Saturday, 28 May 2016

Case File 201 for csi-color stories inspiration

Hello all,

Today I have got my DT layout for CSI color stories inspiration Case File 201.

Here's a peek at the case file.

My clue I used from the testimony list for this layout was

* document something about your pet

My story/ journaling tells how after my youngest, Holly, started school and I was left alone at home on my own, my husband let me go and see some Labradoodle puppies I had seen advertised and let me have one! On thinking about this at a later date the realization was that my Husband thought a puppy preferable to baby number 3!

My Evidence used was

* animals
* trees, flowers
* clouds
* diamonds, triangles   -  stencilling and stamping
* stripes  -  on the brad
* architectural element  -  the chipboard window frame
* transparent stuff  -  the tree branches on the transparent overlay
* frame  -  on the transparent overlay on the journaling

I layered the mint cardstock onto the brown cardstock with a 1cm border. The patterned paper was heavily distressed to show the mint card underneath, randomly  punched in places around the edge, inked and layered on top of the mint cardstock. Where there was heavy distressing I poked cheesecloth underneath.

For my background I mixed some coloured paint in with my texture paste to match the colour in the case file. I then used this through a Crafter Workshop stencil, Mini Harlequin. I stamped randomly with the Kaisercraft Triangle stamp in Walnut Stain.
I stamped the branch from the Card-io stamp set with a Gathered Twig distress pen and the flower from the same set with the Abandoned Coral distress pen.

The Dusty Attic window frame chipboard I embossed with white embossing powder.
The leaves in my clusters where actually attached to a ribbon but I snipped the threads to free the leaves and used them separately.

The branches are a transparency overlay. My journaling I wrote on a piece of card cut to fit the frame of the overlay which was placed over the top of the journaling. The cute little clouds are a die which my Mum has and she cut a few cut for me! They are inked with Walnut Stain distress ink.

Product list:

Coredinations cardstock mint blue/green
Dovecraft cardstock brown
Patterned paper
Kaisercraft stamp - triangles
Kaisercraft transparent elements
Card-io Magestix stamps - Oriental Blossom
Prima Flowers
Die - Clouds
My Minds Eye Brads
Martha Stewart Pansy Border punch
Distress Marker pens - Gathered Twig & Abandoned Coral
Prima Color Bloom - Soft Teal
Distress Ink - Walnut Stain
Dusty Attic - Window frame
Stampendous Embossing powder detail White
Word Sticker - Prima Lifetime Journal spot stickers
Leaf & flower ribbon.

If you fancy a go at these Case File challenges, then pop over to the CSI forum and come and join us, you maybe our lucky winner!!

Thanks for popping by today, come back soon, 

Ginny  :)

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Round Robin at Swirlydoos

Happy Sunday!

Good evening, I hope you've all had a lovely Sunday, mine has been productive and Im happy with all the jobs I have got done today! I have even got 2 layouts done today!
This is the first one, my layout for Swirlydoos kit club Round Robin challenge for Team 2 Week 3.
I had the pleasure of following fellow Swirly girls Cheryl and Andie, to create my lift of their layouts.
Here it is,

This months Round Robin is all about Mother and daughters as its Mothers day in the USA this month. We then also had to try include bling, distressing, spring colours and loads of flowers! Also to use some of our beloved stashed Swirlydoos goodies!

This photo is me and my Mum Christmas 2013, when my Mum opened her Christmas pressie that I had made her - a Kaisercraft drawer set. She loved it! :)

So all my papers are from previous Swirlydoos kits, the background paper being a Kaisercraft paper,
In fact everything is from previous Swirly kits apart from the pink paper roses and the mixed media.

I used a Prima stencil and texture paste on the backround with Tattered Angels mist Creme de Rouge and Prima Color Bloom Glistening Waves,

I used a Martha Stewart punch for the decorative border.

My journaling is on the tag slipped behind the photo.

I used Liquid Pearls Petal Pink  on the Bobuny laser cut butterfly.

My Creative Embellishments chippies I covered with a Lindy's pink embossing powder and then highlighted with a Teal 3d paint.

My edges were very lightly distressed and then inked with Distress Ink Walnut Stain.

I found these pretty pearls set on wire in my stash and thought they were perfect for the bling.

Don't forget to stop by the Swirlydoos forum to find out more!

