30 September 2011

Some more girliness...

After finishing this layout, I was in a girly kind of mood, and keen to make another pink one.   I was inspired by the colours in this gorgeous picture from Cupcake Inspirations:

This one is a double using some delicious Echo Park 'Life is Good' papers:

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I made two paper flowers (box folded) and one felt flower with pinched petals and a button in the middle:

I also used:  Green Tara 7cm flower, (no idea what brand the big one is!) American Crafts 'Dear Lizzy' Glitter Thickers "Bliss".

I'm entering my layout at:
# Berry7Bleu ~ Pink and mint + three handmade flowers
# Kaboodle Doodles ~ Pretty Doily
# Paper Sundaes ~ Anything Goes

29 September 2011

Celebrating 49...

I didn't get any really nice photographs this year for P's birthday - actually, only one shot turned out. As a scrapper, I must admit I'm guilty of procrastination when it comes to photographs I'm not happy with - silly, I know. 

It should be all about capturing the memories, not showcasing a perfect photograph. So, I got motivated this week to print out a few 'not so perfect' photographs and I started scrapping. 

I started with this inspiration photo at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge this week:

Focussing on the orange balloons, I went with a birthday theme, and scrapped this layout:

Almost everything I used is from We R Memory Keepers 'Fiesta' collection - kindly given to me by my friend Melissa. Mel - it took me a while, but I finally used some of those papers!! The only extras are the foam Thickers from American Crafts, and the May Arts red gingham ribbon.

I'm submitting my layout at:
# Celebrate the Occasion ~ Use ribbon
# Deep Ocean ~ Happy birthday

28 September 2011

Another Lily Bee layout

I've been using more Lily Bee - I *love* these papers! My Craft Spot wants to see ribbon, and I based my on a sketch at Pixie Dust Paperie:

Edited 29/9: My friend Roxy suggested I enter my layout at Seriously Creative Challenges this month - where the criteria is: 1 ribbon (May Arts gingham); at least 2 embellishments (Prima flowers, buttons, pin, Jillibean Soup journalling card); 3 patterned papers (Lily Bee 'Picket Fence' x2, Making Memories 'Noteworthy' page x1).

25 September 2011

A little conservative...

This week's brief at Scrap Boutique "Passion for Fashion" was CONSERVATIVE (feminine/demure).

Colours - Pastel, soft blends, muted rainbows.
Lines - Simple flows, rounded curves and semi- fitted.
Textures - Light, flowing, lace,usually old-fashioned small print.
Effects - Fragile, soft, charming, innocent and very feminine.
Favourite Accessory - Very simple accessories, sometimes diamond accessories.
Note: Notice the simple accessories, its pastel colours and rounded lines.

This is how I interpretted the criteria:

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My favourite bits are the yo-yo flowers, which I made myself, and the organza ribbons:

I'm also submitting my layout at:
# Crafty Ribbons ~ Anything Goes ~ I used pale pink satin-edged organza ribbons

18 September 2011

A Passion for Fashion - Week 2

Week 2 of the Scrap Boutique 'Passion for Fashion' challenge, was all about being dramatic...

My layout:

How I interpretted the criteria:

DRAMATIC(Theatrical)  This style creates a glamorous and glitzy impact.
Colour: Strong, vivid, and contrasting (black is a favourite).
I chose a black background (Core'dinations 'Nightfall') and contrasted with red.
Lines: Severe, sharp and unusually asymmetrical. Bold and often overwhelmingly fitted with open slits.
I think the second statement describes Betty's usual attire!  But I grabbed onto the idea of sharp lines, and I created an asymmetrical stitched border with both straight and zigzag stitches. 
Textures: Rare and trendy.
I tried to mix up the textures a bit.
Effects: Confident, chic, sexy and catchy.
Betty Boop's persona captures the first three, and her theme song and signature phrase are catchy :)
Needs: Custom-made or altered to fit.
I made a silver 'spotlight' and I added a line of brads to the black matt to mimic the look of a film strip.
Favourite Accessory: Bold statement, usually metallic.
I chose silver for the accessories, and also a glittery title (American Crafts Thickers).  
Note:  Notice the fit, its impact and its open slits. Sometimes open back design or see-through materials are used.
I used lace for the see-though element

Other products:  Cosmo Cricket 'Circa 1934' papers - I chose these to match the era of Betty Boop :)  The flowers are Bella (red) and Petaloo (black). The little journalling pin is from my2angels, and was a RAK from my friend Melissa.  Thank you xx

15 September 2011

Owl Love

It's recipe time at C.R.A.F.T Challenge this week and I always seem to struggle with these ones.  Probably because I tend to overthink the criteria and then get a mental block... anyway, I pulled out my scraps folder and just started shuffling bits around, and then I found a card sketch that would work, and this card happened:

The recipe?  Three squares (which I layered on top of each other), two ribbons, and one circle (the button).  On top of it all is the adorable 'Owl Love' image from our sponsor, Bows and Berries.

I used scraps from Crate Paper 'Crush' range, and printed the owl onto a scrap of MME. The fabric is from a pack of Junkitz swatches I found in the bottom of a box last week!  The button is from American Crafts (I only know that because it was still in the blister pack) but I have no idea what brand of ribbons they are...

