Friday, July 21, 2017

Christmas in July,
Birds and Bugs 
By Sue Smyth 

It is always a good idea to get ahead of the Christmas rush, so 
what better way than to make a Christmas in July project. 




If you are like me you have bucket full of Christmas photos.
Some good some not so good, this little mini pocket 
album is just the ticket, it holds 100 photos, so 
has swallowed up a lot of my excess Chrissy shots.


I have covered the surface of the book with 
scrunched tissue paper, adhered with 
gel medium. Over the top I have added
imaginarium chipboard corners.
Then spray with turquoise glimmer style mist, for extra
glimmer I have applied iridescent medium with 
a fan brush to give a transparent glaze.


I love to team red with turquoise, so a poinsettia flower
surrounded by natural seed pods, gives a great 
woodsy christmas feel.
To frost them dab a little white gesso over top.


I have embossed the chipboard window with aged
gold embossing powder and then 
spritzed with White linen Dylusions 
to give a kind of snow look.


I have made a simple scroll and stamped with a greeting to 
finish the front. 




Well enough of Christmas lol. Back to bugs.
These cute little post it note books
are just begging to be altered.
And make a great small gift.

They are the perfect size for the plastic bugs.
Again it is so easy to apply tissue paper scrunched
up over the cover with gel medium. Add
your chipboard corners.
Paint with black gesso and when dry
paint with your favourite colour
of Dylusions paint.

Then rub over inka gold, turquoise,purple cobalt and gold to finish.


Once the cover is altered, layer up more 
chipboard, trinkets and bugs.
Here I have gold foiled the chipboard 
with the Go press and foil machine.


The bug is painted with black gesso
then 2 contrasting colours of inka gold
is applied with your finger tip.
Dry off then add a final layer of gold inka to 
blend the bottom colours together.

Last post I shared this little bird that I made 
for Jane, so she could display it at the June Expo 
here in Brisbane. Jane
had lots of faux birds and during the 
expo asked me to make up a sample with 
the white feathered swan!!!


So here is what I came up with, remember
I had about 2 hours and limited materials 
as that night I was staying in town. 
So I went shopping and scrounged a piece of 
chicken wire. 


And came up with a gothic swan, my inspiration 
was the movie the Black Swan, I have not seen it
but the title gave me the idea of a swan like a ballerina.


I have twisted a vine and added turquoise beads to the 
chicken wire "nest"


The crown is a trinket that has been cut down and adhered
to the head.


To alter the swan, I have painted with black gesso
and dried it off. Then apply
turquoise, cobalt and purple inka gold to 
the surface. When dry add gold paint (or inka gold) 
to the surface to blend in all the colours.


I have bent a trinket to cover the front of the 
swan, so that if you take it off
the nest it is still pretty.



Happy Crafting 

Hi from Sandi- July Creations

Hi everyone, Wow how fast is the year going it's hard to believe we are in the second part of the year already. It's been a busy time for us all and I hope you have been able to get into your craft areas and have fun creating your own pieces of art. I'd love to share with you what I've been creating lately.

My first creation was a layout with a sweet feminine feel.I used a layer of white gesso to soften the paper and then sprayed some Lindy's Stamp Gang ink sprays. 



I used Flourishes were covered with Versa ink 'Indigo' and title with 'Evergreen'. The bike was covered with a combo of a deep crimson and black acrylic paint. I used the 'Evergreen' to also cover the frame before covering it with Metallic Melts embossing powder. The small love heart was painted with Dina Wakley Scribble sticks and water.



 Imaginarium Design chipboard used included:


Bicycle small IDT0018
Inspire create IDW0092
Edith Frame IDT0038
IDW0072 Beautiful delight wonderful in board sml
Merilee variation flourish IDFL0032
Nats hearts 1 IDD0042

My second layout is a simple but striking page of my scrapping buddy Fiona Paltridge and myself ; birds of a feather we are. I couldn't wait to use her new stunning stamp range to do this page stamping the feather stamp onto white 12x12 cardstock with StazOn and then tearing some of the cardstock off to make a strip to be placed on the red. I then used Dina Wakley scribble sticks and lots of water to paint over the feather layering the colour until happy.



The cut the frame into 2 pieces and then covered it with Verra Ink 'Black' and the feather in 'Silver'.
The selfie chipboard was covered in spray gesso.




Imaginarium Designs Chipboard used included:

code IDW0094 #instagram etc.
criss cross frame 1 IDDL0008

skeletal feather IDDL0006

My last share is my latest addition my Imaginarium Journal book. 'Travel Destination'. We regularly go to camping shows and at the Adelaide one last year we came across a caravan through the ages display. This one took my eye so cute.



The chipboard titles were painted with red Dina Wakley scribble sticks with the frame painted in black acrylic paint. The banner was covered with Kaisercraft 6x6 paper and cut out after glue was dry with the edges scribbled around with a fine Sharpie pen.



Imaginarium Design Chipboard used included:

Banners IDS0074

Phillis Frame IDT0039
Compass with travel words IDW0019
Thanks for dropping by and hope I have inspired you to try some new techniques and ideas with our amazing Imaginarium Designs Chipboard that is Australian made in Adelaide South Australia.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July Projects - With Karyn Schultz!

Hi Imaginarium Designs lovelies!!

It's Karyn here and today I'm sharing some scrapbook pages made using lots of gorgeous Imaginarium Designs chipboard.

The photos on this first project were taken last winter just after a hailstorm - we were surrounded by a blanket of ice.
I've used papers, washi and a tag from the Heidi Swapp Magnolia collection as the basis for my page and decided to leave all of the chipboard raw which coordinated well with the papers. 
I've added some embellishment clusters of chipboard, flowers and flair around my photo. 
I've added a geotag embellishment from Charms Creations - I love how rustic and  quirky these embellishments are.
Lastly I added splatters of black and gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine across my page - I love that there are splatters on some of the embellishments! 
Imaginarium Designs chipboard I've used includes 

Nats Hand Drawn leaves : Code IDD0044
Sheet of 7 leaves : code IDFL0018
Every picture has a story to tell : code IDP0045

Loolabelles love arrows : Code IDD0030
Loolabelles chevrons #2: Code IDDL0022
Everything Everyday today : code IDW0082

Next I have another scrapbook page made using more gorgeous Imaginarium Designs chipboard and the Paper House "Hello Baby" Girl collection. I taught this at a recent class at Seriously Scrapbooking.

The photo is of me as a baby - wasn't I cute lol :)
I started by creating a background on white cardstock using Distress Oxides. Then I layered this on some of the super cute paper from Paper House.
I painted all of the chipboard gold - using a single colour helps to unify the page.  
Rectangles of different papers were used under my photo - this is a great way to use up leftover scraps of papers. Lastly I added some cute puffy sticker embellishments across the page.
Imaginarium Designs chipboard I've used includes 

Lou's heart shapes : code IDDL0015
Beautiful delightful wonderful: Code IDW0072
Our Little Girl : code IDP0025
Thanks so much for stopping by
Crafty Hugs xx
Karyn