August Inspired By Sketch

Hello all!  I hope you’re enjoying using the sketch this month.  I had a whole lot of fun making it!  And if you’re a digi girl, you’re welcome to pop over to the downloadable psd file.

For Halloween a couple years ago, my sister suggested I start an Epic Costume (that’s a costume that you use more than once, and improve on from year to year) of a Weeping Angel (only the most frightening monster in the Who-niverse).  She was, as always, brilliant.  So I started.  2013 was the 2nd year for me using it, and I wanted to make improved wings, but just didn’t have time.  I moved, instead.  Trust me, it was a win in the long run.

On Halloween my sister and I took her 3 year old to the town centre for Main Street Trick-or-Treating, and met up with some friends.  As we’re walking along the sidewalk, I get this thrill every time I hear someone (usually older teens or early 20s kids who have probably only ever seen the reboot Doctor, but I’m not complaining!) say something about “Don’t Blink!” (the way to defeat the Angels is to keep looking at them.  If you look away, even for the space of a blink, they will win.)  Then… I spot HIM…. err… her, in my case.  The Doctor!  A young lass had dressed up as the 11th Doctor… defeater of the Weeping Angels!  We had fun taking a couple photos of her defeating me.

That’s the story behind my LO.  Don’t Blink – The Angels Have the Phone Box.

To create the background, I soaked the background paper (watercolour paper) with water, then droped my ink onto the wet, which caused it to spread cool.  I let it dry, then used gel bead medium and a stencil to create the circle/stripe shapes.  Once that had dried, I went over it with yellow ink to give it a bit more punch.  It’s actually a really simple technique, but the results are amazing!

Don’t forget to post your LO and link it here so we can see!  Happy Scrapping!


Inspired By – Backyard Birds

Hello everyone!  Hope your summer is going great (for those in the Northern Hemisphere.  For those of you down south, well… hang in there… summer’s on it’s way!)

 My family is big on birds and feeding birds, so this month’s photo was such a perfect match for us.

July Inspired By Photo


Loving the bottle feeder.  It’s gorgeous.

 My brother-in-law loves taking bird/nature photos, and he’s done quite a few out the front window.  It’s been such fun getting to know all the local bird varieties.  We obviously knew some of them, but it’s been fabulous to learn others, like the Grosbeak and Tanager.

Adele’s July Inspired By LO

Who knew there were so many yellow/orange birds in the desert in the United States!  Pretty awesome to watch.  The group splashing and the one vertical photo next to it, they’re the same species: Evening Grosbeak.  The left hand photo is of females, the right, of a male.  My sister’s been attracting such a wide variety of birds since she set up the birdbath.

To make my background, I started with a plain piece of white cardstock.  Then I used a variety of distress stamps and TH Distress Inks.  I used several different washi tapes, ripping them to make them more distress-y.  Finally I drew the splash spots and went over the top with Glossy Accents.  It’s an easy way to add a bit of realism to wet pages.

Don’t forget to upload the photo to your blog, or to our FB page and leave us a link here on the blog.  Be sure to let us know what you were inspired by!  Thanks for playing along!

Inspired By – Rock Hopscotch

Hello and welcome to my Inspired By LO.  To remind you of what the photo is, here you go:

May Inspired By Photo

Isn’t this gorgeous?  I love the paintings on the stones.  They’re so much fun. I was inspired by the path.  As I mentioned before, I was recently in Australia.  I did a bunch of Bush Walking (hiking) whilst there.  One of the places I hiked I had to traverse a small river.  It was not real big deal, just a little hop across, but my friend (Yeah, I have friends all over the world) snapped a cool photo of me doing it.  That’s where my brain went to when I saw this inspiration photo.

