28 November 2014

Scrapping my boy ...

Scrap the Boys is looking for pages this month about the softer more gentle sides of the males in our lives.

I love these photos of my son when he was much younger.  He was incredibly attached to his Mr Bean Teddy and pretty much carted him everywhere.  Gosh he is 16 now!  - where have all these years disappeared?

Scrapping Outback for November ...

Scrapping Outback is using a really interesting image this month for their challenge.

The challenge is to use all the colours in this inspiration along with white and chipboard to create your page.

I've used white as my base cardstock and added grey as my secondary piece.  My patterned papers hold all these colours (shades of green, grey, white and touches of yellow ) and I have attached flowers as embellishments in grey and yellow.  My chipboard is in the form of the word Memory.

This was one of the last photographs of my daughter with her grandfather who passed away in hospital only a couple of months after this was taken.

27 November 2014

Showing my stuff ...

Show us your stuff has a "sort of" recipe come bingo board challenge this month - whichever way you care to look at it, it was a fun page to put together.

My page is all about a St Valentine's gift my daughter gave her boyfriend.  He wanted something really techie and totally "unromantic" and she obliged but mixed it up with a little "extra love" thrown in - 

I have used the word love, several handmade butterflies and hearts, some stamping and both square and mini photographs.  

Some Sassy November ...

Such a pretty colour moodboard on Sassy Scrappers this month - I just couldn't resist !!

November Moodboard Challenge

Think I have covered them all.

24 November 2014

Some 123 ...

I enjoyed playing along with 123 Challenge Blog this month. I thought the challenge lent itself nicely to a couple of sporty photographs I had yet to scrap for my son's school album.

The copper colour is in the washi tape I used and also the brads.  Plenty of stars and it was really Good Work he achieved first place in his school swimming carnival for breast stroke.

Without you ...

I am playing along with the challenge in November for Scraps N Pieces 

Highlight something without which you can not live!  

I have borrowed the pink and white from the colour of the word art, teamed it with red and a little black and used the meaning these words convey to dedicate a page to my daughter and her boyfriend who have been inseparable since high school - now 5 years together.

Lasting Memories for November ...

Another week and another challenge on Lasting Memories, our final one for November.  This one is  "All About the Title"! We're looking for titles that really stand out this week.

I have made the title one of the main the focal points on my page.

Week 3 and Challenge #217 and we are looking at Favourite Game Shows on Lasting Memories

Hmmm  got to admit I am not a big game show person, most are on during the manic 5pm to 6pm timeslot when I am either collecting a kid from some afternoon activity (or sitting in the the car waiting for him) or dropping him off for squad swimming or running around like a headless chicken at home.  In fact I don't watch any daytime TV at all - our viewing starts with the 7pm news in this household.

Still I know my MIL likes this particular show and when I spent a week with her earlier in the year when she was re-cooperating from a fall we watched this one together each afternoon and it was good for a change.

So do you have a favourite game show?  

Our second challenge (#216) is  "In honour of Remembrance Day".  Do a layout remembering someone special (can be ANYONE special in your life).

I've done a page using a photograph of my Dad is his younger days.  He was what could be turned "a good looking lad!".   Miss you Dad.

Our first challenge for this month (#215) is a super simple one and one I do ALL the time - use only ONE photo

Couldn't be easier right?  Love to see your take on this one over on the Lasting Memories blog.

16 November 2014

I love ARTastic this month ...

This month on ARTastic we are being inspired by this very cute, dare I say even quirky but truly delightful artwork by Antje Collis called Tra-la-la.  I love it on SO many levels.

Criteria is Doodling

We have some gorgeous inspiration from our talented design team up on the blog at the moment and more to come on the second upload on the 15th.  My page will go live then.

In the mean time can I show you this sneak peek truly delightful page from team member Lizzy Hill.

Pop over to our blog to see more !!!

and here is my page - I love chickens and doodling ....

and bright happy colours !!!!

Some more Child's Play ...

Our mid-month challenge on Child's Play this month is one for the boys.  The ever popular Hot Wheels.  If you have brothers or are the mother of boys, you are undoubtedly very familiar with these miniature die-cast cars.  Heck, many of us probably got down on the floor and zoomed these little wheeled wonders around ourselves.

And here is my page ....

When I think of "hot wheels" I remember my son zooming around the kart track when we were on vacation a few years ago.  He loved it.

I've used lots of boy type embellishments pulled from my stash for this page.

Hope you can play along with us.

15 November 2014

UnstampaBelles for November ...

The November challenge for UnstampaBelles is a construction challenge - not a card challenge - and we ask you to 

Box It Up 

You can either construct something from scratch or repurpose/change something into a receptacle to hold something useful or pretty or both!

the TWIST is.......

.....show us how the box was made!  Show progress photos and add tips - make a photo journal of it!

Here is my contribution -  Christmas Boxes made with Christmas Cards.

We all have them - old cards kept from last Christmas (and the Christmas before that and before that and .... well you get the idea).  Sometimes we figure we will use them to make other cards or for kids craft but if you are anything like me ... well they sit there for years!

So grab one out ...

Cut the card apart (back from front) and draw diagonal lines from corner to corner on the inside of the card.

Now fold the top edge of the card into the center so it touches the X. Crease the fold with a a creasing tool or ruler.  Do this for the bottom and then both sides. 

Cut each corner from the edge of the card along the crease right until it intersects with the horizontal fold.

Fold the two wing pieces in and secure with tape.  Then fold the longer piece over them and secure.  I used tape runner.

Now repeat this process with the back of the Christmas card taking care when you fold in the sides to go slightly past the centre X (2mm) so the bottom becomes a little smaller so you can fit the top of the box over it.

Place some tissue into the base of the box (or alternatively you could cut a square of patterned paper and line the bottom) and use it for small items such as jewellery, ornaments, toiletries, sweets and chocolates.  Decorate with ribbon, lace, twine (whatever you like) and add a gift card and hey presto one little gift box.

**Remember the bigger the card you use, the larger the box when completed and vice versa.

02 November 2014

November on Pixels and Paper ...

Welcome to another month on Pixels and Paper Challenge Blog.

This month we are doing something a little different and holding a joint challenge with Child's Play Challenges.

We have provided the photograph to inspire you ...

and Child's Play Challenges have provided some criteria in the form of a recipe:

use something that is older than a year
3 patterned papers
 We would like you to use this photo AND incorporate these items onto your layouts and then you are welcome to submit you page to BOTH challenges to e in the running for prizes on both sites.

Here is my page ...

I took inspiration from the teddy documenting my son's love of all things bear related as a little boy.  The gold is in the brads I have used as well as in the colours of the three patterned papers, black rhinestones are my bling and everything here is older than one year.

and now it is your turn ....  have fun !!