Sunday, 29 November 2015

Bicycle Made for Two Layout - Prima Marketing
Happy Thanksgiving Theme!

Hello Everyone!  Phew it's been a Prima time all at once now hasn't it?!?!!
I'm busy there more than usual at the moment because I am off during December
as it's our annual Holiday Time in Africa!  Our version of European Summer!!
{Only much, much HOTTER!!!!} See my post on the Prima blog HERE.

When it comes to being thankful all thoughts turn to family for me. 
 I am very blessed to have a wonderful husband & TWO pigeon pairs! 
 I used the Royal Menagerie Collection because it is so vibrant & joyful!!

 I used lots of fussy-cut papers & some gorgeous turquoise twine interspersed
 between my layers to frame my photo. Then added a couple of lush gold 
Vintage Trinkets to draw attention to my focal points – my kids & of course
 hubby peeking out at the top!  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

Prima Products:-  Stamps 580087, Color Bloom Sprays Berry Wine 580308, 
Glistening Waves 573942, Ginger Coral 580285, Magnolia Trim 583033 & 583019, 
Twine 576882, Vintage Trinkets 560072, Silver Glitter 961596, 
Alpha stickers 582371, Royal Menagerie Papers 847449

I'm in LOVE with those gold Vintage Trinkets!  
Just the PERFECT "little bit" to finish off a page!!  

Those Magnolia Trims come in various different sizes (I have 4!)
 & they are all white, so they are easy-peasy to dye up to any colour you like!  
I dyed up the ones at the back using Berry Wine Color Bloom Spray - my tip
is to first spritz the lace flowers with water before, during & after spraying 
- in order to keep the dye colour consistent.  

The twine is also lovely & the rolls are HUGE!!  I pull off a looooong length
 of twine to loop under my cluster & even between my layers, stapling
them underneath my papers to make sure they aren't going anywhere!

I used white cardstock for my base, splattering it with mists then stamping
 using the SPLAT stamps set from Prima & some lilac ink.  I also 
embossed with some silver glitter in some places too & used
 some gold dots from the Prima alpha stickers as "confetti".

And there you have it!  PLENTY of photos LOL!!
Have you got your hands on some of the Royal Menagerie Collection yet?!
I think it's AWESOME!!!

Have a beautiful Sunday everyone :)

Let me know what you are getting up to today!

Being the last weekend of the month it's a very busy time for me with
the Scrap Around The World new challenge post going up soon, lots of 
judging to do there & at 7 Dots Studio & a couple of layouts to do too!!

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Saturday, 28 November 2015

All Hearts Come Home For Christmas - Card for Prima!

Back again so soon!  I know!!  Sometimes it just works out that way!!
You can see this card up on the Prima blog HERE - you really should
 come over & look at all the fantastic posts going up at the moment!
It's all about CHRISTMAS & FULL of glorious inspiration!!

EVERYTHING I've used comes from Prima of course!  Most of it from
 'A Victorian Christmas' - a wonderful new Christmas Collection full 
of lovely berry colours & gorgeous gold trimmings!

The rolls of sequins work perfectly for cards!  
Just enough glitz & glamour for the festive season!!

Pattern paper – A Victorian Christmas 990558,  Weave Trim {Camel} 577087
Antique Mistletoe Leaves & Berries, IOD metals 583576 & 583545
Micro Beads 962562, Dark Rust Chalk Ink

Can you believe this was my first time playing with the Relics & Artifacts®?!
  I quickly learned that the best way to get an aged & “found” look to the pieces
 is by a process of adding & subtracting...just like all other mixed-media work.

  I applied layers of paint, micamicro-beads & soft gloss gel, then I used a Q-tip
 dipped in Paint Thinners to remove some of the layers in certain areas, which helps 
the deeply grooved design at the side & top of the heart to really stand out!

Friday, 27 November 2015

Make Time for What Matters Most Layout
- Lost & Found Collection - 7 Dots Studio

Hi everyone!  I hope you are all doing well.  It's that time again...
I'm up on the 7 Dots Studio blog HERE with this layout today.

I used the very beautiful, vintage inspired paper collection, Lost & Found,
that you can see HERE.  It's beautifully muted with a touch of grunge on
the reverse side so fantastic for masculine pages too.

This page features my eldest son Jack & is a message to him about slowing down
& learning how to balance life & make priorities.  Currently he is a very busy
university student, but I've told him that life is only set to get busier...

That lovely ''Life" die-cut above comes from a pack I bought from K & Co.
Almost everything else is from 7 Dots Studio except the mask & modelling paste.

