Friday, 31 December 2010

Getting excited.....

The Scrappassion International blog starts tomorrow so I am very excited to see who joins in our first challenge and also can't wait to see the designs from the other fabulous members of the team.

I haven't scrapped much over Christmas as I have been dog sitting my Sister's dog - a boxer, for a number of days whilst her son is visiting with his children. Holly, the boxer is obsessed with our cat so it is a continual trial of dog in, cat out then cat in, dog out. We are on watch the whole time as they have had a few fights so far and the dog always comes off with a bleeding snout but she still has not learnt that the cat is boss and continues to prowl the house looking for her.

I did manage a double pager the other night after Holly left...... More photos of Paris. I had about 260 more photos printed of the rest of my trip so I'm sure you will be seeing more and more. You will certainly get sick of seeing travel layouts...... he,he,he.......

This uses some old TLC paper that I have heaps of to use up so you may see more and more over time.

At Home and Scrapped we had a parcel swap and I took two items out of the pack and replaced it with another two items.

I chose a pack that contained the lace and flower as I needed the lace for my DT layout to come tomorrow and the stamp was the second item. The idea is to take two items and use them on a layout or card/s.
Below is the card I made with the scraps from my DT layout so you get a sneak preview of the papers I used.

Happy New Year to you all...... ours is a hot 43 degree celsius New Years Eve...... the hot wind is not too pleasant. Enjoy your Eve and New Years day wherever in the world you may be.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Now for my news..... for those not on my Facebook friends list

Recently I applied for a DT role with a new International challenge blog starting on the 1st of January 2011, called Scrappassion International Challenge blog. Well, I was lucky enough to be one of the four people chosen to be a part of their new International DT. I was rather excited... and still am......

Each month starting in January a new challenge for the month with be added with instructions down the right-hand side of the blog page explaining the rules of entry. I look forward to a few of my friends joining me on this journey and having fun with the challenges. I will link every month to the new challenge for you to see.

At Home and Scrapped I was recently also chosen as the victim for the "Get challenged Now" challenge. The previous "chosen one" chooses the next victim and then three fellow forum go-ers give a challenge point each. Here is what I came up with:
My criteria - a minimum of 5 rub-ons, minimum of 3 stamped or hand-cut swirls and finally a frame. I just happened to be writing out Christmas cards at the time and this was the card front frame that came from a friend with a photo of her beautiful grandchildren.
Home and Scrapped - Heather's December sketch #1. Handmade flowers with stems and title from the Botanicals Cricut cartridge.

Just because I wanted to scrap photos of Paris....... Putting the Fiskars border punches to work too.

My lovely snack in Singapore airport from the Guylian chocolate cafe. Soooooo nice! Soooooo chocolately........ and yes you can overdose on chocolate!

First photos of the Eiffel Tower - I'm sure you will see more at some stage. Loving the Dusty Attic chipboard that I just bought.
Off to sort out kids......

M.I.A..... went off galavanting around Europe....

Well my trip to Europe was a wonderful fortnight of catching up with old friends (20+ yrs ) and more recent friends. My plan was to only visit the Netherlands and Germany however a special treat from a friend took me also to Paris and Vielsalm in Belgium. Some amazing places that I never in my wildest dreams thought I would get to see.

Now I am back in the real world with school finishing up for Christmas and the arguements of kids on holidays, over who will play which video game on what machine.

Just a quick share or two whilst I am here from the November CC at Scrap of Difference:

Our theme was "How time flies" - So I challenged the girls to make a Christmas card seeing as Christmas has flown up so quick on many of us. It had to include a bird, and lace - either paper punched or real and be made with less than traditional colours.

Belinda gave us a neat sketch to play with that was great for using up strips of scraps.

The colour challenge was a pallete from "The Colour Room" blog - White, blue, green and orange.

And, Jo's technique challenge was to include a clock face, hands, the word time and a bird.
Back to share some more soon...... I have some news that I will share.......

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

The Power Gear Pruner

Sometimes being a Fiskateer leads to some surprise benefits. Not only do you get great hints and tips from the forum about how to use your Fiskars tools - both scrapbooking and gardening, on the odd occasion you receive a surprise parcel in the mail to try.
This happened recently when I received this great pair of pruners - The Power Gear Pruner.
This product has recently received the Ease-Of-Use certification from Arthritis Australia and New Zealand.

