Thursday, July 30, 2015

Smile.... by Cindy

Hi everyone, thanks for joining me here today...

it's my turn over on the D-lish Scraps blog for my last share this month, and I'd love to share with you a layout I created.... "smile"

this photo is again of my myself and my mate Deb when we were over in the USA together... this photo was taken in the formal gardens of The Biltmore estate... an absolutely gorgeous place, with stunning gardens...

for this cluster, I have used a coloured paper doily, a 3.5" paper doily, wordfetti, sequins, Little Birdie micro florettes, bitty bloom and a forget me knot...oops don't forget the hydrangea petal, most people I know don't think that much of the hydrangea petals, they find them flat and boring... I personally love them as they make fabulous fill underneath other elements, and are so cheap!!!....

I used coloured wire to create my "smile" title...

here is a close up to try and show the coloured tulle that I used underneath the photo.... it was quite difficult to get it to show up on the photo's... 

I hope you've enjoyed this months posts... 
till next time
happy creating


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

this moment..... by Cindy

Hi everyone, thanks for joining me here today for my second post this month I'd love to share with you a layout I created.... 
"this moment" 

for this layout, I have used a pic of my mate Deb and I... we have so much in common... we had both purchased (separately, with no consultation) the identical Harley Davidson jumpers and hats... so when we decided to do this photo shoot, we just had to wear

I used loads of D-lish goodness on this layout... here you can see the Little Birdie Kraft ButterfliesPVC doilywashi tapeLittle Birdie Vintaj micro florettessequins, and a bitty bloom and forget me knot... oops nearly forgot the coloured paper doily as well, which I painted with some gold paint...

I used some of the kraft shipping tags and stamped them up for decoration and to hide the tag I used for my journaling.... (I love hidden journaling)... I also used some cotton twine on the tags.... and I used a flair button for my title, I love using these and D-lish has so many to choose from... 

In this final cluster I have used a bitty bloomLittle Birdie Kraft flowersLB - Mix Media - Burlap Mini Beaded PetitesLittle Birdie Vintaj micro florettessequinsPinwheel bloom... PVC doilyforget me knotwashi tape and hand dyed muslin... D-lish Scraps has so many products that coordinate so easily, they make creating clusters a breeze...

till next time

don't forget the birthday challenges in the Scrap Suite


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Happy Memories.... by Cindy

Hi everyone, thanks for joining me here today...

 I'd love to share with you a layout I created.... "Happy Memories"

 love this pic... it was taken outside of Disney's California Park....  the giant letters that spell out California are normally blue, but on this occasion as it was in October they were coloured to look like Halloween candy corn.... I just couldn't resist a photo on the 'c'...

 I used some of the triangle washi tape from the recent D-lish Scraps 6th Birthday sweet celebration kit... along with the filmstrip washi tape... 

 Here I used some of the new gold punchinella, a flair button and some wordfetti...

 I used one of the Freckled Fawn mini arrows, along with the 'remember this' journal spot (that I had left over from the June JAP kit).... I also again used the triangle and filmstrip washi tapes and some more punchinella...

I used another left over journal spot from the June JAP kit... these kits are released on the 1st of the month, they are wonderfully coordinated and sell out very quickly,....  again more of the washi tapes and punchinella... and a journal tab from the birthday celebration kit...

Don't forget there is only a couple of days left to get your entries in for the inspiration board challenge...  but there is still plenty of time to join in the Birthday celebration challenges over in The Scrap Suite...

till next time
happy creating

Monday, July 27, 2015

Be Free - with Katie

Happy Monday, or should I just say it's Monday and leave it there?!

Welcome back for my third and final post for this month and also my final page using my pre-made embellishments.

The last embellishment cluster that I will be using on a page is this one:

 All the details about this cluster and it's creation can be found on my first post here.

And this is the page that I created. Again, given that the cluster was on the larger side, I decided I needed a larger photo to work with it best. And I also again used the wording on the card in the cluster as my title. It worked especially well with the landscape photo that I chose to use too. I took some inspiration from a page that the lovely Ros created a little while ago using a red background and some white stencil work. I really loved how that looked and the contrast it created so I decided to do something similar. I started with a blue/green (teal perhaps?!) background that more or less matched my doily. The tone on tone effect is a great way to created interest too.

The Scrap FX stencil that I used here was a quote and I decided that some of the words individually would be a great addition to the page. So I placed the stencil around the page and just put texture paste through a particular word. Doing this is a great way to extend the use of your stencils. To make it easier you can mask off the rest of the stencil using washi tape to stop unwanted bits being added. I didn't do this but it worked ok. I just loved adding the words freedom and happiness randomly on the page, and the white against the teal worked great!

I wanted to add some warmth to the page so I decided to use some of the new gold punchinella to my page. I simply cut some of in a random way (that is, not straight!) and tucked it under my photo and embellishment cluster. In fact I formed a visual triangle with it!

