Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Lets Get Sketchy

Hello all, its time the mid month challenge at Lets Get Sketchy!

Here is my DT layout for the August 15th challenge...

And here is the sketch and mood board for this months challenge... for the girls!....

my layout was inspired the pinks, blues, white and touch of green and the balloons.

Here are some close ups....

This photos shows the flower die I used, unfortunately I don't know the brand. I layered it up and then kept it in place with a brad. I have used lots of colourful paper layers using the My Minds Eye papers under my photo matching the colours from the background Prima paper. 

The opposite corner has another layered die  flower with  brad making a cluster with the pink sprig and leafy die cut set on the doily background.

I used a Prima stencil in the background with the distress grit. the red Magnolia flowers add the 'pop' factor to the clusters.

The wood word is simply painted with gesso. On the background I used splats of mist.

I adore this photo, such cuteness! My DD all sleepy on my lap cuddling up with one of my besties Jack Russell dogs who also wanted cuddles. 
 This is one of the few photos that also contains 'pinky' bunny, Holly's faithful bedtime cuddly toy whom has been there since day one and still is! And looking still slightly pink unlike the grey version he is now!

Products used on this layout:

* Prima Marketing: Devine: Couplet
* My Minds Eye: Collectable: memorable "journey"
* My Minds Eye: unforgettable: "today"
* Lace 
* Dovecraft: doily
* Freckled Fawn: Wood Words
* Gesso
* Tattered Angels: Glimmer Mist: Crème de Rouge
* Tim Holtz: Distress Grit Paste
* Prima Stencil
* Magnolia Flowers: red paper flowers
* Annamarie Designs: Flower sprigs pink
* My Minds Eye: Brads
* Flower and Leaf dies

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Ginny :)

***CSI - Color Stories Inspiration #236***

It's time for the 2nd case file of August!

Here is Case file #236!

And here is my interpretation of the case file....

I used all five colours from the scheme.

Evidence used:

* stripes, polka dots - loosely interpreted with the river stones stencil and the postmark stripes on BG Paper
* wet medium - texture paste with the stencil
* nautical elements - die cuts of crabs, seahorses, lighthouses
* fish birds animals - seahorses, crabs, fish on BG paper
* scallops, wave shape - die cut of waves, scallop beige ribbon, edge to white lace die cut
* twine , jute, string - burlap strip, burlap decorative twine ribbon

Testimony used:

* Document an adventure

Now for some of the little details.....

The die cuts, including the seahorses, anchor, crabs and lighthouses, I dabbed with clear rock candy crackle paint to add some texture and substance to the otherwise flat paper shape.

I love this natural moss and I use it in nearly every 'seaside' themed layout. It does look like seaweed!
Here you can see the 'wave' die on the bottom of the photo and the text where I have incorporated the 'red' from the colour scheme.

The burlap decorative twine ribbon is slotted behind the lighthouse with a pale blue 'ribbon' die. 
My background paper edges and the papers used in the layers were all distressed.

I used a couple of dies under my paper layers, one a white lace die from Sue Wilson, this had the scallop edge to it and then the bubbles die in the blue colour, I thought the bubbles worked quite well in a 'water' theme. The chipboard I simply painted with the picket fence crackle paint and then went over in place with the frayed burlap crackle paint to blend them with my papers and photo.

Here you can see the burlap strip with frayed edges and the beige scalloped ribbon with the strips from the postmark on the background paper.

I love this 'river stone' stencil from Dusty Attic and used it here coming out from under my layers mimicking the rocks and pebbles that were all around us on the beach.

This was our adventure, taking the nets down to the rock pools and seashore in Pembrokeshire. The kids were so excited to try and catch something, anything, even seaweed was a major find in the mind of a couple of trepid explorers!

Products used on this layout:

* Prima Marketing: French Riviera 12x12 pad and sticker sheet
* Bazzil cardstock: Almond Cream
* Tim Holtz: Distress Crackle Paint: Rock Candy
                                                            : Frayed Burlap
                                                          : Picket Fence
* Finnabair: White Crackle Texture Paste
* Dusty Attic: Stencil: River Stones DA17823
* Dusty Attic: Chipboard: Doodads #7 DA74045
* Prima Marketing Flowers: Seashore #574949
* AnnaMarie designs: Natural Moss
* Burlap Strip
* Burlap decorative twine ribbon
* Scalloped Ribbon beige
* Selection of nautical themed dies.

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Ginny  :)

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

***Lets Get Sketchy Aug 1st Challenge***

It's August! 
Another month gone and summer is in full swing, my children are now on their summer holidays from school. I have been thinking of all sorts of crafty things I can do with my daughter who loves crafty activities, not so my son!

It's  now time for the August 1st challenge at Let's Get Sketchy! This challenge not only has a sketch but we have a mood board too and a masculine theme going on with it!

Here is my layout.....

And here is the sketch and mood board....

I was inspired with the bright blues, greens and red from the mood board.

My patterned papers are a mix between to different paper lines.
I have user Kaisercraft Class Act and BoBunny Welcome Home paper collections.

I added the polaroid and stars die cuts as my main feature points.

And brads and jump rings as smaller details. All my paper edges have been inked with distress ink. 

On my background I splattered with some mists.

My title is created from some wood scrabble tiles.

The photo is mounted on some red PP from the Class Act collection and my journaling card is just slotted underneath this layer.

