Thursday, May 20

2 Layouts 2 Share

Here are a couple of layouts that I have completed for this month's challenges at Challenge Heaven. In this layout we had to use the word kiss/kisses in the title and stitching on the layout.
I used a bird from Tattered Angles Glimmer Screens with light blue paint then flicked white paint randomly over the page. My rub on stash got a good work out and of cause I scrapped some of my favorite photos of my GS giving his mum hugs and kisses.

This layout was also for this month's challenge on Challenge Heaven. We had to use either black or white with yellow and also polka dots. It was hard to get the layout photographed well. I have a lot of trouble with black and the yellow is more of a rich pumpkin colour.

If you are looking for a challenge blog then visit Challenge Heaven. You can have a lot of fun and you can do some or all of the challenges for the month. If you complete a minimum of four challenges, you go into a random draw for great prizes.

The thing I love best is that I get to use up a lot of my old stash - which in turn makes more room for new goodies. LOL

Thanks for stopping by,

Hugs, Irene xx

Sunday, May 16


This month on Lets Get Shabby, the challenge was to create a layout using the quilt below as our inspiration

I love the challenges on this blog because it takes me out of my comfort zone. As a result, I have fun trying out different techniques to achieve a "shabby" look, whether it be a layout or an OTP project.

This month when I saw our challenge, I knew I had the perfect photos for a layout. Last year I was visiting my Sydney grandchildren and went along to their play group where these photos were taken. I wanted to created a patchwork country side with a fresh air and sunshine feel.

I tied a rope around my waist and dove into my fabric collection and found 5 different fabrics to create the patchwork country side. These are machine stitched and I ruffed up some of the edges to resemble grass. The path is paper from the Bo Bunny Lunch Sack Plaid range which I have had in my stash for some time. I grunged it up a bit with Tim Holtz Distress Ink - walnut stain.

The sun was printed on the background paper and I wanted to give it a 3D look. So I cut it out, and used Kindy Glitz on the rays and Dimensional Magic on the face. I then cut out a slightly larger sun shape from a warm yellow paper and adhered it to covered the hole. Then I used dimensional foam to adhere the sun.

A close up of the knot in the tree trunk.

I would have liked to use wire for the vine but as I didn't have any, I cut very fine strips of dark green cardstock and wound the ends around a paper piecer to give me the curls. I then added tiny glass beads to the centre of the flowers. The picket fence, I made from cardstock.

Since Hamish is looking a something to his left, I cut out a cute little bunny and I added it to the layout. The little bling flowers have embroidered stems.

Initially I was going to put in a barn but since the play group is held in the church grounds, my barn became a church. LOL Then I noticed that the challenge image also has a church - perfect !!! The trees, I cut out of left over fabric.

In the second image of Hamish, he is looking up into the tree so ofcause a little birdie had to be sitting up on the branches. (my art teacher always says that you need something red on your project - so this one is for her) hehehehehehehe The tree is made of felt with a few punched out leaves.

When I finished the layout, I didn't have anywhere suitable for journaling, so I created another layer for the tree, attached it to a journaling card and now it sits tucked away out of sight.

I would like to take this oppurnity to thank you for your patience. I know that this post is a long one. Now I am not admiting to anything, but, I occasionally have been accused of being a bit of a chatter box. lol

Thanks for stopping by,

Hugs, Irene xx

Tuesday, May 11

1 Amazing Mum

Since I have been scrapping, I have learned that it's not only the happy, smiley fun moments that get scrapped. What I am trying to say it that I want to capture different emotions which will help tell the story of our family in years to come.

I have had these photos of daughter #3 for some time. Deb was dealing with issues regarding her eldest son as well as bringing up a 6 month baby and these photos show how tired and stressed she was at the time.

I hope that when Debbie looks at these photos, she will see how far she has come, and how much she has accomplished. I am so proud to have such a beautiful daughter.

The photo flap opens up to reveal the journaling.

This layout is for the "Theme"challenge over at Challenge Heaven. We had to use 3 photos smaller then 6x4 and it was to be about mothers.

Thanks for stopping by,

Hugs, Irene xx

Tuesday, May 4

Bits and Pieces to share

Last Saturday our art teacher Gillian celebrated her birthday so I decided to make her a little gift and a card. I made two poi pouri sachets filled with Old English Ross. I was very pleased when I opened the celophane packet and discovered that it was actually made up of small rose buds and petals and smelled wonderful.

Firstlty I made a pink silk pocket, attached a layered flower with a sparkly brad and filled it with the poi pouri, then slipped it into an embroyered organza cover and finished off with some lace and a ribbon loop so it could be hung from a hanger or popped into a draw.

As you can see, I am by no means a card maker. After I had finished it, I could see that I could have added more demention by inking. Oh well, it was too late to change anything as I had 5 minutes before I had to head out the door. Gillian appeared to love both (she is so sweet).

Thanks for stopping by,

Hugs, Irene xx
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