Thursday, September 30, 2010

Through The Puddles - Color Challenge

This was such a wonderful colours to play with and I was able to use some of my favourite techniques - rough painting and stamping with bubble wrap :)
Pictures are showing Aleksa in one warm summer afternoon just after heavy rain that left our yard full of puddles - just the right place to run and play :)
This one is a layout I liked to make just because I was able to play with my acrylics. At the beginning I only took one piece of card stock, applied some self-made gesso (took some plaster powder (?), PVA and water). Then I started to rough brush my page with that lovely turquoise paint and then took off some parts with dry cloth. Next the fun just begins - I painted some parts of a bubble wrap with that pinkish paint and pressed on my dry page. That really adds some grunge texture which I find very related to my mud covered daughter :)
I used some large stipple brush and painted the area of text with the lightest blue colour.
One of my pictures is placed on light blue patterned paper. This paper is also cut into strips and placed on the left side of my down-most picture with added flower brads. One of these brads already was in that turquoise colour, but other two were painted with matching acrylic paints.
For the upper picture I added this large, matching brad from K&Company (as usual, cause that's almost all I can get here). To pair this brad with something, I added large paper-clip diagonally to this brad.
Title is printed on a transparency and the rubbed on, but it turned out that self-made rubons do not work well on acrylic paints :( - all ink smeared, but on this layout it turned out quite right.
This is the colour palette I made my layout from - and it's ofcourse from http://thecolorroom.ning.com/

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Gimme' Back - Rainy Days and Doodle Challenges

Oh this one was tough - even making one layout with such conditions would have been hard for me, but I chose to put them together.... So my first task was to use a picture that would not show something nice, funny or beautiful but just the opposite - everyday moments that are not those perfect ones. Well and that was the hardest part, because I went through all my pics in my PC and could not find at least one picture where my daughters (or any other family members by that matter) would not smile or appear happy... And ofcourse very last picture that is was looking at was the right one. This challenge is posted on Irma Peredne's blog, so go check her out!
My other task was to use just doodles and nothing more. That was also hard enough for me as I haven't tried to do so before. As I often do, I googled for some inspiration and hope that it turned out quite nicely! This challenge was posted on scrapbookchallenges.ning.com.
The images I got my ideas from were:
This one ofcourse was used for my title, as I find that one quite eye catching!
This image has so many small and interesting doodles, that helped to fill some white areas easily. There were also many designs connected with water or rain, so it was just perfect!!! Both of these images came from Lucy's PDP blog.
And this last image has some nice swirly designs to soften my Rainy Day. Credits on image says Whimsy Doodles - Love By Miss Tina, but I could no more find it.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cherry Blossoms and Pink Salt and Watercolour Background

I have a really great like for all thing East - the food, the design, the culture and nature, so this card was a very natural thing to make one day while experimenting with making backgrounds using salt and watercolours.
First I applied lot of pink/red watercolours to a watercolour paper and right away poured some salt on paper. As salt absorbs water, the places covered with salt leaves some very interesting patterns, that reminded me of Eastern motifs and cherry blossoms. after colour was dry, I gently rubbed off all salt and had this wonderfull background.
I mounted some black card on a square card blank and rounded one corner (I think I used some plate to mark the roundness and then cut with X-acto). Later I traced little smaller borders on my background and stick it on my card.
Branch is made using some floral wire and brown floral tape, by twisting all together and shaping wires in a branch like shape.
Blossoms are made using some punches and "cupping" as told in the book Paper Bouquet: Using Paper Punches to Create Beautiful Flowers.
Branch and blossoms are glued using hot glue gun.

Heart to Hear Card Drive

Carolyn King from http://myblogbycammie.blogspot.com is making this wonderful card making and giving event to people who take care of people with Alzheimer's disease. The main idea is to thank someone who is taking care of these sick people by giving him/her a greeting card. I had never heard of such an idea before, but I think it is very noble to do so. All I was able to find is that people with Alzheimer's disease in Latvia are investigated and included in the special list in Riga Eastern University Hospital (SIA „Rīgas Austrumu klīniskā universitātes slimnīca”, Hipokrāta iela 2, Rīga, LV – 1038) and I decided to send my card to them with a note to give it to a person who deserves it.
Heres my card:
I made it some time ago and was waiting for someone special to give it to and now is the time. I used a white A6 card blank and covered with printed patterned paper (sorry - no idea where I got the design from). Then used two paper doilies and inked one with my pink Cat's Eye ink pad. I adhered dark brown card frame all around the paper using sticky foam pads for extra dimension.
I cut some flower shapes from the same patterned paper and also raised them with sticky foam pads.
Flower is made out of pink organza with slightly burned edges and an artificial pearl in the middle.
I wanted a little bit of bling, so I added some rhinestones to circle parts of my patterned paper of matching size.
You could also enter this event and win fabulous amount of all kind of different prizes, including ones from Card Maker magazine, Spellbinders, Theresa Momber and more. Prizes also includes cards given by Kimberly Crawford, Asela Hopkins, Kim Hughes and many more.

