Monday, August 29, 2011

HMITM Challenge 179 - School is Back in Session

I know everyone starts school at a different time of year, but the end of August seems like a fitting time to do a School layout.

For this challenge I would like you to use

1 - lined paper
7 - paper clips
9- staples

use primary colours (red, blue, yellow)

I took the opportunity to do one of my old Class photos from when I was in grade two. Great in theory but when it came to putting into practice I realised that this photo took up a big chunk of room which didn't allow me to do my usual style of scrapping.

The paper I have used come from DCWV Grade School Stack, Bo Bunny Noteworthy "Party Notes" and a Kaiser Class of 87 Collection.

Other products are bits and pieces from my stash. Thanks for looking and for any comments that you may leave in advance.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Color Combos Galore - Palette 206

This week's Monochromatic Palette was probably a little on the hard side, most would probably see these colours as simply black and white, but the colours were are a little more involved than that. We also had a recipe to follow, whoops... missed that memo, I didn't read correctly and use all of the recipe thankfully its not baking so its not a complete failure. I did get in the transparency, timber and my interpretation of a ledge. The pictures are of my kids and their cousins, I just love this shot of them playing in the sand.

Solitude - is a grey with a slight blue tinge
Driftwood - brownish grey
Forty Knots - orangish black
Silver Sands - Orange amberish gray

I delved into my stash and found some paper from EK Success Nostalgic Range, now this was really before its time as it already looks like gesso and texture paste was used on, no mess no fuss paper. I used some old Colleen Keen Moments in Time for the clocks and my timber piece is some chipboard covered with Ivory crackle from Two Busy mums.....yes these are really old and a touch of BG Scarlets Letter "Fare Thee Well". I cut pieces from these and adhered them to the background and painted over with gesso.

My interpretation of the ledge is the swirly chipboard underneath the photo I used modelling paste over it and then added micro beedz in black and silver. The photos are matted with the brown/grey shimmer cardstock and I have used two transparencies under and over the photos.

Chipboard pieces are from Dusty Attic, pearls and flowers are from Prima, Cameo is a Kaiser rubon, letter stickers are from Crate paper Portrait range and Basic Grey micros.

Thanks for looking feel free to ask me any questions and thank you for comments you may leave. Enjoy your weekend and I look forward to see your creations in the gallery if you have time.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Featured At Inspire Me

Over the weekend I decided to pop a few more of my layouts into the Websters Gallery, I am a huge fan of their papers and was so excited to be featured again for one of my pages.

This was a page that I did for How Much is Too Much Blog Challenge site. This is one of my favourite pages.

Thanks Websters.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Black with Two

Okay so those that follow me know that I love using black for my backgrounds, enough so that my friend Tracee Provis found this blog challenge site "Black with Two"and this Months Challenge was to use Black + Green and NO flowers.... Black I love to use and green is one of my favourite scrapping booking colours to scrap with and the NO flower thingy, who needs those things anyway, lol. I also stumbled over another Challenge whilst over at ArtyScrappy Blog to go to Sandy's Space and her challenge is to do a little boys page whether its one you've done or if you want to create a new one, so I thought I would up load this page to that as well.

Not that I ever need an excuse to scrap but I thought the colours where definitely a good excuse to scrap some more of these portrait shots I still have floating around of my son when he was 3. I mainly used scraps, this is the fun thing about these challenge sites, getting to use your scraps up. I still used two new sheets of paper the background black was made up of BG Scarlets Letter Night and I think the other one was Pink Paislee Halloween die-cut.

I matted the photo in some of the PP Die cut paper and used some prima packaging for my journal tag behind the photo. I did some machine stitching around the edges of the background papers and then distressed them heaps.

I colour code my scraps I just reached in and took some left overs out from Sassafrasslass, Bazzill Basics Swiss Dot, and another green that I used my craft workshops star template on then cut out.

I punched the BB Swiss Dot with a Ek Success punch, and I had a strip of glitter paper from a DCWV stack. Other cutouts are from Basic Grey Oliver and Graphic 45 papers. I used a Journal Sticker from Autumn Leaves. Anything that wasn't quite green received a treatment from either chalk or glimmer mist. What a fun challenge, can't wait to do more.

Thanks for looking and I hope to see some of you checking out the site and playing along.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

CCG 205 Palette & Once Upon A Sketch

OMG!!! The colours are just stunning this week over at Color Combos Galore, and I had the perfect photo to match. My friend asked me a couple of years ago to scrap some portrait shots of her nieces, and its taken me up until now to finally get around to it.

I also combined this Challenge with Once Upon a Sketch, we had to use a few sentences from a song so I chose "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" from the Beetles.

The title reads "Lucy in the sky with" and I have scattered the bling for the diamonds. The sentence reads "Cellophane flowers of yellow and green,towering over your head, look for the girl with the sun in her eyes, and she's gone.

I used some Fancy Pants chipboard for the petals coming out beneath the patterned paper these have been stamped with a Prima stamp and teal versacolor, I then inked around the edge with a red ink. I have also stitched around the petal after I sanded some of the colour away.

I used a little bit of mesh ribbon for my bow and some cutouts from the Basic Grey range Olivia. A tag cut from the Cosmo Cricket Range "Nows a good thing" and also a piece of Graphic 45 scrap that I had. Main patterned paper is from Websters Country Estate and two paper embellishments Ticket and Love are from MME.

I border punched the cardstock up the top with Matha Steward Cherish punch and used some old sticker hinges that I had in my stash. Background cardstock is from Core-dinations Ă–xford".

