Saturday, September 23, 2017

Kraft plus September challenge

This month at Kraft plus the challenge is to use bee related items:

So this is a bit different, and at first a little daunting. Now I couldn't let my record of doing every Kraft plus challenge so far, slip. So I did't back away from the challenge, and I am really glad I didn't as I really love my layout.
The photo is of my great nephew Rome, enjoying some juicy, sweet watermelon, apparently his favourite food. 
I created the background with a stencil and some Tim Holtz grit paste, which gave the hexagons some nice texture. I stamped with a hexagon stamp, cut out some hexagons, and added bit of hexagon chipboard. A couple of stamped bees finished off the bee theme. 
I completed the layout with some pretty Prima flowers and a Charms Creations heavenly heart
Thanks again to the Kraft plus team, for another awesome challenge. 
Sweeter than honey

Friday, September 15, 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! September 15 challenge

Hello friends!  We have something special going on for our September 15th challenge!  Along with the reveal of a new sketch challenge, and 2 amazing sponsors, we have loads of bonus inspiration for you, in the form of a blog hop with our generous friends at My Creative Scrapbook!!

We are teaming up with My Creative Scrapbook to bring you a super fun blog hop, to share loads of inspiration from both design teams and to give you an extra chance to win their prize!  The My Creative Scrapbook design team members will be using a variety of their fabulous September kits to showcase our sketch. Each of the blog hop commenters will earn a ballot and have the opportunity to win one of My Creative Scrapbook's gorgeous September main kits (shown below)!  Read on to find out how you can earn a second ballot to win this prize!

As usual, we have a second sponsor! Thank you also to the amazing, supportive and long-time friend to Stuck?! Sketches, Creative Embellishments  who are also sponsoring this challenge with a $25.00 gift certificate to their online shop for our second randomly chosen winner!

Creative Embellishments is a new family owned company that was created by Michael and Nicolle Kramer. We are a husband and wife team who design and manufacture unique, high quality chipboard, wood and rubber stamp products. It is our mission is to offer fun and inspiring products to bring out your inner creativity that you can add to any project. In the near future we will be expanding into other mediums such as rubber/acrylic stamps and acrylic embellishments.

ALSO, We want to show you how much we appreciate that you play along with us and share your designs and talent with us so we will be choosing one scrapbooker from this challenge to guest with us for our November 15th challenge!

Of course, we still need to share our sketch with you, check it out:

And now here is your hop order!

You can also earn a second chance to win the My Creative Scrapbook September main kit by playing along with our September 15th sketch challenge and linking up your entry as usual!  As always, all winners will be chosen randomly, though we will be doing a random manual draw for the My Creative Scrapbook prize, and our usual draw for the Creative Embellishments prize.

We will be back tomorrow to share more of our amazing design team's inspiration with you, as well as our incredible guest designer!  In the meantime, we hope you enjoy visiting the DT from both teams, we know you will be inspired by all of the eye candy along the way! Don't forget to leave comments for your chance to win a My Creative Scrapbook September Main Kit!!

So this is my last DT share with Stuck?! Sketches!, and the September 15 sketch is just lovely to finish up on.
I had a lot of fun with this photo of my nephew, but also kept it simple. This is such a versatile sketch, you could really dress it up a lot if you wanted to, but then there is nothing wrong with simplicity either. 
I hope you join us in the blog hop, but also in the sketch. 
It's been fun being part of the team and sharing my layouts with you, I hope I have been able to inspire somehow. 
Take care, and continue to be happy in your scrapping. xxx
Boy, oh boy

Friday, September 1, 2017

CSI colour challenges # 237 September

It is time for the new challenge at CSI colour challenge for September, here is the challenge:
So this is a great challenge for all of those school photos of your own or your kids. I chose a photo of my daughter, who was on a school camp. The camp was at a place called Sovereign Hill, which is in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Ballarat is an old gold mining town, and at Sovereign Hill, when the kids attend school camp, they have to dress in clothing from the 1880's and attend school like the kids back then would have had to. It is a great experience for them, and this is Melanie's photo from that camp. 
For my evidence, I have used grid pattern, book page, washi tape, label, scissors and ruler. I tried to keep to a vintage theme to the layout, and added script with texture paste, some stamping, flowers, doily and pearl swirl. 
So my testimony is then about the school camp at Sovereign Hill. 
Sovereign Hill

