Thursday, November 28, 2013

All Things Heidi Swapp

It was wonderful meeting Heidi Swapp at CAD this year and her classes were brilliant! Heidi Swapp is sponsoring Centre Stage at Artfull Crafts this month and I really want to win some [more] of her product! I created the following layout based on their sketch. I will say it again, I don't prefer to work from a sketch, but this one came together really quickly! It is a different style for me (there is pink in there) but I like it. I hope my darling niece does too.

Thanks for letting me take nice shots of you (without you making funny faces!). See how lovely they turned out :)

I am also submitting this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes! The details for the challenge are here.

Materials: Paper (Girl's Paperie, Heidi Swapp), Pennants, Colour Shine, Acrylic Piece (Heidi Swapp), Staples (Tim Holtz), Ink (Stampin' Up!), Border Punch (EK Success), Pens, Ribbon, Bling Brads.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Got Ink?

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Design Team Submission:
This frame was part of a class I did with Heidi Swapp in New Zealand. I loved the frame but decided to make it a project on it's own. I tried adding coloured texture paste through a stencil but it just did not look good in this case. I added paint to see if it improved - no such luck. Cue Dad with my mouse sander to take off my first attempt. I got him to stop while there were still remnants remained (coral and pale blue) and added black spray through a damask stencil - instant happy! Coral and pale blue sprays were used to tie it all together.  Lastly it was time to add the flowers, photo corners and the ring binder clip (cue handy Dad again!). I create little tags and pages periodically and add them to the clip. It is still one of my favourite projects.

No, I'm not going to talk tattoos; I'm talking about my frame again. Yes, It's still all about that frame. I am still in love with it and I am enjoying slowly creating and adding pieces to it. I made a canvas cover page for the album and I am submitting it to the Simon Says Stamp Got Ink? Challenge.  I simply coloured the canvas with Colour Shine - Coral is my new favourite colour!  I also 'made' a patterned overlay cover to go on top but I have decided to use that as the back page now as I like this canvas one to be seen clearly instead.

And now I will show you a closer view so you can see the ink splatters I added and read the message I embossed on to it. FYI embossing on canvas looks awesome!!!! Will repeat that again for sure :)

Still loving the frame and the phrase. Must remember to keep dancing even when its pouring! :)

Challenge Details: Simon Says Stamp Challenge Got Ink? The page is here.

Materials: Canvas, Kaisercraft (stamp), Embossing Powder, Heidi Swapp (Colour Shine), Eyelets (Provocraft), Versamark (ink)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

DCWV November Challenge

Just adding my submission for the DCWV November Challenge here so that my friends can come see the layout.

Would you look at that: a short blog post from me!

Heidi Swapp Frame

Remember this frame from CAD earlier this year?

I took the mini album out and filled it with pictures from a trip to OZ (already blogged about) which left the frame free for my creative endeavours. Well, the frame went from " I love, love, love it" to  " aaaaargh! I've ruined it!" You see, I saw a video online for colouring texture paste so I coloured it with the Georgia Peach colour shine and added it to the frame through a lattice stencil - disaster!  Pity because I had stencilled charcoal over a damask stencil beforehand and that bit looked perfect! Out came the mouse sander and I then learned that texture paste is not easy to sand off! Dad to the rescue.

Once the offending texture paste was removed I started again. I was going to prime the wood with gesso but I couldn't get the lid off so I went for matt and rustic instead! Back to the damask stencil but this time I used an ink blending tool so that I could A) save my ink and B) add some areas darker than others. A few spritzes of Georgia Peach and then I dry brushed some blue paint on top. I painted the inside edges blue, a few more spritzes of Georgia Peach, and then I embossed the phrase on the back plate. Next up was to colour some flowers and decorate the frame. Finally it was back to "I love, love, love you" again.