Thursday, 27 September 2012

OUAS - September Challenge # 3

Once upon a sketch has some awesome challenges and even though I am a regular browser there, this is the first time I am entering one of their challenges.  There is usually a challenge a month but for September there are four AND they are teaming up with CSI - hop on OVER and take a browse...the challenge closes on 1 October so there is still time to enter - visit the website for exact details.

Here is the sketch and the information regarding the challenge:

For this challenge you must use:
the SKETCH provided
all the colours in the SCHEME
at least 2 elements from the EVIDENCE
at least 1 element from the TESTIMONY

From the EVIDENCE I used trees/branches, birds, flowers, pet accent and wood grain.   

From the TESTIMONY selection I chose to use some of wording from the lyrics of the song Easy by Lionel Richie; felt it suited the image perfectly!!!

Pizza box
Martha Stewart satin acrylic craft paints
Adirondack paint dabbers
canvas burlap and netting
various distress inks
MME Miss Caroline 6x6 paper pad
Patterned paper from K&Co Susan Winget Speciality Pack
Prima roses flowers and leaves
Petaloo brown flower and leaf spray
Die cuts - birdcage, grass, fence, rolled flowers (gifts)
Cameo - 3D flower and lace rosette
Brown leaves and images - my stash
7Gypsies loop and Hooks, green brads
mouse, bird and kitty foot prints - the Internet
Glossy accents and glue gun

I cut my corrugated board to size, tore of the top layer and applied Gesso to prepare for the painting.  I used Martha Stewart's satin acrylic craft paints - these paints are stocked by Paper Lane; in fact everything I used on this layout I bought at Paper Lane. Paper Lane is the largest scrapbooking store in Dubai - you can find them on Facebook too; please click on their name to be taken  directly to their blogspot!

I cut the 3D flowers on craft card stock with my Cameo - the design is by 'A Little Hut'.  I inked them slightly and dabbed with the dabbers!  I love that mouse and it fits perfectly on the piece of net. Can you find the other mouse on my layout?

The house/pond image was part of a freebie from a card making magazine.  I fussy cut the piece I wanted , inked the edges slightly with walnut stain and finally applied glossy accents on focal points.  

All the die cuts used on this layout was gifts from a dear friend (I do not own a die cut machine!!!) so I cannot provide that details but if you want to know message me and I will happily provide them. Words are from the song and I used my laptop to print them.

The flower rosettes I also cut with my cameo and it received the same ink and paint treatment.  The grey flowers and green rosettes are by Prima - I used the white dabber on them for extra definition.  I love how they turned the colour combination and paint effect!

I trust you can see the burlap where the roses are??!!  I used Gesso to secure it onto the corrugated board and left it outside on the balcony for the rest of the day to dry completely; the weather in Dubai is perfect for that :-)

I used two bird cages - they were both initially cut from white card stock so I left the bottom one as is.  The second one I coloured with various inks and stamped it with a script stamp in black soot distress ink.  I used 2 bird images too - fussy cut them and glued them together.  I cut off the door of the white cage, secured the bird and adhered the second bird in a suitable position. I adhered a hook and loop, pierced a hole at the top of the bird cage and 'hung' it on the hook - super cute!

Just some detail on the paint work on the corrugated board - I love painting with several colours at once!

A close up of Mathew our beloved cat.  I bought this hat for an album I want to make and my daughter spotted it on my craft table and suggested we take a photo of Matt wearing it.  He was not impressed but he has great tolerance of my daughters and me especially.  Three years ago my daughters found Matt at the dumpster area of the apartment black we live in and he has been part of our family ever since.  Needless to say he is quite spoilt , fussed over and loved beyond measure!!  

When she viewed the photo on my mobile, my youngest daughter Hannah remarked "he looks a bit gay mommy" - I laughed at the time but when I browsed the OUAS challenge blog and saw that there was an option to accent a pet I immediately thought of this photograph - so bring me some luck Matthew...meow!!


  1. What a cute cat!
    I just love all the structure on this layout - fab job!
    Thank you for sharing your page with us at OUAS!

  2. Oooh so much eye-candy to check out on your page Janine, yummo! Love the piccie of your Matt, good boy putting up with the pranks his humans come up with. Always makes my heart mushy to read about happy endings, so glad he found a loving home. One can never love them too much you know. Thanks ever so much for joining in with us at OUAS!

  3. Such a colorful page with so many yummy details, Thanks for playing with us at OUAS.

  4. how sweet! love all your embellies! thank you for playing with us at ouas!

  5. WOW!!! Really stunning layout! Thank you so much for playing along with us at OUAS!!!


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