Friday, July 27, 2012

Scrap Africa, Sketch Challenge #8

Hallo to you all...

Today we have a new sketch challenge hosted by Scrap Africa... I used an old photo of my three children taken during a family vacation showing what usually happens when ever we encounter animals any were...all is forgotten and the cat or dog gets all the attention!

So let's get to the sketch...

And our sponsor is once again...

Thank you Fruitful-Hands. Please visit the Benoni based shop or go on line for all your scrapbooking supplies!

This is what my LO looks like.

I used two sheets of Antiquities papers by GCD Studios designed by Donna Salazar. After a swipe of gesso, I stencilled my motif with some texture paint.

Got a little inky by spraying on some Dazzles mist, Eggshell and Caramel. Then squirted some watered craft paint with a syringe! Donna's papers are beautiful, but I know she won't mind me inking them up some!

Isn't this Prima Trinket just to...well...Adorable?

Love the textured look and feel of the texture paint.

Strips of Donna's the Denim looking paper! The Pearl and lace bling is also from Prima...

Also have a piece of local Enmarc Craft chipboard on the LO... it was painted with craft paint and stamped.

That's it for today...once again I hope to see some of you joining us at Scrap Africa! It doesn't take much and just think, Mr might just choose your LO winning you a gift certificate...worth the try, don't you think?

Be it human or animal, touch is a life-giving thing.  Has anyone ever had a stroke or a heart attack while cozied up with a pet?  I doubt it.  ~Robert Brault,

Monday, July 23, 2012

...I am Happy to Play...

A weekend creation for ... Scrapbook Studio 

It was supposed to be a card, but I am loving it so much that it will rather stay with me! At first it may not look like much, but look at the steps I went through to get the back ground paper and you will understand why I love it ...

Using a sheet of the plain white paper from my DT pack, I used Adirondack Colour Wash; Butterscotch and Meadow on it. Remember to first wet the paper with water in order for the Colour Wash to spread, I also sprayed it some more with water to get a good do end up with a very wet sheet of paper, but after a blast with the heat gun, it is ready for the next step.

After blending some Distress Inks onto the sheet, I applied the Spritz and Flick technique from Tim Holtz to achieve the droplet effect.

Next I stamped with one of the Spills and Splatters stamps and Archival Ink.

Then it was a run through the Cuttlebug using the Harlequin embossing  folder. Isn't it neat how one can transform an ordinary white piece of paper into something this interesting?

I wasn't done with it. I applied a layer of Crackle paint over the piece that I wanted to use, and lightly scraped the excess paint of, leaving a layer in the de bossed area. I did however forget the first and most important chemistry rule of Distress is water soluble and will react with moisture, there for some ink was scraped of with the crackle pain! Next time I will (hopefully) remember to first seal the Distress Ink before applying the crackle paint! But I was still happy with the final result.

 Next in line were the Mixed Minis alphas. When I first received my DT pack containing the Antiqued Bronze Distress crackle paint, I had to experiment with it, I applied it to a scrap piece of paper, and knowing that the cracking can be sped up with a heat gun once it starts to crack, I did the same with this, only to find that it started to bubble! Of course I just loved the overly grunged look it gave me and thus applied this technique to my alphas! I know for some it will be un neat, but I loved the look for this project!

After colouring my ribbon, I stamped one of my DT stamps from the Old Curiosity Shop with Cranberry Earthstone Adirondack inks onto it. The two die cut pieces are from Graphic 45, Le Cirque Tags.

I hope any one visiting this post will also like the transformation of  that plain white paper into a usable back ground...

Also remember to visit Scrapbook Studio on line were you can find these and many more products...

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.  ~Author Unknown

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Scrap Africa ~ Challenge # 7 - About a Boy

The current challenge running at Scrap Africa is all about a it young, old, son, husband, dad, brother....

Challenge # 7 is dedicated to the wonderful men in our lives - big or small.
Make any scrap object dedicated to a man or a boy.
The catch is that it must have a phrase on it: it can be your own words or a quote but it must tell what is so special about that person to whom you dedicate your project.

Our sponsor are still as follows...

Our sponsors for current 2 challenges (Sketch # 7 and the challenge # 7) are Celebr8 and Fruitful Hands

Celebr8 is a South African based designer and manufacturer of high quality laser die-cuts for scrapbooking and cardmaking.

