Friday, April 2, 2021

Kraft Plus Challenges - Symmetry


This month on Kraft Plus it's all about symmetry.  The Design Team have have some awesome creations to inspire you on this one so we are really pumped to see what you come up with.  

For my page I started by cutting out a butterfly using my Silhouette Cameo, then using this as a mask with some old Huey's spray ink. I then added some depth using a Faber Castell black gelato.  I even used a bit of inspo from last month's challenge and tore the length of my washi tape.  It's a lot more arty than my usual style but I love how it came out.

Please join in with us over on Facebook, and click here for more fabulous inspo

Happy Krafting!

Rach xx 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Kraft Plus Challenges - Kitty McCall


Ponytails and Paper Fails

This month over at Kraft Plus Challenges we are inspired by Kitty McCall.  I scrapped my cat, Davie. Did you see what I did there? Cat ...? Kitty ...? Too literal you think? Haha, that's artistic licence for you :)

In all seriousness I did use my Silhouette Cameo for this awesome cut file (called Diamond Lines Circle if you're interested) to make my background.  I really wanted to contain the colour burst that it Kitty's style.  I put a Pink Paislee Paige Evans patterned paper from her Fancy Free collection behind the cut file and hey presto I had my background! A couple more bits from the collection for my journalling and to frame the main photo and I was done. Too easy.

Click here for more inspiration and here to join the fun.

Happy Krafting!

Rachel xx

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Kraft Plus Challenges - January 2021

Ponytails and Paper FailsPonytails and Paper Fails

There are so many elements of this month's Kraft Plus Challenge mood board that you can pick and choose from to inspire your challenge entry.

I love creating depth and texture with Kraft.  I did some sewing machine stitching on the page and stamped some large daisies and popping them up on the Kraft background.  The daisy stamp was from a Cocoa Daisy stamp I've had for years but never used. I found some Vicki Boutin elements that were just perfect for this page, and downloaded an appropriate font for my title which I then cut out on my Silhouette Cameo.  The "be brave" flair also tied in nicely with the theme.  

I hope you can join in this month, we would love to see how you interpret this month's Kraft challenge.

Happy Krafting

Rachel xx

Monday, November 30, 2020

Kraft Plus Challenges - Naturally Neon


Ponytails and Paper Fails

Ponytails and Paper Fails

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This was one of those pages where, once I'd found the photo, the rest of it flowed very easily.  To do the weaving I placed some straight cut lines in a blank cut file and cut it out on my Silhouette Cameo, then did a second cut with longer lines to do the actual weaving with.  To give the "picnic basket" effect some more depth, I shaded along the cut edges with a Faber Castell gelato.

I was really happy to find some yellow paper with a pattern that mimicked the pattern on Miss K's T-shirt.  For the dark leaves, I cut out some leaves on the Silhouette Cameo on white paper, then used a Gelli Plate to paint them dark green.

The title was also cut on the Silhouette Cameo.  Can you tell how much I love this machine? :) 

Not anywhere near as much as I love this little one, she is the cool breeze in my life and such a character.

Check out Kraft Plus blog for more inspiration.

Happy Krafting

Rach xx

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Beautiful - Paige Taylor Evans Sketch & Stitch


Ponytails and Paper Fails

Last month I started this page by borrowing my mum's new silhouette cameo to sketch and cut a design by Paige Taylor Evans.  I've long admired Paige's work on Facebook. It didn't quite go to plan (you'll see the imperfections in the stitching), but in the spirit of all things arty I went with it. I used heavy watercolour paper and took inspiration from the photo for my colours.

I really enjoyed the stitching process which was mostly done at night in front of the tv.

I hope you like it.

Rachel xx

Friday, September 25, 2020

The Cat's Meow


I recently had the absolute pleasure to attend a private scrap retreat in my home town. In a complete twist of normal behaviour I was actually organised and got some sh*t done!

Ever since gifting myself a Gelli Plate for my birthday back in May, I have been itching to try this technique.  Basically I used my own photo, turned it to black and white, printed it on a laser printer and then used it to create my background. 

For this technique I recommend watching this video from Teresa Morgan.  And here are my own tips:

- Use a high contrast photo, change it to black and white, with very little grey areas.
- Print it using a laser printer but onto ordinary copy paper (not special laser printer paper). 
- If you don't have a laser printer contact your nearly copy place.
- This technique will not work with an inkjet printer.
- I used a fairly thin layer of paint for the first step, and I didn't press too hard.
- For the second layer of paint (where you lift the print) you can use more than one colour of paint.
- Have fun!

The acrylic shapes from Corbett Creations really finished this one off!

Rach xx

Monday, September 21, 2020

Scrap The Girls September 2020

I just love this month's Scrap The Girls challenge, but as much as I love the abstract watercolour thing I think I need more practice! Haha, but it was fun to put some paint down and make some marks.  My favourite marks are the watercolour squares which I used a stencil for. It was also good to use up some of my Cocoa Vanilla Studio embellishments.

The beauty of making your own background is that you can paint it to suit your photo perfectly.

Thanks again to Scrap the Girls for the inspo.

Rach xx