16 December 2014

Party Girls

Another layout for our August Sydney trip album... this time inspired by the sketch at C'est Magnifique:



It's a lovely, versatile sketch which I followed reasonably closely; I made the addition of a title and journalling down the bottom of the page.

My favourite part is the gorgeous vine:




I'm also submitting my layout at Clique Kits for the December Anything Goes challenge.  I hope they like it!

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge also has an Anything Goes theme for their final challenge of the year... the winner will be selected via random draw...

Materials:
Prima Delight - Doilie patterned paper
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Collection patterned paper
Websters Pages Recorded - Today patterned paper
Green Tara Christmas Vine - Brown
Prima Zephyr - Decorative Wood Embellishments clock
Prima Rondelle textured canvas alphabets
Pearl strands (from my habby stash)

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15 December 2014

White with... paloma

I think I have a reasonably good command of vocabulary; some dear friends and colleagues have also (correctly) accused me of being a "Grammar Nazi", a label I wear unashamedly. However, I have to confess I'd never heard of the colour PALOMA before today. I recognised the word/name as Spanish for dove but it wasn't until I consulted my trusty search engine that I learned it is also a shade of grey or taupe. Who knew? Apparently, the girls at White with 1!!
 


What a fabulous combination for the December challenge!  This is what I came up with:



I seem to struggle with photographing predominantly white or 'blingy' layouts - this is the best I could do.  Here's a little detail shot of the title, which I die-cut from the middle of the silver doiley!



Materials:
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Collection patterned papers
Silver doiley
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters alphabet dies
Ranger Adirondack Metallics - Silver acrylic paint dabber
Glitz Designs Frosting bling strips

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14 December 2014

Here comes Santa Claus...

Here it is ~ the inevitable Santa Claus layout!  Christmas challenges abound this time of year, and at Lasting Memories our theme this week is Here Comes Santa Claus.  I'm approaching the end of my Santa Claus photographs; with J-girl getting older our photo opportunities with Santa are diminishing.  This one is from 2012, when Santa visited our rural fire brigade:



I used the December sketch from Blue Fern Studios to create this layout.  I used some BFS Turkish Bits chipboard too, all gesso'd up to look a little bit frosty:




I'm also submitting my layout at Kelly's Scrappy Friends word challenge - a nice easy one this month with a selection of "Christmassy" words to choose from.  I used the word SANTA in my title.

Other materials:
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Collection patterned paper
Bo Bunny Sweetie Pie - Sigh patterned paper
Carolee's Creations AdornIt - Tiny Whoopsy Red alpha stickers
Crafty Ribbons Bling Velvet - Sherry ribbon
Red birdie from a Scrapbook Fantasies embellishment pack
Christmas die cuts from a RAK

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13 December 2014

Shine brighter


Isn't this Scrap the Girls mood board just so pretty?   I love the delicate softness and the touch of sparkle!  This is what it inspired me to create:



Materials:
Prima Delight - Doilie patterned paper
Studio 75 Rosalie 03 patterned paper
Prima Rondelle textured canvas alphabets
Basically Bare Hearts Set 2 felt heart
Prima Zephyr wooden ticket
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters alphabet die
Ranger Adirondack Metallics - Silver paint dabber
Celebrations Clear High Gloss embossing powder

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12 December 2014

Oh Deer!

I received a 12x12 international parcel in the mail this week, with this fun label on it, which made me smile before I even opened it up:

 photo Fancy-Pants-prize.jpg

Notice the logo in the corner?

I was the lucky recipient of a prize at the Fancy Pants Designs blog~ this is what I won:



Thank you so much to Fancy Pants - I hope to play with the Oh Deer! collection very soon!

09 December 2014

Inspired by...

... this photo:


... to create this layout:



This is for the December Scrap Our Stash challenge, where the additional criteria is to use something from your stash that sparkles.  I took inspiration from the colour palette (I used kraft, white and turquoise).  I used some glittered dome stickers for the 'sparkle':



Also submitting at Feeling Sketchy this month, where it's a "free sketch" - the sketch you have when you're not having a sketch!