When I first opened it up I thought that I had broken it already because the handle moved unexpectedly and I was immediately disappointed with my stupidity. However, when I actually read the instructions I quickly realised that it was designed to move that way - how clever! So in actual fact I wasn't as stupid as I thought, apart from the fact that I should learn to read the instructions first and then try.

Being a sufferer of Rheumatoid arthritis for almost 20 years I was pleasantly surprised by how easy the pruner was to use on quite thick stems even though I was having a "bad hand day" as they are known in my household. Once you become used of the rolling movement in your hand the pruner makes it easy to give a simple, clean, cut with very little squeeze effort.

Even one of my boys had to have a go after overhearing me telling Dad how great they were. I have included a couple of photos of my young man cutting some geraniums for me and he was happy that he did not need to use two hands to cut some of the thicker stems like he would with regular pruners. Maybe I will make a gardener out of him yet!

Well done to Fiskars for creating such a useful tool.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Using a couple of Ingeborg's sketches.

My dear friend Ingeborg has her sketch blog that she started a short time ago and I have printed off the sketches but not used any yet. So, this weekend I had a play with a couple.

This layout was part of a CC challenge to use eyelets and buckles and I did not have a large photo like the sketch showed so used two 4" x 6" photos instead.

This was a card challenge for World Card making day, to use several patterned papers, an old preprinted chipboard element and make it a hello card for someone you have not seen for sometime.
Kim gave us the challenge to create a shaker card and it is a couple of years since I have made one. I like to do them with winter scenes from old cards and a window of glitter but didn't have any scenes to work. So, I pulled out the Joy2Christmas stamps from the Stamps of Life and made a snow globe instead. I wish I had a more suitable background paper to use as I am not so happy with the result but it looks okay.

Kerri challenged us to make a long A5 card to include a bird or owl and a sentiment. Can you see my little birdie? This card uses a mish-mash of stamps from Heidi Grace, Fiskars, Basic Grey and Kaiser. Nothing like playing with your stamp sets on hand.
I should really get on and finish the other two layouts for the CC that are sitting in piles on my table... oh, and do the last card challenge.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

My baby girl is back for a visit.....

Happy world cardmaking day to you!

I almost forgot but am about to head off and do some now before I go to bed so at least I can say I have done something.

In actual fact I have been working on a layout based on one of Ingeborg's sketches but just not finished yet..... maybe tomorrow for that one.

The weekend before last I headed to a Fiskars workshop at Michelle's place and we made a couple of lovely layouts and a number of cards so here are a few of my favourites to share:

And before anyone asks..... yes that is me in traditional Javanese costume for my "daughter's" wedding in Indonesia in 2003. She had the kebaya (top) specially made for me and my hair is done with a sanggul, a traditional hairpiece, held on with lots of pins. I am used of this style of dress after having lived there as an Exchange Student so quite enjoyed the opportunity to dress like it again.

The same weekend I had a cybercrop at Scrap of Difference. They were able to blame me for the theme this time, of "in the media". I thought it was a fairly broad theme allowing for layouts about any topic that you may find in a newspaper or magazine. It seems I did challenge everyone with the topic though.

The technique challenge was to do a hybrid layout. This layout includes a red/white paper from the Team Spirit - red digi kit from LifeTimez, along with the journal rectangle. The logo was scanned from a poster the kids received on the day and adjusted to fit the layout.

The sketch challenge was based on a PageMaps sketch from September.

And the colour challenge of Black, white and blue which also had to have a "hidden" element. Above is my hidden panel and below the layout.

At Home and Scrapped, Heather put up one of her lovely sketches for midweek challenge #26 and I used some really old mulberry paper on this one.
Last but not least some of my DT work for the month of September. My kit had a double-sided Fall plaid from K&Co and a paper from Daisy D's, Bella corkopia borders, along with a KaiserCraft clear stamp set - Lilac Avenue. It was quite an interesting array of items to work with. You can see the rest of my cards in my DT gallery:

Back to my title, my baby girl Viva is back for a visit after being withdrawn from the Guide Dog program. A little disappointing for us but I knew if she was going to fail it was for precisely the same reason that she has. She is dog distracted, some days good at walking past other dogs and other days she jumps and barks for no apparent reason. I was kind of hoping it had something to do with walking with me and that it would change once she got with the experts... but alas it didn't. She is staying with us until they find her a permanent home. And no, it won't be with us.....
Have a good weekend!

