27 June 2011


I am having such a good time participating in the Summer of Colour challenge!  (click on the title of this post, the name of the challenge or the blinkie on my sidebar)  Besides getting me started on pages for what will be my journal (with photos) of Cuba, the stunning work created by the other participants is such a motivator!

This week the colour is pink.  For my project inspiration it is the soft almost can't see it pink of the morning sky, the bright almost fushia of an oilcloth table covering and the soft pink walls in the home of the tobacco farmer Benito and the bright flowers of the flame tree against the pink stucco of the hotel walls in the Vinales area.

I started by putting down a covering of light pink mulberry paper, I stamped this all over with a rustic wild rose print in a mocha pink and added a bit of my favorite cheesecloth stamp in a pinky orange sherbet.  I used matte medium and acrylic paints in a light pink, a fushia and a coral to work in some softened areas.  Some paint spatters on top of that and then worked in some fushia and coral pieces of cheesecloth which was the headband of a straw hat I wore in Cuba.   Finally I covered the whole with melted beeswax (love the smell!).  I used my craft iron and a several sheets of plain paper to move the wax around and take quite a bit off.  The scan darkens the page quite a bit, I am quite pleased with the IRL version!

And my inspiration..

20 June 2011


What fun I have had this past week in visiting the different submissions for Kristin's "Summer of Colour Challenge".   Click on the title of this post or the badge at the right to have a look!  Inspiration abounds!

My loose plan is to find a Caribbean version of each colour and create  basic backgrounds for my Cuba journal pages.   I'm quite pleased so far and this is leading my thoughts for next steps in quite a different direction than I might have thought.

As soon as the colour green was announced I knew that it was the green of the jungle and the palm leaves in Cuba that would be the influence for my background.

I gathered all of my green inks and sorted out a progression of the right tones.  Everything has been built upon the background paper which is Panama Jack, Rusty Pickle.   Some paint splatters to start, a favorite cheesecloth background stamp, the building up of the stamped leaves and then some jungle leaf patterned paper torn into bits here and there on several edges. 

And here is a sample of what inspired the background.

16 June 2011


One of the main challenges each month at Bella Creations involves using an image supplied by Lacee to create a project of your choice.  What is more typical of June than weddings?   I was pleased that Lacee chose an image from my own collection.  This one comes from a huge portfolio that the DH picked up and which covers about 6 decades of an Italian family living in the Bronx of New York City.  It would be so interesting to know how this ended up in Victoria.  I can`t help but make up stories about each and every picture.

The inspiration for this frame comes from the June Bella Creations kit ``Heavenly`` and the June sketch from Heather Hudson.  A length of vintage velvet ribbon, a couple of vintage pink milinery leaves and a lot of Gold and Flamingo Liquid Pearls were the finishing touchs. 

Of course there is a great prize for the winner of this challenge!  From our sponsor ``The Apron Strings Kit Club``.   Wouldn`t you love to add all of this to your own stash. 

Check out our sponsor and the June Challenges at Bella Creations - why don`t you join us.  (blogger is giving me trouble this morning!  Click on the badges in my side bar.)  See you there!

15 June 2011


Allison and Olivia at the beach in Tofino.  Dad's at a course so it's hanging out at the beach for the two girls.  So I'm making progess on my goal of getting a few layouts done!  This one inspired by a previous Basic Grey layout of the month.  The papers are from Imaginesce "A Shore Thing".  I added to the sea bubbles with some icy blue Stickles.  The sand dollar, starfish, crab and seahorses are all MS punches.

13 June 2011


Click on the title of this post or the badge at the right to check out the details of this challenge and to see what everyone is up to!

I have decided to focus on creating journal pages for a recent trip to Cuba, at least this week that is what I decided!  I am going to start with creating the basic background pages, looking for "Caribbean" versions of each weeks' colour assignment and see where that leads.  I am hoping the "plan" will flow from there!

Except for the bottom right corner, I used VersaMagic inks.  I love the chalky smooth finish and the colours I had fit.  I pulled out all the blues.  I had to start with the colour of the water!  I really was enchanted with the architecture in Cuba, that dominated my pictures and  brought me to the next decision.  I built up the ink with several background stamps;  a weathered look, a gauze and a crumbling rosette.  Much of Cuba is under repair and the rest awaits it.  I found some Spanish text about Cuba, printed it out on organza and adhered bits of this to my background.  All of this got a coat of "Tide Pool" glitter paint from Tattered Angels. 

Just one picture which to me evokes the same mood.

I can hardly wait to see what everyone is doing and this next weeks' colour choice!  Kristin, thank you again for a fabulous challenge!

12 June 2011


Made quite a haul at a Collectibles Show here in Victoria this morning!  Vintage florist pins in a variety of colors, all glass beads on top.  Each box has a gross of pins in it...that's a lot of sharing!  These will be showing up in a lot of projects LOL.  A 1936 book full of children's music sheets and silhouettes - this is a find!  A 1926 seed catalogue.  Several 5x7 floral bouquets printed on silk, I think these may have been give aways.  A variety of holiday post cards from the turn of the century and a box of large paperdolls (not in the picture).  Now to find homes for all of this!

