Monday, June 19, 2017

CSI case file 322, Design Team share

So the new challenge at CSI colour challenge has been released, challenge 322:
Ok, I will admit it, when I did my layout for this challenge, my head space was not in it, and I struggled with the challenge. The challenge is awesome, so I hope you are able to give it a go, and enjoy the process. 
For the evidence, I used wood background, wood accents, animals, foliage and enamel dots. I documented about the outdoors for the testimony and was also inspired by the word explore. I really wanted to use this photo of my husband bush walking. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! June 15 DT share

So how is winter going for you? I don't think much of it, but anyway it is a fact of life. So I hope the new challenge at Stuck?! Sketches! will warm you up:
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In place of the heart in the background, I decided to cut a circle. I created a background using my gelli plate, and a stencil. I laid the circle over that background, and then embellished from there. I chose a variety of stars to keep with the stars in the sketch, and added a lovely denim star from Charms Creations, which worked so well for this layout. 
I really enjoyed this challenge, it was fun and open for interpretation. I hope to see your creations. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

CSI colour, stories, inspiration June 1 DT share

So, I have been accepted onto the design team at CSI colour challenge. I have followed this challenge on and off and have been a guest designer a few times. I really enjoy these challenges, as everything that needs to be included for the layout, is laid out in the clues. So if you have never given this challenge a go, I hope you do.
Here is the first challenge for June:
So this one was a lot of fun, and the colours are great to work with. 
I chose a photo of my nephew Ethan, a cute little dude. For the evidence, I used a white background, stripes, stars. For the testimony, I used a series of exclamations for the journaling. My embellishments sent me into my old stash, even pulling out some of those old felt strips and some older chipboard embellishments. I added a Charms Creations super star to finish off the layout. 
There is also an optional sketch to use, I altered this slightly, by adding the side strip on the angle. 
I hope to see your layout in this challenge. 
Super Kid

Stuck?!Sketches! June 1 DT share

Even though it's winter, I am going to ignore that fact, and brighten the month with some beautiful flowers for this challenge for Stuck?! Sketches! June 1 sketch:
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This was a nice sketch to play with, and these roses really do brighten an otherwise gloomy day. The photos were taken at the Victoria State Rose Garden at Werribee Mansion, here in Melbourne. A huge display of roses, many I have never seen before. 
So I coloured the background with some gelato, and then kept pretty much to the sketch, embellishing with paper flowers, and die cuts. 
I hope you join us for the challenge. 

White with 1 June DT share

So it's winter, brrrr. It's also time for a new challenge at White with 1. This month we have Teal Sequins and an accompanying sketch:

For my layout, I flipped the sketch, which worked well for these photos taken at some beautiful gardens here in Melbourne. The William Rickets Sanctuary is a very special place, well worth the visit, if you are ever visiting. The colour this month really suited my photos. 
I really wanted the photos to be the focus on this layout, so restricted my use of mixed media, with just a bit of stamping. Otherwise I embellished with die cuts, flairs, flowers and wood veneer. 
I hope you join us for this challenge.
William Rickets Sanctuary

Scrap the Girls June DT share

Winter, brrr, I don't want to endure the next 3 months of cold, so I guess I am going to have to keep myself busy scrapping. This month Scrap the Girls is sure to tempt you to join in on the challenge:
How lovely is this sketch? I had a lot of fun with this layout, layering lots of flowers onto the layout. I used a fun photo from a retreat I attended last year with these lovely girls, Cindy Porter and Ros Madley. If you haven't been on a retreat before, give it a go, they are a lot of fun. The dress up theme for this one was 80's. 
I used an old transparency, which I cut a circle out of , added the photo on top of that then all the layering of flowers and leaf die cuts. I think I nearly used a whole packet of die cuts, lol. 
Anyway, I hope you join us for the challenge this month. 
Hello Lovely

