Sunday, 19 March 2017

** March Round Robin Challenge at Swirlydoos**

Hello again!

I seem to be having a little flurry of blog posts in the last 48 hours!

Todays is my layout created for the Swirlydoos March Round Robin Challenge.

This is  fun monthly team challenge of 3/4 players in a team and usually 3/4 teams play every month, and the idea is to 'lift' the layout from the previous person on your team. 

I am on Team 1 and doing Week 2 following teammate Sherri.

So the theme this month was 'Going Green'. We had to use the colour green in our layout somewhere, use green foliage and 'be green' by using a recycled something on your layout and to use a an outdoor photo.

And here it is .....

Here are some close ups.

I did a lot of fussy cutting from these A Ladies Diary papers and then layered them up with foam pads to create that 3d effect backed with the cheesecloth. The Wycinanka title was painted with gesso.

My recycled items were the sparkly strand material that was decorating an Bath Fizz Ball at Christmas! This changes light in different lights and has a green look to it. My other recycled piece was the rose flower cluster with bow that came of a card I received a long time ago!

I followed the flow of these lines from Sherri's layout (she used a leaf garland) and made my pearl heart with Nuvo Crystal drops.

Sherri had used paper weaving on her layout so I did mine slightly differently by using chequers from the Ladies Diary papers creating a similar look to keep the theme going. All my edges were distressed with my trusty Prima distress tool.

Some of the fussy cutting was quite intricate but well worth the effort.

Product used on this layout

Graphic 45: A Ladies Diary 12x12 deluxe collection
* Delicate Details x2
* A moment in time
* Timeless Memoir
* Picture Perfect

Nuvo Crystal Drops: white
Wycinanka: Remember
Scrapberry's: Wind of Travel metals
Recycled items

If you interested to see rest of the layout from the teams then pop over to the Swirlydoos forum here

Thank you for popping by today

Come back soon!

Ginny  :)    💕

Saturday, 18 March 2017

*** Let's Get Sketchy Design Team Call ***


Hello everyone!

Lets Get Sketchy is looking to add 2-4 more members to our already fabulous Design Team. The DT term will run from April 15, 2017 through July 15, 2017 and  could very well be extended after that time. You will be responsible for 2 layouts a month as well as commenting on entries each week.  I am only looking for dedicated members.  If you are interested and would like to be considered for a position then here is what you need to do:

Why apply for our team? 
  • To be inspired and to inspire others 
  • You will be a part of an amazing group of women and develop lifelong friendships with women from all over the world. 
  • Your work will be featured on Facebook and Instagram.
What is expected of our Design Team? 
  • You MUST be a follower of our blog
  • Complete 2 projects a month (you will be given challenges at least a month in advance). 
  • Comment on participants entries (THIS IS A MUST!).  Any team member not adhering to this rule will be promptly removed from the team so please make sure you can do this before applying. 
  • Commit to a 3 month term (Beginning  April 15, 2017) 
  • Keep an active blog that is updated frequently 
  • Post our challenge and your project on your blog on reveal day and link back to the LGS blog.
  • Leave a comment below indicating you would like to apply
  • Add our link and DT call to your blog
  • Provide links to your blog and any online galleries. 
  • Create a layout from the sketch below
  • You MUST have a Facebook account as we will have a private DT group on Facebook
Design Team Call Sketch

Anyone interested in applying please send your application to letsgetsketchy@gmail.comMake sure you put DT call in the subject line.

We are accepting applications through March 23, 2017.  New design team members will be notified by March 24th.  If selected, your Design Team call entry will be your first reveal.    This is an open call, what that means is, I have the right to close this call at any time if I feel all the positions have been filled.    The first reveal will be April 15th.  
No previous DT experience needed.  

I can't wait to see what you come up with!  International members ARE welcome to apply!

Follow this link to Let get Sketchy!

