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Saturday, April 28, 2018

BeYou-tiful - Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi there, I am sharing a page I made earlier this year using the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studio Bohemian Dreams collection.  The colours of this collection was the perfect choice to record a memory of my darling grand daughter, Leane.  She is such a tomboy and at the same time loves everything girly in life.  These photos of her perfectly reflects who she is.

Supply list:  Patterned Paper: Cocoa Vanilla Studio (Bohemian Dreams); Cardstock:  American Craft:  Chipboard Title:  Celebr8; Chipboard: Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Flair:  Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Enamel dots:  Nuvo Crystal Drops (Violet Galaxy); Die cuts/Vellum pieces:  Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Unicorn sticker:  Maggie Holmes; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Paint:  Twinkling H2O ( Solar Gold); Embossing Powder:  Lindys Stamp Gang; Doily:  my stash.

By now you know that I love creating with sketches and my favourite sketch artist is Laura Whitaker.

Some close ups:
 I love layering my embellishments...here I layered some vellum die cuts over the flower die cuts.

 Here you can see the quote that I felt fitted this page perfectly...you can also see a glimpse of my paper layers behind the photo.

 Another little flower and heart cluster.  I love to finish my pages by adding enamel dots.  Here I used some Nuvo Crystal Drops to make my enamel dots.

 The beautiful doily is from my substantial stash and the gold splatter was made using Twinkling H2O Solar gold watered down with water.

There is a lot of dimension on this page and this photo shows it perfectly.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Altered Vase - Finnabair

Hi there,  I while back I altered two book boxes and the whole mixed media bug bit me.  I know look at things differently.  I look at them and think of what they may become...if you get my meaning.  This past weekend I altered a glass vase.  I was inspired after watching Olga Bielska alter a vase in a YouTube video.  I pretty much followed her steps and this is how my vase turned out:


The back of the finished altered vase:
I love how the colour drips on the back and the texture that was added using Finnabair Art stones and mini artstone.

 This is what I started with.  A simple glass vase bought from Home Etc.

 I first primed the vase with heavy black Gesso

 I then used my Iron Orchid molds and paper clay to make some embellishments to add.

 I also dug into my stash for additional embellishments that could work.  I ended up not using the lace because I didn't want to hide the texture that I had going on already.

 I then covered the vase with a thick coat of white crackle paste.  I applied it with my finger.  Even before it dried I added the paper clay embellishments in the areas where I wanted the interest.

 Just look at those yummy crackles with the black gesso peeking throug.

 When the crackle paste was dry and the paper clay embellishment firmly stuck down, I started building my flower cluster using heavy body gel.  I wasn't really concerned about the colours of the roses as they will all be cover with heavy white gesso later.

 I added some lace around the top of the vase with some heavy body gel  and then when all was dry I coated everything with white gesso.  You have to be very careful that your rose petals don't stick to each other...so dry between each layer that you apply.  

 Unfortunately I didn't photograph after I applied the art stones and mini art stones to the entire project...on the flowers as well.  You can see the texture on the flowers here.

 I then used Lindy's Stamp Gang as well as Prima Mists on the project.  I couldn't get the colours I wanted so I decided to use my Lindy'Stamp Gang magical shakers in Time Travel Teal and Polka Purple.  This is pigment powders that you sprinkle onto your project and then spritz with your water bottle.  I loved that I had control over where my colour went.  The photo above shows the vase before I added some White Gold Metallique Wax by Finnabair.  At this point your project must dry out totally before you apply the finishing touches.

 I applied the wax with my finger to highlight some of the details.

 I love how this turned out...and I am on the lookout for the next project that needs altering.

Thank you for visiting my blog today♥♥


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Oupa and Ouma's House - CSI252

Hallo there.  I have been struggling to shake the flu virus this past week and that is also why it took me nearly a week to complete this page.  I am playing along with the traditional clues of the latest Color Story Inspiration case file.  I love the fresh look of the yellows, grey, black and white.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  My Minds Eye, Teresa Collins, Celebr8, Felicity Jane (Zoey); Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: Basic Grey; Tiny Alpha; Studio 112; phrase stickers: Teresa Collins, Accetate Word:  Felicity Jane (Zoey); Brads: Teresa Collins; Enamel Hears: My Minds Eye, Bella Blvd; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Labels: Pretty Little Studio; Die cuts: Felicity Jane (Zoey); Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Lemur image:  Katie Howard;  Embroidery Floss: DMC;  Ink:  Distress Ink (Squeezed Lemonade, Black Soot); Other mediums: Finnabair light paste; Stencil: Prima; Dies: Sizzix circle dies; Border punch: EK Success; Doily: Stash.

