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.......

August DT kit.....

I had some lovely My Mind's Eye papers to play with in my DT kit for August which was quite different to the challenge that I had with the template for July.

I made some cards and two layouts which also use some Bella shapes and alpha from the kit provided.

The August Cybercrop at Scrap of Difference had a theme of "Blast from the Past". This enabled us to use not only vintage photos but any photos that haunted us... from our past, our children's past or catching up with old friends etc.

This was the sketch challenge from Belinda that I rotated to use this gorgeous photo of Keelan and Ethan in the bath at our Perth townhouse in 2001. Weren't they just cute little boys?..... Whatever happened to those little fellas?

Jo challenged us with the colours of brown and lilac which made me go for a hunt..... brown was okay but the lilac came from some old packs of Me and my big ideas papers that I had from when I first started scrapbooking. The photos are of my Mum in her thirties, long before I was even thought of.
This is my example that I put up for the card challenge. I was a little unsure how I would incorporate the theme into a card challenge so I decided to use a technique that I learnt early on for making cards and that was to use clip art. These days to create something hybrid is quite common however some were still challenged by the concept. On my card, I found a photo of a lighthouse in my clip art and imported it into Paint Shop Pro, converted it to a pencil drawing then printed it onto some cream coloured textured cardstock. It gives it an almost stamped and coloured impression. The idea does come in handy when you don't have patterned paper or stamps to match the theme of your card.

Last but not least, the technique challenge was to use Vintage or shabby chic techniques on our layout. I had an old photo of my grandparents whom I never knew and found some free papers from the new magazine in Australia called the Australian scrapbook ideas. It is a sister magazine to the "Scrapbook Magazine" from the UK by Practical Publishing. A little bit of tea-dyed lace, some distress inks over a Heidi Swap mask and some eyelets and lacing finished off the look.
Now, on the same weekend, there was another cybercrop over at Home and Scrapped. Sarah challenged us with an advertisement to use as we wished so I got to work with the photos I already had printed of Pawsy and Viva on the kitchen step trying to convince me it is dinner time. It was the only time of day they ever got this close to each other without arguements.... LOL!
Heather gave us a double sketch to work with so photos of Ethan and a caterpillar were put to use also.

Karen gave us a tutorial for making a handmade flower and Kerri wanted us to do a layout using the days of the week and some old sticker letters or chipboard which she asked us to create a card with leftovers of. Above is the card and below is the layout with a photo of my calendar showing the days of the week. Heather a while back gave us a midweek challenge to do a layout showing how busy we are in our lives right now, so these photos were the planning for that layout which never got done then.

Caroline set us the challenge to create a layout about our car as we spend a lot of time in it during the day sometimes but never really appreciate what it does for our lives. The only photos I could remember were when we were travelling over to Canberra to live in 2005 and the kids were watching the DVD player we had just bought for the purpose. The journaling is all about how we needed a car with more backseats to allow for transport of friends of the kids as well without the need for two cars and that the third row of seats allowed for separation of the three children to reduce the level of "disagreements" in the car......
Well that is it for the moment.... back soon with the first round of Christmas card making.