Buddies ScrapFriends & Feeling Sketchy

Hi everyone! I hope you are all well, I have been so very quiet this week because my family has been very very ill and it has knocked me about for all my commitments so any work I have been doing, I was unable to share just yet. I did quickly get this layout completed for the current Feeling Sketchy Sketch #71 Challenge as well as the ScrapFriends Colour #17 Challenge.

  

Here is my take on these 2 challenges combined. I have simply titled this layout “Buddies” because I was really struggling to label the photograph as anything other than a celebration of good buddies.

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The papers that I have used for this collection are mainly from the Studio Calico Sundrifter Collection but I have added some random papers from Heidi Swapp and My Minds Eye into the mix as well. The background paper has been misted using a 12×12 Crafters Workshop Template with Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mists in Black, Chartreuse & Mustard.

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I am loving the Pink Paislee Artisan Elements lately and honestly don’t think I will ever get sick of using them they are just so fun to add to any project and so easily alterable. I have left them plain white for this layout and added some Black Flourish with a Bling Rhinestones to the centres of the circles on the circle border strip.

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The watermelon coloured flower is from Manor House Creations and just worked perfectly with my subtle hints of black for this layout. The other 2 flowers are from Flourish with a Bling and include 1 White Maddison Flower that I have coloured using Heidi Swapp Chartreuse Color Shine Mist and then heat dried until it  melted a little. The other flower is a gorgeous little Elise Flower that I have left unaltered.

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The last touch was adding some Machine stitching and some black Heidi Swapp Color Shine Drops. My sewing machine was not playing nice and all my zig zag stitching was disastrous but still I love the messy effect of it.

Products used for this layout include…
Studio Calico Sundrifter Collection Papers & Stickers
Various Patterned papers including Heidi Swapp & My Minds Eye
Flourish with a Bling Maddison & Ellise Flowers
Flourish with a Bling Kate’s Corner Flourish
Flourish with a Bling Single Self Adhesive Black Rhinestones
The Crafter’s Workshop 12×12 Burst Stencil Template
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mists Chartreuse, Mustard, & Black
Manor House Creations Flower
Prima Marketing Alpha Stickers
Machine Stitching
Helmar Scrap Dots
X-Press IT Double Sided Tape

Well that is it from me for today, but check back soon for some more inspiration and until then, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

A2Z Scraplets October Sketch Challenge & CSI Case File #91

Hi everybody! I am back today to share the awesome new challenge over at the A2Z Scraplets blog this month. Caz has chosen a fabulous PageMaps Sketch for us to play along with this month and I um strayed a lot from the sketch in the end because I printed my photo too big and other reasons totally beyond my control but you can still sort of squint and see the original sketch inspiration in my layout LOL. I also decided to tie in with the current CSI Challenge Theme and colours so check out that case file at the end of my blog post and all the details for that challenge. Click here to visit the A2Z Scraplets Blog Post outlining the October Challenge details.

Here is the Sketch…

Here is my take on the sketch using lots of fabulous A2Z Scraplets products including Brickwall Stencilet, Shapes – Speech Bubbles, Just Hangin Out Title, Doodlet 20 & Doodlet 26.

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The background paper is from 7 Dots Studio and I have added some Artichoke Shimmerz Texture Paste using the A2Z Brickwall Stencil. I am so in love with these Shimmerz Texture pastes and I definately need to get my hands on some more colours. They are so fun and grainy and chunky so they look perfect with the A2Z Scraplets Brickwall Stencilet. I have also splatters some little droplets of Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mists over the background as well to add a touch more colour.

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My Chipboard title “Just Hangin Out” from A2Z Scraplets has also was covered with the awesome Arti Choked Texture Paste from Shimmerz. I have smeared some of this on my Craft Mat and then dipped the Chipboard title face down into the texture paste. I have then outlined the letters in black permanent texta so you can read it a little easier.

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The fabulous Doodlets from A2Z Scraplets have been layered on top of each other for a fabulous fun effect but before I have layered them together, I have sprayed them randomly with various Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mists keeping one in cool colours and one in warm colours, Teal, Mustard, Sweet Cherry, Chantreuse & Primrose. Spraying in random spots adds texture without adding texture if you get what I mean? LOL Don’t you love my technical way of describing things?

