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{Colour Blast} Us ~ A Scrapbook Page

Hey Colour Blasters and welcome to the blog today! I have a pretty share for you today – something somewhat different for me but today I am scrapping an older photo of me and one of my besties so went pretty!! Here’s a little sneaky peek 😉


And, of course, there is a process video right here so grab a cuppa and enjoy!

I have used this month’s challenge as inspiration and if you have not yet seen it here it is!


And here are my step-by-steps!


A quick, light coat of White Heavy Gesso across my whole 12×12 white cardstock background. By the time I had cleaned up my spatula and work surface the gesso was dry!


I have 2 tubs of white gesso on the go at once – one is thicker than the other. To get your gesso to thicken up just leave it with the lid off while you create your next page and keep doing that until you get the desired consistency! However, I digress, I used my thicker White Heavy Gesso to apply through a stencil on my background. I taped off the parts of the stencil I didn’t want the gesso to go through. This I left to dry overnight – I didn’t want it to bubble and have the really textured, grungy look.


The next day I used a pipette to add some Colour Shimmer Spray’s to a palette to make easy water colouring. I have used Punch, Sunshine and Tangereen Dream (to fit in with this months challenge).


I then added the colour randomly to my dried stencilling in patches, letting the colours blend a little together so I didn’t get any harsh lines. I did dry after each colour to prevent the colours from completely blending together and really like the pretty background I have managed to create. I, of course, also added splatters in the same colours but keeping them pretty close in and small.


When that was all dry it was time to add all my layers and photo. I have primarily used the Vicki Boutin All The Good Things range because I knew there were birds in the ephemera pack and I love all the colours!


After my camera was turned off I added a few extra pieces including the torn edge on the left hand side and some black and white phrases. 


With those pops of black I also watered down a little Black Heavy Gesso and added some little splatters with a paint brush and 3 big splatters on the vertical where most of my design is. It’s not very common for me to not have anything to say on my pages but for this one I felt those word/phrase stickers were enough and said what I wanted to say so I’m calling it done!



And a last couple of close up’s – my little birdies!!


And my final page

You have until the end of the month to get your challenge entries in so head over here for the album and have a look around the group for lots of inspiration from the other girls on the DT but also from all of the other Colour Blast fans in the group!

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Melinda

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{Colour Blast} Gel Plate + Colour Shimmer Dust = FUN!

Hello, hello and welcome to my blog today!! Today’s share is for Colour Blast and it is more cards!!

I’m going to start this post will a little confession!! Last June I attended the Brisbane Craft Show and purchased a Gel Press plate – I couldn’t wait to get home and PLAY!! When I finally did play, let’s just say I was less than impressed with my end results so I put the press away with every intention of trying again “one day.” Well, that one day is here so I grabbed said gel press, white acrylic paint, ALL of my Colour Shimmer Dusts, brayer, stencils and paper and off I went!

I started by mixing my paint with my first colour choice of Peacock Colour Shimmer Dust. I mixed this well with a palette knife and applied to my plate with my brayer. I then grabbed my first piece of cardstock and pressed that straight onto the top rubbing firmly to get an impression.


Depending on how thick you do the paint and how much you press you can get multiple prints from the same paint layer. 

Please remember, I was simply playing and I think I still have a long way to go!! I continued with the same technique a couple of times and then decided to add another colour for another layer.

Next up was Paris Colour Shimmer Dust. I did not clean my “palette” so got a deeper green than the Paris by itself would be. I was having so much fun brayering and pressing that I forgot to get a photo of that particular layer however you can see the colour in the next step.

I decided to try adding a completely different colour and this time grabbed the Sunflower Colour Shimmer Dust and white acrylic. You can see the left overs of the Paris on the plate to the left of the photo.


I added in some stencils using  the stencil almost like a stamp and impressing the stencil into the wet paint, removing the stencil and moving it all around the plate and then doing another impression for another layer of colour.


Each time I changed colour families I cleaned my gel plate. Also when I decided to add in the yellow I actually grabbed some old acetate/packaging to create a palette to mix the colour and apply to my brayer.

