A layout with Maja Design Papers

ShereenAftab

ShereenAftab

I’m Shereen, married to Aftab and mother of two grown up children. I’ve been a doctor, a business woman, a stay at home Mom and finally doing what I love best which is ‘making pretty things’.
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Hello everyone. Hope life is treating you well. Today I’m sharing with you a layout that I have done with Maja Design Papers (vintage Summer Basics collection). This layout has been sitting on my desk for ages waiting to be completed. A few days back I happened upon the Maja Design Mood Board Challenge and realized that this, incomplete layout would comply nicely with the challenge requirements. And so I completed the layout and sent in my submission for the challenge. I know that people are doing amazing stuff with these paper and my chances of winning are well not very bright. But I’m happy I completed the layout and am fairly satisfied with the way it turned out.

I fussy cut a ton of butterflies from one of the beautiful papers and embellished them with Diamond Dust Twinklets which is a chunky glass glitter sort of thing. The picture does not show it very well; actually almost not at all. I also fussy cut some other elements like the bird on a branch in the upper right corner and the cherry blossom sprigs in the upper left and lower right corners. Apart from that I mostly used flowers from Prima and I am roses and some leafy diecuts that I enhance with bundled sage distress ink.

Hope you enjoyed the post.

Eat Dessert First.

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ShereenAftab

I’m Shereen, married to Aftab and mother of two grown up children. I’ve been a doctor, a business woman, a stay at home Mom and finally doing what I love best which is ‘making pretty things’.
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Sharing with you today a mixed media wood plaque. The size is 9 x 10 inch. This plaque had a cheesy pink and white image on it originally. I sanded down the plaque and then covered it with white acrylic followed by black chalkboard paint and more sanding so it looks a ‘distressed chalkboard’ sort of thing.

sketched a layered cake on a piece of cardstock (same in size as the plaque; helps with getting the dimensions right). I cut the ‘cake layers’ and the cake stand from the sketch and used these as templates for cutting patterned paper. I stamped some flowers and a bird with a Dylusions stamps set. THe scallop trim on the cake stand was stamped from a Prima mixed media borders set. The alphas are from the ‘alpha digits set‘ . I added a bowl of strawberries in the lower right corner to balance the composition. All the paper pieces were adhered to the plaque with mod podge matte.

The border along the edge was  stamped directly onto the plaque after I had painted a white border so the stamp would show against the white.

I added texture to the ‘red layer’ with a Prima numbers stamp.. I loosely outlined the images with a black fine tip acrylic pen. I think the 2 larger strawberries at the top are looking a bit lost. I will add teeny stalks to these probably.

Bella Girl 1

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ShereenAftab

I’m Shereen, married to Aftab and mother of two grown up children. I’ve been a doctor, a business woman, a stay at home Mom and finally doing what I love best which is ‘making pretty things’.
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Hello all.

Have you come across ‘Bella Girl’ stamps by Stamping Bella. I love them especially their hair and the graceful limbs. The lines are very fine and the image quite intricate which makes it difficult for someone like me to color them in, using watercolors. Copics would of course be a better choice for those who like precision. I don’t have any Copics and I don’t mind ‘coloring outside the lines’ so I use my neocolor 2 crayons which have beautiful colors. Then I go over them with a very wet brush. You can add color with watercolor pencils or watercolor paint depending upon your level of expertise.

I made this card for my niece’s 14th birthday and I think it turned alright.

I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Ranger Archival ink in Jet Black. ANy image that needs to be water-colored has to be stamped with a permanent ink. After coloring the image I went over all the outlines with fine tip black acrylic pen to make these stand out. It is tricky with the lines so fine. You can use any fine tip pen such as the ‘Staedler’ which is easily available at big stationery stores. I colored a pc. of watercolor sheet using the same neocolor crayon that I used for the girl’s dress and stamped the sentiment again with my ranger jet black and added some highlights with a white pen.

Then I cut the panel. I cut around  a bit of the gift bag and gifts protruding beyond the rectangular panel. This adds some interest to an otherwise straight line rectangle.

I edged the panel with ‘Worn Lipstick’ distress ink. I find it amazing how there is always a distress ink that matches any color that I need to match it with. I stamped some tiny butterflies on colored pcs. of water color paper and added a few here and there. I love adding butterflies to the ‘girl’s hair’. This is something I saw Christy Tomlinson doing  with her ‘She Art’ girls. Finally  added a few specks of stickles to the image and the card was good to go. The black background paper is from Optomist which I picked from my scrap stash. The finished card size is 6×6 inch.

Will hopefully be back with more Bella Girls.