Friday, 27 April 2012

Twice The Pleasure

Well it's Friday, a fortnight has gone by and that means only one thing - it's time for another challenge at CACB! This time our challenge is Stitching - real or faux. Now, I'm not really all that big on stitching on papercrafty projects so I can't think what possessed me to choose this topic but I did so I have to go with the flow lol! As it happens, I really enjoyed creating this page so I think I may have got over the stitching thing at last - job done :o)
The main dp, vellum, frame & winged heart are all from Rhapsody in blue SB kit. The silver leaves to create the border down the right hand side are from the Pretty in Pink SB kit. The fringed paper is from the 8 x 8 silver collection and was fringed in Craft Artist which has made it look like a piece of fabric - love that effect! The 'stitching' on the vellum was also done in Craft Artist. The subject matter of the photo is courtesy of my sister - my twin niece and nephew. It was taken about 5 years ago and was one of those spontaneous things that just produced one of my favourite photos of them. I'm somewhat vertically challenged and have a step stool (one of those things on wheels that you see in offices and supermarkets) for reaching the top couple of shelves in the kitchen cupboards and they had both raced to sit on it and ended up back to back sharing it in fits of giggles. I just had to capture the moment and love how it worked. I think this will have to go to my sister in recognition of her contribution ;o)
Anyway, enough of my waffle - I'm entering my page into these challenges:

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

A Special Moment In Time

I'm getting more and more into scrapbooking again and really enjoying it. If you've seen Monday's post, you'll recognise the birdcage digi from Nana Vic's Digitals. It's one of the images supplied for round #16 of the progressive challenges on CDAC and I said in Monday's post that I intended to make a scrapbook paper with this image and I couldn't wait to do it. I'm absolutely thrilled with the result as I knew I would be. Vickie's digis are a great quality and look wonderful large or small. I've done two pages which is something I often do now - a digital one and a physical one. They are for the sepia album I'm making of our wedding photos. Both are 12 x 12, the top one is the digital one and the bottom one is the hybrid one. I was so chuffed with the paper that I couldn't bring myself to cover any of the image up though so I had to have a think about how to add the photos without doing so. I decided to add the text directly to the paper without any mats or tags and added the gold pocket watch from the Sweet Sage SB kit. The locket from the Cream Dream Kit seemed to be the best way to add the photos without covering up any of the image on the paper and also fit in rather well with the rest of the vintage theme of the page. If I had an A3 printer, I would have printed it out as is, but I haven't and as I wanted my physical page to be 12 x 12 too, I resized the original page to 8 x 8. My dp for this page is a lovely pearlescent ivory with embossed flowers but was a little too pale so I sponged the edges with versafine sepia and memento cocoa inks. I've finished it off with lots of flowers - the pink flowers are much closer in colour to the roses in real life - and a sumptuous ribbon bow. I'd like to tell you that I tied that gorgeous bow myself, but that would be a lie! I 'rescued' it from a box of chocolates Christmas before last and it's just been waiting for the perfect project.
I'm entering my layouts into these challenges:

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Monday, 23 April 2012

The Birdcage

I've been having a lovely play and thoroughly enjoyed creating this card. The central image is from Nana Vic's Digitals and is one of the images supplied for round #16 of the progressive challenge on CDAC. I loved this as soon as I saw it and my immediate thought was vintage/shabby chic so set out down that route. I've provided a close up of the image below so that you can see it more clearly. The quality is gorgeous as always from Vickie and for this card I've shrunk it down to just 4.5cm (after colouring it digitally using my wacom bamboo pen and tablet.) I also changed the black outline to gold in photoshop - I didn't think of doing this until after I'd finished the colouring so wasn't sure if it would work. I was thrilled when it did! This image still retains it's quality when enlarged too, so I also have plans to use it on a scrapbook page. You'll be able to see the detail much better if you click on the images to enlarge them.

The papers I've used are all from Crafty Ann's. The brown is from the polished stone earth tones collection, The gold scalloped borders are from the Traditional Christmas SB kit and the large 'fringed' one is from the Cream Dream SB kit. The ornate gold mat is a sneaky peek. The butterfly just flying off the top right hand corner is the gold outline from butterfly sheet 1 that was printed onto some paper then I applied stickles to it with a brush. I also added stickles the same way to the roses. Papermania shimmer dots attached over every alternate hole of the scallops and a feather tucked under the corner of the ornate mat finish it off. The fringing was done in Craft Artist.
I'm entering my cards into these challenges:
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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Ring a Roses

Back in purple mode again today - I do try to vary the colours I use, but sometimes the call is just too strong as it was here! :o)
This is one of those happy cards that just seemed to work from the off and the design came together really well. It was inspired by several challenges which helps I think. I'll list those later in the post so that I won't ramble as much. The image is the Rose Trellis digi stamp from Crafty Ann's. The main bp, ribbon, buckle and faux peel off are also from Crafty Ann's. The scalloped 'silk' paper is from Joanna Sheen's Fashion Boutique CD1. Although the photo doesn't show it too well, the scalloped paper, ribbon and buckle and the topper have all been a raised using pinflair glue gel. 5 small pearls finish it off.

These are the challenges that have inspired me:

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope your day is a good one.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Messing About On The River...

It's time for challenge #63 at Crafty Ann's and this time our challenge is "It's a man thing!" so it's any project either for or featuring men or boys. my card here was for my hubby's 60th a couple of weeks back. The image is Narrow Boat Scene and I decided to colour just the narrow boat and make the scene black and white to give it a vintage look and kind of spotlight the boat. The papers and elements are all from the Rhapsody in Blue scrapbook kit. I'm happy to say he loved it!
I'm entering my card into these challenges too:

  • Love to Create - Birthday
  • PTW - Water, water everywhere
  • DTC - Birthdays
  • Rainbow Lady - Celebrate with a touch of vintage. (It's RL's 200th challenge this time so there is some rather special blog candy on offer for one lucky entrant.)
  • Southern Girls - Fancy Folds
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Sunday, 8 April 2012

Thank heavens........

I'm in a Scrapping mood again today. I think it's been triggered in part by a group I belong to on FB which is all  about my home town in days gone by. It's great catching up with people I haven't seen since I left school and seeing all the great photos we've been sharing. It's all made me want to do some more of the family album I started to scrap a few years ago then had to stop for a while. This is a photo of yours truly taken on my first birthday back in nineteen hundred and frozen to death!
I don't usually give my pages a title but I was visiting my friend Ann's blog and saw her page entitled 'Here comes the sun" which she had done for Scrap it with a song challenge and started to sing this!! Ann is a very inspirational scrapper so a visit to her blog is well worth while. The main bp and most of the elements are from the Pretty in Pink Kit, apart from the silver paper behind the photo (from the silver collection), the doiley (which is one I'm working on), and the fabulous digi image. The digi image is from bugaboo and is one of the images supplied for the current round of the progressive challenge on CDAC.
I've really enjoyed making this page, I can see that the album will progress at a better pace now. :)
I'm entering my layout into these challenges:

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