YEEHAW! check this out ladies - got some super duper exciting news for you!
OUAS June Guest Designer
Yup! that's ME can you believe it! Never in a million years did it enter my mind to even dream of a guest spot at OUAS. Each month I have drooled and aaaahh:d when seeing the amazing work of the DT and the super talented scrappers taking part in the challenges. No beating around the bush, I am thrilled to bits seeing my layout there on the main page! *pinching myself*
The theme of the June OUAS challenge is "Birthdays" and you can interpret the theme however you like based on the below sketch. You can journal as little or as much as you like, but your layout must incorporate this theme and the sketch below. Please make sure there is some sort of journalling on your layout and please tell where the journalling is. Hidden journalling is perfectly fine.
First, here's Nadia's pretty sketch:
Only thing was, my mum had never seen anything like it in her whole life and it didn't strike her that ice cream is rather cold and solid ... ergo follows that we tried to hack our way into the surprise of all surprises but to no avail. Took an hour for the yumminess to thaw enough for us girls to be able to spoon it in and boy did we wolf it down!
But as usually my page took an entirely different route and the resulting page has nothing to do with regular birthdays. The title is kind of long for me: "Every day is the BIRTH of a new DAY". I've put the journalling at the back of my page as this page is a gift for a very special young lady who's been through her fair bit of rough spots in life, but who is now back on track again. A remarkable person!
My journalling tells her how every single day is a new day that starts with a clean slate and it is up to her to plant the seeds that will be her tomorrows. The flower bed in the photo is a symbol of that tomorrow and the view through the trees a promise of something that isn't visible yet. Hope, in other words.
So without further ado, here's my take:
For quite some time now I've been so irritated at cardstock warping when misted upon. Nothing I've done has helped to straighten it out. This time I've used special paper for watercolouring, a yummie thick paper with just a hint of structure. Here I've actually mounted the top layer on top of another water colour paper and that made the trick for me!
I've used 6 mists to create the soft background: TA Chalkboard in Cornflower + regular Fall Breeze + Frost + Patina + Wheatfields and Garden Fairy.
For the first time ever I have also used Caran d'Ache Neo Pastel crayons, that's the teal "frame" bit. Here I used 3 different crayons: Turquoise Green nbr 7400.191 + Malachite Green nbr 7400.180 + Turquoise Blue nbr 7400.180. Used a dry baby wipe to blend the colours. Not the last time you'll be seeing me use the crayons!
Stickles in Diamond on the chippie chicken wire and a squirt or two of TA Wheatfileds on the big cream coloured bloom.
What looks like fabric under the photo, is actually the tissue that I used to dab off excess mist when making the background. Looks really cool IRL if I may say so myself.
Layers and layers of fabric lace, doily lace, jewels and some more lace. The gorgeous green/white lace at the very bottom is a gift from my scrappy friend Lindy Gillespie in Australia, mwah to ya!
Ahhh, I should have put this under something heavy any way, that corner still doesn't want to stay down.
The photo is not my own, I found it on a British gardening site quite some time ago and have been waiting for the right moment to scrap it. The punched paper strips are from Swedish Maja Design's latest collection called Vintage Summer Basics.
Stamping, stamping and some more stamping with TH Vintage Photo + Broken China + Wild Honey.
Think I have to go and have myself a really strong cup of coffee to recover. Thank you ever so much for your sweet visit!!
Toodelipip! xoxoxo Eila