Saturday, 16 March 2013

Scrap and stamp camp......

I know, right? Two retreats in less than a month, it's just not right. But I sure enjoyed it.
The lovely Odette at AOK scrapbooks was looking for extras to make up numbers on her stamp camp so I went along for the ride down to Baldivis.
I joined in with the sketch competition and married it with Karen's challenge for the month at Home and Scrapped to come up with this layout.
 
Karen wanted us to use vellum lace, a photo with our Mum, the quote, washi tape made from a tutorial, dressmakers pattern, flowers made with tutorials from H & S or RAKs or swaps and a butterfly from a H & S RAK or swap. For me it was a challenge to use all that on a layout but I did make it work and lucky for me I the girls at the stamp camp liked it too and I tied for a win of the sketch competition. I shared the prize with another and ended up with a lovely set of Stampin' Up wood stamps and some DSP. Gotta be happy with that.
 
I also managed this layout for Liz's March colour challenge which also had to include lace and a tag. Couldn't resist the colours for a layout of my new Argentinian granddaughter. Gotta get a girly layout in occasionally.


 
I decided, due to my inability to get myself organised for this weekend, that I would do a layout class with Odette and this was the result of the multi-technique class. Lots of new pretty SU products on this one that I had the chance to play with. If I was focussed I would have done a couple of extra things like consider a spot for journaling and inking around all the little panels but I didn't think of that before I put it together so I will leave it like it is now.

 
I also did the make and takes which is another thing I don't normally fuss with but because they were there and included in the weekend then I decided to give them a go. Some lovely designs from Odette and always different to what I would do so nice to get a different perspective.


Last but not least is my layout for the challenge over and Home and Scrapped this month. I challenged the girls to teach themselves something new and create some form of word art to use on a layout with a theme of their choice. If you think you might like to have a go then go here and get the low down.

Happy craftin' all......

Friday, 15 March 2013

More retreat shares.....

I quite surprised myself on retreat and got 9 single and 3 double layouts done. I can't share them all at this stage as some are for future challenges at Home and Scrapped so I'm just including random ones at the moment.

 This was a just because layout....... I love monkeys, unlike some of my friends and I could stand and watch them for ages. I just loved how these guys just sat there and posed as if modelling for a photo.


This background was based on a Creative Jump Start lesson by Louise Nelson which I kind of messed up as it was the first attempt at using a crackle medium. I learnt from my error so I know how to use it next time but still managed to put the page to good use with that hint of red scrap. A new transport experience for the boys.

At Taman Safari, after the elephants show you could buy a t-shirt painted by an elephant and that also enabled you to have an elephant place a lei around your neck. The boys were up for the experience and couldn't wait to get up close to these beautiful animals. I used a couple of Heather's creative classes for the layout, Create 7  using pinwheels, lollipop flowers and flags and Create 16  - a play on words or alternative ideas for titles. I actually had no orange pp with me at retreat and had to scrounge for some orange paint and sprays to create the photo matte on white cardstock. I was pretty pleased with the result.

Create 17 was all about defeminising a sketch - so, taking a sketch full of flowers and flourishes and making it a masculine layout. This older Kaisercraft grunge range made it an easy task and I love the result.
My last share is Karen's challenge for Feb where we were supposed to do a layout about a pet we love but as I no longer have any pets I chose to do the parakeets at the bird park in KL. Karen provided us with a sketch and asked us to use a simple colour pallette and stick with just a couple of colours.

More to come later...
Happy Craftin'........

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Retreat time layouts......

The last weekend in February I went on the Chooks Scrapping Retreat to the lovely Avalon Homestead in Toodyay. What a wonderful time I shared with the lovely ladies there with lots of scrapping time and great food accompanied by great company.
 I had heaps of photos from our Indonesia and KL trip printed and was ready to play with paper.

 MWS1-13 from Heather's scrappy sketches which I love to visit and never find enough time to complete them all. This is my Indonesian granddaughter who took a shine to her Aussie Uncle Keelan and spent most of her time looking for him or by his side.
 My AFS friends at lunch - MWS2-13 where I had a lovely time reminiscing about old times in 1986-87 in Malang.
 Some of the animals at Taman Safari near Bogor in Indonesia where you can drive amongst the animals and they come right up to the cars in places.... Lots of photos like these.

And, a couple of the shows at Taman Safari where I used the technique of using multiple journaling cards to write across and tell the story.

Thanks for droppin' by and Happy scrappin'........

Blog hop winner......

It was congratulations to Libby at http://northernmainescrappygirl.blogspot.com.au/   who was the lucky winner of my blog hop challenge. Thanks for playing along Libby and having a go making some cards from your layout scraps at the Cyber crop. There is a little something winging it's way to you so I hope you enjoy it.

I did myself join in the other challenges at the Cybercrop so here are my layouts:

Heather's SBS challenge which worked great for the photos I had already printed unknowingly.

Liz's Challenge to create a Summery LO and include the following on your page:
1. Sun.
2. A two word title.
3. And three flowers.
Along with Kerri's blog hop challenge to create a card with scraps also.
 
Last of all was Karen's challenge - a colour challenge using beige, green and blue which we also had to make journaling cards or twinchies with scraps so I made one journaling card and then a card for Kerri's blog hop challenge also.
 
Thanks for stoppin' by and happy scrappin'.......

Leibster award

I received this great award a couple of weeks ago on my blog and was very appreciative of the lovely Sarah at http://lawlessrose.blogspot.com.au/   for the nomination.
About the award: This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion. Once you have been nominated you award it to blogs that you like that have fewer than 200 followers to encourage new visitors to visit these new blogs.

Rules for Acceptance - Thank the person who gave you the award and link it back to their blog. Post the award onto your blog. Give the award to 5 bloggers who you appreciate that have fewer than 200 followers. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award.
Here are the 5 blogs that I would like to share with you due to their creativity at their craft and their sharing of life stories:
Penny Hackney -
http://pennyhackney.blogspot.com.au/