Christmas Time in Nigeria

Hello all

A few years ago my husband worked in Nigeria for Chevron. It was a rotation job so every other Christmas he would be at work and not at home.

Well, 2005 was his year to be Santa for the local kids. The guys in the office also had fun, and you can see in the photos it was a happy and silly occasion.CHRISTMAS-TIME-1My hubby was all ready with his Santa suit, beard and boots, sweating terribly because of the high temperature. Ready to spread the joy of Christmas, he went out with a deep “HO HO HO” and the kids gave him one look and started crying.

Baffled he looked at all the adults laughing, and they explained that the kids were scared because he was white. Luckily there was another Santa…a black one to calm the small ones down.

He was also featured on Nigerian TV to give a message for Christmas.CHRISTMAS-TIME-2I made this a manly page, well……….. they are all men after all, so no little flowers and bells. The title came out very nicely on this page. It is made with chipboard alphas and after painting them black I gave it a coat of glossy accents.CHRISTMAS-TIME-3I added names with my Dymo machine, and the journaling in strips all over the page. Rub-ons also added words of Christmas cheer.CHRISTMAS-TIME-4

CHRISTMAS-TIME-5Stamping is one of my favorite things to do on a page, even if it just the date on a strategic place.CHRISTMAS-TIME-6Hope you all had a fabulous Holiday Season and that you’re all scrapping away at the ton of photos you took.

Till next time,

Happy Crafting.

Springtime in Creston

Hello all.

Well, winter, what can I say. It rushed upon us with a bang.

When I looked through my photos I just had to scrap something green with great memories and warmer promises to come.

Creston is a small town in British Columbia Canada. By  far my most favorite place I discovered in my new home country. We visit there often and made a bunch of great friends. I am a country girl at heart you see, and I can only describe it as my “happy town”.SPRING-1I used paper from Kaisercraft, from the “Pickled Pear” collection. The paper and the collectables were a perfect mach  for my photo. This layout came together with a lot of layering…..so much fun.SPRING-2A little more interest on the background paper were achieved with splatter and spray with ink and a dot stamp lightly stamped on the white area.SPRING-3Inking is always advised when there is torn paper and a little ink rubbed lightly on some elements give it that vintage look we all love so much.SPRING-4 The roses and framed definition is from Prima, and I used some chipboard swirl to complete the corner. Nature is so inspiring and the definition was just right for my message on this page.SPRING-5Again my title is made up of  stickers from Basic Grey. The color relates  nicely with everything.SPRING-6This photo was taken on Webbers Mountainside Cherry Farm in Wynndel just outside Creston. (It is a pear tree in bloom)  Take a look at their site http://www.webbersmountaincherries.ca/ . Michele and Wade Webber own the farm and they are some of my favorite people.

To every one in the cold winter regions, bundle up and stay safe.

Happy crafting everyone.

Boots

Hello dear friends!

After a long absence (I won’t bore you with details) I am back in the saddle making some art and of course scrapping, scrapping, scrapping.

Winter arrived this week and boy is it cold here in Calgary. Snowing and sub zero temperatures keep us bundled up, but the dog must get her walk regularly. So, what to do? Get her some boots of course!

Zoe has a love-hate relationship with her gorgeous red boots. She loves to walk and hate the boots with a passion.Boots-1We had a great laugh at her expense when we first put them on, she walked as if her GPS was malfunctioning. We must have offended her way to much, because when the boots come out she hides in her kennel. Poor baby still gets her walk, but a short one as to not freeze those pretty doggy feet.Boots-2This layout was done on some nice snowflake winter paper and I added some red splashes for repetitive color. The dots are really pretty they’re made by Prima and called “sugerdot stickers”Boots-3Of course a lot of stamping and splashes of red ink give some interest. Something to try: put down an interesting stencil ( I used circles)  and then stamp on top of it. The stamp will show only where the open patches are.Boots-4Add some texture with cotton thread bundles peeking out from underneath objects, and add a little pizazz with flowers and gemstone swirlies. Remember to stick down some washi tape.Boots-5Just look at how these snowflakes make the page come together. Remember to try and always work in odd numbers.

I just love Basic Grey alphabet stickers. They make adding a title so easy.Boots-6Hope this inspires you some.

Those having summer, enjoy the heat, and for all my winter friends stay warm and enjoy the beautiful winter wonderland.

Till next time

Happy Crafting.

Happy Feet

Hello everyone.

At last summer arrived, and with that, summer holidays. My son just finished grade ten! It feels like yesterday that I took this photo of his first day to high school.Happy-Feet-#1This was a big day for both of us…..me, biting my nails, not knowing if he would be alright without help on the bus and train, and for him going to a new school.Happy-Feet-#2As soon as he entered the door home I took this picture of a very brave young man’s feet. Happy-Feet-#3He adored that pair of jeans, but like most good things they came to an abrupt end one day as they tore. I took a different but very similar pair of jeans and ripped them apart for this layout. I used the buttons and some fabric for accent pieces. First he was a bit shocked at the sight of me tearing his pants apart, but the end result gave him a nice big smile. Happy-Feet-#4Washi tape, sewing and a lot of metal embellishments were used here. I also used some texture paint with a stencil for the background, and a few drippies and splashes with Dylusions ink spray.Happy-Feet-#5

Happy-Feet-#6Thank you for visiting and being so awesome as to write some comments, and Pin my work.

