Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Scrap the Boys April Challenge!

Woo hoo! First of the month again - new challenge day! (Surely I am not the only one who gets excited by that? LOL) First up this month, I am sharing my take on the April challenge at Scrap the Boys. This month it is a gorgeous mood board challenge, that looks like this...


And here is my take on it...

{Papers by Basic Grey; Kaisercraft; also Kaisercraft Captured Moments pocket cards & ephemera}

This layout was another stash-buster for me. (Can you believe those papers were first released in 2009?) I paired my "vintage" papers with some "modern" pocket cards and embellishments and voila! Everything old is new again! (I did put a little twist on the theme by using some "new vintage" in the form of the Kaisercraft ephemera.)

{Wood veneer, sequin bow and flowers all from D-lish Scraps}

{More D-lish Scraps goodies - flair and flower}

Last but not least, my handwritten journaling. (I am quite impressed that I have kept this resolution up!) This layout was the second one I have now completed using hospital photos of the boys. (It was nowhere near as hard as the first!) I am going to keep trying to get them done, as they are such important memories to record.


Thanks for popping in today, I hope I have tempted you into joining us at Scrap the Boys this month. Such a stunning mood board to be inspired by, and as always fabulous sponsors supporting it!
Happy scrapping! X

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Flying High for Cocoa Vanilla Studio

For anyone that didn't see this layout on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog over the weekend, here is my latest offering using the super cool "Flying High" collection. (I have to say, I am loving scrapping my boys with this range, it rocks!)


So many "Flying High" layers here - papers, stickers, flair and wood veneer shapes. (The cork hearts are actually from the "Sugar & Spice"collection.)

{Coloured wire from D-lish Scraps}


Check out this little arrow embellishment I made using using one of the banner stickers, small cork hearts and the tip of a cork star; along with a paper straw and some twine...


Thanks for stopping by today. If you would like to see more inspiration using Cocoa Vanilla Studio products, be sure you are following the CVS blog and the Facebook page. To get your hands on your own stash of Cocoa Vanilla, you can shop HERE or ask your favourite scrappy retailer!
Sue X

Monday, 16 March 2015

Sugar & Spice for Cocoa Vanilla Studio

A little catch-up from me today, featuring my latest layout for Cocoa Vanilla Studio using the aptly named (and very delicious) Sugar & Spice collection. This layout was published recently on the Cocoa Vanilla Studio blog.

"That's My Girl"...

{Large paper bloom by Manor House Creations; other flowers and sequin bow from D-lish Scraps

I concentrated on the warm pink tones in the collection for my layout, (the papers I used for my background were 'Candy Stripes' and 'Flutter'). I also added some texture using a a damask template, and misted over it to blend it in.

How cute are the wood veneer shapes from this collection? I used my Gelatos to slightly tint this butterfly, before I added some adhesive pearls and sat it atop my flower cluster...


This flower veneer was also coloured using Gelatos, and I used a white gel pen to highlight the fine detail...


A layout isn't complete without flair, right? LOL This is one from the "Sugar & Spice" flair set (which comes with 6 different designs to coordinate perfectly with the papers)...


And I didn't forget to journal either! This time I hid it away behind my photo on a pull-out journal tag I created using the "Journal Cards" paper, a sticker and a wood veneer arrow.


Thanks for popping in to take a peek at what I've been creating. (Don't forget to leave me a comment so I know you were here and I can visit you in return!)
If you would like to get your hands on some 'Sugar & Spice' goodies of your own, you will find the entire collection in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio shop HERE, or just ask your favourite scrappy retailer!

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Scrap the Boys March Challenge!

Time for a mid-month Design Team challenge reveal from me, and this one is for Scrap the Boys. This month's challenge is an awesome sketch - which I loved as soon as I saw it! (You will find the sketch HERE)

And here is my take on it...

