Sunday, April 28, 2013

Golden Wedding

Thank you so much for visiting today.

It is hard to believe that a week of the holidays has gone already.  I have just returned from four nights in Dunedin visiting family and having fun with with Zac but have returned early due, sadly, to the funeral  of a special lady tomorrow.

I was busy creating earlier in the week and today I am sharing a Golden Wedding Anniversary Card created with Prima Lyric papers, a Prima Bling strip and Prima clock face and hands.  .
 Flowers are Wild Orchids and key (Nic Howard on Trade Me) and lock is Prima.
 The clock surround is also from Nic Howard on Trade Me and I painted it with white Gesso and touched with gold dabber paint.

 I did some fussy cutting from the paper and layered it on top for dimension. 

The warm temperatures were certainly welcome today - back to summer clothes.  It is very quiet around here tonight with no TV.  Doesn't worry me at all but someone else will be missing it.  We had a temporary job done in the busy time before Christmas and the man was to return and complete the job in January - we are very patient and reminded him about a month ago - he was then coming two weeks ago and we haven't seen him yet.  All was working until DH put in a new post to attach the aerial to and it hasn't worked again since. Not sure how long the patience will last now lol.

Anyway I will leave you with a Zac pic taken on my phone at the Otago Museum Butterflies on Friday.  (another one to add to the scrapping pile speaking of which one job I achieved while away was putting all his photos since birth into an album so they are now much more orderly although lots of duplicates too.)

Have a great week.
Until next time.....

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Yay for the Holidays

Where has the last week gone?  The last week of term is always busy.  I had a meeting until 7.30 Tuesday and then back to school at 7.15am Wednesday for the Farewell Breakfast for our Long standing (25 years) Retiring Cleaner.  We are going to miss her cherry disposition  She has always changed the date in my office every day (not one of my strong points) so I hope she trains the new cleaner to do the same.  This is the card I made to contain some vouchers for the Pamper pack.  
An eclectic creation to depict it is now time to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee etc (note the little chair charm).  Time to hear the birds sing and smell the roses and also hang up the bundle of keys that were required as she negotiated the various buildings of the school.  She always had lovely vases of flowers in my office, the Principals, ladies toilets etc. 
 Papers were from a magazine insert, chipboard embellishments - Prima, keys and charm (Nic Howard on Trade Me), flowers - Wild Orchids, lace from the Altrusa club Bazaar last week, Bird chippie "Make it Crafty", Resin flowers made myself and round frame from a collection in my stash originally from the Warehouse.

 and the vouchers for a cafe and message tucked in the pocket inside.

It is a cold miserable day here today so a wonderful opportunity to hit the scrap room with so many projects on the go but having trouble finding 'mojo'.  Once I get started all will be good. On the list for this weekend is
  • 50th Wedding Anniversary Card (for tomorrow)
  • 2 pages for a special project contribution
  • continue with 50th birthday album
  • ...and lots more spinning around in my head I better go and get on with it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and have a great weekend.

Until next time...

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Prima Engraver Collection

Thanks to Embellish It I have had fun creating with the Prima Engraver Collection.  It took a while to get going with it but it really does have a lot of possibilities and works well with the masculine pages.  It would also be fun (if I was game enough) to play around with adding colour paints to give it another effect. 

Today I am sharing two layouts with the Engraver Collection which will both be on display at Embellish It for some time.  The first one has doubled as my entry in the NZ Paper Chase April Challenge as the sketch arrived just as I was pondering what to do with the page after using texture paste on a chevron template.  The layering and distressing challenge just worked perfectly for the paper and the 'grandson' title is altered chipboard and a few bits of Prima Engraver chipboard also appear - these were distress inked to blend them in.

 Once again I have used a grungy edge on the paper (fun punching away without having to worry about being perfect).  I used the packaging off the flowers to back the photo as the words seemed just right for this page of Zac and his Nana and Grandad who were visiting from Australia at the time.
 I cut a clock from one of the papers to mount the large flower on and slipped a few chippies under to layer and rise it.  The little crystals in the corner were a nice finishing touch.  The grandson chippie was embossed with thick embossing powder and kept irregular rather than smooth.
 Below - more chippie from the Engraver collection chip board sheet.
 The flower arrangement is a mix of fussy cut flowers and the Prima stems blended together.

Now for layout No 2

My Dad and Zac reading Spot.
Some more playing with Gel Paste and distress inks, layering, distressing and bits and bobs and some liquid pearls which just finished the clocks nicely.   
 Wooden cogs are Finnabair brand.  I used a few embellishments from Finnabairs class kits on this one.

