Saturday, April 22, 2017

Ivytree Studio Paper party - 22 April 2017

Ivytree Studio is celebrating its 1st BIRTHDAY
with a Paper Party!

When: 22nd April 2017
Where: Online at Ivytree Studio Facebook page
Time: 16h00 South African time
What to bring: Yourself, and the Party Pack if you were able to purchase it. If not, definitely yourself!

Obviously as a Design Team member I cannot participate in the challenge - it would not be fair if a DT member won the prize would it! BUT, I was able to make some creations with digital Ivytree Studio Layout Sketch Kits.

The first Ivytree Studio layout I used is this one ....
 "Paper Party Double Layout Sketch & Template Pieces ISDLS001"

These kits come with a detailed sketch, full measurements, digital line images of the elements, and Silhouette cutting files for those of you who own this machine. I was able to print, scan, and cut with my Brother machine, and it worked fine.

My first layout - using ISDLS0018 January 2017 was a special HAPPY day for me, as my 3 eldest grandchildren were all baptised as followers of Christ. (I hope my husband is smiling down from Heaven as this is also the day he died 15 years ago). MY daughter made the lovely cupcakes for the tea and cake afterwards.

(Click on image to enlarge).

I decided to go with a blue and white monochrome coloured Ivytree Studio papers from the Hadeda Collection theme, to represent the symbolic washing of the water, burying of the old life, and starting a new life. The background paper is from the Seize The Day Collection. I added Glassy Accents to the title, and glitter glue to the leaves.



Ivytree Studio Elements used
CodeName
Collection
161/18Chrysanthemum/Polks Dots (small)Hadeda Garden
161/22Agapanthus Blooms/Geometric Stripes TextureHadeda Garden
161/27Sprigged Agapanthus/Polka dots (medium)Hadeda Garden
161/33Solid colorHadeda Garden
171/14Shabby Gallery Frames/Charcoal SpecklesSeize The Day
161/6Hadeda Gardenia elements/Organic DotsHadeda Garden
161/53Double TwinsHadeda Garden
161/20Chrysanthemum/Geometric stripes textureHadeda Garden

Additional materials used

gems
double-sided tape
glitter glues
Tim Holtz distress ink pads
Glossy Accents


My second layout - using ISDLS003

This is the Ivytree Studio "Paper Party Single Layout Sketch and Template Pieces - ISDLS003"

I felt this lovely layout deserved a really unusual photo, and I found one of my granddaughter, face-painted as the Snow Queen at the recent CANSA fete. The flower elements were cut with my Brother Scan 'n Cut machine after printing out the sheet, and scanning in.  This time I used all the pink Ivytree Studio papers from the same Hadeda Collection, and the background paper from the "Love Collection". I added lots of bling gems to the centres of the flowers.

(click to enlarge)


Ivytree Studio Elements used
CodeName
Collection
161/3Hadeda Gardenia/ChevronHadeda Garden
161/13Hadeda Flock/ChevronHadeda Garden
161/38Solid Color (Blossom)Hadeda Garden
172/5Flower Accents/Dreamy PinkLove

Additional materials used

light blue cardstock
gems
double-sided tape
glitter glues
Tim Holtz distress ink pads
Rubons



Aaaaand then - just for FUN, I also made the Cupcake Gift Box, which was the freebie when the Party Pack for the party was purchased!

The papers used are from the Wild and Free Collection.

Ivytree Studio Elements used
CodeName
Collection
163/7Zebra Dazzle/Zebra Candy StripesWild & Free
163/8Feather Free/QuillsHadeda Garden
163/38Solid Color (Blossom)Hadeda Garden
172/5Flower Accents/Dreamy PinkLove

Additional materials used

feathers
glitter glue
ribbon

All these fabulous papers are available from Ivytree Studio

Visit Ivytree Studio to see more of what they are up to: www.ivytreestudio.co.za
Buy some of their pretty paper here
Connect with the team on their Facebook page here.
Share your Ivytree Studio layouts with us here





Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Lesli's wedding

Hi everyone,

This layout is of my niece who married in 2015. Her flower theme was succulents - so unusual  yet so absolutely beautiful. When I saw these Ivytree Studio papers I immediately knew I had to use them to create a layout of her wedding! (click on the image for a larger view).

One of my favourite crafts is creating 3D decoupage pictures (or paper-piecing), and I have done this for many years already. The fact that this particular paper has this gorgeous border of succulents, made it so easy to paper-piece 3 layers of the same border. Photographing this however never portrays the real life beauty and depth. Here is one close-up showing the 3 layers.


This little Enmarc chipboard was sprayed  with 2 different colour Glimmer Mists.


A very fine netting/organza was added to the left page, to represent the organza in the wedding dress.


Here you can see how I tore the Ivytree Studio paper (172/3) to create a wavy effect, the edging of the apricot cardstock with a gold pen, and the addition of some flat-backed ivory pearls.


