Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mythical Creatures

What is a Spriggan?
By Sue Smyth 
You may well ask what is a Spriggan? For those that know me, I grew up on a farm...ahemmm some years ago, outside Brisbane. At that time there was no electricity, running water or phone, so we where somewhat isolated.
But this meant as children we had endless freedom. Freedom to run around the Bush, Rivers and Streams of the property. I had several favorite haunts on the farm, one was a deep hole in the ground made by the decaying of an old tree, tucked away under a stand of wattles it was shaded and protected. Moss covered the surface, lots of little tiny flowers would bloom from time to time, and minature mushrooms would sprout after rain.We could literally lay in this depression and pretend we were in another world. Some other spots, were a large patch of lemon scented tea tree and on the crest of the hill a patch of floating granite rocks that were flat and smooth, covered with moss and lichens. On cool evenings we would jump from rock to rock, sometimes at dawn you could also see foxes and even hares playing on the same spot lol.
Perhaps this explains why I love natural world so much, yes Bugs and Butterflies, I know they are not everyone's cup of tea, but I love their shapes and design lines, rather than their nature lol. But I also
love the mythical world, the world of imagination and folklore. I was always curious about the "little people" and we would often search for "evidence" of their existence, I think the closest I came to finding them, was in early summer time at the back of our farm we had a well, and the callistamen trees were covered in hundreds of "thumbelia" green tree frogs. This is my long winded way of saying I am again curious about the mythical world, and this seems to have replaced my penchant for bugs lately...So my first official project for the year is a altered book celebrating the Spriggan...

spriggan, a singular borrowed from the Cornish plural spyryjyon 'spirits' is a legendary creature known from Cornish faery lore. Spriggans are particularly associated with West Penwith in Cornwall.

The story behind this book, is that I wanted to do more with mythical creatures, and elves in particular. So at Christmas time I carefully picked apart one of my elf dolls, and with 
a little trickery ..made a mold. Then I could set a resin head to use,  this is what started an altered book on Spriggans.

Here you can clearly see the elf head, first I painted it black to give 
clear defined lines in the face, kind of like you do in a cartoon.

I have added a set of resin wings, these are dragon wings but I think they suit for all creatures mythical right.

I love using the mini alphabet to make solid little labels, you will 
see this trick on a lot of my work. It is a great way of 
getting a custom title with out a lot of fuss.

Here I wanted a frame to surround my side lock, but could not find one that fit perfectly. So I have use ID corners and snipped off some of the overhanging
bits, I think it works fantastically well.

I love tucking things under the layers, here you can see the large 
ornate key I have tucked in. And the those neat little rustic domes are actually gum nut lids, I love bringing in the natural world lol.

I wanted the spine to have some interest too, and since I chose a really really think old hardback novel I had room to play, this is just chipboard rectangles that have been adhered 
to the spine first. Then I have scrunched up tissue paper and 
applied it to the cover and spine with Gel Medium for that textured almost leather look.

A lot of the neat ID chipboard gets lost on the front, but under the head I have an oval frame and a square frame (adhered to a piece of custom chipboard)
I needed some kind of sturdy base for the head and a place to tuck in the wings, key and moss. 

You can see how I painted the entire book with black gesso and then with metallic purple paint.
This seems bold, but as you know adding more layers will cover 90 percent of this, with only a little of the black and purple showing through.

I have then decorated my book by rubbing layers 
of metallic waxes over top. This is the step that takes the book in any direction I want it to, just by adding more of one colour or another. I have complete freedom here to change the colours or adjust them to what I like. This time I highlighted the purples, greens and graphite of the spectrum. I have hidden the bottom of the spriggan with faux moss, and a tangle of black cotton.

I hope you like my new addition to my altered book
collection and here is a few of the Chipboard pieces I have used.

