Saturday 18 July 2015


My great-aunt, Monsie (Marjory)

I dug way back in my stash for the papers I used in this layout.  The copyright date on them was 2 years before I even started scrapbooking so they were old when I bought them, lol.  For anyone who is interested they are all from the Signature Suite and Signature Life collections by My Mind's Eye.

This one is fairly simple, focusing mostly on layered die-cuts.  As usual, I layered each die-cut over a darker version.

These are the dies and punch I used:

Spellbinders - Romantic Rectangles
Cheery Lynn Designs
- Polynesian Sails Oval
Spellbinders - Splendid Cirlcles
Spellbinders- Romantic Rose
Cheery Lynn Designs
 - Kiwi Spirit Doily
Martha Stewart Punch set
 - French Scroll

The cream coloured flowers are the same as the ones I used in my Tammy layout (layered die cuts with ivory Flowersoft glued to the centers).

Cheery Lynn Designs - Build a Flower #1

All the chipboard pieces are by Wycinanka

I left most of the chipboard (except for the butterflies) plain because I liked the look of their creamy white colour with the photo.  I stamped the butterflies with a medium brown waterproof ink and then did a white-wash over them to soften the contrast.

I applied lace trim along the inside of the punched edges and added some adhesive pearls along it.

Underneath the lace border I added some shading with watercolour paint (a mixture of alizarin crimson, ultramarine, and burnt umber).

Thank you so much for looking!

Monday 13 July 2015


My maternal grandfather

This is another layout I did using paper from Prima's Timeless Memories collection.

Timeless Memories - Timeless
Timeless Memories - Everlast

I used chipboard pieces by ScrapFx, Dusty Attic, 2Crafty and Blue Fern Studios.

Dusty Attic - Cog Frame Set

Dusty Attic - Cogs 2
Blue Fern Studios - Working Parts
ScrapFx - Mini Cogs

2Crafty - French Lace Border

The chipboard pieces were painted with a sponge dabber, adding different colours of brown and gray. I then added random splotches of clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint, rubbed over top with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and wiped off the excess with a damp paper towel.  I didn't like how glossy the crackle looked so I sprayed all the pieces with Krylon Low Odour Clear Matte Finish.  To make them pop off the page more I also applied dark brown marker around the edges of the chipboard.

I didn't like the dark colour I had painted the French Lace Border so I inked over it and then embossed it with Antique Linen Distress Embossing Powder.

Some of the cogs were die cut from different coloured metal sheets.  I also sprayed these with the matte spray to tone down the shine and dabbed them lightly and randomly with paint for a more rustic look.  I embossed the center of the large gear with an embossing folder.
Spellbinders die - Sprightly Sprockets

Sizzix embossing folder 2pk - Corners and Lattice

I cut the rectangular die-cut from the Timeless Memories - Everlast paper using a Cheery Lynn Designs die.

Cheery Lynn Designs -
Deutschland  Boutique Stacker A2 Frame

At the corners (inside the large cog pieces) I stamped more gears with the Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
Prickley Pear clear stamps - Steampunk Gears

Thanks for taking a look!

Thursday 2 July 2015


My Great-Uncle Tammy

This is a layout of my great-uncle Tammy.  Not sure why he had that nickname (his given name was Gordon).

Went a few years back into my stash for the papers I used here.  They are from Prima's Nature Garden collection and Fairy Belle 6"x6" paper pad.
Prima - Nature Garden - Esprit
(I used this for some of the diecuts and the large flower)
Prima - Nature Garden - Fairy Godmother
 (I used the backside)

Prima - Fairy Belle - 6"x6" Paper Pad
(I used the polka dot paper)

Along the bottom  and top left corner I used molding paste with a stencil to add texture.  I then dripped Flat Fabio spray (Sandra Dee Sepia) over it before misting with water to make the colour spread.  I also rubbed a bit of the brown mist along the edges of the paper and scrunched the edges.

Prima - 6"x6" stencil - Fluttering Flowers
Lindy's Stamp Gang - Flat Fabio spray
 - Sandra Dee Sepia

These are the dies I used:

Spellbinders - Locking Loops
Spellbinders - Inverted Circles (small)
Spellbinders - Inverted Circles (large)

Heartfelt Creations - Vintage Floret
Cheery Lynn Designs - Build a Flower #1

I used the Vintage Floret die to make the large flower

I glued Ivory Flower Soft in the centers of the little flowers

I tried a few different things on the chipboard piece that I didn't like (white crackle, mixture of embossing powders) but finally just coated it with Black Soot Distress Embossing powder and dabbed brown paint overtop with my finger.

Blue Fern Studios - Deja Vu Border

As I did in my Great-Grandfather John layout,  I applied some blotches of glue to the layout, sprinkled them with Frantage Color Fragments (and this time Prima Mica Flakes as well) and embossing powders and then used a heat gun to melt the powders.

I also tucked little bits of cheesecloth (that I coloured with the Sandra Dee Sepia mist) under some of the flowers and added a little painted clay branch (that I cut down from a larger piece) under the photo.  The mushrooms were a Prima resin piece that I painted.

Thank you so much for looking!