Saturday, 23 February 2019

Altenew Educator Cerification Program

Well I finally took the plunge last month thanks in part to some encouragement from Sara Scraps.

I applied and was accepted to do the AECP!

I toyed with the idea when they first announced the program, but I was too afraid to commit in case my body let me down.

Well 2019 is going to be different.  I'm going to do this and more.

So what is "this"?  It involves completing selected classes from the ones Altenew offer online.  There are two levels and and the end of each class and each level you submit a final project and move onto the next stage. (I believe there is a third level as well).

The idea is to be qualified as familiar with the products and to be able to teach using them among other things,

Altenew explains it better than I can here

Love and successful stamp study!

Monday, 21 January 2019

RYS Challenge 7

Well...I'm on fire.  No, not really. 😂

See I planned to have my workspace de-cluttered and almost functional by now and promised not to make anything until it was a good part of the way there.  🤷

Yesterday I succumbed to the temptation of a clean desk. 😳😳😳

I have a lot I planned to do in January.  There is of course my vert special CKC kit (and no still haven't done any Forgery on the Fourth) and there is also a LOT going on at the Rediscover Your Stash Facebook group run by my friend Sara and Khristina Sorge.

January is traditionally a spending freeze and to boost morale (because let's be real - a shopping hiatus is bound to induce bouts of depression!) there are challenges and giveaways (including one hosted by yours truly so check it out and enter my giveaway if you want to win a scrappy prize!!)

I know I can cross over at least three layouts from these two challenges, but for now I bring you challenge 7 from RYS.  It would have been much more organized to start with Challenge 1, but I wanted something fast since I hoped to finish it before the rest of the fam woke up.  Didn't happen that way, but I got one finished nonetheless.

This is the sketch that Khristina posted in the group for everyone to use as Challenge 7.  A bit of banter later had me challenging Khristina to a scarp-off using this sketch! 😂

The first thing I needed to do was to convert it to a 12x12 layout since I don't scrap 8.5x11.

I decided to move the strip on the RHS to both the top and bottom, and the shapes on the RHS reminded me of retro video game elements.

I just so happened to have a photo of SmallCraftyDude playing a 1990s Sega Game Gear which happened to be taken with an "Old School" Polaroid camera.

I have loads of boy papers and plenty of gaming motifs.  In the end, most of the paper embellishments were partly from Crate Paper Boys Rule from 5 years ago and the rest from what REALLY inspired me - The Boyfriend collection by Cosmo Cricket.  Oh how I miss Cosmo!  😭😭😭

There is a little bit of Echo Park, Carta Bella, Jillibean Soup and a bit of Kaisercraft and some Cocoa Vanilla too.

 What I really wanted was to use lots and lots of textures.  I used plenty, but so many more possibilities remain for another day.   I was particularly pleased that a pack of Basic Grey rub ons - FLOCKED rub ons - still worked just fine!  I forgot I even had them and would have been ok even if they applied imperfectly.  More force was needed than standard rub ons, but they went on reasonably well!

I used some messy stitching to adhere the strips to the top and bottom, a few paper layers behind the photo and bravely tried some random stamping - in Distress Ink to get a slightly fuzzy imperfect feel.  Since I didn't know exactly where the embellishments would go, I had no idea whether the stamping would look OK.

It did require some pulling up and moving around.  This sketch is pretty far removed from my usual - no distinct areas of embellishment clusters and no scattered line either.

I decided to work it more into a diagonal line since I planned to have some in the top left corner anyway.

All that remained at that point was journaling.  That changed everything.  It created a large block of trapped space because I didn't wrap it all around to the right,  Disaster!!!  😫

Once I decided for certain to fill the space, I went with an acetate arrow and vellum word.  It just felt less heavy than chipboard or stickers or anything more solid and it had the bonus benefit of having a place to add more messy stitching.

I added another vellum video game critter to the top left to have another spot for stitching and to try and rectify something that just didn't sit quite right when I looked at it.  I got there in the end!

