Welcome - hope you will have owls of fun, and find some inspiration too.......

Welcome - hope you will have owls of fun, and find some inspiration too.......

Monday, January 28, 2013

Valentine, oh my Valentine....

Hi there Friends,


A bit of news on the happenings around here:
My son turned SIXTEEN.......... He didn't have a party but we spent a family sunset dinner and swim at Keurboomstrand. A whole school of dolpins came past while we had dinner and that was so special. I could also take loads of photos to the great irritation of my daughter....haha. Here is a few of the special moments.....


(Top left) A pre-dinner swim was just what the doctor ordered on this balmy summers day.  (Top right) The house is called Keurbooms Cottage, so if this is the size of the cottage what will the size of these peoples main house be I wonder? (Bottom right) SIXTEEN and on top of the world. The t-shirt was from his Dad as a joke, and he loves it!!! (Bottom right) Some of the dolphins that swam past during dinner.
A picture taken while the kids were jumping from a rock!!!

Sheesh....... time flies, it is almost time for THAT day again.  Now my dearest husband is a firm non-believer in Valentines-, Mothers- and Fathers days. According to him everyday is all of these days!!! Me...... I had a bit of mojo-overload and needed to get rid of it, so I decided to make a couple of Valentines projects.  It is easier to try new techniques and ideas on tags than a 12x12 scrapbook page. and it is also an opportunity to use up some of my stash and see how far I can push my creativity with what I have available. No store to run to, to get goodies - believe me that sucks..... I know we have the whole internet shopping thing, but at the moment the connection is so slow I can probably run faster with my order in hand... LOL. Oh yes, added to that, there is that little situation surrounding post delivery, street address and post box availability....... it is fun to live in this little huddle of houses.....

Ok, so here goes the mojo overload projects!!

The projects all started as white card and white card stock. It was amazing to see the humble white transform into these different colours, and I had loads of fun making these......

First is my non-believers' husbands gift........


He loves chocolate - the higher the cocoa content the better. I took an old wrapper and some white card stock. The wrapper was used as a template and I made a new wrapper from the card stock. The front was then heavily coloured with some fired brick distress ink around the edges. The next layer was coloured using some peacock feathers distress ink, then embossed with a swiss dot embossing folder, the embossing was then swiped over with the same distress ink to make the dots pop!!

The Tag: My trusty Silhouette machine was used to cut a heart background, a circle background, a heart border, a heart as well as a cupid. The heart background was used as a mask with some sand coloured acrylic paint. When that was dry the circle background was used as a mask with some white acrylic paint. The tag was then inked with fired brick- and antique linen distress ink, spritzed with water and dried. A stamp with some writing was used with fired brick distress ink. Some vintage photo distress ink was used around the edge and then the tag was distressed around the edge.
Closer view of the gift wrap
The heart border and the heart was inked with some peacock feathers distress ink. The word: "be mine" was inked with tattered rose distress ink and the lace border (done with a border punch) was inked with antique linen distress ink. Cupid was inked with fired brick distress ink and then covered with Crackle glossy accent. The hanging embellishment was made with beads and stuff from my stash. All of these elements were then put together to create the tag.
More close-ups

Next a card:

For the background of the card a piece of white card was inked with antique linen and vintage photo distress ink. A writing stamp was used to stamp on the background with some vintage photo distress ink. The heart background was once again used for the topper background, but this time with some Victorian Rose Dazzles from Enmarc. It was then inked with fired brick and antique linen distress inks, spritzed with water and after it was dry some vintage photo distress ink was used around the edges.

I used my silhouette to cut the crown, wings and heart. The heart was covered with some red glitter, and set with hairspray. The crown was painted with silver acrylic paint, sanded and inked with vintage photo distress ink to get the aged look. I added some gems to the crown. The wings were inked around the edges with vintage photo distress ink and then covered with Crackle glossy accents. After that was dry I applied some more vintage photo distress ink to highlight the cracks. The doily was sprayed with some Enmarc Eggshell Dazzles and inked around the edges with some vintage photo distress ink.


The crown, heart and wings was pieced together, placed on top of some netting, and then onto the doily. Some ribbon was added to the topper background and a little ruffle was made with some Tim Holtz tape. The topper was attached to the background and a cream piece of ribbon was attached to this. The letters of the word LOVE were inked with some vintage photo distress ink and placed on the topper. Finally all of this was stuck to the card with double sided tape and the doily was attached in its position. Card done!!

A closer look.........
The third project was another card.........


Oh boy, and once again I enjoyed making this one........ I again used my silhouette to cut the stripe background as well as a heart. I inked the heart with fired brick distress ink, and some vintage photo distress ink around the edges. Then once again I applied some Crackle glossy accent. After it dried I used some more vintage photo distress ink to highlight the cracks. (just LOVE the Crackle accent) The doily is hand made.......... yes by me. I was so impressed that I could still hold a crochet needle........ For the card topper background I used strips of Calico fabric and dyed them with watered down Enmarc Caramel Dazzles. When the fabric was dry it was attached to the topper with double sided tape. I threaded some seed beads on a string and randomly made knots in the string to keep the beads in place and attached these with a tiny attacher to the top part of the topper.

