Monday, December 16, 2013

Scrap Africa Challenge #24

Hi everyone! No I haven't vanished from the face of the earth... just finding it very difficult to juggle all the different balls at the moment.  I have to apologise for being so 'blog absent' at the moment.  I am hoping to have a big blog catch up soon.  Wednesday will be my last day of work for the year and on Thursday my DD and I are going to try and get our last Christmas shopping done.  Nothing like leaving it to the last minute hey?
Scrap Africa has a new challenge and it's very appropriate one for this time of the year.  Create a layout, card, tag or OTP project using Glitter, Snowflakes and Masking. For more inspiration, check out the post on the Scrap Africa blog here.
Here is my example.  I've used papers from the Kaisercraft 'Christmas Carol' collection and a mask from Prima with some texture paste for the background.
I've cut 3 different sized snowflakes from silver glitter cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo and layered them.  The gem in the centre is an old one from Prima... I think. :)

 I've also cut the word 'joy' from the same silver glitter cardstock.
I hope your holiday program will allow you a bit of time to play along with our challenge. :)  I also hope that I'll have time to do one more blog post before Christmas, but in case of the unfortunate event that I don't, I want to wish you all a very blessed and happy Christmas!
Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful week.
Until next time!
M xox

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Scrap Africa's December Sketch Challenge

Hi there everyone!  I can't believe it's December already.  I am so not prepared for Christmas.  Lucky I still have a few weeks hey?!
Scrap Africa has the new sketch up for December.  For my example. I've decided to start with a blank piece of chipboard. Very unlike me to be so brave. ;)
I first covered my chipboard with a layer of gesso and once dried I've added some dimension using my 12 x 12 Prima 'Checker' mask and some texture paste.  Before lifting the stencil I sprayed some Heidi Swapp Color Shine 'Seafoam' over it.  I created my drips and circle 'stains' using the  Lindy Stamp Gang 'Buccaneer Bronze' mist.  All the paper are from the Marion Smith 'Nirvana' collection - one of my most favourite ranges ever! The photo is of my grandfather who passed away in 1985.  I am planning on getting more information about his life to add to this layout.
A few metal gears and a WOW mini chipboard title.
I cut the big clock and clock hands from chipboard using a Tim Holtz die. I gave it coat of black paint and then rubbed some Baroque Art 'Inca Gold' Gilders Paste onto the edges to 'age' it a bit.  I did the same with my chipboard title.  Love how it turned out.  The rest of the clocks and the butterfly were fussy cut from one of the papers in the Marion Smith 'Nirvana' collection.
Another little close up showing some of the 'stains' and stamping.
The book paper is a piece from the Splash of Color 'Book pages'.
And here is the sketch. For more inspiration from the rest of the DT, have a look HERE.
I would love to see your take on the sketch!  You have until the 14th of December to get your entries in.
That's all I have for today.  Thank you so much for popping in!  Have a wonderful week!
Until next time.
M xox