Sunday, 18 April 2010

Almost partied out...

...but still enjoying the creativity! I did manage to cook dinner; I may not have been great company for The Mother though, as I was finishing off a layout when she arrived! Still need to do my work later this evening so these may be my last party projects, but I've managed a card and a layout since my last post. Here they are:

Shimelle challenged us to use stamps on a project, and showed us an example she'd made with Banana Frog stamps; I happened to have been looking at this card on their blog earlier and it inspired me to make this one:

I don't have any Banana Frog stamps (must remedy that, they're gorgeous!) so I used a couple of PaperArtsy stamps; for the background, I dripped alcohol inks in three co-ordinating colours onto a spare piece of glossy photo paper, then swiped a piece of felt soaked in blending solution over the piece. I then stamped over with StazOn (the stamping isn't blurry by the way, that's the photograph!!) I trimmed the image and matted it on two colours of cardstock, then ran a length of ribbon across a base card before mounting the image with foam pads.

(And I had enough bits left over for an ATC, which I'll try to finish off and show you later this week!)

Then, when I was flipping through the photos still in my 'to scrap' pile (which is rapidly decreasing, by the way!) I found some photos of some bear cubs who had hijacked the play equipment in the garden of one The Father's Alaskan neighbours. So cute... :-) It made me think of Shimelle's challenge to scrapbook an adventure, and while it may not be quite what she meant, this is the page I came up with!

The colours of the photo suggested a primary colour scheme, and I went for a black background because of the black bears. Not that there's any red in the photos, but I think it works! I cut strips of cardstock in the three colours and arranged them up the right hand side of the page as matting for the photos, then die-cut the title and stamped a journaling block, It still needed a little 'something', so I added three co-ordinating buttons on the left.

So pleased to have scrapped these little cuties! :-)


scrappyjacky said...

Love what you've done with the card,Mel....the technique works so well with that type of stamp...must have a go with my Crafty Individual stamps.
Those bright primary colours are perfect with the photos....a really vibrant layout.
And cooking dinner as well....a bit of a superwoman today then!!!

Clair said...

I can't believe that you've managed so much this weekend. Do your family even remember who you are? :)

Loving the photos you've used of the girl! x

helena said...

the bears are adorable. Love the strips of paper as a matt

Cheri said...

That card is gorgeous Mel! I don't stamp, I've never used alcohol inks - I'm amazed at what you can do with it (but still not ready to go down that road myself.)

Cheri said...

Ooooh - also meant to say I think the primary color scheme was perfect for your adventure layout!