Welcome to the Scrap FX and Scrapbook Creations Christmas blog hop. We have partnered up to bring you a very special chipboard christmas celebration! If you haven’t already seen the prizes, take a look at this:
THIS is the prize you could win (a pack of delicious Scrap FX goodies and a digital SC subscription), if you join in and play along. It’s easy enough to be in with a chance to win–simply comment on each blog post, starting here: Scrapbook Creations blog, comment on their blog hop post, and repeat until you’ve completed the entire list! (Make sure you do check out the inspiration–it’s all brilliant!) The blog hop ends next Wednesday, 11 December, at midday Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
This is the last post for the hop (with a surprise at the end!)
We’d like to share some Christmas cards using Scrap FX brooches, so it is a card AND the gift!
The card was made with white card folded to 18 x 12.5 cm horizontally. A traditional colourway was used, starting with a layer of white velum and red patterned paper. The Belt Frame was painted black with a silver buckle, and placed in the cente of the card. A white lace tag was glued on one side and the Christmas Word Tree title painted with bright green, glued on the other side. A little piece of muslin was taped to the tag, then two holes made through all the layers, where the Santa brooch clasp was pinned. The final touch of ribbon and mini star buttons were added, and the ‘gift’ was ready.
The second card was made with not so traditional colours: teal, fluro pink and bright green, and the very cute Reindeer brooch.
The card was made with white card folded to 18 x 12.5 cm vertically. The Holly Flourish was used as a mask in the top left hand corner, sprayed with Perfect Pearls mist. The flourish was then turned over and inked with black. A piece of white vellum was stamped with a Christmas greeting, and glued on the right hand side. A strip of green paper was then glued on the bottom. The greeting was also stamped on a white tag, that had been painted with fluro pink paint. The tag and flourish were glued in position, then two holes punched through the card layers for the brooch clasp to be attached. Muslin, ribbon and the mini Happy Christmas word were added for the final touches.
So there you have it…..simple cards AND a gift!!
Now for the surprise! For an extra chance to win some goodies, please visit our facebook page: Scrap FX Australia, ’like’ us, and leave a comment to be in the draw for a Santa Brooch and a Reindeer Brooch.
Thanks for visiting us and joining in the blog hop, we wish you all a wonderful Scrappy Christmas!!
Hi, my name is Lizzy and I’m from Santiago, Chile. I’m a mom of three kids. Daniela (29), Valentina (25) and Felipe (20).
I’ve been scrapbooking since 2005. I started as a digital scrapbooker and then I joined many DT’s (Doris Castle, Lawanna Dejardin, Michelle Shevland among others). I got published in Somerset Memories, Somerset Digital Studio, Digital Scrapbooking (CK Media)…
In 2007 I started with traditional scrapbooking and nowadays, I’m trying different techniques and styles and I’m in love with art journal and mixed media. I could say I have a free style, sometimes quirky or abstract. I LOVE color, it inspires me to create.
Hi All! Thanks for stopping in today! I have a bright layout to share with you using some of my Scrap FX favorites!
I found some inspiration in this sweet photo of my baby boy from a couple of years ago. I really love the colors in his shirt and decided to center myself around those bright stripes.
I thought I would be a bit, well, unconventional with my project. The idea came to me when the creative process came to a sccccreetching hault where you find yourself finding that your idea just is not working. You know what I mean.I found this stencil and thought I would gesso the back of it up and use it more like a stamp. Needless to say, it was not giving me the dramatic effect I would have liked. SO, I felt very brave and stuck the whole stencil down as a part of the layout. When I started to think of it, you could really use any stencil and make it an embellishment just by adding some paint or Gesso to the back of it.
I really wanted to draw attention to my stencil so I tucked my photo in one of the arrows and added some threads out the sides. In the end, it is simple and the result was bright and colorful!
Hello Everyone, Scarlett with you sharing a quickie tutorial on how to make some sweet little gift tags for all those packages you’ll soon be wrapping up. I haven’t even begun shopping – ha! – but am delighting in preparing tiny treasures for the things I’ll eventually purchase.
NeoColor IIs (markers, gelatos, colored pencils, etc. will work)
Christmas Themed Washi Tape
Step One: Cut watercolor paper to 3×3 size. Stamp Moroccan Tile (2013351) image onto watercolor paper with embossing ink and sprinkle embossing powder on it. Heat emboss powder to set it.