I'm submitting my card at:
# Frosted Designs ~ Card sketch
# Papertake Weekly ~ Things with wings

13 September 2011

A new favourite

Fickle, fickle, fickle...  my favourites constantly change.  I can't decide on a favourite colour - it's different every week.  I can't decide on a favourite food - it depends on my mood.  Same with favourite clothes.  Favourite papercrafts company - almost impossible!  Right now, it's Lily Bee Designs.  My last few layouts have been created using the 'Picket Fence' collection and I just love how easily the papers coordinate.  So... here's another one:

I'm joining in these challenges:
# The Paper Variety ~ Favourite papercrafts company
I used Lily Bee papers, alphabet stickers and cardstock sticker all from the 'Picket Fence' collection.
# Scrap Lounge ~ September technique ~ Paper tearing and scrunching
# Craft Your Days Away ~ Make your own flowers 
The large flower is made from a scrunched up paper doiley

12 September 2011

Haute Couture?

My scrap-mojo needs a serious kickstart, so Passion for Fashion 2011 at Scrap Boutique couldn't have come at a better time for me:

Week 1 was all about 'Haute Couture'.  I know next to nothing about high fashion, but what's fabulous about the challenge is that the criteria can be interpretted however you like!   

My layout:

My take on the criteria:

Colours - Unusual and rare 
Orange, yellow and terracotta - unusual and rarely to everyone's taste, I'm sure, but it worked for me :D
Lines - Unusually layered, fitted to suit, very specific individual taste
I have five layers, not counting the photograph or the base cardstock. The mix of patterns are  individual to my eclectic taste.
Textures - Unusual and rare
I used a mesh bag that came with my lemons!  Other textures are the tulle, damask and felt letters. Rare?  Well, the damask swatch is from a Junkitz collection and since the company went bankrupt a few years back it's pretty rare now, LOL!
Effect - One-of-a-kind, very unique
Not sure if I achieved this?
Needs of customer - Custom-made, designer's originals
I made my own custom background by ModPodging the glittered tulle to the cardstock.
Favourite Accessory - Coordinated, matching and custom made pieces
The flowers are custom made by me from the same tulle as the background.

The flowers are my favourite part - I had fun making them and deciding how I would use them on the page:

I think I covered all of the criteria except for "expensive" - but I did invest a lot of time in the layout and I do have lots of gold flecks in the tulle!

And most importantly I had a lot of fun with it, used up some more older stash, and got another photograph onto the page.

11 September 2011

The miracle of the moment

I've been playing with Lily Bee papers again!  During the July school holidays we took a day trip to O'Reilly's, putting our little soft-roader through its paces on a local 4WD only road.  It was a fun day out, with gorgeous scenery, brisk weather and some quality family time together.  One of the highlights was the Treetop Walk and climb to the top of the observation deck 30m (110ft) off the ground.  I took some lovely photographs throughout the day, but these ones of Jasmine reaching the upper deck were my favourites.  She was so nervous, but also so proud that she climbed all the way to the top:

My layout was created with the following challenges in mind:
# Scrapping Everyday Miracles ~ Miracle of the moment
# The Paper Variety ~ Favourite photographs
# Frosted Designs ~ Sketch-Along Tuesday

10 September 2011

My first Lily Bee

I have to admit, I've never used any Lily Bee products before.  But after receiving some Lilybee 'Picket Fence' papers, stickers and alphas in my Scrap Pile design kit this month I think I have found a new favourite!  Fickle me, I have lots of favourites!!  I found it very easy to put together some layouts using mostly product from a single collection.

This is the first layout I created, with a few little Prima 'Essentials' and a Little Yellow Bicycle journalling card to mix it up a bit:

I based my layout on the sketch I designed for Scrap Pile this month:

Digital credits: 'BnW Grunge' papers by Toucan Scraps; journalling card ('Daily Planner') by Michelle Underwood; 'Feed the Birds' paper flakes by Dianne Rigdon

I'm entering my layout at:
# The Paper Variety ~ Monochromatic
# Lime Tree Creations ~ August/September
The gorgeous lime green doiley is made by Becci at Lime Tree Creations.

08 September 2011

For a child...

The daughter of a special friend is turning 6 this week, so I made a card and decorated a little (store-bought) plastic case full of little-girl trinkets:


The timing was just perfect too, because this week at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge it's all about children - any project for a child or featuring a child can be entered.  The cute digital image I used on my card is called Balloon Leah, generously provided by our sponsor, Whimsie Doodles.

I also used: American Crafts 'Vanilla' cardstock, BoBunny 'Jazmyne' paper and alphabet stickers, American Crafts 'Dear Lizzy' paper (for the paper piecing), Martha Stewart border punch, and a few assorted flowers from my stash.

I'm submitting my card at:
# Crop Suey ~ Numbers
# The Stamping Boutique ~ Birthday
# Raise the Bar ~ Paper Piecing 
# The Paper Variety ~ Use stamps

I'm submitting the decorated case at:
# Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes (with flowers)

04 September 2011

Jasmine's card

The J-girl has been using up my scraps to create some cards. This one is a thank you card, using a butterfly punch:

Jasmine is submitting her card at:
# Creative Card Crew ~ Anything Goes
# Cute Card Thursday ~ A pinch and a punch

01 September 2011

A bit sketchy

I really enjoyed making a quick and easy card for C.R.A.F.T. Challenge this week ~ it's a sketch challenge and the fabulous, versatile sketch was designed by Kevin, who was previously on the DT with us.  Here's my card:

I used an image called 'Top Hat for a Lady' from our generous sponsor, Floppy Latte DesignsI also used:  Kraft cardstock, Spellbinders 'Blossom' diecut, Basic Grey 'Black Tie' and Echo Park 'For the Record' papers, Bella flower and Making Memories metal flower (shows how old some of my stash is!!)

This is also for:
# Simon Says ~ Anything Goes