Monday, December 7, 2015

Your grace abounds in deepest waters - Celebr8 - CSI183

I haven't played along with a challenge for the longest time.  I have always loved the Color Story Inspiration case files and this weekend was the perfect time to start playing along again.  This past week my emotions have been all over the place and scrap therapy seem to be the best medicine to get balance again.  Here is the page I made based on Case File 183.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Celebr8 (Sea Treasures); Cardstock:  American Craft; Chipboard: Celebr8; Flowers:  Bo Bunny; Pearls: FabScraps; Metal charm: Celebr8; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Crushed Olive, Weathered Wood, Squeezed Lemonade, Blue Print Sketch, Tumbled Glass)

The case file:

This is how I solved the case:

The Scheme:
All 5 colors used.

Stripes, leaves, metal, grid design and silhouette.

A documented a diversion. My title is: "Your grace abounds in deepest waters". My journaling on the back: "This past week was a difficult week. Careless words were spoken and my heart was crushed. My anxiety levels went through the roof and suddenly I couldn't cope with even the every day menial tasks. I needed to get away and be quiet...that is what the beach does for me. When I sit and watch the restless ocean I feel close to God and I know that His grace carries me in deepest waters...and then the storm inside of me gets quiet and peace returns."

The case file calls for a grid design.  I used this lovely sketch by Susan Stringfellow:

Some close ups:
 I used Tim Holtz distress inks to create my background...

...a beautiful mess.

I wanted to use this title that is part of the patterned paper is words from my favourite worships song - Oceans Deep.

 The Bo Bunny flowers were toned down with some gesso...and you can see the little metalic charm behind the leaves.
The silhouette lighthouse is also Celebr8 chipboard.

Thank you for your visit and for your love ♥

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Frozen - CREATE

Hi there!  I want to start this post by thanking every "friend in the computer" who left a comment on my previous post.  Your love and prayers carried me when I felt my life falling apart. Some days I wish I still had the guts to just pour out my heart here...but lately I just have a check in my spirit and I feel  uncomfortable to talk about some of the personal issues in my life.  This past week my heart was crushed and my anxiety levels were so high that it felt as if something was eating away at me.  I am normally strong enough to be able to handle most of what is thrown at me...but this week I just couldn't cope and it took all of my strength to keep it together.  Hindsight tells me that a lot of the pressure would have been relieved if I just allowed myself a big, fat, ugly cry in the shower.  I can only thank the Lord that most of the hurtful issues have been dealt with head-on and that healing has started.  I thank the Lord for the husband he gave me.  Although he was also deeply hurt he remained my rock.


The November issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine is available for download now. Sadly this will be the final issue.  It has been an amazing privilege to be part of this team.  You can download the magazine HERE...and the free sketches HERE.  I am sharing the last of my layouts that was published in this issue.  The challenge was to use the card or tag sketch to create something else...I used the tag sketch as inspiration to create this layout of my granddaughter Leane and her birthday cake.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Fancy Pants; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers:  Ice Kingdom font cut with Silhouette Cameo; Sticker: My Minds Eye; Chipboard: Little Yellow Bicycle, Blue Fern Studios; Bling: Prima; Brads: My Minds Eye, Flowers: Prima; Ink: Ranger Distress Ink, Colorbox; Mists: Prima; Gesso: Ranger; 3D Gel medium: Prima; Glass glitter: Prima; Stencil: Prima; Other: Silhouette Studio, Olaf clip art.

Some close ups:
I wanted to create a soft white out background.  The papers that I used has been in my stash forever.  It is papers from the Fancy Pants Frosted collection and the colours are quite bright.  I pasted down my strips and then covered it all with a light layer of gesso to soften the effect.  We were taught this nifty trick by the talented Jowilna Nolte in a recent class.

 I added the platinum glass glitter to further create the frosty mood.

The flowers were also received the gesso treatment for a softer look.  I love how it turned out.

Thank you for visiting my blog and thank you again for the outpouring of love....I love all of you ♥