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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

 There was a gorgeous Mood Board this month up on Blue Fern Studio's blog so I just had to give it a whirl! 
 And this is what I came up with! I am so in love with Blue Fern's Seaside Cottage line I think I could just keep making layouts with it! That and the fact that my favorite spot in the entire world is on a beach by the water. I find absolute tranquility by water and if I had my way I would sell my house and buy a shack by the water!
 This was the Mood Board that inspired my layout. The beach at sunset is a magical place! Did I mention I love the beach? And for some close-ups.
I did a bit of stamping on either side of the photo. I of course used Blue Fern Chipboard! This one is called Chained Bits and I cut it up and ran them parallel to the photo to give it more downward flow.
My flower cluster made up of both Blue Fern flowers and flowers I made from the papers. I also stamped a few seashells to break up the color a bit and added some real ones for extra dimension.
I actually cut the title as well to keep the page somewhat balanced. I simply went over the chipboard with some Seven Seas embossing powder also from Blue Fern. Yes I am a Blue Fern junkie! The Chained Bits were embossed using the Oatmeal color.
The last part of my title which says it all "a perfect day"! Any day on the beach is perfect even if it's raining! Oh how I love the beach! Did I say that already? :) That's it for me today hope you enjoyed and I'll see you soon! All the best! :)



Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Forever

 My youngest daughter Jessie often has formal portraits done of her self and my gorgeous grandson Jaxon. This makes me very happy!! A constant supply of professional photos is heaven for me!! So I dug into my new Courtship Lane papers from Blue Fern Studios and whipped up this page.
I was in the mood for some stamping and coloring so I made the flowers for this page with stamps from Heartfelt Creations. Delightful Daisies I think they're called. The heart frame is also from Blue Fern Studios and I added some Recollections embossing powder and heat set it. The background was done with Tim Holtz Concord distress inks and a stencil from TCW.
I took the opportunity to finally use some of the foil rubons from Prima that I've been hoarding! Love how they turned out. A simple bloom finished this element of the layout!
The final photo is of my title. A chippie from Recollections. I used Tim Holtz' Shabby White embossing enamel and heat set for this worn effect. That's it! Simple layout. That's it for me today. I've been busy playing catch up with many things this week and still have much to do but for now it's bed!! Take care! As always all the best! :)

Fun in the Sun

 This month's challenge at More Than Words was a lot of fun! It involved a "recipe" so to speak. You had the choice of either scrapping about your favourite recipe or follow an ingredient recipe for elements on your page. I chose the later ant this is what I came up with!
 I used the absolutely gorgeous Seaside Cottage papers from Blue Fern Studios. Like everyone else I am totally in love with this line and can see myself buying a few more sets of the papers and chippies!! 
This is the recipe we had to work with. The Delight aspect of the challenge is seen in my granddaughter's face as she plays in the water at the beach by our home.
Some of the recipe elements included a spray of mist, a flair or button, tags etc. . . I included them all! I used this gorgeous chippie also from Blue Fern studios. I initially primed it with gesso then painted the different elements with watercolors to give it a base. I sometimes find that embossing powder doesn't always stick in certain spots and by adding the watercolor I make sure the white of the gesso doesn't show thru! But once I added the embossing powder I felt the chippie was too bold in color so I white washed it with gesso to tone it down. 
 I used a stencil from Dusty Attic for my background and lightly misted with a blue, yellow and pink spray. Some of the other elements of the recipe (diecut, flair, tag) are seen here. 
I added a little stamping and went over the stencil areas with a marker to give the layout more depth and texture. I love this photo of my granddaughter enjoying the beach this summer. She keeps asking me if she can return for the entire summer next year!! I guess it's fun to have a grandma who lives in a tourist town!

We have some awesome prizes for you this month!! 
All our prizes include free international postage!


