Monday, 16 March 2015

D-lish Cybercrop...

I'm back again with a quick post about a project I managed to get done over the weekend. This is another entry for the March cybercrop over at D-lish Scraps/The Scrap Suite FB page. This is for challenge #3 - a lovely sketch to get the mojo flowing:

I don't think I've ever used just one 3x3 photo on a 12x12 page, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this came together. I don't often do a page of myself, so a 3x3 picture was appropriate :)

I used a Kasiercraft circle stencil with texture paste and stamp on the background along with some mist & D-lish Scraps sequins, flowers, sequin bow. wood veneer frame & wire. The lovely little pink polka dot button is from Studio Fourteen40.

Anyway, thanks once again for dropping by & I'd love to hear from you xx

Scrap Africa #47

Hello again, I hope you all had a great weekend. The weather here is still pleasantly warm, but  I can feel a chill in the air at night and the days are becoming shorter. I'm trying to get my head around the fact that it is the middle of the month already, but that means a new challenge over at SCRAP AFRICA.  This challenge is a beautiful mood board for you to get your inspiration from:

I love this mood board and couldn't wait to get stuck in. I was inspired more so by the colours (yellow & green of the lemons) in this:

This page came together rather quickly once I decided on the papers and it's a photo that I wanted to use. This is a pic of Pete that I've been wanting to scrap for a while now. Hampton Court Palace Gardens were amazingly beautiful with all the Autumn colours. At times it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves (not for long though). 

I used Perfect Pearls to colour the title word and then splattered some around the page. I'd love for you to call on over to the Scrap Africa blog and have a go at this challenge or check out the other Design Team inspiration. Thanks for dropping by once again :)

Saturday, 14 March 2015

D-lish Cybercrop for March...

It's been such a long time since I've been able to enter Amanda's monthly Cybercrop at D-lish Scraps - you can join her FB page - The Scrap Suite and play along. It runs for a month and there is always a challenge that catches my eye but I haven't had much time to enter until this weekend. I hope I can do all the other challenges as well but that remains to be seen.  Here is Challenge #4:

I have an 8x8 pad of beautiful Graphic 45 paper from the "Raining Cats & Dogs" collection. It's been an absolute age since I played with some G45 papers and I've been waiting for just the right photo to use with it. Of course it's a pic of my precious princess "China", trying out her new blankie that she got for Christmas. She's so looking forward to winter so she can curl up under it :)

I don't normally enjoy fussy cutting, but today I found it very therapeutic. I've also used some products from D-lish - sequin bow & small green flowers. The larger flowers are from Prima & the ribbon is from Craft Queen.

I didn't have buttons that would match this page, so I made my own from G45 paper & cardboard. I'm hoping to do another of the challenges tomorrow, fingers crossed. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

PL Travel update...

Just a quick post today before heading off to work. I used this great Becky Higgins Panoramic pocket page to add to our London album.

 I love that I can fit so much more into this page:

For these pages I'm using some Kaisercraft Captured Moments "Snap Shot" collection as well as some leftovers from their "Take Off" collection.

I love this little wood veneer camera from Studio Fourteen40. I've coloured the heart with a GellyRoll pen which gives it a little bit of glimmer.

I'll probably go back & do a bit more fiddling with this layout (maybe with some stitching). I can't go onto the next page until I get an order from Papertrenz who are holding up my progress unfortunately - they tend to have products in their online shop that aren't actually in stock & failed to tell me about it until after my order was processed & paid for - frustrating!  

I saved this lovely embossed ribbon from our travels. It looks better IRL. I'm looking forward to moving onto the next page as I get to play with a bit of Gold - when my order eventually turns up :(
In the mean time happy creating & enjoy the remainder of your week xx

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The London odyssey...

I have now finally commenced our PL album of our trip to London in 2013 - yes I'm a tad behind, but since I have now finished recording our daughter's overseas journey and caught up on my design team commitments, I can concentrate on our own travel photos. So this is the first of the posts that I plan to share with you about this particular journey.

