Friday, January 20, 2012

~~~ not a Dream home ~~~

Well can you believe it...I am on the Watch List at C.S.I with my first LO that I posted last week!!! Whoopy that was quite a surprise...

This will be my second case file that I enter and I had fun doing this one as well.I combined it with Dusty Attics month sketch challenge.For DA I used the Arch Window #3 and some Grass Clusters #1. I used the 5 colours as prescribed by the case file and also all the evidence.Those are the flowers... which also doubled as my sheer element,The window and the brick work embossed teal paper are my Architectural elements.I used swirls and in the photo you might find evidence of the "Something Stone like" that the case file wanted!

I journal'd...and in my own handwriting as well!!! And it didn't turn out to bad,I think? It reads as follows...

"Believe it or not...but we stayed in this house during a vacation in Dargle in the K.Z.N Midlands in2002. It was the original farmhouse build in the early 1900's and although my Hubby still thinks we were crazy living in the "shack" it was one of the most memorable stays for this old Soul! I loved the creaking floorboards and high ceilings and broad windowsills and even the musty old smell! To me it spoke of days gone by!"

Have a closer look....

I had to use lavender as a colour and the grass clusters were transformed into lavender stems and flowers with some purple puff paint and Donna Salazar Fairy Dust glitter.

The window got some rough treatment with Distress Embossing Powder and Distress inks.

Just look at how sheer these flowers are...making it not to easy to work with!

Thank you for taking the time to visit...have a fabulous week end!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

....Guilty as Charged...

I decided to handle the first 'case' hosted by C.S.I in typical detective style...hence the crime scene folders containing the evidence!!! Some  of my 'evidence' on this LO is the distressing, which of course wasn't difficult for me as I lovvvveee distressing! The pin,the numbers, the repeated stamp on the background paper and the lacy elements are also part of the evidence!

The silly Title and little bit of journaling...on the tag and the numbered list are all testimony of my crime...I will desperately have to pay more attention to the journal aspect of Scrapbooking...I just find it so very difficult to put my thoughts into words.I envy those who can write....

Now,what is my crime?...COFFEE !!! I just love the darn stuff and can not imagine my life without a cuppa...Be it a good roasted brew,or a cuppochino or coffee milkshake or any thing flavored with coffee for that matter! Even coffee scented candles and soap go down well with me...

So here is my LO dedicated to that one big 'crime' in my life....

Want to have a closer look?

The bottles are from Dusty Attic...they call them Potion Bottles,but I found mine to be full of coffee! I just sprayed them with some Dazzles spray and dabbed some gold dabber on them. The borders were cut with Tim Holtz'es Vintage Lace die...aren't they just to perfectly grungy good??? The numbers are also Tim Holtz and I stamped them in three different colors.

Thank you all for the visit...and if you do find that perfect cup of coffee...sit back, put your feet up and relax! Remember   Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A new playing field for me!!!

Welcome to CSI! We're so delighted you're here.
CSI is a weekly scrapbooking challenge that inspires you to try new colors schemes and to tell your stories. Our Case Files provide inspiration that will get you thinking about scrapbooking in a whole new way.

csi is all about inspiration and sharing and, most important, fun! We can't wait to see the stories you'll tell and the art you'll create! welcome to csi and the unveiling of our very first case file!

Welcome to CSI and to the reveal of our very first Case File! We are so excited to have you join us, and we hope that you will be inspired to "solve" our first Case File.
We are beyond thrilled to have The Dusty Attic sponsor the launch of CSI!
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Visit to view their inspiration center, created for all lovers of Dusty Attic products or for more information and wholesale enquiries. You can also find loads of inspiration at their brand new blog.
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CSI heartily thanks The Dusty Attic for their generosity in sponsoring us as we launch our first Case File.

And now...let the fun begin...head on over to C.S.I  if you want to join the fun!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Crafti Treasure's Challenge

Hi to all my friends!
This is a LO I made for a challenge hosted by Mariaan Fouche, a fellow Panel Team Lady at Crafti Treasures. Now Crafti is a site hosted by a South African lady who currently lives in Bern,Switzerland. Mariaan's challenge was to use only Black and White and one other color on your LO. I used a brick red as my third color and was fortunate enough to have photos of Michelle wearing Black and White!!!  These photos are of her Hip Hop dance which earned her a spot on the South African Team that went to New York in 2006 were she competed in several dance styles!
I also want to enter this LO in our local Magazine's competition were one has to use at least three Tim Holtz products. That was quite easy to do as I am a devoted Timmy fan!!! So here goes.

To follow some close ups of some of the elements I used...

This is a chippie from Enmarc Crafts...I treated it to the resist stamping method by Mr. Tim himself. The wire flower I bought whilst we were on holiday last year July at a neat little gift shop in the tiny town of Willowmore. The spinner is also from TH.

Here I used a TH Hitch Fastener to hold the TH Ball Chain.The music sheet is TH tissue wrap-Composer. I crumpled it and gave it a swipe with my Fired Brick Distress ink.

The TH hanging sign was moistened with water and curled some. Then I painted it black and dusted some Forever Red Perfect Pearls Powder onto it. The title is wooden letters painted white and stamped...with a TH stamp of course!!!

The button was stamped and then covered with TH Crackle Paint -Clear Rock Candy.

The black paper is from Coredinations with a white core...I embossed it with a TH /Sizzix folder and sanded it for the white core to really stand out. The stamped image on my red Tim Holtz Lost and Found Paper Stash paper is a TH Slight Alterations Stamp-with Black Soot Distress ink. And the tiny staplers are also TH...They were colored with Alcohol Inks.

All my chalking was done with Distressed Inks- Black Soot and Fired Brick.

That's it for this posting...Thank you if you took the time to have a visit...I would appreciate knowing you were here!!!
~~~ Patricia ~~~

Friday, January 6, 2012

~~~ First post for 2012! ~~~

Today will be a loooong post for I want to share my two LO's and a card that I made to participate in The Girly Grunge's DT call...
I loved making the LO's and they came out better than I anticipated...Especially the first one 'Love Notes' Now this is the second time I made this LO...The first time was back in Jan 2011 when I used Trina  McLune's sketch hosted by Dusty Attic...At the time I couldn't enter the sketch challenge as I did not have any DA products to use.I made the LO again,using DA's this time in order to show case it at Dusty Attic as well! Once again the photo's are of my two daughters Chantelle and Michelle aged 5 and 2 years at the time...that was round about 1992!!! I used the most beautiful Pixie Glen Collection from Prima.. Window View, Devon and Chip-A-Twitter. From Dusty Attic I used a piece of the Arc Window # 3 and an all time favorite Vine...

Some close ups....

The second LO is of my son Francois now age 28,when he was about 3 years old! For this LO I used Bo Bunny's extraordinary Et Cetera Collection. I just LOVE this distressed  range of theirs!I also used a Dusty Attic frame that I painted with two colors of Distress crackle paint and dusted with some Perfect Pearls powder.The rods I painted with Distress Stain and some gold Perfect Pearl powder...

Some more close ups...

And finally my card...I made a grungy Xmas card! I used Tim Holtz's Kraft-Core...just love how grunged it looks after I crumpled it and sprayed some Smootch Spritz on! The wall was painted with Gesso and acrylic has the most amazing texture to it...

Thank you to all that will visit my blog!
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