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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

It's a Boy's world - Celebr8

Hallo there.  I was very honoured to be asked by Celebr8 to design pages for their new "You Rock"release.  As you know I am blessed to have 2 sons and 5 grandsons so I enjoy creating masculine pages.  I also like to stretch myself to use elements in a new way or to think outside the box when I decide on creating pages.  Here is the first page I made with a photo of my younger son, Wynand and our grandson Lukas:

Supply list:  Celebr8 You Rock collection,  Corrugated cardboard from my stash;  Letter stickers:  American Craft fabric chipboard letters;  Other mediums:  Acrylic paint,  Stickels (Golden Rod, Paprika, Blue Bayou), Lindy's Mist (Marigold Yellow); Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, Wild Honey), Embossing powder: Lindy's Cleopatra's Copper.

Some close ups: 
 The photos doesn't do justice and show the dimension on this page.  I cut the star from two patterned paper and from corrugated cardboard.  I love the effect of the corrugated cardboard.

 I used the stencil in the collection pack to add a layer behind the stars.  I believe it is the first time I use a chain on any of my pages.  I attached it to the top of the page with jump rings.

 I created this little cluster at the top to echo the addition of the corrugated cardboard star. The little stars have been heat embossed.

 I used some mistable fabric alphas that I coloured with Lindy's mist to a matching colour.  I twisted some of the string around the corrugated star for added interest.  The chipboard was painted with acrylic paint and then covered with Stickels.

I added another little cluster to the bottom left to balance the layout.

This photo gives you a better idea of the dimension on this page.

Thank you for visiting my blog today...I hope my page inspires you to go out and get this lovely masculine collection from your local scrapbook store. ♥♥

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sweet ♥ - CSI 254 - Cocoa Vanilla Studio (More than Words)

Hallo there.  I have been so busy creating layouts that can only be revealed later...that I am glad I found time today to play along with the latest Color Story Inspiration case file.  It is a very girly colour combination and I am so glad that Bianca took Leane on a girly date to the Unicorn Cafe yesterday and took some photos for this Ouma.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Cocoa Vanilla Studio, Pink Paislee; Cardstock: American Craft; Chipboard Cocoa Vanilla Studio, Bling: W&M; Enamel dots:  Nuvo Crystal Drops (gold); Vellum and die cuts:  Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Stamp:  Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Ink:  Distress Ink (Squeezed lemonade); Ink: Ranger Archival Ink; Stencil:  Prima; Punch:  Fiskars.

The Case File:
This is how I solved it:

The Scheme:  All the colours used.

Evidence:  Solid background, Stripes, floral pattern, flowers, label, bling, gold elements.

Testimony:  I put my journaling on a label.

Some close ups:
I love how easy the ephemera pack and vellum pack makes embellishing.  I added a row of bling along the edges of the photos.

Another little cluster.  I layered the vellum pieces over the cardstock die cuts for added dimension.

 I love the little sprinkle of hearts on the one stamp in the collection.  I added gold with glitter Nuvo Crystal drops.

 My journaling in a Pretty Little Studio label.

Love all the dimension on this page.

I hope you are inspired to play along with the Color Story Inspiration challenges...it is a lot of fun♥♥

Friday, May 18, 2018

Altered little cardboard box - Finnabair

Hi there.  I think that I have mentioned that the Mixed Media bug has bitten me and I just love getting my hands dirty.  I have been binge watching process YouTube videos and there is so many artists out there that are sharing their processes with us.  In this instance I give credit to Ola Khomenok who shared her process on YouTube.


This is my completed project.

 This was what the little box looked like...pretty!

 After a good coat of white gesso.

 Some of the elements I planned to use.

 The Mixed Media products that I used.

 The embellishments that I made with moulds and paper clay was used to create some dimension to the lid.  Most of this will be covered up.

 I next added some sisal and some pretty Blue Fern Studios chipboard that was also coated in gesso.

 I added an uneven layer of white crackle paste...just look at those yummy cracks.

 Finally I added the flowers  I also mixed some art stones and mini art stones with soft gel medium and applied it on the sides of the box and on the flowers and the sisal.

 I then mixed some water with acrylic paints allowing the paint to run on the sides.  I heat set it and the colour is now permanent.

 I love all the texture but I should have kept the chipboard white.  Hind site hey!?

 I love all the texture that the art stones add to the project.

Another close up of the texture and colour and you can also see the height of the embellishing on the lid.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥  I hope you are inspired to get your hands dirty and try something new.

Monday, May 14, 2018

I love right now - Felicity Jane (Alexis)/Lady Pattern - CSI 253

Hi there.  Today I want to share a page I made for the Color Story Inspiration case file 253.  I really love the fresh colours of the Scheme this time.  I combined some green and navy blue papers from the Lady Pattern Essentials papers with the FJ Alexis kit and I adore how vibrant it is.  What I love about the CSI challenges is that I am challenged to dig through my stash to find some of the the clues and other pretty embellishments that will fit the story I want to tell.  By now you know that my grandchildren love spending time with each other and time together at our home.  Here is my page of Stefan and Juan...best cousins and best friends.

 Supply list: Patterned papers:  Felicity Jane, Lady Pattern Paper; Cardstock:; American Craft; Letter Stickers:  American Craft (Dear Lizzy); Flair:  Felicity Jane, Feed your Craft; Enamel dots:  Nuvo Crystal Drops (Midnight Blue); Rubber Charms:  Dear Lizzy;Die cuts:  Hip Kit Exclusives (Kim Watson; Ink: Tumbled glass; Stencil:  Tim Holtz.

