Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Scrap Matrix Holiday Moodboard Challenge

Hi Everyone

Have you seen the Holiday Moodboard Challenge at Scrap Matrix?  It is so very very cool.
Here is the gorgeous moodboard:

This is what I did, I went all painty and bright - the photos were of my son, who was having a ball in the water park on the cruise ship we were holidaying on recently.  I really wanted to recreate the fun he was having on the layout.

Here are a couple of close ups:

For more information, including a step by step and links to the products I've used,  visit the Scrap Matrix Blog here.

It's not too late to enter the challenge - you have until the 15 February!  To enter, upload your creation to the January Holiday Moodboard Challenge folder on the Scrap Matrix Shares Page on Facebook.

I'm so looking forward to seeing all your fabulous creations.



Sunday, February 4, 2018

"Beautiful" Paint Chips

Good evening everyone, it has been quite a while since I last posted, but I have been

Tonight I am sharing a "just because" layout of my beautiful niece.  I did this a while back, but it has taken a while to do a blog post about it.
When I first got the absolutely STUNNING 7 Dots Studio "Paint Chips" range I was itching to create with it.

This is what I created:

This paper is stunning as it stands alone, but I couldn't resist adding some background work.  I used these Paper Artsy Fresco Chalk paints, in Prawn and Tangerine Twist.  The embellishments included these gorgeous metal flowers, some 7 Dots Chevron Chipboard pieces, a little bit of German Scrap
as well as some of the 7 Dots Studio Paint Chips embies.
Do you see those gorgeous sunset coloured flowers?  They are these white flowers.  I simple painted them with the same Paper Artsy Fresco Chalk Paints.

Here are some close ups:

Well, that's it for me tonight.  Hope you enjoyed my little share.

Enjoy your week folks!

Monique xx

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

This is my favourite time of the year - the week between Christmas and New Year's Day when not much is done, the cricket is on the television, the family is in a constant food coma.....  It's the perfect time for scrapping and catching up on challenges.

Have you seen the December Challenge over at Scrap Matrix?  It is about using all things Paper Artsy.  If you haven't come across Paper Artsy before, (and I have to admit I hadn't before I started shopping at Scrap Matrix!)

For this challenge, I went way out of my comfort zone, for a start I used no patterned paper at all - simply unheard of for

I used this gorgeous stamp available at Scrap Matrix

Then I stamped a whole heap of various flowers on white card. 
While they dried, I took out a piece of white cardstock and stamped some more flowers diagonally down the page.  I then painted them with the Dina Wakley paint too.  Something I have learned over time is how to create balance on my page.  Basically, large is heavier than small, and dark colours are heavier than light colours.  So, when stamping, if I had a large image at the top, I was careful to either cluster a few smaller images, or paint the large image in a light colour, and the small image in a darker colour.While I waited for all the paint to dry, I worked on my photo mat.  I cut a strip of black cardstock, and simply layered across some drywall mesh, some washi tape, some lace and some of these gorgeous German Scrap Renaissance Petite Black paper strips.I backed my photos in some red coloured, and then put it all together.  I then adhered  the photo mat across the base cardstock.  Once I cut out the other painted images, I layered them over the flowers painted on the base cardstock to add depth to my page.I used the "sisters" word from the 13 Arts Art Journey chipboard 

Here are some close ups:

The products I used on this, available at Scrap Matrix, include:

Paper Artsy Stamp EK D06
Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint.
German Scrap Petite Renaissance Black Paper Lace
7 Dots Homegrown Clear Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Ideology Label Letters

That's it from me for now.  Hope you enjoyed my post, and don't forget to have a go at this month's challenge.

Monique xx

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Scrap Matrix November Challenge

Hi Everyone,

Tonight I am sharing the layout I have done for the November Challenge over at Scrap Matrix.  It is all about 7 Dots Studio this month.  The criteria is pretty simple really - create a layout using 7 Dots Studio papers and embellishments.

I chose to use the awesome Hazy Daze range.  This range is fabulous for those grungy boy layouts I love so much.

This is what I created:

The details of my process are on the Scrap Matrix Blog.

If you are keen to give this challenge a go, head over to the Blog for the details, and upload your layout to the Scrap Matrix Shares Facebook Page.  There are sooooo many yummy 7 Dots Studio ranges at Scrap Matrix, I'm sure you can find something that will take your fancy.

Well that's it from me tonight - hope to see heaps of entries for this month's challenge on the Facebook Page soon.

Monique xx

Monday, November 6, 2017

Watercolour and Words Inspiration

Hi Everyone,

It is such a crazy time for me at the moment - hence being so quiet on the blogging front.  That hectic fourth term never gets any easier I'm afraid.

Today I am sharing my second creation for the Scrap Matrix Watercolour and Words challenge.  This time I decided to do a layout, and just use some ink sprays, stamps, stencils and these gorgeous Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks which can be found in the Scrap Matrix shop here.

