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:
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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

Kraft + April challenge

Well the April challenge at Kraft + did not fail to inspire me yet again. I have so enjoyed these challenges and done every one of them since the challenges started, thanks Sandra. Here is the challenge:
I actually started with my background, which I created with my new gelli plate, my new favourite toy, lol. I searched for a photo that would work with it, then the visit to the paint shop to get my paint chips - easy!. This layout really just fell together without too much thought. I die cut from my paint chips and also added a whole piece as a mat for the photo. Of course a Charms Creations embellishment had to adorn the page, this time a lollipop. 
Thanks again for the great challenge Kraft + team. 
Thanks for looking at my layout and for any comments you may leave.
Singapore Cactus Garden

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Stuck Sketches April 1 challenge

It's April Fools day. no joke, it is already April!
So it is time for the new challenge at Stuck?!Sketches!
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How lovely is this sketch?
I used a photo of my daughter from her recent nursing graduation. 
I kept this simple, and used a lovely stencil with a ring, in place of the heart. I used a dauber and ink to achieve this. 
I die cut some leaves, used other strips of paper, die cuts and flowers to achieve the embellishing. To finish the layout, I used a doily and a Charms Creations arrow.
I hope to see you join us for this challenge. 
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Show Us Your Stuff April challenge

So it's April already, and that means there is a new challenge at Show Us Your Stuff:
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Now don't let this scare you off, it is quite achievable as long as you don't overthink it, lol. 
I used some old patterned paper from my stash for this challenge, as I thought it suited the cute photo quite well. I applied texture paste to the background through a stencil, then added drips of watered down gelato. I stitched around the border of the page, and stitched the word quotes on. For the tape, I added washi tape. My hand made embellies Charms Creations x and o and Funky Flairs Studio flair.
I hope you feel inspired enough to give this challenge a go.
Eat my Shoe

White With 1 April challenge

So it's time for a new challenge already, time is flying by, and the challenge at White with 1 is just lovely - Helium Blue:
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There is also an optional sketch:
I used the sketch as a guide to my layout, but also created the background to highlight the colour. I used this with the negative image of the stencil with Ken Oliver colour blasts, as I didn't really like the positive of the stencil in this case. 
I added some punchinella, transparency, wood veneer, chipboard and stitching to my layout, lots of different textures. I also added a Charms Creations super star to my layout. 
This colour is so beautiful and so versatile. 
I hope you join us in this challenge.
Lunch Date

Scrap the Girls April challenge - DT share

Slow down 2017, I can't believe it is April!
So that means there is a new challenge to play along with at Scrap the Girls. It is this lovely moodboard:
So for this lovely moodboard, I decided to scrap a photo of my daughter from her diploma of nursing graduation held last year. I took inspiration from the sash she was wearing, which matched the colours in the moodboard perfectly. I also took a bit of inspiration from the windows and the bushes in the image of the house. So I die cut some leaves, and also used some door paper and die cuts from a Kaisercraft collection. I created the background with a stencil and some Colour Blast colour paste. I then applied a wash using Silks, a new product to me.
I added a Charms Creations super star, and some Corbett Creations wood veneer to the page. 
I hope you join in on this challenge.

Monday, March 20, 2017

CSI colour challenge Charms Creations guest DT share

This month, Charms Creations is sponsoring challenges at CSI colour challenges. I love these challenges and how you are given so many options to use on your layouts. The challenge I have a guest DT share for is case file 226:

So for this challenge, I went a bit girly, scrapping a photo of one of my oldest friends and myself. I used the Teresa Collins Wonderful collection in this layout, it's a great range. So from the evidence, I used polka dots, banner, heart, enamel dots, leaves (plants). The testimony is about when we get together and the happy times they are - we don't get to see each other often, living in different states. I loved the colours in this scheme - very soft.
I added a Charms Creations Heavenly heart and terrific tab.
Happy Times

Friday, March 17, 2017

Stuck?!Sketches! March 15 challenge

The mid month sketch is up and ready for playing with at Stuck?!Sketches! Here is the sketch:
This one had me stumped for a bit, as I wasn't sure what photos I had a series of to use for this one. My daughter took some photos of my son and his puppy, and these were what I used. Once I cut them down a bit, they were perfect. 
I had perfect embellishments from Charms Creations to use on this layout, and they are one of the sponsors of the challenge this month. I used a heavenly heart and an o from the xo shapes - this one includes a doggy button. 
Lol, this layout used up some really old Kaisercraft papers, but they were perfect for it.