Friday, 17 August 2018

How Fragile We Are - Art & Soul Studio

This one is quite personal to me.. We all have so many happy stories we post about but this one is about a difficult time. Recently my back pain was diagnosed as a more serious matter than the arthritis I had been learning to live with. I had been feeling low after so many nights of waking up in pain it was taking a toll on our relationship. So for those of us that live with pain - I know you get it.. 

This piece is a reflection on our relationship and has some personal totems in it that relate to just us... It also looks pretty! 
Today I am showing you a bit of my heart and soul today.
Hope you enjoy! xx Kristy

In this project I pulled out a journal page from my book and stamped with my Visible image stamps - How Fragile. I then sprayed my two favourite Lindy's sprays on the page Moon Shadow Mist Malachite and Starburst Shabby Turbine Teal. I grabbed my TCW Stencil Mini Geometric and used some of the shapes on there to create some texture with Modelling paste. 

I applied some Tissue wrap and washi tape from Tim Holtz to create a base for my focal point.. I included my totems here.. The music, #27 and a reminder that our goal is to me happy together.. I grabbed my Distress crayon in Black soot and rubbed it onto my finger and highlighted the texture on the page. also adding to the vintage look.

Once I was happy with my highlighting I used my TCW Stencil in Chicken Wire to do what I call the caging effect... 

Once I was happy with that I let it dry and added some highlights. I used my Barn Door Distress spray to add some highlights to the shattered glass.. Symbolism for the pain that we had gone through recently and the fragility of a relationship represented by the glass. I also used a stamp that was a cobbled wall to accent the layout to also represent that the strength of a wall is not always represented by the shape of the stones that build it... 

Here are my dragonflies.. another totem, like butterflies but strong! I stamped them with another Visible Image stamp - Dragonflies with my  Tim Holtz stamp press in Staz on - Brown. I used my water brush to wet down the wings and sprinkled onto it some mica powder in an emerald green colour. I love the way you never quite know what you are going to get with them and used minimal blending to take advantage of the effect. I used my Colour Blast Shimmer pen to add some sparkle to the wings. I used some nylon thread to tangle the Dragonflies in as that's how I feel about my husband, we are intertwined. 

Now it was time to create the title. I kept it simple and the quote was enough. I stamped the quote from the How Fragile stamp and puddled a good squirt of Moon Shadow Malachite onto my craft mat and dipped the card into it and dried it. It was too light so I kept reapplying and drying in between to get that amazing puddle effect. With my water brush I applied a watered down coat of Barn Door and then a smudge of Shabby turbine Teal. I didn't want the red to overshadow the How Fragile accent. 

Thanks for looking.. Happy Creating!
Kristy - Abela Artistry
Thanks for looking.. Happy Creating!
Product list
Visible image stamps How Fragile & Dragonflies
Staz on - Timber Brown
Distress Crayon - Black soot
Distress Spray - Barn Door
TCW Stencil Chicken Wire & Mini Geometric
Tim Holtz Tissue - Melange
Water Brush

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Scrap the boys Cards - August 2018

Well... This one was just awesome fun! Scrap the  boys are at it again... Its Challenge time! 
Love the Geometric theme, love the colours and the whole rustic effect. Again I used some of Seth Apters Dies. He is a master of all things masculine. 

I got some Lindy's sprays in Cattail Copper Brown and Crows Nest Copper Moonshadow to create the rusty shades for the Seth Apter Dies - Robo bars. I used Tibetan Poppy Teal to add the patina to the rust and used a Clear Gesso'd sheet of plain white card as a base.
I had a Kaiser Craft Die for the reo bars and the chip board was from WOW I had in my stash for AGES... 

Here is a close up of the finished effects.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Broken Bones - Kristy Abela - Colour Blast DT

 Helloooo...Wow first post for Colour Blast today!! I envy the work of so many that have worked on the team and am super flattered to be able to add my name to those ranks. 

I have been scrapping for so long now that I have actually run out of pictures... Yep you know that you have problems when you have no back log of projects... So with the freedom I have now I get to really play with my products. This is why I have crossed over into journaling and canvas work.. So today I showcase my fave products...
Yep all Colour Blast.

