Monday 28 April 2014

Featured You-Tuber - Karolina Stopyra {Drycha} of Poland!

Hi again everyone!  Thanks so much for your participation this month!!
It has been truly AWESOME!!  We are sitting on EIGHTY EIGHT

entries so far & they are still coming in thick & fast!  Keep 'em coming
ladies!  {& gents are welcome too!!} There are just 3 MORE DAYS TO GO!!

If you have been snoozing this month - don't worry!  You still have time to wake up
 & join the party!!  Our current mood board is above & you can find both our fabulous
 reveals a few posts back, for LOADS of inspiration!!  See HERE & HERE!!!

Today we introduce to you Karolina Stopyra - an extremely talented artist & crafter 
from Poland.  She really needs no introduction as her brand - 3rd Eye Crafts
is testament to her amazing creative talents!  Here she is!!

"Hello!   I'm Karolina Stopyra {aka Drycha} & I live in Warsaw, the capital of Poland.
 I have always created – drawing, painting, taking photos, etc.
 In spring 2008 I found scrapbooking & started to create albums & cards.
 With time I jumped more & more into mixed media and I just LOVE it!.
 I love to learn new techniques, experiment with new medias & bring it all together.
 I love to create a lot of things such as layouts, cards, altered art, jewellery & art dolls.

I have been featured in scrapbook & crafting magazines & am the owner & designer

 of my own Polish craft brand 3rd Eye Crafts.   We manufacture rubber stamps, 

chipboard, shadowboxes, mounting blocks, stickers, stencils & flairs. You can find me, 
my projects & mytutorials on my blog & I welcome your visit!
You can subscribe to my You-Tube channel HERE.

This is what Drycha has to say about her project :-
"Riikka's inspirations is so-not-Drycha's-style but I gathered medias on my desk
 & started creating! Playing with all these layers & medias was pure fun!
 I also used white crackle paint & repeated the circle motif from the mood board.
The butterflies reminded me of the Lumiere paint in shade "Halo blue gold" which is
 SO shimmery & opalescent - from blue through greens to gold - amazing effect! 

Despite the use of many elements from Riikka's mood board - page stayed in my style :) 
You can see whole creating process (excl. putting paper scraps on the background ;) 
by watching my video. Hope you enjoy it!  Let me know what you think!!

Well I know what I think!  I think this is one of the most beautiful creations I have seen 
using this board!!  And what does it show you?!?  That NO MATTER WHAT YOUR STYLE
 you can be inspired by the Scrap Around The World boards & create with us every month!! 
 Thanks so much Drycha!!!

If you enjoy our tutorials here at SATW let us know!  Leave some love for our wonderful contributors!! 

Drycha is one hard-working creative force that is actively contributing to the worldwide
 crafting community at large each & every day with her creative skills!!

Thursday 24 April 2014

April Guest Educator - Debbie Burns of USA!

Hello again everyone!  How are you all today?  Things are going SO WELL this month at Scrap Around The World - we are sitting on EIGHTY ENTRIES so far this month!  Woohoo & thank you!!  It makes me VERY HAPPY when all we do here is appreciated & enjoyed, & it spurs me on to keep providing inspiration for the worldwide scrappy community so thanks peeps!!

This month we welcome Debbie Burns as our Guest Educator!  Debbie has played along with us a few times & creates very pretty canvas works, one of which we are showcasing here today.  Last month Debbie was placed 2nd on our Wall of Fame & the month prior (February) her lovely work caught our eye & she was selected as a future educator.

So here she is!

Hi everyone, Debbie here with you today!  
What a thrill to be invited as Guest Educator for Scrap Around The World
 & to share with you my techniques in creating a canvas!

I live in a small rural town in the state of Maryland, about an hour's drive from Washington, DC. I've been scrapbooking for 14 years & love the creative side of me that translates into my projects. Last year I tried my hand at creating using a canvas along with mixed media & fell in love with the craft. There are no boundaries & the sky is the limit! You can see more of my work on my blog  I would love a visit!!

1.  I started with a 9 x 12 canvas &randomly added some
 torn stripes of paper from Bo Bunny's Country Garden.

2.  I then covered the canvas with some gesso & after it
 dried I colored some of the canvas with crayon pastels, 
gelatos & randomly added some drywall tape then
 stenciled using modeling paste &various masks.

