Wednesday, January 31, 2018

You COLOUR my world - Lady Pattern paper

Lady Pattern Paper's latest release are paper packs that combine a mix of patterned papers in the same colour. When I decided to use the Silver, Black and White paper pack I already had the photos in mind. My daughter in law, Nadia and my grandson Lukas took part in the Colour Run in October 2017 and I have seen some very colourful photos of them.   Here is the completed page:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Lady Pattern Silver, black and white paper pack; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter stickers;  American Craft Doll, Dear Lizzy; Chipboard leaves:  Celebr8; Heart puffy stickers: Freckled Fawn; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink:  Distress Oxide Ink (picked raspberry, salty ocean, fossilized amber); Other mediums: Nuvo Crystal Drops (Ebony Black); Embossing Powder: WOW (silver); Stamps: Prima (splats), Teresa Collins (flower, hearts)

I first matted my photos on black cardstock and then chose 5 of the papers to layer behind the photo. I cut the papers to size and layered them stapling them together so that I could see where it is going to sit on my white cardstock.

I then marked the space and started to add colour to my background. I used some Prima stamps that look like splats and Distress Oxide Inks. I also added water to the ink and used a paintbrush to make smaller splatter.

When the inks were dry I added my patterned paper layers and the photo. I then stamped the two large black flowers and fussy cut it from the card stock I stamped on.

I added some stitching to my background for added texture. I then heat embossed some chipboard leaves with silver and added the two flowers and the leaves diagonally across from each other.

Silver Black and White Layout Script
Finally, I added my title and little silver puffy hearts. I found it needed a bit more black for contrast and stamped tiny black hearts randomly around the page. I finished it off with black Nuvo Crystal Drops.

This layout is an example of using the papers in your Silver, Black and White paper pack to create something beautiful and memorable by bringing colour in with mixed media and embellishing.

This is the paper pack that I used.  You can find it at your local scrapbook store.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Wonder - Felicity Jane Mila - CSI 246

Hallo there.  Today I am sharing a page based on the Color Story Inspiration case file CSI246.  I challenged myself to use the Felicity Jane Mila kit and also follow the traditional clues of the case file.  I used a photo that I took in the Addo Elephant park when we visited it in December 2017.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Felicity Jane (Mila); Cardstock:  Felicity Jane, American Craft; Letter Stickers: Hip Kit Exclusives; Flowers:  Little Birdie; Paper clips: Felicity Jane; Enamel dots: My minds Eye; Ink:  Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass); Stencil:  Celebr8; Stamps: Finnabair; Embossing powder: WOW (bight white); Embossing folders: Cuttlebug, Kaisercraft; Dies: Sizzix circle dies; Border punch: Fiskars.

The case file:
This is how I solved the case file:

The Scheme:  I used the five colours as close as I had in my stash.

Evidence:  Solid white background, swiss dot, stripes, floral pattern, swirls, hearts, flowers, border punch.

Testimony:  I used the title "Wonder" and my journaling reads as follows:  "We loved watching the juvenile elephants play in a watering hole at the Addo Elephant Park.  This youngster could possibly find an easier way out of the watering holebut that was  where he wanted to get out.  It reminds me a little of human toddlers that want their way.  One of the other youngsters came to his aid and pushed him up the embankment.  It really takes a village.         

Some close ups:
 I decided to bust out some embossing folders and some stamps to make my circle elements for this page.  I used white embossing powder on the stamped the effect.  The little heart paper clips was also in the kit and was perfect to bring hearts into the page.

 I added the brick red flowers and enamel dots into the mix to bring a vibrant element to the page.

 The blue letter stickers that are exclusive to Hip Kits was the perfect match.

 The layout would not be complete without the story.

I love how the page turned out and I love that I used some of my dies, stamps and embossing folders.

