27 Sep 2013


For this weeks' challenge at CSI, I decided to dig deep.  This is in a bid to get myself out of my current rut and to actually verbalise what is going on inside my silly head as of late.
It is a VERY personal piece for me; and for me to have to have taken a shot of myself for this took a tremendous amount of guts on my part.  I despise being in front of the camera.  And I despise mirrors.  I avoid the latter at all costs; unless I am applying make up.
So this is what the challenge looks like.
It is a fun, funky challenge; but my take on it is rather sombre.  Sorry to have spoiled the whole mood of it :-(

Murphy is being a bit of a prat as of late by making the weather hideously overcast each time I want to take pics of my LO's ... so again, do forgive the darker quality of this shot.  That said, I guess I was going for a morbid feel, based on my journaling .....
Scheme : all colours
Evidence : triangles, white space, polka dots (on a flower)
Testimony : I used one of Mama Kat's prompts - "When I look in the mirror"
When I look in the mirror, I don’t like what I see; I never have and I don’t think I ever will.  Because,
When I look in the mirror I am physically, no longer the person I knew.
When I look in the mirror, I berate myself for letting myself go; and in so doing, looking the way I do now.
When I look in the mirror, I long to find the motivation I once had to become physically strong and fit again.
When I look in the mirror, I wonder what I did in life to find the best possible husband and the perfect daughter.
When I look in the mirror, I am sure I don’t deserve them?
When I look in the mirror, I long to see myself the way my husband, daughter and daddy does.
When I look in the mirror, I cannot see how or why I am worthy?
When I look in the mirror, I can feel that something is clawing its way out to the top; but
When I look in the mirror, I can’t put my finger on what is holding me back.
When I look in the mirror, I realise that there are big gaps within me that are weak; so
When I look in the mirror, I hate myself even more.
When I look in the mirror, I do see Isabella’s mommy and a girl who loves with a fierce passion.
When I look in the mirror, I see what I have been able to overcome and that I have survived.
When I look in the mirror, I know that I will eventually conquer this lack of self worth.
When I look in the mirror, I KNOW that I can do it, I just need to find ME again..
I am so sorry about how utterly depressing this is; but I am using it to kick myself up the butt to get moving - literally and figuratively.
I must say; I do love CSI for this - forcing me to do the journaling and thereby soul searching, documenting, remembering...  after all, isn't that what scrapbooking is about, at the end of the day???
Anyway.  Here are some close ups.  I REALLY felt like getting my hands dirty today and working on creating as much texture in one small space as possible.
I laid down a piece of gauze and a strip of lace and then gesso'ed over them both.  Then I painted the entire page with white acrylic paint, because the paper itself was too cream for my liking (or this challenge!).  I also made a corner 'frame' by gesso'ing down a small strand of pearls.
The drips on the page are Lindy's Stamp Gang.

I felt the page needed to be lifted a bit because it seemed SO depressed; so I added a small cluster of flowers and brads.

My title is chipboard, covered in a layer of Glossy Accents.  For the triangles, I splattered a strip of water colour paper with Lindy's Stamp Gang and Dazzles and then proceeded to select the best splotches for my triangles.

19 Sep 2013

The Tale of Basil

I decided to go with a different subject with this weeks' challenge at CSI; namely my most favourite cat - Basil (the) Pirate.  As our pets go, this little girl is my be-all and end-all.  She is horribly indulged and I am regularly accused by Travers that my nepotism shows no bounds. 


He didn't want another animal, but I worked hard for 3 weeks before he agreed that we could adopt another pet....

Here is the case - along with a gorgeous sketch, by Em.


Pretty, huh?

Here is how I cracked the case this week:

The Scheme : all the colours
Evidence : animal accents (paw print paper), polka dots, scallops, triangles
Testimony : I used an acrostic verse to spell out the words Basil Pirate

Journaling :
the story Behind my precious cat
begins with Alot of begging and pleading
sadly 'coz She was not wanted by travers --
because already In our home, we had 2 dogs + 3 cats
a fairly Largish menagerie!
I plotted and Planned to get my way
he relented - only If he could choose a name
naturally, I Ran with his plan
and jumped At the chance to have my cat
I did not Think the name would be odd:
basil pirate : Even though it's a SHE!
The title word 'basil' is chipboard lettering, which I misted with dazzles.  Then I very roughly applied some crackle glaze, dried it with the heat gun and then rubbed white chalk ink over the places where the chippie was not covered with the glaze.
The background was also sprayed with dazzles and I used a paper doily as a mask.
I have arranged my journaling so that 'Basil Pirate' appears vertically.

13 Sep 2013

Oh! The places you'll go ~ Dr Seuss

This weeks' CSI challenge brings with it quite an autumnal (fall) colour scheme.  My favourite time of year, but colour-wise, I battled!  I have this ridiculous mental block against orange (because it's a colour I cannot wear and usually avoid at all costs!).
I went backwards and forwards on the Testimony of this one too - I had 4 ideas in my head from the list, but I eventually settled and in the end, it all fell into place.
Here is what I did (new camera + new lens = better quality pics = happy me!)

Scheme : All colours
Evidence : floral pattern, clock, stars, used pencil, book page
Testimony : I chose a book by Dr Seuss and I also journaled a book that I made
My Journaling :
You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.  You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go! ~ Dr Seuss
My Isabella!  As you growing, your little character is coming more and more to the fore.
You are funny, you are witty, you are astute and you are SO smart!
It is any parents’ wish for their child to grow and flourish within themselves; and mommy and daddy are no exception to that rule.
You are social, outgoing, friendly and polite. These very traits, we know, will take you far and endear you to many.
I have no doubt that with your gentle and sensitive personality, you will have a stack of friends, who will mean the absolute World to you.
I have a feeling you will be the hub of your friendship wheel; because you take charge and care.
It’s supposed to be the parents who teach their children; but you, my little one, have taught us so much.  Lessons which have changed us in many ways - for the better.
The thought of watching you every day of the rest of my life, grow in personality, grow in heart, grow in emotion - is the most exciting thing I can imagine!  You are such an inspiration to me, my Blue.
We feel humbled and privileged that you entered our lives!
We are blessed by your presence and all that it has represented to us.
We love you more than we imagined possible to love another being and we wait with baited breath to see who and what you become!
I just wanted to chat a little about the orange centre strip in the background.  For quite some time now, I have wanted to get my hands on some Gelato's; particularly seeing it become quite an addictive technique as of late!!  Sadly, they seem virtually impossible to get in this country; buying them online is possible, but you don't want to know how much I would need to fork out for shipping alone ... it will, however, be my last resort.
So last night I sat thinking about how else I could achieve a 'smeared' background and then I remembered a technique I learned in Grade 6 or 7.
So : I took a mask and coloured in the spaces with orange, yellow and brown oil pastel.  Then (after removing the mask!) I held my heat gun over the pastel shapes and the top layer 'melted' and while it was still wet and tacky, I wiped across it with kitchen towel.  I had all but forgotten what a lovely finish this leaves.  Afterwards, to 'lift' the colours, I shaded / highlighted with orange, yellow and brown pencil.
For now, this will quell my deep hunger for Gelatos.
FOR. NOW. !!
So here are some additional close-ups.  It has been a loooong time since a LO has taken me this long to complete (I blame the little book I made!).

Top & Bottom : the sheet from a thesaurus was crumpled and then misted with Lindys Stamp Gang and Dazzles; then heat dried and the rubbed through the residue spray colours on my craft mat, before heat drying again.  I found that by drying such flimsy paper with my heat gun, it shrunk back in on itself and into the creases that were created when I crumpled the paper.  LOVING the finished look!

The booklet (5 pages).  I knew that I wanted to do a book - so I did quite a lot of online searching and adapted 2 tutorials I had seen to come up with this book.  I am certain I will use it again - as finicky as it is, I know that with practice I will perfect it.
For the 'spine' of the book, I ran a piece of chocolate cardstock over the chevron mask I used on the background sheet.  After adhering it, I created some faux stitching (which I learned about at the SA Scrapbook Convention this past weekend!).  The pages wouldn't stay down (obviously), so I created a little flap to hold them all down. 

Thanks for stopping by!

6 Sep 2013

Beach Bliss

DELECTABLE palette over at CSI this week!  I was rather bummed and upset at the possibility that I may not have been able to partake; but I made a plan today and managed to churn out a piece that I am quite happy with!  Yay!

I procrastinated overnight as to what I was going to do, as I had made a list of possible testimony's and photographs to use.  Eventually, I settled and this is what I did today (yay for my new camera and better quality images! Now just to get used to my new lens ...):

Scheme : All colours
Evidence : butterflies, wave shapes, word stickers
Testimony : I used one of the prompts on Pinterest and loved the phrase "Salt in the air, sand in my hair"
My journaling is a poem I made up:
You love the beach, you love the sand
 You love the water on your hands
You love the shells, you love the sun
This wide open space is so much fun
You throw the sand high in the air
You are blissful; without a care
You run, you jump, you leap, you bound
You twirl and swirl, around and 'round
Here comes a wave, watch it crash
You dart away - quick as a flash
It is so obvious; or all to see
The beach is your favourite place to be
Here are some close ups.  I used some of the lovely printables here and there.
Thanks for the visit.