BG Ambrosia – yep I’m back!!

It’s been a while I know. I’ve been very sick for a number of months now – several weeks off work in a block at the beginning of the term and then at least 2 days every week since. So I bit the bullet and I am on long service leave for the rest of the year whilst I get better.

But I am back to scrapping – something I pretty much had to give up for a couple of months there. And what better range of goodies to play with than the new BG Ambrosia. Gosh I love those colours – and I am soooo not an orange girl. I think the combination of red, orange, grey and black is just stunning – so vibrant and striking. It has to be one of the best ranges BG has put out. Four layouts, several cards and yes – even an OTP later – I still have heaps of ideas for using it bubbling away in my head.

And I have time now to do something with them. 🙂

Having used it now, I would say one of its best features is its versatility – it is perfect for bold and strong masculine layouts, yet it can also be used for very girly layouts too. Often the trick is in the embellishments or even the way you treat the paper. It is also perfect for black and white photos – which I love using.

For the first layout – Dare to Dream – I started with the shape of the patterns. BG is fantastic at turning out patterned papers that are easy to cut out into page embellishments. Taking the vividly orange and cream ‘Mandarin’ – I cut a strip off it, one edge of which I hand cut to show off the pattern. I combined this with some strips of contrasting grey and black background papers – which all stood out well against the white Bazzill cardstock.

Over this I used a piece of the gorgeous ‘Clementine’ – but to make it more interesting, I folded it a couple of times and punched some circles out of it with my hole punch. It’s a sort of grungey look – so some black inking and ripping the edges a little, helped to grunge it up further. It’s not my technique – I did spot it on a layout somewhere in cyberspace – you have to admire the simple creativity of it though.

A few other hand-cut patterns served as page accents – framing my photo, which was black and white to allow the orange to feature prominently (no conflicting colours). I also used one of my new Fiskars border punches to produce an interesting edge to the black pp where it bordered the bottom of my photo. This was also where I stamped a section of the cardstock using a lovely wood-mounted script stamp I have had for forever. As you can see from the close-up – I also used a black gel-pen to edge the page accents – it helps to make them stand out more. I haven’t done this much before and I am impressed with how good it looks – it certainly suits this layout. I used a stamp I got off ebay for the title and made it a part of the journaling – all of which I put on a hand-made journaling tag (using some leftover ‘Clementine’).

I used some Kaisercraft black rhinestones to decorate the pattern on the ‘Mandarin’ paper – as well as a touch of Kindyglitz (Crystalina). I also finally got to use some simply divine Prima flowers I have been hoarding for months now – they were just perfect, along with some black crystal flower centres.

To finish it off – some stitching around the edges – some orange bling and I filled in two corners with some grungy inked/drawn lines. The also used one of the black floral rubons and a couple of small rubons here and there and a hand-cut butterfly.

For – Madame Butterfly – I wanted two things – to use a strip of the ‘Quince”, cut to show off the scallop pattern; and to use a butterfly stamp inked onto a transparency sheet technique – the make your own transparency approach.

This layout also relies on layering of patterned papers rather than cutting them out. When layering papers it is often effective to use several similarly coloured papers together with a starkly contrasting one – in this case, cream and black patterned papers, together with a bright orange-red. I used some matching chalk ink to edge the black/cream papers to further tie them together. And yep – I do love my border punch. 🙂 The gemstone flourishes you can see below are Prima Topaz Flourishes.

To provide some glitter to the page I coloured over a 7cm black Green Tara blossom with black Kindyglitz. This gives it a great texture. In the close-up you can also see the vibrant orange lace (Prima) I used, plus another hand-cut butterfly. The small orange and black bits you can see next to the flower are some beads I sewed into place. Simply thread them on some strong thread or wire and thread them through the cardstock.

I also covered the black stamped butterflies image I used on the other side of the photo. Using Stazon ink I stamped it straight onto the transparency sheet and let it sit for a short period of time before “doing the ‘glitz”. I also used a journaling stamp (Rusty Pickle) to create a tag for my journaling. This was mounted on a pop-dot to give the layout some depth.

More rubons and a bold, but delicate title using the matching sticker alphas are the final touches. BG have used their ‘Wilma’ font for this range and I love it – fine and delicate, it is the ultimate girly script. This layout will be covered step-by-step in an up-coming free class at TSE. It will be available as either the girl-based layout you see here or a more masculine boy version which I will post up here sometime soon. So I would love to see you there – keep an eye out for the time to be posted here.

The last of the layouts tries to showcase how to use scraps. I’ve used some left over bits from other projects, together with some lace that was left from the photo frame project. For – Chrysalis – I have used a very simple approach to the layout design. The photos are smaller and the page less cluttered and fussy. In mirror imaging the way the page is designed, I have tried to make it obvious there are two parts to the page, without having a hard border to separate them.

This is why one photo is b/w and the other colour and is also why they are matted with different colour matts. I’ve cut up one of the floral/vine rubons and used them to frame the photos – again matching the colour of the rubon to the ‘mood’ I want that photo to display.

The papers used here are more muted than the other two layouts – there is less of a sharp contrast. The grey background paper is softer than the previous black and white cardstock and the pp is a softer orange/grey/cream. The main embellishment is the stamped BG butterfly – which I have coloured in with my Twinkling H2O’s.

More BG Wilma chippy alphas, which I have inked with the same orange chalk ink I have used in all three layouts. The journaling has been printed from the computer onto some of the transparency sheet. You need special paper for each of the printer types – and be warned, they can be expensive for colour inkjects (about $5 a sheet). It does not photograph well but does read well in real life.

The photo frame was a birthday gift to DS1’s first ever girlfriend. Lol – a labour of love if ever there was. I’ve used a cheap shadow box frame – but they are tricky to cover effectively. The lovely black lace in the corners of the frame is to hide where I could not get into the corners properly with the paper – the paper was just a smidgeon too narrow for the job. There were two layers of matts – the scalloped stripes and the red frame. I’ve liberally inked all edges and the butterfly trail is stitched to the red matt.

That’s the same butterfly swirl stamp as in the layout – but this time I coloured it in a little with Twinkling H2O’s. The transparency overlies the inner red matt but is covered by the glass. Some hand-cut butterflies and Green Tara and Prima flowers to complete the frame. (And yes – I understand she loves it.)

The card was simply made with leftovers from the frame. The black kindyglitz version of the butterflies stamp and lots of Twinkling H2O’s around the edges of the card. Too simple.

So – very happy to be scrapping again. Feeling somewhat better – still very tired, but on the mend at last. I’m really looking forward to some time exploring scrapping – taking the time to do the more ‘fussy’ work that I like – which is very relaxing but also very time-consuming. Speed-scrapper I will never be – but I enjoy the whole experience and don’t begrudge the time.

I will post up the boy version of my class in a couple of days – along with the date and time of the class. It would be great to see you there.

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