Thursday, April 13, 2017

Contented spirit .. with Kraft+

This is my last share from the weekend scrapping with my girlfriend Sandy. We decided to do the Kraft+ challenge together. Sandy, because she does every, single challenge Kraft+ puts up. Me, because I need to push my boundaries and this month's challenge was about paint swatches and it just sounded like fun!!!

So off Sandy and I went to raid my local paint store. Oh and when I say 'raid' I mean as in the pillaging type. I justified our excessive amounts of paint swatches to us as we left with something like "you know, they get those paint swatches from the paint manufacturers so we're not really doing anything to the shop". lol. Oh I hope that I was right about that one.

Anyways, this is the layout I created.

Contented spirit

Although I thought this was an uber cool challenge, I didn't want my layout to become all about the paint swatches with them taking over the rest of my page. Does that make sense? But I definitely wanted them to be the inspiration for my page. So I took some quite long swatches with neutral white colours and trimmed them down to thin strips. I was then inspired to create a layout with my elements  long and thin and off to one side. Whilst raiding the paint store for swatches, I also found some neat, kraft coloured, textured swatches, one of which ended up in my layers.

Some close ups ..

I'm not sure which was more fun. Zipping out with Sandy to the paint store where we discussed building houses and renovating 'blah blah blah' (wink wink) during our paint swatch raid, or creating the layout itself. Whatever. Thanks so much for the inspiration Kraft+!

If you want to give the Kraft+ challenge a go this month you can find all the details you need HERE.

Happy scrapping!

special thanks to ReseneDulux and Paint Spot
no paint swatches were harmed during the making of this layout. actually that's a falsehood. lol

Love this .. with Show Us Your Stuff

I pretty much love any challenge that tells me what to do. This month the challenge at Show Us Your Stuff did exactly that with a recipe challenge. This is what I came up with.

Love this

My handmade embellishments include .. a vintage Charms Creations crocheted doily, a vintage Chelley Bean Designs crochet flower, D-lish Scraps hand dyed muslin, and a Flutterby Designs flair.

Some close ups ..

My background came around in a somewhat serendipitous (?) way. My girlfriend Sandy loves her Ken Oliver Color Bursts and as I hadn't used mine in a really long time, I figured I should drag them out and have a play. My initial result was far too bright and vivid for what I wanted to do. I figured I could tone it down with white gesso but worried about the wet gesso activating all the little particles dotted around the page. But then I figured that would kinda add to the background in a good way so went for it. I love the result!

Fancy giving this month's Show Us Your Stuff challenge a go yourself? You can find all the details you need HERE.

Happy scrapping!

I love us .. with Scrap Our Stash

Whilst scrapping on the weekend I found myself yet again seeking inspiration from Scrap Our Stash. Their challenges always get me digging deep into my stash to find things I'd forgotten I had.

I love us

I'm enjoying their Tic Tac Toe Stash Challenges. There are so many opportunities for inspiration that really, one would be hard pressed not to come up with something. I've used the middle, horizontal row .. stitching, flowers and ephemera. Whilst digging through my stash I came across a super old 'ephemera' pack (K&Co) which belonged to nothing else in my stash, which is super weird. I was a huge devotee of K&Co back in the day and would always buy the paper pads with lots of matching accessories. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I bought this pack!

A few close ups ..

I tried a new technique for me when creating this layout. For a while now I've been wanting to heat emboss template and texture paste backgrounds. But how was I going to do that without getting embossing powder all over my page? Can you imagine trying to clear the excess off with wet texture paste everywhere? So anyways, my girlfriend Sandy was sharing some layouts she had created with texture paste and Ken Oliver Color Bursts. She told me she added the powders whilst the template was still in place. Hmm. So yes I would lose some embossing powder in the process, but I would get the effect I was after. So I gave it a go with some Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders on this layout and it worked! You can expect to see more of that technique being used on my future layouts.

Anyways, you can find all the details you need for the current Scrap Our Stash challenge HERE.

Happy scrapping peeps!

