Saturday, June 30, 2012

July sketch for Scrap Friends

Hi Everyone,

It's July and winter is well and truly here.  With all the rain around last week I was certainly happy to snuggle up in my craft room until the wee hours and create.  If you are looking for some inspiration the July sketch challenge is now up at Scrap Friends :)  The winner gets a Scrap Friends voucher!

Here is the sketch - just love the details:


and here is my take.  It features my sister and I.   We don't have very many photos at all together so on Mother's Day this year I made sure Chris took some... we look alike don't we!!

Close ups first with all the pretty details:




and the full layout... 


I thought I'd also share a step by step for this layout - I'm going to do more of these for you all. The photos are a bit dark and I'm not that happy with them as they were taken quite late at night - which is when I normally do my scrapping!!  Happy days though, I have just purchased a super dooper light tent!!!  So I can take photos any time of the day or night with more consistent and better results Wooo Hooo!!  Will share more as soon as I can! With this in mind, please note:  The colour in the first shots and close ups is much truer to the layout as I have taken these during the day when there was lots of natural light.


Step One:  Apply a nice thick layer of Gesso mixed with Impasto medium - I love the dimension this adds.


Step Two:  Add some paper layers - I've gone with more of a square shape rather than rectangle as the sketch had square photos.


Step Three:  Add in photos and more paper layers - some fussy cut flowers too.  I've mixed up the sketch a little by switching 2 smaller photos for the one at the top.  I wanted to include both of these happy snaps - my sister and I were messing around which is quite normal for us!


Step Four:  Add all the bits and pieces.. Tags, flowers, brads and butterflies.  I added my title and journalling last.

Hope you enjoy seeing how I put my page together and well done for getting this far!!
Gwen



Saturday, June 23, 2012

Star Dad

Hello, Hello, Happy day to you!

A Purple Pumpkin share for you today, using one of my most fav colour combos Navy, White and Red, I just love using this combo on boy layouts... I even love it when Chris wears Red and Navy, it so suits him!

Close ups first... yummy Purple pumpkin, flower, button topper and spotty buttons...


A heart button and lollipop flower too....

I sprayed the paper with water then scrunched the top layer of paper up and "shoved" a spotty button underneath, teamed it with a funky brad and a hand cut star from the pattern paper to create this cute cluster.  I've been doing this a bit lately, it makes the layouts more dimensional which is a bit of problem with storage, but I really love the look so I'm rolling with it!!

and the full layout... Super happy because I even took the photo for this one on a recent trip to Mt Tambourine - it is so nice now that Caitlin is a little older and can actually go for a Rainforest walk.  She is pretty good until the walk back up the hill!!  


and while I had the red and white out, I whipped up this card too....  I have centred a heart button on top of a washi tape flower I made - I've been doing these a bit too lately, they turn out pretty funky!  Sentiment is a SRM sticker layered ontop of some wide gross-grain ribbon and I made an effort to use one of my embossing folders too!



thanks for popping by today and sharing the love!

Gwen

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Step by Step for Scrap Friends - June

Hi there

Quick share today of a layout and step by step I have done for Scrap Friends which shares some tips on how I use sketches and shows you how I put my pages together.  Pop over to the blog to check it out!  You can also see all the bits and pieces I've used and get them on-line; lots of yummy new Bo Bunny :)






and while I had the left overs on my scrap desk, I whipped up this cute little card.


Ribbon is Scallop Edge Organza with Grossgrain over the top - I think my current fav, I'm putting it on everything right now!!
Sentiment is not a stamp but Collections greetings and Nicole has a stack of Collections stuff in store, these are so quick and easy to use, and fool proof, hence why I like them hehe!

and lucky last a quick layout I did for a little challenge a group some scrappy buddies made up... thank you Miss Annette!  Criteria was "White, with green and pink plus a touch of black"

I have used some delicious Manor House flowers *sigh* love these, and heaps of pretties from Craft Queen.

Only a couple of close ups for this one:


Paper is "Pretty Party" by Crate Paper... so so sweet.  I got a huge kit of it from Scrapbook Savy, and have been itching to have a play.


It was so much fun to do a challenge "just because"; it has been a while.

Hope you are all having a FAB day and get some time to create - I have a late night planned :)

thanks
Gwen




Friday, June 15, 2012

Yummy Scrap Colour Pallet #2 at Scrap Friends

Hello again,

Here today to share a yummy treat - Scrap Friends 2nd Colour Pallet challenge. 


and here is my take.... Love love love this combo.  So bright and fun!

Lots of details to show you first:





and the full layout:

Be sure to pop over to the blog and check it out.  The prize packs are FAB!!

Gwen

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Girly Girl


Happy Friday Everyone!! Woot Woot, My most fav day of the week.

A couple of quick projects to share featuring yummy Purple Pumpkin...


I have "roughed up" my denim and pink flower and added Gesso then switched up the centre button for a spotty button.  I've added some twine and 2 more 1" buttons to round out the cluster.

These heart buttons are so cute, this one I have simply added to the centre of a butterfly to create a feature.

and the full layout, no sun glasses required :)


I also added a cute Purple Pumpkin resin flower to the centre of the 2nd butterfly and the brightest doilies I could find in my stash - these ones are Craft Queen.  I think this has to be the brightest layout I've ever done!!

