Saturday, 29 January 2011

Don't forget the Scrappasion challenge!

Just a few more days and the first Scrappassion International blog challenge will end and the next begins. You still have time to make a vintage style layout detailing a word that represents you in 2011.

No more layouts from me in the last few days as I have been busy preparing my Sympathy card class. Here are the cards the ladies had to make this afternoon.





I knew a couple of the ladies have the Stampin' Up Manhattan Rose embossing folder and they have been disappointed when trying to use it as it was not as exciting an image as they expected it to be so I decided to make a couple of cards using it to try and sway their thoughts. They really liked the middle card with the lovely butterfly cut from the SVG blog where I bought the file of her cuts offered on the blog. There are lots of them.... and I love most of them.
The greeting stamps are from the KaiserCraft mini clear stamps Sympathy set. The flourish on the third card from Basic Grey flourish edges and the floral image on the first card is from the Papercraft clear expressions range.
It is great to see that my favourite Christmas card challenge blog will be back up and running as of Feb 1 with a few changes to the format. Looking forward to playing along with Fab's challenges again.
Who will join me in the fun?

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Scrappin' my little fingers off at the Home and Scrapped Cybercrop.

After a week in Mildura on holiday. I was starved for some creative activity so the Home and Scrapped Cybercrop came just at the right time for me. It also helped that I have been tired and grumpy for the weekend so has a been a good opportunity for me to keep to myself and whittle away at the challenges.

First up was a double page sketch from Heather so I used some photos of my recent European trip in Frankfurt. Some handmade flowers appeared too and my stash of those is almost gone so will need to put those on the to-do list.

Challenge #2 from Heather was a journaling challenge to take a photo of a loved one or item, choose 13 words about them/it and journal in a more unusual way about them/it. We also had to include a piece of bunting which I almost forgot...... Thank heavens for Wordle art - this wordle cloud was printed directly onto my 12 x 12 cardstock and I just worked the stamping and photo around it.

Ange challenged us in the third challenge to create a layout using two or three colours that lie side by side on the colour wheel. The only other colour allowed was a neutral - black, white or kraft. I enjoyed the chance to play with some pink and purple. This is a lift of a layout in the magazine - Super fast layouts with 4 x 6 photos, Vol. 2.

Lastly Ange challenged us to create a layout using: 3 photos, a border, predominant blue colour and a choice of 5 quotes.
I decided to go on and make a card with each set of papers left on my table from each layout.

Challenge #1

Challenge #2 using Fiskars - Wishes all around stamps, Apron lace border punch and scalloped circle squeeze punch.
Challenge #3 with stamps from The Stamps of life - Flowers2share set.


Challenge #4 and a Page maps card map design



Before I left for Mildura, I was the victim for the "Get Challenged Now" challenge over at Home and Scrapped. I ran out of time to get it completed before we left so worked on it Friday night after reading a CK magazine in my travels and being taken by the colours in a layout that would work for me.
My criteria: Paint or ink on the background, Patchwork of scraps and button and bows.
Hope you like what I came up with, it was fun to play with just scraps of papers.
Now, I knew I would get bored on my trip to Mildura as I am not your everyday, lie by the pool kind of person. So a couple of years ago I bought these Form a Line patterns and thought that I would take them with me to play with. Some pre-folded cards, thread, paper piercer, mouse pad and needles, along with the patterns and the following are what I came up with. When I got home all I had to do was add greetings and a couple of little extras and voila.... I have made a start on my Christmas cards for the year.




Well that's it folks..... off to type up some instructions for a card class for the weekend.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

A Great RAK to win over at the new Scrappassion International blog.

Now not only can you win a Guest Design Team membership for March, but you could win this fantastic kit too at Scrappassion Challenge Blog International!!

This wonderful kit has been provided by MICHELLE!
There are up to three chances per person to win this!

First chance: All you have to do is become a follower on the blog and we will add your name to the draw!!

Second chance: If you want your name added for a second time and a chance at the becoming a member of our Guest Design Team for the month of March, join in on this month's challenge and have it mailed to Ria by January the 31st, 2011.

Third chance: if you promote the Scrappassion International Challenge Blog on your own blog (please leave a comment with a working link to your blog on that blog - not on mine!) your name will be added for the third time! How cool is that?

Please note: this RAK will end on January 31, 2011. The winner will be announced on February 1st or 2nd.

Have a go why don't you!!

Monday, 3 January 2011

Another one... already....

Well, I was determined to get this finished last night after it had me frustrated for many hours. Not entirely happy with it but it will have to do for now.

Most of these photos were taken by the lovely Ingeborg as we decided not to go mad and duplicate photos of everything. There is a couple of freebie SVG files I have used with SCAL and some great Dusty Attic chipboard which has been inked, misted and utee-ed. Sarah bought me these cute Parisian dimensional stickers from K&Co so there is a few of those on there too.

Thanks Ingeborg for all the cute photos.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Just a quick layout for the New Year weekend

When Ingeborg and I went on our road trip to Paris we noticed something quite unique when we crossed the border into France. Unlike other places I had visited in Europe and Australia, the power lines had a unique style about them. Maybe it is the scrapbooker in me, I'm not sure but all I could see when I looked out over the coutryside were the owls sleeping in the fields.
I had to take a few photos just to show others what I meant and still some of my family don't get it. I hope others can appreciate my point of view.

The design is based on Heather's sketch for December over at Home and Scrapped.

Enjoy!

Saturday, 1 January 2011

The first challenge for Scrappassion International is up.....

Welcome to 2011!

My role on the DT at Scrapassion International blog has commenced and Ria has challenged us, and you to create a layout in vintage style, choosing a word as your title that represents you in 2011.

I chose the word CONTENT - and my quote reads: To accept what you are is to be content and contentment is the greatest wealth. To work with patience is to gather power. ~ Vimalia McClure.

Head over to the Scrapassion blog to see what the other lovely designers have chosen as their word.
What will you choose as your word?