Saturday, July 9, 2016

Life is a Journey and an Easel drawer card

Hello there, welcome to my July post where I've used lots of
products, including some new releases.

The acacia tree and elephant chipboard sparked the idea for this page.  I’ve had the Lion photograph for many years waiting for the right paper and the Graphic 45 “Safari Adventure” 
was just perfect for my theme.
I fussy cut lots of the G45 papers and attached them to 
a 13@rts paper, "Timeless", Today, tomorrow, always.

The new webbing chipboard formed a “hide” for the lion.
We slept in tents like this in the Maasai Mara game reserve.
 I love the way the chipboard responded to painting and glossy accents.
 I tried to replicate the texture of cracked soil by using crackle paste through a stencil and adding destress inks.
The journalling on the back of the page.
Our trip to Africa was a holiday of a lifetime; something I’d longed to do since childhood.  To sleep under canvas and hear the lion’s roaring at night; then in the morning light to spot them in their native habitat, was absolutely breathtaking.  The whole trip was filled with extraordinary moments like this.  We saw Leopard, Cheetah, Elephant and Cape Buffalo and Rhinoceros, as well as hundreds of gazelle, zebra, warthog and giraffe.
The migration of the wildebeest happened while we were waiting at the side of the Mara River.  I learned so much about other cultures, foods, and ways of living and am richer for the experience.  There is something about the big skies, the Acacia trees silhouetted on the veldt, the golden light at dawn and dusk, that feeds the spirit and constantly calls me to come back.

CB 5151 Webbing 01
CB 5134 Africa 02
CB 6103 Scrap Words 21
ST 5029 Stencil webbing

The second project is an easel drawer card for a friend’s significant birthday.

I found the idea on You Tube courtesy of 

Whilst it’s a bit fiddly to make, I think it’s worth it for a special occasion. 
My friend loves Autumn colours so I used the Graphic 45 papers,
“Children’s Hour” for the project.  
The Happy Birthday chippie was just the right colour.
The drawers are all lined with paper scraps.
The clock face was treated with silver and gold to create an antique finish.
I wet embossed the Flannel flowers and topped the centres with microbeads. 
 There are four little drawers, one on each side, 
each large enough to hold two or three chocolates.

CB 5146 Flannel Flowers 01
CB 1028 Butterflies 18
CB 1107 Clocks 08
CB 1244 Scrap Words 30

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  1. Wow Helen you totally created some perfect backgrounds here to suit your page. Lovely work!

  2. WOW Helen, amazing layout of the lion, so cool, great use of the sticks chipboard. The easel card is so cute

  3. Stunning as always helen, im in love with the texture of your layout & the chipboard layer. :)

  4. Stunning work, Helen and such gorgeous texture!!!!

  5. Wonderful creating Helen! what an amazing photo from africa, and an amazing card too!

  6. Love that lion layout awesome themed project

  7. Amazing projects! I really like how well all the chipboard goes together on the Africa layout. The microbeads on the flowers look great.