Well, back to clearing the craftermath and hoping to finish all my projects before the end of the month!  Hete's the finished page:

Love and successful crafty cleanups,

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

J is for January Counterfeit Kit and...

...Joy!  It'll make sense later I promise.

That's the Sneak Peek of the Counterfeit Kit Challenge January kit below and you know I was going to get on board with this!

December is traditionally a month of rest over at Counterfeit Kit Challenge and instead of the traditional kit, there are (usually holiday themed) activities in the lead up to the various holidays.

Since I don't celebrate any of them, I thought I'd bust out a very special kit I had been saving for such an occasion.  The thing is that December had me running around and doing lots of things for the Coffee Lovers blog hop and finalizing the giveaway and I managed to enter Altenew's colour inspiration challenge not long before the deadline of 11:55pm 31 Dec EST.

I was disappointed that I didn't pull in my special kit during December how I planned.  With January and another inspiration kit for CKC revealed, I definitely thought it was a bust.  Seeing the images of the inspo kit from Felicity Jane (Hannah from October 2018) the the CKC blog seemed to support that until a scallop print paper got me thinking.

As usual I'm getting ahead of myself, and as usual there's a bit of a back story involved.  I suggest now would be a good time to get comfy!

In March last year I was very excited to meet my friend, JOY from the UK when she came to Australia to visit her son who lives here in Melbourne.  We first met in Shimelle's Scrapbook Like a Superhero Facebook group!

We spent a day shopping and trying to find the remaining few brick and mortar stores still around in (naturally the outer suburbs of) Melbourne.  Naturally the subject turned to how we were going to scrapbook our day out.  I decided to do my page (although by now the plans for one have morphed into at least 4) in mostly green since that was Joy's favourite colour and one I struggle to use despite liking it a lot.  Joy did the same with pink which was my favourite and a struggle for her.

I decided if I included pink too, it would look really good with green.  Perhaps a pink that leans toward the peach slightly?

Sometime after that I accidentally stumbled on American Crafts's Autumn Crisp collection among my stash, which incorporated these colours and more.  The only photo of the two of us has a lot of lovely blue sky, so the green needs to be able to work with that as it does with Autumn Crisp. ⬅⬅⬅

I was trying to come up with a placement i was happy with and a few short weeks later, Shimelle posts this video on her YouTube channel for her Walt Disney Wednesday series,  It's about meeting Ariel so the colour scheme is a lovely soft mint green and shades of pink, peach and orange.  Shimelle used some of Dear Lizzy's (then new) Stay Colorful collection featuring mermaids and...MERCATS!!! 

The b-side of the MerCat paper was a lovely pink and orange scallop reminding me a bit of the ones in the Felicity Jane inspo kit.  SO...the scallop made me think of mermaids which was a natural progression to the MerCats which naturally led to this special partially pulled together kit. 😹😹😹

When you consider that the "Hannah" inspo is effectively a two colour kit (dusty pink and "duck egg blue" in various shades) along with neutrals (dark brown woodgrain and lots of black and white patterns which are synonymous with Felicity Jane then it's really quite similar!

My kit is predictably (much) bigger, but nothing like the last few I think.  It also looks more colourful which is inevitable when you consider that Felicity Jane's kit contents are all exclusive and custom designed.

Much of what I include isn't applicable eg a sticker sheet which has some stickers that work well and others I wont use.  This in part explains the size of my kit because more stuff needed to be added to compensate for all the ones I wont use.

