Monday, February 13, 2017

P.S..... I love you

P.S. ..... I Love You

I hardly every create Valentine cards because – well, obvious to those who know me – there is no man in my life at the moment to give this special card to! HOWEVER I just could not resist making a card when I received my new papers from the Ivytree Elements "Love Collection". I offered the completed card to my eldest daughter who snapped it up to give to her husband (lucky guy).

I created a centre stepper card with these papers, using one of my own drawings (All my love) hand coloured with pencils - from the Digistamps4Joy shop.

The tiny envelopes were cut out of the 172/6 paper, and then small red and silver heart gems were glued on top of the red hearts, to give a bit of additional sparkle. Sentiment, brackets, and small hearts were also cut out of the same paper.

The Ivytree Studio Elelements used
172/11 Card squares / Candy Ombre from the Love Collection
172/6 Cute cuts (English) / Sweethearts from the Love Collection

All these fabulous papers are available from IvytreeStudio

Additional materials used
Various adhesives
Gold pen
Heart, and corner punches
Red and beige cardstock
Heart gems
Gold foil paper
Scallopeed scissors
Digistamps4Joy digital image

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Thursday, February 09, 2017

Making new crafting friends

This is my first project as a DT member for Ivytreee Studio

My passion has always been to be involved with Missionary Outreach work, but it is only recently in my life that I have been able to fulfill some of that longing. I joined the Holokleria Church in 2015, and have been blessed to be able to visit our partner church in Bochum (Limpopo Province) twice already, to refurbish their creche and church buildings. Then our Pastor asked if there was something special that I would like to do! Wow. I thought about it and prayed about it, and felt I wanted to work with the ladies of the church, and teach them mixed media craft, and at the same time create a work of art they could hang inside their church.

This then, is my scrapbook page using Ivytree Studio papers (click on layout image for larger preview), with close ups of some of the items on the page. Scroll down for material used, as well as the story behind the photos.

Notelet cut from "Ivytree Elements" paper 163/15 "Pretty Pocket Cards - Wordy Delights" from the Wild & Free Collection

Handmade quills using toothpicks and black and white marker pens.
The feather is cut from "Ivytree Elements" paper:  163/14 "Christmas elements" from the Wild & Free Collection

Materials used
Background papers: 163/3 "Porcupine Script/Quill script" from the Wild & Free Collection. I absolutely love these papers because the left and right papers have images that match, but are not the same!! One sheet of paper has both images on the same sheet, cleverly placed so that if you use 2 sheets, you can get them to match up like I did.
Notelets cut from 163/15 "Pretty Pocket Cards - Wordy Delights" from the Wild & Free Collection 
Jute string and buttons for the flower
Small piece of hessian
2 chipboard hearts, and one Enmarc "Lifetime of Memories"
Ink spray (olive green and bronze) for hearts
Glossy Accents
Black and white marker pens
Glitter glue

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The STORY behind the scrapbook page photos
The day arrived (October 2016) and I was so excited that the 4 hour drive from Pretoria felt like 10 hours - I wanted to get started! But first priority was of course to hold the service. Now, if you have ever attended a church service in Africa, you will realise that time does not factor into any calculations! Andre gave the sermon, with Ps Calitz translating.

After the service, the ladies set up two long tables for us to work on. I started by showing them a smaller sample I had created, and explaining how each piece was made. I then stood back and let them decide which of the many items on the table they wanted to use. There was only one rule - the cross had to be filled with the red and white seedbeads, and outlined with the mirror strips (reason below).

The ladies decided who would be creating the crumpled bits of newspaper, who would be gluing, and who would be pasting pieces down. I have learnt from my work experiences that "buy-in" is essential for the success of any project! And sooooo ... with a little hesitation as to what they were actually doing ... they followed my basic instructions and got on with the task.

We had a fabulous time, with the ladies singing while working, and here and there a good laugh was had. 

When we came to the part where they had to cover EVERYTHING they had painstakingly glued onto the board - with BLACK paint - they reacted exactly as I expected they would - nooooooooooo! A little persuasion from me, and a comparison to how our lives are full of sin and black, until God forgives us through the Blood of His Son and creates something new - then they accepted it and went for it!

After gluing on the red seedbeads (representing the Blood of Jesus), the white seedbeads (we are made pure through His Blood), and framing the Cross with the mirror strips (God's love reflecting in us), brushing some gold and bronze Gilders paste over the raised paper edges, and adding a few red glass pebbles, the project was completed.

