Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Kaisercraft July Saturday Sketch #4

Thank you for stopping in at my blog today.  How is everyone's week going?  Well I hope.  It has been a bitterly cold day here today but being very busy at work I have hardly noticed. 

I didn't get a lot of time this month for challenges and this one is almost at the 19th hour - done on Monday night and it took all last night to tidy my scrap room.  It is created with the Kaisercraft "True Romance" Collection of papers and I would have to say I have done my dash after three display pages for Embellish It, two class pages for the Raincliff Retreat, a card and now this one.for the Kaisercraft July Sketch #4

Here is my take on the sketch. 
 I used the Kaisercraft Damask mask on the background paper. 

These tiny photos have been hanging around for a while and I was unsuccessful in scanning them bigger so I decided to just use the originals on the page where they would now be safe and not get lost. The main photo is of my Grandma and Pop (my great grandparents who lived next door to us until they passed when I was 10.) I am the little dot on the right.

and this was the July #4 Sketch. 

Embellish It Raincliff Retreat

I understand there a couple of places left for the 'Embellish It' Raincliff Retreat weekend on 16-18 August so if you are interested please contact Joanne.  My class is as follows
Pretty it is!
You asked for pretty and we hope you will not be disappointed.

In this class you will be creating not one but TWO ‘pretty’ pages complimentary to each other.  We will be mixing patterned papers, punching, layering, fussy cutting, using rub-ons lace and more.  We may even splash a bit of paint around.  Anyone can give this class a go!  It is estimated that this class will take 3 hours.

 There will also be Joanne's card class and another layout class also tutored by Joanne. 

Tea is ready to serve so must go for now....  Thanks again for visiting. Would love to know you have been by leaving a comment.

Until next time...


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Prima July BAP - "Laugh"

 Thank you for visiting my blog today and welcome to any new visitors.

Today I have been savouring the last day of the holidays - it was such a beautiful winter's day here I should have been outside but as it was really my only day to myself all holidays and I was feeling so much better after being unwell for most of the holidays I treated myself with a day in the scrap room and thoroughly enjoyed it.

This month's Prima BAP  was perfect to get the mojo going eventually (always takes a while to decide what to do).

and my take using Prima Printery and Lifetime Collection papers together with some packaging, washi tape, flowers and embellishments. The large majority of the page is Prima.
 I used a Prima crackle stencil around the photo with texture paste and also a bird wire stencil with texture paste in a different colour.
 Stamping was done with a Prima stamp, Kaisercraft music and bubble wrap.
 There are a couple of Dusty Attic pieces included in the clusters and also the 'laugh' title is from Dusty Attic.
Being a male page the Prima zip flower/spiral  which I won in a RAK recently was perfect.  One of the subjects Mum's passed away recently so I took the opportunity to use some of the buttons and lace that he gave me when clearing the house. 

Spot the tiny set of keys in the bottom right.  Should have taken a better closeup of them - they are very cute.  I thoroughly enjoyed creating Finnabair style again and was pleased with the outcome. 

The subjects are DH and his Best Man and Groomsman at our wedding.  I have recently been scanning all our photos in an effort to save them as 1978 was a bad year for toner and they are all the professional ones are going darker and darker brown so I feel that this one hasn't come up too bad considering it was scanned from a matt photo - the colour restoration button did wonders. Love the way they are all laughing and having a good time.    I have used a couple more this week in classes I am creating for the upcoming Raincliff Weekend Retreat so that may be the start of a new wedding album (scrapbooked).

Would love to know that you have visited and what you think. 

Have a great week. 

Until next time......


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

"It's a Boy" Tag

Well the suspense is over and the newest heir to the throne has made his first public appearance so as Prince William said "the people will be able to get back to normal now".  It is always lovely when a new baby is born and for Great Britain they certainly know how to celebrate such an occasion.  Welcome to the Prince of Cambridge!!

Yesterday I made a tag which co-incidentally goes with the theme.  I was making it for this month's Helmar Challenge (make a tag) and to go on the gift being sent to follow on from  the card from my last post.  For my HELMAR tag I used my favourite HELMAR 450 Adhesive to adhere the flowers, hearts, beads, bows and resin. 

 Created with the Kaisercraft 'Bundle of Joy' PP's with a little lace, ribbon and flowers added.  The boat, horse, baby and banner are from the sticker sheet. 
 The banner looked a bit 'bland' so Gesso was randomly added around the edges.

It was fun to make something different for a change.  As usual I kept adding bits so it could be a little 'over the top' lol. 

Well I had better get back to the task in hand - creating a layout class for the Embellish It Raincliff Crop to be held on 16 - 18 August.  I think there are still spaces so if you would like to join us for a creative, fun, catered for weekend contact Joanne for more details.  Sneak peeks will be out soon.

Hope your week is going well - mine is going far too fast and my voice is still coming and going. 

Until next time.....

Monday, July 22, 2013

Bundle of Joy - Welcome Baby Boy

"I hope your week has started well." - well that is what I was going to say when I pre-scheduled this post yesterday.  My thoughts are now with all the Wellington/Marlborough people who have been experiencing a very unsettling time since then.  Hoping the earthquakes settle very soon. Take care.

