Showing posts from April, 2017

Vintage Dress Mixed Media

Hi everyone,

I have been dabbling with mixed media for a few year now, and love getting stuck in on a new project. By chance I landed on the You-Tube site of Gabrielle Pollacho and absolutely fell in love with her "Vintage Dress Mixed Media Canvas". I bought a small canvas and then closely followed her video tutorial of how to make it. Her version is of course waaaay nicer than mine, but I am happy with my end result.

I used two different Ivytree Studio elements for the background layer, and two for the dress.

First step was to tear one of the Ivytree Studio papers to create a torn look, then modged this over another layer just peeping out underneath. A piece of serviette was glued in the top left corner, as well as a diecut swirl top right. Using a generous dab of modge I added some seed beads to the swirl edges. The dressform was inked, then embossed with a white-glitter embossing powder.

The skirt of the dress was made by scoring the paper at various intervals, then crea…

Ivytree Studio Paper party - 22 April 2017

Ivytree Studio is celebrating its 1st BIRTHDAY with a Paper Party!
When: 22nd April 2017
Where: Online at Ivytree Studio Facebook page
Time: 16h00 South African time
What to bring: Yourself, and the Party Pack if you were able to purchase it. If not, definitely yourself!

Obviously as a Design Team member I cannot participate in the challenge - it would not be fair if a DT member won the prize would it! BUT, I was able to make some creations with digital Ivytree Studio Layout Sketch Kits.

The first Ivytree Studio layout I used is this one ....
"Paper Party Double Layout Sketch & Template Pieces ISDLS001"
These kits come with a detailed sketch, full measurements, digital line images of the elements, and Silhouette cutting files for those of you who own this machine. I was able to print, scan, and cut with my Brother machine, and it worked fine.

My first layout - using ISDLS0018 January 2017 was a special HAPPY day for me, as my 3 eldest grandchildren were all baptised as followers…

Lesli's wedding

Hi everyone,

This layout is of my niece who married in 2015. Her flower theme was succulents - so unusual  yet so absolutely beautiful. When I saw these Ivytree Studio papers I immediately knew I had to use them to create a layout of her wedding! (click on the image for a larger view).

One of my favourite crafts is creating 3D decoupage pictures (or paper-piecing), and I have done this for many years already. The fact that this particular paper has this gorgeous border of succulents, made it so easy to paper-piece 3 layers of the same border. Photographing this however never portrays the real life beauty and depth. Here is one close-up showing the 3 layers.

This little Enmarc chipboard was sprayed  with 2 different colour Glimmer Mists.

A very fine netting/organza was added to the left page, to represent the organza in the wedding dress.

Here you can see how I tore the Ivytree Studio paper (172/3) to create a wavy effect, the edging of the apricot cardstock with a gold pen, and the a…


Hi everyone,

Here is another single page layout put together with some absolutely fabulous Ivytree Studio papers. This layout is of my eldest daughter and her youngest daughter. Isn't this just one of those gorgeous "aaah cute" photographs?

I cut out 8 circles from the papers listed below, using both sides, as long as the paper had pink colour on it. Then I decided to go a little overboard with the embellishments and added flowers and leaves punched with an Olba punch out of the same papers, and hand sewed a running stitch around the edges of two of the circles.

The quilled leaves and flowers were made by cutting thin strips (about 3mm wide) of Ivytree Studio papers, and I then chalked the white edges of the 'leaves' with Tim Holtz Spun Sugar distress ink. Flat-backed pearl drop gems were added as the bling (yes, I'm still bling mad).

This is the punched flower in the bottom-right corner of the layout, with a pearl added in the centre - eek and more bling.