Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Contemplative Companions... and a design team spot and new challenge blog!

Hi and welcome.
I'm thrilled to announce that I have been accepted as a member of  the design team for a great new challenge blog "Pixels and Paper" , a companion blog to ARTastic, which started today. The first challenge for the month of July is up, so pop over to the blog at http://pixelsandpaperchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au/ to see the delightful inspirational photo and what the other design team members have been up to.
The photo I used for my inspiration was of my husband's grandfather, with his faithful companion, both gazing contemplatively out to sea. We don't know much about Jesse Hasthorpe, but this is one of those 'must find out more before it's too late' missions. Sadly, much of our families histories and everyday anecdotes have been lost. One of my goals is to glean as much information as possible from still living relatives to add to the information we already have.

The layout has been done in mainly earthy tones, with the only bright colour ( to hint at a seascape)added under the photo. This was taken from a piece of experimental cardstock, using gesso, Dylusion inks and acrylic paints over a stencil. The photo was distressed and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The frame around it was smooched with Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Pumice Stone D.I's and stamped with Coffee Archival.
To add extra texture, I've tucked under the photo a piece of embossed cardboard, fussy cut vellum, and a die cut clock. This has been smooched with Inca Gold and 3D Stamping Paint. This paint has also been used to colour the chipboard seahorse (Bronze, Chocolate and Moss Green) and to stamp the fish (Silver). The stamp used for the fish came from the Inkadinkado Stamping Gear sets.

The cogs, die cut from bookbinding fabric, and the title have also been coloured using the same paint.

I hope you will visit Pixels and Paper and maybe even join in the challenges being offered. We'd love to see you there.
I hope that this gives you some inspiration and ideas.
Thank you for visiting and thank you also to all of you who always leave such positive and inspirational comments.
Cheers, Di


  1. Congratulations on your new DT position - I'll certainly hop over to check out the new challenge... and what a fabulous debut make - delicious embossing and wonderful metallic patinas!
    Alison x

  2. Hi Di, I love your LO with all its beautiful layers of papers. The die cut clock is amazing and looks perfect with the photo, a realy great page :)

  3. Huge congrats on your new DT position Diane. Very well deserved. LOVE this layout - in particular the choice of embellishments and the way you've tucked them in and around the photo. Good luck with the family history trawl. I had no idea when starting mine/hubby's that I would have over 3000 names on a database stretching back to the 1600's! Hugs, Jenny x

  4. Congrats on the DT spot! This is an awesome take on the challenge!!!