20 May, 2020

Aty Divas DT Challenge #22

Hi Lovelies!

Today is Challenge 22 at Arty Divas.  This is a FORTNIGHTLY "anything goes" (any type of project and any theme) challenge with a design team who makes projects showcasing the sponsor who often offers PRIZES!

This week's sponsor is Fred She Said
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The Digis for this challenge were adorable!  Although the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival is passed, the little girl and blossoms were a nod to that.   Unfortunately time contraints meant colouring her wasn't an option, I decided to use the images of the individual sakura flowers. 

This is where several ideas collided at once.

1.  They'd look lovey (and blossom like) all layered up
2.  Instead of printing on paper or cardstock, I could use the Foil Quill in the Silhouette and save some steps (although I grossly underestimate the time it took!)
3.  I remembered Paper 24 in Paige Evans' Pick Me Up Collection featured an arrary of wide stripes going from purple and red to pale pink.  Using that would mean I could just use a single sheet!
4.  I still have some of Basic Grey's Konnichiwa Collection which would made a very cute background.  It did indeed and one 12x12 sheet got me 4 card fronts designed to go on a 6x6 card base.

I went with rose gold foil, but a slightly wrong setting at the beginning meant less than ideal results.  And my non compos mentis state in the morning had me cut apart the paper and put it back togeter in an order that was easier for my undercaffeinated brain to process. Even then I kinda messed up some placement, BUT I felt placing partial blossoms off the edge would look quite nice.

Once I cut them out (I opted to fussy cut rather than have the silhouette do it after running for 2 or 3 hours by that stage) I layered them up with just a tiny dot of repositionable adhesive then dotted them around the card fronts.  After that I machine stitched through them.

I used Permanent Glue Dots to attach the fronts to the bases since the thread on the back requires an adhesive with more oomph than your standard dot roller!
I left little tails of thread as I often do and finished off with some gems which had been languishing in my stash.  They were adhesive, but sitting on thread I wasn't taking any chances and used Micro Glue Dots to keep them secure especially since I wanted to gently tease up the layers of the sakura blossoms to give them the dimension I imagined.

I left the cards without a sentiment since I don't know who will receive them and for what occasion, but I will definitely use them.

The rose gold is so much prettier and shinier than the photos are conveying and I did like the way that I could split the scene in the pattern paper into 4 without making it really obvious.

Sakura Blossom Cards

Love and all the pink things!

19 May, 2020

The Paper Girls Challenge #200 - All About Boys

Hi Lovelies!

It's challenge time again over at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog and I'm hosting Challenge #200 so I'd really love it if you played along!  The theme is All About Boys!

If you are taking Shimelle's Start with a Sketch class my layout is based on sketch #7.2

The difference with this sketch is that most of the layering was done with things OTHER than pattered paper (although I did manage to sneak in a few more scraps than Shimelle originally intended).

There IS a process video, BUT both the lighting and my editing are not what I hoped they would be.  Time got to the better of me and I forgot about zooming in in the video editor.  I cropped out a lot since much of it was repetitive fiddling and re-sticking.


Process Video 


I do address the issue of how to tell a longer story and splitting it across multiple pages.  In this case I wanted to include three photos that illustrated the shenanigans of remote learning.  Making a separate layout for each one is kinda overkill, but two (or maybe three) layouts documenting the entire ordeal process should just about do it.

Here's the journaling if you want to have a read:

Another trick which I'm nor sure is clearly shown in the video is the doubling up on Glue Dots (like under the grey cat) gives just a bit more dimension than regular adhesive, but not so much as the shallower foam squares.  When you're tucking things under, it's a useful trick to remember.

The Title


The Embellies

The Trials and Tribulations of Remote Learning

And lastly here are a couple of masculine cards.  They were made to go overseas so they have a slight Australian vibe.  I reduced the size of cut files intended as 12x12 backgrounds so the finished cards are a bit smaller than 6" square.  Each was backed with one or more patterened papers and accented with gum leaf gut files and gold mist.  Nice and simple and binge-cutting saves time later.  I'm all about efficiency!

Please visit The Paper Girls Challenge and enter a papercrafty project!  We'd love to see you there!

Love, and prolific papercrafting!