Monday, 20 November 2017

"Experience" by Malinda Gardner

Hi, Mal here with a share of a page I did last week.


Do you ever scrap a page and whilst you're enjoying creating it you just feel like you can't finish it, like something is missing and no matter what you do it still feels like that...eventually you have to walk away and do no more??? Well that was this page.

Does it look finished? What do you think?

So I started with my background of course...I used some paper from the latest 7 Dots Studio range which is such a great range because you really don't have to do much, the background is basically done for you.

I then added some swipes of Colour Paste in Deep Water and then some more swipes in Stormy Weather.

I love how the paste bubbles when it's dried. I know you're not supposed to do that but I'm not much of a stick to the rules girl.



I wanted to add some circles to my page so started with some circles stamped with Oasis Colour Artist Ink painted around the lid. 



The circles when dry lost a bit of their intensity so next I used an old toilet roll painted with more of the ink, first in Oasis Colour Artist Ink to go over the circles. That was better.

I added some sprays of the Colour Shimmer Spray in Sunshine. The spray and the ink mixed a little but I like it.



 I also stamped with Colour Artist Ink in Soot. I used this for  some drops later on with this colour...it's my new fave go to colour for drops; it has a dullness that looks great when you don't want the drops to stand out too much.



Background done so it's time to add a few embellishments, matt my photo, a small title and a bit of journalling.

I think I'm finished...what do you think?


















Sunday, 19 November 2017

"Craft Alive Logan" by Melissa Struhs

Morning Everyone! As I write this a week before you all get to see this on the blog.... It is now the day after Craft Alive in Logan, Brisbane. I am currently bleary eyed, tired and sore and in the post funk show blues. After all of the organisation of packing and planning, the adrenaline and general hype of the show, it can sometimes a flat day afterwards. Instead of my usual project, I thought it might be nice to do a wrap up of all the hard work the team puts into the event.

Three fun filled days in the Colour Blast stand always begins with the initial set up and Tenisha and I are ever thankful that we have that down to a fine art and can achieve all of that in under 4 hours. Think partitions, tablecloths, tiered shelving and demo table all in black and then this massive array of our colourful products. It certainly is eye catching and as you wander the aisles it really does have massive impact. 


One element of our show experience for the customers is the chance to sit and watch the on hand demo's. It gives everyone a chance to ask all of the burning questions they have, as well as new techniques and get to know how some our Design Team Members (past and present) like to play with the Colour Blast products. We are so blessed to have had Tina Connolly, Sue Plumb and Amanda Hartmann as our Demo guru's this past weekend. These girls rocked it and had some fabulous ideas and inspiration to share on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 





No doubt, the highlight of the show was the buzz around the Colour Artist Inks.




Visitors to our stand saw the girls experimenting with them, creating stunning hand coloured stamped images, art journal pages and fabulous one of a kind tags. The colour combinations were surprising and unexpected at times, and I am certain what started out as my favourites changed several times over the 3 days. 





By far my favourite part of the show was getting to chat with everyone about the products and all of that they can be used for. Whether it was people we knew well or customers who had never seen our mixed media products before, I hope that they left us happy, inspired and excited to experiment straight away.




And finally, Tenisha, Tina, Sue and Amanda you are just so incredibly giving and a complete riot. We always learn something new about each other and I am eternally grateful to work with you all. xox

Have a colourful weekend,
Til next time
Mel.


Saturday, 18 November 2017

Spread Your Wings ~ Mixed Media Card with Melinda

Hi there, Melinda here with you today and I am sharing a card I made for a work friend who has left and started a new life for herself overseas!

Here's a little peeky....


Here is my process video if you are interested in seeing this card come together


And read on for my step-by-steps


First up, after I cut my card front to size (10cm x 14.3cm) I grabbed this very pretty stencil from my stash (it is a Dusty Attic one) and my Bling Colour Paste. I'll tell you a little secret here - I wasn't 100% certain of where I wanted this card to go so I took inspiration from my last DT project and ran with it!


I let that air dry and then came back and started to add colour. I had already picked some pieces I wanted to use to embellish with so grabbed my matching colours in Sunshine and Tangereen Dream in the Colour Shimmer Cubes and clean cup of water. I added a little water over the top of the stencilling and then added my colour, moving the card stock around to get the colour to move and adding water/more colour when necessary.


