01 August 2014

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23 July 2014

Cafe Chicks

This year for the winter school holidays we took a short 2-night break just over the border... and it was COLD COLD COLD! I got some great photographs during our trip, so I couldn't resist printing a few to scrap this week.  I always find new photographs are a fantastic motivator for my scrapbooking (despite the mountains of older photographs that are still waiting for me to catch up).

This layout is based on the July sketch at Blue Fern Studios and the July Black & White challenge at Flying Unicorns:



I used BFS Tweet Friends chipboard. I painted it with several coats of gesso, then heat embossed with a clear powder to give a lovely shine:



I have to say, sticking just to black and white was really difficult, but I do love the result!


Other materials:
Authentique Classique - Elegant Four patterned paper
Authentique Classique Compounds stickers
Coredinations Black Tie Affair cardstock
Making Memories Boho Chic - Tiny Alphas stickers
Paper doiley
Black striped cardstock (recycled packaging)
FWAB Kate's Corner flourish
FWAB Maddison - White flowers
Kaisercraft white paper flowers
Green Tara 1cm rose - black
Green Tara 1cm rose - white
Bella! black polka dot silk flower
Sullivans Regal Trim - white
Celebrations Clear High Gloss embossing powder

21 July 2014

Flight

I have an endless supply of photographs of our chickens and ducks... so I do love using sketches that inspire me to find new ways to scrap them.  This is my latest layout featuring Topple.  I used the July sketch from C'est Magnifique.  I haven't used torn paper like this for quite a long time so it was fun to just rip into it!



My choice of paper and embellishments was inspired by several different challenges:

* Flying Unicorns ~ It's all about wood.  I used a wood grain patterned paper (I had actually passed this old Kmart brand paper on to my daughter, and was embarrassed to ask her for one sheet back again!)  and a wooden flourish, which I painted with gesso to blend in better with the background.
* Really Reasonable Ribbon ~ Things with Wings {I don't know what brand the ribbons are because I raided my offcuts bag, but there are two different grosgrain ribbons, and one floral printed satin}
* LESSology ~ Sew Lovely {I used denim fabric scraps from an old pair of jeans - I never throw them away because there's always another pair that needs patching, or scrapbook pages that need fabric!}

The detail shot shows a close-up of the extra criteria from each of the challenges:  the wood and woodgrain pattern, ribbons, and denim:




Materials:
Cre8tiv Stone & Wood patterned paper
Kaisercraft Curls wood flourish
Paper doiley
Denim fabric scraps
American Crafts Thickers - Rainboots puffy alphabet stickers
Prima E-line - White paper flowers
Kaisercraft paper flower - blue
Zva Creative Soft Blue Transition mini rose
Kaisercraft Pearls - Pewter

20 July 2014

BUTTONS


Hello, and thanks for stopping by my blog.

I'm excited to be joining in a blog hop in celebration of the 200th challenge at Lasting Memories.

If you've arrived here from Karen Wilson's blog ~ welcome!  If this is your first stop, please be sure to hop back to Lasting Memories to start the hop so you don't miss a thing.

Our challenge this week is BUTTONS. We are looking for buttons, buttons everywhere on your layouts.   The DT has gotten creative with buttons on our layouts and we hope you'll be inspired.

Along the hop,  each of us has a letter for you to collect.  You will need to unscramble the letters to spell out a short scrapbook-themed phrase (hint ~ it's two words) so don't forget to jot down my letter which you'll see below.  When you've completed the hop, leave your answer in the comment section back at Lasting Memories.  Comments will be moderated so there's no peeking!   Link up your LO... and... our grand prize winner will receive a $25 gift certificate from A2Z Scrapbooking Store!

To celebrate our 200th challenge, you'll see that some of us are also offering a little blog candy on our personal blogs but you have to visit us to see who!   I'd love to give away some lollipop flowers with button centres, handmade by me:



Everyone is welcome to join my giveaway {You don't have to join the blog hop, although that would be great too...}  All you need to do is leave a comment on this post, telling me how you like to use buttons.  I'll leave it open until the end of the month, and draw a winner on 1st August.

