Thursday, August 21, 2014

Special Moments and Say Cheese Faces

Hello Friends.
I do hope that all in the Northern Hemisphere are enjoying their Summer and that all of my Friends down under are keeping warm and snug.

I have not participated in challenge blogs for ages...I was very inspired by the mood board of Scrap Around The World iy is the first time that I have joined the chalenge on this very interesting site.....

The cotton reels inspired my Grid design and I used tulle on the birds to represent the feathers....I also decided to use a blue and pink button....the shoe inspired the placement of my arrows.

AND because I always play on CSI and I am always inspired by there Case Files I played along this week...and I hope to join in again on a regular bases!
As I always like to challenge myself  to use a lot of the evidence, I have two pieces of paper one with polka dots and the other with gingham...can you sot them? I have a birdie with blue tulle wings and a little fox too....What does the fox say??
I am currenrly on a lace binge so I wanted to use a doilie.....I have a scrap of ribbon too , the arrows are a stamp that I carved onto a cheap eraser....
I journaled around the edges of the pages and I wrote how happy these two little faces make me....their Mommy took these photos with her mobile phone one fact the morning of her birthday!!
Keep well dear Friends.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Hi  Dear Friends.

My very good friend and Guru as we love to call her Eleni Gratsia has me to join this blog hop.
Eleni is always an inspiration to me and she always knows a thing or two or three and I am honoured that she asked me to play along, and for giving me a kick start to get my blog going again!

The aim of this hop is to tell our readers a little bit about how we function as crafters......I have spent an hour ot two reading blogs and trying to trace the origin of this blog hop but, to no avail......I went as far back as June 9th to Lynns' blog A Moment In Time...but it still goes further back and it has many, many branches as each blogger introduces another 3 happy surfing!

What am I working on right now?
As many of you know I am currently at my FIL home on the island of Lesvos, so I have a limited amount of things with me.... see previous post for video.
I had packed photos for P.L. and for a couple of L.O.
I had packed a pack of precut decorate.
And lastly I wanted to catch up on some of my Life Book 2014 lessons, this week the lesson was a short one by Finnabair

This is a mixed media page...I had limited Distress Inks with me.....and for the base I used Prima ATC cards ripped up.....the laces are sprayed with very old Black Tea leaves that I found in my FIL least 25 years old!!I have used some of my vintage findings to embellish my page.

How long does your creative process take?
I only spent an afternoon on this page as I immediately knew which photo I wanted to use and what I wanted to say...even though it was not according to Anna's prompt!.... Creative licence.
The time I spend on a project varies according to many factors for example how much time I have time to craft, I often need to come back again and agian to finish of a project, due to othe commitments.
MOJO...... decision making.that can take long when MOJO os missing!
I often take things that I think I may use from my stash and lay them out...I never choose papers in the night!

And lastly time spent on a project depends on the project itself....  for example a mini album can take me days to complete as I do tend to get very finicky about tiny details and finishes.....luckily I have a space where I can just leave my things till I am ready to take up long as my Grand-Son is not around!!

What are my current favourite things to use when creating?
My favourite things vary, and my appetite for creating is very vast..I like to try new things all the time....currently my fetish is lace and doilies, and lots of vintage (junk) items.

I found this stash of treasure in town last week and I have used it on my projects...the lace , the star and the chain with leaves...

I love flowers, my Gesso, texture paste...I love making my own stencils on my well as my own stamps.
Often one thing leads to the next...for instance on this page we needed to use tea to spray our page...I ended up dying pieces of lace and doilies as well as paper.. these items lead to further inspiration.

My Style??
I do not know how to answer this question, I know that it is not CAS as much as I try when crafting with my friend Aliki.I do not seem to get it right...and I hate to copy other peoples work....I want it to be my own...
Maybe you guys can tell me what you think my style is?
I guess my style is what story I want to tell and what emotion I want to show......My style also depends on what project I am working on.....I love Mini Albums, ATCs, tags, altered matchboxes, scrapbooking L.O. and Art Journaling, Gelli printing.....
I also do believe that when creating we should  just let ourselves go and not overthink things too much, and in this manner our projects will become are our very own and individual creations.

