Saturday, March 30, 2013

Finnabair Fantastic

First of all Happy Easter.  Hope yours is going well.

Last Wednesday I set off at 7am for Scrapping Patch at Rolleston and what a fantastic day was in store.  The first class started at 9am until about 1.15 and the second 2.30 until about 6.45ish.  Finn was an amazing tutor - funny, practical, inspiring and encouraging.  Art was certainly going outside the square for me but I loved every minute of it.  It was lovely meeting Rae (Scrap Matrix) and her sister Angela too.  Here are my creations....

1st Class - Industrial Baroque 'Tea for Two'

The large kits of scrappy goodness contained '7 Dots' papers, huge amounts of Prima embellishments, Finnibair products, Scrap Matrix products to name some.   The pic is of  'guess who?' and I took it last time we were down.  Doesn't he look so grown up with the hat on?
 ... and the layout could contain the remnants of a teabag or two!  A few closeups below.

So looking forward to having another go at this.  There is still plenty of product left for another one.

Class 2 - 'Overload Grungy Journal'

Another awe inspiring class with lots of technique and fun. 

I am now looking forward to filling the journal. 

Finn and her team are in Dunedin today taking another two classes.  (I didn't realise there was a Dunedin class until Wednesday or I would have been at that one.)  Anyway the Dunedin students will be blown away as much as we were I am sure.   .... actually I am still buzzing from the day.  I was worried about driving the 2 hours home after a long day but it wasn't a problem as I was still revelling in the great day I had had.

Now I must get outside and enjoy the beautiful day while doing a chore or two but hopefully later some scrapping time will eventuate.  A day trip to Dunedin tomorrow to catch up with family and my little star (above), then scrapping with a friend on Monday and a bonus of Tuesday off too so lots to look forward to.

Yesterday I created something different - a very large 90 as a decoration for a party today.  Will show that another time.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and ENJOY the rest of the long weekend.

Bye for now......

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A week of birthdays

Well that was last week - 17, 20, 21 and 23rd.  Here are a couple of the other cards I mentioned in an earlier post. 

 Well no guessing how old this person was lol.  Made with Prima Romance Novel papers, wild orchid flowers and some metal pieces from the collections that Nic Howard currently has on Trade Me and finished with liquid pearls. Also a wee Prima wooden bird tucked in there. ...and a closeup of the flowers below.
 Here is the other birthday card using some things that were already cut out and some older papers.
 The image is Lili of the Valley.  I quite liked playing with the bright oranges and purples for a change.

Today - short and sweet.  Thanks so much for stopping by.
Take Care

Until next time.....

Sunday, March 24, 2013

21 Again

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you have had a good weekend.  I was lucky enough to have a long one as DH and I travelled to Auckland on Thursday to attend one of his concerts - this time Neil Young "Crazy Horse".  When I agreed to go I thought okay - I like Neil Young's music however about three days prior to going he started started making comments like "It won't be his usual country music", "It could be his heavy stuff" etc.  So off we went and YES it was his HEAVY stuff from the crazy time in his life and as I certainly wouldn't call myself a muso I hadn't done any research or had a knowledge of what the title "Crazy Horse" entailed.  I have to say I struggled with quite a bit of it and my subconscious was saying "I am really looking forward to going to the Glen Miller Orchestra with Mum and Dad in June" (at least I will be able to relate to that lol).  Anyhow he redeemed himself with the hour encore and an admiration of the stamina and guitar skills of the 67 year old legend.  Most stayed to the bitter end (he played for 3 hours - finished about 11.40 p.m.) and it was like they didn't want to leave the stage they were enjoying it so much.  DH was very pleased he went.  We had a nice trip to Waiheke Island on Friday (first time we have been there) for the day and arrived home about 6.30 pm last night in time for a 21st - the last of DD#3's friends to turn 21.

Here is the card I made for the birthday girl.  It was a large card 8x6 as the only dress form I could find was 7" high however that gave more room to play.  The papers are Websters Pages and once again I have tried to make the best use of the patterned paper.  Lace is a motif from my stash (sourced in Australia at a market).  The dress form was plain packaged. 

Flowers are mainly Wild Orchids

  More trim from my stash.
 The key is from Nic Howard's key collection and organza upcycled from a bouquet wrapping.
 And below the inside from the remainder of the Websters Pages Paper and remainder of card.  All in All one piece of pp and one cardstock. 
 I had a busy week on cards so still have some more to share at another time.  I am all packed and ready to head to Finnabair's classes at Scrapping Patch on Wednesday so that will be my creativity for this week.  

All the best for the coming week. 

Until next time.....


Monday, March 18, 2013

Love Dad's Truck

Joanne of Embellish It gave me some Prima Engraver Collection to have a play with for display.  I have only had time to get one done so far and here it is.  I had a dabble with mixed media by using the circle and template added with moulding paste and then rubbing in liquid pearls with my finger once dried.  Think I was trying to create a tyre effect.  A new template and liquid pearls were used for the right hand lines.
 Note the washi tape top and bottom.  The Dusty Attic cogs below are finished in Tim Holts crackle paint as is the middle of the large circle and is also a DA frame.  Also the journalling written in tiny writing under the ruler.  "Ride in Dad's truck, loved it so much he was very unhappy when Mum went to pick him up,  8 March 2013."  He looks so extremely happy/proud/special doesn't he?  Missing him so much!
 A few embellishments from the Engraver collection added below together with 2 DA Hinges. . 
 The templated moulding paste and pearls below.
 Cork letters were from my stash from quite a while ago. 
Available at Embellish It are the
  • Prima Engraver collection papers and chippies, 
  • liquid pearls, 
  • distress crackle paint. 
  • Prima tape
  • stencils
  • Dusty Attic products
             .... and of course lot's more inspiring scrapbooking supplies including Wild Orchid flowers at a very good price.

