Thursday, 15 March 2018

Stuck?! Sketches! 15 March 2018 - Dream

Welcome to my blog where today I’m sharing a DT layout for 
I enjoyed working with this sketch and used two 4'X4" photos, 
but it could be adapted to one 6"x4" or two 3" x3" photos.  
I started with this pretty floral paper which I've been hoarding, saving for a special occasion; it's an older collection from Webster's Pages, The beautiful Chic collection, "Interior Design".  I backed it with some green Core'dinations card stock called "Rosemary".
The spotty paper is also from Webster's Pages, The Simple Pleasures collection, "Plum Seed".  I added a couple of doilies to soften the background.
The flair is from Funky Flairs.  The title and the butterfly at the top are from WR Memory Keepers "Wildflower layered tags". The pink brads are by Vintage Brads.
The words strips are from Tim Holtz, "Small talk" stickers.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
These photos were taken on your first visit to Granny and Pa, all the way from Melbourne.  It was lovely to have you in the house and watch you interact with new people.  Understandably, you were a bit wary of us to begin with, but it didn't take long before you came willingly for cuddles and fell asleep in our arms.  You still had that sweet new Bubba smell, that I never grow tired of.  Such happy days.   Love Granny, 15th May 2017.

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Monday, 12 March 2018

Scrap Matrix DT - Ranger challenge - cards

It’s Helen with you today sharing my second Design Team project for the 
Scrap Matrix Ranger challenge.

I love to send hand made cards and Ranger products are just the thing to kick start my mojo. The first card has a masculine theme; I think it would be fine for any occasion, Birthday, Father's Day, Retirement etc.

I began with an ivory coloured card blank, added some hessian from my stash and then puddled around with Ranger’s Distress Oxides to make the background of the card on smooth white 300 gsm card stock.  
It's a messy process but I love the unpredictable nature of Oxides; I can never replicate a background, so each piece is original. 

These are the oxide colours I used.
Frayed Burlap
Antique Linen
Iced Spruce
Walnut Stain 

Looking for more detail, I sponged some Vintage Photo distress ink, through a Tim Holtz stencil “Measured THS012”

Then I stitched the background to a darker piece of card stock.

All our Sons and Grandsons are dog lovers, so this Gent with his top hat and his dog, looked perfect for a bloke’s card.  He came from a collection of Idea-ology Paper Dolls.   They are great for card making, art journalling and scrapbooking; super versatile. I added a Idea-ology Journalling Ticket for extra dimension and interest.

I tucked some Tim Holtz Film Strip Ribbon  under the Metal Word Band similar to those in the store and tied the metal on with some sting. 


Finally I rubbed some Moss coloured, Ranger Patina onto the metal, to create an aged effect.

The second card is a girly one.
We have a little Grand daughter learning ballet 
and I thought this would suit her perfectly.

I've used the Ranger Distress Oxides again to create the background.
These are the colours I used.
Salty Ocean
Wilted Violet
Picked Raspberry

The Ranger texture paste was added through one of my 
favourite flower stencils Tim Holtz Roses THS075

The dancing girl is from the same set as the spiffy gent in the top card,
she was in the pack of Idea-ology Paper Dolls.

Her dress looked rather brown, so I coloured it with Ranger Distress ink, Spun Sugar, then added Ranger embossing pad and heat embossed it with
Ranger glitter embossing powder.

The stamping was done with Ranger archival ink, Majestic Violet

The stamps are Dylusions inbetweenies DYR34575

I added a few strips of torn Tim Holtz washi tape.

The metal band is from Ranger Idea-ology word bands, similar to the
 Metal Word Band in the store.

Finally and using the Idea-ology Paper Dolls again,
I created a wedding card.

The cream brocade fabric is from my Mother's stash and I used her 
old pinking shears to cut the edges.

This time I used Ranger Texture Paste Matte 4oz first through a Tim Holtz Stencil, Flourish THS032, then I dried it off and used the Ranger Distress Oxides  to create a resist effect.
These are the colours I used.
Peeled Paint
Cracked Pistachio
Antique Linen

Then I tucked some Tim Holtz Film Strip Ribbon at the bottom, topped it with some Cream lace from Scrap Matrix, before adding a Tim Holtz Word Key.
It was a bit shiny, so I altered it with Ranger Patina for all metal, 
Moss and Jade colours, before rubbing in a bit of Ranger Black archival ink.

The bunched ribbon is some seam binding from my stash.

Thanks for calling in today, I hope you found something to inspire you.
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I'd love to see what you create with Ranger products from the 
Scrap Matrix store. 
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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Stuck?! Sketches! DT 1st March 2017 - Chasing Dreams

Welcome to my blog where today I’m sharing a DT layout for 

At first, I wasn’t quite sure where to go with this challenge because the photos are small, but as they were taken on Christmas day, I thought they deserved a place in our Grand daughter’s album.  
I’m quite happy with the way it all came together in the end.

The background paper is from Blue Fern, Montage collection, “Now and then.”
I used 7 Dots Studio “Paint Chips’ collettion behind the photos.

The washi tape is from my stash.

The heart circles are a cut file from “Just Nick”.  I coloured the cut file with a mixture of Ranger Distress Oxides, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Antique Linen.
The Title and the puffy butterfly are from Maggie Holmes “Chasing dreams’ collection.
I popped a couple of crystals into the clusters, they are from Prima.

The little wooden dog embellie, reminds me of my Grand daughter’s dog; He is a Schnoodle.  
 I found the embellishment in a dollar shop.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
It was so exciting to wake up with you in our home on Christmas morning.  You'd travelled the scenic route, along the Great Ocean Road, from your home in Melbourne, bringing Alfie, your dog, along for the ride.  You didn't really know what Christmas was all about, but you enjoyed ripping the wrapping paper and banging a little wooden hammer on your Xylophone.  Your big cousins enjoyed having you in their pool with them after lunch and you survived their attentions pretty well!  You love your Doggie, often attempting to give him kisses and snuggles which he tolerates with good humour.
Love Granny, Christmas day 2017

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