Sunday, 10 December 2017

Scrap Matix Challenge, 7 Dots Studio - Love

Welcome to my blog during this busy time of the year;
I hope your preparations are coming along according to plan.

Today I’m sharing a layout for the Scrap Matrix challenge,
which was to use 7 Dots Studio Products.  
Inspired by the colours of the teething beads,  I've chosen to scrap an older photo of one of my Grand boys. The colours of the new Paint Chips range matched well.
The background I used is called Underpaper.
I teemed it with some of the sheets from the Paint chips 6"x6" pad,
and a tag from Destination unknown collection.

The chipboard frame is from Scrap FX - I treated it with Ranger Enamel Accents
and Tattered Angels glimmerglaze.

The metal butterfly has a few Prills for the middle.
I added a cluster of circle elements.  The flair is from Graphic 45
The yellow element is a Prima Art Pebble &  the small brad is from October Afternoon.

The texture paste was applied through a 13 @rts stencil
The Stamps are by Paper Artsy.


The words strips are also from 7 Dots Studio, the Lost and Found Collection.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
Every face tells a story and yours shows your impish nature and the way your eyes light up when you see someone you love.  I see lots of bruises and scratches on your face; testimony to your fearless nature and love of climbing and exploring.
Your face is smothered in sunscreen and your shoulders are bare,  so we must have been heading outside for some water play in the little blow up pool.
You remind me so much of your Daddy at the same age.
26th January 2013, love Granny.

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Stuck?! Sketches DT 1st Dec 2017 - Power, go get 'em

Welome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT page for
I hope you will feel inspired to join in and be eligible for one of the 
lovely prizes listed below.  
This sketch had me puzzled for a while, until I came across these, fairly ordinary photos, but they have a story to tell and some of you will know, I'm always keen to tell the story behind the images and bring the people to life.  I made the strips from off cuts of patterned papers. The yellow is from Echo Park, "That's my boy" range, the grey is from Simple Stories, "DIY boutique' and the black and white stripe is a seriously ancient scrap of Basic Grey, "Black Tie"  I'll be sad when this is all used.
I chose colours to team with the football guernseys the boy's were wearing.
The turquoise splatters were made by mixing Colour Blast paste and Dylusions paint.
The enamel dots are from Doodlebug designs "Matte sprinkles"
The yellow die cuts are from Uniquely Creative and the "Go get 'em" title is by 
Pink Fresh Studio.

I've  added the Boy's favourite players next to them and the Power logo next to the Power supporter.  The other twin will have his team logo on his page.  For some reason, he's decided to barrack for Richmond and luckily for him, his team won the Grand final this year, for the first time in 37 years!

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
You Boys at 6.5 years are in love with Aussie rules football.  Your Paternal family have followed Port Power for generations and it's great to see you out side, learning skills, getting fit and taking an interest in the football code we follow here in South Australia. You played for a team in the Auskick competition during the winter and were lucky enough to be chosen to play on the Adelaide oval before one of the AFL games.   What an honour!  You were so excited to be mixing with your heros.  Love Granny 2nd April 2017

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Kraft+ DT December 2017 - Wonder

Hello again Scrappy Friends, welcome to December where today I'm sharing a post for Kraft+
The idea is to be inspired by anything on the mood board.

It can be anything in the photo..not just the colours.
The circles
The frames 
The wood grain
The textures
The pastel chairs
The designs on the cushions
The fruit
The cups

Just don't forget the Kraft! 

The weathered teal table and the orangey chairs jumped right out at me,
so I went with those colours.
The teal paper was of boards which I cut apart and sanded as well as adding some colour with Prima Rusting pastes.  The paper is by Websters "Painted Effect."
The flowers are from my stash and the chipboard is from 2Crafty; I embossed it with my favourite embossing powder by Stampendous, "Aged Ivory."
The flair is from Studio Fourteen40.
I added an older title from Heidi Swapp, because it was the perfect colour.
The MM was done with Tim Holtz Oxides - a blend of Broken China
and Cracked Pistachio. The triangle stamp is from Kaisercraft and the flicks of gold were done with Docrafts Artiste spritzing ink.
The orange paper is an older one from BoBunny the Madeleine range.
I love this heart chippie, but I don't know where it's from, it was painted silver and looking forlorn in the bottom of a discard pile.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-  
You were staying with us for three days and two nights during the school holidays and I took the opportunity to get some new photos of you.  You've changed so much since you've been at school; that combined with your longer hair and glasses, make you like quite grown up.  You still like crafting and baking though and we spent time making an Advent calendar, which was part of your Birthday present.  You go to sleep quickly and sleep well for five or six hours, but then, when you wake, you say you are missing Mummy and Daddy and come to sleep with me.  You are such a restless sleeper, constantly moving, thrashing around and calling out; It's like sleeping with a zebra or a unicorn! You are up with the Sparrows and ready for the next activities on your agenda. We miss you when you are at school and love having you to stay over.   I wonder if there is anything that helps Zebras and Unicorns to stay sleep?  Love Granny 4th October 2017

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Stuck?! Sketches DT, 15th November 2017 - Live every moment.

