Saturday, August 29, 2015

D-lish Scraps August-September cybercrop - challenge 3 by Katie

This is another one of the challenges that I have managed to get done for the August-September cybercrop at D-lish Scraps. It is a challenge set by the talented Katie Howard. The challenge is to be inspired by another layout, in the scrap suite. I chose to be inspired by this one by another talented scrapper Emma Zappone - here is Emma's layout. I love how she scrapped about the jetty.
I chose a photo that I had taken whilst on the E2C retreat at North Shields (Port Lincoln) on the Eyre Peninsula in SA, back in March (it was also my birthday weekend). 
A couple of my new friends and I went for a walk this particular morning, as the sun was rising over the water in the bay - it was a stunning sunrise, and a beautiful walk along the water. I snapped this photo of some locals fishing on the jetty. Ahh, just looking at the photo, brings back some lovely memories of the most fabulous weekend. 
For my layout, I stamped using a Prima and Kaisercraft stamp. Splattered some ink on the background as well. I wanted to keep in line with the colours in the photo, hence the orange cardstock as my background. I then layered Kaisercraft collectibles and journaling cards under my photo. The products I have used from D-lish Scraps are the wood veneers, the bakers twine, the wood veneer alphas and the flair button. 
Thanks for looking at my layout and for any comments you may leave.
Thanks Katie for the challenge. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

D-lish Scraps August cybercrop - challenge 4 by Cindy

This is the second of the D-lish Scraps cybercrop challenges that I have managed to get done, still at home recovering.
This one was designed by the uber talented Cindy Porter, who is a master with mediums and arty styles of scrapping. This challenge was to use green and blue together.
I had these photos of my nephew Lachlan sitting in my stash, screaming out to be scrapped.
I used Luminarte Radiant Rain daubers (really old stuff from years ago - lol) and created the "splats" in the background. The products I have used from D-lish Scraps include paper bags, washi taped, Pink Fresh wooden beads, journaling spots, wood veneers and button.
Thanks for the awesome challenge Cindy.
Robot Boy

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

D-lish Scraps August cybercrop sketch challenge by Sue

There is a cybercrop on at D-lish Scraps, it goes until mid September. I haven't done any cybercrops for a while, just run out of time. I have had some enforced sick leave - not allowed to work with a virus in my job, so what better thing to do, then scrap the time away - lol. I chose to do this sketch challenge, desgined by the talented Sue Plumb.

I chose this photo, which has been sitting in my stash since last Christmas. It is of my work colleague and I meeting Samuel Johnson - actor, comedian, and breast cancer awareness supporter through the charity Love your sister. My colleague Kerrie, organised for Samuel to come to our work Christmas party, as a guest speaker and to collect a donation that we had collected. A lot of scrapbookers will know of this charity, as Samuels sister Connie is a scrapbooker, and their story has been published in Scrapbooking Memories magazine - he signed my copy for me, lol.
Anyway, the products that I have used on my layout from the D-lish Scraps shop include the red after 5's flower, the gold spiral stamens, resin buttons, flair button, journaling tags, paper bag and wood veneers.
Thanks for looking at my layout, and for any comments you may leave.
Meeting Samuel Johnson

Monday, August 24, 2015

Off the Rails August challenge

This month at Off the Rails, the challenge is to use this board and sketch as inspiration:
I loved the sketch a lot, and the inspiration board is cute.
I had a couple of photos in mind for this challenge, and in the end, chose this one of my daughter from a photo shoot she had done. Well, I am just a little happy with my overall layout, I guess it helps to have a decent photo to work with, lol. 
I created a background with a stencil, texture paste, and then embossed it with Tim Holtz embossing powder, stamped using a Prima stamp, and added some ink splatters. I had the Scrap FX chipboard which worked well, and so did the chipboard word title. I added my embellishments, including a Charms Creations butterfly heart. I added some brads, of which I have removed the backing prongs from, and just scattered them around the page. 
I was inspired by the music sheet paper, the heart and the butterflies. 
Thanks for looking at my layout, and for any comments you may leave.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Archiscraps August challenge

This month there is a challenge at the Archiscraps blog, to used something clear. I thought I would have a go at this one, as I have a lot of clear embellishments in my stash, so why not use some of them up. That was my thought anyway. For some reason, I struggled when it actually came to putting this all together, as my mojo has taken a dive again.
From my stash I chose Heidi Swapp banner, ghost letters (remember those) and some other clear items from an ephemera pack. I think what I struggled with most, was putting the ghost letters on the page - attaching them, without glue showing, and the only other way that would have worked for me was to staple them, which I didn't want to do, as it would have detracted from them. So I glued them, don't think I should have, but it can't be undone now. Anyway, the layout is ok, I just don't feel it with this one - mojo - come back. Even photographing this was tricky, the photos all taken at the same time, just didn't match up colour wise - grrr, bit disappointed about that.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Deer and Fawn August Challenge

