Archive for February, 2013

26 Feb 2013

Layering: with Anna-Maria

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SPLASH! with Anna-Maria

Next time you receive from me some basis of watercolour painting that enable you to create an unusually attractive background for your layouts.

And now let me share with you the secret of wonderfully ?broken? blots. For this effect use quite a big, round brush (no. 10 at least), moist it with water, then with a significant amount of paint. Placing the brush quite far away from the cardboard (you should preferably put the cardboard on the floor, stand over it and keep the brush high above the ground) wait until the drop of paint falls on the base. It is, naturally, a quite risky method as it is really hard to foresee the final place where the drop falls, but it is, undoubtedly, very spectacular.

I usually begin my work on the layouts with searching for any kind of inspiration: a picture, some fantastic scrapwork which has charmed me and urged to create something equally good, a view from the window, friends, a child, a funny situation. I often get inspired by quotations, poems, melodies ? I love music inspirations! I think they?re most amusing, they evoke my deepest emotions; in music I find the greatest number of colours, hues and shades. On the other hand, words acquaint me with distinct forms: either these very simple, inostensible or, on the contrary, these most sophisticated, baroque ones.

This time I was inspired… (I will add this part of artifcle when I make my layout ) ahhahaha

We are waiting for your huuuuge splashes on the layouts and other creations below this post! I think it’s interesting challenge – you have to try!


Anna-Maria Wolniak


22 Feb 2013

Home layout and Video tutorial

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Here’s a page I made for 2 peas inspired by a mood board I put together of things that inspire me. There’s also a video sharing a fun technique for resist inking…

So dig out those embossing powders, watermark stamp pad or embossing stamp pad and heat up some of your pages!


19 Feb 2013

Times Up 03 with Stephanie & Giveaway

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Time to complete- 40 minutes in three ten minute chunks
1st 10 minute chunk- select photos. Mat one 4×6 photo on patterned paper and frame other two using your favorite die cut/chipboard frames.
2nd 10 minute chunk-collage photos on background paper. Apply title to 4×6 photo.
3rd 10 minute chunk- journal on tag, place bow on tag,adhere tag to background paper.Lightly mist “2” die cut with gold shimmer mist and leave to dry.
4th 10 minute chunk- cluster embellishments in visual triangle.
Tip- I love the look of “scattering” sweet embellishments around my pages. Mini word stickers+brads+enamel dots=my favorite embellishment combination.

Supplies: patterned paper: Crate Paper (pink background,floral photo mat),  frames: Crate Paper, mini word stickers,enamel dots,label stickers:My Mind’s Eye,brads,circle embellishments-:Dear Lizzy, vellum banner:Crate Paper, journal tag: Dear Lizzy, bow: Dear Lizzy, ticket: Dear Lizzy, letter stickers: Dear Lizzy Thickers, pen: American Crafts precision pen

The Ties That Bind
Five Ways to Scrapbook Your Most Important Relationships taught by Stephanie Howell  
self-paced class $10.00

About the Class: Learn to identify and treasure the relationships in your life, both big and small, while creatingauthentic and meaningful scrapbook layouts in five vital relationship categories. Above all, learn to share a little piece of your heart on every page you make. Stephanie Howell—a popular blogger, devoted Army wife, and busy mother of four youngdaughters (including twins)—welcomes you into her inspiring world in The Ties That Bind, her very first online class. As you connect with Stephanie’s stories, you’ll discover the importance of sharing pieces of yourself as you honor the people and ideals that have made you who you are. In this class, you’ll create the kinds of pages that you and your family will treasure all your lives. read rest of description here 

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WINNER OF WILNA’S class giveaway is… Lauren Taylor! Congrats!!! Email Lizzy@MakeSomethingSplendid to claim your prize!



