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

A2Z Scraplets Blog Hop! Comment to win!

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

Welcome to my blog for the A2Z Scraplets Blog Hop. Not sure what a Blog Hop is? Checkout the original Blog Post here on the A2Z Scraplets Blog for more details.

We are happy that you can join us for this fun filled event.

You should have arrived to my blog from A2Z Scraplets Blog. If that is not where you arrived from, then please join us at the A2Z Scraplets Blog to start the hop from the beginning so you don’t miss a thing!

All the Designers will showcase their take on July’s Quote Challenge which is “Days Like This”.

A few things to remember to join in and be eligible for prizes

You must be a follower of A2Z Scraplets, visit all the blogs on the list and comment on every blog at least once through in the 8 days in order to be entered to win the fantastic Grand Prize! You will also get an extra entry if you share this post on your blog/facebook page (leave a link in comments) and an extra entry if you enter this months quote challenge.

You have until Sunday night 28th July 2013 to leave all your comments and be entered to win the Grand Prize. We will draw the winners of the prizes and will be announced by Julie.

This is my take on the quote challenge…………….

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and a couple of closeups…

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I have used the new release Days Like This Title and I wanted to create my own background with this fabulous title for a change. To do this, I have simply place my chipboard title raw, over the cardstock (Bazzil Bling Yellow) and then sprayed with Black Heidi Swapp Color Shine, moved the chipboard title around and sprayed again and again and again. This has created a fabulous gradual tone of black to yellow and an awesome graffiti looking custom background to match my title.  I also wanted to add a little bit more colour to my background so I have splattered some Teal & Primrose Pink Color Shine randomly.

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I have then added some Yellow Tim Holtz Crackle Paint to the words “LIKE THIS” and decided to spray some Mustard Yellow Heidi Swapp Color Shine over the top to allow some glimmer to soak into those cracks. Then I realised how silly I was doing a yellow title on a yellow background, so I started to scrape some of the crackle paint off to leave the fabulous yellow glimmer cracks showing only with a few chunks of messy crackle paint left here and there. This is definately a fun technique that I will try again because Crackle Paint needs tooth and the Color Shine mist didn’t create that tooth for it. I then outlined the DAYS word with some Pink Flamingo Ranger Liquid Pearls and cut my title up to use as I wanted on the layout.

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The papers and stickers that I have used for this layout are all from the Echo Park Paper Co Here & Now Collection which is a new favourite of mine! I just adore the fun bright colours and fabulous patterns.

Here is the list (click the names to visit their blog, your next stop is Carolyn Zabel’s blog here.

A2Z Scraplets START HERE

Amy Prior

Carolyn Zabel

Holly Connors

Michelle Hodges

Monica Burns

Tracey Thorne

Belinda Scott

A2Z Scraplets FINISH HERE

Because I just love having all you lovely people checking out my blog, I too am having a little giveaway to coincide with the Blog Hop! Yep just a little RAK from me and this is open to everyone internationally. To gain an entry into my personal Blog Hop Giveaway pictured below, simply head on over to my Facebook Page here and LIKE. Simple. Are you on Instagram? Follow me here. Are you on Twitter? Follow me here. For each time you follow me on a social media site you will gain 1 entry into my giveaway. Share the giveaway on your blog, facebook, twitter, etc and you will gain an additional entry per share. Please make sure you leave me a comment on THIS blog post with links to where you have shared for your extra entries. Don’t forget also to go ahead and comment on my June/July giveaway while you are here so you can be in the running to win even more! My June/July giveaway ends Midnight July 31st AEST but so hurry.

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Yep all this could be yours and YES open internationally postage is on me! RAK includes…

A2Z Scraplets Plastic Sturdy Stencilet
2 Packets of Flourish with a Bling goodies as pictured
4 A2Z Scraplets Chipboard Designs as pictured
2 Packets of Prima Marketing Flowers

All for you liking me! LOL Well that is it from me today, don’t forget to head on over to Caz’s blog here to keep hopping along with us and until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

You Sparkle You Shine

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

Hi everyone! I am going in for surgery on Friday which hopefully will be just minor but it could end up being a major surgery so I might be out of it for a while. I did get a chance to play last night however and created this fabulous layout using My Minds Eye & Rhonna Farrer Designs Spread your wings and Fly Collection. Seriously can I just say that I have always loved Rhonna and her designs but man she still blows me away each and every time she releases something and My Minds Eye and Rhonna are simply a match made in heaven.

