Recently I watched a demonstration at my Ben Franklin store promoting Ken Oliver's color burst products
which was my first happy accident of the week. You see, I had actually gone looking for the Tim Holtz Oxide Distress ink products which they did not yet have. (If you have ever lived in Hawaii you know that there are very few places to buy supplies, and when you find them, they are not always the newest products!) Needless to say, a package of these intensely pigmented watercolor powders came home with me- what can I say, I am a sucker to try every kind of watercolor paint known to man. Distress oxides will have to wait!
Fast forward about a week to the first chance I had to sit down at my desk and play. I started with an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cold pressed watercolor paper. Not really having a "feel" for how much powder to use, and how the paints would behave when mixed with a brush versus sprayed with water and how to mix the colors in an effective way, I just had to start somewhere. I should have taken a picture of the other 100 sheets of paper to show you just how much fun I ended up having in the process of playing. I saved all of these "accidents", because I never like to waste paint or paper, and you never know when these scraps may come in handy!
Fast forward again to the creation of this layout...what I thought would end up in the rubbish can inspired me to use it as a background for this layout about the rainbows that appear in the valleys of the West Maui mountains in the front of my house. Hawaii is known as the rainbow state and when people ask if we really have rainbows all the time, the answer is yes...every friggin' day! The Hawaiians call them blessings, and they truly are.
Usually mornings at my house are not our finest hour-the kids are usually hurried to get ready for school and yelling their heads off at each other. So imagine my surprise to find them arm in arm pointing at the full arch double rainbow from our front stoop. After playing around with some layering of patterned paper and embellishments from the December Clique Kit I decided to use a little of the copper metallic color burst on the left side to tie in the copper accents in the die cut pieces. Unfortunately they do not show up well in the photos, but are so much prettier in person. The shimmery copper paint made a good finishing touch.
In conclusion, in your art like in life, it is impressive to have everything work out exactly as you intended it to...but sometimes life has a different plan, and you never know...you just might like how it turns out!
Hi it's Gia stopping in to share one of my favorite features of the December kit-and the Dear Lizzy Stargazer collection...copper ! I have noticed on my Target runs and Pinterest surfing binges that copper has really been trending in everything including stationery, home decor, and even clothing. I remember when gold first appeared as a real trend in scrapbooking and this year we saw both copper and rose gold added to the family of metals.
In this close up you can see I added some of the copper colored sequins which were actually in the December traveler's notebook kit. If you are subscribing to only one kit or the other and are lucky enough to be able to consider subscribing to both I have to say--do it! The two kits always complement each other so well I find myself mixing and matching with the contents all the time! I used some copper tinted gel medium to add the patina to the chipboard word I used as my title. I really love how it turned out!
And now for extra credit...can you guess another trend I am sharing in this post? You betcha! Its swans! What are your thoughts on copper and other metals? Have you been seeing more swans around also? I'd love to hear what trends you are following!
Hello! Donna here sharing my first project with the December "Lemonade" kit. It features the Star Gazer collection by Dear Lizzy.
This kit is so pretty and I love the playful and fun designs as well as the bright palette of colors!
As always, I love it when there is a paper with images/patterns I can fussy cut.
The Marigold Merriment paper is my new favorite paper at the moment!
A few pieces will go a long way so I have more to fussy cut and use for future projects.
I started first by cutting strips of paper and placed them vertically on the left side of the layout. Then I hand cut the scallop borders for a bit of texture.
I fussy cut several of these yellow flowers and leaves and tucked them underneath the photo and under the cluster of wordart frames on the right side of the paper strips. I used foam tape to adhere the ends of the leaves and flowers as well as the top part of the wordart frames to give depth.
I scattered the colorful sequins all over the page and added the title to finalize the look. I handwritten the word "just" in my title with a black Micron pen.
And that's it! I hope you liked what I shared and I would love to hear what you think of my project today!