Thursday, March 8, 2018

A Son of Ireland

The Son of Ireland in my title is my Great-Grandfather McCormick. He was born in Ireland on March 15, 1838 – only two days before St. Patrick’s Day – close enough for me!

The base of my layout is from Graphic 45’s A Place in Time collection; I love the neutral colors and the look of long-ago time. To give a bit of a St. Patrick’s Day look, I cut a circle from the Time to Flourish 8x8 paper pad and adhered it to the base.
 Next, I stripped a piece of corrugated packaging and colored it with Prima Metallique acrylic paint in Emerald Green. While that was drying, I treated the chipboard vines by applying a coat of gesso and sprinkling on embossing powder and then heat drying it. The vines and the corrugate were then lightly sanded and given a light coat of Distress Ink to give them an aged appearance. 

Time to assemble and I couldn’t stop! I’ve used flowers from my stash (I’ve owned those large green ones for years, just waiting for the perfect occasion, I guess. I’m so glad that I had hung on to them!), metal flowers treated with Opal Magic Wax and centered with rhinestones, and a dose of microbeads.

I finished it off with a journaling tag tucked behind the photo.

 (Full thanks and credit go to my cousin, Joe Darby for scanning and uploading a treasure trove of family photos to CDs to share with all of us some years back and for finding this newspaper clipping while doing family research.)
The Daily News, Batavia, N.Y., Friday Evening, June 7, 1918
            Bergen, June 7. - John McCormick, a well-known and respected farmer of Riga, died this morning at 2 o'clock, aged 80 years.  He had been ill about a year.  He was a native of Ireland and had resided on the farm on which he died about 25 years.  Besides his wife, whose maiden name was Jane Keenan, he leaves four daughters, Miss Katherine McCormick of Riga, Mrs. Joseph Darby of Bergen, Miss Margaret McCormick of Rochester and Mrs. John Darby of Sweden, and three sons, Patrick and Edward of Riga and John of the aviation camp at Morrison, Va.  The funeral will be held from St. Vincent de Paul's church, Churchville, on Monday morning.


Graphic 45 – A Place in Time Collection – Calendar Foundation #4500615
Graphic 45 – A Place in Time Collection – March Cut Aparts #4500596
Graphic 45 – Time to Flourish Collection – March Cut Aparts #4501033
Graphic 45 – Time to Flourish Collection – 8 x 8 Paper Pad #4501064

Prima – Plume Collection – Citrus #575557
Prima – French Riviera Collection – La Mer #586171
Petaloo – varied blooms
Metal Flowers
Really Reasonable Ribbon – Plaid Ribbon – Moss/Cream – 3/8”
Creative Embellishments – Laser Cut Chipboard – Flourish 15 (2 pkgs)
Kaisercraft – Self Adhesive Rhinestones – Island Lagoon #RS402

Golden – Gesso
Prima – Art Alchemy – Acrylic Paint – Metallique – Emerald Green #963170
Prima – Art Alchemy – Opal Magic Wax – Green Brocade #964245
Prima – Art Basics – Clear Gesso #961466
Prima – Art Ingredients – Glass Beads – Peacock Green #962692
Ranger – Embossing Powder – Verdigris #EPJ3769
Ranger – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Walnut Stain

Kreaxions – Circle Cutter
EK Success – Circle Punch – ¼”
Zutter – Bow-It-All

Corrugated Packaging
Aleen’s Original Tacky Glue
Scotch – Advanced Tape Glider

As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Taste of Snow

One more photo from last December’s Christmas Tree Hunt: I just had to scrap this image of Mr. V. catching snowflakes on his tongue.

Still trying to make a dent in my pile of pattern paper, I chose to start with another sheet from FabScraps’ Timeless Travel collection – Stamp. This is a darker sheet with a bold design, not exactly suitable for an image that would get lost with that background, so after applying a base coat of clear gesso to make it sturdier and to give it some “teeth”, I used a silicone brush to coat it with watered-down gesso to tone it down. Next, I applied crackle paste through a stencil and set it aside to dry.
Meanwhile, I cut a 6” square from the center of a Bo Bunny sheet. (This is a great way to stretch your paper supplies; you can have an undersheet and still be able to create matting and small border strips.) I trimmed the square to form one of the matting layers and used a border punch on the resulting strips.
After distressing the edges of the FabScraps sheet, I adhered it to the undersheet and arranged my photo and matting layers off to one side. More of my stash – a package of silver snowflakes – proved to be just a tad bit shiny, so before gluing them on with E6000, I toned them down with an application of Metallique Wax.

A big, big thanks to my wonderful Daughter-In-Law for the photo of her Little Guy.


FabScraps – Timeless Travel Collection – Stamp #C31-005A
Bo Bunny – Rose CafĂ© Collection – Heirloom #17201691
FabScraps – Timeless Travel Collection – Reed #C31-004A
Silver Charms – Snowflake
Prima – Art Basics – Gesso – Clear #961466
Prima – Art Extravagance – Texture Paste – White Crackle #961503
Golden – Gesso
Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Ink Pad – Hickory Smoke
Prima – Art Alchemy – Metallique Wax – Old Silver #963996
Prima – Finnabair Elementals – 12 x 12 Stencil – Bubbles #960445
Martha Stewart – Punch Around the Page – Craft Punch Set – Double Loops 
Prima – Ingvild Bolme – Distressing Tool
Prima – Art Basics – Mixed Media Silicone Brush – 1”

As always, I want to thank you for peeking into my blog; your visits mean a lot to me.