05 April 2021

Easter scrapping

Some fun layouts for the Scrapping Clearly Easter Crop ~

Easter foils:



Easter traditions (This one isn't an Easter tradition, but follows the 'indulgent treats' theme) ~



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03 April 2021

Black and teal


Materials
Bazzill Basics Smoothies - Blackberry Swirl cardstock
Fancy Pants Oh! Deer - Cozy patterned paper
Martha Stewart Floral Lace decorative edge punch
Unbranded satin flowers
Carl Mini Daisy punch
Creative Imaginations Narratives - Blue Bell Noir patterned paper
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Blue Grey gems
Autumn Leaves Whimsical Frames clear stamp
Tsukineko Stazon - Jet Black archival ink
Maya Road Midnight Black velvet ric rac

I'm sharing this layout at:

* Mystical Scrapbooks ~ Black and Teal
* Simon Says Wednesday ~ Anything Goes

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01 April 2021

ARTastic in April

This month, ARTastic Challenge features an art inspiration piece by the late Evelyn Chapman.  This is the painting ~


The challenge criteria this month is an REMEMBRANCE, with the colour RED.

I tried to ground my page with cream and muted colours like the painting, so the red would pop. I created a page in my art journal, using up scraps (click to enlarge):



I'm sharing my page at Simon Says Wednesday for the Anything Goes theme.

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Peach Melba

At White With 1 this month the colour focus is PEACH MELBA and there's a sketch requirement too:


I have to say, I struggled with peach as a single colour!  Every piece of 'peach' I pulled from my stash looked too orange, or too pink, or too cream...  This is what I came up with:


Materials
DCWV Fairytale Floral patterned paper
Rosie's Studio Stillwater die cut shapes
Kaisercraft Wood Flourish - Bird Twig wood veneer
Kaisercolour White acrylic paint
Bazzill Basics White Dot acetate
Unbranded buttercup paper flowers

Did you know?
The classic Peach Melba dessert was created for Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba. I found a great online article HERE.

I'm sharing my layout at Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper for the April Anything Goes theme.

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26 March 2021

Menu

Another page for my travel journal:


This page was inspired by the Lift challenge at Soul Scrappers.  I  lifted the vertical banner strips, flowers and butterflies.

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20 March 2021

RFB layouts

Flashback to 2012, our old trucks ~ 


Materials
Studio Calico Hey Day - Fancy Free patterned paper
DCWV Bella Armoire patterned paper
Creative Embellishments Grunge Square chipboard frame
Tsukineko Versamark - Watermark ink pad
Crafty Kids Gold embossing powder
Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist - Gossamer Gold paint spray
Derivan Kindy Glitz - Crystalina glitter glue
American Crafts Thickers - Subway foam numbers
Heidi Swapp Preppy photo corners
Jillibean Soup Sprouts - Kraft & Red journalling spot
Insect mesh

I'm sharing my layout at:

* Mystical Scrapbooks ~ Sparkle and texture
I heat-embossed the chipboard frame, adding both sparkle and texture. Contrasting texture added with the insect mesh (rough) and foam alphas (soft).

* Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper ~ Anything Goes

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And more recently - 2019 fires.  No journalling on this one, because it's part of a series of layouts about the same fire season.


Materials
Bazzill Basics Smoothies - Blackberry Swirl cardstock
The Crafter's Workshop Veronica Case - Mini Flames stencil
Kaisercolour Yellow Deep acrylic paint
Kaisercolour Antique White acrylic paint
Making Memories Scrapbook Colours - Eat Your Carrots acrylic paint
Heidi Swapp Preppy photo corners
Cocoa Vanilla Unforgettable accessory sticker

I'm sharing this one at:

* Mystical Scrapbooks ~ Fire theme 
I've used red, yellow and orange, and I used a stencil to create the flames.

