Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Sarah's First Ever Post for 2Crafty
- and a Blog Hop Reminder!

  I am beyond excited to be on the design team for 2Crafty.
 Here is my very first post and I have 3 projects to share with you.

Here is my first page. My little son Benji is such a cheeky little monkey
and right now he loves to play 'hide and seek'. When he is found he
 pulls this super cute 'surprised' face.
 I wanted to scrap these three photos together as they really
 tell the story well. I used a grungy paper for the background and inked
and sprayed using a variety of masks and stencils.
 Then I began to layer my papers and embellishments
 underneath my photos.

 The 2 crafty frame 'Star with Stars' was the perfect centre piece for my
 photo cluster. I primed the chipboard with gesso then painted it with
distress paint. When the paint was dry I coated the
 frame with dimensional magic. Now, being too impatient to let it
 dry naturally I discovered a cool new effect. I was heat drying the
dimensional magic with a hairdryer on 'hot'.
 The dimensional magic began to bubble and melt as the heat setting
 was too high. Just as I was about to panic I noticed the it looked really cool
 - just like melting ice. Here is a close- up
so you can get a better idea of the effect.

Which goes to confirm the truth behind the quote;
 'there are no mistakes, only creative opportunities'.
I really love the 2Crafty thought bubbles and the 'hey you' sentiment
 was perfect for my photo of Benji hiding. I painted it with distress paint
 and when dry I outlined the border using a marker pen.

Finally I added a 2Crafty star tab to the upper border of my page to
 balance it out. I gave this the same treatment for this as I had for my
star frame then added a strip of washi tape to give it
 a pop of colour and help it blend into the rest of the page.

For my second project I used one of my very favourite
 photos from this summer. Benji loves
 it when his daddy throws him up into the air in the pool
 and I managed to catch him in mid-air.

I had a lot of fun creating this background. first I used a starburst mask to
 spray the basic shape onto my cardstock Then I cut strips of American Craft
cloud vellum and random torn up pieces of paper to put along the 'rays',
emphasising the shape with strips of washi tape.

 When I had the look I wanted I coated the whole page with white gesso
 and let it dry thoroughly before splattering navy blue and black ink randomly
 over the project. With the background completed I began to build
 up the layers under my photo.
The 2Crafty 'bingo' card was a great addition to the look that I wanted
to achieve. I painted the card with a very thin layer of white distress paint
 and inked the edges with black ink.
I used a black marker pen to highlight the word 'bingo' and the numbers.
 When I had finished I dry brushed a light layer of white gesso over the
 whole card to hide any imperfections in my inking and penwork.

The 2crafty 'Squiggle border' is one of my favourite pieces.
 I love the way it 'finishes off' a cluster beautifully. Here I painted
 it with black distress paint and sprinkled clear glitter
 over the whole piece while the paint was still wet. When it was
 dry I gave the border two coats of dimensional magic to
seal in the glitter and add a gloss finish.

The last step of my creative process is my favourite -
adding all the little finishing touches to the page. These 2Crafty
 chipboard buttons are a great 'finishing touch'. They can be painted
 to co-ordinate with any design. Here I painted the with black distress paint,
 inked the edges with
white ink and finished them off with string ties.

The last project that I would like to share today is one that I did
 recently as a DT project for Kraft-it-Up

The theme was 'vintage style' which is about as far out of my comfort zone as it gets :)
Anyway these gorgeous chipboard pieces from 2Crafty made the job a lot easier.
 I used up some older 'Prima' and 'Glitz Design' papers on this page.
 I used gesso, texture paint and stamps to build up my background. 
The old picket fence and the gorgeous flourish (Fifi's Flourish
are both 2Crafty products.
I primed them both with white gesso then with Tim Hiltz distress paint
 in 'Picket Fence' for the fence and 'Walnut' for the flourish.
 To add some sparkle to the flourish I sprinkled
glitter over the wet distress paint and when it had dried 
thoroughly added a coat of dimensional magic as a sealant.
Here is a detail shot of the flourish:

And here is the fence:

Thank you so much for stopping by to look at my creations today.
 If you would like to see more of my work using 2Crafty products
 I would love for you to visit my blog.

Our First Ever BLOG HOP

Oh and please remember to join us on our first ever BLOG HOP from June 1-3.
There will be lots of inspiration and great prizes to be picked up along the way :)

xx Sarah



Elena Olinevich said...

Wow, need to check this dimensional magic, never heard about it. Great reveal, and cool techniques

Vanessa said...

Fantastic post Sarah, love them all and great to see some boy pages, they are so cute. Great job, hope you had fun creating them.

Di Garling said...

Fantastic post Sarah & such great use of all those chippies. Love them all.
Cheers Di xo

Chantal Vandenberg said...

BRILLIANT LAYOUTS, Sarah!!! Loved what you did with the dimensional magic. Awesome!!!! :D

Jan Rankine said...

Lovely, exciting style Sarah - beautiful work.

Keren Tamir said...

Fantastic LOs Sarah!!! Love all the details.

Heather Jacob said...

totally loving all of these Sarah , you have done an outstanding job . xooxo

lindy Gillespie said...

Fantastic page Sarah!! fun and colourful just love the last one - great techniques...xo

Sarah said...

Thanks ladies - you are too kind :)))

Elisabeth Sarkis said...

showwww, love all post!