I used the title card as a space to stamp my date and I also added some kraft coloured photo corners to tie in the bitty bag from the cluster. I just love that little bit of punchinella tucked behind the cluster! The final addition to the page was the journaling strips at the bottom using gold Motex tape. This repeated the gold accent and continued that warmth I was looking for to tie in with the sunset photo.

Well that ends my series in creating embellishment clusters off page and using them. I hope that it has maybe sparked some ideas for you to try too.

Thanks for stopping by and see you next month,

Katie x

Sunday, July 26, 2015

You Are My Fave - with Katie

Good Morning, and here we are back to share my first page using the embellishment cluster that I created yesterday. Now, to remind you this is what the embellishment cluster looked like:

Now I did mention, that these first ones that I made were a little on the large side, so it did take a bit of playing to find the right photo and design to work with the cluster. But a larger photo (one 6x4 instead multiple smaller ones) and some basic paper layering and I managed to make it work. I also had to be OK with the cluster overlapping the photo a little. So here is the page that I finished with.

 I was lucky that I had some Heidi Swapp patterned papers in the same kinds of tones as the cluster to help tie it all in! I also relied on the message on the wood veneer card to be my title. If you want details of the products used in the cluster you can read all about it here.

To create some texture on the page I used a Scrap FX stencil and texture paste in the corner, for a white on white look, as I didn't want it to compete. But did you notice that the circular pattern from the stencil ties in with the cluster too and helps to unify the page? I have also layered a couple of Journal It's here with a resin bird, again using circles to continue that theme.

 Tucked in behind the cluster, another circle, and another Journal It. This one actually for my journalling! Repeating themes/patterns/shapes like this is a great design principle to use on your pages.

On the top of the cluster I added in a Freckled Fawn paperclip star. It just happened to be the right colour and adds some more interest. It also helps to create an embellishment triangle around the page with the bird and crochet heart which are all in similar colours.

So, there you have it. A page created using a pre-made embellishment cluster as the starting point! Almost working backwards for me, but a great idea to help you "think outside the square". The other advantage is the page comes together quickly when you already have half the work done!

Tune in tomorrow to see the second page that I created using the other cluster.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Katie x

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Thinking Outside the Square

Good Morning and welcome to the weekend! So has the title of my post this morning made you just a little bit curious?! I hope so. For my posts this month I have done things a little differently and I am going to share with you another way to think about your scrapbooking and hopefully help you to maybe approach things from a different perspective.

Now don't worry there is certainly no re-working the wheel going on here, nor a rocket science approach (although I may have been able to do a little rocket science as I studied that back in the day! LOL!). This is about a subtle shift in approach and something that I found out about from watching a You Tube video by Irit Landgraf. Irit is a scrapbooker from Europe (German I think) and she is wonderful to listen to and makes some great videos for a kit club that she works for, look her up if you have time.

This particular video though was about embellishments and a different approach to creating embellishment clusters. Now, I love an embellishment cluster so I was curious! Basically the idea is to play with your embellishments before you even start your page. Start playing and putting together bits and pieces until you have a pretty little cluster that you can then add to a page that suits.

Now, you all know that D-lish has sooooooo many gorgeous embellishments, so this should be an easy thing to do. Well it is pretty easy so long as you don't overthink things, just pull out lots of different pieces and start layering them together, adding little bits as final touches.

So I did just this and here are three clusters that I came up with:

The bitty bags are a great place to start building from, throw in a doily and a shipping tag and you already have the foundations for a cluster. To this I have split a journal it card behind the printed wood veneer card. Then I finished with a crochet heart, wordfetti, enamel dots and washi tape.

This one came together in a similar way, but I used a water colour card from a previous monthly kit, and then added flair and a paper flower and sequin flower.

And last but not least, again starting with a bitty bag, shipping tag and a journal it tag I added a wood veneer butterfly, cardfetti sentiment, flair button and a journal it spool top sentiment.

So now I have three clusters ready to use. One thing that I did learn while putting these together is when layering sometimes things get covered up, and that is OK. Sometimes it is more about the little bit of colour that is poking out, or the shape the item brings. The other thing that I learned is that smaller clusters are probably better and easier to use. The first two were on the large side, not that it stopped me using them! The third one I deliberately made to be card friendly, and I will finish today's post with the card that I created using this cluster.

To put this card together I didn't need to do much, I used a Scrap FX stencil on the background with some white gesso then sprayed some yellow mist on top. The gesso resists the spray so I wiped off the excess to show the pattern, splattered some kraft coloured mist for interest then put my cluster right on top. One card done in record time!

Well, I hope this has you all thinking now. Come back tomorrow and see the first layout that I created with one of the other clusters.

Thanks for stopping by,
Katie x

Friday, July 24, 2015

Rachel Lowe | Guest Designer Project Share

Today I have the absolute pleasure of sharing the layouts that our current Guest D-lish Designer, Rachel Lowe, has created with her stash of goodies. Rachel has scrapped up a storm and has 4 amazing layouts to share with you all today. Over to Rachel ...

