Saturday, August 27, 2016

"Always be yourself..." Mixed media layout

Hi all,
Wanted to show you this layout that is being featured on the 

Please go the link above if you want to see the steps by step pictures!

The picture shows a 6 month old Connor dressed in a pirate hat. So naturally, I wanted to stick with the theme! When I think of pirates I think of gold, lush green trees, skulls, ships and so on.

The quote is by Johnny Depp.
"Always be yourself. Unless you can be a pirate. Then always be a pirate."
I hope Connor will be himself through life. Whatever that may be. As long as he's happy.

So, if you want to read more about the background and chipboard treatment, please click the above link. 

Comments and questions are always welcome!
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Happy scrapping! 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Words & Paintery August Challenge Mixed Media Layout "Love & Peace"

Hi everyone,
I'm back to show you my second layout as designteam member of the 'Words & Paintery' challenge blog. Their August challenge just went live! 
Please check out the link to the blog: 
You have until September 15 to play along with us, by using the moodboard below.


Starting out with this piece of beautifil paper from #Primamarketing, 'Perfecto' from the Cigar Box Secrets line, and this lovely vintage slide-turned-photo with my young mom on it. She was in her teens, so it was the sixties: Peace, Love. The picture was taken during their summer holiday: flip flops.

Using #modelingpaste and #TatteredAngels #glimmermist 'Rusty Red' and #Lindysstampgang' Starburst purple, I used a #Primamarketing #Finnabair #doilie #stencil on my paper. Usually I blend my modeling paste a little before applying it with a mist, then spray something on it once I'm done too.

Stamped some images of my recently puirchased #Prima #Finnabair background stamp set, with #Tim Holtz #distress ink 'mahogany'.

Glued #lace to the #MDF circle, and gave it a coat of white #gesso.

Sprayed the circle with #Tatteredangels #glimmermist 'Red Lobster' and 'Rusty Red'. On the left side of the paper I stenciled a bit of text with a #13Arts #stencil, modeling paste and purple mist. Sadly my mixture bled through the stencil. Hopelessly. Forcing me to stray from my initial design idea. Once again. I had to cover that left section up, so I chose to use a smaller picture on that side.
I added red and purple #flowers, red #crochet flowers my aunt made for me, a little 'Peace' charm, and the wood word LOVE.

Once everything was in place I dabbed everything with white gesso, softening the colors. Added a few purple glitter #swirls and #chipboard hearts too. 
And messed up the part above the circle by spraying a little too much Glimmermist. Sigh...

Gave the word 'LOVE' a bit of glimmer with glimmermist 'Red Lobster' and added a #onestepcrackle medium. Gotta love #crackle.

Hope you like it anyway. The color scheme was extremely difficult for me! It would be great if you would join us and show us your interpretation!


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

"Father and Son" (vader en zoon) mixed media layout

Hi all!
Wanted to show my latest layout. The one that rolled out like magic, everything worked out fine, I didn't struggle for days with color schemes, etc. This one confirms my mojo does come around again, sometimes ;)
The design was inspired by a layout Mary Catt did. I love all of her work, but that one was very different because of the lines. It really stood out!
This picture was a lucky shot, with my phone, while riding the bus back from the beach during our holiday. I loved how the sunlight caught the blue in both my boys' eyes and the way they sat together staring outside after a long, hot day at the beach.. (The pacifier sucks...) (Pun intended hahaha... )

This particular piece of Paper is from the #ActionNL and was perfect for this design.

I started out with a diamond plate pattern stencil and  #Prima #finnabair texture paste #Graphite, topped off with some #Prima #Finnabair #rustpaste. 

Next, I sprayed some #TatteredAngels #glimmermist 'Navy Blue' through a #Timholtz stencil called 'Measured'.

I stenciled some words with the stencil pictured below, using the #Prima #Finnabair #texturepaste #graphite again, only blended with black #gesso because I wanted it to be more black.

Next up some rusty stars, using two different 'star' stencils,
 and 2 shades of #Prima #Finnabair #rustpaste.

Stamped some sentiments here and there, using Black #Archival ink, and splattered and sprayed some #Tatteredangels #glimmermist 'Navy Blue' wherever I felt it was needed.

Here are some close-ups.
 I will explain the steps I haven't mentioned yet, underneath the pictures.

 The starry chipboard 'frame' is by #Creativeembellishments and was given the rust paste treatment also. Sprayed a little glimmermist and added a little crackle glaze on it as well.

 The black stitches are stickers. 
They were silver so I gave them a coat of black gesso to match my project,

 The little 'Family St' plaque is #Primamarketing. It was treated with rust paste and one step #crackle medium. The wood star you can still see a little on the left, was also treated with rust paste.

The arrows. Some are wood, some are cork. I painted them with black gesso, Prima texture paste Graphite and rust paste.

The zipper is actually a plastic bracelet. It needed a little rust, too ;)

'Vader en zoon' means 'Father and Son'. I coated the chipboard with white gesso first, then some gray #structurepaint #cementlook from #ActionNL. Then I sprayed a little glimmermist, using 'Navy Blue' and 'Rolling Tide'. Then I added rust paste and finally one step crackle medium.

I hope you like my layout! Comments and questions are always welcome.