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I have also used some fabulous Heidi Swapp goodies for this layout including a 12×12 stencil and 2 shades of Color Shine Mist. I have to say that Color Shine is my definate favourite mist. Yes yes I hear you all saying that I say that about everything but no joke, Heidi’s line is above and beyond all my expectations. The Colour is incredible and vibrant and the shimmer is over the top and so much more than others out there on the market I just adore them! Think Dylusions inks mixed with Perfect Pearls Mists x20! LOL

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To create the background on white cardstock, I have simply sprayed the centre of the page with Pink Color Shine (over the stencil) and then I have sprayed the edges with Yellow Color Shine. I then sprayed some more pink and yellow to help blend and create an ombre effect towards each other. When this was dry I have added a few spritzes of water to my palm and flicked the water over the top to create this cool bleached effect on the color shine. This technique is so fun and easy to use with Water Based paints that are not water proof.

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I have fussy cut my photo for this layout because I just thought it was such a cute pose and it was wanting to be leaned on some pretty papers. I have distressed the edges and machine sewn around the border before adding some washi tape, enamel dots, doilies and the paper layers.

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I have then added some stickers from the My Minds Eye Spread your wings and fly collection and to help distress them up to coordinate with my layout, I have simply scratched the surface with a nail file.

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

Amy Prior xx

My Minds Eye June Sketch Challenge

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

Hi everyone! I decided to do some more challenge playing before the month’s end and this time I have played along with the fabulous My Minds Eye June Sketch Challenge. Here is the sketch and you can see the challenge on the My Minds Eye Blog here.

And here is my take on the sketch. I have added a few layers which of course is what I seem to do too often LOL. I have used the My Minds Eye Unforgettable Collection Papers for this layout on some Kraft Cardstock.

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I have ripped and sliced various pieces of the My Minds Eye Unforgettable Papers and then doodled randomly on some as well.

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I have added some Pink Paislee Mist-a-bles Arrows to the layout which I have coloured using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a paint brush to create an ombre effect.

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I have also added a Black Sequin Heidi Swapp arrow as well as a piece of an A2Z Scraplets Scalloped Chipboard banner which has simply been coated with white paint and then doodled on.

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I decided to add a Pink Paislee Artisan Element circle over the photo which has been coloured slightly with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink and then I have added some American Crafts Chipboard Thickers which I have sanded back to create a more distressed look.

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Final touches included some Black Dylusions Ink Splatters, Some very random machine stitching and doodling then voila!

Well that is it from me today. Hopefully I can still fit in one more challenge entry before the month’s end. Until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx

Once Upon A Sketch April

If you are here for my giveaway, click here for more info!

Hi everybody! So glad to have you all here reading along with my artsy journey. It is so good to be back sharing my passion with you all.

Today I have a layout to share that was based on the April sketch on the Once Upon A Sketch Blog. Unfortunately my entry was too late but wanted to share anyway 🙂

Here is the sketch that Nadia has designed this month…

Here is my take on the sketch. I have used the gorgeous papers from Maja Design Vintage Summer Basics Line.

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To create the background, I have layered random snippets of my 6×6 Crafters Workshop Brick Stencil using a thick amount of Metallic Viva Acrylic Paint and a Palette Knife. Once this was dry, I have added some Champagne Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam over the top roughly to create a more vintage tone.

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The paper pieces have been distressed using the Ingvild Blome Prima Distress Tool and then inked using Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.

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The fabulous A2Z Scraplets Chipboard Chicken Wire was cut to varying sizes to suit my layout and then painted with Viva Metallic Paint Mother of Pearl. The Title, which is also from A2Z, has been sprayed using Lindys Stampgang Moonshadow Starburst Stain Sprays. I just love these sprays because you get a variation of 2 different colour inks along with 2 different colour glimmers. The effect is truly incredible! I have added some little bits of Gesso with my finger on the top to shabby it up a little.

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Majority of the gorgeous flowers are from Handmade Halo as well as all of the pretty little charms and the trim. I have added a small amount of gesso to the tips of the flowers to give them a more shabby feel and the charms have a small amount of Gesso plus Champagne Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam.

Be sure to head on over to the Handmade Halo website here and the A2Z Scraplets website here, to grab yourself some pretties. Don’t forget that A2Z Scraplets can also custom make anything you like, just click the custom order link on the website.

Well that’s it for now, until next time, happy scrapping!

Amy Prior xx