Thursday, June 20, 2013

Shabby Chic Mini and Layout - Last Post for Imaginarium Designs

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Hello Everyone,
This is my last post for Imaginarium Designs, as I retire this month after being part of their design team for the past 18 months.  I want to say a BIG thank you to Jane, for having confidence in my work and taking me in as part of the team.  It has been a wonderful journey and one I will be truly thankful for - 'always'.  AND, also to Nat who has made the process of the design team so much easier and of course the wonderful design team members I have worked with over the last year and a half.  Thank you so much

This month I have created two projects in shabby chic style - firstly, a mini album for 2013, titled 'My Reflections' - though the title is on the inside. See photographs. The Imaginarium Designs chipboard elements for the mini album have been painted, then a heat gun applied, slightly bubbling the paint. You do have to be careful when doing this method, as you can easily burn the chipboard.  When the paint has bubbled, it leaves an exquisite texture!!  I applied with a brush a liberal amount of starburst spray, in several coats, drying between layers.  The spray mist seeps into the grooves of the paint beautifully, and the finer details are revealed.
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The oval flourish was carefully cut into two segments, and then manipulated to the curved shape of the mini album.
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A range of flowers to decorate the album, but not distract from the chipboard pieces used, and two hand-created crystal hat pins to further decorate.
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The album was covered using Kaisercrafts 'Bonjour' paper, and then painted with gesso, and wiped over with Cotton Candy Pink starburst spray. 
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Sheer pink ribbon adorns the 'ring' holding the album together.
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There are 10 pages all up in the album, which measures a little under 7".  I'm only showing several pages due to the post being so graphic intensive.  Being a lace queen, I used some of my stash and decorated the rim of each page.
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The above and below letters, shows close up detail of the painted effect of the chipboard.
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Below I have used the tulip flourish, carefully cut into segments and only partly adhered onto the page.  A photograph or journaling card can be inserted beneath.
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One of the 2 frames on a board was decorated with string, half pearls, and a couple of small Kaisercraft blooms, ready for a title.
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The circle border 8" has been used as an element to hold tags, with plenty of room to add more beneath the boarder.
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Kaisercraft - Bonjour 6.5" paper pad
Kaisercraft - Paper Blooms and Mini Blooms
Kaisercraft - Mini Drawer Knobs
I am Roses - Misc Flowers
Misc - Hand-Crafted Hat Pins, Sheer Ribbon, Silk Ribbon, White Lace, and Beaded Half Pearl Trim
Golden - Gesso
White - Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dauber
Sea Grass Green, and Cotton Candy Pink - Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst Sprays
We R Memory Keepers - Eyelets
CLD - Olive Branch Die
Helmar 450 Adhesive
Scotch - ATG
    Heat Gun
Oval Flourish IDFL0002
Circle Border 8 inch IDB0008
2 Frames on a board (IDT0006)
Capital Letters (IDAUC0001A)
Lower Case Letters' (IDALC0001)
Numbers' (IDN0001)
Tulip Flourish IDFL0008
...and my 2nd project is a layout of my Mother when she was a little girl, with some of the neighbours who were close friends of the family. I love this photograph of my Mum, she looks so adorable with her hair all curled - no doubt in ringlets.
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The title, Childhood, is only part of the original chipboard title of Childhood Memories.  I had previously used the 'memories' on another project.  All the chipboard elements were coloured using pink and white paint, stippling the colour over the elements to achieve a mottled appearance.
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The Anna Frame, and Embellishment 1 Frame were layered, and the Clock Compass was carefully cut in half and used to decorate.
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Prima Marketing flowers, and Vivaldi Blooms were used to do floral arrangements.
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Butterflies and the a Small Birdcage were used to decorate the page. I love them butterflies, one of my favourite Imaginarium Designs chipboard elements.
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Sprays and splatters of Lindy's Stamp Gang Mists over the white cardstock background.
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Thank you for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment.  Do call on over to the Imaginarium Designs Blog, and also leave a comment there to be in the running for a fabulous chipboard pack which is drawn each, from the comments left.

Thank you for the wonderful support throughout my term with Imaginarium Designs...

