Friday, June 28, 2013

True Romance

Another week has flown by and it is hard to believe that it is 28 June already.  I hope you have had good week.  Thank you for visiting my blog today.

I have enjoyed a creative June and managed to participate in 7 challenges which would have to be a record for me.  Sadly during the week it was announced that NZPaper Chase is to cease publication.  It has been published since 2004 first as Up2Scrap and then more recently as NZPaperChase.  I was lucky enough to be part of the 2010 Elite Team for the Up2Scrap magazine.  However it is hoped that the NZPaperChase Facebook Group may continue which is a good network for NZ paper crafters and friends.

Today I am sharing another layout created with the lovely Kaisercraft "True Romance" collection which was perfect for a wedding layout. All these papers and collection pieces are currently  available at Embellish It. 

 I couldn't resist putting a lock and key on the page since that is one of the wedding gifts that they received to put on Timaru's Matrimonial Bridge - See previous "Love Lock" post.

 The large flower was one I had in my stash - a dismantled fabric flower from the 'Warehouse' and put together again with a brad.
 the 'happiness' title was already on the paper but I used the sticker sheet to pop them up with foam squares to add dimension.  I used the new Kasier 12 x 12 Damask Template to add texture to the page.  Gel Medium was applied and once dry some iridescent medium to add more dimension.  The butterflies were also cut from the sticker sheet strip.

Below - the Kaisercraft 12x12 Damask Template (available through Embellish It)

Well I have plenty to keep me occupied for the weekend - a wedding card, birthday card,  some kit instructions for some upcoming classes and I also have a Nic Howard kit that I am eager to get on to so perhaps I had better go and get motivated.

I hope you also manage some creative time. Have a lovely weekend.

Until next time......

Monday, June 24, 2013

A camera page with SATW

It was certainly a fresh start to a new week here in South Canterbury - a frost and then a beautiful winter day.

Yesterday I finally put together a page I have been planning/thinking about for almost 4 weeks now.  Just at the time this month's challenge at Scrap Around the World came out my Dad had just finished dismantling his old Voigtlander camera with which he took all our childhood slides.  He concluded that the Germans made very good cameras, the way it was all put together and it took him two days to pull it apart with a view of me using bits and pieces in the recently discovered Finnabair style pages.  Well I have certainly put lots of the parts to use already on this page.  Here is the mood board and sketch.
I was inspired by the camera's of course and the upper left and lower right colour schemes.

Here is my take 'VOIGHTLANDER'  using Tim Holtz papers.  

Random punching around the edge added to the rustic look of the page.  Silks paint on bubble wrap was used randomly on the page.
 Above and below - lots of bits and bobs from the inside of the camera.  Tim Holtz filmstrip also added to the page.
 Below are photos taken with the camera way back then.....  Parts of the camera were used as the 'string' for the banner.   Banners were punched with a 'Stamping Up' punch.
 The camera was used all over NZ and some overseas holidays as well (all around the world lol)
 That's me under the lens which doubled as the title of the layout. .
For the background I used some fibre which had been received around a bunch of flowers - cut it to a shape, masked it and spread tinted texture paste over the area before lifting it off to leave a textured pattern as below. 
 Below is a snap from my lunchtime walk today.  We live by the sea and at the moment this is the view to the mountains - quite spectacular really and of course it looks much better in the flesh than the photo can do justice to. Also the beach usually looks better but the high and heavy seas of the last week have deposited all sorts of debris there. 

Thank you so much for visiting today.  Your visits are truly appreciated and I would love to know you have been by leaving a comment.

Have a good week.

Until next time.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

1st Snow Day

Hello - I hope all you NZ'ers have survived the Artic Blast of the last week.  We (Timaru) were spared of any serious snow but finally today it has stopped raining and we have seen the sun although it is clouding over again now.  DH is suffering from 'Cabin Fever' lol so we may need an outing today.  It doesn't bother me as my Scrapbook room is as good as an outing. However I did not get to the scrap room until last night after starting the day scanning some photos for a relative for the Family Tree project and they wanted one of our wedding photos but unfortunately 1978 was not a good year for toner and our wedding album is gradually turning a dark brown colour.  While I was scanning I discovered a new button (colour restoration) and what a difference that makes - brings them back along with the memories lol.  While they are still not top notch (as they are being scanned from matt photos) they certainly look heaps better so I spent the day scanning the whole wedding album - how young everyone looked way back then!!!!

