Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tissue Paper Backgrounds...

I've been experiementing... I thought I might have been onto something really cool, unique and one of a kind.... until I was told that it's already been done **doh** LOL Anyways it's tissue papered backgrounds!

Kahi received a present wrapped in tissue paper and it fell over a dark fabric and the effect was really nice - I thought then "why not use it for scrapping?" So I had a play and LOVED the effect!!!

I've done 2 LO's recently using tissue papered backgrounds... I LOVE how they're turned out!! They're for recent challenges on LSBS and SBT50 . Hope you like too :)

LSBS - Seasoned Scrapper - Spring Week 3

Presented by: Kerryn

challenge requirements:
Include handmade 'springs' into your LO


My springs are nestled into my flower clusters. They are little tendrils that Tracy from My2Angels taught us how to make whilst at Scraphappy Kat's retreat this year :) Super easy to do once you now how ;)


SBT50 - We Dare You!!

challenge requirements:
1. Embellishment cluster - Linda
2. String / twine - Treens
3. Flocking - jjw
4. Colour combo of cherry red, teal & chocolate brown - Joy

Single Blue Flower


Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Techniquelly Challenged???

Nah - of course not :) I've jsut completed another monthly challenge for SBT50 - it was Ant's Technique Challenge!!! Yaayy and I'm really pleased with how this one has come up :)

Challenge 2: Ant's Technique Challenge....

All About Punches!!!!

challenge requirements:
* Feature Punches - not just one, make them a feature of the LO
* Lace
* Staples

so here it is....


The photo lookes a bit dark when uploaded - I think I might have another go at photographing it again tomorrow, but think it's the teal colour of the cardstock that makes it look darker than what it really is - it's a hard colour to edit correctly!!!

Soooo to complete the challenge requirements:
* I've included punched butterflies scattered throughout the LO
* there is lace in the photo border and
* there are staples holding the lace down.

You can see there are some gorgeous Pretty Petals tissue flowers in the embie cluster. Pretty Petals are currently getting ready for a new stocking to take place tomorrow 7.30pm EST!!! :) Don't forget to check them out!!!! Gorgeous flowers that are very well made :)

I've also used some of the chipboard pieces I won from Words or Whatever - WOW from their facebook page. Seriously, these pieces are soooo easy to alter and use!!! I've painted both the bullrush chippie and title with Luminate twinkling H2O's (I purchased mine from Scraphappy Kat (contact via her blog to see what is in stock) and LSBS are looking at possibly getting them in too) - only 1 coat of paint is required with these!!! I've also added some dimensional magic on the rushes and the butterfly and of course some bling featured there as well ;)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I'm Hitting the Monthlies...

Challenges that is... The ones that I'm currently working on are for SBT50 - if I don't get them done by their due date this Sunday Vicki will have gloating rights which i don't want to allow her to have LOL She thinks I wont get them all done - I say I will... I think I'm too stubborn to let her win this one hahaha so yesterday I got stuck in and completed Sue's challenge.

Challenge 3: Sue's Colour Challenge....

Designed for "Pink Ribbon" month in honour of October being Breast Cancer awareness month.

challenge requirements:
* LO about an important female in your life
* Pink Ribbon
* Polka Dots
* Handmade Button

This LO is about my Aunt. I used to get teased a lot at school because of her. I used to wish that she was different when I was younger. I used to pray to God that she would become a normal person... it's taken a long time for me to realise that she is happy, she is herself and nothing is going to ever change. Silly I know.

Perfect the Way You Are

May was born the way she is. Piecing things together it would seem that she was stuck somehow during the birthing process and was starved of oxygen. She is mentally retarded. Her mental capacity is around that of a 6 year old and there are also other medical conditions that she suffers with as a result. My grandparents fought to keep her at home and they raised her and she was with them until my nan fell and broke her hip which lead to both her and pop (who by then had Alzheimers) going into nursing homes. Now May is in the care of a group home and my mum takes her a few days every week to take her shopping and get some fresh air and 'normality'. With her age May is starting to get unknown illnesses and starting to become aggressive as she doesn't understand that her body is aging. She can't tell us where or why things hurt... it's a hard time now for her and those trying to help her. We don't know how much longer she has on earth with us, we have never known that, so we relish what time we do have and just love her for being her.

