Monday, August 19, 2019

Crafty Friends Layout

Hey there Gang!
So you know how I LOVE to teach classes and share the crafty love around?
Well today I am sharing with you a class that I taught a little while ago at the biggest Scrapbooking and Papercraft event here in Australia!
This page is suitable for all levels of crafter and can easily be adapted to go with most paper collections.  I used the gorgeous ‘Until Dawn’ paper collection from 13@rts.
Take ‘Days & Nights’ paper and cut in half at 6 inches. Trim both pieces back to be 11.75″ and then tape as shown onto white cardstock.
OPTION … if you have access to a sewing machine, stitch all the way around the edges.  Now cover the papers in a thin coat of clear Gesso and dry. This seals the paper so we can add color. Using white Gesso, use a palette knife to apply it over a stencil as shown then dry.
Starting with a generous wash of Tainted Love Teal, add it to the background using a brush – dab it on rather than brushing it on so you don’t get brush strokes.
Once dry, add Aloha Avocado in spots and then add a few splatters of Screaming Banshee Black for depth.
While you are adding color, use a brush to color your chipboard and pop aside to dry.
Cut 2 pieces of ‘Cold Day’ paper to be 4.5 x 4 inches and a piece of ‘Sending Flowers’ to be 3×5 inches. Stick down as shown foam mounting the navy blue piece. In the little shot glass, make a thick wash of white gesso & water and dip the string in it. Pull it out squeezing it between some paper towel to take the excess paint off, mold it into a circle about 6 inches across and pop aside to dry. Once dry, staple down to the papers as shown and add some white cotton in and around it.
Fussy cut all the elements from the ‘All The Good Things’ paper and ink in charcoal or black ink. Cut the flower bunch in half as shown and tuck one half in the top and the other in the bottom
Use a combination of foam tape and glue to adhere the cut out elements down around your photos. I used two photos cut down to be 3.5 inches x 3.5 inches and foam mounted them to the pageOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
I finished the project off with Dimensional Magic/Glossy Accents to give it a shiny effect

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I hope you find that easy to follow!
Have a great day!
Natalie May
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Lindys Products Used — Magicals in Tainted Love Teal and Screamin Banshee Black and Aloha Avocadospray

Monday, August 5, 2019

Classes for August 2019

Copic Class this week is a little bit exciting ... the kit includes the 
BRAND NEW stamps from Paper Rose 
 Please email  to book in.

Art Journal Painty Mandala ... 
This Saturday. Bookings essential

Distress Oxide Card Class this Weekend ...
More exciting NEW RELEASES from Paper Rose included in your kit!
Please bring Die Cutting Machine, Distress Oxide ink pads if you have them 
and blending sponges. 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Stencil Girl layouts

Hi there Stencil Fans!

 I'm thrilled to be back doing a little guest spot this month showing you
FOUR easy Scrapbook Pages using StencilGirl® products!

Life has been AMAZING & CRAZY for me this year and I have not been scrapping
as much as I'd like so it was a no brainer to create a page or four today 
especially for StencilGirl®!

This first page has been created using The Floral Frolic 9x12 designed by Wendy Brightbill.

Start with some smooth cardstock and use a modeling pate to wipe it over the Stencil. 
I wanted to only do half the page so made sure I didn't go right to the edge of the stencil -
I don't want to see a straight line of paste half way down the page. 
Once dry, I started with a Lindys Gang spray in Hibiscus Rose & gave it a generous spray. 
To help it drip down the page, I gave it a light mist with water. Before it dries, I added the next colour, Hydrangea Blue
then Time Travel Teal and the let it dry.

This is how it looks before adding the embellishments and photo.

And a few close ups.

The next page is using a similar technique but with a twist.

I used the Peony Bloom 6x6 stencil for this one (designed by Wendy Brightbill).  

When adding the paste, I dried it before doing another so that I didn't smudge or squish 
the image I had just stenciled.   Once dry, I use a paint brush to dip direct into the spray bottle and puddle the colour
on allowing it to bleed into the colour next to it.

And before the embellishments and photo.

And a few close ups.

 I think this next page is my fave of the four.

I wanted a delicate circle and the Butterfly with Border by Jennifer Evans was perfect!
For this page, I applied paste only to the circle and let it dry. 
I then applied water with a paint brush only to the stenciled area before dripping 
Lindys Squirts all over it. The colour only went where the water was! 
I dripped in a 2nd colour and then while it was wet, sprinkled some 
Magicals over it to add some additional shine!  The result is soooo incredible!

