Saturday, 7 October 2017

Scrap Matrix Challenge

My Happy Place challenge


Hello crafty friends. It is very exciting to be entering the first ever Scrap Matrix challenge....although Vicki has very generously been sponsoring other challenges for a long time now.  I was inspired by the colours of the moodboard, and have used some 'warts and all' photos from my scrap space.

Imagine
 I am lucky to have a 'room' to my own, although I do have to share it with our cat Smudge. I have been using this space for almost a year now and there are still some things in the 'I don't know where to put this' pile, so the evolution continues.


Because my layout background and photos are very busy, I have kept the embellishments very simple.

Products from Scrap Matrix: 13@rts Rainbow Colour - bordeaux, navy (duo); Ayeeda Mist Chalk - yellow amber, turquoise, dirty pink; Ayeeda Ink - black; Ayeeda Gesso - white, Faber Castell - whipped spackle (love this); Colour Arte Radiant Gel - vavoom red; and (not sure of the brand) wood veneer title 'imagine'.

Thanks to Vicki and the Scrap Matrix team for a fun challenge, can't wait to see future challenges. 
Cheers and Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Kraft Plus - October Challenge

I can see clearly now


Hello crafty friends. This month I was honoured and very excited to be asked to be a guest designer for Kraft+ with their "I can see clearly now" challenge for October. What a fun challenge, you need to include something clear on your creation. 
Why not pop over to the Kraft+ Blog, be inspired by the Design Team and enter this fantastic challenge.

Sharing my creation - 'Sweet'
Another photo taken while at Monarto open range zoo. Yes I do love visiting zoos, love taking photos of the animals, and I do love meerkats!


I wanted to try a 'less is more' approach with this layout, utilising negative space, while also keeping an earthy, natural feel.  For the see-through elements I have used vellum strips and flowers. To create the vellum strips I roughly tore the vellum and inked the edges, after they were glued down I added some accents with Distress Crayons. The vellum flowers are an assortment from my stash. The chipboard pieces (Dusty Attic and 2 Crafty) I have kept raw, except for the title which was inked with Distress vintage photo. 

Thank you to Sandra and the team at Kraft+ for another great challenge.
Thanks also to all the sponors for such wonderful prizes.

Colour Stories Inspiration Case #238

CSI Case #238


Once Upon A Time


How I solved the case - and only just in time!!!

The scheme: all five colours used.
The evidence: animal, flowers, leaves, tree, light bulbs, enamel dots.
The testimony: Once upon a time.

Thanks to Debbi and the team for another great challenge.
Thanks for looking.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Show us your stuff - September challenge

SUYS - Mixed Media


Fun can happen anywhere
This photo was taken while exploring at Burra Creek Gorge at Worlds End.
It was a fun afternoon, even when we had to use stepping stones to make a 'creek crossing'. I am not as agile as I used to be!


Products used: Hand made item - Charms Creations heart.
Background elements - Tim Holtz matt texture paste, grit paste and distress mist, Ken Oliver colour powder, Stampin' Up stampin' write, washi tape, glitter flourish stickers, assorted blooms. D-Lish Scraps glitter enamel dots.

What a great challenge. Thank you to the team from Show us your stuff.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Kraft Plus - September challenge

what's the buzz?


 I found this challenge to be a challenge. My inspiration took a winding path, with a few options being rejected, before I decided to run with this idea. I am still not sure if this page is finished...it may have some tweaking before it goes into the album. 

Dexter..be happy


Products used: Colour Blast colour paste - leather & deep water; Tim Holtz distress ink - faded jeans, A2Z chipboard frame (cut in half), Charms Creations heart, Studio Calico wood veneers, alphabet stickers, flairs and brads from my stash.

Thanks to Sandra and the Kraft Plus team for their great challenges and thank you also to all the sponsors that support Kraft Plus.

Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo - September challenge


Journey

Escape
A new found love...creating a canvas.
Using an awesome photo taken by my husband during a cycling adventure. I just love the morning mist in the photo, giving a slightly eerie feel.


To begin, I primed the canvas with a layer of black gesso. Then comes the layers...matt texture paste, sand texture paste, lots and lots of chipboard cogs/bolts, and some random metal elements. I built up the centre section of the canvas with scrap chipboard pieces. As I added each layer, I coated all pieces with black gesso.


Before adding the final layers - the chicken wire and the framed photo, I added colour to the  background - a mix of Prima Antique Brillance wax and Prima Art Alchemy mettallique paint.

To frame the photo, I have used a piece of corrugated cardboard, smudged with gesso and wax. The top layer of embellishments are metal cogs, arrows, globes and other bits and pieces.



