It's been nearly a month.....

Hi there..... I can't believe it has been nearly a month since my last post. Where has the time gone?

Lot's of shares in this one because I am heading off to Cairns for ten days for a holiday in just a couple of days so won't be around for a while again.

Have managed to do a couple of Cyber crops in recent weeks but the mojo is certainly not flowing freely yet. I have also managed a few more of Fab's challenges but not even close to caught up yet.

Took Viva in for a holiday stay arranged by Guide dogs whilst we are away so have been feeling rather odd today walking around the shops without my companion. Although it was rather nice being able to vaccuum the floor and have no dog hair on it an hour later and not have to close every door behind me. I'm sure she'll have a wonderful time as she has gone to stay with a gentleman who lives on his own with an older labrador so it is a combination of quiet time and a friend to play with. I wonder if she will remember me in two weeks time?

Onto the shares which I am doing a little back the front .... but who cares! Heather challenged us to complete at least three of the challenges over at the Home and Scrapped CC and with the leftovers create a card. So here are my three cards.

Ange challenged us to create a layout about the things we would do if we won the lotto and money was no object. I decided to use a Jen Hall layout concept from her online class "the write stuff" for this one as her idea was based on goals over the next five years and I'm not really a goal setting kinda girl.

Heather's challenge was a sketch which had to also incorporate something "old" from your stash. There's a few old things from my stash on this one.

The lovely Sarah wanted a layout with journaling and a frame of some kind about the area we live in and why we like it.

Kerri's challenge - a layout about growth, including a tree somewhere on the layout and we had a couple of quotes to choose from too.

The clever Karen wanted us to take inspiration from a shopping catalogue or magazine so the only one I had on hand was an Ezi-buy catalogue. I wanted to use a number of photos so played with the old Picasa collage and printed out my photos on an A4 page. I stamped the hearts on the background and used the logo for Jump rope for heart as the inspiration for the die-cut image.

Now onto the next CC from Scrap of Difference. Of course both CC's were on the same weekend so after a number of weeks of not scrapping I had numerous layouts over just a few days.

This was for Jo's sketch challenge - she had a single page sketch that I turned into a double layout and tried to get a Pip Prosser style happening but it's not quite there. I truly have to keep working on the doodling concept.

As the theme of the CC was Halloween, the card challenge was to use the colours orange and black predominantly and also include a "ghost" shape. I found the scalloped edge in the Breezy Design Kleer kutz so played with that.

Here's the colour challenge - black, white and orange. And before anyone asks..... I don't have the Fiskars effervescence punch, although I probably would like it... this is all done by hand using the Fiskars threading water punch as a base and a regular hole punch followed by the Big Bite for the smaller holes.

Last but not least was the word challenge which worked a little differently this time around. Our words were - Trick or treat. We did not have to use those words on a layout, but rather do a layout using a new "trick" that we had learnt recently or alternatively a layout with something we had treated ourselves to at some stage and not yet put to good use. I went with the "trick" technique and created the twirled ribbon roses from an embroidery technique that I found on you tube.

Back to one of Fab's challenges - #42 Yellow and/or watermarked background. I chose both the watermarking on the yellow card base and used up some really old stickers and this awful bear embellishment that I have had sitting around for a while. The card is okay but I'm not that impressed myself. Still, it made good use of some old stuff which never hurts.

#6 - Use a vintage Santa image. This is an image from a package of vintage images that I purchased recently. Can't find the name of the site at this late hour, but when I do I'll let you know.

#14 - Brads or a tall card theme. Of course I chose both ideas again. When I actually look at it now, it could also be a birthday card too but I'm still likely to use it for Christmas.

Just before I go I want to share with you the awesome gift I received from Colorbok last week for being involved with a survey of theirs. As some of you may be aware, Colorbok have bought the Heidi Grace and Cloud 9 names from Fiskars and being a fiskateer they offered us the opportunity to assist them in their design processes by sending online surveys asking our likes and dislikes to up and coming designs. I was lucky enough to be a part of the first group to complete the survey and won this huge set of papers, stickers, chipboard, album etc. I was pleasantly surprised by their generosity. Now I just have to pick up my mojo from somewhere and get on to using it all.
See you all when I get back from holidays!


Vince B said…
Thank you once again for your kind comments on my blog, your art is as always beautiful - the baby card is exquisite! and I love the teddy bear xmas one.
Dead jealous about your craft box freebie - Wow - good for you!
Hope you have a wonderful holiday and I look forward to seeing more of your brilliant creations soon.
Vince X
Anonymous said…
Lucky Heather set this challenge Melissa, it looks like this blog could do with a bump. But I know your extremely busy at the moment.
Kerri G.

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