Wednesday, 26 June 2013

A bit of card inspo....

On the last hump day for June I'm posting some cards I've made in the last few days for several different occasions. The first one is for the current challenge over at The Paper Players #151. This is a sketch challenge and I've used the colours Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede and Old Olive. The stamp sets I've used are "Thanks for Caring" and "Happiness Shared" and seem binding ribbon from Stampin' Up! also a bit of fussy cutting.

Here is my interpretation:

I added some extra leaves to give it more dimension.  It was DH's birthday yesterday so I made him the card with the old penny farthing bike image (which I've raised with foam tape). I was really pleased with the colour combo on this and the pp is from Kaiser and the stamp is from the lovely "Feeling Sentimental" set from Stampin' Up! The second card is for a work colleague of my husband's who is retiring next week. The stamp set is the very versatile "Lovely as a Tree" set and I've brayered the colours onto the cardstock. The leaves are fussy cut from the "French Foliage" set and I decided to use some autumn colours as the colour scheme.

I hope I've given you some inspo to get your mojo flowing today. Thanks again for dropping by xx

Monday, 24 June 2013

CSI: #77

Here I am back again with another entry for CSI. I wanted to get this done sooner rather than later as I will be working full-time for the next few weeks and probably won't get a chance to enter the next few challenges (unfortunately I'm not a night time scrapper). I so loved the colour scheme this week and I have so many pics that would suit this scene so I had trouble narrowing it down. I eventually decided on this recent beautiful photo by our local photographer Amber Hooper. This is the final photo in her "Mudgee Project" series. Amber did the most amazing job at capturing the beauty of our town and surrounds and held a wonderful exhibition last week of all 52 photos. I have journalled on this page about how her photos make me feel.

There's a bit of fussy cutting in this, distressing and stamping and thank you to the lovely Nicole from Craft Queen for the little wooden butterflies and flowers.

Thanks for dropping by. I hope you have enjoyed our visit :)

Saturday, 22 June 2013

CSI: #76

Hello everyone! When I saw challenge #76 over at CSI: Colour, Stories, Inspiration I subconciously steered clear of it. I did everything to avoid having a go, until I gave myself a slap and told myself that the colours shouldn't be a deterrent.....just try woman! It also didn't help that I couldn't decide on a photo or two. In case you haven't noticed, I also steer clear of masculine pages. I find them a real challenge, so I just keep procrastinating about the photos of my guys. Anyway, once I gave myself a good talking to, I decided to scrap about my guys and the challenge of all challenges to use the bright colours in this week's scheme. I must admit that the sketch did help me quite a bit.

So here is the result. The background paper is the lovely Bo Bunny Double Dot Designs. I think I've bought every colour in this range. They are so beautifully vibrant with a vintage feel. The other bits of pp are Simple Stories. I've also applied a little spray with a mask to the background. I painted the numbers and ran through the Big Shot with the Woodgrain embossing folder and I'm really happy with the effect. I've had the brads and the little arrow in my stash since cocky was an egg, so it was good to finally use them.

And the closies:

I tend to work better under pressure, so when I realised that Challenge #77 was out, I knew I had to get my skates on and finish this today so I could get started on the new one (yes.....I'm a tad addicted to CSI).

So thanks for calling in. Please leave some lovin' if you can. I would love to hear from you.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Rainy day baby cards

Happy hump day....again! The weeks just keep on rolling round way too quickly. And on a rainy, cold day what else can I do but spend some time at the Creation Station. I've been asked by a sweet lady to make a baby boy card for her to give to someone so I thought I'd make several for her to choose from. I haven't made baby cards for yonks, so I had a lot of fun today with these little projects.

First up is the chest of drawers. This is my first attempt at this design and I must say it was soooo easy. The hardest part is fussy cutting the little bits and pieces to put into the drawers. I've used So Saffron as the main colour with touches of Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue and Basic Grey. I think the little pearl brads that I've used for the drawer knobs are from Craft Queen.

The light for photography today was pretty ordinary, but this card is my favourite Stampin' Up! colour - "Pool Party". I've heat embossed the Noah's Ark image with Pool Party embossing powder. This colour
 looks heaps better IRL.

I've used Bashful Blue cardstock and ribbon for this card and fussy cut the little images to place inside the embossed frame. This is really a beautiful colour for babies.

