Monday, August 27, 2012

My Heritage Class @ Raincliff & 200th post

Firstly I must apologise for my sporadic posting but I have been busy....  I now truly appreciate all the scrap booking classes I have participated in as I know know how much time goes into the design and preparation of a kit for one.

This weekend I taught my very first class at the Embellish It Raincliff Scrap Camp.  I taught a Heritage Layout class and had ten willing participants.  It was fun and following feedback everyone seemed pleased with their final layouts.

 We used distress crackle paint, inking, punching, punch around the page, paper rolling, fussy cutting, flower arranging, misting and sewing on the layout so there was lots of technique.  We used the Kaiser Craft Magnolia Grove collection of patterned papers and some lace motifs sourced at the Victoria Market in Melbourne. The heart doily and flowers were from Wild Orchids and main flower Green Tara.

 I had pre-made the title letters with Martha Stewart paper clay and moulds.
The music note paper was recycled pianola roll paper stamped so it rolled nicely.  
 The class in action below (that's Joanne of Embellish It to the right)

It was a busy class but we had to stop half way for morning tea as we had all seen Joanne's daughter Christey making her delicious cupcakes which were fully decorated with icing little flowers.  (unfortunately I didn't think to take a photo but am sure someone would have).  

While there wasn't time during the class, I had put together some mini card kits that can be made with the left over papers as a bonus for attending my first class. 

I hope you are enjoying putting these little cards together.  Let me know how you get on. 

After the class my S-I-L and I popped down the road to a 1-yr old birthday party and arrived in time for the cake cutting.  Then back at camp I joined Becks 'Boy Class' where she guaranteed we would do two layouts and two cards in two hours.  Well TWO people did it with everyone else not far behind.  Well done Becks!!!  Joanne's and mine went a bit over time.  I had anticipated three hours but it was nearer four however there was a lot of technique and detail. 

The weekend was a huge success and we were well catered for by Sean, Steve and Christey with delicious food and fun announcements of - "Hi-de-hi Scrapbookers, dinner is served" well received by the campers. There was some wonderful inspirational creations and the marathon scrapper created 43 pages for the weekend.  

I managed to create three layouts of my dear little GS besides the classes so will share them another time.  Now I have to go and unpack.  Yesterday was the first time ever that I haven't unpacked and cleaned my scrap room on the day but I was totally exhausted having gone to camp exhausted in the first place.  I had to come home and have a nap. 

Well that's it for tonight.  Thank you for visiting my blog today, on my 200th post so blogger tells me.  Who would have thought?  Keep the comments coming to keep me motivated....... 

Right off to have a huge sort out. 

Until next time......

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Visiting Santa

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope your week is going well and if in the South Island it was great to have a reprieve from the rain and enjoy some sunshine today.

This is just a quick post of the layout I put together last weekend.   It is of my DGS's first visit to see Santa at Cadbury's in Dunedin.  (How I could go some Cadbury Chocolate right now   ... but there is not any in the house for obvious reasons lol.)

The circles are made from silver card (which are usually used on the top of a foil tray but I acquired some surplus new ones).  I cut the circles with a Sizzix die and put them through various embossing folders then used foil paper and a scallop die to mat a few of them. 

Black liquid pearls were used around one circle to add variety.  The bling strip is Prima available from "Embellish It".   The corners are Wild Orchid painted with Gesso.  The frame is one purchased last year in Australia.  The outside edge is bordered with white liquid pearls and internal edge of punched borders with stickles.
Not a flower in sight.  Awe he was so tiny then.  I think his mum and aunt were enjoying the occasion more than Z was. LOL.   It will be interesting this year. 

Well I need to get off to the scrap room and follow my instructions for the "Heritage Layout" I am teaching at the Embellish It Scrap Camp at  Raincliff to make sure it all works. .... so bye for now.

Until next time .....

