Sunday, 14 July 2019

Better Late Than Never! Part 1 (Chinese Whispers)

Today I am going to share the first of the Chinese Whisper Groups from our Retreat - hence the title Better Late Than Never as I had intended to add these in the weeks after the retreat rather than months after!

So for those of you unfamiliar with the Chinese Whispers Challenge it goes like this:

The group starts off with a sketch. This group started with this sketch used with the kind permission of Miyuki Kawakami.

The first person in the group works from this sketch to make their layout and then photographs it and posts the picture of just their layout to the next person who uses that as the basis for their layout.

As the chain progresses elements will inevitably be moved around, swapped for other items and the layout design is tweaked.

When the retreat comes around everyone puts their layouts for the challenge up on the wall in order and we all get to see how the design has evolved as the challenge has progressed.

So without further ado here are the layouts from this group.

Layout 1 by Mel Hand

Layout 2 by Antonia Sturt Hammond

Layout 3 by Flick Rogers

Layout 4 by Louise Squires

Layout 5 by Tracy Annunziato

Layout 6 by Mel Eagles

Layout 7 by Debbie Jewell

Layout 8 by Helen Howden

Layout 9 by Erin Muir

I think you will agree that it is fascinating to see which elements have been taken by each designer to use in their own layout and which have been set aside. The final layout is very different from the starting sketch and that is the fun of the Chinese Whispers challenge!

I have two more groups to post, it's taken me a couple of months to post these but hopefully the wait for group 2 will be a little shorter!!

Saturday, 13 July 2019

July Sketch Challenge

Good morning everyone. Dolly here and it is the second Saturday of the month and that means a new sketch.

It's a nice simple one this month with a chance for you to pretty it up however you like.

This is the page I made from the sketch.

I can't wait to see what you come up with this month. Do have a go - it is good limbering up practice for the cyber crop later in the month.

If you do make a page please share it in our Facebook group album HERE

Monday, 8 July 2019

Forthcoming Cybercrop Timetable

Yes we have our annual cybercrop coming up at the end of the month - three days of fun classes and challenge all on a Toy Story theme. We will be taking prompts from each of the four films and you can still join in if you haven't seen them, it will still make sense!

Class kits went on sale last night but don't worry as you can still join in without them, and as well as the 16 classes we will have 12 challenges running over the weekend as well so lots of opportunity to dent your own supplies and get those memories in albums. 

Here is your timetable for the weekend so you can plan around as required.

We have so much to share with you - it's going to be great fun. Most importantly don't worry if you have something on already this weekend, or aren't going to be able to join in live at the time - the classes and instructions will remain on our website and all challenges and indeed the blog posts for the classes with links will be on our blog. You can tackle them over your summer holidays, take them with you to your next crop day, or dip in to them when you are having a mojo lull!

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Alphabetical Challenge Letter M

Happy July Alphabetical challenge letter 1 and we have moved on to letter M though you can undertake any of the previous letter challenge whenever you like, we have no deadlines here :)

I have spoiled you all this month with so many letter M prompts how can you not rise to the challenge - just pick one or more to prompt your next layout and then share it with us in our Alphabetical Gallery on Facebook.

My illustration includes ME in the photo and lots of MIXED MEDIA and MISTING and is a page using Simple Stories Vintage Botanicals stickers and papers previously shared in the May Design Team Gallery. You can scraplift this or simply do your own thing - you decide ...and whatever prompts you pick, remember to have fun crafting.

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Kaleidscope colour....

Good morning everyone I wanted to share a couple of pages that I made for the Gallery using Vikki Boutin's Kaleidoscope collection - I love all the colour in these papers and they were really fun to use. I started with her Starburst paper and then cut some hearts from the Heart Paper - adding a little bit of stamping to them.  I also had a play with her watercolour stickers - they were great for adding little bits of paint to - so I could customise the words to particular colours.  A little bit of stencilling using the Tando mini distressed sequins stencil and some cracked pistachio distress oxide - I inked and then spritzed with water whilst the stencil was still on so the colour went  little more opaque.

I hand cut the little bird from one of the journal tags and added it on a few of the water colour stickers.

Here you can see the layers of stamping and the watercolour stickers in action.

The 2nd page I made with this collection started with some stencilling across the centre - I just used thick gesso for this, then I added some yellow, oranges and pinks - pulling out the colours from the Hearts paper and tilted my page to get drips of water colour paints.  I layered up lots of the journal tags behind my photo, adding in some more watercolour stickers.

For the title I had a play with this beautiful acrylic from Bramble Fox that you can get from ATDML - I backed it with some paper and just added it at the corner of the photo.

I hope these have coloured your morning! 

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

June Colour Challenge

  Hello ladies. Dolly here with a new colour swatch for you.
I have to confess this one is one of my favourites.

I often use this combo for Disney pages but it works well for all sorts of things. The example is certainly not Disney. 

I hope you will find the swatch inspires you to make a page of your own and I can't wait to see what you do. If you make a page post it everywhere but do also pop it in the colour challenge gallery in our facebook group here so we can all enjoy it.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

ATDML Alphabetical challenge L

Hello again and welcome to another alphabetical challenge - by now you will know the drill, take one or more of the prompts from the list below to kick-start your next page.

I can see this being a popular one as there are lots of ways this can inspire your creativity

I used a LOVE themed collection by Simple Stories for my page above and LINED paper and LAYERED my title elements over the journaling block using different LETTERING for my title. Do share with us in our Alphabetical Gallery your layouts inspired by these prompts.