Sunday, October 21, 2012

Do you love Authentique?

 My layout uses Authentic Lively "Chipper" as the base,  both sides of Vivacious, with a strip of  Vibrant cut along the chevron shape.

 I created a feather from old bookpaper, and embellished it with Prima flowers

 I added an  Authentique Detail Sticker and journalled the few details that I know about this photo.

Happy scrapping,

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Playing with Mediums!

 Hey, it's me (Tina Connolly) again with a tutorial for you.  I promised I'd showcase how I use my Derivan Gel Medium.
Here's my finished layout...

 I used a double masking technique on this layout, first making a triangle shape with some scrap paper, then applying the Gel Medium with an old credit card through a template.  I also used some texture paste to give a different textural finish, but you could use Derivan Impasto or Derivan Gesso in the same manner.

 Spray a variety of mists over your page (I still left my triangle masks on at this stage).  Michelle has a great range of Glimmer Mist available here.
 Attach triangles of paper and then trim any excess that is overlapping the edge of your base sheet.

Tim Holtz Distress Inks stay wet longer and blend beautifully.  I use either a dauber (as pictured) or a makeup sponge.
 I highlighted the raised edges of the texture paste with some ink.

 I even did my journalling!

 Look at all that gorgeous shimmer.

Hope you've enjoyed this tutorial.  Now get out there and have a play with some Mediums!
Happy scrapping,

Friday, October 19, 2012

Have you tried Gel Medium??

 Hi, it's Tina Connolly with another layout using Basic Grey "Paper Cottage" papers, buttons, element stickers, felt stickers and trim, and alpha stickers.

 I used Derivan Gel Medium over a Crafter's Workshop template and then rubbed some Perfect Pearls across  it once it had almost dried.  Gel Medium is one of my favorite products and I'll be showcasing it in a couple of layouts over the next few weeks.

Happy scrapping,

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pinwheels are fun!

 Hi, it's Tina Connolly with my layout using the Basic Grey 'Paper Cottage' range.  I used "Afgan" for the base, with strips of "Vegetable Garden" and "Domestic", which I also used for the pinwheels and bunting.  You can find the buttons here, "Felt stickers and Trim" here, and Washi Tape here.

 Have you ever made a pinwheel?  They are very easy and fun to make.ust  Just cut a square, snip from each corner towards the centre, bend the right hand side of that corner to the centre, and repeat with the other corners.  Secure with a brad.  Too easy!
Thanks for looking, hope I've inspired you to go create something.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Getting Lively with Authentique

My layout today features paper from the Lively range by Authentique.  I sprayed, and splattered my background cardstock with some mists to add colour and shimmer.   Michelle has a lovely range available in the store here.  I also used them to colour my doiley.

 The Washi tape I've used is Sawyers Place Bianca Floral and Sawyers Place Pink Dots.  I've stamped along some of the Pink Dots tape using Stazon Ink and a music note stamp to create another pattern.  I've also used the Washi tape to journal on.  Just make sure you use a permanent pen like a Sharpie, as the Washi tape has a slightly waxy finish.

 I used Authentique "Lively" stickers and Prima flowers to embellish my page.
 The paper is Authentique Lively "Chipper", and is a gorgeous heavyweight paper with a slight texture.
Hope this has inspired you to create something.
Happy scrapping,

'Lovin' your smile' with Basic Grey

Hi there,
It's Tina here.
I thought I'd share one of my latest layouts using some of the gorgeous products available from Scrapbook Divas.

First up a little tutorial to show you how to make fringed flowers.
Cut a strip of patterned paper (1 inch x 12 inch is ideal). The wider your strip of paper the larger your flower will be.  Cut small snips all along the length, I used shredding scissors, but do not cut all the way through.

 Roll  the paper with a quilling tool or tweezers.  Glue onto a small circle of paper, and allow to dry.
 Flatten the fringed pieces outwards, and embellish the centre as required.  You can even join two different strips together to create a two-toned flower.
And here's my layout...
 Notice how the doiley pattern flows across both different papers?  Pretty cool hey? I used "Fine China" and "Hibiscua Tea" from the Basic Grey Cottage Tea collection.

 I used Basic Grey Cottage Tea Alpha Stickers for my title.

I'm going to show you a little trick to make squaring up frames easier....
Apply your double sided tape with a long strip along each side of your frame.  
 Only expose a small amount of the adhesive on each corner.   Do NOT pull all the backing tape off.
 You will now be able to easily maneuver the frame without it sticking too much.  When you are happy with its position, press the adhesive in the corner, then slowly pull your "tab" to expose the remainder of the D/S tape.  Press down to ensure good adhesion.
Thanks for looking,  I'll be back tomorrow with another layout for you.