Wednesday, 23 March 2011

'Smile please' and a fabulous weekend away.(photo heavy)

I have just been away for our annual retreat with a group of very lovely, talented and inspiring ladies....not to mention the fact thay they are really good friends. We have scrapped, made cards, eaten, laughed and laughed some more...till we ached at times and it was absolutely brilliant!
Between us we made 69 layouts,18 cards, and various mini not a bad weekends production. I thought I would share my creations over the next few days.

here is my first one. 'Smile Please'
Its based on a sheet of Kraft Bazill which I laid a fancy doily on and sprayed using 2 colours of Cosmic Shimmer Mists ( gosh I just luuuuuurve those things!)

I then took some cream lace and some pale pink chiffon roses( from a £1 hairband from Primark...don'tcha just love a bargain!!) and laid them on some newspaper and sprayed them to co-ordinate with the background colouring.
Now, not wanting to waste the now pretty newspaper, I placed a torn section behind the photo and used the rest to punch out some flower layers using various size Retro flower
punches....and a half pearl for the centres

I then sprinkled a few pearls and crystals about and printed out some butterflies and stickled them and added a few prima flowers. Then finished it off by shimmering the AC thickers title.

oooops, I forgot to say I embossed some gold mirri board, painted it with cream acrylic and then buffed the paint back off when it was dry to create this distressed border.

I am really, REALLY pleased with the results of using the would have been a shame to just throw it away. And yes, I do know that the newspaper isn't acid free and isn;t the best thing to put by my photo....but you know what? I don't mind too much...I am sure it will last ok in my album for a few years :)

Here are a few shots from the weekend. As you can see we were busy beavering away and here are some of the girls looking at our results. Believe me, if you had seen the tables about half an hour before this photo was taken you could hardly see a bare inch of space....the whole hall was overflowing with totes and stash till it came out of our ears LOL.

I will leave you with a few photos that I took very early on saturday morning. Lynn and i went for an early morning walk in the was frosty and very pretty ( and VERY cold on sandal clad feet LOL)

The frost on the monkey puzzle tree was amazing, such large crystals.

I think this will appear on a layout at some point :)

What a bizarre ice formation....looks almost like a horny/horned ice slug LOL!

Have a super day whatever you are up to!
Warmest wishes


  1. Beautiful layout Anita - I'm afraid putting newspaper on a layout would be a step too far me LOL!!!! I can just about cope with distressing and misting.

    Looks like you were all really productive at the weekend - I look forward to seeing the rest of your layouts.

    Karen x

  2. Beautiful LO and photos Anita!
    Thanks for doing my hair to :)

  3. Wow! Anita, your photos are fab, great close up's. Love your newspaper flowers, you would never know to look at them! That is a super layout. You are very talented with the camera and the scrapping of course.

  4. Great photos Anita. The lighting of the one of Lynn is perfect. And your layout - well you know I love it and although I've said it before I'll say it again - "I can't believe those beautiful flowers could be made from a humble newspaper". Amazing IRL.

  5. Great layout Anita, love the newspaper looks very pretty.
    Super photos I love the one with the little pond on. Its sounds like you had a wonderful time and very productive :)
    x Debbie x

  6. Gorgeous gorgeous LO Anita!!!

  7. Lovely lay out again Anita and the photos are absolutely stunning. Very clever lady. xx