Tuesday 23 October 2012

42 - CSI Challenge

Gorgeous bright primary colours this week at CSI.  They were perfect for these photos of one of our twin Grandsons at his big brother's 5th Birthday tea.

I looked at all the journalling prompts, but nothing really seemed relevent to the photos I wanted to scrap.  After two days of pondering, I used one of the inspirations words "small" and wove that into the story.

Polka dots
Texture paste
Grid design, on the back ground patterned paper


Here you are at 21 months playing with your big brother’s birthday rocket. 
You don’t see that being small is any deterrent to “having a go” at things.  You watched Lachie stamping on the ball which sent air through a tube, up into the spout and “blast off”, the rocket shot up to the ceiling. 
You waited until he had moved on to something else and then you kept trying until you got the hang of things. Just look at the delight on your baby face.  Mission accomplished.  
 Love Granny 19 Oct 201

Black Bazzil Cardstock
Kaisercraft - Technologic, Pixel (reverse)
Kaisercraft - Technologic, 6 and a half inch paper pad
Kaisercraft - Technologic, Die Cuts
October Afternoon - Bus Route (reverse)
Dervlan Matisse Impasto
Crafter's Workshop Stencil - 284
Reeves Acrylic paint, Naples Yellow
Ranger - Stickles, Crystal
Ranger - Archival Ink, Jet Black
Creative Imaginations - Creative Cafe, Alphas
EK Success Punch - Binding Edge

Design Team

I'm so excited to be chosen to be on the design team for CSI along with some very talented artists from around the world.  It's a great on line challenge site which pushes me outside my comfort zone to try colours I would not normally use.  They emphasise journalling too, which is something I love.  Why not pop over and have a look.


Thursday 18 October 2012

41 - CSI Challenge

These soft colours were much more of a challenge for me than the brights last week, but I’m so happy with the results. It’s good to be dragged out of the comfort zone.

Some close ups

Gold element, the heart charm and gold writing
Flag, the banner
Ruffles, the gathered ribbon
Texture white on white, the texture paste stars and the journalling strips
Ombre, the shaded glimmer mist

I reflected on my dreams for my DGD

My dreams for you are,
Not that you will always succeed,
but that you will be brave enough to try again.
Not that you will never be hurt,
but that you will develop resilience
Not that you will have a brilliant career,
but that you will find a purpose in life.
Not that will be the most popular girl,
but that you will find genuine friends who
respect your unique and authentic self.


Buttons                 My Mind’s Eye - Follow your heart, “Be Happy”

Die Cut                      Cheery Lyn - Doily Stacker

Embellishment         My Mind’s Eye - Follow your heart, “Be Happy” Flags
                                 Gold Charm - unknown from Mother’s stash

Mask                        Crafters Workshop - Mini Punchinella

Mist                          Tattered Angel’s Glimmermist - Sweet clover & Patina

Patterned Paper        My Mind’s Eye - Follow your heart, “Be happy”
                                  My Mind’s Eye - Follow your heart, “Be you”
Punch                        Martha Stewart - Vintage Doily

Ribbon                      Spotlight, Seam binding

Spellbinder Standard Circles

Texture Paste           Dervalan Matisse - Impasto medium

Twine                        My Mind’s Eye - Sweet Caroline collection

TFL and for any comments you might care to leave.   :)

Happy Birthday - CSi Challenge 46

Loved, loved the vibrant colours this week. I really enjoyed working with them.

For inspiration, I used a sketch from OUAS

This photo was taken on our Grand daughter’s first birthday. She is an adventurous child, always off exploring and trying new things.

A couple of closies

Spots and stripes
Ribbon - spotted, bottom left
Circular elements - cupcake
Big flower - under cupcake
Transparent element - butterfly,
Cupcake accent

Inspiration words, Wish, Special & Inspire, used in the journalling


Happy First Birthday Baby Girl. Look at you, all bright eyes and beaming smile. You understood that the party was for you and you adored being the centre of attention. You’ve always been a girl in a hurry, eager to stand, get down, crawl, walk and climb. You investigate every tiny crumb on the floor, eat the cat food and shout at the dogs. We love you to bits Miss Esther, our bright, shiny star. May you always delight in pushing the boundaries to discover how the world works. Our wish for you is that you will understand how special you are and be happy in whatever choices you make in life. Love Granny & Pa 26/11/2012

TFL and for any comments you may care to leave.

Thursday 4 October 2012

39 - CSI & OUAS combined challenge

I loved the bright summery colours of the CSI challenge this week combined with the sketch from OUAS

For the challenge I have used all the colours and the sketch

Rub ons
Leaves - Fabric and wood
Bird - Punched
Little bits and pieces - Buttons and the clock
Chalks - on the title
Wings - Butterflies
Frame - Stitched on the photo

I use the prompt "All I really need to know I learned from...."

and a closeup

The journalling reads:-


I learned from my friend & colleague 


When safely cocooned in my family of origin, I assumed I understood how the world worked.  However, when I started nursing, I discovered there are many version of ‘normality’. My family’s philosophy on life, with its‘stiff upper lip’ and ‘don’t complain, don’t explain’ ideologies, was not the only way to live.

Bernadette was my senior Nurse and mentor when I first began Nursing Training in a small country town.  I was still a naive kid and socially inept, when she tucked me under her wing, having noticed that I struggled with information overload and crippling shyness.

Her practical work ethic I understood, however hers was tempered with a keen sense of the ridiculous and good natured teasing.  She located my funny bone and massaged it into life.

She was a free spirit, made friends easily, loved to dance and play tennis and I was dragged along for the ride.  Gradually, my buttoned down mask dissolved in the warmth of her friendship.

Bernadette consoled me when I witnessed my first death and rejoiced with me at the miracle of birth.  We laughed and cried together as we experienced the raw and intense emotional extremes of a career in Nursing.
In later years we saw each other less frequently.  She lived a thousand kilometres away and we were each busy with our own families.  Yet, when we visited, we could just pick up where we left off.  I remember once, calling into her home for afternoon tea; husband and three kids in tow and leaving a week later!

Bernadette was an adventurer, she went abseiling, rode camels in the desert and travelled third world countries on her own.  She was a vivacious and courageous woman, authentic and loyal, witty and wise, like a sparkling star leading the way to Nirvana.

She died too soon, my dear friend, a swift and savage death due to cancer.  I cherished our friendship and I will always miss her. Vale Bernadette.

TFL and for any comments you may choose to leave.

If you are interested, I've included a list of products I used 

For the first time, I used Glimmermist on wet paper through a mask and I like the "messy" look I achieved on the background.

Mask - Crafter's Workshop - Gathered Flowers
Tattered Angels Glimmermist - Key Lime PIe, Patina & Patina
The flowers are from Prima, Kaisercraft, 
Enamel flower - Maya Road
Leaves - Prima
Wooden Leaves - Kaisercraft
Pearls - Kaisercraft
The punches are Martha Stewart - Doiley Lace and Birds on a wire
The rubs ons -  Kaiser, Secret Bird Society
Alphas - October Afternoon
Chipboard Title - Scrap FX
Chalk Inks - Colour Box
Cardstock - Jenni Bowlin Core Impression, Vintage Bright
Embossing Powder - Bobdex International
Buttons - Little Yellow Bicycle
Ribbon - Seam Binding, Spotlight