Inspired By May DT Assignment

Inspired By May DT Assignment

To make the background, I played with some water/ink techniques.  I have a love affair with ink.  It’s so fun.  To make this one, I started with heavy watercolour paper.  You can get a huge pad at most art stores.  I get the 18×24″ paper and trim it down.  That way I get 2 12×12 pages out of every sheet.  I took my watercolour paper and ran it under the sink tap, thoroughly drenching the paper.  I let the water sit for a minute to soak the paper, then wet it again.  The paper WILL warp, so I flattened it out again, and then laid it on my table and sprayed the paper again.  Then I quickly dropped the blue ink in splotches around the page.  This blue is actually calligraphy acrylic ink.  The super fresh water let the ink spread really awesome, in circular patterns.  I waited a few minutes for the ink to absorb, then dropped a second round of blue on, and added the dark green (a Mr Huey’s spray ink that I used a water dropper with).  This did not spread the same, in fact it acted very much like what it would have done if I had dropped it on dry paper: pooled all in one area.  That wasn’t the look I was going for, so I grabbed my spray bottle and VERY CAREFULLY sprayed the paper.  By very carefully, I mean, I sprayed NEAR, but not OVER the ink.  Because if you spray the ink, you will actually splash the colour around, giving a mottled look.  It’s cool, but again, not what I was going for.  But by bringing the nozzle right close to the paper (less than an inch above), I was able to wet the paper without splattering the ink.  Once the ink mixed with the water, it spread around in puddles.  I let the two inks spread and mix a bit, and just let it dry.  Normally I’m all about using the oven to speed up the drying, but you can’t really do that with this.  The paper is SO saturated the ink is pooling on the top, so if you move it, it ruins your awesome shapes.  Once it’s mostly absorbed in, though, you can move it (carefully) and at least speed the drying time up.

Once the ink was dry, I used a BoBunny distressing stamp and embossing powder to do the edges.  Then I used a stencil and more embossing powder to do my centre.  I love the Ranger Embossing Dabber for use with the stencils.  It pretty much rocks the world!

Now, come along and play at our fun Blog and get INSPIRED BY DESIGN!

Child’s Play/Inspired By Crossover!

Happy April, folks!  I’m pleased to be part of this month’s special event, a crossover between Child’s Play Challenges and Inspired By Challenges!  It’s especially exciting to me because I’m on both DTs.

Here’s the inspiration photo:

April Inspiration Photo

And the sketch:

April Sketch

Here’s my LO:

April Child's Play/Inspired By Crossover

April Child’s Play/Inspired By Crossover

I am soooo pleased with this LO.  You know how sometimes they just turn out right?  This was one of those!

You may remember a few weeks ago when I posted my Ice Castle LO, and I talked about using a stencil and embossing ink/powder to create the background?  I used that same technique (even the same stencil!) here.  This time, I deliberately left out bits of the pattern to give it a wind/sand blown look.  The distress stamping was for the same sort of a look.  I used several BoBunny stamps for that.  I chose the colours for the stamped images from the sand in the jars of the inspiration photo.  I also created the file folder and both envelopes.  The file folder I used a TH Die to get the tab shape.  The envelopes I just free handed.  I LOVE the way the envelopes turned out.  They sort of polish off the “travel” look.  The tiny envelope in the top corner especially makes me smile.  The title letters I first coloured with red ink, but they were kind of dull looking, so I added a layer of red stickles and that really brightened them up.  And finally, I created the film strip look of the photos on my computer using some frames by Katie Periete.

Don’t forget to link your LO to both the Child’s Play and Inspired By Blogs!  And let us know what inspired you!  Happy scrapping!

Colour Run Splashout

It’s just past the middle of March!  Hope you enjoyed Pi Day (3.14), and that the Ides were tranquil (3.15), and a very Happy St Patrick’s Day to you, tomorrow!

I had a lot of fun with this month’s Inspired By challenge!  Here’s my LO:

March Inspired By DT LO.

I was inspired by the central image with the radiating colours.

To make my background, I first used one of my favourite stencils ever.  It’s from Crafter’s Workshop.  I used Golden Mediums’ Heavy Gel with the stencil to create the dot texture, and let it dry (hallelujah for my oven!  Otherwise this project would have taken DAYS).  Then I ground red gelato into a paste, added a little water and splashed it down over the paper, and let it dry (oven again!)  Then I repeated the process with the yellow gelato.  And again with the blue.  And finally the green.  You can see why my oven was so important!  The gelatos would have taken for EVER otherwise!

It’s a pretty simple LO, but very bold and fun.  Don’t forget to post your LO on the blog!  And let us know what you were inspired by!

Double Duty Layout

It’s the middle of the month, which means it’s my turn to reveal for ScrapStuffz Inspired By!

Here’s the Inspiration Photo:

February SSIB Inspiration Photo

I hemmed and hawed for a long time over what to do.  I’m really not a pink girl, so I wasn’t all that inspired by the colours.  I’m not frilly, either.  And I really really (not just really) don’t do Valentine’s…. so this just wasn’t speaking to me for ages!  Then, my sister’s birthday rolled around.  She wanted to go to the Ice Castle up at Midway.  And BOOM.  Inspiration.  The ice castle is built in tiers, just like this display!  So, that was my inspiration, the tiered shape of the display.

