Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Scrap Matrix DT - Petals & Metals

Welcome back to the Scrap Matrix challenge this month 
where we have a unique mood board to inspire you;
it's all about petals and metals.

I've been waiting for the right challenge to scrap this photo of my Father harvesting in the mid North of South Australia.

 This paper from Stamperia, "Clockwise" seemed perfect for the photo.

I decided to team it with a piece of chipboard from 
Blue Fern Studios, "Techno Scape"

Getting the rusty look I was after proved to be a bit time consuming, but it was worth the effort, as I love the result.

This chipboard was raw, so I painted it with white Gesso to seal it.

The first layer of paint after the Gesso was Ranger patina "Moss".

The second layer was a mixture Ranger Patina "Jade" and "Verdigris".

Next came a layer of Prima Rust Paste, "Red Rust". 

Then a layer of Prima Rust Paste, "Gold Rust". 

Ad finally a layer of Prima Rust Paste, "Brown Rust". 

Pheew!  Well may you say, what a load of Bull Rust, but thanks for sticking with me so far, as I have a few close ups to show you.

The metal clock reminds me of my Father's watch face which he protected with a leather cover.  
There is a similar one at the Scrap Matrix shop Here.
I've stencilled a few flowers here.

This stenciling reminds me of the curves and circles left by the machinery, as Dad drove around trees and the uneven terrain.

This stencil is super versatile, as I plan to use the whole thing as a background. However for this project, I simply masked off the parts I wanted to use.  It looks a mess with all the ripped post its stuck down, but it allows me to get a crisp result of a particular area. 

No page about a Farmer would be complete without a bit of string!

 A closer look at some of the metal flowers.
Vicki has heaps of metal flowers in her shop Here

I hope you find time to play along this month.  

How about using waxes to simulate metal?  What about an off the page project with some oversize flowers that could be painted a metal colour. You might have an embossing folder or a die which has a metal look.  There's lots of ways you can create a project.

Just add your entry to the Scrap Matrix Shares page in the corresponding folder and don't forget to let us know what Scrap Matrix products you used and what inspired you.  You could be in the running for a $30.00 gift voucher and perhaps a Guest Design Team spot down the track.

Scrap Matrix Products used:-

Stamperia, Clockwise, on back order
Prima Rust Paste
Ranger Patina, Moss, Jade, Verdigris
Blue Fern Chipboard, "Techno Shape"

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Scrap The Boys DT - "You & Me" October 2018

Hello Scrappy Friends, welcome back to my blog today where 
I'm sharing a DT layout for

You can take this challenge anywhere you want, 
as long as it showcases one of your Boy's/Men and you.
Too easy! - take a look at what the DT have created for your inspiration.

This challenge encouraged me to scrap a photo of my Husband and me; something I rarely do, as I mostly scrap about the Grandchildren.  The photo was taken in 1995 almost a quarter of a century ago. Yikes - no wonder my bones ache! 

The paper was a total splurge when we called into Ballarat on the way home from Melbourne.  I called into the Imagination Factory and fell in love with this paper by Alexandra Renke. The water colour flowers took my eye and I just had to have them.  I think they look lovely with the photo. 

As the paper is busy I wanted to keep the page simple.  I  "smooshed" various shades of Tim Holtz Distress Oxides to create a marbled look on the title.
The title is a cut file from Silhouette Studio.

The die cut border is from Uniquely Creative and the little date tag is an oldie from Heidi Swapp.

I hope you will feel inspired to play along and be eligible for a prize 
or a Guest Design Team Spot.

I appreciate your kind comments and so enjoy reading them.  Thank you.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Scrap Matrix DT, October 1018, "You've got mail" a 2nd post from Helen

Welcome back to the Scrap Matrix challenge where this month
the challenge is to be inspired by this mood board.
"You've got mail" 

With this project, I want to pay tribute to my Husband's ancestor, Mary Tully, who migrated to Australia from Ireland, in 1858.
When she got mail from her Mother, it travelled by ship taking about 66 days to reach her.  Quite amazing really, as the Suez Canal had not yet been dug.

I chose papers from the 7 Dots Studio, Garden Party Collection.
To begin, I applied a layer of clear gesso, as I planned to use texture paste, paints and mists.

