Thursday, 29 July 2010

Been housecleaning the blog..... Do you like it?

Well I dropped by my blog to do some more posts the other day and lo and behold I had lost my blog layout. So, I dropped over to the "Ettes" and where the lovely designers from the previously known TLC business I used to consult for, have their own digi business now and have a lovely range of blog-ettes to choose from. I hope you like my choice of layout as it is very different to the previous one.

It has been a busy day for me as Ethan fell and hurt his wrist yesterday at school and was in so much pain that I decided to take him to the doctors today. This was followed by x-rays then back to the docs to find out that it thankfully wasn't broken but maybe some ligament damage. He is not allowed to play footy for a week or two until it does not hurt anymore though in case there is more damage than it seems. Seems alright to work a mouse on the computer but hurts to write and eat spaghetti bolognaise..... go figure!

Well back to some more layouts and cards from the past month:

The July CC at Scrap of Difference was based on a winter warmth theme so I had more photos from our winter holiday visit to the Glenelg beach where it was actually almost hot. The boys rolled up the long pants and took off the jumpers to go paddle in the water and chase waves.

Above is the sketch challenge and below the colour challenge to use green, white and red. The flourish is actually covered in beads and micro beads and you should have seen me with micro beads everywhere. I still keep finding them on the table and chairs.

The technique challenge was to choose 3 from a list of distressing techniques and use them on a layout. This is Keelan in 2006 at Perisher Valley learning how to toboggan. The layout was inspired by a Pagemaps sketch and I actually pulled out an old tool...... a tearing ruler...... you know those ones that we bought about 5-6 years ago but rarely use? I actually had fun using it after all this time so thought maybe I should keep it in mind again for future use.

Each month at Scrap of Difference there is a scraplift challenge which I never find time to do but was determined this month to do it. I scraplifted a layout by Kathleen Glossop who is very clever at using white space, something which challenges me. I really love how subtle and simple this layout is.

When we were doing the song title layouts at the last Scrap of Difference CC, I couldn't decide if I would use the lemur or the meerkat photos as I love both of the animals and found very suitable song titles for the layouts. I ended up doing the lemurs so the photos of the meerkats just sat looking at me and pleading with me to scrap them. The Basic Grey Granola range worked beautifully for it.

Another mid-week challenge from Heather was a blind scrap using some Cloud9 Finley's estate papers which really appeal to me for some reason.

My version of the Scrap Whisper no. #3 where I was second in the list so changed it very little.

I was involved with another stamp swap at Home and Scrapped and this time the criteria for stamping was a little different as it could be in any colour and on any colour. There was an interesting array of items and of course Heather had to challenge us to use some of the stamps immediately instead of throwing them into our stash never to be seen again.

The challenge was to also include a layout with bling that used at least four of the stamped images. Here the tag, four of the buttons and the "my diary" stamp were used. The flower was a ribbon flower tutorial from Angie after learning how to do them at a local LSS. I had seen them before on a youtube video but not got around to trying so had fun with it.

Two masculine cards were on the agenda and these had to include some distressing techniques to add dimension.
Then a trio of monochromatic cards inspired by the colour of the stamped images themselves.

Heather at Home and Scrapped gave us a lovely sketch to work with for a Mid week challenge and I found the perfect little gift card set that I had in a drawer with perfect embellishments on the front of them for a series of beach layout. This uses some Kaiser papers and Jenni Bowlin journal card.

Hopefully this post will work after a few tries to get it right last night. Enjoy your evening.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Computer issues have kept me away....

Unfortunately my computer has been causing me grief over the last few weeks gradually losing battery power and not charging properly so my time has been limited which has led me to complete lots of scrapbooking and card making. Too much to share all at one time so I will do it little by little over the weekend. Or at least that is the plan.

We have had school holidays too so the kids have been around a lot and no quiet time for me until this week.

Last month our CC at Scrap of Difference had the theme of "Sing a Song" and required us to create layouts using song titles as the title or journaling of our layout. I used some zoo photos as you can see and found lots of suitable titles for my photos.

Technique challenge was to use at least three different stamps on a layout, so my tags, some background and part of my title was stamped.
I created the card challenge to use bright colours and gave a list of titles to choose for the theme of the card. They also had to use at least one button on the card too.

The colour challenge from Belinda had a CD cover which we could choose the colours to use from. That was a very cool idea.

Then the sketch challenge had me rotate and resize the sketch to create a 12 x 12 page from an 8.5" x 11" sketch.

Now to move on to lots of Fab's challenges over the past weeks and then some..........

#19 - Cosy and inking. I don't have any cutesy stamps so I found this image from one of the old card fronts that I saved. Good for the recycling.

#18 - Bling with a scene. It's probably not really the kind of scene that Fab was envisioning but it still works. It's a little hard to see from the photo but the stickers all contain glitter in some form and it really sparkles in the right light. Being winter here in Australia it is not always good for photographing these things.

#17 - Card with a wreath or glossy accents. I kind of forgot the glossy accents but at least there is a wreath. This one is part of my card class tomorrow arvo.

#16 Snowflakes and/or embossing by hand or folder. Love my lace tree folder and have used the debossed side of the image as I put the card in the folder the wrong way but loved how the image came up. By chance it also has a snowflake on the tree so it covers both criteria.

#14 Brads and/or steel grey. Only used a little of the steel grey and the brads are surely there. I actually am really happy with how this turned out after hours of playing and getting nowhere.

#13 Tone on tone and/or green. Found this cute santa recycled card front so used that with lots of green. I have so many green scraps that I could probably make a number of green cards with it all. I spent a few hours sorting all my green scraps into shades of green as my container was getting too full. I didn't actually realise how many shades there were.

#12 Word confetti and/or wide matting. Word confetti was the challenge for me as it is not something I have, however I did find some strips of greetings from a magazine lift out so hope that suffices.

#11 Pleated paper and/or cardstock stickers. It is a little hard to tell but the red strip of paper is pleated and stitched on the card. The cardstock sticker is the large Christmas tree topper which I quite like.
Last month I ran an acetate card class and here is one of the cards to share. It uses the the lovely flourish from the Kaiser Rewind clear stamps as well as a Kaiser butterfly and Carolee Creations frame stamp. The greeting is from The Stamps of Life.
Well that's it for the moment so will be back to share more soon.... I promise.