Monday, January 28, 2013

Scrap Friends Sketch Challenge #9

Well hello everyone, it's been a while hasn't it!!

We have been away on holidays and have returned just in time for the first day of school which was scheduled for tomorrow however with this terrible weather the school has closed and we plan to go back on Wednesday, so yet another day off for me.  I don't mind so much, it is just Caitlin who seems forever bored!!

I have had some time over the rainy weekend to scrap - yeahh!! and I thought I would have a go at the current Scrap Friends sketch, my first as an entrant since my DT term finished :)  I found this one a little tricky with all the zig zags down the bottom there!


Here is my take:  I have created the zig zags with some kraft paper cut into strips and then washi tape added.  I then sewed in place and roughed up the edges.  I have also used some Satin seam binding to create the other row of zig zags and some twine all available from Craft Queen.



Paper is Crate paper and Authentic ohh yes and one sheet of Prima.   Flowers are Manor House, Prima and a couple of "odd bods" LOL - trying to use up some of my stash of older bits and bobs.


You may notice that I have actually mounted my photo on top of a larger one...I have seen a lot of girls do something similar to this - especially with the white edges on their photos, I thought I'd give it a little whirl.  I also used some vellum, yeah, vellum I had from years ago, I heard it's making a come back -  not sure how I feel about that but I like how it turned out here :) and yes, that's my sister, can you tell???

My thoughts and prayers are with all the families affected by the terrible weather in Qld and NSW - Stay safe everyone!!

Gwen


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Craft Queen Kaiser feature

Hello again,

Me and Kaisercraft go way back... I got my first Scrapbooking gig at a Kaisercraft Warehouse store where I did some samples and taught a few make and takes...I love their lines so when Nicole sent me some new Kaiser to play with I couldn't be happier... and this is what I came up with...



Look at that georg, oh yes georg (that's for you Drew!!) Satin Seam binding and rosette ribbon - HEAPS of colors in stock at Craft Queen.  LOVE the wood embellishments too!


Pretty flower centers, Kaiser die cuts and my new favorite Prima mask.


All materials available through Craft queen, all you will need is some "Latte" card stock  :)

Gwen



Monday, January 7, 2013

Orange Paperie January Challenge

Hi everyone,

One of my many new years resolutions was to participate in more challenges this year.  Last year I did very few due to my DT commitments and this year with a lighter load I am really hoping to free up some time to join in a challenge or two!!  I love all the girls over at OP&C so I thought why not make my first challenge their January one which is "New Beginnings".

For my project I wanted to do a photo of me (because I don't do enough of these) and I wanted to move away from my "in the pocket" style and branch out a bit... When I have a lot of deadlines and I'm scrapping a layout a day I tend to go with just what works, rather than trying new things, exploring techniques etc and for this layout I deliberately didn't want to do that.  I took a different approach and I built this one from the photo downwards, when normally I start with my background and work up from there.  I pulled back on the flower layers too which was super hard I must say - there is still 7 though LOL!

The top pull out journalling card starts with the text.. "A lesson learned:" and I have some hidden journalling there... basically reminding myself to stop, take a breath and enjoy the little things...a real focus for my 2013.  I am letting go of all the "stuff" that goes with a busy life.  If you read my blog you will know my mum is going through Breast Cancer treatment and it's a reminder that life is fragile, short and should not be taken for granted. She finished her treatment on the 7th Jan which was also Caitlin's birthday.  (Strange but true she started her treatment on my birthday 5th October last year - Crazy hey!) So.. 2013 is her new beginning and I want to take something positive out of her getting sick and for me, that's a wake up call to focus on the important stuff, not the being busy stuff because tomorrow is not guaranteed for any of us.

So, I'm not sure it totally fits with the "New Beginnings" theme and I didn't mean to get all serious and "deep" on your all - which was why the journalling was hidden, but I did didn't I LOL

Anyways, here is my take:



Oh, yes, forgot to mention since this photo I have decided that it needs some stitching around the hexagon shapes in the background which I did :)


Flowers are a mixture of Manor House, Prima and A LIL Somethin.


Until next time
Gwen



Sunday, January 6, 2013

Craft Queen Rainbow cards

Hi there,

How is everyone's weekend going?  Mine has been mixed actually, shopping and chores today and I finally took the time to take my Christmas tree down.  It is Caitlin's birthday on Monday and I ALWAYS make sure it is down before that to keep her birthday and Christmas as separate as possible!  Then time for some creating for me which is always fun :)

I'm here today to share what I like to call "Rainbow Cards" which I have created for Craft Queen.  These are a great way to use up scraps of paper and since I store my scraps by colour it's a fast way to
co-ordinate a card - just open the "pink" draw and choose a couple of scraps - layer them up, add a ribbon and you are done :)






  



I have kept the design similar for each and just mixed up the colours, layers, ribbon and embellishments; all available in the Craft Queen store.  Be sure to pop over there and check out the blog, there is a giveaway happening!!

Gwen












Scrap Friends Step X Step


Well, I may have technically finished my term over at Scrap Friends but I do still have a couple of tutorials left to post and this is one!



A layout I created of me and my Mum!  Step x Step is over on the Scrap Friends blog now :)  Create the background using a mask, mists and water Colour pencils.

Gwen





Saturday, January 5, 2013

Manor House DT Spotlight

Hi there everyone,

This month Manor House will be featuring each of its design team members and I was lucky #1 :)  Be sure to keep checking on the blog, the MH girls are amazing!!   Here are my creations for the month:




Yes, this years Santa photo because if I don't do it in December or January it just won't get done!  I have 6 now and everyone of them is taken at the same shopping centre with the same Santa and the same backdrop... I love this about them and its amazing to see Caitlin growing up before my eyes.



Just for fun - a card.. SRM sticker sentiment... love these.


Me, and in my swimmers, brave aren't I!!  Taken on Day Dream Island a few years ago.






and lucky last Caitlin at the Prep Ball dress up party "Once Upon A Time" ... with her two amazing teachers... She went as Rapunzel and I'm there in the background dressed as Glinda the good witch from the Wizard of Oz!!




Lots more to share with you over the coming days - I have been busy!
Thanks for popping by today.
Gwen