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Some layouts and a card.

So here I am just waiting to remember to take photos for Adventures into doodling two and three when I remember I have two layouts and a card that I have yet to share with you all. They are all such polar opposites and really stretched my skills in some ways.

The first layout is from my niece’s birthday last year. Her favourite colours are Pink and Rainbow.

Now I am no stranger to pink and pretty. My first thought was cupcakes, with Impasto Icing and corrugated card patty cases. Of course with micro bead sprinkles. I also However I have had a lovely piece of Shimmery Ki memories Lace butterfly CS. I traced a circle onto the packaging paper and cut it out as one piece. I sat there looking at the clear packaging circle and thought oooh wonder what I can do with that. Some Staz on and a Kaiser stamp later I had a lovely acetate looking piece of hand stamped goodness (which also created an idea for faux rub ons and yes it is on my tutorial to do list). I really wanted to try a little painting on white cs, with a smidge of splatter. Add in some hand blinging of 3 stamped flourishes and a giant cupcake to hide the sour expression of someone else at the party and viola a layout is born. I have been working on my layering skills. Just because I like to stretch my skills and push my creative boundaries.

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The second layout was a harder journey. I really will need to invest in more 3d flowers or learn to make them myself (budget scrapping can sometimes be a smidge painful full of wants but not always haves). For this I wanted to have a go at clustering. The thing I have learnt is that sometimes my mind is far too ordered. Although I am so happy with how my Layout of me from Kindergarten turned out (my aim is to have all my school photos scrapbooked by the end of the year). I can see that I definitely need more flowers and some other stuff to cluster with. Always a learning curve. I took the colours from the background flowers in this photo as well as the blue in the uniform. Added in some resin flowers, a big hand made one and a matching journaling tag complete with seam binding and jute. And here it is:

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I had an idea after joining the girly grunge site for this card. Originally it was going to be for my DT application for Donna Salazar designs (perhaps next time). I was so happy with this Shabby Chic steam punk look. Along with the handmade recycled book flower butterflies and flowers. I cut in half a Tim Holtz cog that I had cut from plastic packaging, which if you look carefully form leaves of sort under my flowers. Just a little snow cap left to dry then inked over with a smidge of green. I totally adore just adding a hint of colour. This is where re inkers and cotton buds come in most handy. It is a simple technique dip your cotton bud into your re-inker and then gently apply on the edges you want colour. Use the clean side to clean off the excess and viola shabby chic. It also works well used with browns for an aged old worn look. So with the big Tim Holtz clock and the Sizzix locket die (all coated in triple thick with a smidge of iridescent medium). This idea was born. Totally love the background with a homemade pearl mist and glimmer screen. Not sure who will be the recipient of this card but I do hope they love it as much as I do. Especially as I parted with one of my Tattered Angels keys just to give it the extra oomph it needed.

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So now you are caught up with my few scrapping endeavours this year. As always I look forward to being challenged and stepping out of my comfort zones. All whilst scrapping on a pretty small budget. Often I think that having a small budget has forced me to find ways to be creative that I may not have found if I had an endless stash of wonderful products to chose from. (although I would not complain at having more choices at all and can imagine I would be very happy in a well stocked studio of creativity and with everything at my fingertips yes a woman can dream)

drummmmrrrrrrrrrrrroooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllll please and the winner of a Bag of Mixed Die Cut recycled book flowers is…………………………….
Lucky Number 4 Alex Carr! Will be in touch to get your addy for your flowers Congratulations!

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12 Tags of Christmas Day 8

Inspired by the Ever Amazing, Ever Impressive, Geenie of Creativity Mr Tim Holtz himself

 http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/12/12-tags-of-christmastag-8.html

After two completely botched jobs and ruining two tags trying to get the background technique to work with stamps that did not suit it. I was getting frustrated. So I went and looked through my other stamps pulled out a few sets and started to re evaluate my idea. It took a little playing and I have to say even though my original set of ideas was completely different I am very happy with the end result. I am not the best when it comes to layering or adding lots of things onto a space. I think it comes from loving the clean uncluttered look. So even getting the layers I did into this tag was a challenge. I did pull out chipboard gears and the same clock that Mr Holtz used on today’s tag. But I did steam punk already with Day 1’s tag and honestly after I started playing I just let my creativity go and followed along in its wake. So here are the results. Love to know what you think.

