Tuesday, 20 June 2017

{Colour Blast} Zoom Zoom

Hi, hi Colour Blast fans, Melinda here with you today sharing a fun page I created about our family car!

Have you ever experimented with the Colour Shimmer products on black cardstock?!? If you haven't you so should, the colours look amazing and so bright and fun!

Here is the page I created

And here are my step-by-steps

First up, a stencil and 4 colours of the gorgeous Colour Pastes - I've used Steel, Sunshine, Tangereen Dream and Apple of My Eye. I have used my pallet knife and randomly applied colour through the stencil until I was happy with the way it was looking.

While that was still wet (because I am impatient ;) ) I grabbed the matching Colour Shimmer Sprays (again Steel, Sunshine, Tangereen Dream and Apple of My Eye) and did some sprinkles with the nozzle from the bottle. I don't know what happened to my "in progress" photo but below you can see the beautiful shimmer and colour that the droplets have left. Totally, swoon worthy!

I popped my background aside and got to work on my "layers". Now, after lots of mucking around and pulling out different things I decided with all that colour in the background less was more. So, I very simply grabbed some black and white tissue paper to back my photo and this die cut I have had sitting on my desk for months. It was cut in white and the white was too stark so I grabbed my Steel Colour Shimmer Spray and paint brush and applied a couple of quick coats.

I love how this looks!

I really didn't think that the page needed too much more added with all of that bright colour in the background so I found a couple of black and white tabs and a black and white flair - which I added a little nest of silver thread behind and added some dimension and stuck my layers down.

My journalling came next, down the 2 sides of the page with a white paint pen and with a couple of doodled borders on the top and bottom edges. 

At this point I decided some white splatters would finish it off nicely so I mixed together some white heavy gesso and water, grabbed a paint brush, covered my photo and flicked watered down gesso around. Love how this tied it all together!

Here again is my completed project

And below is my You Tube process video if you'd like to see my page come together!

Thanks, as always for stopping by and until next time, happy scrapping!


Monday, 19 June 2017

{ScrappingClearly} Celebrate Him ~ A Scrapbook Page

Hello there scrappy friends, I'm here with you today sharing my latest page for ScrappingClearly!

I was lucky enough to have headed to the Brisbane Scrapbook Expo last weekend and have come home so, so, so inspired to get creating! I did, however come home absolutely shattered so had lots of YT time and stumbled across a video by someone (sorry if it was you!!) and lifted this idea!

I have used the gorgeous Teresa Collins Something Wonderful range available in the store and this is what I came up with!

Lots of fun paper layers from the 6x6 paper pad, some fun mixed media in the background using the gorgeous Dina Wakely Scribble Sticks (the colours I used are Turquoise/Sky/Red/Black) and lots of black machine stitching!! I have used a couple of the stickers as well from the alpha and labels sticker sheet as well as some of the Chipboard Sticker pieces.

This is a photograph of hubby and I at his recent 40th Birthday celebrations - I had actually printed this off as an option for one my classes at the Expo and didn't use it so it was perfect for this page!

I have a process video up on the ScrappingClearly YT channel - make sure you subscribe so you can stay up to date with all the DT shares over there!! But, you can click on the play button below and watch in your browser!

Here are a few close up's of my page!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy life to (hopefully!) find some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing and I'll see you next time!


Other products used:
Teresa Collins - Something Wonderful - Black Stripes 12x12 Paper (Background)
Teresa Collins - Something Wonderful - Print Paper 12x12 paper (Long strip)

Thursday, 8 June 2017

{ScrappingClearly} Sand Angels

Hello there scrappy friends! Today I'm here to share my take on the very awesome June 2017 sketch challenge for ScrappingClearly.

A quick refresher

And here is my interpretation

I've stayed pretty true to the sketch this month, I really loved it! 

Before I did anything I applied a really thin, quick coat of white gesso in the title area and the main photo cluster area on this Cocoa Vanilla Studio, Free Spirit, "Word Jumble" background paper.

After that dried I worked on my title. Whenever I hand stitch I like to work first on the stitching. If your interested, the font is called Magle Script and I got it free from Dafont.com . I have used some ombre embroidery floss from my stash and really love all those shades of blue and that scripty font paired with that beautiful minty green/teal-y acetate alpha by Heidi Swapp.

