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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The drum of Africa beats in my heart - Lady Pattern Paper (African Dream)

Hello there.  Have you seen the gorgeous new Lady Pattern Paper African Dreams collection?  It is absolutely gorgeous and perfect for your scenery, sunsets, sunrise and wild life photos.  When I saw it I knew that I had the perfect photos that was just waiting for the right paper to be documented.  It was a story that needed to be documented and I knew that I wanted a big photo on it so I elected to create a double page spread.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Lady Pattern Paper (African Dream); Cardstock:  American Craft; Chipboard title: Celebr8; Chipboard leaves: Dusty Attic; Flowers: Dusty Attic, Petaloo; Paint:  Lukas Cryl Studio; Stencil: Prima; Other Mediums:  Stencil glue, Lindy's reindeer moss green embossing powder, Rose Gold foil (Couture Creations); Border punch: Fiskars; Other:  Sisal and feathers.

Some close ups:

 I started by fussy cutting the Aloe on "The Gift" paper and layering it over another paper with the aloe on it.  

I then cut strips of paper from "The Gift", "Mamma Africa", "Wild Thing", "Evita" and "Magic".  I attached it to two card stock backgrounds.  I then took a stencil and applied stencil glue to my background pages.  I allowed it to dry and then rubbed Rose Gold Foil onto the tacky glue to create a foiled background.
The large title is an older Celebr8 chipboard title.  I painted it with beige acrylic paint.

I wanted a large 8 inch by 10 inch photo on my page.  I pasted my photos down and then added the title to the middle of the page.

I then made three clusters on the  page using pretty flowers from Dusty Attic and Petaloo.

I layered some sisal under the flowers and added some heat embossed Dusty Attic chipboard leave sprigs to the cluster.

As a final touch I added a few guineafowl feathers.

What would a layout be without the story.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Be sure to get this beautiful paper collection from your local scrapbook store before it is all gone.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Feel the Love - CSI #273 - Lady Pattern Paper

Hallo my crafty friends.  I want to share the page I made based on the Color Story Inspiration case file #273.  If you have never played along with these challenges, please consider it.  It is heaps of fun, you get to dig into your stash and get your stuff on pages and as a bonus you can win really awesome prizes.  The mid week challenge is Valentines themed and this is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Lady Pattern Paper, Kaisercraft (grey woodgrain), Felicity Jane (fussy cut flowers); Cardstock:  American Craft; Chipboard:  Project Life; Brads:  My Minds Eye;  Epoxy stickers:  My Minds Eye; Enamel dots:  Nuvo glitter drops (Honey Gold); Embroidery Floss: DMC Variegated; Cut File:  Handipaper Etsy shop; Other: Silhouette Cameo.

The case file:


This is how I solved the case:

Scheme:  All the colours used.

Evidence: woodgrain, flowers, hearts, Valentines-themed elements, frame.

Testimony:  I documented about the one I love using a Maya Angelou quote.

A few close ups:
 I love the cut files in the Handipaper Etsy shop...and this was one I had to get. I backed the file with papers from Lady Pattern Paper.

 These epoxy stickers from My Minds Eye has been in my stash since 2016...now it has a home.

 The fussy cut flowers are from a patterned paper by Felicity Jane and if I could have a 100 sheets of this it would not be enough.

 I embellished my clusters with epoxy hearts and Nuvo glitter drops...love them.  This quote by Maya Angelou was just perfect to document my love for my soul mate.

 I cut an additional heart to frame my photo.  I seldom cut my photos into shape...but this was just so perfect for that.

The brads is by My Minds Eye and a page would not be complete without some hand stitching.

Please come and play along with this challenge.  Thank you for visiting my blog today.♥

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Friends - CSI Cold case 274 - Art from the Heart

Hello there.  Do you need inspiration in your scrapbooking journey.  Color Story Inspiration is a great way to give your mojo a kick start and use your stash.  I scrapped a photo taken during our Secret Scrapbook Event in 2018 using the lovely Rose Garden collection by Art from the Heart.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Art from the Heart (Rose Garden); Cardstock:  American Craft; Chipboard  Title: Celebr8; Chipboard owl: Upikit; Bling:  Prima (Say it in crystals); Flowers: Petaloo; Ribbons: Stash; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Twine: WeR Memorykeepers; Ink: Tattered Rose; Other Mediums:  Finnabair paper paste; Stencil: Prima; Other: Doily from my stash.

The cold case file:


This is how I solved this cold case:  I found an older collection that matched the colour palette. I used stacks of ribbons and an old Petaloo flower. I incorporated a wood owl and a metal owl charm. I applied some texture paste (coloured with paint) through a stencil.

Some close ups:
 I stitched around the patterned papers.  The elements are cut from the cut apart sheet.

 Twisted ribbons and trims.

 The bling flourishes have also been living in my stash for many years.

 I coloured the paper paste with Tattered Rose distress Ink.  A little cluster at the bottom of the page to balance the composition.

 Twine wrapped around some of the paper also gives a lot of texture.

The title was heat embossed with black glitter embossing powder.

Friday, February 8, 2019

You colour my world - August 2016 Hip Kit - Crate Cute Girl

Hallo....have I told you that I just love discovering beautiful goodies in my older stash.  I am still working on my August 2016 Hip Kit and loving every moment.  You probably noticed that rainbows are all the rage these days...so this is my attempt at a rainbow layout.  I used a photo taken on my birthday last year with my children and children-in-grace.  I did not want the photo to compete with the colours and therefore changed it to black and white.