Edward Relief Corner IDC0008

Oval Swirly edge Frame IDF0031

Leah Frame IDFR0034

Swirly Corners IDC0002

and of course 

main letter set (small )

Thanks for visiting and 
Happy Crafting 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Last Share from the Design Team for Febuary's "Colour of the Month"

 Hello Everyone
Here is our last share from our design team for February featuring the colour Red.
We would still love to receive more projects from you. You have until the 24th of February to send us an image. We will share your project here on our blog and you will have the chance to win $50 of our lovely chipboard to play with. Also leave a comment and you go into the draw to win $30 of our chipboard.
Please email me at 

 Back to the design teams projects.
So first up is Sonia

Sonia has chosen a stunning photo for the beautiful layout she has done for us, I love the way she has used a dark background for the foundation of her layout. It's a great contrast for the red in her photo. While the gold on her title and splattered on her foundation page is the perfect finishing touch. 

 Here is what Sonia has to say about her layout.
I find red a hard colour to work with so for this challenge I found my favourite red based photo and then grounded it with black and gold on my layout. I mixed up two lots of words / phrases to make up my title

IDW0094 #Instagram, #awesome, #happy, #wonderful, #selfie. words

IDP0200 Summer Paradise

These were both heat embossed in gold powder.
 To add flow to my page I added in the gorgeous Twigs which come 2 to a board (Twigs IDFL0013). I inked these in a combination of two shades of green (Tim Holtz Distress Inks Shabby Shutters and Peeled paint.
IDFL0013 Twigs on a board.
  It's all the little touches Sonia adds to her layouts that I find so appealing. Layers of fussy cut flowers, tag, postcard, metal elements and more, carefully placed by Sonia to form a base for her photo to sit on.  Splatters of paint and crystals add the final touches to a beautiful layout.
Thanks Sonia for sharing your beautiful layout with us.

Next up is Karyn

 Karyn has done a layout to celebrate a special family Christmas and has the perfect photos for her page. I love the way Karyn is not afraid to make funny faces and often uses them on her pages. It shows her inner confidence and her great sense of humour.  
Here is what Karyn has to say about her layout.
I made a Christmas scrapbook page with this RED theme. I started by using white cardstock and one of my favourite TCW stencils (12x12 Tile Mania) and some "Lipstick" colour blast paste, then I added some splatters of Luminarte Primary Elements in poppy red.
 When my paste and paint had dried I cut my white cardstock down and backed it with some red patterned paper from Pink Fresh Studio "Escape the ordinary" collection.
 I matted my photos with white paper dollies and attached them to my page as shown.
All of my chipboard was painted with the poppy red luminarte primary elements. I often prefer to paint it on rather than spray as there is less mess and wastage. 

 IDP0136 Joy to the World.
 I added some small paper flowers and some of Nat's stemmed leaves.
IDD045 Nat's hand drawn stemmed leaves.
 To finish off my layout, I added some of Louise's chipboard chevrons and chipboard stars. Lastly I added some splatters of black Heidi Swapp colourshine spray.  
 IDD0077 Loolabell's Chevrons #2
IDT0036 Start Board Tinnies.
What a lovely layout and reminder of a special family day spent together. Karyn always does beautiful layouts with lots of white space around her photo's and just the right amount of mixed media. Everything is always balanced perfectly, it's Karyn's signature and she does it so well.
Thank you Karyn for sharing your family day with us. 
Last up is Me.
I have a series of photo's taken of my daughter Anna at her sisters wedding. Anna loves dancing and at the wedding she danced with everyone and anyone who would take to the floor with her. She has no inhibitions and just does not care what people think. Whilst this can be a bit of a handicap in some areas of her life - it means she can do what she loves with her whole heart and not be self conscious like most of us are. She had so much fun and danced most of the night.

 I wanted a layout to celebrate the fun she had with a layout.