Welome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT page for
Stuck?! Sketches!   
If you click on the link it will take you to the projects that the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you.  You have until the 29th November to enter and be eligible to win one of the lovely prizes listed below.
To celebrate my Grand daughter's love of purple,
I used a deep purple background and combined it some older Maja papers.

The border was created with a Martha Stewart punch, "Doily lace trim, deep edger".
The layered butterflies are from DIY invitations.  
The stencilling was created with Prima and Tim Holtz stencils.
The title is by Scrapmatts.  CB6113 Scrapwords 32
The text stickers are from Tim Holtz, "Small talk."
The large pink bloom is by Prima, the smaller white one is by Petaloo,
I added the pink centre with some glimmer mist and a small brush.
The butterfly flair is from Lemoncraft.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
 One night, when preparing vegetables with your family for dinner, you said, "These veggies are all wavy along the edges."   When you were checked at the optometrist, you were diagnosed with quite marked visual problems.  After two weeks, when your glasses arrived, (Purple, of course), you happily put them on and now wear them all day.  Your reading has improved exponentially.   I'm so impressed with the way you've accepted the change in your life so graciously and that you wear you glasses with pride. 
Love Granny, 4th October 2017

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Scrapmatts DT November 2017 - Follow and a Christmas gift box

Hello and welcome back to Scrapmatts.
It's Helen with you today.

First I'm sharing a layout featuring a photo of one of my Grandsons 
who is now almost seven.  The years have flown by.
To begin, I used a Scrapmatts brick stencil on the back ground - ST9024 A5 
I've used a Crate Paper collection, "Cool kid" 
The chipboard circle was painted with Tim Holtz Ozide, "Fossilized amber"
CB5140 string circles 04
The title is from CB6113 Scrap Words 32
The Gears were already painted black, CB1072 
 I flipped this sketch; it's by Laura Whitaker - thank you Laura.
The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-

I love this photo of you taken on your first Birthday, you look quite a lot like your big brother and not at all like your twin.  Already you have a love of anything with wheels, big trucks, matchbox cars and anything else in between.  You enjoy lining them up, bonnet to bumper and creating long lines of them.  You love your tucker and sleep pretty well at night.  I wonder what the future holds for you little boy. Love Granny, Photo 26 Jan 2012 

Next up is a Christmas easel card with a drawer, which holds a few chocolates.
I think it would make a lovely Teacher's gift at the end of the year.
The chipboard garland was painted with Twinkling H2O's
CB5164 Holly 05
The chipboard pieces were embossed in gold, they are:-
CB6111 Assorted Words 27
CB6081 Christmas Stars 02
CB1229 Chains 02

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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! - November 1st 2017 - Enjoy

Welome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT page for
This is my third attempt at this sketch, having wrecked the first two by taking them one step too far.  My Mother would have said "Stop trying to gild the Lilly!"
The papers are all from Cocoa Vanilla, one of my favourite boy's ranges; 
it's called "You Rock".
The quote is by Kahil Gibran and it's on a card by Affirmations Publishing House. 
The flairs and other embellishments are from Cocoa Vanilla too.
The title is an older one by Heidi Swapp.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
We enjoyed looking after you once a week when you were little tackers.  Here you are aged about three years, out in the garden, bare foot, as usual and happily 
watering in your tomato plants.  They grew beautifully and provided kilos of sweet cherry tomatoes.   The first thing you did, when you arrived, was to shuck off your shoes, pick up your watering cans, grab a bowl and gather up your produce to take home and share with your family.   I love seeing those bare toes connected to the good, rich earth.
Love Granny. 14th October 2014.

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Kraft+ November challenge Think Big - Adventure

Hello again Scrappy Friends, welcome to November, where today I'm sharing a post for Kraft+
That's right.. use something BIG on your creation! 

Think BIG photos, BIG titles, BIG embellishments, a photo of something BIG
Anything.. but make it BIG!
When I first looked at this mood board, all I could think of was the talented horse "Think Big", who twice won the Melbourne cup, back in the 1970's.  However, I'm not a race goer nor do I have a lot to do with horses, so I needed to focus elsewhere.
When shuffling through my photos for inspiration, I came across this one which was taken on Loch Lomond in Scotland.  I'd met a woman from Canada that I hadn't seen for about half a century.  From opposite ends of our BIG world, we just happened to be on the same tour and she recognised me!
I used a cut file to create the BIG title and the map of the world.
The colours were created with various shades of alcohol inks.
I love they way they turned out.

The journalling is on the page, but it's a bit hard to read, 
so I've included it here, if you are interested.


