Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Words & Paintery December Challenge, Shadowbox

Once Upon A Time...

there lived a little Gothic Blythe doll, 
named Devon of Salem, in a tiny house in the Woods. 
Her tricycle was parked outside. Christmas Stockings hung on the fireplace mantel and a few presents were lying at the foot of the decorated Christmas tree. A new doll was already showing her porcelain face. The chandelier in the top of the house lit up the scene, showing the ghostly reflection in the old mirror.

Then something happened...

Strolling the woods the other day, I stumbled upon this little house. As I got nearer, birds stopped whistling and I felt a chill in the air. Around me there was no sign of frost or snow. The little house however, seemed to be frozen in time. Snow and ice covered the entire scene, from the wood rooftop with the little bird's nest on it, to the fireplace, mirror, Christmas tree, presents, and even Devon herself.
Twas an eery scene... Sad... Breathtakingly beautiful though! 
Was there magic involved? A spell? Fear?

Monday, December 12, 2016

Canvas Corp Brands Challenge Reminder "Christmas where you are"

Hi everyone,

Did you see the December challenge over at  the Canvas Corp Brands blog?
The moodboard is a very loose inspiration, the idea is that you create something showing us what Christmas is like where you live. You still have until January 5, 2017 to compete!

As a reminder, I created a project of my own. You can see how I did it, in the
Canvas Corp Brands Challenge Reminder blogpost, with step by step pictures and a supply list.
So please, hop on over there if you're interested in creating something similar!

Hoping to have sparked your imagination to create your own shabby chic and rustic Christmas decoration, I will leave you with some close-ups.
Maybe I'll see your entry in our challenge!

For now, Happy Holidays.
And Happy Scrapping.

 No, don't worry, it's not set on fire, as someone thought ;)
I wrapped a LED light string around the embroidery hoop.
Which you can see in the Canvas Corp Brands post!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Words & Paintery November Challenge

Hi everyone!

How have you been? I am having so much trouble adjusting to these short and dark days. I'd love to crawl into my bed for a nice, long wintersleep. The couch is a good second though ;)
And despite my brandnew led-lights, my craft space is still not appealing enough to me.
Luckily I could find some time to craft during the weekends.

Upon seeing the color scheme of this month's Words & Paintery challenge, (which went live November 15 and will end December 15, so join us!) I immediately knew I wouldn't be doing a layout, but a mixed media item.

You can find the link to the challenge here:
words & paintery november challenge
Check out the designteam's interpretations and show us yours as well!

The quote "It's hard to hold a candle in the cold november rain" (from the famous Guns 'n Roses song of course) is very befitting of the month and rain here, but wasn't easy to incorporate.

I decided to alter a heart shaped canvas, and went with a black background, to emphasise the darkness. The lightbulb is a substitute for the candle (which is hard to hold) and down the Relics and Artifacts Cast Visage face shape roll some tears.

I would also like to submit this canvas for the
scrapki-wyzwaniowo november challenge: lightbulbs

The steps:

Paint the heart shaped canvas (it's about 8" wide) with black gesso.

Add #Prima #texturepaste #graphite through
the #TimHoltz #stencil 'Rays' (THS003).

Spray some #TatteredAngels #glimmermist 'Antique Brass'
over the textured areas before removing the stencil.

Using #Versamark and Tim Holtz #distress #embossing powder
'Tattered Rose', stamp a lace image onto the bottom half of the heart.

Collect some of the elements you want to use and create your composition.
A clock seemed befitting, because time can be a healer, but it can go too slow as well.

Paint the chipboard swirl and clock with black gesso.
The face is painted with Prima #opalpaint violet-gold here, but I changed that later on.

Blend Prima white #crackle paste with Prima #FrankGarcia #MemoryHardware
#ArtisanPowder 'Black' and apply it around the face.

Once dry (again: allow the crackle paste to AIR DRY), cover the paste (and face) in black gesso. Using several mica powders in pink shades, brush them onto the face and chipboard and spray some water to blend them. I used Prima Memory Hardware 'Antoinette Pink' but it was too orange for my liking, so I blended it with a different shade of pink.

