Friday, 18 April 2014

Luv 2 Dance Maja Design Mood Board April

 A layout I did for the April Maja Design Mood Board. Another Kisses for Keaton layout featuring both Mika and Kiki. I love how adorable these two look in their little tutus! I used papers from both the Vintage Summer & Vintage Spring lines.
This is the mood board. I chose to go with the pinks and purples.
I ran into a bit of trouble when searching for chipboard that would match the photo
 the way I wanted. So I dragged out my trusty Silhouette and cut out two different ballerina designs. Then I traced them onto chipboard and cut them out. Granted they are not laser cut but they came out alright. I primed them with Gesso and then decorated them. This is the pink one. I stamped her legs to give the impression of stockings. The top is Maja paper and the skirt  is some ribbon I had in my stash as is the headband.
This one I did in purple to keep the page consistent. Same scenario used Maja paper for the top. I actually stamped and heat embossed the design. The skirt is made from Webster's pages trim. The stockings were stamped on and I used some bling for the necklace and headband. 
 I had this ballerina dangling a pair of ballet slippers from her hand over the picture for a little added interest. You can also see that I used a mask and some moulding paste around the picture and in the corners of the page.
My flower cluster. I have a tendency to always make at least one flower out of the paper I am using. I wanted a big flower for this page to help offset the pink. I surrounded the big flower with various flowers from all over my room! In the corner you can see a Prima rose resin.
I used American Thickers sparkle Alphas for this layout. Again you can see a little bit of the moulding paste in the corner.
The second part of the title. This photo also shows how I stitched little pink beads all around the layout. Thought it looked cute! And that brings the layout to an end.
 I wanted to say that even though I feel like something the cat dragged in (still fighting that nasty bug) I did manage to make it to Scrapfest in Kitchener last weekend! Love the shopping and I got to meet some of my idols! lol Well they are!
 Proof that I did go! lol
The lovely Agnieszka Bellaidea to my left and the amazing Keren Tamir to my right. Agnieszka taught a canvas class that I took.
The awesome Karen Ellis (no relation) from The Art Shoppe Studio in Cambridge and Waterloo. She sells the most amazing selection of stencils and mixed media mediums. If you live in the area it's definitely worth a trip to her store. She has such an awesome outgoing personality. So glad we finally got to connect after several near misses.
Thank-you ladies it was nice to see you all!
Well that's it for me today. Already tired :( I will be spending Easter at home by myself resting as I still can't eat much and find long trips taxing. Maybe i'll do a little scrapping :) Have a terrific long weekend and Happy Easter!
All the best! :)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Precious : Sketchabilities/Off the Rails Scrapbooking (Stencils & Masks)

Another Kisses for Keaton layout with Stephanie and her daughter Mika sharing a quiet moment together while out on a walk. Mika is Kiki's older sister.
This layout is for Sketchabilities  sketch #112.
I used 7 Dots 9th Wave papers for this layout. I love the blues. greens and hints of purple in this line they are just gorgeous. I also am entering this layout into Off the Rails Scrapbooking  (Stencils and Masks).
I used five different masks on this layout and drywall tape to get this effect. For the background I began by inking the area with Tim Holtz's Weathered Wood ink. I then laid out four strips of drywall tape and misted the same area with Heidi Swapp Color Shine (Tropicana Teal), Tattered Angels Glimmer mist (Apple) and (Dark Denim) and Lindy's Stamp Gang  (Whale Watch Blue).I then pulled the masking tape off and used a Prima mask and inked some squiggly lines in with Tim Holtz's Broken China (You can see some of these at the end of the branch).
 The bird was done with a stencil from the Crafter's Workshop. I mixed some glass beads in with my moulding paste to give it just a bit more texture then colored it with Tim Holtz markers and my water pen. 
A close-up of my flower cluster two of which I made using 7 Dots paper to add consistency. Behind the flowers are tags one cut from 7 Dots paper the other one I made by using a Prima stamp and heat embossing the flower. Then I inked it with Dusty Concord again from Tim Holtz. I loved how that tag came out it's a shame I covered it with my huge flower allowing only a bit to peek out. Sadly I am often a stickler when it comes to sketches and this is what the sketch showed! 
If you look closely you can see arrows on either side of the flowers. I used the Mini Art stencil from Crafter's Workshop and added some moulding paste. To make it stand out more I went over the moulding paste with some Violet Mica powder from Viva Decor. For a cute touch I added a stickpin from My Little Yellow Bicycle saying simply  US.
Here you can see that I used one of the Finnabair Doily masks from Prima as a background for my photo. I also went along the sides of the page and the bottom with another Prima stencil. The little butterfly is also from Prima and happened to be sitting on my desk while I was working so I just added it to the page! I also wanted to add a sentiment to the page so I used a new stamp I just got from Prima's Something Blue line and stamped Always on the photo. I got this stamp in the March LE kit from My Creative Scrabooking kit club (love their kits!)
A final close-up shot of my title from Dusty Attic. Actually all the chipboard (except for the butterfly) is from Dusty Attic. Everything was painted with Gesso first then inked with Tim Holtz stamps in Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint and Broken China. Again you can see some of the masking done along the bottom. I added some liquid pearls (lavender lace) to the flower banner as a final touch. The teal lace is some I had hiding in my huge stash!
That's it for this post. Sorry for all the technical detail but I wanted to point out where I used the stencils.

