Friday, 9 December 2016

Wish and a Christmas Gift Box - Scrapmatts DT December

Welcome back today, it's lovely to have you come and visit.
Both items are showcasing Scrapmatts products;
they are very versatile and add wonderful texture and embellishment for any project.
A bit about the papers I've used.
The denim border is an oldie from Simple Stories.
The turquoise background is from Crate Paper.
The triangles paper is a new release from Cocoa Vanilla, "Endless Summer"
I like the way they all played nicely together!
The layout was inspired by a sketch from mascarinashirley.blogspot.ca

I chose the chipboard  Triangles to complement the triangle paper.
I coloured them with Heidi Swapp Color Shine, "Coral" and some Ranger UTEE, "Gold"
I scattered some other words around - CB 1189 Scrap Words 01
In keeping with the triangle theme I used Alphabet flags as the title.

I have some journalling on the back of the page.  It reads:-

You two little scamps came with your big brother for a sleep over in the school holidays.
It's about the only time I can nab you together and get a couple of photos.
Out of the dozens I took there was not one with both of you looking good.
You love to joke around, flick your hands in the air, wrestle each other to the ground, 
poke your tongues out, close your eyes, screw your noses up
 and make and all sorts of crazy faces.
  So this photo is a composite of two images - the best of a terribly bad lot!
Love Granny 

Because we are in the count down to Christmas I created a gift box 
with a mixture of papers and of course lots of Scrapmatts yummies.
Why I chose December to experiment with making a video is beyond my comprehension, 
but I wanted to show you the mechanism of the box.   Bad idea!   It's taken me days and I'm not sure it's something I would care to do again, but here it is, 
with my long suffering husband's help. Ta Dah!!!
It has lots of flaws, but in the spirit of Christmas, 
I know you will be tolerant of my first effort.

Thanks for calling in and for any comments you care to leave,  I love reading them.
Do you use Scrapmatts products?
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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Remember - Kraft+ December challenge

Hello again Scrappy friends, a quick post today for the Kraft+ December challenge.

I was intrigued by the mood board which brought back memories of a home 
that kept me safe when I left my family home to begin a career.
The simple graphic lines of the house inspired me to create one too. 
The corrugated iron roof is made with paper by Kaisercraft, "Base coat collection".
The split timber walls are from Jen Hadfield, Warm and cosy collection, "Log cabin”.
These three friends were BFF's when I was doing my Nursing Training 
and remain so to this day. The photo is not great quality, but it's all I have.
I wet embossed the chimney with a brick stamp and used distress inks to colour it.
The border was hand drawn and based on a memory I have of an
 old print blocks paper.

The journalling reads:-

When I transferred from a little country hospital to the big smoke, I felt scared and lonely.  I knew no one; the hubbub and odours of the city were foreign,  and the hospital rules were beyond my comprehension. I felt like abandoning my course and running home; defeated and demoralised.  After my second shift, I trudged to the Nurse’s Home, to find these three country girls smiling under a huge welcome banner with a scrumptious afternoon tea.  I’d never met them before, but they took me under their collective wings, and provided a circle of comfort in an alien landscape. We formed our own tribe; studied together, critiqued boyfriends, laughed and cried together and believed in each other. The Nurse’s home became our home away from home, where we grew from girls into women and bonded together like Sisters.  Decades later, we still meet, and take up where we left off, cemented together with our lived experiences. Home is wherever I am with these special friends.

Thanks for calling in and for leaving some love.  I appreciate you taking the time to do so.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Hello Star - DT layout for Stuck?! Sketches

Welcome back scrappy friends, it's lovely to have you come and visit.
Today I have a project for Stuck?! Sketches.
Don't you love it when a page comes together easily and looks just as you imagined it would?
No papering over any mistakes needed this time!
This sketch was just a joy to to work with; I found the papers quickly in my messy scrap room and I had the perfect photos of a little girl whose name means Star - serendipity!
The hot pink paper is from Simple Stories, Boutique, "Dusty Pink"
and the star paper is also from Simple Stories, Boutique "Lovely"
Love the new script words from Scrapmatts, CB6115 Assorted words 28

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
When you saw this layout on the display stand during the week, your eyes lit up and you rushed over, hands outstretched ready to touch and admire.   "Oh Granny, this is just gorgeous, thank you for putting lots of bling on it and the colours look lovely with my dress!"  "I'm glad you like it Esther." "I'm too big for that dress now you know, 'cos I'm five."  "You've grown a lot this year."  "Yes and I've learnt a lot too.   I can spell cat and mat and dog and my name and lots of other words."   "Well done, what do you like most about school?"   "Playing with my cousin Leilani and having lunch!"

Photo taken 23 November 2015
Journalling 12 November 2016

We have two generous sponsors for this sketch, why not enter and be eligible to win a great prize.
Cut Mania are providing a $10.00 gift certificate for their online store.

Heather, from Cut Mania is also graciously offering our participants 20% off any purchases made during the month of December with the code 20STUCK - thanks Heather, that is amazing! 

and Crafty Ribbons are providing a generous prize too.

I know it's a busy time of the year, but it would be wonderful 
if you could find a while to play along with this gorgeous sketch.

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment; I do enjoy reading them.