 On the whole I am pretty pleased with the way it turned out after rather a lot of procrastinating.
This layout will soon be on display at Embellish It.

This month's sketch challenge over at Dusty Attic (pictured below) was the inspiration for the design.
 Looking forward to Finnabair's classes at Scrappin Patch on the 27th.  I am sure I will learn lots as my mixed media confidence is still taking a back seat at the moment.

That's all for today.  Thank you for stopping by this wet Monday - the wet very welcome!   Off to the scrap room to create a 21st Card.

Until next time.......

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A St Patricks Day Birthday

Happy Birthday A, my first born who celebrates her birthday on St Patrick's Day.  Unfortunately I was unable to spend it with her this year.  However here is the card I had delivered earlier in the week.   Once again it is my favourite shape of the moment and once again Prima Romance Novel with Engraver Selection and some added Prima from Moulon Rouge plus a couple of other older collections.
Stamp is ???, can't remember sorry.

 The fold makes a perfect pocket for a voucher/money. A trio of Prima bling hearts adorn the corner.

'A' loved it!

Today I have been making some cards for birthday people this week and an upcoming wedding.  Still 21st Birthday  one to go so must go and finish organising it.  I also finished my 'Zac in the Truck' page last night - lookin good so will share that next.

Where did the weekend go??????  Have a good week and thanks so much for visiting today. 

Until next time ....

Monday, March 11, 2013

Love Lock

Saturday 9 March was a day for weddings - Joanne's daughter here in Timaru and my Auntie was married in the deep south.  Mum and Dad were invited to attend my auntie's wedding and Mum asked me to make a card, which led to making a box to put it in and then another bright idea came to mind.
Above the card which opens up and when folded held together with a band with a magnet hidden in it. 
 A box made with some gorgeous paper from Embellish It, lace from 'World of Lace' and flowers from Wild Orchid 
(also available at Embellish It)
 Above and Below - the pretty pair but a final touch on the box below was their initials
 and below the additional 'bright' fun idea.
 I now know more about 'love locks'.  Did you know that we have a 'Matrimonial Bridge' here in Timaru?  Well we do and it is located opposite Monteiths on the Bay Hill, a railway bridge over to Caroline Bay.  As the newlyweds were planning to come to Timaru on their honeymoon we thought 'Why not have a memorable occasion while here and after dining at a Bay Hill Restaurant which was their wedding gift'.  

I have found out that 'love locks' are very popular all over the world and when one 'Googles' photos of them bridges with thousands of little locks of people declaring their love appear.  I have to say Timaru has a long way to go to get in the thousands but it is kind of a very cute idea. 

We wish the newly weds every happiness and hope their stay in Timaru is an enjoyable/memorable one.

In saying that the temperature could do with warming up a notch or two.  We have had three cloudy cool days and while, like most of the country, we could do with some rain, if it is not going to rain it would be nice to see the sun.  The dull day yesterday certainly put me off the planned car cleaning so I holed up in my scrap room working on a little project which I hope to do more of at the Embellish It Crop on Saturday then last night decided to make a birthday card for next weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed my creative time.

All the best for the week ahead. Thanks so much for visiting today. 

Until next time.....

Saturday, March 9, 2013

A Birthday Step Card

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  I went for a wee sneak peek of Cristy's wedding today and everyone looked stunning.  Can't wait to see the photos.  Although a little chilly the drizzle held off with the sun shining through during the ceremony.

It is nice to have a weekend at home after two away but the motivation for house chores is lacking although we did bottle the beetroot this morning.  DH did another brew of tomato sauce during the week so I am thankful I didn't have to do that too.

Sonya Pickles has created a new blog for NZ Paper Chase - Pop over and have a look, leave a comment and go in a draw. 

REMINDER - If you can make the Embellish It Crops in Timaru (Saturday 16th) or Oamaru (Sunday 17th) next weekend please let Joanne know by tomorrow, Sunday 10th.   Would love to see you there.

I will leave you with a card made for a friend last week.

Well that's all for today.  Next time I will share a wedding project for another wedding taking place today and the far south of the Island.

Right now I am off to my scrap room to clean up after the last week of creating.  I have some Prima Engraver Collection to get inspired with and I am sure a fresh start will help.

Oh just before I go have to share this cute pic I spotted today of my dear GS in his Dad's truck, lunchbox and all - he looks pretty pleased with himself but was not so pleased when Mum came to collect him lol.
Actually this might go well with the Engraver Collection - will have to see when I collect the pics in the morning. 

Until next time.....

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Romance Novel meets Engraver Collection

.... Well they were the Prima collection papers I used on this card.  Quite enjoying this versatile style of card which is great for including a voucher in.

My Dad turned 79 last Saturday and this is the card I made him.  In his working life he was once a telegram boy and mostly a Printer so the paper collections were quite apt really.

and some closeups of the embellishment collection - mainly Prima with two added extras.
 The inside pocket
  ... and pocket with gift
 and a side view. 
 I thoroughly enjoyed playing with these two collections and will be playing more with the 'Engraver Collection' as part of my design team work for Embellish It.

Embellish It is planning a day crops in Timaru on 16 March and Oamaru on 17 March.  Please let Joanne know by this Sunday if you wish to attend.  Would love to see you there.   Best wishes to Joanne, Sean, and Cristy as they build up to Cristy's big day this Saturday.  Fingers crossed for a beautiful weather day for your wedding.

I am hoping for some more creative time next weekend.  I made two birthday cards last week and a wedding project this week which I will share when I can.   Last weekend was spent in Dunedin babysitting my DGS who was an absolute delight. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope your week is going well

Until next time......