I couldn’t resist trying some pink so grabbed my Lollipop Colour Shimmer Dust and got mixing. I applied a layer of that to my plate and then did a little experiment. I grabbed my Sunflower Dust and sprinkled that in couple of places on the wet paint on the gel plate, added a small blob of acrylic, brayered that and then did an impression. This gave an intesting, much more saturated, effect to the areas where the Dust hadn’t completely mixed in.


By this stage I had done a number of prints and thought I should stop then and see what I had. I had also experimented yesterday to see if I could get my idea of Colour Shimmer Dust and acrylic to work so there a couple of extra book pages I did a couple of extra impressions on those. I chose some of the prints I thought I could work with and cut them down to card front size (10cm x 14.3cm) and here are the bases I cut. I also had enough from one of the prints to do 2 10cm square fronts as well. 


I picked 3 I wanted to work with added a couple of more layers! Starting with Colour Paste in Bling to 2 of the card fronts.


When that was dry (I did give it a bit of a head start with the heat gun!) I added in some stamping with gold ink and also black ink. I also inked around all of the edges of the cards to give them a little bit of a defining edge.


I grabbed a few embellishments from my stash – Charms Creations, D-lish Scraps and Funky Flair Studio’s mostly – and stuck those on and mounted my card fronts onto cream card bases.


And a photo of each




If you know me well chances are you can pick my fave is the star one. Do you have a favourite??

I have filmed my process which will give you a better idea of the actual process (and just how messy I got 😉 ) which you can see here. 

Now that I have broken the printing plate in I can’t wait to do some more playing and printing!! Do you have a gel plate you’ve been “meaning to get to”? Have a play, it is FUN!!

I hope you enjoyed this and I’d love for you to share if you create something inspired by this so please head over the Colour Blast Creative Corner on FB and share away!!

Until next time, happy scrapping!!

Melinda






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{Colour Blast} My Special Boy ~ A Scrapbook Layout

Hey, hey!! Happy Saturday, Melinda here with you again today and I’m sharing some “special” photo’s of my big boy that I had lots of fun scrapping!!


I can’t wait to pull these out for his 18th or 21st, or heck whenever it seems funny to show some embarrassing kiddie photo’s!! This page started with these photo’s and title – I knew when I had these printed this HAD to be the title. I chose my alphas and then my colour scheme was picked for me – Just Blue and Bling!!

There is a process video here that you can watch and see my whole process and step-by-steps coming up!


Black cardstock base – after I realised I had NONE I stocked up and went straight for it for this page. A text stencil in the background and Just Blue Colour Paste for some texture and colour – I just LOVE the way the shimmer products POP on black!


After the Colour Paste was dry – I may have helped 😉 – I grabbed my Just Blue Colour Shimmer Spray and Singin The Blues Colour Shimmer Spray and simply sprayed onto my background over my stencilling.


Because the background was not prepared with gesso it dried pretty quickly so I got to splattering – I have used a combination of the Colour Shimmer Spray’s in Just Blue, Singin The Blues and, of course, Bling and also the same colours in the Colour Shimmer Pots/Cubes.



Time to build all my layers – I have used almost ALL Australian suppliers including Cocoa Vanilla Studios (You Rock collection), D-lish Scraps, Rainbow Splendor & Corbett Creations and also Flutterby Designs. Lots of blues and whites and then some extra texture with the wood veneer. The Bear may not make sense but I have always referred to my big boy as my Baby Bear and at the age he was in these photos he was OFTEN referred to as just that!


My final touches were some journalling using a white paint pen, some white thread and white splatters. My white splatters were a combination of Heavy White Gesso and water using a paintbrush and I love how it lifts the whole page!

Here are a few close ups






I just did a big batch of photo’s recently and included some of these older photo’s and am loving remembering the stories and scrapping them, I have so many ideas now!!

I hope I have inspired you to maybe pull out some black card stock or perhaps some older photo’s and have a play!

