Sunday, October 27, 2013

No More Retreats

I just wanted to update everyone that there will be no retreats in the near future.   Life has gotten in the way with providing this service so, for now, I will be focusing on other areas of my life.  Maybe sometime in the future I will start them up again and you will be the first to know.  I will leave past posts on here for reference as well as include any new projects I have completed.

Thanks to you all for your past support.  It was a fun ride.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Swirlydoos Challenge

Well, I did not win the Design Challenge but I got some layouts done and I learned some new techniques so, all in all, definitely worth while.  Maybe next time.

Looking forward to my retreat this Saturday and then a weekend away with the girls.  Woo Hoo!!!


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Swirlydoos Ultimate Design Challenge Week 6

Here is my entry for the final week of the challenge.

The sketch that this is based on and the rules regarding the challenge can be found here.  We had to recreate most of the techniques used throughout the challenge on this last entry.

I also need to explain how and what I did to get to my final creation.  I will first apologise for the lack of quality in the photographs as my scrapbooking time is usually done in the evening with horrible lighting and I have yet to set up a little studio for these shots.
But, you'll get the idea, so here goes.

First I used molding paste all over a white 12 x 12 sheet.

Once that was dry I added glass bead medium and natural sand resin randomly on the page.

I then misted with Glimmer Mist in gold, silver, copper, cinnamon and chocolate to get the final result on the background.

The extra technique of my choice was to do the technique we learned in week 3.  I used tinfoil pasted to paper to cut out the gear shape, strip and mattes, then coloured them with rust, latte and stream alcohol ink.  I dry embossed the mattes and the strip with my Cuttlebug.

Using a mask I made, I added the wings with molding paste.

I tried to do as much layering as I could but I didn't want to take away from the background by using too much patterned paper. So, I used burlap circles instead.

For the title I used 3 different embossing powders to get the texture and colour I wanted.

Putting it together I clustered the photos the way I thought they looked best and pulled it together with gears from 7 Gypsies and Dusty Attic, bottle caps from Momenta, stick pins and bling from Prima.

I actually had 2 ideas in my head with regards to this challenge and couldn't make up my mind which to do so, I did both simultaneously.  I preferred the one above so that is my official entry.

Here is the second one:

The next couple of days is going to be nerve wracking waiting for the judge's decision.  I wish good luck to all those left in the challenge.  It has been a pleasure.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I Made It!

I am moving on to week 6 (the finals) of the Swirlydoos Ultimate Design Challenge.

Find the instructions to the last challenge HERE .  It incorporates all the the techniques used in the past challenges.

I better get started.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Swirlydoos Ultimate Design Challenge Week 5 Entry

So this weeks challenge was to create pages of an art journal.

An art journal.

Just the word journal sends me screaming in the opposite direction.  My scrappy friends can tell you.  They make fun of me if I try to attempt an explanation or storyline on my layouts because they know how much I hate doing it.  I wish I was more articulate of the written word, but alas, I am not!

Anyway, this is an art journal.  I have found out that there are as many definitions for art journal as there are people in the world.  The video looked very simple and it was quite apparent to me what we had to come up with but then all these questions started coming up from the the other challengers.  It seemed that this may not be as easy as I first thought. After googling and skulking around the internet, I decided that I was going to stick with my original plan and just do what I was told.  But, I hate to make things that I am not going to use, so I thought I would make it into a gift.  I found a spiral bound book that I no longer use and started on the cover, even though that was not part of the challenge.  We needed to make 2 or 4 journal pages to showcase to the judges.  I made this into a travel art journal using scraps from travel paper I had left over from an album. 

I didn't plan out my pages I just winged it with whatever I thought looked good, using new techniques I have discovered along the way.  I used Resin sand, Gesso, shells, gauze. burlap, grunge board, embossed paper and lots of paint.

Here is the cover:

Pages 1 to 4

Again, all the entries are very different and I don't know how the judges do it.  Here is the gallery.  I'm not feeling overly confident about this round but I will let you know on Monday what happens.

Monday, February 11, 2013

I Have Made it to Week #5

Unbelievably, I have made it in to week #5 in the Swirlydoos Ultimate Designer Challenge.  The next challenge is to create pages for an art journal.  Art Journal?????????????
Oh Boy!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Swirlydoos Ultimate Designer Challenge - Week 4

The challenge this week really took me out of my element, again.  The medium we had to use was canvas.  Not just an element or embellishment, but the background base of our creation had to be canvas.  We were also encouraged to use different texture mediums like gesso and bead gel.  I had never heard of bead gel before and after seeing the example, I was excited to give it a try.  I also found out that there are a number of other mediums I had not heard of and bought those too.   : )

I had two photos and could not decide which one to work on so I created them both simultaneously.

This is some of the product I used.  Not shown is just about every Glimmer Mist bottle I own.

First, I misted the entire background with Glimmer Mist gold.  Then I laid down a doily mask and proceeded to spray more Glimmer Mist in blue and green.

Continuing with the challenge parameters, I used butterfly and bird stencils and smeared molding paste over them to create these great textures on the canvas.  Once dry, I added some colour to the butterflies but didn't like the outcome and wished I had just left them white.  I ended up using Stickle to try and get one white again.

Part of the challenge was to create more texture and layers using chipboard.  I found out the hard way that my little Cuttlebug will not take chipboard so, instead of embossed dots, I used Liquid Pearls and crackle paint for dimension and more luster rub on for colour on the birdbath.  For the other DA piece, a frame, I stamped and heat embossed a criss-cross pattern, used copper paint, pewter paint, chalk, luster rub on and crackle paint to cover it.

I didn’t want to do anything too similar to the example but I had these Dusty Attic Cherry Blossoms that work perfectly with the layout.  I coloured the chipboard with a pewter paint Dauber by Adirondack then dabbed each blossom with glass beads and coloured them with Luster Rub On in pink.

 The assembly:

I used a Monet painting from a book for in behind the photo.  I just love the colours.

Here is the end result:

Here are close ups of the other canvas I worked on.

I had a lot of fun with this challenge and I can see doing more creations on canvas in the future.
Here is the link to the all the entries this week.

Some of my competitors are making me nervous.  I only hope that I can continue on to week 5.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Swirlydoos Ultimate Designer Challenge Week 3

So I made it to week 3.

I wasn't able to find out until I came back from Mexico on Thursday so I only had a couple of days to see what the challenge was and to come up with something to make.  Lucky for me I was holding a retreat today and used some of the day to finish off what I started and have my entry in by Midnight.

The challenge this week was to use foil.  I have never used foil before and had a really hard time trying to come up with a concept.

Here is the layout that I finally came up with.

This is a photo that my neighbour took of her son and my daughter, Caitlyn, having a laugh.

The technique I used was to cut images from my die cutting machine, glue them to the back of the foil, then emboss them by rubbing the cut out with a Q-Tip.

Below is the technique before the bling.

Now, to wait until Monday to see if I advance to week 4.