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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Carefree - Felicity Jane Alexis

Hi there my crafty friends.  I am sharing a page that I made using the beautiful Felicity Jane Alexis kit.  I saw the coolest Pagemap sketch and decided to use it as inspiration for this page of my one and only granddaughter Leane.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Felicity Jane Alexis; Cardstock: American Craft; Vellum: American Craft; Wood veneer hearts:  Studio Calico; Chipboard title: Celebr8; Flair: Felicity Jane; Puffy dots:  Felicity Jane; Die cuts:  Felicity Jane; Embroidery Floss: DMC Variegated; Embossing Folder:  Couture Creations (Scattered Notes); Embossing Powder:  Lindy's Gang, Dies: Sizzix; Stamps:  Felicity Jane (Brie)

The sketch that inspired me:

Some close ups:
 I started by cutting a butterfly with the Silhouette Cameo to use as a template for my wonky stitched butterfly.  I then added the two strips of patterned paper to the middle of the page before tracing the butterfly.

 I then decided to cut a smaller butterfly from the soft pink patterned paper and another even smaller one from vellum.  I then embossed the vellum paper before adding the pieces inside the stitched butterfly wings.

 You already know that I always mat my photo on a few different coloured cardstock papers.  I just love to make my photo stand out from it's background.

 I heat embossed the wood veneer hearts and the title.

 I just love the dimension...and I added foam dots between each layer to show it off better.

 The stamping was done using the stamp set of the Felicity Jane Brie kit.

 The two circles were cut from journaling cards.

I love how this turned out.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I trust that I could inspire you to create...it is the best therapy ever.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Magical Moments - Elle's Studio

Hallo there friends.  I just love the bright and happy colours that come in all of Elle's Studio's collection.  I have bought quite a bit of there embellishments, the Title Builder Stamp set and recently the Noteworthy collection.  When I initially saw this photo of Lukas on Facebook I knew that the collection would be perfect to document the moment.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Elle's Studio (Noteworthy collection); Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers:  Elle's Studio; Wood veneer: Crafty Arts; Chipboard: Dusty Attic; Puffy Stickers: Elle's Studio; Epoxy Stickers:  Elle's Studio; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Die cuts:  Elle's Studio; Ink:  Distress Ink (Weathered wood); Stencil:  Tim Holtz; Embossing powder: Lindy's, WOW; Dies: Quikutz, Sizzix; Stamps:  Elle's Studio Title builder, Noteworthy.

Some close ups:
 A little cluster with a circle, some pennants and a toad stool.

 Dusty Attic chipboard dressed with heat embossing.

 Some yummy layers and a few puffy stickers.

 I stitched around the circle for added texture.

 The title is a combination of puffy alpha and clear stamp.

 I added some Distress Ink in Weathered Wood to break the white background.

I found the little wooden embellishments in an art shop and toned it down with a touch of white gesso.

Thank you for visiting my blog today...I do hop that you are inspired to create something pretty ♥♥

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Relax & Exhale - Hip Kit July 2017 - CSI256

Hallo my crafty friends.  Last weekend I taught at The Event for Scrapbook Studio.  I will soon be sharing the pages I made for the class.  On Wednesday I took my usual creative day to play along with the latest Color Story Inspiration challenge.  For the colour part of the challenge I took out the July 2017 Hip Kit that had so many Hip Kit Exclusives.  I just love it when taking part in challenges allows me to use up some of my extensive stash.  The photo I used was taken in December 2016 when we camped at the Keurbooms Aventura with Wynand, Nadia and the boys.  Camping is the surest way to ensure that you really switch of and relax.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Maggie Holmes, Paige Evans, Amy Tangerine, Illustrated Faith; Cardstock:  American Craft: Wood Veneer:  Hip Kit Exclusives; Chipboard:  Dusty Attic; Love Clip:  Illustrated Faith; Puffy Stickers:  Hip Kit Exclusives; Envelope: Maya Road; Enamel triangles: My Minds Eye; Ink:  Distress Ink (Weathered wood and Peacock Feathers); Punches:  XCut, Fiskars.