Until next time, happy scrapping – remember, the messier it is the more fun it is lol


Melinda
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{Colour Blast} Boys. Sheesh ~ A Scrapbook Layout

Hey hey and welcome to the blog on this Saturday morning!! 
I hope you have some fun scrappy plans for the weekend, I’m pretty sure I do 😉

Have you seen this months challenge?! It’s all about texture! To be honest, I struggled somewhat with what textures I would use and how I would incorporate them into my project. I started digging through my photos and this one of me and my baby inspired me and then I came up with my main idea – hand stitching!! Here’s a peek at my finished stitched centre piece. 


And a refresher of the challenge


Here is my process video if you’d like to see my page come together


My first step was coming up with my title which I knew I wanted to hand stitch. When I worked out what I was hand stitching I came up with the “sheesh” in my title knowing I had these leatherette alphas in my stash. More texture!



I added some colour to my title but made my own colour to match the collection I was using better. The Indigo Colour Spray was way too purple for what I was hoping for and the Caribbean was way too bright so I sprayed some Indigo Colour Spray onto my desk and mixed in some Caribbean. The quantities were about 6 (Indigo) to 1 (Caribbean). I tested on some scrap white card stock. And also thought I’d make it sparkly by adding a quick coat of Snow White Colour Shimmer Spray, perfect way to add shimmer without changing the base colour!



I used a paint brush and just painted inside the lines of the word my cameo had sketched.




When that was dry I added splatters in the same blue I created and then also added more splatters to match the collection I was using. I’ve used Blush, Sunshine, Envy and Stormy Weather Colour Shimmer Spray’s.


After that was thoroughly dried I poked all the holes for my stitching, put on my current fave TV show and got stitching!



A few layers behind my photo including some patterned paper that had what looked like brush strokes which I fussy cut for more texture. I also added some gold star shaped punchinella as the very back layer behind my photo.



Before I stuck that down I decided I wanted some extra texture behind the photo on the white cardstock so pulled out my Black Heavy Gesso and an old store card and added in some messy lines around the 4 corners where my photo was going to tie in the black stitching.




More texture with some puffy stickers which I ended up stitching through with gold thread on my sewing machine.


I added my journalling and also a strip of paper at the top of the page and my page was done!!



Head over here to load up your take on the March Challenge in the Colour Blast Creative Corner Facebook Group and you could win a $30 voucher to spend in the Colour Blast store!!


Until next time, happy scrapping!



Melinda


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{Colour Blast} Amazing Things ~ A Scrapbook Layout

Hello, hello, hello and happy Saturday to you!

Today I am sharing my take on this months Colour Blast challenge, rainbows!! Here is a sneaky peek!


And here is the actual challenge!


I also have a process video that you can watch right from your browser, just click on the play button!


And off we go with the step by steps!!


I started with Bazzill Marshmallow cardstock, grey archival ink, a stamp, Snow White Colour Paste and a 12×12 stencil. The stars of course 😉


Stamping first! The stamp actually reads “Tired of trying to cram her sparkly star shaped self into into society’s beige square holes, she chose to embrace her ridiculous awesomeness and shine like the freaking supernova she was meant to be.” I did lots of messy stamping in the background and let dry.


Next I grabbed my stencil, Colour Paste and a little washi to make sure I only got what I wanted! I actually did 2 applications to make the stars a little more random at the top and bottom of the pattern so after the first application was dry I re-positioned the stencil and applied more paste.


I have done this technique similarly before but last time I used hearts and my watercolours. This time I pulled out my Colour Shimmer Cubes/Pots in all the colours of the rainbow. Let me adjust that, the colours I own in the rainbow. Add in Colour Spray in Indigo and Violet and I have the whole rainbow!! You could, of course, do this very same thing with either just the Colour Sprays or the Colour Shimmer Sprays depending on the intensity of colour and sparkle you are after.

I activated all of my colours which are from L to R:
Punch, Tangereen Dream, Sunshine, Envy and Singin The Blues.
Then activated my Snow White Colour Shimmer Pot.
I sprayed both the Indigo and Violet Colour Shimmer Sprays straight onto my work surface and mixed in some of the Snow White to give those flat colours some shimmer, swoon!!!


