I am Woman cc at 123

This month’s theme has been “I am Woman”. From tonight we are running the cc with games and a chat in our 123 Chatroom and will be posting up the challenges for the week. You have until next weekend to get your entries in for a chance at winning store vouchers.

I got to play with the stunning Kaiser Grandiose papers this time – and they are simply glorious. Lovely rich hues of brown, red and creamy yellow. The pattern combinations are ideal for layering – and that’s exactly what I did. I’m not much of a ‘layerer’ generally – but it was really easy to do with these papers. I also cut out a section of the circle patterns to produce a scalloped strip, into which I put some eyelets with some string tied through them like a ribbon. Underneath this I put a row of circles punched out from the patterned papers. Love the effect.

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I got the chance to use up some old stash too – some Op-shop buttons and left-over Prima flowers. There was this cool metal button that was perfect for the larger layered flower. More string – this time in the button centres.

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For the title I re-did that gob-smackingly gorgeous chippy technique using the walnut ink crystals. Was perfect for the layout. Lots of inking with the Colorbox chalk inks to match the colours in the patterned paper. A bit of a mixed title – I’m getting much more comfortable with using the little Carolee’s Creations alphas.

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The journalling is hidden. I was a little naughty too – since this month was supposed to be “no little girls allowed” – and the layout is about Madame as usual. The only problem is I don’t scrap myself – I’ve done all the photos I have of my grandmother and my Mum does not want hers on public display. So there was not much choice left for me for a layout. To stick as close as possible to the theme though – I have journalled about how in her most recent photos I can see the woman within. The tag is hidden behind the photo – since it is pretty personal in tone – but it talks about the ‘glimpses’ of the woman she is growing up to be, the strengths and characteristics I think she will continue to develop as she matures. It’s amazing watching your children grow – and when you look back you can see how the seeds of who they are when they are older can be seen in them from a very early age.

So the criteria for my challenge are:

1 – layering – pile them on thick girls, I want to see layer upon layer.
2 – scallops and flowers – I don’t care how you combine them, just want those pretty shells and blooms on there somewhere.
3 – string, string, string, string – everybody loves string.

Aside from the criteria – I’d like to challenge you to scrap a reflective moment for yourself: it can be a self-reflection or one of another woman in your life or your relationship with someone else – whatever – I just want to see you do a layout that has some deeper meaning, one that comments on who you are right now.

And here is the final layout:

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Prima – Flirty Little Secrets

It’s no secret that I love the Flirty Little Secrets range from Prima. You had to get out of my way fast when it was finally available for purchase.

I’ve not had much of a chance to play with it unfortunately – but I did manage to sneak in this little layout for my 123 Notebook layout for this month. Although Coy and Meander would have to be the standout pages in the range – I wanted to work with the greens – Memoirs and Frock. They are such gorgeous papers and work really well together. The delicate pattern on Memoirs is just beautiful – with its green on green script and rose pattern and just the hint of white flourishes here and there – this is a stunning girly paper.

I confess I was also hoarding the matching Flirty rubons and they were perfect for this paper combination. The teal ‘other’ side of Frock is exactly the same teal as the pattern on Memoirs. The darker teal paper also sets off the lighter greens really well. I used it as a frame for the layout and the photo by ripping the top paper to reveal the darker teal underneath.

I’ve used twine (thanks Kars for the idea – I have a huge ball of it now ) rather than ribbon or thread and the “grungyness” of it makes a nice contrast to the delicate patterns and overall ‘girly’ feel to the layout. I layered some of the Essentials flowers with it – topping them off with a small organza rose (stolen off a bit of ribbon), which I coloured with Glimmermist to match the red in the Ruby paper.

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There needs to be a contrasting colour to “kick-start” the softer ones and the drop-dead red of the roses in the Ruby paper was perfect. So I made some flowers out of the paper – check out my Notebook post in the forum on how to – and then decorated them with some Kaiser pearls. Could not be easier. There are 2 sizes to the flowers and I simply layered the smaller ones into the large ones.

