Friday, 18 April 2014

Sketch Day = Happiness!


Hello everyone so lovely to see you here again!!

Ready to play along with this month's sketch? We have a great sketch with a strong graphic theme; so easy to change it up to suit your style ;)

Based on artwork by Marsha Valk

The sketch designers have had a blast playing with the new Scrap365 Wooden Shapes (see the side bar for our special offer!) Not only that but they were lucky enough to have some Prima Marketing Inc pretties to play with too!

A huge thank you to Prima for being our wonderful sponsor for this month.

click here for Prima Love
Prima Marketing, Inc. is an established leader in flower embellishments in the scrapbooking and crafting industries. Our flowers are hand-made by skilled artisans, never by machine, to ensure the highest quality and craftsmanship available. Our sophisticated and trend-setting crystal swirls designs in rhinestones and pearls are as breathtaking as our flowers. Our romantic scrapbooking papers and embellishments are full of gorgeous, eye-catching colors and textures. We hope our products spark your imagination as you use them in your scrapbooking, card, home d├ęcor or mixed media projects.

 Now the eagle eyed amongst you will note that the prize is not the same as the one published in the magazine; that's because Prima generously decided to send a ton more for our winner to play with; check this HUGE pile out!!


Now who's ready to play??? Thought so!! LOL

Let's go and take a look at the wonderful creations our designers have come up with to help with the old inspiration!!





  





  









   






 

Pretty fabulous eh? Such a beautiful and diverse selection; much like the Prima collections :)

Do make sure you join us again tomorrow when we will share more fabulous inspiration from our other designers!

As always, the linky is on the side bar. We can not wait to see how you interpret the sketch.

Have a nice day
Agnieszka Bellaidea and The Team

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Announcing our Winners!!

Hello lovely scrappers!

Our April sketch certainly did bring about some fantastic scrapping from you all :) Yet another incredible ton of talent for us to drool over. Thank you to each and every one of you for your beautiful submissions.

This month we have two winners as Inkido have very kindly donated two prizes; double bubble - splendid!!!



A HUGE thank you to Inkido for being such fantastic sponsors of our April Challenge :)



Without further ado let me show you who caught our eye in the gallery; come on down....


We loved the cool colours, the happy photo and that fabulous background!


The composition of Jonna's page had us sighing. We loved all of the details and the splats are just ace!

Congratulations to both of you! Please email me at scrap365@traplet.com with your addresses so that we can post your prize out. We would also love you both to be a Guest Designer in a future challenge :)

Onto our Super Scrappers for the month.


Fabulous water colouring and super details like the punched edges made Chidkid's lo a winner in our eyes!


This gorgeously feminine lo from Wendy is a stunner! We adored all the ephemera, especially the butterflies.


Fantastic stencilling on Paivi's layout grabbed our attention and the bold colours against the white are sensational!

Super Scrappers be sure to email me at scrap365@traplet.com with your addresses and we will send you a copy of our latest magazine :)

Congratulations to all of our winners. I am sure you will agree they are all fabulous and so diverse!! That is what I love about the sketches; you interpret them your way and the results are always spectacular :)

Thank you all so much for popping in today. I hope we will see you again on Friday when we will be sharing our new sketch and THE MOST AMAZING prize!!!

Until then, happy scrapping,

Ali (Ed) x

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Pockets with Pizzazz

Back again, this week I've been trying out a few of my own embelishments. There has been great discussions  in the FB groups about making our own enamel dots, by baking Perler Beads (Hama Beads). The oven temp seems to be the biggest debate..I have found that the best temp for my electric fan oven is 150c for 45-60 minutes. Using a baking tray and baking paper, space out all the perler beads, which takes a few minutes, then very carefully transfer them to the oven, if you knock the tray they all fall over and you have to start again (I know, I've been there !). Some people have been clever enough to stack one on top of the other for slightly larger dots, and some have cut them in half for smaller ones, I think its good to experiment ! 
Photo - Julene Anderson
My other DIY experiment was to use cork and stamp onto it. I managed to get hold of some small circles of cork from Wilkinsons, used to stop furniture getting scratched. and just stamped straight on it, peeled off the backing and voila! I have ordered a very thin 1mm thin self adhesive cork sheet, with this I should be able to punch out my own circles to stamp, and also run it through the bigshot with some of my dies to make words to use on the pocket pages, I can't wait! 


