Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Stitch in Time - Chris Sexton

My layout focuses on a longstitch tapestry I did many years ago which I had framed and now hangs in my house.

I tried to recreate the background of the tapestry for my photo to sit in by machine stitching and hand stitching contour lines of the ground, treeline and sky. I then used inks and Pan Pastels to colour the different areas.

I created the tree trunk by wet embossing corrugated card, then glued some wadding and green fabric scraps to cardstock for the foliage. I used blanket stitch to highlight the shapes.

My title is stitched, then outlined with a zig marker. "A stitch in time" refers to the fact that I did the tapestry a while ago, as well as highlighting the subject of the piece, which is an old Australian homestead.
I really like stitching on layouts. It adds texture and definition and fabric adds another dimension. I hope you like my layout. Cheers.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Wedding Arch - Naomi

For my son's recent wedding I designed and decorated many of the items that they needed, including  the arch for the ceremony.

I made the blue flowers from the fabric we used for the bridal table. The flowers were made from a long gathered strip with a paper flower and a brad for the centre. The white fabric on the edge of my layout is a leftover from the arch. The leaves were also from the flowers used on the arch.

As with all wedding this one had it's share of drama. I have included a detailed story in hidden journalling behind the main picture. The day was beautiful and the layout is the first of many I intend to create.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Wedding Day - Chris Sexton

This is the first time I have ever made my own handmade flowers and I liked it so much I have made three different varieties - look for them at your local scrapbook store! NOT!!!!!

In the photo above the large flower was made by gathering a strip of broderie anglaise. I then layered the top flower which was cut from a crocheted doily and and then secured the two flowers together with a pearl brad.

The two smaller flowers were made from paper that was fringed then quilled and lastly inked. The spiral flower was cut from a circle cut into a spiral then rolled from the outside into the centre. Edges were also inked.

It is interesting to look back at classic wedding photos and see how much the style of everything has changed. In most cases this is for the good!
I enjoyed my challenge and I can now add flower production to my repertoire.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

She Colours Our World by Chris

My great niece Lilly is a joy and a delight and fortunately I get to spend heaps of time with her.
This is my first ever blog post and the first time I have entered a challenge. Scary, but it's all about stretching!
It helps a lot when you have a wonderfully capable and enthusiastic mentor ie. that's Julie from Time To Create
The circular shape of the slide began my design and working with the black like the inspiration piece from ARTastic Challenge in September has made my photos Pop!
Sequin waste makes a wonderful stencil and helps define the colours.

My set of photos came about as a result of a play date with my friend Di and a photo editing programme. I love the vibrancy. Playing in a challenge is great and I will be back.

My Gorgeous Grandson

I am on a steep learning curve as this is my first challenge and my first blog post over on Time To B Challenged Blog Site.
My layout is of my Grandson Xander who is 7 months old in the first Shopping Centre Photos.

My clothes line is a way of remembering the loads of washing that this little guy creates.

The bear embellishment is from his 1st Birthday card invitation.
I love the opportunity to scrap these cute baby photos.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Joy is in the Journey!

I am very much a "What If " girl. One of my real loves is creating unique papers and embellishments.
For those who have stumbled upon this. I have a business called Time To Create with an online store and a studio. My satisfaction comes from experimenting and then sharing the ideas.

Are there any other crafters out there who like to do the same?

I am thinking that the idea of this challenge blog will be to share techniques and ideas we have developed. We can share these through three/four  easy avenues:
1. Our own Blogs
2. A flickr Group that I will happily set up.
3. A Pinterest page that we would be able to access and add to.
4. Is a Facebook Page to facilitate conversation  a setup that would work?

I am thinking that there will be no prizes. To me the joy is in the journey, the learning and the knowledge we will then have to apply to our crafting.

I am thinking this will be a calendar month challenge. I am thinking, I would ( to start with) put up a tutorial.
Then we would all run with it.  I am thinking that other interested artists could be guest designers sometimes.

To grow as a group it is important that we visit each other and dare I say offer real feedback - sometimes even contstructive criticism. It would be wonderful if we got artist conversations going. I would love to see where ideas get taken and get changed and developed by participants. Is there a limit to the craft or creation that you come up with??? NO!!!

Now I don't know about you but I am too busy for negativity and so I see this as an opportunity to truly share. Keeping this in mind if you use someone else's design or idea you acknowledge it - you link to them and truly spread the love.

What do you think? Would you like to join in? I would love to hear from you and see if we could listen to our muses, play and have fun.
 If as yu are reading this you think, I know ...... would love this please send them this link and ....


So looking forward to hearing from You!