Sunday, 27 April 2014

Craft Queen goodies

Hello again, I hope you are all enjoying your Sunday. Back to a normal week this week after all the public holidays we've had. Yes we do live in a lucky country :)  I just wanted to add a DT layout I made for Nicole over at Craft Queen a little while ago & I just realised that I hadn't put it on my blog. Most of the products that I've used here are from Craft Queen & you should pop on over & have a look at all the scrappy goodness Nicole has to offer.

On our visit to London last year we were walking along Buckingham Palace Road, after visiting the Royal Mews, when we happened upon this beautiful vintage Harrods London Bus. I know it's not the iconic red London bus, but it was a London bus after all. We didn't get to ride but it was nice just checking it out.

Thanks for looking. Until next time....

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Scrap Africa Challenge No. 28

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your Easter break. We are having spectacular Autumn weather here with clear, cloudless skies & still quite a lot of warmth during the day with cool nights....bliss! Autumn has brought with it exciting times for me in the scrapbooking community. I've been selected as a Design Team member for Scrap Africa, one of my favourite challenge sites. They have two challenges per month, one of which is a sketch challenge. I'm so happy that I'll be working alongside some of the best papercrafters in the business. Scrap Africa is so inspirational and fun, I hope that you get the time to play along.

The current challenge is DISTRESSING WITH A DIFFERENCE. The criteria being that you must use everyday items from the kitchen to distress your project. Remarkably there are many things that can be used. I used the tea-staining technique on my sample (& flowers) as well as the reverse side of a cheese grater to get a subtle embossed pattern on my paper (which is a tad hard to see in this pic). Here is the card the I made:

Note the lovely pleated ribbon from Craft Queen! I do hope you get a chance to play along. Just use your imagination :) Stay tuned for the next Scrap Africa challenge!

Monday, 14 April 2014

CSI Case File #118

Hello everyone, another Case File for CSI: Colour, Stories, Inspiration and you should check out The Scheme for this week! They are beautiful colours & I had no idea as usual how to tackle it, but once I put ink to paper things flowed from there.

And of course another mojo-boosting sketch from Em Stafrace to go along with it :) Here is the closies:

I really enjoyed creating with the colours this week.

Thanks for dropping by :)

Friday, 11 April 2014

CSI Case File 117

Happy Friday! I hope you are all looking forward to the weekend. I've had a very exciting week in the scrapbooking world. The first part of my exciting news is that I will once again be a Guest Designer for CSI: Colour, Stories, Inspiration for May!  I love CSI & the uniqueness in their Case Files. I can't wait to share my next exciting news, hopefully in the next day or so. Stay tuned!  In the meantime, here is my entry for Case File #117. Probably my last entry as a competitor until June.

 Just love the little flair buttons from A Piece of Cake Designs. Perfect for this page.

I used Gelatos mixed with water for the water splashes & drips running down the page. Gelly Roll pen to colour the arrow & the wooden "smile" embellie (a bit sparkly in real life).

I hope you have a very creative weekend. I'll be back here very soon...

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Scrap Africa Sketch 28

It looks as though I've been doing nothing but scrapbooking, but the truth is that this & the previous layout have been a work in progress over the last week & I happen to have time today to get them finished. The current sketch over at Scrap Africa is a real beauty:

I have so many photos that need scrapping that the biggest challenge is choosing a photo! The one I've chosen for this challenge is a very recent pic (last weekend) of DS, who was so excited to finally meet a guy who is a huge inspiration to him. A bit like when we meet someone from the scrapbooking world who we totally admire - that kind of excitement! :)

The base paper is Kaisercraft "Garage Days" and I've also used Bo Bunny "Mama-Razzi" papers.

Wooden title "#This is Awesome" - Flutterby Designs
"So Cool" arrow - Scrapmatts
"Capture" flair button - A Piece of Cake Designs
Wooden stars - Studio Calico
Wooden camera - Prima Marketing

Thanks for dropping by. I'd love to hear from you :)

Just because...

Happy hump day again! I've been experimenting with some Gelatos of late and decided to give them a go on this layout that I've been wanting to do for a while. It's one of my favourite photos from our o/s trip last year. Our DD was showing us around her suburb where they were living at the time & we were waiting for the next train back into the city. This was just a random moment that I managed to capture of her & her Dad having a cuddle in the cool air. Some things never change over the years....she's still her Daddy's little girl.

I'm still not sure if I'm happy with the end result, but it sure was fun getting messy. I've used texture paste & a stencil then I coloured over the top with the Gelatos. I've had the chippy feather for ages so I'm glad I finally used it. The pretty pp is from Stampin' Up!. I've also used plasterers tape & washi tape & a Technique Tuesday, Kaszazz & Kaisercraft stamps.

I love the chippy title (2Crafty) & I coloured it with some yummy new glitter gel pens I recently purchased from Scrapmatts.

The flairs are from A Piece of Cake Designs & the pretty heart is from Prima Marketing. Flowers from Tattered Inspirations & Kaisercraft.

TFL!  I'll be back soon with some exciting news.....stay tuned!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Orange Paperie & Co April Challenge

Hello everyone and welcome to the Orange Paperie & Co April Challenge, set by "moi" :) My challenge is "Circles & Flourishes", easy right!  So hop on over to the blog, get some inspo & have a go at it yourself.

Here is my inspo:

I've used lots of techniques on this page. The circles are made up of large chipboard cogs & clocks (distressed & inked). The background paper is Kaisercraft Base Coat and I've used a very sharp craft knife to cut & lift some of the paper to get a "lifting paint" look. The chipboard steampunk clock in the top corner (I've had for ages waiting for the right project) and the chippy title is embossed with gold powder randomly, the gaps are filled in with black ink & I've dabbed some copper metallic paint here & there to get an aged look. I love how they turned out. The remainder is made up of die cut cogs & tag (all painted), die cut branches and leafy flourishes, and I've added a few little flowers & leaves. The black tiny twine is from Craft Queen.

I hope you get a chance to play along this month. We have a lovely Guest Designer in Bec Timms, who will be sure to inspire you. Until next time....

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

A little cardmaking inspo...

Hello! I'm just about to start my Mother's Day cardmaking frenzy, as I've only just realised how quickly its coming around. But in the meantime here is a card I made recently upon a special request from my boss. I love the colours in these Stampin' Up! papers. I also handmade the little roses.

I based this on a similar design from a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and I'm sorry but I can't find her name now, but if I can find her website I'll let you know. The sentiment is a stamp from Kaszazz.

TFL :)