Step Two: Spray tag generously with mist color of choice. Allow the mist to dry for a couple seconds and then pounce away color from embossed areas with a baby wipe.
Step Three: Layer some Random Dot (2013172) stenciling over the tag base in the upper left and lower right corners using modeling paste (or whatever paste you have on hand). Set this aside to dry completely.
Step Four: Once paste is dry, highlight some circles using two shades of NeoColors II (or whatever coloring medium you choose/have on hand). Sprinkle some splats of gold mist across the tag. *My apologies for not having a photo of these materials in this step
Add some washi tape across a piece of burlap and adhere it diagonally across the tag. I use fabric glue for this to ensure it’ll stick.
Step Five: Add some modeling paste to a Mini Christmas Tree (2007384) and set aside to dry. Diecut some letters (or use stickers, or chippies ) and outline them with a white pen. Adhere these to your washi tape strip. Brush green mist onto the dry Christmas Tree chippie and adhere it to the washi tape strip in place of the ‘o’ in joy.
Step Six: Outline your tag with a black pen and add some little random marks along the edges.
Step Seven: Cut a piece of patterned paper 3×3 and stamp a to/from image onto it. If you don’t have on of these use some letter stamps. Sprinkle some gold splats across the paper. Outline the paper with a black pen and add some random marks along the edges. Adhere this to the back of your tag. *Note – I adhered this after I created the front to cover any messiness that may have gotten on the back of the tag during creation.
Step Eight: Punch a hole in the upper right corner of the tag and add some twine to create a loop for attaching to a package.
This is the front of the finished tag….
the back of the finished tag…..
and a different angle to check out all the fantabulous texture created in a few simple steps.
Hello, Hello! We’re back again with a second dose of inspiration from the Designers based off of our current Mood Board Challenge. If you missed the first round, you can go here and check out the variety of projects brought on by the first round of Designers playing along. This round is just as spectacular, lets check out the board again:
So fun, right??! Cindy really did a splendid job. The boinging rainbow colors can lead to endless creations, plus there are numerous images to be inspired by as well! You may choose to take the quote and run with text, or perhaps some of the patterns speak to you, or maybe even the eye pops out as a starting point for something magnificent.
Of course we always like to stir things up, just a tad, and in doing so the addition of using stencils along with the Mood Board was required.
So the designers were presented with this:
- Use Mood Board as inspiration to create a project of any type
Claire has really rocked out the color pop on this page with her splats of rainbow delight! Her use of white space is always brilliant and this is certainly no exception. This shows you can go rainbow in modest amounts and still have a powerful impact of color. She has used her color in fabulous ways to highlight her photo and her embellishments up top. The bold use of black against the pops of color is often found in Claire’s work, but is also very noticeable in the Mood Board. This contrast is so lovely and the chevron pattern just looks so striking drawn out like this.
In these pictures you can see the detail of the her color and stenciling a bit better. Its just pure perfection. You can also see her use of the new Word Set pieces. By leaving them bare Claire has created another fabulous element of contrast that works so well. These pieces stand out, yet don’t take away from the photo. It all just meshes together in a great harmony.
Cindy held nothing back when it came to using bold, bright color for her page! I love the drippage of rainbow colors she has created here over all the various built up texture. Such a marvelous interpretation of the board’s colors and patterns infused together here. You can see black was an important tool of contrast for her as well in not only her embellishments but that super cool photo! Do you spy what I do in her hubs sunglasses?? I mean how cool is that shot?! Now if only I could get my hubs to wear some shades like that…..LOL!
Cindy made this great collage of details for us to check out. I love how she took inspiration from the mood board and used some barbed wire chipboard on her page, mimicking the wire the birds sit upon. This is such a fantastic touch to her piece and really suits the photo so well as does the tree shape. It just goes to show you not a lot is needed on a page to make a statement. Her background was so tremendously done that a few simple touches here and there along with her photo made the page come together beautifully. Of course the wordlet she chose is absolutely fitting not only to what she feels about her hubby but to the overall theme she created of her page. I so love this about the ScrapfX wordlets – there is always the perfect one available.
