Sunday, October 21, 2012

October's 2 Crafty Reveal

I'm happy to say that its my turn again to showcase my work on the 2 Crafty blog and I had so much fun this month.


First I want to talk about this picture. It really looks as if my kids are in a magical forest!! Its one of the most favourite pictures I've ever taken and I wanted to scrap it using some earth toned colors. I used the Domestic Goddess collection from 7 Dots Studio because it has rich earthy tones.

One of the things I love doing is experimenting with new products. I went to my local art supply store and found these 2 really amazing textured pastes.
The first one you can see it in the next 2 pictures. I cut the 11" Flourish Frame in half and covered it with Coarse Alumina Paste. It gave it a dark and rough look. While the paste was still wet, I sprayed it with 3 different colored mists: Adirondack Butterscotch, Adirondack Red Pepper and Dyllusions Espresso. 

11" Round Flourish Frame (unit of 3)

The second paste I bought is actually my favorite. I used it on these Oriental Flower Stems. I used both stems that come in the package and I cut and spread them in the page. The paste I added is Glass Bead Gel. Its a clear gel with actual glass beads inside. I spread it roughly over the chipboard and while wet, sprayed them in different places with the same mist colors.

I was ecstatic with the result. You can see the glass effect above. I actually love it and can't wait to use it on my next layout.

One message I can give to the 2 Crafty readers is that Experimenting is Good!! if you don't try new things you will miss out on some amazing creativity!

 Oriental Flower Stems (units of 3)

Finally I used the word "Imagine" for the title. I took it from the ATC words 1 pack. These words are small and perfectly fit in any layout. They are meant for ATCs however I thought they were so handy. I always add my title last and sometimes I don't have space for it. These words are small enough that they can fit anywhere on your page and you get so many in the pack.

ATC Words 1 (units of 3)

Materials Used:
Papers: 7 Dots Studio, Glitz Design
Flowers: Prima, Green Tara
Chipboard: 2 Crafty
Miscellaneous: feather, large flower: unknown
Butterfly: dollar store
embellishments: K&Co
Golden Coarse Alumina
Golden Glass Bead Gel
Adirondack spray: Butterscotch, Red pepper
Dyllusions Spray inkL: Expresso
Prima Fluid Chalk: dark bark


My Second Project for this month is another nature scene. This time its set in the lake while my daughter was fishing for some minnows. She spent hours chasing them in the water and when she caught one, she would put it in her bucket.

I used 2 different chipboard pieces for the flower cluster. First I used the doilies which I dabbed in yellow acrylic paint and then added some distressed stickles on it.

Doilies (unit of 3)

Secondly I used the Winter Leaves (which is ironic as I used them for a summer laout). I have a simple tutorial below on how I made the textured leaves.

Finally I used the word "Play" out of the
Summertime word pack.

Summertime (units of 3)

For this layout, I got inspired by a picture from a challenge over at the BoBunny Blog: I mainly got inspired from the bright colors and the flowers. I love using flowers on my layouts.

The challenge also required you to use at least 1 tag and 2 photos. I have my tag hidden behind the photos for journaling purposes.

Materials Used:
Papers: BoBunny
Flowers: Recollections, Prima
Chipboard: 2 Crafty
 Distress Stickles: green and tattered rose
Acrylic paint dabber: Yellow, espresso and Green
Lorelei Leaf die cut by Memory box
Butterflies: Prima
ribbon: Walmart
bird and flower embellishment: K&Co

Leaf Tutorial:
using the Winter Leaves

1. I used 4 leaves out of this package.
Winter Leaves (unit of 3)

2. I painted the leaves in green paint (I apologize for the blurriness as I took these photos at night)

3. I squirted some Green Distress Stickles on the leaf

4. Using a paint brush, I roughly spread the Stickles unevenly on the leaf.
Then I let it dry. 

I hope you enjoyed all my creations today!

Have a fantastic life!!


sandi said...

Wow! These are absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Amarilys said...

gorgeous layout Keren! i especially love your take on the BoBunny Challenge! That layout is amazing!!!!


Love the contrast between the reds-browns and the blue-greens on your first layout, Keren. The texture paste looks awesome. Beautiful take on the Bo-Bunny inspo picture!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow wow wow wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! These are allllllllllllll so gorgeous!!! I am loving the colors and all the flowers!!!!

Amy Voorthuis said...

Wow Keren this is absolutly amazing.......your work is truly wonderful lobe the Bo Bunny lo the best! I will give it a try also .....hugs Amy :)

Amy Voorthuis said...

Lobe hihihihih I mean LOVE

Tracie Dean said...

Both are so beautiful! I love the first layout best. Totally amazing.

Lean de Ruiter said...

stunning work and great cluster work to.

MARILYN said...

Wow Keren, Your first page is Amazing!! love it!! and the photo is soooooo beautiful. Your second page is so beautiful but I'm in love with the first!
Take care sweetie!! Hugs! :)

Romy said...

Wow, both pages are gorgeous, but that first one...the colours, the photo, the design, the colours...everything in it just blew me away!

Cindy Gay said...

I love the photo in the top layout and the leaves are gorgeous.

Adriana B said...

awesome work, love the magical one, so so dreamy and wonderful details and colours :)

Lizzyc said...

These are amazing, there is so much detail in them I could sit and look at them for ages!! beautiful work!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Love these so much!!!

Rachael Funnell said...

OH! MY GOODNESS Me Keren... That first layout is INCREDIBLE the layers/clusters are SENSATIONAL!!! Your second layout is GORGEOUS too.. & great Leaf Tutorial

scapmanufaktur said...

I'm in love with the second layout, such harmonical. Thanks also for your sweet comments, so nice that you took time and visited my Blog :-)

Debbie said...

All so gorgeous!!

Helen Tilbury said...

Absolutely AMAZING layouts Keren! Just love them both!! And that chipboard is so cool - you are so blessed to get to play with that each month!

Sandie Edwards said...

WOW WOW WOW ... love the textures on the chipboard Keren..... it looks fabulous plus. Its nice trying out new products, and having a dabble to see what they can do. Beautiful projects.... amazing!

Eila Sandberg said...

OMG Keren - the first one is STUNNING!! I do love your second one too, fresh and light and just delightful, but I keep coming back for more in the first one. The photo against the blazing opulent richness of the colours and details is absolutely breathtaking!! the textures oh my gosh!! This one deserves framing, it will be the centre piece on any wall!! *clapping my hands* xoxox

Fi said...

Both a stunning pieces, but I have to say that yes that photo is simply magical what a fantastic shot.

Tracey Sabella said...

Such gorgeous pages, Keren!! Love your work with the new mediums!! ~ Blessings, Tracey