Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! - DT Feb 15 - Timeless Memories

Welome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT page for
If you haven't played along before, Laura creates two wonderful sketches per
month and there are great prizes on offer.  Details below.
I've used Maja Papers on an ivory background.
This is one of my favourite photos of my Husband - a tribute to him, 
as we celebrate our Wedding Anniversary is this month.
Because Scrapmatts are one of the sponsors this month, I've used three of their 
lovely chipboard pieces and one of their new stencils.
The tag behind the photo is chipboard which I covered with paper and cut in half 
to show it the top and bottom.  I love the cream on cream 
look of texture paste through the lattice stencils.
Do you see the little fabric tab tucked in at the top?   
It's from Charms creations, one of our regular sponsors.
I replaced the star shape on the sketch with this marvellous frame from Scrapmatts.
The grungy look was achieved with crackle paint, 
embossing powder, Stampendous "Aged Marine" and various distress inks.
The Scrapmatts Timeless Memories title needed no treatment, 
it teamed perfectly with the cream in the papers.

I was tempted to splash some blue paint around over the stencilling, but I forced myself to leave well enough alone.  Often when I try to add a little dab of this, or a tiny dob of that, I take it one step too far and it all ends in tears!   Does that happen to you?

Scrapmatts products used :-
We have two generous sponsors for this challenge.
Scrapmatts are donating two large pieces of chipboard.
and The Scraproom is donating a $20.00 Gift Certificate
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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Scrapmatts - Two layouts and a card

Hello again - Helen here with you today with three projects using
the super versatile Scrapmatts products

First up is a little boy’s page with less than perfect photos.
I think the addition of the Scrapmatts goodies enhanced the photos 
well enough for them to be used on a page.  
The papers are older ones by Simple Stories, "Say cheese" collection.
They are still a favourite with me.
I love the large circles and treated these by randomly applying distress paint and Stampendous embossing powder.  I also trimmed some of the circle from beneath the photo and added it at the top of the photo for extra impact .
The stars were created with texture paste through a stencil 
and then painted with Colour Blast paste.
The word was dabbed with Colour Blast paste and rubbed back a bit
to create a mottled look.
Products used:-
  CB4071 String Circles 07 
 CB6117 Assorted Words 30 
The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
You came to stay overnight in the caravan with us when you were 20 months old.   All went well until bed time, when you discovered you were expected to sleep on the lowered table, which converted into a bed.   Always a stickler for things being done properly, you were not convinced that sleeping on a table was a good idea!  We tucked you in and looked for your usual bed time companions.  We found your Hunga (Snuggly) but not your Dummy. We rang  Daddy, but he didn’t have a spare one at home.  It was a Sunday night; all the shops were closed.  I rang many pharmacies in Glenelg trying to find a Nuk Dummy.  Eventually I tracked one down and Pa drove off to buy it.  When he walked back through the door with it, your face lit up and you said “Awwh thank you sooo much Pa, you found my dummy”   You cuddled up with it and your snuggly on the table/bed and went to sleep in minutes.
  Love Granny 12 Oct 2013

My next project is a girly one about my Grand Daughter's 3rd Birthday.
The delicate background paper is from Blue Fern, Attic Charm collection, "Haberdashery" 
Let's take a closer look.
I heat embossed the sweet frame at the top of the photo.
The butterfly was painted with water colour, then topped with 
dimensional magic and tiny beads. Although subtle,
 you can see the textured hearts made with the heart stencil. 
You can see the textured hearts again here, as well as one of the new pieces which come with a new frame set.  I cut up the flourishes to include in my cluster.  The "Happy" title and the flourishes were both wet embossed with Stampendous embossing powder.
Products used:-
  CB4056 Ornate Frames 13  
   CB6117 Assorted Words 30  
   CB4069 Ornate Frames 26  
  CB1028 Butterflies 18   
  ST1031 Stencil Hearts

