Sunday, 8 January 2017

January tutorial and our final 2016 winners ...

I will be announcing our December winners shortly but first I would like to introduce you to our first Tips, Tricks and Techniques of the new year brought to you this month by team member Kat Gray.

Hi everyone,  today I’m sharing some tips about how I made my project for the January challenge. I was inspired by the Sydney skyline in the painting and wanted to create a layout that featured the shape of the skyline.

I started by cutting a skyline shape and title from a sheet of black cardstock. For this I used my electronic cutter, but you could also freehand this with a craft knife.

I then used the cut out background as a stencil and traced the shapes onto a piece of scrap cardstock. 

I printed a series of small photos (from the years I lived in Sydney) and adhered them on the scrap cardstock, being sure to cover the entire traced shape.

For the title I cut some rectangles of patterned paper (I used colours that matched the artwork) and placed them over the traced letters.

Before adhering the background over the top I added some splatters of paint to the background using acrylic paint in the colours from the painting.

Once the paint had dried I stuck the background over the top of the scrap cardstock with the photos and patterned paper.

For embellishments I added some wood veneers that worked well with the theme. I coloured the wood veneers using some Versamark ink and coloured embossing powder.

To finish the layout I added a little bit more paint and some chipboard stickers.

I plan to use this layout as the title page for an album about my time in Sydney.

 Thanks for stopping by :)

now onto our final winner for 2016.  Thank you to everyone who took the time in a really busy month to play along with us.  Unfortunately there were insufficient numbers for us to award all the prizes so in the interest of fairness we have done a random draw and our winner is #6 Helen who will receive a gorgeous prize donated by team member Angelika Ushakova.

Congratulations Helen.

Could you please contact me on with your postal details. You have until the announcement of the winners for next month to do so. Don't forget to grab our winners badge from the sidebar. 

Our Creative Team highlight from last month is Sue - She will each receive a little surprise something from me.

Please don't forget to enter this month's ARTastic challenge. All the details are in the left sidebar. Remember you have until the end of the month to submit your entry.


  1. Awww... Jane!! Thank you so much!! I loved my time on your team and hopefully will get to visit regularly and join the challenges. :)

  2. Nice work Kat love your Layout :)

  3. I'm ADORING Kat's LO & tutorial... it's sort of like a patchwork in paper! Which fits her to a the black foreground, too. Great silhouette idea. LOOOVE the new header & page decoration, too Jane. Looks fantastic!!

  4. LOVE the tutorial Kat! Thanks for that inspiration!

    Contrats to Sue... love your layout!

    And thanks for picking me. I really enjoy your challenges here and can't wait to do the January one!