 Thank you to the team at Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo for organising such great challenges each month. This was lots of fun.



Sunday, 24 September 2017

White...with 1 - September challenge

 Such a pretty green, a lovely challenge from WW1.

"Wear a dress"


Products used: Tim Holtz matt texture paste; Nuvo mousse - spring green; Kaisercraft stamp - blossom; Prima & Scrappers Garden flowers; D-Lish Scraps - sequin bow and flair; glitter flourishes, wood veneer 'happy' and bling hearts from my stash.

Thanks for looking.


Saturday, 16 September 2017

Off the Rails Scrapbooking September challenge

Steampunk
offtherailsscrapbooking.blogspot.com.au


Snapshots
One of a group of photos taken during a visit to my old home where I grew up as a child. I just love the colours in the photo, and the way the tank has aged over the years.


To create the background, I coloured some matt texture paste and applied it through a chicken wire stencil. I added kraft paper strips used like washi tape, and added some Prima Brillance wax accents around the edge and on the kraft paper. Other embellishments - metal cogs, jute, wire, chipboard and some paper blooms.

 I really LOVED this challenge, any excuse to do steampunk anything! Thanks to the team at Off the Rails Scrapbooking.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Colour Stories Inspiration Case #237


A great group of friends.


How I solved the case:
The sketch: I have stayed fairly true to the sketch, only using one larger size photo rather than two smaller ones.
The scheme: all five colours used.
The evidence: stripes, speech bubble, triangles, eye glasses, animal, washi tape, school themed photo.
The testimony: inspirational word group.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

CSI: Colour Stories Inspiration Case #236

CSI - Case #236


Catching yabbies


How I solved the case:

The scheme: all five colours used.
The evidence: stripes, wood (wood veneer hello), string (red), banner.
The testimony: document an adventure.

Thank you to the team at CSI for another great challenge. I am so happy this month that I was able to complete both challenges....it has been a long time since that last happened.

Monday, 28 August 2017

CSI: Colour Stories Inspiration Case #235

CSI: Case #235

Beautiful together


How I solved the case:

The scheme: all five colours used.
The Evidence: solid white background; flowers; bling; wet medium (shimmer texture paste - sour apple, mist - blackberry, watercolour powder - olive green); eyeglasses, summer elements (bird, butterfly).
The testimony: the inspirational word 'together'.
The scene: Because I like to scrap 6 x 4 photos, I have really tweaked the sketch. Instead of the title down the bottom, I have placed two word stickers. The upper part of the sketch I have increased, using one photo instead of two. I have placed the title where the embellishment cluster was. Where the third photo would be I have placed another embellishment cluster.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Kraft Plus - August challenge

Trees Leaves and Branches


Perfect Moment
Another fantastic photo taken by my husband while out cycling.


Products used: Prima graphite texture paste, Shimmerz Texturez - artichoked, Distress mist - peeled paint, bundled sage, Kaisermist - blackberry, Stampin Up ink - mossy meadow, Ken Oliver Colour Burst - olive green,  Dusty Attic chipboard cog corner, 2 Crafty chipboard cogs, leaves, chicken mesh, 13 arts chipboard title, Prima brads, Corbett Creations wood veneer leaf, various metal embellishments, jute ribbon.

Thanks to Sandra and the team for another amazing challenge.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Kraft Plus - July challenge

Roses 3 Ways


What a clever challenge, use roses three ways. 
I tend to use flowers on a lot of my pages, and I thought this would be fun. 


Rose one: stencilled roses in the background
Rose two: paper roses
Rose three: ivory resin rose (lower right hand corner)

Thank you to Sandra and the team at Kraft Plus for another great challenge.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Colour Stories Inspiration - case #233


Such pretty colours in this summery case file.

So Cute


How I solved the case:
The sketch: I have used the top part of the sketch and rotated it 90 degrees.
The scheme: carnation pink - heart; pale sage green - paper, flowers; sage green - photo matt, texture paste; white - paint splatters; light golden yellow - photo matt.
The evidence: flowers, wood veneer, watercolour paint splatters.
The testimony: the inspirational word 'hello'

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

White..with 1 - July challenge

Lavender Lane


Monkey Business at the Zoo


Products used: Kaiser Mist - blackberry; Shimmerz Spritz - walkin' a tight heliotrope; Resin Rainbow - doily, lace strip, sequins, bling strip; Kaisercraft - stamps;13 arts - hello gorgeous sticker; chipboard from my stash - coloured with Shimmerz Dazzlerz - I lilac you, grapetastic; Scrappers Garden - flowers.

