Saturday 28 September 2013

91 CSI Challenge - In this House Memories are created

As soon as I saw the testimony for this week, I knew what I wanted to write about.  Then it was just a matter of photographing my favourite things and it all came together with the help of this fabulous sketch from Scrap Friends. 
 They have great sketches, with lots of originality and flair. Here is the link.

A few closies
 I discovered stamps don't work so well on water colour paper
The tiny teapot came from my Mother's stash
Yummy clock from a new Bo-Bunny range
The textured flowers looked a bit ragged, 
so I outlined them with a Tombow pen

Adorn it - Patterned paper “Rough and rtough - Buddy” (blue)
Bo Bunny - The Avenues “Clocks”
Echo Park - Sisters “Chevron” reverse (yellow polka dots)
Tim Holtz Distress inks - Worn Lipstick, Victorian Velvet and Bundled Sage
Martha Stewart Punch - Marguerite Daisy
Prima Stencil - Sunrise Sunset “Flower”
Prima - flowers
Prima - Say it in crystals #563639
Paper flourish - metal key
Simple Stories - Vintage bliss (Butterfly and brad)
Technique Tuesday Stamp - In this house
Cottage Cutz Die - Leafy foliage
Derivan Matisse - Impasto
Atelier - Gesso
Colorbox ink - Olive Pastel
Tattered Angels Glimmermist - Cranberry zing
Tattered Angels Chalkboard - Clover
Tea pot embellishment - Mother’s stash
Ribbon - Mother’s stash


Tuesday 24 September 2013

Scrap Around the World September Challenge

This is the September challenge at Scrap around the world.
I loved the drama and flair of the mood board and decided to scrap an older photo.
I was inspired by the lacy look of the face paininting on the model.
 The sketch I used by rotating once to the right
There were a lot of stylized flowers around in the 70's as well as  rich magentas and apricot colours, so I played with stamps and gelatos to try and achieve the look of the time.
A closie to show the bling the heart and the lace
Watercolour paper
Prima - All about me collection, "Picture Perfect" ( the frames )
Prima - Anna Marie collection, "Nightingale" (Floral)
Prima - Stamp, Hello Pastel (tiny flower)
Prima - Say it with crystals
Prima - Vintage trinkets
Making Memories - Alphas
Making Memories -  Foam stamps, Floral/dingbat
Tattered Angels glimmer glaze - Oil slick
Tim Holtz - Washi tape
Tim Holtz - Distress ink, Black soot
Spellbinder die - Medallion One
Imaginarium - chipboard word
Faber Castell - Gelatos
La La Land die - Heart
Lace - Mother's stash

Meg's Garden Card

Just a quick post to show a card I made for the team at Meg's Garden
The beautiful paper, is from Dreaming in the Meadows Collection "Dreaming in duck egg blue"
the acetate butterfly and the acetate music are also from Meg's Garden.

 A few leaves and some shading inside


Sunday 22 September 2013

Heritage - For Meg's Garden Design Team

I have really enjoyed using these beautiful papers from Meg's Garden. They were perfect with this vintage photo of my Husband's Grandfather. I used "The Roadster's front seat blanket" for the back ground paper.  The red flowers and swirls were fussy cut from "Take a roadster for a spin" and the vintage roadster was cut from the extra strip of the same paper.  The cream leaves were die cut from the cream centre of that same paper.  Meg's Garden stocks the die;
 it's by Cottage Cutz, Leafy foliage.
A close up of the cluster

Saturday 21 September 2013

90 - CSI Challenge - Rock On

The inspiration photo this week really made me smile; what a cool cat!  However I was struggling to find the right photo until our Grandson came to visit wearing his new top.  Ta Da!!! I was off and running.  My page was inspired by a layout I saw when net surfing.  Unfortunately I didn’t book mark it and created it from what I remember.  I’d like to credit the artist for the inspiration and apologise that I am unable to do so.
a closie of the funky cat

Cat - from the inspiration photo
Bird - washi tape
Hearts - on the journalling block and punched on the right side
Tie something - the cat has twine around her neck
Polka dots
White space
Two different alphabets
Triangles - the arrows
Fabric - under the photos

I went to Mama Kat’s pretty much world famous writing prompts and chose to write about  what I’m grateful for and what I miss.  The journalling reads.

It was my lucky day when you came to visit wearing your new top.   The colours were perfect for this page I was creating.  All we needed was a photo prop and we found these cute glasses for you to wear.  They kept sliding down off your nose and we thought we might have to tie them on with string.  Now that you are a big school boy, we miss having you come to spend the day with us.
Love Granny

Kaisercraft cardstock - white
Core’dinations cardstock - Harborside
Orange cardstock - unknown
Graphic 45 patterned paper - Bohemian Bazzar, “Dazzling delights”
Authentique - Renew, “Foundation Two” reverse
Martha Gardner punch - Heart loops trim
Tim Holtz distress ink - Broken China
The Crafter’s Workshop template - Swiss dots
Paper Stories - alphas and journalling blocks “Say cheese”
Studio Calico - wooden camera
Dylusions Ink spray - Squeezed orange and London Blue
X cut die - Medium Star
Spotlight - Muslin fabric
Spotlight - twine
Builders tape


Saturday 14 September 2013

89 CSI Challenge XO

I absolutely loved the beautiful colours this week which were just right for these photos of the twins.   I used a mixture of older Making Memories and Kaisercraft papers and new Carta Bella.
Why not pop over to CSI and have a look at the examples created by the design team.

