Sunday, 8 January 2017

Caution: Extreme Awesome by Elisa Ablett

Hi Shop and Croppers,

Elisa here from the design team for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking with a second layout using the awesome boy collection from Simple Stories called 'So Rad'. This layout featured on the Shop and Crop blog on the 7 January 2017 and i wanted to add it here as well!! 

Such an awesome collection for all boy layouts. Loads of papers and elements to use!

This time around i wanted to add a few more mixed media touches to my layout, including adding Colour Blast Dusty Charcoal texture paste and splatters of Tangareen Dream and Deep Water Colour Blast Shimmer Sprays.

Here are some links to the shop

Shop and Crop Scrapbooking So Rad Collection

Shop and Crop Scrapbooking Colour Blast Products

Here are some close ups for the extra detail!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today.

Elisa xx

You are Capable of Amazing Things By Elisa Ablett

Hi Crafters,

My turn up on the Colour Blast blog today with a bright and vibrant yet grungy boy mixed media layout.

Sometimes when you pick up a photo and you realllly want to scrap it but the colours seem to bright and all over the place and perhaps you have a bold pattern or some distraction in the photo. I used to stress about it, perhaps i'd even print it in black and white to help myself out BUT I made the decision that with mixed media you can use those bright colours and bold patterns in your photo to create the perfect background to that's how I'm rolling these days.

With the photo that I used you can see the bold green and yellow graffiti in the background plus not to mention his bright Carribean blue shirt so those are the colours i decided to concentrate a bit of black to grunge it up in honour of the graffiti feel to the layout.

Here is the finished layout.

Here are some close ups so you can see the details a bit better.

Let's get started on the tutorial!

Step 1 - Draw a rectangular frame in the centre of your page with a black waterproof marker, then go over the top of the black frame with a masking fluid pen or fine applicator. Masking fluid is a fantastic tool to add to your Mixed Media creations, you can block colours with it very easily..

Step 2 - Add a small amount of Colour Shimmer Dust in Paris and Lush to a paint palette tray and then add a small amount of water. Using a spray bottle of water and a paint brush add colour to your blocked area. I sprayed the area first with water and then added splashes of colour here and there, I also added after it had dried, a bit of Sunshine Colour Shimmer Spray by dipping a clean paint brush into the spray bottle and dripping it onto the coloured area.

Step 3 - after the coloured area has dried completely, you can remove the masking fluid barrier simply by rubbing it with your finger and lifting it up and off. I then used a lovely circle stencil and traced the lines and the circle over the top of the coloured area.

Step 4 - Add some Dusty Charcoal Colour Paste with a palette knife and stencil in places over your layout.

Step 5 - Grab your selected  Colour Sprays and Colour Shimmer Sprays and spray your selected embellishments, I have used an old set of Resist chipboard stars that come packaged plain and then you colour them yourself...

Step 6 - Add some more Colour Blast Paste in Sunshine

Step 7 - Add some grungy stamping with a black versafine ink pad after the Sunshine Paste has completely dried. Then add another laying of stenciling using Colour Paste in Apple of My Eye.
Dry thoroughly and then add your last touches to the layout.

A few extra details at the end to put your layout together:

1. spray water at the top edge and add a few drops of Carribean Colour Spray and spray water over the top of the colour and let drip down into the middle of your page, only a small amount, once dry do the same to the bottom edge.
Colour Sprays - Carribean

2. Add some more grungy stamping using a black archival ink pad
3. Add some black splatters using Roadbase Colour Spray.
Colour Sprays - Roadbase

4. Glue your photo and background papers down with a little bit of black cotton underneath them
5. Add your title and coloured stars and Heart embellishment. Glue them down.

You are now finished, woohoo! 

Hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, make sure you leave some love ...

Elisa xx

Thursday, 5 January 2017

BMX Bike by Elisa Ablett

Hi Crafters,

Just sharing my latest design team layout created for Kraft Plus Challenges January Challenge.

As soon as I saw this challenge graphic i knew i wanted to use a photo of my son on his bmx bike, the photos i took of him completing his first heart stopping ride on the huge hills at the local bmx track.

I wanted the layout to look colourful and explosive!

Here is the link to the January Challenge over on the blog.

I recently found my old Making Memories foam stamps the other day when i was cleaning my craft room and decided to dust them off and use them in a more modern way... with some neon green paint.

Here are some close ups! 

Here is the January Challenge, I got my inspiration from the bike and that's pretty much it! this graphic is way pretty with a cruisy beachy feel about it but my brain went in another direction once i saw the photo i wanted to use!!.

Thanks for stopping by the blog ... make sure you leave some love :-) 
Elisa xx

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Awesome by Elisa Ablett

Hi Crafters,

Elisa here from the design team for Shop and Crop Scrapbooking with a last minute, after Christmas, oh heck i'm running late blog post!! You know what i'm talking about 😉😉

I wanted to share with you the awesome Boy paper collection pack from Simple Stories called 'So Rad'. It is filled to the brim with papers, element pieces, stickers and bonus transparency overlays.

Available now from Shop and Crop Scrapbooking, if you use the code EA5 you can get a discount on your next online shop!!

Here is one of the layouts I have created with just a few elements of this pack with loads of left overs!