Now, time for my reveal... I was inspired layout sketch #95 from Feeling Sketchy to create my layout design:



I love patterned buttons of all kinds - striped, floral, and ~ my absolute favourite ~ spotted.  I used some pre-made buttons on this layout (stripes and spots) and I also decorated my own.  You can see a close-up on my sneak peek at the top of this post.

My button technique ~
Altering buttons is so easy to do: Use paint, gel pen, permanent marker, liquid pearls, correction fluid, or even nail polish!  I just grabbed a white Signo gel pen and drew some little dots around the edge.  There's no special technique involved, although I recommend going slowly so the pattern doesn't smudge before it has a chance to dry.

Materials:
Ribbon Girl Red, white & blue mixed pack buttons
Green Tara 6cm petals - Fire Engine Red paper flower
Jenni's Jewels handmade flower
Fancy Pants mulberry flower
UPK Gallery Winter is Coming - Letter from Home patterned paper
Bazzill Basics cardstock
Paper doiley
Vintage book page
Prima Rondelle alphabet stickers


Your next stop on the hop is Denise's blog.   Have fun and happy hopping! Don't forget my letter:


Here's the full HOP LINE UP:


19 July 2014

Hot lunch...

I created this layout as a companion layout for this one. It's not quite a double pager, but I used the same colours and some of the same products so that the first flows into the second:



The inspiration for this layout design was the Scrappy Friends criteria:

** Brenda's sketch:  I followed the sketch but I stacked the photographs so they fit better on my page.  All there other elements are there.
** Rochelle's Tic Tac Toe:  I used brads, stars and tags
** Kelly's word challenge:  I used the word HOT in my title

Materials:
Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe - Inventory patterned paper
Pink Paislee Cupid - Postcards patterned paper
Echo Park Life is Good - Brown Floral patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety - Sunshine patterned paper
Bazzill Bling - Sparkle cardstock
American Crafts Thickers - Subway foam alphabets
Fiskars Round 'n Round - Large circle punch
EK Success Paper Shapers - Double Circle punch
Ribbon Girl Small Polka Dot - Red spotty buttons
Carolee's Creations AdornIt - Tiny Whoopsy Red alphabet stickers
Red mini brads
White heart mini brad
Pompom trim - aqua 

18 July 2014

Party of 2

This layout was inspired by challenges from Scrap & Play and Paper Secrets:

 

What I did:  
* I modified the sketch to use two photographs instead of four.
* I used the following items for the prompt word, SPLASH ~

S> spots
P> pompom trim
L> lollipop flowers
A> alphabets
S> sewing
H> heart

My colour palette was inspired by colours and bling factor in the inspiration board at Off the Rails Scrapbooking:


Materials: 
Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe - Inventory patterned paper
My Memories Glitter - Bright Gold cardstock
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters alphabet dies
American Crafts Thickers - Jewelry Box number & asterisks
Fiskars Round 'n Round - Large circle punch
EK Success Paper Shapers - Double Circle punch
Ribbon Girl Small Polka Dot - Red spotty buttons
Charm's Creations Heavenly Heart - White/Gold/Cream 
Pompom trim - aqua 

15 July 2014

Kings' Palace

I've been really busy at work the past few weeks and haven't had a lot of free time at home for scrapping.  But I've been sorting through some of my photo files and thought I'd upload a little off the page project I completed earlier this year:



What I did:  I altered an old baking tray tray by sanding it back to get rid of the rust, then painting with outdoor paint.  We have a seeming endless supply of heritage green paint in the shed!

I glued some large die cut monogram letters (Daisy D's Gypsy Harvest collection) onto the tray, and outlined them with marker pen before coating the whole lot with varnish to seal it.

The end result is a sign for our king quail enclosure (hence Kings' Palace) which is eye-catching and just a little bit different.  Here's what it looks like attached to the hutch:



13 July 2014

Lasting Memories

This week at Lasting Memories, we have a sketch challenge.  I love using sketches as a starting point, but quite often my layouts look totally different from the original sketch.

