Thursday 16 March 2023

'Stay Fearless' designed by Emma Zappone for Creative Team ScrappingClearly

 Welcome to another Thursday in March. The weeks are just flying!!
Today I share with you a layout, a 9"x9" layout.
I love playing with different sizes and have been preferring the smaller scale I must say.
I just knew I had to play with this image I found on Pinterest, it's an AI image and it's just so so striking. Plus it went so well with some of the papers in the 'Reverie' Foundations pack. So this layout is based loosely on this months board (colours) and featured pack.

I have used lots of different companies within this project. Starting with Kylie's 'Reverie' pack, I chose the black & white Rice paper and the pattern Rice paper. These I adhered to some firm cardstock to then create a firmer paper layer that I could tear.

Amongst the layers are papers from Stamperia's Amazonia collection and 3Quarter Designs. I added some 49&Market rub-ons to some white card and then fussy cut these out to become my embellishments behind the image.

Castings from the Finnabair Grungy Frames mould are painted with Prima Impasto acrylic in Dark Chocolate and Mint. Finished with some waxes to make them look a little like relics. Which went with this tribal kind of feel the page was taking on.

The background was created by smooshing Distress Oxides in 3 different colours and then with a stencil and a blending tool created these cool patterns to compliment the pattern on the face in the image. I used the new Uncharted Mariner ink for this bold colour. 

It's been so good playing with more papers and elements from my stash with some newer ones thrown in of course. I hope this page inspires you to use your papers in different ways, and to use your stash to compliment newer products also.

I will catch you all again soon, thanks for popping past.

Em xx


Wednesday 8 March 2023

'Let It Be' - Created for 2Crafty Chipboard DT

 Hi there 2Crafty friends.
Em with you today sharing a layout featuring a neutral palette with hints of colour.
This style is becoming a real fave of mine.

I have used these pieces amongst my layers.....

11" Fine Floral Frame Set
Grid Panel
Mini Decorative Frames Set 9

I thought about keeping my chippy raw for this one as I wanted to utilise the neutral, brown tones. 
But I chose to paint the Grid panel and the Frames with a cream acrylic paint, so that I could antique them instead.

Once the acrylic was dry on the frames, I added an Umber liquid acrylic to add some depth in colour. Dried that and then applied an antiquing wax to them. Loved this effect.

The Grid Panel was left cream with some stamping to finish it off.
I added some stamping to the Frames as well.

The Fine Florals were painted with colour acrylics to match the tones I wanted to pull from the image.
These were then set with a clear emboss powder. Which gives it a beautiful shine.

I love how tonal all the chipboard is. They really are the perfect layering embellishment.

Thanks for joining me today. I hope I have inspired a little.
I look forward to seeing you again later in the month.

Till then stay crafty, Em xx


Thursday 23 February 2023

'Normal is Boring' - for ScrappingClearly

Hello Thursday everyone!
Em with you today sharing a layout using a couple of substrates from the Peiskos foundations pack and more stash busting.

I was totally inspired by the gold in this months affirmation board. And because I still had plenty of papers left in my Peiskos pack, thought these should definitely feature in the project. I found this awesome image on Pinterest and loved the blues in it. So I wanted to make the mood board colours work along with the blue, gold and regal tones, and I feel it does 😉

I have really enjoyed creating my own backgrounds this year, and I have loved rummaging around in all my product, using papers and embellishments that would not normally be put together. So this page features product by StamperiaTim Holtz49&MarketFinnabair and more. 

Often when I get a new mould set, I make a couple of sets, so I always have 'embellishments' at the ready. I have used a mix of Art Alchemy acrylics and Waxes on the resins. I love the detail shown on the resin on this page.

This year, I have also found enjoyment with the process of fussy cutting. Quietly sitting and tracing around with scissors is very therapeutic. Plus it allows me to develop more layers and visual interest to my creations.

Have you had a good stash busting create session lately?
I highly recommend it!

I can't wait to see you all with next months affirmation board.

Stay Crafty, Em xx


Thursday 9 February 2023

'Be AmAzing' - Created for CT ScrappingClearly

Hello everyone, Em with you all today.
How good are these Mood Affirmation boards!! And it's great to be able to use the Lucky Findings 'Peiskos' range this month. I love the layers and depth that Kylie has created in this collection. And I LOVE that it has pushed me out of my comfort zone using colours I would never use or put together. Oh and I have a short video too 😉

Let's check out the Affirmation board too....

