Saturday, 29 March 2014

CSI #116

Hidey Ho everyone! another week another CSI challenge and this one's a beauty! Although at first I was very put off by The Scene & the Scheme, but when I read the criteria for the Evidence and Testimony, I knew which photos I wanted to use.

I love this Kaisercraft paper from their "Garage Days" collection. I downloaded the Beatles silhouette from the internet and fussy cut them out to make them appear to be crossing the road with us.  I've used a Memory Box music note die cut and some Kaisercraft Music paper for the background as well.

I've used some random lyrics from a Beatles song called "Every little thing" from their "Beatles for Sale" album. Some of the words sum up how I feel about my DD. And I do remember the first time I was lonely without her.....her very first day of school some 21 years ago. I do hope you get to play along at CSI this week. TFL :)

Monday, 24 March 2014

CSI #115 & Scrap365

Hello everyone. What a wet & windy start to the day, and now the sun has appeared & it's in the high twenties once more. Gotta love that! So here is my layout for Case File #115 at CSI and also my entry for the current sketch challenge at Scrap365.  Here is the CSI Case file and the Scrap365 Sketch:

 I had a bit of a struggle coming to terms with this colour scheme I must admit, but once I had a good think about it, it all flowed very well. It was so good to do a "girly" page again. The sketch from Scrap365 was just the jumping off point I needed to get the mojo flowing. I've turned the sketch around to accommodate the orientation of the photo.

Here is what I created:

This lovely paper is from Prima Marketing "Shabby Chic Collection" which I've had in my stash for a few years, thinking it was too pretty to actually use!! But the colours were perfect for the Case File. It's hard to see here but the roses on the paper are a combination of crimson & peach.
Thanks again to Steve Hill for the photo which he took of my girl at Christmas on their visit to Cesky Krumlov, a beautiful World Heritage listed town in the Czech Republic.

I've painted the wooden word "happiness" in silver 3D paint, which is slightly glittery.  I hope you've enjoyed your visit today. Please let me know that you dropped by :)

Sunday, 16 March 2014

CSI #114 and Scrap Africa

I hope you are all enjoying your Sunday. I've been very lucky to be able to really get stuck into some serious creativity today. I don't often combine two challenges, but because time will be limited this week coming I thought I'd combine the new challenge at CSI: Colour, Stories, Inspiration with the current challenge at Scrap Africa.  The challenge at Scrap Africa is to use Stars and Stitching and here is this week's CSI Case File which includes a sketch from Page Drafts:

So here is what I came up with:

Now I must admit that I have used faux stitching on this page - mainly because I don't have a sewing machine and also time didn't allow for hand stitching today. I'm in love with the stitched circle stamp & I added some thread for the knots to make them look more like real stitching. The little wooden stars are from Studio Calico which I've coloured. Teresa Collins PP, Washi tape from Craft Queen and rub ons from Cherry Art. I used a Kaisercraft stamp for the numbers on the background "V".

We noticed throughout our travels that there are many references to Peter, especially Churches. I guess it's natural to have a church named after an Apostle, Simon Peter (Saint Peter). When I researched the name I came across lots of interesting people who have the same name, but I think my favourites (beside my DH) would be Peter Pan & Peter Rabbit ;)

Thanks for dropping by. Until next time...

Friday, 14 March 2014

Once Upon A...Sketch March Challenge

I'm back again with another piece of creativity for the March challenge over at Once Upon A....Sketch
A really nice sketch to work with this month along with the theme of "You only live once, but if you do it right once is enough".  I've turned the sketch on its side to accommodate my landscape photo.

Here is my take:

I've used some lovely Echo Park "Keepin' Cozy" paper collection, washi tape, 2Crafty chipboard, little wooden snowflakes & Kaisercraft stamps from Craft Queen. I've covered the snowflakes with liquid pearls. I've used a stencil on the background paper with some silver 3D paint. This paint is lightly glittered so you get a slightly embossed, glittery texture. 3D paint is also available at Craft Queen.

The clock signifies the new year ticking over, as the kids were celebrating New Year in Salzburg and the music notes represent the home of Mozart. The quote reads "Travelling - it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller".  In the bottom corner I've handwritten the first part of the Theme quote "You only live once".  Unfortunately there was no snow in the city for New Year much to their disappointment, but they still fell in love with Salzburg and made the most of their time in this beautiful part of Austria.

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, 8 March 2014

CSI Special Case File for March

Hello and welcome to Saturday. CSI has joined forces this month with Archi-scraps. This Case File will be running for the whole month. This challenge was right up my alley as I love architecture and have many photos of beautiful buildings from our o/s travels. However, given the The Scheme for this challenge my photos weren't quite right, so thanks to my resident photographer o/s Steve Hill, who took some fantastic photos of the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, I had some beautifully coloured pics to work with :)

So you see what I mean about the colours! I also wanted to add some architectural accents, so out came my trusty Cricut & this is what I came up with:

I used a stencil on the background with ink & then traced around them to accentuate the design more. I also used a rough grid design in keeping with the theme.

Hopefully one day I'll see this amazing structure for myself. Thanks for calling in :)

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Orange Paperie & Co March Challenge

Hello all!  The new challenge, set by Cheryl, is up & running over at Orange Paperie & Co  This month is a doozy - A vintage (b&w or sepia) photo scrapped with non-traditional colours e.g. no browns, creams etc.

Here is my DT example:

This is a pic of my M-I-L when she was very young (far right). It was taken at Taronga Zoo and the lady next to her is her bestie. I loved working with this Kaisercraft pp "Tea Break" collection. The colours are really pretty. The fabric flower was a gift which matched perfectly with the paper...gotta love that! I covered the "Noteworthy" chippie with Liquid Pearls which gave it a lovely texture.

Note the cute yellow heart in the centre of the fabric flower :)

I have handwritten my journalling on a tag and hidden behind the layers of pp.

The metal embellie that I have painted is from The Trinket Track and I've popped some word embellies over it as well as a Websters Pages crystal button.

I had so much fun with this layout and it's a lot easier than you think to scrap a vintage photo with brights :)

Thanks for again for looking. Please leave some blog love xx

Saturday, 1 March 2014

CSI #112 Final layout as February Special Deputy

Hello everyone. If you are living in the land of Oz, today is a great day for creating - cloudy, showery, windy & cool. Perfect creating weather!  It's hard to believe that February has come to an end and we will be saying goodbye to Summer very soon :(  I've had a fun month being a Special Deputy for CSI: Colour, Stories, Inspiration thanks to Debbi Tehrani for the opportunity.  Here is this week's Case File:

A beautiful colour scheme to work with, conjuring up images of long, tropical summers. Here is my take & the photo is from Pinterest.

This photo doesn't do the page justice, as the teal colour is more vibrant IRL. I have stencilled onto the background with white paint over a hibiscus Heidi Swapp mask. Hard to see here unfortunately, then I also stamped randomly with a Kaisercraft stamp. The "daydream away" words are from Craft Queen. The yellow netting behind the photo was used in a flower arrangement I recently recieved so I decided to upcycle it. The "Dream" stamp is from Darkroom Door.

Sigh! day.....

Thanks for dropping by & I hope you get a chance to play this week :)