Monday, 20 June 2011

CCG 197 Say Cheese and TCR 63 One Happy Dude

This period of the year is just as the weeks up to Christmas, incredibly intensive and everybody is so busy, moi included. Thanks to a really glum and rainy Sunday, it took no major battle with my conscience to bin the to-do-list of chores. Well, what's another week in dust balls when the other option is to scrap?!

I finished two layouts and started on a third that I will probably wrap up tomorrow.

The first one is for CCG 197 and I've called it "Say Cheese" because DH and I look like total dorks in the pic. It was taken last summer at the Swedish Royal Family's residence called Drottningholm Palace. My LO # 182 Splendour was taken just moments after. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that I was wearing a coral red top and DH a pink shirt, bingo!

Here's the fruity and vibrant summery palette over at CCG!

This week's Designer Challenge is Digital Stamping. We are stamping on photos and are encouraged to use flourishes, borders, text whatever we can think of and embellish our photo. Well, too bad I suck with Photoshop, so no digital embellishing of my photo.

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I was sooo inspired by the colours and had the perfect papers; Crate's Emma's Shop. What I had in mind did however not materialize like magic on my page. I used a couple of old decorating scissors to cut the strips of paper that I mirrored vertically.

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I misted the edges with TA Vintage Pink & Tattered Rose, and stitched some stylized flowers.

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I kind of like torn paper with layers peeking out. Here I've used a PP Artisan Element and some small roses as well.

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A Martha Stewart punched leaf border that I stitched onto the outer strip and some flowers of course. The roses were originally white, I've misted one in TA Vintage Rose and Tattered rose, another in Rum Punch and the third one I doused heavily in Diamond Dazzle and Shimmerz Candle Light.

Not the best layout I have made but Friday sees a new palette and hopefully a fresh mojo just out from the cleaners!

On to TCR's palette nbr 63 of Creamy Stone, Pale Mustard, Rust Red and Grey Blue! Lydell sure knows how to push us out of our box, this one had me scratching my head real good before I started pulling out papers.

Seriously, I checked and re-checked the colours on my screen but it still made no sense when I printed out the palette; it looked completely different. My Rust Red looks like burgandy and it's not IRL! It has the same hue as the painted wooded fence in the background of the photo.

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The photo was taken on my birthday back in April, hubby and I took a long leisurely walk in a vast garden allotment area very close to where we live. The allotments were originally handed out at the turn of the century 1899-1900 to less fortunate families with many children as a means for them to grow vegetables. Over the century that has passed since then, people have erected little miniature cottages on their plots and now the waiting list is so long that people cannot expect to get a plot during their lifetime.

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All the papers are K&Company Julianna. In my previous post I wrote about this fantastic Dutch online shop with the most impressive stock of any K&Co lines past or present among all the numerous other lines that they carry. What makes me so happy is that one doesn't have to buy a full stack as Bea splits the stacks and sells them divided.

The store is called Scrappapier and if you click HERE you will come to her online store.

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I think the papers remind me of old wallpapers, there are 10 layers of them on this layout.

Couldn't resist finishing this post on the old-worldy note, here are some more photos from our trip to London. This time from Cheyne Walk down by the river Thames on the Chelsea Embankment, just look at those houses! If you click on them you will get a larger view!

And finally, this is what DH was served to the tones of "Happy Birthday" played by their pianist at Brown's Hotel when we had our Pink Champagne Afternoon Tea. How delish to have "Happy Birthday" spritzed in chocolate on the plate! (nooo, DH did not lick the plate!) :))

Thanks a bunch for your visit, hope you want to come again for a peek! I would be truly happy for any comment you may want to leave. Have a wonderful week!

Cheers! xxxx Eila


  1. beautiful post love reading it wonderful pages you made cool dude[sorry happy]and a lovely photo of you 2 .Lovely work and yummie details thanks for showing your stunning work.

  2. Fantastic work Eila. Your layouts are full of colour and detail and class. Just stunning layering and beautiful pics.

    Gorgeous pictures and sounds like you had an awesome time!

    Take care

  3. Oh i do love a good lovey dokey pic of your dashing DH and yourself and i thought WOW wahat a page, it's just gorgeous with the torn bit at the top and the MS punches and not to mention those delish flowers...
    Fabulous layers on the TCR lo! the pic is meant for the challenge and love the circles of paint ...
    Those buildings just look great what a fantastic holiday you had...
    Now to that delish cake wowsie did that make the man happy or what???

  4. Both your layouts are gorgeous! I love the layered border punched bits on the first, the turn paper, your stitched flowers are superb and I love that you customized your flowers with glimmer mist. I love all the layering on the second layout, the distressed edges, the gorgeous flowers and the fab photo. You've really done a wonderful job on both!
    Love the photos of, just look at those houses!
    I'm sure your DH was very pleased with his Birthday Champagne afternoon...and that cupcake is super sweet (excuse the pun) ;)
    Have a fantastic week...

  5. Awesome job on this weeks colour palettes, love all the layering, stitching and shabbyness that you have created. And the photos are lovely.

    A pink champagne afternoon tea just sounds DELISH!!!! So so want to eat that cupcake. xox

  6. Eila thank you so much for your lovely, kind comments that you left on my blog. I really appreciate your thoughtful words.
    I'm so please I found your beautiful blog and look forward to following your creative works.

  7. Yay to leaving the house in dustballs so you could have a scrappy day :) Love your detailed posts & always look forward to a good read...your last photo of the first layout is just appearing empty on my screen though - think it is a flickr problem so check it out your side...Your CCG layout is absolutely perfect for the colours & that photo is just incredibly well-matched!! (are you sure you're not dressing for the colour combos now???...hee hee...just kidding...Love the peekaboo at the top of the page with the Pink Paislee artisan element & little flowers beneath it - quite charming! And your next layout - swooon - blow me over with a feather :) It's completely beautiful. I'm a die-hard K & Co. fan but am forcing myself not to buy it until they get a blog where we can participate! Helps me narrow down my choices LOL...It's just a brilliant page though really...and your photos of England are enchanting :) Have a great week!

  8. This is my first time entering into this beautiful blogger page. I love your blog Eila and thank you for always leaving comment in my TCR page. I will come by time to time to sneak on some fabulous details and hand work. Your page are alway stunning and loving your photography skill too :D. Have a good day!

  9. Eila your lo's are simply gorgeous! I love all your layers and gorgeous flowers. In the first one, that tearing with the embellie at the top of the page is awesome. In the second, the circle is the perfect effect to make it a manly page. Both the pics that you used are just fab...perfect!

  10. Hi there, friend! I thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such wonderful compliments about my camping pages! It always makes my day to hear your words of encouragement!:-)

    I love the organic way you put your layers looks just like layers of vintage wallpaper, as you said in your post! Your lovely stitching also creates such a homespun quality! Great work!

  11. what a great trip to london! thanks for sharing the pics! i'm just a tad jealous.. i love london!

  12. that is one sweet birthday celebration for hubby in London ! way to go !!! ;)
    Really love your flower clusters on the TCR layout !!

  13. Beautiful pages!!! love in the first LO that looks simple but Beautiful with the lovely details you did it, and the I love the colors. Hey, you're a Lovely couple! Nice picture.
    The second page is a Beautiful man page, love
    how you match the color blue in his shirt with the it!!! Hugs!!!:)