Saturday, March 17, 2018

CSI Case file #250

The new challenge is up at CSI, which was quite fun to do. Here is the challenge:
Remember you don't have to use all of the clues to create a layout now for the challenge, you can just be inspired by the scene. I was inspired by the scene for my layout, and used a few of the clues as well. I had a little handmade house, that I thought would work well to replicate the house in the scene. My layout is about my daughters first day at kinder. Using a number of other handmade elements including a Charms Creations arrow and cute clouds, along with a handmade flair. The colours were fun and cheery to work with. 
1st day of kinder

Monday, March 5, 2018

Scrapping Clearly March challenge

I have just spent the weekend at a retreat, and managed to get some scrapping done. Another couple of attendees at the retreat were Kylie Tout and Kim Kendall from Scrapping Clearly. Anyway, they asked me if I was going to have a go at the Scrapping Clearly challenge for March, so I had time on my hands at the retreat and did just that. Here is the challenge:
So I had 2 photos that I could have used for this, when I looked at the quote, lol, I had a photo of me with drink in hand. However, I changed my mind and used the photo on my layout of myself and my daughter. I loved the quote, but I shortened it. I thought that was appropriate for this layout. 
My daughter changed her career a couple of years ago, committing to study, to gain her enrolled nurse diploma. She worked hard at it, and has since been a graduate nurse, and now continues on her journey. She is also planning soon to return to uni to complete her studies to become a registered nurse. 
I flipped the sketch, as it worked better for the photo. I used texture paste and stencil for the background, applied some spray ink. I also fussy cut some floral paper and added flowers and other embellishments that I had on hand at the retreat. 
I really am raising a strong girl, who is becoming as equally a strong woman. 2 nurses in the family makes for some punch, lol. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Kraft plus guest designer - March challenge

Kraft plus has a new challenge for March, that is being sponsored by Charms Creations. Being a creative team member for Charms Creations, I was kind of elected to be the guest designer this months for the challenge. Here is the challenge, a sketch, and to use fussy cutting:
It's a cute sketch, and although fussy cutting is not for everyone, I don't mind it. 
When I thought about fussy cutting, I thought about cutting flowers, and I had a piece of patterned paper in mind, something I would never use unless I cut it up, perfect. So with that in mind I did my cutting. I also die cut kraft paper with a trellis die. This I used to support my flowers, like they were growing on the trellis. I thought this photo of my husbands family would be perfect with the flowers and trellis. I added some die cuts and word stickers, flowers and to finish off I added a Charms Creations heavenly heart
I am quite pleased with the overall effect, I am sure the family will love it too. 
Love is all you need

Scrap the Boys March challenge

Hi I am back with another challenge for Scrap the Boys, with this awesome sketch.
I don't usually like a big themed piece on my layouts, but this time the star worked and was perfect for my layout. 
I had so much fun creating this layout of Hendrix, on his first birthday, really the photo helped me out with this layout. 
I added some ink to the background, and then cut out the star from this awesome paper that suited the photo so well. I added some die cuts, and stars and arrows as embellishments, and finished it off with a Charms Creations super star
Have fun with this sketch is all I can say. 
Ooh, what's this

Show Us Your Stuff March Challenge

Another month, another challenge. This time at Show Us Your Stuff, we have this moodboard to inspire:
How yummy are those cakes? I actually found this a challenge, as I wasn't sure if I should scrap about a cake, or a birthday, in the end I chose a birthday, so this is about Kieran's 21st. 
So I created a mixed media background, but because the photo was so busy, I didn't want to overwhelm it all. Keeping to the primary colours and black helped with this. I had a decoration from his party still in my stash so used that as my title. I added some washi tape, and die cuts. My handmade embellishments include foam arrow, emoji button and spotted fabric button from Burdy's embellies, who is sponsoring this months challenge. I have also included an arrow from Charms Creations.

Scrap the Girls March challenge

Well look at that, it's March - slow down 2018.
We are back at Scrap the Girls with an awesome moodboard for March:
Now don't let the feisty face put you off, remember there are other things to be inspired by. 
I didn't have an appropriate feisty female photo to use, so took a different take to this challenge. I used this photo of Addison driving her toy car, with that look of get out of my way on it. I loved the primary colours, and that's how I attacked this layout. 
So a bit of texture paste and Ken Oliver colour bursts to the background, then the cute papers and die cuts. I also finished the layout off with some wood veneers and a Charms Creations arrow
Just have fun with your layout, that's what I did. 
Look out here I come

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Scrap the Boys and Stick it Down collaborative challenge February

The design team at Scrap the Boys have been invited this month to collaborate for a challenge at Stick it Down, with this sketch:
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There is a cut file available for this challenge, but I don't have a silhouette, so had to go my own way with the challenge. I really struggled with it, I don't know why, but perhaps I was trying to keep to the sketch too much, and not do my own interpretation of it. So once I switched my thinking, it started to fall into place. 
I used this photo of my niece and her little family, I really liked it to represent love. 
I created the background with lots of spraying in different blues and browns, and added some stamping. Setting the heart off to the side was the best thing I did, and then adding my small cluster to the left hand side of the layout helped to tie it in to the sketch. Some die cut leaves in my clusters seemed right, as well as the Charms Creations heavenly heart
In the end, I grew to love this layout, despite the troubles I had at the start.