I also have a quick card to share I created for a dear friend... 



Now those are more my colours!! :)

Gwen


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Scrapbook Convention Haul

Well hello there,

Today I am feeling EXHAUSTED, but very Happy :)  My feet are aching but it was so so worth it.

Yesterday was the Brissy Scrapbook Papercraft Convention and I had the best day.  Highlights were: the Manor House stand, meeting Nerrida and Karen Shady,  finally meeting Kim Ewins and Liz Weber who are on the Craft Queen DT with me, oh yeah, and the Craft Queen stand - best in show!!  So, great to see Nicole again too.  I also met a dear blogger friend Lizzy for the first time, she has been following my blog forever :) also saw another dear scrappy friend Cindy and so great to also meet Stacey Apps who is on the Purple Pumpkin DT with me.  I also had chat and shop with Tracy from My2Angels and I did a fab class with the lovely Sonia Thomason using new and very yummy scrapmatts and yes, I did also see Tim - twice.

Low lights, the line for the ladies (surprise, surprise) and paying $6 for a Egg and lettuce sandwich for lunch oh yeah and the $21 car park charge! but all in all a FAB day!!

and here is the list of the haul, turns out I did a bit of shopping too!
Tim Holtz ink pads:  I found a place that had these for $5 each :)

Victorian Velvet
Tattered Rose
Spun Sugar
Worn Lipstick
Brushed Corduroy
Frayed Burlap
Walnut stain
 
4 new glimmer mists:  Love digging through the boxes of these
Tattered Leather
Spring Violet
Creme de Chocolat
Pomegranate
 
2 Huey's mists
White
Pretty Pink
 
3 new stickels - Cotton Candy, Platinum and Pink
4 new embossing folders for my big shot
 
Pink Paislee - Parisian Anthology broch brads - these are divine
2 paks of MME brads, Miss Caroline - "celebrate" and "cute"
Some trinkets from My2Angels including some cute little butterfly charms and tiles
 
Heaps of Scrapmatts - also did their class with Sonia Thomason
A couple of Twiddleybitz - just some leaves and a scroll
 
Couture collections flowers x 2 paks white and brown
A stack (and I mean a stack) of Manor House flowers  
 
A stack from Craft Queen including:
3 paper pads - Simple Stories Summer Fresh, Simple Stories Fabulous and MME Miss Caroline
2 new crafters workshop templates
Paper flowers
Roll of Jute - yum!
Some very pretty vintage ribbons
October Afternoon Mini Market Stickers
These really pretty pearl things, not sure what to call them, going to use them as flower centres - got these in 2 sizes
4 washi tapes
 
and a clip it up... which I spent some time last night setting up with all my flowers.

Gwen
 
 
 

Friday, June 8, 2012

My Everything


Hi Everyone, 

A rare layout of my hubby to share today.  He is usually the one behind the camera so when we recently went on a mountain walk and I made a special effort to grab the camera and get a shot of him. 

Close ups first...





Ohhh so happy with the background on this layout... I'm not sure if you can see the stickers there under the Gesso - in the photo above they say "love" and "family".  
I've had these FOREVER, (like 9 years) and am really trying hard to use up some older stuff and I came up with the idea to stick them down in patches and then Gesso over, and I really like how they turned out. There are some more in the top right hand side cluster as well.

The felt flowers are super old as well, that's 2 new things I can buy at the show!!


and I've been doing this a bit of late - just shoving some twine or ribbon under the photo or paper layer.  Adds another layer and some dimension.

The full layout.. doesn't he look handsome :)


Thanks for visiting and for your comments, they are very much appreciated - I do keep my eyes out for them!!
Gwen

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Collections Boutique is at Craft Queen

Happy hump day everyone!

Here today to share a layout I created for Craft Queen using the delicious Collections Boutique papers... ohh my these are divine!!

Lots of dimension and paper layers... surprise, surprise...


and the full layout - super happy with the colours

All products for this layout are available from the Craft Queen store...oh yeah, and if you are headed to the Craft Show in Brisbane you can see this IRL!!

Material list:


I have also used Gesso on the chipboard and Satin Seam binding and Glimmer mist on the background.  I really had fun with this one!

Gwen

Friday, June 1, 2012

June sketch for Scrap Friends

Hi there eveyone,

I love how busy the start of the month is with all the new challenges, they are always keeping me inspired!   I am getting super excited as we are only a handfull of sleeps away from the June craft show in Brisbane!!! YEAH!!!

Very excited to share with you the new sketch for Scrap Friends, which is up on the blog now.


For my take, I have flipped it totally upside down.  I loved the idea of having my title on the bottom part of the page and all my embellies coming from the base of my photos.  I have also adjusted it to fit 2 photos, but keeping with the sketch put some pattern paper in place of the 3rd photo.

Close ups - so many yummy goodies here, all available at Scrap Friends.




and the full shot... I just love the colours in this and the back and white photo combo.


Pop on over to the blog and say Hi, check out the other DT inspiration and why not give it a go :)

Gwen