I guess because she wont understand what I'm talking about with how I used to feel etc, doing this LO has allowed me to say to her all the things I now realise and apologise to her for the thoughts and resentment I used to have for her. I love my Aunt (we simply call her May) so much, and am privileged to have had someone as loving as her in my life.

So some of the details...
polka dots and handmade button
pink ribbon

The 'poem' I have written for the LO is
"Your body has aged,
and you’ve never grown up.
You’re like a child inside
and look at the world with
innocence and wonder.

You were born this way.
No marvels of modern medicine
could fix what so many said was
a defect with your brain.
But you know what?
You’re perfect the way you are."
I altered an envelope for my letter to May

and the letter says...
You’ve taught so many life lessons to those who have met you, you have fought so many battles, your life has been troubled but you have given so, so much with it and will continue to do so whilst you are on this earth.
You have taught us how to look at life through the eyes of a child at all time, how to laugh at ourselves, love those that may not be considered “normal”. You have taught us that everyone has a purpose, no matter how big or small, there are lessons that we can learn from everyone. You taught us not to be afraid of people with disabilities; to love unconditionally. Through you we learned compassion and that we should always live in the moment.
May, I am so privileged to have you in my family, in my life, in my children’s life. The lessons you have taught us, the way you have lived your life and shown love are lessons that so many don’t have the honour of learning first hand. When your time on this earth is done and you are with Nan and Pop again I pray that I can continue to honour your life and that my children will remember their short time with you and live their lives with the lessons your journey has taught us all.
I write this in retrospect, as you wont understand what I am saying. There is no way that you will ever understand the impact you have had on so many people’s lives, and how much they love you. May you don’t know how much you give to others, you never will; but you are an inspiration.

And despite what people say about mental retardation and disabilities I want you to know that I believe you are perfect the way you are!

Sue, thank you sooo much for this challenge... If it wasn't for this I probably wouldn't have scrapped this photo the way I have.. It's something I needed to do and address

Monday, October 25, 2010

SBT50 October Cyber Crop

All done and dusted for another month - Wow these come around fast and leave just as quickly - it goes to show just how quickly the year is fading away!!! Eeeekk!! Anyways this months theme was Homemade. I had a HEAP of fun creating these LO's - I hope you like them too :)

Opening Night Challenge:

Presented by SBT50 October Guest DT member Becci :)

challenge requirements:
* Create a card or mini LO (smaller than 12x12)
* Include the words Home and/or Made

This is my take on the challenge. It's a card, I'm not very practiced with doing cards and am not completely happy with this, but hey, everyone had to start somewhere!!!

Home Tweet Home


Challenge #1 - Kids Creations:

Presented by SBT50 October Guest DT member Becci :)

challenge requirements:
* base LO on the imagination of children
* eyelets and/or paperclips
* twine
* buttons, and
* Foam Tape

This LO is based on William 'cooking' with some left over icing from his birthday cake this year - I expected him to make a car or something like that - instead he comes out with a skull - black, read and white **sigh** Boys!!

The Ghoul Chef
yes, I'm addicted to making these bottle tops!!!

