Monday, March 25, 2013

Gone Fishing

Hello again

Today I am sharing with you my page I have created for 2 blog challenges:

  • A2Z Scraplets - March challenge, "Summer" theme (please click here to see all the details and other fabulous entries)
  • Once Upon A ...Sketch - March Challenge, use the sketch and theme "Its the Weekend"(please click here to see all the details and other fabulous entries).
The sketch I used from the Once Upon A ...Sketch blog is this...
And this is what I came up with ... and I apologise it is on its side, I have tried a dozen times to fix it, but it keeps loading sideways!

I love this picture of Tim.  He has that goofy/cheeky smile that makes my heart melt and he looks like such a dag in my floppy floral hat!

I went to a retreat recently and used texture past for the first time on a page.  So I thought I would give it a go with my page this time and I am fairly happy with how it turned out.  I used my paint brush and blotted it across the top and down the middle of my page at a sort of diagonal.  I think the key is to not over think it and go with the flow.  I am in no way an expert on this, but I was happy with my first attempt!The picture doesn't do it much justice, but the ink and glimmer mists look different with the texture paste.

I have also discovered muslin/gauze lately and have used it on this page to give it more of a beach/rough look.

Materials used:
Paper/cardstock - Cre8tiv cardstock; Webster's Pages, Kaiser Craft and an unknown source paper
Flowers - Manor House; Green Tara; Prima Marketing Co.
Embellishments - Kaiser Craft bling; A2Z Scraplet title; gauze; string; journal strips (unknown source); Kaiser craft stamp, versa colour ink; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Jo Sonja's Texture Paste; notebook page

I wanted to keep with the yellow of the sand and Tim's Shirt for the cardstock and use the blues of the ocean, sky and that daggy hat in my papers and reflect that into my flowers.  I know, its a boy page about fishing and I still use flowers... I can't help it!

The little journal strips that I found, they were right in the bottom of the drawer, obviously fallen off a die cut page that had been floating around in there for awhile.  They set up my Summer theme and of course, us Queenslanders love to get to the beach and relax on a nice hot Summer's day, so it was a perfect weekend! 
I wanted to keep my thoughts about the day for just me and have written about them on a notebook page that I ripped out of the book and tucked it under my photo.

I hope you like my page and feel inspired to give yourself a challenge.  Head on over to the blogs via the links above and give it a try!

Until next time, happy crafting!

Carmel xxoo

Friday, March 15, 2013

"Lady in Red" layout - SIWAS

Back again!

This time I am showing you my layout I have created for the 2nd song for the month over at Scrap it With a Song, "Lady in Red" by Chris De Burgh.  To see all the details and all the other fabulous creations, please click here.

I really love this song by Chris De Burgh. It was hard to choose which part to use, but eventually chose this picture and the chorus line "it's just you and me" stuck out.
This picture was taken on New Years Eve 2012 before our celebrations to ring in 2013.  Our friend Colin Worley took this photo (and many more of my family) on the evening.  He's on Facebook (PhotoCol Photograhy) and is based in the Redcliffe area (Queensland, Australia).
Materials Used:
Paper/Cardstock - kaisercraft; bazzill
embellishments - kaisercraft paper blossums and pearl flourish; green tara paper blossums; leaves and pearl stamin (unknown); "eyelash" ribbon; muslin; black lace; A2Z Scraplets; black embossing powder; mini letter stickers (unknown);

I really like the "After Five" collection by Kaisercraft with this photo.  I used one of the "journal block" pages and cut a couple of the blocks out to piece together my page.
I used black lace under one of my layers and punched a piece of paper with my scallop border punch.  I like layering my papers and embellishments to give my layout dimension.
With my title, I mixed the fonts/mediums used. I used some mini letter stickers that I have had hiding in the bottom of my drawer for AGES for the first part and the "You and Me" is an A2Z Scraplet that I inked with black Versaink and embossed with black embossing powder.
I hope you like my page.
Until next time, happy crafting!
Carmel xxoo

"Purple Rain" Sweetheart

Hello again

I dont know about everyone else, but I am so glad that we are having a rest from all this rain that has been hammering South East Queensland!  Seeing a beautiful sunshine day outside my bedroom window this morning instantly lightened my mood.

This is the first of 2 entries today as I have been busy over last weekend doing some pages for the Scrap it With a Song blog.  This first entry is for the first song of the month, "Purple Rain" by Prince (or is it the artist formerly known as Prince?).  Check out the details and all the other entries for this month here.

I love this picture of Emilia.  It really captures her fun and sweet personality, and that smile melts my heart!
 For this page, I decided to use the song's title as inspiration.  I used Purple as my main colour pallette and added some black and white cardstock to make it stand out.

I am not usually one to use purple on my layouts, so trying to find some in my stash was a little difficult but I am very happy with the end result.

I really like the black vine stickers I have used on this layout.  I got them at my LSS and use them ALOT!  The sheet of stickers is all vines and there are lots on there and different lengths, etc so they are versatile for cards and layouts.  The metal butterfly I picked up and Spotlight one day.  I thought it was really pretty and had to include it.  I also got the 2 laces from Spotlight.

Materials Used:
Paper/Cardstock - Kaisercraft; Unknown
Embellishments - Kaisercraft paper blooms; Green tara blossums and leaves; rhinestones and pearls; Metal Butterfly; Elizabeth Craft Designs stickers; A2Z Scraplets; lace and ribbon;

I used my cuttlebug and new spellbinders cutting die to make the journal tag above my flower arrangement.  The die is called Labels Fourteen and has 5 different size dies in the pack.  I like that they cut and emboss, giving it a lovely edging.

The scraplet I have used is from local company A2Z Scraplets.  I coloured over it using my glitter gelly roller pen.

I hope you like my page!  I enjoyed creating it for the challenge.  Why dont you head over to the Scrap it With a Song blog and give one of this month's challenges a go?

Until next time, happy crafting!

Carmel xxoo