Plus…. I was so excited when the CSI Scrap365-4 Case File was revealed, because the colours were just soooooo perfect for my Ice Castle photos.

Case File S365-4

Awesome stuff, huh?

So, without further ado…. My LO!

SSIB February DT, CSI Case File S365-4

SSIB February DT, CSI Case File S365-4

I’m so in love with this.  Seriously, the results are just perfect.  I only wish I could get a photo that really does it justice.  There’s just no way.  But I can give you a couple close ups to help you see!

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This one gives you a closeup on pretty much everything going on.

  • Background Work – I used a Heidi Swap 6×6 mask and an embossing ink stamp pad.  I taped the mask down, then stamped through it.  Pulled up the mask, sprinkled some Zing Gold Embossing Powder on a couple spots, tapped it off.  Added Zing Brown Sugar Embossing Powder, tapped it off.  (Made sure the whole pattern was covered by one or both colours.)  Then I heated the powder to set it.  Repeat til I had the background big enough.  I had to wash my stencil every time I picked it up so that I wouldn’t get bleed through from previous uses.
  • The Title – My awesome friend Barbara suggested I do an Ombre Coloured Title.  Which was AWESOME but turned out to be WAY easier said than done.  Steep learning curve!  Here are my first few attempts….



As you can see, the second attempts were significantly more successful than the first.  But still, it was tough!  What ended up working best was to have a puddle of water on my Kraft Mat (seriously, I could not live without that thing!), slightly wet the whole letter, then tap it dry with a paper towel in a reverse obmre direction (so very dry at the tip, less dry up higher).  There really only was a tiny amount of water on the letter, but it let the ink spread easily.  I would then tap off some of the ink, then reapply water, tap dry, ink, tap off….. until I got the right look.  Once I got the system down, it really wasn’t too bad.  Even went pretty fast.  And then I did my favourite thing…. picked up the whole thing (mat and letters) and stuck it in the oven on warm!

  • Drippy Icicles – These were probably my favourite bit.  I had to figure out how to do them so that I could control where the drips fell.  What I eventually came up with was condiment squeeze bottle.  It was great for this project, because I wanted thick lines, but if you wanted to do something finer, I’d suggest something like a plastic bag and a icing tip.  What I did, though, was grabbed my Golden Gel Medium “Clear Tar Gel”, which is pretty thin, but still has some body to it.  I then used a couple drops of ink (Mr Huey’s Powder Blue) to tint the gel.  Then I loaded it into my squeezy bottle, and squeezed out a line of gel under each title word (which I had adhered to my Kraft Mat).  Then I shook the mat to get the gel to drip down.  I wanted it to be as organic as possible to really mimic the formation of real icicles.  Once I got them long enough, I stuck the whole thing in the oven.  Usually I try for a heat that won’t boil the medium, but this time I WANTED the bubbles, so I set it at 170* F and closed the oven door.  Perfect.  Once it was completely dry, they peeled off the mat like a DREAM!  Seriously, this was perfect.  I added the jewels as water droplets to give the impression that the icicles were still forming.

Here are a couple additional close ups:
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As you can tell, I love this LO.  Hope you can get some inspiration and join us over on SSIB.  Don’t forget to share your LO with us (there’s a link in the blog’s sidebar), and especially don’t forget to let us know what you were Inspired By!


Lowe’s National Forest

Hey everyone!  It’s time for my 1st December Reveal over on Inspired By Challenges.  If you’re new to the blog, it’s pretty easy to play along.  Just use the Inspired By photo as your inspiration, add your LO to the blog with a link, and let us know what you were inspired by in your blog post.

Here’s the Inspirational Photo:

1st Inspired By December Photo

I totally loved this photo.  The over-the-top lights, the old pickup.  It’s just adorable.  I was inspired by the truck, itself.

1st December Inspired By Layout

1st December Inspired By Layout

I had this cute photo of my brother-in-law tying their tree to the roof of the jeep, and the truck reminded me of it.

I had a lot of fun with that background.  I used several different stamp sets, a brown ink, and 3 pieces of washi tape.  Then I used one of my very favourite masks from The Crafters Workshop and modeling paste layered on top.  It looks really complex, but in actuality, it’s super simple and only took about 20 minutes.

I totally love the wood veneer cluster.  Here’s a closeup of it:

My favourite bit.

My favourite bit.

The tree on top of the car is my favourite bit.  It totally makes me giggle.

Ok, your turn!  Let’s see what the photo inspires for you!