And the tulle & staples of course!  And the green card underneath is actually
from my old Smash book!  There are some lovely BIG co-ordinating flairs
that come with this collection too.  And I have used a spot of cheesecloth.

The black dots come from the co-ordinating stamp pack.
You can buy a complete collection pack of each collection at
7 Dots Studio online & that is the way I would go about it if I wasn't
 on the team.  The collections are small so there is nothing superfluous.

It's just like buying a kit only cheaper & nicer, because you have everything 
you need right in front of you & you also get to dip a bit into your stash
for those little extras that finish off a page so nicely!  Bye bye!!

Monday, 23 November 2015

Home Decor "Trade Secrets"Final Guest
Meet Mitra Pratt from America
Learn how to alter Found Treasures!
Plus a Bonus Glue Review!!

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 of Helen Tilbury & Mitra Pratt.  Sharing is caring 
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Hello everyone & HAPPY MONDAY to you all!
Today I am very happy to introduce you to my 3rd & final guest
in my Home Décor "Trade Secrets"  Series - Mitra Pratt!!  

Mitra is an absolute MASTER of the Off-the-Page project!  
She LOVES "treasure-hunting" at second-hand/charity stores - 
stores that are a rarity here in South Africa - so I do love to follow her
 adventures ''antiquing'' & seeing her fabulous makeovers come to life!!

You can view my last guest post HERE {Featuring Yvonne Yam} 
my original post HERE {Featuring Ingrid Gooyer}.
You can see the very first in the series, by me!  HERE.

These "Trade Secrets" posts have been VERY popular so I intend on 
continuing with them in the new year.  Right now I know you are all
busy organising your holiday plans!  Please remember to leave
 us a comment & SHARE YOUR OPINION on what you think the
 topic for the NEXT TRADE SECRETS SERIES should be!!

Now over to the sweet lady herself...

"Hey Bloggers!!  Wishing you a fabulous Monday from Upstate New York!
We will soon be heading into Winter here, which means I get to spend more
time in my craft room!  I am always on the lookout for something to
 alter. In fact, I have a weekly date down at the second hand stores
 most Tuesdays & some weeks I end up there twice! 

I'm always searching for something metal, something slightly grungy & funky,
 or, even better yet, vintage craft supplies! Most anything can be improved
 with spray paint!  Flowers make everything better as does glitter & a little 
splatter!  I can’t bear to spend large amounts of money on impersonal, store
-bought things, so I make a lot of things for my décor & also for gifts!

I'd love you to take a look at my blog HERE & if you're a fellow 
crafter I would love for you to friend me on Facebook HERE."

Let's take a look at Mitra's work below & if you are impressed please
sign up to follow Mitra's blog in her right-hand sidebar of her blog HERE.

Wow!  Will you look at that!!  This mirror has every aspect of gorgeous!!

Mitra's advice to us all is :-

1.  Get to know your adhesives! What works best for metal, plastics, wood & stone. 
Choose from what is available & local to you. While the brand names usually live
 up to their reputation there are often unheard of brands that do a fantastic job
 too!!  Become a regular at your local hardware store & get chatty with the staff 
any of them worth their salt may have their own recommendations for you!

2.  Be patient!  Keep paring up your “finds” until you get things that work well together.
No need to rush into anything - keep your hauls in one place & after a while things
should start looking good together & ideas will start percolating in your mind
when you get everything out & handle each item individually.

3.  Be committed!  If you are fortunate to have second-hand stores or markets 
close to home pay them a weekly visit at least.  Treasure hunting takes time 
& "new" goodies come in at any time so the more you pop in the better...

 4.  Treat yo-self!  When you've really scored a bargain & converted it into a marvellous
Home Décor piece just think of all the money you've saved & buy yourself some
 lovely fresh flowers or a coffee out - yup DIY deserves a reward!!

5.  Spray paint is your new BFF.  There is SO much it can do & with a little practice
you can pull off a good job!  Start collecting cans now but test the brand first!

6.  Be Bold!  Try several spray paints together for a nice spatter...
you can always repaint if you don't like the way it looks first time round.  

7.  Learn from someone in the know!  If you happen to have a partner or
relative who's handy with tools ask them to help you put your piece together
& learn from them.  Often only the most basic tools are required & once
you've done it you have a new skill under your belt & can do it alone!

Mitra has kindly also included a GLUE REVIEW for you all - I have added in my
own thoughts too so it's a collaboration - I am also GLUE CRAZY & have an
entire drawer dedicated to adhesives. If you love crafting then it's important
to learn as much as you can about glues.  There are SO many on the
 market - & for good reason too - because there are so many different
 materials & projects... & yes, there is a glue for them all!! 


