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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Smile through the tears.

Hi everyone!  

This week's layout was a labour of love.  We lost our much loved dog, Harley, a couple of weeks ago, and I have been looking at photos of him ever since.... wishing I could have him here with me again.


The challenge at More Than Words this month is to use this sketch and the word "Smile".  I liked this photo for the challenge because Harley is smiling and happy.

I'm also using this layout for a Round Robin challenge at Swirlydoos this month.

To embellish this layout, I did a lot of fussy cutting.  I had another page of this paper, and I cut out all the flowers and butterflies, added cardboard underneath to pop them up, and then used them to create my flower clusters.  In this cluster above, you can see a Spellbinders die cut called "Pawing Dog".  I love the image of the dog in the heart, and the paw print embellishing the flower.

Dangling down is a chipboard piece from Blue Fern Studios, which I sprayed with 
Iris Color Bloom mist and then added some beads, etc.

"Smile" was cut using my cricut.  Now I hope this doesn't creep anyone out, but if you click on the photo above and look closely, you will see that I used some of Harley's soft hair to tuck here and there in the flower cluster.  
There is also a little bottle of his hair tucked in as well.  
My 6 year old grandson gave me the idea for this when he asked me if I would collect 
some of Harley's hair for him so he could still pet him.  
(That seriously broke my heart all over again.)  

Before gluing anything on to this beautiful paper "Calling Cards" from the "Timeless" collection by Blue Fern Studios, I painted it with clear gesso, and then sprayed it with Pressed Petal and Iris Color Bloom mist.  You can see the water colour effect that was created doing this up in the right hand corner.

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing my memories with me.  Do stop by the 
to see some fabulous work done by other paper artists.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Magnolia Mini Album

Hi everyone!

Today I'm sharing a little mini album that I'm making for my mom.  My son was married last August and she and dad weren't able to attend, so I thought they would enjoy an album of fun shots from the day.

To embellish the front of the album, I used the darling Magnolia mini stamp set "Vintage Bridal Couple" combined with Close to my Heart embellishments and papers from "Charlotte". 

 The flowers were cut from the Charlotte paper and glitzed up with "Diamond" Stickles.  The album is another Close to my Heart product called the "My Creations Kraft Mini Book".

I made a cute little embellishment with another mini Magnolia stamp "Doo Bee Pops Bride Tilda".  To add color to the album, I have used a set of CTMH Picture My Life card sets called "Our Story".  It worked perfectly for a wedding album, however, it is now a retired product.  There are many other Picture My Life sets that are equally cute though.  You can check them out here.

Here I've used "Runaway Bride" (although fortunately Michael's bride didn't run away!!) and "Where is my Bride" Edwin.  A little "Diamond" Stickles on his bouquet and her shoes, makes these little embellishments sparkle.

My son and his beautiful bride.  :)

Magnolia Licious has a challenge on right now where "Anything Goes" so I am going to enter this project in the challenge along with the other beautiful entries. 

I am also going to enter this album in a challenge by Simply Magnolia "Anything Goes".  

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Magnolias in the Springtime!

Hi everyone!

I'm here today to share a new found love ... Magnolia stamps!  I just adore these little girls - they are so much fun to colour and add to projects.

It's Spring and this little mini Tilda holding her goose, seemed to want to jump into my box of tulips... so I let her!

The Tulip Box Card is an SVG file I purchased from SVG Cuts.  I love their files, they are well done, with fabulous instructions and a video on how to put everything together as well.

I inked and added Diamond Stickles to all the petal edges and molded the flowers for some dimension.  I also added some glass bead gel to the leaves for texture.

I have a lot to learn about colouring the Magnolia's but I find it very relaxing and enjoyable!

I'm going to enter this card in a couple of challenges.  The first is one at Creative Carte Blanche.... the rules there were to add corrugated paper, lace and metal to a piece of art.  I decided to score my fence, as you can see below, to add texture to it and cover the "corrugated" requirement.... added some metal bling to my flower cluster and lace "grass" at the bottom of my fence.

The other challenge I'm entering is over at the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog where the theme is "Anything Goes With Pearls."

This photo shows the card laying flat and ready to be boxed up for a pretty Easter gift!

Paper used for this project was a mixture of CTMH Penelope and Kaleidoscope, with a tiny bit of Doodlebug Springtime.
The bow die is from Spellbinders "Tiered Multiloop Bows"
And the star of the show is "Goosebump Tilda"!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you all a Joyous Spring!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Watercolour Background

Hi everyone!