I started dissecting the Felicity Jane kit in the usual way: 

The colours:
Peachy pinks ranging from a soft skin colour to dusty pink to a burgundy
Blues from duck egg blue to navy
Dark brown, white, black

Large floral
Polka dots/circles
Cross hatch
Script font quote
Other geometrics

January Kit - JOYFUL

The patterns and motifs in this month's inspiration kit are pretty general and non-specific so they will be easy to include and in addition,  since Joy and I are both crafters (and several of the stories are directly related to crafting), I included paper and embellies from at least a couple of craft themed collections.  We also thought it might be nice to have at least one paper common to both of us which ended up being:

"Here" from "Go Now Go" by Shimelle (I also love the idea that I can use up some of the maps and travel themed supplies)

And the rest of the kit
Colours - Soft Greens, Peach and some Pink
12 x Patterned Papers -
*1 x 6 x 6 Paper Pad
(Paper pads are also the product focus of the month on the Rediscover your Stash Facebook Group so I'm picking two)
*Wooden Embellishments
*2 x Mists
*Texture Paste
*2 x Stencils
*1 x Cut File
1 x Washi Tape

I wasn't even going to try sticking to the paper quantities (Sorry Joy!)

The items I marked with an * will have to be put together as an add-on kit perhaps...and along with the stamp set (which IS part of the kit, but I haven't picked yet).  I don't usually add any ink or mixed media type stuff for a kit but rather just pull it in when I need it,  This time I'm going to since Joy uses them often and chose them for our kit.  I want to ensure I use them on at least one of the layouts I plan to make.

Quite a few papers I pulled out are from the 12x12 paper pads and so don't have a b-side.  The others seem to have b-sides that work equally well as you are about to find out!  I figured I'd photograph them too, but it makes this kit look much larger than it really is!

Where the Felicity Jane kit uses shades of warm pink from very soft all the way to burgundy, my kit uses pinks from light to dark (B sides on right)

and palest peach to a medium orange (B sides on right)

Where the Felicity Jane kit uses shades of greyish blue from very soft all the way to navy, my kit uses greens and a few blues) from the palest mint to a medium green (B sides on right)

and teals, pale sky blue to navy (B sides on right)

Neutrals were in keeping with the inspiration kit: woodgrain and plenty of black and white patterns for which Felicity Jane is particularly well know (B sides on right)

I also added some multicoloured papers.  The closest the FJ kit comes to this is the mermaid scallops.  I found a similar scallop in the right colours that would work with my kit too (B sides on right)

 Instead of a set of 12 3x4 cards, I decided to use cut-apart-sheers.  Two are single sided and two are doubles.  (B sides on the right)

 Die cuts (including some special ones by Lilybee with a quilty pattern and a paint palette by Amy Tangerine) 😉. The rest are 2 collections by PinkFresh Studio and both the tags and ephemera from Echo Park Imagine That! girl collection stuffed into one bag.

I definitely needed more than one set of alphas.  I picked one brown and one black along with some small blue and aqua ones.  I tried my best to go fairly neutral since I haven't planned more than one particular page in advance.

Two sets of enamel shapes were needed to cover all the colour options along with some PinkFresh Studio buttons.  I also added some random embellies from rub-ons to badges to bows to acrylic shapes.  All great stuff to add dimension and texture besides paper

There are no stickers or chipboard shapes in this kit, but I needed them so in they went.

As I was trying to get my craftermath under control and search for the remaining items to complete my JOYful kit, I came across these.  Both Felicity Jane and Joyful had washi on the list (which I forgot).  I rectified this glaring oversight by inducing TWO rolls for good measure! 😂😂😂   And this other scallop paper in the right colours.  Will I use it? I really don't know, but in it goes!

This next (and LAST) lot of supplies can best be described as a mixed media add on kit?  As I mentioned before, Joy uses it more often than I do (at least on layouts, but I'm trying to remember it more often).

I forgot to include tickets in my kit, so I will have to do something about that in a forgery perhaps. The ribbon bows were intended to replace the tulle ones, but the tulle bows are so cute that I think I'm just going to have to mess about with tulle to!.  I promise I wont leave it until the fourteenth, but I just can't believe just how much all those small distractions (like having to be the algebra police during the school holidays) take up!

I just realised I also forgot to include a cut file for Joyful.  Let that be another challenge to resolve along with the stamp set and forgeries!!