This Kaisercraft collection has been in my stash for some time in readiness for making this special card.  I love the collection and the cute little images which look similar to some on my own baby cards (yes I have a scrapbook with my baby cards in it which my Mum would have done at the time - and a tradition I carried on for my girls).



 Above - spot the little resin embellies nestled in the arrangement of Wild Orchid flowers.

And while on the baby topic - I was privileged to attend a scan while in Dunedin.  All is well with DGS #2 and I have come home with a box full of scan photos to scrap.  May use this collection for that too.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Would love to know that you have been.

Until next time.....

Sunday, July 21, 2013

July and Wedding Card

Where has July gone?  I see it is three weeks since my last post - busy times.  I had made a couple of cards earlier in the month but had to wait until they have been received before blogging them and with last week of term usually ultra busy and heading off to Dunedin to visit the girls and my DGS for a week there just hasn't been any spare time.  Anyway I arrived home last night and can't speak today so it is a good opportunity to catch up on blogging and I have finally signed up to 'Bloglovin' since Google Reader is no longer, so that resulted in a major blog catchup (3 weeks worth). 

However I had a lovely time in Dunedin and lots of fun with little Zac -  albeit a sore throat arrived on Tuesday and has culminated in no voice and the aches and coughs which go with this nasty which they say can last a while (Grrrr and it is in the holidays!!!). DH has it as well although the worst seemed to be over before I came home thank goodness (Man flu LOL)

So back to the post.  Today I am sharing a card and box made for a wedding on the other side of the world.  Unfortunately my photos were taken very late at night and are not as good as I would like but it was off on it's journey the next morning (and I slept in) so not enough time to take any more.   It took a very long time to create this project and do you know that horseshoe ornaments/embellishments  are very hard to come by when time is limited.  A friend gave me a little vintage china horseshoe with a bird on it and was happy for me to use it on this card but as it had been on her's and her parent's wedding cakes I felt it wasn't the right thing to do especially when she has a son getting married early next year so then the race was on to get some Pinkysil and make a mould.  It arrived at the 19th hour and was a bit of trial and error however in the end all was okay (just hope it still looked like that when it arrived at it's destination).

 The patterned papers for this easel card  are Kaisercraft True Romance.  Some fussy cutting was combined with the collections pack and tags of the tag sheet.  The base and box cardstock is available at Embellish It.  Sorry I cannot remember the name of it but it is embossed with little butterflies.  Flowers are mainly Wild Orchids with a couple of Prima Fabric flowers as well.  The horseshoe doubled as the 'stay' for the easel card.

 The verse was printed onto the tag and a further tag underneath is for the personal message.  The little bird proved a challenge with the Pinkysil mould as it was hard to get the resin in without air bubbles so I had to do a few repair/sculpting jobs on the beak and tiny wings with modelling paste and then painted over top  with gesso and liquid pearls. 

The bride loves pastel colours, lace and horseshoes so I hope she liked it. 

I really hope I have more energy and feel like creating tomorrow as I have soooo much to do this week.  I have a feeling it will just fly by then it will be back to work and all go before heading down south again to help with shifting on the 2nd - very excited about that though.  

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

My next post will be a cute little baby boy card.  Enjoy your week.

Until next time .....

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Sweet Trio

Who would think that on 2 July (middle of winter in NZ)  we would have a temperature of 18 degrees Celsius.  We had a very windy nor'west night but a lovely day to follow.  A bit of a treat in the middle of winter really.

Today I am sharing the last of my June creations.  This one was made for the Prima June BAP along with Autumn Escape Retreats challenge which was to enter the Prima one stating "Proud to be part of Autumn Escape Retreats NZ".  There are just a few places left for Prima ArtVenture at Taupo in September so if you are interested contact Nic Howard via the Autumn Escape Retreats link.   Unfortunately the timing wasn't right for me to attend but I am booked for AE2014 in April next year. 

I haven't done the Prima BAP's for some time so it was nice to play along again especially with the gorgeous Lyric collection and with cute photos of 3 my Great nieces. When visiting their great grandparents they love to play the piano and instruments and sometimes listen to Great Grandad playing the mouth organ and the pianola piano (although age is making this a little difficult these days as it is hard work pushing those pedals - must go and have a go again myself one day).

The sketch
and my take
 Just had to use my new deep edge punch but didn't want to spoil some of the pattern on the papers so just did two corners.  I used some lace to border the music paper and another piece (to cover a join when I had cut the paper too short lol).  I tucked the journalling on a tag and wrote about how the instruments come out when visiting NanNan and Grandad. The music note was a Prima one from many years ago.

 Love the Prima 'junk yard finding' light bulbs.  The clock was finished with a border of liquid pearls.
I fussy cut some pp from one of the pieces and finished in Iridescent paint for shimmer and finished with   Lyric flowers and a few others.

I am now off to the scrap room to make a box for a wedding card I have been working on.  I am looking forward to the arrival of some Pinkysil (hopefully tomorrow) to make a mould of a dear little horseshoe and bird to add to the card.  Will share when I can. 

Grateful thanks for visiting today and it would be lovely to hear your comments and let me know you have been.

All the best for the rest of the week.

Until next time.....