Stuck?! Sketches! September 1 challenge

The new sketch challenge for September is ready for Stuck?! Sketches!
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How awesome is this sketch? I really enjoyed doing this one, and it all came together with scraps of paper - so good to use up some scraps. I really tossed up about using the patterned background, as it is so bold, but with the gesso toning it down a little it worked. The rest of the layout didn't look anything much just on a white background. Some simple embellishing brought the layout together, including a Charms Creations heavenly heart.
If you are wanting to put something together quickly then this challenge might be good for you.

September White with 1 challenge

September, and a new challenge at White With 1, and this is a really pretty colour, with the moodboard as extra inspiration:
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I felt this colour deserved something soft and pretty, a bit like the bunny. I chose a photo of a niece and her baby girl. 
I created a coloured texture paste with gelato, and then stencilled that onto the cardstock. I added some stamping, and then did some die cutting. I also sprayed a paper doily and a die cut shape with a spray bottle. 
I finished off the layout with the embellishing, including a Charms Creations heavenly heart, which was the perfect colour. 
I hope you feel inspired by this colour to give it a go. 

September Show Us Your Stuff challenge

Time for the September challenge at Show Us Your Stuff, and if you are into mixed media, this is up your alley:
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I love to play with mixed media, all of those cool mediums and paints, you never know what you will end up with. One of my new fave things to do, is to play with a gelli plate, I know they have been around for a long time, but I only got one in April. I suppose I am a bit slow in taking up some things. Anyway, the gelli plate has been so much fun to play with, I am still experimenting, no expert by any means. On this background, I used a variety of coloured paints, and stencils, to create a masculine background. I also stamped onto the background with a couple of different stamps, added some washi tape and then the embellishing. I continued the mixed media theme with embellishing, adding denim, wood veneer, chipboard, die cut. My handmade items are a flair from Funky Flairs Studio and a Charms Creations heavenly heart with butterfly.
The photo is of a friends son and grandson, I love the photo of them both. 
So I hope you feel inspired to give this a go.
You make me so happy

Scrap the Girls September challenge

September, and spring time and time for new challenge at Scrap the Girls, with this lovely sketch:
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So much possibility with this sketch don't you think? Initially I added the 3rd focal point in the right hand corner to my layout, but it looked too heavy, so I started back from scratch, and left it as 2 focal points.
I quite like how the layout looks spring like and fresh. 
The title was getting lost on top of the cluster, so I cut some black cardstock out in the shape of the acrylic title, which made it pop. I then had to add a bit more black to the layout to make it balanced. The background was made with stencilling and texture paste and some spray ink. 
It was finished off with a Charms Creations heavenly heart with butterfly
I hope you feel inspired by this challenge and have a go at it. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Kraft plus August challenge

Wow, the challenge at Kraft plus for August is really interesting. Here it is:
Now I knew I wanted to scrap a photo about trees, I mean when do  you actually get to do that any other time, lol. I had another photo that I thought about using, but then decided on these ones of the Supertree Grove in Singapore. They are these "trees", made from steel posts, and there are loads of them. Some of them are covered in vines and have gardens at the base of them. There is also a "tree top walk" from tree to tree. It is a really cool place and one I recommend if you go to Singapore. 
So now about my layout. I had an idea in my head to create a tree from toothpicks. Do you know how hard that is? It just didn't work out as I had it in my head, so after much fiddling, gave that up as a bad joke, lol. I had a chipboard tree that I used, and wrapped some vine around it, to replicate the vines on the steel trees. I also had a die cut, of a scribble image, which I kind of manipulated, to look a little like the trees, if you use your imagination it works, lol. This I placed behind the tree with vine. 
I used some mixed media on my background - texture paste and leaf stencil, stamping and finished the layout with a Charms Creations arrow and terrific tabCharms Creations is one of this months sponsors for the challenge, and of course I am on the DT.
Thanks for looking at my layout, and for the comments you may leave.
Supertree Grove