 I am an earthy girl at heart and the Colour Artist Inks are so versatile for various colour pallets. I started with my go to products.. Wood grain and Script. I put my Heavy White Gesso to work.. to seal the page, as an adhesive, as a top coat and a highlight with my fingers to rub it into the edges of the paper to blend in the edges. 

 I wanted to create some hand made leaf embellishments for my page.  I coloured some watercolour cardstock in two layers. My first layer I dripped some Colour Artist ink in Cider, Rust and Walnut. I added some water and spread it with my brush to fill the page. I sprinkled some Olive Colour Mica Powder across the page for sparkle. 

 Once dried I added a second layer of Colour Artist Ink in Grass and Soot... Ok, maybe a little bit more Olive Colour Mica Powder too..
 I covered the whole sheet in a layer of crackle paste..

 I used Ranger as I have found that it is the best when drying with a heat tool. Often the instructions are to leave it overnight.. Too impatient for that! 
 I ran it through the die cutter... It was thicker in some parts and I ended up trimming through the thicker bits with scissors. It was worth it. Check out the texture and shimmer in those leaves. They remind me of Eucalyptus..

Now for the background... I used a Kaisercraft stamp (Marble) to create some variation in the background. I added some drops of Colour Artist Ink Soot to the page and with my wet wipe I began to age the background. I repeated the process with Colour Artist Ink Walnut.

   I collected my Embellishments together to cluster. I coloured a plain non-textured piece of cardstock with Colour Artist Inks Walnut, Cider and Rust to run through the Cuttlebug to create the script. 

After this I dry brushed some Heavy White Gesso back over the page to bring out the texture that the paper piecing created to really give the effect of a weathered wall.
  My favourite part of this whole layout was playing with Michelle Grants' new stencil Large Owl. The wide lines have given me so much yummy texture. I used some home made modeling paste that I made up with my Heavy White Gesso and added some Colour Artist Ink Soot to make a charcoal colour. I rubbed a little bit of crayon onto the leaves... but wait there's more!! 
Can you see the shimmer? I used my Clear Shimmer Brush Marker and was SO impressed with the effect. I later did a comparison with "other" brands who offer similar products. Hands down Colour Blast have nailed this product!

Thanks for checking out my page!
Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Art and Soul - Make a Wish - Abela Artistry

Hi Everyone.. Welcome to my inspiration post...
I really wanted to follow up on the quick bite I posted last time to show you how you can take those techniques one step further and create a Steampunk masterpiece.. 

In this project I created a black canvas with pieces of Corrugated cardstock and tissue paper using gesso as a base and also as a 'glue'. 
I primed the canvas and put the scrunched up tissue paper on top to create lots of texture. Then I layered my cardboard on top and added some gyprock mesh tape to finish the background. I then arranged my Chipboard to figure out how I wanted the piece to go... Painted it all black and then began.

I sprayed some Lindys on the background and used some wax to colour the gate to make it pop out of the background. Once dry I used some gold paint to drybrush over the surface to bring out the texture.

I gathered the chipboard that would make up the bulk of my background and used some Rust paste to age it into my coppery patina background. Once completely dry I used some wax to add a colour variation on the cogs.

I layered on my chipboard and Metals (also painted black and Waxed for colour) and saved the main focal point to last. I wasn't sure which colour direction I wanted it to head... In the end I chose some darker blues with Opal Magic paint and turquoise and silver wax to tie in the background with the foreground. 

Added some Art stones and popped a Pebble over the center of the padlock. I then used the Lindy's sprays with a brush to colour them.. I didn't want them to be too dark. If you look closely you can see where I did an experiment with a few to see.. Here's your Wheres Wally moment.. Hint: bottom corner..

Thanks for stopping by.. Happy Crafting!!

