Saturday, 7 January 2012

TCR 92 Constance and gala opening of CSI celebrating with Tea At Bettys

What a glorious day it has been this day in Stockholm! the sun was shining, the sky was blue and the temperature was springlike and mild. At this time last year, we had a zillion Mount Everests of snow piled up everywhere and it was really cold. Now there are several bushes pushing delicate leaves and I've even heard birds sing! Pray we don't get a freezing surprise over night.

Friday saw the release of palette #92 over at TCR. Gorgeous vintagey colours of Antique Blue, Eggplant, Custard Cream and Rustic Rose.

And as the cherry on our cream cake, we have Meg's Garden as sponsors for the month of January! Meg has very generously sponsored the TCR DT with their gorgeous new paper collection. I have posted about Meg's Garden before and shared both cards and pages that I have made with their yummie romantic papers. I will have the link to ther online store and blog at the end of this post.

Here's first the inspirational palette and Lydell's beautiful sketch:

This is what I made:

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The girl in the photo is not unknown, her name was Constance and she lived in Paris with her family during the Belle Epoque. In this pic from 1902 she is about 8 years old.

Double stitching around the border, the eggplant/purple doesn't show here in the photo as it's stitched on the black cardstock. IRL the blue and purple stitching give a nice touch to the page.

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The locket and the mauve velvet flower bud are both from Meg's Garden. The photo in the locket is of Constance as a baby and her young mother.

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The shabby paper matting has been through quite a bit of working on before looking this way. Check out the plain vanilla card that I started off with!

I saw a cool tut over at Miss Art's a few months ago. Alyssa McGrew showed how to decorate chipboard alphas with this method.

First you smear gesso or molding paste on your plain surface and let it dry just a bit before adhering a ripped off piece from an old book or from a newspaper on it. Wait for a short while, not too long though or the paper will just stay put! gently pull off your paper strip and see how the print transfers onto your gessoed/pasted surface. I also wanted small pieces of the actual book page to stick as well as some of the card to tear off in places so I just repeated the sticking on and pulling off until I was satisfied.

Next step I pulled out my mists. On this one I have used TA Sand + Creme de Cocoa + Tattered Rose + Old Lace + Vintage Pink + Suede and Hydrangea. Might have added a squirt or two of some Creme de Rouge and Timeless Lilac as well :)

The stamping is made with clear acrylics from Elise's Huis. I used ink nbr 171 in Pine Cone from Versa Color. (no, it's not pine green! it has a subtle lovely shabby brownish vintage hue.)

The swirly chippie corners are from Dusty Attic. I painted them in TA Glimmer Glam in Gold and rubbed them slightly in the same Versa Color in Pine Cone to offsett the shine of the gold.

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The die cut Eiffel tower and the stamp are both from KaiserCraft's new collection Sweet Nothings. Boy am I longing to start working on the papers, they are gooooorgeous beyond words!

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Being me, I had to have flowers of course. Mauve pansy and bejewelled organza flower are both from Meg's Garden, as are the tiny forget-me-nots. The blue border swirl is also from DA. First I dabbed it in a metallic blue hue that I haven't got the name of as the label has fallen off the bottle. Then I randomly used ColorBox pigment chalks in Gold Brocade, Sapphire Silk and Warm Violet all over it.

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With the scraps that were left over from making my page, I made a card;

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The label is fussy cut from another of the lovely papers that can be found in the online store of Meg's Garden.

Click HERE for Meg's Garden online store where you will also find the link to their blog!

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*Drumroll* the waiting is over! finally we have opened up shop at CSI - Color ... Stories ... Inspiration ...!

Check this out!

Welcome to our very first Case File! We are so excited to unveil our challenges. We are thrilled to have The Dusty Attic as our sponsor and delighted that their design team is joining the CSI team as guest designers for the month of January. This week, we have Mistra Hoolahan, Michelle Grant, and Jenny Burns joining us. We also have Nadia Cannizzo joining us as a special guest designer for our launch of CSI.