 I cut a piece of white watercolour paper for the foundation of my layout.
I placed a large blob of Tim Holtz's Fired Brick Red distress re-inker to my paper,  added a small amount of water and used a straw to blow the ink where I wanted it. While it was still wet, I added  small amounts of Lindy's Stamp Gang Peony Scarlet Red spray and let it run on top of the wet fired brick red ink. I flicked some of the two colours onto the white space on my layout.
I torn some music paper and this time using a fired brick red distress ink pad, I rubbed around the edges of my torn paper. I used a wet paint brush and smudge the ink. I added some high lights using the Peony Scarlet Red spray with my brush. I have a stash of 7 Gypsy tape and the ruler tape is one of my favourites so I used a bit of it on my layout. 
I wanted the photo to be the focus so I kept my layout simple. I painted my heart with some of my fired brick ink re-inker and added some black archival ink round the edges. I used some of the small chipboard apha's to spell the word "Dance". I inked them black with archival ink. I also use one of the new chipboard flourishes and cut the top off,  I attached it at the bottom of my flourish.  I inked it black, again with my archival ink and glued it so it sits over my photo. I printed some words and added them under my chipboard heart and title. To finish my layout, I matted my photo and watercolour paper with black cardstock and attached it to a matching piece of red bazzill.
All the Design team have done  beautiful and inspiring projects for us this month. Each of the Ladies have their own unique style and it shows in the work they create for us.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing how they have used the colour red as much has I have.
thanks for looking

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Some Masculine Cards with Natalie

Who doesn’t love making and receiving a handmade card?  I love to make girly and pretty floral cards but at the moment, I seem to have a whole lot of them in my stash and not enough masculine ones!
I picked up some new dies from Spellbinders last week and came up with these great manly cards that I colored using Lindy’s Magicals!
Using a combination of Magicals in nice earthy tones, these grungy cards will be perfect for giving to my family & friends for upcoming birthdays.
Here are a few simple and easy steps to create these cards.
I used Mixed Media Cardstock and trimmed to 4×6′ before running them through my Big Shot using a variety of embossing folders.
I went through my collection of Magicals and decided on a range of earthy tones.
Starting with a light color, I gave the paper a light spray of water then quickly sprinkled on some Magicals.
I added a couple more colors before spraying again with water and moving the color around the paper.
I then repeated the process … you can see that I didn’t use much.
Again, spray with water and swish around the page to get a nice coverage.
I used a paint brush to spread the color to the edges.
After doing this a couple of times, I had a collection of ‘drips’ on my work mat so I dragged my paper through them.
This gave the paper a little more depth and stopped me from wasting too much product too.
Swish the color around to spread it out.  I love the way the color sits in the embossed areas.
For the die cuts, I used some watercolor paper and a few earthy tones sprays.
Spray the color directly onto the paper and use a brush to spread it to the edges.
Just before it was dry, I used the drips on the work mat and dabbed the papers so that all the shimmer and mica sat on top of the color .. I then cut my designs.
I colored my chipboard using a black marker and then I then gave them all a light mist with a mix of all the sprays and allowed to dry before giving them a final spray with Blazing Black.
I am loving these cards and they were so simple to make.  Here are a few close-ups for you.

So thanks for stopping by and have a great day

Natalie May

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    Layouts by Solange Marques

    Hello everyone!! It's Solange Marques here and today I'll share with you some projects using the fabulous Imaginarium Designs chipboards!

    This time I've made some layouts.
    To start the New Year, I've created this layout with some sentiments that I wish for the year:


    I've used tea bags to create the background. I've printed some words on the tea bags and I've used stamps on them:

    I've applied copper embossing powder on the title:

    And I've applied Distress embossing powder on the gears and after I've applied Walnut Ink spray:

    The second layout:


    Here I've mixed copper and Distress Embossing Powder Vintage Photo and after I've applied Copper paste and a little of white gesso:

    On the title I've used black embossing powder:

    To finish , a Christmas layout:


    I've applied red embossing powder on this chipboard and some drops of acrylic gesso:

    And white and black embossing powder on the title:

    I hope you enjoy it!

    ID supplies:
    IDS0018 9 Cogs on Board
    IDT0004 9 Cogs on board small
    IDAUC0001 Capital Letters
    IDALC0002 Lower Case letters
    IDS0006 Clock Face 3 inchs
    IDS0036  Small Clock Face
    IDP0112 I love Your Face
    IDD0040 Nat's Square Large
    IDP0219 I Believe in Santa