Happy Creating

AC - White - Textured Cardstock
Kaisercraft - Bonjour - 6.5" paper pad
Kaisercraft - White - Mini Alpha's
Kaisercraft - White - Adhesive Pearls
Prima Marketing - Laraine Pearl White - Flowers
Green Tara - Pink - Stranded Pearls
Paper Lace Doily's
Vivaldi - Pink Blossoms
Misc: Sheer Pink Ribbon
 CLD - Olive Branch - Die
Helmar 450 Adhesive and Spray Sealer
Adirondack - Shell Pink and Snow Cap - Acrylic Paint Dauber
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Starburst Spray - Pretty in Pink, Cotton Candy Pink, Cape Cod Coral, and, Sea Water Taffy

4 Small Butterflies IDT0014
Anna Frame IDFR0013
Childhood Memories IDP0022
Clock and Compass IDS0062
Bird Cage Small IDT0019
Embellishment 1 IDFR0001


Lynn said...

Sandie your projects are gorgeous! The details are stunning! I'm so sorry I haven't visited lately, I've been under the weather. Hope your having a lovely day!

Sandrine Dawes said...

Hi Sandie! I am so sad you are leaving ID! I wish you all the best!!!! And big congratulations on making the Kaisercraft DT!!! I am so so happy for you!!! You are going to rock it!!!! Both your projects are amazing! Love them! Keep in touch Sandrine xx

Heather Jacob said...

wow Sandie, everything you create is perfectly divine and so beautiful x

Adriana B said...

Wonderful album, you will be sadly missed at ID, congrats on Kaisercraft, looking forwards to working with you again :)

yyam said...

Oh my! Love the textures on the chipboard! Amazing work Sandie!

Lizzy Hill said... off from Imaginarium, & hop on over to Kaiser...perfect timing, there:):):) LOVE your mini--- the bubbling tech is AWESOME & the chippy you've used on the LO looks great - all works sooo well together:):):)

Sue - bearhouse said...

Stunning creations Sandie. Such beautiful designs and wonderful detailing
Sue xx

Jennifer Waugh said...

Jaw dropping.... Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful Sandie. Your works just gets better and better. The paint effect on the chipboard is just gorgeous, definitely need to give it a try :-)

Margaret Mifsud said...

I'm drooling again. Stunning album and layout Sandie. The textures on the chipboard pieces are amazing and so beautiful. Love the colours, love the designs, just love everything. ox

Lizzyc said...

Wow Sandie, your creations lately have been amazing, you use chipboard so very well and you also create wonderfully with vintage layouts and old photos.. I love these and I am sure your little book will be stunning when finished as well as a beautiful keepsake!!

sandi said...

Wow Sandie!!!!!!!!!!! These are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!! So eye-catching, so jaw dropping! Wow!

carlies said...

wow stunning many love details

Lynette said...

Stunning work. I love the techniques with the paint and the heat gun. I might just try this technique on a project soon.

Christina C. said...

Drop-dead gorgeous projects, Sandie!
Meticulous attention to detail with the most stunning embellishments!!!!
Love, love your work!!!

Helen Tilbury said...

Totally stunning Sandie! Wow I'm sure you will be missed!! 18 months is a long haul with one company though so good for you to have such staying power. I do love the way you have treated the chippie. No special mediums just a heat gun? Ammazing?! And brilliant!!

Astrid Maclean said...

Both projects are stunning Sandie, I am sure you will be missed! I really love how you have put these projects together, your work is always inspiring!!

Cindy Gay said...

Intricate and beautiful!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Such amazing work!!! You really have done them proud!!!

MARILYN said...

Stunning project! love this!!!!

Denise van Deventer said...

Gorgeous projects are sooo creative...! Beautifully done!

Colleen Dietrich said...

You have done projects with Imaginarium's items that left me speechless. I am sure they will miss you, Sandie! Good luck with any new teams you may be joining.

So good of you to visit recently. :) life was just plain old crazy these last few months, racing by. Just had big foot surgery yesterday, so I am going nowhere now! LOL

Rachael Funnell said...

These are SO INCREDIBLE.... like WOW! WOW! WOW!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Sandie. I love the circle border. Did you emboss it and if so which embossing folder did you use. I also like the pink colour you've used. Thanks for sharing. Karen.x