Wednesday, December 28, 2011

"Time to Take a Breather"

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and survived the mayhem to enjoy the day of good food and company!! Boy hasn't the last few days been a blur of food food food!!! Time to chill now and get back to reality in time for the New Year celebrations!
I haven't been on this Blog of late for obvious reasons so I thought I would share my December Daily pages so far completed. Will then be up to date and then I can post as I go so to speak. So here goes:

So there you have it, lots to look at I know but at least now I will just add to it a few days at a time as they are completed. I have a heap to do yet things got a little out of hand as we neared the big day, but I have written notes and taken the photos... how hard can it be? Famous last words!!!!!
Bye for now everyone have a safe and Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

December Daily

Merry Christmas to all,
yes, the silly season is upon us, and time is a precious commodity right now, I am sure we are all feeling the pinch trying to fit everything in, losing sleep whilst stressing about that never ending list of things we must do! Am I right? Well before the stress really gets to me I had to get this Project done, have been wanting to do this for years and never got around to it!

 I finally made up my mind which way to go with my first December Daily Project! I tell you I tossed and turned so many times over this. There is so much beautiful work out there in cyber space it was doing my head in and not getting it done!!! So I vowed over the last few days to leave the computer off and see if it will all just fall into place.

 I have altered an old 7 Gypsies catalogue from many moons ago, knew one day inspiration would hit. It is about a 6x6 size so nice and easy to complete, and the cover was a plain Kraft colour perfect for altering at my whim!

I painted the cover with pearlescent paint in a white colour and streaked a gold and bronzy colour through it..... didn't like that... so... tried painting over it again and again until I was satisfied... you will never get to the original colour of this baby... it has so many coats of paint on it!!!!

The damask shape is texture paste over a Crafters workshop 6x6 stencil with paint over the top. ScrapFX Itty Bitty Alphas make the December, and the little epoxy tag on the ribbon was from my stash cannot tell you how long I have had them!!!! I seem to just collect Christmas stuff and never get round to actually using them so you will see stuff in here that could be considered vintage I've had them so long!!! (TeeHee)

 I had to do something with the spine as it had a 7 gypsies logo on it so once again Scrap FX to the rescue! The bird is from one of their wordlet theme packs..... just perfect!

I have tried to make things easy for myself by building the foundation pages all at once ready to receive the photos etc, I have used a variety of papers from my stash as well as the Simple Stories 25 Days Of Christmas line as they are gorgeous and I had to have them!!!!

 This is the front inside cover as you can see my pages are different shapes from tabs, to brackets and tags and a few plain pages to add some interest. I also plan on a few envelopes just because I can!

 Love Love Love this chippie from ScrapFX and what do you know it was the perfect size for the start of my little journal/book!
Well I don't know about falling into place but it is done!

Friday, November 25, 2011

November Challenge at 123

Hey There,
Just finished my take on the November Challenge at 123.  I love this site it is so much fun to tie all the requirements together and I love seeing all the different takes on them.
This month:
 Colour = Grey
Word = Please
Technique = Stamping in an unusual way!

So here it is:

 Yes another Boys page, my lovely ones being silly in the car during a recent road trip! They weren't really that sad but it is not cool for mother to keep taking photos!!!

 My unusual stamping was on the embellishment "thingys". I made them out of this really cool paper modelling clay that I have had in my stash for such a long time and never even opened it. I just rolled it out, cut out circles using a medicine measuring cup then pressed an inked stamp into it just enough to give it a negative embossed effect. Pretty hard to tell from the photo really. They are great as they dry just like thick paper and are very light so does not weigh your page down!

So much fun to play with my youngest wants to make Christmas decorations in the same way then spray them gold! But I digress, let me continue.....

I also used the same stamps with the grey paint to create a background. 

And of course buttons wonderful buttons crazy for 'em! Used a ScrapFX chippie painted grey and typewriter alphas in the Title.

And lastly my journalling,  doodling and punched out circles thrown about and I am done.
Thanks so much for taking a peek, hugs

Monday, November 21, 2011

November Challenge at WW1

Hello to all,
creatively a little slow this month, don't know why that would be, I guess it could be that Christmas is a creepin' up on me ARGHHH!!!!

 Anyway have done no Christmas prep yet ( I am a champion procrastinator)  but did manage to get a LO done for the challenge over at White With One. The requirements this month were, white, one bright colour and flowers. Obviously could not use my boys on this one, so as always, turned to my nieces! I am lovin' the yellows and orange hues still so stuck with it for my brights theme.

 So here 'tis, I have been wanting to do this design for a while now after being inspired by a LO on the Studio Calico site, cannot think who it was by (much Apologies) I like to give credit where credit is due!

 Notice there is no paint or misting done?  (I know, most unusual for me I had to really resist my go to products for the look I wanted to create) I was trying to get clean lines to bring out the heart shape more and make the brights really pop!

Had lots of fun with my stamps!
 Some fussy cutting (it wasn't too hard though) and brads to add to the texture of the page as I found it a little flat without them.

Lastly some chipboard alphas and a Damask Flourish corner from ScrapFX to finish it all off!

So I hope everyone else is more prepared for Christmas than I am so that when I finally go shopping I won't have a crowd to contend with! Don't like my chances of that though, thanks for dropping by big hugs to all who leave some love!

