Tuesday, 30 June 2009

I've had a full on week of creativity and stunned myself.

I've had a blast over the weekend joining in a couple of Cyber crops, one at Scrap of Difference and the other at My Sketch World. Of course, I'm not superwoman..... although I have been known to try and be.... so, I have combined a number of the challenges from both sites to "kill two birds", IYKWIM.

Sketch challenge at Scrap of Difference with a sketch from the lovely Lucy Chesna at My Sketch World. I combined it with the Summer recipe challenge at MSW: S = six of something, U = die-cut, M = Matted photo, M = Mixed alpha title, E = eyelets (at least two) and R = Rounded corner (at least one)

This layout would have to be my most fave of the week. The word challenge - Imagine, at Scrap of Difference combined with the fussy cutting challenge at MSW which involved fussy cutting and an embellishment cluster.

Can you believe this is done almost entirely of freebie stuff? The papers and flowers and leaves etc. were freebie papers from the UK version of Scrapbook Magazine issue #36. The word imagine was a feebie with Scrapbooking Memories - ages ago.

I had the Kaiser wooden flower from a DT kit and I purchased the Adornit alpha, Prima journal spot and the Kaiser rhinestone flourish (which I cut into pieces and have made numerous cards with also).

Next the card challenge from Lisa at SOD. Two cards to be made that have handmade flowers on them. The right hand one was part of Wendi's challenge at MSW - criteria, a girls card with scallops, ribbon, bling and a flower. The left hand one was inspired by some cards that were on the Fiskars blog recently. I loved the doodled style of them so I thought I would give it a go.

Now for the colour challenge from SOD and the Summer BBQ challenge from MSW.

Lucy's Ad challenge at MSW. I had fun with this one. It really made me think about the photos that I had that would work with this.

Now you can see the double -up with the card challenge. My girls challenge and the boys card that had to have distressing, arrow, star and metal (my star brads).

Aren't these little cuties? Suzann at MSW gave us the challenge to create three mini-cards. These are 3" square and stamps are Cloud9 Finley's estate from Fiskars. I'm quite loving them.

The lovely Lori gave us the challenge to do a monochrome card. We had to use monochromatic cardstock - no patterned paper..... but we were allowed to use whatever stamps, rub-ons embellishments we liked in whatever colour we chose. I decided to stick with the whole monochromatic concept and it made for quite an elegant card although a little boring in comparison to some of the other creations.

These three cards were made with masking techniques and the lovely Basic Brey - Grow a garden stamps. These were my made for my card class this month and the ladies quite enjoyed making them. The sunset card was inspired by a series of photos from my Mum's collection that she would take from the backyard of our home in Wallaroo. There was a few of them with TV antennae and trees in the dark foreground with the sun setting in the background.

This is my example for the sketch challenge at Heaven-Sent this month. These are some masks that the boys made during the last lot of school holidays Quite funky and different aren't they?

Here are the photos of the works in process. I'm loving this Lime Rickey paper - have I mentioned that?

Well last but not least I have a couple of layouts of photos from Mildura taken back in January.
I had a heap of photos of the trip that I had printed by Snapfish on one of their special offers. I did have another layout that I missed uploading too..... will keep that for next time.
I found this lovely little blog called 4 x 6 photo blog created by Amy Alvis. She has made a series of sketches specially for 4 x 6 photos so I used a couple as basis for these layouts.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Some more shares as promised.......

Well, as I missed a couple of my shares last time I better start with those.

First is the third of the cards from my DT work for Scrap of Difference which I accidentally deleted last time I was posting .

Followed closely by the My Sketch World DT example for May. I really liked this one. This uses some Breezy Design Caroline Collection Runway papers with a Kaisercraft butterfly stamp and rhinestones, a cricut cut from the Home Accents cartridge which has be trimmed to create the butterfly trail and the stylised flowers cuttlebug embossing folder.

My new layout for today is one I completed at my crop night last night and finished after the ladies left at 2.15 am. It is for the colour challenge at Heaven-Sent this month with a photo of the lovely Rossy from Costa Rica. Rossy stayed with us for a few months back in 1997 I think it was, toward the end of her years exchange here with AFS. I managed to catch up with her via email in the past week and she sent me some beautiful photos of herself which then made it easy to complete my challenge.

