Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My Blog GIVEAWAY <---- Winner!!!

Hello hello!!
Ok - I have finally drawn a winner for my blog giveaway!

This giveaway is full of lots of goodies....
The winner is *****drumroll*****
Adriana B
Congrats Adriana, if you could please email me anita_stokes(at)hotmail.com so I can get your contact details.
Thanks to everyone who left a comment!! ;)
Have a great day!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sketchbook 365 & Paper Stories Love of a Lifetime kit

Hope you have all been well unlike me. I seem to have had a double dose of the flu. Ended up on anti-b's and some other meds to get it all under control.  Fingers crossed I am on the up side of the down. And with feeling better comes creating. Seems like forever since I shared something!
I received an awesome pack in the mail on Friday .... it was the most beautiful kit from Paper Stories - it is the "Love of a Lifetime" kit. This contains the newly released Prima Lifetime & Engraver papers along with Prima embellishments and some other bits and pieces.
Now I have my first blog post up on the Paper Stories blog so please go and check my layout out over there because I have some tips and tricks of how I put it all together!
And they have a current sketch challenge with an awesome prize so make sure you get your layout in!!! I have had a quick look and the entries so far are just amazing!!!
Now last month I was busy creating for the Sketchbook 365 Feb sketch and not 1, not 2 but 3 times my kids destroyed this layout. It was looking so so beautiful and the sketch was so different to what I would normally create.
The first time my boy painted on it with white gesso - so thats an easy fix....
Second time he got to it with StazOn - rubbing the ink pad over the background, which he probably sees me do with the Tim Holtz pads, then he got to my Pritt glue and added a puddle. So no way I could recover this!
Ok.... third time. I restarted everything from scratch and salvaged what I could from my first attempt. I was nearly finished just had to glue a few bits and pieces down but then my TWO kids got into my craft room and destroyed this layout. April - well she went psyco with the gesso. Hand in the tub and was finger painting (yes prob learnt from me) and Nathan well he at least had a paint brush OH and the Pritt glue and Staz On. Let's just say there was no return from this and had to give in as I had no paper which I could recover.
If anyone has the Prima Songbird 'Tags' paper in their stash please let me know cause thats all I need to try again.... maybe 4th time lucky??
So I seen the Sketchbook 365 March sketch and I looove sketches always a great staring point and so I began creating with the "Love of a Lifetime" kit from Paper Stories.
I am in love with Scrap365 magazine. The layouts always always are amazing so wanted to make a mixed media layout as they really embrace the style in the mag.
So here is my layout. I will stop my waffling on.
"Just Because"

Make sure you pop on over to the Paper Stories blog to see some tips and what I used to create this layout. I still have sooo much stuff left to create more! And nearly finished another layout with this kit!!!
Thanks for looking and your lovely comments :)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Kaiser Suga POP! <--- loVe!

Its a lovely HOT Sunday here in Perth. It's meant to get to 40 plus degrees so I'm trying to keep cool in the air con.
I better mention about my blog candy giveaway here!!.... It closes on the 15th Feb so please become a follower of mine and comment on this post to be in the running.
I want to share a canvas I made for my sisters baby girl soon to be born in May using the Kaiser Sugar Pop collection which my local scrap store, Made With Memories gave me to work with for my DT pack. I have seen soooo many lovely projects using this range over the past week.... I wanted to do something a little bit different.
Yes, it's bright and very girly and not normally a 'me' kind of range but I knew it would be perfect for a little girls nursery and I wanted to make a "She Art" type of canvas.... I will call it my "Owl Art".
This project was awesome to create and it all came together so easy. I have used some of the super duper talented Christy Tomlinson techniques to pull this all together and added a few elements of me too :) . When I watch Christy's You Tube tutorials she creates soooo many different layers of colours and textures. Christy is just amazing at what she does and blows my mind with her artistic genius!!
I have used her She Art mask with texture paste and bright pink paint mixed with Jo Sonjas glitter gel for a bit of sparkle. I have also used my fave Crafters Workshop template which I have offset the pattern and used two different colour blue paint for this. And the teal eyes and pink wings of the Owl are Heidi Swapps Colorshine. Then to finish everything off I used my trusty Sharpie marker for the doodling. I wish I was a bit more adventurous with my doodling but I didn't want to go overboard.  
So here it is.... my "Owl Art"
Front on view
 and a few closies.....

If you read one of my previous posts... heres an update.... my Auntie had her first breast cancer op about  month ago now, but got some news as they never got it all. So more surgery this week to get it all out and then she can finally start the treatment after. Its a long journey....

Friday, February 1, 2013

Paper Stories Feb Sketch

Good morning all!!!
Popping in this morning to share with you my layout for the new Paper Stories sketch for February.
I have used 7gypsies Postal range which is all available in the PaperStories store.
I have added texture with cotton, dress pattern, and gesso which I swiped through a Crafters Workshop template.

Here is the sketch.... I replaced the pics with one and circles with masking and cotton.
Be sure to have a go this month to be in the running to win a fab prize!
Any you must check out the blog to see the amazing layouts by Georgia's new design team.
Over & out....