When I first saw these small Buzz and Bloom Chipboard Grand Flourishes.. an idea popped into my head straight away on how to use them... This layout is nothing like what popped into my head, but I love it and its classic look.
The Buzz and Bloom Flower Chip with its etched design was calling out to be dressed up... but I wanted to retain a bit of the natural look if it. I used marker to colour the etched part, to make the design stand out, then I used an embossing pen and powder to gold emboss parts of the flower. Then I added brads to all the circles in the design. I love how this flower chip turned out.
The Grand Flourish was coated in numerous layers of gold embossing powder... giving at a rich look, to match the rich look of the Broome Sunset. The Buzz and Bloom Chipboard Tubby Jnr Alphabet letters were left raw, to match the parts of the chipboard flower that had not been embossed. Notice the ‘n’ in Sunset is actually a ‘z’ turned on its side. I love this about alphabets... so many letter can be found in other letters... a snip here and there and alphabet letters can be made into a different letter.
My canvas "Little Boxes" was inspired by the song recorded by Pete Seeger in 1964, and no I am not that old! But my mum used to sing it and I had completely forgotten about it until I was watching a TV show called "Weeds" and that was the TV show anthem! It brought back memories, just simple, happy thoughts. So I was inspired to have fun with a canvas. I have done it in a childlike manner as it is memories of my childhood.
I started with a blank canvas and roughly sketched in the black border and the hills. I then stamped "on the hillside" using the Buzz & Bloom Billy The KidAlphabet plate and embossed in black. I then began to paint. The hills, sky, pink and black border are all done in watercolours. Once that was complete, I used the green gingham decoupage paper to enhance the hillside. I attached it with gel medium.
I have then cut four houses out. The two middle ones are from heavy weight scrapbooking paper, and the two outer ones are from decoupage paper that I have put on to cardboard to stabilise. I have then used a black pen to draw the black lines to enhance the houses.
The symbolic sun has been made from a Buzz & Bloom Round Corner Flourish chipboard with the rays being cut from cardboard. All have been coloured with H2Os before attaching.
The clouds are painted with white acrylic paint.
The "Little Boxes" title is from Buzz & Bloom Tubby Jnr Alphabet (chipboard) and watercoloured with black.
The little owl on house number three was handrawn and cut from patterned paper using a black watercolour pencil for the drawing.
I have used Buzz & Bloom Garden Sketchbook to stamp on patterned paper and embossed with black embossing powder. I have cut them out and decoupaged them to the hill. I then used green dmc thread for the stems, using gel medium to make them stick.
The Prima flowers on the hill have been stuck down and then a small orange bead glued to the centre of each.
I used a black watercolour pencil to highlight the hills, clouds and the sun, plus a bit of doodling around the white Prima flowers.
Do what I have done and let out your inner child and create some whimsical artwork to remind you of your childhood!
It’s almost that time of year again! Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. As I was putting out a few decorations the other day, I got some inspiration from the colors of the holiday, as well as the whole meaning behind February 14th.
Most of my inspiration comes from colors, and this was no exception. I love bright colors especially, and I also love to use many different patterns of paper that all contain the same colors. I went with a patchwork look on this layout, and crumpled the paper and distressed it before adhering. I added stitches with a pen to finish the quilted look.
I used the Buzz and Bloom Rustic Chipboard Alphabet for the SWAK (Sealed With A Kiss). I covered them with a patterned paper, cut them out, and sanded the edges to finish them off. I also used the Buzz and Bloom Rustic Alphabet XXLg, and Rustic Numbers XXLg set, for the quotation marks and the verse at the bottom, keeping with the Rustic font!
I stepped out of my safety zone a tiny bit, adding my handwriting on this layout. I am a computer journaler all the way, as I tend to dislike my handwriting. I have realized recently how important it is to include my own handwriting, so I made an effort to write a little something on the layout. Baby Steps!
I have recently found a new love, stamping on photos. I used the Buzz and Bloom Garden Sketchbook stamps to add a "little something" in the corners of the photo. It really finishes it off!
Another year is here, and I have found myself needing a new desk calendar. I am a "flowery" girl, so I chose to use flowers and flourishes to accent my calendar.
I made my calendar using an inexpensive 4" x 6" acrylic picture frame, laying on its side.
I first stamped "2007" on a piece of distressed paper, using the Buzz and Bloom Long Johns Alphabet stamp set. I inserted the stamped paper into the picture frame.
Next, I inked up a Buzz and Bloom Round Corner Flourish chipboard piece with chalk ink. I overstamped onto the chipboard piece with a flourish design stamp.
Coordinating brown and floral ribbons were tied around one end of the frame. The stamped chipboard flourish was attached to one corner of the acrylic frame so that it slightly overhung the edges of the frame. A small "tear away" calendar was attached. I finished the calendar off, by using some flower and jewel embellishments.
I am very happy with my new desk calendar. Each time I look at it, this calendar gives me a cheery and positive outlook for the year.
I'm off to another good year...using my new Buzz and Bloom stamps and chipboard.
Have you noticed how siblings have a language of their own ? My daughters have conversations where they finish each other's sentences and many moments when they would suddenly burst into hysterical laughter as if some weird, invisible, incredibly funny joke had crossed both their minds the same time.
This was the idea behind the layout and my daughter's bright happy red tee became the focus colour. The Tubby Junior Chipboard Alphabets with their quirky design were a perfect fit for the fun photo.
The Tubby alphabets were painted brown and glued on to strips of black cardstock to give them more definition. I did not cut the black cardstock to the shape of each alphabet but instead cut them into uneven little blocks. This is a useful trick with smaller chipboard alphabets which tend to look lost when combined with very bright papers or those with very large motifs.
The teenage years are always challenging for moms ! Scrapping pages about my daughter Stasha helps to remind me about her sweetness underneath all that angst. For this layout, you will see there is a mix of very dark black, then drama red, to soft pinks reflecting how her moods swing from stormy to happy in a blink of an eye.
The Buzz and Bloom Grand Flourish chipboard was cut into half and painted with acrylic paint in medium taupe, then lightly stroked across with a dry brush dipped in dark brown for an antique stone effect. The paints were used full strength, unwatered. When dry, I quickly went over the flourish with dimension glaze to add a shine to surface. The glaze does not have to be perfect or smooth as a patchy finish gives the textured feel of stone. On the layout I placed the flourish in an inverted L shape to draw the eye to the smallish photo. Glazing is optional should you prefer a matt finish to the chipboard.
Currently we are seeing varieties of diamond shaped motifs on patterned papers and using these motifs by cutting out the paper around these shapes, then adding to the layout creates a visually appealing effect. I did this with the maroon patterned paper which was also edged with vintaging ink before glueing it down.
Gaffer tapes are one of the newer accessories in scrapbooking and when used in small amounts can help frame the photo or be used as jounaling spots. The tape had enough single-worded sentiments which described Stasha, and the rub-on sentence "Be the author of your own life" was my piece of wisdom for her.
I hope you enjoy looking at this page as I did making it !
I really loved this photo of my Mum and Chei that I took while we were visiting at Christmas time....
I wanted to show Chei how much his Nanna loved him with a "LOVEY" layout!!!
I decided to use the large Buzz and Bloom Tubby Alphabet letters for "loves" and wanted to play with rubons and my Red Zig writer.
Firstly I painted all of the title in white paint, giving a couple of coats. Once dry I then applied rubons here and there on the Large tubby letters. I outlined each letter after I glued them down onto the page. I kept the smaller Tubby Alphabet Jnr letters plain white. The heart I cut from felt, blanket stitched around the edge with DMC thread and then used leftover rubons.