Saturday, January 20, 2018

Altered Book Box - Finnabair

Hi there,  I am really excited to say that I have ventured into the mixed media world when I decided to try and make something pretty of the old book box where we store our remote controls in our family room.  I never in my life thought that I will use black gesso...and I am really pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the process and how beautiful my box turned out.

 I didn't take any photos while I was adding the waxes and pastes.  I have another one to complete and will take more photos of the process.

 This is what it looked like before I started.  I covered the gold "pages" with masking tape and then covered the entire outside with black gesso.

 I then applied some Finnabair white crackle paste through a stencil.  I repeated this on the spine and back of the book.

 I then added chipboard swirls, gauze, doilies, metal pieces, flowers and melange art pebbles.

 I then coated everything with black gesso, but I wasn't happy, it still needed some more texture.

I then added Finnabair art stones and mini art stones using some soft matt gel.  When it was dry I coated it again with black gesso.

I used Finnabair Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance in Mystic Turquoise and Metallique Bronze Age wax for the background of the front as well as for the spine and for the back.

 To bring the different elements forward I used Metallique Waxes in Rich Copper, Aged Brass and White Gold.

I then applied some rust and patina paste around the center piece to create a rusted patina effect.

I will be back soon to show you the process on the other book box that I am still busy with.  Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Friday, January 19, 2018

Life is sweeter in flipflops - Lady Pattern Good Times and Tan Lines

Hi there.  I am here to share another page that was created with the awesome new Lady Pattern collection, Good Times and Tan Lines.  My previous pages was made using the blues and greens.  This time I wanted to include pink.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers: Lady Pattern Good Times and Tan Lines Copacabana (kites), Good Times and Tan Lines One in a Melon (confetti), Good Times and Tan Lines Beach Vibes (Life is sweeter card), Basic Essentials Mermaid Tails Green Chartreuse and Intense Teal, Basic Essentials Dreamy Dots Pink Mary (stripes); Cardstock:  American Craft; Chipboard title:  Celebr8; Chipboard frame and shells:  Blue Fern Studios; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen); Stencil: Scrapbook Studio; Other mediums: Lindy's Embossing powder, Finnabair Patina Paste, Finnabair Metallique Wax (vintage gold).

Some close ups:
I had a lot of fun playing with the Finnabair Patina paste and was amazed at how it transformed the chipboard elements.  I wanted the photos and patterned papers to take center stage and kept my embellishing to a minimum.  
 I cut a large circle that I hand stitched to compliment the circular element of the chipboard.  I love how the Basic Essentials so perfectly compliment this collection.

 The blending of the ink to form the sun burst was an after though done when the page was complete and I found that "something"  was still missing.

 I balanced my layout by adding strips of the same patterned papers to the bottom of the page.

A shot that shows the dimension of the page.  I love taking a shot like this with every page.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Do stock up on this beautiful Lady Pattern Paper at your local scrapbook store.  You will find them to be versatile and a staple you need in your stash. ♥♥

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Magic Moments - September 2017 Hip Kit - Paige Evans Turn the Page

Hallo there.  I only cut into the September 2017 Hip Kit today.  It has all the beautiful embellishments from this gorgeous collection.  I saw a photo that my daughter in law shared on Facebook and there is so much emotion in the photo that I wanted to capture the emotion by using a limited colour palette of the blues and greys in the kit combined with some black and white.  I added two sheets of an older Felicity Jane kit to get the mix perfect.  Here is my layout:

 Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Pink Paislee Paige Evans (Turn the Page), Felicity Jane;  Cardstock:  American Craft; Vellum: My Minds Eye; Letter Stickers: Shimelle; Wood Veneer:  Paige Evans Turn the Page; Flair:  Felicity Jane; Labels:  Basic Grey; Enamel dots:  My Minds Eye; Die cuts:  Paige Evans Turn the Page; Stencil:  Tim Holtz; Embossing Paste: Studio 490; Embossing Powder:  Tinby Metallic Melts; Stamps:  Felicity Jane.

