Saturday, 27 July 2013

82 - CSI challenge Girls Day Out

Here is the bright and beautiful challenge at CSI this week.  You have until 4th August to have a play, if you like the colours and the prompts.

I used some very old Kaisercraft as the base and spruced it up with some Echo Park and My Mind's Eye
Had a play with some watercolour paints and paper to make the little ombre hearts.
I'm not usually stuck for words, but I did have trouble with the journalling prompts this week.

A couple of closies
Love that Prima stamp
Stamps - the pink flowers
Funky scallops
Wet Medium - watercolour painted hearts
String - around the hearts
Cursive lettering

I chose to write eight things I love about you, the subject
Hand write the journalling in cursive

The journalling reads
Eight things I love about you :-
Your smile
Your energy
Your empathy
Your courage
Your confidence
Your resilence
Your impeccable manners
Whoops! How could I forget your cheekiness

Kaisercraft - Lilac Avenue Collection, “Wisteria” (yellow base)
Echo Park - Sisters chevron (chevron)
My Mind’s Eye - Honey collection “Perfect” (pink roses and yellow honey hexagons}
My Mind’s Eye - Unforgettable, “Firsts” (pink mats)
Prima Stamp - # 563059
Prima ink - Rose Bud
American Crafts Alphas - Rainboots
Basic Grey Alphas - #3984
Watercolour paper - unknown
Water colour paints - Eraldo di Paolo
Tombo Pen 703 - pink
Tomorrow’s Memories - pink and white twine
Craft Queen Washi tape - Pink Damask


Thursday, 25 July 2013

Scrap around the world - 2 - Breathtaking

I'm just squeaking in at the llth hour with my response to this gorgeous mood board and sketch.

I used Little Yellow Bicycle (Blue) and Maja papers (floral)
The chippie frames are by Scrapmatts and the title by Scrap FX
The little nest and some of the flowers are by Prima, mixed with in with some Kaisercraft blooms.

 The two little angels are by Melissa Frances and the punch is from Martha Stewart


Saturday, 20 July 2013

CSI Challenge - 81 Goggomobil

I know I say it every week, but the colours are fabulous again....They force me to use combinations I could never dream of.  My vintage photo seemed to be saying "pick me" for this soft palette.
Why not pop over to CSI and have a look at some of the Art work by the Design Team.  You have until July 28 American time to play.

I love the texture from the embossing folders and I finally got to use the Maya Road metal flower that's been sulking in the corner for about 8 years!!

Silver metal - the sides and base of the flower
Jute - ribbon
Scalloped edges
Woodgrain - embossed on yellow cardstock
Circles - embossed on blue cardstock
Textured paper - embossed

I went to the journalling jar prompt and decided to write about my first car.

I started my nursing training about 22 miles across country from my home town.  There was no public transport between the two, so I decided to buy a small car.  This little second hand beauty was advertised and it was love at first sight.  I thought it would be economical and my Father was happy because it had a tiny two stroke motor and a top speed of 47 miles an hour. “Bertha” sulked and refused to start unless covered at night and she backfired if the oil/petrol mix was not quite right. One evening my friend and I were all dolled up in taffeta and stilettos to travel home to a dance. Cough, splutter, wheeze, stop! We hopped out in the mud, lifted the bonnet, cleaned the spark plugs and pushed her to the top of a rise. Then with a clutch start we prayed for a tail wind.  Every mile or so, we had to repeat the process, arriving at the Hall just in time for the last few dances. Over supper my friend took great delight in recounting how she carried my toy car to the dance. Her droll phrase was, “That car has absolutely no power, she wouldn’t pull the skin off a fritz; we spent more time under the bonnet than in the seat”. The price we paid to check out the local talent and dance the night away!   1960

Bazzil cardstock - Blue, yellow, brown, green, kraft
Simpe Stories paper - Harvest Lane, “Home made happiness”
Basic Grey Alphas - Cupcake
Tim Holtz Embossing folder - Woodgrain
Couture Creations Embossing Folder - Drink Me
Tattered Angels Glimmer mist - Creme de Chocolate
Colorbox Ink - Dark Brown
Prima stamp - #563080
Prima mask - #560904
Spellbinders Die - Labels 23
Maya Road - Metal flower
Jute ribbon - Spotlight
Pan Pastel - Raw Umber


Sunday, 14 July 2013

CSI Challenge 80 - Experiment

This challenge had stumped for a while as I could not find the right sized photos, but with a bit of creative editing I made them work.  The palette is more muted after such a bright one last week, but I enjoyed the earthy "boy" colours. But other talented CSI designers used them for elegant girl pages.  Why not pop over and have a look.  You have until July 21st to play along.