NZ Paper Chase Challenge on their FaceBook Group page this month is
June Challenge...Create a winter layout using the following quote as inspiration
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck,
 Well I had a play with some Authentique Papers and a Scrapfriends sketch and love the outcome. 
Scrapfriends have a wonderful selection of sketches which are a slightly different style to my usual so nice to try something different. 

The pattern on the paper worked well with the sketch design
Back to NZ Paper Chase challenge - Well I felt that Zac's first snow day on 28 May was an ideal topic as he loved the snow and got so excited and explored and tasted it.  These photos were certainly so sweet and the advertising strip on the Authentique paper also had a quote 
"... Always bring your own sunshine" - Anthony J. D'Angelo 
so that was also perfect for the inspirational quote.  
Here is my take
 I used bubble wrap and gesso randomly on the page.  Cut circles from another piece of Authentique paper and painted the edges with gesso.  The bright yellow alpha added the summer aspect to the page.
Dusty Attic chipboard snowflakes were painted first with gesso then bright blue luminare paint then finished with KindyGlitz. 
  I finished the snowflake clusters with dabs of liquid pearls to add dimension
 and the little quote from the paper was just what the page needed and so true.

 Thank you so much stopping by today.  Would love to know that you have been by leaving a comment.

Wishing you all a great week and if in NZ - Keep Warm!. 

Until next time......


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Tag Canvas

A Mid-week "Hello" and thank you for visiting today.  If you are in NZ most are bracing for the predicted 'arctic blast' so keep warm and take care.  I suspect it will be work as usual tomorrow....

Today I am posting a Tag Canvas created at the Embellish It Crop at the weekend.  I used tags from the Kaisercraft 'True Romance' collection along with some of the collections pieces for embellishments.  I couldn't resist putting this gorgeous photo of a friend and her DGD on it.  A photo I 'borrowed' from her FB page but I do have permission now to blog it.

First of all I added some eyelets to each tag and arranged them on the canvas then ripped bits of book pages to insert in a few places before gessoing over the whole canvas and then rubbing off the gesso which was over the resist areas of the tags.  I then had a play with texture paste around the edges and randomly   here and there before arranging the photo and flowers. 
Butterflies are cut from the "True Romance" sticker sheet.  The below sentiment was perfect for the page. 
Well that is all for today. 

I am off to the scrap room to finish a page I started last night for the NZ PaperChase Challenge this month. 

June Challenge...Create a winter layout using the following quote as inspiration
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.”
― John Steinbeck,

So why not join in and have a go?  If you do put it up on the NZ Paper Chase Group Facebook Page and email your entry to Sonya.  

Until next time....

Monday, June 17, 2013

Beach Buddies & Helmar

For most, thoughts of the beach will be far away today as New Zealand is drenched in rain over the past few days with more to come.  My thoughts are with all those for whom the rain is causing havoc i.e. the floods, leaking earthquake damaged houses, land slides etc. 

The page I created in the weekend was inspired by the Helmar June challenge and I used HELMAR 450 for the project.  It is of my DGS and his little friend having fun at the beach, burying their legs in the sand, sprinkling sand and making footprints in the sand as they wander along (love that photo - so cute).  I am going through a patch where I love putting texture on the page so used gel medium for the background and then finger painted with iridescent medium.  Papers are from an older Prima range.

 and some closeups.  I cut an additional beach girl from a separate piece of paper and popped it up on the original one for dimension.
 I then used texture paste to put the birds in the right top corner then I used liquid pearls to depict the sprinkling of the sand down the page. 
 I used my favourite glue HELMAR 450 Quick Dry Adhesive  to glue on the wire mesh and all the little shells which I have had in my stash for quite some time and the wire mesh was recycled from the feathers of an ornamental hen which was dismantled also some time ago.   Aren't the boys so sweet? - they look like two little men strolling along having a yarn.

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I will be back later in the week with some more recent creations.

