Saturday, July 26, 2014

Everything you do is Cute - CSI 132



Check out the new CSI challenge and my take on it for the CSI design team.
Isn't this just the cutest photo of wee Benji??? He loves his dress-ups and he can be a real poser too! makes for some great photos :)
I thought that the background paper from October Afternoon had a very nautical flavour - you know the dark wood of the captains cabin in days gone by. The brighter colours from the CSI challenge were perfect to get the photo to really 'pop' from the page and to keep the focus squarely on it.


From the evidence list I chose string and labels and I journaled using the inspiration word 'cute' as my theme. Here are a couple more close-ups so that you can read my journaling better.



Have a great weekend and don't forget to check out this challenge on the CSI blog :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lets Run Together - Sketchabilities







I love the sketches at 'Sketchabilities'. This one was no exception. I flipped it upside-down to use with my photo. I snapped the photo in the school holidays when Chris and I took Sophie with us for our morning run. She was determined to keep up - and she did for the entire 5k run! I love this picture of her proudly running next to her biggest brother.
I used my new October Afternoon 'Public library' collection for this page. I am a huge fan of October Afternoon and can rarely go passed one of their new collections without making a few (OK a lot) of purchases!


I had fun embellishing this with lots of bits and pieces that I had left over in my project life stash. I also got to play with my new Kaisercraft stamps. 



I fished out an old Martha Stewart punch that hasn't seen the light of day for many months, to make the leafy background fronds.
Hope you are having a great week - despite the freezing cold weather if you are here in NZ.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fabulous Girls - Stuck July 15th sketch



Hi everyone. It is already mid-july and here is the new sketch for Stuck? sketches along with my take on it for the Stuck DT. This month we have paired up with the Studio Challenges site and we are using their awesome colour scheme. If you enter our sketch competition and use these colours you can enter you page in both challenges - thats twice the prizes folks!!!
I love these multi-photo sketches. They are a great way to get a story told and to include a sequence of photos as I have done here. My eldest daughter recently attended her 7th form ball (prom) and I had a heap of photos to scrap from the event. These three were taken at the after-ball party - the girls were relaxing and trying to prolong the night.
I used Heidi Swapp color shine spray inks for my background paired with a variety of stamps (including my favourite 'Prima' stitched circles).


I scattered a few clusters of embellishments around the page and added some Heidi Swapp glitter words to make my title 'Fabulous girls'.

Hope you have time to check out both these challenge blogs and have a go yourself. Next week the NZ school holidays are over so I will have a little more time to scrap (I hope). These holidays have flown by though, much too quickly. I love having my kiddies all home during the day and I know it will be very quiet around here on Monday morning!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

16 Years Apart



Once Upon a Sketch is another of my favourite challenge blogs. This month the challenge is to use a number as the focus for your page - and, of course, base your page on the sketch above.

When I saw these photos of my sons Jaime (21) and Benji (5) I knew at once that I wanted to use their age gap as the focus of my page. They really do love to do things together despite the years that separate them. They have similar interests in that they both love 'boy things' - especially lego, video games and superheros. In the photo Jaime is helping Benji to make up a new lego set and then they are shooting marbles out of the finished machine. The delight on both their faces makes me smile.
The Crate Paper 'Boys Rule' paper collection was perfect for this page. I stamped and inked my background paper (look PP background and not white cardstock!) then I layered various papers and die-cuts to make an interesting mat for my two cute photos. The number '16' is an October Afternoon product which I hung from the bakers twine, and I completed my title with mini-alphas and various October Afternoon tags.





Have a great week and do have a look at this challenge over at the Once Upon a Sketch blog here!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Joy - Scrap Around the World July challenge



I am a huge fan of 'Scrap Around the World' and it is always one of the first challenges that I look at when the new month rolls round. This months mood board is stunning. I was inspired by the colours and the brush-stroke style writing as well as the clean white background wall in the first photo.
My daughter Natalie became the proud owner of an i-phone 4 (courtesy of trade-me) this week. She was a little bit excited as you can see from my photo. I used spray inks to make my watercolour-effect background then reached for a mix of October Afternoon and Echo Park papers to complement my page.