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My paper layers are randomly layered pieces varying from Crate Paper, Studio Calico, My Minds Eye & 7 Dots Studio. The only piece of paper that I really put a lot of thought into was the Crate Paper Pier Collection Giant Chevron pattern. The original patterned paper had various colours including lots of shades of blues, pinks etc and they did not all match with the colour palette from the CSI challenge so I have fussy cut out the pieces of chevron that had the right colours and then stuck them back together to perfectly match my layout.

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There are lots of fabulous Printed Chipboard pieces on this layout also including some from My Minds Eye & Teresa Collins.  I had lots of fun doodling all over this layout when it was finished and decided at the last minute to add some Clear Epoxy Dots to the background paper as well. I have used Prima Marketing ones alongside some Tim Holtz Bottle Cap Clear Stickers.

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My journalling was written on the A2Z Scraplets Speech Bubbles that have been covered with coordinating papers from my layout. I have then doodled around them and journalled about this awesome day hanging out with the kangaroos at the Reptile Park.

Products used for this layout include…
A2Z Scraplets Brickwall Stencilet
A2Z Scraplets Chipboard Title Just Hangin Out
A2Z Scraplets Doodlets 20 & 26
A2Z Scraplets Shapes – Speech Bubbles
Various Patterned Papers including 7 Dots Studio, My Minds Eye, Crate Paper & Studio Calico
Project Life Black Pen Size 03 & 05
Printed Chipboard from My Minds Eye & Teresa Collins
Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mists in Chantreuse, Teal, Mustard, Sweet Cherry, Primrose & Black
Various Washi Tapes
Shimmerz Arti Choked Texture Paste
Paper Doily
Sequins
Prima Marketing & Tim Holtz Enamel Clear Sticker domes
Helmar Scrap Dots
X-Press IT Double Sided Tape

The Evidence I have used for the CSI Case File include wet medium, Something Irridescent, Stripes, Speech Bubbles, & flags.

Click here to visit the CSI Site and join in the current case file. There are 20 hours left to enter this challenge but 2 new challenges have already been announced including the fabulous prizes up for grabs!

Well that is it from me today, until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Scrapbooking from Scratch September Quote & Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone, this is just a quick post with a couple of challenge entries before the month ends tonight. Man can you believe that it is October in 15 hours sheesh I seriously don’t remember how this year has gone so fast but it has flown by.

Yesterday I posted a layout that I wanted to enter into the Scrapbooking From Scratch Sketch Challenge but alas I did not read the rules properly and I was supposed to do an exclusive layout for the challenge but I was naughty and combined the Jot Mood Board challenge with it so I have done a new layout with the same awesome sketch. Here is the sketch again and checkout all the September Challenges on the Scrapbooking from Scratch Blog here.

Here is my new take on the sketch titled Explore Pretty Beach.

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The layout is featuring a gorgeous photo of my 2 girls recently as we were watching the millions of Soldier Crabs scurrying across the sand next to the warf. They are so fascinating to watch and the girls just love going there especially with the awesome park that is across the road.

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I have used the Crate Paper Pier Collection papers for this layout as well as some of the Ephemera Die Cuts Pack.

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The background has been masked with some Modelling Paste and a Crafters Workshop Template and I have finished it off by adding some Prima Marketing Enamel Dots.

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Other bits that I have added include Heidi Swapp Polaroid frame, Acetate Border&  Buzz Words as well as some stickers from My Minds Eye

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Other little bits I have added include the peg, vellum, burlap trim and some Charms Creations Banners.

Next up is the Quote Challenge set by Charm this month and the quote was  “Life is Good”

Here is my take on the challenge titled 4 Wheel Fun.

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I have used the Studio Calico Sundrifter Collection for this layout as my patterned papers and then I have added lots of fabulous other details including lots of Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mist in the background as droplets.

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The stickers are various from My Minds Eye, BoBunny, Studio Calico & Jilibean Soup.

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I have added a gorgeous Charms Creations Heart & Cloud to my layout and some Burlap trim behind the layers also.

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I have used the quote Life is Good numerous times over the layout including in stickers and Tim Holtz Tiny Chat stickers.