Thanks for stopping by,

Ginny  :)

Saturday, 21 May 2016

OTP project using an embroidery frame

 Hello all,

It's been a few days since I last blogged, we have been having trouble with our broadband and I haven't been able to get on here for a long enough length of time to do anything useful. Today it has been better so I have been rushing around the internet visiting my DT duties and my other favourite sites and now doing this post! Lets hope the broadband lasts long enough to finish this!

So today I wanted to show you this! It is part of my Swirlydoos monthly kit - Purple Haze kit.
We had an embroidery hoop in our kit and I decided to make an Altered art 'off the page' project with it, so it turns out a bit like a shadow box.

We had a Blue fern Studios chipboard decorative circle in the kit. After painting it with gesso I covered it with some texture paste through a stencil to give it some texture. When dry I also used versamark and stamped a script stamp in various places around the chippie and used embossing powder - heated it to add extra texture and a little bit of a resist to the next step - painting some well watered down micra paints to the barer parts left.  I glued this chippie to the front of the embroidery hoop. I backed the frame with one of the Blue fern Studios Serendipity papers, these are so beautiful!
Having added some Blue fern Studios flowers and some Petaloo flowers from the kit with the Prima Shabby Chic Treasure piece, a pearl swirl from my stash, the sparkly lime Dazzlers and used a Kaisercraft quote die cut card from a previous Swirlydoos kit, I decided it still needed more. I then added the banner behind the frame with the white organizer ribbon. With some cheesecloth pushed in here and there and the everything dabbed with gesso using my sponge adapter, I was pretty pleased with the result!

I inked the edges of my papers with Distress ink Milled Lavender and Walnut Stain.

Adding the banner behind the frame gave me another level to embellish and give the piece more depth.

The embroidery hoop I also painted with a coat of gesso before I started altering it.

The pearl swirl I cut up into pieces to make it go further and balance the piece out  by putting it in three places - the rule of three!

The ribbon runs the whole length of the frame and comes out at the bottom. Where I have placed the bow it actually supports the swirl of the BFS chippie that sticks out from the hoop. I backed the back of the frame and banner with a piece of card, covering the ribbon as well to secure everything, to make it stronger and neater.

This project I have created for Angelica's All That Flutters challenge over at Swirlydoos. My     fluttering element is obviously the butterflies on the papers.

Please visit the  Swirlydoos  blog and forums for more info on their monthly kits and to join in with our challenges. We have great fun and they are a great bunch of ladies!!

Thanks for dropping by today

Ginny  :)

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Swirlydoos sketch challenge for April

                 its the most beautiful Sunday morning here in Wales in the UK. I'm sat outside in the morning sun with the birds singing away, an aeroplane going overhead, a cup of tea, all is good except I've got to go to work in an hours time! Boo Hoo!
So a quick post before I shoot off, here is my interpretation of the Swirlydoos kit club April sketch challenge. Please visit the Swirlydoos forum to read more about all the challenges that go on there. Just click on the Swirlydoos link in purple above to go there!

And here is the sketch I followed.

For this challenge I used some Blue Fern Studio Deja Vu papers from a previous Swirlydoos kit club.
I did a little fussy cutting to get the sign on my page and cut out two floral strips to make into banners to add as well.
I added some Cosmic Shimmer Lilac Night mist onto the background, inked my edges with Distress Ink pad  Milled Lavender and the outer edge of the background paper with Distress Ink Dusty Concorde.
The name strip from the bottom of the paper I added as a feature across the page with some self adhesive lace ribbon from a previous Swirlydoos kit.
The flowers are a mixture. The big ones are both Prima, on the left a Tales of Me & You flower and the sandy one on the right is a Seashore flower. The other flowers came from Scrapberrys.
I added some BoBunny brads and pearls from a previous Swirlydoos kit. Two types of alphas and the grid effect paper from my stash. The swirls are cut with a die from the BFS papers. I  have to admit to not remembering the brand of die - sorry.  
The sign and photo are lifted up with cardboard to give some depth to the layout.
And the star in the photo....well that's my gorgeous Holly, always willing for a photo session and having Mummy playing with photo angles, like in this photo! This was one of our walks with the dog from back in March.

So now for some close ups to how things a bit better!

I hope you like this layout, please leave comments, its lovely to see who has been visiting!