The beautiful inspirational scene and sceme:

This is how I solved the case file:

Scheme:  All the colours used.

Evidence:  Solid cardstock, stripes, wonky dots, die cuts, circles, combine colorful patterns with a black and white pattern, metal flair and paper clip.

Testimony:  I chose to handwrite my journaling.  It reads:  "Stefan and Juan, you are best friends.  You never get tired of each other.  I hope your relationship will be like this forever and that you will remain cousins and best friends. xxOuma".

Some close ups:
 I love using loads of layers and adding black and white between the colourful layers.

 The two little houses were in a Hip Kit two years ago and I love how well it goes with this colour scheme.

 The yellow Dear Lizzy chipboard thickers are the perfect title for this.

 I have developed a bit of an addiction for Nuvo Crystal Drops and I love making my own enamel dots that perfectly match my layout.

 I broke the white background with some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink stenciled through a Tim Holtz stencil.

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

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

My Happy Place - Felicity Jane Willow

Hi there,  I took the photo that I am scrapping today with my cellphone in the golden hour just before sunset.  Since we bought time share at Beacon Isle in 2006, this has become the place where I switch off totally.  The setting is beautiful and being close to the beach has an amazing affect on me...it calms and soothes me in a way that is difficult to describe.  I used the beautiful papers from the FJ Willow kit because it compliments the colours in the photo perfectly.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Felicity Jane Willow:  Cardstock: American Craft; Rubber charms: Felicity Jane (Caroline); Foam stickers;  Felicity Jane (Mila); Die cuts:  Felicity Jane (Willow); Enamel dots: Nuvo Crystal drop (Wedgewood blue); Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink: Distress Ink (Tattered Rose, Squeezed lemonade); Flourish Stencil:  Scrapbook Studio, Lace Stencil: Tim Holtz; Glitter: Crazy Crafts; Border Punch: XCut; Doily: stash.

I used this sketch by Laura Whitaker:

Some close ups:
Some layering.

 I LOVE this border punch.  I fussy cut the floral from the floral paper in this collection.  You can also see the stenciling that breaks the white background.  The little black rubber heart covers a mistake made with the Nuvo Crystal drops.

 Lots of paper layers outlined in black ink to create separation.  The "my happy place" is a rubber charm and the "this"is a foam sticker.  Love the combination of textures.

 My page wouldn't be complete without some hand stitching somewhere.
 The glittery white flourish is better seen in real life and doesn't show up well on the photo.

A different angle.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.  I hope you found some inspiration here ♥♥

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Pretty Awesome - June 2017 Hip Kit

Hallo there.  I am sharing another page with you using some of my older photos.  I am blessed to be married to my best friend and soul mate.  A man that is sensitive and loving and ALWAYS makes me laugh.  When you look at these funny photos of him...keep in mind that he is extremely allergic to seafood.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Hip Kit Exclusives, Pink Fresh Studio, Paige Evans; Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers:  American Craft (Dear Lizzy Petals), Hip Kit Exclusives; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studio (Crossing the Lines); Stickers:Bella Blvd, Crate Paper (Oasis); Clips: Vicky Boutin; Metal charm: Celebr8; Buttons: Hip Kit Exclusive; Enamel dots: Hip Kit Exclusive; Die cuts: Vicky Boutin; Embroidery Floss: DMC Variegated; Mist: Prima Color Bloom Spray.
Some close ups:
 Lots of layers and sunny colours.

 Some chipboard peeking from between the layers.

 I love how the layered title looks.

 The Vicky Boutin clips are such a lovely added touch.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Beathtaking Beauty - Kraft plus

Hi there.  I am delighted to be guest designer for the Kraft plus challenge for the month of May.  The rules are simple:
  • ALL projects must have a Kraft background.  (this can include Kraft patterned paper) The Kraft must be the hero of your background, not simply patterned paper mounted on Kraft. Let the Kraft shine!
  • All entries must be created exclusively for the Kraft+ challenge only and not combined with any other challenges.
  • Entries are open to traditional and digital layouts, cards, and art journaling.
This month the challenge is all about a date... 
I decided to use the very beautiful Lady Pattern Paper Kraft Essentials in Lucy Lace Metallic Copper.(as it is patterned Kraft paper)  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned Kraft:  Lady Pattern Paper (Kraft Essentials - Lucy Lace Metallic Copper); Cardstock:  Tim Holtz Core Destinations; Letter Stickers:  American Craft; Chipboard:  Blue Fern Studios (Floral Wreath); Bling: Prima (Zella Teal); Flowers: Prima, Celebr8; Rubber charm: Prima (Zella Teal); Word phrases: Prima; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Mediums:  Gesso; Embossing Powder: Wow; Mists/paints:  Lindy's Stamp Gang, Prima Bloom Spray,

The Challenge:

Some close ups:
 The all important date :-)

 I toned down the flowers in the clusters with white gesso.

 The chipboard floral wreath very much dictated the design of this page.

 I love how the aqua and green contrasts with the kraft background.

 The Story....very important.

At this angle you can see the dimension and the shiny bits...love how it turned out.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Do play along with this challenge ♥♥