Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Turtle Treasures–Crafty Individuals

Many of my friends know that I had 16 amazing days touring three of the Hawaiian islands recently with my husband Ken and two American friends, Joni and Leo (who was born on Oahu). We saw many beautiful places, stunning scenery and amazing natural and wildlife including six turtles resting on a beach.

When I got home I found all the new releases from Crafty Individuals, four fabulous stamps including this one of a turtle (CI-413) and although I had lots to catch up on I just couldn’t stop myself creating a journalling/scrapbook page.

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I began with water colour paper and used dylusions inks and some stencils to create the background using the blues I had seen in the Hawaiian seas, then I stamped this fabulous creature off the edge twice. Using the faux bleach technique I used my water brush and removed lots of the colours from the images and re-painted them with vintage photo and black soot distress inks.
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I made masks for the two turtles, covered them up and splashed watered-down white acrylic paint to give more of a watery effect and dried it off. Next came one of my photos of a tired turtle on the beach, framing him in Photoshop Elements and using another CI stamp set (CI 272) to stamp and cut out the starfish for some little embellishing. The quote was computer generated.
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Happy Memories…..

I hope your week is going well.

Take care.

hugs Brenda xxx

27 comments:

scrappymo! said...

Sounds like a fabulous trip. Love your turtle page!

Gio said...

Gorgeous page, Brenda! The photo and the new stamp are a match made in Heaven! :-)

Astrid Maclean said...

Synchronicity or what? What a lovely page Brenda and a wonderful keepsake! Love the colours you achieved in the background, the faux bleach looks great and gives a real watery feel to it all I look forward to seeing more!

Amanda said...

Fabulous page Brenda to remember your day, love the turtle stamp.
Love
Amanda x

Joanna said...

Beautiful background. Grat page. I love the sentiment too.
Joanna

Jane said...

What a perfect stamp to find on your return Brenda. Your watery backgound is perfect and it's great to see that faux bleach technique again. Really fun chit chat on here too, turtles are such graceful gentle beasts. We're off tomorrow, enjoy the workshop next week..everyone will have an inky ball. Take care hugs xx

Margreet said...

You made a great memory page Brenda!
Love your turtles!
xxx Margreet

Glennis said...

Great page Brenda, sounds like you had an amazing holiday

Redanne said...

Oh Brenda, this is absolutely delightful! I love sea creatures and how perfect was it to come home to this beautiful turtle - he is gorgeous, I love the beautiful ocean background you have created too and the sentiment is wonderful. Hugs, Anne xx

Dots Dabbles said...

Such a beautiful stamp Brenda, and the sentiment has a lay-back feel, just like the scene you created. Loooove the blues too!
Dot x

Pops Origami said...

Brenda you have made a wonderful project. Love the color very much and the detail very much. Thak you for sharing such beauty. Stan

hazel said...

A gorgeous page, the colours are fabulous and I love the turtle stamp and photo.
xxx Hazel.

Meggymay said...

Fabulous memory page, you must have been so close to the turtle, awesome photo.
Yvonne

1CardCreator said...

I bet you had a wonderful trip! Love your picture and the way you mixed it hp with the stamp too, looks gorgeous, so does the beautiful background. ~Diane

1CardCreator said...

I bet you had a wonderful trip! Love your picture and the way you mixed it hp with the stamp too, looks gorgeous, so does the beautiful background. ~Diane

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely piece, and great stamp, too. Hugs, Valerie

Buttons said...

What a fantastic way to capture your holiday memories Brenda. I love that background colour/stencilling as it immediately transports you to a tropical sea. Jenny x

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous page Brenda, and a lovely way to capture your memories.
Avril xx

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous page Brenda, and a lovely way to capture your memories.
Avril xx

Chris Warner said...

Wow, love this!! Turtles are quite a difficult thing to craft with so this is just a brilliant way to use that stamp. Love the colours, they shout of a crystal blue ocean and conjure up the feel of somewhere exotic. Fabulous! Chris xxx

Coco said...

Wonderful page Brenda!!! I love this turtle too, and you have made a great association here between your stamps, your photo and your background.. Fantastic inspiration! Hugs, Coco xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

I'm catching up... a week without being in blogland.
That's a gorgeous page, love the colors and the photo of the turtle.

Almo said...

Lovely holiday memories here Brenda. I love your turtle photo he does look very comfortable sunbathing on that beach. You have captured the moment beautifully, lovely watery colours and beautiful words. This is a really nice turtle stamp, I can feel another bit of retail therepy coming on. Mo x

butterfly said...

What a perfect combination of stamps and photo - brilliant! - and those ocean blues are gorgeous!
Alison xx

Cathy L. Calamas said...

Your tags are so awesome! LOVE LOVE LOVE turtles! Going to have to get that turtle stamp!

Cathy L. Calamas said...

Saw your wonderful tag at Crafty Individuals! Love that Turtle stamp, I am obsessed with them. Will have to get this one. Beautiful work.

Marjie Kemper said...

I love the blues background you've created for him. When we were in Hawaii we got to swim near those giant turtles many times - such an extraordinary experience!