Scrapbook Boutique August blog hop and challenge

Welcome once again to Scrapbook Boutique's monthly challenge and blog hop.  You should have arrived here from Angela's amazing blog but if you didn't and want to start at the beginning, just click on the SBB blog link above and start again!  

This mood board so captures how we are feeling here in Victoria this month - grey skies and rain but hoping for a ray of sunlight to brighten us up!  There are also themes of friends and children, flowers and nature - so what part/s will inspire you?

Now to the housekeeping part - if you want to create something or just join in to win, there are two ways you can participate in this challenge and have a chance to win a prize.  You can comment on each blog, ending with the SBB blog, or you can create a project (either a card, scrapbook layout or off the page project) inspired by this photo.  Of course you can do both for a chance to win both prizes!  Please check out the rules of entry, and the prizes at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog and note that this challenge is open to Australian  and New Zealand residents.

Now, I like to be a positive person, so although I went with the wintry theme,  I also wanted to include a ray of sunshine, via some yellow flowers, combining the bucket, sunflower and clouds in my 'creative' effort.

This card is my first effort, using Zig water markers over lightly stamped basic card stock.  I drew the bucket and used a variety of small stamps to support my three sunflowers by Gabi's Choice.

My next card uses watercolour cardstock - same arrangement, but more vibrant colour because I could apply more pigment and water.  I actually like the first better because it has a softer look.

  • I stamped my three sunflowers using a pale ink (New Sprout), as I was looking for a no-line look and then covered them with masks.  I also made a circle mask for the sun, before using a stencil I created to sponge the background clouds .
  • I lightly drew the bucket (I'm no artist!) then added the foliage - stems for the flowers, and a few sprigs from the Kaisercraft stamp set Oriental.
  • After colouring the images, not using much water for the first effort because it was not stamped on watercolour card, I drew in the base/bench and stamped my sentiment from Altenew's Beautiful Day in Versafine Onyx Black.

Now you should hop on over to Linda's blog to find out what she has created to inspire you!

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!

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  1. Great no line technique today Ann, love your fun bright cheery design!

  2. Beautiful...I love the look of the grey clouds in the background of your cards..!!

  3. Love this bright and cheery card

  4. I haven't tried no-line colouring yet Ann - great job and very brave - I'm still a bit chicken lol.

  5. Great cards Anne, love them both but like the first one better,not sure why. So cheerful in our grey skies. I haven't tried no- line colouring yet but yours looks great. Thanks for sharing and your inspiration.

  6. Two great cards. Fab hand drawn pots. I to prefer the softer one, but both great.

  7. I have splinters Ann (fence sitter) I like them both! I admire your use of the zigs and your freehand bucket!! clever girl!!

  8. I love sunflowers, they are such a happy flower

  9. Beautiful sunflowers to make our sunny days appear quicker. Love the soft colours.xx [aNNie]

  10. I am a big fan of no line colouring and you did an awesome job. Beautiful card.

  11. Beautiful effect and wonderful colouring, Dixx


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