Well after only a few hours sleep this morning, I was up at 7.15am to get organised for football. Yes, don't faint! I actually got up and went to watch my boys play football. They have only just started playing and it was their third game so I was quite impressed at them getting in and having a go. They all got a touch of the footy which is great for them and helps to encourage them further. The weather was very cold though and a fine mist of rain kept skimming the field so they had the great Aussie experience of freezing cold fingers trying to catch the footy. That's enough to put any kid off I reckon.
Hoping to get some more layouts done this week - need some creativity happening. Looking forward also to running a card class next weekend using masking as the technique. Will share those next week after the class.

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Lots to catch up on.....

Well, way back in February, I mentioned that I was doing some card examples for Becky Fleck at Pagemaps. So here are the two cards I made at that time: A "Merci" card using a Cricut cut from the Beyond Birthdays Cartridge and a Baby card for one of my lovely ladies who attends my Saturday night crop using a cut from the Storybook cartridges. This has to be my most used cartridge - not so much for the font, but for all the accent features and other items.

Then last month I had an email from Becky asking if I would do a layout sample for the June maps - my first layout ever for Pagemaps using the very nice Lime Rickey Basic Grey papers. Loving these! Very bold and colourful, just the way I like papers for boy layouts.

This is a layout about Keelan's homework project of having to blow an egg and boil an egg one night prior to Easter. I had never blown an egg before - Yes, really! I mean it.... not the kind of thing I would choose to do. But I knew the concept and he did the work. It managed to get to school okay and even was decorated by using oil pastels then dyeing but alas it fell off the desk on the day he was to bring it home. Still I managed to salvage it enough to get a decent photo of the event to scrap.
I was off air - well at least slowed for a few weeks, after the boys used up our download allowance for the month of May. Hence the reason for not having been around here for AGES!!!

During my absence, I completed another layout using the papers I received in my International Swap at the Crop Circle. There was some lovely vintage looking papers and I found a pile of old photos from my husbands childhood which I recently scanned so managed to use them to create a vintage look layout of him with his brothers.

This was closely followed by the cybercrop at Scrap of Difference which had an Autumn theme about it.

My card challenge to use: orange, brown, green and a leaf.

The word challenge: Fall
The sketch challenge
And, the colour challenge: orange brown and green.
I have even caught up two more of "The Write Stuff" layouts from Jen Hall's online classes. This is a layout using a large series of photos put together using the collage feature in Picasa. This is a very cool feature to play with and a great way to get heaps of photos on a layout.
I think it was lesson #17

This one is lesson #8

My dear friend Ingeborg and her family are moving back to their birthplace - well at least the birthplace of some of the family. She asked her friends to put together a layout of each of their families, or themselves, so her family can remember their faces in years to come.

This was the layout that I did for her with our family photo taken last year.

I followed up with a photoless layout using a poem written about Friends and what friendship is. This of course had to use her favourite colour - pink!

Woo hoo a layout with pink..... not often you see one of those from me. Although - she has challenged me this month also by putting a colour challenge up at Heaven-Sent using black, white, pink and grey.... what the! I'll have to put my thinking cap on for that one.

Having said that I don't use pink much, for obvious reasons, I have another layout using it. This was last month's sketch challenge, which I won, Yay!!!! Gotta be happy with more scrapbooking stash to play with.

Here's another card share from last month. No, make that April. This is my DT example for Lucy's sketch at My Sketch World. I did have a photo for the May one too but forgot to upload to the blog so that will be another day.

Finally I have three layouts and three cards made with the lovely My Minds Eye, Grow collection that I received from Jo at Scrap of Difference for my DT kit for May. Keep your eye out in her shop later this month for the kit and instructions for my work.

Well, there was three cards but I've just lost one.... will have to upload that next time.
There will be another crop coming to
My Sketch World
We will be having our
Summer Crop Party
June 21st to June 27th
All week long with challenges, games, tutorials and prizes to give away
Stop on by and scrap with us or just play some games.
We would love to see you there!!!!

Keep your eye open for that one.