Saturday, September 27, 2014

Building your New Blue Car

Here is my DT take on the new CSI challenge - I used the current Kreative Koncepts sketch as the basis for my page.
The cute photos of Benji were taken on our recent disney holiday. At downtown disney we found a 'Build a Car' shop and Benji was in little boy heaven!

I loved the sketch at 'Kreative Koncepts'. It allowed me to incorporate 3 of my favourite photos onto my page. I used my 'Inktense' water colour pencils to create the circle elements on my page and combined this with a lot of inking and stamping for a cool background effect.

From the evidence list I chose 'lots of layers, pen-work and epoxy accents' and I journaled on a tag tucked between layers to fulfil the journaling requirements.
Have a great week :)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Love emphasised - 123 Challenge Blag mid-month reveal

The mid-month design team reveal for 123 challenge blog is up now. Here is my DT page. I love this photo of Benji at soccer on a very wet and cold Saturday morning. He looked so cute all rugged up.
I chose an older background paper with a grungy pattern in the Khaki colour of the challenge.

I kept the majority of my embellishments neutral as the background colour was so strong. The earthy colours matched the outdoors photo well.

Thanks for looking at my page - do visit the 123 Challenge blog and check out the fabulous work of the other DT members on display over there. Hope you can join us this month in our challenge :)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Cuteness - CSI 140 & Sketchabilities

Here is my design team page for this weeks CSI challenge. I used the above sketch from Sketchabilities as the basis for my page. I love this photo taken just as my girls exited the 'California Screamin' roller coaster at California Adventure Land. It was Sophie's very first big coaster experience and she was rightfully very proud of herself. Natalie (who had thought that there was a distinct possibility that she would have to ride this coaster alone) was one very happy and proud big sister too!
The CSI colours were great for my photo - except that the red was a little too rich so I toned it down a little. I flipped the sketch but otherwise stuck quite closely too it. I did lots on inking, stamping and stencilling on my background cardstock and then, as always, I covered most of it up with my PP and photo :)

My papers were from a Kaisercraft 6x6" book. These are really useful when you want smaller pieces of paper to layer - saves cutting into those 12 x 12" papers that are "too good to touch"! From the CSI evidence list I used stripes, polka dots, hearts and wet media and I journaled about Sophie and Natalie's roller coaster 'adventure'.

Thanks for looking at my post today. Now head over to CSI and Sketchabilities to check out the talent over there and to get some inspiration for your own page :) Have a great weekend  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Oh Happy Day - sept 15th reveal Stuck? Sketches

Check out this awesome multiphoto sketch from Stuck? sketches. It was perfect for getting more of my holiday photos scrapped. The page above is my take for the Stuck design team. One of the highlights (at least for Natalie - my 17 year old daughter and myself) of our vacation was a trip to Hollywood and Santa Monica beach. These photos were taken as we strolled along the Santa Monica pier area just soaking up the sights.

My papers are a mix of Echo Park and October Afternoon. The midway ephemera were from an older OA collection and were perfect for this theme.

I cut my title from a piece of patterned paper - love the brush stroke look. I kept the embellishments to a minimum as the page was quite busy anyway. 

Hope that you can join us this week over at 'Stuck? sketches and we would love to see you take on this cool sketch. Have a great week :)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

We're Off! - Once Upon a Sketch Sept Challenge

Once again I couldn't go past the 'Once Upon a Sketch' challenge. I love this cool sketch and the challenge to use handwriting on the page was 'made for me'.
I chose these two photos from the very beginning of our trip (hard to believe that it was less than 3 weeks ago!) Benji looks so cute on the travellator with his little wheelie suitcase and pillow-pet. He didn't walk for very long though - preferring to travel in leisure in the stroller with Natalie pushing and Sophie pulling both his and her own cases!
I used Kaisercraft's 'Now Boarding' collection for this page as it was the obvious choice for airport photos.

I had the little 2Crafty Mickey Mouse chippie pieces in my stash and as we were travelling to Disneyland they made the perfect embellishment. I simply painted them black and outlined them with white gel pen.

I handwrote my story directly onto the background with a black gel pen.
Hope you are having a great weekend - the dreary Auckland rain is a bit of a shock for us after the beautiful California sunshine! Hmmm I wonder if there are any jobs going at Disney - I know that Natalie would love to be a 'Princess' :)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Dream Come true - CSI 139 and Scrap Around the World

Another three photos (out of the 1500+) that I took on our recent Disney trip scrapped!! The kids were enchanted by 'Pixie Hollow' and were thrilled to meet Tinkerbelle and Iridessa
I used the CSI colors and gorgeous sketch for this page and took my inspiration from the current mood board at 'Scrap Around the World'
I loved the CSI sketch so I kept fairly close to it. I used a mix of older papers as well as some current October Afternoon ones. I sprayed blue ink onto baking paper and laid my page on top to soak up the ink. This gives a soft, water colour effect.

From the evidence list I chose clouds and butterflies and I used the inspiration word 'two' for my journaling.

 I had fun adding lots of little magical bits (sequines, stars, glitter etc) to complete the page. My title is a 2Crafty phrase that I modified to suit my page.
Hope you have time to try out both these challenges for yourself. There are lots of great prizes to be won!

Monday, September 8, 2014

He is One of a Kind - STB's September challenge

This months challenge at Scrap the Boys is to make a page showing the 'domesticated' side of the men in your life. Cool eh?
My son Adam loves to cook and he (and his lovely girlfriend, Isabel) treat us all to a gourmet meal during our annual summer holiday together. This has become a bit of an anticipated tradition in our family. This photo that I took of him making his delicious apple crumble was perfect for my design team page for the STB challenge.
My papers are a combination of Echo Park's gorgeous 'Capture Life' collection and some October Afternoon remnants.

I used a mix of different alphas to spell out my title in an interesting way - this is also a good way to use up some of those left over letters that we all have in our stash!

Hope that you have had a good start to your week and that you will find time to check out our challenge at STB's.

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