Saturday, 21 April 2018

Tam's first Monochramatic Tic Tac Toe Challenge

Hi everyone!!
I've popped in today to share my first creation for the 'Tic Tac Toe' Challenge which happens to also be a Monochramatic challenge....... it sounds complicated ut it really isn't!
My colour is GREEN! which happens to be my favourite colour. So I can use green and neutrals.  Here's what I came up with.......

I also had to use a line from our Tic Tac Toe grid......
I went top to bottom, straight through the centre.....
Big Title
German Scrap
So let's see how it all came together......
I began with some 'Marshmallow' Cardstock and added some 3D Gloss Gel through a 7Dots Geometry Stencil.  I focused it to the top section only - where I wanted my colour to be.

I then added Dylusions Ink Spray in 'Fresh Lime' and 'Dirty Martini', and added water to let it drip down the page.

Whilst this is drying I stamped some flowers using the Aall & Create Stamp No 20. I just LOVE this stamp.  I cut them out and then painted on some of the Dylusions Ink Sprays randomly.

I decided to add these buttons to a few of the larger flowers - the centre part of them hadn't stamped properly, so I decided to cover them up!! 
NEVER waste anything! Lol
I added a few layers behind my photos - some papers, 7Dots tags and some German Scrap.
I also coloured some white paper lace with the Dylusions Ink Spray in 'Fresh Lime'.

I then added in my stamped image, placing them so they cascaded down the page.
I adhered some flat, and some with foam tape to give them dimension.

I then poked in a few metal flowers.

For my BIG title, I decided to have a go at creating it myself.
I grabbed a botte of irresistible in black - I love how this has a really fine point, so makes freehand drawing simple. 
I love how it has a raised glossy finish.

I then cut this out and added it to my layout.

I left plenty of room as I wanted to journal.
Every year I select a word to focus on, inspired by Ali Edwards' One Little Word.
I always document my word and the reasons I selected it.
I thought I'd left plenty of room but NO! I hadn't.
A simple solution was to add the rest to a 7Dots tag and tuck that behind my photos.


Here's my journaling if you'd like to read it......
"Sometimes I need to regain control, to feel safe, to feel connected with the world.
Having the ability to choose gives me back my power, it empowers me.
I also want to choose wisely.
To make a conscious effort to choose, and not to go on 'autopilot'. Because it's up to me. I get to choose how I am going to react to the big things, the little things, and all the medium things inbetween.
I want to choose to be kind. To others and to myself.
I want to choose to see the natural beauty in the world.
I want to continue to choose gratitude - to notice and be thankful for all the little things.
I want to choose mindfulness - to be conscious of my thoughts and inner monologue.
I want to choose joy and happiness and cause a shift in my thinking.  A deep appreciation for life.
I want to choose me. Make time for the things I love."

My final step was to stamp with the 7Dots stamp - Hazy Days
I love that little stamp that looks like a paint flick,  I also love that I can place it exactly where I want it. Whenever I flick it always ends up where I DON'T want it.

And there you have it!
I really enjoyed creating this one, and working with just one colour.....what colour will you choose??
Remember you can team it with neutrals, and don't forget to be guided by a line in the grid above. 
The line can go any way - up, down, diagonal.
Don't forget to add your project to the Scrap Matrix Shares group on Facebook, and let us know which Scrap Matrix products you's not necessary to have a blog, just add your entry to the associated folder.
I'll be back again soon with another share!
Marshmallow Cardstock
Paper Lace - White

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Lynn's Tic Tac toe monochromatic layout

Hi Everyone,  Today I am on the blog to share my layout created with this months challenge - TIC TAC TOE as well as monochromatic.  My chosen colour is purple - some people love it, some people hate it. It has always been my favourite colour.

Here is the grid:

Just follow a line - up, down or diagonal - I have used the bottom line - Chippie Shape, German Scrap and Paper Flower

I have used the paper collection Northern Lights by 7 Dots.

