Thursday, March 3, 2016

ArchiScraps March challenge

Welcome back... I'm back with some exciting news from my entry just a few days ago into the ArchiScraps Febuary challenge ---- I WON!  

I was truly shocked and speechless! I certainly wasn't thinking that I would even be in the running to be a winner as I was really only new to the blog and first time entrant with a quick layout.. Although I am very grateful as I did put alot of thought into the details of the layout and tying the building in as much as I could.. I was stoked with the finished layout, so am very happy others liked it too!! 

Anyway, this evening I'm here to share with you this months challenge... It is to use this stunningly beautiful building as inspiration and it requires the use of Gesso / Texture Paste.. 

The my first instint reaction to the inspiration pic was WOW BEAUTIFUL! 
So just knew I had to use a photo that would capture that same reaction and of course title it the same.. I actually Googled for quite a while trying to find some more info on this building, but couldn't find anything!  ** So ArchiScraps DT - if you have info on this building, can you let me know please, I'm intrigued.. :)


The photo is of a friend and her goregous little boy as a baby, about 18months ago.. 

As per my normal crafting process, I tosed around so many ideas and options that just weren't working... Finally a bright spark came to use a canvas and my favourite new Yellow spray mist.. :) 

Next was trying to find a stencil that matched the decorative designs on the buliding.. The designs are so beautiful and delicate.. Of course I had plenty of goregous options, however NONE of them were going to work because I really needed a negative of the stencil... Ahhhhh.... First world problems of a crafter!  Anyway, I setteld on this design as it replicates the design under the curve of the building awning thinyg.. Unfortunately the stencil is still the wrong way away though..  Is used a white modelling paste.. 

Even though my process ws tiring at times, I really enjoyed making this project when things were going right! lol.. 😉. 
One such thing came after a few more fails... I lightly coated the top of the modeling paste with gesso and sprinkled with white puff embossing powder.. I loved how the modelling paste actually puffed up.. I know usually we try to not overheat the paste so it doesn't do this, but with this project it added extra texture and is keeping it's puff so well!! Yay!  More texture and dimension the better I believe! lol.. 

 To embellish the canvas I used two different Memory Maze chipboard flourish swirls.. I first coated with gesso then covered with white paint.. I did the same to the two MM pieces that look like dots.. I then put on seperate pearl dots on them to add even more texture, dimension and give an elegance feel.. 

Both the MM pirate ship piece and title piece are simply painted with a grey paint.. The ship has some Glitter sprinkled on it too.. 
Lastly was to add the white flowers and white butterflies.. 

I would love for you to drop by the ArchiScraps challenge blog this month and link up your own creation inspired by this stunning building! Memory Maze are sponsoring with a great chipboard pack!! So get crafty and link up!! Have fun, Toni.. xoxo

Memory Maze products used:
beautiful memories 110 x 180mm min buy 3
Swirl 1 Swirl flourish  min buy 3
Swirl 6a  flourish  min buy 3
Fireworks dots


  1. Gorgeous! Thank you for entering again at Archiscraps. Let me know when your prize arrives please.

  2. Toni this is wonderful and yes I love how we can puff up our paste on certain layouts. Gives it such a great effect.
    Thanks once again for playing along at Archiscraps this month :)

  3. Beautiful !your gorgeous photo looks wonderful on this colour scheme. So soft and pretty and love the texture and the beautiful clusters on the sides. Thank you for sharing with us at Archiscraps

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous.. that photo is so precious and I love all the texture on the sides of your photo.. well done on your win for last month and thank you for joining in again this month!

  5. A fantastic LO,thanks for joining us at Archiscraps this month

  6. How stunning! What a lovely gift for your friend. You totally captured the inspiration feel. Delighted to see you again at Archi-scraps!