(remember this) .. with Stuck?! Sketches

Last weekend I got to scrap with my girlfriend Sandy, which is always fun and, for the both of us, productive. Whilst Sandy works her way through scrapping commitments, I generally plod away at a few challenges. This layout was inspired by this month's challenge at Stuck?! Sketches.

(remember this)

Some close ups ..

Although I look at this layout now, above, as I'm typing this blog post, and can see lots of ways to add and/or improve it, you know, take it to the next level, I'm really quite happy with it. In some ways it was a cathartic layout to create. I think, although cannot be sure, that I've avoided scrapping photos from 'the chubby years' (lol) until now, so that in itself was liberating. Plus I started to feel a lot of love, and sadness, for the very, very, (very lol), much younger version of myself and the journaling and title came about quite organically as a result. Thanks for the inspiration Stuck?! Sketches.

If you want to give the Stuck?! Sketches challenge a go, you can find all the details you need HERE.

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

You .. with Kraft+

I have been playing with this layout for, I don't know, a week maybe. Not a lot to show for a week right? Lol! In my defence, I struggle using kraft cardstock as a background. But I also struggle with a stubborn streak wider than the Pacific, and this month I desperately wanted to do the Kraft+ Denim Revolution challenge.


A couple of close ups ..

I heat embossed some stamped flowers on denim and then 'fussy cut' them. Yep that's my version of 'fussy cutting' lol! But that's pretty much where it stopped. Thank god I'm stubborn!

If you fancy playing with denim and challenging yourself to use kraft cardstock or, like me, you have a stubborn streak wider than the Pacific, head on over to Kraft+ and have a go at their challenge this month, Denim Revolution.

Happy scrapping peeps.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Wonderful girl .. with Scrap Our Stash

I am now starting to have a lot of fun getting back into my scrapping and checking out what challenges are around each month to help get the creativity flowing. This month's challenge at Scrap Our Stash was right up my alley.

Wonderful girl

The challenge is a Tic Tac Toe one ..

On first glance I was like "oh yeah this will be an easy one". Nope. I had already gathered the materials for my next layout. As in prior to finding a challenge. Gold was not amongst them. If anything, I had a lot of silver products out lol. I don't have any charms, nor shamrocks, so, lol, I could only use the one line, the bottom one. Now, I'm a reformed Crate Paper junkie. Seriously. I have friends who can attest that I used to religiously buy every single collection as they were released, whether I liked them or not, and one year ended up with three of the one Christmas collection and I don't even 'do' Christmas! Thing is, I have started having a huuuuuuge clean out of my stash and have culled more than two-thirds of my patterned paper and what is remaining is, for the most part, now colour co-ordinated. So I had to dig on in and just start hunting me some Crate Paper!

Some close ups ..

My mini alphas are Echo Park, the flairs are Flutterby Designs, and the Crate Paper is my brown strip of patterned paper. I wanted to give it a lift and texture so die-cut one of Tim Holtz's rosette flowers to get the accordion, scalloped, perforated look.

If you're interested in giving this challenge a go you can find all the details you need on the Scrap Our Stash blog HERE.

Happy scrapping!

PS: Photograph courtesy of Lauren Ninness, Little Red Door Photography.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Leave her wild .. with More Than Words

I've just recently taken my pity party for one to Facebook and have received the most wonderful outpouring of support and encouragement. Amongst it all a friend (heh Gnomes) challenged me to scrap a page by Friday night (last night). I only had Friday to actually do it which might seem a lot of time to some, but I am among the world's worst procrastinators and fiddlers. Seriously. So on Friday when I woke, it was with purpose and, because I'd dreamed it, a layout in mind.

Leave her wild

I used this month's challenge at More Than Words when creating my layout.

This was one of those challenges that I just knew I would be scrapping this month. Beautiful + scrapping = my niece Mia. Plus I have a surplus of butterfly products so that would take care of itself.  

Some close ups of my layout ..

