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. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

More than Words August challenge

So I have been scrapping with my friend Alz over the weekend, and found some time to join in on the challenge at More than Words. I haven't done this challenge in a while, so it was fun to play.
I decided to use a photo from our trip to Hawaii last year. We hiked the extinct volcanic crater called Diamond Head, which is a main feature often seen in pictures of Waikiki. It was a good hike, and a great adventure, exploring a bit more of Hawaii. 
I created a mixed media background, using stencils with arrows, and stamps with arrows which I then heat embossed. I added a Charms Creations arrow and chipboard arrows as well, so think I covered the brief, especially with adding the word explore a couple of time. 
Thanks for the challenge, I really enjoyed playing. 

Kraft plus July challenge

So the new challenge at Kraft plus, is very interesting. When I first saw this, I didn't think I could do it, but thank goodness for the awesome inspiration from the DT, as it changed my perspective on the moodboard.
So I think it was the skull that threw me, and once I tool that out of the picture for myself, I proceeded with the challenge. 
I have actually used roses 6 ways, lol. I used a rose themed photo, a title with rose, rose stencil, rose sticker, rose flowers and some die cut roses. Maybe too much? It is very rosy!
I have used a Charms Creations hessian heavenly heart on my layout, and Charms Creations is a sponsor for the challenge this month. 
So I reckon I have met the brief. 
Rose Garden

Saturday, July 1, 2017

CSI Casefile #233 July

So the new challenge at CSI colour challenges is just really charming. I had so much fun with this:
So I decided to use something related to the weekend, and although not a ritual, I took the word relax as extra inspiration. So I scrapped about a very relaxing scrapping retreat that I went to in July last year. I had a fabulous time, and did very much relax and scrapped, and met a whole lot of friends. One of these friends was the Charmane Koch, the designer of Charms Creations, who I am on the design team for. 
For the evidence I used stripes, text print, straw, flowers, string, decorative border, triangles and watercolour (coloured textured paste with gelato - for script stencil background). 
I hope to see your creations for this challenge.
Time to Relax

Stuck?! Sketches! July 1 challenge

This month at Stuck?! Sketches! there is an awesome sketch to kick off the month:
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So with this sketch, I changed it a little, although the bones of the sketch are very much there. I decided to use just one large photo in place of the 2, and I flipped the sketch. 
Behind the photo, I painted a strip of coloured gesso, and then layered some patterned paper, which also was added to the side. 
I had these very large alphas in my stash, just needing to be used for my title, and I love them, am going to have to try to use them again. I embellished with some enamel dots and a Charms Creations super star, plus a D-lish Scraps flair. A couple of stickers finished it off.
I really love how this layout turned out, I hope we see yours too.

Show Us Your Stuff July challenge

So in July at Show Us Your Stuff, we have an interesting nature themed moodboard to inspire:
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The possibilities are endless, for this challenge. I have loads of photos that could have worked for this challenge, as I love the outdoors, especially the Australian bush. Anyway, I decided to scrap a photo of my children and friends children, in amongst some of Western Australian everlasting daisies. 
I created a background using texture paste and stencil, Ken Oliver colour blasts and water spray in yellow, and added a bit of brown. I allowed the yellow to run down the page, kind of looks like stems on flowers, lol. I then did some stamping for a bit more interest in the background. I had so much fun creating this background, as I haven't done a lot of mixed media of late. 
I used a variety of different papers for a photo mat, and embellished with some little flowers and Charms Creations banner and terrific tab. I also have added a Studio 1440 flair. I love the brightness to this layout, and is very indicative of what it was like in amongst the flowers.

White with 1 July challenge

Well it is now half way through the year, and time is flying by, with a new challenge at White with 1.
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So I really don't like scrapping with purple, and I know I am not alone. It wouldn't be a challenge though if we weren't challenged, right? So this is what I have come up with. A layout featuring a very cute little girl, Addison, sipping on a baby cino. 
Baby Cino
So when you are not particularly drawn to a colour, having appropriate embellishments in your stash proves tricky. But I did manage to find some bits and pieces, including a crochet flower, a flair, tag and a Charms Creations heavenly heart. I coloured some texture paste with some purple ink to give me my background. 
So I hope you give this challenge a go.

Scrap the Girls July challenge

So it is time for a new challenge at Scrap the Girls, and this one is very interesting:
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This one really had me stumped, but it shouldn't as there is so much to be inspired by. In the end, I was inspired by the feathers, metal and the zentangle image. I created a background with my gelli plate, and some paint stencil. I then stamped over this. I chose the colour out of the moodboard, the copper colour and the blue tones. 
I will be very interested to see how everyone interprets this challenge, as we on the design team all took different inspiration.

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.