Thank you for visiting my blog today♥♥

Monday, January 22, 2018

Love every moment - Cocoa Vanilla Studio - Stuck

Hallo there.  Today I am playing along with the latest Stuck sketch challenge.  I also wanted to dig into the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studio (Bohemian Dreams) kit and make another blue and purple scrapbook layout.  I used photos of my youngest sister and I.  She and her family were visiting us over the Festive season and we spent a lot of time just hanging out.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Cocoa Vanilla Studio (Bohemian Dreams), Black and white fussy cut flowers are from a Felicity Jane patterned paper; Cardstock:  American Craft; Chipboard title:  Celebr8; Chipboard:  Cocoa Vanilla Studio;  Flair: Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Pearls:  Basic Grey; Die cuts and vellum cuts:  Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Ink: Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord); Stencil: Celebr8; Embossing Powder: Lindys (Hiacinth Blue Jade); Punch:  EK Success; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Other:  Doily from my stash.

The sketch

Some close ups:
 I first applied ink through the stencil around the edges of my page.  The above cluster is  combination of chipboard, die cuts and fussy cut flowers.

 The pretty flair is by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

I heat embossed the Celebr8 Chipboard title.

 I layered the vellum die cut flower over the die cut and fastened it with a small staple.  The journaling is what it is all about...the little moments together..

I loved making this page and it quickly came together.

Thank you for visiting my blog today...I hope you found some inspiration to go out and create♥♥

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Altered Book Box - Finnabair

Hi there,  I am really excited to say that I have ventured into the mixed media world when I decided to try and make something pretty of the old book box where we store our remote controls in our family room.  I never in my life thought that I will use black gesso...and I am really pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the process and how beautiful my box turned out.

 I didn't take any photos while I was adding the waxes and pastes.  I have another one to complete and will take more photos of the process.

 This is what it looked like before I started.  I covered the gold "pages" with masking tape and then covered the entire outside with black gesso.

 I then applied some Finnabair white crackle paste through a stencil.  I repeated this on the spine and back of the book.

 I then added chipboard swirls, gauze, doilies, metal pieces, flowers and melange art pebbles.

 I then coated everything with black gesso, but I wasn't happy, it still needed some more texture.

I then added Finnabair art stones and mini art stones using some soft matt gel.  When it was dry I coated it again with black gesso.

I used Finnabair Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance in Mystic Turquoise and Metallique Bronze Age wax for the background of the front as well as for the spine and for the back.

 To bring the different elements forward I used Metallique Waxes in Rich Copper, Aged Brass and White Gold.

I then applied some rust and patina paste around the center piece to create a rusted patina effect.

I will be back soon to show you the process on the other book box that I am still busy with.  Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Friday, January 19, 2018

Life is sweeter in flipflops - Lady Pattern Good Times and Tan Lines

Hi there.  I am here to share another page that was created with the awesome new Lady Pattern collection, Good Times and Tan Lines.  My previous pages was made using the blues and greens.  This time I wanted to include pink.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers: Lady Pattern Good Times and Tan Lines Copacabana (kites), Good Times and Tan Lines One in a Melon (confetti), Good Times and Tan Lines Beach Vibes (Life is sweeter card), Basic Essentials Mermaid Tails Green Chartreuse and Intense Teal, Basic Essentials Dreamy Dots Pink Mary (stripes); Cardstock:  American Craft; Chipboard title:  Celebr8; Chipboard frame and shells:  Blue Fern Studios; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen); Stencil: Scrapbook Studio; Other mediums: Lindy's Embossing powder, Finnabair Patina Paste, Finnabair Metallique Wax (vintage gold).

Some close ups:
I had a lot of fun playing with the Finnabair Patina paste and was amazed at how it transformed the chipboard elements.  I wanted the photos and patterned papers to take center stage and kept my embellishing to a minimum.  
 I cut a large circle that I hand stitched to compliment the circular element of the chipboard.  I love how the Basic Essentials so perfectly compliment this collection.

 The blending of the ink to form the sun burst was an after though done when the page was complete and I found that "something"  was still missing.

 I balanced my layout by adding strips of the same patterned papers to the bottom of the page.

