Saturday, 23 February 2013

Scrap Your Story - New challenge site

I just stumbled across this new site and thought I would share it with you.   Most of you know how much I love to tell the story behind the photo, so I'm excited to see how this challenge evolves. Why not pop over and take a look.  It's at :)


Saturday, 16 February 2013

59 - CSI Challenge - Happily Ever After

I really struggled with the colours this week.  I had decided on a photo and a general theme, but could not get the red to fit in anywhere.  In the end I tucked some Kaisercraft pearls in the centre of the grey flowers, as well as one tiny red flower and hope that's enough to qualify. 

A close up of the troublesome red colour

Curls/flourishes (on the grey paper)

I was inspired by the word Love and chose to use a photo of my Parents in Law which was taken on their 67th Wedding Anniversary.

At first glance, one could be forgiven for thinking these two 90 year olds would have nothing left to say to each other; but their fragile bodies bear no resemblance to their communication skills and the strength of their love. 

They shared a passion for education, reading, sport and current affairs.  They believed in the same God and drew comfort from praying together.  They annoyed each other occasionally, but never to the point of raising voices or letting the sun go down on their anger.

After a lifetime of tears and laughter, sickness and health, they still found ways to nurture and affirm each other. A touch, a smile, a kiss, was as natural to them as breathing. Frank often said proudly “Isn’t she beautiful? More beautiful now than the day I married her”. Her radiant smile in response, would light up the room.

They sometimes rested their weary bones on their bed in the afternoon.  Holding hands, they recited poetry from memory, or sang some of their favourite songs from the thirties and forties. 

They raised four sons and a daughter, all of whom are dedicated to their own families and relationships. I am awed by the enormity of their love, which transcended all difficulties and warmed their frail bodies, long after passion had died. They welcomed me into their lives and I continue to be enriched by their legacy.

Little yellow bicycle- Swoon collection, Happily ever after
Core'dinations - Dark grey cardstock
Prima- Rondelle collection, Quadrille
Prima flowers and leaves
Sizzix Die - Fancy rectangle
Kaisercraft - Pearls, red
Martha Stewart - Punch, Embossed zigzag
Doily - vintage


Saturday, 9 February 2013

58 - CSI Challenge - Relic

Glorious colours this week, I'm just besotted with any version of blue, 
it makes me feel serene and happy.
For a little extra spice to the challenge, we have a fabulous sketch from Em Stafrace

I used three different paper ranges and they all came together well.  The fishing net is as old as I am and so is the fibre which I tried to make look like seaweed.  Oh and the metal embellies are ancient too.  So good to use all that older stash.

Create a jagged edge

The photo was taken at a beautiful beach at Willunga, south of Adelaide. 
For the journalling I just let my thoughts wander and wrote what came into my mind.

The remains of the jetty at Willunga stand in silence as the sun goes down on another cloudy day.  Who were the workers that built this structure to carry wheat and wool out to waiting ships in the early days of the colony? How many families played in the sand and gathered shells at the water’s edge? What of the fishers who tried to eke out a living in the dangerous waters?  The relics of the jetty remain, but many of the personal stories are lost. The lack of evidence of life, spurs me on to record my family stories of this time in contemporary Australia.  The salty tang of the breeze and the sand between my toes, take me back to my childhood, when a trip to the beach was a rare and exciting thing. Time to play, catch crabs, build a fire on the beach. Cook and clean the crabs, rinse in the sea and devour, with the juice running off our elbows.  Drift off to sleep on a blanket under the stars, lulled by the sounds of the waves. Bliss

October Afternoon - Woodland Park, Blue Sky
Bo Bunny - Et Cetera, reverse
My Minds Eye - Dolled Up, Favorite, reverse
Cardboard Packaging
Graphic 45 - Staples, alphabet stickers
Mill Hill - Glass seed beads
Colorbox - Ink, dark brown
Tim Holtz - Mixed Media stamp
Atelier - Gesso


Saturday, 2 February 2013

57 - CSI Challenge - Funny Face

CSI Case File - 57

Such glorious colours to play with this week and the evidence list offered lots of things that appealed to me.  I chose to scrap a photo of my DGD and her Uncle.

I used the pale pink as the background, drew the heart free hand to fit the photo, then cut the shape out of the black card stock.  I cut away some of the black to reveal the pink underneath and then stitched it on with two different pink threads.

I used a mixture of paints and mists to try to get the colour to match the dark pink in the challenge, I'm not sure I quite made it!

Prima, Magnolia and Kaiser flowers

I embossed, inked and decorated the heart 

The little heart opens to reveal the hidden journalling

Large heart as major design

I used the word LOVE to inspire my journalling

You looked so sweet in your smocked dress & your ballet slippers on this special day & I really love the expression on your baby face. It captures your extroverted personality so perfectly. It’s your “Wow, it’s a party” face. With Uncle Ben, you joined friends and family (aka your fans) in the festively decorated garden. They had all gathered to celebrate your parent’s engagement.  What they didn’t know before hand was that Mummy and Daddy were getting married. Now that was a surprise.

Cardstock, pink and black bazzil
My Mind’s Eye - The sweetest thing, Lavender, Cutie Pie 
My Mind’s Eye - Layered stickers, The Sweetest thing
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Wild flowers
Martha Stewart Border Punch - Vintage Floral
Martha Stewart punch - Fern 
Martha Stewart punch - Rose leaf
Martha Stewart punch - Butterfly
Magnolia - Crystal chandlier garland blue
Manolia - Doo Hickey Die, Rose leaf
Victoria and Albert Museum embossing folder - Hanoverian Floral
Prima patterned paper - Tea Thyme collection, Challis 
Prima - flowers
Prima - Say it in crystals
Kasiercraft - flowers
Imaginarium Designs - Chipboard
Ranger Acrylic paint - Snow cap
Ranger Acrylic paint - Pink Sherbert
Tattered Angels Glimmermist - Pink Taffy
Tim Holtz - Word Keys
Tim Holtz - Distress Ink, Spun Sugar
Washi Tape - Green and pink floral, Craft Queen
Basic Grey - Brad