Sunday, 30 December 2012

52 CSI Challenge. The Greatest Gift

The colours this week just seemed perfect for a masculine theme, so I have chosen to use one of my favourite photos of my husband.  He’s a keeper.

The design is based on one by Julie Winks.  Thanks for your generosity in allowing me to use it Julie. xo

Twine and string
Hessian (burlap) and gauze

I chose to document a gift; the gift he is to me and our family.

The journalling is on the back of the page, because I wanted a lot of 
white space to show all the stamping and misting.  Sadly it has not photographed well. 

The Journalling reads:-

We started our married life, full of innocence and egocentricity, blissfully unaware of the challenges that lay ahead.  We promised to love, honour and cherish, not knowing our individual traits would some times cause friction and disharmony.  We were young and naive about the demands of a long term relationship.  We assumed the glow of romance would last forever, not understanding that children demand constant attention and quality adult time would become a scarce commodity.  We became Mum and Dad, delighting in the growth and development of our boys and fiercely protective of their safety and wellbeing.  

They challenged our parenting, our hypocrisies, our values and our patience. They pushed the boundaries, dragging us toward an understanding and tolerance of their world; one that was fraught with dangers we never faced.  Through all their erratic hormonal moods, you stood calm, firm and balanced, showing them by example, that manhood can be much more than brute strength and aggression.  For more than forty years, we’ve gently nurtured each other through grief, loss and life threatening illness.  We anticipate each others needs and make allowances for each others frailties.    

We share a passion for travel, photography, food and wine, books and music.  We debate politics and religion from disparate points of view.  We are relaxed in each other’s company and share a harmony of spirit (most of the time).  Occasionally Mr Curmudgeonly pokes his head above the parapet, but usually only in response to Mrs Bossy firing off some random crankiness.

You are Life’s greatest gift to me; my True North, my rock, my soul mate; utterly dependable, kind and trustworthy.  A gentle man and a gentleman; I feel so lucky to have found you and kept you.   Like a couple of crusty old barnacles on the ship of life, we are firmly attached to the vessel of marriage and to each other.  We weather the storms by allowing them to just wash over us and recede with the tide.  When I see the Grand children run to you with open arms and beatific smiles, I know they adore being with you too.

I love you more today, than I did when we walked down the aisle.  “Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be” Robert Browning.          Journalling December 2012

Saturday, 22 December 2012

51 - CSI Challenge. Diva

I love pink and blue together and have been waiting for these colours to come up in the challenge to do justice the this photo and this story. I know it's a busy time of the year for most of us, but if you are at a loose end, why not test your mettle with these gorgeous colours.....we'd love to see you over at CSI.

 and a couple of close ups


Something Metal - the butterfly

Circular Objects - the buttons
Rhinestones - in the flower centre
Pearls - in the flower centres
Something filigree - Border punches 

I used the inspiration words Best, and Decorate to kick start the story.

These little two girls were dressed in their best outfits by their Mother, ready to attend their Aunt’s wedding. They wore blue woolen pleated skirts and hand knitted pink twinsets. The celebration was a rare and exciting occasion and the smallest girl had set her heart on wearing the matching blue hat; the one decorated with the gorgeous pink, organza roses.  

Imagine her surprise when her big sister was given that beautiful creation and she was relegated to wear the brown one, with tiny yellow stitched blooms.

She flopped to the floor in anguish, kicking and screaming in despair.   The brown hat didn’t match her outfit; why couldn’t her big sister wear the brown one?  Why did she have to look like a twit in the ugly brown hat?  

Despite much coaxing and cajoling by her Mother, followed eventually by a smart crack around the legs, she sobbed inconsolably on the floor.  Her Mother tied the hat on her head and showed her how pretty she looked in the mirror, but she just bawled, pulled the offending article off and stamped on it.  By this time, her usually serene Mother lost her patience and called in the cavalry. 

Her Father loomed large in the room, wielding his razor strop.  Accepting her defeat, she donned the ghastly head wear and ‘harrumphed’ out to the car.   This photo, taken after the wedding, clearly demonstrates how long her grumpy mood lasted.

