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.
You still have a few days, to enter the challenge; 
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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Scrap the Boys DT March 2018 - One of a kind

Hello Scrappy Friends, welcome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT layout for
Scrap the Boys 
 The challenge is to use this sketch to scrap about about the boy/s (of any age) in your life.
I hope you will feel inspired to play along and be eligible for a prize.

The sketch is by Laura Whitaker 
I adapted the sketch a bit, to better suit my photo, but I hope you can see that I used it.
I thought the stars on the base paper would work well with the large star on the sketch. 
It’s from Echo Park, Teacher’s Pet range.

The big star is a cut file from Just Nick.

The chipboard is from Blue Fern, I retrieved it from a discard pile when the cracks didn’t work on an earlier layout.  I added a mixture Tattered Angels chalk mist, Mint Chocolate Chip and Clover and rubbed Nuvo Mousse into the crack.
The orange paper is an older piece from BoBunny, The Souvenir collection and the blue paper is from a 6x6 pack by Lawn Fawn, Perfectly Plaid.
The scraps of yellow are from the archives, it’s by October Afternoon.
The title is from Tim Holtz, chipboard quotes.

I added the fabric arrow as a focal point - it’s from Charm’s creations and the flair is from 
Studio Fourteen40.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads.
We took you out to lunch recently and then to Pegi Williams bookshop to choose some books for your Birthday.  We enjoyed your company and you helped me finish off your little cousin's Butterfly album for her 1st Birthday.  We talked about cricket, of course, as you've been going to the Big Bash series, with your Daddy and Pa. You are fascinated by all things Sport, Aussie Rules Footy, Cricket in any format, and Tennis as well.  During the past Winter you honed your footy skills, by doggedly practicing your kicking, catching and marking, often by yourself, if you had run out of partners.  I admire the way you are so determined to succeed at the tasks you set yourself.  
Love Granny, Photo taken 27th April 2017

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Kraft+ DT March 2018 - A sketch & Fussy Cutting

Hello again Scrappy Friends, welcome; today I'm sharing a DT post for
For this challenge, we were asked to use the sketch and do some fussy cutting. 
I chose to scrap a photograph of one of my Irish Ancestors.

Because of the challenge to fussy cut, I used this gorgeous floral paper from Prima, the Rosibelle Collection, “Lucky charm”  It's difficult to see the gold foil accents, but they do look lovely IRL. 
The chipboard is from Scrapmatts; one of our generous sponsors.   I treated it with my favourite embossing powder, Stampendous Aged Ivory.
I added texture with Liquitex modeling paste through a 13@rts stencil, which I purchased from another of our generous sponsors - Scrap Matrix
The random stamping was done with a Prima stamp and I flicked on some Tea Rose Glimmermist, before glueing down some Prills and tiny beads.
The flowers were from my stash.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
My Maternal Great, Great, Grandmother, Honora Hayes (Hennessy),
 was born in Galway in Ireland in 1815.  She died in 1899 and was buried at Caltowie in the mid North of South Australia.
She married Thomas Hayes, also from Galway, in Ireland, where they had 6 children, before emigrating to Australia, we think on the "Eliza" in 1849. Little is known of their early years in Australia, but they had another three children after they arrived and eventually farmed land near Caltowie, in South Australia.
We assume they left Ireland because they were starving during the potato famine which  lasted from 1845-1852. The famine remains a controversial event in Irish history. Debate and discussion on the British government's response to the failure of the potato crop in Ireland, the exportation of food crops and livestock, the subsequent large-scale starvation, and whether or not this constituted genocide remains a historically and politically charged issue.
 I marvel at the courage and tenacity of my ancestors, who chose to leave their country, their relatives and friends, to embark on a perilous journey to an unknown land and start all over again with nothing.  Little wonder that they were fiercely independent and viewed authority with disdain.  I can't imagine how the women coped with multiple pregnancies, infant mortality, no running water or electricity and often very little food.  Yet cope they did and through the generations, we've reaped the benefit of their brave decision to cross the sea, to make a new life in Australia.
Journalling 13 February, 2018

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Scrap Matrix DT - Ranger challenge Feb 2018

A huge thank you to Vicki Christensen, for the opportunity to design with the Scrap Matrix team.  I’m super excited to be part of such a talented group and to support a local South Australian business.

The challenge this month is to use all things Ranger.  There's a huge amount to choose from.   I hope you will join in, using a product from Vicki's gorgeous store Scrap Matrix at Encounter Bay.

Now for my first project, which is an Art Journal page.

I started with a white page, in my Dina Wakley Media Journalwhich I coated with Ranger white gesso, to stop the media seeping through. Blank pages can be a bit daunting, so my approach is the dive right in and make a mess some marks!
So I dipped my fingers into some creamy Dylusions paints and rubbed them over the page, blending them as I went.  I used Laid Back Lilac, Funky Fuchsia, Periwinkle Blue and White Linen.
Adding more layers to increase the intensity of the colours.
To add texture I swiped Distress Crackle Paint, Clear Rock Candy through a Tim Holtz Stencil, “Splash”   I like the way it cracks and also takes on the colour of the paint underneath. 
The white gesso was added through a Tim Holtz Burlap stencil.
I added the Art Journal stamp at the top and some stamping from the same set (Dylusions stamps, Inbetweenies- DYR34575) along the side, using Tim Holtz Jet Black Archival Ink. The words are from Dina Wakley Stamps, (Handwritten Quotes MDR44475)
Wanting to add more colour and patterns I sponged some Oxides through a Tim Holtz stencil Set 27 
Because I didn't have an idea to begin with, I fished through my stamps to see what would go with these quotes and found my little birds.  Dylusions Stamps, "Put a bird on it", They just look so cheery, I thought they’d be right at home on the colourful background. 
Using a Tim Holtz stamp press, I got a crisp, clean stamped finish which 
I then fussy cut and painted the birds with Distress Oxides,
Walnut Stain
Peeled Paint
Broken China
Peacock Feathers
Fired Brick
Iced Spruce
Twisted Citron 
I glued the birds in place with Tim Holtz Multi Medium Matte.
Finally I added the flowers through a Tim Holtz stencil very similar to this.

Thanks for calling in, I hope you found something to inspire you.
Be sure to check out the Scrap Matrix blog in a day or so, 
for another Design Team Project.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Stuck?! Sketches DT 15 Feb 2018 - Sweet Memories

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

At the risk of boring you rigid by using Cocoa Vanilla, “Bohemian Dreams” yet again, I’ve chosen to do just that.  The lush florals and dreamy watercolor ombres really float my boat.  

The lace trim is from my stash, I think it's from Kaisercraft.
The cut file is from the Cut Shoppe; it's called Flower Power.
I absolutely love these hand made hearts from Charms Creations
I think they combine beautifully with the floral paper.
The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
We were all on a beach holiday when this photo was taken at the end of last year.
Your other Grandfather dropped you off at our beach house while he took Alfie, your dog, for a walk.  Even though you don't see us frequently, you were quite happy to stay with us and you enjoyed playing with your big Cousin and with Pa.  Love Granny  31st Dec 2017.

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