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 ♥♥

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Love - August 2017 Hip Kit - Kraft+

Hi there,  I just loved playing along with the April Kraft+ challenge.  I have been playing with the idea of using some corrugated cardboard on a layout for some time now.  It is a huge schlep to tear away the layer to expose the corrugated part...but I LOVE the additional texture it adds.  Here is the page I made:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Maggie Holmes Carousel; Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers:  American Craft (Maggie Holmes Shine); Wood veneer: Scrap FX; Chipboard: Maggie Holmes Carousel: Stickers & Die Cuts: Maggie Holmes Carousel;  Buttons: Hip Kit Exclusives; Fabric Heart: Charms Creations; Embroidery Floss:  DMC; Crackle Paste: Finnabair; Stencil: Celebr8; Enamel dots: Nuvo Crystal Drops (Duck Egg)

This month's challenge:

Something old:  The photos go back to October 2015
Something new:  My Duck Egg Nuvo Crystal Drops
Something borrowed:  Corrugated cardboard from packaging
Something blue:  The pretty blue patterned papers.

Some close ups:

 I am honest if I say that the biggest and most time consuming part of this page was removing the layer of paper to reveal the corrugated heart....but it is just too gorgeous.  I inked the heart with black distress ink and dry brushed it with white gesso.

The handmade embellishments by Charms Creations are some of the things I tend to hoard...but it looked perfect on this page.  I fussy cut the flowers from another sheet of Maggie Holmes Carousel paper.  The plus signs were stenciled with crackle paste and a Celebr8 stencil.

 I matted my photos on white cardstock and then on two of the patterned papers.  

I love the gold accents against the texture of the corrugated cardboard.

 A page wouldn't be complete without the story.

It would also not be complete without some hand stitching and enamel dots.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Saturday, April 7, 2018

High - Felicity Jane Alexis - CSI 251

Hallo there.  I am playing along with the latest CSI case file and the beautiful Felicity Jane Alexis kit is a perfect match to the pretty Scene and Scheme.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Felicity Jane Alexis; Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers:  American Craft (Charming); Flowers:  Celebr8; Brads: Making Memories; Enamel dots: Carta Bella; Die cuts: Felicity Jane Alexis; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink:  Distress Oxides (Worn Lipstick, Peacock Feathers); Mixed Media:  Finnabair Light Paste; Stencil: Felicity Jane Alexis; Stamps: 49 & Market; Felicity Jane.

As you know I am a great fan of Laura Whitaker's sketches:

A look at the scene and scheme of Case File 251:

I used the original way of solving the case file:

The Scheme:
All 5 colours used.

Solid background, circle, tiny brads, flower, texture paste, word and phrase stamps.

I used the title "High" and my journaling reads: "Over the years our neighbours always had the most interesting pets.  I have countless photos of you hanging over the wall to get a better view of the meerkat, chicken or other farm animals."

Some close ups:
 I stamped the "the story"stamp onto the same cardstock that I used to mat the photos.  I then cut it out to add to the little cluster at the top left.  I stitched circles and added some mini brads from my stash. The words "the view" was stamped onto the photo.

 I mixed some light paste with the two colours distress oxide and applied it through the Felicity Jane Alexis stencil.

The pink and blue flowers by Celebr8 were a perfect match to the papers in this kit.

I used one of the PL cards from the kit for my journaling.
I love the finished page and I love it even more that another memory is recorded.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Monday, April 2, 2018

Remember - Lady Pattern Paper - Dazzling blue

I am sharing a page for Lady Pattern Paper.  I love all the colour blue…in all of its shades, so it is not surprising that I chose the Dazzling Blue paper pack to scrap the photo’s I took of my granddaughter Leane with her Oupa.
I wanted to use as many of the patterned papers as possible and ended up matting my photos on the B Side of the Betty Brick paper.
I also used both sides of the Brush Marx & Co Dotty paper and both sides of the Script paper. I used the B sides of Fairy Tales Times and Macho Camo. I like to outline all the different papers to create some separation.
I wanted to add a contrasting colour with mixed media and embellishments. I stencilled some plus signs with Distress Ink in Antique Linen through a stencil and then added my layers so that the different paper layers would be visible.
I used one of the 4×3 cut apart cards as a tag to the side of the photos. After adding my photo to my patterned paper layers I added some chipboard circles, wood veneer hearts and flowers to two clusters diagonally across from one another.
I completed the embellishments by adding some small gold bling around the page.
The Dazzling Blue paper pack was a perfect match for these dazzling photos!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Dream - Lady Pattern Lily Daydream - Stuck sketches

Have you seen Lady Pattern's  beautiful new Lily Daydream collection?  