Tin For My Acrylic Paints

For a long time I had this metallic tin where I store my Stamperia acrylic paints. It was in pale greyish white colour, so it bugged me all the time to do something with it. Last night I could not stand it any more, so I did some very fast decoupage on it.
As I really like somewhat gradual colour changes I do a lot of sponging on my backgrounds and this is not an exception. I used violet, light pink, yellow and little bit of grass green for this tin as these colours appear in my rice paper designs. I have no idea what the paintings are from, but they do look great.
 There were two large and two small matching designs just for the size of my tin.
For the handles I glued some very thick pink lace like ribbon using hot glue gun. I hope that from now on my paints will have a better home :)

My Grandmothers Salt Box

As a little child I remember visiting my grandmother in her flat in Riga, there were so many interesting and beautiful things to see, but somehow I tend to remember even most insignificant things - just like this old wooden box that my gran used to keep salt in her kitchen. When I raided my granny's attic (I do that a lot, as I am totally addicted to finding old stuff to collect and preferably decoupage later), I found this box and gran even didn't remember it before I reminded her of what it was and where she used to keep it. Well no wonder - as it is older than I am and gran is not getting any younger :)
I hope you like what I have done with it:
I had to do a lot of sanding and fill cracks - I like to use Sadolin micro filler as it is very smooth and dries very quickly. I like it also because I can get it in a very small tube so it doesn't take a lot of space. I sponged all surface with white and slightly pink acrylic paint and glued all my hand-cut roses and butterflies - all from Stamperia. Later I made some cracks (actually they didn't turn out like I wanted them, but overall effect is quite nice). I just can't wait to show this to my granny and see what she thinks of it now :)

Bunny

On the crop held at my place, we were challenging ourselves where we all had to make layout using same sketch. I had this sketch from scrapwow.com and this is what I came up with:
This pic was taken on Easter morning last year (2009) - this is Emilia wearing white bodysuit with pink bunnies and a pink tutu - hence the title - Bunny!
For the background I used my Classic K 12x12 McKenna Two-Sided Paper Pad patterned paper and Amy Butler Lotus Mat PadBrenda Walton Small Wonders Boy Mat Pad for my heart punched letters, all from K&Company. Additionally some pink and light green card for matting from my stash. I also used light gray polka dotted ribbon and pink ricrac. Little flower epoxy accent is from Susan Winget Nature Icon Clearly Yours again from K&Company.
Then I printed my journalling text using Traveling Typewriter font, downloaded for free from dafont.com onto a transparency, adjusting my printer's settings to high and T-shirt transfer. After about 5 min, I rubbed all text onto my layout and woila - I have a perfect journalling aligned on the left side of my patterned paper!
And this is the sketch we've been using:

Monday, September 27, 2010

"Lovely Labels" and "Buds and Vases" + chance to win the set!

Melanie Muenchinger is releasing a companion to her "A Year of Flowers" called "Buds and Vases", a die cut stamp set filled with brand new flowers and containers, this Thursday night, September 30 at 10 PM CST from Gina K Designs! Be sure to check out her sneak preview of the set on her blog and enter for a chance to win the set!
This is my favorite card, that I would like to make, but I would also dry emboss flowers for  more dimensional look!
This one also is one of my favourites as Christmas is not so far away!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Zoo, year 2007 - another colour palette

This is another layout I made using palette from thecolorroom.ning.com. Palette #24 seemed very wierd and dull, but then I found this pic with my husband and Aleksa in zoo three years ago and I suddenly changed my mind.
I just felt that I need to get my acrylic colours out and start painting something, so I downloaded these doodled animals from scrappincop.com, printed them and coloured with matching colours. Then I added some random strokes for my grass on blank scrapbook page to have a background.
I also drew simple yellow and green lines as borders around the edges of page - I had never done like that before and all I can say - it was very fun and I do like the result.
Photo was mounted on a green card mat and hand-cut in scallopish way. Title as always is made with my Silhouette.
To have some element that would join all my objects on page I added some stitched lines along photo border, animals and letter for title.
Last but not least, I added date in this vertical format with a golden Metallic Gelly Roll from Sakura.
And this is the palette I used:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sweet Sleep! + free illustrator and GSD flower and leaves templates to download

