Saturday, February 4, 2017

it takes courage....

it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are....




so, at last i completed this layout - the layout with the photos of my 44th "birthday party" with my really good friends Corlia and Julie...  
well, it was not really on my birthday - i spent this birthday at the airport after a grueling 3 week journey around South Africa with our first Secret Scrapbook Event. but these two amazing ladies would NOT take no for an answer the following Saturday and drove all the way through to JBay again to take me for breakfast.
i am so blessed to have friends like these two (and lots of other ones).
i knew i wanted to scrap the photos. the right papers arrived at the shop late 2016 - awesome 49 & Market papers as well as their STUNNING matching flowers.  the Prima Marketing Stencil that i used arrived at about the same time.
i started this page in November last year just after Finn and Cari's visit - and all i did was cut the paper and do the stencil work with Finn's White Crackle Texture Paste.  i chose the flowers and that was it.  it had to be pushed to the back because of work commitments. but when i cleaned my scrap table this week, the project found its way onto my CLEAN table.  and i promised myself that i would not touch anything else until this was done.
so, today, after teaching at the shop, i came home and switched off my phone and the computer, sat with the doggies for a while, went for a walk and started - slowly, actually ENJOYING the process, not having to rush for a deadline...  and i love the outcome!


i don't really care if anyone likes it - i love everything on the page.  i love the colours.  i love the paper, the flowers, the stencil wording and the look of the crackle up close.  i love the subtle shimmer of the amazing Brilliance Lighting Black ink on the corners, the stamped sentiment, the leaves, the "celebrate" element and the splats... i love my beaded "masterpiece" little element on the side.... LOL - yes, i can do that if i want to - and i LOVE the Vintaj Patina'd cheap plastic elements that now look expensive - well, to me at least!!!!!  i love the stitching using what i had available and i love the little row of Webster's Pages balloons... the journaling is intensely personal but the stencil quote says it all - i never knew that i could just BE who i really am and be OK with that...


i have always been a people pleaser - but i have realised that i will NEVER be able to please people and that i should not want to please people...  the only PERSON that i should want to please is a HOLY God - my heavenly Father.  and i know there are people reading this thinking here she goes again - but you know, this is who i am and this is what matters to me most...  and it took a lot of courage to grow up and really be me.
so, here i am.
hello world 
lots of love
xxxxx



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Guest Designer - Couture Creations, Ultimate Crafts Australia

i don't know about you guys, but i have HUNDREDS of photos lying around from years ago that i have been wanting to scrap...  some of them - like the photo in the layout above, have been at the top of the list for literally years, but it never gets done mainly because the paper available is just not right...  well, that was until the amazing Ooh La La Collection was released!  PERFECT for my photo!  the photo was taken in the USA in 1991 at Wellesley College - i had dreams of attending it while living in the USA as an 18 year old... but it was not meant to be!  it was a wonderful few days spent there, though, with good friends who were going to attend that fall. 
i want to focus on how i created my leaf and flower cluster today.
i used Anna Griffin for Couture Creations Gesso, 3 colours of the glitter set, the Turbo Glue Pen as well as the brown pigment powder and the leaf die from the Magnolia Lane Rose Cutting Die set.  first i cut a few sets of leaves using white cardstock.
i then mixed some brown pigment powder with a little bit of water and then some Gesso.  this binds the pigment powder and i don't want the white as a background for my leaves, it would be too stark for this layout.  the mix just tones it down and prepares my base for the next step.
next i added some Turbo Glue with my fingers to the leaf die cut. i just spread it over the die cut and then sprinkled the 3 colours of glitter over the die cut leaf while it was still wet.
here you can see what i started with and what the leaf looked like when i was done with it.
to create my rolled flowers, i punched a circle from some Ooh La La paper.
next i mixed Gesso with some Copper Pigment Powder and painted my circle with it to change the colour.
i then used my scissors to cut a spiral into the circle.
i used a quilling tool to roll the flower - just a tip here - the "wider" you cut your spiral, the "higher" the flower stands.  the bigger your circle - the larger your flower
lastly i use the amazing Liquid Drops and some Orange glitter to add a center to my flower...  i really LOVE these drops!!
here is another close up of my cluster.  hope you enjoyed the technique and that you will give it a try!!
Couture Creations Products Used:
ULT157523 - Ultimate Crafts Magnolia Lane Rose Cutting
CO724871 - Anna Griffin Mixed Media Smooth White Acrylic Gesso for Couture Creations
CO724864 - Couture Creations Anna Griffin Fine Glitter Collection (24 pcs)
CO724866 - Couture Creations Anna Griffin Mix and Match Pigments
ULT157649 - Ultimate Crafts Liquid Drops 3D Pearls - Pharaoh
ULT157610 - Ultimate Crafts 12x12 Ooh La La Paper Pad

Monday, November 21, 2016

Making a Memory with Couture Creations and Ultimate Crafts.....


you know, as a scrapbooker, each moment, each day is an opportunity to make a memory...
in April 2016 Marius and i spent a few days in Cape Town - if you have not yet been to Cape Town you HAVE TO GO!  it is an amazing city...  one of the things to do while you are there, is to take a drive around the scenic Chapman's Peak.  i took these photos of Marius enjoying the gorgeous view and just HAD to use them with the stunning Ooh La La collection by Couture Creations, Ultimate Crafts.
i used some Embossing Paste mixed with Pigment Powders to add the blue to the background paper - i just spread it randomly with my spatula.  i then sprinkled it with various colours of glitter from the Anna Girffin Couture Creations Glitter pack and left it to dry.
Below is a short little video on how i created some of the accents on the page :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTYao38ynTs&t=93s

 Couture Creations Products used:
ULT157610 - Ultimate Crafts 12x12 Ooh La La Paper Pad
CO724864 - Couture Creations Anna Griffin Fine Glitter Collection (24 pcs)
CO724866 - Couture Creations Anna Griffin Mix and Match Pigments
CO724389 - Couture Creations Turbo Glue Pen
CO724689 - Couture Creations Sea Breeze Cutting Die - Seagulls over the Ocean
CO724870 - Couture Creations Anna Griffin Embossing Paste - White 250ml
CO724864 - Couture Creations Anna Griffin Fine Glitter Collection (24 pcs)
CO724866 - Couture Creations Anna Griffin Mix and Match Pigments
ULT157625 - Ultimate Crafts Ooh La La Embossing Folder A2 - Zephyr Flourish
CO724824 - Couture Creations GoCut and Emboss Machine

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

new blog

www.cariena.co.za
hello all!  blogger has been acting up, so i have started a new blog - www.cariena.co.za.  hope to see you there!!

Saturday, May 3, 2014