 When I started looking for a photo that will go well with the colours of the new Lily Daydream line, I found a photo of my son and daughter in law. The photo allowed for me to include teal as a contrast to the purple, I also love how the buff colours in Lily Daydream compliments the purple and teal.  I used the latest Stuck sketch for this page:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Lady Pattern Papers; Wood veneer title:  Scrapbook Studio; Chipboard circle:  Celebr8;  chipboard arrows: Design Worx; Flowers:  Celebr8; Chipboard Hearts:  Pink Paislee; Enamel dots:  Nuvo Crystal Drops; Splatter stamps:  Prima; Embroidery Floss: DMC, Coats crochet thread; Beads:  Celebr8; Wood veneer feathers:  Studio Calico, Jillibean Soup;  Ink:  Distress Oxide (salty ocean); Stickels:  Starry Nights; Border Punch:  EK Success; Embossing powder: Lindy's (Byzantine bronze); Dandelion die:  Poppy stamps.

I used this sketch by Laura Whitaker for Stuck sketches:
My first step was to choose a background and I initially used the Sweet Dreams paper and cut the dream catcher from another page to double layer it over my page and create dimension. I wasn’t happy with the result and decided to make a little dream catcher from a circle chipboard, some crochet thread, beads and little wood veneer feathers that I covered in Starry Night Stickles.

This was the "what were you thinking" stage.  Truthfully making this embellishment took me the best part of 3 hours.
I turned out beautifully and I am glad that I was too stubborn to give up.

I prepared all my embellishments.  The chipboard arrows and the "Dream" wood title was heat embossed with a bronze embossing powder.  

I used the So Buff True Shot paper as my background, cut off a half inch on two sides and mounted it on the Fly Free paper. I stitched around the edges of the Buff background paper with embroidery floss.  

I then worked on my photo stack. I cut the 3×4 block that says “Follow your Dreams” from the Living the Dream cut apart sheet. I mounted my photo and the journal block on foam squares and then backed it with Dainty Damask Purple Affair. I then layered Starry Night Intense Teal, Lily Daydream Dusty Script, Sassy Stars Intense Teal (stripes side) beneath it.
I made a banner from the Fly Free paper and added it in between the Sassy Stars Intense Teal (stripes) and the Lily Daydream Dusty Script. I cut another of the blocks from the Living the Dream cut apart sheet, punched it with a torn notebook border punch and layered it behind my photo stack.

I then first stuck down the half circle of the handmade dream catcher embellishment to see where my photo stack will sit.
I then stamped some messy splats onto my background and splattered some of the same ink on the two opposite edges of the page.

I love the way this all turned out.  I made two little flower clusters to border both sides of the photo stack.

A closer look of the bottom flower stack.  I pasted the cut off part of the circle at the bottom to become part of the bottom cluster.  I made my enamel dots using Nuvo Crystal drops.

Here you can see the dimension of the page.  I am loving this colour combination and cannot wait to experiment with mixing this purple collection with some of the other Lady Pattern paper colours.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Be sure to get your Lady Pattern Paper at your local scrapbook store.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Believe - Felicity Jane (Heidi) - CSI248/Stuck

Hallo there.  I was thrilled to see that Stuck sketches have two sketches for their 15 February challenge.  I decided to combine the second sketch with the 15 February Color Story Inspiration challenge.  I decided that I will go more freestyle where the CSI challenge is concerned as I wanted to use the Felicity Jane Heidi kit and the colours aren't an exact match for the colour swatches in the I am allowing myself some creative license ;-)  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Felicity Jane (Heidi); Cardstock:  American Craft; Chipboard title:  Blue Fern Studios; Rubber heart charms:  Felicity Jane; Flair:  Felicity Jane; Enamel dots: Nuvo Crystal Drops (Ebony Black); Die cuts:  Felicity Jane (Heidi), Tassels:  Felicity Jane; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Mixed Media:  Wendy Vecchi embossing paste, Distress Ink (Tattered rose, worn lipstick); Stencil:  Prima; Border punch:  Fiskars:  Stamp:  Felicity Jane; Other:  Doily from stash.