Friday, November 18, 2011

First DT Post over at the Scrapboxx

What's Hot Hot Hot????

Hello All...

Michelle here with my first official DT post! Oh I hope I live up to the brief..... What is Hot Right Now in the Scrapping world????!!!!

Well after much research ie prowling the net....( under the guise of fulfilling obligations that's what I have been telling DH anyway!)

 Art Journalling! I know it has been around forever but is making a big surge of late. Scrapbookers are tuning into this, I think, due to the fact that making our own backgrounds (another "in" thing) is totally hot and probably will be for a long time yet.

Art Journalling is a great opportunity to try out all those new techniques on a smaller scale. I have wanted to start one for years and have finally given it a go  and I have to tell you, it is really fun to play and let the juices flow! You start with something then it turns into something completely different.

This is my first shot at it using my scraps to play with collage.

Then I started to splash a bit of paint around, play with the stamps and other bits in my stash. It really is a great release with no pressure of producing that perfect page to match a treasured photo.

This one was inspired by Donna Downey and if you haven't visited her blog yet.... do yourself a favour girlfriend, hop on to that creative wagon and enjoy that inspirational ride..... awesomeness at your fingertips.

And before I bore you all stupid this is the last page I did, more fun with paper, tissue and paint!
 I love quotes so this form of art helps me keep track of some of my faves, but you can record anything or nothing if you like... remember there are no rules!!!!

I will be writing up a few tips and tricks I have learnt along the way in my Blog (not that I am an expert, just started myself you hear) in the next few days so if you have questions head over there (not too quick though gotta give me time to write...)
There's loads of inspiration out there, here are a few great ones I have found in my travels:
That should wet your appetites and get you started!!!

So my scrappy friends out there in Boxx Land have a go... get yourself a journal and play!

Keep Happy Everyone,

Monday, November 14, 2011

Footy Fever Part 2

 This this is my second LO, had the photo could not resist giving it one more shot!

Used up a few old Hambly transparencies that I had been bonding with for far too long!

 Once again the chippies are from ScrapFX, just painted up.

Slapped some paint around as usual, gotta embrace my sloppiness!

There you go my footy fever has subsided and I can wait another year till it the mayhem starts over again.

So a quick post is a good post right?
That is all from me for now tah for taking a peek!

Footy Fever!!!!

I know it is a little late for footy but I have been avoiding doing LO's of my boys' obsession for far too long!
 So it has taken a challenge at Scrap the Boys to get me moving on this task. I had always found it all too hard to do footy colours and the old navy & white I found very boring!!!!!
So as long as it took, here is my effort, cannot say I will be doing this again any time soon but it is so much a part of all my boys' lives (including DH) I had to at least give it a shot!

 This is the first one I did, my boys off to the 2011 Grand Final, their beloved Cats against Collingwood!

Such happy confident supporters, they certainly love their football!
Tried to add texture to the page because I found doing a football inspired LO very limiting!

Thank Goodness for Scrap FX chippies they helped me out with their line of sport themed products.
Used texture paste and navy paint over a stencil to add a few more layers  and enough was enough!

Hope all is well in scrappers land,
thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Drum Roll Please as I Announce........

Ok Folks, after much deliberation I have a winner to announce!!!!!!
My special guest judge was the founder of ScrapFX (also the generous sponsor of the prize) so without further ado congratulations goes to .....  Kim Ewins..... with this gorgeous LO:

Love this Kim, beautifully done! If you can email me your address I will get that awesome chipboard prize to you!!!
Thank you so much to everyone that made the effort to enter my little challenge I was so glad I "hand-balled" the final decision to someone else! I would have struggled to make the choice they were all so wonderful! It was certainly fun for me to see everyones take on the requirements.

Thanks so much for dropping by and Kim congrats once again!!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Bird is The Word Challenge: "WISH"

Back again, this time with my first attempt at a challenge over at 
The word was "WISH".

As I had just completed a deep and meaningful page for my eldest I thought Bay (my youngest and in dire need of words of advice!!!) could be my target this time :

I just received this wonderful screen from ScrapFX and love, love, loved it so much I used it as a mask for the background as well as a part of the LO. I was really surprised at how well this chippie stood up to a lot of product and still remained in tact and incredibly flat!!! So much so that I want another one just to use as a mask, it creates such a sharp image because the chipboard soaks up the colour. It does not run under the mask like some of the plastic ones.... don't get me wrong I still love the look the plastic gives but it is cool to have options!!!!

I continued, in my slap happy way, with the Tim Holtz Crackle paint. Sprayed and inked after it worked its magic to bring out that grungy look!
 Buttons glorious buttons where would I be without them?
I also pulled apart a beaded necklace and bunged them on with my dodgy sewing skills!
The quote I found was perfect, this is as "mushy" as I get, but that was the mood I was in.
I had a week where Bay was an only child, with his brother away on camp and he was an angel! It was so peaceful, no fighting or arguing... ahh ..... Bliss!

 Oh you're dreaming girl! .... sigh ..... he is back now so wake up!!! (Only joking!!!)

I misted the letters first with the green then after drying sprayed with Mr Hueys calico white, love this stuff it is so opaque and shows up on anything!

So there you have it  hugs to all and thanks for dropping by!