Until then....  Have a great week.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

A Great Day

Today was spent at the Embellish It Crop Day so that is always a good day catching up with a great bunch of ladies who share the same wonderful hobby.  I didn't really achieve much, just completing one project, a canvas with the lovely Kaisercraft 'True Romance' tags but before posting the creation I had better get permission from the subject.  I have another layout on the go and hope to finish that tomorrow.

Last night I finished another Kaisercraft 'True Romance' page as well.  It will be on display at the Embellish It Crop tomorrow in Oamaru.  Have a lovely day ladies.   I hope to post it soon too.

In the meantime I have had good news over the past two days -
1st - we received an excited phone call yesterday to say Zac is to get a baby brother at the end of October (we have known of course but the gender was confirmed yesterday).   

2nd - I participated in the Paper Haus Blog Hop last week and was the lucky winner of  Stacey Young's RAK here.  Stacey has been one of the gorgeous Prima Design Team who finishes her term now.  Check out Stacey's Blog to see her beautiful work and kits.  A sneak peek of the lovely RAK.  Soooo excited.....  Thank you Stacey.

3rd - Tonight I discovered another win (certainly is my lucky day) in the NZPaper Chase May Challenge and I hadn't yet blogged the entry so here it is today.

A layout which has been in my  'to do' folder for a long.... time waiting to be scrapped.  Zac meeting his Great Grandparents (my Mum and Dad) when he was just a few weeks old.  The page was created using the Bo Bunny 'Gabrielle' Collection papers.

 Along with the sketch, the page required masking so I glimmer misted the butterflies onto the paper.

I hope your weekend is going well.  Thank you so much for visiting today and sharing in my good news. 

Until next time...

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Birds on a Branch & True Romance

Thank  you for visiting today.  This month's challenge at Dusty Attic inspired this layout together with working with the lovely Kaisercraft 'True Romance' papers from Embellish It which I have been lucky enough to play with. 

The sketch by Mistra Hoolahan
Here is my take.  I cropped the small photos out of the original photo  but edited the original photo thus creating the different colours. 
 Faithful, Dream and Adore 'True Romance papers were used to create this heritage layout together with the Specialty Sweet tags and some 'collections' pieces.  Added to this is some cotton lace, Dusty Attic 'Birds on a Branch' chippie which I have painted first with white dabber paint and then with a mix of Shimmerz, Silks and Luminaire paints and a mix of Dusty attic and Wild Orchid flowers.  Martha Stewart 'Swirling Lace punch was used for the outer border and 'Vintage Lace' for the inner border.  The middle distressed border is finished with liquid pearls.

The photo is one I received last week which I had not seen before.  It is of my DH's grandmother (Lucy), her sister and Mum (Great Grandmother whom we had never seen a photo of before).  As soon as I saw it I saw a scrap page coming on lol.

It is not too late to book in for the Embellish It Crop this Saturday by contacting Joanne.  If you cannot come for the whole day call in for a visit as Joanne will have the shop at the Highfield School Hall, Rimu Street, Timaru where all these lovely papers are available together with lots of other lovely goodies.

Also the Oamaru Crop is being held on Sunday.  Contact  Joanne  for details.

That is all for today.   Please leave me a comment to let me know you have visited.  Your comments are appreciated.  

Until next time.....

Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Heritage Layout

Another Finnabair inspired layout today.  I really like creating this style but I don't think they will be so good to put in albums - just a tad chunky.  This layout is of my Grandad and Mum probably early 1938. 
 Dad has been cleaning out his shed and all sorts of bits and bobs are coming my way so many of the nuts bolts and screws are from him and also the chain at the base of the photo.  Also Mum has been cleaning out her drawers and old costume jewellery bits have also been coming my way.  Spot the old diamante earrings and the metal butterfly.   Other embellishments and papers were left over from the generous kit we received at Finnabair's classes.  I still have enough for another couple of layouts.

 As I do not have a lot of stamps suitable for this style I just used inked bubble wrap to add some interest to the base.

I hope your weekend is going well.  A gorgeous day (and even slightly warm) here today.  I should be outside but the scrap room is beckoning.  We are having a catchup weekend with friends and have had people for tea the last two nights and again tonight so I have spent a bit of time in the kitchen but not too much - keeping it simple.  

Thank you so much for visiting today but would love to know you have been by leaving a comment. 

Until next time....