Wednesday 26 April 2017

Sugar and Spice

My mother in the 1940's

This photo of my mother smiling shyly with a ribbon in her hair made me think of  "Sugar and spice and everything nice, that's what little girls are made of", hence the title of this layout.

I used papers and flowers from Prima's Royal Menagerie collection.

Queen for the Day

I edged the petals of some of the flowers with paint to give them more definition.

I did some stencilling with molding paste on the background.  While the paste was still wet, I heat-embossed the dandelion heads with Wow embossing powder in opaque bright white to make them stand out more.

DecoArt Stencil - Dandelion

These are the dies and punch I used:

Cheery Lynn Designs
Polynesian Sails Oval
Romantic Rectangles
Cheery Lynn Designs
Spring Flower Burst Doily
A2 Floral Ribbon Threader
Cheery Lynn Designs
Flourish #13
Martha Stewart punch
Eyelet Lace

I embossed the chipboard border under the photo with Stampendous Frantage Embossing enamel in Shabby White.

Dusty Attic
Fancy Trim #4

Thank you so much for taking a look!

Sunday 23 April 2017

Baby George

My grandfather George when he was a baby around 1906

For this layout I printed some digital papers from the now defunct  They were from a collection called Midnight Shadow.

This is the die set I used:

Spellbinders - Grand Decorative Circles One

This is the punch I used around the edges:

Martha Stewart punch - Cherish

These are the chipboard pieces I used:

Blue Fern Studios
Circle Flourish Small
Blue Fern Studios
Spanish Tiles
Blue Fern Studios
Symphony Corners Medium
Blue Fern Studios
Symphony Corners

For the Circle Flourish I heat-embossed it with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, inked and sprinkled it lightly with Pine Needles Distress Embossing powder and heat set it again.

For the Spanish Tiles I painted them a medium greyish green and applied Picket Fence Distress Crackle paint.  When that was dry I rubbed it with Iced Spruce Distress Ink, wiping off the excess and then inked around the edges with brown and grey inks.  I added a few Gilt Trip Prills in the center.

For the Symphony Corners, I embossed them with Aged Taupe Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel and then glued some Gilt Trip Prills on top using Artquest Perfect Paper Adhesive Matte.

The teddy bear and medallion were made with molds and Sculpey Ultra Light and then painted. I started with a dark basecoat and then dry brushed various lighter shades on top to bring out the texture and details.
Best Flexible Molds
Teddy Bear Picnic
First Impressions Molds
Assorted Flower Medallions 2

I also added some Spruce Willis Prills around the flower clusters.

The larger flowers are by 49 and Market from their Vintage Shades collection in the sage colour.  The small white flowers are by Wild Orchid Crafts.

Thank you so much for taking a look!

Friday 21 April 2017

Audrey and the Twins

My husband's grandmother (center) with some friends

For this layout I used Blue Fern Studios paper for the background and some of the die-cuts.  I also used a piece of 49 and Market paper (from their 6x6 Heirloom Botanicals collection pack) for the red doilies and some yellow cardstock for the yellow punched borders around the photo.

Blue Fern Studios
  Chesterville - Bretton
Blue Fern Studios
 Chesterville - Hargrave

Blue Fern Studios
 Chesterville - Whitford
49 and Market
Heirloom Botanicals - Harmony

These are the dies and punch I used:

Cheery Lynn Designs
Horizon Rectangle
Cheery Lynn Designs
Ambergris Doily
Cheery Lynn Designs
Ambergris Tiny Doily

Decorative Labels Eight
Tattered Lace
Ornate Leaves
EK Success
Abstract Flower

I layered all the die-cuts over a black version to accentuate the edges.  I lightly rubbed some white paint over the red doilies with my fingertip to soften the colour and to better match the cerise flowers,

The larger flowers are by 49 and Market from their Vintage Shades Collection in the yellow and cerise colours.

Thank you so much for taking a look!

Thursday 13 April 2017

Great-Grandmother Bjorg

My Icelandic Great-Grandmother Bjorg

For this layout I used a Riddersholm Design paper for the background.

Riddersholm Design - Barn Market - Worn

These are the dies and punch I used:

Prima - Parisian Lace
Lifestyle Crafts - Nesting Doily Rectangles
Martha Stewart - French Scroll

These are the chipboard pieces I used:

Dusty Attic - Corner Flourish #3
Dusty Attic - Fancy Trim #1

I heat-embossed both chipboard pieces with Ranger Antiquities Embossing Powder in the California Stucco colour and inked around the edges with Fawn Colorbox Chalk Ink.  I glued some Fuzzy Navel Prills to the corner flourish using Artquest's Perfect Paper Adhesive (PPA) Matte.  I poured some of the PPA into another bottle with a finer tip so I could apply it more precisely.

The roses are by Prima (Solid Rose, Blush Gold and Crown Gold).

Thank you so much for taking a look today!