I'm playing on the Round Robin team at Swirlydoos again this month and decided to go out of my comfort zone, and create my own background for my layout.  It ended up being great fun!

I was inspired by both my team-mate that I was following, who had done a lot of splatter painting on her layout, as well as a new challenge blog that started this month called Creative Carte Blanche.  Their challenge this month was "to try something you've never done before."

Soooo, taking a big breath.... I began with a piece of chipboard, some molding paste, and a 12x12 Prima stencil.

I added a few areas of crackle paste, then painted all over with gesso.

I picked my papers, "Secret Letters" by 13 Arts and used coordinating watercolours to paint my background.  It looked very grungy and cool.

To finish the layout, I followed the "sketch" of my previous teammates.  We also had challenge requirements of doing things in "twos", using the colour red, and having a heart on the layout... so that determined how I added my flowers and embellishments. 

This bow is a die from Tattered Lace that I painted here and there with 13 Arts Pink Glitter Ayeeda Ink.

The heart is the Spellbinders "Lovin' Diamonds" die.

The pretty doily die is the "Eastern Star" by Cherry Lynn.

The butterfly was cut from the 13 Arts paper and embellished with bling from my stash.

Thank you to the group over at Creative Carte Blanche for their inspiration to try something new!  
I would encourage you to check them out!!

Thank you also to my team mates Hanne, Jan, and Cheryl at Swirlydoos... I was so lucky to get to follow them all and be inspired by their creations!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Monday, February 22, 2016

A Wonderful Moment

Hi everyone!

I'm hosting a challenge over at Swirlydoos this month.... it's all about love... SELF love!

All month I have been asking everyone to concentrate on things that make THEM happy... and for my challenge I am asking you to follow through on that and make anything you desire, a layout, a card, an altered item, a journal page, a canvas... if you can dream it.... it can be in this challenge.... it just needs to make you happy!

The layout I have done for my challenge definitely makes me happy, and has been inspired by several other challenges.  My son was married this summer to a very lovely young lady, and the photographer caught us in a happy moment....

which was perfect for the challenge over at the MoreThanWordsChallenge Blog where the inspiration was the word "Wonderful" and the creative challenge was to add "Sparkle".  I will show some close ups below where you can see the sparkle I added...so much fun because I'm a "sparkle" and "bling" loving girl!!

To get started on my layout, I used Blue Fern's February sketch.. and a couple pieces of beautiful Blue Fern chipboard to anchor everything.

I painted the Chelsea frame with Jacquard Lumiere Turquoise Dimensional Metallic Paint, and added bits of silver glitter paint here and there.

The second piece of chipboard is called Blooming Foliage - so pretty.  I painted it the same as the frame and you can see it peeking out from underneath this floral cluster above.

My colour scheme came from Cindy Brown's monthly challenge at Swirlydoos...

another thing that made me happy.... because I LOVE pink!!

I'm wondering if anyone recognizes the paper I used for this layout?  It is the beautiful Christmas line by Kaisercraft called Silver Bells.  It was in the December Swirlydoos kit "All that Glitters".  To change it into a piece I could use for a wedding layout, I stenciled and painted over the background.  The stencil I used was this one by Prima called "Floral Rose".

I used Raspberry Ayeeda paint for the background and watered it down here and there; then I went over the stenciled areas with a dry brush and gesso.

This paper line included a piece that was full of roses, so I did a lot of fussy cutting to layer the flowers here and there.  

You can see they are tucked underneath the frame above by the carriage, and below I created a corner cluster with them.

The white lacy leaves were made using a die from JustRite called Open Leaf Vines.

I hope you will join me over at Swirlydoos for my challenge.  There is still a week left to create something, and the lucky winner will receive a small RAK with some pretty pieces of the the new Prima line "Tales of You and Me" tucked in.

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Can you do a Layout in 30 Minutes????

The challenge that I did today, was fun….TOTALLY fun….even though I had to prepare for it like I was going to attempt to climb Mount Everest! 

Sherri, our SGC host at Swirlydoos this month, felt we too often use the excuse of “no time” to not do any creating, and she wanted to show us that we CAN create something in only 30 minutes.  Yes… you heard correctly… we had 30 minutes to create a layout!  Now if you know me, this was a HUGE challenge!  I’ve been known to dither over flower arrangements for over an hour… let alone all the other elements of a layout. 

Disclaimer:  After each layer of gesso and painting, I DID stop the clock while I threw the layout in the oven at 200 degrees to dry.  Once it was dry…the clock was re-started. 