The chevron stamp is a new acquisition of mine. It is from Kaisercraft and is part of their awesome range of cool background stamps (i also bought a 'hessian/burlap' stamp which you will no doubt be seeing in the near future)


My title word 'joy' was painted by Natalie herself. She loves to paint words for me with Indian ink and a paint brush and I can't get enough of them! I used a stencil and 'inktense' aqua pencils to make the circles. I painted water over the pencil lines and allowed it to drip down the page to get the 'dribble' effect.
Thanks for visiting my blog today. hope you are having a great week and have chance to check out this fabulous challenge yourself sometime this month!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

My last 2Crafty post

My time at 2crafty has sadly come to an end. Today I am posting for the last time on the 2Crafty blog. Here is my post:

"Sadly my design team turn at 2Crafty has come to an end and this will be my last post for the 2Crafty blog. I have really enjoyed my time on this awesome team and hae loved using 2Crafty chipboard on my pages. 

The first page that I would like to share with you today is a multi-photo layout that I have titled 'Somewhere over the Rainbow'. We had the most incredible rainbow over our city last week and I just had to stop my car and take a photo through the window of it. On the same day I had taken photos with my i-phone of my youngest kiddies on their way to school - walking in their new rain gear. It seemed logical to pair the photos together onto one page. 
The 2Crafty products that I have used here are:

  • 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' title piece
  • Chevron bits
  • Assorted Arrows
  • Clouds
  • butterflies





I painted the cloud with white acrylic paint, inked the edges and stamped with a script stamp to add alittle interest to the flat whate colour. 


The chevron bit and arrows are two of the most versatile 2Crafty products. They can be added to almost any page for a little extra detail and interest. I simply painted these black using a paint dauber.


I have had the title piece 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' in my stash for quite a while now. This page seemed a great fit for it. I really love these ready cut titles - they are so easy to add to complete a page and they look sensational. Again I painted this one with black acrylic paint. 


The cute 2Crafty butterflies make a great embellishment to a wide variety of pages. I have used gelato pens to colour this one. First I coloured the entire piece with a yellow gelato, then I wet my checkerboard background stamp and coloured the stamp with a silver/grey gelato. I pressed the stamp directly onto the butterfly resulting in this cool 2-tone effect.

My second page 'Tennis Anyone' is a little different from my usual style but I really like how it turned out. Again I wanted to showcase several photos that I took at a recent tennis tournament that my young children Sophie and Benji participated in.


Here are the 2Crafty products that I used on this page:
  • Polaroid Frame
  • Chevron bits
  • Outsized film strip

I painted the outsized film strip with white distress paint then when it was dry I inked the edges and adhered black cardstock behind the 'windows'. I painted the chevron bits with black acrylic paint and adhered them to the frame for interest and added dimension. 

The polaroid frames are another favourite of mine. They are so versatile and easy to use. I coloured this one with an aqua gelato pen and inked the edges. A sticker and some mini-alphas completed the look.

My last page you will already have seen if you follow my blog or play along with 'Scrap 365's' challenges. I based it on the April sketch challenge and was lucky enough to win a guest design spot with it.





I created the background effect by spraying two colours of ink onto a plastic supermarket bag. I scrunched up the bag a little to spread and blend the inks then laid my white cardstock directly down on top of the bag and pressed it down using a rolling pin. The result is this patchy, water-colour effect. I added some grey stars by spraying through a mask and, ofcourse, some randon ink splats.
The 2Crafty products on this page are:

  • 'These are the Days' title 
  • circular borders
I colored the title blue using embossing powder and heat embossing. I inked the edges to add definition. 


I painted the circular border with black acrylic paint. I love to paint chipboard black as it really gives the page 'depth' and as black is a neutral colour it blends in well with most pages.
Here are a couple more close-ups so that you can see the details and read the journaling easier. 



Well thats it from me. I hope that I have been able to inspire you over my time at 2crafty and that you will continue to use and support this amazing product. A huge thankyou to Vanessa for this fantastic opportunity and to all the other ladies on this awesome design team - thanks for your friendship and I will continue look out for your creations in cyberspace. "




Thursday, July 3, 2014

Simply Awesome - 1,2,3,Challenge Blog July DT page


Check out the new challenge at 123 Challenge blog The criteria are :

colour: brights
technique : arrows
Word: awesome

I uased another photo from Natalie's ball evening for this page. It is a fun photo so I wanted to make a bright, funky page to match the style of the picture. My papers are from Echo Parks 'fabulous 'Capture Life' collection. If you haven't checked this reease out you really must. There are brights and black/white/grey toned papers and embellishments so you really can make you page 'pop'. The bokah background paper was perfect to recreate of the glamour of a ball night and the bright matting papers help to 'lift' the photo from the page. 


I used a little yellow spray ink to add a water colour effect to my background, then completed the look with gold stars and sequines (from Studio Calico).


Now it's your turn to head over to 123 Challenge Blog and check out the other DT members' awesome takes on this challenge. Hope you have time to join us this month with a page of your own.

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