Saturday, 24 April 2010

My news of the week........

On Friday I had the pleasure of a call from the lovely Jo at Scrap of Difference offering me a position on her DT for the next 6 months. I of course agreed very quickly, so will be looking forward to receiving a pack of goodies to create with soon.

I have done a couple of CC's since my last post so have a few new things to share with you.


First of all there are a couple more photos of cards I have created with the stamped embellishment swap items. The "thinking of you" is from a Stamps of Life set.
During the month of April Kim at Home and Scrapped challenged us to create three cards that were not the traditional rectangular shape.

My first ever circle card for a friend of mine who has recently had a new baby girl. It took me ages to balance the the embellishments to make it stand straight. Seems I am a little particular about doing that kind of thing.


This cute handbag card was cut using a template from an old TLC Artist choice kit. I scanned it and created a SCAL cut file for the little bug. The stamp is from the Stamps of Life.

A card for Fab's challenge site too. #10 Triangular card and/or stencilling and/or stamping. This one I created the card cut in Design studio the with the cuttlebug and a brass stencil I embossed the front and with the stencil in place still, I coloured it with chalks. I used some silver border stickers and the greeting to complete it.

A couple of weekends ago I did the Home and Scrapped CC and I even put up a challenge for the other members.

I wanted a layout with a predominant date title to use up those number stickers, thickers, and chipboard etc. This was my example:

This was Bri's challenge to create a layout using a bi-lingual title. These are photos whilst in Indonesia in 1986 at a waterfall (air terjun) called Coban Rondo.

Kim challenged us to make a minimum of two cards using flowers that had to look like they belonged to a set.


Mistra’s handmade embellishment challenge which had to use fabric too. I cut the tree from some grungeboard and inked it. I used a Cricut cut from the paper dolls cartridge as a design to work with.

I also did Angie’s recipe challenge.

At Scrap of Difference we had the theme of "End of an Era" which I found a little challenging to locate photos for but after a lot of thought and searching through photos I found some things that would work.

This is a layout for the colour challenge to use mint, red, brown and cream.

The card challenge involved the same colours and required a quote or verse about change or new beginnings.

The technique challenge was all about distressing which I kept rather plain and simple with only using sanding, which I haven’t done for months and inking which I use all the time.


Lastly the sketch challenge, I rotated the sketch 180 degrees and worked with these photos of my Mum’s last Birthday. I tried out creating one of the spiral flowers with some Ink by Steph paper and ink and glimmermist. I might have to do this again as I really enjoyed it.
Well that lot's of sharing to peruse so I'm going to take it easy for the rest of the weekend for this lovely long ANZAC day weekend. Enjoy all!

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Cards, cards and more cards......

Over at Home and Scrapped just recently we had the pleasure of joining a stamped embellishment swap and received a huge variety of images to play with. The idea was to send a few images stamped in black on white cardstock so that others could colour them as they wished.
The lovely Heather of course could not miss the opportunity for a challenge so to get us using the image straight away, she asked us to create four cards and a layout with different criteria.
Below is what I came up with along with a few extra so far.

This is my layout based on an article by Vicki Boutin in Scrapbook and Cards Today relating to the under-utilization of our stamps. I scraplifted her layout on the page also but mirrored it and changed the number of photos. I have used two images of stamped mesh and two images of wheat, a floral image and the bird and owl. I water coloured the background images and cut them into 2" squares to form the background. I matted the photos, added a few strips of paper and the half left-over journal box from a previous layout, stamped and rubbed-on the title, wrote out journaling strips and added some brads to finish.

An additional card with a Stampin' up image from the batch and The stamps of Life happy birthday stamp.

Another additional card with the cuttlebugged background.

Yet another additional card with frames cut from the Cricut - Storybook cartridge. Cuttle bug embossing with Swiss dots and the "just for you" is from a Stamps of Life set also.

Another extra card with additional Stamps of Life stamps added to the nature embellishment image received - I think it is a Stampin' Up image too.

One of Heather's challenges to create a card by placing the chosen image in a frame, layer as desired to give depth and use ribbon. One of the cards had to be in black and white only so this was it too.

The challenge - to enhance the chosen image with kindy glitz, glimmer mist, glitter, mini beads or something similar and then add bling to the card. This has lots of kindy glitz on the wings and the background of the stamp but it didn't photograph too well.

The challenge here was to layer the chosen image onto pp or cs and use pop-dots to raise it above the chosen card layout. Inking the edges of the card was required also.

First card challenge was to colour the chosen image using chalks, ink, coloured pencils or paint and use some cardstock the same colour to accent the card. Also a scallop or other fancy scissored border was to be used somewhere on the card. Love the Fiskars Apron Lace punch! I water- coloured the butterfly and used patterned paper for my background to match.
Now, I did say I would share my cyber crop challenges from a few weeks ago for Scrap of Difference.


The card challenge was to create a card using a handmade flower of some type, use the word friend on the card and an item that was not intended for scrapbooking. My flower is made with dressmaking tissue paper from an old pattern and sprayed with Sapphire Glimmermist.

Michelle gave us a round sketch from Pagemaps to work with so this was a little challenging for me as I don't usually do a round page. The theme was family and friends so this is my husband and third born of the triplets at the Rainforest habitat in Cairns.

The colour challenge to use Black, white, pink and green - photos of my niece's little girl.

For something different we had a technique challenge this time and had to create two handmade flowers, one from scratch and/or one altered flower.
I wasn't too sure to start with about this layout but it is growing on me the more I look at it.
Thanks for dropping by....... Maybe you can catch me on the weekend at the Home and Scrapped cybercrop, would love to see you there.