Monday, November 17, 2014

Our Cute Pirate - CSI 147



Its sketch week at CSI. I love working with sketches and Emma Stafrace's sketches are among the very best! This one is no exception. Here is my page for the CSI design team.
I wasn't keen to cut up these photos into circles so I used other circular elements as embellishments.
I went with a dark background to make my photos really 'pop'. I find that white spray ink is often not opaque enough to give a good covering over a dark cardstock so for this page I used watered down acrylic paint in white and pale blue. When the paint had dried I randomly misted over it with dark blue spray ink, added some strips of washi tape and some of my favourite stamps. I really like the grungy, masculine effect that resulted.


I took the photos of Benji last week. He had persuaded me to buy him a pirate outfit from the local $2 store and played dress-ups with his sister all afternoon. He had so much fun out of this simple purchase - and looked so darned cute!


From the evidence list I used circles, stamps and something stacked. I used 365 questions as my journaling prompt. the question was 'How did you play today?' - perfect I thought!
Do join us for this challenge at CSI - there are some great prizes up for grabs and guest DT spots too!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

All grown Up - Scrap Around the World November challenge



I love the November mood board at SATW is just lovely. I was really inspired by the rainbow of coloured flowers and the vintage music paper.
I had wanted to create a rainbow effect background with my watercolour pencils for a while now and this seemed like a good opportunity to get them out and have a play. I took out a combination of colours - based on the flowers in the mood board and coloured a random rainbow diagonally across my music script background paper. When the colour was completely dry I used a chevron mask and texture paste to add a little detail to the background. A little stamping finished to look.



I built up layers beneath my photo using offcuts of papers and inking the edges. I added some stickers, rub-ons and other details from the awesome Crate paper 'Open Book' collection.


A 'Thickers' title and s little hand-written journaling completed my page. Thanks for the inspiration SATW!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Always Inspired by travel - Once Upon a Sketch November challenge



This month's theme at 'Once Upon a Sketch' is 'Inspired by'. This is a great theme to ponder and I am inspired by many things. However, having recently returned from a trip to Los Angeles I coulodn't get past my travel photos and how much I am inspired by new countries and new adventures.
I chose a photo that my daughter took of me on Santa Monica pier. It was Natalie's dream to visit Santa Monica and we had the best day!
I chose a sheet of map paper for my background as it seemed appropriate for my theme. I painted over my focal area with blue acrylic paint to match the blue sea and sky in the photo and I dribbled a little yellow ink through the paint - reminiscent of the sunshine on that gorgeous Californian day.


I used paper strips from my new Crate Paper 'Open Book' collection to mat my photo and a number of the gorgeous rub-ons that complement the collection to 'spice up' the page.


I created my main title from a combination of 'Thickers', alpha stickers and rub-ons and I journaled onto strips which I adhered to the page. Usually I hand-journal but I thought that my handwriting would get lost on the busy background in this case so I printed my story from my MacBook.

Thanks for visiting my blog today - hope that your weekend is going well!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Happy Days - STBs November challenge


This months challenge at STBs is to showcase the softer side of the males in your life. I love this photo of my son with his beautiful girlfriend. She really does bring out the best in him :)
I chose to scrap the photo in black and white so I could use primarily yellows and a little green to portray the sunshine and fresh-air that they bring into each others life.


I sprayed and stamped my background using a variety of masks and stamps.


We would love for you to join us this month and play along with this challenge. There are some great prizes to be won including a $30 Scrapmatts store voucher!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Looking Soooo Good! - 123 challenge blog DT post



Have you had time to check out the November challenge at 1,2,3, Challenge Blog yet? Here is my take on the criteria for the 1,2,3 design team. 
A few weeks ago we found out that our youngest son needed eye glasses. Since he has a sister and a brother who wear glasses he was quite excited about the prospect. When he first put on his new specs and saw a clear world for the first time he was completely hooked and now the first thing that he does when he gets out of bed in the morning is put on his glasses. 
I sptayed my bacground using the peach colour from the challenge and a complementary shade of navy blue. I used a combination of stencils and stamps to add interest and masculinity to the background. 

I incorporated the word 'good' into my title using 'Thickers' and added a scattering of acrylic and wooden stars to fulfil the challenge criteria and complete my page.


Do come and join us this month at the 1,2,3 Challenge blog. We would love to see your take on this months challenge !!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Way to Go - Stuck? sketches



The November 1st sketch is live at 'Stuck? Sketches' and it is a great multi-photo plan. My eldest son recently graduated with his bachelor of Education degree. It was a very proud day for us as a family and I had a lot of awesome photos to scrap.  I chose three of my favourites for this page. I used my Gelatos, spray inks and stamps to make a colourful background that would set off my photos well but not be too distracting. 


I found some great Echo park papers with an urban theme that complemented the setting of my photos (Auckland's Aotea centre). I added my title 'way to go' using a chipboard phrase and journaled onto a speech bubble to complete my page.


Do join us this month for this fun challenge and if you are in need of some additional inspiration hop over to the Stuck? blog to check out the amazing pages from the other DT members  - there is some serious eye candy to be seen!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Double Digits - CSI 146




Case File No. 146

Reveal date:
Oct 31

Due to Debbi:
Oct 29

·    stripes
·    polka dots
·    weave
·    tree
·    hang something
·    metal
·    fibers
·    circle punch
·    something transparent
·    decorative scissors
·    clips
·    lightbulbs
·    jars
·      Topic: Document your scrap space.
·      Prompt Idea: Choose a Journal Jar prompt.
·      Presentation: clip your journaling onto something
·      Writing Format: Make a list. See here for ideas or use your own idea.
·      Inspiration Words: create, inspire, work-- use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title.
·    magenta - 190.51.110
·    white - 255.255.255
·    bright lime green - 203.214.110
·    light gray - 222.222.222
·    pale pink - 248.227.236


Check out this weeks case file from CSI and my page for the CSI design team. Aren't those colours beautiful and girlie? My daughter has just celebrated her 10th birthday and since pink is her favourite colour I thought that this scheme was perfect to scrap a photo from her party.
As usual I had a blast inking and stencilling the background before layering on some of my current favourite papers to mat the cute photo of Sophie and her party friends.

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 From the evidence list I chose polka dots, circle punch (the scalloped edge circle matting my number 10) and something and something transparent. I fulfilled the journaling criteria by listing some perks of being 10 in Sophie's eyes :)


Hope that you have chance to join us over at CSI for this challenge - we would love to see your take this week.

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