I began by applying texture and marks - I have used whipped spackle and a 13 arts stencil.  Once dried I have coloured the background with 13 arts Ayeeda Paint - Pink, Indigo Noilet and Lilac.
Stamping has been randomly done with the gorgeous stamp designed by our own Australian Fiona Paltridge for AALL & Create

I have then used some embossing powder Silver Moon Sapphire (Lindy Stamp Gang) 

Here are some close ups:

Remember you can team it with neutrals, and to follow one line on the grid - 
The line can be up, down, or diagonal.

To be in the challenge you only have to add your project to the Scrap Matrix Shares group on Facebook, and let us know which Scrap Matrix products you's not necessary to have a blog, just add your entry to the current challenge album.
Here are a list of the products that I have used:

Til next time - Happy Crafting. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

'#you my love are awesome' by Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone,

Elisa here from the design team with my latest layout based on the current April Challenge - a double moodboard (Monochromatic and pick a line from the Tic Tac Toe Board).

I chose to do a mixed media layout using shades of Turquoise AND stamps, a large title and German Scrap from the Scrap Matrix Store. Now if you know me I LOVE turquoise, teal and blue on my layouts, there are a lot of different mediums in the store - Sprays, inks, crayons etc. I used a combination of two 13 arts products including Ayeeda Water Ink and Turquoise Chalk spray

Here is the challenge link in the group, head on over to have a look and please place your entries, we love seeing your work!

Here is my layout - 

As you can see the title is huge! it is fussy cut from the Pink Fresh Boys Fort paper (bold) collection and high lighted by a white gel pen. I also fussy cut some of the triangles from the Boys Fort (thumbs up) paper. 

 Here are some close ups - 

Here are some of the products I used from Store - 

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Thanks for stopping by the blog today :-) 

Elisa xx

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Its time for a new challenge .........................

So it is the 15th of the month and that means:

NEW CHALLENGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This month we have chosen a dual challenge of sorts - A Tic Tac Toe board - and the catch - it has to be monochromatic!


Chose a line - up, down or diagonal and make your project ensuring those three items are on it. Create your project in your favourite colour - you can combine neutrals with your colour - white, beige and black or variations of that e.g. cream, grey.

Lets see what our team has created :

I hope that these wonderful projects have inspired you.

Things you need to know:

1. You can create anything - an art journal page, a layout, a card or two or 3, a gift, a canvas, a tag or two

2. Make sure you link up your creation in the "Tic Tac Toe" moodboard folder over at  Scrap Matrix Shares .

3. The final requirement to be in the running for the monthly prize - let us know what products you have used that is available at Scrap Matrix Store.

I hope that you have found some inspiration here and look forward to seeing what you create.  Each Design Team member will be popping back here showing how they created their layouts and share another inspiration with you = so keep an eye out for them!

Friday, 13 April 2018

March challenge Layers & Texture - Helen's 2nd share

Hello, hello, welcome back to the Scrap Matrix Blog, it's Helen with you today, sharing my second project using layers and texture.

I chose to use tags and lace to create texture, as well as a new stencil and other bibs and bobs from my stash.
I started by using a gorgeous new stencil from Paper Artsy PS085
to create interest and texture around the photo.
Using Light and fluffy texture paste through the stencil, I allowed it to air dry before adding highlights to the edges with Gelatos and splashes of teal ink from Ranger Distress Oxides.
I tried some teal gelato, but preferred the look of the peach gelato, so I went with that colour.

Liquitex white gesso and then I applied
The chipboard is really versatile; easily snipped into pieces to add interest in three spots.
The apricot coloured bloom is from Petaloo.
The layered clusters contain tags and circles from 
I used German scrap lace on the border at the bottom and highlighted the edges with Gelato.

There's still a couple of days left for you to play along with this texture challenge and be in the running for a generous prize from Vicki Christensen, the owner of Scrap Matrix.

Thanks for visiting and for any comments you may care to leave.