When I reflect on this tantrum now, I am surprised about my temerity. We were never allowed to defy our parents and were usually compliant in all things.  The fact that I had such a spectacular tantrum over something seemingly trivial, appears outrageous to my adult self, but I still won’t wear brown and my favourite colour is still blue.  Obviously, all these decades later, I’ve been healed of the wounding to my five year old psyche.  10/12/12

TFL and for any comments you may care to leave.  I appreciate you dropping in to say Gidday.

Bazzil cardstock - Pink
Pink Anna Griffin - Patterned Paper AG 1739
Coredinations - white wash collection, Cellar door
Martha Stewart Punch - Deco Fans
Martha Stewart Punch - Doily Lace Trim, deep edger border
Scrap Matts - Oval Frame
Prima - flowers
Prima - Say it with crystals
Kaiser craft - flowers
Spotlight - flowers
Spotlight - Buttons
Kaisercraft - Pearls
Bella - Chipboard, alphas
Adorn it - Carolees’s creations, alphas, Outdoor Green
Crafterw Workshop Stencil - Cherry Blossom
Derivan Impasto -  Texture Paste
Prima ink - Blue jay
Cheery Lyn Die - Fanciful Flourish

Saturday, 15 December 2012

50 - CSI challenge, Heritage

The design team have a wide variety of takes on this challenge.  The colours lend themselves to any photo.  Why not pop over and have a look at some of the art. 

When I saw this palette, my mind turned immediately to vintage and this particular photo.  I wanted to create the type of padded photo frame I have seen on vintage family photos.   I used some damask curtain material from my Mother's stash.

Something Metal - Button and Cog
Something shiny - glimmermist on the frame

I chose to list eight important things about the topic.  I found it difficult to stop at eight, so there are a few extras points listed.


My Grandfather William Ryan was a third generation Australian.  His Grandfather, Michael Andrew, had emigrated from Plymouth on Christmas day 1850, arriving in South Australia on the “Osceola” on 6th April 1851.  Michael’s place of origin was Tipperary in Ireland.  Like so many Irish people during that time, he and his family were literally starving, due to the failure of their potato crops.  During the potato famine, Irish people in the countryside tried to live off wild blackberries, nettles, roots and weeds.  Those on the coast foraged for sea weed. There were fish in the deeper waters off the coast, but too far out for the tiny cowhide fishing boats, known as Curraghs. Potato had been their staple diet and when the blight obliterated their crops, they were forced to leave family and friends in the hope of a better life in Australia. My Great, great Grandfather, was 15 years old when he set off into the unknown.  With this family history, my Grandfather inherited a legacy of hard work and making do with very little.  He and his wife had nine children and managed to keep food on the table, but there was never any money left over for fripperies. Despite the hardships, my Mother described him as a loving man with a great sense of humour. Here his is with his brothers, Jim on the left and Peter on the right.  I like to think I can see hope shining in their eyes. 
Circa 1900 Journalling  9/12/2012

A couple of close ups
The Hope tag is from an ancient "Kay" sticker sheet

I had fun making the rosettes with a Tim Holtz Die - so easy

The little booklet tucked under the frame contains the journalling

Thanks for dropping in and for any comments you may care to leave.  I appreciate each and every one of them.

Little Yellow Bicycle - Winterings
Martha Stewart Punch - Vintage Floral
Basic Gray - Beckham Alphas
Kaszazz - Fancy Flourish Stamp
Kay - Marcella, sticker
Prima, leaves
Bazzil - cardstock
Derivan - Impasto
Tim Holtz - mini gears
KaiserCraft - white paint
Ranger Dabber - Hazelnut
Ranger distress stain - Pumice Stone
Tim Holtz -Mini Rosettes
Tim Holz - washi tape
Graphic 45 - Buttons
K&Co - metal key
Vintage Buttons
Vintage - string
Tattered Angels - Glimmer mist, Creme de Cocoa
Cheery Lyn Die - English Tea Party
Scrap Matts - Chipboard photo frame -
Color Box Chalk ink - Dark brown

Saturday, 8 December 2012

49_ CSI Challenge

Such bright and happy colours this week at CSI.   I had the perfect piece of fabric in my stash and for the first time used it as the back ground for the page.
Our gorgeous Grand daughter happily climbing in our play room, full of mischief.