Some close ups:
 I love the hint of silver that can be seen in the embossing paste.  The flowers were fussy cut from a Felicity Jane paper.  The label is an old Basic Grey one that has been in my stash forever.  I added some vellum with metallic silver dots behind the photo mat.

 I combined the foam "Magic" Shimelle stickers from a previous kit with the "Moments"die cut in the collection.  I love how the white pops with all the blues.
 I wanted to really put the pretty patterned papers on show and used larger layers than what I normally do.    I love all the layers.

There is indeed magical moments in everyday life, we just have to take the time to see them.
This page really turned out well.  I am happy.
Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope you found inspiration here ♥♥

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Let's Stay In - CSI 245

Hallo there.  I am slowly getting back into creating pages....and playing with mixed media on the side...but more about that at another time.  Today I am playing along with Color Story Inspiration Case file 245.  I have used the traditional clues to make my layout.  Here it is:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Lady Pattern Basically Textured Zesty Zebra Intense Teal, Basically Textured Knitty Gritty Dazzling Blue, for the photo layers I used a mix of Dear Lizzy and Maggie Holmes, Cardstock: Bazzill; Letter Stickers:  American Craft; Specialty Snowflake paper:  Little Yellow Bicycle; Label: Elle's Studio; Brads: My Minds Eye; Die Cuts:  WeR Memory Keepers (Honey I'm Home), Prim (Coffee Break); Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink: Brilliance (Moonlight White); Stencil:  Scrapbook Studio; Stamp:  Felicity Jane (Sophie).

The Case File:

Here is how I solved the case file:

The Scene:  I used the scene picture above as inspiration to make my whimsical background.

The Scheme:  All 5 Colours used.

Evidence:  Polka dots, stars, mountains, lights, winter elements, string, houses.

Testimony:  I chose to document a winter activity.  I have fibromyalgia and are very sensitive to cold that causes flare in winter I hibernate and prefer to stay home and stay warm.  My journaling reads as follows:  “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and  for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for HOME.”  - Edith Sitwell

Some close ups:
I first created my background. 
 I stenciled some stars in white ink onto the dark blue paper and stitched around the "mountains".

The light bulbs have been part of my stash for a long time and were perfect for this page.
I added some houses that was cut from a sheet of WeR Memory Keepers (Honey I'm Home) paper and added a enamel heart to the photo.

I used very old American Craft Alpha thickers and that also added the polka dots from the evidence.

Books and copious amounts of coffee is also something I like in the winter and therefore I added the die cuts from an old Prima collection.  The quote is just perfect for this page.

Last Saturday I was blessed to take a class by the talented Anguree Janse van Rensburg while she was on vacation in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.  I loved all the texture and techniques that she taught in her class.  This is the complete layout and will be going into a frame and onto the photo wall in my home.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I really appreciate your support and kind comments ♥♥

Friday, December 29, 2017

Joy - Lady Pattern - CSI 243

I just love it when a collection that I am working with are perfect to use for a challenge.  When I saw the colours in the Color Story Inspiration case file 243 I knew that the Lady Pattern (Good Times and Tan Lines combined with the Basic Essentials) papers would be a perfect fit.  I dug into my stash to find "evidence" needed according to the case file.  The result is a little out of my normal clean line comfort zone...but I am thrilled with how it came together.  The case file calls for winter elements and it is amusing that I made a beach page😃

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Lady Pattern Basically Textured Fency So Buff; Lady Pattern Good Times and Tan Lines Little Bikini, Lime Times, Hello Cards Intense Teal and Green Chartreuse (for matting);  Cardstock: American Craft; Chipboard title:  Celebr8, Chipboard shells:  Blue Fern Studio; Sequins and charm: stash; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Mists: Prima Color Bloom (splatter); Other mediums: Finnabair Patina Paste, Studio 490 Embossing paste, Finnabair Metallique wax (old silver); Wow embossing powder; Dies: Memory Box.

The case file:
This is how I solved the case:

The sketch:  Used as inspiration.

The Scheme:  All 5 colours used.

