Friday, August 15, 2014

Manor House Creations - Country Estate LO

Hi Everyone,

Today I am sharing a LO created for Manor House Creations using the vibrant Country Estate Collection.  This collection is perfect for those outdoor photos and comes with a set of matching diecuts, flowers and chipboard pack.

Your Sweet Smile
To create this LO I used both sides of the New Day pp and punched some strips of the green side of the Birdsong pp, then layered them to create my background.

I have framed the photograph with a mix of flowers combined with the black rosette ornate frame which I cut up and tucked in amongst the flowers.

The midnight frilly roses were altered by pulling out the centre bud and replacing with a fabric brad.

Manor House Product:
Country Estate papers:  Birdsong, New Day, 12x12 Elements Sheet,
Flowers:  Country Estate - red, Frilly Roses -midnight, Belle floral, teeny weenies, Leaves - light green small
Embellishments: Beautiful You chipboard pack, Ornate Frames - rosette black

Other Product:
MME pp, Carolee's Creations mini alpha stickers, Martha Stewart deep edge punch, Kaisercraft weatherboard stamp, Prima stitched stamps, Vintologie stencil, glimmer mist-scarlet, texture paste, archival ink, fabric brad

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Manor House Creations - Winter 2014 Collection

Hi everyone, Cathy here with a LO to share created with some of the flowers from the Manor House Creations Winter 2014 Collection and the new felt doilies.   The bones of this LO was created a while ago and was the inspiration for a Canvas class that I taught.  I have had it sitting in my pile of projects for a while and thought I would finish it off using some of the gorgeous flowers from the Winter 2014 Collection.

Love Your Beautiful Smile

These pretty girly papers were a perfect match for the gorgeous chantilly lace flower and country roses.
To get the most out of your felt doilies when layering, don't use the whole doily.  Just cut off the section needed and save the rest for another project.

Manor House Product:
Flowers:  Chantilly Lace pack, Flower Pack - oh so pretty, Country Roses - cerise, Solitude,
Embellishments: Felt Doilies - Beautiful You

Other Product:
MME and Basic Grey pp's, MME word stickers, Kaisercraft rubons and flutter stamp, Prima poppies stencil and resin embellishment, Martha Stewart punch, Green Tara mini organza blossom, cherry blossoms, mini blossoms, berry sprays, paper twine, lace, mesh ribbon, texture paste, mist, Distress ink, washi tape

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Color Stories Inspiration Scrap365 #7

Hi Everyone,

I have this months Scrap 365 #7 case file for Colour Stories Inspiration to share with you. 

This LO was inspired by Luke's love of climbing, ever since he was a very young boy. I have chosen to write a haiku which reads -
Reaching for the sky
Each climb a new adventure
Such a free spirit

I have hand written some journaling about Luke's love of climbing on the back of my LO.

Ever since you were a very young boy, you loved to climb. There were many days where I would hear you calling out "mum look at me, look how high I can go", which would instantly send me into a panic wondering what you had managed to climb this time. You showed no fear, as children do, thinking they are invincible. I remember one time when you were only about 4 or 5 where I woke up and couldn't find you in the house. I eventually heard you outside and couldn't figure out how you got there, as the doors were all locked. I found out to my horror, that you had climbed out the kitchen window, which was 4 metres from the ground and shimmied down the drain pipe to the concrete below. You finally realised one day when you were 12 years old that climbing can be a very dangerous activity, when you were showing off to your friends at school and climbed up to the 2nd floor of the school classroom. You lost your grip and fell to the concrete below, breaking both your arms and fracturing your skull. We had a couple of years of operations and trips to the hospital, before your one arm which had been badly broken was finally repaired, but unfortunately you lost some movement in that arm. A hard lesson was learned that day and now you only climb using full safety gear at the rock climbing centre.

Reaching for the Sky

hot air balloon
polka dots
Inspiration words - high free
Journaling written on the back of LO

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Color Stories Inspiration #133

Hi Everyone,

This week's CSI #133 case file comes with a gorgeously vibrant colour palette.  There's something so delicious about teaming hot pink and orange together .  Pop on over to the Color Stories Inspiration blog to drool over the stunning creations from our amazing team of investigators.
The inspiration for this LO started with the word "Delight" from the Testimony criteria.  I struggle a little with journaling and love to use quotes to help me communicate my thoughts and feelings.  Here I have used a lovely quote which reads - "We delight in the beauty of a butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."

ribbons - ribbon bow on tag
paint/watercolor - gelatos on background
tie something - bow, string on tag

Inspiration Word - Delight
I have also added some hidden journaling on my tag.

