Friday, 16 May 2014

Rides in Rhyll

Looking at the photos I wanted to use I took yellow & green as the main colours on them so wanted to reflect that on my page.
Having read the 3rd NSD challenge at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog, and wanting to add another colour to the layout, I chose to make a triangle of red embellishments on the page. I added tags and brads and attached them giving a burst of colour, guiding your eyes around the page.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Every Colour of the Rainbow

Recently I've got bolder & bolder with using colour on my layouts, but non have been as bright as this one. This Counterfeit Kit Challenge was to use all the colours of the rainbow, so I used them on a double layout & I love it!!!!

The colours of the candles on the cake were rainbow coloured so I knew these would go perfectly whatever I did for this challenge, and the page grew from there.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Primary Colours

I am rather late joining in National Scrapbooking Day (3rd May) but I am having fun catching up. Today I made a layout for a challenge over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog. It was to use ONLY primary colours, no additional "neutral" colours, just red, blue &/or yellow.
I stuck to yellow & blue as I thought they'd be perfect baby boy colours. I also combined it with this weeks UKS challenge as the sketch went so well with the photos I wanted to use.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

First Taste

Its always fun to watch kids try grapefruit for the first time, even more fun with a camera in hand to catch their reaction, regardless of their age.

I tried to keep the colours citrusy, & lots of circular shapes to reflect the grapefruit. I used the sketch from Scrap 365 as my basis & then added layers, texture and colour to it.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Melting Beads to make enamel dots

I've been discussing with others lately about melting beads to make enamel dots, I have picked the brains of those who have tried it & listened to their advice before giving it a go myself.

First off, use a conventional oven, fan ovens can blow the beads around (Thanks for the heads up Sue)
I set the temp as high as it would go (about 210C), put the beads on greaseproof paper & pop them in carefully (they can roll around & melt together if you're a lil too rough)
Here's the beads, ready to go in. I even included shaped beads to try.

The Result....
Shaped beads retain very little shape.
Some beads that appear plastic may be glass, these do very little apart from maybe changing colour.
Some beads bubble, this can actually be quite a nice effect.
The cheapest, more childlike beads worked the best, they have a lovely colour & more regular circular shape. These really look like enamel dots.

I tried another batch with the simpler, childrens beads..
As you can see, some worked out beautifully, others are miss shaped. Always make sure the beads are clean otherwise the dirt melts onto the bead & can ruin the look.

Have you tried this yet? How did you get on? Or are you tempted to give it a go?


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