Evidence:  Solid background, silver, frames, hang something, circular elements, glitter

Testimony:  I used the Inspiration word "Joy" as my title and my journaling is a quote by Susan Gale: "You only need to stand near the ocean to feel the power of the universe and closeness to the One who created it."       

Some close ups:
 I applied some texture paste to the Lady Pattern Basically Textured Fency So Buff background.  I cut my patterned papers and matted it on some of the Hello Cards Intense Teal and Green Chartreuse.  I hung a little silver shell charm from my title word.  The title was covered in black diamond glitter stickels.

 The white chipboard circle was heat embossed with brilliant white WOW embossing powder.  I applied patina paste in blue and green to the chipboard shells and then rubbed some Metallique old silver wax to it.

 The little chipboard shapes were the insides of chipboard panels that I heat embossed with brilliant white.  I added the Memory Box Loopy rings and scattered some matching sequins.

I love the texture of this page and that is proof enough that it is good to sometimes go out of your comfort zone.

Here you can see the sparkly bits and the dimension of the layers.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Be sure to visit your local scrapbook store to stock up on your Lady Pattern Papers. ♥♥

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Wonder - Lady Pattern Paper - CSI 244 & Stuck?!

Hallo there.  Today I am sharing my last layout for this year...and it is poignant because I used a photo of my older 3 grandchildren taken on Christmas Eve in 2011.  This was also the last Christmas of my dad's life and I am so glad he spent it surrounded by his great grandchildren.  I have combined the CSI 244 case file with the Stuck sketch and I am thrilled with how it turned out.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Lady Pattern Paper (Basic Essentials); Cardstock: American Craft;  Chipboard Title:  Blue Fern Studio; Chipboard Elements: Stash; Flowers: Maya Road; Enamel dots: Teresa Collins; Enamel stars: My Minds Eye;  Bulb: Prima; Embroidery Floss:  DMC; Other mediums: Finnabair 3D Matte Gel, Cariena's custom glitter; Stencil: Jamie Dougherty; Embossing Powder: WOW bright white.

Laura's sketch for Stuck:

Color Story Inspiration case file 244:
This is how I solved the case file:

The Scheme:  All 5 colours used.

Evidence:  Christmas, lamp, stencil, scallops, trees, felt ribbon flowers.

Testimony:  I documented Christmas Eve 2011.  My journaling reads:  "Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas." - Peg Bracken.

Some close ups:
I first stenciled the three circles onto the background using Finnabair's 3D Matte Gel and then sprinkled some gold glitter over the wet gel.

I cut the tree to place behind my photo layers and stitched the tree with white embroidery floss and then outlined it with gold metallic embroidery floss.

The little cluster at the top right to balance the layout.  I heat embossed the chipboard tree.

 I just adore how versatile the Lady Pattern Paper is and cut the scallop from one of the Basic Essential papers too.  The little Christmas bauble is also heat embossed.

Here you can see more of the handstitching and the journaling.

I really initially struggled with the embellishing until I remembered these old Maya Road ribbon flowers...they were just the perfect touch.

Here you can see the dimension and the shiny bits.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I wish you and your loved ones a Blessed Christmas and a Prosperous 2018. ♥♥

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Adventure - December 2016 Hip Kit

Hello there,  Today I am sharing a page I made some time ago and actually forgot to post.  I used the scraps of the December 2016 Hip Kit.  It is always a good feeling when you kill a kit 😍.  I scrapped a photo I took of Stefan and Juan playing in the dam on Wynand's small holding.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Pink Paislee (Paige Evans take me away), Hip Kit Exclusives; Cardstock:  American Craft; Foam letter sticker title: American Craft (wild); Clear Stickers: Pink Paislee (Memorandum); Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Die cuts: Paige Evans (Take me Away); word phrases: Tim Holtz small talk; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Border punch: Fiskars; Cutting dies: Quickutz nesting circles and stars.

Some close ups:
 I love the texture that is added with the stitching.

 This colour palette was perfect for the photo.

 Juan's muddy discarded shoes were put into the frame.

I used Gelatos to ombre my foam title.

It is wonderful to be able to get some good therapy through this paper art and at the same time document precious memories.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