Thursday, September 20, 2012

An Artists Life and New Baby Card - Imaginarium Designs

This month for Imaginarium Designs I have completed a couple of projects to show you.  The first is a layout of my Mother (as I am doing her life story at the moment).  My Mother is an artist, all of my life I have wonderful memories of Mum painting, drawing, sketching, and being creative in some form.  The 'quote' on my layout is so true.... 'The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it', much the same as us creators with our scrapbooking pages, mini albums and so forth.

My layout is created upon a 12 X 12 Imaginarium Designs chipboard base, due to using the large Paris Backing Frame (IDFR0010) as my main focal point, and is quite heavy.  The Paris Backing Frame  is such a beautiful and ornate shape!  Both larger and smaller pieces of chipboard look amazing when crackled and it is such an easy process to follow to achieve this look, so do not be afraid to give it a 'try'.

Imaginarium Designs chipboard elements can be purchased through Seriously Scrapbooking.
 To achieve the crackled effect, all I did was paint the Paris Backing Frame with cream acrylic paint, applied the first Step of Helmar Crackle Medium and leave overnight (best results).  The following day, I applied the 2nd step of the crackle medium and allowed it to dry, which is where the cracks take place.  When totally dry, I applied the Gold Shiva Stick across the board, and wiped gently with a soft cloth so that the paint soaked into the cracks.
 In the above photograph, you can see how the smaller areas of the Paris Backing Frame (IDFR0010) crackle with smaller 'cracks'...almost an appearance of old marble.The beautiful charms and corner pieces are from Scrap Matrix, an Australian store with the most amazing trinkets and bits - they always meld so beautifully with Imaginarium Designs chipboard.
With the foliage, I added the Kerry Flourish Small (IDFL0009), using an Adirondock Acrylic Paint Dabber in Gold, which leaves the most glorious texture on the chipboard and covers to perfection - a friend Sharon shared this wonderful product with me recently.
The largest butterfly from 4 Small Butterflies (IDT0014) was also painted in the same manner as above, and I kept the Lower Case Letters (IDALC0001) plain painting in 'Vintage Photo' distress stain.
Above, I have used Embellishment 8 (IDS0014) which was cut into half and adhered to either side of the quote - again using the same painted medium as above.
Papers: Graphic 45 Curtain Call 'Leading Ladies', Kraft Reflections 'Quote...Unquote', AC Cardstock
Paints, Mediums, Adhesive: Helmar 2 Step Crackle Medium, 450 Quick Dry, and Craft Glue - Shiva Stick 'Gold', Adirondock Acrylic Paint Dabber 'Gold' and 'Sandal', Ranger Distress Stain 'Vintage Photo'.
Charms: ScrapMatrix
Flowers: Prima and I am Roses
Dies: Cheery Lynn Designs 'Olive Branch', 'Dimensional Leaves', and 'Pine Branches'.
Other; Kaisercraft 'Tiny Alpha Stickers', Feathers, K & Co Bird, Gauze, Magic Mount.
4 Small Butterflies (IDT0014)
Embellishment 8 (IDS0014)

Kerry Flourish Small (IDFL0009)
Paris Backing Frame (IDFR0010)
Lower Case Letters (IDALC0001)

and my second project is for a friend of mine who is having a baby in around 6/7 weeks.  Not knowing the sex of the baby I kept the colours neutral to suit both sexes.

The new 'Baby X 2, Boy and Girl' chipboard words are so cute!!  They actually match the Graphic 45 paper collection which I used in this card, called 'Little Darlings'.  I applied Adirondack 'Gold' Acrylic Paint again to both of these chipboard pieces, I just loved the texture. like playing with a new toy!
For the Congratulations (IDW0017) I added a 'bling piece' for the dot above the letter 'i'!

Don't forget to leave a comment on the Imaginarium Designs Blog to be in the running to win some fabulous Imaginarium Designs Chipboard!!
Till October, happy creating!

Paper: Graphic 45 Little Darlings Collection 'Precious Poesy', Heaven Sent, Cherished, Kewpie Cute.
Adhesives/Mediums: Helmar Craft Glue and 450 Quick Dry, Adirondack Gold Acrylic Paint, 
Walnut Stain Distress Ink.
Other: Prima Say-It-In-Pearls, I am Roses - Carnation, Friskars Punch, Hand-Dyed Silk Ribbon, Cardstock, and Bling piece.


Natalie said...

OMFG!!! This is stunning - LOVE your work!

Christina C. said...

OMG...Sandie, your scrapbook page is an OUTSTANDING and PHENOMENAL work of art....such a beautiful tribute to your mother!!!! Loving all those luscious details which you so expertly used to adorn this wonderful photograph! Wow, you will have a treasured heirloom to pass on to the next and future generations.
Your vintage baby card is also incredibly it!!!!
You obviously inherited your talent from your mother!!!!

Margy's Paper Games said...

What can I say? Once again you made some fabulous pieces. Thank you for sharing your art with the rest of us. xx Marg

Linda R said...

You are one talented lady. I just love both these projects.


Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!! These are truly stunning Sandie. The page you have created is wonderful, I love the old photograph with those wonderful embellishments and the impressive crackle effect.
Your card is gorgeous too, I love the soft colours

Hugs Sue

Adriana B said...

gorgeous details, wonderful layout, your mother is going to love it :)

Astrid Maclean said...

Wow, both of these projects are just so beautiful!!! I love the idea that you are making an album about your mother! Stunning work as always Sandie!!!

Lean de Ruiter said...

Beautiful and lovely work Sandie.

Chantelle said...

your work is gorgeous Sandie - so many beautiful details and I love your vintage style :)

Lisa S. said...

I'm so taken with this that I don't want to forget to tell you that I adore that picture. :-) Your first project is totally inspiring and I love how well the Helmar crackle worked, I'm sold. The flowers, filigree corners, and all of the other adornments are just icing on the cake Sandie. This is spectacular and I love your baby card as well. TFS, hope you have a terrific weekend.

Eila Sandberg said...

Yummo! really do love the crackle work on your first page!! this is such a beautiful addition to the album on your mother. My goodness, just look at the cluster! how gorgeous it is! and the card, so so cute and adorable! WONDERFUL projects both of them!! xoxo

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Wow! Amazing work! Totally brilliant!!! xo

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Helen Tilbury said...

Wow!! Sandie this is incredible!! Looks 100% stunning!!!

Carole said...

Gorgeous work Sandie, so much detail and I love the lace. Some of the Imaginarium Designs are truly fab and of course you know how much I love flowers. Hugs ... Carole xox

Heather Jacob said...

OMG this is so amazing Sandie .... you have captured such a beautiful vintage feel to this work .... love the rich, earthy colors ans so much beautiful texture x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Wow Sandie this is so very gorgeous! Shaz in oz.x

Colleen Dietrich said...

Sandie, what impresses me upon looking at each of your projects is that you have such an eye for detail, and obviously enjoy tending to each one. Not only do you have proportion and scale just right, but also color balance, and the ability to choose just the right accessories. Congrats on your new DT, I know they will find you to be such an asset to their team!

carlies said...

wow !!! this is just incredible BEAUTIFUL!!

Hugs carla

Keren Tamir said...

Wow love the LO and the card. It's so vintage looking I especially love the quote its amazing