Sunday, 30 April 2017

Crafty Cardmaker's Challenge and Freshly made sketches card challenge.

Hello again, welcome back to my happy place.
Today I'm sharing two cards with you.

The first is for a challenge at
Where my friend Margaret Mifsud is a DT member.
Many of the techniques I've used are inspired by her beautiful cards.
The challenge is to use Pearls or other Gems on your card.
I used some Pion paper and a Heartfelt Memories die.
The gems are from my stash - I think they are from Kazzaz.
The flowers are an assorted mixture left from other projects.
The Prills add a touch of softness to the cluster.
I've added some punched (Martha Stewart) strips to decorate the inside.

The next card was made for a Freshly made sketches challenge,
but I ran out of time to enter, so here it is.  
In an attempt to Stash Bash and not buy any new products
I used scraps of Maja papers and an older, much under used Stamp.
I heat embossed the the stamp on watercolour paper and then used
various colours of distress inks to colour the poppies.

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Just for fun - Lindy's Stamp Gang Challenge using Stampotique stamps.

Hello Scrappy friends, thanks for calling in today.
I have something completely different to share with you.

I own a few Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals that are under used,
as well as three Stampotique stamps which rarely see the light of day.

LSG April challenge prompted me to liberate them from their 
hiding places and make a few cards.

Not my usual style, but I'm really happy with the way this one turned out. 
I used the heart stamp by dabbing it directly into a puddle of Magicals. 
The Angel and the Heart Banner were stamped with Versamark 
and coloured with various Tombow pens.

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! DT April -

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. 
I used one of the newer Kaisercraft collections, 
as the soft watercolour tones looked lovely with my photo.
The Smile title and the teal coloured chevrons are from one of our sponsors this month,

The flairs are from Funky Flairs; I teamed them with some older brads.

I have scrapped a version of this photo before, but as the children all loved the day, 
they each want it in their individual albums, so you may be subjected to it again 
sometime in the future!  

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
You little cousins delight in one another’s company and also enjoy dressing up.  So it was fun to capture a few photos of you hamming it up, in your roles of two Shepherds and an Angel. 
Although your personalities are vastly different, you are drawn to each other, like birds to the trees, meeting in the common nest of childhood innocence and mischief.  You make each other laugh and try to outdo each other with silly antics; sharing and co-operating with imaginative games. 
(most of the time!)
We love your company and laugh for days after you’ve gone, 
reflecting on the funny things, you say and do.  
Love you more than words can say. 15 Dec 2014

Our sponsors this time are:-
They are donating - two large pieces of chipboard.

They are donating - a prize pack


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Saturday, 1 April 2017

Stuck?! Sketches DT Post - 1st April - Bloom

Welome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT page for
I loved this sketch and had the perfect photo for the heart theme.
The rich fuschia coloured paper is an older one from Basic Grey and I teamed with a small floral from Crate Paper.  I love the cut file by Just Nick.
The colours behind the roses were cut from paint chips.
The crystals are by Prima and the Pearls by Kaisercraft.
The strip of lace is from my Mother's stash.
A little peak of washi tape tucked in there too.
A couple of flowers from my stash, The pink and yellow one is by Prima. 

The journalling is on the back of the page.

This photo of your beautiful Mummy was taken at your Baby Shower, about eight weeks before you were born.  Your home looked lovely, decorated with flowers and streamers. Lots of friends and relatives gathered for a party to celebrate; they brought gifts and shared in the excitement of your coming birth.  Your Auntie, who planned the party, asked us all to bring our favourite little Golden Book, to start your library.  I hope you will delight in reading as much as your cousins do.  After a pregnancy which was challenging at times, the end was near and the day of your birth just over the horizon.  It was such a joy to see your Mummy's glowing face, her expanding tummy and be part of the celebration.  
Love Granny, November 2016


I hope you will feel inspired to join in and be eligible for one of the lovely prizes.