Look at all that richness!
 The colour in the flowers of the washi sheet included in this pack are what inspired the colour. they are a little brighter than in the board but it showcases another substrate in these packs. I chose acrylic paints from Art By Marlene and Dylusions to match. I also embraced my dear friend Tammy while creating this page, her use of colour and paint are amazing.
I have popped a full product list down below.

Come see it all be put together in my video here... 

I hope to see your creations this month using the amazing affirmation board. 🤗

Catch you all again soon, Em xx


Wednesday 8 February 2023

'Be Brave' created for DT 2Crafty Chipboard

  Happy Wednesday everyone!

Today's 'Be Brave' Layout is full of layers, chipboard and dimension.

Here are the chipboard pieces chosen to create this page....

Corner Steampunk 4
Ornate Screen
Rose Set 1
Corner Steampunk 6
Scribble Flower Set

A selection of finishes on the chipboard. But mostly they started with acrylic paint on them.

The Steampunk Corners were trimmed accordingly and painted with a metallic silver acrylic. Nothing else was needed on these striking corner elements.

The beautiful Ornate Screen was painted with a white shimmer acrylic, embossed with a powder blue in an uneven way to 'age' it a little. 

The Roses and the Scribble Flowers were painted in a soft coral acrylic with white emboss on the leaves, and in a random fashion on the scribble flowers which made the chippy take on a real
'Shabby Chic' vibe.

I love the chipboard pieces on this page as they were perfect to layer as well as lay flat on the base sheet.

I'm so pleased with the amount of dimension I managed to create.
It's really hard to show all the dimension in the Photos.

I hope you like this creation and I hope you have a great day, see you all later in the month.

Stay crafty, Em xx

Monday 30 January 2023

Dreams of Beauty - for DT 2Crafty Chipboard

  Hello everyone.

Emma with you today sharing my first 2Crafty project of 2023.
I hope this page inspires you to get a little creative. I loved playing with this colour scheme, and the chipboard pieces were definitely the perfect compliment.

Check out the pieces I used here.....

Foliage Set 4
Intricate Seahorses
Seaweed Set

I love how the chipboard is thin enough to slide between my layers and how well they work with all mediums.

The Foliage pieces on this page are only 2 pieces out of 6 in a pack. I love that this means I have so much more to play with on other projects. I painted these in a Light Blue acrylic and once dried sprayed a Pearl shimmer to them.

I applied the same finish on the Seaweed pieces too. With the pearl spray it made them a gorgeous silver tone.

I used the smaller Seahorse out of the 2 pack and painted it with a cream acrylic to start with and then found it got lost. So I rubbed a little orange distress crayon over the top and then activated it with a wet paint brush. So much better, that gorgeous Seahorse really pops now.

I hope I have inspired you to try something a little different, either it's the colour, chippy, size of the project or maybe it's all of the above. Whatever it is, have fun.

Thanks for joining me today, I will catch you all again soon.
Em xx

Thursday 19 January 2023

Move On - Created for DT ScrappingClearly

  Hello Hello!

Em with you today, and I'm sharing a layout with you this week.
I did draw just a little inspiration from the January Affirmation board too, and this page used lots of old goodies from my stash that needed to be played with.

Let's look at the affirmation board and see how I dissected it.

This week I chose to focus on the eye, shades of green, some lace and what I had left of the 'Aliferous' paper. Yes, the colours did detour a bit, but I do love the outcome.

Let's talk some product. I had green in mind when choosing my pieces. So I went through my many many products and pulled out green things, starting with Tim Holtz idea-ology paper. And the left overs of a sheet of the Aliferous rice paper. I then needed 'embellishments' or pieces that layered. So I fussy cut elements from Stamperia's Amazonia collection. This also introduced colour that led me to use this stunning image that the layout is centered around. 

While fussy cutting I pulled out the Vintage Butterflies transfer sheet by Dress my crafts, and once transferred, fussy cut that stunning large butterfly out. Resin castings are also used from a variety of different moulds. These are painted with Art Alchemey Metallic - Dark Forest, and highlighted with Finnabair wax - Rich Copper, my fave. 

Once everything was glued down, then came the colour on the background. I used a variety of sprays in my collection to get the desired effect. Then I finished it off with an Aall & Create stamp - 'Scripted Thoughts' with some Staz-on ink in 'Spiced Chai.'

That's it. Lots of mixed up products resulting in a fun, and what I feel is a rather striking layout.

I hope I have inspired you to create and I would love to see your inspired pieces from the affirmation board too.

Catch you all soon, Em xx