As you will see from the designers' layouts, the palette is very versatile, perfectly suitable for scrapping your recent holiday photos but also perfect for so many more themes. For the other elements of the challenge, we have a range of options, all inspired by our inspiration image, aka "The Scene." At the bottom of this thread, you will find some more details about this Case File, such as the RGB codes for the colors and more thorough explanations of the journaling prompts.

Since the CSI Case Files are brand-new to everyone, you will want to take some time to read the article "How the Challenge Works." Also, please take a moment to read the guidelines herefor some logistical rules.
In case you haven't figured out from Johnny Depp peeking through the magnifying glass on the front page preview, this month's inspiration images are all inspired by Alice in Wonderlandto celebrate Lewis Carroll's January 27th birthday.

So without further ado, we are pleased to reveal Case File No. 1...

Click  HERE to come to CSI and more of Case File No. 1.

... and here's my page;

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I very often journal at the back of my pages but bringing it up on the page itself, really is something that makes it easier to take in the whole layout in one glance. Journalling is also often something that many find difficult.

All papers are from the BoBunny Welcome Home collection.

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A swirly frame from Dusty Attic, from the same sheet as the corners I used on my TCR #92 Constance page.

I just love how dainty and cute the waitresses look at Bettys Teahouse, not only in York which is my local hang-out when I'm there. They used to have little lacey flimsy things in their hair but not any longer. You know, the same kind of ruffles the uppstairs maids in the BBC TV series "Downtown Abbey" wear, little cap-like old-fashioned thingies.

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Stamps are from Elise's Huis and the metallic embellie is from Meg's Garden. The little tea tag is from one of  my fave morning tea bags, comes from Dilmah (naaaw, seriously does it now?!).

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Isn't it silly the little things we sometimes have to do before we can enjoy something! Yup, I need the full trimmings before I'm ready and set to enjoy my visits.

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The bling on the chandelier is liquid pearl nr 904 in Bronze from German brand Viva Decor. The overlay is a snippet from a Hambly sheet.

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The doily is from Leeann Pearce's Chip Chop Shop on Etsy. The die cut sentiment is from BoBunny Welcome Home collection as is the trinket tucked in at the bottom.

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The jewel stick pins are from Meg's Garden and the raw chippie swirl under the cluster is from Dusty Attic.

The flowers are a mix of Petaloo and Prima. The fabric bloom next to the sentiment is from Precocious Paper's Etsy shop.

What a glorious day it is!! Thanks for popping by and for any beautiful comment you might want to leave.

Todeloo! xoxoxo Eila


  1. Omg Eila such stunning layouts and the tut is just a great idea must try that ...just love all the sdded bits and pieces that you've used ..
    Have a nice day if thre not so cold weather no doubt the snow will come
    Lindy xo

  2. Oh thank you so much for sharing this all with us Eila. I will definately have to give this little technique a try. Your work here on these layouts is absolutely fabulous, as always. I have just joined your blog as a follower as I am sure we can all learn so much from you. I will also pop over & have a look at this CSI. Thanks again for sharing. Have a great day. Cheers Di xoxo

  3. I love your tutorial for the TCR layout! The colors are absolutely yummy! Eila I know I've told you before, but I just adore your layouts. They are always so full of love and meaning! And very beautiful too!

  4. Eila , your page using the "Meg's Garden" collection is awesome, love all of it, especially the techniques to create it>
    Your other page for CSI, this is amazing too, hopefully will find time to play, great design :) Thanks for your lovely comments, Have a great shining day :)

  5. Hi Eila, Spring, I think not as I can feel snow in the air! Loving both creations but adore the tea one as I love tea so this one shouts out to me, loving all the detail and the little tea tag is too cute. Have a great weekend and take care, Doreen x

  6. WAUW both the pages are so stunning with cool thecnique's and idea's it.Your so scrappy busy now...have fun!

  7. just gorgeous both of them....amazing details!!!

