Friday, July 22, 2011

Just because...

Most of the time when I sit down to scrap I have a purpose. Actually, I hardly ever sit down. If I do I'm usually on the floor 'cause I've made a mess everywhere else. I usually have a challenge or a deadline to meet and hardly ever scrap... just because. Hmmm now that sounds like a good name for a challenge.

So yesterday I sat on the floor and just played because I felt like it.
I dug out some cardstock, some embellies and a lovely tree from Aus company  and created some textured backgrounds and this lo. You'll see more of  these painted backdrops in my next few los.
Here's the first one.
I guess I really should have taken pics along the way to show the steps. I promise to next time if anyone is interested. The cardstock here was off white. I used a mix of distress inks to the base and some touches of gesso to give it texture and shading. On the right I used a Prima mask but I moved it slightly as I sprayed to give it a watercolour appearance. IYKWIM.
On the left I used the outline of some bricks by Dusty Attic. Chipboard can be a great mask too.
I've also used a Prima stamp for the inked hexagons.
For the flowers I used a mix of Copics and ink to give them depth. 
The pp is all Webster's.
Here's some close ups.

This one shows the blurring of the mask in the background.

Jera was eyes down searching for wildflowers for his grandfather's grave on a visit to the cemetry.

Bloomers in the tree

This lovely tree piece is from the Australian company, Flourish With a Bling who asked me if I woud create with some of their fabulous range. This tree from the outdoor range has such a fabulous design and texture.

Thanks so much for dropping by. I love reading your wonderful comments and appreciate it so much.
Have a lovely weekend,

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Once Upon a Sketch - DT

I'm really so excited to announce that I've been asked to join the design team at Once Upon a Sketch.

The girls there are so lovely and Nadia the owner and founder is such a sweetheart. I've long admired her and her beautiful creations.

Let me tell you a story. Sketches were always a bit of a mystery to me. I didn't quite understand why a scrapper would use them. Then I won Becky Fleck's Pagemaps book last year at a chat night at Webster's. And the design team at Dusty Attic was featured as guests at Pagemaps in 2010. I enjoyed working with Becky's sketch so much. I finally understood.

When I saw Nadia's fabulous site and her amazing sketches, I was hooked. I love the idea that you have a plan, something to use as a guide. But, it still allows you the freedom to choose, flip it sideways, dress it up. Sometimes it looks nothing like the original. Althewhile you had an idea, a direction to follow, a purpose.

The special thing that sets this sketch challenge apart is the journalling. I don't know about you but as my creativity has grown, my journalling is often neglected. Over the last few years most of my journalling has shifted to the back of my layouts. It's going to challenge me to give it it's rightful, valued place on my page.

So if you want a challenge, jumpstart your mojo, share your creations and just have some fun, come and join us.
Come on over and join in the sketch fun.
Here's the link.
Huge congrats to the lovely Patti Hamil who also joined the team.
So fun to be working together again.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Pure Love- Once Upon a Sketch- GUEST

It's time for the new sketch at Once Upon a Sketch
I was a Guest Designer for this month. Isn't this a fabulous sketch?
I think I'm going to use this design again. Thanks Nadia for your inspiration.
Here's my Guest Designer layout using the sketch.

It's now framed and hanging on Sienna's wall.
I'm not much of a pink girl really but when you see this adorable sweet baby girl it melts your heart. I wanted this to be so feminine and pretty. I've sprayed and inked all the flowers and embellies with a pink dusting and a little whitewashing. 

This baby is now so grown up. *sigh* I do miss the smell and soft warm skin.
Yes that's a breast feeding pic tucked in there. I'm a midwife so breasts are a big part of my job. lol
But I didn't want to offend so it's fairly discreet.

Lots of paints and spraying.

Journalling criteria was a quote. This one from Brian Andreas is so beautiful and perfect.
"She laid on my chest and her breathing filled me almost to beyond what I could hold."

                        My journalling: You embraced my heart and took my breath away.
With this little girl, I became a mother after many years of trying. I was so blessed to have two.

                       Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving your kind thoughts.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Catch Up

It's been a busy few days. Life just seems to go like that. But wanted to do a quick catch up.

Webster's Pages have a give away of their new lines. Check it out here
I want to be a part of it. How do you choose your favourite when  you love them all?
Ok if I have to these two!

But then


Here's a layout I created for the July Challenge over at Webster's. The challenge is to include bloomers on your creations. I just love bloomers and use them for so mnay different reasons. In this one they're a hedge, grass and the sea.

A scrapper e-mailed me and asked how I come up with the little scenes I do. I think the most important think is imagination. It seems to me that a picture tells a story bigger than what's in the photo and I love to bring that story to life.
In this one it was a cold day and we had been for a freezing walk along the pier. As Jera walked away it looked as though he was longing for the sun and sailing boats and adventure. So I created it! lol

Another one for this post.
It's one I did for Scrapbook Creations (Aus mag), Colour Team. It's in their latest issue.
Colours were, turquoise, white and silver.

Such a sweet pic of Sienna.

Have a lovely day,

Thursday, July 7, 2011

It just keeps coming.

I just HAVE to get these!!!!

How pretty are these?

I love the lines in this one. So pretty.

This one is just so gorgeous. Such lovely whimsy. I'm going to love creating with these.

It's Christmas over at Webster's Pages today. Aren't these fabulous!
I'm loving the genertic look of Christmas. Especially for those south of the equator who's Christmas is hot. It's perfect. Beautiful images yet again Brandin.

So sweet

Oh these are wonderful for all the scenic scrappers like

Beautiful Botanticals

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bring on the Bling

It's CHA time and all the companies are bringing out their new collections.
My all time fav Webster's Pages is having a week of peeks.
I'm so enjoying seeing all the wonderful new designs Brandin created.


Oh I just adore this collection. It's rustic romance all the way.

Oh this is my fav for sure.

And this one is ah *sigh*

Isn't this one so versatile. I love it.


Here's my favourites from this collection.

Just so lovely!