Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Random Day Giveaway WINNER!!!!

Hello! Sorry I am a bit late with the announcement of my Random Day Giveaway I've been down with a bug. :( But I am on the mend so without further ado the winner of my Random Day Giveaway is. . .


Mary please email me your mailing info to
Remember this is just one of many giveaways coming up!!
All the best and have a great day! :)

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Natural Beauty

 For the Random Day Giveaway click HERE

 This is my entry for the Blue Fern March Sketch Challenge. I used the new Swirlydoos kit Ballad which had these gorgeous papers from Blue Fern Studio's Timeless collection. 
This is the first time I have scrapped a soft photo with a dark background. I am still weighing in on how I feel about it. This gorgeous young lady is one of my daughter Ashley's best friends Kelly. I did some pages for her engagement album. Now I  plan on doing a few from the wedding.
The kit also came with these gorgeous Finnibair  mechanical hearts! Had to use a couple! The background is simply done with a layer of clear gesso covered with some molding paste and one of my favorite stencils Art is. I then just dripped two different colors of mist across the script and sprayed some water. I  used Shimmerz coloringz in princess and punked up purple. 
This is a Blue Fern chippie Flutter Medley done with various colors of embossing powder. It didn't quite stand out enough so I went over it with a soft gloss. Again you can see a mechanical heart and a flair from Lemoncraft. You can also see the new rubons and foils from Prima Marketing, I am absolutely in love with these and will be investing in more rubons and different colors of foil! They were an absolute joy to use!
A chippie from Prima and some blooms finish off the page. A few splatters of both color and gesso were added to the background to soften the black.

This is the sketch I used from Blue Fern Studios

And I am also entering this in the Challenge with instructions over on the Swirlydoo site.
I apologize if my blogging today seems fragmented. It has been a very difficult time for my family and I. Please bear with me.

Also don't forget to enter my Random Giveaway before it's too late!
All the best! :)

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Random Day Giveaway

 Good morning!! I have been trying to de-clutter my scrap space these past  few weeks  and have come  across many things I won't use. I've decided if it's been in my room for more than two years it's going up for grabs. So welcome to the first of several Random Day Giveaways.

This is the first prize pack up for grabs. It contains the following:

10 sheets of We R Memory Keepers papers-Chalkboard
one matching sticker sheet from the Chalkboard collection
MMe DecorativeFrames
Thickers Alphas Amy Tangerine
Say it in Crystals from Prima
Flowers from Prima
12 by 12 Stencil from Prima 
7 by 7 stencil from Prima

And to win is easy!! 
All you have to do is
1. Become a fllower of my blog
2. Leave me a comment below!
3. If you share this on FB you get an extra entry!

That's it that's all. I will draw the lucky winner on April 5th!
Good Luck and have a Great Day!! :)

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

It's that time again at More Than Words for A Challenge.
And here it is!
This is my submission:
My layout is entitled Bliss . For the word inspiration I wanted to show what bliss means to me. Being by the water has always brought me a sense of peace and tranquility. To be able to experience these two things together is pure  Bliss for me. That is why I live in this small northern town, because it is very close to the water. I could never afford to own a home on the water but that's what dreams are for!
A few quick close-ups
I used gesso on my background to both lighten the work area as well as provide a good medium to hold my mists. I also used Gesso to primer all my Disty Attic pieces.
More Dusty Attic and some Petaloo flowers. I used several different Maya Design papers for this from the Nyhaven, Coffee in the Arbour, Enjoying the Outdoors, Ska vi ta en Fika? & It's Christmas Time Collections.
I did the usual heat embossing on the chipboard and the page as well as some stamping.
I used the following:

Our Main Challenge is based on a Word Inspiration & a Creative Challenge.
This challenge is open to layouts, canvases and art journal pages only.

Word Inspiration - BLISS
Creative Challenge - GESSO

What does the word BLISS inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the word somewhere on your project or to simply be inspired by it. Please explain in your blog post how the word inspired you
if it's not already obvious.

For our creative challenge this month, we want you to use GESSO on your project.
Chances are you have a bottle of gesso on your craft table, ready to be dipped into when it's crafty time! Be it white, clear, black or any other colour, light or thick, smooth or textured, we want to see you incorporate it in your creative process. Try it on your background, chipboard, embellishments or however you desire! If you don't have any ready-made gesso, you can even make your own!
(Google 'handmade gesso recipe' and you will find numerous alternatives!)

It's 'prime' time to get crafty!!

VERY IMPORTANT!!!  You have to incorporate both parts of the challenge, the word inspiration & the creative challenge, on your project to be eligible to win.  When we vote, we specifically look for projects that display BOTH requirements, and not just the creative challenge. Just look at our DT members' interpretation as example.

Remember that you must include our board image
and a link to our blog in your entry post.  

Please check out our RULES!  

And here are our awesome

All our prizes include international postage!

a $50 USD prize package from COLOUR BLAST
(exactly as shown below)

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

"Colour Blast is an Australian based manufacturing company that produces a range of mixed media products for the paper craft industry. Our products have been developed with lots of colour and shimmer in mind - because we believe that is what all paper crafters love! Our products are sold wholesale to scrapbooking and paper craft shops throughout Australia and New Zealand."