MAIN CHALLENGE WINNER

a $50 USD prize package from 7 DOTS STUDIO
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Here is more information about our 1st place sponsor this month:
"7 Dots Studio is a European manufacture specializing in scrapbooking collections, owned by Tusia Lech whose passion for paper crafts knows no bounds. Tusia's dream is to support and inspire her fellow scrapbookers' creativity and 7 Dots Studio achieves that perfectly. Our paper collections as well as our stickers, stamps, chipboard and stencils are designed by renowned and very talented artists and inspire people around the world to create beautiful projects of all kinds."


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

1st RUNNER UP

a $25 USD prize package from STUDIO 75


2nd RUNNER UP

a $25 USD store credit from THE DUSTY ATTIC


3rd RUNNER UP

a $25 USD prize package from COLOUR BLAST
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4th RUNNER UP

a $25 USD prize package from COUTURE CREATIONS



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

RANDOM WINNER

a $25 USD gift certificate from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES


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

$25 USD prize package from FABRIKA DECORU


And lastly, we will randomly award a prize to one lucky blog follower who has commented on any of our September blog posts.

LUCKY COMMENTER

a $25 USD prize package from GRAPHIC 45
(as shown below)

Head on over to our blog and enter your submission!! I can't wait to see what you create!! 
All the best! :)


Love Completely Swirlydoos Sketch Challenge-July


 So playing catch up these days. Sadly I haven't been present on my blog much this summer. It's been a very busy time with visits from grandkids as well as working and health issues but I am back! It is my hope to have more time to scrap now that the hustle and bustle of tourist season is almost over. What better way to start than with a sketch? I really liked the July sketch on the Swirlydoos site so I gave it a try.
I enjoy sketches that involve more than one photo and this certainly fit the bill!
 I used Swirlydoos' July kit "Moments Captured". The kit had these lovely papers from Pion Design. Love the subtle blue in this line. The title is a chippie from Dusty Attic.
 
Another close-up of my flower cluster. I used mainly Petaloo flowers for this layout. I also diecut a couple of doilies to add behind my photos.
A final close-up of the floral corner. I fussy cut out some butterflys to add in among the flowers for more interest. I had fun doing this and look forward to the next sketch! That's it for now. I will see you soon!! 
All the best! :)

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Cousins are friends for Life

 Greetings! I am here today with the latest challenge from More Than Words. This month's challenge involved two components circles and the word friends. This is my interpretation.  
And this is the wonderful Mood Board from More Than Words!
I used papers from a variety of Maja Design collections. I love that they are so inter changeable! I backed my photo with a calendar cutout (Vintage Spring line) to mark the month this photo was taken, Easter which was March this year.
To bring in the circle element I did two things one was to gesso my background. I then used molding paste and a Prima stencil and added a layer of circles. I then went over the circles  with a light misting of Lindy's Stamp Gang -Bachelor Button Blue. I then went back and used a Tim Holtz marker-Stormy Sky to bring out the stenciling more.
My second use of circles came in the form of chipboard. I used two circles from the Blue Fern Studios Splattered Circles package. I used embossing ink and completely covered the circles with it then sprinkled Vintage Pink Embossing Tinsel all over it. It dried beautifully with a gorgeous glitter to it! The Embossing Tinsel is from Stampendous. I also fussy cut some butterflies for an additional element of interest on my page.
I decided to cut the title so that I would have two sections for balance. 
I used the same process for treating this chipboard. Only difference was that this embossing powder was from Recollections at Michaels. The flowers are from Petaloo and Prima.
We are offering some awesome prizes this month so please come visit our blog and check it out!!
Take care and all the best! :)

Girls just want to have fin!

This month at More Than Words our Mini Challenge revolved around the word fun. I could only think of one avenue to take with this!! I give you my tag!

The challenge asks you to make a mini, ATC, card, Tags etc. . . using the word fun. My tag now serves as a bookmark! I need to make a few more of these as I read more than one book at a time!
I so enjoy checking out what everyone has come up with!! Hope to see you there!! 
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! :)