Saturday, 23 April 2016

Time to hang..... and Let's GO APE together!

 Here is my post that is currently over on the Papermaze blog

Hi There, it's Anita here again and my post today is using up my last bits of Kaisercraft Provincial and also the other embellishments I had for April.

I had a lovely chipboard clock sent in my kit and I want to do something with it rather than just stick it onto one of the layouts.

 So, I used some Metallic Gilding Wax in gold, and rubbed it in patches around the front of the clock face. I then chose a photo of my 2 girls that fitted nicely in the centre aperture of the clock and glued them in.
The flowers were originally a pale cream and so I used a shimmer mist spray to  make them the colour I really wanted for this project. I also had a mix of cream lace pieces, so I popped a couple of lengths into a little bowl of water and squeezed some Distress Stain into it, stirred and let them soak for about half an hour. I only wanted a pale colour, but if you want a deeper colour you can add more ink or even dab directly onto the lace for more intensity.

I finished up by adding buttons, flat backed pearls, punched out leaves and a metal word plaque.
I am hanging this little project on the wall, but you could still easily add it to a layout if you wanted to.

I have also created another layout, Go Ape Together! I thought this was going to be a difficult paper to use due to the heavy hedge type background, however I found these photos from a family trip to Bedgebury Forest a couple of summers ago and thought they worked well.

I used an edge punch on the top and bottom of the layout and then backed it onto a sheet of green cardstock. I took some Platinum Acrylic paint and splattered some huge blobs across the page and also painted some chipboard letters in the same colour for the title.

I matted the photographs on hessian, which I frayed the edges on. I used the strips I pulled off to place under the word APE for a little more texture.

I then finished the layout off with a couple of tags, some sequins and some Foam Thickers for the title.
Thanks for looking  xxx

Sunday, 17 April 2016

You Hold My Heart.......

He really does you know.....
This is a layout that I made last year, using a photo taken on our summer holiday the year before at Camber Sands, taken on the beautiful beach there one evening when we went to watch the sunset.
I wanted to have as many different textures on the page as possible so started with an embossed sheet of cardstock in the background, which I 'grubbied' up with ink.

Some torn corrugated card was the next thing I decided on and again I grubbied the edges, I also cut the word HEART from it.
 I took some chipboard and covered it with adhesive backed foil and ran a large piece through an embossing folder with cogs/gears on. I also die cut some cogs too. I then totally covered them all with black acrylic paint. When this had dried I used a washing up scourer/sponge and gently buffed quite a lot of the paint back off. I also added to jute twine in a criss cross stitch around the frame for a little more texture.

Thanks for looking xx

Monday, 11 April 2016

Because of your Smile ....Kaisercraft Porcelain

Hello again,  Today I am sharing a couple of layouts I made for the April DT at Papermaze  using some of the beautiful papers from Kaisercraft and their Provincial Collection
The first layout is of our youngest daughter, when she was still only a baby. She adored my parents Irish Terrier called Paddy and he used to follow her about and keep an eye on her.

I used a sheet of Porcelain for the background of the my page and then cut out various sections of brickwork from a sheet of Cobblestone, the saying also came from the reverse of the same sheet.
I raised the entire edge section of the brickwork onto foam pads to add dimension to my page.
I then cut out a few clocks from a sheet of Hedge and popped onto the page, some were whole clocks and others are only parts.
I also cut out a few flowers from the Hydrangea sheet. I really like the textured appearance of the cobblestone paper and its versatility to virtually *mould* it to fit whatever size/shape photo you choose to use.

For my 2nd layout I decided to try and use up some of the scraps left from the first page . I based the page on a sheet of cardstock.....but then felt it was just too plain for my liking ( I am a bit of a nightmare at leaving *white space* on a layout and I find it really I rummaged around and found various lids of different sizes.
I dabbed these with a white paint dabber and them stamped them randomly onto the page and allowed to dry.

I then scattered out various different flowers and clocks left over from the other page and added some punched out leaves, white mesh ribbon and some card candi that I raised on tiny foam pads.
I finished the layout by popping on a couple of paper roses

Thanks for looking, have a grrrrrrrreaaaaaaaaaaaat  week! xx

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

The *C* word.......

Hello There...

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend? I certainly have been lucky enough to! I have been away on a long weekend crafting retreat with 11 of the most lovely ladies that I am also lucky enough to call friends. Have had a super creative time and lots of laughter and yummy food with perfect company.

I have got some things to share, but i need to photograph them properly and then I will pop them on here.

But for now I thought I would try to catch up a bit on some previous layouts that I I will start with this one that made using 'A Christmas Carol' papers, from Graphic 45 and photo's of my cheeky nephews and nieces xx

Thankks for looking xxx