Friday, February 16, 2018

Exquisite .. with Show Us Your Stuff

Morning peeps!

One of my all time favourite challenges, for the longest time, has been Show Us Your Stuff, who now host their challenges on Facebook in place of a blog. Anyways the thing I've always liked about this challenge is that you must always incorporate a handmade item with their other challenge criteria, which this month, was a sketch. This is what I came up with ..

Exquisite

My handmade embellishments include a Charms Creations hessian heart and a stick pin made by yours truly (a new addiction .. beads!!!!). Here's (just) a few close ups of my layout ..

(my stick pin and the Charms Creations hessian heart)

I hope you can see the sketch in my layout ..

Show Us Your Stuff sketch ..

I rotated it to the left, used one larger photo instead of the two smaller ones, kept my primary embellishment cluster to the lower, right corner of the pic but moved my title. The background stuff sort of became one big 'splodgy' thing you can't really make out that much now its covered by everything else lol. Oh and the circle behind the photo, well I messy stitched that one.

I really enjoyed playing with this sketch. Thanks for the inspiration Show Us Your Stuff! Meanwhile, if you're interested in having a go at this challenge yourself, you have until the end of the month and you can find all the information you need HERE.

Happy scrapping!

Alz
:)

PS: I really hope I can get my act together this year and do more scrapping! This is one challenge I'd like to do more of. Meanwhile, stay tuned for a pic of the 40+ stick pins I've made this week. lol.  :O
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Monday, February 5, 2018

Winter Road Trip .. with Scrap Matrix

Morning peeps!

Its Monday morning in Melbourne and we are enjoying the most spectacular weather .. balmy, blue sky, light breeze, the sun shining days. I feel like I'm on holidays, despite being at home. Oh for a hammock and a beach right at my front door. lol.

Talking about holidays (lol .. a terrible segway I know), have you seen the current challenge at Scrap Matrix? I'm terribly late with blogging my layout but well you know how it is sometimes when life gets in the way, or you spend too much time swaying in a hammock whilst daydreaming of cocktail waiters plying you with .. see? There I go again, getting all distracted, and I don't even have a hammock!

Winter Road Trip

I blame the Scrap Matrix moodboard ..


.. every time I see it, my mind wanders! Can you blame me???

Even though the mood board is all about summer holidays, this photo of my niece and her gorgeous boy reminds me of summer, perhaps because she epitomises what it is to be a well educated, well travelled, Levy loving, mermaid aspiring, beach bum? But nay, she was on a winter road trip. Nonetheless, it suited the mood board to a tee!

A few close ups .. 


You can find lots of information about my creative process for this layout over on the Scrap Matrix blog HERE, and all the information about the challenge and lots of DT inspiration HERE.

You have until the 14th of this month (February) to get your challenge done and uploaded to the Facebook sharing page HERE.

Happy scrapping peeps. I'm off to my hammock, at the beach, cocktail in hand, in my mind, of course ..

Cheers.
Alz
:)
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Monday, January 1, 2018

Hello .. with Scrap Matrix

Heh peeps!

How's it all going on your scrapping front? Mine? Not a whole lot of anything is getting done to be truthful, buuuut I do have something I 'prepared earlier' to share with you. The current challenge at Scrap Matrix is all about Paper Artsy so, of course, when preparing my second guest DT project, I've used Paper Artsy stamps.

Hello

A few close ups ..


You can find more details about my layout, including my scrapping process, on the Scrap Matrix blog HERE. You can find details of the current challenge HERE and of course the design team have created some seriously awesome projects to inspire, so make a cuppa and have a good look see.

Meanwhile, happy New Year!! May 2018 bring all that you wish for, and more.

Cheers .. Alz
:)
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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Koolest Kids .. with Scrap Matrix

Heh peeps!

I'm so excited to share that a little while ago Vicki at Scrap Matrix asked me to do a guest DT stint for the shop when the monthly challenge would be running. For something different (I love different), the challenge runs from the middle of the month; you can find all the current challenge details HERE. Anyways the current challenge is to feature PaperArtsy products.

