Saturday, May 31, 2014

3 layouts just because

I got my hands on the Authentique "Suave" collection kit yesterday & have done 3 quick & easy layouts last night and today.  I love this masculine collection - perfect for boy pages!

Here is the first layout I did:

Photos of my little man 10 years ago!!  He had his face painted when we went to some markets, but we can't remember what he was.  I thought he was a crocodile, but when I asked him, he thought he was a dinosaur.  Dinosaur sounds very plausible considering his major love affair with the extinct reptiles!

My second layout is also a very basic one:

Jefferson bear is essentially a reward for "student of the week" at my son's primary school.  As you can imagine, he has done the rounds & been loved by lots of kids.  The kids take care of Jefferson for one week, until he is awarded to the next student of the week.  The week Mitchell was awarded Jefferson, he shared the bear with his mate.  Both Mitchell and his mate received the award in recognition of their hard work and effort in overcoming daily challenges they both faced.  It was a pretty special reward that came at just the right time in the midst of a particularly challenging time in Mitchell's life.

My third layout features my husband:

I love this photo of my husband - taken many years ago!  Again, another simple clean layout.  I had some fun with the chipboard - I painted it with gesso, then smothered it with DecoArt dimensional effects.  Once this was dry and I had some awesome texture (which you can't really see in the photos), I spritzed it, then dabbed on some Viva Inka Gold.  I love the effect it gave me.  I treated the title the same way, minus the dimensional effects and covered it in dimensional magic instead.

I'm pretty happy with these 3 layouts that came together quickly.

Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time,
Yvette x

Friday, May 23, 2014

Page Drafts May Challenge

Good morning - what a glorious day today!  

Page Drafts had an interesting topic this month - "One of a Kind"!  

Its all about celebrating that
extraordinary someone, something, experience or event!

You can of course scrap about your beautiful mother,  the experience and wonderment of motherhood or maternal bonds that are the glue that keeps your family together, but lets keep that optional. You may instead want to scrap about something extraordinary or that special something because its unique and there is nothing else quite like it. Or alternatively you could include the phrase 'ONE OF A KIND' in your title work, journaling and or quote.

You must use one of the 5 sketches from the 'ONE OF A KIND'  Page Drafts Release #30.
 You may rotate the sketches any which way your heart desires however your creation must remain as close as possible to the original sketch design. 

The template I decided to go with was this one:

And now for my layout:

And some closeups:

Thank you so much for dropping in.
Until next time,
Yvette x

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A2Z Scraplets May challenge

Hi there.  Considering we just had Mother's Day earlier this month, I wanted to scrap a photo of mum and I taken at our Mother's Day lunch.  We had a lovely lunch at the local golf club with a dessert to die for.  (needless to say, I worked extra hard at gym the next day!!)

When trawling through blogs, I came across the challenge on the A2Z Scraplets blog about, what else but, "MOTHER'S".  How could I pass that up.  We could scrap us as mother's or about our own mother.  I chose the latter, since I have so many pages of my kids & me.

Here is my layout:

Products used:
Bazzill cardstock
Fab Scraps Paper
Chipboard:  A2Z Scraplets word, Twiddleybitz fern leaf & Make it Crafty butterflies
Bundled Sage Distress Paint
Crackle Accents
Pumicestone Distress Ink
Stampendous Shabby White & Shabby Pink embossing enamel
Kaisercraft Flowers
Kaisercraft Rubons
Lace doilies & Key from my stash

Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time,
Yvette x

C'est Magnifique May Sketch challenge

Good morning!  How fast is this month slipping by?!  I wanted to share with you my take on the C'est Magnifique Sketch challenge for May.

Another lovely sketch that I couldn't pass…

Here is my layout & some closeups.

Products used:
Maja Designs Vintage Spring paper
Kaisercraft Gate Chipboard
Memory Maze Chipboard works
Prima resins
Prima Flowers
Prima Crystal Flourishes
Cheery Lynn Mini Fanciful Flourish Die
Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel
Versamark Pinecone
Dimensional Magic
Stardust Stickles
Kaisercraft bling
Lace & seam binding from stash

Thanks for stopping by and looking.
Until next time,
Yvette x

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Scrap FX Fan sketch/mood board challenge

Good morning!!   A little bit cooler this morning in my neck of the woods, but now that the clouds have gone it is turning into a splendid day.

I found the fan sketch/mood board challenge on the Scrap FX blog and fell in love with it.  I had to give it a go.

First here is the sketch and the mood board…

How beautiful is that mood board?!  I was totally inspired by the teals (one of my most favourite colours) and pinks and also the essence of love.  The gold also grabbed me, but didn't end up featuring on my finished layout.  

So, I guess I should show you my layout…

These colours are actually deeper than the layout…still having trouble somewhere between the photo in my photo library and the uploaded photo on the blog!

