Thursday, 1 March 2018

Kraft+ DT March 2018 - A sketch & Fussy Cutting

Hello again Scrappy Friends, welcome; today I'm sharing a DT post for
For this challenge, we were asked to use the sketch and do some fussy cutting. 
I chose to scrap a photograph of one of my Irish Ancestors.

Because of the challenge to fussy cut, I used this gorgeous floral paper from Prima, the Rosibelle Collection, “Lucky charm”  It's difficult to see the gold foil accents, but they do look lovely IRL. 
The chipboard is from Scrapmatts; one of our generous sponsors.   I treated it with my favourite embossing powder, Stampendous Aged Ivory.
I added texture with Liquitex modeling paste through a 13@rts stencil, which I purchased from another of our generous sponsors - Scrap Matrix
The random stamping was done with a Prima stamp and I flicked on some Tea Rose Glimmermist, before glueing down some Prills and tiny beads.
The flowers were from my stash.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
My Maternal Great, Great, Grandmother, Honora Hayes (Hennessy),
 was born in Galway in Ireland in 1815.  She died in 1899 and was buried at Caltowie in the mid North of South Australia.
She married Thomas Hayes, also from Galway, in Ireland, where they had 6 children, before emigrating to Australia, we think on the "Eliza" in 1849. Little is known of their early years in Australia, but they had another three children after they arrived and eventually farmed land near Caltowie, in South Australia.
We assume they left Ireland because they were starving during the potato famine which  lasted from 1845-1852. The famine remains a controversial event in Irish history. Debate and discussion on the British government's response to the failure of the potato crop in Ireland, the exportation of food crops and livestock, the subsequent large-scale starvation, and whether or not this constituted genocide remains a historically and politically charged issue.
 I marvel at the courage and tenacity of my ancestors, who chose to leave their country, their relatives and friends, to embark on a perilous journey to an unknown land and start all over again with nothing.  Little wonder that they were fiercely independent and viewed authority with disdain.  I can't imagine how the women coped with multiple pregnancies, infant mortality, no running water or electricity and often very little food.  Yet cope they did and through the generations, we've reaped the benefit of their brave decision to cross the sea, to make a new life in Australia.
Journalling 13 February, 2018

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  1. Such a stunning page, loving all those fussy cut flowers x

  2. This is such a gorgeous page Helen! I think it is wonderful that you have a photo of your Great, Great Grandmother. The fact that it has survived all these years is amazing and I love the page you have created around it. Such pretty colours and, although fussy cutting can be a total pain sometimes, I think it looks fabulous!! Stunning work as always! hugs xx

  3. Such a gorgeous vintage page and the Prima paper is gorgeous. A super photo and love the journalling, as always! ;-)

  4. So much to love here! The amazing way you combine vintage with a modern touch, the fussy cutting, the busy balanced with the kraft solid. WOW! You are always amazing me with your creative designs. I'm so sorry for just now catching up, I just haven't felt well for a while. I enjoy glimpses of your work on FB until I can properly spend time perusing your blog. Big hugs, Autumn