*** March Card Challenge at Swirlydoos***

Hi all,

Today I'm sharing a card with you!
I created this for Bec's March Card Challenge at Swirlydoos Kit Club.

The theme for this month card challenge was - Die Cutting.

So here it is:

Here are close ups of details.

I used a Creative Expressions Die called 'Fern Trio' for the leaves,
and a Spellbinders die ' Elegant Labels 4' for the intricate background  - cut twice in two different colours and using one section from each cut to get the two tone colour effect. This was backed with a pattered paper from Prima Princess collection on a card made to approx.5x7" from the Centura card.

My flowers  and brads are all from previous Swirlydoos Kits.

I love this 'Happy Birthday' script stamp, it gives a great effect used as a background stamp.
I stamped this over the pink card (middle part of the Spellbinders die) which I had dry brushed over with gesso to give a soft shabby look to the pink.

Products used on this card

Prima Marketing: Princess A4 Pad
Pink Cardstock
Beige cardstock/PP
Prima Marketing: Flowers: Tales of Me & You #586263 (S)*
Prima Marketing: Brads: Tales of Me & You #583873 (S)*
Prima Marketing: Brads: Salvage District #583859 (S)*
Creative Expressions: Die: Trio of Ferns
Blue Fern Studio: Flowers: Courtship Lane  (S)*
Petaloo Flowers: Cherry Blossoms: Cream  (S)*
Crafters Companion: Centura Pearl Card: White
Spellbinders: Die: Elegant Labels 4 : 5x7

* Products used from previous Swirlydoos Kits.

To check out this challenge pop over to the Swirlydoos forums using this link.

Thanks for stopping by today

Ginny :)  💕

***CSI - Color, Stories, Inspiration, case File #226***

Hi everyone!

Case File #226 is open for investigation!

And here it is!

Here is how I solved the case:

All 5 colours were used

The evidence used from the case was:

*  Clouds
* String
* Bunting/ banners
* Plants
* Sailboat

The Testimony used from the case was:

* Write about what makes you happy

There are many things that make me happy, but walking my dog/s is one of them. This case file gave me the opportunity to remember past dogs in my life and the antics we used to get up to. These three used to love water and going for a swim, and then they would get out of the water, rush up to you and then shake all over you, getting you soaked!
In the photo they have gone down the sandy banks of a local large river and I'm looking down on them. I am trying to give that feeling of being on the leafy bank looking down on them in the layout through all the foliage.

Here are some close ups and details

I have tried to use the foliage dies arranged to mimic looking down over the leafy bank, with the picket fence running along the bank.

The river bank itself is very sandy, so I used the Flower Soft sand to create the sand - I love this stuff, it I so realistic! Mixed in with some real shells it looks great!

I used the bunting already on the PP and added my letter tiles onto some of the bunting flags.
The clouds I inked the edges with the Attic Dust ink pad. The background was splattered with a couple of colours from the Prima Metallic set.

The ivy leaves I used a Distress Crayon Peeled Paint to make the veins and blended a little with water.

Products used on this layout

Blue fern Studio: Seaside Cottage: Gala
Liquid Pearls: Petal Pink
Prima Chalk Ink Pad: Attic Dust
Flower Soft: Ultra Fine Sand
The Works: M & C Boutique Wooden Letters
Tattered Lace Dies:  Foliage
Joanna Sheen: Die: Ivy Flourish
Prima Finnabair: Texture Paste Crackle White
Prima Marketing Stencil:
Shells from the beach
Cord: Beige
Prima Marketing: Metallic Accents
Tim Holtz: Distress Crayon: Peeled Paint
Anna Marie Designs: Natural Fibres
Selection of other dies: Boats
                                              : Picket fence
                                      : Clouds
                                    : Birds

Don't forget to pop over to the CSi blog to see what the other talented DT members did with this case file and check out the rules so you to can have a go!

