Monday, May 29, 2017

Be in love with your life - February 2017 Hip Kit

Hallo there.  At the beginning of this new week I want to share a page I made that is a bit different from what I normally do.  I loved this page by Beata Valint!!!  I wanted to challenge myself to use a large photo on my page...and this photo of Wynand and Nadia was perfect and allowed enough space in the photo for me to add a relatively large title.

Supplies list:  Patterned papers:  Maggie Holmes (Chasing dreams); Crate Paper (Oasis); Cardstock:  Amerian Craft:  Letter Stickers:  April Hip Kit Exclusive;  Word Phrases:  Tim Holtz; Chipboard:  Maggie Holmes; Foiled Hearts:  Pink Fresh Studio:  Stickers:  Maggie Holmes (Chasing Dreams); Embroidery Floss: DMC Variegated;  Other:  Silhouette Cameo to cut the hearts and the title.  Title font is Bromello.

Some close ups:
 I cut the hearts with the Cameo and then backed it with patterned papers.  I then popped the hearts onto foam to add dimension.

 I saw this quote on Pinterest and knew that I wanted to use it on a layout.

 A little banner cluster and some hand stitching is about the only other embellishments added.

Some phrase stickers with a little foil heart to complete the page.
I love the new trend of gold foiling on the embellishments.

Thank you for visiting my blog today♥♥

Friday, May 26, 2017

Happy Life - March 2017 Hip Kit - Stuck sketches

Hallo there.  I am sharing a page I made based on the latest Stuck sketch.  I must be honest and say that Laura just creates the most amazing inspiring sketches and I love to work with them.  I used the March Hip Kit and one of the photos taken during our photo shoot in February.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Dear Lizzy (Lovely day), Shimelle (Little by Little), Maggie Holmes (Chasing Dreams); Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers:  Dear Lizzy Thickers; Chipboard: Fabscraps; Flags:  Dear Lizzy; Flowers:  Prima; Rubber charms:  Pink Fresh (Dream On); Flair:  Hip Kit Exclusive; Leatherette shapes: Pink Fresh (Dream On); Enamel dots; My Minds Eye; Die cuts: Maggie Holmes (Chasing Dreams); Ink:  Distress Ink (tumbled glass, cracked pistachio); Stencil: Prima; Doilie: Stash

Laura's sketch:

Some close ups:
 I stenciled the background with a pretty Prima stencil.  The chipboard clock was inked with blue Versa Magic (Night Sky).  How cute is the exclusive flair?

 Some pretty layers and the colours of the flags were just perfect to be added to this cluster.

I love it when I can use my stash of Prima flowers.  The little rubber charms are by Pink Fresh Studio.  I added the little pink birdie on this side of the page.

 I added the blue birdie on Kobus'  side.  The teal phrase sticker is a Pink Fresh leatherette sticker.

 Another little cluster added to the journaling to draw the eye.

The Dear Lizzy thickers have beautiful gold it.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Some LOVE lasts a lifetime - CSI 230 - January 2017 Hip Kits

Hi there,  I have had a nasty Fibromyalgia flare these past few weeks and it all came to a head this past week.  The pain levels went through the roof and I just needed to take time out to today is the first day in more than a week that I feel well enough to create again.  We have four of our six grandchildren in our home this weekend.  Kobus and Lache is on vacation in Thailand and we needed to give the other grandparents a break.

I struggled with the Color Story Inspiration case file no 230.  It isn't my "go to" colours and I tried to use the January Hip Kit as my kits have been heaping up and that makes me feel bad.  Here is the case file:

This is the best I could come up with:
Supply list:  Patterned papers:  January 2017 Hip Kit Exclusives, Hazelwood (One Canoe Two); Cardstock:  Bo Bunny, American Craft, Worldwin Papers; Letter Stickers:  Love foam sticker by American Craft; Phrase Stickers:  Tim Holtz; Wood Veneer:  Lawn Fawn, Studio Calico; Paperclip:  Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Metal Stars: Finnabair; Rubber charm: Amy Tangerine; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye, Cocoa Vanilla;  Die cuts: Pink Paislee; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink:  Distress Ink (Antique Linen); Stencil: Heidi Swapp; Other: Gelatos.

This is how I solved the case file:

The Scheme:  All 5 colours used.

Evidence:  stars, wood, metal, rubber charms, phrase stickers

Testimony:  I used the Carry on Tuesday prompt from #27.  "Some love lasts a liftetime.  True love lasts forever." I used it as my title.

 I broke the white background by stenciling stars with distress ink through a stencil.  I love the added texture of the sage green hand stitching.

 I applied some gelatos to the foam "love"sticker and made it an ombre effect.

 One can never have too many stars for boy pages.

 I am happy that I could make one of my kits work with this colour challenge.  I did dig into my cardstock to mat my photo on the various colours.

 I love this Becky Higgins date stamp with it's added phrase.

I used this sketch by Laura Whitaker.  I adore her sketches.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope that I could inspire you to play along with the challenges.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Loved - September Hip Kit - Stuck sketches

Hallo there.  I hope you had a wonderful Mothers Day yesterday.  We spent the day at the Addo Elephant park and only returned late yesterday afternoon.  I want to share a page I made based on the May 1st Stuck sketch this month.  I have no shortage of beautiful photos to scrap at the moment...and I am enjoying every moment.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Maggie Holmes (Gather collection); Cardstock: American Craft:  Chipboard:Maggie Holmes, Pink Fresh Studio (hearts); Enamel dots: Simple Story; Die Cuts:  Maggie Holmes Gather Ephemera; Gold phrase stickers: Maggie Holmes Gather; Brads:  Simple Stories:  Embroidery Floss;  DMC; Mist:  Prima Color Bloom (Gold Foil);  Stencil:  The crafters workshop.