Ivytree Studio Elements used
CodeName
Collection
171/2Flora Flair Red / Flora Flair CharcoalSeize The Day
171/15Flora Accents / Pencil Gray SpecklesSeize The Day
172/3Endearment / Love ScriptLOVE
172/4Lacy Delights / Rosy Wood Candy StripesLOVE

Additional materials used
flat-backed pearls
double-sided tape
ribbon and bow
clear glitter glues
gold pen
doily
foam pads
Enmarc chipboard
mirror tape
KCraft glimmer mists (Misty Rose and Mandarin Blue)
Perfect Pears mist (Sunflower Sparkles)

All these fabulous papers are available from Ivytree Studio

Visit Ivytree Studio to see more of what they are up to: www.ivytreestudio.co.za
Buy some of their pretty paper here
Connect with the team on their Facebook page here.
Share your Ivytree Studio layouts with us here




Monday, April 10, 2017

Family

Hi everyone,

Here is another single page layout put together with some absolutely fabulous Ivytree Studio papers. This layout is of my eldest daughter and her youngest daughter. Isn't this just one of those gorgeous "aaah cute" photographs?


I cut out 8 circles from the papers listed below, using both sides, as long as the paper had pink colour on it. Then I decided to go a little overboard with the embellishments and added flowers and leaves punched with an Olba punch out of the same papers, and hand sewed a running stitch around the edges of two of the circles.

The quilled leaves and flowers were made by cutting thin strips (about 3mm wide) of Ivytree Studio papers, and I then chalked the white edges of the 'leaves' with Tim Holtz Spun Sugar distress ink. Flat-backed pearl drop gems were added as the bling (yes, I'm still bling mad).

This is the punched flower in the bottom-right corner of the layout, with a pearl added in the centre - eek and more bling.

I discovered this Enmarc chipboard in my drawer while I was looking for something else, and thought it would work very well on this layout. I chalked it up with pink then added Glossy Accents to create the 3D depth and shine.

Flower at bottom-left of the layout was created with punched pieces, and the large one cut out of Ivytree Studio papers. The centre is a brad holding everything together.

I am very happy with the end result of this page!

Ivytree Studio Elements used
CodeName
Collection
161/13Hadeda Flock/ChevronHadeda Garden
161/22Agapanthus Blooms/Geometric Stripes TextureHadeda Garden
161/26Sprigged Agapanthus/Polka dots (medium)Hadeda Garden
161/30Scallops/Polka dots (small)Hadeda Garden
161/38Hadeda Garden Collection - Solid (Blossom/Pale pink)Hadeda Garden
162/5Natural linen/Shabby Stoep - MossFriendship begins in the heart
162/15Flower accents/Polka dots shabbyFriendship begins in the heart
163/17Blushing Bride/Ixia turquoiseWild & Free

Additional materials used

flat-backed teardrop shape gems
flat-backed pearls
double-sided tape
brad
glitter glues
light brown quilling strip
pink embroidery thread
flower punches
circle cutter
Tim Holtz distress ink pads (Spun Sugar)
Olba punch and glue
quilling pen
Enmarc chipboard

All these fabulous papers are available from Ivytree Studio

Visit Ivytree Studio to see more of what they are up to: www.ivytreestudio.co.za
Buy some of their pretty paper here
Connect with the team on their Facebook page here.
Share your Ivytree Studio layouts with us here






Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Achievers

Hi everyone,

This is my single page layout of my two eldest grandkids and their achievements, using Ivytree Studio elements (papers). Most of the time when doing scrapbooking layouts I have to look for embellishments to add to a page. This time, it was so easy just to use the 'mini inspirations' on the Ivytree Studio papers from the Seize The Day Collection.

An extra bonus is that one of the papers has mini Afrikaans cards on it, and as my grandchildren speak this language at home, it was perfect for this layout to showcase their scholastic achievements. I mixed the mini inspiration cards with the same size cards cut out of the patterned papers, added a few tags and a small apple, and the layout is done! Oh, I also raised all the mini cards on mirror tape.

Some close-ups of the mini inspiration cards and tags.


Ivytree Studio Elements used
CodeName
Collection
171/4Seize the Day Elements/Switched OnSeize The Day
171/6Wordy Delights (Afrikaans)/Keep TryingSeize The Day
171/9Mini Inspirations (Afrikaans)/WenstreepSeize The Day
171/18Card Squares/Schoolfrock TurquoiseSeize The Day

Additional materials used

light green cardstock
double-sided tape
mirror-tape
grey cardstock

All these fabulous papers are available from Ivytree Studio

Visit Ivytree Studio to see more of what they are up to: www.ivytreestudio.co.za
Buy some of their pretty paper here
Connect with the team on their Facebook page here.
Share your Ivytree Studio layouts with us here





Friday, March 17, 2017

You Light Up My Life

Hi everyone,

How many of you have used scrapbooking papers with SVG cutting files and either a cutting machine, or by hand?

I have been wanting to cut out and make up this little lamp for ages, but somehow either just plain forget, or am never happy with the papers I have on hand to make it with. Well, now that I am on the Design Team for Ivytree Studio, I have access to some absolutely beautiful papers. These papers are manufactured in my own country South Africa, which makes them even more special to me. Fabulous quality and designs, cut easily on my Cricut machine, and fold easily as well.

