Saturday, July 31, 2010

My first Pink Elephant

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Hope that you are all having a great weekend so far. I've been working on the sketch for the Pink Elephant.....I liked it so much, I did it in the color combination specified of Aqua, Black & White. I also created a different page using the same LO but with a different color combination. I love them both, let me know what you think?

This first version was, in a way, already created. I had the title in mind for the picture, and with the LO and color scheme already provided....this page was a cinch to put together.

I am very fond of this page because of the hand stitching and the subtle Stickles elements. Also, the black and white Lush paper from My Mind's Eye is relatively hard to work with so I was exceptionally glad to have found a use for it. Prima flowers just finish it off.
This orange, yellow and green version below will appeal to some people more than the LO above. I love this page especially because the paper just lent itself to the design and with a touch of ribbon, some flowers (with metallic accents) and again, some hand stitching this page has a youthful and even innocent feel about it.
Below is a close-up of my hand stitching and the crackle effect on the letters. Hope you enjoy your weekend! Please please, please me with some comments =)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

New Paper Niche submission

Evening Everyone,

Today was not as productive (scrapping-wise anyway) as I would have liked, but I managed to get at least one more page done. Here is the wonderful sketch from this weeks challenge at Paper Niche.
And here is my simple but sweet interpretation. I used a contrasting color scheme of orange and a light teal. I used some Prima flowers with a little touch of some Perfect pearls, some big brassy brads, and some faux stitching for added depth and character.

More to come tomorrow,

Happy Scrapping!!


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Second post of the day!!

Evening Everyone!!

So just in time for the Sketches in Thyme is "Turtle Trot."

I really enjoyed making my own interpretation of the sketch, I flipped it sideways and decided to make the pictures pop more by leaving them larger and forgoing the journaling strip. The title speaks enough volumes, don't you think?


Good Afternoon Everyone,

Today I finally have a new page to show off....a page I am entering for both Frosted Design's "Lyrics" challenge, and for Practical Scrappers "7 things" challenge.

The title of this page is Airplanes and was inspired by the song of the same title, which was performed by B.O.B. featuring Hayley Williams.....and this was the result.

I used a lot of different elements that were subtle, but could still pack a big punch in effect. I used at least 7 different items to include; black cardstock, patterned paper by October Afternoon, white gel pen, Stickles in Black Diamond and Stardust, black lace, the Cricut, a distress tool, pearl accents etc. The crackle effect was used in places such as the letters of the title, as shown below.

The line of lyrics that inspired this whole page was "Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars?" I used this line in the LO along the bottom of the page.

I used Stickles in many places to highlight the shooting stars, this particular shooting star was cut out using the Cricut Home Decor cartridge. I traced the outline with Black Diamond Stickles then used crackle effect in the very center for some depth of character.

To give this page just a little bit of extra detail, I did a faux stitch around the matting. All in all I am very happy with the result. Happy Scrapping.....and I blog for comments!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Walking masterpiece

Good Evening everyone,

Yesterday was quite the eventful day....between hospital visits and a little visitor to our backyard it was quite busy. This tortoise had been spotted in our yard by the dogs two days running, after some further research I think he is a gopher tortoise which is a protected species in Louisiana.

I got the pictures developed right away, and used them to submit to the silhouette challenge on scrappin silhouettes. Wish me luck!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Challenging perspectives

Evening Everyone,

Here a few pages to share with you. The first includes a picture of myself as a toddler. The LO is cute and innocent, just like the time period I associate with it.

This second layout is one of my new favorites, for many reasons and I will try to highlight each particular element.
- I started with black cardstock, I wet the edges so I could peel back the top layer of fiber at the edges to give it a completely different distressed look.
- I then used watered down white paint to highlight the edges, I then used undiluted paint along the very edged for border distinction.
- Using the remaining paint, I flicked the paint across the page creating splatter.
- I ripped a piece of cardboard so the top layer was removed exposing the corrugated part. I highlighted the upper part of the curves with white paint. Once it was dry, I misted the cardboard with Onyx glimmer mist.
- I layered the cardboard with a strip of red cardstock, and a strip of textured "Lush" paper. Then I placed a wide sheer black ribbon equal distance away from the edge as the ribbon was wide. On top of this ribbon went a layer of thinner black ribbon with white stitching.
- I matted the photo with white cardstock, about a half inch all the way around, then made slits in the paper all around so I could curl the edges up.
-After fixing all the layers on the page, I used the red flower sticker from Basic Grey.
-To finish the whole LO, I wrote the title repeatedly around the edges in a white ink. "Dogs in a box" and applied some crackle effect to the red cardstock.

This last page was an experiment. I spread paint on my hand to create the handprint, but you could use ink too.....I just didn't want to have an inked hand for the next few days.
I had created the petals for the flower out of chipboard, and I would be happy to show you how to do them at Paper Moon. This page is simply titled "Who am I", and I hope my journaling on the labels and the the borders create an answer.

Enjoy, and as always please comment!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Short post

Hey there,

Tonight just one page that I finished at the last crop. Very linear. The picture posted says it all.

Tomorrow new pages, new post =)

Monday, July 19, 2010

New pages

Good Morning everyone!

On the start of this new week, I figured I'd share some of my favorite layouts thus far.

The LO you see above is not only one of my favorites because of the pictures, but also because of the simple, clean lines and effective color combination.

This two-page LO is another of my favorites because of the color scheme and the contrast between elegant elements like the lace, ribbon and doily, with the metallic feeling of the letter tags and the rougher texture of the nylon fishnet behind the doily.

As always, please comment and have a great week!


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Crop @ Paper Moon

Welcome all, hope you're having a great weekend.

I have just finished spending the last two days at the grand opening crop @ Paper Moon. It was a great time to spend with many inspiring paper crafters, sharing techniques, gadgets, and creativity.

I worked on many pages, and several different variations of flower embellishments. I particularly enjoyed making my variation of the Tim Holtz grunge rose. Very fun to make and incorporate into layouts! I encourage you to try it, and if you're in Paper Moon I'd be glad to show you how I make them.

The LO above was just a fun way for me to play with materials that usually don't find their way onto scrapbook pages. The teal strip along the right, and the layered strips behind the star are color Duck tape. I wanted this page to have a more boystrous, yet funky and playful way about it (just like the title inspiration....).

This page was actually started by Beatriz and I was able to incorporate other elements to mirror the pose in the pictures. The two flowers in the top of the LO are my version of the grunge roses, I thought they worked really nicely with the different papers....even if they look little squished now.

I have many more pages to show you, I will space them out over a few days. Please comment, and have a blessed day!


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Strong Start

Good Afternoon one and all!! Welcome to my brand new blog!

My name is Siobhan Enthoven....a Dutch native with Scottish blood, now living in Dothan, Alabama. I am 24 and have had a lifetime of experiences which I like to record in photos. This is how I came to appreciate the art of scrapbooking.

Although I have not been scrapping as long as some of my scrap-sisters, my pages have been growing in numbers and I have therefore decided to post them on a blog.

I look forward to sharing in our craft with all of you! If you have any questions about my techniques or have any suggestions, I welcome all comments.

This was my first two page layout using the paper from My Minds Eye - Be Loved kit.

The handsome man in my pictures is my awesome boyfriend Joey, you will see him a lot in my layouts. Enjoy and please comment!