Our sponsors this time are:-

Creative Embellishments - They are donating $25.00 gift certificate

Lindy's Stamp Gang - They are donating $25.00 gift certificate

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Kraft+ April challenge. Be bold paint outside the lines

Welcome back to my blog.  As I write the rain is teaming down, there is a crispness in the air, daylight saving is almost at an end and I'm so happy to see the end of Summer.

Today I'm sharing my DT challenge for KRAFT+ in April.
Unusual huh!  That's what I love about Kraft+ challenges, they really make me think outside the box. Bereft of ideas initially, I needed to let this percolate around for a while, but then the light bulb moment happened when I remembered these photos. I sauntered into my local paint store to gather some samples.   Luckily it was a super busy morning, so no one questioned my need for such lurid colours!
I used the primary coloured paint swatches to "splash" 
around the page and also to create some tabs.
 The brush stroke was made with Colour Blast "Deep Water"
 The spotty white texture was created with a Prima stencil. 
 I love the flair - it's from Funky Flair Studio.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads.

These photos were taken when you were just four years old.  You always wanted to 
"Do Art Work" when you came to spend the day and were quite happy to don the painting smock to keep your clothes clean.   The easel is almost an antique; it was used by your Daddy and his brothers when they were kidlets. Around this time your favourite colours were pink, purple and silver.  Sadly we'd run out of purple, so we experimented by blending red and blue.  You were fascinated by the various shades you created. I notice you have a brush in each hand, although you mostly use your left.  You delight in taking your art home to show Mummy and Daddy. I really enjoy our play time together.
 Love Granny, 10th September 2015


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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! DT - 15th March - The Outback

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.

Stash busting is still high on my list for this year, so I've use an ancient Basic Grey paper
for the background, Scarlett's letter.  The patterned papers are also Basic Grey.

The chipboard title is also ancient - it's from Scrap FX
I treated it with Prima Rust paste to reflect the colours of the landscape.


Our sponsors this time are:-

They are donating a themed prize pack.


They are donating a $20.00 gift voucher

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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Scrapmatts March - sponsoring CSI

Hello Scrappy friends, welcome back, lovely to have you visit again.
is sponsoring CSI this month and the Scrapmatts team have been invited to Guest design for CSI.  Thank you Debbi Tehrani, your challenges are fun and make me think outside the box.


It’s easy to play along, just use all five colours, at least three of the evidence clues 
and at least one of the testimony clues.
I used gesso on the white background before applying texture paste through the diamond stencil and splashing some ink around.
I love the fabric flag from Charms creations
and the Flair is from Funky Flair Studio, it seemed perfect for a pregnancy photo.

The Scrapmatts chipboard circle was wet embossed.

The papers are from Heidi Swapp, "September Skies" and Studio Calico "Wanderlust"

The Title was painted with distress ink and clear embossed
and the heart was randomly dabbed with a water colour wash.

Evidence
Stars, Stitching, Diamond shape, (the texture paste),  Circles (the flairs and the chipboard), Washi tape, Bunting.


Testimony
I chose to journal about Adventure.

It was a hot day when this photo was taken in December, about six weeks before you were born.  Mummy and Daddy were off on another Adventure, not travelling this time, but an adventure into parenting.  I’m sure it will be as exciting, memorable, exhausting and rewarding as any previous holiday. Something they’ve planned and longed for and something which will fill their hearts with love.   I hope you are a calm and happy Baby like your Daddy was and I know you will call them both to their higher selves, as parenting is the most important job they will ever have.  We can’t wait to meet you little one.   
Love Granny 10 February 2017

Scrapmatts products used:-
CB1071 Hearts 04

The second project I made as a special gift for my DIL.
It's on canvas, because I wanted to use a lot of mixed media.
First I chose a mixture of sprays, acrylic and water colour paints to create
the ombre shading on the background.
The textured effect was achieved by applying crackle paste through one of the new stencils.  ST 9002-A5, before over spraying with mists.
The large circle is String circle was wet embossed.  I liked the symbolism it created.
The butterfly was a gift from my kind friend Marilyn,
when the one I had planned using was just too big.
The flowers are a mixture of older and new products, mostly Prima and K&Co.
I love the heart sprays peeking out from the clusters.
The stamp set is from Ranger, Dina Wakley quotes.
The flair is from Funky Flair studio.