I will be back in the New Year with another layout featuring this awesome boy collection, not just for the younger males in our lives but also excellent for the teenagers as well with gaming and sports elements. Happy New Years everyone.

Here are some close ups of the details of the elements from the paper collection pack. I chose the number photo transparency and cut it up and stapled it too my page for a great feature. Plus a touch of mixed media with some splatters of Colour Blast.

Here are some of the products used and available from Shop and Crop Scrapbooking.

Image result for simple stories so rad collection

Coredinations - 12x12, 10 sheet white, smooth 110lb. - Basics

Thanks for stopping by the blog today xx

Cool Dude by Elisa Ablett

Hi Crafters,

Just sharing a layout and full step by step photo tutorial I created for Colour Blast Blog back in early December !!

I wanted to create a grungy boy layout so I grabbed a few of my fav Colour Blast products -  Paris Shimmer Dust, Roadbase Colour Spray and Dusty Charcoal Texture Paste which can be found at the Colour Blast Shop.

Here is the layout - loads of gorgeous greens (including some neon green paint) and black.

Green and any shade of green is my youngest son's favourite colour, so this is his favourite layout so far... I wanted to show his more fun, crazy side in this layout, he has a huge sense of humour and is beyond his years with what he says and does. Everyone describes him as being a real character and I wanted to capture it before he gets to that stage of pre-teen or teenager where they just eat and grunt at you lol

Let's get started on the tutorial !

Step 1 - Grab a ruler and pencil and draw a line about a third of the way down your page starting on the left side.

Step 2 - Spray the line with water, then while wet grab the top of your Roadbase Colour Spray and drag colour along the line through the water. Do this a few times, stopping to drop large drops of the colour into some of the more wet areas.

Step 3 - While your black colour is still wet, grab your Paris Shimmer Dust and using the end of a pencil or paint brush add some of the Dust Crystals to the wet areas as shown in the photo, if you need to add more water, spray some more directly onto the end of the paintbrush where the Dust is, it will create some great patterns and colours.

Step 4 - Using a black marker and brick stencil, trace around the inside of the stencil along the bottom edge of your paper and also in the top left hand side of your paper.

Step 5 - Using black archival ink and a large background stamp, I used a great Carabelle Studios stamp, add some light stamping to your brick work but really ink the stamp up for your background stamp for behind your photo.

Step 6 - Using a large square item (like a tupperware lid etc) using your black marker again trace around the edges of the square item to create a great background frame for your photo layering.

Also using the brick stencil again and a palette knife, spread some Dusty Charcoal Texture Paste over the area where your photo will sit. DRY thoroughly.

Step 7 - Add some more Dusty Charcoal paste using your palette knife and a skull and cross bone stencil (I used a Tim Holtz stencil) on the top and bottom right hand side of your paper. Also splatter and drip Apple of My Eye Shimmer Spray over the areas in which you applied your texture paste.

Step 8 - Once Dry, add some more stamping, arrows, chevrons, grungy grid stamps those sort of stamps. I also used a great roller stamp that had a few phrases on it like crazy fun, fearless etc I added those words mostly around the skull and cross bones areas.

Step 9 - At this stage I scraped some gorgeous neon green paint using a palette knife in patches over my layout. I also added to clear phrase stickers near the skull and cross bones. I did a practice run of where I wanted my photo to go along with some extra embellishments. It was at this stage I wanted to add some more Paris Shimmer Dust in patches to bring the beautiful green out some more!!

Some final details!!

Add some black shimmer splatters using your Dusty Charcoal Shimmer Spray.
Add some great black and white cross paper under your black tags and under your photo (i fussy cut my photo out).
Add some black thread under the black tags to add some more texture.
Add the rest of your embellishments.

Here are some close ups!

Here is another look at the final layout.

That's it from me today, I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial, don't forget to leave some love...

Wish me luck in finishing off the Christmas shopping lol

Elisa xx

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Bush to Beach (collage mixed media) by Elisa Ablett

Hi Kraft Lovers,

Elisa here from the design team for Kraft Plus Challenges.

It's the start of a new month and therefore a NEW exciting challenge!

This month it's all about KRAFT and 'home sweet home'

Click on the link below and check out the challenge and the design teams inspiring creations.

This is my design team layout !

A collage mixed media layout featuring hand painted water colour paintings, stamping, stencilling, painted chipboard, gum leaves and gum nuts and shells.

I was inspired by my home town and my home which is nestled between gorgeous mountains and the sea on the coast of Australia. 

My husband and I grew up one valley apart from each other on banana plantations (our parents were farmers and friends) so after school and many years we managed to meet again and fell in love and we made our home not far from where we grew up.

I have lived on many farms in the bush and also lucky enough to live for some time on top of a beautiful mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean especially an island which has a historical lighthouse and light keepers cottages.

My layout is inspired from many things including the places i have lived to the views I have seen from my home, to meeting my husband and where we live today. So you could say my layout is a collage of a few of the most important places and times in my life.

Here are some close ups of my layout -

Some stencilling!!

Some stamping and colouring using Prima Watercolours :-) 

This month over at Kraft Plus is bittersweet, a few of our lovely team members are saying goodbye to the team, they will be sadly missed as part of our Kraft Plus family....

That's it for me today...

Thanks for stopping by the blog, make sure you leave some love...