Wednesday, February 27, 2013

March Ribbon Club and Orange Paperie Feb Challenge

Good evening to your all...

As promised, I am back to share a couple more things with you...

First up some sneaks of the March Ribbon Club from Craft Queen... a really sweet combo of brights and Easter themed ribbons... pop over to the store 1st March and grab yours!




and next is my creation for Orange Paperie March challenge... It was a sketch challenge but I needed to also include a button or bling so I went with buttons...

This is the sketch...

and this is my take... love the love hearts!


This is all the girls in my immediate family from Left to Right - Caitlin, Me, my sister Di and then Mum :) Taken on Mother's Day last year.

Sorry, in my haste to get this up I forgot to do some close ups!!  Had a play with the background using Prima masks, mists and some distress ink too... ohh and my Mr Hueys in white which does not spray since the day I got it so I used it as splatters and also painted it on with a brush.

Glad to be back in blog land and to see you missed me... awwww

Hugs to one and all
Gwen









Monday, February 25, 2013

Ok, so it's been a while....

Happy Monday evening to you all!!  Well, I can't believe it's been almost a month since I posted...eeeep!!!  Unfortunately, I don't really even have an excuse, not a good one anyway, except that I've been struggling a bit getting into a new routine with Caitlin's school and work, and fitting in her Ballet and homework and swimming and you know, all that every day life stuff!! So, my lil old computer and blog is being neglected and so too are your blogs I'm afraid - I am ever so sorry I have not popped by to see all your beautiful creations and leave some love!!!  I have however still found time to create though, I don't think I could get through a day without some form of scrapping getting done, and today I have heaps to share!!

First up some Manor House creations...




A friend of mine lost there beloved pet a few months back and it was a tough reminder that they are not with us forever, and inspired me to scrap a long overdue page of my "boy" :)





I fell in love with this paper as soon as I saw it and the colours inspired this creation.  Also had a play with some gesso and glimmer on the Rue flowers and very happy with the colour match!  The cute lil doilies are from Typo - love that place!

Next up some cards created for a Valentines day feature... using Crate paper, addicted right now, this is an older line though, still delicious...





Now, I know all you purists out there will say, how on earth are you going to post that?? ..and I say, I'm not going too, a card as special as this one gets hand delivered :)


Same as this one :)

I also am super excited about this layout created for Craft Queen using the new Kaisercraft range "Lu Lu & Roy"- the absolute perfect colours for my photo - and a dear photo of Nanna Wruck and Caitlin having a special chat - what about I'll never know (secret Nanna/Granddaughter business I suspect)...


You can see this one at the Melbourne Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo - at the Craft Queen stand as well as some of my other creations.

Lots of Craft Queen goodies on this layout, twine, crochet flowers, Prima, Satin Seam Binding, mini roses... all available in store at Craft Queen.

Phew!! and that's it (for now) I have also done this months challenge over at Orange Paperie which I will need to share before the end of the month :)  So, I will be back soon!

Hope you are all safe and well and feeling inspired!
Gwen












Sunday, February 3, 2013

Scrap Friends - My First Layout

Well hello everyone,

So sorry I have not been around too much - between organising the start of the school year and a trip to Fiji, time has been very short for me... I promise I will be popping by your blogs and leaving some love very soon!!

Today I'm here to share my um... well, one of my very first layouts.  I began scrapping around 10 years ago now and a lot has changed over that time, but you know what, the more I look the more I see that has stayed the same.

What's changed...

1.  My layouts are much more dimensional - this one is as flat as a tack!
2.  I don't use pre-printed titles that often or those pinking scissors!!
3.  I no longer use paper from Big W or K Mart - and usually have a card stock base or thick pattern paper so my page has some strength to it when loaded with embellies.
3.  I have learned since this layout that just because there is blue in the photo doesn't mean every colour on the layout should be a shade of blue LOL  I would definitely say I'm a lot more adventurous now with colour.


What has stayed the same...

1.  I still do 12 x 12 single layouts - I did go through a "phase" of doubles so that both sides of my album matched, but that did not last too long.

2.  I still scrap with single photos mostly preferring to print them larger rather than smaller.  Photo size of choice is 5x7.

3.  The design is still very similar to a lot of my designs now, linear and embellishments in groupings around the page... see the "flower cluster" in the bottom left corner :)

4.  I still love flowers - don't think that will ever change.

5.  and I still love layers... and a matted photo.

and proof you should never throw out any part of your stash; the last layout I did have vellum on it, and so does this one - although I have learned how better to stick it down without showing the glue!!

So, here it is...


That is me in the picture - on a trip to New Zealand many years ago.

It's been fun looking back - and seeing how much I've changed AND how much I've stayed the same.

Gwen