I grabbed a paint brush and some water and off I went. I did start in the middle with Envy and then did the warm colours letting them spread and mix a tiny bit then let that dry and finished off with the cool colours. 


The colour and shimmer here is absolutely GORGEOUS!


I, of course, had to add splatters! I used the same brush and the same colours and off I went! So pretty and so me!!


I popped that aside to dry naturally and pulled all my layers and photo together and came up with my title.


Time to stick it all down! I did pull out my entire Glitter Girl collection (hello rainbows!) and tried to find all the colours in the collection and add them to their matching colour in the background.

My title is a real push for me to even use however, I am struggling a little personally and a little self love goes a very long way so I ran with it! And my journalling reflects exactly what I’ve just written!



I added a tiny touch of detail to the top right and bottom left of the page using scraps that I had experimented with colours on before I started this page and a tiny strip of washi on each.

I love how this page came together – I do love a good old rainbow – and I feel like it was just the therapy I needed right now 😉


Some of you with a super keen eye would have noticed that the step-by-steps photo’s of that rainbow coming together are different to what is on the scrapbook page – you are not going crazy! I forgot to get some step-by-steps (creativity took over!) so I re-did the paste and the rainbow and used my “demo” to make a card!! 

Make sure you play along with our challenge this month – just load up your entries over in the Colour Blast Creative Corner FB group, you could win a store voucher!!

Until next time, happy scrapping and take care of YOU!!


Melinda
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{ScrappingClearly} Hello Hipster Bar ~ A Scrapbook Layout

Howdy scrappers!

Today I am sharing my take on the ScrappingClearly sketch for February and after a bit of a rough start – stress has kinda made my mojo harder to find – and picking photos off I went!

Here again is this months sketch


And my interpretation


This layout came together reasonably quickly for me and I even contemplated the idea of no mixed media but the messy 3 year old in me won out!!

There is also a process video which you can watch below!


I started with Paper #07 from the Pink Paislee C’est La Vie collection (yes, still hanging onto some of this gorgeous collection 😉 ) and added a torn strip of Paper #03 to the middle-ish of the page.


I built my title knowing I wanted to use one of the gorgeous “Jumbo Words” by Heidi Swapp for the Minc but not sure which one. After picking my photo’s I came up with “Hello Hipster Bar” and my word was chosen! I went on the hunt for some smaller alphas and found the Something Wonderful Alpha & Label Sticker Sheet by Teresa Collins which helped me pick my foil colours!


I went with the holographic foil for the title and one of the sheets from the Minc 6×6 paper pack. And then chose mint foil for another of the 6×6 papers from the same 6×6 pack which I layered behind my 2 photo’s.


This is where my inner messy 3 year old came out!! I started with some black texture stamps and then I’ve used Colour Blast Colour Shimmer Spray in Envy with the packaging technique and also the Colour Shimmer Pot in Envy to add splatters. While that dried I minc’d my pieces and then went back to the background.


I’ve added some extra texture using some Glass Bead Glitter Gel and a text stencil. This is so pretty – I really love the added texture!! Tip – if you have this (any kind!) in your stash USE it!! Mine is at the point where I really ought to throw it out – it is almost completely set in the tub – but I am going to experiment with hot water before I give up!

Time to stick everything down!!


I ended up using some fussy cut flowers from the Pink Paislee C’est La Vie collection Paper #08 and also fussy cut some butterflies from the gorgeous “Flutter” paper in the Maggie Holmes Bloom range.

A few gold sequins from Studio Calico, my journalling and a date stamp and I am done!

I hope I have inspired you to play along with this months sketch, remember, there is a $30 store voucher up for grabs for one lucky participant! Load up your entries here in our Facebook group!

Until next time, happy scrapping!


Melinda
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{Colour Blast} Kisses Emmy?! ~ A Scrapbook Layout

Hey, hey and happy Saturday!! I am here sharing my latest make for Colour Blast and be warned, this a super bright and fun page!! 