I am still struggling quite badly with this infection. It's so frustrating feeling this sick when there is so much I want to do. I had hoped to be so much further ahead with things like my blog, my work, improving my self and my skill set. Unfortunately some actually many of my symptoms are getting worse rather than better and I only finished my antibiotics on Saturday! I am hoping to attend Scrapfest this weekend in Kitchener and take a class with the talented Agnieszka Bellaidea! Nothing will stand in my way! Power of positive thinking! :) Take Care and All the Best! :)

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Life's Beauty

 Hello again! It has been quite a while since I lasted posted and for that I am very sorry. I have been quite ill. After a ten day stay in hospital and some bed rest I am back. Well almost back. I am still very weak and tire easily. Unfortunately it will take some time to overcome this nasty bug! Two actually. I have an infection in my lung (some rare antibiotic resistant bug) and E-coli (also antibiotic resistant which means they have to pull out the big guns for this one) in the bowel! It has been difficult to say the least but I am trying so hard to get back on track. I hate that I tire so easily and am still suffering a great deal of pain that keeps me awake all night but I am fighting back the best I can. In the meantime I have slowly made my way back into my scrap room and  am puttering around. I did this layout of my grandparents as I had just received this gorgeous paper before I was hospitalized.
This is one of Prima's new lines Stationer's Desk. Love the reds and neutral colors in this line. This is a photo of my Grandpa and Grandma Ziegler (my mom's side) shortly after their wedding in 1936. It has been a while since I did a heritage page for the albums I am doing for my family. I am doing three albums and splitting the history up among my daughters so that they need to get together to put the whole story together. This ensures that they will always share the albums. It is my hope that they will get together and enjoy these moments often.
Close-up of one of the corner flower clusters. I love the small chipboard pieces that Prima makes for each new line they make, they are adorable. Love the little frames, ink bottles and cute scissors in this line. 
The frame is from Blue Fern and came with a previous Swirlydoos kit, this one is the Salutations kit for March. I painted the frame with Gesso, let it dry then inked it with my music note stamp. I went around the edges with Chestnut Roan ink but then decided to add a little more color and gently swiped the whole frame with Tim Holt's Fired Brick. More gorgeous Prima flowers a few rolled roses I made with the cardstock from the kit. The kit also came with this gorgeous lace bling which I cut and made a corner flourish with.
Another cute piece of Prima chipboard! I love dragonflies!
And finally the last shot showing this cool fabric music paper  that came with the kit. I used my Bigshot and diecut the frames out for this layout. (Still feeling lazy) The kit also included tags and tickets from the Stationer's Desk which I used to document the names and date as well as used for the title.

I hope that the road from here is a little easier. There is so much I want to accomplish this year and I keep having to start over with my Mojo so lets hope that I pass my doctor's visit next week! Have a great weekend! All the best! :)

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

#FRIENDS My Creative Sketches

 My entry for the February Sketch Challenge at My Creative Sketches. My granddaughter Lilly on the right at her 7th Birthday party with her bestie Morgan.
This was the sketch. I have a tendency to stay pretty close to the sketch.
I used the February Main Kit from MCS filled with cute papers from the Crate paper line Love Notes. I dry brushed the sheet with Gesso then started applying mists. Unfortunately I didn't like how it came out so I went over it a second time with Gesso to let the misting bleed through instead. I also did some stamping and used a couple of stencils and moulding paste for more texture. The kit came with a full sheet of gorgeous chipboard shapes and I used one as a banner along the bottom.
 I used some flowers from the kit and added a stem from my stash to do a vertical flower cluster. I wrapped the bottom in Washi tape. Sort of the way you get them from the market. Again a little masking with moulding paste. The teal splatters are also done with a stencil from TIm Holtz. Funny now we use stencils to get that spilled look when years ago all I had to do was leave one of my kids in the room and something would have spilt! The buttons are from my stash.
I backed the picture with some netting I had left from my wedding decorations. It worked perfectly with my color scheme. Behind that is more Washi tape!
More organized spillage in teal. The chevrons and title I won in another sketch contest. I painted the chevrons with metallic teal then went over them with a Gelly roll pen from Sakura. Next time I know better. In between the chevrons are more chevrons in moulding paste.
Last close-up of the title and some more stamping and masking. I am still finding my way with mixed media. I like it but I swear it doesn't like me. Oh well it's like the saying goes practice makes perfect! Have a great day and see you soon! All the best! :)

Saturday, 8 March 2014

In the Arms of the Angels

 This is my beloved sister-in-law Sharon. She passed away on December 20th, 2002. She was a single mom of five children two of whom were still minors at the time of her passing. She was one of the most amazing people I have ever known. She overcame a difficult childhood and worked hard to provide a good home for her children. She had boundless energy and you couldn't help but get caught up in it and want to change the world with her. She was a foster mom to several children and eventually adopted one. When she was stricken with bowel cancer we were all devastated but she remained upbeat and often it was her encouraging the rest of us. She was my sister, my friend, my shelter in the storm. I have missed her every single day. I made this layout for my niece Diana who took it upon herself to take over the raising of her two minor brothers. She never hesitated never complained she is her mother's daughter she just did it.

