Saturday, 29 December 2018

#NaughtyorNice by Elisa Ablett - Guest Detective for CSI Challenge Blog (2Crafty Sponsored)

Hi Everyone, 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. 

Christmas day is over for another year and now you have a chance to pop your feet up with a drink and catch up on the inspiration on the 2Crafty Blog!

The 2Crafty Design team were lucky enough to 'guest design' for CSI Challenge Blog for this month and I decided to base my layout around Challenge No. 268.

What a fantastic challenge! check out the challenge below and I have also provided the link to the details and blog for you. 

I drew inspiration from the challenge graphic and colour scheme for my layout, incorporating wood, circles, music, chalkboard and greenery as well as many Christmas elements like Baubles, poinsettias and presents. 
The challenge criteria was perfect for creating that special Christmas layout. '

Link to the CSI Challenge Blog and #268 challenge details.

2Crafty Chipboard products used in the layout:-

Product Links:


Here are some close ups of the finer details:

For my title chipboard piece, I heat embossed with a brilliant white embossing powder 
to make it pop off the page! I added splatters of white gesso over my page as well to soften the background colours and tie in with the white embellishments.

I hand coloured the present chipboard in a lovely red and white colour scheme from the challenge graphic from CSI Challenge Blog. I used fine tip tombow markers.

The ornamental Christmas baubles I heat embossed with a white glitter embossing powder just to add that extra bling and shine to the them. I staggered them around the other circles on my layout to add another layer to my background. The felt poinsettias were fussy cut from a very old piece of Christmas scrapbooking paper that didn't have a brand name on it so I can't list it on here, Sorry! but it was lush and adds texture to my page!

The background circles are chipboard nesting circles which I heat embossed with shiny black embossing powder. Once they were dry, I added scraps of Christmas paper and wood grain paper to add a few elements from the CSI challenge.

I loved participating as a Guest Designer for CSI as part of the 2Crafty Design Team contingent, what a fabulous Christmas themed challenge, just the right inspiration for all those new Christmas photos.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, 


Elisa xx

Thursday, 29 November 2018

'Dream' by Elisa Ablett

Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by the 2Crafty blog today.

I have another mixed media girl layout to share with you today.

The photo is of my great niece, a gorgeous gal with loads of personality and big dreams.

I wanted to create a mixed media layout brimming with pastel colours and soft flowers.

I also love a bit of bohemian style to my layouts and the stencil work combined with the flowers, butterflies and gorgeous turkish lanterns worked together beautifully!

I must say the colour combo of berry, blues and turquoise has got to be a new favourite of mine.

I love a good design swatch and this one comes from Design-Seeds. 

The Chipboard featured in the layout from 2Crafty include the following (links provided): - 

Lets take a closer look at what techniques I used to alter my chipboard for the layout:

For my title and in keeping with the boho style, 
I painted my title bright white and added an offcut of lace and machine stitching 
using berry coloured thread underneath. 
I also added the stitching to my coloured die cut butterfly embellishment.

The Turkish Lanterns are gorgeous! 
I heat embossed them with Berry coloured embossing powder, 
then I painted the chain and selected bits with a black Posca paint pen. 
The backing paper is an off cut of water colour paper sprayed with the turquoise spray
 and then fussy cut and glued to fit the back of the lanterns.

I selected a lovely Lacey Border piece and inked it with black ink, it serves as a great backing piece and border to separate my stencilled background from the white space below.

The gorgeous Rose Set of chipboard was calling my name for this layout!

To achieve this dreamy pastel look on my chipboard, I lightly gesso'd my pieces of chipboard - 
Rose Set and Angie's Vines and then once dry I used a paint brush 
to paint the 13 Arts Chalk Pastel Sprays in Berry and Turquoise
 onto my pieces of chippie. If you wanted an even lighter shade, 
water the sprays down or add a small amount of gesso.

Well that's it from me today!

I hope you have enjoyed stopping by the blog today, 
please make sure you leave some love in the comments, 
we do like hearing from you.


Elisa Ablett

Monday, 29 October 2018

"Face your fears" by Elisa Ablett for 2Crafty Chipboard

Hi Crafters πŸ˜ƒ


My turn up on the blog today with my latest inspiration for the month of October.

I was going through some photos and found a great sequence of photos of my youngest son on his scooter from a recent trip to the skate park. 

I used the colour scheme from his clothes and the stripes from his shirt as the basis of my layout 
and then added my chipboard to match, great pieces for a boy layout.

 Here are the awesome chipboard pieces from 2Crafty that I used in my layout: - 

Numbers Panel
Polaroid Assorted 
Scooter Kid Title
Skulls (1) 



STEP ONE - using your gel plate 12 x 12 or 12 x 14 size plate, add your blue colour first in the middle of your plate, then add a few drops of white paint then brayer over the top, it will create a lovely distressed striped pattern. I matched my blue paint to the colour of the shirt in the photo. Tip your white cardstock upside down onto the paint and rub gently on the back and then pull your print! It should look like the photo below in the middle of your page.

STEP TWO - Using a liquid paper correction pen and a ruler, add some white lines to your gel plate print background and put the background aside to dry.

STEP THREE - Use a bright post box red paint to paint your number panels, I used fine tip scissors and snipped my panels as in the photo above.

STEP FOUR - Cut your photos to size and mount on white cardstock and then ink around the edges

STEP FIVE - Add some stamping to your page, use distressed marks from Darkroom Door, Face your fears set by Andy Skinner for Stampendous, Aall and Create stamps to name a few. Grab your favourites!

STEP SIX - Paint your Polaroid frames black, then let dry. 
Then using white embossing powder and a grid stamp, 
emboss white grid patterns onto your painted chipboard as shown in the next few photos.

Emboss your Scooter Kid title with the white embossing powder as well.

STEP SEVEN - Use a post box red paint (or candied apple) to add lines to your layout. 
Squirt some of the paint onto your craft mat and using the side of your ruler, 
rub it through the paint and then stamp it onto your page, 
you can also drag it along your page as well for a different effect.

Stamp using a red ink pad and number stamps along the left hand side of your page 
as well to match the red on the right.

STEP EIGHT - Glue your Polaroid frames to the page and place your numbers over the top 
but don't glue them until you have your photos correctly 
positioned onto the page. Glue both down onto your page and then 
add your title and Charms Creations Silver Glitter star as an extra embellishment.

Last few steps are - stamp a few road signs (mine are from the Stampendous Andy Skinner set of stamps and Viva Las Vegas Stamp Co.) fussy cut them out and add to your page.

Glue your inked skull down to your star embellishment.

Using a yellow Irresistible Pico Embellisher add yellow highlights to your page, scribbly writing, some grungy marks and a few lines. 


That's it from me today, 
I hope I have inspired you to try a little gelli plate printing with your layouts 
and to add a sequence of photos !

Make sure you leave me some love in the comments 
and if you want to follow along on my crafty adventures here are my links :-

Hugs xx

Elisa Ablett

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