With this page I am telling a bit of a cute & funny story about my big boy and my baby nephew!! My big boy is OBSESSED!! Which, of course, is ADORABLE! On Christmas Day when my sister and her family showed up Jacob totally doted all over his cousin. After most people left Jacob hogged him on the couch and asked him repeatedly for kisses and as we all know kisses from an 8 month old are open mouthed with grabby hands!! But Jacob sat and giggled through it all, he LOVED his cousin’s undivided attention!

Enough chatter and here is my page


And my process video


And now, some step-by-steps!!


I grabbed this piece of white card stock (no gesso or anything) that I had previously used to “clean” some stamps from another project and added some more of the same stamp but bigger using my stamping tool (it’s the only stamp block I have big enough for the biggest stitched circle lol) using Versafine black ink. 

Next I activated 2 of my Colour Shimmer Dusts – Amber and Sunflower by adding a little water and some more powder to my little paint palette. 


With my activated colour I used a paintbrush and painted a few of the circles using a fair amount of water to let the colour drip when I tipped the page up. I did dry each circle as I went because I was working on an un-gessoed background and the card stock copes well enough with what I was doing but I wouldn’t want to add to much more water!

Time to build my layers. I pulled out all the yellow and orange ephemera pieces from the collection I was using along with a couple of black & white pieces also. 

At this point I decided to add a bit more to the background. More stamping with black ink. 


And some splatters! I used my pipette (I wanted bigger splats!) and both of the same Colour Shimmer Dusts again – Amber and Sunflower. I also used a paint brush to add lots of little splatters of the Sunflower. I love how using only 2 colours I get so many different variations of the same colour, even in the splatters! I found the Sunflower dried more mustard-y when I dried it with the heat tool and more yellow when I let it air dry!


Time to stick it all down!



And work on my title! I picked some resist alphas and used my Midnight Colour Shimmer Dust to paint them black and also to add some splatters all around my page – remembering to cover my photo!!


I added my journalling and date and my page was done!


I am so pleased with how this came together and would like to share that I got the idea of colouring my circles – I hadn’t got that far in my design idea when I stamped a couple of weeks ago – from the talented Marta from Maremi SmallArt on YT.


And here are some close up’s of the finished page! I tried REALLY hard to get the shimmer of the dusts but it’s tricky to catch on the camera!








I did start this page KNOWING I was challenging myself to use some different colours to what has become my standard choice over the last little while and LOVE the brightness and shimmer I got using the Colour Shimmer Dusts!!


Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you again later in the month!

Melinda
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{STB} February 2018 Challenge – The Great Outdoors

Hey, hey my scrappy friends and happy February!!

Today I am here with you sharing my take on the fun February 20018 Scrap The Boys challenge as part of their DT. In fact, this is my first share as part of the DT and I am super excited that I was invited to the team so a big thank you to Rachel!!

Here is the challenge for February


And here is my take on the challenge


I was inspired by the colours as well as using the theme of the great outdoors so grabbed my Distress Oxides in Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans and Twisted Citron along with my photo. The photo is of my boys going down a big make shift water slide at our local fire brigade – hubby is a volunteer. Every year they do a family Christmas get together and this was the first year we had been there without any other commitments so the boys were beyond thrilled that they FINALLY got to go up and down that slide a gagillion times!


Before I added any colour I grabbed a stamp set by Letter It, stamped my title and stamped all over the background using Versafine black ink. 


I did lots of smooshing with the plastic packaging technique and got my background to where I loved and then fussy cut my title.


When my background was dry I added some Envy Colour Paste and a stencil and applied some more texture both vertically and horizontally to the background. 
While that dried I used my Apple of My Eye Colour Embossing Powder to alter my chipboard piece.


A couple of paper layers – from my scraps box and I stuck all my bits together and have a completed page!


Make sure you head over to the blog to see all of the other A-MAZING pieces created by the girls on the DT – so much inspiration!!

