Sunday, 10 June 2018

Scrap Matrix DT - What's the point?

Have you seen the fun Scrap Matrix Challenge for May?
It finishes on the 14th June, but you still have a few days to play along and get your point across.  Take inspiration from the mood board and use any or all of those pointy angles. 

I chose to scrap this photo of my Son and his Baby Girl.
It seems to capture the meaning of life, which for me, is to love and be loved.  The whole point of our existence.  Hmmmm, hope I'm not getting too soppy for you!   But what to do with the photo?

I had these pointy stamps and stencils and decided 
to work with them on some watercolour paper.

 I sprayed the paper with a water mister before smooshing the Periwinkle blue paint on with my fingers - such fun.

Adding  colour, Laidback Lilac, blending and spraying.

Then some Polished Jade and White linen.
I dried it off with a heat tool before the next step.

Using the White linen and a makeup sponge, 
I dabbed triangles across the whole piece.

I still wasn't sure how to use this and it looked too intense, 
so I decided to chop it up.

Having learnt the hard way to not just chop into the paper,
I randomly cut some triangle shapes as a guide and then played around with placement a 12"x12" background.

I maximised the wide part of the triangles by crossing 
them over in the middle and trimming off the excess.

The little triangle stamp made a great border for the photo.

I thought I'd finished, but have a habit of adding bits and pieces until I wreck the whole thing. The Zig Zag stamping, the chevron border, the ink splashes, the title and the word stickers all snuck in, when I wasn't paying attention! I think it's still O.K. Phewww!

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
There's something about this photo that tugs at my heart strings.
Perhaps it's the look of unconditional love on your Daddy's face.
  You were about 15 months old and had led your Parents on a merry dance by using night time for anything but sleeping!
Despite that, you are a happy wee Bubba, interested in everything,  eager to feed and dress yourself, run everywhere, climb wherever possible and play games with your dog Alfie.  Go well little Girl, you bring so much joy into our lives.  23rd May 2018, Love Granny 

I hope you find time to play along, 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.

Dylusions Shimmer Spray - Calypso Teal
Ranger Dylusions stamps - Inbetweenies DYR34575
Tim Holtz Ideology Stickers - Small talk

Friday, 1 June 2018

Scrap the Boys DT, June 2018 - Howzat

Hello Scrappy Friends, welcome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT layout for
Scrap the Boys.
 The challenge is to use this sketch to scrap about the boy/s (of any age) in your life,
using stitching on your layout.  It can be machine or hand sewn.
I chose to use machine stitching on this Cricket page.
The background paper is an oldie from my stash Basic Grey, Archaic Collection.
To create the cricket ground, I used Blue Fern chipboard, Beaded Strings
which I coated with white gesso.
The cricketer is a chipboard piece from

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
 One day last year, we came to watch you play cricket for the school and were thrilled to see you slamming bat on ball and scoring runs for your team.  You'd been practicing your bowling in the lead up to the season and had developed a wily leg spin which managed to trick some of the opposition players into exposing their leg stump.  Unfortunately, your elderly relatives got so involved in the run rate that we yelled run! run! We shouldn't have because we managed to get you run out.   We felt so sorry, as you'd been batting beautifully.  You took it with good grace, like a Sportsman, but I could see the disappointment on your face.   Love Granny, 18 November 2017

I hope you will feel inspired to play along and be eligible for a prize.

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

Kraft+ DT - Dr Suess

Hello again Scrappy Friends, welcome; today I'm sharing a DT post for 

Welcome to June and a new direction and focus for Kraft Plus Challenges. 
We are now less focused on prizes and competition 
and we are now directing our focus to 

Community, Participation and Inspiration.

We hope you join us.!

We have a corker of a challenge for you this month.
Take a look at this fabulous mood board by Amanda Hall.
If you'd like to play along, be sure to create on Kraft.

