30 October 2013

Scrapping Outback ...

Scrapping Outback has a lovely page by Julie Hill to scraplift as their challenge in October.  I wasn't sure I would find time for this one but managed to sneak an hour for myself last night.  The extra criteria is to use stamps and ribbon.
Here is Julie's page ...
and my own interpretation ...
I've used stamps in the corners of my page as Julie did and twisted my thin ribbon around the circle.
This is my great Grandmother, great Aunt and her daughter (I think that makes her my third cousin but I am never sure of how the cousin lineage works).  I so love vintage photographs - they say so much in such a simple way!

29 October 2013

Southern Girls meets a Feeling Sketchy sketch ...

The current challenge on  Southern Girls is to make your project a little shimmery and shiny and that is what I have done for my card using the sketch #72 from Feeling Sketchy.

In fact my card is so shimmery and shiny my poor camera had a heart attack trying to capture the image and it isn't a brilliant shot.

I've used glitter cardstock as the border base and glitter covered flowers with rhinestones as the main feature.

#72 Feeling Sketchy ...

Sketch #72 at Feeling Sketchy

and my take on this using the sketch and patterned paper component of the challenge.  I've actually done another card which I have combined with another challenge which I will put up separately.

OLW and Just add ink ...

One Layer Wednesday over on the Snippets blog have a cute one layer plus orange challenge happening at the moment.

Just add ink is asking for a grunge inspired project.

I've used orange as the main stamp on my card with a black line border and  grungy black title.  The background paper is white but has a smudged inky pattern to it to enhance the grungy look.

28 October 2013

October challenges mark 2 ...

and yet a few more challenges ... you can tell it's towards the end of the month as I'm always running late!

Show us Your Stuff is all about multiple photos and an arrow or arrows this month (and of course a handmade embellishment).

I've done a page for our family travel album.  I figure if I keep plugging away at them I'll have those earlier holidays completed before they cart me off to the old folks home.  All the recent vacations where we seem to have taken thousands of photographs have been relegated to photo books!

This one is a trip to the south coast of NSW and because it is in a series I don't tend to title or journal on these.  Instead I have a main title page introducing the set and a 6x12 page just dedicated to the story of this adventure. 

Scrap the Girls have a puzzle challenge this month.

A puzzle challenge and you must use these pieces:

which I have done.


I love using yellow - such a happy cheerful colour!

25 October 2013

Not so scary cupcakes on The Lollipop Ladies ...

 Challenge #79 - Cookie Monster cupcake with the added challenge of Off the Page
It's my turn over on the blog to show you my cookie monster cupcake inspired creation.
I've done a towel cupcake - these are just perfect for place settings for birthday parties, morning teas, wedding showers, baby showers and are quick and easy to make.
What you need ...
face washers in whatever colour you wish
corrugated cardboard
TIP - if you don't have any you can use plain cardstock, thicker patterned paper
 or normal cake patties
elastic bands
Take your washer and roll it one diagonal to the other.
Make sure the rolled flap is facing you and then roll end to end
It will look like this ... secure with elastic band around roll.
Cut cardboard between 1 to 1 1/2 inches wide depending on how "fat" your towel roll has ended up.  Roll this around roll to required size and secure with tape.  Use your ribbon to wind around base for decoration. 
TIP - You can tie this into a fancy bow, add bling, flowers or whatever you want. You could also add a small name tag if you wished.
Add in something to the top - I've used s small flower.  It should just slot down into the centre of the towel.
TIP -  Make this appropriate for the occasion - flowers, flags, lollipops etc
and voila !!
TIP - You can use other things besides face washers, just adjust according to the size.  These work well with hand towels and tea towels.
Hope to see your off the page creation in our gallery.

24 October 2013

Frosted designs ...

Frosted Designs is new to me but they certainly have some delightful products and a really inspiring blog chock full of inspiration and stunning layouts.

The challenge currently on offer is one set by Brenshevia (gosh I love that name, it's so unusual) and is to use kraft paper, flair and chipboard on your project.

I've had these chipboard phrases sitting in my stash forever and it feels extra good to use them up and I've used some older papers from my scrap basket as well.  Must be a frugal day here.

A few challenges ...

The challenge on Orange Paperie and Co this month was to do a black and white layout with a splash of colour. 

 My colour of choice is blue and I've done a very rare page on myself :)

The Studio Challenges have a monochromatic layout challenge for October which means
 using different shades and hues of a single colour!  This is my least favourite style of scrapping but since I like to challenge myself I've done one in various shades of brown.
and finally ...
Scrap the Boys have asked for a traditional boy colour combination of blue and green. 
The colours on this page haven't photographed well I'm afraid.  The background is the palest blue (not white) while the journaling strips are more of a green shade than the lime they appear.



