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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Introducing a new kid on the block.

Today's post is a little different in that I am not here to show any of my work rather the work of an immensely talented young lady I also refer to as daughter. My 27 year old daughter has always been an artistic girl. As a child she sketched, painted and even organized a street newspaper! Over the years she has faced many difficult challenges that have caused her step away from life and withdraw into herself. In 2010 while apartment hunting Meaghan slipped on a patch of ice on a sidewalk and fell not only breaking her ankle but causing (we didn't know right away)  a serious back injury which led to her being confined to a wheelchair. Her story is long and complicated. It's heartbreaking. Perhaps one day she will start a blog and relay her story to you but for now I would like to show you her very first "breakout" piece.

I've encouraged Meaghan for ages to turn back to her art for healing therapy. Due to the constant hospitalizations and pain she wasn't able to. That is until recently. With the help of Karen Ellis from The Art Shoppe we equipped Meaghan with supplies and she presented me with this gorgeous canvas!
I give you the work of Meaghan Anne Mielke!!

Sadly the photos don't do it justice it is breathtaking in real life!! The colors and texture are gorgeous! She studies a few magazines on canvas, techniques etc... and came up with this gorgeous piece.

The black is melted wax!! She has far surpassed her mother in technique and style for sure!! 
The textures are gorgeous! 
 She very quickly learned the value of stencils.
More close-ups. 
Look at the stunning rich colors. She has mastered the acrylics! She is currently working on a watercolor for a change of pace. I was so thrilled to see this for many reasons. I have a talented daughter for sure but this means so much more to me. It means that Meaghan is back on the road to recovery both physically and mentally. Keep your eyes open I will be featuring her work until she is ready to set up a blog of her own.

I know she would love to hear your feedback on this. This is how she learns the best. Thanks for dropping by! See you soon.
All the best! :)

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Live in the Moment

It has been quite sometime since I've actually done a layout for myself. If you recall I am revamping my scrap room. This process is still going on believe it or not but I missed scrapping itself so I pushed the mess in the corner for today and worked on this. This is a photo taken at my wedding. It was our first dance. I love how the photographer was able to manipulate the picture to just have the brilliant green in the windows and everything else black and white.
I used the LE kit from My Creative Scrapbook (June) which featured Blue Fern's Tranquility papers. I used patience for my background as I love the ferns and bird in this so much. Plus the fact that since I married hubby after 15 years together I've required a great deal of patience! 
The kit came with this gorgeous Blue Fern chipboard called Dangle Border. I primed it with some Gesso then simply embossed it with this neat embossing powder I found in the store the other day called Shabby White from Stampendous. I love the vintage effect! I also used a Blue Fern Stamp called Old Lace and stamped underneath it and heat embossed some Spring Sparkle Blue onto it (also from Stampendous) to highlight the blue tone on the paper.
 
I die cut some palm leaves to go with the paper and used a variety of things from my stash to embellish the page. Here you see a Prima heart from the Salvage District collection and the subtitle Together as well. The brown flower is also from Blue Fern and the white one is from Dusty Attic.
More gorgeous Prima and Dusty Attic flowers. The little key is also from the Salvage District line. I used a new stencil from Prima that was also included in the kit for my background and then went over the molding paste with Prima's Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint in Green-Gold. I did a bunch of splattering with various colors from Shimmerz and some Gesso. That's it!  
Some of the mixed media products I used on this project. I also used Dusty Attic paint for the background called Forest.

That's it for today. I hope to do a few more projects whilst cleaning out this abomination of a room! Wow I had no idea how much stuff was in here!! lol And yet she orders more!! :) Hope to see you soon! 
All the best! :)

Friday, 1 July 2016

Journey More Than Words July Challenge

 Another month another fabulous challenge over at More Than Words!! The challenge this month is a sketch and the word smile. This is my version.
 You've met this little sweetie before. Her name is Keaton and she fought and won her battle with cancer! She has every reason to smile don't you think?

Kiki developed cancer at the tender age of two and has suffered more than any human should have to in her battle with it. I have been documenting her journey through it's various stages by scrapbooking. This layout will also be included in the albums.
I used Blue Fern papers for this layout. Just a few close-ups.
I used a Prima stencil on the background and some mists in gold and pinks.
 
 The title journey is self-explanatory. What this little girl endured in the fight for her life is unimaginable!Yet she did and she won. She is such a trooper!
I added some seashells to the layout as it was taken on the beach and it felt right! I also used some Blue Fern Chipboard on this piece.
More flowers from Prima!  
You can follow the story of Keaton's battle at Kisses for Keaton
That's it for me now it's your turn! Hope to see you on the blog!! Now for some awesome prizes:

All our prizes include free international postage!

MAIN CHALLENGE WINNER

a $50 USD gift certificate from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES

Here is more information about our 1st place sponsor this month:

"The Scrapbook Diaries is an online retailer for premium scrapbooking and paper craft supplies. We specialize in kits from the industries' top designers. Our kits come mailed with directions as well as access to step by step videos that enable you to follow the creative process of designers around the world. We carry products from international manufacturers and we boast the largest selection 
of laser-cut chipboard available on the web."


Next, 4 runners up will be each awarded a prize, as follows:

1st RUNNER UP

a $25 USD prize package from 7 DOTS STUDIO
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

2nd RUNNER UP

a $25 USD prize package from STUDIO 75

3rd RUNNER UP

a $25 USD store credit from THE DUSTY ATTIC

4th RUNNER UP

a $25 USD prize package from COLOUR BLAST
(exactly as shown below)


In addition, we will draw one random winner from all eligible entries!