I did get impatient and used my heat tool to dry that off so I could move onto my next step. Splatters! Using the same colours and paint brushes I added in splatters - Sunshine to the Tangereen side mostly and Tangereen to the Sunshine side. 

When that was dry I grabbed a damp baby wipe and rubbed over my Colour Paste to get the Bling to pop once again without any additional colour on top! Did you know that you could do that?? 
It really makes the colours of the pastes pop once again!


Next up, I dumped all of my pretty things onto my base and decided I needed a dark pop of colour behind all the bits so I grabbed a mini doily from my stash and my Dusty Charcoal Colour Shimmer Cube. 

I love having white options because it makes it so easy to customise colours for any project. I just used a paint brush and painted over the doily - be careful if you are doing this that you are not too rough or you may rip/tear the doily! I almost did!! Again, I used my heat tool to dry this off and then applied a second coat in the same way.


One last step before bringing it all together - splatters in Dusty Charcoal. Again, same as above but with a different colour. I love the contrast it gives and that darker colour really makes the whole design just pop! 


And here is my finished card. I think my friend will love it - it is being hand delivered by another friend to Dubai next week! I added in some stamping in a dark grey ink and mounted my card front onto this fun and bright yellow card stock to finish it off!



Thanks as always for stopping by! I hope I have given you some inspiration for whatever you have currently sitting on your desk and I'll see you again in couple of weeks! Please make sure you head over to the FB group, Colour Blast Creative Corner, to share all of your projects using Colour Blast goodies, we love seeing them and being inspired by you all!


Melinda

Friday, 17 November 2017

Live Simply - Fiona Hughes




Hi crafting friends. I'm back with another mixed media layout using some amazing Colourblast products. Of course you say, it's another of Fi's selfie pics.... well yes, it is!.... but I actually love this page and hope you do to.



Using Heavy Marshmallow cardstock I used wet glue to adhere the 3 x  thin chippie pieces to my page.
After waiting for them to dry, I grabbed my Heavy White Gesso & covered the entire page with a generous coat of this creamy deliciousness..... LOL! Of course this was allowed to dry naturally! (NOT!!!)




Taking the Colour Shimmer Sprays - Leather, Deep Water & ColourSpray - Sapphire, I sprayed puddles of water over the chippie pieces and immediate surrounds. 
Then,  spraying a single spray, of each colour, randomly around the wet areas, & using a  wet, watercolour brush, moving these liquid lovelies around just the chipboard pieces and immediate surrounds, allowing loose movement of each of the colours.







Thursday, 16 November 2017

Gorgeous by Suzy Loudon

 A big Hello to everyone. Today I'm sharing another layout I did of my daughter. I love this natural photo of her...always happy & bubbly & growing up fast.


I thought I'd play along with the November All About Flowers Challenge. There's still plenty of time to get your project in for a chance to win $30.00 worth of Colour Blast products.
Here's the link to the Colour Blast Creative Corner....



To begin my layout I grabbed a grey toned piece of paper. I decided I wanted the edges to be darker so I gave it a spray with Road Base Colour Spray.


I then smeared some Heavy White Gesso randomly across my page with my spatula.


Using Steel  Colour Paste I added some stenciling.


I mixed some Lemon Zing Colour Mica Powder with some Mod Podge/Gel Medium. I kept adding until I was happy with the intensity of the colour.


Using a paintbrush I painted my flowers.


I activated my Midnight Colour  Shimmer Dust with water.


Then using my paintbrush dabbing the colour onto my flowers.


I left my flowers to dry naturally. At this stage I left my page & came back to it a week or so later. When I did I found that one of my flowers that had a weird coating on it had dried very light (top right corner insert).
So I gave it a spray with some Road Base Colour Spray. 


I mixed some Lemon Zing Mica Powder with some of my homemade texture paste. Again I kept adding the Mica until I was happy with the colour.


I spread my Lemon Zing texture Paste and some Dusty Charcoal Colour Paste into my silicone mould and left to dry.


I left them to dry for a day before taking them out.
And I had my feathers for the November Challenge.


I got my watered down Heavy Black Gesso & splattered it around the page.


I then splattered with my watered down Heavy White Gesso.


I painted my chipboard title with Heavy White Gesso.


I didn't think it stood out enough so I embossed it with Snow White Embossing Powder.


Putting all my elements together & my page was done.

Just a little close up.


Thanks for taking the time to allow me to share with you.
See you next time.

xxx Suzy