It was a blessing to see how proud these ladies were of their own artwork. 

One of the men popped in to see the end product and immediately had ideas of starting a little business making mixed media artwork. A week later I was asked for a list of all the materials used. What a blessing to know God used little old me, and I cannot wait to visit again.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Friends forever layout

I had some papers left over from the Pretoria Scrapbook Society Coming Out event in September, and just could not resist making up a page of my eldest granddaughter and her bestie. These two 'young ladies' were dressed up in evening gowns for their schools Ms Boerie event. They both look so grown up!

I started with a dusty pink cardstock as the base, inked on the birds and branches using the Joanne's No.52 stencil from Krafty King and the All Purpose Ink (Truffle) also from from Krafty King. Then I distressed the outside edges with Tim Holtz Tea Stain pad, and spritzed three different colours of K-Craft inks randomly on the page. The glittered background was created by spreading gel medium over portions of a KaiserCraft 12x12 template (Doily), then sprinkling very fine glitter onto the wet gel.

The patterned elements are from the Pretty Pocket Cards and Eashi Tape (Afrikaans) page and the Wordy Delight (Afrikaans) set from  Friendship begins in the Heart Collection from the Ivy Tree Studio. 

The flowers and hexagonal papers were cut from the Gardenia and Agapanthus Blooms papers in the Hadeda Garden Collection at the Ivy Tree Studio. 

I then played around with a very fine mesh gauze, painted the edges with glue and dipped them into flower soft!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Pretoria Scrapbook Society - (4)

Our last kit for the day was a double side-stepper card using some of the Friendship begins in the Heart Collection.

Pretoria Scrapbook Society - Coming Out event (3)

Our third and very beautiful kit for the day was under Surita's guidance, using the Friendship begins in the Heart Collection - HER artwork!

 An amazing choice of papers and elements - all coordinated. I really enjoyed this layout because it has so many unusual elements like the threaded sewing machine. We used gel medium and stencils, spritz paints, sequins, wire, pins and beads and a lot of love to create this page. The photo is of my middle daughter and her best friend. The theme then is that friends are "stitched together" - clever hey! We were also given some of the Happy-Go-Artsy elements pages to work with.

Pretoria Scrapbook Society (2)

This was the second kit we used on the 11th September 2016, at the Coming Out Event of the Pretoria Scrapbook Society. .

Linda King of Krafty King - another great South African scrapbooking company - provided everything we needed and more! These frame box kits are available on her website.

All Purpose Ink - Banana Cream
This was also the first time that I tried All Purpose Inks in a tiny little bottle with a huge punch! These inks are fabulous for working with Fantastix brush pens and stencils - vibrant colours that stain the pages beautifully and I used it to create the branches on the background. Gel medium, a stencil, and lots of glitter created the flowers on the branches. This amazing lesson was thanks to Linda who made sure we worked very hard and fast to create this stunning picture frame box. The photo is of my eldest granddaughter and her friend at their school's Ms Boerie event. I actually gave this completed project as a present to my granddaughter.

Pretoria Scrapbook Society - Coming Out Event (1)

My sister Kathy and I spent the whole day of 11th September 2016, at the Coming Out Event of the Pretoria Scrapbook Society. This event was held at the fabulous Farm Inn conference centre in Pretoria.

Ansu, the organiser, and owner of the Ivy Tree Studio, and a wonderful Christ-follower, introduced us to the range of fabulous new South African papers, designed by herself and her sister Surita.

Our first double page layout for the day was using the Friendship begins in the Heart Collection.

What impressed me about this collection is that there is such a variety of pattern options in this paper set, including lots of sentiments and matching elements, AND there are duplicate element papers with Afrikaans sentiments as well! The paper quality is superb and is easy to work with.

Ansu went out of her way to teach us new techniques using this range, including making rosettes and buttons. We were given an abundance of items to work with, not only to complete the layout, but to use on another layout at a later stage.

Here are my made up pages. I have yet to find photos that I feel will suit this gorgeous layout.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Using Vellum

I so seldom seem to find the time to create my own cards and post them on this blog. All my time seems to be spent on keeping Digistamps4Joy thriving! So when I saw that A Day for Daisies has a challenge running until 2nd June, with the theme of Add Vellum I thought it was time to get my but in gear! Fortunately I already had about 4 images in my digistamp collection, PLUS the owner also provides a free digi to use!