If this is your first visit to my blog -  I hope you found something to inspire you and I hope you will come and play along at Kraft+ this month.   

Monday, 30 October 2017

Scrap Matrix Challenge November 2017- Watercolour and Words

Hello scrappy friends, welcome back to my blog where today I'm sharing something I created for the Scrap Matrix October challenge. 

The challenge is called "Watercolour and Words. " Create something using a watercolour product (so many choices!) and include words of some sort (stickers, stencilled, chipboard etc)
I was inspired by the Design Team and their amazing projects and decided to have a play with my under used Dylusions water colour inks.  These are available at Scrap Matrix.

Having noticed various splattered trees on Pinterest, I wanted to attempt that
technique and add a quote which means a lot to me.

After five or six attempts, all of which ended up in the bin, I was ready to call it a day, but then on one the last try, I achieved the shape I was aiming for.   
Such an frustrating and enjoyable project - it leaves me wanting to know more about water colours and why they behave the way they do. 

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They are so much appreciated.  

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! DT post 15 October 2017 - Love


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Stuck?! Sketches DT post - 15th October 2017 - Love

Welome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT page for 
Stuck?! Sketches!
This sketch was a joy to work with and my page came together easily. 
That doesn't always happen - sometimes I search for hours for just the right paper 
which I know I have tucked away in a safe place!

The papers are from Blue Fern, Seaside Cottage.   "Regalia" is the background
and I fussy cut the topper and the tag from Blush, "Devoted."
The enamel heart is by Pink Paislee - Oh my heart charms.
The enamel dots are from Doodlebug shape sprinkles, Bubbles.  
The chipboard title, is from Scrapmatts, CB6115 Assorted Words 28
covered it with Tattered Angels chalboard mist, Mint chocolate chip, 
before wet embossing with Ranger Bridal Tinsel.
The background texture was applied through a Scrapmatts stencil. ST9012 A4
The charms fabric heart was just the right colour for my page - it's from Charms Creations
I love the texture and the butterfly button.
I sprinkled some sequins around randomly - they are Springtime mix from Pretty Pink Posh.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
This photo was taken in the Winter when we spent a week at your home. You had grown so much since Mother's day when we last saw you. You had started eating big people's food like pumpkin and avocado through a little net bag with a handle. I'd never seen such an thing, but you knew how to hold the handle and direct the food into your mouth.  You were a happy little Bubba, delighted to play with your dog, listen to stories, have big snuggles and smile all day long.  That is until it was time for sleeping!  Then the battles began.  You were quite happy to be held to go to sleep, but there was something deeply suspicious in your cot and you were not keen on going in there at all.  Your parents were so sleep deprived, that they allowed me to mind you for a few hours during the night. Daddy arrived in the wee small hours with you, your wrap, your dummy, your milk and your dance moves.  What fun we had, with you struggling to get out of the wrap, jumping up and down like a tap dancer and spitting out your dummy.   You were not crying, just not in the mood for sleeping.  So we snuggled up and observed each other at close range, until eventually Mr Sandman coaxed your eyes shut and you slept!  I enjoyed helping out and it brought back memories of your Daddy doing similar things when he was a Baby.
Love Granny - 24th July 2017

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

October Creating for Scrapmatts DT - Precious Time layout and a Masculine Card

Hello and welcome back to to my blog
I have two projects today designed for Scrapmatts.

First I'm sharing a layout about our newest Grand Baby and her Pa. 
I used a sketch from Laura Whitaker, it's from August 2016 
Scrapmatts sponsors her site regularly. 
So happy to use the strip of flower paper at the back, It was one of the first ones I bought,  so is almost an antique!   It's by Scenic Route Paper Co. Charlotte, "Strip combo.  
http://scrappinaroundtheclock.blogspot.com.au
The pink circle was cut from Echo Park, "Princess Journalling".
The stencilling is hard to see, but it looks lovely IRL.  ST5030

The flower and leaf cluster is from Scrapmatts CB5166 Leaf Spray 15.
After using white gesso, I inked  and stamped it with water colours.  
The Family title is from Scrapmatts words.
The quote square is from Scrapberry, Elegantly simple collection.


The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
We were staying with you for a week and loved the chance to get to know you better. It's hard when you live so far away, but we make every day count when we are with you. It was fun watching you learn to feed yourself, trying to crawl and interacting with the dog. You were always content in your Grandfather's arms and despite not sleeping well, you are a happy and friendly baby.   Love Granny 21st July 2017

Next up is a masculine card - it could be for a Birthday, Graduation or Father's day.
I used some older Graphic 45 paper for the background
before adding Oxide ink through a stencil on Kraft. ST 9005-A6
The mottled colour on the tag was created with Oxides too.
The Penny Farthing CB 1012 was inked and embossed in black.
The sentiment is from CB1239 Scrap Words 25 

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