Ginny   :)

Saturday, 7 May 2016

My first Design Team layout for CSI: color, stories, inspiration

Hi all,

  I'm so excited to be sharing my first design team layout for CSI: color, stories, inspiration with you!
It has been a big dream of mine to make it onto a design team and I'm so proud and honoured to make it onto this awesome team! My term runs for 6 months now, so I am going to have loads to share with you all!
For those of you not clued up to CSI, here is a little bit of what it is all about. CSI is all about journaling and telling your story and memories from your gorgeous photos!
We have what we call 3 'Case Files' a month where you get a colour scheme to use, not just for your papers but for everything on your page. You can add 'the neutrals' as well if you need them, being black, white, cream, kraft and brown.
The Scheme and testimony are the clues/pointers for you to choose your photo/memory to scrap and to tell the story in the journaling. The evidence are elements to use within your layout. You have to choose at least  3 from the evidence list and 1 from the Testimony list.
Its all about fun! There is such a lovely range of styles from the DT, there has got to be something there to inspire you!  Come on over and enter your layouts in these challenges, it's really exiting to see whom the DT choose as their 'Most Wanted' (favourite layouts) each case file! Click on the purple link above to visit us!

So lets get on with showing you something!

Here is my layout...

This is case file no. 199

Here is what I used of the Evidence list:

* dandelion/flower
* lace, pearls
* metal
* circles

Here is what I hose of the Testimony list:

* Journal about a vintage photo
* Inspirational words; Lovely

My layout is all about my parents wedding day in 1968 and how lovely my Mum's wedding dress was. I love lace and Mums dress was full of lace!

The layout is also following the above sketch.

My background paper is Blue Fern Studios, from the Montage collection. The pinks in this paper matched the pinks in the 'Scheme' perfectly. This paper also had the dark grey in it too with the flourishes and the bird wearing the crown.

The yellow was the colour I used the least probably, it was my highlight with the butterfly, my pearl bunting and the paint splats in the background.

I used a stamp in the background of a dandelion seed head.

The stencilling with texture paste was my 'circles'.

My 'metal' was the key. The pearls, well they are easy to see! The photos were edged with doilies and lace.

Here is my supply list:

Blue Fern Studio: Montage: Wisdom
Petaloo: Botania Collection: Mums and Butterflies - yellow
Prima Marketing: Tales of Me & You #586287
Prima Marketing: Say! it in Crystals: #553920
Prima Marketing: Velvet Rainbow: Dove Grey #556303
Prima Marketing: Stencil #
Indigo Blu: Acrylic paint: Banana Custard
Finnabair: Texture paste: crackle white
Dandelion stamp: uk
Staz On Ink: Dove Grey
The Hobby House: Heart Pearls: Ivory Silk
Route: Metal Key
Lace, Doily & pearl trim from my stash.
Cream cardstock
Leaf swirl die

I really hope you have enjoyed visiting my first post for the CSI design team.
Please feel free to leave comments, it's so lovely to hear what you all think and to know your are visiting! Thank you!

Ginny   :)

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Trash to Treasure

Good afternoon,

We have had a bit of a recycling project going on this month for our SGC challenge at Swirlydoos kit club, run this month by Peggy. We had to turn some trash into treasure!  Here is the link to this challenge on the Swirlydoos forum

Here is my 'treasure' that I have created from a certain brand cardboard washing powder tablet box from a supermarket!

I covered my box initially in gesso and then with a 6x6 Prima paper pad 'En Francais' collection, that has been collecting dust in my stash!

               This pale blue crotched lace trim was perfect to run round the edge of the lid.
                                    The lovely vintage clasp is from The Hobby House.

I loved the colours in these papers, browns, beiges and pale blue are my favourite! I fussy cut the chair on the front.

I added a little masking with my favourite stencil from The Crafters Workshop, 'mini harlequin'.
In my embellishment cluster is a frame made with Martha Stewart clay and mould, which I rubbed some Creative Expressions 'Cast Bronze' Guilding Wax over the top to just catch the risen areas.
I have nestled in among the cheesecloth and string of pearls the pale blue flowers from the Hobby House, the brown lilies by Magnolia and the big rust flower from the Darjeeling collection by Petaloo, finished off with pieces from a  Zva Creative Pearl Flourish.

Now for the inside.

                                  My edges have been inked with Distress Ink Walnut Stain.

My decoration inside the lid is an ATC my Mum made for me. I thought it looked perfect in my box!
                                                                    Thanks Mum!

                So there we are! I think I am now off to see what else I can recycle and alter!!!

                                        Thanks for popping by, see you soon,

                                                               Ginny  :)