28 July 2011


I had a lot of fun with this week's theme at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge, inspired by fairytales.  I made a card which features the 'Shoe' image from our sponsor, Glitterbabe's.   The prize this week is a $10 voucher to spend in Stef's shop.

Here's the inside (and the punch line...)

And of course I can't resist sharing a little detail shot, for a better look at the bling:

I used: Basic Grey 'Two Scoops - Very Berry Sundae' patterned paper, Glitz Designs gems, Kindy Glitz (pink), and a skerrick of pale pink ribbon from my stash. 

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
# Less is More ~ Button or Ribbon
# Clear it Out Tuesdays ~ Anything Goes
# Top Tip Tuesday ~ Make it Girlie

My tip: If you don't own a digital editing program, it's easy to make your own sentiment using WordArt - you can mix up the fonts using multiple text boxes, then resize and move them around to suit the size and style of your card. I made my own sentiment for this card :)

21 July 2011

Thank you!

29/09/2015 edit to add:   Playing along at the Paper Issues linky party with the theme of How 'bout them apples?  This is a blog post from 2011, with a card I made for one of J-girl's teachers, featuring a hand-sewn apple that I made.  (Please note: because this is a flashback - the giveaway is no longer current.)
This week at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge our theme is "Thank you, Teacher".  I've gone shabby again - I'm still loving Kraft and book pages and stitching!

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I used "Audrey's Books" from our sponsor, The Stamping Boutique - such a wonderful, versatile digital image.

I made the apple myself from some felt scraps, and hand-stitched the sentiment and accents.

I'm entering my card at:
# Kraft Journal ~ My Favourite Things
Two favourite things - hand stitching, and books. I love reading!
# Allsorts ~ Free & Easy
# Stamping Boutique ~ July

****  PS - To say "THANK YOU" to my blog visitors I'm having a little blog candy giveaway  ****
I will include some vintage goodies, some red ribbon as pictured and some handmade felt apples, similar to the one in the photograph.  No picture yet, because I'm still stitching madly to make a little set of matching embellishments for the winner.

To enter, please reply on this post with your best guess about the title of the top book in the picture! (The bottom one is 'Heidi' by Johanna Spyri.)  Hint:  The story was originally published in the 1890's...

You can post on your sidebar if you want, but it's not required.  And I will never ask anyone to become a blog follower - if you do, I want it to be entirely voluntary with no ulterior motives involved!  Every visitor is welcome to join in and your guess doesn't have to be correct in order to go into the draw :)   I will keep this open until 31st July.

14 July 2011

Butterfly, butterfly

Gosh, Thursdays seem to come around so fast!  This week at CRAFT Challenge the theme is 'Butterflies' and I had lots of ideas about what to create.  In the end I decided on another shabby chic card; I'm really enjoying playing around with this style:

The fussy-cut images are from Floppy Latte Designs Butterfly Dreams set. I also used:  Kraft cardstock, Cuttlebug 'Daisy Design' EF, a motif from Pink Paislee 'Butterfly Garden' paper, Prima 'Essentials 9' flowers, Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkled ribbon.

I'm entering my card at:
# By the Cute and Girly ~ Things with wings
# Bows'n'Berries ~ Kraft
# Lollipops Crafts ~ Anything Goes
# Simon Says ~ Anything Goes

13 July 2011

Top Tip Tuesday - GDT

Here is my second project for Top Tip Tuesday. This week it's a sketch challenge and you can choose from two different sketches - check it out HERE.

I made a layout this week - loving the opportunity to get a few more photos scrapped and put into albums! This one is another 8x8 for my Mother's Day 2011 album:

I'm also entering my layout at:
# Cupcake Craft ~ Favourites ~ Challenge 135 (Flowers for Mum)

12 July 2011

Finally, another layout

Scrapbooking was my first love in the papercrafting world, and I really feel like something is missing when I can't find the time to sit down and scrap my photographs.  Cardmaking fills the gaps, but I just don't feel the same creative spark.  So I relished the opportunity to create some layouts this week.