{Papers by Glitz Design; Echo Park; Graphic 45 and My Minds Eye. Ephemera pieces by Fancy Pants}

{Flair by Flutterby Designs; foam feathers from Rainbow Splendour}



There are two fabulous prizes up for grabs this month for the winners of this challenge, (just in case the awesome sketch isn't enough incentive!) Looking forward to seeing lots of entries!
Happy scrapping! X

Monday, 2 March 2015

Show Us Your Stuff March Challenge!

Another Design Team reveal for me today, this time for the March challenge at Show Us Your Stuff. This month the challenge has been designed by DT member Chloe and is a gorgeous quote challenge...


Here's my layout using the quote...

{Papers and ephemera by Teresa Collins}

I can't believe I scrapped a Christmas layout! (For those who know me, you will know how rare that is! LOL) And how easily it all came together too. Happy days!

Of course, a layout for Show Us Your Stuff isn't complete without a handmade embellishment (or two), look at this gorgeous spotted vellum bow from Rainbow Splendour...


And this flair from D-lish Scraps...


I even got the stapler out!


Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will join in the challenge at Show Us your Stuff this month, it's a gorgeous quote that can be used so many ways! (Even Christmas layouts! hehe) And, there is an amazing prize pack from Chloe at Rainbow Splendour up for grabs too (definitely worth playing for!)
Til next time, happy scrapping! X

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Off The Rails March Challenge!

First day of another month and I am back again to share a new challenge and layout with you all! The first one I have to share this month is for Off the Rails Scrapbooking.

Now I have to admit, I didn't love this month's mood palette when I first saw it, as it screamed vintage to me - not my forte at all. Once I stepped back a bit and decided to do it in my own style, I had no problem though. (And I was gently reminded that this is supposed to be a challenge after all!)

Here is what I came up with...

{Papers by Graphic 45; Kaisercraft and Basic Grey; also Kaisercraft Captured Moments pocket cards}

This layout was another great stash buster for me, as I was able to pick through my stash and use up some older product (and some even older scraps!) It was just a matter of finding papers to suit the palette and then off I went.

Here is the palette I was working with...


I took the basic "bones" of the sketch and the colours from the palette as my inspiration to start, but I also incorporated some small details from the photos - such as the pink flower and the book paper.

{Book print chippy heart button from Burdy's Embellies; large flower by Prima; other flowers from D-lish Scraps}

{Flair from D-lish Scraps; photo tab from Flutterby Designs}

You have until the end of the month to join in this challenge and be in the running to win a fabulous prize from Imaginarium Designs
Thanks for popping in, and for everyone who takes time out of their day to leave me comments - they really are very much appreciated! X

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Scrapbooking Top 50 February Challenges

Talk about last minute! I found myself at a bit of a loose end today so decided to do a challenge. I found this cute "Love" themed mood board at Scrapbooking Top 50 so thought I would give it a go...


The first thing that jumped out at me was the red, white & black colour combo, along with the pop of glittery gold; I also drew inspiration from the doilies, the word 'love' and of course, hearts.

Here's what I came up with...

{Papers by Prima Marketing}

Given that these are not the usual style of papers I scrap with, I was pretty happy with how this layout came out. Here's some close-ups...

{Flair, flowers and gold doily from D-lish Scraps}

{Large flower from Manor House Creations, other flowers from D-lish Scrapsdie cut by Shimelle for American Crafts}



I wasn't the only one scrapping today - my 6 year old daughter Brielle was also busy. She spotted the kids challenge that had also been posted on Top 50 and insisted on having a go (her first ever challenge!) The kids challenge was to create a layout and include at least one heart.

Here is her layout...


She says "this layout is about my birthday party last year. I used the scrapbooking stuff mum and dad gave me for Christmas. Mum cut me some hearts and I chose green glitter paper".

I think she got enough hearts on there! So proud of her efforts. (I had to help her by cutting the paper to her specifics, as I usually cut with a ruler & knife and I don't trust her with that yet!) The design is all her own (but I do think I can see some influence of my style in her work). :)

Thanks for popping by! (If you do happen to leave any words of encouragement for Brielle, I will make sure she sees them, thank you!) X