Closer views
For the background of the card I used my striped background as a mask and first sprayed with some Enmarc Coffee Bean Dazzles, after that had dried I moved the mask and then sprayed again with some  Enmarc Caramel Dazzles. When everything was dry the edges were inked with some Vintage Photo distress ink, and the background was stuck to the card with double sided tape. The Doily was attached to the card topper and the heart, roses, the word LOVE and the heart clip was attached in their positions. Another project finished!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by............ I had so much fun doing these projects, I hope you had fun looking at them.

Creative thinking is more than just coming 
up with new ideas. It is about living life in 
a way that is open, authentic and curious. 
It is a mindset and approach to everything 
we do.
Cyndi Burnett



Till next time........
Lee

Monday, January 21, 2013

Brotherly Love!!

Hello Friends,

I hope everybody is having a great week so far.

Here in our treehouse all is well. The new school year at the new school started with a bang. The kids seem to be having fun at the moment and all report backs have been positive for now - this is a great weight off my shoulders.

Me I am having fun, because they walk to school. A complete novelty in their lives. Every morning after they leave I make a cup of coffee, giggle for a bit and start with my day. It is amazing how much more you can pack in day if the whole school trip is taken out of the equation. So after covering books, sorting the stationery, shortening the skirts, and lengthening the pants (why is this always necessary, I HATE hems!!!) I finally got some time to scrap!!!!!!!

A friend of mine gave me some Kaisecraft Periwinkle paper as a gift, and said I had to make a friendship page....... I think she meant of me and her, but when I saw this photograph of my husband and his brother it just begged to be used with this paper.


 O brother, just look at those faces!!

This is the first time that I am using a sketch to make a layout and I am still wondering if this was easier than usual or not.......

This is my take on the July 2012 sketch at My Creative Sketches.



I was also inspired by a layout done by Gabrielle Pollacco, and she has done an awesome tutorial on the paper flowers I have used on my layout that you can find here.




And for a closer look at the details:


This is the flower,  I like these flowers - a lot. They are fast to make and easy to assemble. For the stamens in the centre I used a belt - one of those leather string affairs that I will never in my life wear. I got it with a shirt or something long ago and have kept it because there must be a use for it somewhere, and I finally found it!!!!!



For the title I used some chipboard letters out of my stash, covered them with some paper, chalked them and them used some Crackle accents on them. After the Crackle accents was dry I used my finger to work some brown chalk into the cracks.


The flourishes are from Enmarc. They were chalked and then covered with Crackle accents, once they were dry I worked some brown chalk into the cracks with my finger. They were then cut up and used with the flowers.

One of my new year resolutions is to try and make cards from the leftover paper once a layout is complete. Ok so the year is still young and I managed to make six cards with the leftover paper.....

Card1

Card 2

Card 3


Card 4

Card 5

Card 6
There will now be cards on hand for special occasions, or bundled together and tied with a bow as a gift.

Thank you for stopping by today. Hope you had fun, and gathered a little bit of inspiration.....


 Till next time........

Lee

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Charming Smile

Hi there friends,


I am finally committed to my blog. It was created two years ago and then.......... nothing. So here I am writing down what I am basically saying to myself, sounds rather crazy to me, but here we go.....

Firstly here is my "tree house" we live in.  It is built rather high up on the plot, and it has a complete natural garden!! The only way to get to the house is stairs, stairs.....oh yes and did I mention stairs?


Then there is the view!! This is what I look at while scrapping, laying in bed, eating, and cooking. Needless to say stuff happens rather slowly cause I catch myself often just staring out of the windows, lost in thought.



Right so now to the layout.........

There is nothing like a relocation to force one to clean out and organize all your scrap stuff. These photos of my eldest son was found in a folder as a unfinished project. They were taken at a beach excursion about two years ago.

I am sure that I had pretty patterned paper once,  to go with the photos......... but not anymore!  Living where I am there is no hopping off to the nearest scrap-booking shop in search of paper......... closest shop is 160km away. So here I am being forced to climb out of my comfort zone and create the paper I would need for the layout.......... and this is what I made..............


The background paper was made with white AC card stock, gesso, some sprays (no brand names, as I mixed them until I had the colours I wanted) gauze, Kaizercraft bubble wrap stamp, distress inks and distress stains, as well as some distress crackle paint.



Close-ups showing the effect of the distress crackle paint.....


The heading was done with Tim Holtz (sigh) goodies.. Grunge board blocks and letters, painted with a black acrylic paint dabber, sanded and then inked with vintage photo distress ink to get that old look.... The word "Charming is an old rub-off from Scrapbook-king that I had in my stash since forever!!

For the embellishments I used Enmarc Crafts chipboard gears, and sprayed some of them with Enmarc Dazzles as well as some distress stain. They were then covered in glossy accents or glossy accent crackle. The big gear I treated the same as the heading, and just put some glossy accents on it.


I made three circles with some of my left-over string and sprayed them with Enmarc Dazzles, and added them to the layout.  I used some of the string to add another layer behind the embelishments as well as a piece of Tim Holtz Photo strip ribbon. The word "authentic" is part of the Scrapbook king rub-off I used. A Tim Holtz philosophy tag as well as a Tim Holtz trinket pin was added as a final touch.....



These little tabs was made by using all the spray inks that was left on my craft sheet. I used a Tim Holtz tag and just dragged it through the spray leftovers. Thereafter I embossed it with Couture creations embossing folder:  World fair collection: Timepiece. Lightly inked it with distress ink, cut it up and then added it to the layout.

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my layout. I hope I have inspired you to get out those crafty things and BE CREATIVE......its so good for the soul!!


Till next time,
Lee