This is the sketch:


And this is my take on it:



My layout was also inspired by Scrapbook Fantasies Weekly Challenge # 27: Create a layout using patchwork as your inspiration.   My background circle and side border are made from scraps (Bo Bunny, Echo Park, Scenic Route, Dream Street) "patchworked" together using machine stitching:





Other materials:
Collections Elements Window Tags chipboard shapes
Prima Sprites 2 - Green mulberry flowers
Carl Daisy - Mini punch
American Crafts/Dear Lizzy Thickers - Bliss glitter alphabets
Kaisercolour Spearmint acrylic paint
Colorbox Catseye - Mint fluid chalk
Kaisercraft Pearls - Pewter

06 July 2014

The tumbleweed story (continued)

This week at Lasting Memories our theme is My Country, and the challenge is to scrap a layout about a place you love to visit in your country.  Last month I made a layout about the tumbleweeds we encountered on our driving holiday to Lightning Ridge.  I have made a companion layout to tell the full story (click to enlarge and read the journalling):



The journalling is a bit more detailed than my blog post was.  The last line of my journalling reads:  I love that there is so much that I have yet to learn about our country. 

My layout design was inspired by Sketch #272 at Creative Scrappers.  It was a challenge for me to do a layout without pictures, but I was quite happy with the result.  It has made me realise that for ALL of my layouts, I need to get back into the habit of doing much more journalling.

Materials:
K&Company Mira - Chocolate Rose patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg - Autumn patterned paper
Basic Grey Sublime - Cinnamon patterned paper
WorldWin Colormates - Orange cardstock  
Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy embossing folder
Portacraft paper flowers - orange
Bazzill Basics Bitty Blossoms - Arroyo satin flowers
American Crafts Thickers - Niki Riki glitter alphabets
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphabet stickers

05 July 2014

Adventure Awaits

Love, love, love this mood board at Life.Paper.Scrapbook:


I was inspired by the colours, the layered documents, and the words "adventure awaits".

My layout design was inspired by Sketchabilities #118:



I'm also submitting my layout at Scrapbook Fantasies for their challenge to create a layout about bird/s.

Materials:
Cosmo Cricket 2wenty Thr3e - Postcards patterned paper
Pink Paislee 365ยบ Degrees - Daydream patterned paper
Polar Bear Press Rustic Retreat patterned paper
Prima flowers - assorted collections
Bazzill Basics Primula - Slate Blue paper flower
Kaisercraft Mini Alpha - Cream alphabet stickers

04 July 2014

Swirlydoos and shopping my stash

I created this layout using the June sketch from Swirlydoos:




I used some new photos and old papers, and I also 'shopped my stash' to join in the challenge from Scrap Our Stash:

Scrap Our Stash criteria:
* punches (3 types - heart, butterflies, daisies)
* diecut (Spellbinders - Nestabilities Beaded Oval)
* flowers (3)
* tags (2)
* buttons (3)

The challenge at A2Z Scraplets this month is a fun one too - it's a puzzle challenge, to include each of these shapes:
A2Z Scraplets challenge criteria:
Scraplet ~ title, inked in black
Arrow ~ handcut from patterned paper and layered onto my tags.
Heart ~ punched from patterned paper, outlined with fine marker, and positioned behind the title.
Zigzag ~ machine stitching in black thread
Clock ~ layered with paper flower on righthand side of layout




Other challenges:
Crafty Ribbon - Anything Goes - I used gingham ribbon and plain satin ribbon

Materials:
Kaisercraft Sublime - Vogue patterned paper
Kaisercraft 5cm Lime paper flowers
Prima Brights Mix paper flower
Heidi Swapp Ghost Shapes - Clock
A2Z Scraplets PL Word - Love this Life chipboard title
ColorBox Catseye - Black pigment ink
May Arts gingham ribbon
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - black

01 July 2014

Perfect Day

In May,  I played along at Country View Challenges for the first time, and I was thrilled to be offered a Guest Designer spot for July.


This month the theme is Stencil It.  I am very new to the world of mixed media, and it is only recently that I have started using stencils on my layouts.

