20 Nov 2014

My Nature Lover

Hi All!
Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!  This will be a somewhat brief post; I've had a relatively minor triple procedure (gynae related - fun) and was discharged yesterday.  As at today, I'm still rather bloaty and very, very uncomfortable - especially in the sitting position.
 First off, I want to announce how very pleased, elated, chuffed, humbled and honoured I am at having been selected to be on Let's Scrap's Design Team.  This is my first EVER stint at being a DT (still can't believe it, actually) and really, just a dream come true!  Thanks so much to the girls for this amazing, amazing opportunity!
I currently have alot on my plate, so for now, I'm going to be mixing my challenges up a bit!
Here is the latest Let's Scrap Sketch:
Which I chose to combine with the CSI's special collaboration case:
Here is my piece:
Scheme : all there
Evidence : leaves, paint, twine, oval shapes, mist
Testimony : on the back, I journaled about nature
You were born under a water sign; yet even though you adore being in the water, you relish in the beauty of nature.  You spend ages pottering around in the garden, examining leaves, flowers, grass, insects.  The smallest of things seems to fascinate you; and I've watched you from afar as you sat down to watch ants work or picked apart a flower or just looked at a tiny flower up close.
By far your most favourite thing is finding a dandelion puff.  The minute you see one, you have to blow it apart and watch each delicate wisp float into the air.  It's quite magical, really.
You're not afraid to get your hands or your clothes dirty in pursuit of your next investigation either - despite being such a girly girl!  It just absolutely amazes me how the simplest things around us, in our garden - something so freely available (and taken for granted!) - can keep you utterly fascinated and totally entranced for such a long time.
You do so well in helping me leave everyday life behind and REMEMBER what it was like to take joy in examining new buds in Spring, crunching fallen leaves in Autumn, searching high and low for that elusive chameleon on a sunny day - and, of course, the simplest pleasure of blowing a dandelion puff!

I love this pic of Isabella!  It's amongst my favourites!!  As you can see - I also used some paper in this LO that has those floaty dandelion seeds printed on it!  I wanted to keep this whole LO as rustic as possible, considering its title and them - nature.  As you can see, I've used a woodgrain paper to echo that too - as well as some hessian flowers and of course the twine.

For the background, I watered down some lemon acrylic paint and did some haphazard brush strokes.  Then I stamped and also misted the background through a leaf stencil.
Off to rest now.  Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you have a lovely weekend!

6 Nov 2014

Looking Out For Number One

Hello Everyone!
I would like to start this post off by announcing some EXCITING news!!  One of my dreams has come true - I am officially on a Design Team - for the awesome site, Let's Scrap!
Thanks to all the LS DT members for the very warm and friendly welcome I received.  Every morning since I heard the news, I have woken up with a cheesy grin and inside my head I have screamed "I'M ON A DESIGN TEAM"!!  No really - I have!  I have!!
I am really looking forward to growing with you, making new friends and being inspired!  Not only that - I can't believe that the possibility exists that my work would inspire someone else too!  How humbled that makes me feel!!
My very first LO as a DT on this lovely site will go live next week - watch this space! :-)
And with that news, let's move on to my take on this weeks' challenge over at CSI.  I'm sure you'll agree that this is a really pretty palette this week!
And here is what I came up with:
The Scheme : the colours are all there
Evidence : stripes, polka dots, fibres
Testimony : I chose from the list - namely 'List Promises to Myself'.  My journaling is on the back
I have noticed that so often, as women, we fail at putting ourselves first.  We are always looking out for our children or our families in general.  Often this is to our own detriment; and although on the outside we appear fine, inside we are broken, misunderstood or falling apart at the seams.
I am one such person.  I battle to put myself first at best, as I often wonder whether I am being selfish.  Although I have 'retired' from work this year, I have not achieved what I set out to do.  I bit off more than I could chew once too often during the year, and all the personal projects, ideas, visits, outings I planned NEVER happened.  Therefore, going forward, I am making a list - both to-do and promise!  And I am going to endeavour to stick to it!!
1. I promise that I will NOT bite off more than I can chew from here on in! 
2. Learn to say no!
3.  I promise that I will learn and accept that it is OKAY to say NO!
4. I will be kinder to my physical self; my body does not like me very much right now!
5.  Put on those trainers and RUN!  You KNOW how it feeds you!
6.  Get in that room and CRAFT!  You know how IT heals you!
7.  You are not an octopus!  You cannot carry 8 bags of groceries in one go!  Do two trips! (ha ha!)
8.  I promise to MEDITATE again!
9.  I promise to feed myself healthy and nutritious food - I know that my whole being works optimally this way.
10. I promise to be more accepting of the love and compliments that come my way from my husband. 
Here are some close up shots.
So for the background, I used a stencil and randomly applied some texture paste.  I then used that same stencil and applied some distress marker, using the ranger Distress Marker Spritzer.  It is such a nifty tool and is rapidly becoming a favourite!
I find that a light spritz of water over the distress stencilled parts gives for a lovely soft, water-colour effect - I love how it looks!  I also stamped randomly over the background.
This part of the page was a more 'free-hand' spritz - i.e. not through the stencil.  You can see how the water misted on the page has changed the effect of the spritz dotlets.
I also painted the background with some watered down gelato's.  When I was happy with the background, I added some mist splats.
Lots and lots of layering!  How I LOVE layering!!!
Thanks for your visit!!