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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

 This month at More Than Words we have fun challenge for you involving frames and memories! What better way to preserve your memories than by framing your photograph?


 This layout is about one of my favorite memories, when my granddaughters were flower girls at my wedding.
And this is the challenge board over at More Than Words!
 I used the gorgeous Mintay papers Birdsong for this layout. Definitely a lot of fussy cutting involved! The focal point of my layout is a framed photo of my two lovelies peeking over the railing at the Inn we stayed at just prior to the ceremony. The chipboard frame is of course Dusty Attic.
 A tiny flower bloom dots the top of the page. I used mostly 49 & Market blooms. They always seem to match my papers so well.
I decided to go with a flair for my title this time around. It says You are loved. So true! Some Prima and 49 & Market blooms surround an angelic resin. 
I enjoyed this challenge and can't wait to see what you come up with!! Remember we offer the most awesome prizes!!
See you there!

All the best! :)

Monday, 2 April 2018

Be bold

I recently had the great privilege of seeing Pink live in concert in Toronto. To say that I am in awe of her is an understatement. She is beautiful, talented, and a wise soul most of all she is down to earth and real. She gave a fantastic performance belting out her songs in perfect key all the while spinning from the ceiling. She also took the time to touch on the subject of self-image, bullying, social hatred and racism in the world and thanked us as Canadians for setting such a good example for our neighbors.I was humbled by her performance and left the Canada Center that night determined to do better in my own life.
 I wanted to do two layouts of her one for my daughter as a thank-you for taking me to the concert and one for myself. One showing the bolder side of Pink and one the soft. So I began with bold. I had the perfect papers for this and they came in the form of my monthly kit from My Creative Scrapbook Kit Club. These papers are from Prima's Amelia Rose Collection and they are gorgeous! Pam always puts together the besst kits!
 For my background I used a stencil that came with the kit from Hampton Art along with a fabulous stamp set. It is one of those stencils that sticks to the page and I love it no more slipping! I used molding paste and then painted the design with Rose-Gold paint from Finnibair. Of course I primed the whole page with clear gesso first!
 
 My title came from the Ephemera pack that also came with the kit. You can see the Dusty Attic chippies I used. I painted them copper with more Art Alchemy paint. And a few more pieces of Ephemera.
 One of two flower clusters on the page. I used blooms from both Prima (3 packs came in the kit) and alot of 49 & Market.
 Another close-up.
 I fussy cut a bunch of flower clusters from one of the papers and used them to frame my picture. 
 A photo from her Beautiful Trauma Tour. The butterfly is also from Prima and came in one of the flower packs.
 Close-up of a flair from Cuts2Luv
Another close-up of another flair. Enjoy putting these on my projects lately.

That's it for this session. I know not everyone likes Pink but even if you don't like her music you have to love her beliefs in being a better human being! 
Thanks for visiting see you soon!
All the  best! :)

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Pink Ladies April Challenge @ More Than Words

This month at More Than Words we have another one of our fun challenges for you. This month it's about Nature/Animals. This was my interpretation of the challenge.
And this is the challenge board.
When I think of nature I always think of exotic animals. One of my favoritess is actually a bird! The flamingo is a stunning creature. Long legs, long graceful neck, and their coloring makes them truly sublime creatures.
 I started by using a stencil and a variety of Lindy's mists to lay down a green background. I then added some drywall tape for extra texture. I used Gabi's 6 by 6 Mini Moving Vines stencil and some molding paste to add some texture that would mimic the trees hanging down in the photo. I used Art Alchemy paints and colored the vines to match my photo. I then did some stamping randomly all around my background.

I used some Blue Fern chipboard to surround my photo to bring in the dark element of the fence seen in the photo. The flower cluster is made up of a lilly from Blue Fern Studios and the rest are from 49 & Market. A little colored cheesecloth adds a extra element of texture for fun.
Kitty corner is another flower cluster to add balance to my page. Here you can see both the background and chipboard in more detail. I also used some of Finn's melanges on this page. I love the magnifying effect they give off!

My title was done with American Craft Thickers colored with Cotton Candy mist from Lindy's Stamp Gang. You can see if you look closely the tiny pink seedlings in the corners of my chipboard. I also added some random dots of pink bling across the page.
My last close-up is of my background showing some heat embossing I did as well as one of the melanges I used. This was a bit of a challenge for me as I do not have much experience in scrapping animals! I am so used to scrapping people. Time to get out of my comfort zone!!

Well that's it for now! Hope to see you soon!
All the best! :)


Friday, 9 March 2018

Smile-49 & Market

This past summer I took my granddaughters camping with me. Of course there was the mandatory photo shots. Me chasing the girls all over the park taking photos. Then one day I was sitting at the beach with Lilly. We were watching her sister do her gymnastic routine in the sand. We were just talking. I was thinking to myself "wow how much her face has changed as she moves into puberty". My baby was growing so fast and I immediately grabbed my camera and took a photo before she knew what hit her lol! This photo is the result. The most honest Lilly picture I have. 
I used the papers from 49 & Market's Sand and Sea line for this they were a perfect match!!
I used Blue Fern chipboard on this layout they have such awesome beach chippies!
I heat embossed both pieces using a variety of colors. I love the Peacock embossing powder the glitter it gives off is amazing! Along with coral, a green and a copper I finished this piece.
I also used 49 & Markets funky 3D embellishments. They really do make the layout pop!
Another perspective.
My sweet baby girl who is now 11!! It was hard enough watching my own girls grow so fast and leave home but to watch my grandchildren grow like weeds is harder for me. They are my pride and joy. We have a bond like no other. As a grandparent you don't have to deal with all the grief of discipling them, taking them to school etc. . .There is just love. Spoiling them and loving them. I guess I will have to trust in that bond to keep them close to me as they get older. They make my life complete.