Thanks for stopping by today

Ginny :)   💕

Friday, 17 March 2017

Sketch Challenge at **Swirlydoos***

Hi ladies,

Today I'm sharing my layout created for the Swirlydoos Kit Club February Sketch challenge.

Here is my layout:

Here is the sketch designed by Kim!

Image may contain: flower

Here are some close ups of my layout.

The Prima Color Bloom spray was used on the background, spritzed and plodged!

All my edges including the doily were inked with the Walnut Stain Distress ink.
The stamping was done in the Archival ink.

The Wycinanka pieces were embossed with the BFS embossing powder Mushroom.

The leaves were cut in the same pp as was used for the photo mount and inked with the distress ink.

My edges were all distressed before inking.

I loved the effect tis stamp gave to the background of the layout.

The School Memories flowers were layered up with some layers from the Alpha flowers to create a more dimensional flower. I then used some of the Alpha paper flowers folded in half and slotted into my paper layers. I also inked the edges of these too.

For more details on the Sketch challenge  at Swirlydoos visit here 

**Products used on this layout**

Maja Design: Fika Havrerutor
                 : Fika Nybakat
Tim Holtz: Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
Blue fern Studios: Embossing Powder: Mushroom (S)*
Ranger Archival Ink Pad: Coffee
Heartfelt Creations: Stamp:
Cherry Lynn Designs: Die: Pair of Ferns B118 (S)*
Darice Pearls (S)*
Antique Doilies: Live & Love Crafts
Lace: Live & Love Crafts
Wycinanka: Ornamental Wuthering
Prima Color Bloom2: Fine Shimmer Spray: Sugar Plum (S)*
Prima Flowers: School Memories #570750
Prima Flowers: Alpha & Flowers #525255

* (S) - products used from previous Swirlydoos Kits

Thank you  for stopping by today

Ginny  :)   💕

Friday, 3 March 2017

*** CSI - color stories inspiration Case File 225***

Hello crafters!

Here I am with my DT layout for CSI Color Stories Inspiration Major Case File 225.

Here is Major Case File 225 and the sketch to go with it.

Here is how I solved the case:

All Colour used.

My Evidence used:

* stripes  (Background paper)
* bunting  (DA chipboard)  stitching  ( on the paper under the 'Catch your dreams')
* washi tape ( filmstrip & measure tape)
* keys (wood icons)
* triangle shape ( shape of the bunting flags)
* circles ( red paper fussy cutting coins)
* wood (keys, wood grain paper effect)
* feathers ( on the dream catcher)

My Testimony used:

* Handwrite right on your background
* Inspirational word - dream

Williams birthday dinner at Frankie and Bennies with Granny and Grandad, their treat, to celebrate Williams 12th birthday! You look so grown up now! Hope all your dreams come true!

The dusty attic chipboard painted with the Metallic Accents.
The layers of washi tape on top of the yellow paint splats with the fussy cut dream catcher.

The wood key and clocks were coloured with Distress Ink Vintage Photo. The keys were hung on the bakers twine. My layers have been popped up with Stix 2 foam pads.

I wrapped the bakers twine around the photo and tied on the front.

Products I've used on this layout:

* BoBunny: Star Crossed: crossed stripe
BoBunny: Star Crossed: crossed honeycomb
BoBunny: Star Crossed: crossed love
BoBunny: Star Crossed: crossed altered
Pink Paislee: Fetching Petals 00170
Distress Ink: Vintage Photo
Prima Chalk Ink Pad: Pastel Blue
Dusty Attic: Chipboard: Partylights #DA13631
Indigo Blu: English Cottage Acrylic Paint: Banana Custard
Washi Tapes x 2
Prima Marketing: Wood Icons
Prima Marketing: Metallic Accents: White Noise & Fibre Optic
Bakers Twine - red
Sakura Pigma Micron Pen 05 Black

Don't forget to pop over to the CSI blog to see the sponsors providing prize this month and to see how the other DT members solved the case.

Thanks for stopping by

Ginny :)  💕