This is the LO I created for this challenge...It is once again a photo of my son Francois aged about 

I used Prima Pixie Glen Collection, did some fuzzy cutting and layering.

Used some Dusty Attic pieces on here, they were just painted and some Fairy dust glitter sprinkled on to them...

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.  There are seven million.  ~Walt Streightiff


Today I am celebrating the return to Blog Land of one of my favourite designers! Ingvild Bolme is back with a newly designed blog and it is looking absolutely STUNNING!!!! So glad to be able to once again swoon over her intrigued  LO's filled with mostly Prima goodness...I am still hoping that the day will come for her to visit us in South Africa and that I will have the privilege to meet her...

To celebrate her newly designed Blog, Ingvild is giving away a mountain of Prima products!!! Yes, can you believe it? Any one stands the change to win this fabulous price pictured bellow... but has MY name written on it... :-)))

Feast your eyes on this...

This huge lot of Prima products contains;
*Ingvild Bolme Comfort-Craft Tools Distressing Tool * Ingvild Bolme Comfort-Craft Tools Craft Knife * Ingvild Bolme Comfort-Craft Tools knife blade refills * Ingvild Bolme Comfort Craft Tools Chalk Edgers - 6 colors! * Ingvild Bolme Shabby Chic Resin Treasures "Roman Pillars" * Ingvild Bolme Shabby Chic Resin Treasures "Window Closers" * Ingvild Bolme Shabby Chic Resin Treasures "Mushrooms" * two Prima trim/laces * Prima Pebbles * two Prima flower vines * 4 packs of Prima alphabets * two packs of Prima butterflies * three packs of Prima "Say it in Pearls" centers * two packs of Prima canvas buttons * two packs of Prima "Say it in Pearls" swirls * three packs of Prima "Say it in Crystals" swirls * two Prima felt sticker trims * three Prima clear tapes * Donna Downey trim * Ruby-Violet cuff * Prima decorate border * Prima felt DeVines * Prima Fancy Felt Matties * Prima Vines Jewelry * pack of Prima journaling notecards * lot of Prima notecards * lot of 21 Prima flowers and mulberry flower * huge lot of 21 packs of Prima flowers! * 12x12 Prima Embossed Chipboard * two Prima 12x12 paintables * Prima 12x12 overlay * huge lot of 39 Prima 12x12 two sided pattern papers!

As you can see, there are even some of Ingvild's products that are designed by her for Prima in this stack... definitely worth to win!

Thank you Ingvild and welcome back...

Monday, July 16, 2012

~ A Card for a Friend ~

My project that I made this week for Scrapbook Studio is a canvas card...I wanted to play with some mixed media's and the full range of Tim Holtz Seasonal Distress Inks. That means that there are 12 colours on this canvas!

I used some images from the Tim Holtz Grunge board Mixed Minis from my DT Pack.

I used the wings, hearts, stars, hinges and some flourishes. They were glued to the canvas, and covered with a layer of Gesso.

I made my own resist canvas by applying Multi Medium Matt to my Creative Flourish from Layers of Colours. After stamping it on the canvas, I dried it with my Heat gun. I used the Sewing Room Alteration Die from Tim Holtz for the Dress Form. And then I had fun with the inks! I used the Seasonal Re inkers to make my mists that I used.

The heart has some micro beads on it and a layer of crackling medium.

The dress form is coloured with Distress inks using the applicator tool. I am really happy with the way the stamped image came out after the inking!

The wings were also covered with micro beads and a layer of crackling medium.

I am not a great mixed media artist...but I just might play with these techniques some more, for they are really fun to do...

Have a great day...and stay safe!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

.... Something about You ....

Another DT Layout for Scrapbook Studio

This is a LO that designed itself as we went along! I had the papers together, found this matching photo of Michelle and then pondered on what to make of it...The papers from my DT pack that I used are Communique Collection 'a Fine Specimen' and Transatlantique Collection 'Exotic Destinations' both from Graphic 45.

The first idea that came to mind was to cut the Diamond shapes out as a frame, so of to cutting I went and when it was done I thought to myself, well what now? 

