Thursday, 16 October 2014

Show Us Your Stuff October Challenge

Back again today, this time sharing my take on the October challenge at Show Us Your Stuff. This month it is a sketch challenge designed by my fellow DT member Chloe Nielsen, and of course, you have to include a handmade item! You will find Chloe's sketch HERE

Here is my take on it...

{Papers by Kaisercraft; Echo Park; and Teresa Collins; alphas by American Crafts}

A few close-ups...

{Heavenly Heart from Charms Creations; flair and chalk board photo cut out both from Flutterby Designs}

{Transparency by Kaisercraft; and gorgeous silver glitter washi tape from me!}

I would love to see lots of my friends playing along this month. There is an awesome prize from Kellie Stamps up for grabs, which you can see on the blog HERE
Happy scrapping! X

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Canvas for Off the Rails

Just popping in today to share a canvas I created based on this month's mood palette at Off the Rails Scrapbooking. For those who haven't seen the palette yet, it looks like this...

As soon as I saw it, I was drawn to the bright, happy colours and I loved the quote too. It made me think of a special friend of mine who has been through some really tough times this year, and now she is coming out the other side, I wanted to create something for her to celebrate that.

Here's what I came up with...

Initially I had planned to use all the colours from the palette, but as my project evolved I found myself sticking to just the warm tones instead. I used a variety of materials for this canvas. Besides my mediums (gesso, mists, texture paste, gel medium), and the obvious flowers, I also included twine; a number of chipboard pieces (painted with gesso, then highlighted with mists brushed on); gauze; pearls; skeleton leaves; sequin butterflies; pins; and Project Life cards.

Here's a couple of close ups...

Now, I didn't end up stopping at just one canvas. After seeing what I had made, my partner asked me to create one for someone special to us following a death in our family. I decided it was easiest to simply stick to the same design, change the quote and use the remaining 2 colours from the palette instead.  

This is the only photograph I have of it which was taken on my phone in full sun outside the funeral, so the photo is less than perfect...

Thank you for stopping by and for all those who take the time to leave me comments. They really are appreciated. X

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Scrap the Boys October challenge

It's been a rough week at our place this past week, so I am just playing catch up now.
I am sure many of you would have already seen the challenge at Scrap the Boys for this month - the theme is "Technology Savvy" (think iPads, phones, X Box, etc). Whilst my boys are both already clearly suckers for technology (they climb up and tap dance on my computer keyboard every time I turn my back), I immediately thought of a photo I had taken of one of them with his dad a while ago...

{Papers and embellishments from the 'Be Different' collection by Fancy Pants}

As you can see, I went with a clean, graphic style for this layout, as I thought it suited the theme better. The Fancy Pants papers I had from Wild About Scrap were perfect for it! Most of the embellishments were from the same range. I added machine stitching for some extra subtle texture & dimension.

{Flair from Flutterby Designs}

I tried SO hard to keep this page clean, but just HAD to add a few flicks of mist at the end...

{Fancy Pants 'Be Different' ticket roll tickets}

I hope you get a chance to play along with us this month. (I am sure everyone has at least one "tech" photo of a male in their life these days.) This month there are THREE prizes up for grabs for participants, so definitely worth playing for! :) 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Show Us Your Stuff September Challenge!

Mid-month reveal time at Show Us Your Stuff, and it's time to share my take on this month's gorgeous Spring themed mood board...

I found lots to inspire me - the soft pastel colours, the flowers, the hearts...

{Papers by Websters Pages; Teresa Collins and Basic Grey. Frame from My Minds Eye.}

As soon as I saw these papers by Websters Pages, I knew they would be perfect for this challenge! I even managed to scrap a photo I had long been hoarding (as full family photos are very rare around here!) 

Here are some close-ups...
{Ivory silk heirloom flower & flair button from D-lish Scraps; pin from A little bit fANTsy}

{Acrylic heart by Heidi Swapp; flowers from D-lish Scraps}

{Wood bit from Flutterby Designs}

{Photo cut out tab from Flutterby Designs}

I hope that everyone has a chance to play along with this month's challenge and share their take on this stunning board. There are plenty of elements to draw from, so something for everyone! Until next time, happy scrapping! X

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Off the Rails September Challenge!

