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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

TRAVEL

Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing my Design Team layout for CSI case file #160. You can find out how to play along HERE and find out who our fabulous sponsors are too and the awesome prizes that are up for grabs.

Here is the case file - so time to pick up your forensic kits and get down to some serious sleuthing.


This case file also comes with a wonderful sketch from Em Stafrace over at The Nifty Pixel.


Here is my take on the case file.


Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - map print, travel elements, textured paper, flowers, metal, stamps.
Testimony - Journal about a trip.

The quote on the photo says:
Travel and a change of place impart new vigour to the mind.

My journalling (on the back of the layout) says:

Travel is my drug of choice.
If I haven't travelled for a while I find myself needing a travel fix. Travel comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be a short trip across the country for a long weekend, a weeks vacation in the mountains or at the sea, or a longer and more extensive holiday travelling overseas. It calls to me with a physical hunger. A restlessness sets in and I become agitated, I need to get up and go, see and explore new places, meet new people and try new food.
 
But when I travel too often, I need a break - a quick time-out and a chance to relax and re-group.

Travelling lets me know there's a wider world out there. If I've become too comfortable in my own neighbourhood, it calls to the spirit of adventure that lies buried within me. It is unknown, not always predictable. It challenges, pushing further each time. It teaches me that we are all the same and yet all different, it makes me humble and tolerant. It has expanded my horizons more than anything else I have ever done.

Travelling lets me leave stress behind, lets me run away, escape, explore and disappear into an environment far removed from home. It lets me temporarily forget and it refuels creativity and imagination. It also reminds that what I have is not so different to what is out there, and that I still have lots to be grateful for.

Most of all travelling is fun because if it wasn't, why would I keep going back for more. I love the unpredictability of travel, the not knowing what I will discover around the next corner. It has taught me that I don't need to be in control of everything to be ok.

Most of all travelling has made me a story teller. It is an ice breaker and a conversation starter. I have spent many happy hours reliving past trips, and inspiring others into wanting to travel.

That time has come again and so I have planned a spectacular trip that will last three months and take me to eleven countries, I will travel thousands and thousands of kilometers, take hundreds of photos, consume kilograms of food and liters of drink and I will come back richer and wiser with more tales to tell all because travel is my drug.

Here are some close ups.


I kept this layout clean and used the map paper as my starting point. I chose to add a bit of the corrugated card to highlight the colour in the photos and the map paper.. The tickets were cut with a Tim Holtz ticket die and then stamped with the stamp quotes. The flowers were made also using a TH die.


I cut the title on my Silhouette machine and then highlighted it with a white gel pen... I also added the camera flair because of the travel theme. The photos are of Lismore Castle in Ireland and I am looking forward to going back there again with my DH this time :D

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!






xox
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Monday, March 23, 2015

INTERNATIONAL SCRAPBOOKING DAY

Hello Everyone!
As you know March 4th is International Scrapbooking Day. It really is a day and so over at Let's Scrap Sketches and Feeling Sketchy we decided to run a month long challenge. 
Now this is not to be confused with
National Scrapbooking Day in May. This is InterNational Scrapbooking Day... so why not
another holiday celebrating something we all love to do!

So this is how it is going to work.... It will be a month long challenge, BUT the twist is, it is going to run on TWO sites and you have to play along with BOTH sites to be entered to win a prize (be sure to inlinkz the correct layout/card to the correct blog)... There is a card sketch posted on Feeling Sketchy (you don't have to do it up as a card, do a layout if you want!!) and then there is a double page sketch here on Let's Scrap Sketches... (you can do it as a single or double page or even a card if you want!!). Everyone, including our Design Teams, are eligible to play along with these challenges.... SO we hope to see a lot of people playing along with both sketches... ;0)

The sponsor for this challenge for Feeling Sketchy is...


Here is the sketch.

Here is my card.


The sponsor for Let's Scrap Sketches is...


Here is the sketch.

Here is my layout.
Ok so I can here you all saying that looks nothing like the sketch :D but hear me out ok.
I did used the banners on the left hand side and I had more photos to used so I did take some artistic liberties I will admit and I have a block instead of three down and my main photo was going the wrong way so instead of using the banners on the right hand side I used these fussy cut flowers instead. I also wanted to used a mat to tie it all together and it looked wrong so I also added a punched border. Then I thought it needed some tags so I added them too... 
NOW can see the resemblance? NO? pfffft.
My journalling (on the back of the layout) says....
I hate to see either of you cry - but you do despite my best efforts to make sure you have nothing to cry about. That is just life I guess - we all need to cry sometimes and sometimes for no rhyme or reason either. Having said that I am so glad that I had my camera close by on this day and that I managed to snap these pics of you howling up a storm and all because you wanted me to pick you up and I did.... eventually. You are such a drama queen Paigie, I wonder who you get that from? It works too because looking back at these photos and the complete look of sadness on your face is just heartbreaking and I wonder how I could have taken photos of it. Yet I did.
Your facial expressions are a constant source of delight to me and I wish I could capture them all. You have one of the most expressive faces I have ever seen, and you have no idea how much I love you.
Here are some close ups.

