Thursday, January 31, 2013

Guest Design Spot at OUAS

So for February 2013 all of the Meg's Garden design team are guest designing at Once Upon a Sketch. Here is all the information for this months sketch:

The month of February is the month we celebrate St Valentine's Day here in Australia and in many parts of the world. Love takes on many forms..relationship love, parental love etc etc. So let's think about what the above quote can mean and how you can interpret it on a layout. You are free to scrap about any kind of love you wish however you like based on the following sketch. 

Ideas for journalling: love for your partner, family , parents ,siblings , children, work, students, craft, music, extra curricular activities. Whatever it is that you connect LOVE with. 

Your layout must incorporate this theme and the sketch below. 

Please make sure that we see some sort of journalling on your layouts and please tell us where your journalling is . You are allowed to journal in any language but please tell us where on your page we will find your journalling. Remember journalling has to be a bit more than a title, or a generic comment. Hidden journalling is perfectly fine.
Nadia always has such beautiful sketches. I used the beautiful "French Bird Cage" paper for this layout, I thought it would be perfect for this photo of my daughter. I also used one of the pretty White Gardenias from Meg's Garden in between two of my handmade flowers. I really like the way the layout turned out.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

DT layout for Meg's Garden

I love these beautiful papers from Meg’s Garden and thought they would be perfect for this photo of my daughter. I distressed all papers with my distress tool. For my paper layers under the photo I used a piece of “French Bouquet” paper approximately 7¼” x 3½” and glued the white lace down the right side of the paper. The next 4” x 2” piece of paper was cut from the 4” bottom strip of the “Ma Fleur Rose” paper using the scroll frame piece which I glued down about an inch down from the top of the other piece. I cut the perfume label from the “French Bouquet” paper and glued that down as shown. I then laid my photo down over top of these layers.

I took one of the white gardenias and used my purple ink to color it and glued it down and used two of the green leaves to slip under either side of the flower as shown and then glued down the lilac and lavender flowers and the small pink rose buds on either side of the large flower. I tore in on one side of the background paper and used a small piece of mauve cardstock behind the torn area and glued down a small purple rosebud as shown by the tear. I then laid the pink crystal and pearl flourish on the left side of the layout. I printed out two butterflies and used glossy accents on both of them for some strength & shine and glued them down as shown. I then cut out my title with my Cricut machine and laid that down. Here's a closeup of the flowers.

Materials Used from Meg’s Garden

Paper – P6251 Blue Paradise
             P6296 Ma Fleur Rose
              3400 A French Bouquet
Lace     - L2920 White Lace
Flowers- gar wh White Gardenias
-          Lilac & Lavender Paper Roses
da810 Green Leaves
Don't forget to stop by Meg's Garden and checkout the beautiful new papers by Denise Ann, "Ode to a Summers Day" ! The Design Team will be showcasingthis collection over the next few months. Thanks for stopping by and having a look!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ultimate Design Challenge Week 2

Okay so I didn't get an email from Swirlydoos to say I was eliminated in round 1 so I got to enter the Week 2 challenge.

If you were eliminated in round 1, you would have received an email early this morning. If you did not enter round one you have been eliminated. If you entered round one and did not receive an email early this morning then you are IN IT TO WIN IT! GOOD LUCK!

Your SECOND challenge is issued by Swirlydoos Designer Rachel Moses and the challenge is:
"To create a scrapbook page or card using the PAPER LAYERING techniques shown in Rae's video  below"

Here, Rae shows us an example of a layout she completed using multiple paper layers and distressing techniques. You may follow along and create something along these lines, or feel free use your own creative license to show us what amazing paper layering concepts you have hiding within your self!
So below is my layout for week 2. I think I have about 10 layers here (unless you count the photos, then it's 12). These are photos of my grandchildren one taken  in 2006 and the other taken this past November. I'm feeling really old all of a sudden, lol. I used the papers from the Swirlydoos "Belle Chanson" kit. I love the teal color in this kit. Krissy just coordinates these kits so well! 

I  just realized after I had finished my layout that I had given it the same title as I had on the layout I did of my son (their Dad) and his cousin. Oh well, that's okay, lol.  

Ultimate Design Challenge - Week 1

Well I've really got behind in my posting here. It's already week 2 of the Ultimate Design Challenge over at Swirlydoos and I haven't even posted my week 1 project. So that being said I'll post my week 1 project then I'll post week 2's project.

The first challenge is issued by Swirlydoos Designer Vicky Alberto and the challenge is:

"To create a multi-dimensional embellishment for use on a scrapbook page, card or other altered item"

  • You must use either a die cut paper or a piece of chipboard as your base shape (does not have to be a birdcage)
  • You must turn that die cut/chipboard into a dimensional (layered) usable embellishment
  • You  must use at least TWO art mediums (gesso, gels, pastes, glazes, paints etc)
  • Your final piece must be showcased on a layout, card or other altered item
  • Post a photo of the embellishment ONLY on this thread, and upload the finished project into the Swirlydoos gallery by the deadlin
You can go here: Ultimate Challenge Week 1 to see Vicky's tutorial and other info you will need. Even if you didn't register for the contest you can still play along on your own.

So my embellishment is the cameo on my tag. I took one of my Cricut cartridges and cut out 5 cameos which I then glued on top of each other. I then took a piece of white cardstock and cut an oval piece and glued it to the back. I then filled the head part of the cameo with glossy accents. Once that had dried I took some Rock Candy distress crackle paint and put that over the brown area and let that dry to crackle. Once that was all dried I glued it to my tag as shown above. I then added this tag to my layout below of a photo of Mum taken in 1946 in Belgium.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

New collection at Meg's Garden

Check out these beautiful new papers by Denise Ann at Meg's Garden, "Ode to a Summers Day" ! You can see a larger view at Meg's Garden along with special pricing to celebrate this new release. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Another new week....

Well here we are at the start of another new week in January and apparently the days are getting longer by one minute a day. Come on spring hurry up!  

Since it is a new year I thought I would try something new. And "What is that?" do you ask!'s using "Gelatos". Everyone was talking about Gelatos over at Swirlydoos forum. These apparently came in the Swirlydoos November Tech Kit and once I saw some of the tutorials on using them I thought I must try this. The gelatos come in a tube that looks much like a lip balm but when you open it it almost looks like a crayon. You can take the gelato and rub it on your craft mat, spritz it with a bit of water and all of a sudden it's like an ink. You could also just use it on a canvas, rub it back and forth across the canvas, spritz with a bit of water or a wet brush and it all starts to blend, really very cool! Below is my finished project and I was quite pleased at how the canvas background turned out. If you'd like to check out one of the tutorials, pop on over the Swirlydoos and check out the video that Lynn from the Swirlydoos Education Design Team came up with here: Gelato Tutorial
This next layout is a photo of my son taken in January of 2012 up at Mount Seymour in North Vancouver, BC. I was digging through all my papers to find a wintery one that would go with this photo. All of my wintery, snowy papers are more towards the blue type of papers. I ended up at my LSS and ended up picking these Bo Bunny papers that tend to lean more towards green/blue color. These worked good with the photo as my sons jacket was kind of a dark green/brown color. I hope you like it, here's the finished project!