July Take 5 Challenge

I’ve posted up the photo for this months challenge. Select 5 products/techniques that you would like to see me use with this photo. If your suggestion is chosen I will create a layout using your 5 choices. June’s layout is done – just waiting for my camera to get repaired so I can take the photos to upload to the gallery. Check out the forum here for the details.

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Christmas in July – Week 4 Card Challenge

So I am setting the challenge for this week ladies. I just need to you to do something 3-dimensional.

I’ve made a cute little angel with sparkly wings – but you could do a dove, Xmas tree, present stack – whatever. I just want to see something with some depth to it.

Oh – and cause it is a challenge competition – no stamping. None at all. Not a title, sentiment, nothing. As much as I adore the cards I’ve been seeing – there is a lot of stamping happening. So take the challenge and drag out all those stickers you have been hoarding; cut your own letters, or use chippy or whatever else you have letters made out of.

My card uses one of my favourite Christmas lines from last year – the one by Little Yellow Bicycle. I think Mary still has some in stock – it’s a great range so you might want to grab some from what’s left.

Good luck ladies.

For those who want to know about the wings – here is a close up.

In the forum I tell you how to make these gorgeous glittery wings – so check out the Week 4 Competition post.

Creative Imaginations – Breathless (part 2) and a competition

Fashionista is a layout that I loved designing, but executing it was a pain in the proverbial. That particular EK Success Punch does not have a corner component and it took some practice before I could get the corners to my satisfaction. That I then promptly went and put embellishments over one of the painstakingly cut corners is neither here nor there – I know they are perfect. 🙂

I love this paper – Dark Opera – just love it. The chandelier is simply stunning. The purple is very vibrant, even though it is dark and it is almost a crime to cover up any of the paper. I just HAD to use this paper. You’ll notice there is a lot more empty space on this layout than I normally leave and that is simply because the paper design works to fill it so well.

Of course I had to use the Twiddleybitz chipboard Chandelier – it is a perfect match for the design on the paper after all. A nice coating of purple ink and then lashings of Crystalina Kindyglitz and it was just stunning. I used another of the Diecut Notepad Pages under it to help make it stand out and the purple ‘scrolly’ bit to the right is part of a journaling tag from the Die-Cut Shapes pack. I’ve hidden some journaling under there about Madame and her love of beautiful clothes – she is quite the little fashionista I’m afraid.

In keeping with the fashion theme I also used a Twiddleybitz chipboard Mannequin (part of a set of 3) which was Glimmermisted Candy Apple Red and then distressed with black chalk ink. I used the same technique for the small Prima rose (which was white) but the purple Prima rose is an older one that comes like that – all shabby and vintage looking. The jewelled pin and the cameo (one of the new Websters Pages ones) are from my own stash, but the silver sticker is part of the Layered Sticker pack.

And just for Maggie – I have included some feathers on this layout. How to make the lovely little feather dress is my Technique/Tip for the week and you can check out the Ideal Papercraft forum for the instructions for this easy-to-make-but-gorgeous little embellishment. I simply used a little of the left-over Hanbury Street paper (reverse side) along with some black marabou feathers and a Black Kaisercraft Rhinestone.

Just one last thing – the title alphas. They are part of the new Tattered Angels range of resist products – IR.RESIST.IBLE Alphas, Gothic – and are just perfect to team up with the Breathless papers. Simply spraying on the Candy Apple Red Glimmermist gave me an instant, but cool, title.

Winter Rose has the photo that made me desperate to get the Breathless range. Well ok, I wanted it anyway – but I knew it was perfect for this photo. I got the idea for the photo from one I saw of an American girl wearing hers. Mom is obviously a little more ‘full on’ than me with her photo shoots, as that poor little thing had more make-up on than a Covergirl model. She couldn’t have been more than 12 as that is the largest size that manufacturer (Kate Mack – a signature line from Biscotti) makes most of her clothes in. Shoot me someone if I ever get the urge to do that to my poor daughter. Loving the gorgeous red colour with Madame’s colouring. She adores this coat/hat and I have to laugh at her with it – it’s a size 10 (I adored it, but only spotted it at the end of the season and the only one I could get was that size – but at least it was only a third of the original price, so I can’t complain) and she keeps sneaking it out of the storage box so she can prance around in it.

Again, I don’t think I have ever left so much space alone on a layout – but the complex and beautiful pattern on the Midnight Garden paper really doesn’t need much embellishing. There is a little piece of the Bed of Roses paper behind the photo – but the rest is all Midnight Garden.

My poor bottle of Candy Apple Red Glimmermist will never be the same again – as I have used it here too – to create these lovely red roses. Originally they were white Prima roses, but they have just come up stunning with the Glimmermist. The leaves are also Prima and also Glimmermisted – this time with Black Gold. I’ve used another little jewelled pin from my stash – this time attaching a small ribbon bow to it for interest. The pin comes from -Sugarsnapps – Joanne makes her own and they are just stunning.

