Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Family First & Last! (A step-by-step)

 Dear Blogger Friends,
I had taken an unannounced break to cope with the death of a very dear family member. I have resigned from my Design Teams (Inkido, Berry71Bleu, Scrap Around the World, Keeping the Best & Scrap for Help). It was very important for me to be fully there for my family in Chennai and I am glad I did! I am grateful to  my DT bosses who accepted my decision at such short notice.
I specially want to thank Christian Leksell from Inkido who had this to say when I offered to mail back my DT supplies -
Dear Anupama. I understand your decision. We have had the same thing happen in our family so you have my full support in your decision. I am so happy that you have been a part of our team and you have definitely not let anyone down. I am soo sorry for your loss. About the products, they are material things and do not matter in these times. I would like for you to keep them and I hope that in time, you will be able to enjoy them. I really hope that you will find a quick way to recovery. Wishing you all the best! Hugs, Christian

Thank you, Christian and God Bless!
I am also grateful to Agnieska Bellaidea (DT co-ordinator) who offered to wait indefinitely for my return.
Thank you for your unconditional support.

Tomorrow is my Ammamma's (maternal grandmother) death anniversary and I wanted to share this layout featuring a picture of my mom's family from the late 1960s.

Step 1 - I chose a fave patterned paper from my Prima stash and checked if it complemented the photograph.

Step 2 - I wanted to tone down the bright background but did not want white gesso. So I made my own tint by mixing gesso + acrylic paint.

Step 3 - Apply the colored gesso with an old credit card and use a wet wipe to lift some areas if you want the design to peek through.

Step 4 - I tore strips of paper from old Prima scraps (love the fact that some of them had ink from Ingvild's Chalk edgers).

Step 5 - After adhering the strips (to mat my photo), I scribbled with Faber Castell's Gelato. I softened some of the lines with a wet paint brush.

Step 6 - Time to add texture paste with a Prima mask.

Step 8 - I brought out my mists in pink and green ( my fave Shabby Chic combination)

Step 9 - I built clusters  in different areas to balance the composition. 
The title Family is stamped on the extreme left.

A close-up of the Prima embellishments - 
(I eventually removed the medallion to improvise)

A tip - Cut flowers in half to tuck them better in between layers.

Love the way the randomly torn pp strip curls up!
I spy blooms, a brad, vintage metal embellie, washi tape, a piece of wooden ruler - all Prima. Eila would be so proud of me...LOL!

Pops of shocking color are a perfect foil for the B&W vintage picture.

Seated from L to R are my aunts and grandparents. The stunner on the extreme right is my mom. Yep, I haven't taken after her :(

I will be back with more ART soon.
Thanks for visiting and do let me know if you like the tutorial...

Monday, August 19, 2013

1957 (A step-by-step tutorial)

Hi there! 
I have a simple step-by-step peek into my creative process for my new layout '1957'.
This page features a vintage picture of my mom and her younger sister  from the mid-1950s.

 I started with a Screen-printed 12x12 canvas paper from Prima and Faber-Castell Gelatos.
(If you do not want a grungy look, start with the lighter gelatos)

 There is no right or wrong way to do this. All you have to do is to be spontaneous! Spritz water to blend with fingers.

Time to bring out your favourite stencils and apply modeling paste with a palette knife.

 I chose to mask different spots on the background paper to balance the composition.
Use a paper-trimmer to cut strips of patterned papers. I chose scraps of Prima pps leftover from earlier projects.

 Layer your strips and randomly-torn scraps of paper. I prefer using a strong liquid adhesive along with a stapler and metal brads to secure everything to the canvas paper.
I stamped on the pp with Inkido 'Frame' rubber-stamp and Prima 'Engraver" clear stamp in black with Ranger Archival inkpad.

 I embellished the page with the following from Prima.

 I matched the flowers to the Gelatos to build clusters on the page.

Finally, spray with Tattered Angels Glimmer-mist in Electric Blue & Black Magic. Distress the canvas to add character and adhere it to cardstock to prevent warping. Don't forget to add your TITLE! 
Easy-peasy...isn't it!!!

My page is based on the August sketch at Once Upon A Sketch. The jounalling theme for this month is
"I will never forget"
 I grew up with my mom telling me priceless stories from her childhood. I know every single incident and anecdote from her early years. My journalling is at the back of the page as always.