I don't know what it is about this layout, or more particularly creating it, but I feel like I'm finding my way back home. I wonder if its because I've scrapped a photo of my niece who I find extremely inspiring or whether its that I haven't scrapped my dogs? Maybe my next challenge should be to scrap my dogs in this style? Anyways whatever lol!

You can find details of this month's More Than Words main challenge HERE.

Happy scrapping peeps!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bz .. with Show Us Your Stuff

I've lost my scrapping way. 😞 Taking an essential six months off to care for our puppy with behavioural problems 'coming out the wazoo' (so to speak) seems to have killed my scrapping mojo. In my humble opinion anyways. My old 'arty farty' (again so to speak) 'mixed media mayhem style' isn't coming out and when I try to get it happening it looks bloomin' awful. I'm fast losing my confidence and don't know what I need to do to get it all back. I'm thinking maybe I should skip the mixed media stuff for a while and just focus on whatever I happen to come up with. Maybe, whilst I have the time, I should just force myself to scrap every day? Maybe I should focus on flinging as much mixed media as I like at canvases, and then keeping my scrapping clean and simple? Maybe I should toss in the towel and sell my mountainous stash? No, I don't think I should take the last approach. The husband might just kill me given the money I've spent on accumulating the said mountainous stash. lol. What do YOU think? Has this ever happened to you?

So, I'm desperate for inspiration yeah? Well first off this month I hit up a favourite challenge blog of mine, Show Us Your Stuff. They had a fun 'this or that' challenge a-happening and this is what I came up with.


A few close ups, especially of my hand made items including .. vintage and current Charms Creations, a couple of D-lish Scraps flair buttons, a crocheted heart, a chipboard arrow 'photo matt' I made with a template, thin chipboard and patterned paper, and then finally a wee circle embellishment which appears at the top left of the photo. The circle was from an ephemera pack in Photoplay's Cooper & Friends new pet collection which I mounted on some chipboard and then (very badly lol) applied glossy accents too.

Maybe I should add some journaling to my layout? Perhaps that's what's missing. Hmm I think I'll do that. Then at least I'll be happy putting it in Bear's album. Oh and heh guys I'm sorry about the pity party for one above. Yes I could delete it and start again but (a) I can't be bothered lol and (b) I think sometimes we should keep it real yeah.

This is the Show Us Your Stuff 'this or that' challenge ..

I went with the hearts, buttons, ribbon and stripes. It was actually kinda tricky. I went to add sequins then realised I had used buttons. Same same with the spots and stripes. Kinda tricky, but lots of fun. If you'd like to participate in the Show Us Your Stuff challenge you can find all the details HERE. Just don't forget to read all the details about using a hand made item on your layout.

Whatever you do, have fun!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Butter wouldn't melt .. with Scrap Our Stash

Heh peeps!

I'm scrapping again this weekend and having a ball! The mojo still seems to be in the building lol. Strangely though the mojo for mixed media just isn't there. I wonder if I'm returning to grass roots after six months off? So anyways, I still need inspiration to kickstart a layout and this time I hit up Scrap Our Stash who have a fabulous Tic Tac Toe Stash Challenge up this month.

Butter wouldn't melt

Our puppy Harry, who has just turned one, has special needs. He looks innocent, adorable, and just cuter than cute, and he is all of those things; but then there's his high maintenance, cannot sit still, needs to destroy everything in sight, side. Imagine a super mischievous puppy on steroids times 1,000 and you'll get a 'glimmer' of what Harry is like. lol.

The term "butter wouldn't melt in his mouth" has been used colloquially over the years to mean a lot of different things. When I was growing up, it was used to describe someone (usually a child) who looked innocent, but was anything but. That's what Harry is like. He has the cutest, most adorable, loving face, and when he looks at me with his sweet, sweet, loving face, my heart melts, but then he'll destroy a cushion, eat a trinkets box, chew on some towels, pull a lamp over, and the list goes on. All before breakfast.  Lol our home now looks like we're moving out. He he.

