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Thursday, February 28, 2013

March OUAS Reveal (Meg's Garden/ Dusty Attic/ Helmar)

Can you believe it's already March? That means another Once Upon a Sketch reveal and I have used some gorgeous Meg's Garden papers from the new "Ode to a Summer's Day" collection, plus the brand new Dusty Attic chipboard floral corners. All that combined with a doily and a few Green Tara flowers for a shabbylicious finish. These papers have such a beautiful pattern on them that you don't need to do much to achieve a polished layout. I glued everything down using a variety of Helmar adhesives (details at the end of this post).

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The OUAS theme this month is "What does your weekend look like?". For me... when I am not scrapping, I am outdoors with my children. Since the papers are girlie, I decided to focus on my daughter for this layout. The journaling on the back of my layout reads:
"Simple moments playing outside with you is one of the greatest joys of my weekend"

Here is a peek at the OUAS challenge. I hope you can play along this month! Check out the amazing DT reveal this month and the terrific prizes up for grabs! 

Here is a close-up of the DA chipboard. I primed it with gesso and then used Faber-Castell gelatos to achieve a shabby waxy crayon look. Without priming, gelatos offer full coverage - a lot like what inking or painting looks like. I wanted a bit of the white resist look that gesso provides. I also used gelatos (mixed with water) to paint the white flower centers yellow.

This project was made using a lot of Helmar goodness. I used the premium craft glue on the paper layers, the 450 quick dry on the flowers, the adhesive runner for the photo and the acid-free glue for the chipboard.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

A few last February shares (Swirlydoos, Dusty Attic, Helmar)

In celebration of LOVE month I have made a few projects using my February Swirlydoos "Upon a Time" kit, which features the fantastic "Place in Time" collection (you get ALL of the 26 papers from the collection in the main kit!).  I added some beautiful Dusty Attic chipboard from my stash to my projects and lots of Hemar goodness to stick it all together.

I have decorated a handmade 4-inch kirigami box folded from the G45 paper in my kit (a tutorial can be found on my blog for the folded kirigami box). I have used Helmar Premium craft glue for the paper layers and acid free glue to adhere the chipboard.

Here is a view of the two portions of the box before assembling. I added some DA chipboard pieces from the lacing tash around the sides of the lid of the box and then created some faux ceramic tiles for the "you" word (a tutorial is below in the next post on how to create these letter tiles). The lacing tash was simply painted with DA Cranberry paint. . 

I also created an ATC with a project in mind this month. I wanted to adhere it to a cinnamon heart filled jar (a recycled Kraft jam jar was the perfect size). I decorated my ATC with a Dusty Attic French Flourish, painted it with black Soot DA paint and then coated it with DA Clear Crackle Varnish. I then added a cute little cupid and title. I simply glued the ATC to my jar for a perfect fit!

Here is a close-up of the ATC and the crackle finish. I just adored this G45 paper in the Swirlydoos kit. I used Helmar Premium craft glue for the layers and Dusty Attic chipboard and then adhered everything to the jar using my favourite glue - the Helmar 450 quick dry. This stuff is so strong I even fixed my mop with it!

This project was inspired by the beautiful Feb. Helmar sketch challenge this month. Be sure to link your project in the Helmar blog sidebar for a chance to win some gluey goodness!

Lastly, here is a look at the Swirlydoos main kit. To become a subscriber and never miss a gorgeous Swirlydoos kit click here.