The page is roughly based on this Pagemaps sketch:

This is the CSI challenge inspiration:

This is how I solved this case file:

The Scheme:  I tried to stick as close as I could to the colour palette.

Evidence:  Solid white background, dots, triangles, circles, camper (photo), scallops, String(envelope), eye glasses.

Testimony:  I used the word "Relax" as my title and I journaled something about summer:  "Two weeks of bliss at the Keurbooms Aventura Resort.  Camping with Wynand, Nadia and the boys;  Loads of rest and relaxation."

Some close ups:
 Some flowers cut from one of the Maggie Holmes papers, I coloured the flower wood veneer red to match the colour scheme of the case file.

 Some string on the envelope and a colourful puffy scallop strip.

 I added the puffy title directly to my photo and added a wood veneer cluster to the top of the photo.

 The " WHY NOT?" was cut from an Amy Tangerine (On a Whim) paper and when I added the Exhale chipboard title to the page it made for a longer title.

The painted wood veneer was all part of the exclusives that usually come in the July Hip Kits.  I added some fussy cut flowers to this cluster as well as the black enamel triangles.

...finishing the page with my journaling and the date...

Thank you for visiting my blog today...I hope that I inspired you and that you will join in playing along with Color Story Inspiration. ♥♥

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Escape to the Wild - Maggie Holmes Flourish - Scrapbook Studio

Hi there,  I want to share the second page I made for the Scrapbook Studio kit.  I struggled to get going with this page because my paper options were limited.  I eventually decided on the front and back of the Flourish Poetic paper and my "go to"vertical design.  I then scoured my children's Facebook pages for a photo and when I found this one of Wynand and Nadia taken while they were camping in the Baviaans Kloof I knew that it would be perfect for the colour combination.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Maggie Holmes (Flourish); Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers:  American Craft (Memo) and tile stickers from the Maggie Holmes sticker sheet; Chipboard:  Celebr8; Stickers:  Maggie Holmes (Flourish); Flowers: Celebr8; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Other Mediums:  Ranger Rose Gold Liquid Pearls; Scrapbook Studio Gold glitter embossing paste; Punch: XCut; Doily:  my stash.

Close ups:

I love how a doily always manage to soften a page. The butterfly was fussy cut from one of the papers.  I added a card from the cut apart sheet and then layered one of the sticker phrases over it.


I heat embossed the chipboard leaves and buds with rose gold embossing powder and added a fussy cut flower to the flower cluster.

The camera and dragon fly was fussy cut from the patterned papers.

The liquid pearls are not perfect...but it is what it is.  I added another phrase sticker to the photo.
  
The card was also cut from the cut apart patterned papers.  I love this colour combination....and as usual a bit of stitching as a final touch.

The Baviaans Kloof is really an Escape to the Wild where there is no cellphone reception....just perfect to relax and unwind.

Thank you for visiting my blog today♥♥

Friday, June 15, 2018

Sparkle - Sketchabilities - Cocoa Vanilla Studio

Hi there friends.  It is such a privilege and pleasure to be part of the Design Team for Sketchabilities.  Please go and check out the reveal for Sketch #150...there is so much inspiration from the team.    I have combined the sketch with the Color Story Inspiration case file #255.  Here is my take on the sketch:

Supply list:  Patterned paper: Cocoa Vanilla Studio (Bohemian Dreams); Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers: Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Chipboard title:  Celebr8; Bling: My Minds Eye; Flowers: Bo Bunny; Flair: Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Enamel hearts: Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Die cuts: Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Ink:  Distress Ink (Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord); Texture Paste: Finnabair; Stencil:  Tim Holtz; Stamps:  Prima, Felicity Jane; Border punches: XCut, EK Success, Martha Stewart; Embossing Powder:  WOW; Other:  Sisal fibres.

Sketch 150
 The CSI case file:

Here is how I solved the case file:

The Scheme:  All 5 colours used.

Evidence:  Solid white background, scallops, stripes, hearts, dots, circles, decorative border, starburst, texture paste, heat embossing.

Testimony:  I used the title "Sparkle".  My journaling reads as follows:  "Two arms full of love, Juan and Stefan - 26 May 2013.  "The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance." Psalm 16:8

Some close ups:

 I cut some frames from patterned paper to be part of my layers.  I mixed distress ink into my texture paste and applied it through a Tim Holtz stencil.

