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 ♥♥

Friday, December 29, 2017

Joy - Lady Pattern - CSI 243

I just love it when a collection that I am working with are perfect to use for a challenge.  When I saw the colours in the Color Story Inspiration case file 243 I knew that the Lady Pattern (Good Times and Tan Lines combined with the Basic Essentials) papers would be a perfect fit.  I dug into my stash to find "evidence" needed according to the case file.  The result is a little out of my normal clean line comfort zone...but I am thrilled with how it came together.  The case file calls for winter elements and it is amusing that I made a beach page😃

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Lady Pattern Basically Textured Fency So Buff; Lady Pattern Good Times and Tan Lines Little Bikini, Lime Times, Hello Cards Intense Teal and Green Chartreuse (for matting);  Cardstock: American Craft; Chipboard title:  Celebr8, Chipboard shells:  Blue Fern Studio; Sequins and charm: stash; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Mists: Prima Color Bloom (splatter); Other mediums: Finnabair Patina Paste, Studio 490 Embossing paste, Finnabair Metallique wax (old silver); Wow embossing powder; Dies: Memory Box.

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

The sketch:  Used as inspiration.

The Scheme:  All 5 colours used.

Evidence:  Solid background, silver, frames, hang something, circular elements, glitter

Testimony:  I used the Inspiration word "Joy" as my title and my journaling is a quote by Susan Gale: "You only need to stand near the ocean to feel the power of the universe and closeness to the One who created it."       

Some close ups:
 I applied some texture paste to the Lady Pattern Basically Textured Fency So Buff background.  I cut my patterned papers and matted it on some of the Hello Cards Intense Teal and Green Chartreuse.  I hung a little silver shell charm from my title word.  The title was covered in black diamond glitter stickels.

 The white chipboard circle was heat embossed with brilliant white WOW embossing powder.  I applied patina paste in blue and green to the chipboard shells and then rubbed some Metallique old silver wax to it.

 The little chipboard shapes were the insides of chipboard panels that I heat embossed with brilliant white.  I added the Memory Box Loopy rings and scattered some matching sequins.

I love the texture of this page and that is proof enough that it is good to sometimes go out of your comfort zone.

Here you can see the sparkly bits and the dimension of the layers.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Be sure to visit your local scrapbook store to stock up on your Lady Pattern Papers. ♥♥

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Wonder - Lady Pattern Paper - CSI 244 & Stuck?!

Hallo there.  Today I am sharing my last layout for this year...and it is poignant because I used a photo of my older 3 grandchildren taken on Christmas Eve in 2011.  This was also the last Christmas of my dad's life and I am so glad he spent it surrounded by his great grandchildren.  I have combined the CSI 244 case file with the Stuck sketch and I am thrilled with how it turned out.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Lady Pattern Paper (Basic Essentials); Cardstock: American Craft;  Chipboard Title:  Blue Fern Studio; Chipboard Elements: Stash; Flowers: Maya Road; Enamel dots: Teresa Collins; Enamel stars: My Minds Eye;  Bulb: Prima; Embroidery Floss:  DMC; Other mediums: Finnabair 3D Matte Gel, Cariena's custom glitter; Stencil: Jamie Dougherty; Embossing Powder: WOW bright white.

Laura's sketch for Stuck:

Color Story Inspiration case file 244:
This is how I solved the case file:

The Scheme:  All 5 colours used.

Evidence:  Christmas, lamp, stencil, scallops, trees, felt ribbon flowers.

Testimony:  I documented Christmas Eve 2011.  My journaling reads:  "Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas." - Peg Bracken.

Some close ups:
I first stenciled the three circles onto the background using Finnabair's 3D Matte Gel and then sprinkled some gold glitter over the wet gel.

I cut the tree to place behind my photo layers and stitched the tree with white embroidery floss and then outlined it with gold metallic embroidery floss.

The little cluster at the top right to balance the layout.  I heat embossed the chipboard tree.

 I just adore how versatile the Lady Pattern Paper is and cut the scallop from one of the Basic Essential papers too.  The little Christmas bauble is also heat embossed.

Here you can see more of the handstitching and the journaling.