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CSI case file #236 DT share

Time for the second challenge for August at CSI colour challenges, case file # 236.
How much fun is this challenge? Great for travel layouts, or boy, or girl as well if you wanted. 
I chose to scrap a photo of my husband, taken on our Hawaiian holiday from last year. We went on an open door helicopter flight over an active volcano. It was an exciting thing to do, but scary at the same time, well for me anyway, lol. So this is what I have documented about. 
The evidence I used is stripes, wet medium (texture paste), twine. triangles, buttons and ombre (coloured texture paste). 
I also added a Charms Creations arrow and terrific tab.

Stuck?! Sketches! August 15 challenge DT share

Hi everyone, back with the sketch challenge for August 15 at Stuck?! Sketches!.

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I had so much fun with this layout, it is an awesome sketch, can't wait to see the interpretations of it. 
So I die cut some paw prints and teamed these with the puppy patterned paper and other doggy embellishments. They were all so perfect for this pet themed page with our boy Dusty. To finish the page, I used Charms Creations heavenly heart and terrific tab

Man's Best Friend

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Stuck?! Sketches August 1 challenge DT share

Time for a new challenge at Stuck?! Sketches! for August. I really like this sketch, hope you do too:
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I already had a background ready to go that was perfect for this layout, don't you just love that. Working with black and white photos is good for easy matching of items. So it was then just a matter of finding elements that went with the background. The layout was completed using a Charms Creations heavenly heart and super starCharms Creations is a sponsor for this months challenge. 

Show Us Your Stuff August DT share

August at Show Us Your Stuff  brings a new challenge in the form of a sketch, which is just lovely:
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I flipped the sketch to work better with my photos. I decided to just use 2 photos for this layout, and the 3rd photo was replicated by way of patterned paper under the photos. I think it worked. I used my fave product  - Ken Oliver colour bursts to create the paint effect. I added a wood veneer frame to one of the photos, to highlight that, and finished it off with Charms Creations super star and terrific tab. I also have a flair from D-lish Scraps
Love You

White With 1 August DT share

August! How fast this year has gone. A new month, brings a new challenge. The new challenge at White with 1 is a beauty. Here is the colour, silver light:

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Initially I wasn't inspired by this colour, but when I searched through my photos, I had a great idea come to mind. I really wanted to allow the silver to shine, so I used a lot of mixed media, with stamping, stenciling, texture paste, silver embossing powder, silver spray and silver paint over the texture paste. I coloured the chipboard with silver paint as well. I die cut using silver cardstock, added some silver crystals and chipboard die cuts. The finishing touch was the Charms Creations silver glitter heavenly heart. The silver theme was perfect with the soft hues in the photo. 
I will actually admit, that this is one of my favourite personal pieces. Just a bit disappointed the shine isn't as obvious on the screen. 
In Your Dreams

Scrap the Girls August DT share

So it's August, and time for another challenge at Scrap the Girls. Here is the challenge:
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I really wasn't sure how to tackle this layout, using grey. For me, it is such a masculine colour. That's why challenges are great, they get you to think outside the square. So I ran with it, and the grey was a fantastic base colour for a busy and somewhat colourful photo. 
I was inspired by the paint chips and the word weird. I used 2 different stencils and shades of grey. I then added stamping, die cuts, washi tape, flowers, journaling tags and flairs in grey. 
My photo was from last years Scrap and Chat retreat. The reference to weird was more a play on words, and the fact that so many diverse women can all come together, do their scrapping and have an enjoyable time. I think many people would find this weird, even though it's not, lol. 
We are a weird mob

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! July 15 sketch challenge DT share

It is time for another share at Stuck?! Sketches! for July.
I really like this sketch, and I really enjoyed using it to create a layout featuring my great nephew Rome and his mother. I kept the layout to the sketch and fairly simple, as I really just liked the way it all fell together. I love the photo and it makes me smile, hence the title Smile I added a Charms Creations Heavenly Heart to the layout to embellish.