curled up a little to make them more three dimensional.

Did the same with the butterfly.  This time I cut both shapes from plain paper and then stamped it on each wing with different stamps.  Inked again with the Spiced Marmalade DI and I coloured in the floral stamp with some watercolour crayons.  The pen nib was coloured with a Versacolor stamp pad and then coated in clear crackle paint.

A closie of some of the stamping ...

... and the finished double page!!

Hope you like my little page.  I thoroughly enjoyed creating it.  Even though I had criteria to fill for the Challenge, it is still quite liberating to just go with the flow and do whatever you feel like at the time.

Thank you so much for visiting and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless.


Saturday, 7 February 2015

2Crafty February Shares #3

Hello everyone!!  Welcome to my blog!!  Hope you are all having a wonderful day.  We are at the beginning of a heatwave here in South Australia.  Going to be in the mid to high 30's all week.  Not looking forward to it at all!  Come on Winter!!!!!!  LOL!!

So, I am back to share the third and final instalment of my February shares for 2 Crafty Chipboard.
2Crafty Chipboard used
 Hessian Patch Panel

Word Circles
I used a piece of watercolour paper and created the background on this card with some
 strips of paper from Prima's Romance Novel collection and some texture paste through a stencil.  I then did some stamping
 and lightly sprayed it all with Fired Brick Distress Ink.

I had a small piece of the Hessian Patch Panel left over from another project and 
found it was just the right size for this card.  I coated it with white acrylic paint and
 then dabbed over that with Silver Distress Paint.  I really love this panel, it was 
the perfect base for my flower cluster.

The Word Circle was coloured in the same manner but this time, before it was dry,
 I also covered it in clear glitter.

These Word Circles are brilliant!!!  Small enough to use on cards but also a 
good size for Scrapbooking and off the page projects too. 
The inside decorated with more of the Romance Novel papers and also a couple of stamps.

Well, this was the last of my 2Crafty projects for this month.
I hope you've enjoyed this post and found some inspiration here.  
2Crafty Chipboard has hundreds of designs so I know they would have the perfect size
 and shape to suit any project you are working on.  To find more inspiration on using your 2Crafty chippies why not take a look at the 2Crafty Blog and the fabulous projects created by my Teamies.  You can find it HERE
and remember, to find a 2Crafty stockist near you
simply email
Thank you so much for visiting, and enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

2Crafty February Shares # 2

 Hello everyone, nice to have you back here!!  
Well, hopefully some of you have been here before and for those of you who are making their first visit, welcome, and I hope you'll want to come back again!!

This is the second of my February projects for 2Crafty Chipboard and, of course, it is another card.  A masculine one this time.

'You Light up My Life'

2Crafty Chipboard used
Light Bulbs

 6" Clock Frames

These papers are a mix of Kaisercraft and Prima.  Once again, lots of layers!!!  So easy to do and I really love the look.  You simply cut some different sized rectangles, distress all the edges and then layer them making sure to offset them so you can see a little of each.  Very effective!!

I love that the 6" Clock Frames comes in a set of three and that they are all different sizes so they are suitable for all sorts of projects.  I cut the middle sized one into two pieces and placed
 them under the paper layers on opposite sides of the card.
I added some patches of crackle paint for texture and once again swiped the finished card with gesso.

The clock was coloured with VersaMagic Midnight Black and then and also with
VersaColor Scarlet.  I didn't cover it completely as I wanted it to look a bit old and worn.

These light bulbs are so cute! I am so pleased I was able to use it here and it was actually the inspiration for my greeting!  It was coloured in the same way as the clock and then I coated the filament with gesso.

Once again I used a piece of chipboard cut from the blank chippie  leftovers as a base for the greeting.

 The inside was very simply decorated with some border punched strips of matching paper leaving room to write a message or even to insert a tag.
So, this was card number two and I shall post number three in the next few days.
Hope you have enjoyed your visit and, why not pop over and see the fabulous projects created by my Teamies using some gorgeous 2Crafty Chippies!!  You can find the blog HERE.
and remember, to find a 2Crafty stockist near you
simply send an email to
Thank you so much for visiting and for leaving a little comment.
Enjoy the rest of your day!!
Take care and God Bless.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

2Crafty February Shares #1

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog, I hope you are having a wonderful day.  A very special welcome to my new followers!!  Thank you for joining me here, love having you.

I haven't posted for a while as my life seems to have become quite hectic of late.  I'm going to have to start scheduling some blogging time in amongst everything else as I'm really missing my catch ups with other peoples creations!!

It is my turn again over at the 2Crafty Chipboard Blog and this time I am sharing some Valentines Day cards.  This one is the first of three cards that I will be sharing here over the next few days.

"Be My Valentine"

 2 Crafty Chipboard used

 Elements Set 3

 Ornate Heart Set

The papers used are from Prima's Romance Novel A4 Paper Pad and, as you can see, there are quite a number of layers.  Used my distressy tool to rough up the edges as well.  Love that look.

One piece from the Elements Set was cut in half and used on opposite corners.   They were both coloured with red acrylic paint and then dabbed with Glossy Accents.  I really love the intricate design on these chippies, they are so pretty and so versatile too.  You can leave them whole or cut them up to fit your project.  They may look delicate but they are quite strong.

The Ornate Heart was first covered with some Coarse Texture Gel and then was also coloured with red acrylic paint and covered with Glossy Accents.

The inside was decorated with some strips of the Romance Novel papers.  The bottom strip is a little pocket but I'm not sure yet whether I will actually use it.  Depends on whether I end up printing the verse out on a tag or simply glue it to the card.

I cut a little banner shape from a blank of another chipboard piece, printed the greeting onto a  piec of the Romance Novel papers and glued it to the banner.  It's a good idea to keep the blanks from your chipboard as it can be cut up and used in many different ways.  This was a tip from Janice Nichols one of  my Teamies.  Thanks Janice, great idea!!!

Once everything was dry I brushed around the card with some gesso.

So, this was the first of my projects for February and I do hope you have enjoyed it and found some inspiration.  Over the next few days I will share the rest of my cards.  In the meantime if you would like to take a look at all of them together you can find them HERE on the 2Crafty Chipboard Blog.  While you're there, why not also take a look at the fantastic projects created by the rest of the Team.
and remember, to find a 2Crafty Chipboard stockist near you, 
simply send an email to

Thank you so much for visiting and do enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless.