Sunday, March 28, 2010

Company d

Wow!  What an inspiration!  This video clip does go for 25 minutes but it is so worth watching!  Grab a coffee and a tissue and be prepared to be impressed by this group of young adults with Downs Syndrome.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Time to showcase some layouts

I have been posting my card and ATC challenges but not much else of late. Naughty me!

I have done some scrapbooking too and to prove it, here are a few of my recent layouts.

March 030 This one was for the Scrapbook Dreams March Layout Challenge – to use a minimum of four photos.

March 091This layout was my take on the Scrapbook Dreams Mid-Month Motivation for March.  The idea was to do a layout about colour whether it be our favourite combination, what colour means to us or a memory we might have triggered by colour.

It has taken lots of thoughts, ideas and poor attempts to complete this layout.  I knew I wanted to use all the colours of Distress Inks that I own but couldn't figure out the best way to do it.
I have always wanted to do a title in mixed font as well as this is not at all my usual style.
Overall, I am happy with it as a deviation from my usual.

March 090 This layout is for the current Scrapbox Sketch Challenge. I had the photo, taken in February and then saw the “Three little maids from school” stamp for sale with my favourite stamp seller on Trademe.  It all fell into place from there.

Andrea and Christine were friends prior to Form 3 but then I barged my way into their lives and over 30 years later we are still close friends and always get together when we are all in one place at any one time.  Pretty cool, huh!

And last, but not least:

March 049This layout was for the previous Challenge at Scrapbox.  To do a layout using Autumn colours.  Again – I have had this photo Taken in our garden) for some time, waiting for me to do something with it.  The paper flowers and leaves are handmade, using nesting shapes and a cutting file on the Silhouette, coloured with Distress inks and with centres made from flower shaped brads, folded upwards and a pretty bead glued in the middle of the created “cup”.  The border etc on the left was already printed on the 12 X 12.

Tuesday Trigger : Butterfly Dreams

The Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World is all about the pastels of a Northern Hemisphere Easter.

Here is the Trigger Photo:


And here is my card for this week:

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The Butterfly is stamped onto patterned paper (twice) with the top image adhered only in the centre.  The background is patterned paper received free with a magazine, and I made the “pearl swirl” myself using transparency and 3-d paint that I sprinkled with eye-shadow powder while still wet. The sentiment is one of my favourite ones from Tim Holtz. The colours behind the sentiment stamp is a combination of two new distress ink colours: Pumice Stone and Stormy Sky.

Shell will be pleased to note that I did not use my digital cutter at all on this, lol.  It seems I can still break from my current addiction to using cutting files for everything I make.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Art Pieces ATC Challenge

This week’s (no, actually it’s a fortnight this time) challenge is an Easter Themed ATC.

Easter is not a big deal in NZ unless you are a practicing Christian. I find it not much more than a commercial chaos, really.  In saying that though, I do usually send a box of Easter goodies to my daughter at Uni.  She is training big time at the moment to beat hers Dad’s running time so the Easter Bunny may have to deliver some protien bars or something this year. lol.

This is my entry. 

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The beautiful tatted egg is a cutting file made ( and given freely!) by Paulo, here.  What talent this man has!  It appealed immediately because of the real tatting Mum does. I keep promising myself that I will learn the skill but have, as yet, to take up a tatting shuttle.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tuesday Trigger 16/3/10

This weeks Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World is all about Texture + Colour = FUN.

16 March 2010

I had lots of complicated, time consuming ideas – none of which I could really be bothered with because I am having a “tired” week and it was all just too hard, lol.

What I did do though, I am pleased with.  The photo does not really do the card justice, sadly.  However – here it is:


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I printed the image on photo paper and added rhinestones to her jacket, glitter to her top and belt buckle and feathers to her hat.

The balloons have dimensional magic and the flowers on the car have the addition of stamens from artificial flowers.

All mounted on a pink card base and finished with a rub-on sentiment.

Art Pieces Weekly ATC Challenge

Ribbon, Buttons & Flowers

Hmmm, I thought. Not sure that this one is for me.

However, as I looked through my stash a number of times an idea formed and this is the result:

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Three layers of cardstock, a clear button with printed butterflies hung onto a reclaimed jewellery part with it’s original red velvet ribbon attached.  The three flowers are metal ones that I picked up at an Emporium.

To be honest – I rather like it 

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Blog Candy from Norway

Anette, a contributor to Art Pieces (and many others), has blog candy to give away.  Not sure if it will come this way, but you never know.


Anette is Norwegian and you will need to translate her blog but it is worth doing. She kindly comments on my ATC entry every week too, bless her.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Art Pieces ATC - Owls

This weeks challenge at Art Pieces was to make an ATC with one or more owls on it.

I chose to re-size a cutting file from Tina at Forever Memories For You.  This woman is amazing!  Her cards and projects are simply out of this world! Pop on over there to have a look through what she has made.

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There are several layers used for this owl and I used Tim Holtz Distress inks in shades of Scattered Straw, Tea Dye, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo. I used Spiced Marmalade on the beak and added googly eyes. The white rings around the eyes are coloured with a correction pen, of all things.

The main ATC is backed with textured silver cardstock. It was reasonably labour intensive but I love that this sort of challenge allows you to use techniques or product that you would probably dismiss when doing a swap of 9 or more.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tuesday Trigger

This week’s Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World is all about Green. Here is the Trigger picture:


And here is my card:

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I used a digital paper  for my background and stamped my Captain (from B Line Designs) using Stazon Olive.  I typed the caption in word and popped them both up on foam.  I was really pleased with the colour matching of the font and the ink.

It’s nice to make a masculine card for a change.  They can be a challenge in themselves sometimes.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

ABC of ATC’s – A Friendship Swap

Last year Shell, Tricia and I started to make a series of ATC’s to create an A to Z swap.

Tricia and I each had 9 letters and Shell had 8, so she also made the title ATC.

We made the swap in person at Shell’s place in January this year and I have now mounted mine on a canvas, as was the plan.

Maths bores me to tears so having to measure out the spacing, using a combination of centimetres and inches, was no fun!  Worth it in the end though.

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Our styles are quite different but the set, as a whole, works so well together. I am very proud of my set and they are now on the wall in my craft space.  Thanks Girls!

Do you have a favourite?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Tuesday Trigger

Over at Moxie Fab World the Tuesday Trigger was this colour inspiration.


This is the card I came with using the my fab new Tim Holtz Stamp from Dallas Turner.

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60th Birthday Card

One of the guys at work turns 60 next week.

Happy Birthday Davey Mac!

I made this card to go with his bottle of Whiskey (he’s Scottish ya know).

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Davey is football mad and fronts up to my desk on Mondays at lunchtime to get printouts of the Scottish Football Results.

Davey is an avid Phoenix supporter and it so happens that his home club of Alloa Athletic sport the same colours.

I used my Silhouette to cut out the Paper doll, the football strip and the ball. (Oh, yeah – the numbers and grass too).  These are available as a free download in many formats from Quilling Patch.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love this machine?  I cut something out every day, for one reason or another, lol.

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Art Pieces – ATC

This weeks theme at Art Pieces  is Houses.  I have Fairies and Little People on my mind right now because that is the theme for the March ATC Swap at Scrapbook Dreams.

So, for me, the choice of house just had to be . . . . . . . .

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I cut the toadstool pieces out with my Silhouette in 3 layers.  I added Sepia dimensional to the window panes and Glow-In-The-Dark dimensional to the spots (So the Fairies can find their house at night).  The Fence is from a Martha Stewart punch.


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