Thank you to the team at White..with 1 for another great challenge. 
Thanks for looking.


Smile - July

Smile



I love the sombre colours on this layout. The texture paste for the stencilled roses is Shimmerz Paste-eez in raspberry sherbet...with 2 drops of black ink added. I am so happy with the finished colour, it matches the roses on the paper beautifully. The corner chipboard pieces I painted with black gesso, and then rubbed on some Prima Art Alchemy wax in brushed iron and amethyst magic. These waxes are my favourite new toys at the moment! The chippie title, I coated with Tim Holtz grit paste, gave it a smudge with chalk ink and randomly glued on some micro beads. I added some micro beads onto the black cheescloth and finished the page with a few pearls.

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, 23 July 2017

13arts - challenge #56

Create your own background

Another fun challenge from the 13 arts team.

Hello
Using a photo taken during Aida's visit to South Australia in April. It was a wonderful day, meeting Aida and also meeting Vicki from Scrap Matrix. They are both such lovely caring, sharing people.


To create the background; first I sprinkled some 13 arts Rainbow Colour Duo - navy, spritzed with water and allowed it to dry. Then some purple shimmer spray, some random stamping - rocks and flowers, then over the top of everything I applied some transparent shimmer texture paste (his does not show up in the main photo) through a flower stencil.


 Some close ups to show the shimmery texture paste. Apologies for the photo quality of these, the weather was not helpful!


Because I love the crisp, fresh feel of the background, I have kept the embellishments very simple, a few flowers, some flairs, hearts and a bow.

Thank you for looking.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Off the Rails Scrapbooking - July challenge

African animals, zoo...or just orange/red/yellow


Fabulous
A fabulous cheetah at the Monarto Open Range Zoo. 


Products used: matt texture paste coloured with Distress Ink - tea dye and walnut brown; Distress Mist walnut brown, peeled paint and bundled sage; acrylic paint splatters - black and white; Charms Creations star; D-Lish Scraps sequin bow, Heidi Swapp gold title, various wood veneer pieces, black jute cord and brown mesh ribbon.

Thank you to the Off the Rails team for a great challenge, I have quite a few 'zoo' pictures to scrap. Thanks for looking.

D-Lish Scraps - July challenge

Primrose Lane


Always remember
At first I was unsure of what to do for this challenge.  While I often use aqua and red, I do not usually work with aqua and red together. However, as soon as I saw this photo of Kenzie at the Honour Roll at the Australian War Memorial,  I knew it was perfect for the Primrose Lane challenge. 


For the background I have used a checker plate stencil with matt texture paste on the left hand side, and a small cross stencil with clear gloss texture paste on the right hand side. On the left, I added some watercolour paint, and on the right I have sprinkled some colour powder. I have added some washi tape down the middle, the script tape from a previous JAP kit, is still my favourite 'go to' washi tape. The rest of the embellishments are from the Primrose Lane kit. I have finished the layout with a 2 Crafty chipboard title.

Thank you to Amanda and the team at D-Lish Scraps for another challenging challenge!

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Scrapbookit June Challenge



Create a project using 6 x 6 papers, geometric shapes and chipboard.

Always follow your Dreams


For the required elements; I have used some beautiful Ultimate Crafts papers (6 x 6 pad) for the photo frame and corner. There are geometric shapes in the design on these papers and in the thin chipboard die cuts. The title is 2 Crafty chipboard.

The background paper and brads are part of my 'use up your stash' mission.
I love the sepia tones of the layout which coordinated perfectly with the wood veneers. Thank you to Joanne, Mel and Jane for another interesting challenge.

Kraft Plus June Challenge

Kraft plus one


Enchanting
It is so great to actually finish a layout for the Kraft plus challenge. The past two months did not get past the 'that's a great challenge.....' 
I have kept this layout quite simple, loving the black, kraft and red palette. 
I also challenged myself to use some things that have been in my stash for quite a while...the chipboard title and bird. All part of a long overdue de-cluttering!

A big Thank You to Sandra for all her hard work organising the Kraft plus challenges, and to the design team for their fantastic inspiration.

Scrapbook Boutique June Challenge

Gold is the new Black


Shine
This is the first time I have entered the Scrapbook Boutique challenges. I simply loved the 'Gold is the new Black' moodboard, so stunning and elegant.


Products used: Colourblast colour paste - bling; Words or Whatever chipboard; Stampendous embossing powder; Charms Creations tab; Heidi Swapp gold title, Corbett Creations wood veneer; assorted flowers, washi tape, wood veneers and embellishments from my stash.