Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Scrapmatts post and a CSI guest post

Hello Scrappy Friends, welcome to my blog.
Thanks for calling on on this cold and wintery day.
This page was created for the CSI/Scrapmatts combined challenge. I didn’t get a chance to show it before leaving on holidays.

The paper is from Blue Fern with a heavy layer of gesso.
Our little pocket rocket in her "Frozen" outfit.

The texture was created with the gorgeous new stencil
ST5030 Stencil Flowers

The bird cage and stand were dabbed with gesso
and the little bird was tinted a pale blue.

MC1028 Micro Chips 20

The frame CB6011 Ornate Frame 09
was treated with gesso and dabbed with distress ink.

The word title CB1198 Scrapwords 06
was given a light water colour wash.

I love the way the border CB2001 Page Borders 01
responded to LSG Magicals and Glossy accents.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-

You asked me to take a photo of you wearing your favourite Elsa dress, which Granny Priscilla sewed for you. It has a detachable cape which you like to take on and off. You’d love your hair to be long enough to wear in a single plait, but don’t have the patience to sit while the knots are brushed out of your hair every morning, so it just gets so far and then gets chopped off. On this day, you were “in character” all day, singing “Let it go”, with the arm actions and dramatic poses, until even I started to remember the words. I love the way you feel free to ask for what you’d like and graciously accept the umpires decision, whether the answer is yes or no.

Love Granny - 5th April 2015

This is one of the rare pensive photos of our darling Grand daughter.

I enjoyed used one of the new Scrapmatts stencils ST1032 Stencil Plus Signs with texture paste.
Lindy's Stamp Gang magicals created the blue and green colours over the top of the stencilling.

The title words are from the CB1237 Scrap Words 23

On the butterflies, CB1028 Butterflies 18 I used Tim Holtz distress inks and topped them with Glossy accents to make them shine.

The square chipboard CB5141 Retro Squares 01was treated with gesso and randomly applied paint.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-

Another day at Granny and Pa's and another "Frozen" outfit, this time provided by us. I see such a difference in you in this older photo even though there is only seven months between them. You managed to grow your hair a bit longer during the intervening months. I love our play time together when you get into character and I get behind the lens.

Love Granny - 23 November 2015

Thanks for calling in to say hello.
I truly appreciate any comments you may care to leave


  1. Absolutely gorgeous layouts Helen. Your granddaughter is such a cutie and didn't she mature a lot in that intervening 7 mths .. they grow up way too fast. Love the backgrounds on both these pages and adore the color mix. Stunning work. Am loving my scrapmatts chippies too and have actually joined their ning site! We did have a great day out didn't we? I enjoyed it so much and was so very pleased you could join us. Will all have to get together again sometime soon. hugs xx

  2. Hi Helen! If I could send you some warm sunshine I would, today is glorious up this way! Nights and mornings still cold but the days have been warming up beautifully! Your two layouts are so lovely with your delightful photos fabulous texture and color on the background and great use of the chipboard.. Wonderful inspiration! I hope your day is going well!

  3. I feel like drawing up a cuppa, getting some chocolate & then sitting and reading your posts!!! They're so jam packed full of stuff to absorb - on all levels! Your girl is such a cutie! And hahaaaa to you learning the lyrics. Something subliminal happening there;) I expect a next LO with YOU in YOUR Princess dress ups, LOL!! And those chippy bits....that frame on the top one [and love the flower stencil] & then that square framed bg one on the 2nd....YUMMO!!! VERY nice 'Magicals' work. I don't have them. Hmmmnnn. More for the wish list, LOL!!! Hope it warms up soon.....

  4. Oh Helen, both of these are truly magical pages! You have such a light touch with the mixed media, such beautiful effects but without overwhelming the picture. And what gorgeous pics those are if your little sweetie. It is amazing that we can see everyone's children and grandchildren growing up through their scrapping online isn't it? Xx

  5. Beautiful layouts Helen! Your granddaughter is precious! Love all the stenciling and inky backgrounds!

  6. Congrats on your guest designer spot! So well deserved!

  7. 2 stunning pages...they are both so gorgeous and beautifully styled. Love the colouring and styling of both too! I hope you had a good and restful holiday and that it was "just" the food for your soul! xx

  8. Oh Helen these are absolutely gorgeous! I'm loving your use of colour on these. Wow!

  9. Fabulous pages Helen, love all the colouring and tones match perfectly with the photos. Congrats on the guest designer :)

  10. Both beautiful Helen. I really love the soft delicate feel to the first layout of your beautiful Grand daughter .You have added just the perfect , special little touches. Fabulous design in your second layout and just enough touches of blue to make your gorgeous photo shine. As always your story telling is a treat
    Mary x

  11. Both your pages are gorgeous. You have really found the perfect balance in your mixed media. Your backgrounds are so beautiful x

  12. What darlings you are blessed with, so so precious. You've really done these photos justice with your amazing layouts. Hugs, Autumn

  13. She is such a beautiful little girl and I see so much of her in you. She is so lucky to have such an attentive granny. I can see how much you love your time with your grandies. It is so special to witness. Another two stunning layouts and of course for me it is all about the journalling. It will be so nice for her to be able to come back to these layouts and read and re-read them over and over. So special <3