Wednesday, February 6, 2013

~ Carpe Diem and Our Boy ~

Hello everybody!

Patricia with my very first post as an Imaginarium Designer...I enjoyed altering my chipboard so much and hope to inspire you all to try some of these techniques...

First up is a LO that I titled Carpe Diem, which for me goes hand in hand with my word for the year namely Persevere...

I treated the Ovals with Stampendous Ivory Aged Enamel Embossing. I cut the top Fleur-de-lis and adhered it to the top of the door. I love how it adds extra detail to the door...

The beautiful Butterfly's were first primed with Gesso and then painted with some Lindys Stampgang Micas, Autumn Plum to the bottom one and Adobe Fire to the top one, this gives them a luscious shine which changes as one moves the LO...The Spade Picket Fence Border was inked with various colours of ColourBox Mix'd Media Inx CHOX and a random coating of Ranger Distress Crackle Paint / Brushed pewter was applied.

I really love how my Alphas turned out! I first inked them with some CHOX, and then embossed them in an inked Sizzex Wood grain embossing folder. I applied a little black chalk to the edges. I just love the colour and texture this achieved!

The flourishes were also inked and some of the Adobe Fire Micas was painted on as well. I also used the negative as a stencil and painted some Gesso on the back ground paper to give the illusion of a shadow...

Imaginarium Products used on this LO are...

Capital Letters IDAUC 0001

Lower Case Letters IDNLC 0001

Jessica Flourish IDFL 0014

Monarch Butterfly Small IDT 0031

Oval Frames IDT 0002

Spade Top Picket Fence Border IDB 004

 Other products used:
  Fabscraps Papers: Bells and Whistles
                        Little children
                       Star Sparkles
                        Santa Surprise
                  Prima Decorative Wood Embellishments / Door
Spellbinders Aster Flower Topper Shapeabilities for the flower.
~ ~ ~ ~

Our Boy

I don't like fussy cutting, not good at it...but the back ground of these 1984 photos of my son were really bad, therefore I tried my hand at photo fussy cutting!

I painted all the chipboard with the same acrylic paint, but gave each piece some different treatment afterwards... I tried to catch some of the web strands from my Krylon Webbing Spray in the corner of the frame, but was not to successful this time least I now have some texture on the frame which I further enhanced with some random clear UTEE on the diagonal corners.

I stamped the Honeycomb hexagons with the Water Droplets stamp from Designs by Ryn and embossed them with clear embossing powder.

For this chippie I added some Ranger Blue Glass embossing powder to the wet paint and heat set it with my heat gun.

I used the same embossing technique as the previous Alphas, but this time chose to de-boss instead, in other words I placed the chippie facing the back side of the folder. Again used my favourite technique on chippies, the random application of some clear UTEE... I like to heat until it just starts to melt, leaving the little nooks and crevices which adds extra texture. I used Sizzex's Bubble wrap folder.

The Heart Top Picket Fence Border was stamped with Tim Holtz's Wood Grain stamp and the hearts were sprinkled with a little Fairydust Glitter.

I used the following Imaginarium  Products on this LO...

Swirly Frame 3x2  IDF 0004

Honeycomb 6x6 IDS 0054

Phrases IDP 0006

Phrases IDP 0051

Spade Top Picket Fence Border IDB 0005

Other Products used...
Authentique Collection, Renew: Foundation One
                                                  Foundation Two
Several Marianne Dies for the flowers and foliage.
A few Petaloo flowers.

If you are interested in any of the chipboards, you can find them here..
And I would be happy to welcome you to my own blog Between the Sheets.

Thank you so much for reading through this very long post from me....and now for all your trouble, if you leave a comment on my post you will be in the running to win a great pack of ID chipboard to play with!

This then is me Patricia from sunny South Africa saying Goodbye!


  1. Hi Patricia, Just incredible work and your work with the chippies is just amazing, love every detail, what a beautiful 1st post!!

  2. Both layouts look fantastic, Patricia! Awesome work with the chippies!
    Gerry xo

  3. beautiful Patricia! way to go sweetie, love the first layotu sooo much!

  4. Oh my Goodness! I'm Breathless, speechless and fainted! . . . . . Ok, I'm back! *Sigh!* Patricia, your altered chippies are SUPERB! Love all the textures and layers and both your LO's are AWESOME! Well done on your first post!

  5. You sure do know how to have fun with chippies:)Both layouts are really very pretty but I especially like the top one :)Great work friendie!x

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    1. oops.....commented twice....that's how much I loved it patricia! LOL

  7. they turned out beautifully Patricia! love what you did with the chippies! xxx

  8. You are truly an amazing artist. Love these LO's (1st is my favourite) and LOVE what you do with ur chippies! xx

  9. Chippies are your speciality! I love both beautiful layouts Patricia! I just love the colours you chose for the Our Boy layout and that photo is too precious. Beautiful work as always!

  10. WoW, WoW, WoW........ So worth counting the sleeps. These layouts are awesome and you sure had great fun with the chippies. Well done on a stunning post.......

  11. I cannot believe how wonderful this is. Thanks for sharing

  12. These are lovely Patricia... love them both but fave for me is the second one... great job....

  13. Wowsers!!!!!!!!!! These layout's are beautiful. Love both, but the Our Boy is so cute!
    Have a lovely day!

  14. Thank you all for your lovely comments! I really had fun creating these LO's! Imaginarium chippies made it easy for me!

  15. PATRICIA......JUST AMAZING!!!!!!! The second lo is so super sweet! The first is so cool! Great first post of you sweety xox Amy

  16. Lovely! I'll do the same techniques in my next projects. Thanks for sharing!

    1. That's good news Lao!!! Thank you and I hope to see what you create!

  17. Such beautiful layouts Patricia! Looooove them both! You did a fantastic job with the chippies! Awesome work!

  18. Fabulous layouts Patricia, beautiful use of the chipboard and love your colour combinations!