Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Finnabair Classes - Day 2

Hi Ladies,

I spent the weekend soaking up the super-talented Finnabair's creativeness at her workshops which were hosted by The Scrap Cottage. Finn is a fantastic teacher and a talented artist.   The kits were jam-packed with all the new Prima Mechanical metal elements and Sunrise/Sunset range of papers which are designed by Finnabair.  We also got down and dirty with some fabulous Luminarte mediums.  They come in so many delicious colours and are now on my wish list!!

Here are my creations from the 2 Sunday classes.

"Tea for 2" Layout

Overload - Grungy Journal

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Classes With Finnabair

Hi Ladies,

I have just spent the whole weekend taking part in 4 of the most amazing classes with the uber-talented Finnabair and hosted by The Scrap Cottage.  Finn is a fantastic teacher and a talented artist.  Looking at her stunning creations IRL, you would never think you would be able to recreate them, but we did and it was so much fun.  I was really taken out of my comfort zone when it comes to the time I would normally take to create such a masterpiece, but she has shown me I can scrap my little *** off if I need to and to just do it and not overthink things so much.  I learned quite a few new mixed media techniques and I can't wait to have a play.   Unfortunately for me, now I am going to have to purchase all the yummy Luminarte and  new Prima products... so many delicious colours and fantastic metal elements!!

I had a blast and lots of laughs scrapping alongside Lindy Gillespie and Phillipa Newsham and met so many lovely ladies.  It was wonderful seeing everyone's interpretations of the classes... so many gorgeous colour combinations!!

For now, I have Saturday's classes to share with you and will share Sunday's classes in a separate post.
Industrial Baroque Layout

Everyday Treasures Shadow Box

Phillipa Newsham, Lindy Gillespie and Me
Finnabair's creative mind at work

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Scrap The Boys March Challenge

Hi Ladies,

Finally caught up with all the day to day stuff since getting home from the Melbourne Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo.   Had the most wonderful time and was finally able to meet all these lovely ladies IRL:  Georgia Heald, Rachael Funnell, Jasmine Shea, Kim Ewins, Leonie Neal-Dawson, Heather McMahon and Teresa Abajo, just to name a few.   I had the most wonderful chat with Rachael and was able to chat with Georgia in between classes.. they are both such sweethearts.  Thanks so much to Teresa and Kim for helping me set up my display area... makes it difficult when you are vertically challenged!!  I had a fab time with my roomy Kim Ewins, who is just the loveliest person, Nicole and her mum... can't wait to catch up at the Brisbane Show.  A huge thank you to all the wonderful ladies who came to my Craft Queen classes.. I had a blast.   Hopefully I might see some of you at the Brissie Show.

I have decided to slow down a little with all my DT commitments, as I was really missing creating for the fun of it, with no pressure and just for me.  So now that I have a bit more time on my hands I can create LO's for some of the Challenge Sites I have been missing.

I have noticed that my pages have been mostly feminine LO's lately, so I pulled out some of my masculine stash and created this page for this month's Scrap The Boys Challenge.

The criteria for this challenge is to create a layout using these base requirements, you can add other items but these must be used...

2 Photos 6x4 or smaller
Washi Tape
I took these photos of Luke and his dad at our family Christmas gathering.  Silly me thought I could snap a fab photo of the two of them, but I couldn't get Luke to stop making silly faces and when I finally got one where he looks good, dad looks oh so serious.... I just can't win, so I used them anyway.

I had a play with the background using a chevron mask and some mists, then splattered over the top with metallic paint and some Tim Holtz distress stain splats.  For more added grungieness I stamped with a brick stamp and randomly punched the edges.  To make the punching stand out I backed it in a contrast colour and used a fineliner pen to make it pop.

The chipboard element is the arrow frame which I coated with metallic paint and wrapped randomly with some chevron washi tape.  I also added washi tape to the strippy background pieces.

Materials Used:  Pink Paislee, This and That, Basic Grey, Simple Stories pp's, Craft Queen washi tape, button and jute trim and twine, Tim Holtz brick stamp, distress inks and stains, Glimmermist crushed shells, Viva Precious Metal aqua, EK Success binder punch, Fancy That hexagon border die, Crafters Workshop chevron stencil.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Friday, March 1, 2013

OUAS - March Challenge

Hi girls,

This month's challenge at Once Upon a Sketch is:

Theme: "Its The Weekend!"

What does your weekend look like?

Maybe you work, or run around like crazy taking your kids to activities etc. Lunch with friends? Movies? Dinner? Or maybe you do all the exciting stuff like ...clean the house, tend to the garden , kinds birthday parties. You might like to tell us of an exciting weekend coming up, or a weekend past. Maybe a weekend getaway? Whatever it is that you want to tell us that has to do with the theme "Its The Weekend"
we would love to hear it.

Your layout must incorporate this theme and the sketch below.

Please make sure that we see some sort of journalling on your layouts and please tell us where your journalling is . You are allowed to journal in any language but please tell us where on your page we will find your journalling. Remember journalling has to be a bit more than a title, or a generic comment.
Hidden journalling is perfectly fine.

The deadline for this challenge is midnight March 25th Australian Eastern Standard Time

Click on the link HERE to see all the gorgeous creations from our DT and Guest Designers and while you're there check out all the fabulous prizes from our generous sponsors this month.

Good Times
I chose to create a LO on a Weekend Retreat with my scrappy friends Monica and Karlene and decided to flip the sketch.  My journaling is on a hidden tag under the Prima flower.  The DT recently  received a parcel of goodies from Imaginarium Designs with some gorgeous chipboard which were picked to suit our style.  My parcel contained a gorgeous flourish frame and a Title which I cut in half.  To alter the chippies, I painted them with some Viva croco crackling... LOVE this stuff!! then smudged some Viva precious metal in a soft aqua over the top to make the crackles stand out.

Materials used:  Imaginarium Designs flourish frame and title chipboard, Scrapbook Fantasies cream ribbon, Prima damask stencil, sparkling lace border and flower, Kaisercraft, Prima and Fancy pp's, Kaisercraft bingo cards,  Glimmer Mist key key lime and bahama blue, Bo Bunny diecut sticker, resin flower, Craft Queen washi tape and manilla tag, Martha Stewart punch, Viva Croco Crackling, Viva Precious Metal, Gesso.

Melbourne Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo.

If you are coming along to the Melbourne Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo... pop in and say hello at the Craft Queen stall.  You can still book classes on the day at the help desk... check class information to see what you will need for your basic tool kit and any extra items need for your class.

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