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Materials Used:

Tim Holtz – Re-Inkers in Dusty Concord and warn lipstick

-Blending tool and 2 pieces of felt

– Paint Dabber Snow Cap

-Visual Artistry Stamps- French Market, Lost and Found, and Regal Flourish

Versa mark Watermark Ink pad

Homemade white Pearl Mist

Glossy Accents

Manilla Tag

Prima Say it in Pearls (two small flourish pieces)

Baking Paper

Resin Flower

Hand Dyed Seem Binding (Mine came from a wonderfully seller on Etsy called Tattered Inspirations)

Sizzix Heart Locket Die cut from chipboard

Cotton Buds

Kaiser December 25th Clear Stamps (I used the merry Christmas ticket)

Polyshrink in Opaque

Brilliance Pearlescent ink in: Purple and Orchid

Staz on Jet Black

Heat Gun

Utee

Step 1. See The Technique on Tim Holt’z Blog for the background of this here is mine after I added an extra step and misted it with homemade pearl mist, dried it with my heat gun and re misted it with the pearl to give the really shimmery and very pastel colour effect. I used snow cap on the flourish stamp from Regal Flourishes in the top corner and the writing from Lost and Found on the side. I used worn lipstick and dusty concord to Colour the tag.

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Step 2: Paint all 3 pieces of your chipboard Locket with snow cap. Dry and repeat.

Step 3. With your blending tool go around the outside of the background heart with dusty concord, blot off any excess ink with a piece of paper towel, or strong tissue.  Leave the centre white or if you like colour it as well.

Step 4. Go around the outside of the smaller ornate heart with Worn Lipstick, blot off excess ink. Then using a cotton bud with a smidge of ink, Run it around the ornate parts of the Heart. Again blotting off the excess

Step 5. Do the same with the key. I did the heart at the top with Worn Lipstick and the key part in dusty concord.

Step 6: After the ink has dried push each piece onto your versa mark watermark stamp pad. Cover in Utee. Shake off Excess. And heat to a smooth glossy finish with your heat gun. (Alternately you could use glossy accents or triple thick. I was impatient and did not want to have to wait for them to dry)

Step 7: Using a little glossy accents on the back of the ornate heart position and glue onto the background heart (I left the top part of the locket unglued so I could slip the shrinked tags under it a little and in case I wanted to add a chain or some such.)

Step 8: Tear off a piece of Baking Paper. Using the Staz on (I tried this with versa mark black as well it does not set) ink the Eiffel Tower stamp from French Market and stamp onto the baking paper. Heat with your heat gun. You will know it has set when the image fades into the background and looks similar to Tim Holtz’s ghosting technique

Step 9: Position your Eiffel Tower image onto your tag and play with it to see where you want it. Trim or tear off excess of the image and stick into place (I found a little glossy accents on each side worked well for this)

Step 10: Position your Heart locket in the bottom corner. When you’re happy with where it is going use a little glossy accents to glue it into place

Step 11:  Place your two small flourish pieces onto the Baking Paper in the bottom corner opposite to the heart and stick in place leaving a gap to glue your resin flower.

Step 12: Glue on your Resin Flower with glossy accents

Step 13: Attach your key in a place you are happy with

Step 14: Stamp your Shrink plastic with the Merry Christmas Tag in both Orchid and Purple. Cut around them. Using tweezers, or something to hold them in place. Heat with your Heat gun until they won’t shrink any more (best to do one at a time) when they have shrunk a bit you can remove the tweezers (or you will end up with an indent). I shaped mine while they were still warm so they do not lie completely flat

Step 15: Attach your two shrinkies to the Tag

Step 16: Take a small piece of seem binding and tie into a bow. Glue bow to the key

And that is it everything I did to make today’s tag.