HOT GLUE - an absolute MUST - no need for a large glue gun - smaller are 
more handleable - only prerequisite is that it gets REALLY HOT!  Try to
buy the extra long glue sticks - makes changing the stick less frequent
therefore you can work faster & it's less frustrating!

If you don't own a glue gun yet & are buying one head to the hardware
store - they're hotter & cheaper than fancy crafting ones & work better!
Cordless glue guns can't heat up hot enough & chew through
batteries from my personal experience.  

Hot Glue works great for attaching 3D soft/fabric things like flowers & ribbon.


Super Glue - Great for smaller items that are heavy, like metal feet.


Modge Podge - A must have glue for paper & collage.  Soft Gloss Gel is 
the Prima equivalent & a lovely light medium that also doubles as a
 base for adding pigments, glitters, etc so it's an all rounder!


Epoxy Glue - those are the stinky ones suitable for really heavy duty work!


Glitter glue - Mitra loves this to use as grouting to fill gaps & add sparkle!
I have a great SPRAY glitter glue that adds a little bit of magic to anything!!


Staples - staples are fantastic!  A stapler should be one of the most used tools
in your arsenal.  Long handled staplers are the best but if you can't afford
 onejust your regular stapler will take you a long way!  Staples can be
 hidden really easily under layers & they are flat & residue free.  

Staples can also add a really cool, grungy 'industrial' look to your projects 
so you don't always need to hide them!  Remember you can recolour
 them to any colour you want by colouring over the entire set of
 staples with your permanent markers once stabilised in your
stapler tracks.  That's a tip I learnt a while back :)


So what do you think of Mitra's pearls of wisdom?!?  
Pretty thought-provoking yes??

Thanks so much Mitra for joining me as my guest!  Remember to pay Mitra 
a visit on her own blog HERE & show her some lasting support by 
signing up to follow her on Google Friend Connect HERE.  

If you enjoy reading my articles I would really appreciate you checking that 
YOU are a follower via Google Friend Connect in my top right side bar 
HERE & signing up if you are not - I'd love to reach 1 000 
Google Friend Connect ''official" followers!!

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Friday, 20 November 2015

Be Brave Layout - 7 Dots Studio Vintage Challenge
November/December 2015

Hi everyone!  Today a new challenge has gone up at 7 Dots Studio HERE.
The theme for the next month - November/December - is VINTAGE!
That's a fun one isn't it?!  I always love going a bit shabby every
now & then - I do hope you will play along with us!!

I used the 7 Dots Studio Lost & Found Collection HERE plus loads
& loads of layers!  I really had FUN with this one!!  Due to a
serious shortage of scrappy time in the last few months
Saturday nights have turned into my creating/treat time!

This page would be DIFFICULT to teach because it came together very organically.
I just kept adding bits here & there & tucking in more & more layers.  I added
 various metals because they always seem vintagey to me, as well as flowers 
(because vintage always goes with shabby in my book!) & some buttons
 because they really are kind of old fashioned now...

As well as using Lost & Found Collection papers I also used die-cuts from the
 same collection.  These pieces come on a 6 x 12 inch sheet & can be pushed
 out & glued on.  I sanded mine a bit & inked heavily with some dark brown
 ink to give everything some vintage grunge.

I also added some sentiment stickers including the ones you see above.  
These tied in so well with my story of this page.  This was the last photo
taken of our children EVER before we left Zimbabwe, the place of my
birth & theirs.  I told them to look sad but, being little kids, they
continued to smile cheekily except my eldest daughter, then 12!

I love how tanned they were back in those days of a big garden & lots of outdoor play!
I went through some of my old boxes of flowers & ephemera to add some
 genuinely old bits & pieces, tucking everything in & clustering it down the side.

My background work is done with Prima colour bloom sprays in 3 colours - 
Gold Foil, Vintage Gold, Lime Wedge & Vintage Coal plus my homemade 
white mist made from white acrylic paint & water & stored in a screwtop jar.  

Once I had used a lot of the die-cut pieces I also used the negative area of the 6 x 12
sheet they came on (what was remaining after I had popped them out).  I REALLY
enjoy doing this & think it adds a very cool & unusual look to a background.

Of course I also included some paper doily offcuts between my layers for an
 extra shot of vintage!  My photo was an original, taken on FILM! & not in the 
best shape, so I sanded it around the edges to make it look more
 ''obviously distressed''!

And that's it!  I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my new vintage layout!
I loved seeing my kiddies looking so young!  My daughter is now a 22
 year old beauty whose lost all that puppy fat & that little boy on the left
 there is my youngest son, who now towers over me!  

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