I mulled this challenge over for a long time before attempting it.  LOL.  My first step was to study a video done by one of the designers at Swirlydoos, Cindy Brown, who claimed to love doing layouts in 30 minutes.  If you’ve seen Cindy’s work, it’s awesome… so that’s where I headed first, to see how she creates her magic… and yes… I might have watched her video 4 or 5 times before I felt confident enough to begin!  

My second step, was to use all the leftovers from the layout I made a couple of days ago.  You can go here to see it.  I figured I was being pretty clever with this idea… because I already had practiced putting the flowers together in clusters on the other layout.  Oh yes… I’m a sneaky one!

So I gathered all my supplies close to my craft mat, set the timer on my phone, and began.  Cindy has a very cool technique in the video for creating a layered mat under your photo and I began with that.  In her video she also uses some circle stickers on the background, so I used a punch to cut out circles from my scraps… oh such a time consumer that was!  I kept glancing at the timer, watching the seconds steadily ticking by.  Be still my pounding heart!

When circles and mats were glued down, the fun began.  Cindy creates an awesome effect with watered down gesso (which I had already prepared) and I couldn’t wait to try it.  I grabbed my brush and flicked and waved it with gay abandon… I loved watching the big white splotches explode everywhere!  To my woe though, I discovered when I was done, that my craft mat wasn’t big enough to contain ALL that gay abandon, and watered down gesso really FLIES through the air AND I hadn’t covered my wooden dining table.  More precious seconds ticked by as I grabbed baby wipes and frantically scrubbed down splatters of gesso that were everywhere!  

To get the soft peach look on my layout, I used my CTMH watercolor paints.  I find that #10 from the top is the perfect shade for the Charlotte paper pack.

Time was now running out on me, so when I got to the flowers, I threw the glue on them and smacked them down anywhere… it didn’t matter if two orange colored ones were side by side, it didn’t matter that I got a little extra glue on the journalling chippy and it looked sloppy, it didn’t matter if they didn’t look totally “balanced”… I just needed to get those suckers down there before that clock stopped ticking!

And you know what????  I did it!  I did it and I had great fun doing it.  (I mean who doesn’t love a little adrenalin rush???)  Not only that… I LOVE this piece…. And I feel like an artist!   

This is why I love scrapping challenges… they take you outside your comfort zone …. And they teach you something new!  

If you would like to see how some of the other girls handled this challenge, go here.

Much thanks to Cindy for the time she takes to put tutorials together, and the inspiration that she shares so readily!  You can see all of her videos here.

Thanks for coming on this adventure with me…. I hope I have encouraged 
you to try one of your own!


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Round Robin Challenge

Hi everyone!  Today I have a layout that I did for the Swirlydoos Round Robin this month.  

To create this layout, I used the Charlotte paper pack from Close to My Heart.  The ladies' club that I host monthly, is using this paper this month, and I wanted to do a tutorial for them... showing how to use watercolor paints and the Springtime Wishes stamp set to create embellishments for their pages and cards.

The challenge requirements for the Swirlydoos Round Robin were as follows:
1)  Use black and white plus 1 color.

2)  Have lots of layers.
3)  Create texture on the layout.
4)  Embellish with flowers, bling or metals.

So let's start with how I created the embellishments.

When I first got my set of watercolor paints, I made a swatch book out of watercolor paper and numbered the paints in the set.  This took a while, but I found it was well worth the effort, because it makes it so easy to match the paints to the papers you are working with.

Here, you can see how I lay the swatches on my paper to figure out which ones I am going to use.  In this case, I used all the greys because I wanted some variations in tone.

This is how I loaded up my acrylic block to begin stamping.

To prepare your watercolor paper for stamping, wet it with water and then touch the paint to the wet surface and let it spread.  You can see that my swatches are "streaky"... that is the way I like them to look.  The variations in color give a more realistic look to your flowers.  By the way, the pieces of watercolor paper that I used, were all scraps that I had saved... so if your scraps are a decent size... DON'T throw them out!!  :)

CTMH has a coordinating die set for the Spring Wishes stamp set, however, because I stamped everything so closely together, I chose to "fussy cut" the images with a pair of scissors.

By stamping lots of flowers in both colors, I had lots of bits and pieces to play with and create clusters on my page.

I made the butterflies from an image I found on the internet.  If you would like the file I created, to print butterflies of your own, just click here.

The gold flower centers, and chipboard pieces are all from the Charlotte Complement pack and the gold Treasured Puffies set.

This picture is from New Year's Eve in 2015.  It was such a fun evening and I love the joy and happiness that was captured in the photo.  

For me, that is what scrapbooking is all about... capturing those special moments in life to treasure forever.

Thank you for stopping by today!