Sunday, 26 February 2017

Birthday Cards - With Karyn Schultz!

Hi Scrapping Clearly Lovelies!!! 

It's Karyn here and today I have 2 cards to share with you made using the Crate Paper Maggie Holmes "Chasing Dreams" collection  available in the Scrapping Clearly Store.
As soon as I saw the gorgeous papers in this latest collection by Maggie Holmes I instantly knew I wasted to make cards. Isn't it funny how some collections inspire you to make scrapbook pages, or do project life, or use more mixed media! The tag shapes on the 12x12 adventure paper sheet inspired me to make more tag shapes using paper in the 6x6 pad and these tags were a focal point on my cards.

I've matted various papers from the collection onto my card base (14cm x 14cm card front) then layered the doilie, tags and other papers. Lastly adding stickers, puffy stickers and these gorgeous mini tassels!! I also used my flair maker to make my own flair using paper from the collection.    
Scrapping Clearly products I've used include

Crate Paper Maggie Holmes "Chasing Dreams" collection   (adventure 12x12 paper, 6x6 paper pad, sticker sheet, puffy stickers) 
Crate Paper Maggie Holmes "Gather" mini tassels   

Thanks so much for stopping by 
Crafty Hugs xx


Something Wonderful!

Hello Arty Peeps!
Hope you're all having a fab weekend and enjoying the lower temperatures!

I have been playing with the Teresa Collins 'Something Wonderful' range over the last week and want to share a couple of my pages with you today.
It's a pretty range with lots of pink, but not specifically girly. The tones were exactly right for this page of my youngest getting heat stroke at school, see how it matches his face perfectly, haha.

A very simple layout with some typed journalling on a piece from the 6 x 6 paper pad, embellished with a few decorative brads, chippies, and stickers.

Teal is the other featured colour in this range so I highlighted it on this page, adding some Heidi Shine to a layered paper background to blend it all together.
I matted my title alpha stickers on black and went over the white with a black pen to give them some punch.

I wrote over the Bingo word on the patterned paper, and framed it with some washi tape and a sticker cut in half to make it stand out. Some sticky chippies help to ground my photos.

I'm really enjoying this range, more than expected, and have plenty left, so next month I'll be sharing some more pages using Teresa Collins' "Something Wonderful".
Stay tuned.

'Til next time, stay crafty,

Friday, 24 February 2017

The erotic art of Alpha Channeling , Naked Swimmers-A day trip to the Olsen Gallery

Howdy bloggers, Lisa here with a kind different mixed media blog update .
Just back from a dash to Sydney yesterday to catch up with my amazing 94 yr old grandmother,a visit with my mans bestie and to check out a few artist at the Olsen Gallery in Woollahra,my hometown in the 90s,one of the more upmarket areas of the eastern suburbs of Sydney. When I lived there in my 20s ,I worked as an nanny for a wealthy business family,whom bought art regularly and it was always a treat to check out the pieces and rub shoulders with the art set. 
Today I want to share with you a few artists and their pieces that are beautifully inspiring and just a heads up... everything they use to create, is in your stash or can be purchased at Scrapping Clearly .

"How light gets in " Julian Meagher .
His work is beautiful. I was lucky enough to get to the Archibald Exhibition last year and Julians piece of Daniel Johns-from the Australian band Silverchair(check out his Talk album,its a masterpiece)..was definitely my favorite hanging on the walls in that showing .
This man is training to be a surgeon-from what we heard from the gallery curator. 
Seriously, can one man really have so much talent. 

Martine Emdur
We walked up stairs to the large loft gallery and we were transformed 
into an underwater world of beauty and light, intimacy and weightlessness.
These incredibly large majestic pieces of naked underwater swimmers created a for me a feeling of 
serene calm and how she plays with light and dark,
with oil paints on linen, well it was utterly inspiring
average price for one of these babies.. $30,000.
 Wonderland 2- Martine Emdur
 Glide- Martine Emdur
 title unknown

 And the reason we initially ventured to the Olsen Gallery was for this showing,
 by one of our favorite Instagram artists AlphaChanneling ,
 a Swiss artist who draws erotic art with Pencil on watercolour paper.
Simple,colourful,beautiful erotic art with gorgeous line work and flow.
Paul being a draftsman and artist himself really relates and is 
inspired by this amazing Instagram artist work.

"There’re all these themes and content that most people would 
put up an immediate barrier against because they feel like it’s shameful or embarrassing to like.
 But because it’s kind of hidden in this graphic, protective aesthetic,
 I think people can be more open to it. It seems acceptable."
--- quote from the artist

How many galleries are in your area?
Have you visited one in the last 12 month?
If you have some free time this weekend, why not head out and
find a gallery and check out what the local artist are creating.
I know you will be inspired to make more art.
Thanks for dropping by..
I am off to play in my art space.
See you next week.
Lisa x

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Feb cards - by Chloe

Hello again!

I am here to share some more projects using the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studios Free Spirit range.  I've made some cards.

 I always love making cards - I prefer Clean and Simple designs ...