My process for this one was simple (and not at all technical).  I grabbed a sheet of Kraft cardstock and some bits and pieces from one corner of my embarrassingly-messy scrap desk, added my photographs, some flowers and a journalling stamp... voila:

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I used: Kraft cardstock, Basic Grey paper, Cosmo Cricket 'Earth Love - Borders', Green Tara flowers.

# Kraft Journal ~ Something Borrowed, Something Blue 
~ the pleated paper strip was a RAK from my friend Melissa.
~ lots of blue!
# Simon Says ~ A Stitch in Time
~ The stamp is from the 'Memo' set by Kelly Panacci, stamped on watercolour paper with fluid chalk.
# Lollipop Craft ~ Anything Goes
# Scrapalicious ~ Challenge 10 - Turquoise

Edited 21/7:  I was one of the 'Top 3' at Scrapalicious for this layout, and I can wear this cute blinkie:

10 July 2011

Feeling Artastic

This month at Scrap Pile it's my turn to present the sketch challenge.  Here's my sketch:

Digital credits:
Papers and flowers: Ami Collofello 'Inspired' (retired kit)
Bird: Anita Stergiou 'Brand New Day' (retired kit)
Journalling card: Stacy Marks 'Courtship' (2 peas, free kit)

I used my sketch to create a layout for this months challenge, inspired by this picture at Artastic:

And my layout:

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I went with the red theme and the portrait (my daughter). It's not exactly a hat, but it is a head-accessory ~ hopefully that's close enough for the challenge :) 

I used: Cosmo Cricket (red) and American Crafts (black & white) papers for the background; Echo Park 'For the Record' paper offcuts and journalling card; Green Tara and Kaisercraft flowers; American Craft foam Thickers; Making Memories alpha stickers; Doodlebug spotty buttons; white Signo gel pen.  The little bit of white is the school flyer about the disco ~ I've tucked it in behind the spotted paper.

07 July 2011

Another little box

At C.R.A.F.T. Challenge this week our theme is 'Boxes'.  I made a pyramid box, and I also made a matching card:

I used the Dungarees Printable Gift Box template from our sponsor Toucan Scraps.   I altered the colour a little by reducing the opacity so the lighter colour cardstock would show through. I secured ribbon to the box using double-sided tape and the bow holds the flap closed.

The tags are made using an image from the Everyday Sentiments set by JLJ Designs - who was our May sponsor at CRAFT Challenge. The only colour I added was a bit of white to the flower border, using watercolour pencil (with no water). The tags are both mounted onto silk gerberas from Bumblebee Crafts.

I'm submitting my project at:
# One Stop Craft ~ Tags
# Dream Valley ~ Ribbon
I used spotted grosgrain ribbon from American Craft 
# Papertake Weekly ~ Anything goes
# Everybody Art ~ Shapes

I'm submitting just the card at:
# Quirky Crafts ~ No patterned paper
I embossed the background with Cuttlebug 'Daisy Design' EF

05 July 2011

Guest designing at Top Tip Tuesday

I was so excited when Leanne offered me the chance to be a guest designer at Top Tip Tuesday.  I love the variety of challenges and of course, the wonderful tips from the DT and participants each week.  This week the theme is Wedding/Anniversary, and I made an anniversary card:

And a little closeup:

I think they forgot to add my project up on the blog... but anyways, I had lots of fun making it.

I've always struggled a bit with shabby style and I've been playing around a lot lately to get a better feel for it. I'm really happy with how this came together.  I used:  Kraft cardstock, Pink Paislee 'Butterfly Garden' paper, Prima 'Essentials 9' flowers, Jo Sonja's paint. 

I'm entering my card at:
# Frosted Designs ~ Going vintage
# Allsorts ~ Free and easy
# Craft Your Days Away ~ Vintage 
# Lollipops Crafts ~ Anything Goes