Saturday, August 31

watercolour effect with GELATOS + GIVEAWAY {faber-castell}

hello GELATOS friends! 

happy saturday! today i would like to share my last post for FABER-CASTELL design memory craft with you. i really enjoyed working with their amazing products for the last 4 months! and i really enjoyed working with a team full of professionals and amazing crafters!

also, at the end of this post, i've got a little surprise for you! and i'm sure you will enjoy it!

so, here is my newest project featuring GELATOS -  


this time i though of exploring all the options to add watercolor effect to my layout using gesso, gelatos and water, of course. 
to create this project i worked with paper, canvas, chipboard and plastic. 

and here is how i did it: 

 first i positioned the picture on my background paper {i used 7 dots studio "love is in the air" collection} and marked the place it is going to be with a pencil. then i removed the picture and start adding different colours blending GELATOS with water.

 while my background was drying i die cut different shapes from a plastic sheet. i used TIM HOLTZ' bigz dies "pediments" and SIZZIX bigz die "birds". i covered the die cuts with GESSO.

when they dried, i coloured them with GELATOS, choosing colours to match the paper collection. 

after the background paper was dry, i added the butterfly pattern using PRIMA marketing "butterflies" masking template and gesso.

 ... and paint splashes {dissolve a little bit of GELATOS in water and use your brush to create the splashed} and pearls for extra glimmer and glam.

 to decorate my page i used SCRAPMATTS chevron chipboard. i covered it with gesso, to mask the raw colour, and then i added a blue gelato to it.

 for the resist canvas i used water and GELATOS - the different colors blend easily together, which allowed me create the perfect colour combination for my layout.

i hope i managed to inspire you today!

at the beginning of the post i promised you a SURPRISE! and here it is -

as a finale to my guest design series, FABER-CASTELL design memory craft has graciously put together this awesome set of products for me to give away to one lucky follower!

the prize package includes:
designing with GELATOS kit $24.95
mini journal boards $4.95
art GRIP aquarelles in neutral $12.95
GELATOS tool set $11.95
stamper's big white Pen $6.25

all you have to do is become a follower and leave a comment under this post. you've got until sunday, september 29th, 2013.

i'll pick up one random winner on september 30st, 2013.

good luck!

hugs 'n smiles,

Friday, August 30

happy fall {DIE-VERSIONS}

hello crafty friends!

today i've got some cards to share. i made them using the amazing dies from the DIE-VERSIONS' august "HAPPY FALL" release.

for this card i used DIE-VERSIONS whispers "four seasons tree" die...

... and the DIE-VERSIONS whispers "old oak leaves" die.

i added a hint of colour to the background with design memory crafts GELATOS.

for my second card...

i used DIE-VERSIONS whispers "old oak leaves" die to create my flower...

... and the DIE-VERSIONS sweet spots "falling for you" die to cut my sentiment. 

and my last card for today:

i used DIE-VERSIONS corner concepts "good times" die...

... and the whispers "bug jar die

i hope you enjoyed today's post!

have a messy friday!

hugs 'n smiles,

Thursday, August 29

frog dog studio guest designer: imagine

hello scrappy friends!

today i would like to share my second project with the amazing FROG DOG STUDIO mixed media august kit.

this time i decided to try a boy layout. i know that the ARTchix ephemera pictures look really shabby chic and girly, but as it turned out, you can create a perfect page for boy  as well.


i based my layout on MY MIND'S EYE august sketch chellenge:

i used MME "follow your heart" paper collection and the FROD DOG STUDIO august kit.

and here is a step-by-step tutorial on how i did it: 

step 1: choose your picture and mark its place on the background paper. add a blue {or any other color that will fit your design} metallic paint around it.

after the paint is dry, using PRIMA marketing "stars" masking template and VIVA décor glitter paste {included in the kit} add extra dimension to your background.

when the glitter paste is dry you can really see the 3d effect and it is all glittery and sparkly.

step 2: prepare your picture. i added a silver frame around it using the VIVA décor inka gold from the kit and a see-through layer with stars on top of it.

step 3: begin working on your embellishments. i decided to go with all things boy! i cut out one of the ephemera pictures and layered it on a piece of pattern paper. 

i added different stripes of washi paper and a button from the button set from clever creations from the kit to embellish it. i layered a piece of the newspaper strip on pattern paper and adhered it next to my picture.

the hot air balloons i die cut from pattern paper and added a layer of VIVA décor inka gold.

i tied one of the balloons to the ARTchix wooden anchors.

i really like the logo of the FROG DOG STUDIO and i managed to use the cute little doggy from TINA's logo on my page. after all – every boy deserves a dog!

step 4: the title – i used TIM HOLTZ' alphabet die and pattern paper

i hope you enjoyed today’s post! 
make sure to go over at FOG DOG STUDIO blog for more inspirational projects and great ideas! 

hugs ‘n smiles,