Thursday, 11 August 2011

Shimelle's Sketch of the Week

After not crafting for almost two weeks, I decided to use Shimelle's sketch this week to give me a kick start.  It was not a design I would typically use so it was an interesting process!  Here is the sketch ...

And here is my take on the sketch with a photo from Halloween all those years ago!

It is a very dark but very sparkly page!  The Thinker doesn't normally like dressing up, but the afternoon before his Scout Beaver Halloween party he went to play at a friends house, whose mother just happens to used to make costumes for a living, and the rest is history!  They all talked him into dressing up and this is the costume he came home with.  We had been trying to talk him into being a pirate for weeks and to convince him we made a treasure chest and a treasure map using coffee and burnt the edges.  He was one very cool pirate!

As I didn't have very many Halloween embellishments, I had to make everything myself and had a great time inking and painting.  Of course the Cuttlebug also make an appearance as I seem to have a collection of Halloween embossing folders.  To give the photos more hight I mounted them on a piece of chipboard.

The photo was taken in front of a bookcase full of DVD's so the background was very busy.  I know I could have edited the background before printing, but these photos were already printed.  Somewhere along the way I 'pinned' a picture of someone painting out the background and I decided to give it a try.  I like the final affect as it really makes The Thinker pop out of the page!

The black cat is a chipboard shape by The Dusty Attic that just adds a bit of fun.  When I had finished this page I was looking at the sketch again and I noticed that it was originally supposed to feature "something pretty" ... OPPS! Never mind, this is my "pretty" interpretation LOL

Happy crafting,


  1. Great take on Shimelle's sketch..what did you use to paint out the background-love that idea!
    Alison xx

  2. Holy cow, is this ever cute!! what awesome elements all combining to make a great page! i love your painted background on the really makes your "pirate" stand out. Thank you SO much for stopping by my blog, and for your sweet comment...I really appreciate it!

  3. Fab LO... Many cool details. Sounds like a lot of fun to make too. Makes me inspired to get scrapping again. I'm blogging again though. Ds was 14 on Monday... Busy weekend.
    Mandy McK

  4. Thanks for your lovely comments everyone :-)

    Alison, I used just regular acrylic paints. But it was originaly black and I thought it was too dark, so i roughly brushed over the top when it was almost dry with Luminarte Gold spray. It looks streakier in the photo then in real life as I had to use a flash due to BAD lighting LOL


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