23 October 2013

It's a call ...

ARTastic Challenge Blog is looking for guest designers and new creative team members for 2014.  Could this be you?

Pop over to the blog for all the details.  Everyone is welcome to apply !!

16 October 2013

I got sunshine in my pocket ...

Southern Girls is all about the music this month with song inspired projects. 

I've done a layout that is bright and happy and has a line "I got sunshine in my pocket" which is inspired by this little song by Cady Groves (my dd likes this artist).

Cady Groves - Changing Me

I got sunshine in my pocket
I got such a perfect day
I'm feeling kinda worthy
It says smile on my face
It's written on my face

I don't know where I'm going but I'm bound to see
Of what I'm capable of being if the world say to me
And I know, he know, she knows, we know
I can change history but history is what's changin' me
Hey it's changin' me

I got my heart tied in my pocket
I got a dollar to my name
I made 'em both a promise
That they're not gonna go to waste
No not today yeah

I don't know where I'm going but I'm bound to see
Of what I'm capableo f being if the world say to me
And I know, he know, she knows, we know
I can change history but history is what's changin' me
Changin' me heyy yeah Changin' me

I don't know where I'm going but I'm bound to see
Of what I'm capable of being if the world say to me
And I know, he know, she knows, we know
I can change history but history is what's changin' me
Changin' me heyeah

123 Get Scrappy ...

123 Get Scrappy with challenge #3 and a challenge board ...

~ You may play using a row across, down, or diagonal.
I've gone with flowers, diamond shapes (within the patterned paper) and the colour orange.

The icing on the cake ...

Use Your Stuff #104 is trying to bring out our inner foodie.

This week we're celebrating the Foodies within us. The challenge is to do a project about food. It can be a recipe album or card,  a layout that is food related, or just a card that has something to do with food. Anything food related will do.

I couldn't resist doing a page about my son who is chief cake cook in our house - he's mastered a pretty brilliant chocolate cake and even adds the icing. Yummo!  and let's face if - if he's happy creating delicious cakes, I don't need to ;)

A little zebra love ...

Scrap our stash has Tic Tac Toe for it's first challenge this month -

For this challenge, you will need to pick 3 stash items in a row and add to your layout. These items MUST be premade/packaged from your stash. Remember... the idea is to use up your stash! :) 


I've gone with washi tape, a journaling card and 5 brads. I've had both the epoxy zebra pack and the brads in my stash for forever ...(and this layout in my mind for almost as long)  so nice to finally use them up and get this page done.

08 October 2013

Archi-scraps for October ...

Archi-scraps have another interesting building to inspire you this month.

The extra criteria is a face somewhere on your layout. It can be in the photo or on the embellishment somewhere. You can use these colours or any other that you like.

I was drawn to the intricate wrought iron work shown in the inspiration picture.  It reminded me of some of the amazing fences and gates I saw on stately homes and castles of the United Kingdom and across various countries of Europe. The ones I settled on using were at Buckingham Palace in London. 

These gates were designed by Sir Thomas Brock for King George V and Queen Mary in 1911 so are now more than a century old.  They display the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom - the lion representing England and the unicorn, Scotland.

Hopefully you can find some inspiration from our October photograph too.  We'd love to see your take on this so please come on over an join in with us.

04 October 2013

Pixels and Paper for October ...

Our October inspiration on Pixels and Paper is one I think we can all relate to.  What do you see here ... the obvious birthday cake, icing, flames, darkness, eleven items or the colours of red, yellow, blue, white and black?

This one is super easy - hope to see lots of entries this month :)

Here is my interpretation ...
I've used the birthday cake with candles theme, pulling out the red, blue and black to create my page. 

Please upload your entry with the link tool on the blog by 11.55pm on October 31st,  2013. We'd love to see what you can make of  this photograph. 

01 October 2013

Wood and feathers ...

It's October on ARTastic and this month we feature Salvation by Mia Taninaka.

Criteria - Wood and/or feathers (real or otherwise)
A little about Mia TaninakaThe little girl who once painted a forest all over her bedroom walls has grown up to be a wizard of fine line and expansive colour. Sydney born, Mia now lives and creates in the calm and elemental Bali. Painting predominantly with acrylics, watercolour and ink, Mia currently exhibits throughout Australia and Asia, always looking to expand her horizons. She likes to draw and paint on found wooden objects and panels, creating stunning colourful imaginative works inspired by her Japanese heritage and Australian roots.
Here is my page for this month ...
I'd love to see what you can do for this inspiration.  We have some wonderful prizes to give away each month as well as a guest designer spot for one lucky entrant.  Come check us out on ARTastic and play along.