Hello out there to each and everyone of you. Hoping this post find you well. I seriously hope all in your life is great.
I have been a little quite online the last week or so. I have been busy creating projects for Design Teams and also upcoming Australian magazine specials and I have hardly been able to do much else. I have also lost my mojo a little. Been inundated with other commitments does that to me so I must be careful not to burn out yet again.
Plus, the week that just passed was the last week before the new school year starts here in Australia. Maria is starting "big school" on Tuesday so things have been rather hectic and I am not doing very well emotionally. Old wounds are flaring up again with the thought of her officially leaving me and I have been feeling very emotional , which for me quite often comes out in the form of what most would call "stressing". Summer (if we had any!) is coming to a close in the next month and with the new school year everything and everyone is winding down. Just like everywhere I guess, our summer holidays draw to a close and the whole Christmas, New year's etc celebration time feels like a long distant memory.. Its a little sad...
So today I want to show you the final layout that I created with my DT kit from Handmade By Suzanne. As you may recall I was working with the Hummingbird collection from Kaisercraft which you can find available HERE
This is also my final layout for my Guest Designer spot over at Color Stories Inspiration (CSI) and I have loved creating with the challenges and the prompts there.
Lastly, I also based the design of this layout on Saturday Sketch #2 at the Kaisercraft blog.
So here is what this week's CSI Case File looks like. You have until Sunday February 5th to enter this...
"Degraves St Melbourne"
Materials Used Available at Handmade By Suzanne: Kaisercraft Hummingbird patterned paper, collectables (die cuts), sticker sheet, rub ons. Kaisercraft Paper Blooms Sea Breeze, Manor House Creations Christmas Star White (large white flower). Kaisercraft Wooden Flourishes Lamp Post. Kaisercraft Lamp Post Rub-Ons. ZVA Creative Triumph Flourish Clear Crystal. Glimmer Mist , large paper doily, Glossy Accents, black ink.
As the challenge requirements, I used wet mediums (on the lamppost and the white base cardstock) and rhinestones (flourish) from the evidence. And from the testimony , I used "reflections" , as in reflecting back to the time we spent in this gorgeous street opposite Flinder's Street station called Degraves St. during our time in Melbourne earlier in the month. LOVED this chic' place and cannot wait to go back.
Here are some close ups.
I started with a white cardstock and placed a large paper doily on top of it to use as a mask. I then sprayed Glimmer Mist and removed the paper doily which left the pattern on the while cardstock. Above, you can see I inked the wooden lamp post with black ink and then went over it with Glossy Accents to create a shiny finish.
The large butterfly, die cut stems and yellow journalling spot are Kaisecraft Collectables, which are a pack of GORGEOUS die cut elements and SO much value for money. I just scattered them through out the page and layered them using 3D dots to create depth. The smaller butterflies are from the Sticker Sheet
The large white flower is from Manor House Creations and the birdcage and oblong journalling spot is again from Kaisecraft Collectables, The blue small flowers are Kaisercraft Paper Blooms Sea Breeze.
The letters are from the Hummingbird Sticker Sheet. I inked the edges with black ink and used small 3D dots to elevate them a little. The lamp post is Kaisercraft Lamp Post Rub-Ons.
I sure hope you get the chance to play along at CSI this week. You can find all the information you need HERE.
And don't forget that there is also a SKETCH CHALLENGE still going on at Handmade By Suzanne and you can win a HUGE $30.00 (plus FREE shipping) voucher to use in the store. You can find all the information for that HERE.
Why don't you combine the 2 challenges? That's a thought for you!!
Just before I go, I want to show you in one post all the creations I have made with the Hummingbird collection this month. It truly is gorgeous and hope you feel inspired to use it too. What I like about it is that 4 layouts with this collection and in my opinion they ALL have different colour schemes. That's awesome I think. Remember if you like the look of this collection you can find it all HERE .
Have a great week everyone.