Adrift Blueprint Challenge




Kim Price: I absolutely love creating art in my spare time, and I’m a huge fan of modern color intense art styles. A quick look through Pinterest always gives me a starting point and even when I’m not feeling very creative this is a great way to jumpstart your motivation and enthusiasm.




This wonderful piece of art by Erin Ashley really caught my eye firstly because the colors stood out to me loud and clear, but also because the simple design blocks appeal to my sense of balance. I decided to use this piece as my starting point to build a mixed media style page and the resulting layout is one I feel I could hang on my wall as a work of art.




This was an easy piece to create – simple splashes of paint smoothed over a piece of chipboard with an old plastic card and allowed to dry between layers is all it takes. If you’re not a fan of paint or messy creating then blocks of patterned paper taken from BasicGrey Adrift collection would be perfect. I would suggest Ahoy and Sailor papers would work really well.




I’ve then added torn strips of coordinating papers from the 6”x6” Adrift paper pad to build layers, adding some contrast with a strip of Starboard.


A few added stickers tucked in between my paper layers contributes to the layered look along with a star element from the Die Cuts & Transparencies pack and a sticker for a title. The finishing touch is a row of brads cut from the Brad & Resin Combo pack and rather than remove them from the packaging I’ve chosen to add them as is across the top of my photograph.


Thanks for dropping in, I hope this inspires you to get creative!


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Friends of BasicGrey: Hero Arts



Today we are pleased to showcase the beautiful Hero Arts stamps and masks that go with the Prism and Adrift collections! Two of our designers (Melissa and Shellye) and two from the Hero Arts team (Cheiron and Kelly) combined the products together to bring you some fabulous projects!





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“Enjoy The Journey”  Card
Shellye McDaniel: For this card, the “Waves Background” Rubber Stamp was stamped onto side “B” of the “Sailor” patterned paper with a navy ink.  Following along the undulations, the waves were cut out into several strips.


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Next, five strips of waves were cut from the “Waves” patterned paper.  The stamped waves and patterned paper waves were alternated and then attached to a piece of 4X6 paper.  A thin strip of foam adhesive was added just to the top half of each wave and then glued in place at the bottom.


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The stamped waves were highlighted in a few spots with a teal pencil.


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The “Enjoy the Journey” sentiment (from the Set Sail set) was stamped and then trimmed out around the design.


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“Hello, Welcome Aboard” Card

A shimmery collection of ‘bubbles’ were the highlight of this card.  To create the bubbles, the beautiful “Scales” stencil, along with a pearl modeling paste were used.


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First, the stencil was taped in place over a piece of gold paper (“Tide” side ‘B’ patterned paper).


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Next, the pearl modeling paste was troweled out over the entire surface of the stencil and then gently removed.  A heat gun was used to speed up the drying process, but make sure that the paste is completely dry before moving onto the next step.


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Use various sized circle dies or punches to cut out approximately eight shapes.  Layer the circles onto a 5X5 piece of “Anchors” paper.  Layer smaller circles onto larger circles with foam adhesive.


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The design was embellished with a stamped “hello” sentiment from the “Anchors Aweigh” stamp set.


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The border sticker was cut into section and also added with foam adhesive and embellished with navy Candy Buttons.


Next, we have Melissa Phillips, featuring Prism:


“Just Loving Life” Card:

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“Smile” Card:

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We invite you to stop by the Hero Arts blog and see what their talented designers created using these same products!




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Freebie Friday






Lisa Dickinson: The South Pacific collection is the perfect backdrop for vacation photos! I started with a big, bold title that spans the entire height of my page and sets the tropical theme.






To carry the colors across the page, I included small squares from almost all the patterns and arranged them randomly for a loose, casual feel.  For added texture and dimension, I topped some of the squares with coordinating buttons, stickers and die cuts. Click HERE for your FREE cutting file.


Happy Friday!


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