Monday, April 21, 2014

This Rocks!!!


Colour Challenge #24
As scrapping time is short over the Easter holidays I combined the sketchabilities sketch with the colour challenge at scrapfriends (Kreative Koncepts) to make this page. 
The photos were taken at the local school fair. There was a huge water slide for the kids to play on and Sophie had an absolute blast. So glad that we got her a waterproof cast!!! 
I had heaps of fun with masks, texture paste and inks for the background. Again I used the cool transparencies from Kaisercraft! Here are a couple of close-ups



Gotta go - hope you are having a great easter!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

5th grade Soccer - CSI #119



Here is the newest challenge from CSI - and my take on it for the CSI design team! My little son Benji has just started his very first season of soccer.He is really loving it and we are loving watching him play. What he lacks in skill he more than makes up for in enthusiasm and the smile rarely leaves his face! He scored 4 goals in his first match and each time he scored he would run over to me grinning from ear to ear (and shouting 'that was me - I scored a goal!!!)
I used the new kaisercraft 'Kalaidoscope' paper which I really love. The colours were perfect for this challenge. All my chipboard was from 2Crafty .


From the evidence list I used tags and see-through element (the transparencies under the photos). I scattered my journaling to fulfil the journalig criteria.


Hope you have time over the easter holidays to check out this challenge and to have a go at it yourself. There are great prizes up for grabs! Have a wonderful easter to all my awesome cyber-friends :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Together - new challenge from Stuck? sketches



Check out the new mid-month challenge which has just gone live at 'Stuck' Sketches. Another great multi-photo sketch. Here is my take on it for the Stuck DT.
Instead of using two equal sized photos I modified the sketch to include a main 6x4 photo and a smaller 3x3 supporting photo. I took both photos a couple of weekends ago at a beach picnic that we shared with my son Jaime and his beautiful girlfriend, Cindy. I especially love the sneaky little photo that I took from behind as we were walking back to the car - love how they are so casually holding hands and chatting together.
My papers and embellishments are mainly Studio Calico. Can you see my stitched circle stamps? I am really loving these!


To get the script effect on the butterfly I simply painted it with yellow acrylic paint. When the paint was dry I used a grey gelato pen to 'ink' my type-stamp and then stamped directly onto the butterfly. I inked the edges with black ink to get a shadow effect.


My title 'together' is another 2Crafty loopy word. I coloured it pale blue using a gelato pen and inked the edges again.
I hope that you have time to join in with our challenge this month. There are some great prizes up for grabs including  ScrapMatts chipboard and Let's Capture our Memories who are offering a $20 store voucher. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Love Life Always - Kaisercraft Saturday Sketch #1


April #1 sat sketch
I was recently lucky enough to win someof these awesome kaisercraft 'Limelight' papers so I decided to have a go at the kaisercraft Saturday sketch competition. Here is the first sketch for April and my page based on it. 
The photo of my youngest and oldest children was taken at Auckland zoo. We were celebrating Benjis 5th and Opas 80th birthdays. Chris had put benji on his shoulders so that he could get a better view of the monkeys (one of their favourite animals). I love the happy smiles on both their faces.
I loved all the layers in the sketch and I stuck quite closely to its format. 


I did a lot of fussy cutting on this one. I loved that big rose that I cut for my corner piece and I found some black and white butterflies in an older Kaisercraft range that I had in my stash which were perfect to 'sit' amongst the flowers.
I also loved the hearts on the sketch and I embelished this idea using wood veneer hearts, sequines and rub on gold stars.

Hope you are having a great start to your week and are looking forward to the easter weekend.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Its a Girl Thing


The new CSI challenge is live. here it is and my DT take:

As you can see it is also a sketch week - my favourite as I love working with Em Stafrace's awesoome sketches.
Natalie had a cultural mufti day at her school last week. She dressed up as a gypsy and looked stunning. This weeks sketch was perfect to showcase a few of my favourite photos of her from that day.
I used Teresa Collins 'Daily Stories' papers - they were girly and matched her clothes well. I used my new prima stamps to make a faux stitched border around some of my paper blocks.

The gorgeous title is a 2Crafty product. It was originally welded together into a rectangular 'corner' shape but I cut it apart and spread it across the page to really make a feature of it. I painted it black and outlined it with white gel pen (I think this is my favourite way to dress up chipboard).


From the evidence list I used jewels, hearts and doodling and I journalled about Natalie's quirky style.
Hope you are having a great weekend and that you find a little time to check out the CSI blog :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Not Very Scary Pirate


I was browsing through the pages of the awesome on-line magazine 'Life, Paper, Scrapbook' (if you haven't found this magazine yet you really need to hop over here - it is truly AWESOME) when I came across the work of a scrapbook artist called 'Mette'. I was so inspired by her pages that I wanted to have a go at her style. This page is the result. (thanks Mette I love your style!).
I adore the photo of Benji dressed up as a 'Scary Pirate'. Really??? just look at those furry slippers!, not to mention the cute little smile. The current challenge at another of my favourite new discoveries - 'Off the Rails Scrapbooking' is 'stencils and masks'. Easy for me since I used masks in almost every page that I create. Here I sprayed blue ink through a very cool 'Prima' bubble mask, inked through another chequerboard mask and finished off by spraying grey ink through another starry mask and letting the wet ink dribble down the page. The stitched circles are another of my newest and most loved aquisitions - they are from a 'Prima' stamp set. I coloured them in using my 'Inktense' water colour pencils.


My papers and most of my labels and die-cuts are all Heidi Swapp and the photo-negative transparency is cut from a 12x12" sheet from Kaisercraft.


This is a great challenge to try out - very easy and open to your own interpretation. Hope you are having a great week :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pink Always



Here is the new awesome sketch from 'Sketchabilities'. How could I resist trying this one out?  Karan's Sketches are just the best!
A couple of weeks ago Sophie broke her arm on the monkey bars at school (again!! - she did exactly the same thing last year!). Well on Thursday she got her permanent cast put on. She had spent days pondering the available colour choices and was determined to go for a different colour than pink this time (she had pink last time she broke her arm). Well, all thoughts of other colours went out of the window when she saw this gorgeous hot pink colour and she was delighted with the result. She really is a girlie-girl!
I inked and sprayed my background with my usual variety of stencils and stamps. My papers are a mix of whatever I had in my scraps box along with some Kaisercraft and Studio Calico die-cuts. 


Check out those flowers - two of them!!! I rarely use flowers on my pages but the colour of these Prima blooms was a perfect match for Sophie's cast! 

I used my new Prima stitched circle stamps for the background circles and I coloured them with inktense water colour pencils. The original photo had a very messy, busy background which I hated. So I did something that I rarely do and silhouettted Sophie from the photo. I then replaced the backgound with a Crate Paper transparency. it looks so much better than the original photo - I will definitely remember this technique for future photos!
There is still time to enter this challenge at Sketchabilities - do go over and take a look! Have a great week :)

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