This month at Deer and Fawn, the challenge is  to create a layout about something you are thankful for, and using the image as inspiration, use flowers on the layout.
I decided to scrap about being thankful for such little things such as sunshine, spending time with a loved one, and coffee.
My husband and I recently celebrated our 27th anniversary, so we went away for it to a small town called Queenscliff - it is one of Victoria's historical towns. My husband took this photo of me, enjoying my coffee in the glorious winter sunshine. There is nothing better than sunshine in winter, and on this particular weekend, it was sunny the whole time, and it was wonderful to feel the sun on my face - I am very thankful for it, as a respite to the awful winter we have had. 
I chose some Basic Grey patterned papers, I inked around the edge of the cardstock with Kaisercraft stamps, added some texture paste, and embellished with a bunch of Prima flowers and some others that are layered under the Prima ones, Also a scattering of wood veneer and to top it off a Charms Creations butterfly heart. 
Thanks for looking at my layout and for any comments you may leave. 
Enjoy This

Friday, August 14, 2015

Charms Creations DIY embellishment challenge - August

This month at Charms Creations, the challenge is to do something with your DIY embellishments. These embellishments are in the store currently, in a variety of shapes. I have been playing around with these a bit, so have finally done my layout for the challenge, to show you another way to use them.

I decided I wanted to use the triangle DIY's , and also added a heart to my layout. To them, I applied some rub-ons. The effect gives a very personalised embellishment, and you can see the triangles are all a little different. 
The trick though is to get rub-ons that are going to come off the backing and the top layer easily. There are some older rub-ons in my stash that are just no good, and I did have a problem with the title  - it didn't want to seperate easily. The ones on the DIY's were fine - they were Bella rub-ons. So if you do want to give this a go, choose your rub-ons carefully, do a trial run on some paper before you commit to your DIY's. 
Like Father, like Son

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Scrapping Outback August challenge

This month at Scrapping Outback, the challenge is to be inspired by this image:
I was instantly drawn to the colours in this image, so vibrant, just lovely. I wish I had a cocktail photo that would have suited, lol. I didn't so, I settled for this photo of my adorable nephew Ethan. 
I stencilled with a Heidi Swapp template, which originally was done with yellow, but didn't work for the challenge that I created that for, so waste not want not, I went back over it with the blue, so a little bit of the yellow is peeping through. I stamped and dripped paint onto the background, then stitched the project life cards onto it, over the top of some cotton thread.
The chipboard piece was a piece I had from A2Z scraplets. It originally had the word BOY in the centre of the circle, but I didn't particularly like that, so cut that out, tucked the circle under the photo and then layed the word over the top. I coloured the chipboard with Zig wink of Stella brush, and highlighted the printed words on the circle in black. Ive embellished simply with a Charms Creations heart, a wooden bead and a button flair.
Thanks for looking at my layout and for any comments you may leave. 
Cute Boy

Blue Fern Studios August challenge

This is the first time I have done one of the challenges at Blue Fern Studios, but I was inspired after seeing a layout by design team member Kim Price, who I had the pleasure of meeting at a retreat earlier this year. So this is the challenge:
This sketch is so beautiful, and the inspiration from all of the design team was so amazing, how could I resist it. 
I chose a chipboard piece called Shabby Brick bits.
I used this photo of a niece's recent wedding, and kept the toning of my layout really soft and pretty. I stamped around the edge of the patterned paper with a variety of stamps, and also into the centre of the page, under the photo. I coloured the chipboard with Faber Castell texture luxe and then stamped over that. I added some mini prills around the chipboard. I die cut some patterned paper with a Couture Creations die and created a flower, to which I added some glass glitter, and then finished it all off with scattered flowers and sequins. 
I really love how this turned out. 
Thanks for looking at my layout and for any comments you may leave. 

White with 1 August challenge

At White with 1 this month, the challenge is to use white with Custard:
I decided to use a patterned paper as my background, and then used the white and "custard" embellishments of that. I used some texture paste and a stencil over the patterned paper and sprayed with a white mist. Under my photo I added die cut white cardstock, cut with a Memory box die, to replicate the circles in the patterned paper, I love this die, it's really funky. I then added a variety of flowers, mostly Little Birdie flowers, which I think are my favourite flowers at the moment. I added a Charms Creations heart, and some wooden beads. I think my version of custard is a lemon custard, lol. 
Thanks for looking at my layout and any comments you may leave. 
These girls

Scrap the Girls August challenge

This month at Scrap the Girls, the challenge is to be inspired by this amazing moodpboard:
As soon as I saw this one, I knew I wanted to do this. I love the colours, and those Mason jars are so cute. I drew inspiration from the colours, the flowers and the word love. 
I found this photo of my daughter from a few years back in my stash. She was bored so took selfies, as you do, lol (especially when you are watching your boyfriend play cricket). 
Anyway, I used a stencil and texture paste mixed with gold as a background layer. I die cut some patterned paper using a Couture Creations die which I layered behind the photo. I had these awesome Charms Creations DIY embellishments to which I applied rub-ons to, and also used some of these rub-ons to the background. I then added my flowers and wood veneers. Pretty pleased how this looks, quite bohemian, but also very girls. 
Thanks for looking at my layout, and for any comments you may leave. 
Love this girl

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Scrap the boys August challenge

The challenge at Scrap the Boys for August is a little different and a lot nice:
I really liked this as soon as I saw it, I loved the colour and I really loved the quote. 
I chose a photo of myself and my son (seeing as we are allowed this month to include a mother in the photo), taken quite a few years ago now. 
I had planned on some clean scrapping - pffft, that went out the window, that is way harder than mixed media - lol, it's for me a challenge to make it special. I tried a few things, and none of it worked. So mixed media it was. I had to rescue the Websters Papers patterned paper I had massacred, and cut out of it what I could. I grabbed some good old card stock, a Crafters Workshop stencil, and ink, and inked around the cardstock. I had tried using glitter with the stencil on the patterned paper, but most of that rubbed off, but it did leave a cool effect of the left over glitter - so not all bad  - lol. 
I really liked the quote, so that became a feature on my layout. I recently acquired the Heidi Swapp clear banner, and I suppose it is fitting that I used that seeing as she recently lost her son. I used some new X, O and heart embellishments from Charms Creations, Freckled Fawn wood veneer, and Prima flowers to embellish. 
Thanks for looking at my layout and any comments you may leave. 
Love my boy

Friday, August 7, 2015

Kraft + August challenge

Oh my goodness, how awesome is the challenge this month at Kraft +!
Initially when I looked at this I thought no way Jose, will I be able to do this one, especially after seeing it done at E2C retreat by the lovely Marilyn Scholz. I mean to say - I can't draw, I am really good at stick figures, drawing and art is what my sister does, she's really good at it. Craft is my thing. So I was going to sit this one out. Anyway, I gave myself a good old talking to, and told myself, "just give it a go, what have you got to lose". So I did, and I am soooooo happy I did!
I had a different photo in mind when I started out, but when I got started, that photo didn't work for what I had created in my zentangling. So I hunted for something else and remembered that my daughter Melanie had done this glamour photo shoot, this photo being one of those she had taken. PERFECT photo, to go with my doodling. 
I created my design by using a stencil as my base design, then the doodling started, and the colouring with some gelatos. The embellishing just then came together fairly quickly. I doodled on the Kaisercraft flourishes, added a Charms Creations heart, some crocheted flowers my mum made, and a lovely after 5's flower, and some flairs from Funky Flairs Studio
I really love how this layout turned out, I love that I persevered and did the zentangling. 
Thanks for looking at my layout and for any comments you may leave. 
Beautiful Girl

Sunday, August 2, 2015

D-Lish Scraps August Inspiration Board Challenge

So it's the 1st August, and I have already whipped up one of the August challenges - I can't believe it myself - usually it takes me to the end of the week to even get my head around the new challenges.  Here is the D-lish Scraps inspiration board challenge for August.
This challenge came along just at the right time for me. My daughter has been asking me for a couple of months now to scrap the photo I have used on this challenge - one of her friends wedding. Up till now I haven't been inspired to scrap this photo, but this inspiration board was perfect for it. I used a few of the flowers available in store from D-lish Scraps, as well as a button flair, and some of the journaling tags. I was inspired by the flowers,the heart and the sketch. 
This is a fairly clean layout for me, no wonder I have managed to get it done on the first day of the month, lol. 
Thanks for looking at my layout, and any comments you may leave. 
Two Hearts