Saturday, July 31, 2010


My latest page has taken a few days to be complete. Took me a little longer than recent pages but I am at last pleased with it.

It features Fluffy Bum in some of her favourite positions. Mostly in front of the gas heater! The journalling has been stolen from a cat calendar; this bit is the cat dictionary definition of "Catelegance". "cat-el-e-gance [kat-e-li-gen(t)s] n. describes a cat while lounging".

I've used Basic Grey "Periphery" paper - had it in my stash for some time - and some Bella "See Throughs" (think I got them from Whitcoulls). The pack has 9 3"x3" acetates with white flocked patterns. Two I inked with Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Walnut Stain and Crushed Olive) and the other I overlaid some black tulle. The photos have been mounted on chipboard and then painted with Tim Holtz Distress Paint. Some other odd bits of lace and stuff from my stash and a multi-layered flower from various sources.

So that's half of the weekend gone. I've also made some jewellery today; some new designs which I'm experimenting with. Tomorrow will be some more scrapping.

Thanks to Nic B, I potentially have a job doing the wedding stationery and jewellery. I'll be working on some prototypes tomorrow ready to show the bride on Monday. I'll keep you posted on how that goes.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Non-Scrapping News

Well, after a really horrible week last week....three job rejections in three consecutive days....this week is looking up considerably. Was advised I have a job interview at Dept of Corrections next Tuesday. It's only 15 hours per week but that's 15 hours more than I'm getting paid at the moment.
I've also applied for another job; it's in Ashburton but it is full time.
I've decided at the last moment to enter the Warehouse Stationery scrapbook comp so am working on another version of my Rachel page. I'll post it here when finished. It's not very different from the original but I've changed up a couple of things. :-)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Textured Canvas

As promised, here is the other page I worked on yesterday at our crop.

The 'vase' on the left hand side is the curled up backing paper from the corrugated cardboard used in the Rachel page. I wasn't intending to use it, but as I was working away I saw it curled up like a cone and thought 'why not?'.

I'm thinking I may yet darken the background as the inks I used have faded quite a bit; possibly from the glimmer mist I sprayed over it. Not sure.

So, to the 'ingredients' of this one:

12x12 canvas covered in bits of tissue and adhered with Gesso. I used ordinary plain facial tissues although apparently the tissue from shoe boxes and the like work better. And that may also explain why the inks are more subdued.

Corrugated cardboard, with one side of the 'paper' ripped off and then sprayed with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist. The words were printed onto watercolour paper, inked with Tim Holtz Distress Inks (green, blue and walnut) and sprayed with the glimmer mist. The brown piece is also watercolour paper inked with walnut and sprayed with GM.

The photo was mounted on 3mm bookboard (very thick chipboard). All card, board and paper were edged with a gold leafing pen.

To finish, Prima flowers in the 'vase', pearl bead strings and a Dusty Attic Swirly Vine (small) which was inked with green and covered in Chrystalina Kindi Glitz.

Hope you like it. :-)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saturday Crop Day results

What a day! I've done two layouts with lots of detail and I am totally happy with both of them. I can't say a lot about what the layouts are for as there might be some eyes reading this before they're meant to, but I guess the reason for them is not so important anyway.

The subject of the first one is my neice, Rachel. I don't know if orange is going to become a regular feature of my pages, but in this one orange just seemed so appropriate, even though the autumn leaves have been cropped out of the pic!! The pic was taken 2-3 years ago when she was 4 (she'll be 7 in November). Quite the wee model she is don't you think?

Basic background cardstock aside, I have used some K & Company "Hopscotch" paper and the flap of a packing box. I ripped the brown covering off one side of the corrugated cardboard (and used it in my other layout which is still drying so I'll talk about that one tomorrow) and sprayed it with Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist. (Must get some of that - it's fabulous!). The edge of the circle is 'trimmed' with Autumn Flower Soft; great stuff that too.

I had fun with the Dusty Attic Large Swirly Vine. Part of it is embossed with Verdigris Antiquities embossing powder and the rest with more Flower Soft (adhered with Chrystalina Kindi Glitz).

Some bead string and a few leaf punches and the flower in the bottom corner (layered from several different sources) and the page was complete. I've just got to work out how to flatten out the backing cardstock which has curled a little due to the Dimensional Magic I used to adhere the corrugated cardboard. I don't often use wet glue on my pages but as this one may yet go onto a canvas I wanted to ensure everything was well stuck down. Don't want bits falling off the wall!

I hope you like it as much as I do. :-)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Finally...the pics

So here are some of the pics I have done for my sister's 40th birthday album. I'll have to keep some a secret just in case she finds out.... :-)

First up is School Days. This one uses the Dusty Attic gates (small version). I used these as they reminded me of the gates at our high school. And my mum still had some Napier tartan left from our kilts so I was able to use a wee bit of that.

These next two are a "then and now" of mum and dad and us four kids. I actually prefer the "then" layout more than the "now" but I'm growing to like it. "Then" is a reasonably simple layout. "Now" had used some more Dusty Attic stuff - the tree and the clock. Dimensional Magic and bling added.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

(Late) Mid-week Report

Unfortunately, my camera is out of action due to lack of battery power, so you'll just have to believe me when I tell you about my latest pages.
I am quite chuffed with the three pages I've completed in the last two days. I have used the kit from Trina McClune's 3-in-1 class at SENZ. I used the same pics - different sizes - to create a trio of pages. Not sure where they are going to go yet....the one from Ngaire Bartlam's will hopefully be hung on a wall soon.
There is an advantage to being out of work - more time to scrap. The down side though is not having enough dosh to spend on scrap items!! Oh well.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Night after SENZ

It's getting a bit late and I should be off to bed as it's been a long...but faaaabulous weekend at SENZ. Once I get this blog thing sorted out I will post some pages that I've been working on lately. Night night!