Don't worry I won't bore you with all the pages as I do them, but just bits and pieces. I love these American Crafts "Map" thickers that I bought on special ages ago and I've just been waiting to start this album to use them. I then decided to cut up the map that we used almost every day while we were there and label it with some of the places that we visited. I love the Kaisercraft Geo Tags die that I recently purchased. It's perfect for PL as it also has a miniature aeroplane and camera die included.

I've kept all these embellies that I bought in London in my stash all this time hoping that I'd be able to incorporate them into my album. Seeing as travelling the Underground Tube is a requirement while in London, I wanted have a page dedicated to just that with some of the photos that we took. I love this "Mind the Gap" embroidered embellishment.

And this is how the page turned out:

The Tube Map is a bit wonky in this photo, but IRL it does line up properly. The Oyster cards are the actual cards that we used on a daily basis.  Wanstead was where the kids lived for the first 12 months before moving to Putney. Queensway was the station closest to where our apartment was in Kensington Square Gardens. And the "London Bridge Station" photo was a "just because" shot :)
It is a bit of fun re-living our travels again but I can see by the amount of photos that I took, this will be an ongoing project for quite a while.

Thanks for looking and I'll be back again in the coming weeks with more of this journey.

Kraft + Plus March Challenge

Happy Tuesday and welcome back to my blog. As I've said before, the beginning of the month is always a busy one for we of the papercrafting world. Last month I joined in on the very first challenge for a brand new Challenge Blog - Kraft Plus.  The very talented Sandra Wallace and her amazing design team are back again this month for another fun challenge.

The reason why I'm enjoying the Kraft Plus challenges is because they don't set too many rules. I like the inspiration to get my mojo flowing and then I can follow my own style. Even though this is a sketch challenge, I decided to turn it on its side to accommodate the photos that I wanted to use.

And what girl doesn't love a chance to add some bling/glitter to her pages?! My title #happydays is from Dusty Attic and the XOXO (which I've added gold glitter to) is from WOW. Doilies, spotty bag, Flair, black cabochons, sequined bow, gold arrow & black sequins are from D-lish Scraps. the gold Flair & ribbon are from Studio Fourteen40. I also used a couple of Kaisercraft Kraft tags to add a bit more layering.

These photos were taken in a photo booth at a recent wedding that my DD and partner attended.  I love them and couldn't wait to use them on a project.

Thanks for looking and feel free to leave a comment if you wish :)

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Scrap Africa Sketch Challenge #46

Just popping back in to share my DT layout for the new sketch challenge over at SCRAP AFRICA . I love this sketch because it was so easy to interpret. I hope you'll love it too:

And here is my take + closies:

In case you haven't noticed, I'm a bit in love with these colours and all things "beachy". The Kaisercraft collection "Sandy Toes" makes life so easy :)

I'd love to see your interpretation on this sketch, so please play along if you can. Thanks for dropping by again xx

ARTastic March Challenge...

WFT?! Where did February get to? Surely it cannot be March already?  And sadly it is also the beginning of Autumn here in Oz, despite the 35 degree heat today.  I've just arrived back from a fun weekend away with some lovely girls. We all celebrated our birthdays recently and thought it'd be a good idea to have an over-nighter in the spectacular Blue Mountains - only a 2 hour drive away. I'm sure you'll be seeing some of my pages created using the photos in the near future.

In the mean time here is this month's challenge over at ARTastic. Criteria: Use a quote or saying on your creation.

This is a pretty cool piece of artwork by Barbara Hanrahan (you can read all about Barbara on the ARTastic blog) and I also love using quotes on my layouts. For this challenge I chose to use a quote by Lucy Maude Montgomery - a Canadian Author most famous for her "Anne of Green Gables" novels. I also took some inspo from the colours in the picture.

There are lots of bits & pieces from D-lish Scraps on this page - flowers, sequined bow, doily, flair button, spotty mini bag.  I do hope you can play along this month at ARTastic. Thanks for calling in :)