3. I wasn't thrilled with the crayon pastels, thinking the 
colors looked washed out, so I added some more gesso
followed by some water colors & pastel inks.  Lastly
 I randomly stamped using various stamps.

 4.  Next I tore some strips of washi tape, placed them
 on the canvas then covered them lightly with gesso.

5.  I then added some more stenciling using the Tim Holtz 
Doily mask together with some modelling paste then 
inked over it once dry, using some cream ink.

6.  Lastly I added my flowers & embellishments & was done!

Here are a few close ups.  
Why not give a canvas a try? 
 As you can see it's really not that hard when broken down
 into simple steps is it?  SATW allows canvases 8 x 8 inches or larger.

A lot of older paper collections can be transformed
 using a light layer of gesso & some misting or inking.

Supplies used :-

9x12 canvas
Stencils/Masks: Tim Holtz, The Crafters Workshop
Gesso, Modelling Paste
Prima Chalk Fluid Ink
Drywall Tape
Watercolor Paints
Pastel Crayons
Washi Tape
Stamps - My Mind's Eye, Kaisercraft, Prima
Faber Castell Gelatos
Bo Bunny Country Garden papers & embellishments
Prima Flowers

Ooooh just look at all those yummy supplies!! 
 Makes my heart do a little flippity flip! 
 You can keep the shoes - just give me the stamps!!!

THANK YOU DEBBIE for creating this beautiful piece especially 
for us this month!  Please remember to leave some encouragement
for Debbie as she ventures (very successfully) into this new realm
of mixed media canvas making!!  

Just  ONE WEEK LEFT to enter our challenge this month so
come along anyone that's been too busy.  Just get cracking
& hopefully with all the inspiration you find here the ideas will
flow!  See you all soon with a VIDEO TUTORIAL up next!!

Sunday 20 April 2014

April Guest Designer Anna Rogalska of Poland!

Please view our current challenge HERE & our
2nd reveal based on the same challenge HERE.

Today we welcome back the winner of our March 2014 Challenge,
Anna Rogalska  of Poland, as our April Guest Designer!

Hello! My name is Anna Rogalska. I live in Poland & work as a landscape designer. 
 I've been scrapbooking for nearly 6 years now. My scrapping style is romantic, 
little shabby & with lots of mixed-media.  I am definitely a flower addict!  
 My favourite forms are layouts, cards & tags. I love chipboards too, 
aswell as inks, paints,mists & masks. You can find me here *HERE*

Anna has used our current mood board for inspiration

Wow has she done a stunning job or what?!

I love to see all these layers of Anna's favourite things!

So stunning!  Love it!!  Thank you Anna!!!

Don't forget to leave some comment love for Anna!
The entries are rolling in so thick & fast this month we can hardly keep up!!

Get yours in if you haven't already - remember it's our EPIC EVENT next month!
If you are featured this month (if you haven't been already) it will boost your 
chances of winning one of our EPIC PRIZES by 90% next month, as 9 out of 10
 of our prizes go to our past winners, features or finalists, in order for us to reward
 our TOP TEN PLAYERS of 2014{our first year - May 2013 - April 2014} 

The deadline for this challenge is WEDNESDAY 30th of APRIL 2014.

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Design Team Mid Month Reveal {April 2014 Challenge 12 by Riikka Kovasin}

Hi there! Back again with REVEAL TWO - our mid month reveal!
Even more wonderful inspiration for YOU from our fantastic design team!
We hope you feel EVEN MORE INSPIRED to create with Riikka's fantastic
mood board & urge you to refer to Reveal One HERE for full details.

Scrap Around The World is turning ONE!
We have some major celebrations planned!!
Hope to see you ALL there!!!


Welcome to REVEAL TWO of Challenge TWELVE, hosted by 
Design Team member Riikka Kovasin from Finland! 

Riikka has created this light & modern mood board 
for you to be inspired by, using her favorite colors.

Feel free to interpret the mood board in any way you like,
 using one image, several of them, all of them or even just
 one aspect of an image, using ANY COLOURS!  

To be eligible for judging:-

You need to follow our 10 Golden Rules found HERE, which include :

1)  Sharing the mood board image.

2)  Mentioning Scrap Around The World {in full - not just 
SATW} & LINKING BACK to the current challenge.

3)  Mentioning HOW you were inspired by our mood board.

