Sunday, 28 April 2013

69 - CSI Challenge - Free Spirit

What do you think of these bold colours and the quirky inspiration photo?  I had fun with them and I hope you will pop over to CSI
 and have a look at the ideas the Design Team have created.

I used Little Yellow Bicycle papers mixed with older Kaisercraft and some very old Creative Imaginations.  I don't think they are in business anymore, but I still like their papers.

Loved getting messy with Gesso, stencils and inks.   The journalling is hidden in the navy pocket.

Number accents 
Something completely unexpected - Is the bike spring unravelling due to excess speed.  This is a symbol of the way our DGS lives his life. The pedal is always to the metal. He runs, skips or jumps everywhere. Nothing as slow and mundane as walking for our quick silver boy.

I was inspired by some of the words of Heart Light, the song by Neil Diamond. The chorus says 

“Turn on your Heart Light
Let it shine wherever you go
Let it make a happy glow
For all the world to see”

These words describe you perfectly.  From the day you were born, your bright eyes seemed to shine with joie de vivre.  I said to Pa, “I think he’s been here before and knows just how the world works.”

Your mood is either jubilation or despair, laughter or tears, with very little middle ground. The tears never last very long, as you are easily distracted with a game, a story, a hug and sometimes all three.  You attack life, full bore, eager to try new things, master them and move on to the next attraction.

Like a hummingbird you slurp the sweetness from the flowers of each day. You’ve taught me a lot about delighting in the simple things; some life skills I wish I’d had when your Daddy and Uncles were little boys.   I love to see your Heart Light glow and when you’re with me, my heart glows too.  Love Granny April 2013
Little Yellow Bicycle - Saturday collection, Saturday Collage 
Little Yellow Bicycle - Saturday collection, Easy Breezy 
Little Yellow Bicycle - Saturday collection, Pattern Play
Little Yellow Bicycle - Saturday collection, Vintage Bliss
Little Yellow Bicycle - Saturday collection, Tear Out Ticket and Journalling card
Bazzil Cardstock - Navy
Tim Holtz - Die, Alphabetical
Tim Holtz - Distress ink, Broken China
Martha Stewart punch - Birds on a wire
Prima Stamp - Romance Novel (letters and numbers)
Prima ink - Cold Ice
Prima - Metal embellishment, “Mechanicals”
Stamp-It Stamp - mixed Numbers
Colorbox Chalk Ink - Dark brown
Tattered Angels Glimmermist - Patina
Kaisercraft - Pearls - red
Kaisercraft - Collectables, “On the move”
October Afternoon - Flair pin, “5 & Dime”
Crafter’s Workshop Stencil - Swiss Dots
Atelier - White Gesso
Covered buttons - Unknown, from a craft fair
Creative Imaginations - Creative cafe (circle)



  1. Cute,'re the first peep I've visited with this BLoglovin' thingo..seems OK enough & easy peasy to use!! You're my experiment!!! LOVE those buttons....[but I'm a button freak!!] & the little birdies up top are way too sweet singin' their song:):):) Lovely, fun LO:):) Started mine yesterday....hubby's gone to church...I'm being slack...might just go finish it instead! Thanks for the inspiration:):):)

  2. This is so sweet and fresh, love it!

  3. awesome work, love the cutie in the photo too :)

  4. Another really amazing layout Helen. Every time I read your layouts and your thoughts and feelings about your family I cant help but think how lucky they are to have had you as a wife, mother and now granny. You see so much and you are so intune with everything around you. I love it.

  5. Have to agree with are amazing, creating and journaling...both are fantastic Helen...LOve it!!
    Have a wonderful week. xx

  6. This is such a fresh stunning layout!!! Perfect!

  7. A very lovely layout Helen! Very well balanced & modern!!

  8. and I had the same idea with the Little Yellow Bicycle..they are just perfect for this case file! Love your sweet photo and love the sweet journalling too! Amazing how kids can add so much colour to our lives! Love the styling and love all the special little details! Great page! ;-)