30 October 2011

Folding card

I have a fun card to share - this one is a little more intricate than my usual ones. I followed this tutorial and created this:

I used papers from Kaisercraft and Bo Bunny, and a few leftovers from Cosmo Cricket and MME.  The flower, ribbon and button have been floating around on my desk for months, and it was time to use them!

Today I'm playing along at:
# Our Creative Corner ~ Fancy folds
# Charisma Cardz ~ Anything goes
# One Stop Craft ~ No sentiments

27 October 2011

Jasmine's card

Jasmine is a Junior DT at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge, and will try to create something every week, if she has finished all her homework!  This week she's on track, and made a lovely card for the colour challenge:

She used: 7Gypsies and Carolee's Creations patterned papers, Spellbinders 'Labels Four' dies, Tim Holtz 'Tattered Florals' dies, sentiment stamps (unknown company), StazOn 'Timber Brown' ink

Autumn colours...

The theme this week at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge is autumn colours - and this is the palette we are working from:

My submission is a little different this time - it's a knitted scarf that I made for my friend's birthday:

I tried some 'bobbly' fibre for the first time - and while I loved the finished effect, it wasn't all that easy to knit with, and it took me waaaaay longer than I expected!  And I must admit I loved it so much that it was very hard to part with!!

26 October 2011

Celebrating "Odd" style!

My Dollie-friend Kristy is celebrating her birthday this month - HAPPY BIRTHDAY KRISTY!!   Pop across to her blog for some amazing tutorials, product showcases and other fun stuff - the girl really knows how to host a party!

My most recent card using a Some Odd Girl image is here, and you can find the full collection of amazing Some Odd Girl images in the store HERE.

24 October 2011

A little bit grungy

I've been enjoying the Passion for Fashion challenges at Scrap Boutique over the past few weeks, and loving the chance to push myself a bit.   This week it's all about grunge - a style I love but don't actually indulge in very often:

GRUNGE - A category which was made popular during the early 90's. It creates an emphasis of younger generations, exaggerated constructions, the ripped, unloved look was popular.

Colour - Could be anything. Camoflage was popular.
Lines - Unstructured, sometimes exaggerated and unusual.
Textures - Popular (natural, blend or synthetic fibers), knits or canvas, frayed hems.
Effects - Youthful, confident but sometimes impractical. Most designs died quickly.
Needs - Easy pieces, but sometimes wild and usually inexpensive.
Favourite accessory - All kinds, real or fakes, inexpensive accessories including disposables.
Note: Notice the exaggerated lines, sometimes out-of-this-world. Different styles were popularized by Madonna and Cindy Lauper in the 80's. Very artistic and sometimes unexplainable designs.

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I had fun with the paper-tearing, paint and stapling.  My layout focuses on thecriteria of unstructured lines and inexpensive accessories, and the overall effect of youth, confidence, and sometimes wild.  The photographs were taken at the 21st Century Kids program at GOMA in Brisbane - there was a giant twin slippery slide inside the gallery foyer!

21 October 2011

I wrote a letter to my love...

This week at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge the theme is Autumn.  I made a card using autumn colours:

Our sponsor this week is Some Odd Girl - and I chose to showcase the adorable "Love Letter Kaylee" from the store. I also used: CTMH cardstock and paper, Echo Park 'For the Record' paper, and Cosmo Cricket alpha stickers. And I couldn't resist a little doodling too :)

The Odd Girl herself is celebrating her birthday this month - HAPPY BIRTHDAY KRISTY!!  Pop across to her blog for some amazing tutorials, product showcases and other fun stuff.

I'm submitting my card at:
# Simon Says ~ Nursery rhyme (A-tisket, A-tasket)

18 October 2011


I don't really consider myself an "elegant" scrapper so last week's Passion for Fashion challenge at Scrap Boutique stretched me a bit.  The layout was based on a provided sketch, and was inspired by the criteria:

ELEGANT This style includes expensive designer's reproduction, but should not be misunderstood as "haute" or high fashion.
Colour ~ Unusual, muted solid colors (gray, black and white)
Lines ~ Mostly uncomplicated and well fitted (Chanel type)

Textures ~ Fabrics, usually expensive materials.
Effects ~ Very refined, status and executive-looking.
NeedsSemi custom-made or altered to fit.
Favorite Accessory ~ Coordinated and matching real gold and diamond accessories.
Notice the emphasis on the uncomplicated, well fitted status look.

