Friday, 28 August 2015

Welcome Little One - mini album

What a mammoth effort I have put into this mini album I have to share with you all today.  Here is my DT creation for the latest challenge at Southern Girls Challenge where this time the theme is my all time favourite - FLOWERS - yay! !  I am also entering this into the I am Roses monthly challenge as I have used their gorgeous flowers throughout.

 This gorgeous little album measures 6" x 6" and is FULL of tags, cards, flaps, pockets, booklets and quotes.  Throughout I've used papers from the Kaisercraft  'Pitter Patter - Girl' paper collection and collectables.  Every edge has been inked using TH Spun Sugar distress ink.

I got the idea for this from one of the lovely Maja DT's -  Cathy McGrath who showed off her version of this album here.   I followed her link to the You Tube tutorial where she learnt this from Ginger at My Sisters Scrapper here.  Its a 6 part tutorial, but well worth every minute.

Still photos really don't show this off to its full potential, but I hope you can see it well enough to enjoy and be enthused to make your own.  It really is quite easy.I


There are LOTS of places for photos and journaling.  Inside every page a large 6" x 6" photo mat is tucked (you will see them with the tabs to help pull them out.  I made a couple of small envelopes which store more cards, for journaling and the waterfall on the inside back cover adds even more photo mats.
I tried to use as much of the extras on the sticker sheet and collectables as possible.  And of course it wouldn't be a girlie album without heaps of drop dead gorgeous flowers.  I've used some rosette roses, but mostly I am Roses blooms.  Here I've used Daisies, small daisies, cherry blossoms, S10 blooms, rosebuds, leaves.  And of course pearls, rhinestones, satin ribbon & seam binding.
Now this is finished I am packing it up very safely and posting it off to my best mates daughter in England who just this week had her baby girl.  I'm hope Ally will love this and put all her photos and memorabilia of Lani's first days in here.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Kom Ombo - Egypt

I've had a chance to look back through some of my 'piles' of holiday photos and have pulled out a couple from Egypt.  I have a real block scrapping these as most of the photos are all very much the same colours throughout - sand or bright blue cloudless skies, with not a flower to be seen.   Scrapping my usual styles I NEED flowers.

The colours of these gorgeous BoBunny 'Somewhere in Time' papers are just perfect to use with these photos, I had real fun using them and including some of the elements along with the corrugated cardboard and gauze.

I chose these colours and the theme of my page with the help of the Scrap Around the World moodboard

I love the grunginess of this paper collection which I've enhanced with lots of ripping, distressing and the cardboard.  The gorgeous metal embellishments come from Faith Pocock, which was a great way to add 'pretties' without the use of flowers.  Enjoy some closeups:

Hopefully now I can keep on a roll and scrap a few more of these awesome memories instead of leaving them hiding away in the drawer.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Two for the Price of One

I think I've been very clever this week, I've used one LO sketch and created 2 totally different layouts.  I followed this sketch from Artfull crafts

Here is my 1st layout which I will be entering in the Artfull crafts monthly challenge.

This was fun to make, using lots of plain, bright coloured paper & scraps, matching the colours in the photo.  Using the TH filmstrip allows lots more photos to be added also.

All the time I was making 'Legoland' I had ideas churning around in my head for a totally different looking layout using this same sketch and this is how it has turned out, looking nothing like above.

Lots of different elements have been used here.  I started by spraying some Dylusions Ink Spray - Lemon Zest in the areas where the photos were going, then used Dylusions Crushed Grape to colour the burlap, Elegant Frame DA869, Heart Arrow #2 DA1026.  Dylusions Slate Grey was used on the Page Pebble #10 DA11154. All sprays were dripped over the page.  Prima bling and random flowers finish the page.

 I am entering this one into the Dusty Attic challenge and have used their Inspiration Board for the colours.

It really helps when you've got great photos to work with, both layouts were make with photos I 'borrowed' from facebook.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Bali Canvas

Today I'm sharing a canvas that has been a long time happening.  Lots of new techniques were attempted (and mastered I hope).  Many a time I put this aside and infact on more than one occasion it was nearly gesso'd over to begin again.  So please leave me some feedback (good or bad) so I can attempt another such creation.

 This is a 9 x 12" canvas, featuring a photo of my son and his partner during their holiday in Bali.  After a coat of gesso I followed a tutorial to create the textured background, full of crackle, dry wall tape, stamping, embossing, spray mists and magical powders. 
Sharon at Lindy's Stamp Gang showed her tutorial here.  LSG sprays I've used are Ramblin' Rose Pink and Sea Mint Green.  I've also used  Peony Scarlet Red and Bells of Ireland Green from the Prairie Wildflowers Magicals.
I did a lot of random embossing using a couple of stamps, the extra texture is fabulous.  Under the photo I've placed this awesome Dusty Attic Number Panel DA1050, which was coloured with a Dylusions Ink spray - Dry Martini.  I've also used the stamp randomly on this panel.

Lots of Finnabair ingredients were added along with metal embellishments from Faith Pocock .  I love the 'pop' of colour provided in the peacock feathers.

I hope you like this very 'busy' description.  I am entering this canvas in 2 different challenges:


Saturday, 8 August 2015

Male Birthday card

Here's a card with a bit of a difference today - a birthday card for my friends husband.  This shows how versatile the gorgeous Maja Designs paper collections really are.  At first glance they look all sweet and florally but they really cater for all interests.

I've used papers from both the 'Vintage Autumn Basics' and 'Life by the Sea' collections, which I've distressed, embossed and layered on my manila card along with some burlap & string.
I've used the colours and am entering this in the Maja moodboard which features colours from their latest collection 'Summer Crush' which is so fresh and beachy feeling (can't wait to get my hands on some).