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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! :)

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Wonderful Life More Than Words February Sparkle Challenge

Have to say that I am over the moon happy with the response to our first challenge at More Than Words! The entries were amazing and I was thrilled to see a whole batch of new faces as well as some good friends! Can't wait to see who the winners are!! I'll be submitting my votes tomorrow! That being said when one challenge ends another begins so taking a deep breath. . .

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

Word Inspiration - WONDERFUL
Creative Challenge - SPARKLE

Use the word "WONDERFUL" as inspiration to create your project!
You can chose to use the word somewhere on your project or to simply be inspired by it.  Please explain in your blog post how it inspired you if it not obvious.

Our creative challenge is "SPARKLE".
We want to see projects that sparkle and shine! Add some subtle shimmer to your project or some serious bling - it's up to you. Anything that shines is fine!

VERY IMPORTANT!!!  You have to incorporate both parts of the challenge, that is the word inspiration and the creative challenge, on your project in order to be eligible for a prize.  Remember that our challenge concept is all about a WORD and more (thus our name More Than Words)! :)  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 described underneath their project, as example.

Please check out our RULES to make sure that you are eligible for one of our prizes! 
We have kept these rules very simple for you to play along.  One of them is that
 you must post our board image and a link to our blog in your entry post.

AND this is my project. . .

 My wonderful mother at eighteen! She looks amazing doesn't she? This is a 12 by 12 canvas that will soon adorn my youngest daughter's wall. All my girls adored their grandmother! We lost her in 2011 to cancer. I used the December All That Glitters Kit from Swirlydoos. Gorgeous papers and tons of bling in this kit and add ons! 
The papers are from Kaisercraft and worked perfect with this photo! Here you see some misting work, heat embossing, stamping and I added crushed glass in pink with clear gloss.
 
More glitter with some gems I bought at the craft store. You can see here that I heat embossed the Heart frame from Dusty Attic with pink glitter embossing powder. Easy way to apply a gorgeous looking treatment!
 The title is simply a Tim Holtz rubon! To the right you can see some of the gorgeous silver lace that came with this kit!
 Lots of blooms on this page. The stamped bloom I made myself with my Heartfelt Creations dies. The gorgeous black candied flowers are from Petaloo and the pink stem is from Prima as is the gorgeous white leaf!
 Just a little close-up of some of the detail.
The heart is from Dusty Attic, again I simply applied gesso as a primer then heat embossed it with pink embossing tinsel. I tucked a few blooms inside the heart for more color and texture. You can also see some imaginisce bling scattered about the page. I used their heating tool to add them all ( a gift from a fan!) 
More blooms!! Again Petaloo produced the gorgeous black and dark pink ones and Prima made the large baby pink one. I added another handmade one for balance. I always include some handmade flowers on every page I do of my mom.
Another Dusty Attic heart tucked into the photo stack with a Petaloo bloom. More stamping and misting work.
Some of the mediums I used! Lots of Shimmerz, 3D Gloss, Gesso, Micro Beads, Embossing Tinsel and of course molding paste (not shown)
And now onto the fun stuff the. . .

All our prizes include international postage!

WINNER
$50 USD worth of products from LEMONCRAFT

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

"Lemoncraft was born from a passion and desire to fulfill your creative dreams! We are a Polish manufacture of products for all paper craft artists who share our passion for beautiful artistic designs.  In our product selection, you will find a wide range of scrapbooking papers, ribbons, flowers, buttons/badges (flair) as well as other useful items for scrapbooking, card-making, decoupage and many other 
areas of creativity and inspiration!"


Next, 4 runners up will each be awarded a prize valued at $25 USD.

1st RUNNER UP
a prize package from 2 CRAFTY
(image below is for illustration purposes only)


2nd RUNNER UP
a gift certificate from FLYING UNICORN


3rd RUNNER UP
a prize package from 13ARTS


4th RUNNER UP
a prize package from MAJA DESIGN


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

RANDOM WINNER
a gift certificate from LINDY'S STAMP GANG


Because we LOVE giving away prizes, we have added a new one to the mix!

Each month, we will hand pick a mystery winner from all entries received who hasn't 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! Who knows what will be looking for?! That's why we call it our MYSTERY PRIZE!

Sponsorship of this prize every month comes from
a brand new sponsor added to our lineup!
  
MYSTERY WINNER
a 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 February posts.

COMMENTER'S PRIZE
a $25 USD gift voucher from THE KREATIVE KORNER


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

We look forward to seeing your interpretation of our 
February WONDERFUL & SPARKLE challenge!

Link up your project using the LinkyTool in the right sidebar
by February 29th at 11:59 pm EST!!

(Please note that you need to share your entry via a blog post to be eligible!
We unfortunately cannot accept entries via Facebook, Tumblr, Flickr or other.)
 So there you have it everyone! The February release! I hope to see your projects on the blog!!  

Side note: I have been struggling a great deal with horrific nerve and neck pain. As a consequence I haven't done as many projects as I would like. I plan on changing this!! Surgery is no longer an option. I must go thru some very intensive and intrusive procedures to regain the strength in my neck and relieve the pain. I ask that you say a small quick prayer for me as this will be (so I am told by the surgeon) excrutiatingly painful. I am looking forward to better days and many, many more projects from me so please be patient with me I'll get there I promise!! Apologies for the long post! Have a good evening and All the best! :)

Friday, 1 January 2016

moments-More Than Words First Challenge!!