I used a stapler to fix all my layers together which also adds more detail and great for a masculine page. I also used eyelets in the corners of the layout and little wood pegs on the photos. 

Products used on this layout

BoBunny: Welcome Home: Dreams
BoBunny: Welcome Home: Front Door
BoBunny: Welcome Home: Key
Kaisercraft: Class Act: Red Paper.
Cosmic Shimmer: Mist: Red Firefly
Cosmic Shimmer: Mist: Blue Lime
Tim Holtz: Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Sissix Thinlets: Star Die
Twine: red
Polaroid Die
Simple Stories: Awesome Me! paper- the stars
The Works: Scrabble tiles
Teresa Collins: Memorabilia Brads
Jump rings

Thank you for stopping by today to see my layout, don't forget to stop by the Lets Get Sketchy blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with! Follow the link below...

Ginny  :)

Current Design Team

***CSI - Case File 235***

Its time for another case file here at CSI - Color Stories Inspiration!

It the start of the month so we have a major case file with a sketch for your interpretation as well.

Here is how I solved the case file....

Here is the case file with

the sketch....

I used all the colours from the scheme.

My Evidence used was:

* Solid white background
* polka dots - mist dots
* flowers
* wet medium - texture paste

My testimony used was:  

* Topic: girlfriends

I have used Maja Design papers on this layout with the white cardstock background.
To get a fresh modern feel to the layout I have drawn black free hand lines around the edges of some of the paper layers. 

I used Distress Grit paste as my wet medium with a floral swirl stencil.

This very pretty ribbon was the perfect colouring for this colour scheme. Just tied in a bow and glued to the layout.

I wanted to use some stamped verses on this layout. I  stamped with Black Soot distress Ink.

I used staples to keep my torn paper layers together and metal brads to keep my photo layers together.

The topic was 'girlfrreinds' so my layout  has me with all my besties on it!  

Products used on this layout....

Bazzill: Cardstock white
Maja Design: Vintage Spring Basics: 10th of April
Maja Design: Vintage Summer Basics: 1943
Tim Holtz: Distress Grit Paste
Pigma Micron Pen: Archival Ink Black
Prima Color Bloom mist: Iris
Sheena Douglas Stamp
Inkylicious Stamp
Tim Holtz: Distress Ink: Black Soot
Wild Orchid Crafts: Sweetheart Blossoms: Ivory and Mixed Pastels
Pearls: white
Prima flowers: Seashore #574949
Metal Brads.

I look forward to seeing your entries for this challenge. Don't forget you could be in with a chance of winning a prize from one of our fabulous sponsors this month!

Also pop over to the CSI blog to see what the other DT members came up with!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today

Ginny  :)

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Lets Get Sketchy July 15th Sketch Challenge


It's time for the mid month sketch challenge at Let's Get Sketchy!

This challenge will remain open until the end of July, so get your mojo on and come and join in with us with this super sketch!

Here's my layout inspired by the sketch


And here's the sketch

I used one piece of 12x12 patterned paper from Authentique for this layout, cut down by 1cm on TWO sides so that when I stuck it centrally onto my cardstock mat, the cardstock showed around the edge of the patterned paper. I used my Perfect Tears Tools to create the perfect tear lines in the paper first and then the two middle strips I had torn off I simply turned them over and used the other side of the paper to create the design. Before sticking these torn papers onto a piece of 12x12 cardstock though I did a couple of other things......

My buttons I have actually sown onto the patterned paper with pink and white cotton.
And the bottom strip of over turned paper ( chequered) I paper pierced so I could sew my bakers twine through the paper as these photos show you....

Pierce through the paper carefully with a pokey tool.
Tie a knot in the end of the bakers twine when threaded on a needle and sew away!

Until it looks like this! Then stick all the pieces of patterned paper onto the cardstock background.

Here are the sown on buttons!

Now for a few photos of the finished layout.

I have used Martha Stewart moulds to make some white paper clay flowers. These were finished doff with some Liquid Pearl in the centres, and mixed in with some Prima flowers and a Apple Blossom flower from Wild Orchid Crafts.

The Wycinanka Allium flowers I left bare and just added Liquid Pearls to the dotty ends.

I inked the edges of the embellished papers on the brads with the Rose Bud Chalk ink.

I also used paper clay leaves and pushed them under my matted photo which was lifted up with foam pads to slot my embellishments underneath.

I added a ribbon between the photo and its mat before sticking and knotted the ends. It is placed so it follows the movement of the ribbon on DD pretty dress. I love this sweet photo to of her giving Merlin a big loving hug too!

Here are the products used on this layout:

Authentique: Fabulous: Fabulous Five
Bazzil Cardstock: Blossom
Bazzil Cardstock: Tutu Pink
Kaisercraft: Tiny Alpha Stickers: Cotton Candy
Kaisercraft: Alpha Stickers sheet: Ivory
Wycinanka: Laser cuts: Allium
Wild Orchid Flowers:
Prima Marketing: Flowers: Wild & Free: #594701
Prima Marketing: Chalk Ink Pad: Rose Bud
Liquid Pearls: Petal Pink
Bakers Twine: pink
Tim Holtz: Distress Grit Paste
Prima Marketing: Stencil: Doily
My Minds Eye: Miss Caroline: Embellished Brads
Martha Stewart: Moulds & White Paper Clay

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, don't forget to come and join in with us with this sketch challenge this month!


Ginny  :)