* Stamplorations ~ March Stencil Challenge


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09 March 2021

International Scrapbooking Day

Over at Soul Scrappers, there's a fun challenge for International Scrapbooking Day (03/03) - I'm a bit late to the party, but I wanted to give it a try! These are the challenge elements (as selected by each design team member) and what I did:
  • Hand stitching ~ on the blue frame (This was tough going because it was so thick, so I did the rest by machine!!)
  • Sponging ~ I used some of my older acrylic paints with a stencil
  • Stencil - Combined with sponging...
  • Frame - I used two felt frames from my ancient stash
  • Distressed edges - I distressed the photo edges with a sanding block
  • Cut something out - I used cutting dies to make the vines
And this is my layout ~


Materials
Fancy Pants Oh! Deer - Cozy patterned paper
Prima Homespun Elegance - Vintage burlap flowers
Unbranded satin flowers
Gold brads
Kaisercraft Vines cutting dies
Felt die cut frames (maybe Scenic Route?)
DMC embroidery thread
The Crafter's Workshop Balzer Designs - Mini Art Deco Leaves stencil
Making Memories Scrapbook Colors - Cornflower acrylic paint
Making Memories Scrapbook Colors - Meadow acrylic paint

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08 March 2021

Inspired by nature

I took this photograph in the free camp area opposite the Linville Hotel, on our girl's road trip last year. Another little page to add to our trip journal:


I'm sharing this page at:

* Off the Rails ~ Nature inspiration
I did a quick internet search to find the name of this flower/tree... its common name is Golden Trumpet, and its scientific name is Tabebuia chrysantha.

* Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper ~ Anything Goes
For this album, all of the pages are random offcuts from my old patterned papers... using up my pretty stuff, and my not-so-pretty stuff, because, why not?

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07 March 2021

Dolphins!

Another page for my travel journal:

Materials
Cocoa Vanilla Make a Wish - Hip Hooray patterned paper
Memento Tulip patterned paper
Bazzill Basics Lagoon cardstock
Baker's twine
Sequins
Micador Glost - Glost at Sea paper clip
Red chevron washi tape

This page was inspired by the TIC TAC TOE challenge at Soul Scrappers:


I used the diagonal line: BANNER, STRIPED PATTERN PAPER, SEQUINS.

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06 March 2021

Travel journal, Vanuatu

Another page for my travel journal!

Materials
Daisy Bucket All Wound Up patterned paper
Cocoa Vanilla Hello Sunshine - Happy Days patterned paper
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High - Sky High patterned paper
Kaisercraft Paradise Found - Collectables die cut 
Baker's twine
Unbranded painted wood veneer shapes

I'm sharing this page at:

* Mystical Scrapbooks ~ Fire and Ice ~ Use torn papers and the colour blue

* Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper ~ Anything Goes
Three different patterned papers... I really do love playing with paper so much... three different papers from my blue scraps box... can't believe how far these ones have stetched.

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05 March 2021

Sunshine and happiness

Another double page for our road trip journal!



I'm sharing this at Soul Scrappers for the March Moodboard challenge:


I used lots of yellow, daisies and other flowers, and a sunshine theme :)

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And another:


I was inspired by the Scraplift Challenge at Soul Scrappers ~ using a textured background and a large heart.

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04 March 2021

Travel journal pages, Noumea

Some more pages for my travel journal!

Materials
DCWV Watercolour patterned paper
Vicki Boutin Let's Wander die cut ephemera
Flamingo paper clip
Carl Medium Daisy punch
Carl Mini Daisy punch
EK Success Jolee's Boutique white pearls
Crate Paper Farmhouse - Alpha Labels letter stickers
Washi tape - yellow chevron

I'm sharing this page at Soul Scrappers for the Pick 3 challenge. I picked ~ the colour yellow, one photo, two fonts in title.

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Materials
DCWV Watercolour patterned papers
Gold satin flower
Painted wooden button
Baker's twine
Gold sequin stars
Washi tape - black hexagons

I'm sharing this page at:

* CSI Challenge ~ Case File #348


The scene: I followed the colour palette as closely as I could.
Evidence: Asian-inspired embellishment. (I wish I'd thought to take a photo before I cut it up!) I received a diecut tag in a RAK package many, many years ago, and I had it filed away with my miscellaneous journal tags. I fussy-cut the lantern image and used it as a banner on this page. I also used string, flower and button from the list.

Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper ~ Anything Goes

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Materials
DCWV Watercolour patterned paper
Washi tape - red chevron
Baker's twine
Gold sequin stars

I'm sharing this page at:

* CSI Challenge ~ Case File #348


Evidence: Asian theme (Chinese lanterns), string, and florals.
Testimony: I used the word EXOTIC in my title.

* Simon Says Wednesday ~ Beautiful Blossoms
I used a floral patterned paper for my background.

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03 March 2021

Circle of friends

Soul Scrappers Quest is on again... a really fun challenge in which we receive a 'mystery envelope' of goodies, and are required to use all the items on a layout or other creation.  This month, the theme is CIRCLE OF FRIENDS.

First, my envelope arrived - all the way from USA to Australia in this uncertain COVID world - very quickly. That was a lovely surprise even before I saw the contents!


I used ALL the contents to make this double page layout.  I worked on this layout while I was at the Scrap Boutique craft retreat last weekend.  {Click to enlarge - there's a lot of detail!}


Materials from my stash
Elle's Studio You & Me - All My Heart patterned paper
Bazzill Basics Kraft cardstock
Bazzill Basics White Dot acetate
iCraft Deco Foil - Gold transfer sheet
Glitz Design Icing - Pink mini gems
Ranger Tim Holtz - Tarnished Brass distress stain spray
Kaisercraft Coastal Escape - Sea Life wood veneers
Crayola watercolour pencils
Fiskars 2" Circle punch
Sunlit Anywhere - 3" circle punch

Challenge requirements:
  • A photo of you with friends - Multiple photographs from a bayside day out
  • Decorate the 'friend' chipboard so it stands out - I used gold DecoFoil, ink, and gems
  • Add a word before or after 'friend' in the title - Girl Friends
How I used the provided items:
  • Butterflies (5) - I used all
  • Circles (4) - I used all, attached with machine stitching.  I also added a few extras cut from acetate, and the postage stamp from Mary's envelope.
  • Stamped image - Coloured with watercolour pencils, and fussy-cut
  • Pink burlap - Cut into strips, frayed and stitched at the base of the photographs
  • Polka dot strip - Tore into strips and machine-stitched
  • Floral paper - Tore into strips and machine-stitched
  • Pearl beads - I used all - on the butterflies, and scattered amongst the shells
  • Plastic film - I punched a circle and stitched onto the page, and used the remaining pieces as corner photo mats
  • Doiley - Coloured with distress stain and cut into two pieces
  • Friend chipboard - Decorated as described
I really loved this challenge because it got me thinking about creative ways to use the provided items. It's different from my usual pared-back pages, but I had fun to 'loading up' the pages!









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02 March 2021

ARTastic in March

ARTastic Challenge has another fantastic challenge this month.  The art inspiration is this wonderful piece by Marie Jonsson-Harrison:


The challenge criteria this month is an ANIMAL THEME with this sketch:


This is my creation, featuring my gorgeous dog at the beach. {Click to expand the view.}


Materials
Crafter's Choice Rustic Christmas patterned paper
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High - Sky High patterned paper
Green Tara Cobweb - Teal trim
Cocoa Vanilla Endless Summer accessory sticker
Metallic sewing machine thread - silver
Paper doiley
Twill ribbon
Unbranded paper flowers
Cre8tive pearl brads
Holographic flower sequins
Glitz Design Icing white pearls

I'm sharing my page at Simon Says Wednesday for the Anything Goes theme.

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01 March 2021

White... with ULTRA MARINE

At White With 1 this month the colour focus is ULTRA MARINE and there's a new requirement to include at least one item from the moodboard:


I used STRIPES and BUTTONS ~


Materials
Cocoa Vanilla Make a Wish - Hip Hooray patterned paper
Striped buttons
Unbranded cutting dies - layered flowers
Cark Mini Daisy punch
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Dark Blue gems
Glitz Design Icing - White pearls
Unbranded paper flowers - blue

I'm sharing my layout at Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper for the March Anything Goes theme.

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27 February 2021

A little magic

The Be Inspired By challenge at Soul Scrappers inspired me to play in my art journal. I used the quote provided in the challenge sample ~ Sometimes we need a little magic.