(this photo is probably the closest to the real colours)

I used my Silhouette Cameo for the first time on this layout.  Once I get my head around it all, I can see it getting a great workout.  It certainly has lots of potential!  I actually cut out the saying on white card stock then coloured it, ombre style with my pink spritz mixed with gesso.  I am really happy with how it turned out - I haven't tried to do that before.  

The chipboard was painted with gesso and while it was still wet I sprinkled a little embossing powder over the flowers and heat set it.  (I wanted a random coverage).  I also heat embossed the arrow.

Products used:
Heidi Swapp paper
Scrap FX chipboard
Dimensional Magic
Spray mists
Embossing powders
Vivaldi crystal blossoms
Prima & Kaisercraft flowers
ZVA Creative pearl flourish
Prima resins
Tim Holtz Arrow
Glass butterfly beads
Silhouette Cameo

Thanks so much for stopping by.  
Until next time,
Yvette x

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Black with 2 May Challenge

Hello again!

This month at Black with 2 was definitely a challenge for me - mainly because of the colours!  My layout ended up completely different to what I had in mind when I first saw the colours.  I thought,  that I would end up with a masculine, grungy page, but quite the opposite has happened!

Here are the details for May:

And here is a closeup of the sketch:

So, based on the mood board and sketch, here is my layout!

Products used:
Kaisercraft paper
Modelling paste
Black paint
TWC mask
Chipboard:  A2Z Scraplets & Twiddlebitz
Flowers:  Petaloo & Prima
Die-namics Leaf die
Mr Huey's Silver Spray
Black & silver embossing powder
Liquid Pearls
Black thread
Rhinestones, rhinestone flourishes & seam binding from my stash
Lace - purchased from Bella Paperie

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Until next time,
Yvette x

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Once Upon a … Sketch May challenge

Good Morning!   I just wanted to share with you my layout for Once Upon a … sketch May challenge. This month the theme is:  Journalling Theme: "Anything goes."
Wow, anything goes!!  That leaves things very open. 

This months sketch (below) has been created by Nadia.

Now here is my take on the sketch…

Some close ups:

My journalling is hidden in the glassine bag tucked behind my photo!

Products used:
Authentique Flourish papers 
Clear Gesso
Modelling paste
Mr Huey's & Heidi Swapp Masks
Lindy's stamp gang, Perfect Pearls & Tattered Angels mists
Dusty Attic, Scrap Fx & Twiddlybitz Chipboard
Lindy's Stamp Gang & Stampendous embossing powders
Studio Calico flag clip & dots
Prima & Petaloo flowers
Versa Colour Ink
Amy Tangerine date stamp
Greatest View glassine bag
Jenni B oval frame
Lace, lace doilies, ribbons, pearls & crystal blossom spray from my stash

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely day!
Until next time…
Yvette x

Monday, May 5, 2014

White with 1 May Challenge

Good Morning!  How nice to finally have some cooler weather…

I wanted to show you the page I did for the White … with 1 May challenge.   This month is gold!  I do love me some gold - needless to say I have gold glitter everywhere in my craft room now!                  

So here is my layout and some close ups...

Products used:
Cardstock:  Bazzill, Gold foil, Gold glitter
Paper:  Hot off the press Inc Color me Gold Swirls
Flower: Manor House
ZVA Creative Gold Flourish
Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel
Versa Color Gold ink
Dies:  Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish; Die-namics Royal Leaves; Couture Creations Blossom Doily
Prima Decorative Frame
Memory Maze chipboard word 
Gold Beaded Wire

I really enjoyed this challenge with gold.  

Enjoy your day, thanks for looking.
Until next time…
Yvette x

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Scrap the Boys May challenge

Good morning!

I have to admit that I've never actually scrapped a page of my husband by himself!  Don't get me wrong, he features in my pages, with the kids or myself or in family photo pages, but never a page of him by himself.  So, with this months Scrap the Boys challenge:  Let’s get ‘GRUNGY/MESSY’ for May, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to scrap him.  I used a photo taken many years ago of the workbench he made himself using recycled timber from renovations we did in our first house. It would have been in the late 1990's. He was rightly proud of himself and I love this photo I had taken of him.

Here is my layout:

 I painted a sheet of Kraft with Distress Paint (picket fence) and let it dry, not really knowing what effect I would end up with.  But I have to say I was very impressed with the end result!  It gave me exactly the crackle effect I was hoping for, which I then used as the base for my layout.

Products used:
Paper:  Echo Park Reflections Botanical
Distress Paint:  Picket Fence
Mists:  Lindy's Stamp gang in Mission Bells Brown, Midnight Rendezvous Raven & Dark Choc Truffle
as well as Tattered Angels in Tattered Leather
Embossing Powders:  Copper, Gold, Black, Silver
Chipboard:  A2Z Scraplets, Memory Maze, Kaisercraft & Dusty Attic
Prima Nuts & Bolts
Tim Holtz Gears

I really hope you like my page and thanks for looking!
Until next time,
Yvette x