I really initially struggled with the embellishing until I remembered these old Maya Road ribbon flowers...they were just the perfect touch.

Here you can see the dimension and the shiny bits.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I wish you and your loved ones a Blessed Christmas and a Prosperous 2018. ♥♥

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Adventure - December 2016 Hip Kit

Hello there,  Today I am sharing a page I made some time ago and actually forgot to post.  I used the scraps of the December 2016 Hip Kit.  It is always a good feeling when you kill a kit 😍.  I scrapped a photo I took of Stefan and Juan playing in the dam on Wynand's small holding.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Pink Paislee (Paige Evans take me away), Hip Kit Exclusives; Cardstock:  American Craft; Foam letter sticker title: American Craft (wild); Clear Stickers: Pink Paislee (Memorandum); Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Die cuts: Paige Evans (Take me Away); word phrases: Tim Holtz small talk; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Border punch: Fiskars; Cutting dies: Quickutz nesting circles and stars.

Some close ups:
 I love the texture that is added with the stitching.

 This colour palette was perfect for the photo.

 Juan's muddy discarded shoes were put into the frame.

I used Gelatos to ombre my foam title.

It is wonderful to be able to get some good therapy through this paper art and at the same time document precious memories.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Fearless - Cocoa Vanilla Studio

I have seen some stunning blue and purple scrapbook pages lately.  I believe that the colour of the year 2018 is I thought I might as well start to get used to it.  I made this page using the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studio's Bohemian Dream collection.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Cocoa Vanilla Bohemian Dream; Cardstock: Lady Pattern Paper; Letter stickers: American Craft (Doll); Wood Veneer word:  Jillibean Soup; Chipboard: Scrap Collections; Flowers: Celebr8, Bo Bunny; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Die cuts: Cocoa Vanilla Bohemian Dream; Silver puffy hearts: Freckled Fawn; Crab charm: Celebr8; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Mist:  Prima Color Bloom (Storm Cloud, Summer Sky, Iris); Other Mediums:  Acrylic White paint to dry brush the flowers.

Some close ups:
 I used some Prima Color Bloom in Iris and Summer Sky and coloured white Celebr8 flowers, I then toned down the colour with white acrylic paint.

 I zigzag stitched around my bottom layer for extra texture.

 The little leaves are from the ephemera pack of the Bohemian Dreams collection.

 The crab was cut from a Scrap Collection border and perfect for this page.

 I wanted to add silver to this page and did so by adding the little crab charm, three silver puffy hearts and this gorgeous glittery alpha for the title.

 The crab charm was part of a Celebr8 beach collections a few years ago.

Here you can see the dimension and the glittery bits.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Delight - Lady Pattern Paper - Stuck sketches

Today I lost myself in my studio.  There is just no better therapy than playing with paper and glue and pretty embellishments.  I made a layout based on the latest Stuck sketch.  I really love Laura Whitaker's sketches...they always inspire me to make pretty pages.  I scrapped some photos of Stefan taken in Plettenberg Bay in October 2015.  I am honoured to be part of the Lady Pattern Paper design team and used the latest collection released.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Lady Pattern Paper (Basic Essentials, Basically Textured, Good Times and Tan Lines);  Cardstock:  American Craft, Lady Pattern Paper; Letter Stickers:  American Craft; Wood Veneer:  My Minds Eye; Label: Elle's Studio; Acrylic Stars: Elle's Studio; Buttons: Paige Evans; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Paints: Twinkling H2O (Solar Gold); Stamps: Felicity Jane; Dies: Sizzix.

Laura's Sketch:

Some close ups:
I LOVE this colour combination...can you tell?  I cut 1 inch strips to layer behind the photo.  The lollipop flowers were made with circles I cut with my Sizzix dies and then distressing them and layering them with a button to top it off.  The pretty acrylic stars are by Elle's Studio.

The alpha thickers have been in my stash forever.  I made the splatters with Solar Gold Twinkling H2O paint.

My layout would not be complete with some stitching 😍.  The little starburst were stamped with a Felicity Jane Stamp.

The wood veneer seahorse and star is by My Minds Eye.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Be sure to stock up with Lady Pattern Paper when you visit your local scrapbook store. ♥♥