Kraft + guest DT for Charms Creations June

So this month, Charms Creations is sponsoring the challenge at Kraft plus challenges. This is one of my favourite challenge blogs, and this month the challenge is just so much fun:
This challenge is so open to interpretation, and should provide a wide variety of creations. 
So as guest designer representing Charms Creations, I really had a lot of fun with this layout, scrapping this gorgeous photo of my great nephew. I chose the aqua colour, and had the perfect aqua Charms Creations hessian heavenly heart to match the layout. It also went with the hessian that I die cut for my title. I created the background using texture paste coloured with Ken Oliver colour bursts and a stencil. I embellished with a variety of elements including die cuts, and a flair. 
I am sure you will have fun with this challenge. 

Show Us Your Stuff June DT share

Welcome to winter, and welcome to the June challenge at Show Us Your Stuff. This month is quite different to anything I have done with this challenge group before, here is the challenge:
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Now this one really gets you thinking, it looks relatively easy, but when you sit to do it, it is actually quite challenging. I decided to used orange and yellow as the colours side by side for my layout. You can see why, with the photo that I selected to scrap - tuberous begonias - they are quite stunning flowers. 
So I created a background using my gelli plate. a stencil and texture paste and some stamping. I added some flowers and some chipboard coloured in the chosen colours. I added a Charms Creations hessian heavenly heart to finish of the layout. 
I really hope we see you join in on the challenge, and do something out of your comfort zone.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Kraft Plus May challenge

This month at Kraft Plus, the challenge is to think outside the square, or rectangle, lol - and use your photo in some other shape:
I had some ideas in my head for this challenge, but they didn't really come to fruition as well as I had hoped. I wanted to die cut my photos into my title using large alpha dies, but of course too big for the page. So thinking further outside the box so to speak, I cut the H out of the 4 x 4 inch die, and the rest out of smaller dies, to give me both the title of the page and also the photos in a different dynamic. I am still not sure if it worked or not, but I think you get the idea of what it's all meant to be about. 
I created the background with my gelli plate, added a lovely chipboard palm tree, and voila - Hawaii was born. This page will become the front page of my album.
Thanks for looking at my layout and for any comments you may leave. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! May 15 challenge

So the mid month challenge is now available at Stuck?!Sketches!, and this sketch is awesome:
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I have used a photo from a recent family wedding for this layout. I also created the background using my recently purchased gelli plate, which I am very much in love with. 
With the flower clusters, I took inspiration from the brides headpiece, full of flowers, so I just went a little crazy clustering them. I also die cut some doilies to tuck in behind the clusters, and have die cut the title. 
I do hope you join us for the challenge this mid month. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! May 1 challenge

I am not sure where this year is going, May already. Time for the new months challenge at Stuck?!Sketches! Here is the sketch:
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I really found this one a challenge, sketches for me a usually a great starting point, but I sat over this one for a long time to get it to work for me. I used some photos of my nephew with a bunch of balloons. I wanted the layout to be fun, so I used the colourful background. I used a My favourite things die to cut the circles. and added some circle chipboard. I continued with the circle elements with a Charms Creations O embellishment, and some Funky Flairs Studio flairs. 
I hope you join us for the challenge. 

White with 1 May challenge DT share

So it's time for a new challenge at White With 1, and here is the challenge, deep black and a moodboard:
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Now I had the perfect photo for this moodboard, a photo of a girlfriends grand-daughter, Addison. We went for a visit to a garden last year, and there was a giant chess game, Addison decided to play it by herself, so I very much took inspiration from the chess pieces. This layout fell together really well for me, I ordinarily struggle with black and white. 
With the use of the checkerboard stencil for the background, I was able to create a "chess board". The rest of the embellishing was with die cuts and flowers. I also added a Charms Creations diamond embellishment (no longer available). 
I hope you join us for this challenge.
Check Mate

