Thursday, June 28, 2012

~ Step 1 ~

Dusty Attic ~June 2012 Sketch challenge

I had time running out on me again! But I did make it in time for this challenge at least! It is a lovely sketch by Michelle Grant hosted by Dusty Attic... Here is the sketch...

And this is what I came up with...I flipped the sketch to the side because of my landscape photos. This is Michelle's first steps back in 1991.

The Corner Flourish from Dusty Attic was painted with a layer of cream paint...then a layer of crackle paint and a layer of red paint. I always love the way the top coat starts to crackle almost immediately.

Had to bring in a bit of lacing!

Thanks for the visit! Apologies for this very short post...I will make for it!!! Have a wonderful day...

The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult. ~Marie de Vichy- Chamrond

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Scrap Africa ~ Challenge #6; Colour Combo

Today...on this real winters day in South Africa, we have another challenge hosted by Scrap Africa! Now please...remember that this is not exclusive for South African scrappers!!! All my International friends are so welcome to PLEASE join in our fabulous challenges!

We still have Scrapbook Studio as our sponsor for this challenge...

Enter your projects in one or both of the challenges and stand a chance 
of winning a gift voucher to the value of R 200 (20 euro).

If you happened to be somewhere around Jeffery's Bay, make sure you pay them a visit. 
Otherwise you can do your shopping for all things scrappy in their online shop. 
It is filled with newest and coolest stuff a good scrapper can wish for.

So here is the challenge for you...

Our South African flag!!!

use at least 3 colors featured on the flag in your project.
You can use: black, white, red, green, blue or yellow.
Additionally you can add grey, cream of beige.
No other color can be used!
The colors on your photographs are not taken into account - 
it doesn't count towards the minimum 3 and it can be any color.
Another thing to make it clear: 
you are not required to use precise colors as it is on the flag but! -
green must be green and blue must be blue. 
It should be yellow and not orange, and it should be red and not pink.
Please feel free to ask us if you need to know anything else.

And is my LO incorporating the colours Black, White, Red, Green and a teeny, tiny bit of Yellow!

Coincidently I had a photo of Michelle in her Duet costume that she wore in America in 2006. The flag on her costume I worked out with  sequence's and beads! took me ages to do and I don't think the judges realised it was our National Flag for no one even made any mention about it!

I used Tim Holtz craft core and embossed it...and low and behold, just see how fitting it was to have the RSA in capital letters! That made deciding on a title so much easier for me...

The Fiery Flourishes from Enmarc Crafts were painted in Black, painted with craft crackle paint when dry, and then painted with Red allowing the black to show through the cracks!

I stamped with a Kaisercraft stamp, embossed in black and then used Mix'd Media Inx's...I sprayed them with water to make them 'run' and spritzed some Smootch Spritz as well.

There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good.  ~Edwin Denby

Thank you for your visit...will I see you at Scrap Africa as well?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

~ My little Kingdom ~

I have had a few friends ask me for photos of my Scrap room. Today was one of those rare occasions were it was spotless, therefore I quickly took a few before the great mess starts again!!!

I would love to, one day, redesign the entire room, but that will have to wait for my ship to finally stop sailing and dock! I am however thankful that I am fortunate enough to have a room to call my own and escape to for my own peace and tranquillity!

                      This then friends is ... My Scrap Room....!

In the pink boxes, a birthday gift from my friend Marlies, I have my Rub -ons. The plastic drawers house my lace and ribbons and bling, also some chipboard's. The shelves are filled with paints, mists, every thing to get inky with and containers with flowers.

Just look at this....spotless!

The black boxes have more ribbons, Prima goodies and yarn... I see I should get some more stack is looking a bit on the thin size! Sorry, but yes, see...I am a paper-o-holic!!! The ugly, really not fitting in at all, green drawers are were I keep my Tim Holtz dies, Spellbinder dies and other cutting tools.

My display area...which as you can see...desperately needs some work to..well..display! These cupboards house my albums, stamp albums, books and containers with embossing folders and dies.

My "Hearts Wall" 

These containers are were my other addiction is Distress Inks and other ink pads...

This is how I store my Stamps...I have 3 of these 3 ring binders with Stamps...

The rack that cost my Hubby the tip of his finger...displaying my Martha Steward punches.

And just to show what it usually looks like...messy and 'deur mekaar'!!! 

And not forgetting the most important item of the room... Sakari...Daughter Michelle's cat that I am currently playing foster mother to.

This then is a little of my room...hope you enjoyed seeing were I create...

The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over the place:  from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.  ~Pablo Picasso

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Technique 9: Pocket Watch Tim Holtz: A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. 2, page 35 Sponsored by Simon Says Stamp

Winter finally got it's icy fingers into us this week since Saturday! And what better way is there to spend winters days  than scrapping? Not that I am getting much done...still missing my mojo a little bit, but it is slowly but surely getting better...It helps to visit my scrapping icons blogs and seeing that even the "big" names also have their down days...

