Photos with Scary Aunt E...


So nephew#1 got to take photos with Scary Aunt E [aka my sister] at his great-grandma's 90th birthday bash... *winks*

Look at him putting on a brave front while she "strong-armed" him in for the photos....*LOL*

I used a big camera chipboard from Maya Road to "frame" my main photo and added texture to the camera with Golden Fiber Paste and black gesso. For some dimension on the edges, I used liquid pearls but had an "accident" [see that flattened section?] before it dried I tried to distract with a big red "&" sticker and embellishment cluster [did it work? *winks*]

I love that I finally got to use my leather shoe strap from an old shoe that was in my "save-it-for-a-rainy-day" box for a long time...

This layout was created for Maya Road.


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One-hued wonders: the beauty of monochromatic. 10 project ideas

I love using different shades, tones and tints of a single colour on my projects. Tints are achieved by adding white and shades and tones are achieved by adding a darker colour such as black or gray..When used in the right proportions, a monochromatic scheme can add depth and definition without detracting from the star colour. Here are 10 project ideas.

For the love of gold
1. Go for gold. 

The base of this monogram was first painted silver, then topped with a gold glaze to give it more depth. The pearls were actually white with a yellowish tint but when set against the gold background, they looked gold.

Pretty blue tag
2.  Baby blues.

The patterned paper base already had some light printed patterns so I created a little more interest by stamping some swirls in white ink. The lace was white but when set against the baby blue, it looked like really light blue.

Dream big mixed media canvas
3. Snow white.

The cool gray is a perfect backdrop to showcase the white and clear elements. The stamped swirls helped to guide the eye across the dimensional elements.

The black gift box
4. Black, silver and shiny.

The black box was given a little dimension with The Crafter's Workshop stencil and Liquitex black lava medium which dried shiny. The black and white washi tape at the edges gave the box a little more depth. A silver chipboard, black satin bloom and bing create an interesting textural cluster.

When elements appear to be unrelated

5. Shades of brown and cream.

Varying shades of brown and cream can look good together. The brown grounds the elements and the different textured elements help to guide the eye across the canvas.

The embellished black wood monogram
6. Play with textures.

If you intend to go dark, play with textures. There are 5 types of materials here - leather, lace, sequins, glass and metal. The leather is matte, the metal charm is shiny, the glass creates a reflective surface, the lace gives a soft, feminine touch and the sequins add drama.

For the love of purple

7. The colour purple.

Given that purple is a mix of blue and red, there are so many tones you can play with. Here I only used one mist colour for the background and the gauze. The background looks much lighter because the modeling paste absorbed some of the colour. 
Black and white mixed media canvas for LESSology
8. The contrast of black and white.

There are actually many shades of black and white you can play with without getting into gray territory.

The story about the blue monogram
9. Aqua, silver and translucent elements.

The silver trim and embellishments help to ground the tone-on-tone elements.

Making a statement out of neutrals

10. Yellow and cream.

This card base with residual mist was in my stash for a really long time because the colour was so baby poop-ish. Adding some modeling paste with a stencil proved to be a turning point because it toned down the colour and pointed me to the cream-coloured elements to complete my card.

There you have it. 10 monochromatic projects. Which one is your fave?


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Back to old-school scrapbooking...


My usual style of scrapbooking - messy background created with colorants + bits of pieces of scraps/found stuff - hasn't made it easy for me to really use up my patterned paper.  So I challenged myself to do some old-school scrapbooking....

Every time I was tempted to reach for a colorant, I used a tool or added more paper! *winks* I did cheat a little though...I used a black Sharpie + white pen to colour the date and Silks acrylic glaze to colour the gold numbers. 

My paternal grandma recently celebrated her 90th birthday. :)

And yes, I actually used a Martha Stewart punch [I have a drawer full of them].

Playing along with My Creative Sketches.


In case you were curious, here is my 12x12 paper stash - patterned paper + cardstock + scraps 

I haven't bought any in years [even though I do get a fair bit through design team gigs] and still have more paper than I need even though I have given a lot away too. I know some of you might possibly have more than I do but it would be nice to reclaim my nightstand for something other than paper right?*winks*


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A mish mash card

What do you do with a piece of corrugated board, remnant lace and leftover embellishment clusters from a previous project? Well, I made a mish mash card. *winks*

Not sure if everything goes together....but I added a shimmering mist to the black gessoed corrugated board and lace. And you know, if it glitters, it's all good. *LOL*

Happy weekend friends! If you have time, please play along with LESSology Challenge #50: Zip me up!.


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My last post for ColourArte: framed artwork


Hello friends! Today I'm sharing my last post for ColourArte: Framed Artwork.

I share a step-by-step tutorial on how I altered a cheap plastic frame and how I draw and paint my mixed media girl. I would love for you to have a look at my tutorial at the ColourArte blog. Thanks sweet friends! :)


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9 ways to give a new lease of life to household items

Sometimes I like to go "shopping" at home for items to alter. You would be surprised at the fun stuff you can find if you really "explore" your home. Here are 9 ways to give a new lease of life to household items.

Two way board for Xyron and Paper Smooches

1. Make a two-way board with packaging sponge, old denim fabric and a piece of wood. You can pin your fave photos and use a chalkboard marker to write notes.

Meet my yum pan
2. An old frying pan makes a fun decor piece for the kitchen. :)

Using the glass pieces from old lighting

3. Glass pieces from old lighting can be reworked into a pretty glass container for pens.

My "window" for LESSology
4. An old frame can be "beautified" to a display piece for photos and little notes.

The need to "lace-cify" everything
5. An old storage unit gets a makeover with leftover lace, buttons, vellum, chipboard, paint and tassels.

Getting to know my creative process
6. The hardware from old lighting can make a statement on your mixed media canvas.

Why you should order a gin and tonic
7. Decorated mini alcohol bottles look great on display.

Altered project for Let's Get Trendy Now!3
8. An old loofah brush can an awesome base for an altered project.

Mixed media on a mooncake box cover

9. Wrapping tissue, chipboard and colorants can transform an ordinary mooncake box into something a little more magical.

There you have it. 9 ways to give a new lease of life to household items. Which one will you try?


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Scooter buddies


The other day I spotted these two [aka mum & sister] in their helmets after a short trip to the market nearby on my sister's scooter.

As usual, they obliged me with a photo or two. *winks*

Don't they look cute? *LOL*

So I just had to use these cute paperclips on my layout, right?

I haven't done a scrapbook layout in weeks and it was nice to work in some paper scraps and buttons [I don't buy any but apparently they breed because I still have loads of them!].

Playing along with Stuck?! Sketches.


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A mixed media canvas using leftover lace and fabric


So the little bits and pieces of lace and fabric that I have been "saving for a rainy day" have been driving me a little crazy of late. Too pretty to throw away and too small to work into any project....or so I thought....*lightbulb moment*

I decided to adhere them on an 8x8 canvas (with matte medium). Then I painted over it with a coat of white gesso and I got a great textured surface to work with.

I went over the surface with gold paint, leaving some parts unpainted, then added some Golden glass bead gel with The Crafter's Workshop stencil. I defined the stenciled image by adding a layer of Inka Gold in old silver over the raised areas.

I used a remnant pearlescent fabric as the base for my embellishment clusters. Love the sheen and texture it adds to the piece.

Can you tell from the finished product that background was a mish mash of lace pieces in different colours? *winks*

Playing along with ARTastic challenge to make the background a feature. Here's the inspiration picture:


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