I used some dry wall tape and added some bling to the banners.

I covered the chipboard with a coat of gesso then a layer of Distress paint which I flicked with water to get a distressed effect and then I sanded them and inked the edges and finally added some dimension glaze.
I fussy cut the flower border and added a few lines that says.
 You know what you want, and you know just how to get it.
Will you just look at that face :D

The flowers are from Petaloo and they are so cool, I added a little coral into the centers just for a bit of colour.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it.
I hope you will find some time to come and play along with us.
Till next time - Happy Scrapping!
xox
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SHOOT FOR THE MOON!

Hello Everyone!
I have my card for the new sketch #117 over at Feeling Sketchy.
The sponsor for this sketch is Dr Digi's House of Stamps and you can check out the full range of their fun stamps HERE.

I chose to work with this stamp.


Here is the sketch.

this is the card I created.


I hardly ever make masculine cards let alone boys cards and now I have Spencer to think of it is as good a time as any to get started.

I had such fun with this one too. I used black cardstock for the sky and I cut two big circles in the yellow for the moon and punched some random circles out of it then layered them up. I used my PL die to cut out all the stars then stuck them to the night sky. Some stars have glitter on some of them for a bit of sparkle.

The quote was typed onto white cardstock and cut into strips. It says: 
Shoot for the moon and even if you miss you'll land among the stars.

The rest is on the inside of the card.

Here are some closeups.


I added some flames coming out from the bottom of the rocket and coloured the whole thing in using my neo-pen watercolours. I also added some gold on the strips and then studded it with bling. I raised the rocket on the card with foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it.

Till next time - Happy Stamping!




xox
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

OWL ALWAYS LOVE YOU

Hello Everyone!

Today I have a layout for the new sketch that is up at Let's Scrap Sketches and it is such a fabulous sketch too.
The sponsor for this sketch is.


You can view all their files and stamps HERE and they gave us the choice of a stamp to work with. I chose this one.


This is the layout I created.


Yep you guessed it... featuring my little yummies again.

My journalling (on the back) says:

After you finish every meal you get a treat - I blow bubbles for you and you are just mesmerized by them. I have done this ever since your first solid food and your eyes sparkle when you see the little bottle come out and the bubbles started to float around  Now that you are a bit bigger it is fun for you to try and catch them and when they land on your head or arms you squeal with delight, and if you manage to catch on in your hands the flash of wonder and then disappointment on your faces is just so funny - like what the hell happened there?. It is very hard to blow the bubbles and get the camera in position to take a pic before they all disappear. I haven't quite mastered that one yet, but they say practice makes perfect. I am not sure who gets the most enjoyment out of this little ritual of ours and I don't think I would put money on it either :)
I love this series of photos because the first one you are watching me as I get the bottle out and undone... the next few show your faces as you watch the bubbles float around and the last one is because there a NO MORE BUBBLES!
Thank you both for being a constant delight in my life. I will always love you <3

Here are some close ups.


I printed the owl image onto the beige card stock and used my neo-pens to colour it in with a watercolour brush to match the colours from these gorgeous papers from Crate Paper. It was then mounted onto the green and I added the punched border down the side. I did change the design a little here because my other photo looked better overlapped with the owl and then I decided to add the triangles down the side.


I fussy cut a couple of the little owls from the one paper and added them to the border I created. The flowers and the little flair were added at the end.


The banner was cut from strips of all the papers used and the tags were made to balance this side of the layout. The punched border is a Martha Stewart punch.


I used a stamp here as well because it is just how I feel when I am with them. I added another little owl to the top of the stamped bored too and then I added a few little blings.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!




xox
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

TIME FLIES - PROJECT LIFE

Hello Everyone!

I have another project life layout to share with you today.


I seriously need to start making notes on what I use when I do layouts. I just choose the papers - cut of the strips and that is it... I have no idea whose papers these are but they were awesome and I love the bright colours.


The left side is 6 x 6 layouts and I used pics of my grandies - they are growing way too fast.


I really love that all these photos show of their little personalities.

The journalling on the layout says....

Paige - you are just the most loving child and you have such a BIG personality. You love hard, laugh hard and cry hard too.

Spencer you are the gentle, quiet one until you get the hell in, then you stand up for yourself. You have tried the tantrums but you are just not THAT child. Now that you have teeth you love to show them off.

