Wednesday, February 27, 2013


February Prima Product Pick

Just a quick post today to show my take on the PPP... No Prima flowers on this one...only handmade ones using Prima papers!

This is my youngest daughter and grannies 'Spottie'...who sadly isn't with us any more...I masked some tree trunks using the Aspen Trees mask from The Crafters Workshop and Ranger Distress Embossing Powders.

15 Layers of Donna Salazar's Peony die made this flower...Some trinkets from Prima.

This more open bloom took 11 layers of petals. The glitter is Donna's Fairy Glitter.

 This is the PPP to use...

Prima Papers used...Songbird Collection; Zephyr
                                          Sun Kiss Collection; Lemon Ginger
                                     Whisper Collection; Enlightened

Thank you for your visit....Much love

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The me I see each day....

Prima February Build a Page.

This LO laid on my table for a few days because it just did not want to work! And I just came to realise again that I have trouble making a Doily work....for that was the issue, I had cut a Doily from a sheet of paper, flipped it around, painted it, slammed texture onto it...and only when I took it away, did I like what I was doing! Therefore this BAP from Prima has all the elements from the sketch....all except the Doily....!

I took this picture of a mirror / sculpture in 2011 during a vacation for I loved the texture and layers that it had, and because it was hanging in a narrow passageway...I was also captured in the!

I coloured a piece of wire mesh with alcohol inks, it represents the chicken wire on the sculpture.

Did some stamping and inking and used a Prima mask for some texture work...

The Epiphany Crafts Bubbles are representing the circles on the sketch. The pieces of wood are of course highlighting the woodwork of the sculpture. 

I tried to get some flowing movement with my paper layers...

I used the following Prima products...
                        Nature Garden Collection: Pixie
                    Printery collection: Signature
              Say it with crystals Lace
Say it in Pearls
 A Cassie flower
                            Juliette and Miss Godivas flowers.
             Wooden element Doors

You see, when weaving a blanket, 
an Indian woman leaves a flaw in the weaving of that blanket to let the soul out.  ~Martha Graham

This is the sketch by Marie-Nicolas Alliot

Friday, February 15, 2013

Scrap Africa ~Challenge #14...Hearts...

It being the month of Love, it comes as no surprise that the challenge hosted by Lynette Jacobs is all about hearts, she challenged us to create a project where hearts are your main accent. Looking at what the Design Team and Guest Designers created, I think that Love is still very much in the air for us all!!! Hop on over to Scrap Africa and please join us in this challenge! 

I created a card and a Mixed Media canvas for this challenge...

For this card I used the Heartfelt Creation Timeless Amour Die and followed this tutorial to create this dimensional heart decoration!

The pearl flourishes are from Prima...

Now onto my canvas...Lol...yes, I know it is a far cry from all the beautiful canvas work being done nowadays...but a girl has to start somewhere yes? I did not know whether I will like this kind of  work, and after this I can say...Yes, I will try this again for sure! Will just have to go and re-watch some videos for more tips and ideas!

This canvas was inspired by a lovely artist, Vivian Sung Soon Keh who's work and video tutorials are very inspiring! She does amazing art with her glue I gave up on that one, for my glue gun does not give me the same results as she has on her canvasses! I opted to stamp with clear UTEE , and that gave me a result that I am quite happy with...

I just love the effect of the stamping of the back ground together with the embossed Butterfly...

This is were Vivian would do magic with the glue gun creating nooks and crannies for the ink to nestle in. But see how pretty the embossed looks? I also did some stencilling with a Prima mask and  texture paint.

The hearts are super grunged with texture paint, inks, beads and UTEE embossing.

I used Tim Holtz tissue tape to create texture together with the UTEE stamped image to give the mists from Lindys Stampgang place to nestle and shimmer and shine in!

I also sprinkled some Diamond glitter onto the texture paint...more shimmer and shine...!

These then are my "Heart" creations...Hope you enjoy them as much as I did creating them...

“We don't make mistakes, 
just happy little accidents.” 
― Bob Ross

Hope you will join in the challenge, you have until the 28th Feb to participate and stand a chance to win one of these prices... 

2 Scrap kits

 And then we also have this little bag of gems! They would be the perfect, finishing touches to any project!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

~~ 4 Surely Loved ~~

We are not big on Valentines Day in our family... therefore, I thought it more fitting to make a LO with the four most important people in my life as a Valentines project for Pion Design's challenge...they are after all what matter most in my life...

I only had three different sheets of Pion's Studio of Memories 6x6 papers left, resulting in each of my loved ones getting their own mini Lo...! My family consists of husband George, son Francois and daughters Chantelle and Michelle...

I made some flowers out of the papers using Donna Salazar's Bitty Blossom Dies, also punched some little Dragonflies. All were inked with her CHOX's and dusted with Fairy dust Glitter. 

I stamped a 4 on the heart and after applying dimensional Glaze, layered all the hearts onto a second heart.

The letters and hearts are still from the Pion papers.

I used Dusty Attic's Vine and two Mini Birdhouses. They were inked, some UTEE added and painted with some Lindys Stampgang Mist.

I stamped an image with clear ink, heat some Ranger Sticky embossing powder and sprinkled Fairy dust glitter on.

Some more Bitty Blossoms! Once you get the hang of rolling them...and quite a few ending up in the dustbin...they are actually fun to make, and they do compliment one's LO being the same colour and design as the paper one uses...

