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Friday, May 25, 2012

Basic Grey - PB & J

Hello, Mel here on this lovely Friday morning!
While you are settling down to read this post I am busily preparing for a presentation I am doing at the Sandhurst Diocesan Conference.....wish me luck! I really truly and honestly wish that I was in my own little world scrapping but sometimes life is not as we want it to be.....maybe I can just talk to them about scrapbooking and not technology.....:0)

Bec has presented us this month with an awesome challenge. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and I have dabbled in techniques that I rarely use. Thanks Bec!

The requirements for this challenge are:
1 6x4 photo
Banners (1 or many)
Stitching (even just a little)

It is always sooo exciting to open up our kits sent from Jo. She is always getting in the newest paper collections and lots of other embellishments, tools and products. Make sure you head over to the online store regularly to check them out.

Well, I was extremely blessed to receive the lovely collection from Basic Grey - pb&j. It was so easy to use and there are some gorgeous colour combos you could play with.
I was so tempted to stick with the blues and do a masculine page.....however I took a step into the deep end and played with the more aqua colours. The photo doesn't show the true colours and it does appear to be blue but believe me it is more aqua.

My layout is of Brayden and his Nanna's. It was my very first Mother's Day and for my Mum her very first Nanna's Day. Jan has older grandchildren but a special day for her too as her other grandchildren are significantly older than Brayden.
Here is my take on the challenge....

I have as you can see used all patterned papers in my layout. There is no cardstock. Isn't it great when you have double sided papers that are plain with small amounts of texture? It makes matching cardstock a non event.

I have distressed everything - except my embellishments. I used a distressing tool to do this - just an inexpensive model. Jo has some Tim Holtz Distressing tools instore - click here to grab yourself one. You could also use the electric ones, a nail file or some sandpaper. I scrunched the pb&j - Toasted paper (reverse side) and used some of the absolutely gorgeous Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Broken China brushed across the creases. I love it and the effect that it gives!

I have made use of the Daisy Mae paper from pb&j to cut out my embellishments and have also embellished using the pb&j title stickers.

Do you love my fence? Well that is a Kaisercraft Vintage Fence Clear is just gorgeous. I have done some stitching behind and through the banner as well as on the left of the red strip of patterned paper...hand sewn too! Not to mention those gorgeous Fabric Thickers that I have brushed with some of the Tim Holtz Distress Ink just to remove the starkness.

Now for the card challenge....Janene requested that we use pinwheels on our cards. I love pinwheels and have used them previously but again maybe something I had almost forgotten about.
I decided to also incorporate some distressing and some banners.
I have used the  lovely collection from Basic Grey - pb&j again. Isn't it wonderful when you can get two different looks from one paper collection?

I used some Kaiser Cardstock for my card base. I also used some scraps of the pb&j collection - I am starting to get better at making cards with my scraps!!
To make my pinwheels I cut some squares, folded on the diagonal and cut into each corner the same distance. I have glued the corners into the middle and hid the joins with some of the gorgeous little resin flowers Jo has in store at Scrapbookit.
A bit of Bakers Twine tied and some of the gorgeous Glitter Thickers to finish it off. 
A simple, easy and quick card.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed my post. If you haven't seen the rest of the Design Team's work for this month make sure you scroll down and check it out. Most importantly, make sure you get your entries into Jo by June 14. 
I can't wait to see what you create and be inspired by you.

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  1. Fantastic Mel!! I love how you have used that stamp and your new 'Tim Holtz' Inks.Great pinwheels and banners. Thank you for sharing this range of Basic Grey.

  2. Wow Mel this is just gorgeous, so love that paper colour and all your distressing and yes the fence is great :)

  3. great creations Mel , love that collection will have to go over to the store and check it out. Trying out new things is one of the parts of scrap booking I really love, well done.

  4. Great LO and card Mel. Everything just works so well together.

  5. Yah Mel! Your LO looks amazing.Great colour combo in your card.Don't you just love the resin flowers.

  6. Gorgeous projects, how wonderful is that paper range, just beautiful. I love the work you have done Mel, well done for stepping out of your usual scrapping zone.


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