I cut a third of the deep purple paper off and joined it to the lighter paper, as I wanted to create a "Picture Rail" effect, like the one in the dining room of my childhood family home.

Using a TCW stencil "Tuscan Floral" and Prima Acrylic paints, I added some colour and texture on the lighter paper.

After adding gesso to these chipboard pieces, I added a coat of Prima Opal Magic, Violet/Green

Delighted with the look of the chipboard, I tossed some Prima Art Stones into a puddle of the same Opal Magic.  I just love the shot taffeta look they give.   Hmmm!   You may not be old enough to remember shot taffeta, but I had many a ball gown made of it in my youth!   It gave a gorgeous shimmery two tone look to the fabric. Delicious when the skirt flared out during a waltz!   
But I digress....moving on....

Here I've added some lace from my Mother's stash, a die cut frame, a tag, a title and some random flowers from my stash.
I shuffled things, added, discarded, left it all for a day or so and just couldn't find a way to cluster things that looked lovely.

Eventually I managed to arrange a couple of clusters that were pleasing to me & quickly attached them with Art Basics soft matte gel.  The perfect medium for glueing anything bulky.

I popped a few seed beads into the middle of the medallions
and painted the wooden stamp frame with Prima Acrylic paint.

The little tufts of purple net are from my Mother's millinery stash.

 I decided to tuck an envelope behind the photo and to include in it, a letter that Mary received from her  Mother, Bridget Tully in Ireland.  We think Bridget was illiterate, so the letter was probably written by the Parish Priest.

I've included a copy of the letter here if you are interested.

Kells Co. Meath, Ireland,
17th. Aug., 1858

Dear Mary,

I had the greatest pleasure and consolation of receiving your welcome letter dated 11th June last; and we are all overjoyed to hear from you and finding you in good health as we all are here at present-blessed be to God for all the mercies and goodness to us- your father is at present working at Drewstown but you know his wages is low.  Your brother Henry is very well, he is living near Trim.  I have not seen him these two years but once, and that is lately.
Farrell remains with Mr. Nelson and Biddy is living at home.  Mr. Gilsenan and his family are all in good health and also all other friends and well wishers, Mr. And Mrs. Fay and family are right well, likewise Pat Murtagh and family.
The crops are generally very good this season with the exception that the oats is short and light, but the potatoes are as good as you ever saw them in the best of times.
Nothing strange has occurred hear since unless the deaths of Doctor Bennett-Patrick Plunkett at the cross-also big Mrs. Maguire of Cross Street and the Rev. Father Dillon of Kilbeg.
I request most particularly that you will not neglect to write to us frequently-at least once every six months-and let us know all particulars about your situation, and I trust the Almighty will favour you with a good one where you will see not bad morals and where you will be convenient to a chapel and have liberty to attend punctually to your religious duties.
Your old mistress in Dublin wrote twice to me asking about you.  James Carrol and wife are well.  Biddy and Farrell join with me in love to you and hoping to hear from you before Christmas.

I remain dear Mary
Your affectionate Mother
Bridget Tully.
Marked with a cross, her mark   
Old Mrs. Bradley got a letter on yesterday from her daughter Anne in Sydney-she is well and is married to a man of the name of Masterson-but I don’t know his Christian name.  Her address is No.32 Francis St., Wooloomooloo, Sydney.

Scrap Matrix Products used.
Dina Wakley clear gesso
7 Dots Studio Paper
7 Dots studio Paper
7 Dots Studio Paper - Annual
7 Dots Hazy Days tags
Wood postage stamp frame
Prima Opal Magic
Art Basics - Soft Matte Gel

These two items are also from Scrap Matrix
but are currently not available.

Blue Fern Chipboard - Layering Stems
TCW Stencil - Tuscan Floral

Thanks for calling in today, I hope you find time to play along, 
just add your entry to the Scrap Matrix Shares page in the corresponding folder; don't forget to let us know what Scrap Matrix products you used and what inspired you.  You could be in the running for a $30.00 gift voucher from the generous Vicki Christensen and perhaps a Guest Design Team spot down the track.