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

a $25 USD prize package from COUTURE CREATIONS

a $25 USD gift certificate from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES

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

a $25 USD prize package from STUDIO 75

In addition, we will draw 1 random winner from all eligible entries!

a $25 USD store credit from THE DUSTY ATTIC

Each month, we hand pick a winner from all participants who have not made it to 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?  
That's why we call it our mystery winner!

a $25 USD prize package from FABRIKA DECORU

And last, but certainly not least, we will randomly award a prize to 1 lucky blog follower who has commented on any of our March BLOG posts.

a $25 USD store voucher from FLUTTERBY DESIGNS

To learn more about all our generous sponsors, click on the SPONSORS tab above.

We cannot wait to see your interpretation of our 
March BLISS & GESSO challenge!

Link up your project using the LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by March 31st at 11:59 pm EST.

(Please note that you need to share your entry for our main challenge 
via a blog post to be eligible! We unfortunately cannot accept entries 
via Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr or other.)

See you there! All the best!! :)

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Be Happy Darling

Just a quick layout today for some fun. To alleviate all the horrible stress going on right now. I finally got my January Swirlydoos Kit and it had these gorgeous Prima papers in it from Royal Menagerie! Had to dive in. So i went back to the beginning of my Kisses for Keaton project which is winding down and scrapped a very young healthy Kiki precancer. 
I really want these albums to reflect Kiki's entire journey from health to cancer and back to health. So I am finishing up the beginning part of the album lol. I didn't do it in sequence. It is my hope to also include excerpts from Stephanie Reid's journaling's on Kiki's facebook page to include her thoughts during this difficult time. Wow I hope I get this right!
And just a few close-ups:
Just some masking and misting to accentuate the colors. A little stamping and heat embossing as well. The chipboard came with the kit and it is also from Prima's Royal Menagerie line! As is the stencil I used.
Gorgeous blooms are of course Prima from both Royal Menagerie line and Cigar Box Secrets.
Last close-up on techniques.
had fun doing this page. Now I am going to endeavor to undertake something I have never done before! Art Journaling!! Wish me luck!]All the best! :)

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Memories-My Creative Sketch Challenge

Hello! Back again with a short post for my entry for the My Creative Sketches Challenge. From the beginning this project has been fraught with challenges and grief. Everything that could go wrong did and I almost tossed it but at the last minutes decided to just glue it and move forward! So here it is my entry!
I used my gift package from My Creative Sketches that I won in November!! I have to say Pam Rangel is so generous with her prizes!! I loved this kit! It came with the gorgeous Autumn Anthology papers from Blue Fern Studios (the chippie to!) It also had gorgeous Prima flowers and a Lindy's Stamp Gang mist! Thank-you Pam & the team at My Creative Sketches!!!

This is the sketch i followed ( I changed flowers for hearts!) :)

And here are some close-ups:
One thing I love about Blue Fern papers are their graphics!! I love to fussy cut them out and use them as embellishments!
More fussy cutting!
The only thing on my page not from the kit were the Petaloo sugar flowers and the title!! I did a lot of masking and misting on this page using both Shimmerz & Lindy's mists.
Love these Cigar Box flowers!
I outlined each flower with a black watercolor pencil to make it stand out more.
And that's it. I am done!!! lol Seriously this was not one of my better pieces but I couldn't throw it out after all the time and product i used so thanks for bearing with me a following this post thru!! 
All the best! :)

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Butterfly Kisses

It's time for another sketch challenge over at Blue Fern Studios. Here is my entry. 
 I took this photo of my youngest daughter with my grandson at my oldest granddaughter's Birthday party. These two have such an amazing bond  you can feel the love from the photo.
This is the lovely sketch I had to work with. I used the Blush line of papers for this layout.
Not going to lie I messed up the title. Once I primered it with gesso I colored it with a mist that was just off in color. To hide the mistake I thought I would heat emboss some darker pink over it. Big mistake!! I ended up scrapping off what I could and applied gesso again. By this time the piece was lumpy :( I ended up using Ranger liquid pearls to cover the whole piece. It doesn't look to bad now but when you photograph it, it sure does shimmer.
One of the many things I love about Blue Fern papers are the graphics on almost every page! I love fussy cutting I find it relaxing! I know weird right? I like to use the fussy cut pieces as embellishments. 
Here you can see the gorgeous piece of chipboard also from Blue Fern Studios called Bordeaux Layered Frame.  By the way the papers and frame came in this month's gorgeous Limited Edition Kit from My Creative Scrapbook.
I primed the piece with gesso then misted it with some Shimmerz. After that dried I heat  embossed some Ranger embossing powder on in Enchanted Gold. At the top I added some microbeads in butter for some extra interest.
I did some mixed media work on the page. Some masking, misting, stamping and heat embossing. I also used a stencil and added some more microbeads in blush. It livens things up a bit! Flowers are from Petaloo and Prima.
Another closeup!
You can see some of the heat embossing done here.
And this is the wonderful kit I used. I have to more in the pipe so to speak and will be posting them soon! I hope you enjoyed! In the meantime happy scrapping! All the best! :)