It's always handy having a few cards in my stash ... I don't know about you, but I'm always forgetting family birthdays until the last minute ... :/

Do you make cards?

Products used:
Webster Pages Trimmings in Lavender
Cocoa Vanilla Studio Die Cut Ephemera – Free Spirit
Cocoa Vanilla Free Spirit – 12 x 12 My Way

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Cards using Cocoa Vanilla Studio's Free Spirit with Melinda

Hi there scrappy friends!! Today I am here with you sharing a few quick cards I have put together using mostly scraps from the last DT kit that Kylie sent me. I had been sent the gorgeous Free Spirit collection by Cocoa Vanilla studio and had used a lot of the bits previously in a PL spread so thought I would challenge myself to use up the off cuts I had left!

Here are the 3 cards I came up with and I think all up it took me less than hour, though I wasn't timing myself!! I have had spent the last few days getting my computer up and running again thanks to a virus so I wanted something to do while I waited for the next screen to click, next, yes, no, blah, blah, blah!! And, as a total side note, PLEASE remember to back up!! I was fortunate enough that though I lost everything almost everything was backed up in my most recent back up!!

Now, onto the fun stuff!

My cards

I really had so much fun playing with all the little bits and pieces. And, aren't those flowers just beautiful!? I am currently trying to decide how (well, actually IF!!) I'm going to use the last 2 from the pack!

And here is a close up shot of each card

As you can see I have used the same floral in the background for all 3 cards. I started with a 6"x12" piece. The 3 bases measure (from top to bottom) 14.8cm x 10.5cm, 14.3cm x 10cm and 13.8cm x 9.5cm. One sentiment is from the sticker sheet while the other 2 were fussy cut from one of the papers and all of the other bits are off cuts or stickers.

I hope this inspires you to look at your scrappy left overs in maybe a little bit of a different light and get those scraps used up! 

Here is a list (including links) of all the products I have used:
CVS - Free Spirit - 12" x 12" Paper - Dreamy
CVS - Free Spirit - 12" x 12" Paper - My Way
CVS - Free Spirit - 12" x 12" Paper - Wildflowers
CVS - Free Spirit - 12" x 12" Paper - Word Jumble
CVS - Free Spirit - Sticker Sheet

Thank you, as always, for stopping by and happy scrapping!!


Monday, 20 February 2017

Bottoms up by Amy Prior - February Mood Board Challenge example

Hi everyone! Amy Prior back with you all again today, this time sharing my take on the February mood challenge which was designed by the amazing Peg Hewitt! Here is the current mood board and you can view the full details by clicking here

Here is my take on the mood board. I was inspired by the pretty flowers as well as the gorgeous colours and hearts!

I added lots of gold to this layout also because I just love this fabulous patterned paper from the My Minds Eye - My Story Collection - Patterned Paper. The gold is so hard to photograph successfully sorry but in real life this is so breathtaking!

Among the gorgeous layers of My Minds Eye - My Story Collection - Patterned Paper, I have also added various stickers from the My Minds Eye - My Story Collection - Paper Goods Stickers and My Minds Eye - My Story Collection - Story Stickers. I have inked the edges of all the papers, stickers and flowers to bring more black into the layers using Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Black and a Mini Ink Blending Tool.

I had so much fun playing with the Heidi Swapp - Wanderlust - Gold Alphas Foil sticker kit. It was so easy to use and I have added extra texture to the gold letters by squishing them down a little with my fingers. If you just want to keep the smooth gold finish, all you have to do is press the foil onto each letter. It is just so easy, I definitely recommend giving it a go! To help the letters pop off the background a little better i have doodled around the edges using a black archival pen.

Once all the layers were stuck down, I have splattered some Colour Blast - Shimmer Spray - Lipstick around the background however this step could be done first if you are afraid of splattering the photograph.

A few flowers from my stash finished this layout off perfectly.

Complete product list for this layout includes...
My Minds Eye - My Story Collection - Patterned Paper
My Minds Eye - My Story Collection - Paper Goods Stickers
My Minds Eye - My Story Collection - Story Stickers
Heidi Swapp - Wanderlust - Gold Alphas Foil sticker kit
Colour Blast - Shimmer Spray - Lipstick
Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Black
Mini Ink Blending Tool

Well that is it from me today, thanks so much for stopping by and until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Follow Your Dreams by Lauren Hender

Hi Everyone!
Welcome back to the Scrapping Clearly blog.

Today I am sharing with you a layout of my beautiful son many years ago.

It was a quick and easy layout to create using some Heidi Swapp color shines, some stamps and a few pieces of ephemera.

To build this layout I started with flicking some different colours of the color shine in a clustered area. This was surprisingly fun. The gold color shine is just stunning. It gives an almost foiled effect on the page.

 I then adhered the photo to the page, added some stamps and drew a double edged frame around the photo. I then added some ephemera. The trick is keep it simple and then you will draw people to look at your photo.  Finally used a fine paint brush to fill in some hearts and added some journaling.

So let's go shopping:

I hope this simple layout has inspired you to get creative.

Happy Scrapping,

Lauren xx