Sunday, June 25, 2017

Always Remember with Made With Love

Happy Sunday friends!

How are you doing on this long holiday weekend? I am taking in a lot of lovely smells of rendang from my neighbourhood as our Malay friends here celebrate their festival, at the same time the two younger ones as they have both chosen to fall sick at the same time. But nothing to make myself feel better than to share about some lovely products I've been using recently!

I got a HUGE wooden thickboard tag from Stampers Anonymous in my DT kit for Made With Love some time back, but had completely forgotten to use it. Well, I found it again while packing up my room and thought it will be perfect for a nice shabby project. 

And what speaks shabby and grunge more than Blue Fern Studios' Artisan collection of papers? I'm using Happy Accident here, and instead of the usual cut and paste, I've done gel transfer for the background. It's lovely how the designs seem to blend and fuse into the thickboard itself. You can see here for a tutorial of the gel transfer background technique. Then I took some Tim Holtz Ideology tissue paper and added it for some relief and details.

More details in the close-ups:

In my kit was the Prima Marketing Artisan Powder (designed by Frank Garcia, one of my favourite scrapbookers). It's a pretty amazing thing and I've used it 3 ways here - dusting it as a pigment on my flowers and fabric trim, using it as a distress color on the edges of my tag and mixing it with gel as a tinted medium I can use over my stencil. 

I like to use chipboards in my projects and here is no exception. The wildflower chipboard was first colored with Peacock Feathers distress paint, followed by Shabby Shutters and some dabs of Dina Wakely's acrylic paint in Elephant. Then was a layer of crackle paste from Prima and lastly, a watered down layer of the acrylic paint in Medieval to bring out the cracks. The mushroom chipboard showed the exact same colors except without the crackle.

For my title, I used Dina Wakely's acrylic paint in Gilt to cover the entire piece. What I like about this paint is its rich colors and how easy it is to work with. The small bottles come with a handy fine-tip applicator so you don't end up over dispensing too much paint and waste that good stuff. 

A little bit more of some metal bits I've painted over with Prima's acrylic paint in Patina. 

And that's all I have for you today. Enjoy your day ahead!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Family with Made With Love

Hello friends! What a wet Monday in May! It's supposed to be all bright and hot and sunny in Singapore now but the weather's been so funny. Well, can't complain because I love cool weather.

In fact, that was what we had on our trip to Melbourne last spring - albeit too cold for comfort. But oh, so many wonderful memories and today, I've finally scrapped our family photo from that trip for my DT project for Made With Love.

Family photos go on display on the counter by the main door, so it has to be something really sturdy. I used an IKEA photo frame as a base, and the rest of the supplies are from the awesome kit that Aida packed for me. And the kit has all my favourite Blue Fern Studio goodies! Although I have left their DT after 3 wonderful years, BFS products always get my mojo going - and the best is they are available from Made With Love - in Singapore!

For the picture frame, I prepped it with Dina Wakely's white gesso followed by grit paste from Ranger's. This added to the beach/ocean feel that I wanted to create in the project.

More details in the close-ups:

The background paper is from their new series of amazing background papers, aptly called Artisan Collection and this particular set is named Happy Accident. Happy days indeed because papers like these are perfect for lots of mixed media background work with their neutral tones and subtle details. For my project, I had a very simple stencil to match the splatter patterns on the paper, painted over with Distress Stain in Antiqued Bronze to give a nice shimmer.

I had a little anchor from Blue Fern Studios which I painted over with Copper metallic paint from Prima's mixed media range of products, and dabbed over with their Patina paint to create a distressed and weathered look. For the chipboard leaves, I first painted over with Prima's metallic watercolor palette before going over Distress Paints in Shabby Shutter and Distress Crayon in Peeled Paint, giving me a very dimensional but well-blended effect.

This chipboard from Blue Fern Studios had a lot of work done on it as well. The bits with shells had first script stamped embossed with dark blue embossing powder, followed by painting over with Prima's Opl Magic paint in blue/gold. The seaweeds were painted the same way as the other leaves chipboards, but for the flowers I had used Distress Crayon in Spun Sugar, and the chain bits with Copper metallic and patina paints. Phew, that's a lot of painting and mixing around different stuff!

I also tucked in a lot of ephemera from Kaisercraft (these pretty die cuts are just right for layering, accenting and filling out your projects) as well as some hessian I found in my kit. Fabric is a wonderful material for layering and adding a special bit of texture. 

Another seashell bit chipboard that I altered with liquid pearls. This dimensional paint is so useful - I can use it to create pearls (duh, that's pretty obvious) but it is also wonderful to use as a shimmery paint with 3D effects like these. Pearl-fect for a shiny seashell!

I rarely use Thickers but the set that came in the kit was just so me - lightly distressed with a wonderful texture of rough glitter bits. It was just right for my title.

Filling in the gaps in the project with these cute little pebbles, also from Prima Marketing.

And that's all I have for today! You can find the list of supplies I used for this project below, and they can all be found at Made With Love.

Supplies used:

paper: Blue Fern Studios - Happy Accident
flowers: Prima Marketing Inc
Distress Crayon, Stain, Perfect Pearls: Rangers
acrylic paints: Prima Marketing Inc
chipboards: Blue Fern Studios
die cuts: Kaisercraft
alpha-stickers: American Crafts

Monday, March 20, 2017

Today with Made With Love

Hello friends, how are you?

It's the end of the school holidays now and we are all geared up for the second term of Primary One! I'm thankful that it's been a fun journey so far for eldest, not so fun for me as I juggle my part time work in digital marketing and managing these three wiggly monkeys!

But there's always time for crafting eh?

Today, I'm sharing a project I created with the lovely goodies from Made With Love. As usual, I will have a supply list at the end of this post, and remember - these gorgeous products and more can be found at MWL's store at 313 Somerset B2.

Here's the project I created with Bo Bunny's Petal Lane:

I love the set of papers DT coordinator Aida has packed for me, and they are just perfect for a LO of my little girl. As I went through them and saw the black piece with the polka dots, I knew I had to do something high contrast - which is quite suitable for this little girl who is so different from her brothers.

My background was done with first embossing white embossing powder after using a script stamp on the paper. It acts as a resist when I subsequently put the paint on.

What I got in the kit was a set of acrylic paint from Dina Wakeley and I love these. Really intense and bright colors to spruce up your projects. Now the colors were a bit strong for the softness of the papers, so instead of splashing everything on with a brush, I used a sea sponge to apply. The result is a lovely sandy look which resembles dandelions in the air. I started with the Magenta, mixed in some white for a light pink shade. The yellow I used last just as an accent. This is what the sea sponge I used looked like:

Now I love Blue Fern Studios' chipboards and they are also available from MWL. I've used a doily here which I first embossed with white embossing powder. Followed by a coat of the amazing metallic wax from Prima Marketing. The texture is smooth and I applied it with my fingers. To remove, just gently wash your hands with soap. I love the effect it had on my EP, as well as on the metal bits.

More close-ups below:

In the floral cluster, I had white roses which I painted on with the left overs of my paint for the background. Don't waste the good stuff!

That's all I have for today, catch you again soon!

Supply list (available from Made With Love):
papers: Bo Bunny - Petal Lane
flowers: Prima Marketing Inc
paint: Rangers' Dina Wakely
embellishments: Prima Marketing Inc
chipboard: Blue Fern Studios