13 Feb 2013

Valentines Layout: color concept with Lizzy

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Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day I thought I’d share this layout I made for my Two Peas Garden Girl project. It took me longer than I had hoped to get the title right. But I love the quote, “You have my whole heart for my whole life” and I wanted to diecut it with my Silhouette Cameo somewhere on the layout. I tried other patterned papers and color combinations and finally realized that I am definitely drawn to more white on my projects.

I diecut the quote and three hearts below it. I backed the three hearts with patterned paper. I used a punch to punch out the larger hearts below those. Then added some stitching to ground those hearts. The small triangle paper is from my newest Lucky Charm collection that should we available online soon. If you are interested in the cut file let me know. xo, Lizzy

I love messy stamping so I stamped with the arrow then did a few more until the ink fades away. Same with my date stamp.

I wanted the color combination to be light and airy with the mint and the white then a pop of color. I chose red for obvious reasons as well as a black and white stripe and some turquoise. I used the gallon, quart pint concept for this layout. The gallon of color is white, quart is blue and the pint is red. It helps the layout to feel balanced and the page to really pop. I also chose pictures where the pint of color was displayed so the photos stood out as well. Thanks for looking!
xo, Lizzy

12 Feb 2013

Layering with Anna-Maria

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Layering tips and tricks with Anna-Maria


Hi everybody! Last time I wrote a few words about creating layers using papers and embellishments. This time – as I promised you it before – I will concentrate on a simple watercolour media layers. This will be very subtle and delicate effect.
If you want to try you will need watercolour paint or custom mists, colour inks or Faber-Catell gellos – anything you have will be enough to try and decide do you like this technic or not.

You can use the watercolours directly on your paper but I encourage you to prepare a simple gesso base sefore you start. It’s not such difficult as it appers. You just have to spread a little bit of gesso or white acrylic paint here and there near your photo and leave it till it dry. The next step is more complicated and I will focus on it in this article.

THE EFFECT OF SMUDGY, DIFFUSED COLOURS. If you want to achieve the effect of lap-dissolving, fluently penetrating colours, you should first apply a significant amount of water onto the paper; when the base is still wet, dip the brush into the paint and gently apply it on the paper; subsequently the paint itself begins to spread on the wet surface. Next to what you have just painted, just before it dries, apply another colour using the same technique. To avoid melting of the two applied colours you should wait until the first one dries a bit before laying the other one (it might get useful when, for example, we want to match the blue paint with the yellow one, avoiding the final effect of green).

As you can observe on my page – the effect is very gentle, almost invisible. I create this layout using a lot of paper layers and some mixed-media ones. I added my favourite Dear Lizzy ‘5th & Frolic’ stickers and other papers and embellishments in pale palette which suits perfect to this line.

OK, so this is what I prepared for you today. Next time I will add some other watercolour techincs for you. I am waiting for your creations in the comments below this post! Adn if you have any questions – just ask them – also here.
Thank you for reading and have a nice day!
XoXo Anna Maria


07 Feb 2013

Art Class with Wilna: GIVEAWAY

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One of our Paper Party girls is launching registration for her online class at Two Peas in a Bucket! I am a huge fan of her work and she seriously amazes me with her creativity.

Join Garden Girl Wilna Furstenberg on an exciting journey in art making!  If you are looking to learn simple techniques that will fill you with wonder and bring the fun back into scrapbooking, then this workshop is for you!  The 10 chapters encourage you to play with stencils, Modge Podge, stitching, wax, fabric, found items, pens, paint, masking fluid, glitter, washi tape and molding paste.  If you like Wilna’s style of scrapbooking and if you want to learn more artistic techniques, then ART class is for you.


Leave a comment to win a place in her class… and be sure to sign up because you don’t want to miss it!!

A promo video before to entice you even more… 😉

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05 Feb 2013

Creative Techniques 03

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This is number 3 of the Creative Techniques from Wilna and she has an incredible video demonstrating a really cool ribbon tutorial. Since we all have hoards of ribbon stashed away let’s give it a try on our next projects. Isn’t she amazing? Thanks Wilna!