I am thrilled to be a guest designer for D-lish Scraps in July and my aim as well as creating layouts that may inspire you but also to showcase the diverse and many embellishments D-lish scraps have to offer. I have to admit picking my product was a task in itself, being TOO much to choose from. I ended up creating four layouts and I hope they show how you can use embellishments in different and varied ways.

This photo of me and my youngest is one of my all-time favourites and I wanted to create a layout that was soft and expressed warmth (and love). I created a flower cluster using a mixture of a wild magnolia, wildflowers saffron and yellow rose buds. I also added in this cluster a wood veneer arrow (Love). I used the beautiful peach coloured paper clip with ribbon. On the journal block/title I have added a wood veneer heart and pearl cabachons heart. Finally I added the vintage camera charm.

I wanted to create a pretty but bold layout for these photos (of my very rarely scrapped husband). I just had to use the wood veneer LOVE frame and make the central focus of this layout. I added an inked feather which I had left over from the May just add paper kit. I then inked and finally I added a wordlet Love (hearts) next to the frame for maximum impact which I also inked. I used the blue washi tape left over from the February just add paper kit to add colour interest at the top of the layout. I then created a flower cluster on the second framed photo using wildflowers (aqua blue) and a wild magnolia (white). I used as the centre piece of the butterfly a yellow rose flower. I added an aqua pearl cabochon heart and for a bit of bling I added a turquoise sequin bow.

Having three sons' I am always on the lookout for boy themed embellishments. On this layout I have used two flairs exclusive to D-Lish Scraps. I am a fan of varied paper clips and the THIS paper clip went so well with this layout. I added a wood veneer frame, arrow and planes, the wood veneer frame being the focus of the layout. I used a tag to add a layer and I even made use of the wrapping that the twine comes in, far too pretty not to use. As a finishing touch I added a small journal block from the June just add paper kit.

After a recent trip to Europe with my daughter I have been attempting to scrap our highlights. I decided wood veneers would go perfectly with the dark background map page. I have used a wood veneer card, geotag with heart, camera (an exclusive in the June just add paper kit) and small string frame to highlight the destination. I used twine to create a bow in my tag, who doesn't love twine with gold in it!


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Drummer Boy

Hello there!
For my last post of the month, I have played
with my design and created a 8.5 x 11 inch layout.
I really love this size - specially when
I find myself in a bit of a scrap rut.
I've used a cool journal spot as a base
and mixed it up with these cute papers.
I embellished with a mint flair and some of the
ever popular D-lish Dots.
I really love the amazing flair designs
in the store. Just like the awesome Journal - It's they are
exclusive to the D-lish Store so you know
you are always getting something totally unique on your layouts!

Thanks for dropping by and taking
a look at my work! See you next time!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hello D-lish fans!
Today, I want to show you this
little mixed media tag I created in my studio.
I started with a blank tag then added a layer of gesso, then
I coated the gesso with blue gelatos.
After, I added builder's mesh then streaks of acrylic paint,
finishing it off with spots of  heat embossing.

I added some gorgeous medium roses as well
as mixed leaves in grey and white. I cut out some
leaves from coloured tulle and added streaks
of paint to them.
I used a paper doilie  as a border, turning it
backside up to really use that
gorgeous texture.

The beautiful chipboard bird, nest, branch and butterfly
Beautiful, quality chipboard that is perfect
for use in mixed media projects!

I used the coloured tulle to make a sweet
little flower to add to my embellishment cluster.
Thanks so much for dropping by!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

For My Deer....

Good Morning D-lish fans!
Two of my absolute favourite things in
the D-lish Scraps store are the beautiful
Raw Veneer and the stunning Flair Buttons.
I gathered a few of them to play with some girly colours!
I have these fun photos of all my kids
and I knew I had to use some of the playful designs
in the D-lish range for this layout!

I teamed up a gorgeous wood veneer deer with a super
cute and fun flair button from the love doodles set.
A cute little resin heart adds a little bit of texture.
Of course, I couldn't scrap a layout without adding
my latest obsession - anything Pinkfresh Studio
Amanda is one of the few stockists of this amazing manufacturer,
Here, I added a sweet little veneer - envelope
How cute are they??

I have a few raw veneers in my stash, so I added a little
The sentiment strips are part of the amazing
Wordfetti  sets - I love these!!!

I really love this paper  - Citrus Bliss by Pink Paislee - and thought
it went really well with these fun, whimsical embellishments.
I made a couple of cards to match my layout - something I have
been trying to do all year. I have quite a card stash now!
For this card, I have used a Wordfetti strip
and another gorgeous flair button.
My next card, features another sweet deer and more of those
yummy Wordfetti strips!

Thanks so much for dropping by
and taking a look at my projects!