Looking at the shapes I decided that it would look neat if I also cut, lift and curl the inside Diamond shape a little as well.

While doing the little bit of curling, I went further and did a tight little curl and that looked so neat and interesting that I also curled the black Diamond shape as well, and I ended with a neat frame for my photo! I used a thick needle, but a toothpick would also work...

This is a close up of the curls.

The next technique is one that I am very fond of using. What you need to do is colour your embossing folder with inks before placing your paper into it and send it through your embossing machine!. You will end up with an already inked embossed image... Just remember to wash your folder afterwards, and beware that some inks might stain your folder, but that will not do any thing to the effectiveness of your folder!

I will post a short tutorial in a while showing the differences between inking the de bossed/recessed  area and the embossed area.

I used Graphic 45 Core dinations papers for this, die cut two labels and added some random Distress Crackle to it

The pen nibs were cut from the Communique Collection 'Pen in Hand' also from Graphic 45. I covered them with some Antique Bronze Distress Stickles from Ranger.

The ink bottles are from the same paper range and covered on the left side with a heavy layer of Walnut Stain Distress Stickles. Did you know that you can heat set Distress Stickles from Ranger? Other than ordinary Stickles they can be heat set without them burning or bubbling! That made them ideal for me to give the bottles a healthy coating of Stickles giving them a very Antique textured appearance.

Please remember, If you double click on my photos, you can get a real good close up look... :-)

On the two opposite corners I layered some of the Diamond shapes that I covered with some Crackle Paint and inked with some Vintage Photo Distress Inks.
 All of the items used are available from Scrapbook Studio...and Scrapbook Studio on line...

Thank you for your visit...I would appreciate a 'Hello' from you all and leave you with this Irish blessing for the day...

May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!

Thursday, July 5, 2012


My Design Team project for Scrapbook Studio...

Good morning Blog the cold is creeping on again and the weather is turning to grey...I want to share my first project made from the DT packet I received from Cariena... At first glance I was baffled by the Ranger Memory frame and frosted glass. I wanted to do something other than just stick a photo or patterned paper into the frame. After some searching, I stumbled upon this fun technique!

I coloured the frosted glass with the following Alcohol Inks using the applicator tool, Terra Cotta, Sandal, Oregano and Willow. Make sure to use the frosted / textured side of the glass as it gives 'tooth' for the ink to grip on.

I then stamped an image on the inked side with clear embossing ink and powder. Heat with a heat tool. The image I stamped was also from the DT package, it is Creative Flourish from Layers of  Colours.

Allow to cool, then rub the excess Alcohol Ink off with Blending solution.The image will dull a little, just give it a quick blast with the heat tool to bring the shine back! You now have an embossed image on the frosted glass.

Stamp the same image onto card stock. I used green ink on a cream card stock. White ink on black card stock also gives a stunning result. Place the memory glass onto the card stock image lining the two images up, cut the card stock to size and place both in the Memory Frame...I finished the frame of by adding a decorative corner accent onto it. Some ribbon and a little charm and Viola! a beautiful element for your page... 

I used the circle that I cut out, punched it and raised it with foam squares to give some dimension to the page. I curled all the punched elements a little as well. Also did some stitching with hemp cord and added some half Pearls.

To punch the inside of a circle is also very easy and very effective on a LO... 

On the back of my paper I get the centre and cut out a 11cm circle.

Using a corner punch with closed wings, I start punching from the inside. I start were I know I will place my flowers or decoration elements, for sometimes you might be a little of with the punching, leaving you with a little gap to hide.

Don't take your punch down all the way, have the top of the image just below the edge of the paper.

I turn my punch upside down in order to align  the corner of the punch with the previously punched corner. The corners should just overlap ever so slightly! 

Continue punching this way...

This will be the end result!

The papers I used from my pack are My Minds Eye; Life stories 'Green Damask' and Little Boy; Lava / Chocolate. I inked the edges with Vintage photo DI and sprayed the corners with Walnut Crystals diluted with water and some Gold Perfect Pearls added to it. The bench is from Celeb8 and was coloured with some Distress Markers. You will have to use a 13x23 cm  photo, otherwise you will have the background paper showing. 

I hope you will give these techniques a try...If something is unclear, please give me a shout and I will give some more assistance!

Happy crafting!!!

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