Of course some mixed media in the background and today I have used the smooshing technique and some of the beautiful Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink in Faded Jeans to start with. I applied a couple of coats and made sure to dry thoroughly between applications so to get the beautiful layered effect these inks are fabulous for!

I wanted some variation in the blue so I also grabbed some of my Colour Shimmer Dust by Colour Blast in Navy and again did the smooshing technique. After that was dried I added splatters using both products and 2 different paintbrushes.

My next layer was some more tone on tone - this time the Distress Oxide ink with this stamp by Darkroom Door. After inking the stamp I applied a really quick light spritz of water and love how the ink changes!

I also wanted to bring in some of the minty green colour from the title so I grabbed my Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink and this Heidi Swapp stamp in the Magnolia Jane collection and applied a few different words and LOVE how this turned out and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how the colours don't mix together but instead sit on top of one another.

I decided that I wanted that darker blue colour all around the page so pulled that darker blue skyline paper from the Shimelle Star Shine 12x12 paper pad and gutted it. I added couple of paper layers behind my photo using this paper by Cocoa Vanilla Studios and part of the paper in the background.

I added a few ephemera pieces from the Shimelle Star Shine collection, a couple of the gorgeous clear acrylic clouds, my journalling and of course the date stamp.

I did make a process video for this one and you can see that below, just click the big play button ;)

As you can see I have used a bunch of different suppliers and ranges to create this page and I love how it came together in the end!

You have the whole month of June to play along so please load up your challenge to the correct album in the ScrappingClearly FB group for your chance to win a store voucher!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

{Colour Blast} Can't Wait to Meet You! ~ A Scrapbook Layout

Hi there scrappy friends!! I'm with you today sharing a page I created without using any patterned paper for Colour Blast Australia!!

I will start off straight away by saying that this is not my ultrasound! The journalling does explain that this is indeed my future niece or nephew!

I started this page with one idea in my head and decided as I was going that I just didn't love where it was going! You can see in the video below my process and where the layout changes directions!

And here are my step-by-steps!

First up, I decided to grab a stencil and some Colour Pastes. I have used the pastes one at a time and applied randomly all over the stencil (onto vellum) with some parts of the paste thicker than others and left that over night to dry.

The next day when I came back to my dried mixed media circles I started fussy cutting the circles. As a last minute decision I decided to leave some of the wonky edges for something a little different.

I started to lay the circles and my photo onto my page and at this point I decided that the circles were too big and I just wasn't loving it!! Instead of starting all over I decided to grab some punches, some dies and my scissors and cut a bunch of different sized hearts and felt much happier with that decision!

Next to set to work on my background. A very quick, light coat of White Heavy Gesso to the parts of the page where I knew I wanted to add some extra colour.

Then comes one of my most fave products at the moment - Colour Shimmer Pots!! For this page I have used the Just Blue (Oh my, I love, love, love this colour!!) as I wanted a contrast but also not an opposite end of the colour wheel contrast! I activated with a little water and just painted the colour on without too much thought other than the basic idea of where I wanted the focus. I did dry this off a little with my heat tool but first I soaked up a lot of the water from the top of the page.

After that was dried I pulled out my Singin The Blues Colour Shimmer Spray and did a couple of spritzes for a bit of colour variation and again left that to dry.

I wanted to bring in some of the green also so did a few squirts of the Apple Of My Eye Colour Shimmer Spray as well and let that dry thoroughly.

Time for splatters! I have very simply used the nozzle from each of the bottles of Colour Shimmer Spray in Bling, Just Blue, Singin The Blues and Apple of My Eye and left that to dry.

While that was drying I pulled out my chipboard pieces and decided to do a multi colour emboss! First up I have used Deep Water Embossing Powder.

After that was dried and cooled I added Bling embossing powder and heat set that too. These 2 colours mix beautifully together while still being able to see the 2 different colours. I love this look!

Time to pull it all together and here is the end design again for you!

I love the pops of all those different colours and how beautifully they all sit together on the page!