Materials
Crate Paper Toy Box - Alpha Labels letter stickers
White gesso
PortaCraft Silver Stars gems
Heidi Swapp Color Shine - Gold ink spray
Heidi Swapp Storyline Chapters stamps
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Speckled Egg
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Ripe Persimmon
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Bundled Sage

I created this page at the 2021 Scrap Boutique craft retreat. I don't usually do much stamping so it was fun to borrow some supplies from my scrappy friends - the new Heidi Swapp stamp set, and some different distress ink combinations.  And for good measure,  a sprintz of Colour Shine over the top!



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26 February 2021

Christmas tree

Materials
Bazzill Basics Fawn cardstock
Christmas packaging
Memory Box Alphabet Soup cutting dies Unbranded leaf cutting dies
Unbranded satin flowers
Prima Royal Menagerie - Decor #1 stencil

Inspired by Mystical Scrapbooks February cybercrop challenge - Use hearts or flowers on a Christmas layout.

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25 February 2021

Mount Mitchell

Today I scrapped some more photos from our Mt Mitchell hike:


Materials
Rose Moka Mec - Charmant patterned paper
Elle's Studio Serendipity - Tidbits journal spot
Echo Park For the Record 2 - Journal Cards patterned paper
Simple Stories product packaging
Unbranded Skeleton Leaf cutting dies
Cre8ive Metallic Gold foil paper
Craft Stall green pearls

This page was inspired by:

* Archi-Scraps ~ Papers/photos layered at angles

* Simon Says Monday ~ Anything but a card

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Materials
Rose Moka Mec - Charmant patterned paper
Kaisercraft Spring Bloom stamp
Stazon Timber Brown ink
Basic Grey Motifica patterned paper
Basic Grey Origins - Hot Stone patterned paper
Basic Grey Wisteria patterned paper
Unbranded Skeleton Leaf cutting dies
Cre8ive Metallic Gold foil paper
Chic Tags product packaging
Unbranded layered bling flowers
Bazzill Wings Bitty Blossoms - Arroyo flower

I'm sharing this page at:

* Mystical Scrapbooks ~ Must use: 3 flowers, 2 bling, 1 stamp

* Simon Says Wednesday ~ Anything Goes

* Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper ~ Anything Goes

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22 February 2021

Maré, continued

Materials
Heidi Swapp Dreamy - Choose Happy patterned paper
KikkiK planner page
Unbranded alphabet cutting dies
Recollections Tropical Flamingo cutting dies
Kaisercraft Rhinestones - Island Lagoon gems

I'm sharing this page at Soul Scrappers for the ONE WORD TITLE challenge using a MULTICOLOUR title.

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21 February 2021

White with 1 - Summer Cybercrop

White with 1 is having a SUMMER CYBERCROP this weekend. I've been so motivated to get scrapping, and these are the layouts I created:

Challenge 1 - Summer word board:



Materials
Authentique Journey - Stroll patterned paper
Daisy Bucket All Wound Up patterned paper
Kaisercraft DIY Cuts - Texture Netting cutting die
Alexandra Renke Tiny Crab, Shell, Jellyfish cutting dies
American Crafts Thickers - Lax glitter alphabets

We always called beach wading birds 'sand pipers' but to be accurate, these ones are actually pied oystercatchers.  Here's a close-up of the tiny sea creatures I made with cutting dies:


I'm sharing this layout at:

* Simon Says Wednesday ~ Favourite Technique.  
This layout combines two of my favourite techniques - monochromatic palettes and machine stitching! 

* Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper ~ Anything Goes 

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Challenge 3 - Summer water activities:


Materials
Ranger Dylusions - London Blue ink spray
The Crafter's Workshop Rebekah Meier - Mini Specimens stencil
Little Birdie Mixed Media modelling paste
My Mind's Eye Collectable - Remarkable decorative tape
Seagull cutting dies
Bubbles cutting die

The criteria for this one was to use wet media on the layout. I used spray ink, and stencilled texture paste.  I love the effect of the ink reactivating when texture paste is added over the top:



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