Thanks for looking and please excuse any grammatical errors I may have and thank you in advanced if you feel like dropping me a comment. Hope to see you play along over at CCG or OUAS.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

How Much Is Too Much - 178 Just Relaxing

I don't know where the time went, I cut it really close getting this one done. The lovely Tracee Proves and Debbi Tehrani hooked up and skype to ensure that each of us did not cheat on randomly picking our stuff.

You can check out what each of these ladies did and read the selection process by clicking on their names taking you to their blogs. For me I picked out about 40 pieces of scraps ranging in size, then both Tracee and Debbi selected 3 numbers each giving me a total of 6 random pieces of paper. Because each of the papers selected where quite small I decided to work on my 8" album that I had been neglecting.

The challenge 178 was to do a layout with the following:

- About something that you find relaxing. A moment relaxing with my husband.
- Close your eyes and dig into your stash of scrap patterned papers and randomly pick out at 6 or more pieces of papers and use those on your layout. No peeking!
- Do the same thing and pick 10 or more random buttons, ribbons or pearls. 2 Pins, 3 Websters Sticker, 1 button, 1 Star Sticker, 1 scrap of felt,1 Prima pearl leftover, and date sticker.
- Use 3 bits and pieces lying around on your desk (not patterned papers). If you have a clean desk, use 3 left-overs from your last project. A bulldog clip, Websters bloom and BG rubon,found that on the ground in the rubbish pile.
- 1 recycled item - I used some cutouts from the packaging in Websters Celebration Kit.

I hope you have enjoyed looking and hopefully inspired you enough to come on over and join in. Thanks in advanced for any comments that you may leave and have a great week.


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Friday, August 12, 2011

Color Combos Galore - Palette 204

Debbi created another gorgeous palette and put together some great inspirational pictures. I decided against beach pictures, the colours inspired me to still use outdoor pics but I went in a completely different direction. The designers prompt to use a grid was a great idea so I thought I would incorporate my photos into a grid style. I did this not only on the front page, but I also created a flap that opens up and I have added more photos and journalling.

My photos are from the early 90's taken with an old film camera, Oh!!! to have had a digital camera back then, but I didn't and these photos hold lots of memories so whilst they might not be the best photos they are ones that I am fortunate enough to have. So this week why not challenge yourself to use up some of your old photos that have been forgotten about, I am sure you can still make a awesome page without a contrived photo. So I will keep my eye out in the gallery to see if anyone does this. So now onto what I have used on my pages.

The front page is made up from Kaiser "Nan's Fav Apple Pie for the Boardwalk Brown, BG Periphery for the Palest Lemon Coral although not photographing that well, Bazzill Basics Hillary for the Seaweed and some BGrey again for the Deep Sea Blue.

I have stitched down the photo grid mat that I have done with a zig-zag stitch so that it can be opened, this is where I have added the remaining photos taken that day.

I have used a heap of rubons from K & Company's Blue Awning and raised some cutouts that I cut from the Periphery paper.

Dusty Attic chipboard barbed wire has been spritzed with Glimmer mist and I have overlayed a Hambly transparency over the photos. Stickers are from Websters I have also used a 7Gypsy stamp, prima flowers and border punch from Martha Stewart.

The hidden journalling explains about the place we were living at, why were living there and about some funny things that happened to my dog. One of these stories include how the horses on the property were fascinated with our dog, even thought there was a dog already living on the Stud. I couldn't pass the opportunity to snap the photos of the horses trying to sniff our dog....too funny.

Well thanks for looking and for your wonderful comment that you leave me each week.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Color Combos Galore 203

Beautiful tranquil colours this week, I decided to stick with the theme and use some pictures of my kids and their cousins. This was my first kids trip to Perth on their own although a little home sick they really had such a great time catching up with family.

For the background mat I have used Blue Oasis from Bazzills range of Fourz and then Basic Greys Black tie and vellum. Layered all 3 and machine stitched, distressed and spritzed with Sand and Riptide from Tattered Angels.

I also used a TA Mask and spritzed with turquoise cut out and adhered to the background.

Other papers used are from Websters and Kaiser. I had a light blue doily that I spritzed with Turquoise and Riptide and some fabric mesh that also go the spritz treatment. I then stitched all of these down. Frame was cut from a old diecut sheet by a company called Patchwork and I have distressed and gesso'd it. I used the vellum in strips and curled it and entwined them underneath the photos to mimic seaweed, well thats what was going on in my

Lots of micro beedz were used as my form of sea glass.

Other products used are: MME rubons, Tim Holtz pearls, Melissa Frances resin, Prima flowers and Dusty Attic chipboards.

Thanks for looking and would love to hear your feed back and comments.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

How Much Is Too Much - 177 Clowning Around Challenge

This was a little daunting when I first read the requirements, especially when I saw the picture of the clown. It did get me thinking along the lines of having fun and I remembered that I had a picture of my Nephew and Brother. They had spent a fun day at the fair which I am sure their would have been a clown lurking around some where. Now I say lurking because there is quite a few people that are quite frightened of them, weird thought process for me but we each have our own fears and for some its clowns.

Well represented the red circle by stitching one around the doily, I also machine stitched lines down my page to represent that clown game, you know the one you drop the balls down and hopefully it lands in one of the decent numbers so you get a decent prize and of course the buttons are the balls. Was really getting into whole spirit of clowning

I stitched some scrappy muslin to the side to represent the clowns fluffy hair poking out from his hat and used the white paint for what their faces are usually painted in. I cut 8 patterned papers into strips then punched decorative edges on each before I layered them together and the background, doily and die cut piece make up the remaining 11 topping it off with my one flower.

So as you can see I had heaps of fun and the best part is that all but the background pieces were from scraps that I had.

Thanks for looking and I look forward to reading your comments and hopefully seeing you over at HMITM playing along.

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