This next pic is of the cards I made for the lovely Nicole over at Craft Queen with the very pretty Kaiser "True Romance" collection as well as lace, ribbons and rosettes also from Craft Queen. If you'd like to purchase this range, pop on over the Craft Queen and have a browse.

Thanks for dropping by once again, I appreciate you taking the time xx

Monday, 10 June 2013

CSI Case File No. 75

Well hello on this wet Monday of the long weekend. Perfect scrapbooking weather, gotta be happy with that! Here is this week's Case File over at CSI: Colour, Stories, Inspiration.

This week's Scheme is so pretty but not colours I would normally use, so it has tested me a little but I found what I needed amongst my stash and it came together okay I think.

The light here today isn't good for photography so sorry about the quality. I've covered the criteria and I've been dying to use the pretty Prima flowers for ages. The frame is from 2Crafty and I've distressed and inked it to within an inch of its life! The title alphas are from American Crafts which I only purchased last week only because I loved the colour so much, but with no project in mind for them, and they ended up being perfect for this challenge.

Thanks for dropping by :)

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Scrap Around The World June Challenge

Hello again! Can you tell that I'm having a break from work this week? I thought it would be a good use of my time to start this month's challenges. I'm really enjoying the challenges over at the brand new challenge site Scrap Around The World  The standard of some of the entries from Australia and overseas is amazing and very inspirational. Not only is there a sketch to get you started but there is also a mood board for your inspiration. Here is this months:

Recently I acquired some old cameras from my Mum when she was having a clean up. One of them is my Dad's old slide camera - very state-of-the-art for its time. One of the other two cameras was my Grandmothers so it is very special to me and I took a couple of pics of them, planning to scrap about them soon. When I saw the mood board for this challenge it was perfect for the photos that I'd taken of the cameras.

So my inspiration for this layout was the cameras (obviously), but I was also inspired by the vintage camera sitting on the old books. So here is what I came up with:

I've used a background technique that the lovely Kim Ewins taught me not long ago (thanks Kim) using texture paste and I've sprayed it with Glimmer Mist. I'm really happy with how this turned out.

I love the Tim Holtz film strips and that I finally found a use for the camera and film strip washi tape. Thanks for calling in. Until next time....

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

CSI #74

Three posts in one day!!!! I'm must be on a role :) But I just wanted to share this weeks layout for Challenge #74 over at CSI: Colour, Stories, Inspiration

Here is the Case File:

Such pretty colours!

I really like the little wooden leaves from Craft Queen and I hand made the tulips using the wings from the Stampin' Up! bird punch. Sorry about the shine in the photo but I've used an acetate overlay over the top of the pp and washing tape and then layered the photo, alphas and embellies over the top of it.

Thanks again for sticking with me today xx

Orange Paperie & Co June Challenge

Happy hump day everyone!  This month it is my turn to set the challenge over at Orange Paperie & Co
So my challenge for this month is "Tags, Tabs and Texture". We are also very lucky to have Tone from Norway as our Guest Designer this month - one very talented lady. Thank you Tone for inspiring us this month with your wonderful creation. If you'd like to see Tone's creation as well as inspiration from the other Design Team members pop on over to Orange Paperie & Co.

Here is what I've done for this challenge:

Lots of texture paste and masking and misting on this one and I love tags because they are so versatile.

We'd love to see you join in with us at the Orange Paperie & Co this month. Thanks for dropping by :)

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Perfect creating weather...

Sunday salutations everyone! And hasn't Sunday come around too quickly as has the middle of the year :(  Because of the rainy weather I was able to get stuck into the kits that I purchased at the Melbourne Expo. These kits are designed by the very talented Cathy Cafun and all the products are from Craft Queen
The thing I love about kits is that it takes all the guess work out of matching colours. Everything is done for you and everything is included. I've followed Cathy's instructions pretty much to the letter except for a few adjustments, but really you can play around with it and create your own version. Out of one kit I was able to make three layouts.

There is a lot of fussy cutting in the two feminine pages from this kit, but I think it's worth it when you see the end result.

I really enjoyed the tearing, distressing and random stamping that was required for this masculine page.

I still have lots of bits and pieces left over from the kit to make another layout or a couple of cards. If you happen to be going to the Brisbane Expo next weekend, call in and browse the Craft Queen stand or maybe do one of their many classes - you won't be sorry.  Oh, and tell Nicole and the girls that Jo sent you.

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by. Until next time.....