Monday, February 18, 2013

PGCB - Washi Tape!

Our team member Erica over at PGCB thought that after our one year anniversary washi giveaway, a washi challenge would be a perfect follow up!

I have a love/hate relationship with washi. I must confess.
I absolutely adore all the patterns and colours that exist and I have slowly been collecting a stash of my own at home. However. When it comes to using washi I find I'm still very intimidated by it or just at a loss on what to do with it!
This challenge was perfect for me to stretch my washi legs and use it in a layout.
It worked perfectly as a minimalist material when I wanted the photo to do most of the speaking.
I took this photo the morning we left The Lodge. The sun was shining, the sky was gorgeous, the mountains were stunning and the way the light was hitting the treehouse was amazing.
I wanted this to be my last photo of Loch Goil before we headed off.
I used the gold striped washi to create a diagonal backdrop and then quickly sketched some lines over top. I only used some scrap pieces of paper for around the photo and used some green washi to accent the edges. I inked up some Thickers for the title with distress ink (I love Thickers but find I can never find the exact colour I'm looking for) The layout was still falling a little flat and empty, but I really didn't want to do too much more too it, so I flicked some Mr Huey's in the corners and left it at that.
After 24 hours in Glasgow, we arrived at The Lodge to spend the weekend. For the wedding, the entire place had been booked by us and fellow guests and family so we had the place to ourselves. It was incredible! Tucked away on the shore of Loch Goil in the mountains, staying there made me feel as if I had stepped back in time.
Originally built in 1869, The Lodge was a modest summer home and is now a 5-star Hotel in the Scottish countryside. I feel blessed that I was able to stay here with truly fantastic people and be present for an equally fantastic wedding!
Here is another layout that I made ages ago. My brother and I the afternoon of the wedding drinking champagne on The Treehouse stairs.
Layout is based on a Coral MWM Sketch from
I realize that this album is taking me FOREVER to complete, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel I promise ;) In the meantime I am thoroughy enjoying working slowly and steadily on my holiday album.
Be sure to go and check out all the amazing washi projects for our team at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog!
Bye for now!
Supplies Used:
Paper - Ranger Kraft Cardstock. MME Kraft Funday.
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Barn Door, Vintage Photo)
Washi - Freckled Fawn (Gold Airmail) MME Indie Chic (Citron)
Mist - Mr Huey's (Estate Green)

Monday, February 4, 2013

PGCB - Adding Twine

Hey Everyone!

I am trying my best to keep up with blog posts and crafting. I do find lately I have less and less time to craft.
This week at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog my good friend Kristy has asked us to use twine on a project.
A crafty group that I'm part of is doing a Birthday Card Swap this winter. We all make 10 birthday cards, send them to our cheif card collector, who will divide them all up and send us 10 different cards back. We then have some scrappy goodies from our Scrappy Sisters from all over North America, but it means we also have some cards on hand to send to loved ones!
I received this stamp set a few months ago from The Stamps of Life by Stephanie Barnard. I've been dying to use them! I thought  a card swap and a twine challenge would be perfect!
I know we're all super mums and everything but it does happen sometimes that although we have every good intention to make and send a birthday card to someone, life happens and we get delayed or even....dare I say it....forget! ;)
Sometimes we need those Belated Birthday cards....

For the background I watercoloured with Distress Inks. I stamped my ink pads onto some waxed paper and then sprayed them with water. Using a paint brush I painted the different shades of blues and purples onto water colour paper.
The turtles were stamped and cut out and coloured using markers. To give their shells some texture, I first coloured them in brown and then used the same brown on the stamps. Stamping the patterns in the same colour brown just subtly added a bit of design to them.

The bottom of the card I wound twine around and added a banner with some foam adhesive with another sentiment underneath.
Supplies Used:
Stamps - The Stamps of Life, (turtles2love)
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink, (Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Broken China, Stormy Sky, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Vintage Photo)
Ink - Memories Dye Ink (Black)
Markers - Artist's Loft Level 1 Dual Tip Art Markers
Paper - Canson Watercolour Paper
Twine - The Twinery (Caribbean, Lilac)