 This little one is so adventurous he is often bruised and scabby
It doesn't slow him down though

 Love these enamel dots and flairs from Scrap Friends

Animal accents
Polka dots
Stripes on teal paper
Two different alphabets
Scallops - on the big alphas

I chose to use the fantastic, fun, art words as inspiration for my journalling

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

These photos were taken back in January around the time of your second birthday.  You stayed with us for the weekend while you parents flew interstate for a family wedding. After breakfast there was no time to get dressed before you dashed outside to play.   You unleashed your inner artists by using the black board and some coloured chalk.  Once the board was full of scribble, you attacked each other with the chalk.  Bare skin makes the best canvas!  Then, suitably decorated with wode like true Scotsmen, you cavorted on the garden seat, jumped onto the play table and tried to climb into the laundry window. What a fantastic fun game you created with just a stick of chalk.   You discoverd by clicking two sticks of chalk together, that a fine dust collects on the bricks.  Activate this with a bit of spit and Voila, you have finger paint. I love to watch you interact and learn from each other; you truly are the best of friends.  Love Granny photos Jan 1013

Carta Bella - Rough and Tumble “Explore together”
Bazzil cardstock - orange
Bo-Bunny - Double dot, “12’Ocean journal”
Making Memories - Animal crackers “Jack Animals”
Making Memories - Animal crackers “Varnished dot”
Making Memories - Animal crackers “Stars”
Kaisercraft patterned paper - Peppermint
Weave Extras - Teeny Tiny Stickers
American Crafts thickers alphas - Fabric letter stickers
Teresa Collins - He said, she said, enamel dots
Prima stencil - #564314 (triangles)
Hello dreams - flair buttons 
Derivan Matisse - impasto
Prima chalk ink - Rusty Keys
Tombow pen 158


Saturday 7 September 2013

88 - CSI Challenge - Life Lessons

These colours were super challenging for me this week and I probably would have been tempted to ditch this layout and start again if I had another day to play with.  Part of that is my personal aversion to the Autumnal tones. Part is the dodgy photo, but it’s about the only one I have of that time.....still the story is told I must give thanks to Debbi, who week after week, provides these superb challenges, not just the colours, but the journalling prompts, which somehow flick a switch in the subconscious and tap into rich veins of memory.  I don’t know how you do it Debbi, but I love CSI  and all your efforts to make it run like clockwork.   Thank you 
A couple of closies

Floral pattern - on the strips

I chose to write about something I’ve learned.  The journalling reads.

When I look at this photo, taken at the beginning of my Nursing Training, I had no idea how much hard yakka would be involved in finishing the course.  I soon learned to survive twelve hour shifts; to endure the interminable night duty, and with a Senior Nurse, to run a small hospital at night.  Matron was on call, but we were trusted to do everything else; the turning and pressure care of bed ridden patients; the monitoring of babies in the nursery and gavaging of those too weak to suck;  the dispensing of medications; the care of the dying and laying out of the dead.

When Matron sat me at the dining room table, with one arm in a sling and eyes blindfolded, I learned to place the food tray within reach of the patient and ask if they’d like some help to eat. I learned to treat each patient with dignity and kindness. I understood it was O.K. to cry when a local man was scooped off the road in fragments and couldn’t be cobbled together again. 

I learned to be calm in emergencies; to see a crisis in the making and take steps to avert it. Most of all I recognized that a career in Nursing was not for sissies. The hours were long and the pay was a pittance, but the rewards were enormous.  To see a critical patient restored to health, to witness the miracle of birth and to hold the hand of the dying, was an honour and a privilege.  

When patients, no matter how old, are in pain and afraid, they often call for their Mothers.  I learned to understand their need; to sit, listen to their fear, not offering solutions, but simply being fully present.  The black and white certitudes of my youth melted away by exposure to life in the raw and I realized the more I learned, the less I knew.  Most things I used to fret about don’t really matter. I’ve learned to “BE” in the moment, to enjoy the shenanigans of the Grandchildren; to bask in the warmth of my family’s love and to count my blessings every day.  Journalling September 2013

Watercolour paper
Graphic 45 - Bohemian Bazaar “Dazzling delights” Photo frame
Graphic 45 - Bohemian Bazaar “Dazzling delights” Strips
Faber Castell - Gelatos
Crafter’s Workshop Stencil - mini peacock pattern
Derivan Matisse - Impasto
My Mind’s Eye - Collectable, wooden butterfly
Prima - alphas
Prima - Stamp
Prima - flowers
Kaiser craft - flowers
Petaloo - flowers
Kaisercraft stamp - arty
Kaisercraft - acetate clock
Tim Holts - washi tape
Craft Queen washi - lime floral
Key - $2.00 shop
Bo-Bunny - Buttons. “C’est La Vie”
Scrapmatts - Leaves CB115
Spellbinder die - Romantic rectangle