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 ♥♥

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Fearless - Cocoa Vanilla Studio

I have seen some stunning blue and purple scrapbook pages lately.  I believe that the colour of the year 2018 is I thought I might as well start to get used to it.  I made this page using the beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studio's Bohemian Dream collection.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Cocoa Vanilla Bohemian Dream; Cardstock: Lady Pattern Paper; Letter stickers: American Craft (Doll); Wood Veneer word:  Jillibean Soup; Chipboard: Scrap Collections; Flowers: Celebr8, Bo Bunny; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Die cuts: Cocoa Vanilla Bohemian Dream; Silver puffy hearts: Freckled Fawn; Crab charm: Celebr8; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Mist:  Prima Color Bloom (Storm Cloud, Summer Sky, Iris); Other Mediums:  Acrylic White paint to dry brush the flowers.

Some close ups:
 I used some Prima Color Bloom in Iris and Summer Sky and coloured white Celebr8 flowers, I then toned down the colour with white acrylic paint.

 I zigzag stitched around my bottom layer for extra texture.

 The little leaves are from the ephemera pack of the Bohemian Dreams collection.

 The crab was cut from a Scrap Collection border and perfect for this page.

 I wanted to add silver to this page and did so by adding the little crab charm, three silver puffy hearts and this gorgeous glittery alpha for the title.

 The crab charm was part of a Celebr8 beach collections a few years ago.

Here you can see the dimension and the glittery bits.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Delight - Lady Pattern Paper - Stuck sketches

Today I lost myself in my studio.  There is just no better therapy than playing with paper and glue and pretty embellishments.  I made a layout based on the latest Stuck sketch.  I really love Laura Whitaker's sketches...they always inspire me to make pretty pages.  I scrapped some photos of Stefan taken in Plettenberg Bay in October 2015.  I am honoured to be part of the Lady Pattern Paper design team and used the latest collection released.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Lady Pattern Paper (Basic Essentials, Basically Textured, Good Times and Tan Lines);  Cardstock:  American Craft, Lady Pattern Paper; Letter Stickers:  American Craft; Wood Veneer:  My Minds Eye; Label: Elle's Studio; Acrylic Stars: Elle's Studio; Buttons: Paige Evans; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Paints: Twinkling H2O (Solar Gold); Stamps: Felicity Jane; Dies: Sizzix.

Laura's Sketch:

Some close ups:
I LOVE this colour combination...can you tell?  I cut 1 inch strips to layer behind the photo.  The lollipop flowers were made with circles I cut with my Sizzix dies and then distressing them and layering them with a button to top it off.  The pretty acrylic stars are by Elle's Studio.

The alpha thickers have been in my stash forever.  I made the splatters with Solar Gold Twinkling H2O paint.

My layout would not be complete with some stitching 😍.  The little starburst were stamped with a Felicity Jane Stamp.

The wood veneer seahorse and star is by My Minds Eye.

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

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Explore - Lady Pattern - Good Times & Tan Lines

Hallo there.   A few weeks ago Bernike, the owner of Lady Pattern Paper invited me to be part of her design team.  I love all the Basic Essentials papers because they are so easy to use with other collections.  Today the newest collection, Good Times & Tan Lines were released and I was so fortunate to be able to play with brand new, never been seen before papers.  Here is my first page that I made with this lovely summer collection.
Supply list:  Lady Pattern Papers: Good Times & Tan Lines - Lime Times (both sides), Basic Essentials - Moroccan Trellis So Buff, Basic Essentials - Mermaid Tails Intense Teal, Hello Cards - Intense Teal dots; Cardstock:  American Craft; Chipboard: Celebr8 (title & seaweed), Scrap Collections(sign post); Sequins: Celebr8; Small talk phrase stickers: Tim Holtz; Flair: Feed Your Craft; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Metal charm: Celebr8;  Embroidery Floss: DMC; Bakers Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Other mediums: WOW bright white embossing powder, Finnabair 3D Matt gel, Finnabair mini art stones; Border Punch: Fiskars; Doily die: Prima.

Some close ups:
 I mostly scrap masculine/boy pages and I love to combine green and teal.  This choice was perfect for these photos of Kobus and our grandson Stefan.  The pretty flair is by Feed Your Craft.

Yesterday I missed Cariena so much that I drove through to Jeffreys Bay to spend a few hours with her.  I found this summer chipboard and it is just perfect for this page.   The sign post chipboard blends in perfectly with the So Buff paper. I added some matt gel below the chipboard and applied some mini art stones to make it look sandy.

 I really wanted to add another colour that would be a neutral and the Basic Essentials So Buff paper is a perfect addition.  I cut the doily and punched the scallop border to add the colour to the layout.

 It is always very hard to capture a page perfectly because it shows it flat when there is actually a lot of I have started photographing my layout from an angle.

 The hand stitching also adds an additional texture to the page.

I heat embossed the "Explore" title and sea weed with white embossing powder and then I added these pretty leafy sequins to the chipboard.

Thank you for visiting my blog today♥♥

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sweet Escape - Scrapbook Studio Just Because

Hallo there, I have had a very productive scrappy weekend...but can only share the pages I made for Lady Pattern Paper at a later stage.  Today I am sharing a page I made with the Scrapbook Studio Just Because Travel papers.  The Just Because paper collection is beautiful and versatile.  You can get yours online at the Scrapbook Studio shop.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Scrapbook Studio Just Because Travel; Cardstock:  American Craft; Alpha stickers:  Hip Kit exclusive (blue), American Craft (silver); Frame:  Maggie Holmes:  Chipboard:  Blue Fern Studio; Flowers:  Little Birdie; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Stencil:  Prima; Embossing Powder:  WOW.

Some close ups:
A lot of paper layers behind the photo that is double matted on cardstock...a doily added for good measure.

I cut a tag from one of the patterned papers to add to the layers.

I brought more blue to my white background by blending distress ink through a stencil.  I outlined all my layers in black pen.

 The Blue Fern Chipboard dangle was heat embossed in brilliant white.

 I brought silver into the colour scheme by adding the three wooden hearts that I covered in glitter glue, the little square silver frame and the title.

I love all the texture and dimension of this page.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