Saturday, 29 June 2013

Three Generations Scrapbook Layout using Graphic 45 Secret Garden papers

Hi everyone.  Back again with a layout I created using Graphic 45 Secret Garden Papers.  It was a kit that I bought at the Scrapbook and PaperCraft Expo.  The kit was designed by Cathy Cafun, but I altered it some because it was missing some flowers and it didn't have the ferns or leaves or stick pins.
This photo was taken of Me with my Mother and Son in May.  The other products used:  Manor House Creation flowers, 2 handmade flowers, handmade stick pins, handmade beaded rose, brown lace ribbon.  I used Dylusions spray - Melted Chocolate on the chipboard "stone wall".  I made my flowers out of the Tim Holtz Bigz Die tattered florals using the largest and medium flower for the two in upper left corner.  I used Glimmer Mist - Burnt Red to color them.  They are made out of organza and Tulle.  I made two stick pins, with charms.  The letters were foam adhesive letters from Cre8tive.  Thanks for looking!

Monday, 24 June 2013

"Cherish" Layout, Claire @ 4 (Companion page to "Love" layout, Gabby @4) (Pagemap design by Cathy Cafun

Hi Everyone, just wanted to post another layout that I just completed. "Love" Gabby @4.  I used the same line of papers as the "love" layout below.  The layout design was by Cathy Cafun - all supplies came from the Craft Queen. 
Papers are from the Authentique "Renew" Collection.  The background paper is the "Foundation 2" paper.  I used the "Blossom" paper for the fussy cut small Flowers and the "Rejuvenate" for the fussy cut large flowers(the flowers were attached with foam tape although you can't really tell they pop up from the page.  Additions to the page - torn pieces of black and white and turquoise and white washi tape.  Mickey Choo stamp for the botanical elements in black around the edges (the stamp set doesn't seem to have a name on it anywhere).  I also used Hero Arts "Butterflies and Wildflowers" stamp.  There is a lace butterfly, flower trim, yellow resin rose, stamped butterfly, a transparency, metal flower, yellow seam binding and black twine.  Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 22 June 2013

"Love" Gabby @ 4 Layout (Pagemap design by Cathy Cafun)

Hi Everyone, hope you are having a great day!  Decided to post another layout that I just finished.  The original design was created by Cathy Cafun.  This layout features the Authentique paper line called Renew.  All of the products came from Craftqueen 
The products used:  Tim Holtz stampers anonymous "Birdsong" stamp - this was used for the stamping in Stazon Ink behind the tears in the paper.  The "Transform" paper was used as the background paper on top of a yellow piece of cardstock.  The banner strips were made from the "Foundation One" and "Energize" papers.  I colored the heart ribbon with glimmer mist "Mustard seed".  The flowers were cut out of the "Rejuvenate Paper".  For the "Love" transparency, that was stamped on a piece of paper, scanned and reverse printed on the back of a transparency sheet.  I glued round pearl centers to the middle of some paper flowers.  Washi tape was placed in various locations on the layout, and dotted organza ribbon was tied in a bow and the birdcage wood piece was placed as if hanging from the ribbon.  A metal flower with a resin rose was glued to the bow.  Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, 16 June 2013

"Special" Scrapbook Canvas

Hi Everyone, back again with another project completed.  First I want to say, however, do you ever have one of those days when everything is going like clockwork and then one thing just won't go right?  Well, I was working on the canvas below and everything was going along great.  I finished all of the elements that were going to go onto the canvas - the background piece was completed - I had ironed the linen and I was going to staple it to the canvas.  Here is where it all started to go wrong!  I am not a carpenter or handyperson by any means, but I am pretty handy with basic tools.  My father was an engineer, a master wood worker, a builder and general all around Mr Fix it.  I helped him with many of his projects from about the age of 12 on, so I can handle basic tools.  I have a hand held staple gun that I have had for YEARS, along with a box of staples that go to this staple gun (also - have had for years).  Well, the first 2 staples went in fine and then it just kept shooting out 2, 3 and sometimes 4 staples at a time without any of them going into the wood at the back of the canvas.  I took all the staples out, put new ones in.  Checked to make sure there were no staples bent and stuck in the unit - to no avail.  I never could get that sucker to work.  So you know what I did, I separated a bunch of staples and pushed them into the wood to start them and then hammered them in.  My Husband was not around to help me figure out what the heck was going on - but I was not going to give up!!  So, here's my finished project! 

These photos were taken in May this year when I went to the US to visit my son and my grand daughters.  My mother met me there and we had "3 Generation" photos taken.  I love how this turned out.  I cannot take credit for the design, though.  It is a Lynette Carroll design.  She came and taught classes at the Brisbane Convention Centre and I took her class entitled:  Hope Chest 16" X 16" Canvas.  We only completed a few things during the class.  Most of it we had to finish when we got home but she had packaged all the pieces for each element in a separate bag with a color photo of each element and a 4X6 color photo of the finished canvas so that we could do our homework.