Here are the close ups.

And finally, a layout of my family.

This page is all about this photo so I had to keep it the hero.
The Circles Layer Me by Carolyn Dube was ideal for keeping the background simple.
Once the paste dried, I used a combinations of the Lindys Squirts in Black & Blue plus a spray in Teal 
to get that awesome colour to cover the page.

And finally the close ups.

So thats it! 
These four pages took me two hours to create the backgrounds and another 2 to do all 
the embellishing and finishing off!  
I love how easy it is to use stencils to create a beautiful background ... 
and StencilGirl® will always be my first love!

Until next time
Natalie May

StencilGirl® PRODUCTS USED - L380 The Circles Layer Me by Carolyn Dube, L499  Butterfly with Border by Jennifer Evans, S657 Peony Bloom 6x6  by Wendy Brightbill, L671 The Floral Frolic 9x12 by Wendy Brightbill.

OTHER PRODUCTS USED - Lindys Gang Sprays, Squirts & Magical, Liquitex Light Modeling Paste + assorted embellishments

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

July Copic Class

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Phone to book in ...  040 999 4322

Monday, July 1, 2019

July Newsletter ...

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Sydney Crafters ....

Are you in Sydney & want to come say hi?
I'm at the Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair from Wednesday to Sunday doing a fun little
Mini Card Class using the new Paper Rose release and Lindys Gang Magicals!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Copic in Adelaide

Copic class this week is using the NEW Paper Rose stamps!
BYO Copics or colour using any medium you like.

Bookings essential - message or call 0409994322

Friday, June 7, 2019


Come say hello .... I’m in Brisvegas all weekend doing my thing at the Papercraft Expo 10-4 each day

Monday, May 13, 2019

Scrapbooking in Adelaide

I have two great classes for this weekend ...
Saturday May 18 Art Journal 10am-1pm Layouts 1.30pm-4pm

Class Info for Art Journal ...
This week we are using the following - bring if you have available ...Acrylic Paint in blue/teal/green/yellow, Blade/Craft knife & mat, Paper Glue Watercolours, Gel Medium, Paint Brushes + Basic Kit
Class Info for Layout Class
Create 4 layouts using the new Cocoa Vanilla Happiness collection ... Bring basic kit

Give me a call or message to Book in :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A little Art Journal Love

Hey there

I just thought I'd pop in and share an Art Journal page I created for class a little while ago.

I can be a little shy in sharing my journal pages as they are generally ideas that fall out of my busy brain and can be very personal but time to start sharing.

This page is all about layers and incorporating images into the page.
I used the Jane Davenport Whimsical Girls book - and in the class, everyone got a different image from the book to work with.

I also used StencilGirl stencils and Gansai Tambi watercolours.

Here is the page we started with in class for inspiration.

And the page I created while teaching.

So much fun.

You can purchase the Whimsical Girls book direct from me (please email me or from Can Do Books.

Thanks for dropping by.


Friday, April 26, 2019

The Spectacular StencilGirl Squared Off Swap Hop

You have arrived at the Spectacular StencilGirl® Creative Team’s Squared-Off Swap Hop.
 ...Oh Wow ... Isn't that a mouth full! 

I am super thrilled to be in on this and creating a receiving a little bundle of love 
from the StencilGirl team was a huge thrill.

The squares in the set that came to me were created by 
ummm ... what a thrill to have art from these guys in my hands!

So what do I do with it all?  Art Journal of course!

Before starting, I took the print on the deli paper and adhered it to some white card 
to give it some stability for my page.

I started off using the 9x12 from the Stencil Club, The Floral Facets stencil collection by Carol Wiebe
and used it with light modeling paste on the white & hessian background.

Once dry, I used a range of blue & purple paints to cover the background before 
adding splatters of Hydrangea Blue Lindys Gang Spray.

Now came the hard bit ... I cut up those gorgeous little bits of artwork to create a cityscape .... aaahhhh I totally didn't want to cut them up ... they are soooo pretty... but its all part of the process.

I love that all the colours look fantastic on the navy blue background.

This  Art Journal page is so easy to recreate and can look really effective!

So wanna win a Gift Certificate?

The more blogs you comment on the more chances you have a chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates for stencils from StencilGirl® Products. Comment by May 3, 2019. 
Winner notified by email May 6th.

Art & Whimsy, Belen Sotelo

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the rest of the team!