To meet the criteria I have:
* eyelets in the top tear where the hanging skeleton charm is tied, also on the bottom of the photo.
* the skeleton charm is hanging from twine
* buttons appear along the 'tear' at the top of the photo
* the "enter at own risk" sign is mounted on double layered foam tape

I wanted to add a spider and web in there somewhere, but the spider charm I was waiting on arrived a day late *doh*


Challenge #2 - Let's Get Sketchy:

Presented by the the wonderful SBT50 DT member Vicki :)

challenge requirements:
* design and draw and create your own LO sketch
* include ribbon and
* at least 3 PP

here is my sketch:

when I was laying oit out I decided that I preferred the photo's on the other side of the LO so I flipped my sketch and came up with this:

3 steps for The perfect Christmas Kiss

To meet the criteria I have:
* ribbon tying the photo's together (red gingham) I've also got ric-rac on the corners - not sure if that's classed as a ribbon or not though...
* 3 patterned papers, the background, hand cut diecut and the backing sheet behind the photo's are all made from pp


Challenge #3 - I Made It Myself:

Presented by the lovely SBT50 DT member Anthea :)

challenge requirements:
* include 3 different handmade elements
some gingham or checks
* stitching


To meet the criteria I have:
* included more than 3 handmade elements. I've made the banner, bottle top, there's a handmade button, hand dyed doily and hand made journal blocks.
* there are some checks on the back of the playing cards, but to be sure I've included a black and white gingham brad
* the border of the page is machine stitched.


Challenge #4 - Better Than a Brought One:

Presented by the the talented SBT50 DT member Sue :)

challenge requirements:
* scrap a layout about something that you (or someone else) has made instead of buying it
* hidden journalling
* a patterned paper background
* mixed alpha title and
* at least 5 brads

When I was tossing up ideas I was discussing a few with Vicki (boss lady) and she said to go for this angle, it's a bit left of centre (like anything I do is straight forward hahah) and has been all cleared and still within the criteria *phew*

Homemade Gifts (exterior)

Homemade Gifts (interior)

Yes - outside of the square - that's me :) As you can see my homemade gifts are Brattus Bricknellus (aka my children) they are definitely something I've had a hand in making that are better than a brought one... I mean really - who makes kids like these better than me LMAO

It may not look like it but I spent A WHOLE DAY on this LO... but I think it's worth it (this included getting the kids to pose for the piccies and processing too). I strongly suggest opening the clickable thumbnails above to see the full details of the LO Smile

To meet the criteria I have:
* included hidden journalling,everything is hidden behind the present exterior Smile
* there are PP on both the closed and opened backgrounds
* the title on the tag as well as in the centre LO both have mixed alpha's and
* I've used more than 5 brads. There's 1 on the tag and 4 on each subject info sheet - making 18 in total

I had a LOT of fun with this LO. There's still things I think I should have put on the info sheets (such as nicknames etc) but that always happens to me - wanting to change things once the LO's completed LOL next time - something like this could become an annual project yet ;)


Friday, October 22, 2010

The Seasoned Scrapper - Spring - Week 2

Well the second week of the LSBS Seasoned Scrapper "Spring" has just about come to an end and my Layout has been uploaded and explained and ready for criticism, love, envy whatever you wish to throw at it in the LSBS gallery... Either that or you can see it here - and again criticise, love or envy it from here (no idea why anyone would envy but it sounded right LOL)

Week 2: Sunny Babies

Challenge Requirements :

* Scrap a baby photo taken out in the sun
* Use Flowers

Here is my LO - please note I simply HATE my handwriting here - but it was what I wanted, and once on a little bit hard to take off ;)

Happiness Is...

The baby is my Domenik when he had just turned 1. He's in the garden enjoying the sunshine with our cat Portia Smile I was rather addicted to dressing him in little Noo outfits LOL sad eh - but he is just too cute!! LOL

The flowers have had diamond stickles put on their petals to lift them and allow them to be moulded a little and I've sewn the stems and leaves. The banner was made from chippie I've covered with PP and I've painted the chippie "happiness" with twinkling H2O's.

The phrases I have written are in answer to "happiness is..."

*flowers dancing in the wind
*baby hugs and giggles,
*new life and starting over
*ladybugs and butterflies
*warm kisses from the sun
*rain on hot red dirt
*the scent of freshly mown grass
*sunshine and fluffy clouds and