Scrapmatts products used:-
String circle CB4071
Heart Spray CB1109
Stencil ST9002-A5

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! DT layout for 1st March - Memories

Welcome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT page for

I chose to scrap these three scallywags, using some paper that I've been saving just for them.  It's from Simple Stories, Posh, "I love life", the reverse side and
 "Simply amazing" also the reverse side.  
Often the reverse is more appealing to me than the side on display in the rack.
Simple Stories have such interesting ranges for the boys in my life.

I've fallen in love with the fabric embellishments from Charms Creations and may have bought one or two of their goodies.  Love the look of their denim star on this photo.
The enamel dots are from Ruby Rock-it.
The light bulb is also old stash from Prima, junkyard findings.
The bold title is from Scrapmatts.
The little wish bone is very old stash by Tim Holtz - I painted it gold.
Some more old stash used to embellish were the card stock clouds and the orange star.  
They are from Simple Stories - Urban traveller

The journalling is on circle, but is a little difficult to read.  
If you are interested, this is what it says.

You had all come for a sleepover during the school holidays and I was keen to get a few photos.  Two out of three of you are not so keen; it takes up valuable playing time and is far too boring.   Heaven forbid that little boys should be bored in the holidays!  I vividly recall telling my dear Mother I was bored one Summer holiday and I was quickly dispatched out to the garden for the rest of the afternoon, to weed the vegetable patch.  Strangely enough, I was never, ever, bored again in the holidays!
Love Granny 4th Oct 2016


Our two generous sponsors this time are:-

Accent Scrapbooking who are offering a $25.00 Gift voucher

Crafty Ribbon who are offering   £10.00 off orders.  

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Kraft+ DT March. That's my Boy

Hello, Hello, it's lovely to have you call in again.
I'm so glad Summer is over and I'm looking forward to relief from this searing heat.
Roll on Autumn, my favourite time of the year.
Today I’m sharing a layout for the
KRAFT+ challenge for March.  

There are some brilliant layouts on the Kraft blog to inspire you.
I do hope you will join in the fun and play along.  
Great use for those worn out jeans that you don't feel like mending!!
 I love the mood board and found it really inspiring.
The challenge is to use Denim somewhere on your page 
and to create your project on Kraft, so that the Kraft is the hero.
I chose to scrap about a little Grandson who is a mini version of his Daddy. 
The papers are mostly Kaisercraft, from deep within my stash.
The blue paint splashed paper is from the Off the wall collection, “Rad” 
I use the reverse side of this too on the little flag under the tab.
The denim tab is from the same collection, "Awesome".
The clock was cut from an old pair of jeans, with a Tim Holtz Bigz die,
“Weathered Clock”.  The metal hands are Tim Holtz game spinners.
I used crackle medium to blend in with the peeling paint on the vintage bike.
I used Kaisercraft, Off the wall collection, alphabet stickers for the title. 
The mood board inspired the big stitches.
The yellow stars paper is Technologic collection, “Barcode” by Kaisercraft
The denim tag, I arbitrarily cut off Pa's gardening jeans!  Thanks Pa.
The paper cogs are from Kaisercraft Technologic ESC sticker sheet.
I glued some metal elements on with gel medium.

The journalling is a bit tricky to read, so here it is, if you are interested.


It’s incredible how much like your Daddy you look in these photos. The years roll away as I see you on the vintage bike in our back yard where your Father played.  Perhaps it’s something about your cheeky face and your body perched on the bike, like a Jockey at the starting gate of life.  You share more than just looks; your personalities are similar too.  You have a caring nature, with a warmth and compassion for others.  You love to joke around; to try new things and to be with people. Let your light shine little Boy, the world needs people with your passion for others & for life.  Love Granny June 2013

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