Laura's beautiful sketch:

Colour Story Inspiration 248:
This is how I solved the case file:

The Scene:  I was inspired by the soft colours of the case file.
The Scheme:  I kept to the general soft feel of the scheme but replaced the green for teals.
Evidence:  Solid white background, floral patterns, hearts, flowers, leaves, string.
Testimony:  I chose one of the February prompts:  ""My biggest hope is..." and my journaling is a quote by Benjamin Spock:  "My greatest hope is to bring up children inspired by their opportunities for being helpful and loving."  Our life calling is to bring hope to the rejected, discarded and broken people in our has always been my dream that my children will in some way make a difference in the lives of people who have fallen on hard times.

Some close ups:
 I mixed Distress Inks in Tattered Rose and Worn Lipstick into embossing paste and added it to the background through a Prima stencil.

 The black and white flowers were fussy cut from an older Felicity Jane paper....I wish I can get another 20 pages of that pattern.

 The chipboard title was heat embossed in Bright White WOW embossing powder...and the little tassels were first coloured with Prima Color Bloom Spray and then tied to the title.

 The little Tim Holtz phrases are covering up a boo boo made with the Nuvo Crystal live and learn.

I am really happy with the end result.

Thank you for visiting my blog today...please come and play along♥♥

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Fantastic Summer - July 2017 Hip Kit - Stuck/CSI247

Hallo there.  Today I am combining to challenges.  I love the CSI247 challenge with it's tropical feel and I am combining it with the Stuck 15 February challenge.  The July 2017 Hip Kit is a stunner with a lot of Hip Kit exclusives and a real tropical feel.  I decided on a photo that was taken in January in Mauritius of my oldest son and his three children (my grandchildren) in the gorgeous turquoise ocean.  Here is my page:

Supplies used:  Patterned papers:  Illustrated Faith(Make your mark), Hip Kit Exclusive (Irit Landgraaf), Paige Evans (Oh my heart), Dear Lizzy (lovely day), Maggie Holmes (Chasing Dreams); Cardstock:  American Craft; Wood veneer:  Hip Kit Exclusives; Chipboard:  Hip Kit Exclusives; Epoxy stickers:  Hip Kit Exclusives; Clip: Illustrated Faith (Make your Mark); Enamel dots:  Nuvo Crystal drops (Bright Gold); Texture paste:  Wendy Vecchi; Ink:  Distress Oxide (Salty Ocean);  Stencil: Prima; Border die: Fiskars.

The CSI 247  case file:

This is how I solved the case:

The Scene and Scheme:  I loved the tropical feel and the lovely colours that makes up the scene and scheme and I believe that my layout reflect that.

Evidence:  Solid white background, floral patterns (fussy cut for flowers), mixed media background, flowers, hearts, leaves.

Testimony:  I documented a summer memory of my son  and his family's vacation in Mauritius at the beginning of this year.

Some close ups:
I first mixed some embossing paste with Distress Oxide (Salty Ocean) and then applied the coloured paste through a Prima stencil.  I love the texture it gives and the colour that is reflected in the photo.

I made a tag from a card on the cut apart sheet of Illustrated faith and added a fussy cut flower to the top cluster.

 I combined some fussy cut flowers and Hip Kit Exclusive chipboard, wood veneer, puffy stickers and epoxy stickers.

 The cool epoxy "fantastic" and wood veneer "summer"  are both part of the exclusives in the kit and makes the perfect title.  I made my own enamel dots with gold Nuvo crystal drops.

Here you can see the dimension and the texture better.

I hope you were inspired to take part in one of the challenges...or both :-)
Thank you for visiting my blog♥♥