The time has finally arrived! We are live and so thrilled to present your with our first challenge here at More Than Words


January Main Challenge
PERSONALITY & SELFIE
What does the word "PERSONALITY" inspire you to create?
You can choose to use the word somewhere on your project or
simply be inspired to create from it.  Please explain in your blog post
how it inspired you, if not already obvious. 

The creative challenge is to use a "SELFIE".
It is as easy as that!  All of the DT have used a selfie of themselves
on their project in order to introduce themselves to you during our very first
 challenge, but for your project, you can use a selfie of yourself
or anyone else (kids, husband, best friend, etc).
Or, if you have no selfie, any photo of you will be fine.

This is what I came up with. . .

I struggled with this layout for oh so many reasons! One I hate taking pictures of myself lol so that was an experience in itself. Two I am really battling with this neck pain from hernaited discs and a narrowing of my spinal cord canal. The pain makes it difficult to sit and do anything for a long period of time :(  I pray that there is an end in sight for me when I see the surgeon in Toronto later this month!!! Pray!!!
Here are a few close ups.

Used one of my favorite stencils from 7Dots Studio for the background. The papers are from Prima Bella Rouge collection.
Tim Holtz rubons.
I hope you join along with us this month! We have some awesome prizes up for grabs!


All our prizes include postage!

1st place WINNER  -  $50 USD store credit from DUSTY ATTIC


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

"The Dusty Attic is an Australian owned and operated laser cutting business, which designs and manufactures craft items and embellishments.  Founded in July 2009 and located in Perth, Western Australia, we are proud to be able to make our mark on the scrapbooking and craft industry with our great range of products.  We are continually designing so we can bring our customers new and fresh designs.  We love seeing what beautiful creations our customers have made with our products."


Next, 4 runners-up will each be awarded a prize valued at $25 USD.

1st RUNNER-UP  -  This prize package from COLOUR BLAST
(exactly as shown below)



2nd RUNNER-UP  -  This prize package from COUTURE CREATIONS
(exactly as shown below)



3rd RUNNER-UP  -  A gift certificate from THE SCRAPBOOK DIARIES



4th RUNNER-UP  -  A prize package from 7 DOTS STUDIO
(image below is for illustration purposes only)



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

RANDOM PRIZE  -  A prize package from STUDIO 75



And last, but certainly not least, we will randomly award a prize to
1 lucky blog follower who has commented on any of our January blog posts.
There is no need to participate in our challenge to be eligible for this prize,
but you do need to be a follower and leave us some comment love.

COMMENTERS' PRIZE  -  This prize package from GRAPHIC 45
(exactly as shown below)
I am so psyched about seeing what everyone comes up with. And I hope that many of Scrap Around the World fans come join in the fun! We are here for YOU! Remember we also have a mini challenge in the last week of the month so don't miss out on that! So much excitement!!
I really hope to see you there!
All the best! :)

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Celebrate Everyday-Mid month reveal at Scrap Around the World

Good morning everyone! I am here today with my interpretation of this month's Mood Board at Scrap Around the World. When I saw the Mood Board I knew immediately that I wanted to scrap this photo. I don't know if you remember little Kiki (Kisses for Keaton) who battled with cancer, but I have been working on a series of albums for the family documenting their journey. This latest photo says so much!! Kiki is currently cancer free!!! This photo is the family's way of facing their new future without cancer with love and hope!
 This is the wonderful Mood Board that I had to work with designed by the awesome Valia Katzaki from Greece.
Needless to say you can tell that I was inspired by the positive quote on the board as well as the pink and gold colors. Now for a few close-ups!
I used three different lines from Blue Fern papers for this layout. One from Vintage Christmas for my background page and some from Frolic and Montage for some fussy cut elements. Love Blue Fern!! I wanted to ensure that i included the words love and hope in this layout as they really are the premise for this photo. I used Tim Holtz rubs on for these two words. I used a Prima stencil (my new fav!) to add texture to the background. The chippie is also from Blue Fern Studios and I simply painted it with some gold inklingz from Shimmerz in Brass knuckles.
Hope. Again the key chippie is from Blue Fern studios. The gorgeous baby pink calla lilly is from Petaloo! Some bling fron ZVA creative. I have a ton of this stuff I really need to use!
The berry cluster and flower is from Prima's Menagerie line. The gold stars were in my stash for years so I finally dragged them out painted them gold then added some gloss and doused them with gold glitter. In real life this page really sparkles! The pink bling around the photo is also from Prima.
I did my background with clear Gesso then misted away using a variety of mists from ShimmerZ and Lindy's Stamp Gang for the blue. I also used some micro beads from Prima in blush for some more fun texture.
All the yummy goodies I used to add color to my page!

Remember this is our last month here at Scrap Around the World. It is a sad day indeed. I want to thank Helen Tilbury who built this awesome blog from the ground up for taking a chance with me and inviting me onto this amazing team of talented ladies!
You have taught me so much Helen and I can't thank-you enough! I wish you all the very best in your new endeavours! Know that you have affected the lives of so many scrappers! You are an icon! 

We are giving away an unheard of 22 prizes this month so don't miss out! Get inspired and get working! I hope to see you all on the blog!! 

All the best! :)