 I wanted to simulate heaven somehow and show Sharon wrapped in an angel's wings ( that is where I choose to believe she is). I used Maja Design's Ska vi ta en Fika? papers. I scoured the internet for wing drawings found one I liked and sketched each "feather" out one piece at a time. I then went over them with some Tattered angels Glimmer Glam sparkle paint to add sparkle. 

 Trying to keep with the theme of heaven I did a lot of fussy cutting. I cut out all the roses, berries and daisies and used my cameo to cut out the leaves from a lovely green paper that came with the line. I also hand stitched all around the page. The bird cage is from Prima and  the bird is from seven gypsies.
I did some stamping with a brick stamp I bought years ago from Art Stamps and did a little stamping at the top of the page. I then added the resin angel from Prima. The purple roses are also from Prima.
I used some Ornate Gates from Dusty Attic to simulate heaven's gates. I painted them with Gesso then after they dried I went over them again with Silks Acrylic Glaze in Ice. The big purple flowers were given to me years ago! The smaller ones are from various sources.
I did some masking on either side of the photo and mixed some glass beads in with my moulding paste to make the texture more interesting.
The title was cut with my cameo. And I added a little bit of bling to finish it off. It actually took me quite awhile to do this page. One I was really sick (still recovering) and two I wanted this page to be special for my niece. I miss you Sharon every single day. Often I find myself in a situation where I ask myself what would Sharon do and I know that you would never take the easy way out. You never gave up on anything or anyone. I will always think of you as being in the Arms of the Angels. Love you!

This has been my first post in quite sometime as I contracted a really bad bout of the flu. I even had to cancel my week with the grandchildren : I am on the mend and am hoping to be a lot more productive this month! I'm even contemplating picking the grandchildren up even though I feel like a wet paper bag! Hope you are all well! All the best! :) 

Thursday, 13 February 2014

2 months My Creative Sketches

A two month shot of my new grandson Jaxon. It was at this point that he began lifting his head for short periods! Lucky for me. I am so in love with this little guy! :) This sketch is for My Creative Sketches this month.
This is the sketch for this month's challenge.
A little bit of masking for interest. I used Kaisercraft's It's A Boy paper line. The title is made with Prima's Alphabet stickers.
Some Dusty Attic with Petaloo flowers for the finishing touches.
A close-up of my doodlebug in a Prima frame. Too cute! I apologize for the poor shots this round. I am rushing to pack to leave for Cambridge (granddaughter's Birthday party) while doing laundry and trying not to lose it over the pain in my neck. Have an awesome Family Day Weekend! Canada! And my prayers go out to our friends in the south who are going through some terrible weather. Stay safe!  All the best! :)

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

You Raise Me Up- A Kisses for Keaton layout

 I absolutely love this photo! This is Kiki with her dad inside one of Toronto's beautiful churches. The windows are breathtaking and the way Don is holding his daughter up gave me a such sense of peace. The joy in her face and the light coming in behind her left me with a feeling that everything will work out, that she has a higher power on her side.
I totally loved the window in the picture and wanted to somehow make it a focal point on my page. I had just received the Prima Stencil with church widows and decided to make a window using moulding paste. All the papers are from Maja Design (a very generous donation)! I choose a sheet that was close to granite in color then stenciled on the window. I painted the panes of glass yellow trying to insinuate sunlight filtering through. I went around the sides with  Luminarte Acrylic Silks in Silver Bells.
 Above the window I added some Dusty Attic vines for color and a Prima angel.
On either side of the main window I added a Gothic Dusty Attic window to keep with the theme of church. I backed each window with some Maja paper in yellow and went over it with Glimmer Glam to add a sparkle effect. Each window has a little Dusty Attic bird in it. I tried coloring the birds to match the birds on the backside of the Maja paper. I did all the stitching by hand and have the bruised fingers to prove it!
A mixture of blooms. The bigger ones I made with Maja paper. The smaller ones are a mix of Prima, Petaloo and Dusty Attic. The little zipper in the mix says beauty. I also rolled up two of the corners of the layout and added a small white crocheted doily from Prima.
The opposite side matching flower cluster. I added pearl sprays to both sides and tucked a clock into the flower cluster on both sides. Again more stitching. The stitching seemed to take forever! I have injured my neck recently and everything was quite difficult to do so I just took my time which is why my blog has been so quiet. First it was the stomach flu then it was the neck issue. I am currently praying that it is not another disc gone awry!I hope you like the layout! All the best and Happy Valentines Day!! <<Hugs>>