Show Us Your Stuff May challenge

Time for a new monthly challenge at Show Us Your Stuff, and this is the challenge I have created, so I hope you like it.
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The idea behind this moodboard was to invoke feelings of happiness, with maybe a bit of fun with it. 
I used a photo of great niece and nephew, taken at a recent family wedding. They enjoyed a big squishy hug together, so I took inspiration from the photo of the boy with the dog. I also took inspiration from the colours. 
My background was a joint effort, created at a recent retreat. I sat at a table with the very talented Fiona Paltridge. Fiona and I were interested in purchasing the same gelli plate, of which there was only 1, so I allowed her to purchase it, I purchased another one later when available. Fiona very generously allowed me to use her brand new gelli plate, but this was the first time I had used one, so I had loads of fun creating with it. On this piece, I started with some paint, Fiona came along and added a bit more to it, I added a few pieces of paper she had gelli plated, but discarded. Fiona then stitched on it. I added the stamps. The background was so much fun to create, with one of my very favourite mixed media artists and friend. 
The embellishing includes a Charms Creations emoji, which was just perfect. 
I hope we see you join in on this challenge.
Be Happy

Scrap the Girls May challenge DT share

So it's time for a new challenge at Scrap the Girls:
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How beautiful is this moodboard? Just in time for mothers day as well. 
I have used a photo taken recently of myself, my mother and my daughter. My mother lives in another state, so I don't get to see her often, this is so hard. My parents visited us recently, we went out on a few adventures, this one my daughter joined us on. Melanie is great at taking selfies, so we lined up and she took this photo of the 3 of us, enjoying the gardens at Werribee Mansion. How lovely it is to visit a garden with your own mother. 
I created the background with my gelli plate (my new favourite tool). I added some stamping and some texture paste, which picked up some of the colour from the background printing. My embellishing includes a Charms Creations hessian heavenly heart, and a Funky Flairs Studio flair. 
I hope you join us for the challenge.
The little things

Monday, April 17, 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! April 15 challenge

The mid month challenge has been revealed at Stuck?!Sketches!, and it's a really nice sketch:
So what do you think you could do with this sketch? The possibilities are endless. Why not scrap some photos from Easter? 
I have used a photo of a great niece, I created the background using my new favourite toy, my gelli plate. I love the random, effects you get with them. The colours in the background then allowed me to quite open to my embellishing, and I love the colours that I was able to team up to the photo. 
I added a Charms Creations DIY heavenly heart to my layout, I stamped in it with a couple of different stamps, in co-ordinating colours.
I hope you join us for the challenge. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Scrap our stash April challenge

It is a long time since I have done a Scrap Our Stash challenge, and I love the concept of using what is in your stash, as opposed to buying something new. It is just getting around to the challenges, that is the problem, lol. Anyway, here is the April challenge:
 April Tic Tac Toe Stash Challenge
I used the row stitching, flowers and ephemera. The ephemera I used were some clothing tags (diamonds on black), and the cardboard backing from a packet of butterflies. I die cut some doilies from paper that I was not going to use as it was. The flowers were a recent purchase back in March, and were the perfect colour for the layout. This is my daughters diploma of nursing graduation. 
Thanks for looking at my layout and for any comments you may leave.

CSI colour challenge case file 227

As soon as I saw this challenge at CSI colour challenges, I knew I wanted to give it a go. The colours really appealed to me, although I don't use yellow a lot. Here is the challenge:
I think what appealed to me most about this challenge, was to journal about a pet. I could have chosen a number of photos of our new puppy Dusty, but decided to scrap about our old girl Bonnie, who passed over the Rainbow Bridge last year. 
For the evidence I used floral pattern, stripes, something fuzzy (Charms Creations Heavenly Heart), wood, metal, frame and fabric (muslin). I used a layering technique I recently used in a class with Di Garling, which worked well for the layout. 
I am so happy with the way this layout turned out, and is so fitting for our old girl. 
Thanks for looking at my layout and for any comments you may leave. 
It's a dogs life