Saturday, January 26, 2013

~ Persevere ~

Today I am posting a LO following January's challenge at Zeus and Zoe...The first of many I hope! The challenge posted by DT member Romy is to create a project using one's special word for 2013...

As I have posted before I am hoping to persevere this year with some aspects of  my scrapping! Following  different challenges is one of them.

Trying many different mediums and styles is another...and that I did with this LO...and I enjoyed it and am happy with the results! I went a little Gesso and Mist crazy on this LO,  I used canvas and what seems to be a trend at the moment...burlap...!

I have used the back of a Prima Mist-A-Ble canvas. Also used several Papers from the Tea-Thyme Collection, although one can't see them any more after all the gesso and inking lol!

Some Prima Vine flowers on top of a Lace sticker from Basic Grey. And a Typo Bulb from Junkjard findings.

The 2 Crafty Scrolls held up to some heavy inking, gesso and UTEE treatment making them extra grungy looking! I added some half pearls, for a little feminine touch....!

The 2 Crafty Border was done with Stampendous Aged Green Embossing Enamel...and I followed Gabrielle Pollacco's tutorial to make a paper ruffles border as well....think I need some more practice on that!

I used a Ledger template from The Crafters Workshop and Ranger Gesso to add some texture to the LO and once dry sprayed on various Lindys Stamp Gang Mists.

Love the toadstool from Ingvild's Shabby Chic collection, with some snippets of the 2 Crafty border.

Luscious golden specks in the green  Embossing Enamel.

Loved the effect of a little gesso masking on my photo... 

That then is my inky mixed medium version of my 2013 word...Persevere...hope to see some more of my scrapping friends do projects of their "word"...

The will to persevere
 is often the difference
 between failure and success. 
David Sarnoff 

Monday, January 21, 2013


Prima Product Pick...

What a lovely colour palette Prima has for this month! And I have photos to suit the palette! These are photos of my son Francois at play, he was just about 5 years old, making these photos at least 24 years old!

The design is quite basic, but I did have some fun adding texture to my papers...I used the following 
Prima Papers...Rosarian Collection / Old Garden 
                                 Sweet Fairy Collection / Blowing Kisses
                          Pixie Glen Collection / Garden Gate

I used a Prima mask and Gesso to add the dots and gears, dusted some fairy dust and added some beads while the Gesso was still wet. I also spritzed some Lindys Mist and heat embossed some Stampendous aged enamel on the page...

The Dusty Attic Lamp Post was primed with Gesso and then I added several colours of Distress Inks to it. I also randomly embossed Stampendous aged enamel on it as well. The 'glass' is alcohol inked transparent...The clouds are Prima chipboard's.

The masked gears...

These are Spellbinder's Basic Banners #2....see the Aged Enamel peeping from underneath?

A small Typo bulb nestles between several Prima Flowers...

Another Prima chip board and some Say it in Crystals...

Thank you for strolling along my PPP...wishing you all a fun filled week...

 You can discover more about a person in an hour of play
 than in a year of conversation. 


Monday, January 14, 2013

Scrap Africa Challenge #13 - Poststamps

 - A New Way of Printing -

The challenge at Scrap Africa is set by Jowilna Nolte and we are to use Post Stamps... And I had the perfect subject and embellishments for this challenge!

In 2008 Chantelle won the competition held by the South African Post Office to design new stamps. She chose to design The Dinosaurs and 10 off her designs were printed as stamps! But another surprise awaited us when we learned that these would be the first stamps ever to be printed in 3-D!!! They were printed by Cartor Security Printing in France and one needs special 3-D glasses to get the illusion of the Dinosaurs floating in front of the background. If you have glasses, give it a is really amazing to see the effect...yes, it works even on a computer tried!

An interview with her, an article on the printing techniques and an article on her dinosaurs were featured in the Sept/Des 2009 SETEMPE, The South African Post Office philatelic magazine. Her stamps also won 4th place at Top 10 Extraordinary stamps of 2009.

I know this LO is a far cry from how I usually scrap... but I felt that adding bling and flowers would take the emphasis away from the main attraction...the stamps! 

The chipboard letters were inked, stamped and clear embossed...

