Friday, June 6, 2014

Refresh Your Craft & Soul Blog Hop

Hello, I'm so excited to be a part of Jennifer Grace's most recent blog hop, which is just one part of the free, multi-day blog event she has planned. Not only will there be plenty of crafts, tutorials, and challenges, but of course there are goodies to be won! If you've never participated in one of her events, you're in for a treat!

The theme, Refresh Your Craft & Soul, stems from Jennifer's word for the year, cleanse. Immediately I began to think of watercolors, which I've been trying to use more and more. Another word that came to mind was simplify, so I wanted a lot of white space as well as a minimalist photo.


On a regular piece of graph paper, I applied gesso and once that dried, used a few shades of blue watercolors. Once that was all dry, I matted my photo on a 6"x6" patterned paper from Glitz {Uncharted Waters} and adhered everything together. For my background, I stamped the words and then decided I wanted to treat that area as a second photo. I cut a piece of transparency and stitched a border onto it with my sewing machine.


I wanted to soften the angles so decided to cut out a few circles, then cut slits and brushed them with water to give them extra dimension. For my finishing touches I used yellow watercolors and more stamps, some jewels and flair, and matted the whole layout on the black and white patterned paper.

Now that you've been thoroughly inspired, here's how you can enter to win a fantastic prize pack featuring Glitz {77} and My Mind's Eye {Now & Then Izzy} items, totaling over £25! You must comment on all the blogs in the hop and then go back to Jennifer's blog, Jennifer Grace Creates to let her know you've been round. You have until Monday, June 9th at 10:59 pm BST (5:59pm EST) to enter.


But wait, there's more! Your comment on my blog post enters you for a chance to win a vintage themed embellishment pack and 6-piece flair badge set from my new Etsy shop. If you choose to follow my blog, Pinterest, and/or Instagram, you will earn an extra entry for each follow. If you already do, you still earn the extra entry(ies). You have until Monday, June 9th at 6pm EST (11pm BST) to enter and then I'll announce the winner on Tuesday, so come back and see if you won.


Thanks so much for stopping by, now head on over to Jacky at scrappyjacky!

46 comments:

  1. so so beautiful and soft xx

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  2. Such a lovely prize pack!
    That is my kind of layouts, clean and simple yet beautiful :)

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  3. Love your minimalist approach with LO and photo. Need to try this!

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  4. Love the effect you've achieved.....and a lovely giveaway.

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  5. Nice to meet you. A gorgeous layout...i always make a terrible mess with watercolours and end up giving up. Glad to hear you are on IG x

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  6. It definitely looks very clean & fresh

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  7. Beautifully light and fresh page and I love the vintage goodies, will pop over and check out your etsy page later!

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  8. I love the simplicity of your page it is very inspiring

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  9. Love your page ... with all that white space!! x

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  10. Beautiful, I love how clean it is and then those patches of water colour and tearing.

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  11. Minimalist works for me. Great design. Just signed up to follow your blog...great inspiration.

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  12. I really love the minimal simplistic look. It's very challenging for me to have a clean design with a lot of whitespace though I find it very appealing to my eye. I love your stuff! I have followed you on pinterest too!

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  13. it looks adorable! I really love the daisy, it fits perfectly :D

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  14. Certainly clean and simple - very calming. Love your flair badges - they are really versatile.

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  15. I LOVE this!! That daisy is adorbs. I followed your blog and Pinterest.

    Blessings ~~ dawn

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  16. What a lovely page - I like all the white space! I've followed your blog in my Bloglovin reader. Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely prize!

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  17. so simply stunning! Love your style!

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  18. gorgeous layout - great job with the watercolors!

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  19. Beautiful layout and yummy prize! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  20. Love that the watercoloring is clean and minimalistic! I really want to try it that way :)

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  21. Great layout, so simply white.Fantastic vintage pack too,

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  22. How serene and subtle... just beautiful. Loved reading through your thought process of creating you gorgeous LO..... wow on your giveaway.. that's fabulous!!!

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  23. Elise your layout is beautiful, I love the stitched transparency and the watercolours and the snipped circles with dimension. It all works so well together to give lots of interest but a subtle peaceful feel! Thank you so much for joining in my blog hop! I also just realised I wasn't following you on Bloglovin yet, but now I am! (Don't enter me in the prize though, I want other hoppers to win!)

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  24. Love your layout...simple but stunning!!!!!!!!

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  25. Beautiful layout - very clean and serene.

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  26. Great layout, beautifully minimal :)

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  27. Very minimal! Good luck with the shop - I love those Flair badges!

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  28. Beautiful page! I really like the water gems that emphasize the blue on the page. Just enough to catch the eye without being distracting- lovely!

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  29. Really love the feel you have achieved x

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  30. Lovely Layout, with the watercolored background, the stitched transparency and the circles. Thanks for the inspiration

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  31. Simply Beautiful! Love how clean and fresh your layout turned out!

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  32. Amazing! Love Love the stitched transparency around the title! So clever!!!

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  33. You know I'm always impressed with stitching on a layout!
    I like all of the small details…like those tiny hearts :)

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  34. What a great prize package. I love anything vintage.
    And what a beautiful photograph in your layout. Your blog is new to me, but I'll definitely be back.
    Rinda

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  35. Love all the white space and the clever use of watercolours!

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  36. Love the stitching on the transparency.

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  37. Very pretty, I just bought some mixed media items and started playing with them so it's great to see what others are doing with them. And thanks for all the lovely comments on my blog last week.

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  38. You layout is so clean and beautiful. I like all the white space. Very nice.

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  39. Such a beautiful page, Elise. So peaceful and soothing.

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  40. Such a sweet page so clean and fresh :)

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  41. I love the simplicity of the layout, yet it's cute and fresh. :D

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Thank you so much for taking your time to comment, I truly appreciate all your kind words!