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

At three you delight in choosing your pretty clothes, swishing around in anything floaty and wearing flowers in your hair.  Your Daddy tells the story of one quite nice outfit he wanted you to wear which you took a dislike to saying, "I'm not wearing that, it will make me look like a grey, old, dead, bat!"  I'm not sure who won that particular skirmish, but I suspect it was you.   Love Granny August 2014

Lastly I have a clean and simple card which I made for a friends Birthday.
Her favourite colour is blue, so I used these beautiful Maja papers.
The butterfly was painted and topped with dimensional magic and beads.
The tiny heart was painted with crackle and gold.
The birthday sentiment was given a swish of distress paint to team with the blue paper.
  CB6117 Assorted Words 30  
(The little heart is a bonus on this word set)

Do you use Scrapmatts products?  Why not pop your projects using them into the Scrapmatts gallery 
so we can  leave you some love.  

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Stuck?! Sketches DT - Hey there sunshine

Welcome back Scrappy friends.  
With the children back at school I hope you will find time to play along at 

Where Laura has another stunning sketch to inspire you.

Having promised myself not to buy any more patterned paper, I spotted these gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla yummies in my LSS.   They insisted on jumping into my basket without asking,  "Is it OK?"  "What's a girl to do eh?"   I did salve my conscience somewhat by teaming them with scraps of really old stash.
Don't you just love this fabric heart from Charms creations?
They are generous sponsors for this challenge.
Lynette Jacobs does wonderful stitching on her layouts and I've been inspired 
by her to give it a go myself.   Thank you Lynette, I your work.
The brad and the bow have been in my stash for years.
Love the little glittery hearts - they are a gift from my kind friend
Thank you Lizzy, they are perfect for my girl who loves all things sparkly.

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

This was one of our last whole days together, before you go to school full time in January 2017.   You decided to have a fashion parade to raise money for the RSPCA.  You knew that some people treat animals badly and you felt concerned about that, because you love animals and have pets at your home.  You used the bedroom as a change area and oozed into the passage after changing into four different outfits.  You struck a pose, sashayed down the "catwalk" toward the mirror, gave an elegant twirl and floated back toward me; your poker face worthy of a top class model.  Parade over, we adjourned to the play room where you set up seats for the audience (all the soft toys), pulled out your laptop, (a small cardboard box) and entered all the donations, as they flooded in via the internet.  My admission charge was $10.00.  "It's expensive Granny, but it's for such a good cause!"  The whole morning was initiated and controlled by you.  Absolutely no input required or tolerated from Granny.  At five, your imagination is astounding and I can't help but reflect on my own childhood without a telephone, running water, electricity, an inside lavatory and a myriad of other conveniences which you take for granted.  I will miss our crafting, sewing and baking sessions; our trips to the park, cafes and the library, but most of all, I will miss your gorgeous smile, your strong hugs, and you yelling, "I love you Granny and Pa" as you wave goodbye.   I hope I'm around to see what direction you take in life, but if not, I have been blessed by your weekly doses of sunshine, exuberance and joy.  
 Love Granny 28th September 2016

Our sponsors for this challenge are:-
Charms Creations - $20.00 gift certificate


Cuts2Luv - $25.00 gift certificate

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Kraft+ DT - So much fun, best day ever

Hello Scrappy friends.  A new month and a new challenge over at


With the children back at school and a few cooler days, I hope you will find time to play 
along and be eligible for some of the  prizes from our generous sponsors.
Your project must be on Kraft, but it doesn't need to be a beach theme.
Check out all the details on the link above.
I used a coastal photo from Western Australia and combined it with some pics of my Grandchildren on their Summer holiday this year.
The papers are by Kaisercraft - I fussy cut the light house from High tide "Sail Set" 
The other paper is also Kaisercraft - Sandy toes, "Flip flops"
 Like many children, these boys love to climb, so a stop off at a playground 
helps avert little niggles in the car on a 4 hour trip to Marion Bay.
I used distress ink through a stencil "Burlap" by Tim Holtz.
 I love the metal embellies which I sourced at Seriously Scrapping.
Jane has a huge range of metal goodies.
The wavy title is from my stash - Heidi Swapp ephemera.

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