Sunday 10 June 2018

Scrap Matrix DT - What's the point?

Have you seen the fun Scrap Matrix Challenge for May?
It finishes on the 14th June, but you still have a few days to play along and get your point across.  Take inspiration from the mood board and use any or all of those pointy angles. 

I chose to scrap this photo of my Son and his Baby Girl.
It seems to capture the meaning of life, which for me, is to love and be loved.  The whole point of our existence.  Hmmmm, hope I'm not getting too soppy for you!   But what to do with the photo?

I had these pointy stamps and stencils and decided 
to work with them on some watercolour paper.

 I sprayed the paper with a water mister before smooshing the Periwinkle blue paint on with my fingers - such fun.

Adding  colour, Laidback Lilac, blending and spraying.

Then some Polished Jade and White linen.
I dried it off with a heat tool before the next step.

Using the White linen and a makeup sponge, 
I dabbed triangles across the whole piece.

I still wasn't sure how to use this and it looked too intense, 
so I decided to chop it up.

Having learnt the hard way to not just chop into the paper,
I randomly cut some triangle shapes as a guide and then played around with placement a 12"x12" background.

I maximised the wide part of the triangles by crossing 
them over in the middle and trimming off the excess.

The little triangle stamp made a great border for the photo.

I thought I'd finished, but have a habit of adding bits and pieces until I wreck the whole thing. The Zig Zag stamping, the chevron border, the ink splashes, the title and the word stickers all snuck in, when I wasn't paying attention! I think it's still O.K. Phewww!

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
There's something about this photo that tugs at my heart strings.
Perhaps it's the look of unconditional love on your Daddy's face.
  You were about 15 months old and had led your Parents on a merry dance by using night time for anything but sleeping!
Despite that, you are a happy wee Bubba, interested in everything,  eager to feed and dress yourself, run everywhere, climb wherever possible and play games with your dog Alfie.  Go well little Girl, you bring so much joy into our lives.  23rd May 2018, Love Granny 

I hope you find time to play along, just add your entry to the Scrap Matrix Shares page in the corresponding folder and don't forget to let us know what Scrap Matrix products you used and what inspired you.  You could be in the running for a $30.00 gift voucher and perhaps a Guest Design Team spot down the track.

Dylusions Shimmer Spray - Calypso Teal
Ranger Dylusions stamps - Inbetweenies DYR34575
Tim Holtz Ideology Stickers - Small talk

Friday 1 June 2018

Scrap the Boys DT, June 2018 - Howzat

Hello Scrappy Friends, welcome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT layout for
Scrap the Boys.
 The challenge is to use this sketch to scrap about the boy/s (of any age) in your life,
using stitching on your layout.  It can be machine or hand sewn.
I chose to use machine stitching on this Cricket page.
The background paper is an oldie from my stash Basic Grey, Archaic Collection.
To create the cricket ground, I used Blue Fern chipboard, Beaded Strings
which I coated with white gesso.
The cricketer is a chipboard piece from

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
 One day last year, we came to watch you play cricket for the school and were thrilled to see you slamming bat on ball and scoring runs for your team.  You'd been practicing your bowling in the lead up to the season and had developed a wily leg spin which managed to trick some of the opposition players into exposing their leg stump.  Unfortunately, your elderly relatives got so involved in the run rate that we yelled run! run! We shouldn't have because we managed to get you run out.   We felt so sorry, as you'd been batting beautifully.  You took it with good grace, like a Sportsman, but I could see the disappointment on your face.   Love Granny, 18 November 2017

I hope you will feel inspired to play along and be eligible for a prize.

I appreciate your kind comments and so enjoy reading them.  Thank you.

Kraft+ DT - Dr Suess

Hello again Scrappy Friends, welcome; today I'm sharing a DT post for 

Welcome to June and a new direction and focus for Kraft Plus Challenges. 
We are now less focused on prizes and competition 
and we are now directing our focus to 

Community, Participation and Inspiration.

We hope you join us.!

We have a corker of a challenge for you this month.
Take a look at this fabulous mood board by Amanda Hall.
If you'd like to play along, be sure to create on Kraft.

We had stacks of Dr. Suess books when our Boys were young and the 
Grandchildren love them too.
Our family loves books and we like to start reading to Bubbas 
from the time they can keep their eyes open!
From the plethora of amusing quotes by Dr Suess, I settled on this one, 
as it suited the photo perfectly.
I used my gel plate and some gesso to create the background 
with a Crafter's Workshop stencil, TCW 361.
The inked stripes were added via a Tim Holtz stencil THS 00.
For the yellow alphabet, I used another Tim Holtz stencil THS 011.
The quote was created in Photoshop.  
I wanted to get a leopard print on the word WILD, it looked sooo easy on you tube!
Grrr! a five minute task which took me forever!

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

  At the Baby shower just before you were born, guests were invited to 
gift a favourite book from their childhood. 
I loved the idea, as did others and you now have a big collection to choose from.  
When you were five months old we flew to Melbourne to visit you at your home. My Sister came to visit as she'd not met you before. She brought a bright rustling parcel for you. 
At five months, you were more interested in the wrapping paper, than you were in the book, but I'm confident you will be a bibliophile like the rest of your cousins.
Love Granny 27th July 2017.

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