Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Quirky Crafts Guest Designer - Im so excited

Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog

I am so excited, and I can finally tell you all why!  

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked if I wanted to join Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog as a Guest Designer, and after very quick consideration, I said YES!!!!

I have to admit that I was very nervous on taking the post because I have never done anything like this before, but Carol has been super helpful and so friendly and I am really enjoying it.

The first Challenge theme I was to take part in, was the Disney song, 'It's a Small World',  and the beautiful Digi Stamps were sponsored by Paper Pretties and Samaflora.

I was completely confused with what I was going to do for the challenge, so I watched a video of the song online, which I have to say, was an experience haha!

I eventually decided to do a double journal page in one of my old ledgers. 

I wanted it to be bright and cheerful, so I thought that my Dylusions inks would be perfect.  I selected a few colours and sprayed them over the two pages. 

I used a few different stencils on my background. The vine around the edge is a Dylusions stencil which I sponged some ink through to make it stand out more on the page.

The sun stencil is from Tim Holtz new stencil range, which are so versatile. I then applied some gesso through a stencil to add some dimension and give the page some texture. The fence is a Stampotique stamp.

I loved the Digi stamps that Paper Pretties provided for this challenge, they were great to use.  I decided that I wanted to use the Geisha, the Pilgrim, the Dogs (Thanksgiving welcome committee), and the Poodle in Paris.

I coloured in the images using Copic markers, then cut each image out.  I hand drew a hot air balloon and decorated it by cutting strips of coloured papers and sticking the to the balloon shape I had drawn and then cutting around it.  I then drew the shape of a basket and wanted to get a 'wicker basket' effect, so I cut some thinner strips of paper and weaved them together, and I was really pleased with the result. It looked quite effective.

I placed the images on the page where I wanted them and printed out the 'Hooray' sentiment (also from Paper Pretties).  To help it blend into the background I applied 'broken china Tim Holtz stamp pad' around the edges, to take away the starkness of the white.

The last thing I did was cut out a couple of circles from an old atlas and mounted them onto card and stuck them to the page to create the idea of the small world in the distance.

I really enjoyed my first post as a  Guest Designer for the Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog team and I'm really looking forward to the next few posts that I do for them

Please feel free to leave a comment, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Its lovely that you have popped by, so thank you.

Happy crafting xxx



  1. Hi Gemma,

    We are all really happy that we discovered you! I love your journal page, I hope you have a lot more fun with us at Quirky Crafts.

    Cazzy x

  2. What a happy spread you've created!

  3. Oh well done Gemma. What a great spread!

  4. Hi Gemma that is great news congratulations. I love your Journal page what a great item to enter. Xxx Sam

  5. Fantastic pages hun, adore the balloon, especially as you created it yourself. Love the vibrant colours and i think you captured the theme beautifully. xxxx