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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Imaginarium October post

Memories Last Forever Layout 
Halloween ATC Box
By Sue Smyth 

Hi All
Today I am sharing a fairytale layout. As 
children we went to a lot of fancy dress parties, in this one
I am little boo peep and my sister and brother are Jack and Jill.
Mum was a master at making gorgeous costumes and more
times than not we would win a prize.

To alter the feather, I have simply sprayed it matt black with
spray paint. Then I use a white paint pen to add splots and lines.
This is one of my favourite ways to alter a feather and I have used it 
again in the Halloween box below.

I love the little red shoes on my sister and wanted to highlight the 
colour in the banner and flowers.

To alter the balloon, I have dry brushed with gesso,several coats have
given me a great surface to paint on and draw with 
a thin black pen.

The banner is coloured with aged mahogany stain, then
cover with Dimensional magic, and sprinkle with a
little white glitter.

The bracket at the top of photo is embossed with 
aged silver embossing powder.

Here I have used the negative of the chipboard as a stencil.
I have sprayed a spray ink over the chip to create
the running children figures.

Ah now my favourite way to alter chipboard, dry brush
with gesso, when dry,
 cover with dimensional magic
 and sprinkle with micro beads.
Cover with gesso again, when dry for a dimpled cloud look.

Something Wicked this way comes
Halloween box 

I love Halloween and this year I have make a decoration from Graphic 45 ATC box.
My vision for this, was kind of a Pandora's box, if it was open
what would it look like if hell burst out lol?

I found a small skeleton last year and painted this white.
I have added a pair of wings and a winged heart to 
the skeleton.

I have used Steampunk Spells as my paper and used some 
of the panels for elements in the box. 

Both "by the pricking of my thumbs 
something wicked this way comes" and
 "Double double toil and trouble
Fire burn and cauldron bubble 
are two of my favourite quotes 
from Shakespeares Macbeth and
so suitable for Halloween

The thready cobwebs are tendrils of glue gun, they 
can be terrible with the left over strings, so
I used it to my advantage here.

All of the chipboard I have sprayed with matt black 
spray paint. 
Somethings like the flourishes I have 
rubbed dark green inka gold into the spray paint.
The matt surface soaks up the rub and the contrast of 
dull and shine is awesome.
I have also added a few gold embossed pieces.
add a few bats on coiled wires some feathers, cogs  and a 
hand made grave stone, and I hope to have captured 
wicked wishes this 

Imaginarium Materials

Happy Crafting 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Couture Creations Baby Sampler layout

 Baby Sampler 
By Sue Smyth 

Hi all
I thought I would follow up my baby banner with a beautiful
Baby sampler layout.

This is designed to be framed with one of the gorgeous
Couture Creations frames 

You could adapt this concept to any colour for a 
boy or girl. 
Here are some nice close ups to give 
the idea.

Bust out all of your dies and see what ones will fit 
your theme, and go from there.

This is a great time to use bits and pieces you may have saved
and left over scraps.

Add some lace and soft ribbons for added texture. 

I have added cute trinkets and buttons from 
my stash.

Start by cutting 12 scalloped rectangles from white 
or cream cardstock.

Trim scrap chipboard to fit the back of the 
rectangle and adhere in place as pictured.
Decorate each panel with a patterned piece of 
paper and decorate with dies.

Handy Hint
Decorate all of the panels first before adhering to 
a background. You may change your mind about
the order you would like them to be in.

Couture Creations Materials

 Happy Crafting

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Meg's Garden mini Diary

Meg's Garden 
Mini Diary 
By Sue Smyth 

Hi All 
Here is my take on the Sherlock album kit. Just to 
show you can covert it to a feminine look too.
I have used trinkets from the kit and
added a cheap gold frame. 

To make the pages I have adhered all of the journal pages
to a trimmed down manila folder. I have distressed the edges and
rubbed gold paint on the outsides, like the old
leather bound books.

I have then adhered all of the pages together on the manila
folder side. I have trimmed sturdy chipboard to fit the 
front and back and covered it with paper for the covers.
Then adhere a piece of ribbon over
the folded book before you affix 
the covers.

Materials List 

Happy Crafting 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Anzac Heritage page by Sue Smyth

Anzac Heritage Layout
By Sue Smyth

Hello Crafters
Today I am sharing a Heritage layout

The Gentlemans collection is so suitable for all those heritage Masculine 
pages that everyone puts off doing.
This is a photo of my Great Grandfather, when he was young and handsome,
I knew him well as he lived to 84.
He was mischievous and adventurous and had a great spirit survived 
the war and married his sweetheart not long after this 
photo was taken.

To create the poppies simply spray flowers with red dylusions,
no need for glitter or anything else !

Fussy cut elements, combine with metal fasteners, fibres and 
trinkets to create an old world feel.

I have rolled back the edges of the paper, to cover
the white area on the back of the paper, I have
stamped an all over patterned stamp with sepia 

Fussy cut Hot Air Balloons, ink edges and 
cup them with a mouse pad and stylus.

Attach Balloons with 3 D foam tape to give 
a wonderful shaped dimensional look.


Happy Crafting