Enough chatter! This is a 3D project as a member of the Ivytree Studio DT, and I decided to go ahead and make up the little lamp.  I have included a little tutorial below so you can see how I did it.

Materials
Cutting file for the lamp : SVG Cuts - one of the files in their “Maison de Madeline” set.
Ivytree Studio Papers:
Lampshade: Hadeda Gardenia from the “Hadeda GardenCollection
Lamp Base: Shabby Stoep – Moss from the “Friendship begins in the Heart” collection
Various flowers and leaves for the base: Flower Accents from the “Friendship begins in the Heart” collection.
1 sheet of Vellum
Flower punches
Fleur de Lis die
Flat-backed pearls
Flat-backed gems
Glitter glue
Thin cord

How to assemble the lamp
Cut all the pieces from the SVG cutting file. Fold on the score lines.

Glue the vellum panels to the inside of 3 of the shade pieces with the fleur-de-lis cutout shape, then glue the edges of the shade together. Leave the rounded cutout side open as this is the opening for inserting the candle.  Glue the base of the lamp shade to the shade.

Glue the edges of the lamp base to one another to form the shape of the base. Glue the baseplate to the bottom of the base.

Decorate the shade and base plate as desired. I used these punches to create flowers, and cut out some leaves from the Flower Accents paper.



Glue the circular shape of the base of the shade, to the top of the lamp base. Decorate with flat-backed pearls, creating a fringe at the bottom of the shade. This is a view of the back of the lamp, with a small battery operated candle inserted.


All lit up!

The Ivytree Studio papers I used for this project:
161/3 Hadeda Gardenia/Chevron from the “Hadeda GardenCollection
162/5 Natural linen/Shabby Stoep Moss from the “Friendship begins in the Heart” collection
162/15 Flower Accents/Polka Dots Shabby from the “Friendship begins in the Heart” collection

All these fabulous papers are available from IvytreeStudio.

Visit Ivytree Studio to see more of what they are up to: www.ivytreestudio.co.za
Buy some of their pretty paper here
Connect with the team on their Facebook page here.
Share your Ivytree Studio layouts with us here



Tuesday, March 07, 2017

My Namib desert project life pages

Hi everyone,

This is the story of a one-day outing into the Namib desert, as part of my MSC Cruise to Namibia in May 2016. 

This is my very FIRST "Project Life" layout, and while I really did not enjoy making up this 2-page project, I have to say that if it was not for the fabulous Ivytree Studio pocket cards from their Hadeda Collection, I would probably have given up!!! Just too much planning and synchronisation, and it felt like I had used a few meters of double-sided tape - my table looked an absolute mess! I suppose it IS a good method of journalling, but only if you have a lot of relevant, matching sayings you can add. Fortunately the creators of this paper range thought of that!


All the papers and pocket cards come from the fabulous Ivytree Studio Hadeda Garden Collection. 

And now for some close ups.
The Tour Guide took us to a specific spot, searched the bushes, and found this little chap. Seems he was already well trained as he climbed on the hand and fed on worms provided to him! Great for photography, but I dislike the taming of wild creatures for the sake of sensationalism or marketing.

God makes the most amazing creatures, and this little Palmetogecko with its transparent body and delicate colouring, was a highlight of the trip for me. 

I cut out an additional flower and raised it with mirror tape.

This is little old me - always with camera ready! My friend actually took a photo of me lying in the sand trying to photograph a toktokkie! Not too successfully though as those things move FAST - and I don't!

One of the pocket cards has this space to do a little journalling. I cut out two images and stuck them on top for decoration.

Mmm - I was rather annoyed with the tour guide for digging up and chasing this poor spider, but I think she got the upper hand! He was extremely cautious after this. 

The famous yet totally stressed out "White Dancing Lady". From the angle of the photograph you can see I was low down on the ground - on my knees in fact with the camera about 1 meter from her. The guide and everyone else was screaming at me to be careful and get away. Why? I was not hurting her and she knew it. After the photo she ran between my knees and out the back. Guide never spoke to me for the rest of the day!

A card cut from one of the papers, and a sentiment added from the range.

A heart cut out from the range and stuck on with another sentiment.

Literary licence here - I changed the 'our' to 'my' and just love it! This is an image cut out and stuck onto a piece of the paper cut into a pocket card.


Ivytree Studio Elements used
Code Name
Collection
161/2 Hadeda Gardenia/Organic dots Hadeda Garden
161/13 Hadeda flock/Chevron Hadeda Garden
161/26 Sprigged Agapanthus/Polka dots Hadeda Garden
161/3 Hadeda garden/Chevron Hadeda Garden
161/49 Pretty pocket cards - English Hadeda Garden
161/50 Pretty pocket cards - English Hadeda Garden




Additional materials used

White cardstock
double-sided tape
mirror-tape

All these fabulous papers are available from Ivytree Studio

Visit Ivytree Studio to see more of what they are up to: www.ivytreestudio.co.za
Buy some of their pretty paper here
Connect with the team on their Facebook page here.
Share your Ivytree Studio layouts with us here