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Products used for these layouts include…
Crate Paper Pier Collection Papers, Stickers & Epehemera
Studio Calico Sundrifter Collection Papers & Stickers
Various Stickers including My Minds Eye, BoBunny, Jilibean Soup Studio Calico
Studio Calico Wood Veneer Embellishments
Charms Creations Banners, Clouds & Hearts
Heidi Swapp Color Shine in colours Sweet Cherry, Georgia Peach, Mustard & Tropicana Teal
Heidi Swapp Acetate Banners, Polaroid Frames & Buzz Words
Prima Marketing Clear Acrylic Enamel Dots Various Sizes
The Crafters Workshop 6×6 Stencil
Modelling Paste
Burlap Trim
Vellum
Helmar Scrap Dots
Bazzil Marathon Tape Runner

Well that is it from me for now, 2 posts within 2 hours of each other how good am I? Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Scrapbooking from Scratch with Jot Magazine

Howdy everybody!! I hope you are having a fabulous weekend wherever you are in the world. Today I wanted to come and share a quick layout that I have created based on the current Jot Magazine Mood Board Challenge which you can find on their website here, and Anita’s fabulous sketch challenge from Scrapbooking From Scratch which you can find all the information for right here.

Here is the Jot Magazine Mood Board that I have worked with…

…and here is Anita’s fabulous sketch from the Scrapbooking From Scratch Blog…

…and here is my take on these 2 fabulous challenges combined. I just adored these fabulous bright colours but man was I out of my comfort zone using them all together!

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The title of my layout is “Strike a Pose”and I have used the Strike a Pose A2Z Scraplets Chipboard title painted with some Gelatos in an Ombre effect and then given a top coat of Glossy Accents. Enamel elements seem to be really in fashion in the scrapbooking world at the moment and the easiest way to create faux enamel is with paint or patterned paper and Glossy Accents.

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The patterned papers I have used are various from Studio Calico Hey Day Collection and a few different My Minds Eye Collections.

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The elements all over the page are from various brands also including Heidi Swapp Banners, Pink Paislee Artisan Stars, My Minds Eye Die Cuts & Stickers, BoBunny Stickers, Jilibean Stickers, Basic Grey Stickers and so many more that I forget.

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The tiny little alpha are from the Studio Calico Wood Veneer range and I have simply painted these with some Yellow Gelato to match my layout. The fabulous Corner arrow chipboard underneath my title has been coated with some Blue Polkadot Washi Tape from Queen & Co followed by some Glossy Accents to help add more of the faux enamel look.

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I have used various Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Stain Sprays including Delphinium Turquoise Blue, Tiffany Lou Blue, Yellow Rose of Texas, California Poppy Gold & Hag’s Wart Orange. These Lindy’s Sprays have been splattered over my background as well as being used to colour my Pink Paislee Artisan Elements Stars.

There are still 2 days left to get in your entries for both these challenges so go enter today!

Products used for this layout include…
Studio Calico Hey Day Collection Patterned Papers
Various My Minds Eye Papers, Die Cuts & Stickers
Various Basic Grey, Jilibean Soup, & BoBunny stickers
Heidi Swapp Color Magic Banners
Studio Calico Wood Veneer Alpha
A2Z Scraplets Strike A Pose Chipboard title
A2Z Scraplets Chipboard Arrow
Pink Paislee Artisan Elements Stars
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Stain Sprays including Delphinium Turquoise Blue, Tiffany Lou Blue, Yellow Rose of Texas, California Poppy Gold & Hag’s Wart Orange
Ranger Glossy Accents
Faber Castell Gelatos including Lemon, Mango, Tangerine, & Metallic Blueberry
Queen & Co Washi Tape
Paper Doily
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Twine
Helmar Scrap Dots
Bazzil Marathon Tape Runner

Well that is it from me today, check back in the morning for some more scrapbooking inspiration and don’t forget to leave me a comment so I can come and visit you also. Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Some Sneak Peeks…

Hi everyone! Ok I have been so super busy scrapping my little butt off this week and I feel like I have done nothing because I am not allowd to share any of it yet eeekkk. That makes the anticipation building up even more exciting yeah? Ok if you aren’t a follower of me on Instagram (feel free to look me up amypriorcom is my username) then you would not have seen all the sneak peeks that I have been posting. This week I have created not 1 not 2 not 3 but 12 yes 12 layouts so here is a quick sneak peek at each one just to tease you until I am allowd to share…

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Hehehehehe I am such a tease aren’t I? Be sure to check out the A2Z Scraplets Blog here on the 15th & 16th September to view all the amazing new releases for this month and awesome inspiration from our fabulous Design Team.

Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Blog Hop announcement! & Love You Layout – A2Z Scraplets July New Release

Are you here for my June/July Giveaway? Click here for more info after you have read this post of course :)

Hi everybody! Before I share my next A2Z Scraplets July New Release Layout with you all, I have to let you all know about an exciting event! A2Z Scraplets is having a BLOG HOP! YAY!!!! Not sure what a blog hop is? The rules are simple. Hop along and visit all of the lovely blog posts that have been linked in the blog hop blog post, leave a comment on each blog post and become a follower of those blogs. Then you simply come back to the original A2Z Scraplets blog post and let us know your favourite project! So simple and there is lots of fabulous prizes up for grabs not only from A2Z Scraplets but also from the fabulous Design Team myself included! Yep so many chances to win goodies just for browsing our blogs and telling us what you think.

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Be sure to come visit the A2Z Scraplets blog here on the 27th July 2013 at 8.30am to join in the fun. We have also extended this month’s Quote Challenge “Days Like This”. To coincide with our fabulous Blog Hop, there are some fabulous new release A2Z Scraplets designed with this challenge quote and therefore even more challenge inspiration for you all! Be sure to check back on July 27th.

Now onto the layout. I have created this fabulous layout using the new A2Z Scraplets Love You Chipboard title. You can see the first installment of new releases over on the A2Z Scraplets Blog here.

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To decorate the chipboard title, I have sprayed the chipboard with lots of Heidi Swapp Color Shine Teal and then allowed to dry completely before adding some Helmar Crackle Medium Step 1 & 2. I wanted the cracks to show up better so I have rubbed some Yellow Ranger Liquid Pearls into the cracks and then wiped most of it from the top layer so the cracks stayed yellow.

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The papers that I have used for this layout are from the Echo Park Paper Co Beautiful Life Collection. I just adored layering these beautiful patterns together and lots of fabulous stitching details added that extra definition to each layer.

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The background was created with a simple piece of White 12×12 Bazzil cardstock and a fabulous 12×12 Heidi Swapp Stencil alongside 2 shades of her Color Shine, Peach & Mustard. To create this ombre effect, I have simply sprayed over the stencil, first the peach into the centre, then the mustard on the outter edges then spraying each colour toward each other until I had the desired effect. You could do this with lots of different contrasting colour sprays also.

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A few extra touches including doilies, tags, tickets, twine, Pink Paislee Artisan Elements, Studio Calico Ephemera and a fussy cut banner from one of the papers and I was finished.

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I decided to do hidden journalling under one of the layers which you can see here pulled out.

Well that is it from me today, be sure to check back tomorrow for some more fabulous inspiration and until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Totally Love This Chickie – July A2Z Scraplets New Release

Are you here for my June/July Giveaway? Click here for more info after you have read this post of course :)

Hi everyone! So glad to have you here to share another fabulous layout using the new July Release gorgeous A2Z Scraplets chipboard. Checkout the first release blog post on the A2Z Scraplets Blog here and keep checking back here for more how tos from me.

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To create this layout, I have used the fabulous papers and stickers from Echo Park Here & Now Collection along side some super cute My Minds Eye Enamel Dots, Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico & Pink Paislee Elements.

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The awesome chipboard LOVE word was embossed using Tim Holtz Sizzix Embossing Folder and then painted using some Acrylic paints ombre style, followed by some inking with Ranger Black Archival Ink on the raised dots. I just love this title it is so fun and has so many possibilities.

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Some doodling, layering and thickers added to the title then voila! She was finished and was a super quick layout because of the lack of paint mediums. The chipboard always dried really quickly with water based paints if you are sparing which is awesome.

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Well that is it from me today, be sure to check back tomorrow for some more A2Z Scraplets July New Releases Inspiration and until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx