Boxer and ribbons

Finally – managed to work out why I cannot upload images anymore. I used Netscape – and of course since this is a perfectly good programme they have decided not to continue supporting it anymore. So nothing seems to let me use it to upload. Just love the way the computing industy plans to make perfectly well functioning things useless within a short period of time.

Bletch

Well – now that it has taken me a month to sort this out – I can finally update this post and put the pictures in. Not sure what to do with all the layouts I have done in the past month – but will sort that one out as I go.

BG Boxer – nice bright, strong blues, greens and reds – thought it would be very boyish and although it is, I found myself doing a number of layouts for Madame and not the boys. What do they say about best laid plans?? Anyway – played with some red ribbon and the red papers in the range and this is what I came up with. Love the Imaginisce metal embellishments and the Prima flower – as usual – is to die for. Used some of the stamps in the Boxer range too – very noice.

The usual close-ups and the layout.



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Sultry and more ribbons

Just loving Sultry. Wasn’t sure at first, but then when I got it I loved those colours. Lime greens and hot fuchsia pink. Wowser – just pefectly girly. Madame is going through a “pink” phase and hot fuchsia pink is her fav. She has this look of total awe when she sees anything this colour. And she just HAS to wear anything with this colour.

Still playing with ribbons over at 123. And loving it. I have something up my sleeve for later in the month (still perfecting it before I let loose on a layout) but I am quite excited about my new little trick. Hoping it works out as well as I think it might.

Anyway – for “You just adore Swinging” – lots of those gorgeous Prima flowers, some Kaiser bling and pearls and I finally got to use some of the Kaiser bling words I have been admiring. The Olio rubons from BG for this range are just to die for too. It’s funny – but I see that this particular paper in the range is popular with other scrappers too – I’ve seen some simply gorgeous layouts using it (Yes – yours Jolene is one of them! 🙂 )

Still loving my Twinkling H2O’s as well – this one is the Azalea. Played with my Cutterpede scallop blade again too – just love how easy it is to use. And a multiphoto layout – just to prove I do occasionally do them. 😉

For the ribbon I stitched it using a normal needle (you need to thread it through carefully though) and left the loops loose on the top of the layout. It is a really goegeous, soft and girly look. Great for filling up spaces or for putting along the edges of photos. Best to make a series of holes through the paper with a corkboard pin first though – making putting it all through much easier.

So – some close-ups for the detail and then the layout!

And then a card I did with som of the leftovers.

Ribbons Ribbons Ribbons

Gosh – feel like I am drowning in ribbons at the moment. Have found some gorgeous ones in the last month or so and bought waaaaaay too many. At least I will get to use some this month since it is Ribbon month at 123.

Sarted off the ribbonanza with the one from the new BG Sugared range. I have been saving the little giraffe scraplet for this range – thought it would be perfect for this paper with it’s cure little pair of giraffes on it. And the connection to Madame – one of her favourite sets of clothing last winter (and mine too) was this neat little pants/top/bows set in pink and brown. She just adored them.

So here we have it – “G is for” – girly girl, giggle and “Giraffe Club” the name of the clothes range the set came from. Some yummy ribbons – grosgrain stripes and velvet ric rac and this luscious pink die cut one. No idea where I got most of them from – but the thin satin brown one was a cheapie from Spotlight. Some orange Prima flowers – just love that gossamer look to some of the petals. LOVE those new colours in the Kaisercraft pearl range too. These are Latte – just so yummy.

Having trouble loading this all up to the 123 blog and gallery – will have to try again tomorrow. But I have put a long “How to use” for ribbons up there – though it is boring reading without the photos to go with it.

A closeup of the yummy ribbons and the Prima flower.

Jolie Chocolat and Mira

Hmmmm – have I mentioned how much I love bling – and butterflies, pink and chocci brown? And how much I adore the way the SEI put them all together in Jolie Chocolat???

Well I am telling you again now. Just LOVE this range. Here are the finished layouts I gave the sneaks to before and a card I made from the leftovers. I have a couple more ideas in mind, so I will be playing with this over the hols at some stage.

angel

Since someone asked – yes – I do have a never-ending supply of these angel photos. And yes – I do like to alter them. This one has been made into a sepia and then lightened – a lot. I used Picasa – but you can do the same thing with Photoshop. It was something I was playing with and I really liked 3 versions of it. So at some stage I will scrap the other two as well – one of which is in colour, to show her ginger hair at the time.

love

And a new one I did not get time to upload peeks for. This one was meant to be 2 cards, but I got this idea in my head and made a layout instead.

The small word here is actually a stamp – I inked it on and then went over it with a metallic gel pen – kinda cool the finished effect, as it looks hand written and isn’t.

promise journaling card

The title is inked (love the fuschia colour – Colorbox chalk ink of course) and I kindy-glitzed the rubons with the pink glitz, since the white rubons were a little too stark for the layout. I used a heap of the Jolie Chocolat rubons on this layout – was trying to use them all up – but there are still more to go.

promises title

And here is the whole layout. Such a precious photo – she was only 10 days old and asleep in her cot at home. Still beaten up from her birth (some of the embellishments hide her blackened and bruised eyes) but still the most beautiful and precious thing I have ever seen. The journalling is hidden behind the patterned paper – the small pink heart above the chocolate flowers is the tag to pull out the journalling. It was great to be able to use up some of the old petaloo flowers I had in my stash. I loved these yummy chocolate ones when they first came out and still think they are wonderful. The HS ones got a good use with this range too – the colours were a perfect match.

promises

And last but not least – the card. The pattern on the middle of the ribbon is actually some of the Jolie Chocolat rubons. They were a buggar to get on the ribbon too – so if you try it, you really have to rub them hard to get them to stay on.

card

Now this is as bright as I get. I just love the Mira range – so cheerful and bright – but I had no idea what to use with it, as Madame is a girly girl and not so much a loud and bright one (though don’t ask me that on days she is telling the world how to run itself). But I HAD to do something with this paper – it just called to me.

The fancy paper I simply cut into two – dotted some kindyglitz onto the faint spotty pattern and then sat there wondering what the hell to put with it? I had to use some coredinations cardstock as well and although I had some ideas – had not been having luck with my ‘playing’ piece getting the look I wanted. But I cut one of the strips off the striped fancy paper and cut that itself into 3 again. By moving it about on the paper I got a black cardstock space between that I was able to ‘etch’ a matching petal pattern into.

sooo adorable cardstock

Kinda scary when I put it all together – had to use a black and white photo as there was so much colour in the background. And kept the embellishments simple to allow the photo to stand out. More of the HS flowers – had forgotten how BIG they were and how versatile. Loving the chipboard words for this pack too – used one for the title and the other to hold the flowers in place. Too easy. There was nothing else on the layout really. Oops – did I really say that – there was the Scraplets bird. Oh my gosh when I saw that bird it screamed the Mira range at me – because they have that almost exact same bird as a rubon and a glitter sticker. So I had to order it in from 123 and use it. Just inked it and put a small gemstone in for the eye.

sooo adorable embellishments

And here is the whole thing – a total blaze of colour. Like I said – kinda scary.

sooo adorable

So that’s it from me – the last of my March stuff. I’m having an early night for me tonight and then happily opening all my DT boxes and my own new supplies to play with tomorrow. BG – all 5 ranges; some FP, some MM and some honest to goodness white feather angel wings. Have no idea what to do with them, but they are simply glorious!! First up is some DT work with ribbons for 123 and some secret squirrel stuff; and then some templates and more Jolie Chocolat for TSE. And then… I’ll keep you guessing on that until later.

I’d like to take the chance to offer a warm welcome to Mary, who has taken over the reins at TSE. Here’s hoping the change over for the store runs smoothly for her. And a sad goodbye to Annette – may she enjoy her time with the family, she really deserves to have some scrapping time again. I owe Annette so very much – she gave me my first chance at being on a DT and I so totally appreciate her taking that risk with me. It has been a great pleasure working with and for her.