Saturday 22 November 2014

Cecilia at 17

(for Tresors de Luxe)

My mother when she was 17

These are the Tresors de Luxe products I used:

Ivory Fabric Flower EM-010
Lace Trim Dusty Rose LA-103
Ivory Beaded Lace Applique AP-057
Rhinestone Trim CR-023
Rhinestone Trim CR-004

I started this layout with a piece of Pion Design paper from their Flower Frames collection then did some stamping in grey and green ink, stencilling with molding paste and applied washes of grey and pink watercolour overtop.

Kaisercraft Texture Stamp- Crackle
Pink Paislee stamp- Butterfly Garden collection - Impressions
Memory Box stencil - Flourish

At this stage I was thinking this paper was destined for the trash, lol, but I stuck with it.

After washing over the pink pencilled areas I went back in with more grey and pink to blend them more subtly which made it look a lot better. I also applied a pink wash inside the frame.

The larger leaves were painted white, coated with white Viva Decor Croco Crackling colour then sprayed heavily with various green and brown mists.  I also inked around the edges with brown ink using a craft nib.  The smaller ones were inked and embossed with Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel in Aged Green.

Dusty Attic chipboard - Leafy Stem #3 Small
Blue Fern chipboard - Organic Vine

I dampened and curled over the edges of the paper and matted it on a punched cream coloured cardstock inked with pink along the edge and a plain dark grey cardstock.

Martha Stewart PATP punch - Eyelet Lace

Here are a couple more close-ups:

Thanks for looking!

Monday 17 November 2014

The Four of Us

My husband and me with our two boys on October 5th, 2014

I made this page for my mother-in-law who asked for a layout of my husband and me with our two boys.  I knew I didn't have any recent photos of the four of us so we went for a walk along a nature trail for a scenic backdrop and used the timer on my camera.  Picture me pressing the timer button then madly stumbling across the rocks to get in position.  I actually started this layout a while ago but had to put it on the back burner for a while because of my other commitments.  As it was to be a birthday present I had to switch it to a priority to finish on time.

The background of this layout is a piece of 13arts paper,  Always Reach Higher, from their Fly Away collection.  I added some colour with a green Faber-Castell Gelato and diluted Flat Fabio mist to the background, did some stencilling with molding paste overtop, applied a clear crackle coat over parts and did a light grey wash over the crackled areas

13arts paper, "Always Reach Higher"

The Crafter's Workshop mini template - Kasbah

The old paper doily behind the photo was coloured with a green Gelato and Flat Fabio mists then glued to the paper with matte multi-medium .   I punched around the edges and added a bit more red to some areas of the paper to balance it out and sprayed the paper with a coat of Krylon Low Odour Clear Matte finish (to tone down the glossy look of the crackle which I didn't like).

Ek Success punch - Round Binding Edge

The rocks were made from oven-baked clay using a mold and then painted.  I did a basecoat of grey and played with washes and dry brushing overtop until I got something I liked. The clay stays somewhat flexible when cured so I was able to cut pieces of it off and place some of the "rocks" on top to make it look more natural.  The acorns were also made using a mold and clay.

First Impressions Molds -  Cobblestone Path
Best Flexible Molds - Oak Arbor

These are some of the other products I used:

Dusty Attic chipboard - French Flourish
Dusty Attic chipboard - French Flourish Border
Creative Embellishments chipboard - Flourish 10
Sizzix Sizzlits die - Autumn Gatherings

And some more close-ups:

The chipboard leaves were painted green and sprayed with brown mists, then lightly inked around the tips with black. 

 The lacy die-cut leaves were made using  Prima dies.

I sprayed the die-cut maple leaves with red mist then inked around the edges in black

Thanks so much for looking.

Thursday 13 November 2014


(for Tresors de Luxe)

My niece, Emma, when she was little

This is my second project for Tresors de Luxe and is also based on their Mood Board Challenge for November. There are 3 prizes for the challenge.  First prize is $75 to spend at the Tresors de Luxe etsy shop.  Rules for the contest can be found under the "files" section of the Tresors de Luxe Challenge page on facebook.

These are some of their products that I used:

Crystal Rhinestone Trim CR-023

I pulled 2 pieces of the trim off, coloured them with sunset orange alcohol ink and placed them over paper leaves.  Here is a closeup of them in the layout.

Rustic Brown Shabby Chic Flower FL-019

Ivory Lace Trim LA-019

Lace Trim LA-181

Nothing really complicated with this layout.  I layered a bunch of mini doily die cuts in the corners, painted the chipboard pieces orange and then coated them with different colour of  Distress Stickles glitter glue.  The large rhinestone flourishes are by Prima.  They've been in my collection for years waiting for the right layout.  I brushed a bit of orange paint over the lace and white over the flowers and did a bit of shading around the layout with black watercolour.  

The brown stamping in the background was an afterthought.  I had glued everything down but I felt it lacked something.  The first press of the stamp and I thought "there you go, now you've ruined it".  My husband likes to mock me about how often I say "It's ruined!"  I guess I'm a bit melodramatic about messing things up, lol.

Other than the brown floral pick and rhinestone "leaves" , all the flowers and paper leaves are by Petaloo. 

Here are some of the other products I used and some closeups of the layout:

2Crafty chipboard - Doily Border

Blue Fern Studios chipboard - Jeweled Trinkets
Inkadinkado stamp - Fabric Shop
Spellbinders die - Grand Decorative Circles One
Cheery Lynn die - Rum Punch Doily

Thanks for looking.