28 August 2011

Butterfly Garden

It's been a while since I posted any Scrap Pile layouts. These are some layouts I completed in July, featuring Pink Paislee 'Butterfly Garden' papers, but due to some computer issues I couldn't open a whole bunch of image files.  To make matters worse, I couldn't find my original layouts to re-photograph them.  This weekend I found them - safely filed away in a pizzabox which had fallen down the back of my desk!

The first one is for the August technique challenge - to use chipboard on a layout.  There's still time to enter this challenge - it's EASY, and we don't usually get a lot of entries, so the odds of a prize win are pretty good too ;)  I used Dusty Attic 'Park Bench' - when it arrived in my kit I was a bit stumped.  It's beautiful but I didn't know how I would use it.  Turns out it was just perfect for this photograph:

The next two are super simple - with lots of roses ~

The last one is another from the same series of photographs:

Now that I've found these again, I've filed them into the album they were intended for - Mother's Day 2011.  Tthis album is still a work in progress - I have a few more photographs remaining.

25 August 2011

Colour Fiesta

This week at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge it's all about the colour palette:


I delved into my old stash and found some Creative Imaginations (turquoise) and K&Company (pink) papers, and I also rediscovered some chipboard shapes that I picked up at the Scrapbook Expo years ago.  This is what I came up with:

I also used: Bella journalling card, Rouge de Garance felt alpha stickers, flowers from Prima, Green Tara, Bazzill and a few others I don't remember!

This layout is also for:
# Creative Craft ~ Anything but a card
# Tuesday Throwdown ~ Dimension and texture
Chipboard for dimension, felt alphas and a mix of flowers for the texture

23 August 2011

Another 1000 sheets...


Holy dooley... Amy is giving away another mountain of patterned paper!! Not only is she an amazing paper crafter and stamp designer ~ this amazing giveaway shows just how generous she is too :)  Fingers crossed!!

13 August 2011

Crafty Ribbons

My online friend Mandy shared some news about Crafty Ribbons and their new challenge blog, which is launching in September. To celebrate, they are hosting a fun giveaway, and they are also seeking a design team. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

So... This is where I'm sharing some of my favourite 'ribbon or lace' projects that I've created this year - each of these can be clickety-clicked to enlarge:

It was hard to choose my overall favourites so I went with three cards and three layouts :)

11 August 2011

A little gift

This week at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge the theme is Gifts. I kept it super simple and made a few little 'candy wrappers' with a little giftcard. This is the story ~ my daughter went on a week-long school excursion to Canberra, by bus. She took some spending money with her, but I didn't want her to spend it all on snacks, so I sent along a little care package of her favourite muesli bars. I wrapped them individually, and gave her two for the first part of the trip, and I hid the rest in her suitcase so she would find them later (and not eat the whole box on the first day!!)

The image is called Sailing, Sailing from our sponsor, Robyn's Fetish - coloured with watercolour pencils.

I used: Gin-X paper, Martha Stewart 'Lattice Arch' border punch, Basic Grey 'Two Scoops' patterned paper (for the card)

I'm entering my project at these challenges - popular theme this week!
# Deep Ocean ~ Sea
# CES Challenge ~ Water it
# By the Cute and Girly ~ Sea

10 August 2011

Loving red...

I made another 'Thank You' card...  this one for my Zumba instructor.  (The water bottle is a kind of in-joke between us.)

I used:  Bazzill cardstock, Cosmo Cricket alpha stickers, Green Tara flower, Robyn's Fetish image - coloured digitally

I'm entering my card at:
# Allsorts ~ Red
# Lollipop Crafts ~ Monochromatic
# Cute Card Thursday ~ No designer paper

07 August 2011

Another thank you

I really enjoyed making my gift wrapper yesterday, so I made another one today.  This one is a 'Thank you' for my yoga instructor:

Why all the 'thank you' things lately?  It's nice to let people know you appreciate them not for something *special* they did, but for what they do for you every time you see them :)   It's so nice to bring a smile to someone's day.  I've got a few other people on my gratitude list this month... and a few other projects in mind.

I used: Echo Park 'Walk in the Park' papers and element card, Prairie Bird Boutique wrinkled ribbon, Studio 18 rhinestone, Bazzill Bitty flower (white), unk silk flower (yellow), Fiskars 'Threading Water' border punch.

I'm submitting my project at:
# One Stop Craft ~ Sentimental
# Papertake Weekly ~ Anything Goes

I also want to say thank you to Really Reasonable Ribbon for the lovely prize I received in the mail:

06 August 2011

Thank you

Thank you to the lovely players in my little giveaway.  The correct answer was "Seven Little Australians" and if you've never read it, I totally recommend it you seek it out and read it at least once:

The winner, by random draw, is...  MERRY.  I'll be getting to the post office some time next week.

And another 'Thank you' - this is a little gift wrapper I made for one of my gym instructors:

I used:  Cherry Arte 'Party Days' and Cloud 9 ' Chocolate Swirl' papers, October Afternoon journalling sticker, Kaisercraft Tiny Alphabet stickers, Studio 18 rhinestones, Bumblebee Crafts flower, recycled twill ribbon

I'm submitting the gift wrapper for these challenges:
# Sarah Hurley Challenge ~ Punch It
Martha Stewart border punch and My Memories butterfly punch
# Scrapalicious ~ Anything but a card
# Crafty Cardmakers ~ Flutterbies

04 August 2011

Anniversary Wishes

It's my wedding anniversary next week so the timing of this week's 'Anniversary' theme at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge was just perfect for me!  We don't usually exchange anniversary gifts, so I just made a woven heart "basket" (sans-handle) and filled it with my husband's current favourite lollies.  (And because there's lollies involved, he will even forgive the PINKness, I'm sure...)

The image is from our generous sponsor 2Cute Rubber Stamps (mine is the digi version). The kitten is printed on Basic Grey 'Two Scoops -Very Berry Sundae' paper and coloured with watercolour pencils. I used Basic Grey 'Stella Ruby' paper and pink Bazzill cardstock for the heart, and inked the edges with Colorbox fluid chalk. The flowers are Heidi Swapp (pink) and Bumblebee Crafts (lemon).

I first came across woven hearts like this many, many years ago at a Guide camp, when some Danish Girl Scouts taught me how to make them (they also made them with ribbon, which looked amazing).  They are very easy to make even without a template, but I must admit I had to do an internet search to refresh my memory about how to start them off.  There are hundreds of tutorials out there but one of my favourite finds was: http://mayamade.blogspot.com/2009/01/woven-hearts-modernizing-classic.html

I'm submitting my project at:
# Craft Your Passion ~ Anything Goes
# Stamping' for the Weekend ~ Paws for Thought
# Challenge up your Life ~ Anniversary