I've included all this, pretty much, in my journaling on my tag at the top of my layout. I couldn't quite bring myself to have it all 'out there' if you know what I mean. Besides, the title says it all for me.

Some close ups ..

The Tic Tac Toe Stash Challenge was so much fun! I went with a diagonal row requiring a tag, heart and doily.

I absolutely made the most of my old stash when creating this layout. I've had the yellow coloured doily hanging around on my desk for I'd guess, conservatively, about two years. I know right?! The same with the chipboard heart. Does anyone else have a box that is full of bits and bobs you don't know what to do with, but you can't bring yourself to throw them out? Well that's where they were malingering (lol). Oh and my papers were Basic Grey Max & Whiskers. Old, old old.

Thanks for the inspiration guys. I'm now eyeing off the mood board. I hope to continue scrapping through the week so fingers crossed, I'll get to it. Meanwhile, for those of you out there who like a fun challenge like the Scrap Our Stash one, you can find all the details HERE.

Happy scrapping!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cute much?! .. with Show Us Your Stuff

Heh peeps.

For the first time in a really, really long time I got to scrap on the weekend. Its not so much that the opportunities to scrap haven't been there as I haven't really wanted to scrap. I don't want to jinx myself lol but I think I can feel the mojo starting to creep back in. Which would be a good thing. Getting back into the scrapping thing after several months away, I wasn't sure where to start so decided to hit up some of my old favourite challenge blogs and hope for inspiration in the shape of a sketch or two. I found just what I needed at Show Us Your Stuff.

Cute much?!

Our puppy, Harry, who just turned one, has special needs, leaving him with an uncertain future. He has just turned one and I felt a strong pull to scrap photos of him this weekend. This was one that was far too adorable to pass up. Its his first day with us after having picked him up the night before. He's had a bath and smells heavenly, looks too cute for words, and has stolen our hearts, all before lunch time.

Some close ups ..

I've flipped the sketch and instead of using tags, have used cut out ephemera. I've altered the placement of my title and primary embellishment, a Charms Creations heart, but I think you can definitely still the sketch in my layout.

I found this sketch a delight to work with. It had enough structure to keep me guided, and inspired, but enough freedom to allow for 'artistic interpretation' (lol). If you think you'd like to work with this sketch, why not give the Show Us Your Stuff February challenge a go? One thing though, remember you have to use a handmade embellishment on your layout.

Happy scrapping peeps!

Shaken not stirred .. with Stuck?! Sketches

Heh peeps.

I've had a six months hiatus from scrapping. I kinda just lost my mojo. Not just for scrapping, but for everything. Yeah I've been dealing with some pretty sucky health stuff but ordinarily that would drive me to scrap. But not the last six months. Anyways, I thought starting scrapping again would be as simple as just getting back on the bike, or is that horse? Nope. I couldn't remember my own personal formula for scrapping. I couldn't remember what was in my stash. I didn't know where to start. So a sketch challenge, or three, seemed to make sense. First up, I hit an old favourite, Stuck?! Sketches.

Shaken not stirred

Our puppy, who has just turned one, has pica. Olives, especially raw green ones straight off the tree, although technically a food, are not on your average 12 week old puppy's diet plan. Nor were the 10,000 or so pebbles he bought in from the garden. Sigh. But as most scrapbookers would, I diligently took photos of him with the olives before confiscating them, and I just knew that one day I would scrap the photos with the title "shaken not stirred" lol.

Some close ups ..

Because my title references 007's martinis, I knew, just knew, that I would have to hand stitch a martini glass to my background instead of using a star. My scrapping buddy reckoned you could still see it was a martini glass despite having covered most of the stem with photos. Hubby not so much. So the jury is out. Personally, I love this layout and as my first in about six months, am stoked and can't wait to continue creating.

Thanks a million to Stuck?! Sketches for a brilliant sketch to work with. I can't wait to see March's sketch! If you love this sketch just as much as me, why not give the challenge a go? You can find all the details you need HERE. Just remember you only have until the 28th .. February is the short month peeps!