Have a great week you guys, and enjoy the crafting.

Alana.

CINNZEO

Hello all you beautiful people.

Have you ever had something so sweet, decadent and  addictive you could not forget your first encounter?

Well, here is a whole layout dedicated to that wonderful swirly, cinnamony, sticky roly poly of a bun that stole my heart.CINNZEO-#1I chose three photos for this layout. A nice big one, and to enhance the roundness off the bun, one was cut into a circle.

I used Prima flowers with some twine for accent points. Some whine red organza ribbon created some color spots, and of course some sweet words all over the page.

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The title was stamped using Tim Holtz alpha stamps, and inked with Vintage Photo ink. It was fussy cut and placed on the title strip at the top.CINNZEO-#4

CINNZEO-#5Some washi tape was placed here and there and I constructed a little angel swirly with wings and a brad. CINNZEO-#6Before I printed my photos I decorated it with some digital flourish brushes and words in Photoshop. It gives it a nice soft touch don’t you think?CINNZEO-#7Thank you for visiting and as always keep on crafting friends.

Till next time

Alana xox

The Great Outdoors

Hello every one.

This layout brings back so many good memories.The-Great-OutdoorsWe “camped” in our living room, and I am sure almost all parents do this at some stage.

Thank goodness it was inside, I am a creature of comfort and would not survive a real camping adventure.The-Great-Outdoors-Detail-#1I combined Bo-Bunny papers with Seven Gypsies stickers. My title is a cutout from my Silhouette Cameo.The-Great-Outdoors-Detail-#2I even stitched on this one! Remember to tell the story, here I filled in a “check list” and handwritten some key information.The-Great-Outdoors-Detail-#3I shall always remember my happy little camper watching television from his tent.

Guess he takes after me.

Have a great week and thank you for visiting.

Happy Crafting Every one!

Treasure and Embrace

A hearty welcome to you all.

I have been busy, busy, busy with mixed media the last couple of weeks.

Who knew it could be so much fun making such a mess with paint and then it turns out to be a nice piece of art!Treasure-#-1I just love the paper collaged on here. It is the Simple Stories “Homespun” paper pad.It gives it a very country feel.Treasure-#-2This is a 8 x 8 inch wooden panel. I sketched the bird and collaged the hearts on top of my background.Treasure-#-3

Treasure-#-4The sides was collaged as well and rounded off with some washi tape.Treasure-#-5Have some fun with mixed media, but beware, it is very addictive.

Have a lovely week and thank you for visiting.

Happy Crafting Everybody!

Altered Bottle with Metal Flower

Hello lovelies.

Hope you are well and crafty!

I made another bottle and had way too much fun.Flower-bottle-#-1The flower is a metal trinket and I altered it with some red acrylic paint and a rhinestone in the center.Flower-bottle-#-2The bead on top was soldered on and rounded off with some chain.Flower-bottle-#-3The chain and birdie charm were attached to the cheese cloth. I placed it in such a way  that the pretty paper I modged on still showed it’s red roses.Flower-bottle-#-4The cheese cloth was stained with vintage stain and glued on the glass all around. When bundled it has quite a unique look to it.Flower-bottle-#-5Thank you for visiting, lets meet again soon.

Happy Crafting Everybody!

Create Art

Hello again all my sweet friends.

I would like to share another mixed media canvas with you guys.Create-Art-#-1This is a 6 x 6 inch wooden panel. I applies layers and layers of media on it to create nice depth and texture.Create-Art-#-2This time I attached some metal butterfly wings to my red heart. I aged it with some acrylic paint and then vigorously rubbed it with a cloth. That way the paint only stay in the crevices.Create-Art-#-4Some drippies and stamping with bubble wrap, and of course many more stamps were applied.

(My name is Alana and I am a stampaholic.)Create-Art-#-3The sides looked so sad and empty just with the black, so more imagery made it look pretty.Create-Art-#-5I just couldn’t resist putting this bling doorknob on the top. The metal piece were also aged like the wings .Create-Art-#-6Hope you enjoyed the post. I would love to hear from you, so please do leave a comment.

Happy Crafting Everybody!

The Cat’s Back

Hello dearest friends.

Don’t you just love this time of year? I am so confused by the weather I don’t know if it is spring, winter or summer! Every day is a surprise.

After a lovely 20 degree day yesterday we woke up this morning to a blanket of snow.

It keeps us on our toes!

A little scrapbook share this week.

Remember those days when face painting was a big thrill for the little ones.The-Cats-Back-LayoutThe imagination at that age is priceless don’t you think?The-Cats-Back-Detail-#2I used Bo-Bunny papers for this one, and lots of  stamping.The-Cats-Back-CollageThe leaf border is an EK-Success  punch, and the title is from Tim Holtz sticker books.The-Cats-Back-Detail-#1Must say I miss those innocent carefree days now that my son is a teenager.

Enjoy your weekend and hopefully spring will return soon here were I live.

Lots of good wishes to you all.

Happy Crafting Everybody!

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