What  Inspires me and how do I remain inspired?
I want my work to tell a story.......I want my children and Grand-Children to be able to look at photos and to know what I was thinking and what I was feeling....
I scrapbook to create a lagacy for the next generation...I want to tell everyday stories as well as stories from yesteryear......I want to express my emotions through my art and at the same time I want to heal my soul....
I am inspired by my children and by my family.....
I remain inspired by all of my crafty friends in Athens..and by all of the many wonderful friends I have made on the net......each and everyone of you sows a seed of inspiration.
Each and everyday brings new inspiration by things and colours around me.....I am so blessed...I just wish I had more time to create all the things in my brain....I often dream of my projects!

3 Old Friends.....and very talented to boot!
I met Irini Liolia on the same day as I met Eleni. It must have been on a winters day in 2008...we had been chatting on the web, so we decided to meet in the center of Athens, ...all 3 of us are of Greek heritage but we were all born in different parts of the world! Irini in Australia, Eleni in Canada and I was born in South Africa.....a crazy concoction indeed!
What I love about Irini is that she just gets things done...nothing is a big deal...she just does it...and she is a wizz with her mists, spraying and dripping. She also makes the mosy beautiful little crochet flowers......a lady of many talents!

I went to our first crop in 2010 with  Vicky as we  both live in the same area in Athens......I sat next to her....she had never done a L.O. before...she only used to make guest books and cards.....she dared to dare....and once she started playing with paint, pretty paper and photos, she became crazily addicted to scrapbooking and moved from strenght to strenght and has not stopped since...go for it Gal!!

Last but not least I need to tell you about sweet sweet friend, who LOVES glitter!
I love her fresh, crisp and always original style, a person that can accomplish anything she sets her heart on, from guest books to L.O.s to party favours, to jewellery, to decorating sandals......but best of all was her latest idea a 'Lemonade Stal' to refresh guests at functions...I loved the concept!
Please pop over and visit these blogs they are a true inspiration!

If you made it to the end of this post I thank you for reading to the end...
Many Blessings.

My Inner Eye...lesson by Tamara Laporte                              A    card with vintage lace

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August Again.

Yes I am still alive and kicking! I have neglected my poor blog......
It is Summer here in Greece and I write to you from a lovely balcony overlooking the cool Agean with a soft wind gently blowing.........the very same balcony  on which  I set up my blog a number of summers ago....

I have  taken some time out and have been very busy being a Grand-Mother to the lovely addition to our family....she is 5 months old now....

I have been doing some arting namely Life Book 2014.//..and I highly recommend.the course. I will post picture of my work in my next post.

As my poor neglected blog shows I have not done any challenges, but I have been scrapping I have been doing Project Life type of  pages with the odd full page spread thrown in betwen the PL sleaves.

My latest craze is lace and I have just finished a guest book for my Grand-Daughters' baptism next month....I guess you will have to wait till then to see the creation!!!

As you can see from this quick video I did bring a couple of things to keep me busy, here on the island....a suitcase full in poor Hubby had to lug it onto the ferry for me!

LIfe here has been hectic, we go for a morning swim at 7 am.......a lovely habit, and it is great to have the whole beach to ourselves...then I have been slowly spring-cleaning the house, we had painters over, so there was a lot of cleaning to do...washing and hanging up curtains is a tiresome job to do when it is so hot and when you have a pile of crafting waiting for you.
I have however managed to do most of the things on my To Do list....I had made and packed a packet of about 15 blank cards in various sizes, I have made about 6 and in closing I will share one that I made with my new Julie Nutting stamp.

Remember Life is Good...go out and enjoy it and make some fantastic memories....promise to chat again real soon.
In Lesvos.