A shot that shows the dimension of the page.  I love taking a shot like this with every page.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Do stock up on this beautiful Lady Pattern Paper at your local scrapbook store.  You will find them to be versatile and a staple you need in your stash. ♥♥

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Magic Moments - September 2017 Hip Kit - Paige Evans Turn the Page

Hallo there.  I only cut into the September 2017 Hip Kit today.  It has all the beautiful embellishments from this gorgeous collection.  I saw a photo that my daughter in law shared on Facebook and there is so much emotion in the photo that I wanted to capture the emotion by using a limited colour palette of the blues and greys in the kit combined with some black and white.  I added two sheets of an older Felicity Jane kit to get the mix perfect.  Here is my layout:

 Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Pink Paislee Paige Evans (Turn the Page), Felicity Jane;  Cardstock:  American Craft; Vellum: My Minds Eye; Letter Stickers: Shimelle; Wood Veneer:  Paige Evans Turn the Page; Flair:  Felicity Jane; Labels:  Basic Grey; Enamel dots:  My Minds Eye; Die cuts:  Paige Evans Turn the Page; Stencil:  Tim Holtz; Embossing Paste: Studio 490; Embossing Powder:  Tinby Metallic Melts; Stamps:  Felicity Jane.

Some close ups:
 I love the hint of silver that can be seen in the embossing paste.  The flowers were fussy cut from a Felicity Jane paper.  The label is an old Basic Grey one that has been in my stash forever.  I added some vellum with metallic silver dots behind the photo mat.

 I combined the foam "Magic" Shimelle stickers from a previous kit with the "Moments"die cut in the collection.  I love how the white pops with all the blues.
 I wanted to really put the pretty patterned papers on show and used larger layers than what I normally do.    I love all the layers.

There is indeed magical moments in everyday life, we just have to take the time to see them.
This page really turned out well.  I am happy.
Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope you found inspiration here ♥♥

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Let's Stay In - CSI 245

Hallo there.  I am slowly getting back into creating pages....and playing with mixed media on the side...but more about that at another time.  Today I am playing along with Color Story Inspiration Case file 245.  I have used the traditional clues to make my layout.  Here it is:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Lady Pattern Basically Textured Zesty Zebra Intense Teal, Basically Textured Knitty Gritty Dazzling Blue, for the photo layers I used a mix of Dear Lizzy and Maggie Holmes, Cardstock: Bazzill; Letter Stickers:  American Craft; Specialty Snowflake paper:  Little Yellow Bicycle; Label: Elle's Studio; Brads: My Minds Eye; Die Cuts:  WeR Memory Keepers (Honey I'm Home), Prim (Coffee Break); Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink: Brilliance (Moonlight White); Stencil:  Scrapbook Studio; Stamp:  Felicity Jane (Sophie).

The Case File:

Here is how I solved the case file:

The Scene:  I used the scene picture above as inspiration to make my whimsical background.

The Scheme:  All 5 Colours used.

Evidence:  Polka dots, stars, mountains, lights, winter elements, string, houses.

Testimony:  I chose to document a winter activity.  I have fibromyalgia and are very sensitive to cold that causes flare in winter I hibernate and prefer to stay home and stay warm.  My journaling reads as follows:  “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and  for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for HOME.”  - Edith Sitwell

Some close ups:
I first created my background. 
 I stenciled some stars in white ink onto the dark blue paper and stitched around the "mountains".

The light bulbs have been part of my stash for a long time and were perfect for this page.
I added some houses that was cut from a sheet of WeR Memory Keepers (Honey I'm Home) paper and added a enamel heart to the photo.

I used very old American Craft Alpha thickers and that also added the polka dots from the evidence.

Books and copious amounts of coffee is also something I like in the winter and therefore I added the die cuts from an old Prima collection.  The quote is just perfect for this page.

Last Saturday I was blessed to take a class by the talented Anguree Janse van Rensburg while she was on vacation in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.  I loved all the texture and techniques that she taught in her class.  This is the complete layout and will be going into a frame and onto the photo wall in my home.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I really appreciate your support and kind comments ♥♥