For this layout, I used a 6x6 stencil to apply texture paste to my base cardstock.  It took quite a while, because I had to wait till the first application dried before I could reapply the stencil to the next part of the layout, because of the wide overlapping edges.

When it was dry, I painted over the top with Twinkling H2O's water colour - which was really fun!  Not only did I get an unexpected resist effect, but it is also very shiny!  Unfortunately the photographs don't do it justice.

I used a sketch from Chic Tags to create my layout, and this is what I created:



And here is a little detail shot of the stenciled texture:



I'm also submitting my layout at:
* Scrap Challenge Yourself - Oh boy!



Materials:
Scrap FX Whirlpools 6x6 stencil
LuminArte Twinkling H2O - Garnet watercolour paint
Kaisercraft Pink Damask printed tape
Portacraft paper flowers
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphabet stickers
Bo Bunny Passion Fruit Dot cardstock
Chic Tags Vintage Note Stamps journal tags



30 June 2014

A card for Peter

Just a quick share of a gift card that I made for Peter:



He tells me it's Louis Bleriot's monoplane...

Submitted at these challenges:
* Scrap it Girl - Things with Wings
* Crafty Ribbons - Stitching
* Flying Unicorns - Monochromatic

Materials:
Coredinations Nightfall cardstock
American Crafts Travel Collection - Bus Pass patterned paper
Echo Park For the Record - Element Stickers
Satin spotted ribbon


29 June 2014

Karen and the boys

This week at Lasting Memories we have a sketch challenge, and just for something different, it's a double pager:



The sketch was designed by our June sponsor, Stacey Lokovic, from Inspired to Scrap.  I changed the sketch just a smidgeon to work with my photographs:
(Click to enlarge) 



About this layout:  The "boys" and I serve as volunteer firefighters at our local rural brigade - the photographs were taken at the wedding of our First Officer last month.  Usually when we meet up we're in fire gear or old work clothes... so it was quite an occasion to be "all dressed up"!  They all looked very handsome in collared shirts and ties, and I think they were probably shocked to see me in a frock and make up ;)   (I scrapped a layout with the girls last month.)

I wanted to add flowers and butterflies to the layout, but I didn't want it to look too "girly" so I tried to strike a balance by choosing my colour scheme very carefully.  I'm happy with the teal and orange :)



I'm also submitting my layout at:
* Back Porch Memories - Alissa's patterned paper challenge - two papers from different manufacturers
* Scrap Challenge Yourself - Oh boy! 
* Southern Girls Challenge - Use punches


Materials:
Basic Grey Sublime - Raspberry Blue patterned paper
Echo Park Life is Good - Brown Floral patterned paper (reverse side)
Echo Park A Walk in the Park - Flutter patterned paper (reverse side)
Prima E-line - Aqua paper flowers
Petaloo Botanica - Mini - Teal flowers
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Deep Yellow
Martha Stewart Garden Trellis deep edge punch
Butterfly punch
WRMK Comstock Collection - Miracles chipboard alphabets
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters alphabet dies
MFT Die-namics - Little Lowercase Letters alphabet dies
Sullivans Regal Trim - magenta & silver

28 June 2014

A dip in the creek

This layout was inspired by the mood board at Frosted Designs:

 

and the sketch challenge at Purple Pumpkin:





Materials:
Basic Grey Perhaps - Daphne patterned paper
UHK Gallery Winter is Coming - Wheel of Fortune patterned paper
American Crafts Thickers - Rainboots glitter foam alphabets
Sassafras Lass Mix'n'Mend - Sweet Treats stickers
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphabet stickers

27 June 2014

Sunshine

The weather experts tell us it will be a warmer winter this year, but I can still feel it getting colder!  Perfect weather for hiding inside and scrapping...  and I still have an abundance of summer photographs to scrap too.