Elisabeth has gone with the softer side of the of the rainbow. It allows the fun and playfulness of her photo to shine through yet not be overwhelmed. I can see she was inspired by the patterns in the mood board and carried those through on her page by adding some texture with her stencils and stamps here and there. This captured her color well and allowed it to pop an extra bit in some areas where it pooled around the pattern. I particularly love how the Moroccan Tile shape is enhanced by this. I also love how she pulled in her flowers and kept them going accordingly with the flow of her rainbow. This is such a fabulous way to help the eye move across the page. The addition of the mini chippie houses decked out to match the color scheme as well is just adorable – such a sweet playful touch. The combination of elegant and playful elements on this page make a delightful team and a gorgeous end result. I think this is a good lesson in knowing that more than one style can merge on a page and create bliss.
Just stopping by to share a simple canvas that I created using my favorite Pipeworks stencil and some of the new chippy’s for this month. I’m keeping it short and sweet tonight because I want to leave you with a video tutorial…
Hey There Everyone, Scarlett with you today to share a couple of summery LOs for you to enjoy. In my parts I’ve been warming myself by the fireplace already and am gearing up for the even more frigid temps that are to come but I know many of you are getting ready to delight in summer!! Hopefully these LOs will give you some inspiration for scrapping your upcoming season.
The Magic of Bubbles and Mittens
This page was a lot of fun to create. It sparked from the idea of wanting to create a bubble trail that seemingly carried on from the photo I took of my niece. I began this page with watercolors and use NeoColors to create the first layer of circles. From there I grabbed my trusty Random Dots stencil (2013172) along with bits from another circular mask, and some paste to create some lovely texture atop the foundational color. Once the paste was completely dry I went back in with some more NeoColors and a Stabilo pencil to highlight certain circles.
Since my background was bursting with color and somewhat busy I decided to keep the layers of the page simple and sweet. The Graphic Circle (2013076) was perfect on this page to help keep with the flow of circles and bubble like effects. I simply added some black paint to it, a bit of white pen highlighting, and a touch of shimmer with some glitter glue. There truly is something so magical about bubbles during summertime and why not throw some mittens in there just for the fun of it? Ha! Only in my neck of the woods would that happen.
This page was created in the same manner as the above one just went with more of a scene setting this time around. If you haven’t noticed by now the Random Dots Stencil (2013172) has become my absolute fav and go to for many projects. I love the versatility the design provides and to say I’m smitten with circles as an accent is probably an understatement. Seriously though if you’re looking for a spectacular foundation stencil to add in your mix of supplies this is the one I would recommend. Another fun feature on this page is the use of some fussy cut Leafy Stem Stamp (2013253) stamped images. To create these I inked up my stamp with some metallic paint and stamped onto some text patterned paper I had in my stash. After that I cut them out and layered them in to my design.
Once again I had a bright and busy background going on so there was little need for much to add in order to finish off the page. I chose my wordlet and altered it by adding some red paint to bring attention to the photo. Once the paint dried I stamped over the wordlet randomly with a floral image and then finished it off by highlighting with a white gel pen. I think this is one of my favorite wordlets because it can be used for so many different occasions; I’ve used it on a couple different projects now. It was definitely the right fit for this gorgeous summer day when you just want to soak up and seize every bit of it you can!
Hey There ScrapFX Fans! Its hard to believe we’re back already with another post chock full of designer inspiration and a new challenge for you!! There is still a very wee bit of time for you to get your entries in for our last challenge so don’t delay, get your create on, and post those projects for your chance to win.
In the meantime check out the new Mood Board:
This board was created by the ever fabulous Cindy and is surely all about the color, wouldn’t you say?
The images here are such an eclectic mix and can lend themselves to all sorts of tremendous projects, but I must admit my color lovin’ self was truly most excited about the bold, bright colors.
As always there has to be some sort of twist and this time is no exception so here is what the Designers were presented with for their challenge:
- Use Mood Board as inspiration to create a project of any type
- Use stencils in the creation of project
The twist this time was to use stencils. The hardest part of this twist is choosing which fantabulous ScrapFX stencil to use! Lets check out how the designers playing along this week stepped up to the challenge.