4)  Linking back to your SATW blog post NOT YOUR ENTIRE BLOG.

If receiving comments from some of our Design Team members is important
 to you please ensure that you have WORD VERIFICATION TURNED OFF.

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Tusia Lech {Poland}

Zanka - Zaneta Glowa {Sweden}

Eila Sandberg {Sweden} Canvas in a shadow box

Marilyn Rivera  {USA}

Alexandra Polyzou {Greece} 

Kim Ewins {Australia} 

Rachael Funnell {Australia}

Amy Voorthuis {The Netherlands}


$50+ Cocoa Daisy Package plus free postage!

Expect Something Different, it's what you'll get from Cocoa Daisy. 
We offer 2 stylishly curated kits on a monthly basis – 
one for scrapbooking, one for the day to day Project Life style
 (plus we offer coordinating add ons, stamps subscriptions, 
art journaling &  project kits) – full of great manufacturers, 
exclusive stamps & products & always lots of inspiration. 
Always. 6 month subscriptions are available to save money
 & ensure that you never miss a month of creativity.

March Main Kit - Emerald Isle PLUS March Add-on - Grey Street

2ND PRIZE - Gift voucher for Mixed Media Place

Does your heart desire to create and to play? 
Are your fingers yearning to get inked and misted? 
Then Mixed Media Place is the place for you! 
The store is the treasure chest of different media for the creative minds
 & also carries a wide variety of embellishments & tools to get your projects going. 
The world of mixed media is a place of limitless possibilities - 
we are here to help you to spread your wings & fly!

Please also check out the inspiration from our design team
 on the shop's blog! You can also find us on Facebook
Pinterest - let's connect!

3RD PRIZE - Scrapmatts Chipboard valued at $25!

Australian Made Laser Cut Chipboard to compliment your scrapbook pages,
 cards & paper-crafting projects. Scrapmatts has a Ning site that showcases
 an amazing talented international design team who post regularly on the blog there, 
a gallery, customer challenges & an online store. Come join in the fun here!

Below is just one example of some of the awesome products they stock HERE.
They also have a new Blogger blog now HERE.



What is 3rd Eye? It's world of imagination created by one mixed media freak 
creating her own scrap goodies world (yes, that's me!)
You can find there rubber stamps with a lot of very versatile designs, 
chipboards to decorate Your beautiful projects, adhesive flair buttons &  pins
 to embellish & masks to create patterns & textures! Do you think that's all? 
Of course not! Check my brand & find your 3rd Eye of creativity! 
Wishing You tons of inspirations! - Drycha

5TH PRIZE - A random selection of Purple Pumpkin products, to the value of $15.

Purple Pumpkin

Purple Pumpkin manufactures high-quality embellishments of a fun & funky nature!  They are
 Australian based & specialize in fabric buttons, handmade flowers,resin, twine & washi tape.  
They have a great blog that is constantly active & they hold monthly challenges open to all, with 
Guest Designer positions up for grabs as well as awesome prizes of Purple Pumpkin loveliness!  
They stock a huge range of embellishments, washi tape, motex tape, etc in their online store HERE

Below is just ONE EXAMPLE of the many products stocked in their online store.

pop and colours « Art of background »

6 weeks of workshops with step-by-step detailed examples & videos !

Do you like to play with inks ?

Dirty hands, painting in the hair and stains on the apron doesn’t scare you?

Then this workshop is for you!

Whatever your style, learn how to create backgrounds

very personal using the techniques presented in this workshop !

I requested SOME internationally famous guests to

 share their secrets for making scrapbook pages from A to Z.

 Each week two different step-by-steps 
(videos or photos & written explanations) will be presented.  
 6 weeks of workshops with step-by-step detailed examples and videos!
Each week (Tuesday & Friday), the  icing on the cake, 
sample pages created by the various instructors on each technique. 
These examples will show you that the techniques are adaptable to all styles !
The workshop will focus on scrapbooking pages but the techniques are obviously
 suitable for other media (Art Journal, Project Life, mini-album, canvas Mixed Media etc.).
There is no time limit for subscribe the workshop & it will be available for a
 period of one year from the beginning of the workshop (18 October 2014)

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The deadline for this challenge is  WEDNESDAY 30th April 2014.
Just 2 weeks left to go now!
Remember to leave some comment ♥ for our hard-working designers!