The only things that I changed from her original design, was she had plain pearl stick pins inserted in every panel where you see a stick pin above.  I know, I know, I hear all of the time "Less is More" but when I look at something I always think "More is better!!".  It must be a personality flaw. LOL.  Anyway, I had to make stick pins with a little personality.  I also added a few more tags to the background than she called for and I added some tiny string bows to the flowers in the bottom right corner that have a slight pink color rather than her off white string.  Only because I did not have enough string in my packet and because the roses have a touch of pink.  The only other things I changed were, the two ScrapMatts chipboard windows had grilles in them and I cut them out because they hid the faces of some of the people in my photo - she had single people in her windows so she was able to offset their faces so that the grilles did not go through their faces - I could not do that with the photos I wanted to use.  Also, the frame with the scalloped edge on the "this is amazing photo" I pieced together with scrap pieces of chipboard from another project because I wanted a frame around that photo.  I also had to cut my title out of paper and chipboard with my Scal software and electronic die cutting machine because there was no "Special" letters included in the supplies - I guess they were left out of my kit.  I also changed the headings on a couple of the photos to match the feelings I was trying to project.  The list of supplies:
Pink Paislee Hope Chest Paper, paper tickets, die cut shapes, and journal label stickers.  The paper flowers in soft tones are from Petaloo Paper Blooms.  There was cream colored seam binding, cream colored string, Scrapmatts chipboard, cream/light tan paint, 16"x16" canvas and linen large enough to wrap around the canvas and staple in the back.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

You Make me Smile and "hi" greeting Cards

Hi everyone - another post - I used up the last of my Prima Romance novel papers.  I ended up with one feminine layout, one masculine layout and 3 cards.  I was really happy with these cards.  I went to the Pagemaps website and used their March 2012 cardmaps for both of these cards.  In addition to the Prima papers, I used Heartfelt creations Aster stamp and die and Striped Sun Kissed Fleur stamp and die.  I also used my Close to my heart Cricut Artiste collection stamps for both of the greetings on these cards.  Black embossing powder, Paper Mania 5x7 clear stamp set "bunting", Sizzix embossing forlder "Bricked", Cuttlebug embossing folder "Goochie Script", EK Success Postage Stamp Punch, Spellbinders on the edge die "notebook", scrappers floss, glimmer mist in pearl for the flowers, spun sugar, worn Lipstick and aged mahogany distress markers for the flowers.  Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Cherish and With a name like JACK there's no way but UP from here layouts and Cherish Card

This layout and card were the first projects that I completed after taking a class with Cathy Cafun and the Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo at the Brisbane convention center.  We used Prima Romance Novel Papers "Bookplate" and "Dear John" and We R Memory Keepers Anthologie paper "Potpourri".  We used scrapmats chipboard, burlap, seam binding, small pearl flowers, wooden buttons, twisted paper ribbon, sating ribbon, pink and green ink, and the pansy die.  After the class, I decided to see how many things I could make from the few leftover pieces of paper I had.  The below layout was another and I will make hopefully 2 more cards! 

Hi everyone, back again.  I just wanted to add another layout that I made of my precious grandson Jack.  I had leftover scraps from the Prima Romance Novel Collection of papers that I used in the "Cherish" layout that I just posted and I try to use up all of my scraps.  I used scraps from that collection, along with scraps from Kaisercraft Madam Boutique Collection "Lingerie" paper  I used Pixie Press Alpha stickers (typewriter key style).  All of the scrap pieces were edged using the spellbinders on the Edge dies.  I used Karen Foster Scrappers floss on the metal label holder.  I also applied the dots using a template and modeling paste that I added two small drops of pale green paint to.  Both pages came from the same papers but I was able to make one feminine and one masculine layout.  I have the one feminine card - now I will come up with a masculine card with the remainder of the scraps.  Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

1st Birthday Invitations

Hi Everyone,

It has been quite some time since I have posted on my blog.  I have been really busy.  I spent 2 weeks in May in the US visiting my son and his family.  We spent 4 days at Lakeview Resort in the Ozarks and then back home and back to work!

I just had a co-worker ask me to do 6 Birthday invitations for her son for his first birthday.  Her only request was that they have a frog on them and have the color blue.  This is what I came up with:

The products I used were:
Spellbinders Nestabilities die "Fleur De lis Square for the frame around the frog.  I used a scalloped circle svg file from for the medallion with the #1 on it.  The number one is a sizzlits die.  I also used the spellbinders "on the edge die for the back of the card that looks like paper torn from a notebook.  I used Technique Tuesdays "Handmade By" stamp on the back of the card.  I have the Cricut Artiste collection cartridge and stamp set and this is what I used to stamp and cut my banners.  The "RSVP" stamp is from Sullivan's Paper Xtra (I believe that is a Lincraft store brand because that is where I got it).  The Fritzy the Frog svg cut file comes from but I created my own cut file for the cattails and the grass.  The flowers are from a Fiskars small 6 petal flower punch with quilled centers.  The dragon flies are Sullivans punches I also got at Lincraft.  
Hope you enjoyed!  Thanks for taking a look!