Take a good look at the Twiddleybiz chipboard frame (sadly oos) here. To get that lovely textured look I have (firstly) inked it with black Stazon and then applied some Black Kindyglitz. It’s probably the only one that does give things a textured look – similar to the Distress Stickles – but what a great look it is. Love it.

The alphas are the red glitter ones from the range and the black flourishes come from the 12 x 12 Sticker Sheet.

I’ve done the cover of the mini album and started the double layout for the Veronicas clothes – but that is on hold for the moment as I am sadly without camera. My poor baby has issues with it’s memory card and needs some tender loving care from the Canon man. Either that or it has taken it’s last photo and I need to (eek) go spend huge amounts of money quickly on a new Canon 40D. Personally – I want my baby back.

The double uses the flocked and varnished papers, so keep an eye out for it in the coming weeks. I’m hoping to make the mini album one of those delightfully complex things that are full of pull out pages and tags and surprises – and I will be posting up in the forum some of the techniques I use. I used up all my internet allowance last month (during the hols) searching through you-tube for stunning minis to steal ideas from. Man there are some awesome scrappers out there doing magic things with minis.

To celebrate this wonderful range – I have a prize to give away. I have a sticker sheet from the Breathless range that was not generally stocked by stores in Australia. For a chance to win this (I’ll post the image of it in the forum too) – buy some of the Breathless range from Mary and use it to create something, post it in the Gallery by the end of August and I will get Madame to randomly pick a winner.

This is what the sticker sheet looks like.

Cool huh? So grab some Breathless from the store and get creating.

Creative Imaginations – Breathless

You might have noticed that I am a big Creative Imaginations fan and a total Marah Johnson addict. Love that woman’s sense of grunge. So I was thrilled to bits that Mary got in the top selling 2010 CHA range by Marah called Breathless. Just for little old me (and of course all the other ladies who promised they would buy it). Working with it has been HUGE. I had ‘pick-me’s’ from all the boys (they all read Twilight before it was trendy) plus several gorgeous photos from Madame that suited it perfectly. Good thing I got in multiple copies of each paper.

Some papers you just can’t bear to cover up or cut into. The Breathless range is one of them. Inspired by her daughter’s love of the Twilight series, the range is pure romantic urban goth. Marah does grunge to perfection and this range is ideal for teens of both genders. Actually – buggar the teens – it is pefect for anyone. The whole romance theme would work for any age.

Red, black and purple are the dominant colours with touches here and there of silver, white and cream. There are the usual specialty papers that CI is famous for: with flocked, foiled and varnished textured papers, as well as an intriguing Gate 12 x 12 die-cut. Although CI produce the usual array of matching embellishments – the great thing about this range is that with the current fascination with chandeliers, candelabra etc – there are lots of embellishments from other companies that can be mixed and matched to great effect.

For the first layout – Twilight – (yes – I HAD to do one on this theme) my DS2 won the rights to the patterned paper with the bloody drips on it. Although not much else caught his fancy in the patterned papers, that was fine, as it was a perfect foil for the die-cut Iron Gate paper. It’s hard to see in the images – but to further enhance the look of the gate I have added texture and colour to it by spraying it with Glimmermist and then applying some Tim Holtz Distress Stickles.

I’ve embedded one of the Diecut Notepad Pages under some of the blood drips – which were easier to cut out than you might think. The journaling is a computer font that I thought matched the whole ‘Twilight’ theme and is printed on acetate so that I can move the words about the blood drips to make reading them less difficult. The rose and black swirl you see are some of the Foiled Epoxy Stickers from the range.

Ahhhh the chippy you can get to match this. Just awesome. By coincidence, Twiddleybitz have matched or almost matched several of the motifs in the Breathless range. Dusty Attic also make some theme matching chipboard and the title and apples you see on the layout are part of this. I inked the apples and then applied a glossy coat of Dimensional Magic. The title got a more complex treatment of multiple inks mixed with Crystalina Kindyglitz and a few bouts with my heat gun. You can see the texture on the gate bars in this closeup too.

The Twiddleybitz candelabra has a generous application of Maya Road Metallic Silver Ink which I heat set and then grunged over with some black ink. The red tips to the candles come from a generous daub of Tim Holtz Fired Brick Distress Stickles. Makes them sparkle just like real candle flames. Too cool.

Other oddments you can see include a Layered Sticker and Die-Cut Shape from the range and a chipboard hinge from Twiddleybitz (which was also given the distressed silver grunge look). Hopefully when he gets back from camp and finally sees this layout DS2 will be happy with it – though thankfully he is now long over the whole Twilight craze.

I’ll post the other 2 layouts of Madame together tomorrow.

With all Creative Imaginations stock enjoying a 20% off sale (until next Thursday) I would be running in ‘Breathless-ly’ to grab some for yourself. I love it so much that I have started a mini album (yeah yeah I know I don’t do them) and have a double page planned out (just need the photos) for Madame and her ‘Veronica’s” clothes we got from Target (such a trendy little miss she is). So you will have to beat me back before I re-stock.

So I suck at blogging…

Uhm – where did July go? And most of June for that matter. Here I was almost caught up with it all and now I need to play catch-up again.

I’ll try to be a better blogger in August. Promise…