Oh, and I forgot, I added a little stamping behind the chipboard! I meant to do that BEFORE I stuck down the chipboard but forgot! Thankfully I had only adhered it with staples where the photo was going to be so it was easy enough to lift the chippy - perhaps you will remember sooner ;) I have used a grey (because I thought I had grabbed black until I stamped!) archival ink and love the extra detail it adds!

I also REALLY love the extra dimension that the vellum gives. When the hearts were stuck down only in the middle the edges all lifted up which was a happy surprise!

And one last photo, this is the title area! I love how those hearts look and those alphas match perfectly with the colours I have chosen!

So, how will you take this fun technique and do YOUR thing with it? We would love to see so please make sure you stop by the FB group and share your own creations with us! 

Also, I am making my way over to Brisbane for the Scrapbooking Expo in a couple of days and to say I am excited would most surely be the understatement of the year!! I may be helping out on the Colour Blast stand (woohoo!!) or you may see me wandering around, either way please head over to the CB stand and say hi!!

Whatever your scrappy plans are make sure you have fun and get a little messy ;)

Until next time,


Friday, 2 June 2017

{Jot Issue 18} Hello Handsome......

Or perhaps good bye my future sanity!! Haha!

So, today I am sharing some close ups and the journalling that is on the page I was so excited to submit to, and have accepted, Jot magazine for their "Hello" gallery for Issue 18, published 1st June 2017. And you can view the whole mag online here!

Here is the page I created

And here is the journalling

It totally sums up this boy of mine. And though I love him, and though he is adorable, I just KNOW he will test me every single step of the way. Sigh, parenthood! But, I wouldn't change it or him for anything!

Here are a few close ups! I had so much fun putting this page together!

I started by choosing that background patterned paper by Stampin Up and some scraps from my scrap box. I chose to go with the black and white and that pop of that gorgeous mint colour!

Black Heavy gesso smeared across the background. Messy, torn layers. Little bunches of that beautiful mint thread. Cork (which I am NOT a fan of!!) hearts. Flair by Flutterby Designs. And a few extra little bits and pieces, mostly from 

I consciously decided to turn the camera off and just play and am so, so, so happy with the results. But I would be lying if I said I didn't wish that I had a process to share with you. I am really enjoying making the videos!

Anyways, that is my page. I am super excited that it got accepted for publication, I never imagined that that could or would be me ;)

Until next time, happy scrapping!!


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

{Colour Blast} Sweet Moments ~ Another Wedding Layout

Hey fellow Colour Blast lovers, I'm here with you today with a mostly clean and simple layout!!

I will start by saying that my mojo has kinda been off on a little holiday this week (not sure what that's about!!) but when I was looking through some photos a week ago I came across the one I have used for this layout and because it was so BIG I thought it was a great way to get scrapping without the pressure of so much "stuff"!!

So, I am scrapping another of my wedding photos today and as I mentioned it is BIG - like 8" x 12" big so it takes up a lot of real estate on my page. A little embellishing, a title and a little pop of colour!

First up I started by prepping my chippy with some white heavy gesso. As 2 of these pieces had already had some product put on them one needed 3 coats and the other needed 2 but they came up nice and white and ready for a new layer of colour ;)

I set my chippy aside to dry and did the little work on my background that I knew I wanted to do. 

I grabbed my (current fave!!) Blush Colour Shimmer Pot, a wide-ish brush, my craft mat and a little water and applied some colour to my craft mat and mixed with a little water (my brush was a little too big to fit in the pot and mix easily). 

I then applied wide brush strokes both at the bottom of the white cardstock background and also at the top of where I knew my photo was going to be. 

With some of the left over colour on my mat I did some sprinkles.

I popped my background to the side so I could finish off my chippy. I decided to use the gorgeous Blush and Punch Colour Embossing Powders. The title got the Punch while the flourish got the punch. These colours are so, so pretty and my current faves!!

After that was all dry it was time to stick it all together. I used a partial white doily at the top of the photo and applied all my chippy with my wet adhesive directly to the photo. 

I just loved how that looked! As a very final touch I have added some punched gold glitter hearts in 2 places and then I called the page done.

I love how this came together and it has given me some of my missing mojo back. I hope to do a little more scrapping tonight in fact ;) Maybe if your mojo has gone walkies, grab a big photo or one that really inspires you and just have a play!

Thank you, as always, for stopping and see you again soon!