This is a companion layout to THIS ONE and together they form a double:



Materials:
Bazzill Basics - Kraft cardstock
Lily Bee Designs Picket Fence - Veranda patterned paper
Kaisercraft Prairie Lane - Fairview patterned paper
Scenic Route Summer Vacation chipboard pieces
Scenic Route product packaging
Papermania Glitter Dome - Teal stickers
Washi tape

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07 December 2014

Snowflakes

Second week of the December challenges at Lasting Memories... and this week it's all about SNOWFLAKES GALORE.  Hmmmmm...  this one was definitely a challenge for me, living in a snow-free part of the world!  So, I searched through my scrappy stash and with a little bit of creative license, this is what I came up with:



I've chosen some large, spotty paper in wintery colours, which (if you squint) kind of evokes a snowy feel, maybe?


Materials:
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Collection patterned papers
Prima Zephyr canvas alphabets
Making Memories Noteworthy glitter die cuts
Washi tape

05 December 2014

The Flying Potsman

I've gotten back to scrapping some more photographs of our trip to Lightning Ridge last year.  I will finish our trip album, one day!  This layout was inspired by the December challenge at Scrap the Boys - a sketch which I turned on its side:



The photograph was taken at the Flying Potsman and I think the title chippie "Miles Away From Anything" pretty much sums up both the rail carriage (where there is no rail line) and the town of Lightning Ridge itself.

Materials: 
Bazzill Basics - Kraft cardstock 
Lily Bee Designs Picket Fence - Veranda patterned paper
Kaisercraft Prairie Lane - Fairview patterned paper 
Scenic Route Summer Vacation chipboard pieces 
Scenic Route product packaging 
Papermania Glitter Dome - Teal stickers 
Washi tape

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01 December 2014

Guest designing at Sketches in Thyme

I was very excited to be invited as a guest designer at Sketches in Thyme this month.

This is the wonderful sketch by Bev Code, that I was given to work with:


This is what I created using the sketch:



The reason this page looks it looks a little plain, is because it is only half of a double page spread. I took the liberty of extending the sketch across two pages, to accommodate my photographs and journalling.  Click to enlarge:

 

Please visit Sketches in Thyme and check out the fabulous work of the design team, which is showcased throughout the month.

Materials:
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Collection patterned paper
A2Z Scraplets Shapes - Compass chipboard
Colorbox Cats Eye Queue - Chocolates & Blueberries (Blue Iris and Prussian Blue) fluid chalks
Derivan acrylic paint - Red
Prima Cartographer wood embellishment
American Crafts Thickers - Patchwork fabric alphabets
My Minds Eye Meadowlark Dawn - Cards journalling card
Denim fabric scraps

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30 November 2014

Almost December...

Today is my DT reveal for the first of the December challenges at Lasting Memories.  Our theme this week is Home for the Holidays, and the challenge is to create a layout about a Christmas tradition.

My family always has a very low-key Christmas, and we don't have many traditions.  One tradition we do observe is exchanging gifts, and every year I take some photographs of my daughter opening her presents.  This is my layout share:



I'm sharing my layout at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for their Anything Goes theme.

Scrapbook Fantasies is looking for layouts using mesh - I have used a piece of mesh from a produce bag (behind the title).  I can't remember if this piece was from lemons, potatoes or onions!  All of them come in those wonderful mesh bags and I love recycling the mesh on my layouts to add a bit of texture without bulk.  I also used mesh recently on THIS LAYOUT.

Materials:
MAMBI Mixed Media patterned paper
Junkitz Girlz patterned paper
American Crafts Thickers - Sprinkles vinyl alphabets
Carolee's Creations AdornIt - Tiny Worn Navy alphabet stickers

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28 November 2014

Bird's eye view

This layout was inspired by the November 1st sketch at Stuck?! Sketches.  I turned the sketch 90º left:



A little detail shot of the title:



I'm also submitting my layout at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for this week's Anything Goes theme.

Aaanndd..... also perfect for Paper Issues Birds of a Feather theme!

Materials:
Pink Paislee 365º Degrees - Daydream patterned paper
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Collection patterned paper
KI Memories Alphabet Soup - Blue Cheese acrylic alphabets
Alison Ellis Designs Very Merry - Cosmic Blue patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphabet stickers

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27 November 2014

Two sketch layouts

These are two single-photo layouts that I created using sketches.