Being your grandma is the best thing ever and spending time with you is just so precious. I love to see your faces light up when you get here. Playing with you all day is just a treat for me. <3

Here are some close ups of some of the cards.


I made the card up using a strip of paper and a die cut arrow and star and also the little star tab behind the photo is the negative of a die cut. The title is an acetate one from Heidi Swapp.


This little card is a die that I recently bought. I added a couple of black stars to it and the big grey star was cut from that paper and I put it over the die cut star.


This one is a stamp I got and I just used some watercolour neo pens to colour the LIFE and the camera.


I typed this quote onto this card and highlighted some of the word with hand drawn boxes and then added the die cut stars.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really do appreciate it.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!





xox
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Saturday, March 7, 2015

ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS

Hello Everyone!

It is overcast and a little cooler here today and I am loving it. First of all because of the weather and second of all because we don't have anything planned this weekend. Papa Si wants to build his remote control car so that means I get time to play, some of it me play time and some of it wedding play time but most of all it will be unstressed play time :) Lucky me? I know!

I have my DT layout for CSI to show you.

This week it is such a fun case file so it is time to pick up your forensic kits and get sleuthing.



Here is the sketch by Em Stafrace of The Nifty Pixel - if you are looking for sketches this is the place for you.


Here is my take on the case file.


Here is how I solved the case...

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - camera, eye glasses, circles, hearts, distressing, pen work.
Testimony - Selfie - use a selfie and document something about yourself.

My journalling (on the back of the layout) says:

When I look back through almost all of our photos there is one person that is consistently missing. Me! That is because nine and a half times out of ten I am the one taking the photos.  And the other half a percent?  Half of those photos are rubbish because whoever has just snapped a quick one of me, so at least people can see that I was in fact there. So what is the answer? Selfies? I am rubbish at selfies too. I have never got the hang of them and I can't even get a halfway decent one. I see selfies everywhere I look on social media sites so I scoured them to see what made a good selfie or a bad one, and I know that I am way more critical of photos of myself anyway. Young and beautiful always trumps anything else... but what struck me in the ones I did like was MOOD!
 Storm is the selfie queen and she always looks amazing in them and she can get a whole group of 8 or 9 in as well. With her it is easy to see why they are good ones because she is young and gorgeous and she knows how to play for the camera. So even if the shot is by no means perfect the outcome is because you get the vibe of the photo that 'x' factor that makes you get it and love it.
I am NOT comfortable in front of a camera ever and I also realised that the photos of myself I do like are because I didn't know they were being taken so I am relaxed and unaware... as soon as someone says photo time - I tense up and try and smile, make sure my back and shoulders are straight and it always ends up contrived and fake looking.
So now I am on a mission... learn to take selfies. It does feel a bit vain to be taking pics or yourself, and that was something I was always told as a child. Don't be vain! We will see who wins...

Here are some close-ups.


I went with a clean and simple approach again. This is definitely my style. I want to look at my pages and immediately see the photos and the design without having to sift out loads of other stuff. So I went with white cardstock layered onto black. I used strips of black and grey and white at the top and bottom. And created a photo mat of papers in the neutral colours of the palette.


I can't cut my photos into shapes - I have tried it and it just never looks right so I used just one photo and created the line with the punched circles. Much nicer for me. I embossed the title, frame and little camera with black ink and ultra fine black embossing powder. The flowers were used to bring in the red and turquoise and then I added some bling and the pen work around the edges of the layout.
 
Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a message. I really appreciate it.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!




xox
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Friday, March 6, 2015

MARCH TAG

Hello Everyone!
I have my March tag for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags for 2015... I am so glad that I decided to play along with these. They are so freeing for me I love the fact that I get to just play and try different things out.
Here is Tim's tag and if you click on the link above it will take you to his site and the tutorial for making this tag. 

Here is my version of it.


I didn't have all the colours that he used.. the new ones haven't arrived yet but I have ordered them :D I decided to go for autumn colours and used Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive and Barn Door and a little bit of Tarnished Brass for shimmer.

I also don't have any of his tissue tape... I am now on a mission to find it. I used normal washi tape. The problem is that the paint didn't stick to it... so I dried it off then sanded where the tape was and redid those areas and that worked a bit better... I changed my embellishments a bit too as I didn't have the same ones he used. 

These tags are fast becoming faves for me.

Here are some close ups.


I loved the gesso with the embossing powder but I got too impatient to wait for the gesso to dry before using the heat gun :P


I used some gears and put red bling in the one and used red wire to wrap around the key and the flower at the top just for more colour.


On this one you can see all the lovely texture...

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a message. I really appreciate it.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!
xox
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