Back again with another challenge share for you, this time it's for the Off the Rails September challenge, which is a gorgeous mood palette designed by Fiona Paltridge.
Here is the palette...

And here is my take on it...
{Papers by Graphic 45 & Teresa Collins; Alphas by American Crafts}

I was inspired by a number of elements from this palette. I love that it had me create this layout using a colour combo I would not necessarily have used otherwise. I was also drawn to the gold glitter, and incorporated that by die cutting some shapes from gold glittered cardstock - including feathers, another featured element of the palette.

{Dies & cardstock both by American Crafts; assorted flowers from D-lish Scraps}

I also created my own custom glittery gold background using a stencil, texture paste and loose glitter. I simply sprinkled the glitter onto the texture paste whilst still wet, then shook off the excess once dry.

{Flair button from D-lish Scraps}

{Prima feature bloom from Wild About Scrap; gold butterfly coming soon to Lovelybug bits n Bobs!}

The final element I took inspiration from was the theme of the palette and the quote "free yourself". I put my spin on it by using these pics of my daughter behind a wire fence, and some personal journaling to her about how I hope she is always free to be herself. (I used a gold gel pen for my journaling, so it doesn't overshadow the layout composition, but still fits the colour scheme.)

I do hope you will try this beautiful palette, and I hope you find it as inspiring as I did! Don't forget to link your layouts up to the Off the Rails blog HERE before the end of the month. Happy scrapping! X 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Scrap the Boys September Challenge!

Wow - September! We are definitely heading into the pointy end of the year now!
This month's challenge at Scrap the Boys is all about 'Domesticated Boys' (think washing, cooking, cleaning, ironing, etc).

When I saw the prompt for this challenge I immediately thought of a video I took of my boys using the vacuum a few months ago. I didn't take any still photos though, so I decided to grab a few snapshots from the video and create a collage with them.

Here is my layout...
{Papers by Echo Park; Basic Grey; Glitz Designs and Becky Higgins Project Life cards.
Alphas by American Crafts.}

Taking inspiration from the awesome Kim Jeffress here, I decided to create an interactive element for my layout by including QR codes for 2 of the videos I took that day. This way, when I look back at the layout, I can simply scan the code with my phone and be taken straight to the videos. I put them onto this PL card which pulls out from behind my photos...

{Flair button from Flutterby Designs}

A few more details...

{Adore this little printed peg by Amy Tan for American Crafts; wood bit from Flutterby Designs}

{How gorgeous are these paper straws? Hoping to have these up in the Lovelybug Bits n Bobs store soon!}

{This title was probably a little inspired by the 80's child in me...hehe}

Looking forward to seeing YOUR take on the STB challenge this month! Don't forget you can scrap any "boy" in your life, not just the little ones! (So don't forget to capture that rare photo of hubby washing the dishes or cooking, and record the memory forever! hehe) Your take on the challenge could win you a fabulous prize from Scrapbooking Delights; Scrapmatts or Flutterby Designs! (Yes, that's THREE prizes on offer!)

Thanks for stopping by, and for everyone who takes the time to leave me a comment. Your feedback is really appreciated and I always aim to repay the favour by hitting up your blog to leave you some love. (So don't forget to comment if you want me to visit YOU!) X

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Show Us Your Stuff August Challenge

The August challenge at Show Us Your Stuff is a "Shape Challenge". This month you need to use the following items on your layout - a square, a rectangle, bunting, a circle, a banner, a splash of paint or ink, and of course, a handmade item. You can use each shape as many times as you want and interpret them as you like, but each shape must be used at least once and be visible. You can also add anything else you wish.

Here is my take on it...

{Papers by Prima and Basic Grey; alphas by American Crafts}

I managed to easily incorporate several handmade items onto my layout. (Remember handmade items don't necessarily have to be made by you!)

{Fabric button from Lovelybug Bits n Bobs; satin flower from Burdy's Embellies; mini pinwheel from Rainbow Splendour}

{Icecream pin from My Little Bit of Whimsy; assorted flowers from D-lish Scraps}

That's all from me today, I do hope you will have a go at this month's 'Shape Challenge' at Show Us Your Stuff, you could win a fabulous prize from Rainbow Splendour! Happy scrapping, and thank you for stopping by! X