Well I better get this posted before another week goes by (although I truly did start pulling supplies and blogging on the frrst or second of the month

Love and PROMPT supply selection

Monday, 31 December 2018

Altenew Inspiration Challenge - A Pop Art Card

Altenew is hosting their annual Year in Review Inspiration Challenge which I have to say is a very cool idea!

So what does it involve?  Well the instructions taken from their blog post linked above are:

"to take inspiration from one of the past Inspiration Challenge photos and be inspired to create stunning projects! Maybe take the colors, the theme, the composition, or something else from the photo – as long as you get inspired, then it’s fine by us".  

The inspiration images are presented in this  collage: ➡➡➡

So now what?  

Well the first thing that occured to me (probably subconciously inspired by the grid-like presentation of the past challenge photos) was that I had planned to do a grid style project from the recent Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, but ran out of time.  😒

The three colours in each of the past challenge photos further reminded me of Andy Warhol style pop art where the background of each section is one colour, outline of the object is a second colour and background of the object is a third.

It seemed simple enough, but Andy Warhol used silk screen technique so rich, vibrant colours could be layered on top of one other without bleeding and lighter colours could be painted on top of darker ones.

The way I saw it, I had three options:

1.  Heat embossing (with coloured embossing powder) ideally onto a second colour of cardstock and cut out and stuck onto a third colour.  The problem is that I only have neutral colours of embossing powder.

2.  Dye ink image stamped onto white cardstock and coloured with alcohol markers.  This method would have given the vibrancy of colour, but even alcohol markers going over a lighter dye ink can alter the colour of the ink and it would look messy and not give a good distinction between two out of the three colours

3.  Stamp the image in Archival ink onto white and watercolour before sticking onto background colour.  

This is eventually what I did.  

I opted to use Distress Ink as the watercolour since I know it can be successfully layered over Archival, and the changing of the stamped image only happened when the watercolour was comparably dark.

It's far from ideal because watercolour isn't as rich and still looks a bit blotchy.  Maybe if I had used watercolour paper rather than smooth white cardstock I could have worked with it a bit more before the paper threatened to start balling up. 😖😖😖

I wasn't trying to be overly accurate in terms of the direction of the light source, but it was a little bit inevitable since the coverage was not going to be even regardless of what I tried.

The cards actually do look a little better "in real life" from this perspective since either a flash or harsh sunlight seemed to accentuate the issue.

As far as the images themselves went, I was certainly spoiled for choice when it came to images coffee paraphernalia by Altenew.  Unfortunately many were too large to use this technique on and still fit onto a card front.

I picked the dripolator from the Coffee Love stamp set and the tea cup with the lemon from the Tea Time stamp set.  Shaky hands and shortage of time meant I had to omit the lemon and juice drops and just cut out the cup.  😡

I picked 9 colour schemes from the above inspiration photos since I could see either a 2x3 or 3x3 configuration working.  It also depended partly on which ink and cardstock colours I had and how close they were to the inspiration.  I stamped all nine for both images since it was easier and I'd figure out which 5 to choose when I got to that point.

It became a production line of sorts and would work quite well when making a set of cards since multiple images could be stamped with a MISTI (which I might add was invaluable in building up an intensity of colour that made me happy).

With the three leftover dripolators I ended up making a bonus card!  2018 has definitely been a year where I have been trying hard to be more efficient and if I can make one card, I can just as easily do two or more. 

Now it wouldn't be me if something didn't go wrong, right? 😂. Well the sewing machine was acting up (again) and I wasn't planning on adding any extra embellies (shocking I know!), I did end up having to hide a few of the more obvious imperfections create design features. 😉 And let's not forget the text size in today;s post.  I've tried formating it the best I can, but some still doesn't want to co-operate.

Altenew came through once again with the sentiments from Coffee Love, Coffee Talk and Vintage Teacup. 

Well this was definitely an interesting exercise and I'd love to try this style of card again for sure and I'd try different methods to see whether I can get a better result.

Love and copious colourful creations,