The sketch:

Some close ups;
 I cut the scallop border with the Silhouette Cameo.  Don't you just love those chipboard hearts?

 The gold foil phrases are just perfect with the stenciled background.

 The "loved" chippie is also part of the Maggie Holmes (Gather chipboard)

 I broke the white background by applying some gold foil mist through a stencil...and you can see my signature hand stitching above.

 Those die cut flowers are a perfect match to the flowers on my dress :-P

Who doesn't love sparkly bits?

Thank you for visiting my blog take part in the Stuck sketch challenges....Laura has such inspirational sketches ♥♥

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The best Smile - CSI 229

Hi there, we had a quiet weekend and I spent Saturday in my scrap studio.  I played along with the latest CSI case file and used a photo of Stefan and Bianca.  You would have noticed that my daughter doesn't feature on many photos...she hates having her photo taken and I have to frequently scold her because her son needs to see her on photos alone and with him.  Here is the page I made:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Hip Kit Exclusives, One Canoe Two (Hazelwood), Paige Evans, Studio Calico; Cardstock:  American Craft, American Craft Velum; Wood Veneer:  Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Butttons; Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Die cuts: Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Puffy Stickers: Cocoa Vanilla; Frame: Simple Stories; Embroidery Floss; DMC;  Mist: Prima Color Bloom (Summer Sky); Stencil: The Crafters Workship; Other: Silhouette Cameo (Sun, Title)

This is the case file:

Here is how I solved the case file:

The Scheme:  All 5 colors used.

Evidence:  Plain cardstock, stripes, lemon, cloud, sun, banner, bike, arrows, puffy stickers.

Testimony:  I used "Smile"as my title and the wood veneer arrow says "Sweet",  My journaling is as follows:  "Remember even though the outside world might be raining, if you keep on smiling the sun will soon show it's face and smile back at you" - Anna Lee.

Here is some close ups:
 The word puffy stickers are from Cocoa Vanilla Studio and I cut the title with the Cameo and then hand stitched around it.

 I layered some banners and added a frame and a bicycle to it for the bottom cluster.

 My journaling.

 I love he effect of the embellishing on the white space of the photo and how could a random lemon be a better fit?

 I used a crafters workshop stencil to break the white background and cut the sun with the Cameo and ten stitched around it.

The cloud die cuts and wood veneer is by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

My usual style is to mat my photo on white and a contrasting cardstock and then add fun foam to the back before adhering it to the patterned paper stack.

Thank you for visiting my blog today...I hope you play along with this CSI challenge.♥♥

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Love Grandchildren - January 2017 Hip Kit

Hallo there,  I really scrapped up a storm last weekend and have quite a lot of pages that I want to share here.  I am currently enjoying playing with the photos that were taken at our Grandies photo shoot in February.  Today I am sharing a layout with a very cute photo of our six little treasures.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Hip Kit Exclusives,  Pink Paislee (Moonstruck), One Canoe Two (Hazelwood), Cardstock:  American Craft; Wood Veneer: My Minds Eye; Chipboard: Celebr8 (title), Maggie Holmes Shine (birds); Paper Clip:  One Canoe Two (Hazelwood); Puffy Stickers: Pink Paislee; Enamel dots: Hip Kit Exclusives:  Die Cuts: Pink Paislee (Moonstruck), Dear Lizzy (Camera); Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink: Distress Ink (Antique Linen) Stencil: Tim Holtz; Embssing Glitter powder: Zing; Dandelion die cut: Memory Box.

I used this sketch by Laura Whitaker:

Some close ups:
 I took this photo at an angle so that you can see the dimension and the lovely sparkly gold accents.

 An eclectic mix of embellishments.  the wood veneer heart was also heat embossed with gold glitter embossing powder.

 I adore the litte birds that is from an old December 2015 Hip Kit.  It is from Maggie Holmes' Shine collection.  The little heart paper clip is from the One Canoe Two Hazelwood collection.

 These six precious ones truly completes life's circle of love.

Another little bird perched on the photo and some hand stitching on the circles completes this page.

Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope that you could find some inspiration here ♥♥

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Bloom - Paige Evans Oh My Heart - Scrapbook Studio

Hi there,  I will be sharing the three pages I made for the Oh My Heart kit that was available at Scrapbook Studio.  I adore the fresh and colourful colours of this collection and have even challenged myself to use the relative feminine collection to make some masculine pages.  The first layout I want to share is of a photo of Wynand and Nadia.  One of my favourite photos from their family photo shoot late last year.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Pink Paislee (Oh my Heart); Cardstock;  American Craft; Chipboard title: Celebr8; Die Cuts:  Pink Paislee (Oh my Heart); Enamel dots:  Simple Stories; Embroidery Floss:  DMC; Embossing Powder:  WOW Rose Gold;  Other: Silhouette Cameo to cut the Bloom title, doily from my stash.

Some close ups:
 I like to outline my patterned papers and I added a doily from my huge stash of doilies.  I fell in love with these doilies and ended up ordering a box from Amazon...I will never need to buy another doily.

 I usually mat my photos on white and a dark cardstock mat and then pop it up with fun foam.

 The Celebr8 chippie was heat embossed with rose gold embossing powdeer.

 The flower die cut was also popped up on foam dots to create dimension.

I stuck down the title and then pierced holes with my paper piercer before hand stitching around the entire title.  Finally I cut a quarter inch from the edges of the white cardstock and mounted the layout on a patterned paper.

Thank you for visiting my blog ♥♥