Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Wonder {More Than Words Challenge Blog Guest!}

Let's talk about challenge blogs!  Have you ever needed a little inspiration to get moving on a project?  All of us do need a little inspiration once in a while.  That's where challenge blogs are a perfect solution.  Earlier this year a wonderful new challenge blog started up called 'More Than Words' and I was asked to be their Guest Designer for February.  And let me say, as soon as I saw the inspiration board they sent me, I had loads of ideas floating around in my head....
This is the beautiful inspiration board for February.  The idea is to create a project (card, layout or art journal page) in which you include the word 'Wonderful' and base you project design around the words 'sparkle' and 'shine'.  Well, I haven't used a lot of glitter or sparkle in my projects for a long time so when I saw the words sparkle and shine, I really went with it!!  I chose a fantasy photo of a mermaid tail, and thought that would work well with the 'Wonderful' theme.  I also thought it would work well with all the glitter elements I chose for this page.


First thing I did was chose my decorative elements for this page.....I recently received some of the newest chipboard designs from The Dusty Attic....this double layered Elegant chain is something I've been dying to use on one of my projects, I thought it would work nicely here!  Something else new that Dusty Attic now carries is wonderful mixed media elements called Colour Blast!  On my chipboard piece I used the Color Blast embossing powder in 'Bling'.  I also dabbed on some Ranger Liquid Pearls in a green and blue color (Key Lime and Juniper).


Above are the products I used from Dusty Attic to achieve this page design....the gold embossing power adds such a deep lovely shimmer to the Elegant Chain chipboard design and I just love the double layered look, the second layer with the chain detailing is so fine and beautiful.


These 'Bubble' chipboard pieces are part of the New releases from Dusty Attic as well....for this I just randomly dabbed on some Ranger Liquid Pearls in Key Lime and Juniper.  Then I added a bunch of glitter glass (I got these small bottles of glitter glass in a package at Michaels). As well as Prima seed beads and Micro beads.....I applied these using some clear gel medium to make sure they stay on the page.  I also liberally applied sequins in aqua, sea green, peacock blue all around the photo area....I thought these would be fun as, to me, they resembled the scales on a mermaid tail :)


I thought I'd do something fun with the photo as well....it's hard to see here because of the added embellishments around the photo but I printed off my photo in black and white and in color.  Then I cut out a circle (or bubble) of the main central part of the photo from the color photo. I then glued the circular color piece over the coordination spot on my black and white photo....then added some Liquid Pearls all around the edges of the cut out edge of the color photo and added clear glitter glass to the Liquid pears to create a unique frame.


The corner scroll is an old favorite Dusty Attic piece for me.....I gave it the same treatment I gave to the Elegant Chains piece....and added some tinted cheesecloth and sequins around it as well.


For my title I used a Tim Holtz metal frame (name plate) and added a few dabs of the Ranger Liquid Pearls streaked on it as well.  I just hand wrote my title on the inside.

I had so much fun creating a layout using this awesome inspiration board by More Than Words!  You can join up at their challenge blog and play along this month as well!  You can find them HERE!  It's a great place to find loads of inspiration from their monthly boards as well as from the other guests and amazing people that play along each month!  They have awesome sponsor's each month with amazing prizes up for grabs!  You have until February 29th to get your project linked to their blog side panel if you would like to play along and have a chance at this months amazing prize! 

RULES & PRIZES!
You can find the challenge rules HERE .  (And just so you know....there is more than one prize up for grabs!  The Challenge Winner gets a $50.00 GC (gift certificate) from LemonCraft!! First Runner-up gets a 9 piece chipboard pack from 2 Crafty, 2nd runner-up gets a $25.00 GC to Flying Unicorn, 3rd runner up gets a $25.00 GC for 13 Arts, 4rth runner-up gets a $25.00 GC for Maja Design Paper, .....there is also a Random Winner that is chosen that will get a $25.00 GC for Lindy's Stamp Gang....and if thats not enough, they've added a Mystery Prize (chosen for originality or great use of inspiration board) which is a $25.00 GC for Fabrica Decoru!  So lot's of prizes to be had....just another reason to join this wonderful Challenge blog!

You can follow More Than Words Challenge on Facebook HERE ....this will help you keep up to date on all the challenges, news and prizes!  I thoroughly enjoyed working on my page hope you will too!

....Looking for Dusty Attic Chipboard in North America?  As always a great source is The Scrapbook Diaries!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today, I always appreciate the kind comments and feedback! xo

16 comments:

Kerstin F. said...

Fanstastic and fabulous!!! I love it!

Romy said...

Wow, you completely rocked this challenge. It's such a gorgeous sparkling layout with so many amazing details. I love everything about it.

Patty O'Malley said...

Beautiful!

langeatheart said...

Thanks so much for being a part of our blog this month!!! Your design is breathtaking! Love the new Dusty Pieces! On my list lol! Heavy sigh (work more to buy dusty) Gorgeous colors my favs! Glitter you did! All the best! :)

Brandy Cabana said...

Love it!!! Beautiful. That chain chipboard is so cool. I also recently bought the glitter glass and was wondering how to use it. :) Beautiful colors!

Samra Leshinski said...

WOW!!! What a stunning layout! Gorgeous design and such a delightful color combo! Love it!
Hugs

Samra
Paper Talk with Samra

Michelle AKA Bubbachooka said...

You are a genius an absolute genius

Lizzyc said...

Oh wow this is amazing, the colors are from the deep sea, love the chippies you have used, love the sequiny sparkle, fabulous photo! well done on your guest design team too! And yes MTW is a wonderful new challenge site!

Kathy Bradley said...

Totally gorgeous and wonderful! Your design is wonderful and all the elements just flow perfectly together.

Viki Banaszak said...

This piece is fabulous!!

Bev Hayne said...

And "sparkle" you did ... spectacular Gabi.!

Shannon said...

Truly a beautiful layout.

SussiPoppins said...

Hi, Had a great visit today...inky hugs. oxoxxo

Jessica McFall said...

Love Love Love LOVEEEEEEEE this!!!!! Ugh!!!! This is AWESOME!!!!

Aleksandra said...

Gabrielle there is something magical about this layout. It is facinating. The colors are gorgeous and all of the embelishment fit so well to te theme. It is a piece of art like each of your creations! Love it!

Have a great day!
Aleksandra

Denise van Deventer said...

So so stunning! There is just beauty that abounds and the page is divine! Fabulous work! ;-)

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