Saturday, October 31, 2009

Embellish It (week 2 & 3) ...

I have been busy scrapping for the Embellish It competition at 'Scrap N Craft with T'. I won the first week's challenge and was glad to have made it through to round 2. In week 2 the challenge is to:
  • Create an embellishment to be used to decorate the outside of your gift wrapping, using the colours red, white and green and also using some wire.
  • It is preferable to have it attached to your gift wrapping, whether that be a gift box or gift bag, or alternatively it can be attached to your layout or card.
  • The embellishment will be judged only... not the wrapping/layout or card.

I couldn't believe my eyes, when I saw that I won for the second week in a row! There are such gorgeous entries every time, that I feel completely shocked that I one twice! Winning obviously meant I am through to round 3 too!

The challenge for week 3 is:

  1. The first part of your challenge is to use the Melbourne Cup logo as your inspiration and create a layout using the colours of teal, hot pink, black and white. Bright and very funky!!NOTE: You can use tiny hints of other colours but the main focus is on this colour scheme.

  2. The second part of the Challenge is to create an interesting background, and it must have 3 elements to it. For example, my background has painting, sewing and a weaved paper background. You can do whatever you like here, but it MUST have 3 parts to it!!

  3. As you know, the Races are all about fashion, feathers and bling, so guess what the third part of the challenge is about??You MUST use: Fabric, Feathers and Bling on your layout somewhere.

  4. As an BONUS part of this challenge and sticking with the theme for our "Embellish This" competition...You MUST create a handmade embellishment out of fabric.
When I saw this week's challenge I knew I had to make a layout for my daughter. Like me, she LOVES pink and bling! I had a set of feathered angel wings, which would suit perfectly! On the background I doodled a border in black pen, painted it in teal colour and embossed the word 'faith' in silver (hard to see on this picture).

I used a part of a Christmas decoration for the bling border. I used silk petals to create a ruffled border. I cut my daughter's face out of a photo to make the poppet. Inspired by my daughter's Barbie and Bratz dolls I used fabric and a part of an old elastic tule hairband to create my handmade embellishment: the dress. I hand cut the arms and legs out of paper and used Sizzix die cuts for the handbag and shoes. The quote says: 'May God grant you always a sheltering angels so nothing can harm you'.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Online Crop at 'De Scrapheap'...

I participated in an online crop at 'De Scrapheap' ... this is the layout I made:


Monday, October 19, 2009

Embellish This Competition - WEEK 1

I received an email from a friend of mine, Tanyah Payne, to participate in a competition she is running on her site. It runs for six weeks and I quite liked the idea of creating one layout / project every week for six weeks. The competition is called: Embellish This and the first challenge is to:

* Create a layout/project about a loved one
* Must journal about what you love about them
* Create your own flowers on your layout
* Must use beads
* Must use felt
* Must use fabric
* Must use a doily

Important NOTE: no commercial flowers allowed please.

This is the layout I made yesterday. I created my own flowers out of felt (see instructions below). I used three wooden flower beads as 'dot points' for the three things I love about my daughter (see close up photo). I used a fabric label for the title. I cut the middle out of the doily to make a photo frame. I hand stitched a border around the layout and I added some stitched swirls as well. Instead of thread I used wool. This is the end result:


INSTRUCTIONS to make the felt flowers (see photo collage below):

  1. Cut a circle out of felt. Mark the middle and three spots.

  2. Stitch from the middle to the three marked dots and gather the felt. Make a knot each time you gather the felt to secure it.

  3. Cut a pentagon. I didn't measure it exactly; I just randomly cut a shape with five sides. Mark the middle and five dots ( a dot in the middle of each side).

  4. Stitch from the middle of your shape to each dot again.

  5. Stitch on each side and gather.

  6. Put the two shapes together.

  7. Finish of with a button. Done!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Another Cherry Pie Creations mini book ...

Here are pictures of the mini album that I created in a workshop by Nathalie Kalbach. We made our own CD covers for a little mini album, which I created about my husband. We used a little spinner (see blog post from a few days ago) to drip some alcohol ink on the CDs. We also embossed a stamped script image in gold.This is what my front cover looked like, before I added my picture and title:
This is the end result:

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Cherry Pie Creations layouts and other creations (2)

The following layouts are created during workshops from Vicky Boutin. We used a lot of paint, stamps and heaps of bright coloured papers and embellisments!

I also did a workshop by Melodee Langworthy from the US. We started to make a mini album called 'Totally Random Times' for some of our favourite pictures. I only made the covers and the inside pages, now I have to look for pictures and embellish it some more!

I did two workshops by Birgit Koopsen. The first one was called 'Inside/ Outside' and is a hanger made out of transparencies. We decorated both sides, which makes it perfect to hang in front of a window. The children love this hanger and it is now hanging in the boys' bedroom! The photos were taken in the backyard (hence the green background) ... (Click on the picture for a closer look).

The other workshop by Birgit Koopsen is called: 'Things They Say'. We made covers out of transparencies, which we painted with different circle patterns. The little album will have journaling with the fun (and not so fun) things the children say or have said (click on the picture for a closer look).

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Cherry Pie Creations layouts and other creations (1) ...

These two layouts were made during a workshop by Natasja Verbeek. We used the 'Boyfriend' collection and the blackboard letters from Cosmo Cricket. What a nice collection of papers that is: so versatile! The first layout has a real record on it ...


This mini album was created during another workshop by Natasja Verbeek. The covers are from Seven Gypsies and for the pages we used an old book. I glued two pages together and covered most of the pages with gesso. We used papers, embellishments etc. from Cosmo Cricket. I added some of my favourite pictures. I still need to do the journaling, but I want to keep that 'private' and therefore I share my pictures now ... (Click on the picture for a closer look) ...

I made this wall hanger in a workshop by Nathalie Kalbach. We made different layers using paint. First I squirted red, pink and white paint onto the cardboard and used a brayer to create a pattern. After the paint dried I used the bottom of my Coke bottle as a stamp in the acrylic paint to create white circles. We used a script stamp and some alcohol inks to make even more layers. The transparency from Prima is also painted with alchohol inks. The chipboard title and pink flowers are from Prima too! I added some skewers at the top and a bit of ribbon at the top and bottom. A few more little embellishments and this is the end result (click on the picture for a closer look):

Monday, October 5, 2009

Cherry Pie Creations PHOTOS ...

I had a wonderful, fantastic time at the Cherry Pie Creations scrapbooking weekend and here are the first pictures ... more pictures of the things I made will follow in the next few days!

This is the hotel we stayed at:

Vicky Boutin (one of the wonderful teachers) and me ...

Nathalie Kalbach (another teacher) and me:

Birgit Koopsen (left) and Natasja Verbeek (right) were two 'local' Dutch fun and creative teachers:

Yvon from Special Memories was one of the many lovely ladies from the team and she taught a few classes too: The wonderful Helma from De Scrapheap:

Helma and Carla from De Scrapheap, such friendly and nice ladies: