Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Scrapping with Tracey - D-lish Scraps July challenge

So I am adding this layout for my friend Tracey, who doesn't have her own blog. This is the layout for the D-lish Scraps July challenge, which is to use this moodboard:
Tracey asked me if I would share it for her, and I was very glad to as it is a gorgeous layout, so sweet. Tracey often scraps cards and thankyou cards as memories, and she has done this one beautifully. 
Tracey has used the July superstar JAP kit available from D-lish Scraps, and put it to good use in this layout. 

D-lish Scraps July challenge

This month at D-lish Scraps, the inspiration board is this one:
When I finally got to sit and do this one, I really loved it. The colours are gorgeous, and the designs are just lovely. I really thought it would suit a boy layout, so I chose this photo of my brother and my nephew, at a day at the speedway. 
I drew inspiration from the chevron design and the word adventure. I also loved the sketch. I started by stenciling on the stars to the background, and added some subtle splatters of paint. 
I chose quite a few embellishments from my stash that have been available from D-lish Scraps - including the wood veneer words, the title word adventure, the enamel dotsand the date tag. I also added some embellishments from Charms Creations that I thought suited because of the colours in the board. 
This is a really clean layout for me, I had to refrain from using lots of mixed media. I am happy with its overall result though. 
Thanks for looking at my layout and any comments you may leave. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

123 challenge Guest Designer for July

So, I was given the opportunity to be guest designer at 123 challenge blog, and the challenge for July is fluoro, the word kind and ribbon for the technique.
123 Challenge Blog
Now ordinarily, I would hesitate for such a theme, as I don't particularly like fluoro colours, but this theme worked perfectly for some photos from my 50th birthday last year, I had a 60's theme dress up party, and there were many fluoro colours on that night.
I started by adding some texture paste to the cardstock, then some colour using my gelatos. When I was looking through my stash of products, I was surprised to find that I had many items that actually work for the fluoro colours, especially the ribbon, which I have layed under the photo and matting. I punched around the matting layers randomly.
I had some really funky Charms Creations stars in bright fluoro colours as well, which worked perfectly, along with the after 5's flower. The little resin flowers are ones that I had on my cake table scattered around the cake, and the flower ribbon was in my stash as well. The word kind is in my title, describing this bunch of friends.
I am pretty pleased with how this layout turned out, it is fitting the theme of my birthday party album, lol.
Thanks for looking at my layout, and for any comments you may leave.
The best kind of friends

White With 1 July challenge - Marsala

For the July challenge at White With 1, the challenge is to scrap the Pantone colour for 2015 - Marsala:
I will admit it, this one put me off, and I wasn't going to do it. However, I decided I would try, and I struggled with it, to get the right shade. It's a challenging colour  and not a colour I have in my stash, but a challenge is there to challenge! 
I thought this photo of my aunts wedding photo in the sepia tones, might work with this colour. I started with some acrylic paint, and used a script stencil over the cardstock. I die cut some shimmery paper for the first mat, then added some patterned paper and a transparency for the other matting behind the photo. I added some lace, pearl strip, another transparency, and some flowers. I also added some seed beads and some pearl brads. I really don't feel that adventurous with this layout, but I am happy with the end result.
Thanks for looking and for any comments you may leave. 
Beautiful Moment

Archiscraps Jully challenge

So this is a new challenge site that I found after seeing a link for it from another blog that I follow - Scrapping Outback - who are sponsors for the July challenge. The challenge at Archiscraps is to scrap our pets. I don't do a lot of pet layouts, but did have a cute photo of our cat Tess, that I wanted to scrap, so this was the perfect challenge.
I started by spreading gesso over Kraft cardstock, then spread a variety of paints over the gesso. I added some texture paste through stencils, and some stamping, then some mica flakes to create this background. I matted the photo over a doily, project life cards, and a variety of patterned papers. Then I added transparency over the photo. I embellished simply with a D-lish Scraps flair, some recycled Making Memories ribbon slides that had the slide part removed and they just became flowers. I also had this wood veneer cat from Corbett Creations that topped it all off.
I am so happy with the result of this layout.
Thanks for looking and for any comments you may leave.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Scrapping Outback July challenge

Well the challenge this month at Scrapping Outback, is making me think of the tropics, lol, wishing I was there, instead of freezing cold Melbourne. This is the image for the White with a twist challenge:
I had this photo of my sister in law and her husband, and Rose's dress was just the perfect match for this challenge. 
I used a Heidi Swapp stencil and some soft pastels that I rubbed over the stencil. I then spattered some ink in pink and orange around the page. I chose 3 chipboard pieces from Scrap FX (the heart), 2Crafty (the love circle) and Remember When Scrapbooking (the frangipani piece). I added embossing powders to all 3 pieces. I then added a selection of flowers from D-lish Scraps and some very vintage Charms Creations paper flowers. 
I like this overall effect, mind you the embossing of those really fine chipboard pieces was really tricky. 
Thanks for looking at my layout, and for any comments you may leave.

Off the Rails July Challenge

At Off the Rails Scrapbooking for July there are 2 moodboards to choose from. This is the one I chose:
It's very pretty and shabby chic, which I haven't done for a little while. 
I chose this photo of niece Erin and her new husband Steen, from their very recent wedding. It was a terribly cold and wet day here in Melbourne, but somehow Erin braved the cold in her pretty dress. 
From the moodboard I was inspired by the frame, the metal of the bottle carrier and the flowers. 
For my layout, I used this really old Basic Grey paper that had a sepia edge to it. I inked over this to make it more of the grey tones. I then stencilled over the background paper with texture paste, and added a bit of misting. I had this Stampin up stamp with the word happiness, which I stamped around the page. 
I die cut the silver paper with a sizzix die, sitting under the photo and matting  and then  I die cut some paper with this lovely Couture Creations die which is matting my photo. Over the photo I have added a framed transparency. I embellished using these lovely Prima flowers, a heavenly heart from Charms Creations to which I sewed on a metal charm,  added the sequins, trinket pin  and glass brads. The title is a transparency as well. 
I love the overall effect of this layout, I hope the new couple do too. 
Thanks for looking at my layout, and for any comments you may leave. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Scrapping Clearly July sketch challenge

This is the first time I have tried one of the challenges at Scrapping Clearly, there are 2 each month, this is the sketch challenge, if I get time I will try the gorgeous moodboard.
I really liked playing with this sketch, and my layout came together pretty quickly for it. I chose this photo of niece Amanda with her 3 children. The page is quite masculine, which surprised me, it wasn't deliberate, but I like it this way. 
For the background border, I stamped using a really cool Darkroom Door stamp, then added the other 2 background papers which was misted. I chose a selection of scrap papers that all just went together, not from any kits, just scraps. I had a Teresa Collins banner from a travel kit, which I inked, it worked, then stamped with a Stampin Up wording stamp to create the words that are to the sides of the photo. The die cut "title" piece is a Fancy Pants die cut. The camera flair is from Funky Flairs Studio, and I have used DIY embellishments from Charms Creations,  which I stitched over them with a sewing machine - pretty cool effect. 
I am very happy with the overall layout. 
Thanks for looking at my layout and for any comments you may leave. 
Together is My Favourite Place to be

Scrap The Girls July Challenge

For the July challenge at Scrap the Girls, there is a sketch to use:
This is a nice sketch. I used a photo of my mum and my daughter taken at Christmas time last year. 
I used some die cut paper, some ribbon and and some felt lace as the vertical element and the die cut paper and journaling for the horizontal element behind the photo. Under this I have used a stencil, texture paste, and then glitter paste over the texture paste to add the gold, as well as some misting. I added some seed beads as extra embellishment, along with a heavenly heart from Charms Creations, a flair from Funky Flairs Studio, and a burlap flower from D-lish Scraps. I love this natural photo, my mother is going to kill me when she sees it, my daughter has already said how much she hates the photo, but loves the layout. I love the layout too. 
Thanks for looking at my layout, and any comments you may leave. 
This Love

Show Us Your Stuff July Challenge

Wow what a challenge this month at Show Us Your Stuff. It is to feature your handwriting. Now I know many of us cringe at the thought of this, but we need to embrace it - it's just an extension of ourselves. I know for sure mine has changed a lot over the years, but it's mine - no one else has my handwriting.
I chose this photo of myself and my husband taken recently on a holiday - I was taking selfies - as you do. I set it aside for a rainy day. That rainy day came just recently, when I was having a bad weekend - everything I touched went wrong - and I mean everything, including flooding the laundry. My husband didn't know about the laundry mishap, but he came home with a bunch of flowers that afternoon, and it just made the day better. He is often trying to do small things that make me feel good, and this is what I journaled about in my layout.
The handmade items I have included on my layout include a Charms Creations mini heavenly heart and a Funky Flairs Studio flair. I die cut the feathers and arrow, which I mounted.
I am so pleased with the end result of this layout. When my husband read it, he had a huge grin on his face, and now his new mantra is "it's the little things".
Thanks for looking and for any comments you may leave.
It's the little things

Scrap the Boys July Challenge

So this month at Scrap the Boys, the challenge is to be inspired by this moodboard:
This one really tricked me, to me it felt more feminine than masculine, so I guess that is where the challenge lies. However I did manage a layout, and it feels right for me for the board. 
I used this smaller versioned photo of nephew Kalden, and kept the layout fairly simple. I was inspired by the orange and yellow in the board, and by the circles in image 2, and the quote. I used a variety of tubes from various things such as paper towel and other household items to create the circles with acrylic paint. I used one of the heavenly hearts from Charms Creations, a few punched circles of patterned paper and a couple of buttons, so kept it pretty simple. I am pleased with the overall effect. 
Thanks for looking at my layout, and for any comments you may leave. 
Free Spirit

Kraft Plus July Challenge - Mustard Explosion

So this is winter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is freeeeeeeezing cold here in Melbourne, and quite miserable. There is one good thing about that, I don't have to feel guilty if I am inside scrapping on my days off :)
So that is what I did last weekend, scrapped all weekend - guilt free.
One of the layouts I did was this one for Kraft +. I took a little while to think about this one, it had me stumped for a little while. I do however love what I have created. This is the challenge:
I chose these gorgeous photos of my nephew Ethan holding some ducklings. I have been waiting for the right challenge to come along, and finally it did. I splattered yellow acrylic paint over my background, then stamped with subtle tones using a Scrap FX numbers stamp, then a Stampin up stamp with the word adorable, coz that's what these photos are. I took inspiration from the ball of twine, the heart and the circle fruit bowl. I added some string behind the photos, then used a 2Crafty chipboard piece behind the matting. Other circles on the layout include the buttons and the naught.  I added a little extra colour with the blue, which is drawn from the photos. I used some of Charms Creations latest naughts and crosses embellies, plus one of her hearts. This was another fun challenge to do, even if it did take some thinking about. 
Thanks for looking at my layout and any comments you may leave. 
Soft and Cuddly

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Deer and Fawn July challenge

Well I surprised myself this weekend, I went to a wedding, did a whole load of chores and scrapped 2 layouts - yay me. One of those layouts was this one for the July challenge at Deer and Fawn. I really liked the sound of this challenge, which was to use the items from each letter from the word FAWN.
I had this photo of my nephews taken back in 2010, which I thought could work well for this challenge.
The items I have used are:
F - flair, flag
A - arrows, alphas
W - wood veneers, words
N - numbers
I started by die cutting some the number 4 - being that there are 4 little boys in the photo. I then spattered with some colours for the background. I layered co-ordinating papers, and added my embellishments including my arrow from Charms Creations, which worked well. The flair is from Funky Flairs Studio. I cut some words out of some really old scrap paper which told the story of family and children. I added some die cut arrows, and wood veneers. And the flag from D-lish Scraps.
I love the end result of this layout.
Thanks for looking at my layout, and any comments you may leave.
These 4 boys