Parc Des Lions - 1927 Map

Maybe your summer travel plans are a little more exotic than the typical family roadtrip?  Regardless here is a little bit of French goodness for you to use!


Summer and travel!  The original is letter sized, can't you see this folded up and added to a summer journal or maybe as the background for your own childhood vacation layouts?  Have fun!  Remember to click and save the second image.

9 June 2011


Have you checked out the challenges and prizes at Bella Creations?  Go now!  This is my Design Team submission for the Bella Unique Challenge.  The technique this month is handmade flowers and the added twist is a sketch by new Design Team member, Heather Hudson.  I used the sketch pretty closely but wanted the look of a quilt square.  The two yellow flowers at the center are my technique attempts!  The Tres Chic (style) Challenge for June is soft and dainty which I also used here.

Our Bella Unique sponsor is The Flying Unicorn (see side bar) and here is the prize! 


Kristin of "Twinkle, Twinkle" has started a summer challenge based on a different colour each week.  The challenge begins this week with participants posting a bit of what their plans are and linking up.  Not only does the idea of working with a specific colour each week intrigue me -


about what to create!  I can change it up every week if I like!  One of my summer goals is to create an art journal based on a recent trip to Cuba, I also want to get back to doing scrapbook layouts of the grandkids.  On a trip back to my hometown last month I came home with several bags of old family pictures and ephemera.  And just maybe I can reduce some of my precious stash (and collect more!).

Kristin has given us the colour for next week - blue!   Blue summer sky, blue summer water, cobalt blue depression glass, blue willow china - so many choices!

I collected a number of small acrylic canvasses in Cuba to frame for the grands but I also think they will be delightful in my art journal - maybe I will use something like this!

8 June 2011


A simple snap at the side of the road becomes a stunning picture with the Canadian Rockies as a backdrop.

Co'ordinations cardstock
Cosmo Cricket, October Afternoon and Bella Blvd papers
Thickers chipboard letters, Jenni Bowlin minis
7 Gypsies tag
Misc ribbon bits
Snap and Pop buttons
Bread tags
Distress Inks

6 June 2011


.............................GEORGIE HORN!  Congratulations Georgie!  Please e-mail me your address so that I can send your prize!   (see e-mail button on the right!)

Thank you again everyone for playing along!


Aged to perfection!  My head is already full of ideas to put a 6X4 calendar card to good use.  Remember to click on this image and save the larger one for the best resolution.  This piece is from my own collection enjoy!

5 June 2011


Aptly named "Heavenly" the Bella Creations June kit is designed around the Pink Paislee line "Butterfly Garden".  Feathers, flowers and all manner of sweet bits!  To check out the kit and purchase your own go to the Bella Creations blog. 

Each of the Bella Creations Design Team members created a prize for our first ever blog hop using the kit.   Such fun to work with, all the inspiration I needed was on hand!

Thank you so much for playing with us this weekend!  Thank you to all of my loyal followers (who are so patient, put up with my crazy schedule and give me so much more than I give back!) and to each of you new folks, let's see how much fun we can get up to over the summer!

All of you need to check back on June 6th to see who the winners are!  Good luck!

2 June 2011


Ready for the FIRST ever Bella Creations Blog Hop?  Well we are more than ready, the Bella Creations Design Team and our fearless leader Lacee have been brainstorming on how to make this blog hop fun, with some fun prizes and .........WOW, WHAT? 

Our reveal of the FIRST Bella Creations monthly kit!  Lacee has done a fabulous job since she opened Bella Creations.  Now starting this month you will be able to purchase your very own Bella Creations Kit designed by Lacee Broyles!

So take a ride on the wings of a butterfly along to the kit reveal.

A sneak peak just for you!

How does this work?  Our hop starts at Lacee's blog where she will reveal her "Secret Word".  You will hop from blog to blog (in order!) collecting all of the "Secret Words" as you go along.
You collect your last "Secret Word" at the Bella Creations Blog, which is where the kit will be revealed and can be purchased.  Once you have collected the entire sentence then you  must go to the Bella Creations website and become a member if you aren't already.

At the Bella Creations website, in the Forum (tabs at top of the page) there is a discussion called HEAVENLY.  Lacee's e-mail address will be found there - e-mail her the sentence you have collected.  Lacee will pick a random winner to receive the Grand Prize Heavenly Mini Album Kit, designed by her!

Each of the Design Team members also have a prize to offer for leaving a comment and becoming a follower of their blogs if you aren't already.

Leave a comment on this post and tell me you are a new or current follower and I will put your name in a draw for my Design Team project using the papers and some of the elements from the Bella Creations June kit "Heavenly" plus a few vintage bits from my own collection.   Here is a sneak peek of all of our projects!

LET'S GET HOPPING!  (You do need to go in order!)

LACEE     This is where you start!
SANDI     My "secret word" is Heavenly!  (pst..you are here!)

Thanks for playing along with us!  Good luck in all of the draws!  See you soon at Bella Creations, the best papercrafting site on the internet!