Adhere some gauze, Prima Mini #Artstones and #13Arts #glassfiller with gel medium,
framing the face. Glue a white resin rose on the place of the eye socket.

Paint the gauze black with gesso. Add some clear crackle paste onto the face and swirl and clock.
Once dry, brush them with the powders used before, until desired color and effect are achieved.

Add some metal embellishments, like a Prima lightbulb and metal frame.
Powder the face and its surroundings, as well as parts of the clock with the pink powders
and spray some water onto the area to blend everything.

Splatter the pink powders, brass glimmermist, Tattered Angels #Decor & DIY paint 'Rose',
#Finnabair rust paste gold rust and black gesso all over the heart. Don't forget the sides!

 Fill a little glass bottle with assorted beads and microbeads in gold.
Glue the bottle into the frame, making it look like its contents spilled out.
Make a trail of beads over the left side of the face and sprinkle some where desired.

Brush some black gesso over the golden beads to subdue their color and make them more vintage.
Add some more metal embellishments, like the circular text tag, clock hands, little medaillon with a number, small clock, 2 pins with starshaped ends and some pink and brass wire.
The pink wire goes around the clock, the yellow around the bottle.
Repeat the splattering and add some touches of #Inkagold 'Rose Quartz' and 'Old Gold'.
(I applied the gold shade around the edges.)
Add some touches of Tattered Angels #Glimmerglam 'Grandma's House' where desired.

I will leave you with some more close-ups. Comments and questions are always welcome!
You can find me on Facebook too: lessisbore
And on Instagram: mandylessisbore

Happy scrapping!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

"Motorcycle Moments" 'Movember Challenge" Mixed Media Origins Layout

Hi all!

Back to show you my designteam take on the Canvas Corp Brands "Movember" challenge.
You can find the challenge with inspiring moodboard here: canvascorpbrands movember challenge.

You still have until December 5 to compete, and win an amazing prize package!

You can find the post featuring my layout here: "motorcyle moments".

Before I'll show you the pictures, I want to inform you that you will find step by step pictures on the Canvas Corp Brands blog. You can find a list of supplies (many yummy 7Gypsies and Tattered Angels were used of course) and an explanation on the blog. I would love for you to pop over there and have a look!

I hope to have inspired you with this layout, to give this challenge your own spin. What's not to love about men, rust and transportation after all?
If you want to see more of my work, come find me on Facebook too: lessisbore
And Instagram: mandylessisbore

Happy scrapping!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Words & Paintery October challenge mixed media canvas

Hi all!
Enjoying fall, or maybe spring? It's getting colder here, time to put on our jeans again, so the color scheme of this month's 'Words & Paintery' challenge is perfect! 
You can find the October challenge here. If you're as inspired by these colors as I was, please join us. 
You have until November 15.

Recently I dragged Connor along, to a whole bunch of treetrunks near a farm I pass on my way to work. We did a photo shoot with him posing a little and playing a lot. Before taking pictures I already envisioned Connor in front of the tree circles, continuing those circles with the wood discs my father cut for me. 

I started out with this gorgeous sheet of #Kaisercraft paper from their 'Old Mac' collection, called 'Rusty'. Using #gelmedium I adhered it to a 12 by 12 inch canvas.

Using a stencil with branches and modeling paste and the top section of an old pair of jeans from Connor, I created my background. 
I cut out pieces of the pair of jeans and covered the sides of my Canvas with them. 

I sprayed the branches and made some drips using #Prima #colorbloomspray "Deep Teal". This spray is very opaque.

Using black ink I stamped some text following the lines of my background. 
I arranged the wood discs, both natural and smaller blue ones, behind my picture. 
I added some bits of cross-patterned #woodboard too.
Behind the picture I used some circle-shaped wire.
Added some metal embellishments, wood texts and wrapped some bits of string around my picture, with a touch of jeans here and there.
Treated the wood texts with #structure paint in #cementlook, then decided they needed more #rust. I used #vivadecor #Rusty Paper and #finnabair #rustpaste throughout my entire layout to rust things.
For a finishing touch I used #7dots text stickers, #13Arts blue mica flakes and silver microballs.

Hope you like it! Questions and comments are always welcome! 
Don't forget to play along!
Happy scrapping!