Product list

Dusty Attic: Ornate Gates - Large 
Scrap FX: Steampunk contraption
Prima/Finnabair Art Ingredients Melange
Lindys Starburst - Tibetan Poppy Teal
Lindys Moon Shadow Mist- Crows Nest
Prima Rust Effect Paste ( On Sale Now)
Art Alchemy Metallic Paint - Steampunk Copper
Art Alchemy Opal Magic Paint - Aqua Rose 

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Art and Soul Studio - Mini Gift Frames - Abela Artistry

Sharing with you today my favourite craft.. Black Gesso
I am am real sucker for texture and all ways to create it. These frames make a quick gift and because it holds loads of interest your family and friends will be enchanted. I often give them instead of cards.  
Pop over to the blog Art and Soul Studio

 I use frames that I pick up cheaply and black gesso them and dry brush on some white gesso to prepare the surface. I collect a few embellishments from a tray I have off to the side with prior project.. 'not quite right's' and pop them into the frame. Art and Soul have some great  Dusty Attic Steampunk Heart Chipboard Love potions or Baubles to recreate this project.
 I embossed a piece of Cardboard and primed it in black gesso too. I prepare my pieces and then the fun begins.. 
I use Art Alchemy wax Fire Ruby and Emerald Green metallic paints to highlight my layers and build up as I go adding other dimensions in the process with some Prima Art Stones

 I paint the top layer black and finish off with a rub of Prima Waxes

 I fit it to the frame and add the final embellishments and blend the frames in.

In this one I replicated the same process using a monochrome pallet and used Prima Art Alchemy Paints in purple and pink tones. 

 I am particularly impressed with the away the Opal Magics work. I used Violet Gold and Blackberry on this one and it gave me an amazing gold to offset the Vintage Rose.  

To finish off I added some Lindy's Open Arms Amethyst spray to the Mini Art Stones and left it to dry overnight. Sadly you cant use a heat tool to speed up the process unless you like it blown away.. I did try though.. Wink..

Make sure you pop on over to Soul Sisters and join in on the Challenge this months Mood Board Challenge. 

The Moodboard Challenge Rules are easy,  use our mood board as inspiration to create an art journal page, a card or a scrapbooking layout. 
Use the mood board however you want but you must add a playing card and as these challenges are sponsored by Art and Soul Studio
please make sure that you use at least one product that is available from the store. 
You can enter an art journal page, a card and a layout but you cannot win all three.You have until the 11:59pm on the 31 July to enter and then the design team will vote to determine the lucky winners. Please note that the vouchers can only be won by residents of Australia
 but if you are from overseas and win the challenge you will be offered a guest design team spot.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Scrap the Boys Cards - July 2018

Hello!! Today I have some thing I pulled together for Scrap the boys - Card challenge for July.  

I used the sketch provided by Creative Scrappers and Scrap the Boys wanted to explore the theme of "Celebration"

I decided to make a card dedicated to the Dad in our family for his Birthday... I hope my husband enjoys his card and even more importantly... His Birthday! Love you Babe..

Saturday, 7 July 2018


Hi Soul Sisters, 
My turn to inspire you for this months challenge. I wanted to go with a more romantic take on the Mood Board.  
Before I landed in Wonderland I had to fall... In love!

I used the Alice in Candyland range from 13@rts as my base. I added stencils from Prima and Lindys sprays to highlight the texture. I used some Distress Crayons in Seedless Preserves and Black Soot to highlight the edges of the modelling paste.
I fussy cut the circles to mount my photo and started with just a few... Well, I used all of them..  
I chose some embossing powders from Lindys and selected my embellishments. From Prima, Resin hearts, Lavender collection die cuts (My Playing card was in there) and chipboard from 2Crafty, WOW and Dusty Attic.
Check out some close ups of my Collages.

Moodboard Challenge Rules
Please use our mood board as inspiration to create an art journal page, a card or a scrapbooking layout. Use the mood board however you want but you must add your own handwriting on your project.

As these challenges are sponsored by Art and Soul Studio please make sure that you use at least one product that is available from the store.

There are 3 x $50 vouchers up for grabs!! One will be awarded for scrapbooking layouts, one for cards and one for mixed media/art journaling.

You can enter an art journal page, a card and a layout but you cannot win all three.

You have until the 11:59pm on the 31 July to enter and then the design team will vote to determine the lucky winners.

Please note that the vouchers can only be won by residents of Australia but if you are from overseas and win the challenge you will be offered a guest design team spot.