I placed the mini birdhouse on a Prima Shabby Chic Treasure window...

Thank you for your visit...Have a Happy Valentines day...our like us...just love the ones who are close to you Heart.

If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange,
a circle of sections, held together but separable
each segment distinct.  

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Pion Easel Card...

Just a very short post to show my Easel Card that I made for Pion Designs Valentine Challenge...Knowing me, I think you will understand that I couldn't go for the typically dainty, soft, red, hearts galore kind of, mine had to be a down to earth, Nature inspired, Bunny hopping kind...Taking into account as well that these are the limited papers of Pion that I have available...hahaha! At least my little Bunny Rabbit is delivering some flowers and the biggest Heartfelt Creation heart that he can carry! And I'm pretty sure that he just might have a box of chocolates hidden somewhere as well...

The papers I used were Correspondence from the Forget me not collection and Hope from Fairy tale of Spring...

I used a Lattice door from Imaginarium Designs, onto which I placed two James corner pieces as decoration. The door was inked with Ice Spruce and Pumice Stone DI...and some Picket Fence Distress Stickles rubbed onto it. The corner pieces I inked, then embossed with Peeled Paint Distress embossing powder and inked again...I raised the left side of the door, mainly to show off the Frosted film from Tim Holtz that I stamped an image on and adhered to the back of the door frame.

I made some Bitty Blossoms with the papers and used a piece of James Border as a stopper for my card...

Please remember to double click on my photos would you like a closer look.

The Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them,
there ought to be as many for love. 
Margaret Atwood 

I used the following ID pieces...

Lattice Door IDS 0038

James Border IDB 009

James Corners IDC 0010

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

~ Carpe Diem and Our Boy ~

Hello everybody!

Patricia with my very first post as an Imaginarium Designer...I enjoyed altering my chipboard so much and hope to inspire you all to try some of these techniques...

First up is a LO that I titled Carpe Diem, which for me goes hand in hand with my word for the year namely Persevere...

I treated the Ovals with Stampendous Ivory Aged Enamel Embossing. I cut the top Fleur-de-lis and adhered it to the top of the door. I love how it adds extra detail to the door...

The beautiful Butterfly's were first primed with Gesso and then painted with some Lindys Stampgang Micas, Autumn Plum to the bottom one and Adobe Fire to the top one, this gives them a luscious shine which changes as one moves the LO...The Spade Picket Fence Border was inked with various colours of ColourBox Mix'd Media Inx CHOX and a random coating of Ranger Distress Crackle Paint / Brushed pewter was applied.

I really love how my Alphas turned out! I first inked them with some CHOX, and then embossed them in an inked Sizzex Wood grain embossing folder. I applied a little black chalk to the edges. I just love the colour and texture this achieved!

The flourishes were also inked and some of the Adobe Fire Micas was painted on as well. I also used the negative as a stencil and painted some Gesso on the back ground paper to give the illusion of a shadow...

Imaginarium Products used on this LO are...

Capital Letters IDAUC 0001

Lower Case Letters IDNLC 0001

Jessica Flourish IDFL 0014

Monarch Butterfly Small IDT 0031

Oval Frames IDT 0002

Spade Top Picket Fence Border IDB 004

 Other products used:
  Fabscraps Papers: Bells and Whistles
                        Little children
                       Star Sparkles
                        Santa Surprise
                  Prima Decorative Wood Embellishments / Door
Spellbinders Aster Flower Topper Shapeabilities for the flower.
~ ~ ~ ~

Our Boy

I don't like fussy cutting, not good at it...but the back ground of these 1984 photos of my son were really bad, therefore I tried my hand at photo fussy cutting!

I painted all the chipboard with the same acrylic paint, but gave each piece some different treatment afterwards... I tried to catch some of the web strands from my Krylon Webbing Spray in the corner of the frame, but was not to successful this time least I now have some texture on the frame which I further enhanced with some random clear UTEE on the diagonal corners.

I stamped the Honeycomb hexagons with the Water Droplets stamp from Designs by Ryn and embossed them with clear embossing powder.

For this chippie I added some Ranger Blue Glass embossing powder to the wet paint and heat set it with my heat gun.

I used the same embossing technique as the previous Alphas, but this time chose to de-boss instead, in other words I placed the chippie facing the back side of the folder. Again used my favourite technique on chippies, the random application of some clear UTEE... I like to heat until it just starts to melt, leaving the little nooks and crevices which adds extra texture. I used Sizzex's Bubble wrap folder.

The Heart Top Picket Fence Border was stamped with Tim Holtz's Wood Grain stamp and the hearts were sprinkled with a little Fairydust Glitter.

I used the following Imaginarium  Products on this LO...

Swirly Frame 3x2  IDF 0004

Honeycomb 6x6 IDS 0054

Phrases IDP 0006

Phrases IDP 0051

Spade Top Picket Fence Border IDB 0005

Other Products used...
Authentique Collection, Renew: Foundation One
                                                  Foundation Two
Several Marianne Dies for the flowers and foliage.
A few Petaloo flowers.

If you are interested in any of the chipboards, you can find them here..
And I would be happy to welcome you to my own blog Between the Sheets.

Thank you so much for reading through this very long post from me....and now for all your trouble, if you leave a comment on my post you will be in the running to win a great pack of ID chipboard to play with!

This then is me Patricia from sunny South Africa saying Goodbye!

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