This is a good example of what the Anaglyphs  look like...looking at the stamps now, I can not think that she literally spend weeks on end designing, sending drafts in, re designing, to get all the details perfect!

I had to do something on the page other than glue and paste...hence a little stamp work with Postage stamps....

I want to enter this LO to OUAS January 2013 challenge as well, therefore I did my journalling on a hidden tag. It reads as follows...

"In 2008 chantelle was the winner of a competition launched by the South African Post Office for their annual stamp design. Apart from the honour of knowing her design will be used world wide by those that still use snail mail...she had the added bonus of her stamps being the first ever to be printed in 3-D! They were printed by Cartor Security Printing in France. One needs special 3-D glasses to get the illusion of the dinosaurs standing in front of the background.Words can not describe how proud we are of this achievement..."

 This is the sketch at OUAS...

I did a previous LO which you can find in my Dusty Attic photo Gallery...please have a visit and see the three consecutive photos there. There is also a photo of the framed set of stamps that she received as a gift from the Philatelic Society.

Thank you for allowing me to ramble on about my daughters achievement...My next work will be more of  my usual busy style...

Friday, January 11, 2013

~~ Goodness Gracious Me ~~

This will be my first try at Prima's Build a Page... I am going to try and live out my word for 2013 - Perseverance - to its fullest. I will need to learn to, well, persevere, for I admit that I can very easily be disheartened and in self doubt about my scrapping...It is easy to say one should scrap for fun and to preserve memories for future generations...but for me it is an art form as well...And there are so many great, amazingly talented scrappers who are constantly bombarding us with new techniques and ideas, it can become a bit intimidating at times.

I am going to try out as many new ideas as I can, but in the end still stay true to myself! And I am not going to let myself get down if I do not succeed...I will just try again, or move on to the next challenge!!! Wise words this early in the year, I know...let's see how long I can keep to!

Felicity Wilson provided this sketch for January... Lots of white space, one of my problem areas, and I know I wasn't fully successful in the interpretation of  white space, but I loved working on this LO and actually love the out come as well.

This fellow graced us with his beauty at the Cheetah Park, although he is a!
I used the following Prima papers, Almanac Collection /Agenda, Edison 
                                                    Reflection Collection / Meadowlark
                                           Rondelle Collection / Cotillion

A twig of the Blossom Branch Walnut with a Genie Stone. The chipboard is from our local Celeb8 and is coloured with Lindys Stampgang Macigal Mica's.

Flowers and leaves from the Bretton Parchment Vine.

I used a Prima / Donna Downey Studio Mask to first mist with Lindys Mists / Phantom Fucia, then used it with some texture paint and finally a few spritz of Violaceous Violet.

Thank you for your visit...have a wonderful, peaceful weekend


Monday, January 7, 2013

T!M's Bithday Card...

And so we get to the end of the Compendium of Curiosities Vol II Challenges hosted by Linda Ledbetter at Studio L3... although I didn't join in the fun for the last few challenges, I did keep track of the entries and enjoyed seeing the different takes on the techniques!

The Grand Final is to make a birthday Card for The Man himself...phewww... what a challenge??? Like so many others I was also thinking, Me, make a card for the great Tim Holtz? But of course I and we have to...if only to show him how much we learn from him and how incredible much we enjoy his products!

There is me, Patricia Basson from South Africa, wishing the Master of Grunge the very best of birthdays...may it be the most amazing day and year ahead!!!

We could use any technique from either Vol I or II. It was so difficult to choose only one...I went with a few of my favourites. All the material used, from paper to products, even my scissors and rulers are all Ranger products!!! How's that for devotion?

This then is my card with some close ups...please remember that double clicking will bring the action even closer, should you wish too...

I made one of these fold cards how one gets more surface to play with...Used papers from the Crowded Attic Paper Stash,and all my edge inking was done with Black Soot Distress Stains. 

The tag has various techniques on it. I blended, flick and spritz ( my favourite), Dabber resist and some stamping. 

The crinkle Ribbon was also coloured with various Distress Inks.

The lace is an Alteration  Die cut 'Vintage Lace' ...

A shot to show the layers and dimension...