All the best! :)

Monday, 26 February 2018

Remember Today

 This month at More Than Words we have another wonderful challenge. I have to admit that I struggled with the challenge and will explain shortly but first this is my layout.
 This was taken about nine years ago. My oldest granddaughter Lilly had a special bond with our dog Flash. You would often find the two curled up somewhere whether it was reading in bed or watching cartoons.  This relates to the comfortable part of the challenge "snuggling".
The challenge this month was about the word comfortable and the creative challenge was using three of the colors in the palette. I found this part of the challenge most difficult as I am not a fan of green. I managed to work it out eventually lol.
I used both background misting and my chipboard to introduce the green into my project. This chipboard is from Creative Embellishments.
I used one of my older mists from Tattered Angels for my background in Fern. The butterfly is from a Prima stamp from a Finnibar set. 
I used blooms from 49 & Market"s older lines.
The lace is from Blue Fern Studios.
Lots of blooms on this layout!
The flair is from Cuts 2 Luv.
A closeup of my babies.
My title using a Recollections embossing powder. (I was trying to use up some of my older stash.)
This project has a lot of depth and will require a shadow box. I will be giving it to Lilly for her room as a keepsake.

Well that's it for another session. I hope to be back soon. I am struggling with my creative side these days. I need to get both my life and my room in order. Wish me luck! Take care!
All the best! :)

Saturday, 24 February 2018

I love you

 I am slowly trying to catch up on scrapping photos of my youngest grandson Hudson. He is already walking and I've yet to scrap his newborn photos. Bad grandma! So I've taken out a series my daughter gave me from a photo shoot and I plan on making my way through them. This is the first. Titled simply "I love you" 
 I used Maya Design's beautiful Sofeiro collection. Although Hudson is a boy I wanted to play of the pink tones in my daughter's sweater. I used green to add the boy element.
 I used a mixture of blooms but most of them are from 49 & Market who make the most wonderful flowers! I've added pink seedlings from Blue Fern Studios in various places for more interest.
 The heart is a Prima resin I primed with gesso then painted with Finnibar's wonderful Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint in Green Gold. With the white gesso it turns gold without gesso the color is green! I love these paints. I need more! More seedlings but green this time inside the heart.
A very simple background. Primed with clear gesso. I stenciled a damask pattern on with molding paste and lightly misted it with pink. I wanted the focus to be on the papers rather than an overwhelming mixed media background.
You can see the beautiful chipboard frame here from Blue Fern Studios. I also primed it so that it would pick up the embossing powder better. It's a baby pink. Some cheesecloth and more seedlings.
Another flower cluster using 49 & Market blooms.
You get a better view of that gorgeous chipboard frame. And of course my beautiful daughter and grandson.
I used the Prima doily die to cut out some doilies to frame the photo.


That's all for today. I hope to be back to you soon!
All the best :)

Monday, 29 January 2018

Beach Walk-Fan of the Month Blue Fern Studios

Today is my last day as Blue Fern fan of the month for January but I will continue to be an avid fan of Blue Fern forever! My last layout was done using the Seaside collection (one of my personal favs!). 
 This is a photo taken this past September while on holiday with my hubby and pup Bruiser (so suitably named!). Taken on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Pictou, Nova Scotia, it was our first holiday in 15 years! 
 I used the Seashell frame for my photo. Again I cut the chipboard, I swear there are times I don't! I primed it with Gesso then had fun heat embossing it with a variety of embossing powders. (Honey, Sage, Glistening Waves, Seven Seas, Ginger and Coral) You can see in my background that I did some stencil and misting work to try and match the papers to my photo.
 I also used a starfish from the Nautical pieces as well as some seashells I picked up from the beach while we were there. I wanted some real momentos on my page. The vial from Tim Holtz also holds beach sand from the shores of Caribou Monroe Provincial Park. 
 I used coral embossing powder for my title. It worked with the page so well. A few melanges from Prima were also included for some added interest.
 Along the bottom of my page I mixed Art Stones in some Gel medium and added them to my page. I then misted them again to try and match the sandy color of the paper and my photo. I added some paper layers behind my photo and fussy cut a ilttle flower cluster to run along the side of my photo. You get a good close up of Bruiser here. It was his first holiday and I have to admit he was amazing to travel with. He was a saint on the long drives but a terror on the beach! He loved running in the ocean. He just didn't know when to stop and needless to say shortly after this photo I ended up bruised and wet from his wanting to "play" lol.
Again more shells from the beach and Prima embellishments including an anchor from Frank Garcia's St. Tropez collection. The blooms are lilies from both the Harvest and Wanderer lines. 
 And finally the last close up of my split title. It actually said A Walk on the Beach but I wanted to shorten it. That's one of the many things I love about Blue Fern's chipboard, it's adaptable! And another little starfish from Prima.

That is it. My final piece as Fan of the Month. I would like to thank Valerie and Leslie from Blue Fern Studios for giving me the opportunity to showcase my work with their gorgeous products. I have been a fan of Blue Fern since it's inception and think I will continue to be for a very long time! It's be fun! Thanks for coming by and I hope to see you soon!
All the best! :)