Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Moving along with some travel layouts

I can't believe that it has been two years since Heather started our little ning community of scrappers. In line with our second anniversary there, we have had a few challenges for June and the anniversary to play along with. I am trying to wrangle most of them to work in with my travel photo collection which I have of my holiday last year. Not so exciting for some as they are mainly 4" x 6" photos and lots of photos of streets and buildings but I wanted to scrap them none the less.
My arrival in Amsterdam where I look rather bedraggled at 6.30am out the front of the Airport. The shuttle bus driver kindly offered to take my photo after a 26+ hour flight with stopovers.
This is done using a sketch from Heather for the June sketch challenge. I've decided that twinchies and inchies are not my forte. Must be something to do with the size cos I don't do ATC's well either.
This is a quote challenge for June where I have used the quote:
A good friend is a connection to life - a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. ~Lois Wyse

The June Stash challenge was to use those die-cuts and punched shapes that you have trialled or was keeping for a special layout or card and put them to use on a layout. I have a container of leaves in various sizes and shapes that I punched the majority of, years ago, whilst borrowing someones punch. I also have a Cricut corner cut in the top right along with a flower that was sent to me in a RAK.
The last layout I have completed was for an Anniversary challenge to use at least two things you have received in a RAK or swap from other members of Home and Scrapped. Here are flowers and brads from Heather, greenery from Joy and the chippie title that I altered with smooch and ink came from Ange in NZ.

I'm slowly getting there but I know there will be a few double pagers to make a good hole in the photos.
Hope you don't get bored looking at them all..........

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Finally got my Chrissy cards on the go.

I have been keeping note of some challenges from Fab's Big Christmas Cards Challenge Blog and Craftyhazenuts christmas challenge blog until I finally found time to start on them.
Here is my small start.....

Craftyhazelnuts #4 - use bling
Craftyhazelnuts #3 - use trees
Craftyhazelnuts #2 - use a recycled card or freebie.
Fab's challenge - June - Use a fun sentiment
Fab's challenge - May - Pastel colours and/or embossing
Fab's challenge - April - Baubles and ribbons
Fab's challenge - March - Curled paper strip and/or pictures
Fab's challenge - February - Peel offs or outline stickers. The card above is a recycled hand-made card from a friend which I have added to and the one below is a newly made one with a little smooch and kindyglitz for fun.

Hope you enjoy my creations and have some fun making your own.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Scrappassion challenge for June and the news of the month

As you may have noticed we didn't receive many entries for Scrappassion last month. It seems that the interest to participate in the Scrappassion blogs isn't there anymore. Combine the lack of interest with some personal things that the blog owner is dealing with and there is only one conclusion: Scrappassion will end on June 30, 2011.

There is however a final challenge for this month:

Take the advertisement shown below as inspiration for your layout.

You can choose to be inspired by certain colours, the design with the 8 rectangles, shapes like the swirls and butterflies, pictures of angels, coke bottles, whatever really. You can also choose to get inspiration of one of the eight pictures, the words (like Love, Play etc.) This challenge really has no limits!

Once you have made your layout, please send an email to Ria before the 30th of June. Visit the Scrappassion International blog for further details.
Here is my example inspired by the bottom left image.

I hope some of you have a go at this months challenge just for a bit of fun.

Catching up for the month of May

May has been a busy month and I really haven't done much in the way of scrapping and cardmaking until the weekend before last when I had a mad weekend of two cyber crops.
First I have to share the cards that the ladies made for the kids card class the other week:

The ladies enjoyed the fun of making them especially the dinosaur Cricut cut with googly eyes.
I had this old card that I had half done sitting around in my stash after teaching a class using emboss resist techniques. I figured that I should really finish the front off and use it so played with some distress inks and then an old stamp from a Sugarloaf set that I have never used before.
Scrap of Difference had a cyber crop and we had to make a card with the word Friend and something with wings. I was working on a card class plan for distressing techniques so added a little extra to make the card for the challenge.
Jo's technique challenge was to use stitching on a layout. I also had a challenge at Home and Scrapped to scraplift a layout from Sarah's gallery so I loved her weeds layout and used it as the basis for my stitching layout to kill two birds with one stone.
The sketch challenge was a sketch from Kaisercraft but I did not have any Kaiser papers that would work so picked up some old Cloud9 papers from when I started doing some work with Fiskars demos. I have had the photos matted for about six months and never got around to finishing a layout with them so finally they are done and I'm surprisingly happy with the result.
Some awesome colours for the colour challenge - pale blue, grey, terracotta and cream/beige, made for a lovely layout of photos of a restaurant in Belgium.

Over at Home and Scrapped, Angie and Kerri kept us busy with a range of challenges also.
Angie gave us an advertisement to take inspiration from and I chose the layering of the images and the colours from the ad to play with. I had these great colourful photos from the Zaanse Schans in Amsterdam where I went to a clog factory to see how they were made. The colours worked in so well with the photos that I used and I was really happy with the result of a simple layout using mainly scraps of paper.
Angie followed up by testing my ability with a technique/step-by-step challenge using various scraps, stamping with household items and paint, using stamps and inks and finishing it off with mod podge. It was fun but took a bit of time to dry between each step of the process.
Kerri wanted us to scrap our scrap space which was something I have done a few times now but every time I do a new layout about it, it looks different.

Kerri also gave us a birthday challenge using a variety of elements, ribbon, green, patterned paper background and a quote instead of a title, etc. I loved this layout of my sister Alison's wedding photos in the park and it used some really old papers from when I first started scrapping.

Well that's all to share for now, so will be back soon with the new challenge for June at Scrappassion International blog.