This was such a nice moment and a wonderful photo as well, so I really was amazed when I saw the palette #23 from thecolorroom.ning.com. I just felt like this is the one for this photo. It is the one where Emilia is sleeping in a swinging chair at her grand grandmothers garden.
I looked through my stash and used Classic K 12x12 McKenna Two-Sided Paper Pad and Wild Raspberry 8.5x8.5 Paper Pad both from K&Company. I cut small and large bracket template and then drew them along one side of my 12'' papers to make bracket borders. All paper borders were slightly patted with wet sponge and curled a little bit for a nice vintage look.
Then I made my roses and leaves. Roses are made following Tim Holtz tutorial and colored with light pink and blue spray acrylic paints, then inked using Broken China, Worn Lipstick and Vintage Photo Distress inks.
Leaves were cut (and basic rose shapes as well) with my SD Silhouette - I sure like to use it a lot, don't I? I drew a template looking at a prima rose leave image on internet. Then I coloured them with some green and light yellow spray acrylic paints. Some inking was done with Shabby Shutters, Mustards Seed and Vintage Photo inks.
Title again was cut with my Silhouette from 160gsm card. I cut two layers and attached each onto another for slightly deeper dimension.
Journalling was done with my new Gelly Roller White Opaque pen.
Here is the colour palette used in this layout:
And here are illustrator and GSD files I used in this layout:

http://www.4shared.com/file/4mapP7G0/rose_leaves.html - AI file of rose leaves
http://www.4shared.com/file/EJ32E16r/rose_leaves.html - GSD file of rose leaves
http://www.4shared.com/file/DVj2bQQA/tim_holtz_roses.html - AI file of rose shapes
http://www.4shared.com/file/UgqPNFh0/tim_holtz_roses.html - GSD file of rose shapes

Choo-choo - sketch 217

I made this layout for scrapbookchallenges.ning.com sketch No 217 (see sketch below). Here my little girls are having fun in this little train. It was the first ever time Emilia were on attractions, so we started slow with a veeerrrry slow kids train.
I used some plastic like dotted colorfull gift wrapping paper that matched my photos for the background and some pastel shaded square cardstock that resembles same colors but lot lighter to tone down whole layout a bit.
Both photos are matted on white card.
I used my Fiskars Effervescence Border Punch to make that red paper strip and added yellowish lace ribbon.
Title is made out of chipboard letters painted with white acrylic color.
Sketch used:

Monday, September 13, 2010

My Little Model

Last month Latvian fashion designers' internet shop CreativeLatvia.com made a large photoshoot for their childrens clothing line. One of their most used child models was my Aleksa and here are first two photos from this shootage:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Roadtrip Bauska-Liepaja-Klaipeda-Riga - a Mini Album

It was the thing most expected for my husband's holidays - a road trip for just a four of us! I really made some preparing for this trip, including making my own - translated travel sticker from different kind real travel stickers found in internet. I know some may say that its wrong - like stealing other company's designs, but it kinda isn't my fault that they do not make their products in Latvian. I love my country and my language so I needed sticker in Latvian. I did them in Illustrator, printed on sticker sheet using CraftRobo software and then cut with SDSilhouette. I bought PoGo for this, printed all kind of maps and gathered ephemera. The album itself is made out of notebook, that I cut in two parts. Pages are just glued together for more firmness and that's all!

Mini Toilet Paper Roll Album - I Love All of You

I do have quite lot of empty toilet paper rolls piling up in my craft room and I thought it is time to use them. As there are very many people making these little albums, I decided to make my own.

First mini album for Emilia

Emilia's first mini album was even more challenging to me than Aleksa's.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

1st ever layout from sketch - Sun Bunnies

One day I just felt like scrappin - isn't that somewhat familiar? LOL. Well I decided to go for a layout created out of sketch, as I had never done that before. There was a page on my table printed out from Scrapbookinspirations webpage with several leyout sketches - it had laid there for quite long time. I went through my photos and found one that caught my eye. So this is what I ended up with:

Aleksas 1st year in a mini album

This was my first ever attempt to make a mini album, so I wanted to dedicate it to my eldest daughters 1st year. I have decided to make mini albums about each year of my girls, including very significant moments or achievements and limiting photos to about 12-15 per album.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Tea time - Blog Hop

I was so eeger to participate in a thing called Blog Hop - I had never before heard of such thing, so Scrapbook Challenges was a reall surprise for me :)
Well, if you're intrigued just as much as I was, then visit Pamela's blog to start the blog hop and visit Hop Start page to start hoping on your own!
This is the sketch we are supposed to make:


Eggdays scrapbook layout

As I'm a very recent scrapbooker and very reluctant blogger, I have a pile of unscrapped photos, so when I saw the 215 sketch

in http://scrapbookchallenges.ning.com/ I just new I must make it using these 4 small photos from year 2009 easter, fetauring our egg basket and my oldest daughter Aleksa.