We had stacks of Dr. Suess books when our Boys were young and the 
Grandchildren love them too.
Our family loves books and we like to start reading to Bubbas 
from the time they can keep their eyes open!
From the plethora of amusing quotes by Dr Suess, I settled on this one, 
as it suited the photo perfectly.
I used my gel plate and some gesso to create the background 
with a Crafter's Workshop stencil, TCW 361.
The inked stripes were added via a Tim Holtz stencil THS 00.
For the yellow alphabet, I used another Tim Holtz stencil THS 011.
The quote was created in Photoshop.  
I wanted to get a leopard print on the word WILD, it looked sooo easy on you tube!
Grrr! a five minute task which took me forever!

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

  At the Baby shower just before you were born, guests were invited to 
gift a favourite book from their childhood. 
I loved the idea, as did others and you now have a big collection to choose from.  
When you were five months old we flew to Melbourne to visit you at your home. My Sister came to visit as she'd not met you before. She brought a bright rustling parcel for you. 
At five months, you were more interested in the wrapping paper, than you were in the book, but I'm confident you will be a bibliophile like the rest of your cousins.
Love Granny 27th July 2017.

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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Scrap Matix DT - "The point is" May 2018

Welcome back to the Scrap Matrix challenge where this month
the challenge is "The point is."

Use triangles, stars, arrows, chevrons, diamonds... 
maybe make it about your "point" of view...

Use your creativity and imagination, along with the moodboard to make your point! 

So let's get to the other's the inspiration from the Design Team, and as usual they are 


I was inspired by the triangles and the chevrons, as well at the greys and black.

This graphic paper also lead the way to using crisp lines with lots of angles.

To emphasize the points, I trimmed a couple of big triangles from this paper 
and mounted it on black to suit the black and white photo.

This looked too stark, so I added a few smaller triangles 
and fiddled around with placement.  

I made a few pencil lines around the edges, 
as I planned to add some mixed media under the photo
and some stamping along the bottom.

The Prima Rustic washers were added to draw the eye to the photo.

The title was cut from a different paper collection.  
I love the way it combines with the image on the hoodie.

I tucked a couple of extra triangles in to balance the design.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
At almost ten years of age, one of your favourite things to do is to draw maps, especially all the inlets along the coast lines.  You make a point of being accurate and trying to learn the capital cities of all the countries on the world map.  You like to test our knowledge  of really obscure countries and are quite chuffed if we make a mistake!  Another of your passions at the moment is jokes and riddles and we make sure to memorize a new batch before we see you.  I love that you now have a finely honed sense of humor and appreciate the subtleties of word play, often going off on a new riff of your own. 
 Such fun to play with words - love you to the moon and back big boy - 
that's the whole point of life.   Photo April 2017, Journalling May 2018.

Thanks for calling in today, I hope you find something to inspire your creativity. 
We'd love to have you play along.  You don't need a blog to join in and we'd love to see where the "points" take you.   Just pop your project in the folder named 
"The point is" on facebook.   Don't forget to let us know what Scrap Matrix products you use, and what inspired you... to be in the running for a $30 gift voucher - and maybe a Guest DT spot in a couple of months!

Here are the links to the products I used which are available at Scrap Matrix.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Scrap Matrix DT - Tic Tac Toe - Helen's second Project. Together

Hello there, welcome back to my blog where today I'm sharing another project for the

The challenge is to create a project using a tic tac toe monochromatic theme.
For those of you who have not come across this before, the idea is to use any three objects from the grid, but they must be in a straight line horizontally, vertically or even diagonally. You may use any monochromatic colours you like.
Here is the grid for you to choose from.
This time I'm creating with different shades of pink with black and white as neutrals.
I followed the top grid line using 
Brads, flairs or buttons, a Stamp, & Pretty patterned paper. 
The gorgeous pink paper is from 13@rts, the Art Journey collection, "Travel."
I began with the background, creating texture with Prima stencils,

Then using Ranger black archival ink, I stamped three sets of the AALL #20 Flower stamp
which I coloured with various Distress Oxide inks, before fussy cutting them out.
The title is by 13@rts - I painted it with Tim Holtz Distress Ink and added some faux stitched lines with a black pen.
I added some beads and bling to the middle of the flowers.
Because this little Girl's first word was "Birdie", I added a little Bird button to the cluster.

