This month, the ARTastic challenge was to use pops of red, and the inspiration was Wild Poppies by Kenneth MacQueen:
This totally adorbs layout is brought to you by Stick It Down’s single page sketch this month, which is a horizontal design with three little hearts with thread, a small vertical photo, and clusters framing from the sides. Of course I ended up moving a few things around to make everything fit, but I really liked the starting inspiration.
I’ve been excited to scrap pictures from this hot air balloon ride for forever! So when I saw the inspiration and challenge assignment at ARTastic, I knew it would be perfect for this. The inspiration is this abstract blue and white painting called An Image of November by William Rose.
The criteria was to use a stencil. Since the painting is abstract, it really is up to interpretation. I see a cloud city, which reminded me of being up in the sky. I also took inspiration from the colour scheme- blues and whites and pops of gold.
This was a fun layout to make. It is for the Stick it Down challenge blog, based on this sketch:
I’m in love- with this layout, with Paris, with Dylan…. and this layout for the ARTastic design team really was a labour of love. It took me about 7 hours to make- it involved a lot of hand stitching, mixed media, backing tiny cut files, etc. The inspiration art was Carousel Delight by Karen Pierce:
Isn’t it gorgeous? I love carousels, they are always so pretty. This reminded me of a beautiful carousel that I photographed at Montmartre in Paris, so I decided to scrap that. The challenge was to use butterflies. I had a picture in my head of how I wanted this layout to turn out, and I’m happy to say that it came out very similar. Continue reading
Such a yummy layout :D. I had a lot of fun making it too. The sketch this month at Stick It Down Challenge blog was this one:
I had also recently seen a layout on Pinterest where they used circles coming off of one gelato cone and between the two I thought I’d make a page about ice cream and how my husband and I say “I love you more than ice cream” to each other.
This is the second layout about our visit to Madrid, which is convenient because the challenge over at ARTastic was city theme. The inspiration was this gorgeous artwork by Ken Done – Sydney Night.
The colours in this are amazing and they pop so well against the black. I didn’t want to do too much black on my layout and the art style makes me thing of chalk/pastels so I wanted to use lots of chalky pastel colours on my layout. I also used some chalkboard grey elements.
This cute rainbow kite picnic page is for the Stick It Down challenge blog design team, and we are using another sketch designed by yours truly.
We’ve got stripes down the left side, three photos clustered in the middle, and a title underneath and right of the photos. I dithered about what photos I wanted to scrap, but I kept coming back to this set of sweet photos from back when we started dating. We went for a lovely picnic date and flew a kite together. The three photos were inspiring me and I had lots of ideas for things to do with this page.
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas!
Here is my last set of cards:
The paper pack came with a bunch of large cut apart sentiments. These are my laziest cards, however I couldn’t just simply glue the sentiment to the card without making my mark on it. Top left and bottom right I was playing around with the packaging technique and my new Heidi Shines in green, teal and gold. I thought they would make pretty backgrounds. I also stitched gold thread around the edges of the sentiment.
Top middle and right I used my tree star stencil and some Heidi Gold texture paste, but I smooshed it randomly, not in the shape of the tree.
Middle row, I glued on tiny star sequins. Finally, bottom left- I added tangled gold thread behind the sentiment.
Hope you enjoyed my card spree! Have a wonderful holiday, and a happy new year.
I will be back in January with my design team posts!
Here is something that I have done before on cards, but that turns out unique every time.
Simply use pen, marker, embossing, or a combination of media (you can also do stitching, tangled thread, hand embroidery, watercolour, paint, a cut file, whatever you can think of) to make a bunch of scribbles in a circle. You can then decorate your wreath with gems, sequins, enamel dots, and a bow.