Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Happy Birthday Mumsy!

This month my Mumsy turned 70! In our household when its your birthday you get to do whatever you like - after all its the only day of the year that its your day :) so you should get to celebrate it the way you want to, well within reason!  This year Mum wanted to have a girlie day, so my sisters and my niece travelled down to Geraldine and spent the day catching up, and celebrating with her friends. Her gift from us was a lot of different things, among them though was some framed black and white prints of Christchurch buildings that are sadly no longer there, and this gift became her favourite amongst all the wonderfully generous gifts she received
Mums card I made from left over scraps of Websters Pages. The background is made with a new Spellbinders die Ive just purchased, and I think its going to be one of my favourites :) - the lattice background die.

And some photos of the day - and yes Luka came along too, I think he had a great time too - whats not to like, being fussed over by a group of women lol.  So here we all are together................

One if my colleagues is also having a milestone birthday, turning 60 next month.  She is a fellow scrapper as well, so while we were thinking about gifts for her I suggested an old hatbox decorated and used for storage of bits and pieces.  I had picked it up in Briscoes sale a long time ago for $5! the only problem was that by the time I finished I wasnt quite sure I wanted to give it up :)

The papers are from Kaisercraft Magnolia Grove and Ive used quite a few of the pieces from the collections pack with a mixture of Prima and Kaiser flowers. On the front of the suitcase Ive distressed the background paper and then stamped randomly with Kaiser stamps.  The wooden lock and flourish are painted off white and randomly inked with dusty rose  - they seem to have turned out looking very white in the photo but they don't looking at the natural light.  I was wanting the whole thing to have a heritage feel to it and the papers fit so well and the theme being friends was perfect!

Thanks for popping by!

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Lil' Robots for little men

While waiting for my great-nephew to arrive I started hoarding  collecting paper ranges to create layouts and OTP for little boys. There was'nt a lot out there that particularly grabbed me at the time, but I loved this robots range from MME. I quite like their new boys range too, so I will be throwing some of that in my trolley shortly :)  And probably to prove to myself that I can do modern and bright, and don't have to restrict myself to heritage!
I find boy pages and masculine OTP's a bit of a challenge, probably because I don't always feel comfortable layering them with flowers, just does'nt seem right to me.  Or maybe it is and I need to just stop thinking, and start doing :)
I thought for his room I'd decorate a canvas with his name on it, but this time I got the letters from Typo - have you been there? I love this place, its very funky and hip, they're like a stationary shop I guess but they stock some scrappy goodness too, and wooden letters, and best of all they already painted - black or white. Black was the perfect  choice  to blend in with the brights of the robot range, so this took very little time to complete.

The cogs are themed throughout the range, so I die cut some more from scraps leftover using the Donna Salazar Sprightly Sprockets Spellbinders dies; cut out some of the robots and layered them up with some of the diecuts that come with the range.  Heres some closeups:

I also made a layout with the same range; my plan is to give my niece a completed photo album for Christmas this year progressing his first year. So this is Luka at four months old in his car seat out with the girls - that would be me and my sisters :)

On my desk I have a storage unit which I throw odds and ends of lines in. The problem with it became "out of mind out of sight" - I never used any of it! So this year I have challenged myself that everytime I create something, I have to utilise something from that storage unit! In this layout I used a few things, the chipboard cog, and heart, and the chipboard 'original' circle. I also have had the metal tools in my stash forever!, so decided they fitted in with the whole robot, cogs theme too so they were thrown in as well, and the end result? I love how it turned out :)

Heres some closeups:

Thanks for popping by :)