I used the image which I had saved as "Ladybug Friends", but now cannot find in their shop anymore. I used this image - not only because this is such a cute image, but because my name as the Girl Guide Leader for 15 years was "Ladybird", and of course I absolutely love insects!

I printed one image on white cardstock, and one on a light green vellum. I cut out the wings from the vellum, then coloured the base of the wings with yellow Copic pens, curled the vellum, and pasted it onto the base of the wings on the white cardstock image.

I then took another piece of white vellum and ran it through my Cuttlebug using this gorgeous nesting die. Using Pergamano tools, the edges were embossed from the back, flowers embossed, and holes pricked. The petals and leaves were gently coloured with Copic pens. Here is a zoomed in image.

I am entering this card into the A Day for Daisies Challenge #146


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Mixed media with foils

My first 'real' mixed media project ( a loooong post). Real in the sense that this was not done during a class training session, but an hour stolen here or there to complete it - all on my own. This board ended up having quite a special meaning to me without planning it that way. Each block represents something I love!

The wooden base board is 40 x 40cm, and each of the smaller wooden plates are 9.5 x 9.5cm, with cut-off corners. I bought these basic supplies and the glass stains at my local craft shop Kief Kreatif.

I started off blindly after seeing a tutorial at My Art Journal and then the owner kindly sent me the tutorial of how to use gel. All the tinfoil was glued to the base blocks with the gel medium. The aluminium (Au) strip comes with a VERY sticky backing and peel-off strip. I bought a role that builders normally use for taping up a geyser blanket.

Tile 1 (I love my family)

Chipboard heart glued to base tile. Lots of small rectangular bits cut from Au strip and pasted to cover whole tile plus sides. In stained with red, yellow, blue and black.

Tile 2 (I love vintage and cameos)
Modged copper paper onto tile then painted and rubbed off black acrylic paint. Punched shape out of Au strip and pasted on top of paper. Modged. Glued cameo on top.

Tile 3 (I love cats and teddies)

Small blocks of copper paper pasted behind punched flowers of Au strips. Rub around blocks, then paint and rub off black acrylic paint. Small embellishments glued on top.

Tile 4 (I love vintage; sometimes I need to be wound up like the lady!)
Pasted tinfoil, painted mix of blue and yellow to produce green. Pasted chipboard lady, mesh, and paper strip and modged over top.

Tile 5 (I love bows)
Glued crumpled tinfoil onto the base with gel medium, then stained two corners red and the inside blue. I then used the same dies, and stained the mesh bow, which I hotglued on top with a gem.

Tile 6 (I love vintage; this is my journey)
Stained AU strips with red, yellow, and black all muddled in a mess LOL. Pasted chipboard and painted chipboard sentiment.

Tile 7 (I love singing and my guitar; life is often a puzzle)
Glued tinfoil then piece of copper paper, rubbed on and off black acrylic paint. Punched out large jigsaw piece from tinfoil and glued on top of paper. Added guitar embellishments.

Tile 8 (I love bling and nature)
Glued same copper paper, rubbed on and off with black acrylic paint. Punched flowers from Au foil and glued randomly on top. Added yellow gems.

Tile 9 (I love my faith)
Stuck chipboard letters onto base tile and covered with strips of AU foil. Rubbed carefully around all the edges of the letters to make them stand out. One big mess of yellow, blue, and red glass stain painted around letters, and letters kept blue. Bible is a small embellishment I modged.

Base board
Two coats of black acrylic paint. Once dried, I modged 3 different scrapbooking papers on top of each other with torn edges. Hotglued a large gold cord around the outer edge, and drilled holes in bottom edge to add the antique hooks.

Hope you like this!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Fun at CANSA

Let's Scrap Sketches challenge 12-15-15 is to use this sketch...

This is my second layout using the 12-15-15 sketch from Lets Scrap.

I treated some of my grandchildren and their mothers (my daughters) to a morning at the local CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa) fund raising event. We all had our hair spray painted, and the three younger kids had their faces painted. While the adults browsed the flea market for some goodies to buy, the kids had fun on the jumping castle, and participating in the dance competition. A fun morning for all, while supporting a good cause.

I used 4 pattered papers in this layout instead of plain cardstock, and added some pink speech bubbles and titles to represent the pink in the CANSA ribbons. The chevron stripes were made with Washi Tape.

I am entering this layout into the current Let's Scrap Sketches challenge 12-15-15.