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The chippie title is an old one from Scraplets. Wilma does not have it in stock at the moment – but if you want it, it might pay to ask her to get it in for you. The shipping tag was meant for journalling (it’s coloured with Glimmermist to match the Ruby paper) – but I found there was nothing I really wanted to say. For me, this is a layout to simply enjoy the beauty of the photo. She was doing nothing special – just smelling some daisies (complaining they had no smell was what she was actually doing ) wandering about the back yard. I really love random little photos like that. The beauty of childhood is so fleeting – you should take as many photos of this time as you can. I know I wish I had more of my boys when they were this age. (Sigh – there speaks the mother of 3 teens)

So if you have not gotten around to checking out the Prima Flirty Little Secrets range of papers and flowers yet – do the woman in you a favour – and go get some now from here. Just leave me a couple so I can get some more.

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sneak peek – lesson 6

Oh my gosh I love this lesson. So much so, I HAD to do two layouts, as DS2 wanted one to match the one I did for DS1.

Here is a sneak of them – since I need a piece of chippy to finish off the second one – the full layouts will be posted when the second one is finished. I HAVE to use this technique again – it is just stunning.

For DS2

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For DS 1

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And cause I LOVE this little chippy heart so much – a sneakie of it…

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123 cc layout

Yeah – I know it is late. I was not happy with the original one I did. The pink Prima studs were just the wrong shade of pink and everytime I looked at it I winced. But it took a bit to get the time to replace them – and they were a buggar to get off, let me tell you. DON’T make a mistake with these things, they stick like superglue.

I got to use the yummy Flair Designs papers this time – lurve the birds. Thought I would play with the journalling blocks as well – and very nice they are indeed. Not as ‘vintage’ as I would like the layout to be – but I think I am all antiqued out at the moment.

That gorgeous velvety leaf is one of the new ones by Green Tara that Wilma has gotten in. Very yummy. Just a little more inking on this one to make it perfect. You can also see the stitching that I did to replace those horrible pink studs. Much nicer.

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The title was simply inked and Kindyglitzed – simple but delicate – and suited the layout.

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And here is the final layout – a sweet picture of Hubby and his little princess enjoying a kiss and cuddle.

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May Sketch

Lol – this was originally my lesson 5 layout for Chippy Highschool. Then I got reminded it was my turn for the sketch this month at TSE. Oops!!

I am hoping to see some gorgeous layouts of the women in your family – Mum, Grandma, Nana etc – to go with the sketch.

Create a layout using the sketch and upload to the gallery here and a card using the sketch here – for your chance to win a gift voucher prize.

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Here is my layout – using Basic Grey Porcelain papers and those glorious Prima vines – with the title and chippy flourish done using the technique from Lesson 5.

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and my card – which is on it’s way to Nan for her birthday.

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Chippy Highschool Week 5

So we are in week 5 of Chippy Highschool and this week we are designing our own chippy. It’s a re-hash of an old favourite (technique) for me – one I often forget to think about doing when I am doing my titles – but resist embossing using a (script) stamp is a great technique.

I did have a girl layout for it – but then realised I needed to use it for the Sketch for this month at TSE – so another layout was done in a hurry. A boy one this time – using the smashing boy papers out by Graphic 45. I love these papers – and ever since I saw the layout done at Scrap Etc I have been itching to do something for one of the boys.

DS1 got an Ipod for Xmas from his Granparents – and it has hung out of his ears ever since. The whole teen I-am-not-here-I-cannot-hear-you-thing happening. Nothing like having to yell at someone less than a metre away for them to hear you. Sigh. I just rip them out of his ears now – you can get a good whiplash affect happening if you do it carefully. 🙂

I used an old french script wooden stamp I have had for what seems like forever – and my favourite AED glitter embossing powder to do the title and script. The flourish is a Scrapping Outback design I think, though the title is Scrap FX – both of them I got from Scrapping Outback here.

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Yeah yeah I know some of the script is upside-down – blasted stamp image is reversed to the actual stamp and I had to stamp twice on each chippy – so got one of each way. Sigh. Not changing it now. I’ve used a selection of Colorbox chalk inks and Tim Holtz distress inks. The Timmy ones are probably better to use as they wipe off more easily – but I wish he had as many colours as Colorbox has.

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I tried my hand at making a Timmy tag too – one of his stamps that are not clear but not rubber totally either. Will be using this one again – I love the way it turned out – but next time I want to do it with black Stazon as I reckon that would be awesome.

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And here is the final layout.

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Thanks again for another great class ladies – I’m having a ball.