Supply list:  Patterned papers: Crate (Cute Girl); Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers:  Pink Fresh Studio (black), American Craft (Carefree); Chipboard:  Crate Cute Girl; Puffy Stickers:  Crate Cute Girl; Embroidery Floss: DMC Variegated; Ink:  Distress Ink (Picked Strawberry, worn lipstick, Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Story Sky); Stencil:  Celebr8; Border Punch:  Fiskars; Other:  Silhouette Cameo.

Some close ups:
 Love the dimension.

 I used distress ink through a stencil around the edges of my background to echo the colours of the rainbow heart.

 Stitching around the edges of the heart and the puffy XOXO sticker was perfect for the corner.

 I love rediscovering my older stash and making pretty things with it.

They do Colour my world.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  
Are you scrapping your stash? You might have some gems buried there.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

4 Today - August 2016 Hip Kit - Stash busting

Hello there

I have made a good dent in a few of my older Hip Kits and I will be sharing the pages I made using my stash over the next few weeks.  Today I am concentrating on the Amy Tan (Oh Happy Life) papers and embellishments that were part of the August 2016 Hip Kit.  I am scrapping photos that was taken in 2016 of my grandson Juan at his 4th birthday party.  I am delighted with how well this one turned out.  Here it is:

Supplies used:  Patterned paper:  Amy Tan (Oh Happy Life),  Crate (Cute Girl), Studio Calico (yellow paper); Cardstock:  American Craft; Wood veneer: Studio Calico (stars and arrows); Chipboard Title:  Dear Lizzy (Saturday); Chipboard 4:  Maggie Holmes (Gather); Puffy Stars:  Elle's Studio; Clear Stickers:  Amy Tan (Oh Happy Life); Buttons:  Stash; Acrylic Shapes: My Minds Eye; Embroidery Floss:  DMC; Mist:  Prima Color Bloom (Soft Teal); Stencil:  Heidi Swapp; Glitter: Finnabair; Punches: WeR Memory Keepers tab punch, Spellbinders label (behind "4")

You know how much I love to use sketches:

Some close ups:
 I love how the acrylic shapes shine.

 A lot of hand stitching and a big statement title.

 I die cut the blue label from a card in the ephemera pack.

 Lots of stars added to the stitching.

 I covered the wood veneer arrows with Glossy Accents and then poured gold glitter over it.

Here you get a better idea of the dimension of the page.  I love it when my older stash gets used and a memory is documented.

Have you got a huge stash?  Have you ever challenged yourself to use your stash and stop buying?  Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope you found some inspiration here.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Cozy - CSI #272 - Paige Evans (Turn the Page)

Hello there my friends.  Debbi, the owner of Color Story Inspiration have asked me some time ago to be one of her "detectives" on the design team.  This year it just feels right and I am proud to now be on the design team.  I really do hope that you will join in these lovely challenges and play along.  You will be challenged to look at your stash in a different way and you can win some really great pages.  Here is my first page as a detective :-)

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Paige Evans (Turn the Page), Lady Pattern Paper; Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers:  Hip Kit exclusives; Wood veneer:  Paige Evans (Turn the Page); Chipboard:  Paige Evans (Turn the Page);  Bling:  Crystal stickers; Puffy stickers: Paige Evans (Turn the Page); Enamel dots: Carta Bella; Die Cuts:  Paige Evans (Turn the Page); Embroidery Floss:  DMC; Mist:  Distress Stain (Picket Fence); Dies:  Find It Media (snowflakes), Border punch: Ek Success; Other:  Trim and a charm from my stash.

The challenge:

How I solved the case:

Scheme:  Used colours that are close to the ones in the color scheme.

Evidence:   Plaid, stripes, dots, border, winter elements, woodland creatures and birds, string, splatter, wood, metal.

Testimony:  I documented something about winer and used the inspiration word "cozy" as my title.

I used this sketch as a guideline:

Some close ups:
 I love the patch work effect of the blocks with it's hand stitching.

 It was fun to choose little elements that will go well with the theme of the page.

 The trims I used on this page has probably been in my stash for more than 10 years.

 I die cut the snowflakes and I found this cute little squirrel in my stash.

Thank you for visiting my blog today!   Please come and play along with this challenge.  You do not need a blog as you can post your layout to the Facebook group.

From the Heart - Maggie Holmes (Gather) - September 2016 Hip Kit

Hello there.  I am on a no buy freeze for this year.  I am honest if I say that my stash often scares me and I still love most of it and it needs to be used and put on pages.  I am using an old Maggie Holmes Gather kit from way back in 2016.  I used the yellows and blues in the kit to scrap this cute photo of Stefan and Sumo.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Dear Lizzy (Saturday), Maggie Holmes (Gather); Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter stickers:  Maggie Holmes (Gather); Chipboard:  Maggie Holmes Gather (leaves); Pink Fresh Studio (hearts); Brads:  Simple Stories (Posh);  Clear Stickers: Simple Stories (Posh); Enamel dots:  Nuvo Glitter Drops (Honey Gold); Die cuts:  Maggie Holmes (Gather); Paint:  White Acrylic; Stencil: Celebr8; Border punch: Xcut

You know how much I love to use sketches for inspiration.  This one is by Liz Chidester.

Some close ups:
 How can you not love those two little faces?  You can see the chipboard leave peeking out behind the photo.

 Nothing quite like the love between a boy and his dog.

 I took one of the die cuts and used it for my title.  Love those Nuvo Glitter drops.

 I applied some white acrylic paint through a Celebr8 stencil to my background.  It is rather messy but that doesn't faze me.

I stamped the "these" over the word week.  Kimberley Hutchinson amazes me with the way she puts together such well coordinated kits.

I am really becoming more and more lazy where it comes to blogging my pages...so I really don't know how long I will still be continuing this.  Thank you for visiting my blog today♥♥