The Play stamp is a really old one and the tiny flowers are from an old October Afternoon paper.  The green is My Mind's Eye and the rest is Kaisercraft.   I like they way they all play nicely together.

Something transparent - the tape
Texture paste

I was inspired by the word “Bliss”.  The journalling is on the back of the page.

Time alone is a rare commodity for a little boy with a twin brother and an older sibling.  Maybe that’s why you head straight for the sand pit when you arrive at our home. Pa keeps it covered, so the sand stays dry for your favourite experiment; that is pouring sand through different funnels. You try each size, lifting them to various heights and catch the sand as it pours through at different volumes.  You spend hours there, chattering happily to yourself.  It’s wonderful to see you in a state of bliss, as you experiment with the laws of gravity.  Love Granny

Kaisercraft - 365 days collection “Event”
Kaisercraft - Tigerlilly collection “Freesia”
Kaisercraft - Base Coat, “Paper Rock”
Kaisercraft Cardstock - Black
October Afternoon - Thrift Shop, Shape Stickers
October Afternoon - Farmfresh “Farmhouse”
My Mind’s Eye - Love this collection, “Devoted”
Prima Stencil - #564315
Liquitex texture paste
Imaginarium chipboard Alphas
Ranger - Emboss it dabber
Stampendous - Embossing enamel “Aged taupe”
Cloud 9 clear Stamps - Simple thoughts “Boy”
Colorbox ink - Dark Brown
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy
Making Memories - Buttons “Pitter patter” Trims & Treats


Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Mixed Media Challenge - 2 Wishing you happiness

I stumbled across this new challenge site and was inspired by the soft colours.  I have a  new batch of photos of our DGD, just perfect for pink, yellow and peach.  It was a good opportunity to practice with some of the stash of paints, mists and textures paste I have tucked away.
(copy and paste into your browser to check out the site)

The result is not quite what I had in my mind, but I love the random nature of paints and mists.  Just like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get!!!
A closie of the texture paste - Love that Prima mask
And this Prima mask is gorgeous too

Watercolour paper
Watercolour paints
Liquitex Heavy Gel
Tattered Angels Glimmermist - Rose tea and Golden Terracotta
Tattered Angels chalkmist - Chalk
Prima Chalk ink - Rose Bud and Old Rose
Prima mask - Sunrise Sunset "Flower"
Prima mask - Flourish
Prima Stamp - #960148
Prima Build-a-frame stamp, Collection 2


Saturday, 6 July 2013

CSI Challenge - 79 Smile

Bright and bold colours this week; just right for a Patriot page, or a child's page.  I dug into my precious stash of Pion papers, they all co-ordinate beautifully.  The challenge runs until 14 July USA time.



Polka dots
Rub on

I chose to list four reasons why I scrapped this photo of our Grandson.  Just the everyday little things in the life of a two year old which are quickly forgotton.

This photo was taken before your first hair cut when you still had your whispy little curls.
You were content to sit in the high chair and eat your lunch, while I took dozens of photos.
You had not lost your innocence about the world; you trusted that all your needs would be met with loving kindness and clear directions.
You looked forward to your three hour afternoon sleep and so did we.   Love Granny

Kaisercraft cardstock -White
Maja patterned paper - Life by the Sea, “Seaside Cottage’
Maja patterned paper - Life by the Sea, “The west coast”
Maja patterned paper - Life in the country, “Scent of Wild flowers”
Kaisercraft rubons - Secret Bird Society
Kaisercraft Brads - Esperence 
Quote Card - Affirmations publishing house
Washi Tape - Craft Queen, large red heart
Washi Tape - Craft Queen, Small red star
The Crafter’s Workshop Stencil - Swiss dots, small
Liquitex - Gel, heavy gloss
Ranger - Perfet Pearls, Interference Blue
Spellbinders Die - Grommet tag
Ribbon - Spotlight
Title -  RAK from Helen Tilbury


Thursday, 4 July 2013

Meg's Garden Design Team

I am so delighted to be chosen to join Meg's Garden Design Team

Meg's papers are classical and elegant; just  perfect for vintage or shabby chic.

I will be joining the following talented artists.

How exciting, thanks for the opportunity Meg