Saturday, August 11, 2012


Today was the day...... A few weeks ago a friend from Australia phoned and suggested that we don't put it off any longer and that a plan to bike the Otago Rail Trail should take place the second week of October sooooo.... every morning I have been dragging myself out of bed and hopping on the exercycle to get the 'bum' right.  I started with 5 mins and what huge effort that was!!!  - progressed up to 15 minutes which is still a bit of a drag but I am not puffing so much.  However I have had a busy couple of weeks with visitors, work etc so the real thing has been waiting.  I have borrowed DD's bike to see if this new found activity is for me. Today was the day that finally with some fine weather and a little time I had to get into action and see if I could still ride a bike as it has been a very long time - probably about 15 years.  A few trips up the drive and it was time to take to the road where it was time to experiment with the gears (much flasher and easier to operate than the last bike I had) so with a bit of huffing and puffing I got up the first hill, the second however had to be walked for a bit then it was down hill but a dose of palpitations occurred so a recovery rest was required.   Off again through the bay with a water stop at the other end.  Okay - half way "just have to get back home" so off again - all good and managed to pedal up the first hill all the way and then down to a style type gate where another biker did it with ease, DH also manouvered without a problem ...then it was my turn and the pedal got caught on the post and down I went hitting my back and buttock and splitting my finger nail and bending it back on the way.  "Oh No" - quickly  up I got and resurrected the bike before even DH had missed me.  Off again but this hill was steep so another walk then downhill and I managed to bike up two more before arriving home.  So pleased I had made it a I cycled into the drive but then realised I was a bit close to the caravan so braked.  ....over the handlebars I went landing like a dead ant nursing my limbs - LUCKY - no broken limbs just a grazed elbow and several bruises.  I now know that the right brake is the front brake - at least I found out when at home and not in the middle of the road.  Who said exercise is good for you?...

Well that is enough of my waffle for today.

It is only two weeks until the Embellish It Raincliff Camp.  If you are keen or in need of  for a dedicated scrapping weekend in a warm well lit venue with all your meals supplied, good company, a fully stocked shop and optional classes this could be the weekend for you. 

Here are the sneak peeks of the classes being offered

Friday night is a Card Class by Joanne - two cards; one very cute, bright and colourful girls/ladies card and one very cool boys/mans card.  You will not be disappointed.  Joanne makes amazing cards. 

Saturday Morning is a Heritage Class by Dianne (Me) where a beautiful heritage layout full of gorgeous papers, lace and flowers will be created along with some mini cards.

The next class is a Boy Class by Becks Caithness.  Join Becks for a real BOY class.  You will create two boy layouts in the class.  (I am looking forward to these as I have a certain little boy I want to scrap)

It is all very exciting but also a bit anxious at the same time with it being my first class.  It certainly takes a lot of planning to produce a layout and instructions and I am only half way there.

If you are interested in joining us at Raincliff from 24 - 26 August please email Joanne.for more details.    We would love to see you there.  If you are unable to attend there may be some Class Kits for sale.

During the week I helped a friend with a wedding card but I forgot to take a photo of it.  She will bring it back for photographing before it travels to Wales.  Tonight I am doing a nice bright Christmas layout so will share that next time.  So I better get back to it and then onto the Heritage Layout instructions.

I am hoping I can still move tomorrow.  lol.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Black and White

This weekend is another busy one with DD#3 visiting for her bff's 21st and as she was making a scrapbook for her pressie we got to scrapbook Friday night til midnight and all day yesterday (well I was just her assistant as she has her own ideas)  The finished album looked great but we didn't have time to take any pics.

I went shopping for a gift and the shop assistant wrapped it so beautifully I just had to make a  card to match.  This is what I came up with.
 Created with a BoBunny range of papers I won at the last Embellish It Raincliff Camp. 

 above - finished with some liquid pearls.

 There is a nice black shiny trim on the bottom but it didn't photograph that well on top of the other black. 
We had a lovely night celebrating  the 21st.  The three girls have been friends since babies  here

Well that is all for today.  Thank you for visiting.

Have a great week. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Country Garden

Just a quick post.  I am still here but not managing much creative time at the moment, although I did  make it to the Embellish It Timaru Crop last weekend and made this flower pot card for my sister who is recovering from surgery.

The colours are inspired by the BoBunny Country Garden collection colours and I used the collection on the base.

 The words have been in my stash for years. 
 The stitching was a print on the paper but looks very authentic.
 The flowers are a mix of brands but the large flower and leaves together with the gems are Prima.  Other flowers include Wild Orchids and Kaisercraft.

 Below I made the circle on the back into a pocket to contain the card with a message.
 I have entered this card in the Wild Orchid's "Round in Circles" challenge No 55.

I am currently working on a Heritage Layout to be offered as a class at the Embellish It Raincliff Camp in a few weeks time.  We are hoping to have sneak peaks very soon (just need some more time to work on it.)

I hope your week is going well.

Until next time ......