Bloom & Grow

This is another photograph that I took at the Floral Showhouse in Niagara Falls that I mentioned last week. The variety of mums that were on display was amazing. I love the lines and geometric feel of the spider mums – so incredible all the shapes that occur in nature.

Bloom & Grow

Bloom & Grow

tlun 2015-03 bloomandgrow 04I wanted to create a geometric and graphic layout to go along with this photo, and the black, white, and gold, art deco style print was exactly what I was looking for. I didn’t want the layout to be too dark, so I added in a grey and pale cream geometric, and some crisp, pure white. I like sticking to fairly narrow colourways (although I do try and push myself out of that habit every once in a while), but not with this layout. The black, grey, cream, and white, with small touches of yellow and gold, perfectly fit the mood I wanted. And the variety of neutral rhinestones adds interest without adding distraction – and I just love the bit of sparkle and dimension they bring.


Products:

  • American Crafts, white cardstock
  • Crate Paper, Notes & Things, Memo
  • Basic Grey, Aurora, Cassiopeia
  • Recollections, vellum
  • Basic Grey, Aurora, Die Cut Cardstock & Transparencies
  • Basic Grey, Chip Stickers, Cappella
  • American Crafts, Thickers, “Cecily” silver
  • Heidi Swapp, Color Shine, Bronzer
  • Zig, Wink of Stella, clear
  • Lawn Fawn, Smitty’s ABC’s, alphabet clear stamps
  • Tsukineko, Memento, Tuxedo Black ink
  • Tim Holtz, Tiny Attacher
  • Imaginisce, rhinestone heat setting tool
  • Imaginisce, heat set pearl rhinestones
  • misc rhinestones
  • date stamp
  • black photo corners

Cuppa

I have fallen in love with DAVIDs TEA. They have a huge range of flavours, from the very traditional like matchas and herbals to modern takes like Caramel Corn and Cocomint Cream. Every flavour is so well balanced and tastes genuine. I have one of their Steepers and love the process of making tea with it, but they also sell travel mugs with built in strainers and tea filters. The tea filters are disposable tea bags with an open top that you can fill with whatever loose tea you like, and then close by pulling the drawstring. So cute! They’ve made loose tea easy to make and enjoy anywhere.

Cuppa

Cuppa

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I wanted to create a light and casual layout for these photos, but didn’t have an idea about what colours I wanted to use. Sitting on my desk was Studio Calico’s Park Ave. Card Kit that I had ordered. I decided to play with it and see what I could come up with. I added in a few items from my stash, but most of the items are from that one kit.


Products:

  • Recollections white cardstock
  • Studio Calico, Park Ave. Card Kit (December 2014)
  • Cosmo Cricket, She’s Got Tissues
  • Staples, Shipping Tag, size 1
  • Kikusui, Story Tape, Corner of Life
  • Studio Calico, Rise & Shine Stamp set
  • Studio Calico, Cube Stamp & Die set
  • American Crafts, Amy Tangerine Thickers, Collage Shamrock
  • Tim Holtz, idea-ology, Label Letter stickers
  • Martha Stewart, Pinked Circle punch
  • Lawn Fawn, Smitty’s ABC’s, letter clear stamps
  • Memento, Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • ColorBox, Citrine, pigment ink
  • Studio Calico, Mister Huey’s, Clay mist
  • misc: washi tape, twine, ATG, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Fiskars trimmer

 

Let Your Light Shine

In the past couple of years, there have been a lot of ladybugs in our neighbourhood in the late fall. Every once in a while one will get in the house, and my cat loves when that happens. She’s not much of a hunter though. I once watched her calmly look on as one climbed onto her paw and then she went right back to napping. She does like to play chase though, so when the lady bug flew inside the lampshade – the game was on! She was gentle enough that the lamp slowly tipped against the bookshelf and didn’t crash down. After that, she happily joined the little bug inside the shade.

Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine

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I bought some gesso and wanted to make a layout with some mixed media. I used a technique I saw Irit Landgraf use for getting a lovely smear of colour onto the page – put ink or paint onto some plastic packaging, add in a bit of water, mix, and press it onto your page. You can move around the ink by pressing on the back of packaging while it’s pressed against the paper. It leaves great colour with different gradations, and without the fuss of brushes or brush marks. She does amazing mixed media layouts and shares tips and techniques in her videos – check her out.

I added some gelatos and stamped images on top of the gesso, and I was happy with how it turned out. Most of it ended up hidden, but little bits peek out here and there. I found some scraps with the colours I wanted and cut out pieces that had light and electrical illustrations on them. I love when scraps end up being a perfect fit like that. I didn’t have such luck with finding letters for the title though. I ended up cutting four sets of the letters from black cardstock, gluing them together, and adding Glossy Accents on top.


Products:

  • American Crafts, white cardstock
  • Recollections, black cardstock
  • Faber-Castell Gesso
  • Faber-Castell, Gelato, gold
  • Studio Calico, Mister Huey’s, Clay mist
  • My Mind’s Eye, Necessities, Triangle Vellum Gold
  • Tim Holtz, Distress Ink, Pumice
  • Ranger, Foam Blending Tool
  • Heidi Swapp, Let Your Light Shine, clear stamp
  • VersaMark, Watermark ink
  • Wow, Primary Ebony Regular embossing powder
  • Marvy Uchida heat gun
  • Lawn Fawn, Smitty’s ABC’s, clear alphabet stamp set
  • VersaFine, Onyx Black ink
  • Memento, Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • WRMK Evolution Advanced
  • QuicKutz, “Lucy” Classic Alphabet Set
  • Tomboy Mono Multi liquid glue
  • Ranger, Glossy Accents
  • Tim Holtz, Tiny Attacher
  • misc: washi tape, cat paper clip, sequins, ATG, Fiskars trimmer