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.
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 →
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.
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.
So, not snowflakes, not trees, what do we have today?
Today we have abstract harlequin pattern cards! I am in love with these and would have made a million more, but I was running out of gems in the same colour/size and the stitching was a tiny bit time consuming. After a lot of extremely technical calculus (measure the card and divide each side by three) I made a pattern that I drew on lightly in pencil, then stitched over using a light beige thread. I then glued gems on all of the corners. I love how unique and elegant it looks.
Let’s start with the left one. As you can see, its the same little wooden snowflake as I have scattered in the background. I bought a big pack of those at Michael’s. For this one, I used silver embossing power on the edges, and left the middle nude. I fussy cut some snowflakes from that paper pack I got. I also used a tiny snowflake punch on some silver paper. I used silver thread to stitch lines of varying lengths and patterns. I popped one of the fussy cut snowflakes on foam to match the dimension of the wooden snowflake. Since I had a limited amount of cut apart snowflakes, I was only able to make one card like that.
For the card on the right, I did an experiment using teal Heidi Swapp Color Shine on the wooden snowflake. It turned out very shiny, but I still wanted to emboss the edges. I also used the paper that I sprayed the color shine onto the snowflake on to punch more blue ones. I used silver glitter tape to “ground” the snow lines (cloud? sky?). I didn’t love the teal snowflake, as pretty as it was, so I also only made one of this card.
We have three more days of cards left, and they are neither snowflakes, nor trees. Come back to find out what else I made.