 I dusted off my stamps and added the stitched circles with the Prima stamp and the little starbursts with Felicity Jane stamps.

 I love the added texture that the punched borders add to this page.

 I layered some flower ephemera, sisal and Bo Bunny Flowers...and here you can see my journaling.

 The bottom left cluster is a mix of pennants, sisal and flowers.  I love layering the diecut flowers with the vellum flowers.

I added silver metallic drops by My Minds Eye and heat embossed the title in Silver.  It is the perfect accent colour.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Please visit the Sketchabilities blog and play along with this month's sketch.  ♥♥

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fear Factor - Maggie Holmes Flourish - Scrapbook Studio

Hi there, today I am sharing the first of two pages I created as a kit for Scrapbook Studio.  (there is still a couple available for purchase)   The pretty Flourish "Charming" paper just asked to be fussy cut.  I remembered a photo that I took years ago of Stefan and Lukas and a bug.  Stefan is very afraid of bugs and spiders and a friend commented on my Facebook page that the perfect title for the photo would be "Fear Factor".  Thank you Adri!  Here is the page:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Maggie Holmes (Flourish); Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: American Craft (Memo); Wood beetle: Crafty Arts; Stickers:  Maggie Holmes (Flourish); Embroidery Floss: DMC; Other Mediums:  Copper Stickles, Rose Gold Liquid Pearls, Scrapbook Studio Gold Glitter embossing paste.

Some close ups:
I love those bugs.

 One of the cut apart cards became a tag.  The stitching is always the perfect accent.

 My title card...and the liquid pearls don't make perfect dots...but it is what it is.

 ...my journaling...another memory captured...

I found this little wooden beetle in an art shop...I added a lick of gesso and then stickels and glitter.

Thank you for visiting my blog♥

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Wild about You - Lady Pattern Paper

Hi there,  I am sharing a layout made with Lady Pattern Paper today.  Bernike Coetzee's gorgeous papers are really versatile and can be used as essential papers that will go with any paper range you choose to use...and of course it is a proudly South African manufacturer. I wanted to showcase the Kraft Essentials Lucy Lace Opaque white paper that I used as the background for this page.  I decided that it would make the perfect backdrop for some extraordinary photos taken way back in 2014.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Lady Pattern Basic Essentials; Cardstock:  Lady Pattern Paper (Kraft Essentials);  Letter Stickers:  American Craft (Paperback); Wood Veneer: JA Floral, Studio Calico; Chipboard:  Dusty Attic, Celebr8; Flowers: Petaloo; Leaves: Prima; Beads:  Celebr8; Label: twine + ink;  Flair:  Feed your craft; Enamel dots:  Nuvo Crystal Drops (Dandelion Yellow, Apple Green), Giraffe Die Cut:  Maggie Holmes (Carousel); Ink:  Distress Ink (Vintage photo, Walnut Stain),  Other mediums:  Finnabair Copper Glitter Glass, Wow rose gold embossing powder,Lindy's oakleaf olive embossing powder;  Border Punch: Xcut; Other:  12 x 12 corrugated cardboard.

Some close ups:
 I decided to back the Lucy Lace Kraft paper onto a 12 x 12 piece of corrugated board.  I then went ahead and tore pieces of the kraft paper from the edges and inked the exposed corrugated cardboard.  I heat embossed the Dusky Attic branches and placed it behind the burlap flowers.

 The giraffe die cut was the perfect touch to this page...in fact I don't know if I would have used it if I didn't have these photos ;)  I raided some of my Celebr8 embellishment packs and sorted the yellow, green and black beads...I then attached them around the bottom of the photos with glossy accents.  While it was still wet I sprinkled the copper glass glitter over it.

 I love the exposed pieces of corrugated cardboard...it gives it a real African wild feel.

 I added some wood veneer hearts and made enamel dots with Nuvo Crystal drops as final touches.

 The page would have no meaning if the story isn't told.  So I added my journaling to the top of the page.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.  You can find Lady Pattern Paper at your local scrapbook store. ♥♥