The first layout is based on the November sketch at Blue Fern Studios:



I used a Blue Fern Studios nautilus shell chipboard shape from their  Seaside Seashells pack.  I lightly inked the shape to add colour and definition.

Submitting for the linky party at Paper Issues: Birds of a Feather
 
Other materials:
K&Company Blue Awning patterned papers
Colorbox Cats Eye Queue - Prussian Blue ink
Carolee's Creations AdornIt - Tiny Worn Navy alphabet stickers

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The second layout was inspired by a sketch challenge at Flying Unicorn:

 

For every entry received in the sketch challenge, Flying Unicorn is donating $5 to Cure Search for Children's Cancer.

I'm also submitting this layout to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for the Anything Goes theme this week.

Materials:
Bazzill Basics - Kraft cardstock
Tim Holtz Woodgrain layered stencil
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Collection patterned paper
Prima Zephyr canvas alphabet stickers


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26 November 2014

Going Up...

Another mast-climb layout, following on from THIS ONE...



My layout design was inspired by the November sketch at Anna's Craft Cupboard.

Materials:
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Collection patterned papers
American Crafts/Dear Lizzy Spring - Beehive Brunch patterned paper
Basic Grey Sugared - Mini Monogram alphabet stickers
Carolee's Creations AdornIt - Tiny Worn Navy alphabet stickers
Prima Cartographer wooden embellishment
Bazzill Basics cardstock

23 November 2014

Keep your eye on the ball

This is my final Lasting Memories DT reveal for November.  This week is It's all about the title:



I created my title in Photoshop Elements by placing a text layer over my photograph.  I added embossing effects and a drop shadow, and used two different font sizes:



... This is another layout for J-girl's 2014 album, and the hockey theme is perfect for Paper Issues' current theme: Get Your Game On.

Materials:
Kaisercraft Sublime - Vogue patterned paper
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels Four diecut
Pink Paislee 365º Degrees - Daydream patterned paper
Pink Paislee Queen Bee - Worker Bee patterned paper
Green Tara 6cm Petals - Midnight Blue paper flower
Green Tara 2.5cm Petals - White paper flower
Kaisercraft Paper Flower - Sweet Pea (green)
Prima Essentials paper flower
Fiskars Threading H2O edge punch
Kaisercraft Pearls - Pewter

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22 November 2014

Guest designing at ARTastic

I was thrilled when Jane invited me to be a guest designer at ARTastic in November.

I fell in love with the inspiration piece Tra-la-la by Antje Collis as soon as I saw it!


The additional criteria is doodling - something I **love** to do. 

This is my creation:



My tip for reluctant doodlers:  Use a patterned paper base as a kind of template, and just embellish it with a pen or paintbrush.  I chose a paper from a very old Scenic Route collection.  The original pattern was a simple array of different sized circles:



Every little bit of black that you can see on my layout is my own pen work.  You don't need to be an artist, and it doesn't need to be perfect!  I had lots of fun with lines and dots and other simple doodles:



I also fussy cut some leftover circles from the same paper, and doodled each one to make my title:



Please visit ARTastic to read more about the challenge and see the wonderful design team inspiration pieces!

4/12/2014 EDIT TO ADD:  Linking up at Paper Issues for their "Birds of a feather flock together" theme.

Materials:
Scenic Route Hampton - Hammond Drive Pink patterned paper
Sassafras Lass In a Stitch - Kraft blossoms

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21 November 2014

Believe you can

I've printed up a few photographs of the J-girl's school year, and I've started with scrapping her hockey season pics. This one is based on sketch #134 at Sketches in Thyme and inspired by the Paper Issues Get Your Game On challenge theme:

 

A little detail shot:



Thank you to Lizzy Hill for the little wood veneer circle, which was part of a lovely ribbon bundle RAK I received this week :)

Other materials:
Pink Paislee 365º Degrees - Daydream patterned paper
Basic Grey Lime Rickey - Rob Roy patterned paper
MAMBI Mixed Media patterned paper
Sassafras Lass In a Stitch - Kraft blossoms 
Sassafras Lass product packaging
American Crafts Thickers - Patchwork fabric alphabets
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Collection patterned paper (camera motif)

17 November 2014

White with... FREESIA

How cool is this White with 1 colour combination?