Koolest Kids

I've had a heap of fun playing with some JOFY (Jo Firth-Young) and EDY (Darcy) stamp sets. The Darcy butterfly is my new favourite and I will admit, just this once lol, that I've got a serious scrappy girl crush happening on Jo Firth-Young. Her stuff is amazing. Always has been. Love, love love.

Here's a few close ups of my layout. Did I say "a few"? My bad ..


How seriously fabulous is this Darcy butterfly??? I mean seriously?!


I tried something different .. a mini tutorial on stamping with masks .. which I've shared on the Scrap Matrix blog. You can find a link to my post right about HERE.

I'll be back down the track to share another special project I've done for Scrap Matrix and in the meantime encourage you to check out this fabulous store and all its yummy, yummy, yummy mixed media goodness.

Happy scrapping!

:)
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

You run I'll herd .. with Kraft+

Heh scrappy peeps!

So Ed and I are scrapping today and figured we'd catch up on some housekeeping stuff like photographing layouts, editing photos, unpacking copious online orders, you get the drift yeah? lol! Anyways some of my housekeeping stuff is secret squirrel business which I can't share just yet, but I can share my latest layout which I created for the Kraft+ challenge which is to Think Big!

You run I'll herd

The challenge could not have been more perfect for this photo of my ratbag doogles playing at the beach. I printed it in 6x12 and mounted it on kraft corrugated cardstock by Fancy Pants. This pic was taken at our local, dog dedicated, dog beach. As in all year round, all hours of the day and night, this beach is 100% dog friendly, off lead and all. We are so, so, so lucky to have this beach just down the road, around a few corners and through a few roundabouts lol!


Here's a few close ups ..


I'm loving participating in the Kraft+ challenges again. They really stretch the imagination and push my boundaries. I would never have scrapped this photo this big ever but its the perfect way to have scrapped it. Does that make sense or am I a bit too distracted singing back up for Ed as we chill to make sense? Incidentally, we've just started "Bloodstream" so I'd best be on with it.

If you fancy thinking big with kraft this month you can find all the details you need HERE.

Happy scrapping!

Alz
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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sit .. with Scrap Our Stash

Morning scrappy peeps!

So I've been scrapping again. I started playing with this background a few days ago but it wasn't really going anywhere. Then November first arrived and with it, a host of new challenges. First off the cab for me was to finish this background with the Scrap Our Stash Tic Tac Toe challenge.

Sit

I chose the vertical strip on the right ..


I already had lots of the colour brown covered with my background. I punched my ovals out of scrap watercolour paper I had done some plain colour washes on, and then pierced them around the edge. I used scraps of burlap (or as us Aussies call it, hessian) I had hanging around, as well as a Charms Creations hessian heart. Some close ups ..


I so enjoy the versatility of the Scrap Our Stash Tic Tac Toe challenges. Mid month they have another challenge, a sketch with a word, such as 'stencil', and you need to use a product starting with the alpha of each letter in the word. For example .. Sewing .. Template .. Embossing powder .. etc. Lots of fun.

Anyways, if you fancy giving the Scrap Our Stash current Tic Tac Toe challenge a go, you can find all the details you need HERE.

Happy scrapping!

Alz
:)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Adore YOU .. with Scrap Our Stash

Heh peeps!

I've lost a day. I would have sworn in a court of law that today was Saturday, not Sunday.  :O  I digress. Whilst I was losing yesterday, I scrapped! I bet you that was where I lost my day .. sitting at my scrap table playing with paints and paper. What a lovely way to lose a day.

Adore YOU

I found inspiration in this month's Tic Tac Toe sketch at Scrap Our Stash.


I followed the top line .. the colour orange, cardstock and staples. I used Dylusions Paint (Pure Sunshine), lots of cardstock including my base and old MME strips, which I attached with my Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. Lots of fun! Here's a few close ups ..


Looking back I think I can see how I lost Saturday lol! Meanwhile, you can find all the details you need for the Scrap Our Stash Tic Tac Toe challenge HERE. But you'd best be quick (super quick) as the challenge closes at midnight on the 29th!

Happy scrapping!

Alz
:)

PS: A special shout out to Michelle from Vernon, Vermont for the handmade tag I recently received in a handmade embellishment swap. As I said, I love it and, as planned, have you used it on the very next layout I created. Thank you!  :)
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