I love how this came together and you have until the end of the month to load up your challenges over on the blog for your chance to win an awesome prize!

I have a process video for this page and would love for you to pop on over!!


Until next time, happy scrapping!!

Melinda
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{Colour Blast} Magic & Brains ~ A Scrapbook Layout

Hello my scrappy friends and welcome to my blog today! I’m here sharing my last post for Colour Blast for January. I hope you enjoy my process!


Funny how I came to this design though because I started with a patterned paper background and decided I just didn’t love it, heck I didn’t even like it really so I thought I would use what I had done to create something I at least liked!!

First up – patterned paper and White Heavy Gesso. A thick-ish/random, smeary coat in the area where I was going to put my photo’s. I left that over night to dry.


When I came back the next day I turned my camera on and you can see my process from here on out below and keep scrolling for my step by steps….

I decided I wanted a dark contrast so grabbed my Dusty Charcoal Colour Paste and a stencil and after I marked where my photos were going I added some paste in 2 different areas. And smeared it on the top left so added a 3rd place with the paste.


Before this dried I knew I wanted an orange/black/gold colour scheme so I grabbed my Bling Colour Embossing Powder and sprinkled a little here and there over my Colour Paste and heat set the lot! Not only does heat setting it set the embossing powder but it also makes the Paste all bubbly and gives more awesome texture!



At this point I was thinking “Hrm, I’ll add a bit more colour and maybe I’ll start to love it more” so I grabbed my Sunset and Saffron Colour Sprays and some packaging and got to work using the smooshing (yep, that’s the techy word 😉 ) technique, working a small-ish section at a time and drying in between.


While I was working on that it occurred to me that the reason the 3rd spot of paste wasn’t gelling was because I hadn’t added gesso first, so I told myself “I’ll add some smooshing here too and that will work better”. TBH with you, NOPE, just nope! Ok, time to re-think my idea!


I grabbed some circle punches and dies and got to chopping up the paper – I did feel some satisfaction here – and immediately I was liking it better!! White cardstock and clear gesso for the background and I was ready to go again!



I added some ink to both my circles and the thin mat I had applied to my photos using Archival Black ink and placed the circles and photos in a configuration, first horizontally, that I thought would work. Meh, so I tried vertically and was like “Yay!! THIS is it!!”


Remove everything from the page again, grab my black archival ink and a couple of texture stamps and stamp, stamp, stamp!!


Next, I used both my Bling Colour Shimmer Spray and Colour Shimmer Pot to apply lots of pretty gold to the background. I sprayed the mist first, I wanted a fine, light coverage then I used the Bling Colour Shimmer Cube with both the packaging technique and also a paint brush and added colour to my hearts content.



Oh, and of course splatters! I used my paint brush and Colour Shimmer Pot. And Colour Spray in Roadbase also using a brush!

I added some gold stitching with my sewing machine through some of the circles and then it was time to stick, stick, stick!


I did add some more Bling splatters after all the circles were stuck down but before the photo was stuck down.



And lots of close ups! Enjoy!






So, just because you are not loving what you started does not mean that either a) you need to ditch the whole lot or b) you have to “put up with” and keep what you don’t love!! Play! I’m sure, like me you have a good stash of awesome product that can sometimes be neglected, pull it out and PLAY!!!


That’s it for me for this post and January so see you again next month, I cannot wait to play along with the next challenge, it’s a fun one 😉



Melinda

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{Guest Designer ~ Uniquely Creative} ~ Silly 7 ~ A Scrapbook Page

Hey, hey my scrappy friends!! I’m back again today with my last share for my Guest DT spot at Uniquely Creative!

This page was super fun to put together and I love the bright pops of green on my hand cut letters for my title!


Here is the finished page


And a couple of close ups


You can buy the January kits (and of course other goodies!!) here.

You can find all the most recent and up to date info on the kit club over here on their FB page and this is also where they share lots of inspiration using their kits!

That’s it for me for today, so thank you for stopping and I hope your day is scrappy!

Melinda
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