I used Laura Whitaker's latest sketch for My Creative Scrapbook:

The CSI case scheme and scene:

Here is how I solved the case file:

The Scheme:  I used all 5 colours.

Evidence:  stripes, dots, tiangles, circles, doily, alphabet as a design element, metal(brads), animals (lemurs), hearts.

Testimony:  I used the inspiration word:  "Fun" on my page and I documented something about my home.  My title is "Oupa and Ouma's house where cousins go to become BEST FRIENDS.  It always makes my heart glad to see how my grandchildren love each other.  They play togetherr irrespective of how big the age gaps are."

Some close ups":
 This page was a real "stash busting" experience.  I used a very old My Minds Eye paper as a mat for my page.  The grey diagonal is from an old Teresa Collins collection, the yellow/green dotted paper is Celebr8 and all the other papers are from Felicity Jane's Zoey collection.  The brads are also from an old Teresa Collins collection.  The little Lemur has a story.  Katie Howard of Australia is trying to make it become a new worldwide trend...and I took on the challenge to use her image.

 My large title...love this Basic Grey grey alphas.

 Another little lemur sitting on a lollipop flower.

 I am so glad I photographed these two monkeys...they were so funny.

 My journaling.

Here you can see both of the little lemurs on the page.  A really fun little element.

I like to photograph my layout at this angle to show dimension and sparkly bits.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Friday, April 20, 2018

Altered Book box - Finnabair products

Hi there,  I want to share the second book box I made as a special gift for a very special friend.  This is a look at the final product:

A thing of beauty.

 This is what I started with.

 I covered the book in black gesso and then applied white crackle texture paste to it.  I then built my arrangement.
 I then covered everything with black gesso and let it dry.

 When the gesso was dry I added some Antique Brilliance wax in Mystic Turquoise.  I decided that it was too blue (who would have thought).

 I added some Antique Brilliance in Red Amber and Metallique Wax in Bronze Age to tone down the blue.
 Here it is after I highlighted some of the embellishments in Rich Copper, Aged Brass and Vintage Gold.
 I added some White Gold Metallique wax to the art pebbles.

 I then applied some rust paste and patina paste to the Art Stones and Mini Art Stones to create an aged effect.

 I am really very happy with my project.

 The mechanical heart was the final element I added and I added little flecks of the patina and rust paste to tie it in with the rest of the composition.

...and so we learn that anything ugly and old can be redeemed with a coat of gesso and some embellishments.

Thank you for visiting my blog today...I hope I could inspire you to go out and create♥♥

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Love your Laugh - Lady Pattern Paper

Hi there,  today I am sharing a page I made for Lady Pattern Paper using Bernike's beautiful new "Red Pop" release.  I printed out these older photos of my grandson, Stefan a while ago and it was on my desk when the pretty new red paper release arrived on my doorstep. I wanted to use the three photos on the same page and that always poses a challenge when I make a single page. Stefan is wearing a green top in the photos and I, therefore, decided to use the Liewe Hexie Green Chartreuse (LPP0042) paper as a contrasting colour.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Lady Pattern; Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers;  Basic Grey (Red), American Craft Charm (kraft with gold fleck); Wood Veneer:  Studio Calico; Chipboard house and camera: Teresa Collins; Tag: Teresa Collins;  Brads:  Teresa Collins; Enamel dots: Nuvo Crystal drops (Ebony Black); Enamel hearts: My Minds Eye; Buttons: Teresa Collins; Puffy Stars: Bella Blvd; Tiny word phrases:  Tim Holtz; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink: Distress Ink (Walnut Stain, Antique linen); Stencil: Prima.

I used this sketch by Rochelle Spears:

Some close ups:
I matted the three photos on white and black cardstock and started working on my layers. From the back, I layered the B-side of Flourish Red Pop (LPP0066) and Liewe Hexie Green Chartreuse (LPP0042). I cut a banner from the Stripey Stripes Red Pop (LPP0070) and layered that before adding the very pretty Happy Hearts Red Pop (LPP0067) directly under my photos.

 I outlined the patterned papers in black ink to create separation. I then prepared my white cardstock background by applying some antique linen Distress ink through a crackle type stencil. I glued down my paper stack and photos and then the fun began with searching my stash for the perfect embellishments to accompany the pretty papers. My final step was adding the black Nuvo Crystal drops to create enamel dots and the cross stitching on the top and bottom of the page.

This quote was perfect for these photos.  You can see that I broke my white background with some antique linen distress ink and a stencil.  

 I love to use a mix of alphas for my titles and the embellishments used on this page has been sitting in my stash for many years.

I love to see the dimension of a page and this shot shows it perfectly.

I hope that this page will inspire you to pick up some of the lovely basic colours that is available at your local scrapbook stores.  Lady Pattern Paper is a basic we all need in our stash.  Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