This layout was inspired by the sketch challenge at Scrap our Stash.  I used one larger photograph instead of the two in the sketch, all the other elements of the sketch are there:



The extra criteria:
> enamel dots/sequins: I don't either of those items, but because the spirit of the challenge is to use your stash, I decided to make my own enamel dots.  I cut out some some small circles using the scraps of patterned paper from this layout, and added an enamel effect using Dimensional Magic:
> two different alphas: Check!  ... I love doing this!




At Crafty Ribbons this week's challenge is to include stitching and of course, ribbon. I love machine stitching on my layouts - and for this one I stitched around the distressed paper strips:



I used some vintage trim from my habby-stash (actually, I think this trim might have come from my mum's stash originally!)

I'm also submitting at Back Porch Memories.  This is another layout with lots of buttons (Danielle's challenge) and also several different patterned papers from different manufacturers (Alissa's challenge).

Materials:
Pink Paislee Queen Bee - Worker Bee patterned paper
Basic Grey Sublime - Cinnamon patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket 2wenty Thr3e - Postcards patterned paper
Carolee's Creations AdornIt - Tiny Whoopsy Red alphabet stickers
GCD Studios Red Glitter alphabet stickers
Portacraft paper flowers

22 June 2014

Bannerific

This week at Lasting Memories our theme is "Bannerfic" - with a challenge to use banners on your layout.  I chose to use up some scraps on my layout, and my banners are laid horizontally:




I used the sketch from Life.Paper.Scrapbook. and I also used buttons for Danielle's challenge at Back Porch Memories.  Here's the full layout:



As for the full story about the tumbleweeds ~  We were on a LONG drive and somehow we got to  talking about movies and special effects and stereotypes, and we were laughing about how there were always tumbleweeds in the old American westerns.  My husband recalled seeing a YouTube compilation of tumbleweed scenes, and was telling me about some of the funnier ones.  And then, only a few minutes later, a tumbleweed came out of nowhere across the road in front of us.  Honestly!  Tumbleweeds are NOT something that are commonly seen in the Australian landscape, at least not in the parts of the country where we had travelled.  But here we were, in the middle of nowhere, and suddenly for the next 50-80 km we saw tumbleweeds everywhere!  So of course, we had to stop and play with one and get some photographs...

Materials:
K & Company Mira - Chocolate Rose patterned paper
Dream Street Menagerie - Foliage patterned paper
Basic Grey Perhaps - Daphne patterned paper
WorldWin Colormates - Orange cardstock
Cuttlebug Floral Fantasy embossing folder
American Crafts Thickers - Niki Riki glitter alphabets
Bazzill Basics Bitty Blossoms - Arroyo flowers
Imaginisce Bazzill Itty Bitty Blossoms - Red flower
Portacraft paper flower - orange

18 June 2014

Video tutorial

I've been dabbling a little with mixed media techniques, trying to gain confidence with small projects first. Elena Murgun has a wonderful video tutorial on her blog, which shows how to make a mixed media heart like this one:



She's also giving this one away!  Check her blog for details (link above).

15 June 2014

Friends Forever

This week at Lasting Memories AND at S.W.A.T the theme is "Selfies".   I'm not huge on taking selfies but my daughter is!  I think it's quite funny really - these days she hates it when I take her photograph but she'll pose for hundreds of selfies...

This is my layout:




I'm joining in at Craft Hoarders Anonymous for their Fold It challenge.  I love making concertina flowers and couldn't resist adding one to this layout:



Also submitting at:
Back Porch Memories - Danielle P's button challenge



Materials:
Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Blooming Blossoms patterned paper
Echo Park For the Record - Noteworthy patterned paper
Echo Park A Walk in the Park - Element Card
Pink Paislee Queen Bee - Worker Bee patterned paper
Martha Stewart Floral Lace decorative edge punch
Prima E-line - White paper flowers

14 June 2014

Harriet

I came across an envelope of photos which were printed a few years ago - somehow they had escaped being scrapped...  so I started on them this week.

This one is a quick layout about the late Harriet Jersey Caramel, guinea pig extraordinnaire:



Challenges:

* Scrapbook Fantasies - Weekly Challenge #22 - Create a layout about a pet or animal
* Flying Unicorn - Monochromatic challenge