Some close ups

Love the green checked, covered button from Lil' Red Rocket

I tried to achieve a mottled look to the title by dabbing the paint 
with a finger while still wet.

The bird was fussy cut from very old paper by Die Cuts With a View

I drew the green hearts on the chippie, but they 'bled' when I put the 'rock candy' on top.
I tell myself that's what I intended all along!

Lace (tiny little lace bow on the envelope)

TESTIMONYI placed my journalling in something which can be opened, the little vellum envelope.

At this moment in time you are sweetly innocent and happily cocooned in the nest of your family.  Your sunny nature enjoys learning, except when thwarted; then a tantrum of volcanic proportions can erupt!  When I observe your face, I catch fleeting expressions that remind me of your Daddy and Mummy, your Brother, your Cousin and my Sister as a baby. Like the Matryoshkas on the fabric, I’m aware of the layers and complexities of your ancestry, all of whom donated a tiny bit of DNA, which amalgamated to form the uniqueness of you.  They were brave, courageous & stubborn people and I see those traits in you.  Those gifts will serve you well baby Girl.   “Life is a great big canvas: throw all the paint on it you can. “ Danny Kaye.                    Love Granny 30 Sept. 2012

Thanks so much for dropping in and thanks for any comments you may care to leave.
I do appreciate every one of them   :)

Cardstock Bazzil - Yellow, White and Blue
Chipboard - Imaginarium
Die Cut Cheery Lyn - Fanciful Floruish,
Die Cut Dienamics - Dizzy Doiley
Die Cut Spellbinders - Romantic Rectangles
Embellishment KaiserCraft - Pearls,   
Fabric - SpotlightFlowers Prima and Spotlight
Ink Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Worn Lipstick, Victorian Velvet 
Tim Holtz - Distress Crackle Paint Paint  
Ranger dabber - Lemonade, Sandal   Jo Sonja - Pale Gold ink
Patterned Paper - Die Cuts with a view
Punch - Martha Stewart, Butterfly, Marguerite Daisy
Other Royal Coat - Dimensional magic  
Embellishment Clock Face - Unknown, possible from Christmas Cracker
Buttons Spotlight and Vintage and Lil’ Red Rocket

Sunday, 2 December 2012

48 - CSI challenge

I love blue and green together; they always seem so bright and zingy. This is the colour challenge at CSI this week, so why not pop on over at take a look at the inspirational art?  You will be made to feel very welcome. I just happened to have some ancient Bella papers which had all the colours on the background page.....just goes to prove if you hang on to something long enough it will come in handy !!

A couple of close ups.

Mosiac - from the angled alphas at the top
Silver metallic elements (on the charm bottom left) it really is silver IRL
Something transparent - the clock and the glossy accents on the title
Glossy Accents - on the title
Plain brads - on the photo mat
Border punch

I chose to write about a family celebration in the kitchen with a special birthday cake.

Thanks for calling in to say gidday.   
I'd love to hear from you, if you have the time to leave a comment  :)


Spell binders standard circle Bazill cardstock - Blue, WhiteEcho Park - a walk in the park "tree tops" reverse Bella - page making kit 
Heidi Swapp - ghost clocks 
K&Co - Life's Journey, Metal art 
Li'l Davis - Li'l Trinkets and treasures, Metal, bubble type 
Fiskars punch - Upper Crest 
Golden - gesso 
Tattered angels - glimmer mists, Route 66, Key Lime Pie, Blue Sky 
Tattered angels - glimmer glaze, Oil Slick 
Tim Holtz - Sprocket Gears Brads - 
Unknown Chippie - 
Ranger dabbler, Sail Boat Blue, Citrus Ink- 
Prima, Garden Grass Royal Coat - 
Dimensional Magic 
Twine - Divine Twine