Thanks for your visit today. 
I hope you've found something to inspire you. You still have a few days left
to play along at the Scrap Matrix Tic Tac Toe challenge and be in the running for 
a gorgeous prize from the uber generous Vicki Christensen.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Scrap the Boys DT project - # Stylish

Hello Scrappy Friends, welcome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT layout for
the May challenge at Scrap the Boys

As the name suggests, we are all about scrapping the Boy's in our lives.
What do you think of the mood board this month? It totally took my breath away and I couldn't wait to get started.

I was absolutely inspired by the dramatic colours, the debonair models and the Monstera leaves.
Attempting to achieve the vibrancy of the colours, I used Tim Holtz alcohol inks for the big leaf and created the shape with a cut file.   I  stitched around the edge and darkened the edges with various Prima pencils.
The dragonfly is an oldie from Imaginarium designs.  I coloured it with Dylusions Shimmer sprays and  scattered a few prills along the body.

The little heart chippies are from my stash, I think they are ScrapFX.
The flower and leaves, I just cut with die cuts from the scraps of the alcohol ink paper.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
Raising Sons can be a pretty messy business.  There always seemed to be mountains of washing to tend to, industrial strength piles of food to provide, incessant notes about who needed to be where for co-curricular activities and multiple secret phone calls with the phone cord snaking it's way up the passage, well away from parental ears.  Heaven forbid we should know anything about anybody!   But all things are passing and as the hormonal outbursts receded, we were gradually afforded tiny sentences muttered in passing, like an occasional pat on the head.  We treated those gems with the reverence they deserved, never attempting to tease them into something like a conversation!
And it came to pass, after University, that we too, had learned a few things and we connected as adults.   So where am I going with all this, well may you ask?   Was it tough?  Yes, at times.   Was it worth it?  Absolutely!   Would I do it all again?  In a heart beat.  So when I look at my youngest Son, looking so debonair on his Wedding Day and think about his gifts of tenacity, compassion, loyalty and tolerance, I can't help but feel proud and blessed that we are his parents.
Photo Jan 2015

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Friday, 27 April 2018

Helen's First Monochromatic Tic Tac Toe project.

Welcome back to my blog, where today I'm sharing a project for 
The challenge is to create a project using a tic tac toe monochromatic theme.
For those of you who have not come across this before, the idea is to use any three objects from the grid, but they must be in a straight line horizontally, vertically or even diagonally. You may use any monochromatic colours you like.

Here is the chart
I've elected to use red as my colour and my three items are
Paint, Chipboard and buttons, flairs or brads.

I've watched a few mixed media you tube videos recently and came across a site recommended by my friend Margaret Mifsud, when she made some ATC's.  I was inspired to create a background with book pages, texture paste, embossing, stamping and inks.
I wanted to feature this Blue Fern chipboard, which
 comes in a square. I decided to feature the numbers
so I popped some of the squares out of the chipboard.
Then I cut the chipboard into sections and painted it with Dylusions Black paint.
Next, I heat embossed random patches of the chipboard with
To create the background of the page, I tore up some old book pages into random strips and adhered them onto a white background with Art Basic Gel
I added some plasterers tape, some Washi tape and some 
Another layer was added with  Tim Holtz texture paste, through various stencils and
then heat embossed with Stampendous white embossing powder.
 The next layers were made with various stamps, Distress Oxides and Red Gelatos.
I added some stars and brads.
A closer look.
Some of the texture details.

Thanks for your visit today. 
I hope you've found something to inspire you and will be tempted 
to play along at the Scrap Matrix Tic Tac Toe challenge.