Friday, 26 March 2010

RAK winner..

Just a quick note to let you know who won the RAK I offered for those leaving a comment after my white inks post.


I will get something off to you this week hopefully. I think I still have your address in my pile of paperwork.

This week has been totally crazy with school swimming, parent/teacher interviews, footy trial matches and training underway, amongst a few other things. It has taken me a few days to get to the computer. I do have a few shares from the Scrap of Difference CC but they will have to wait for the weekend now. Have a good one everyone!

Saturday, 13 March 2010

More scrapping...

A few months back, Mistra wrote up a tutorial for some "dodgy" flowers, or so they got called and it seemed like I was the only one on the forum that hadn't tried them. So, I decided that last week I had nothing to do at my craft morning so picked up some paper scraps, various sized flowers, some glimmermist and scissors and played ...... Well it took me two hours (talking included) to create these rather large numbers... but I do like them. Just have to find something to use them on now. Thanks Mistra for the tutorial.

This month I thought I would start the month off well by completing some challenges at the beginning of the month rather than rushing them at the end of the month. So, using the lovely Colorbok papers that I received in the big kit a few months back I created a few layouts for the month. So to start with is a Pagemaps sketch that Ingeborg has for her challenge on her blog this month and it is a layout of my boys on their tenth birthday.

Ingeborg also has a "Just Write" challenge for the month as does Heather at Home and Scrapped, who wanted a journaling and title challenge using the title "If not for you......" . As I often do, I combined the two for this layout about Ingeborg and her influence on my life and as my friend. More of the lovely Colorbok papers.

This one is still more Colorbok papers and is Heather's sketch for this month over at Home and Scrapped. Of course the lovely Viva is a true labrador who loves to chew things and definitely sticks are at the forefront of her choice.

Lastly is a free online class at Scrap of Difference, written by Michelle Wallace. I teemed it with Ange's challenge at Home and Scrapped to use our stash and create a layout using at least seven papers that are more than a year old. At least four of these papers are from a kit of Creative Memories papers that I purchased back in 2001 when I first started scrapbooking. Scary that we can hoard stuff for that long, isn't it? Thanks Michelle for a lovely simple layout.
Having a quiet weekend, stripping the beds and washing so was glad to take a break tonight and veg out on the computer. Happy weekend all!

Saturday, 6 March 2010

White inks..... which is your favourite?

The other morning at my ladies craft we were discussing using white inks and how difficult it was to find one that stands out well on dark cardstock. I asked this question a couple of years ago on a forum and got told by many that the Brilliance Moonlight white was the best on the market. I purchased it and whilst it does give and okay image I have never been entirely happy with white stamped images unless I emboss with white embossing powder. I have purchased another couple of inks in the last twelve months, the Stazon Opaque cotton white - which I find useless for what I want it for and the Versamagic Cloud white chalk ink.

As you can probably see from the images below I prefer the Versamagic to play with.

I would love to hear the opinions of others who use white inks and what their preferred one is..... so, if you leave me a comment about your favourite white ink by the 20th of March, 2010 I will put your name in the hat for a random draw for a surprise RAK......

Can you believe it, I have finally caught up on Fab's challenges, if but not for a moment..... LOL!

#8 - Vintage card and/or round focal point.
This is a vintage angel image from Royce Bairs Christmas collection that I purchased last year. I kept the card simple to maintain that focal point.

#9 - Alternative techniques.
When I was living in Canberra in 2006 I watched a lady one night at a Parish craft night making these lovely cards with ribbon. I went out the next day and bought some lovely ribbon to make some myself and it has sat in my stash since then totally untouched. So, for me this is and alternative technique which I have never tried before. Thanks to I found the exact design with instructions to make it. Finally I have made a small dent in the ribbon.
Finally I am sharing a layout that I created a few weeks ago now as part of a Scrap Whisper challenge at Home and Scrapped. Now I have revealed it on the site, I can also share it here. It uses the lovely Basic Grey Granola range which at first I was unsure if I liked or not but the more I use it the more I like it. I think this is the third layout I have done using it.

Happy long weekend to the Adelaidians..... Looking forward to a sleep-in Monday morning.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

More Cyber crop playing

Well after a weekend with a summer cold the other week, I am almost back to normal besides a blocked ear that is more annoying than sore.
We have had a musical couple of weeks with Mitchell commencing guitar lessons again this year and starting drum lessons..... thank heavens it is only using a practice pad!
Ethan has started saxophone lessons, an intrument that I never ever mastered. He still has it sounding like a sick cow at the moment but seems to be getting it a little better after his second lesson today. Keelan is into his third year of keyboard lessons and continues to improve well.

I have managed a couple of extra of Fab's challenges in the last week and still have more to catch up...... Funny how that happens when he adds one a week and I miss visiting the blog from time to time.
#7 Poinsettia and/or white space
#6 All about ribbons - use at least three different ones. I have used and old pack of DCWV Christmas adhesive ribbons and some stamps from Stamps of Life by Stephanie Barnard - the Christmas set. Aren't they cute!

My dear friend Ingeborg had a couple of challenges on her scrapbook competitions blog for February. This one is the Pagemaps sketch challenge.

This one is her "Love" challenge - to use the word somewhere on the layout. These papers are from a lovely Colorbok kit I received for the survey I completed. Loved it!
Now on to the CC at Home and Scrapped:

Heather's colour challenge - Tan, Hot Pink and Orange

Heather's journaling challenge to journal about a day/date that had an impact on your life. This is Jen Hall's - The write Stuff online class #13 which was supposed to be journaling about an end of an era but I couldn't think of one so figured the start of an era would be equally as important. This is the date my son was diagosed with diabetes.

Suzanne's challenge - another journaling one to find some pics of your childhood and journal about the memories those pics invoke. Mine were by the gates of the Old Catholic Church in Wallaroo so I journaled about my memory of the Church.

Heather's Sketch challenge - a double for a change. I had fun with this one even though my pics weren't fantastic at least it showed we visited the lagoon.

Sarah's challenge - Use an Abba song title for your layout title and include the colour blue and glitter. There is glitter on the title but it didn't show well in the photo. I promise, it is really and truly there.

Ingeborg's challenge was to use - a photo of one or more of your layouts, doodling and only one piece of cardstock. I made a collage of some layouts with a program called Picture Collage Maker and printed onto A4 so it took up most of my page and I didn't have to doodle so much. I know it's cheating a little but I'm never gonna be a doodler.........
Can you believe we are on to March already? Where is the year going? I have printed out my list of sketches and challenges for the month so off to play some more in the next few days hopefully.