I adore all kinds of yellow, so I definitely wanted to join in this month.  This is my layout:



Materials:
The Crafters Workshop Kasia - Mini XOXO 6x6 stencil
Cosmo Cricket Togetherness - Birds of a Feather patterned paper
Basic Grey Beckham - White Chocolate Chip alphabets
Bazzill Basics Itty Bitty Flower - Yellow

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16 November 2014

Who dares wins

I was a bit stumped when I saw this week's Lasting Memories challenge... the theme is Favourite Game Show.   Ummmm???  Truth is, I'm not much into television game shows.  Even when we had a television (we don't, anymore) I never watched game shows. 

I was still determined to create a layout for this theme - and I really did find it a challenge!  So, I turned to my search engine and started browsing for Australian television game shows.  I eventually settled on Who Dares Wins and "borrowed" the title and theme for my layout.  The theme of that show was to 'dare' contestants to do various crazy stunts.

This is my layout:



The photograph is me, climbing the mast of a tall ship in Sydney Harbour. The black background is the underside of the Sydney Harbour Bridge; the photograph was taken just as we were passing under the bridge.  I have quite a number of photographs of the climb, which I will be scrapping over the next few weeks (which also explains my lack of journalling on this layout - the story will actually be told over a number of layouts).

I'm entering this layout at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Seeing Stars.  I was going to make a pennant shaped banner but I thought stars would be more fun; punching was also a quick and easy way to put some scraps to good use.  A little bit of penwork just inside the shape to add definition, and... done. 

Materials:
Coredinations Black Tie cardstock
Sam & Lucy Medium Star punch
American Crafts Thickers - Rootbeer Float foam alphabets
American Crafts Thickers - Subway alphabets
Bakers twine
Kaisercolour Coastal Blue acrylic paint
K&C Blue Awning patterned paper
Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe - Dresses patterned paper
Onion bag (recycled)
Autumn Leaves Katie Pertiet - For the Record journalling stamp
Tsukineko Versacube - Neptune inkpad

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15 November 2014

A sunny spot

This is another layout for our winter mini-vacation album:



I used the October sketch from My Creative Sketches.

Materials:
Basic Grey Perhaps - Julia patterned paper
Basic Grey Blush - Crush patterned paper
WRMK White Out Promenade patterned paper
American Crafts Thickers - Giggles foam alphabets
Washi tape
Bazzill Bitty Blossoms - Arroyo flowers
Bazzill Itty Bitty Blossoms - White flowers
Kaisercraft 2cm paper flowers - white
Green Tara 4cm petals - pale pink flowers
Cre8tiv pearl brads
Lindys Stamp Gang Starburst - Salt Water Taffy mist

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14 November 2014

Bright coloured cardstock and hexagons...

I love the recent hexagon trend in scrapbooking, but I haven't tried used hexagons in my own layouts.  A while back I bought a Couture Creations hexagon cutting die (with a prize voucher from Scrapbook Fantasies) and until this week I hadn't tried it out.

This layout was inspired by Sketch #133 from Sketches in Thyme.  I turned the sketch 90º right and used only one photograph:



What I did:
Confession time:  I actually started creating this layout on grey cardstock, but when it was almost done, I hated it...  so I pulled it apart, fussy cut around the block of hexagons and photograph, and mounted that bit on new cardstock.
I used some old alphabet stickers on some of the hexagons to carry across the rambling text theme of the wall in the photograph. 

Materials:
Bazzill Basics cardstock
Three Bugs in a Rug Coco - Polka Dot patterned paper
Couture Creations Honeycomb Strip cutting die
Heidi Swapp Ghost Shapes pink flowers
Alphabet stickers


While I had the Cuttlebug out, and a pile of brown paper scraps, I cut a few extra strips and played around with them.  I made another layout just because I love fussy cutting and I love finding a way to use the scraps on my desk, and because Scrapbook Fantasies has a challenge to create a layout using fluro colours:

Warning - it's a bit bright...




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