Products Used: 13 Arts, Kaisercraft and WRMK pp's, black cardstock, Kaisercraft collectables, pearl brads and texture stamp, Prima flowers, paper blossoms, MME tiny word stickers, Spellbinders leaf die, Memory Box stencil, Liquitex opaque flakes texture paste, gesso, archival ink, Martha Stewart border punch, Lindy's Stamp Gang and Dylusions mists, ribbon, tiny tag, Silhouette Cameo diecut

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday Tip with Kaisercraft

Hi Everyone,

This week at Kaisercraft, it's my turn to share a Tuesday Tip, so I thought I would show you how to alter your bright pp's a few different ways by softening the colours using gesso. These techniques can also be used with softer coloured pp's for a more pastel look.

Top left - Dampen a sea sponge in water, squeeze, then dry off excess water with a tea towel, so it's only just damp.  Lightly dab into some gesso, then pat the sponge onto your pp.  Keep sponging until you are happy with the coverage.  I like to cover most of the paper, leaving a border around the edges untouched for some contrast.

Top right - This section was altered with a damp paintbrush and gesso.  Use up and down strokes to apply gesso mixed with a touch of water. You can see the difference between the sponging and watered down gesso which just lightly softens the colour of the paper.  The thicker the gesso is, the less the pattern and colours will show through.

Bottom left - Using gesso and a bit of folded cardboard, lightly dip the folded edge of the cardboard in the gesso and drag it up and down your paper, for a messier look.

Bottom right - Lastly, use gesso and a densely patterned mask which will cover most of the pattern. Here I have used the Kaisercraft bubbles stencil.

If you look at the closely at the example, you can see the difference in colour between the original bright background and the changes with each different technique.

I have created a soft colour wash card using the sponged technique and then used the leaves from the tree template on the corners of the card. On the envelope I have used the brushed watered down gesso technique.
Kaisercraft Products:  PP941  Dream Big paper pad | CT797  Dream Big Collectables | CT793 Storyteller Collectables | T407  Template – Tree | EM930 Pearl Brads – Pearl | SB794 Pearls – Pearl | CD501 Card Pack Square – White |

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Color Stories Inspirations #132

Hi Everyone,

The week's case file #132 is up at Color Stories Inspirations.  Here is my take on this week's challenge.  Pop in to the site to check out all the fabulous creations from our Designers for some inspiration.

So Cute
How cute is this photo of Brittany at 2 years of age!!  The journaling reads:
"You had a wonderful day playing at New Farm Park.  You were so cute running across the park, yelling "catch me daddy", then squealing in delight when daddy would scoop you up and throw you in the air."


Handwrite and scatter your story
Inspo Word - Cute

Product Used:  Kaisercraft, Marion Designs and Fancy Pants pp's, Kaisercraft collectables, Memory Box hexagon stencil, American Crafts glitter stickers, Martha Stewart border punch, Basic Grey alpha stickers, Luminarte pigment powder, Lindys Stamp Gang mist, cherry blossoms, jute twine, button, gesso

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Kaisercraft DT - Bow and Arrow Collection

Hi Everyone,

For my third post for this week at Kaisercraft, I am sharing a few projects using the new Bow and Arrow Collection.  Check out the Kaisercraft blog and Facebook Page to see how our talented Design Team were inspired by this collection.

The Perfect Day - Layout
I have been digging through a lot of my old photos of the kids lately, looking for inspiration and found this lovely pic of Brittany enjoying a day at the park. There are so many sweet papers in this range, so I decided to layer them under my photo.  The Kaisercraft flutter template is one of my all time favs.  I have used it to create my background, masking with some Viva Inca Gold in a peach tone to match in with the papers.  To soften the overall look I coated my background with gesso, then stamped over the top with the triangles texture stamp in green.  
I love being able to add co-ordinating accents with the collectables... no searching through your stash trying to fnd just the right embellishment... how great is that!!   Did you notice the altered ribbon rose?  I decided to have a go at Alison's Tuesday Tip - check out the link HERE.
The Bow and Arrow sticker sheet has the cutest designs, here I have used part of the banner border and embellished it with a couple of jute twine bows.
Kaisercraft Products: P1566 Sunrise, P1567 Stone, P1568 River, P1570 Heart, P1572 Fine | CT801 Collectables | SS249 Sticker Sheet | T607 Template - Flutter | CS150 Clear Stamp - Triangles | EM931 Pearl Brads - Latte | R711 Ribbon Rose - Willow
Other: Prima Ink, Viva Inka Gold Paste, Gesso, Mists, Martha Stewart border punch, twine

Just for You - Card
A quick card using the paper pad and matching collectables, with a few pearl accents.
Kaisercraft Products: PP944 - Paper Pad | CT801 Collectables | CD505 Card Pack - Square Natural | EM930 Pearl Brads - Pearl | SB794 Pearls - Snow
Other: Dylusions white mist

Always Beautiful - Card
A second card created with the paper pad and collectables.  This time I have accented the card with a few metal dies cut from the pp's to make my embellishments.

Kaisercraft Products: PP944 - Paper Pad | CT801 Collectables | CD501 Card Pack - Square White | SB713 Pearls - Pearl
Other:  Dienamics doily and blossom dies, Sizzix Thinlits daisy die (leaf accent), Prima Ink, Dylusions white mist

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