Monday, April 8, 2013

Skrap'n'Chat Blog Hop

Welcome to the Skrap 'n Chat Blog Hop!  I know Karen had some wonderful inspiration for you at her blog which started us off.  If you haven't been there yet, you must stop by.  http://sitscrapandrelax.wordpress.com


Skrap 'n Chat has become home to me since I joined it a couple years ago (maybe more now?).  Everyone is so friendly and welcoming that you fit in right away.  There are monthly challenges posted by the Design Team and a lot of inspiration to be found.  And the online crops can't be beat!  I always make sure to reserve a day during the weekend of a crop so I can scrap, scrap, scrap.  :D

Now, on to the specifics.  Welcome to Scrapping Therapy!  This is the second stop on our hop and I hope you find some inspiration here.  Our theme for this hop is all about masking.  I'm not a huge mister - I do it sometimes, but it's certainly not on every one of my layouts.  So, I haven't purchased any stencils or masks.  That meant that I had to make my own to do this hop so I had to get creative.  I decided to do an easy one.

Since I've seen sunbursts lately, that's what I opted to do.  I got out a piece of chipboard - I've saved all backs from stacks and any that come in paper packs - and made the burst how I wanted.  Then I numbered the pieces and cut them out.



I got out my Smooch spritzes and set to work.  I went slowly and got both pieces just right before spraying.  It all worked really well, except for the green.  I don't have any green Smooch - only Glimmer Mist - and I don't like how muted it is compared to the others.  Guess what's in my online shopping cart now?  :D



I decided that I needed a little something to the layout so I decided to add some baker's twine for some colour and texture.  I didn't want to cover up too much of the burst so I kept embellies to a minimum.  And here's the end result.



And I had so much fun with the first layout that I decided to try the mask again but using paint this time.  I have to say that this was a lot more time consuming and fiddly.  I had to make sure to press down hard on each ray of chipboard so the paint wouldn't seep underneath.  It was quite tricky.



But I love the vibrant colours of the burst and it is the perfect background for this photo of my kiddos at the fair - bright, fun, excited.

I found it challenging to work with the bursts because I didn't want to cover them up but at the same time the layouts needed something more to make them feel complete.  For this layout, I added a lot more embellishments.  It's definitely not my style but I think they all add to the "fun-ness" of the layout.



Thanks for stopping by and being part of our hop!  I hope that you come away being inspired to do some masking and break out the stencils.  I have a small prize for a lucky commenter.  If you want to be entered to win, leave a comment and I'll choose the winner on Thursday evening (April 11th).  There will also be a grand prize so make sure to go through all the blogs and then comment back at Karen's blog, the first stop.  Winners will be announced on Friday!  I see that there have been some troubles with comments.  I have comments set up for moderation.  So, if you leave a comment and it doesn't appear, no worries, it will once I approve it.  I just don't like Blogger's verification code - I personally always have to redo it at least once so I got annoyed and changed it on my blog.  :)

Your next stop is at Emily's blog:
http://scrappingsomememories.blogspot.ca/

26 comments:

sitscrapandrelax said...

LOVE your sunburst pages Dana! Awesome job!

Tracey B said...

Looks like lots of fun!!!

Rexene Lockyer said...

What a wonderful layout. Love the picture and how you showcased it. It jumps off the page!

Tracey said...

Great job Dana! Love the bursts!!

April C said...

Love the sunbursts!

Jesica Schaub said...

Wow what an awesome idea!

JennC said...

Ok both of your pages are amazing!!!! I love how you used the twine between the rays!!

Auntie Em said...

Awesome layouts! Your sunbursts make great backgrounds. I like the soft pale misted one for the little guy's sweet photo and the bright colours in the second one makes such a great way to show off the fun photo.
Great tutorial for the sunburst. I think I need to try this out! :)

Andrea said...

both pages are awesome!!! great idea!

Kelsey said...

Awesome idea! Never thought of that before! Great LOs!

Dianna DeCaluwe said...

Great colors , very creative idea!

skeeteror said...

Love your sunbursts! My favorite is the top one where it was almost pastel, but used in conjunction with the bright colors of the pic! ~Bev/Skeeter~

Ronda said...

Love the sunburst. I am going to have to give this a try this.

b.c. Gurl said...

Love love love the sunbursts!!!! Great layouts!

Chark said...

love these! It's cool that you did both media. I think sunbursts and spray ink are two of the most popular things in scrapping right now.

itsabouttimeblogspot said...

What an awesome idea! Beautiful and colorful layouts! I like making my own stencils too...great if you have a silhouette cameo or a cricut...or even use punches to mask!

Jordan said...

I love your layouts and your journaling is so perfect, very fun!!

Blynn said...

WTG Dana, great job on the masking and painting, love the layouts too!

Frances said...

Now that is really thinking. Like how you used what you had on hand and created despite not having a stencil or mask. Well done. Thanks for the tips & tricks.

Robyn said...

WOW, Dana...........fantastic LOs. I love your template ideas. The painted stunburst is very eyecatching! Great job!
I love to mist and use stencils.......Thanks for the chance at a RAK!

Dawn said...

Wow, those are amazing LO's! Great job!!

Shelley, Cecil, Jadian, Ocieanna and Kadyn said...

Sweet sunburst! Well done!

Rhea Skomorowski said...

Really liked the two takes on the sunburst. I love a layout that get's me good and messy in the process.

Shirley Mijares Mascarina said...

Love the sunburst!! Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Ladyofthelake318 said...

Love both of your bursts! Gorgeous!!

Val said...

This is so cool! Love it.