Thank you for your continued support and your encouraging comments.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Mixed-media Color Challenge #5 + DT Inkido

Hi there! 
This is a quick post to showcase my entry for 
 To read more about the challenge, go HERE!
(Mixed-media supplies used in my project are Modeling paste, Gesso, Distress Inks and Glimmer mists)

This time I chose to make a card in rich colors using my Inkido DT supplies! 
 The beautiful bird picture is cut from the 12x12 Blue Labels paper.
(Beautiful Memories II Collection)
The background pp is Scrap Tuva Purple Orchid from an earlier collection.


An assortment of Cherry Blossoms, Gardenia and medium roses along with 
Leaf pins, Blue mix Pearls & Green mix Rhinestones.

My card is based on this beautiful sketch by Ulrika.
You have until the end of this month to link up your entries at the Inkido blog.
See details HERE!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 12, 2013

An Artsy Grunge Layout for DT Berry71Bleu + Inkido

Hello Berry71Bleu friends!
This is my layout for Norma's FAB challenge this month -
Get Creative with "Textiles"!!!
I used strips of canvas to layer my page.
This is one of my favorite pictures of my mom as a high-school student back in the 60s. I loved making this page in my Artsy-Grunge style instead of falling back on the tried-and-tested Vintage style. 

A close-up of Marivic's gorgeous tag...

 Beautiful papers and blooms from our sponsor, Inkido

Gelatos from Faber-Castell & Chipboard from Scrapiniec

Some more details...
Harmony flowers & Beautiful Memories II papers from Inkido

Canvas strips layered along with patterned papers and embellishments

Here's a look at the wonderful prizes from this month's main sponsor Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft!

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft is a leading manufacturer specializing in high quality art supplies including pens, color pencils and watercolor pencils for art, crafts, scrapbooking and papercrafting.

Working with the MIX & MATCH products from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft makes designing with COLOR simple. Simply choose a color set that inspires you, choose a medium and Mix & Match as you create. The color coordinated palettes give you the freedom to design your project knowing the colors will work beautifully together. Perfect for all your design, memory and craft projects!

Sign up for the Faber-Castell Newsletter to be the first to know about new products, giveaways and events!

Main Prize!!

Random Prize!!

If the winner(s) of this challenge are international, they will be responsible for shipping costs. 

A special thanks to Scrapiniec Die-Cut Chipboard for sponsoring the Berry71Bleu Design Team, who will be sharing projects with their chipboard for the next several months.

Scrapiniec is the first Polish manufacturer of laser die-cut chipboard products for use in scrapbooking. They satisfy even the most unusual individual orders and are characterized by reliability, high quality and friendly customer service.

Papercraft Scandinavia is a manufacturer that design and make unique material for scrapbooking, cardmaking and other craftings.
We design stamps, patterned paper, lace, flowers and much more in romantic vintage style. Our products are of high standard, inspiring and amazing to create with. 
Welcome to us!

Our design team members each received Inkido's collection Beautiful Memories to design with.

Please read the Challenge Rules before linking up your project as they have recently changed!

Go on and get creative with textiles...any kind!
And don't forget to have fun in the process!!!

My page is inspired by Ulrika Blomfelt's fabulous sketch for the August challenge at Inkido.

Read details HERE!
You have until the end of this month to link up.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Celebrate Friendship - DT Scrap for Help + Mixed-media Color Challenge #4 + BITW (Celebrate)

Hello friends! 
"Celebrate Friendship" is my Art Journal page for

where the brief is to


You can see the teabag splats on the background.

The title is a K&Company rub-on. 

 The kraft scraps are resist paper from Tim Holtz idea-ology sprayed with Dylusions in Black Marble.
The embellished butterfly is Jenni Bowlin.

The background is spritzed with tea decoction and Tattered Angels Glimmermist in Mel's Diner and Coffee Shop.

 Inkido butterfly stamp dabbed with Adirondack Acrylic Paint in Snow Cap.

 I extended the die-cut word "Friends" (from Creative Imaginations Lace cardstock if I remember right) with foam letters stained with tea.

The inspiration for this AJ page came from 
You can read more about it HERE!

I am entering this in the Bird is the Word Challenge where the inspiration word is Celebrate.
(click HERE for details)
Until next time...
Have a great day!