September 27, 2014

Sweet (very sweet) babies

Hello everyone!  Today is rainy day here in Heraklion (after months without a single droplet) and I'm more than excited and happy!!!!  I hope it will continue raining like this in the coming months... yes, I'm a lover of rain and cold!!

Back to the purpose of this blogpost:  I have a new 13 Arts DT page to share with you!

This layout is about two very sweet babies, children of a good friend of mine, whom I find just adorable (I think you will agree with me!).  And this page is my gift to their lovely mother, whom I appreciate very much!

Lots of mixed media techniques in this layout: misting, masking, splattering, inking... everything done with the awesome 13 Arts media!  Of course, the use of the beautiful Leafy Twig Branches from 2 Crafty Chipboard is a key-element of my page, as you see!  The title comes from the Word Circles Set 1!

A cluster of different materials, accented by glitter and inks

I have inked the edges of the photo, in order to define its shape against the embellishments and to make it stand out

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September 19, 2014

New beginnings take effort - 7 Dots September challenge

Good morning everyone!!
A new challenge has gone live at the 7 Dots Studio blog!

It's theme is NEW BEGINNINGS.

Interesting, isn't it?  For some reason, when September begins, I feel like I'm entering a new year...
Usually a new year is full of new beginnings!

The rules are simple:
- create any project inspired by our theme
- use at least one 7 Dots Studio product
- publish your project on you blog with a link to our challenge
- do not forget to include in your blog post our "inspirational circle" 

This is the inspirational circle (made of DT's projects' sneak peaks)

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This is my page
(a key-element of which is the 2 Crafty's Francesca's Journal frame)

and its details

While creating this page, I was thinking that we are all very excited about the new beginnings in life, when they come!  But they always require enthusiasm (which we have) and effort (which we'd rather avoid).  They are not easy, so we need to try and take that first step.  It's like a small boat heading to the other, beautiful side of a lake but there's rowing to be done.  I have used the awesome "Cold Nature" Collection - it wonderfully matches with the watery background of the photo and the mixed media techniques.  13 Arts pastel mists have worked as watercolours again (it's amazing how versatile these magical inks are)!  Of course, I couldn't omit the Modelling Paste and the Silver Glitter lol!!!!

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So what do you think? Will you play with us at 7 Dots?  We will be thrilled to see your projects!
The rest of the Design Team has done an AWESOME work with the challenge, I guess you have already taken a small glimpse of that, from the Inspirational Circle!

Have a nice day!

September 16, 2014

Dream - 2 Crafty Chipboard in a mixed media layout

Hello everyone!
I'm back today with a new mixed-media page,
(oh yes, chipboard can be a key-element of mixed media projects
and this is what I want to show you today)
that features the stunning

2Crafty chipboard

Word Circles
Groovy Flowers
Lavender Shrub
Circle Revolution Frames
Dream - Loopy Font

First I glued the large Circle Revolution Frame on my background paper and gessoed it.
I misted on a mask, that left its print on the circle and then added some micro-beads
 in different spots, here and there.

I always love to create clusters of different kinds of embellishments, 
so I tucked a small Circle Revolution Frame under my photo
and hid a couple of Groovy Flowers (I just can't do without these amazing flowers)
under and over my flowers.

In order to have balance in the design of my page,
I paired the circle-shaped chipboards 
with the Lavender Shrub!

I glittered parts of my chipboard pieces,
so that they would shine more and draw the attention on them.

What's a layout without a title?
I love the Loopy font
and it happened to match perfectly with the style of my page,
so I put the Dream - Loopy Font word on the left of my cluster,
to serve as a title.
So this is my mixed-media page!
I hope you like it!
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September 11, 2014

The sky is the limit - an art-journal page

Good morning everyone!

I have a double art-journal page to share with you today.
I admit that I have focused on creating layouts since I started scrapbooking, but as I discover art-journaling, I get enchanted by it more and more. This one is actually the second art-journalling page I make, but I already promised myself that I will continue experimenting with it, because it's so liberating and fun! One can literally do what they want! No restrictions!

Ayeeda Paints & Pastel Mists are ideal  for art-journals as they are for any type of mixed media projects, because they are versatile and of very good quality!

So this is my art-journal page

and a few details

The Ayeeda Pastel Mists work as watercolours! 
The Paints created the textured masked shape!

What is an art-journal page without text?
The Fly Away Stickers served as text - some of them are cut, others are used just the way they were.

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