I have dutifully bought my pocket watch for Linda's challenge hosted at Studio L3, and didn't really know what to do with it...I then got the idea to creatively 'marry' my two grunge idols...Tim Holtz and Donna Salazar. And Viola!!! it all came together. I think knowing that there is a gift certificate of  $25 from Simon Says Stamp on the line, might also have spurred on my creative juices!

I started my project of on some Zutter Corrugated board that I distressed with my Distrezz-it-All and inked with various Mixed Media Inx's. I  also painted some Vintage Photo Distress Crackle Paint onto it. The flower lace was added with some gesso and the flowers got some Rock Candy Crackle Paint. It was then painted with Mixed Media Inx's and spritzed with some Smootch Spritz. The Girlie Grunge label is cut from the Crafty Chronicle.

The pocket watch was painted with Alcohol Inks, then some Crackle Paint and another sweep of Alcohol Ink. The white Baubles from Tim's Idea-ology also got some Alcohol Ink.

I wish you could feel the texture that all the paint gave the lace's grungy yummyness! Please click twice on the photo for a real good close up.

A close up of the pocket watch...

I filled the inside of the pocket watch with some card stock, lace and a wire flower, clock face and a chitchat from Tim. The little piece of flower on the left is made with Donna's Carnation Creation die. I even got some Fairy Dust Glitter in the flower as well.
I will also enter this for Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything goes _

I hope you like the outcome of this project...I actually had fun creating it!
To all my South African friends...keep warm and cosy...
To the lucky fishes who now have Summer...remember...pretty soon the roles will be reversed!!!

I leave you with a time less quote...

Whether we wake or we sleep,
Whether we carol or weep,
The Sun with his Planets in chime,
Marketh the going of Time.
~Edward Fitzgerald

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Scrap Africa ~ Sketch # 6 ~

Good day to all...

It is time again for another sketch challenge hosted by Scrap Africa!

Our sponsor for the next two challenges
(Sketch # 6 and the up-coming in 2 weeks time challenge # 6) is
Scrapbook Studio
If you happened to be somewhere around Jeffery's Bay, make sure you pay them a visit. 
Otherwise you can do your shopping for all things scrappy in their online shop. 
It is filled with newest and coolest stuff a good scrapper can wish for.

Enter your projects in one or both of the challenges and stand a chance 
of winning a gift voucher to the value of R 200 (20 euro).

Two years ago my son Francois bought his very first car, hence the title ~ Splinternuwe Wiele / Brand new Wheels!

For the challenge I flipped and rotated the sketch...I hope it is still recognisable though...The torn layers are supposed to represent the zig zag lines on the sketch.

This is such a fun technique! It's foil glued to card stock and embossed with an embossing folder. I coloured it with Black and Ginger Alcohol Inks and when dry, buffed it with some steel wool.

 The gears were actually part of our kit by Glenda Viljoen at the Scrapbook convention! We treated them with different spritz of Color Wash and then painted Ranger's Brushed Pewter Crackle paint onto them. It gives a pearly shimmer to the gears, but with the colour still visible...I used some Hitch Fasteners and Hemp Cord to connect the gears!

 Loved creating these 'blobs'! I actually used a stamp coloured with some Moon Shadow Mist from Lindy's Stamp Gang.When dried, I stamped again with Perfect medium and UTEE. In real life they look super grungy!

These cuties are Alphabet Alpha Cards from Ranger...They added such a lovely touch to the LO...I inked them with Distress ink and flicked some water on.

Just another look at the foil and a gear.

Thanks for the visit...I hope to see some of you entering the challenge over at Scrap Africa!!!

I was so busy trying to make everything on time that I nearly forgot... I want to enter this LO at Simon Says Stamp and Show...Some Texture, I think there is enough texture on here to qualify?

Technique 8: Repurposed Packaging Tim Holtz: A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. 2, page 62

Good afternoon all...rushing in to make it on time this week for Linda's challenge at Studio L3... I really don't know why the week must fly by so quickly... I hardly get time to participate in Linda's challenges...Today I made two projects to demonstrate Tim's techniques from his book  A Compendium of Curiosities Vol II.

Here they are..

I cut the dress form with the Sewing Room Die, and to follow the rest of the technique, you will have to turn to page 62 of the book, for I am to respect Tim and not post the instructions on my blog... I did the back ground with Distress inks, the Spritz and Flick technique and I also stamped with Picket Fence Distress Stain.


The flower is made from chocolate wrappers, and yes I did eat the chocolates...could not let them go to waste now, could I? I sprayed them with Lyndy's Stampgang Moon Shadow Mist. The 'flowers' behind this one is packaging from mini brads that I bought.

This is the second one. I did some brush less water colouring on this of the technique challenges that I missed...I used a La Blanche stamp and Distress Markers. 

Again, the instructions are on page 62...although I think it is quite clear what I did?

This is not a technique used in the book, but rather a tip from Creative Chemistry 101...After painting , I sealed the ink with some Micro protects the inks from smudging. I then sprayed some Biscotti Perfect Pearls on the card and it formed these beautiful droplets! They are unfortunately much better looking in real life!

That's it for now...thank you for visiting and have a pleasant day ahead!

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