I made the flowers myself :)

13 October 2011

Shaping up

This week at C.R.A.F.T. there's another recipe challenge.  Usually I struggle with these ones, but this week I really enjoyed myself and found it came together quickly:

The recipe is:
* 1 ribbon - I used some wrinkled ribbon from Prairie Bird Boutique
* 2 shapes - two shaped journalling pages (Making Memories)
* some glitter - glitter alphabet letters (American Crafts "Bliss" Thickers)

I also used: Lily Bee 'Picket Fence' paper, Prima flowers and Bella rhinestones.

It's a fairly basic layout, but I wanted to keep it simple to keep the focus on the photograph.

I'm entering my layout at:
# Papertake Weekly ~ Get in Shape
# Dream Valley ~ Monochrome

09 October 2011

The J-girl scraps!

It's been a while since she sat down and focussed on something - but today she found an old photograph of Ella (our guinea pig) and decided to do a layout.

This is her page - I think it's fabulous!

She raided my older stuff and used:  Dream Street paper, striped ribbon (unk), buttons from my habby stash, fabric flowers.  She made the title herself by cutting out WordArt letters and colouring with a watercolour pencil.

Jazi is entering her page at:
# Glitter Geeks ~ Flower power
# Papertake Weekly ~ Anything Goes 
# My Mum's Craft Shop ~ All Creatures Great and Small

08 October 2011

Going Casual

Another layout this week, inspired by the Passion for Fashion criteria at Scrap Boutique...

CASUAL - This category includes jeans, Tshirts, feeling at-home, feeling comfortable.
Colour - Any!! Colour is not an issue (brights, pastels, earth tones)
Lines - Unstructured, simple, and easy.
Textures - Popular (natural, blend or synthetic fibers).
Effects - Easy-going, athletic, unpretentious and simple.
Needs - Easy care, home atmosphere and comfortable.
Favorite Accessory - Flip Flops, joggers, basic accessories, including disposables.
Note: Notice the easy-going features and UNSTRUCTURED lines.

Here's my layout - I made a double 8"x8":

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I used: Basic Grey 'Urban Couture - Cashmere' paper, American Crafts vinyl Thickers, Heidi Swapp journalling spots 'Ledger2'. All the rest is non-commercial stuff - denim from some old jeans, muslin gauze cut from a triangular bandage, buttons, and a broken hairclip:

I'm entering my layout at:
# Hooked on Craft ~ Anything but a card

06 October 2011

Is it...

too bright? This week at C.R.A.F.T. the theme is 'bright colours', and this is my contribution:

It was a little tricky to photograph because the shiny cardstock kept reflecting back at me no matter what I tried!  I used the brightest paper in my stash - one of my last remaining scraps of Cosmo Cricket 'DeLovely', and the brightest ribbon (May Arts).  The white cardstock is inked with Versacube 'Pink Petal'.  The adorable image is 'Little Art Mouse' from our sponsor, Meljen's Designs.

I'm entering my card at:
# Craft Your Passion ~ Anything goes (with ribbon)
# Simon Says ~ Sparkle - I used American Crafts pearl cardstock

02 October 2011

A little bit Western

Another week of the Scrap Boutique Passion for Fashion challenge, and this time the theme is WESTERN.  The criteria states:
The opposite of conservative. Clothes are reduced from the feminine emphasis.
Colour - Earth tones are favourites.
Lines - Durable, simple, easy and comfortable.
Textures - Natural fibres, basic denim, thick and old-fashioned.
Effects - Tough, strong, manly.
Favourite Accessory - Big is better, cowboy leather boots and thick belt buckles.
Note: Notice the emphasis of earth tone colors

This is my interpretation:

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I had heaps of fun with this layout - I painted a piece of corrugated cardboard (Kaiserpaint 'lime green') and cut a piece from some old jeans. for the background. I keep a box in the shed with fabric oddments, including several pairs of old jeans (which I kept for patching our current jeans, LOL!). I had to rummage to find it... The denim is held in place with strategically placed staples, hidden under the flowers (Petaloo) and other elements. The buckle has been in my stash for at least 5 years - I hardly ever use metal embies these days and I had to rummage to find my box of metal bits too ;) I painted and inked it to take away the original shiny copper colour. 

What else? Alphas are from October Afternoon and journalling spot is from Jillibean Soup. The little label sticker is from a small sheet I was given; my best guess is Scenic Route, but I'm not sure??  The mesh and jute flower were both RAK's from kind friends - I know the flower was from Melissa, but the mesh - no idea!!