24 November 2011

Unusual Christmas

The theme this week at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge is a little unusual ~ "Unusual Christmas". I'm sure it can be interpretted in lots of different ways. I made a Christmas card using non-traditional colours (orange and yellow, with a touch of pink) and I also used a non-Christmas image. The image is Umbrella - Closed from our sponsor, The Stamping Boutique. I cut off the handles and turned the image into a Christmas tree, then resized and used two images. Hopefully that's unusual enough to fit the challenge!

I also used: Crate Paper (Emma's Shoppe), Bella gems, Glitz Design alpha stickers

I'm submitting my card at:
# The Stamping Boutique ~ Holiday
# Creative Craft ~ Free for all
# Craft Your Days Away ~ Embellishment bingo ~ gems, ribbon, buttons

17 November 2011

Seeing stars

Thursdays seem to be coming around SO fast... where has this year gone?  This week the theme at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge is 'Stars in your eyes' - and we'd love to see projects featuring stars.  I was lucky to receive a fun image from our sponsor Bugaboo Digi Stamps, and I made this card:

I used: Echo Park 'Victoria Gardens' papers... and that's it!! I  made the stars with auto-shapes in MS Word.  With the busy papers, no other embellishment was needed, though I couldn't resist a touch of K-style doodling around the edges.

I'm submitting my card at:
# Challenge Up Your Life ~ Friendship
# Paper Sundaes ~ Digital images

Jasmine's got stars in her eyes too

Jasmine has participated in another week at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge. I'm so proud of her!  She's taking her Junior DT role very seriously and has been trying so hard to stay ahead with her homework to allow for some dedicated craft time each week. The theme this week is 'Stars in Your Eyes', and she made a thank you card for her teacher:

The image is from the challenge sponsor, Bugaboo Digi Stamps, and Jasmine coloured the shirt to match her own school uniform colours.  She also used Bazzill cardstock, stars from her sticker collection, and twine.

It's also exciting for Jasmine to have her card featured over at the Bugaboo blog this week.

Jasmine is submitting her card at:
# Crafty Cardmakers ~ Recycle (recycled book page)
# Fussy & Fancy ~ Be Thankful (handwritten sentiment)

11 November 2011

Fabulous fabric!

How gorgeous is this 'Garden Patchwork' fabric?? I love the vibrant colours and of course, a bit of red in my life always makes me smile :)   I've started sewing some Christmas gifts already (shhhhh!) and I can picture a super cute skirt for Jasmine using this fabric - and maybe with a matching carrybag too. 

Fabric Traders are giving away some fabric grab-bags (Australia only) - CLICK HERE for details.

10 November 2011


This week is all about the 'cute factor' at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge.    Here's my card, using the adorable Penguin Fun image from one of our weekly sponsors, 2Cute Rubber Stamps (this one is a digi stamp):

I used:  American Crafts 'Pearl' cardstock, Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Labels Sixteen' die, Adorn It tiny alphabet stickers

I'm also submitting at:
# Charisma Cardz ~ Cutesy projects
# Allsorts ~ Anything but square
# One Stop Craft ~ Three is a magic number - Three scoops of icecream, three pieces of trim

Cuteness - Part 2, Jasmine's turn

Jasmine got creative this week for C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - who can resist a "CUTE" theme?? 

Jazi used: 
Cupcake Kitty from 2Cute (digi), Bazzill cardstock, Kaisercraft patterned paper, and a sentiment stamp (possibly Grant Studios)

She's also submitting at:
# Charisma Cardz ~ Cutesy projects

08 November 2011

Scrapping Everyday Miracles

In September I entered a challenge at Scrapping Everyday Miracles, and I was thrilled that my layout was selected as one of the top three.

I was honoured to be invited to be a Guest Designer this month. The theme is 'Nature' and you can read all about the scrap twist HERE, as well as see the lovely contributions of the design team.  This is my layout:

The layout title Jacksonia is the name of this beautiful tree - it is an Australian native species that grows in the wild on my property.

I used paper from Echo Park 'Victoria Gardens', Glitz Designs alphabet stickers, Lime Tree Creations crocheted trim, and a re-purposed waffle-weave tea towel to make my own lollipop flowers and background accent.

I'm also submitting my layout at Lime Tree Creations November challenge - Becci would love to see some of her product used on a creation, and this month the criteria requires using another handmade item.

03 November 2011

A bookmark

Jasmine is joining in at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge again this week. The theme is 'Family Activities' and she chose sewing because it is something that the two of us do together. I have been teaching her to sew and she has her own little sewing machine too.

Here is her bookmark:

The image is 'Pin Cushion' from Bows and Berries, our lovely sponsor this week.  The ribbon is from Maya Road, and Jasmine made the buttons herself from Bazzill cardstock.

Jazi is also playing along at:
# Paper Sundaes ~ Bookmarks
# Dream Valley ~ Anything goes
# One Stop Craft ~ No sentiments 
# Bows and Berries ~ Clean and simple

Some sketchy goodness...

It's my turn to host the sketch challenge at Scrap Pile this month, and I also broke open a new package of Echo Park papers to create my layout with.

This is the sketch:

Digital credits:  'Grunge' papers by Toucan Scraps; 'A Delightful Day' journalling card (kit possibly retired) by Chelsea Parsons 

And this is my layout:

The layout is also my contribution to C.R.A.F.T. Challenge this week - with a theme of Family Activities.  Thank you Robin at Bows and Berries, who generously provided the 'Sewing Machine' image for me to use:

I used: Echo Park 'Victoria Gardens' papers and stickers, American Crafts foam Thickers, Prima 'Gatsby' flower (Myrtle) and packaging, and baker's twine. I'm probably the last scrapper in the universe to use baker's twine - I'm a bit slow on the uptake when it comes to trends!

I'm also submitting my layout at:
# Dream Valley ~ Anything goes
# Paper Playtime ~ Anything goes