Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I Love Birds, and Brother and Sister Layout

Hi Everyone, Its lovely to be back creating for Imaginarium Designs for 2013. 
Firstly, I created an old world tag, showcasing the Bird Cage, which hosts two of the cutest birds from the Glitz - Pretty In Pink Paper Layer.  I added a small portion of the Edwards Relief Border (left over from another project) to the lower edge of the Bird Cage.  Both chipboard elements were given the distress look by applying several layers of paint, and then a light application of crackle medium.  I really adore the appearance of the tiny cracks. 
When applying crackle medium to chipboard elements, care needs to be taken that the medium is not too thick - when thick, it will easily chip off in areas, which does appeal visually, but not what I was seeking in this project.
I love silk, so had to add some pretty silk flowers into the arrangement.
The Butterfly and  Small Clock were painted with Gold, Adirondack acrylic paint dauber.  Dabbing the actual paint onto the chipboard pieces, gives a nice texture, almost resembling a metal surface.   
4 Small Butterflies (IDY0014)
Bird Cage( IIDS0009)
Small Clock Face (IDS0036)
Edwards Relief Border (IDB0010)
Prima Marketing - Fairy Belle Paper Collection
Tim Holtz - Printed Tissue Paper
Glitz - Pretty In Pink Paper Layers
Guipure Lace
Decorative Pearl Strip
Silk Flowers
Blue, Seam Binding
Diamonte Pieces
Cheery Lynn Design Dies
Vintage Photo, Ranger Distress Ink
Rock Candy, Ranger Crackle Medium
Snow Cap, Pitch Black, and Gold Adirondack Acrylic Paint Daubers

 ...and for my second project, I created a monochromatic layout, with a splash of red.  The Anna Frame, was mounted on top of the Swirly Frame, after paints and mediums were applied. Every chipboard elements on this layout was painted in either, black or white, or both black and white.  Painting in two colours can give the chipboard a lot more character when crackle medium is applied - it leaves elements of both colours showing. 
 The photograph is of my brother and myself, some years ago now :-)  It is my brother (Paul's) birthday today - he would have been 43.  Sadly he passed away in a car accident at the age of 20.  This is a special memory, I hold dear for many reasons...
 Glass seed beads were added to the large Butterfly, and several beads threaded onto wire for the antenna.  Of course the butterflies all come with their own antenna, though I managed to rip one off  when plucking from the chipboard surround.  I like the beaded antenna though! 
 A close up of all those glorious cracks!!
 ...and a touch of colour in 'red' using various flower, and die-cut elements.  I even ratted through my stash and found some old rub-ons and managed to apply them without any drama.  I normally mess rub-ons up in a huge manner, so nice to have success here!! 
I carefully separated the title Brother and Sister, using sharp scissors painting them in contrasting colours and spreading throughout layout.
Swirly Frame (IDF0003)
Anna Frame (IDF0013)
Butterfly Large (IDS0002)
Brother and Sister (IDP00049)
Imaginarium Designs - Brother and Sister (IDP00049), Butterfly Large (IDS0002), Anna Frame (IDF0013), Swirly Frame (IDF0003).
American Crafts - Black and White Cardstock
Meg's Garden - Paper Doily
Green Tara Roses, and Rose Buds
I am Roses, Large Daisy
Crafters Workshop Template. Small Bricks
Texture Paste
Black Acrylic Paint
Rock Candy, Ranger Crackle Medium
Black Soot, Ranger Distress Ink
Snow Cap, and Pitch Black Adirondack Acrylic Paint Daubers
White, Signo Uniball Gel Pen
Candy Apple, and Black Magic My Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Memory Box Co. Madera Corner Die
Wire, Glass Seed Beads
Magic Mount
Various Left Over White Rub-Ons

That is it for me for this month for Imaginarium Designs. To see more of my creations, call on over to my blog 'HERE'.  Don't forget that further inspiration by others, as well as the Design Team, can be found on the Imaginarium Designs Ning Site too!

 Also, don't forget to leave a comment on this post, to be in the monthly draw to win a package of Imaginarium Designs chipboard.


  1. this is gorgeous sandie, love the crackle work. Monochromatic is very on trend.

  2. Wow, such an amazingly gorgeous lay-out and tag! I really love all the chippies and the crackle details to them.

  3. Wow Sandie these are all just amazing! I particularly love the tag! Sooo gorgeous!

  4. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Love all the closies!

  5. I really love these creations Sandie. Both the tag and the layout are simply gorgeous. ox Marg

  6. The colors are gorgeous! And love what you've done with the chippies))))

  7. wow stunning, do love that tag Sandie :)

  8. Oh this is so BEAUTIFUL i'm in totally blew me away girl xxx Amy

  9. wow...just love both of these gorgeous creations Sandie!! the chippies turned out beautifully! xxx

  10. I'm in love with your projects Sandie!! Very beautiful!

  11. that crackle is v sad re: your brother - but this is a lovely tribute to you both....gorgeously done.....I must say my very fave is the butterfly in the tag...such strong colours:):):)

  12. Gorgoeus projects and love the chippie work…awesome!!!!

  13. Oh wow Sandie....that birdcage tag is just fabulous! Love the special details!! Also love your layout....the splash of red is just gorgeous! Your work with the chippies is amazing! ;-))

  14. Loved the red in the monochram layout! It gives such a sparkle on it!