RANDOM WINNER

a $25 USD prize package from COUTURE CREATIONS


Each month, we hand pick a winner who has not made it into our TOP 5, but who has captured our attention someway, somehow. We might pick a project due to its original use for a certain product, the cleverest title, most beautiful photo, etc... 
Who knows what we'll be looking for?

MYSTERY WINNER

a $25 USD prize package from FABRIKA DECORU

And last, but certainly not least, we will randomly award a prize to one lucky blog follower who has commented on any of our July blog posts.

LUCKY COMMENTER

a $25 USD gift certificate from MAGENTA


We have the best sponsors ever so we would appreciate it if you took the time to click on the SPONSORS tab above to learn more about them and their products.

Now, it's time to get creating on your 
July SMILE & SKETCH Main Challenge project!

All the best! :)

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Imagine

 It's reveal time again at More Than Words! It was a fun challenge this month and I think you'll love playing along. This is my layout.
This is the challenge
Awesome isn't it just imagine and get messy!
I choose this photo of my DGD Emily playing fairy in the forest. That's one thing I love about children is their unfettered imaginations!! They are inhibited by any of the adult issues and insecurities that come with age they are just free to let their imaginations run wild. 
I used a stencil and molding paste on this. Rather than try to meticulously add color I just dumped different colors of embossing powder on the wet paste then dried it allowing it to bubble. My stamped butterflies were done once with embossing powder and the second time I went off a bit with black archival ink to give it a smudged look. Everything is sort of haphazardly placed on the page.
I did a great deal of fussy cutting and then ran a string of pearls throughout the cluster. I loved these gorgeous papers from Bo Bunny's Soiree collection.
I choose this particular chipboard font from Thickers because of the adorable pink tint in it but mostly because it reminded me of how children print.
I really enjoyed doing this challenge and hope you do to!!
Don't forget to look at our lovely prizes this month including one sponsored by me!


All our prizes include free international postage!

MAIN CHALLENGE WINNER

a $50 USD gift card from FLYING UNICORN

Here is more information about our 1st place sponsor this month:


"Flying Unicorn... it's about One of a Kind! We offer an incredible selection of products for all paper crafting artists. Our "Your Passion Your Art" monthly kits are filled with the latest and the greatest and always include an off-the-page project to keep your creative muse flowing. We share daily tips and tutorials on our blog and you can also find loads of inspiration on our Facebook page!"


Next, 4 runners up will be each awarded a prize, as follows:

1st RUNNER UP

a $25 USD prize package from 13ARTS
(image below is for illustration purposes only)

2nd RUNNER UP

a $25 USD prize package from MAJA DESIGN

3rd RUNNER UP

a $25 USD gift certificate from LINDY'S STAMP GANG

4th RUNNER UP

a $25 USD prize package from LEMONCRAFT
(image below is for illustration purposes only)


In addition, we will draw one random winner from all eligible entries!

RANDOM WINNER

a $25 USD prize package from 2CRAFTY
 (image below is for illustration purposes only)


Each month, we hand pick a winner who has not made it into our TOP 5, but who has captured our attention someway, somehow. We might pick a project due to its original use of a certain product, the cleverest title, most beautiful photo, etc. Who knows what we will be looking for?  We call this our Mystery Winner.

MYSTERY WINNER

a $25 USD prize package from FABRIKA DECORU


And last but certainly not least we will randomly award a prize to one lucky blog follower who has commented on any of our May blog posts.

LUCKY COMMENTER

a $25 USD prize package from our DT member, PAMELA
So, take part in the fun!! Just imagine and get messy! 
All the best! :)

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Hello beautiful

I felt inspired by the new Julie Nutting papers that came in the April LE kit at My Creative Scrapbook. I've been a longtime fan of Marilyn Rivera and love how she folds paper. I scraplifted one of her layouts just for fun.
It's the first time I've cut the photo and in hindsight i think I might go back and add some detail around the base of it. But for now this is what I came up with.
I did alot of fussy cutting and used the roses both under my fold as well as to cover some stamping mistakes I made! I also added random spots of crushed glass for extra interest.
All these gorgeous flowers are from Prima. I also sprayed the lace trim with some pink Shimmerz to match my paper better.
A little embellishment added on the bottom to cover another stamping mistake. I also did a bit  of stitching around two of the edges. Of course there was some masking and misting involved! That's it for now! See you soon! All the best! :)

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Dream

 Dropping in for a quick post today to show you a layout I did using the gorgeous Tales of You and Me papers by Frank Garcia. I love these papers and am thinking of doing my first mini album with them! This is my beautiful granddaughter Emily as a flower girl at her uncles weddingl She is just so precious!
I got these papers in two separate kits from Swirlydoos and My Creative Scrapbook! Consequently I have lots to play with and the matching embellishments are sublime!
A close-up of the masking work I did. I love this new mask. You can ink in the background then add in the rest of the bloom with molding paste. I love the funky look of it!
Beautiful blooms and chipboard both from Prima!
I die cut a doily out of one of the papers to add background to my photo. The quote is from Kaisercraft.
Another view of the die cut doily.
That's it for today. Admittedly I have been way off my game lately. With the loss of my best friend I have found it difficult to focus, much less to be creative. I have been stressed and it has finally caught up to me in the form of a wicked cold and bronchitis. I am on the mend and hope to be back with some new changes that I had planned then put off because of the situation. So here's hoping things take a turn for the better!
All the best! :)