Friday, August 10, 2012

Introducing myself - Leonie Neal-Dawson

Hello and welcome to my first post on the 2Crafty blog.
It's a little nerve racking so please be nice and leave me comments about which 
2Crafty chipboard you like best. ;)

Ok, so being my first post I thought I would use it to introduce you to myself and my family.
with a layout of the six of us.

I used one of the CORNER WISPY FLOWERS, painting it with black Gesso
and then a coat of white paint. Once dry I sanded the edges so the black showed 
through just a little.

I also used the FAMILY FRAME chipboard piece.
For the 'family' part of the frame I used the same technique as the flower. 
On the actual frame I wanted to add different colours to tie in with the quote and colourful background of my layout, so to begin with I gave it a coat of Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint.
Once dry I dabbed different coloured Distress Stains over the frame. The stain seeps through the cracks in the Rock Candy down on to the chipboard creating a sort of stained glass effect.
Pretty cool technique, thanks Tim. :)

On to my second layout, I had lots of fun creating a 
little whimsy with some 2 crafty chipboard.
I used only part of THIS title and painted it black.

I also used two of these STARS, painted with yellow acrylic paint and outlined in black with a 
sharpie, I then layered them
on top of each other to create the Sun.

How cute are these RETRO TREES?
I painted them, stamped on them with texture stamps,
added some doodling and then a coat of Glossy Accents.
The random squares of chipboard around the border are the 'positives' from 
one of the BORDERS FOREVER 12x12 chipboard sheets, I never throw
anything out, you can always find some alternative use for it.

I've been using 2Crafty chipboard on lots of my other layouts, here's one using the 
Close-ups of that one as well as lots of others on my blog.
White gel pens work so well on chipboard, so happy with how this title turned out.

Make sure you're following the 2Crafty blog and  FACEBOOK  page because believe me
this design team is going to be showcasing some seriously inspiring 2Crafty layouts, 
so you will want to be kept up to date.
Cheers, Leonie


Kelly Foster said...

Leonie, these are all SO fabulous, oh my goodness!! Great techniques on the chippies, I adore how you altered the frame! Great work!

Fiona said...

Amazing layouts Leonie, so many cool techniques, especially the family frame!

Keren Tamir said...

Wow gorgeous Leoni just love the layouts the chippies you used are awesome

Helene said...

Love the stars and that you made a sun out of it!!! Fun! Gorgeous layouts!

Di Garling said...

Love love love it all Leonie. Some great techniques. How innovative how you made that sun out of stars & the frame looks amazing too.
Cheers Di xo

Vanessa said...

Gorgeous work and a gorgeous family, thanks for sharing. Absolutely love the technique and finish on the family frame - will have to remember that, it is so effective.

Linda Eggleton said...

Wow, these are totally awesome, Leonie! You really do know how to work with such a variety of colours...& all on the one layout!

Love all your chippie techniques...thanks so much for sharing them. I dont'know which layout is my fav...I love them all! :)

Sandy99 said...

Fantastic, very original and colourful:-)

Vicky Alberto said...

Captivating style - just so FUN!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Awesome work, Leonie!!! Wow!!!

Heather McMahon said...

Sorry - can't pick a favourite! I love them all! Love the star, the trees, the frame.....

Tracey Sabella said...

Amazing LO's!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

Gégé said...

So gorgeous, lové thème all!!
Gégé from France

Marília Lopes said...

Wow... gorgeous Leoni!!