This time around Anita went with an art journal page; one that is worthy of being framed if you ask me. She got playful with her mists and went to town creating. You can see she began with a dazzling spritz of some hot pink through the new Moroccan Tile Stencil. From there she created a spectacular drippy background exploding with every color of the rainbow. I really love how the drips have created a mock frame around the piece and you can still see ‘evidence’ of her stenciling. The black pops of the seed stem stamping are the perfect contrast to the bright and bold piece – it grounds everything and helps it from becoming to busy. She has pulled some floral inspiration from the board and added a lovely quote too! Don’t those chippies look fabulous with all that rick texture and in white – another great layer of contrast atop the seed stems. To finish off the piece Anita has added fun little details to the seed stem petals and my favorite little accent is the puffy paint leaves. Such a beautiful piece of art.
Renata has created a striking artsy, romantic LO using lots of bold color against a crisp white background. She shared she was inspired by the wonderful colors of the board to make her background. She used watercolors on white cardstock because she wanted to have an artsy and messy base for her picture. Mission accomplished there for sure! I really love how the watercolors mix and blend here and how she has also incorporated big splashes of color like the ones seen in the board. Renata continued to share that she chose to stamp in black to represent the contrast that is found on the inspiration board in the image with the birds on the wire. This contrast again offers such a lovely break for the eye and the placement Renata has used really gives attention to the photo. Her chipboard was altered with three different colors, inspired by the board, and the flowers offer emphasis to the colors of the board as well as provide the romantic touch we’ve come to love on Renata’s pages. So the next time you think you can’t mix artsy and romantic come back and look at this page. Renata has meshed the two styles flawlessly.
Misty has created a gorgeous mixed media tag full of stunning texture and color. She has busted out with the new Circles and Squares stencil in grand fashion here showing you don’t have to go large to have a powerful impact with a project. I love how she has used this stencil sparingly and allowed it to shine through in certain areas and then in others it is just purely the tag along with bits of color and built up mediums. This is something to remember and learn from as you dive in to mixed media – random coverage is always more intriguing than full. Misty is truly a master at this. I also really love how she has stayed true to her grungy style and played the rainbow of colors so well off this. Nothing says the rainbow can’t be grunged and she has rocked this look to the core! I can tell she was especially drawn to the warm tones of the rainbow by the color of the flower she used and the colors she highlighted the words she popped.
Here is a closer look at some details:
Here you can see the flower a bit better. I adore how she used some floral inspiration from the board on this tag and she also created her own leaves!! Yep, you read that right. Those leaves are created with one of the new ScrapFX leaf stamps. She did a splendid job coloring them and creating texture within the veins to allow them to mesh right along with the flower. They even look as if they were outside with the little splotches on them don’t they? Perfect Fall touch, well at least for those of us experiencing Fall right now.
For my project I decided to create a canvas. While I must say this isn’t entirely completed, its about 95% of the way there. I was inspired completely by the bold, bright colors of the board and wanted to create a whimsy scene. I pulled inspiration for the girl from the eye and the idea to set a scene around her from the birds, flowers, and little ocean view. I don’t get to catch a glimpse of the ocean much in my parts so this scene seemed a bit more fitting. I used the Random Dots and Crosswords Stencil on my background with some paste and worked up from there with various color mediums. I wish you could see the different sparkly elements on this piece but I have yet to learn how to truly capture glitz and glam on camera. I’ve also yet to add a few finishing touches I think will really spruce this up and am still pondering what, if any text or wordlets, I’d like to add. Stay tuned to my personal post coming soon for the fully finished piece.
Here you can see the girl’s head a bit better. I used the Cogs Stamp to create her little Afro and I just adore how it came out. I inked up my stamp with some colored heavy gesso and stamped away. I made sure only the parts of the stamp I wanted highlighted on her head were covered with my mixture. Once that was completely dry I went back in with some black watercolor paint and highlighted the rest of her hair to fill it in. Such a fun and funky look that I’ve had swirling around in my head as an idea for quite some time. I was so elated to finally get it out. Now I think I may be hooked. Her green eyes also have some sparkle to them thanks to some glitter glue in green but again its really hard to tell that from the pictures.
What a tremendous variety of inspiration for our first posting of this challenge, huh? From an art journal page to a tag, a LO to a canvas there is something sure to strike everyone’s creative fancy and now its your turn to show us what you got!
Your challenge is as follows:
Fan Mood Board Challenge:
- Create any project using the above Rainbow Mood Board as your inspiration
- Use a stencil(s) in the creation of your project
- Upload your newly created project to our Facebook page or leave a blog link here if you don’t do Facebook (you are more than welcome to do both) so we can check it out.
Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2013 for your chance to win!
We can’t wait to see what you create. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!!