 This layout had quite a bit of 'white space' for me but at the same time looks full enough.  I quite like the way all the colours blend and the 'Spot' books pops out with its blue colour.

Well I am lucky enough to have Zac and his Mum staying this weekend so we have a big agenda including a visit to the Embellish It Crop today and  a 4th Birthday party.  Fun, fun, fun.

Thank you so much for visiting today.  Have a fantastic weekend.

Until next time.....

Thursday, April 11, 2013


I just love the Prima Lyric Collection of papers and couldn't resist scrapping my grandparent's wedding photo with them.  I included a little mixed media with  lots of flowers and liquid pearls.  Please let me know what you think.

 I used a pretty lace motif from my stash down the right side. 
 The little lily of the valley flowers below are recycled from my floral gifts given for the birth of our first born many years ago.
 a cute little Prima wooden bird is included and it was finished with liquid pearls.
 a variety of flowers were used including Green Tara, Wild Orchids and Prima.

 This page will be on display at the Embellish It Crop this Saturday at the Highfield School Hall, Rimu Street, Timaru. Contact Joanne if you would like to join us. 

I have created another two layouts with the Prima Engraver collection which will also be on display.  When I first received the papers I thought they would be challenging but no - they are lots of fun and quite versatile.

 Thanks so much for visiting today.  
Until next time....

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Make it Crafty

Hello and thank you for visiting my blog today.  Today I am sharing a step card made for a 90th birthday.  Created with Prima 'Tea Thyme' collection papers and Make it Crafty chippie (available at Embellish It).

 The little chippie cotton cards were sprayed with glimmer mist then wound with the cottons.  Sewing machine was finished with liquid pearls.  The lace is really old hand crocheted trim. 

 Below a little stitching around the stamped 'Happy Birthday" and then the real needle replaced with the faux one.  The scissors were finished with Tim Holtz crackle paint (silver part) and liquid pearls (handle).
 The 90 was finished with Kindy Glitz and dress form finished with crackle paint.  The clock trinket is from Nic Howard (available on Trade Me) and flowers all Wild Orchids (Embellish It has a good selection of these) 
That's all for today.  Have a good week. 

Until next time.....

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Country Wedding

Thank you so much for visiting today.  Yesterday was a lovely day for a country wedding and we were privileged to be invited to share in their special day.   The weather was lovely for the time of the ceremony and a coolish wind arrived just as it had finished but we moved to a more sheltered place for nibbles and to enjoy the scenery so a good outcome after Friday's freezing temperatures.

Here is the card and box we gave the bride and groom (finished just 50 minutes before leaving time lol).

 Flowers and pearl hearts were all Wild Orchids.  (Embellish It has a good selection of these).  Lace motif was from World of Lace. Punch is Martha Stewart and the cardstock is ??  available also from Embellish It.


 On the inside I printed a verse on the top side and then included a pouch on the bottom to contain an envelope with the wishing well contribution. 
  On the envelope I punched two holes and attached two trinkets "wish" and "happiness" with a bow.  Trinkets available from Nic Howard via Trade Me.
 And a wee pic of the setting for yesterday's wedding.

Well must away and make the most of the day.

Hope your weekend is going well.  Thanks again for visiting...

Until next time.....

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A Party Decoration

Thank you for stopping by today.  It has been wonderful to have a five day weekend and the weather has been excellent.  A couple of layouts were created on my scrapping day yesterday and another is on the go! but no photos yet.

As mentioned last post last Friday was spent on a different project - a very large '90' for a decoration at a 90th Birthday Celebration.  They measured about 60cm x 30cm each. 
A selection of vintage papers were collaged over the 90 - slightly larger than the 90 so that the edges could be snipped and folded and glued under for a tidy finish.
 A large arrangement was added at the lower right of the 0.  I used the larger flowers and leaves from my stash and included some little bunches of fruits as well. . A further arrangement was added to the top left of the 9.  

It was intended that a few photos be added as well.  

EMBELLISH IT is having its monthly crop days on the weekend of 13 and 14 April.  Saturday 13th in Timaru and Sunday 14th in Oamaru.  Please let Joanne know if you able to come here.   A great day to devote to your hobby and share ideas with others, together with Joanne's wonderful morning and afternoon teas and well stocked shop.

That is all for today.  Enjoy a short week.

Until next time.....