Anyways, this is what I created:

It was so much fun creating this - just getting messy and arty is always good for the soul I find.  I used the scribble sticks to colour some of my texture paste stencilling and also to colour my stamped images.  I keep raving about these Scribble Sticks - they are just so good, so creamy and divine.

For a a short tutorial on creating this layout, and for more information about how to enter the Scrap Matrix Watercolour and Words challenge head over to the Scrap Matrix Blog now!!

That's it from me for now - I will be back soon to share some more inspiration.


Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Kraft Plus Challenge

Good morning!

Can you believe it is October already?  I can't - it is going to be Christmas in just over two months....eeeeep!!!

This month, Scrap Matrix are one of the fabulous Sponsors of Kraft +  Challenges and it was my turn to be a Guest Designer.

Here is the criteria:

I Can See Clearly Now
Use something see-through on your layout.
Think vellum, plastic, glass, bubble wrap etc etc.

Cool hey?

This is my interpretation of the challenge:

I was inspired by this photo of my son.  We were all on holiday in the beautiful South West  WA.  Some good friends were taking us around to the beaches and the vineyards and it was one of the most magical experiences of my life.

As usual, this layout is chock a block full of amazing products from Scrap Matrix.  First, I used some texture paste on Prima Stencils in Tuberoses and Grid.  Then I brushed some Gesso over the background and flicked on some Lindy Stamp Gang Spray in Mad Hatter Mint.  The Gesso also helped bring up the gorgeous gold colour from the Finnebair Art Alchemy Opal Magic Acryllic Paint.
(This paint is amazing - creamy, shimmery....and, depending on your background colour, can come out in a variety of colours!)

Once my background was finished, I layered up some corrugated card, doilies and papers from the 7 Dots Studio Verano Azul range.  This paper is perfect for beachy layouts with its teals and wood backgrounds.....

Finally, I added some Blue Fern chipboard, a variety of flowers from my stash, some shells, diet leaves, a piece of driftwood (painted with Lindy Stamp Gang Magicals and some more Opal Magic) and the fabulously beachy 13 Arts Dried Roots (Ecru.)  They come in a variety of colours and are wonderful for creating texture on a layout.

Now, back to the Challenge.  The clear element I used was this glass bottle which I filled with shells. Mini glass bottles add some much to your page - I fill them with beads, shells, sometimes even my journalling.

Here is a couple of close up of the other elements on my page.

What do you think?
If you enter the Kraft Plus October Challenge, you will be in the running to win a heap of awesome prizes including this from Scrap Matrix.

 FOUR Stencils and FOUR sticker sheets created by 
Marta Lapkowska (Maremi's Small Art) for 13 Arts. 

Pretty cool prize right there if you ask me.

So if you want to enter the Kraft Plus October "I can See Clearly Now" challenge, head over to the blog for more details.

Happy scrapping everyone!


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Another Grungy Layout.....

Hi Scrappy Friends,

Just thought I'd pop up a blog post while I am watching the Grand Final.  The Mighty Hawks aren't a show this year, so I am really pretty neutral about the outcome - kinda leaning toward the Crows, but would like to see the Tigers win a flag after so long too.

Anyway, back to scrapping.  Today I am sharing another layout I did a while ago:

I used the gorgeous "Believe" kit from Scrappy Chat Designs.  This paper is from Bo Bunny - and the range is full of grungy deliciousness.  
I started by using a bit of texture paste and the "Subway" stencil from TCW.  Next I used some Lindy's Stamp Gang Mist in Cattail Copper Brown. This colour can be found in a set at Scrap Matrix here.  I then added some blue colour to blend in with the blue denim in my photo.  I did this by  using the fabulous Distress Oxide Ink in Broken China.  I applied the ink pad to my craft sheet, sprayed it with water then sponged on the colour.  For extra layers, I stamped my Carabelle Studios "Grunge Metre" stamp randomly on the background until I was satisfied with the result.

Once I was happy with the background, I prepared my embellishments.  I embossed the chipboard chain and chicken wire with Lindy's  Queen of Sheba Silver Embossing Powder.  With the chipboard cogs, I painted them in Dusty Attic Chocolate Brown, then added some Dusty Attic Rusting Powder.
I LOVE the rusting effect this powder has on chipboard - it makes it look so real!!

Then I put the whole thing together, layering my chipboard cogs with metal cogs and clocks, and some metal numbers as.  Finished it off with some Finnebair microbeads.  Here are some closeups:

I found a metal cog that fit perfectly over the top of this Finnebair Fob metal.  

The paint/Rust Powder effect makes the chipboard cogs look so realistic.

That's it from me for now.  I hope you enjoy Grand Final weekend, and also fit some scrapping in!

Have fun,

Monique xx