Tuesday, March 3, 2015

This makes me ridiculously happy! - CSI 156


Check out the latest challenge from CSI. Isn't it a lovely feminine colour combo? Here is my take on it for the CSI design team. 
The photo is a favourite of ours from this summer. My son and daughter are in the kiddie pool together having a laugh. As my background is quite busy I printed the photo out in a larger size and used a mass of tangled black thread to help make the image 'pop'.



From the evidence list I chose text print, leaves, stamps, and a mixed media background. I journaled on a hand-made journaling spot to fulfil the journaling requirement. 



Hope that you have time to play along with this challenge. There are lots of great prizes up for grabs from 2Crafty, Cherry on the Top and Flying Unicorn.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Kraft Plus Challenge - Guest designing for Chantal Vandenberg



Its a new month again - seriously didn't we just have Christmas? Time for new challenges and I was lucky enough to be invited to guest design for the awesome Chantal Vandenberg over at the fabulous new chalenge blog 'Kraft +' 


Chantal sent me some of her cute embellishments to use on my page - I used her denim hearts, felt balloon and that adorable little Xmas tree. If you enter the challenge over at K+ you too can win this pack of Chantals goodies:


The photo on my page is very special to us. My son Adam and his girlfriend Isabel bought a puppy for Christmas. Little Loulou is just adorable and already very much a part of our family. She really was the best Christmas present ever! Here are a couple of close up shots showing Chantals embellishments a little clearer. Aren't they cool?!



Have a fantastic week and do check out this new Kraft + challenge here and Chantals blog here and her etsy store here So much inspiration to be had!

Friday, February 27, 2015

You Make my heart Sing - Stuck? Feb challenge



Loved this sketch from 'Stuck? sketches' and couldn't resist giving it a go! I was on the 'Stuck' design team for a couple of years and when I stepped down earlier this year (because of family comitments) I really missed Lauras awesome challenges!
I flipped this sketch to match the orientation of my photo. It is just a happy snap taken on our summer holiday in Omapere a few weeks ago but I really love it. I 'went to town' inking, spraying and stamping my background before layering on my papers and embellishments. I kept the colours light and bright to match the mood of the picture.


I used a mixture of stickers and 'thickers' for my title - I really love these black 'brush stroke' thickers from American Craft. They make each title a feature of the page and seem to match most layout styles.
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Have a great weekend - thanks for visiting my blog today!!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Week 8 - Life Zesters



Project lifers out there have you discovered the challenge blog 'life zesters' ? It is a fun challenge site where you can share your pocket pages and enter them into great monthly challenges. This month the challenge is to 'use wood' on your spread.
I have lots of wooden embellishments and this was an excellent opportunity to crack into them. here is 'Week 8' of my 2015 album:



If you like clean, uncluttered project life LOs then mine are probably not your cup of tea. I tend to use as many photos as I can for my spreads and journal about all the little quirks and adventures that make up our day to day life. I don't spend too much time stressing over colour matching and finding the perfect embellishment because I know that when I look back on my albums it is the photos and journaling that I love to reminisce about. My PL albums are also a great place to use up those odds and ends that are too cute to throw away but which probably wouldn't get used on a traditional page.
Here are some close-ups of the wooden items that I used:





Hope you have time to head over to the Life Zester's blog and check out their challenges!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cousins - Sketchabilities Challenge



I love a good sketch challenge and the current 'Sketchabilities' sketch is awesome (as they always are!). Here is my take on it.
I found this photo on my sons 'facebook' page and I knew at once that I was going to scrap it. It was taken at the last Rhythm and Vines music festival when Chris and his cousins met up and spent some time together.
I water-coloured, inked, stenciled and stamped my background - using a 12x12 sheet of thick cardstock to minimise warping as I spritzed a LOT of water onto my background to get the watercolour effect.
I made a photo stack from lots of paper pieces and ephemera to mat the photo and to raise it up from the background. Here are some close ups:



Have a great week and don't forget to check out the Sketchabilities blog yourself if you have a little spare time.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Benji I love these Snapshots of your 6th Birthday - CSI 155 design team page



Here is the newest challenge from CSI and my take on it for the CSI design team. My little son has just celebrated his 6th birthday and as the youngest of a large family he had plenty of big brothers and sisters to help him celebrate in style! Since this sketch incorporated 4 photos I could include a photo of benji with each of his siblings - albeit with the girls together in one shot!
I powered up my Silhouette Cameo machine for this one (I don't use it anywhere near as much as I should so I have promised myself to use it more this year!) I cut the words 'love' and '6th' from my background cardstock, backed them with woodgrain paper and constructed the rest of my long title around them using letter stickers. I outlined all the letters with blak marker pen.


From the CSI evidence list I used circles, paint, pen work, labels, rub-ons, stamps and stickers. I journaled about a stage of life - Benjis birthday and also used the inspiration word 'family'.



We would love for you to join us this week - there are a ton of gresat prizes up for grabs including goodies from 2Crafty chipboard, Flying Unicorn and Cherry on the top!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

6 Today - Sketchabilities and Another Freakin Scrappy Challenge Feb challenge




I love the sketches at 'Sketchabilities' and this one is no exception. I have combined this challenge with the Feb challenge over at Anne Pennington's cool site 'Another freaking Scrappy Challenge' - Anything goes - yep thats right you can do anything at all this month - LOs, art journal, project 365 ... anything that takes your fancy!!! 
My little boy turned 6 this week. He is the baby of he family so it is always a bittersweet occasion for me. I would like to keep him little for ever but since that is not possible the best I can do is to 'freeze' each stage and age in my photos. 
This photo of Benji cuddling his bear 'Benji bear' (OK - not an original name I know) really pulled at my heart strings. I take a photo of him with the same bear every year on his birthday to record how he has grown - believe it or not he was once significantly smaller than the bear. I used texture paste and one of my favourite Studio Calico stencils to create the circle pattern on the background paper. Ithen used a variety of green inks to spray and colour the page - allowing them to dribble and blot ofcourse!!!


I loved the leaves on the sketch and I incorporated some paper leaves that I have had in my stash for ages into my design.


A 'thickers' title and some handwritten journaling completed the look - and voila we will always remember exactly how adorable our little man looked on his 6th birthday.


Have a great week  and thanks for visiting my blog today!

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