Friday, July 22, 2011

Just because...

Most of the time when I sit down to scrap I have a purpose. Actually, I hardly ever sit down. If I do I'm usually on the floor 'cause I've made a mess everywhere else. I usually have a challenge or a deadline to meet and hardly ever scrap... just because. Hmmm now that sounds like a good name for a challenge.

So yesterday I sat on the floor and just played because I felt like it.
I dug out some cardstock, some embellies and a lovely tree from Aus company http://www.flourishwithabling.com.au/store/  and created some textured backgrounds and this lo. You'll see more of  these painted backdrops in my next few los.
Here's the first one.
I guess I really should have taken pics along the way to show the steps. I promise to next time if anyone is interested. The cardstock here was off white. I used a mix of distress inks to the base and some touches of gesso to give it texture and shading. On the right I used a Prima mask but I moved it slightly as I sprayed to give it a watercolour appearance. IYKWIM.
On the left I used the outline of some bricks by Dusty Attic. Chipboard can be a great mask too.
I've also used a Prima stamp for the inked hexagons.
For the flowers I used a mix of Copics and ink to give them depth. 
The pp is all Webster's.
Here's some close ups.

This one shows the blurring of the mask in the background.

Jera was eyes down searching for wildflowers for his grandfather's grave on a visit to the cemetry.

Bloomers in the tree

This lovely tree piece is from the Australian company, Flourish With a Bling http://www.flourishwithabling.com.au/store/ who asked me if I woud create with some of their fabulous range. This tree from the outdoor range has such a fabulous design and texture.

Thanks so much for dropping by. I love reading your wonderful comments and appreciate it so much.
Have a lovely weekend,
Jenix


19 comments:

  1. This is just gorgeous. I love that background and yes, a step by step would be fab.
    What a gorgeous pic and I love love the bloomers on the tree and I did spot that little puppy dog. Too cute.

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  2. wow! you always surprise me! I love your lo's but I think I love your pictures and the intension behind even more. I love that your work is real art full...art with memories! :) thanks for sharing.

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  3. Jeni, First of all Congrats on being the DT for Once Upon a Sketch!! Your work is beautiful and they will be true inspirations to many of us!!! And WOW , once again, im in love!!! Your work is a masterpiece ;)

    love
    jaz

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  4. Jeni, I'm overwhelmed by your talent and creativity! Your layouts are just stunning! Best regards!

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  5. This is so beautiful !! I can see you had so much fun making this LO :) ( i would really like to now how you made this fabulous background..) xxx

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  6. Oh YES PLEASE, a step-by-step would be absolutely fab!! always think your most recent page is the best one ever and then you up it so effortlessly with the next one and the next one. You are just mind-blowingly inspirational and talented Jen! CONGRATS on making the OUAS DT, you had it coming big time!! xoxoxo

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  7. What a fun layout. I love all the texture - what a wonderful mixed-media piece rather than 'just' a scrapbook page!

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  8. Oh...my....goodness. That background you created is AMAZING! Well, the entire scene you created is AMAZING! Incredible layout, Jeni :)

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  9. Jenni Jenni Jenni !!!! this is sooooooooooooooooo gorgeous ... I am loving all the elements and the way my eyes are guided across the page .. beautiful work .. hugz x

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  10. Hi.. oh wow! i love this. have been looking at it for ages.. love all the love you put into your layouts, it really shows you do scrap with purpose not just to put a pretty layout out there.. and i for one would love to see the steps you take in creating a layout.. i have come to realize the foundations of a layout are so important.. i love layers and i feel i have so much to learn about how to get the layers to work.. so thank you in advance if you put down your knowledge for us to learn..
    and thank you for your comments on my blog.. if i remember correctly you asked about the lacey bits on my layout called elegant.. they are lace flowers i got from the scrapping convention in brisbane this year..they come in several colors... i am sorry i dont remember the name of the stall i got them from.. it was a stall that had lace and doilleys etc...
    thanks again.. hope your day is going great!

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  11. Hi Jeni...this is just beautiful, I love the background and the tree with the bloomers is gorgeous :)

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  12. Beautiful LO! Love that tree!

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  13. OHMEGOSH!....this page is STUNNING! my friend!! I love the bloomer tree....and I'll have you know I even used your netting idea in the corner of my latest l/o, I had just a perfect little scrap left over from a past project! thanks for sharing your gorgeous work hon! xx

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  14. Okay, if this is just playing, I can't imagine what you can come up with if you're serious, lol!!!! Really, this is just gorgeous! And I also love the animation on your blog, the birdcage swinging and I notice the birds and coconuts moving too, how cute!!!!! And, I know I haven't been around much, but it's so awesome to be back on a DT with you, hopefully this one will last a long time, lol!!!!! (If we behave)!!!! Hugs!!!

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  15. Oh my this is so STUNNING!!! Love all your gorgeous detail and the background looks amazing :)) xx

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  16. sooo love the background you made. very clever :) Love your work, and a big congrats on the DT at OUAS xx

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  17. Beautiful work! Love your blog! :)

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  18. These textured backgrounds sure are the shizzle - I'm so excited to try one out myself - on printed paper like the one above - and have all sorts of ideas flooding my head now - thanks for the inspiration & yes a tutorial is definitely wanted!

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  19. WOW!! Look at all that detail! I just want to keep looking at it! I'm about to be your newest follower xoxo

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