04 October 2015

An ARTastic October ...

This month on ARTastic we hope to inspire you with this beautiful painting by E Phillips Fox called The Green Parasol (1912)


Here is my take this month ...

I loved the soft feel of this artwork and it's setting within a garden with lots of beautiful blooms in evidence which I have tried to replicate on my page.  This is a gorgeous vintage photograph of my Aunt when she was 3 years old and I totally love everything about it - from the bow in her hair to the little shoes on her feet.

 We'd love to see your new paper, digital, mixed media or off the page entries.  You have until 11.55pm on October 31st, 2015 to play along with us

30 September 2015

It's pink ...

I did this page for the "I am inspired" challenge on ScrapLounge.

 I was really taken with the pink - such a shock of colour and found the brightest pink I had in my cardstock stash to use as my base.  It isn't an exact match but is very close to the image.  I used touches of green to represent the pops of greenery.  I was extra pleased with myself as I managed to use up some felt embellishments which had been sitting in my stash for what seems like years!

Also submitting this the Clique Kits anything goes challenge for September.

Simple as 123 ...

Sneaking in another challenge for September - gosh can you believe it will be October tomorrow, this year has just flown past.  This one is for 123 Challenge Blog  and as challenges go was a bit of a toughie and it took me a little while to work out how I would tackle it.

123 Challenge

Eventually I settled on a Super Hero theme which took care of the Super effectively, the burgundy is in the patterned paper and the coloured pencil is on the background as well as in the colouring in on the talk bubbles.

28 September 2015

Sunshine and blue skies ...

I was hoping to get both challenges for September done for Picture This but I am afraid time has not been my friend this month and I have only managed to complete the second challenge - Sunburst + 2 photos + buttons

Also submitting this for The Color Sisters September colour board

A fresh beginning ...

The challenge at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge this month is all about beginnings.

My delightful MIL bought herself a lap top while in her late 70's and took herself off to her local community centre for adult computer lessons thereby proving you are never too old to make a fresh beginning.

Also submitted for the anything goes challenge at Clique Kits.

Some September Christmas cheer ...

I am probably not alone when I say I have a file full of Christmas photos I have yet to scrap, many from years and years ago.  There are family photos, ones of kids opening presents, Christmas concerts, Christmas carols, visits to Santa, Christmas lunch, Christmas dinner, Christmas lights and trees and decorations and .... well you get the idea.  I also have a draw full of Christmas designed paper, cardstock, ribbon, embellishments and assorted stickers just waiting to be used up.

So it is probably no real surprise when I tell you I really like Christmas related scrappy challenges that aren't in December and I can pull out this file grab a photo and put together a quick and simple layout.

Scrapbookit has one such challenge this month and I can tick one more Christmas family photo off my to do list :)

Happy days !!!

30 August 2015

And a final, final one ...

Sneaking in one last layout for Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia.  I couldn't resist this bright and cheerful moodboard.

I just had to use the triangles and black, yellow and pink colour scheme. I found this triangle paper in my stash and used it for my base and then used strips of washi tape in place of patterned paper.  I cut tiny triangles from yellow cardstock and placed them randomly over existing triangles.  The flower was stamped onto cardstock and then cut out.  Hope you like it.

29 August 2015

Last challenges for August ...

I found some time this afternoon to complete a couple of  final layouts for August challenges.  I apologise in advance for the quality of the images as it is late in the afternoon and I'm afraid I have lost the light.

The first one is for Show us your stuff using this moodboard plus something handmade.

I have used the colours of red, blue/green and yellow on a white background and bordered my page in red like the outer edge of the moodboard.  I added tiny wooden stars and a quote for my page and although not the same quote as the one used here it was more in keeping with the photograph I used.  The handmade red heart embellishment is from Chantal Vandenberg.

The second one is for Sassy Scrappers using this moodboard and the added criteria of watercolouring with mists, thickers and enamel dots.

August  Recipe Challenge

I misted my background using Tattered Angels glimmer mist in blue and used papers and stickers from the MME - Find your wings and fly range.  Doilies, green thickers and enamel dots complete my page.

28 August 2015

Some summer fun ...

Playing along with TANDO Creative this month where their theme is Summer.

Summer for us is long hot days, daylight savings and the kids in the pool.  I am truly grateful for that after a cold winter where my poor husband gets up in the dark and returns home in the dark on workdays and it is hard to get my son motivated and out of bed ready for school.

Love this patterned paper and thought it worked really well for the summer theme.  I've used two washi tapes as well as a few enamel dots.  I stamped ink splotches on the paper to represent water splashes - Hello Summer, Hello Fun !!

I am also submitting this page to the August challenge on Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo which is to use letters and numbers on your page.

Scrapping Outback ...

Joining in with Scrapping Outback this month with their "White with a twist" colourboard challenge featuring this vibrant colour combination.

I actually interpreted the label and flower centres as yellow as opposed to gold which is what it looked like on my screen initially.  Ah well a bit late to change it now!

Anyway it was fun putting this page together and another photo taken from my "yet to scrap" pile which funnily enough never seems to get any smaller :)

27 August 2015

August with Picture This ...

Playing along with Picture This during August.

Their first challenge is to have a  black background + 1 photo + 2 pattern papers.

I have used a black and white print on black cardstock with a heart cut from red and white patterned paper and mounted on white cardstock.

This is my mother when she was in her early twenties.  I often wonder what dreams she had for herself and my father at this age - whether they feared for the future or looked at life as a positive adventure.  This was the early 1950's and Australia had only come through the second world war a handful of years before - things were still in short supply and life was uncertain.  I guess the future, while an unknown quantity, was better than those difficult years of the past.

An ode to a lazy cat ...

Decided at near the last minute to play along with Scrapbookit this month where their challenge is ..

Include the following M's - Memories, Mists, and a Masculine mood.

Our exceptionally lazy cat Mr Zo pretty much sleeps, eats and uses his litter box much of the day.  He finds the most unusual places to sleep - in this stance on top of my son's school backpack (with all the books inside).

The quote reads "I think I have discovered the meaning of life - you just hang around until you get used to it" ~ Charles M Schulz

I am also submitting this page to Scrapbook Fantasies Challenge #32 - Use stars