  8. First of all thanks for your lovely words and visit in my blog!!!!Was very sweet!!
    Second those pages is trully wonderful I loved that colors!!You always do a wonderful job and you are so talented!!
    Have a wonderful 2012!!
    Big huges and kisses

  9. Wow Eila. Both of these pages are just stunning. When I saw your page at TCR it took my breath away. The photo is absolutely stunning. I assume she was a relative but you don't know who? Anyway, it is just beautiful and love the technique with the paper.
    And your CSI. Just fabulous. Love the pic again and the story behind your page.

  10. Så mye vakkert du lager Eila!! Den øverste layouten med det nydelige bildet - wow!! Og den lille medaljongen med det lille bildet inni, så vakkert!
    Elsker LO nr 2, så stilig med bildene og flott med journalingen.
    Du er bare helt nydelig du - i alt du gjør og sier!
    ha en flott søndag, håper snøen og kulden holder seg unna!

  11. Hey Eila, both are beautiful page, I especially love that watermark paper that the photo is matted and the photo is stunning I love these old style photos. I will be looking forward to see many more of your creations on CSI. Take Care Fi

  12. Ohhh arrhhh just so adore your Megs Garden layout, all those wonderful elements, and how you constructed it all - beautiful just does not seem quite adequate.
    I wouldn't mind going to that 'tea room' you mentioned .... yum! What a wonderful way of remembering, by scrapping your special location.

    Your creations are really exciting and so inspirational.

  13. Totally breathtaking work!!! Love these so much!!! WTG Eila! :D

  14. Hej min sköna böna!!
    Så glad jag tittade inom och fick lite av din inspiration, du har tydligen även mer av den varan än du kan behöva själv! Så underbart fina layouter du har fått till och jag kan inte bestämma villken jag gillar bäst. Hade stort nöje av att läsa om din TCR layout och blev sugen på att försöka på din teknik, men sen är det det dära med tålamodet...he he.
    Har tittat inom CSI och det verkar kul, men inte mina färger denna gången (som du vet...)
    Meg's Garden är en ny bekant,..har inte come across dom tidigare. Var över och tittade och det såg mycket blommigt och vackert ut.
    Kramar till deg!!

  15. Du er virkelig et fantastisk menneske ! Jeg blir alltid så glad når jeg finner kommentarer fra deg på bloggen :) You really make my day! :) Du skriver så mye fint.STOR klem til deg.

    SÅÅÅÅ mye fint du har laget!!!! Er helt imponert. Du er jo så kreativ. Elsker kreasjonene dine.
    Eila, du er TOPP!!! Klem Brit

  16. Wow, Wow, Wow!! I will come back and read all about the second one but the first one is such a beauty. I love the technique you used - I also watched that tutorial & promptly forgot all about that cool technique! You've made me want to try it again!! Forgive me for my absence please - I love you just as much as always but kiddos started school today & I've had FIFTY books to cover and now that we have the subject names we do it all over again with the plastic! Hope you are well xx

  17. Wow, you first page is So GORGEOUS!!!love all the details...thanks for the technique, the photo is amazing!! the second one is Beautiful!!! love the flowers cluster. Yes, I'm like Helen, yesterday school started for my kids, I hope get back to normal again and visit you more often. I also laugh every time I see my wedding dress, lol!!
    A big hug!!! : )

  18. betty's tearoom sounds wonderful! my mom and i have a place right off of davis island in tampa fl we love going to for beignets and coffee! of course as everyone else so clearly says.. beautiful work! love the wood framing you use on so many of your layouts.. what's the company that does those again?!

  19. Okay all caught up on the second one - just exquisite - that Dusty Attic chipboard is always so beautifully intricate & that sounds like my kind of tea joint for sure...ooooh yum I love my tea and cakes! But 1kg down now so am having to avoid the bakery lol...Another absolutely exquisite page my friend - will catch up on the rest asap...