I'm guest designing this week for Colorful Creations. I was so excited when Tabitha invited me to design for them and absolutely delighted when I saw her fabulous sketch I'd be working with. Colorful Creations is a forum based community with a fun atmosphere and great challenges. I hope you'll check them out.
Back when we lived in North Carolina, our daughters did quite a bit of sewing for their 4-H projects. This is Elizabeth's second year on stage at the Fashion Revue modeling this sweet jumper she made.
Tabitha's amazing sketch:
This wonderful sketch can be used for any scrapbooking style from CAS to urban grunge or like my page, shabby chic mixed media. Thanks for the inspiration, Tabitha!! This sketch challenge runs through January 27.
Tips and Techniques:
Handcrafted Flower ~ This sweet focal flower was created with Donna Salazar's Grand Peony and Bitty Blossoms Spellbinder dies. I love combining these two sets to create roses. The lace below is a vintage lace flower patch. The other lovely flowers are Prima.
Chipboard ~ I wanted a soft look with the chipboard, so I soaked the ends of these Dusty Attic pieces in some warm water for a few minutes and they separated beautifully. A little glimmer mist and they were perfect for this page. This won't work with all chipboard, but if the pieces are layered like DA, it's a lovely technique. I also tucked some Zva crystal flourishes around the chipboard.
Fibers ~ The fibers here are some pulled apart yarn and some threads pulled off the edge of a fabric scrap. I pulled them through some Mod Podge and laid them around the clusters. In a few places where the fiber didn't stick to the page as well as I wanted I used some liquid glue to help hold it in place.
Sewing elements ~ While I didn't want an over the top sewing themed page, I had fun tucking sewing related elements into the project such as this Prima zipper pull that I misted to age and the metal spool charm that I wrapped with fiber.
Lettering ~ I die cut the SEW letters from a scrap of project paper and to get the metallic look, embossed them with some Fran-tage aged silver embossing powder.
Mixed Media Background ~ Although this background took several steps, it was pretty easy. I applied gesso with a credit card, misted with glimmer mist, used a stencil to apply flexible modeling paste and once dry, misted again. On the left side I brushed on some opaque flakes medium.
Alcohol Inked Charms ~ Momenta makes the cutest metal pieces and they can be easily altered to match any project by applying alcohol ink. For these flowers I put a couple drops of alcohol ink on my craft mat and used a small paint brush to apply. I use a felt applicator tool to apply the ink to the butterflies for a more mottled appearance.
Mannequin ~ I left this Kaisercraft piece bare and just added a piece of Webster's Pages trim and vintage metal rose trinket with the feather cluster behind.
I hope you've been inspired to stop over at Colorful Creations and join the sketch challenge!!
I've entered this at:
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #62 ~ Hearts/Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by. I treasure your comments.
~ Blessings ~