I just love my sweet little girl, she is the light of my life :) Design credits: Fantastical Papers, Fantastical Elements, Journal Me Beautiful Brushes, Glitterati Strokes by Sherrie Piegdon, all available at pixelgypsydesigns.com.
the one accessory that i truly love using on every page is scrapbook chalk. i currently use 2 different dry palettes, one called Decorating Chalks, which is a bright and vivid palette with primary colors, and another by Pebbles, Inc. called Kan'dee Shimmer Chalks. I always use at least 3 different colors of chalk on the area that i work on. for example, if i want an area to appear blue, i would use a deep blue on the outer parts, a mid-toned blue next to that, and finally a very pale blue (or even white) in the center. this process can also be reveresed, using the deepest color on the inside rather than outer sides. I use applicators to apply the 3 shades, but i always blend them together with my fingers. using 3 colors (or more) ensures you will achieve good depth of color and goes back to basic art principals of shading and highlights. if you've tried chalking in the past and were not happy with the result, it might be because you didn't get the depth/dimension of color you hoped for. if this is the case, get those chalks back out and practice with the 3 color rule. i also suggest trying colors that you never tried before, especially deep/dark colors can look intimidating in the palette, but are necessary for creating certain effects on paper. i think you'll really be amazed at how easy it is to create beautiful effects with chalks if you keep an open mind about color!
~if you wish to use (aka - "scraplift") any of my completed designs/pages, I would be honored! the only thing i ask is that you contact me prior to any online posting of the image, and give proper credit to the original design when posting online. thank you so very much in advance!