Monday, April 17, 2017

"Some-bunny loves you" mixed media layout

Hey all,

Back to show you some more Easter crafting. Or I thought it would be approppiate to use this bunny picture of Connor and me, regarding Easter ;)
This layout is on the Canvas Corp Brands blog now, HERE. In their post you will find some step by step pics!

I'm no fan of the Snapchat pictures usually, but my brother did this one of Connor and me and I kinda loved it. Connor loved it too, he said we looked so sweet.
To enhance the spring feeling I used fresh and vibrant colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, and a mosaic flower pattern as backgound. I'll show you the rest on the CCB Blog...

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Words & Paintery April Challenge

Hey everyone,

The time for the Words & Paintery April Challenge has come! You can find it HERE.
As usual you will have until the 15th to play along, so the deadline is May 15.

This was a hard one for me. Lately I haven't been inspired to use pinks AT ALL.
As it always goes, you think you'll have time, but then the deadline neared and we were away for Barcelone, leaving me only a couple of hours to create something. And I'm a slow scrapper...

I made something then though. But I didn't like how it turned out at all. And there was no salvaging. It was a pink disaster I tell you. People even asked if Connor made it. All the chipboard shapes were unrecognizable, even the sewing machine that looked like it had been set on fire due to an experiment with some new black Inklings...
Soooo I gave the pinks another shot Friday afternoon and was happy about the result. I used my recent inspiration from Barcelone. Mosaic patterns, a church window, Mary and Jesus.
(Which made sense too, now Easter is here...)
Yes, this project is okay to me.
Judge for yourself and if you have any questions about how I made it, don't hesitate to ask. (Didn't do step by step pics this time, sorry...)

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HAPPY SCRAPPING, don't forget to join our challenge!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Weathered Copper Egg

Hi everyone,
Yes, Easter is almost near...
Will you be doing anything special? We are going to do some Family visits and hopefully get some extra sleep.

Last weekend we went on a City Trip to beautiful Barcelone, Spain. This trip was a gift from my work, because of our company's 25 year anniversary. In a way I was looking forward to it, but in another way not at all. It meant Connor (our son) would have to sleep over at my dad's for 4 nights, you see...
In retrospective, all went very well and we didn't miss him as much as we thought we would. We called every day, and he let us reassure the number of nights he still had to stay at grandpa's before we would pick him up again. When the trip back home had begun, I couldnt wait to hold him again. After a good night's sleep, of course.
Barcelone is a beautiful city with treasures like churches and beautiful buildings lurking around every corner. I regret not being able to visit Sagrada Familia. For me, the most unexpected beautiful part of the trip was Park Guell. I pictured it wrong, somehow. Like a bench with mosaic and...? To my surprise the park was rather large and filled with lustrous green and felt so serene and peaceful. And Gaudi's work? Wow. The way that man's mind works, has left me puzzling and wondering and in awe, ready to discover more.
I'm filled and inspired and maybe you'll see a project influenced by him, or using one of the pictures I took, or cards I bought, in the near future.

For now, back to EASTER.
Upcycled an old flower pot with paper flowers and foliage, using the Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Paint Kit 'Weathered Copper' and Tattered Angels High Impact Paint 'Copper'.

Want to see how I did it and what exactly I used? Check out the CCB Blog, HERE.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Words & Paintery March Challenge Mixed Media Layout "Enjoy Summer"

Hi all,

Time for a new challenge over at Words & Paintery!
The beautiful blues and mint combo spoke to me immediately.
You can find the challenge HERE.
You have until April 15 to come up with your entry, so please join us!


Start with your background paper and cover it in clear gesso.
This sheet is from the budget store called Action. This beach photo from last year's Summer Holiday came to mind with these colors. We really enjoyed ourselves at the Dutch beach during those hot Summer days. Connor loved the sand and sea.

Use the 12 by 12 Prima stencil with scales and apply TCW Light & Fluffy modeling paste through it. Use your heatgun to make it puffy.

Do the same with this bubbly stencil. (I think it's by Dutch Doobadoo)

First spray water on your layout, then drip and brush various shades of Tattered Angels glimmer mist over the stenciled areas. Splatter more, following the outlines of the stenciled parts.
The colors Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist I used for this project are:
Mint Julip - True Turquoise and Chalkboard Splash

This wood word 'Enjoy' is from Wibra. Cover it with TCW Gel Medium and 13 Arts glass filler. Then use various shades of the Tattered Angels Glimmermists mentioned above. Dab some white gesso on it and add a layer of mod podge.
'Summer' is a Scrapiniec chipboard, colored with Glimmer Mist and Mod Podge as well.

Add straws underneath the picture and staple them into place. Attach some ribbons, flowers and leaves. Color everything that isn't just right with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, or mellow it down with white gesso. Add Prima Crystals.

These long sea shells are actually souvenirs from the same vacation the photo of Connor was taken.

Add mint colored mica flakes with gel medium over certain areas of your page.

Using your diecut machine and the waffle flower die, cut 2 of them from white paper. Cut them both up and attach 2 halves underneath the picture. Attach the other halves on the top and bottom of the right side of the page.

I hope you enjoyed my take on the challenge, and look forward to your entry!
Comments and questions are always welcome!
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mixed Media Watercoloring Canvas "Love Life"

Hi everyone,

Inspired by the Berry71bleu March challenge moodboard I created this canvas.
As a gift for my inlaws, who were celebrating their birthdays.
Subject of the canvas: their favorite little boy, their grandson Connor.


Start out with a 12 by 12 inch canvas.
Adhere the 13Arts paper 'Summer Snow' to the canvas using TCW Gel medium.
Cover the page with TCW clear gesso.

Since I recently learned how to watercolor with my Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, I tried my hand at it again. Spray water onto your project first, the drip and brush and splatter and blend and dry until you get the desired result. I love the way the colors flow and become such creative shapes.
For this projects I used the following Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists:
Marigold - Summerglow - Dijon - Dragonfly - Simply Sheer Teal  - Chalkboard Seven Seas

Next, use a honeycomb stencil and Prima Finnabair texture Paste Graphite to create the background. Though I have used this paste before, the outcome surpised me again. It worked so well with this stencil, giving the pattern a metal feel and look.
I added this pattern to the (still blank) sides as well.

Using my Bigshot I cut a bunch of Sizzix Tim Holtz wildflowers from Kraft paper and tucked them underneath my picture, mostly on the top side. To flank the picture I chose wood gears. On the wildflowers I splattered various colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists (the colors I used before), Viva Decor Rust paste and even some drops of Mod Podge.

Tuck some leaves underneath the picture here and there.
Paint the wood gears with Viva Decor Rust Paste and Glimmermists,
as well as Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam Tail Fin.

The thing I seem to have trouble with ALL the time, is the color of the title. First I made it yellow. Nope. Then Gold. Nope. Dabbed a bit of Viva Decor Rust paste on. Still nope. Added some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam 'Tail Fin' and then I quit.

The wood feathers were colored differently but using all the media and paints and mists I used throughout the entire project.

As I mentioned before, I added the stenciled pattern to the blank sides first. Once dry, play with water, Tattered Angels Glimmermists and your heatgun until you're satisfied.

Okay, that was it! A shame the canvas isn't in my house anymore ;)
Comments are always welcome!

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