I was lucky enough to get hold of the new 'Aqua' Project Life Core Kit from Becky Higgins, it was released for Europe & Australia only - I'm sure it will be released in the US in the near future though.......I've used it for week 11, I love the choice of bright colours, and I cut one or two of the 3x4" up and used them to decorate the bigger 6x4".

WEEK 11:




WEEK 12:

This week turned out quite colour co-ordinated , mostly thanks to the green Kermit onzie !!!




I'll be keeping my eyes open for some more DIY tips, and trying to resist all the new CHA releases. There is a lot of new Stash due out in the UK in the coming weeks, I know I've got some new Prima to play with, and I managed to get hold of some BO Bunny which will be making an appearance.....

Till next time Elaine x

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Country Pursuits with WOW! Embossing Powder by Ifa Zainon

I was excited to be given the opportunity to try out WOW! Embossing Powder,particularly the WOW! Melt-It Powder. That's the large jar with white powder in my photo below.


What does it do, I hear you ask. Well, this is the blurb from WOW! website...

Melt-It works as an extender for your WOW! Embossing Powders. Melt-It heats and melts faster than any other embossing enamel or embossing powder.  Melt-It is perfect for creating 3D objects such as jewellery pendants, card toppers or even flower centres.

With this wonder product, I can make resin like embellishments using silicon mould. There is an instruction video on that link I shared but there are also plenty of YouTube videos if you search for "Melt-it" so I won't bother too much with how-to. This is not the recommended way but the method I used is to add Melt-It and Embossing Powder onto a Ranger's Melting Pot set on high. I didn't measure or used any pie dish, the powder went straight onto the Melting Pot.

Here are some embellishments I made. The jewel like dots were made by dropping molten WOW! on silicon heat resistant sheet. I love the blue and red flowers that have the appearance of clear glass. The Red is WH01R Apple Red and the blue is WH02R Primary Lagoon.  The colour of both seems to go on and on as adding more Melt-It white powder did not dilute the intensity.



Ok, enough chatter, right ?  What did I make ? Something quite floral would be a very good guess. I started by embossing some chipboards for a title.  This being my title, I had to modify some lettering so a tree trunk stood in for T whilst a tag trim stood in for O. The chipboards were grey so when I embossed with WE03R Gold Satin Pearl which in real life is more yellow, the letters looked quite dark and more brown.


Next I added some embellishments to include the WOW! flowers and jewels that I made.


I also embossed "Pursuits" on a black label using WO03UH Metallic Blue.


Here's a close up of that title area.


Before I added  an old, cute photo of my son that I just had to scrap. This is the finished layout from a time when we lived in the country.


That's all from me today.  Thank you for reading my post.


Monday, 14 April 2014

Painting with WOW video.




I was lucky enough to be among the team who were given the opportunity to work with WOW embossing powders.  I set myself the task of creating my first ever video tutorial to go with my project and as art journaling and texture are my two middle names, this is what I've naturally based my video on.

So sit back with a cuppa and remember it's my first time so be kind :)

Enjoy.


Thanks for watching,

Jaine Drake

Friday, 11 April 2014

Guest Designer - Anita Bownds

I first saw Anita's work when she played along with our Sketch Challenge. I instantly fell in love with her CAS yet feminine style and I have no doubt that you will too :)

Here is Anita to introduce herself:




"Hi,

I’m a stay at home mum. I live in a small town called Maryborough with my husband and our three girls. I’ve been scrapping since 2001 but really been crafting my whole life.

When I’m not in my craft studio creating I’m playing with my camera working on my photography skills. I love creating everyday it keeps the mojo happy and brings me so much joy.

I’m currently on a few design teams Scrap FX , Sassy Scrapper and Susan K. Weckesser Inc and absolutely love it !!

I’m so excited to be a guest on Scrap365. My blog"

And here is a little taste of her stunning work!



And, of course, we gave Anita our sketch so that she could inspire us all! Here is her take on it:


Pretty scrumptious don't you think?

A huge thank you to Anita for joining us today; we have loved sharing her layouts with you all :)

Thank you for popping in to see us, hope to see you soon!

Ali (Ed) x