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Way back in 2008........

October 2008 it was, I bought some online classes called Octoberfest by Jen Hall. Well, I only got so far in doing them and did not complete them all so whilst my mojo has been holidaying lately, I decided to continue scrapping but just use Jen's wonderful classes to perhaps inspire me to get back excited about my own scrapping.
Here are almost the last of the classes done now.........

The most paint I have ever used on a layout - Octoberfest #31. The lovely doodled tags and embellishments on the pages from Octoberfest were all kindly drawn by Jen and delivered to us to use. I just wish I was as confident in the doodling world as she is.

#30 A layout from Jaimie Emmerton based on using a cluster. This is another one of my areas where I lack expertise but I think I have managed to do an okay job with it. It certainly doesn't look as good as the example but it works for me......

#28 - A layout I loved being a boy one..... I added an extra photo to the example layout and where Jen used the Basic Grey Archaic range, I found some Kaiser ranges that kind of went together and played with those to get similar design results. I really love it as it is so different to my own style and had me get out some tools I hadn't used in some time. Have to remember to pull them out again in future.

#27 - On a Christmas pageant morning. Love the Lime Rickey range.....

Over at Scrap of Difference the Product challenge for Aug-September is to use a Crafter's workshop template. You would think after all my playing in July that I would be quite over it but I actually enjoyed using a few different ones this time. I have used the Swirls & flowers for the journaling lines and some faint flowers in the background, Dot burst for the circle of buttons, cherry blossom for the background branches and leaves and the Regal Flourish for the flourishes on the top right. A small scrap of patterned paper, some kaiser rhinestones and TLC glitter and foil rub-ons makes for a nice layout.
And I did mention more Christmas cards, didn't I?

Uses some old sticker borders and a recycled card, as does the one below.

Some more old stickers and some silver stars too.

Old stickers and free papers from a magazine.

A stamped, embossed background and a recycled card.

Another recycled card and Letraset rub-ons.

Fab's challenge #15 - another of the cards from the Cloud 9 kit. Can you see I'm getting to the scraps now?

More recycled cards.
Another of those darned sparkly stickers of the kids.... and a free paper from a magazine.

Last but not least a tree from a recycled card and some old vellum stickers.
Well, best go get the banana cake from the beeping oven so the kids have something to eat tomorrow. I even baked some cookies from the Simple Savings $21 challenge book that I borrowed from the library. The batch was huge and made almost 100 cookies. I added some Cadbury drinking chocolate and coloured choc bits to the basic mix and one of the kids liked them cos they were crunchy, but another preferred the others I make that are soft. Can't win! Dad reckons he prefers them in the middle - crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.... can you guess what I might have suggested for next time?

Friday, 10 September 2010

Christmas cards.....

For a few days now I have been busy working on Christmas cards again. I needed to get stuck into them as my next couple of months are busy ones as we head into the Christmas season.

Now some of these are a little average.... but I have been looking at the same stickers and card toppers for the past few years trying to put them to good use as I am determined to make use of them and not throw them out. I have a heap of kiddy, shiny metallic stickers of stockings and baubles and things too which I bought for a playgroup christmas activity and we never used all the stickers so am getting rid of those too.

There is just a few of Fab's challenges included and the rest are my "using up my stash" challenge to myself.

This is similar to one of my previous ones but my card class ladies wanted to do it so as I don't have enough rhinestone flourishes for a class of them, I recreated the effect using an Autumn Leaves flourish stamp and kindyglitz. Some Fiskars border punches, threading water, apron lace and lace work well together too.
Some free magazine papers and old card topper. A Pagemaps sketch from June 2010.

Free magazine papers, old stickers and a CM punch for the window effect.

Fab's challenge #23 - No brads, no ribbon and/or a little birdie.

Fab's challenge #22 - Tag and/or paper weaving and/or paper pricking. I left out the weaving bit but the other parts are there.

Fab's challenge #21 - To cut a diagonal and/or modern Christmas papers. I made two as I figured if I was doing a diagonal cut them I might as well do it to create two cards at the same time.
Fab's challenge #20 - Candle and/or vintage rich papers.

The rest are all Fab's challenge #15 - to make as many cards from a kit as you feel like. I used a Cloud 9 Christmas Joy kit with just a couple of extra matching embellishments.

That's it for now...... more to come later.......