This for me is the 'piece-de-resistance' of the card. I covered some card stock with foil, send it through my Big shot with the Riveted Metal embossing folder, Die cut the Ticket Strip and then coloured with various Alcohol Inks...and adhered with my mini stapler!

Apologies for the double photos...could not decide which one was you I love these tickets!

And this is how we South Africans mostly celebrate birthdays...with a proper South African not a BBQ...a BRAAI with good old Karoo lamb tjops and sizzling boerewors!!! This is an invite to Tim and Mario to join me in a braai next time we meet in South Africa ;-)

These were cut using the Wordplay Alphabet and also Alcohol Inked...

And just another side view of the card...

We are welcome to send these cards to Tim...I really hope he enjoys all of them, I had a look and boy are there some stunning cards coming his way!!!

I am leaving you with this quote...quite fitting if one knows Tim...

 I think, at a child's birth,
 if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift,
 that gift should be curiosity. 

Eleanor Roosevelt 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Scrap Africa Sketch #13

What a coincident, starting 2013 with sketch #13! I hope every one had a good and well deserved rest and is ready and eager to start creating again...

We have a very special guest in Adri du Preez this month...Her LO's and photos are always such a joy to see and she has a pleasing personality to boot! Please visit her blog and make her feel welcome at Scrap Africa...

This is the LO I made using our sketch...

I played with some inking on this page...also used Goosebumps to give texture and resist to the mists.

This beautiful frame is The Esther Nameplate from 2 Crafty.  I applied Gesso, and Distress inks and some mist to it.

The beautiful flourish is Cartia's Swirl.

This is the sketch we get to play with...

The random prize up for grabs with this challenge is from FabScraps.

Hope to see you at Scrap Africa!


Last year I made the resolution to take the huge step - for me -  to apply for the Design Teams of various company's that I would love to design for. It really took a huge amount of courage to send in various applications and of course getting the 'Thank you, but not this time' mail dampened my spirit at some times...

When the call for Imaginarium Designs came again, I at first did not want to apply as I have not been successful the first time... but in the end I knew I had to keep on trying, for who knew what would have been had I not applied.

Well can you just imagine my utter disbelieve when I opened my mail box on Friday and read the following...

"Hello Patricia
It is with great delight that we invite you to be part of our amazing 2013 Design Team for Imaginarium Designs. We were absolutely thrilled with your submission and would love for you to join us for the coming year!  "

...I went back several times during the course of the day making sure it was actually true! This for me is a great honour, for I get to work with one of my favourite mediums - Chipboard - and just have a look  at the rest of the DT...I am in a DT with Gerry and Ingvild!!! Two of my all time favourite scrappers. I am also eager to get to know the rest of the girls, some familiar names and some brand new ladies.

Natalie May Design Team Co-Coordinator  - Australia
Lady Grace Belarmino - Singapore
Shell Carman - Australia
Karen Zueger - USA
Patricia Basson - South Africa...This is me!
Larissa Albernaz - Brazil
Evengia Petzer - South Africa
Miranda Edney - USA
Jolaine Frias - USA
Julie McKenna - Australia
Maiko Miwa - Japan
Sandrine Dawes - Australia
Sarah Routledge - Canada
Amy Voorthuis - Netherlands
Evgenia Sokolinskaya - Russia
Ingrid Gooijer - Netherlands
Sandie Edwards - Australia
Carole Maurin - France
Solange Marques - Brazil
Gerry Van Gent -Netherlands
Sue Smyth - Australia
Kaori Fujimoto - Japan

I hope that I will be a little bit of an inspiration to someone out there, just the way I am inspired by visiting various blogs...

And let this also be a motto for me and others...

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. 
The most certain way to succeed 
is always to try just one more time. 

Thomas A. Edison 

And here is a sample of what I will get to work with this year...I received these chippies as a "thank you" gift the first time I applied...

I prepared the chippies with gesso and then inked them with Donna's Mixd Media Inx/Schoolhouse. I also used  Spellbinders Dies; Basic Lattice and Foilage #2. The flower is of course from Prima...

Thank you for your visit and may 2013 be kind to all of you...

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