Confessions and Obsessions of a Paper Crafter

Friday, February 11, 2011

Grandma Gertie

This is probably the wedding photo of my grandparents. I don't have many photos of Gertrude (or Gertie, as I understand she was called by her loved ones), as she died about 3 years after her marriage to my grandfather, and the births of her two children. Gertie has been a MYSTERY to me, there is very little known of her, as she died so young, and I don't think that Grandpa Charlie told his children much about her, as my father didn't speak often of her, except she was a war bride, born in Ramsgate, England. I imagine that as a war bride in WW1 she had to travel very light, and as a result I have no photos or letters or other bits of family remembrance from her people. I did make contact with the decendants of one of Gertie's brothers, but they also had little information about her, except that she had gone to Canada and died there at a young age.

The papers are similar to Charlie's page, once again using Graphic 45 Transatlantic. The flower is constructed from Tim's (I'm on a first name basis now!) Tattered Florals, and the swirl stamp is from Stampington and Co.

I finished one fingerless MITTEN today, I have been working on it for about a year now. So hopefully I can get the second one done by next winter. I like to knit, but I am quite slow at it, and with a few OBSTRUCTIONS (e.g. pattern being wrong - 2 restarts until I realized it wasn't me; cats helping tangle the yarn; attempting to multi-task while knitting - i.e. breathe and knit) it takes me forever to complete any projects.

Until next time....

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Revelstoke Revisited - Grandpa Charlie

A page from my Revelstoke book, this is my paternal grandfather, Charlie in his WW1 uniform. After the war, he returned to Revelstoke with his war bride, Gertrude. He lived in the area, working for the CP Railway, until his death in 1955.

The cardstock is inked with Distress inks and Tim Holtz masks. The papers are from Graphic 45. I am keeping the pages simple, so that I may actually finish this book. Finished is good. Not finished makes me anxious.

Until next time.....

Saturday, February 5, 2011

A Card

One of my co-workers is leaving and I made her this card. I will tell you this is not my design. The stamp is by The Artful Stamper (London, Ontario), and you can see a version of this card on their website. I just added the extra pearls, lace and ribbon.

It is a rather time consuming card to make, with all that embossing and layering, but you can make it from just card stock scraps, and the effect is really pretty.


Butterfly stamp by The Artful Stamper
Tim Holtz embossing ink
Gold embossing powder
Green, rust, yellow and almost black cardstock
Stickles (Icicle)
scraps of lace and ribbon
dimensional adhesive

Incidently, I am still working on the Revelstoke book, and have completed 2 more pages, which I will hopefully post in the next day or two.

Until then...