Saturday, 22 June 2013

June cyber crop at Home and Scrapped......

Good morning.... it's cyber crop time at Home and Scrapped and we have a Monochromatic theme happening this month.

My challenge is - with the monochromatic theme, I would like a layout done using:
- a minimum of 9 squares (any size you choose)
- 1 button
- a bird or butterfly
and finally a number in the title somewhere.

That's it....... Subject matter and colour is entirely up to you as long as you keep with the monochromatic theme.

Here is my example:
Come over and join us for a Step-by-step layout with the lovely Heather and a challenge from Karen to get the creative juices flowing.

Happy craftin'...........

More cards.......

I have been playing with scraps and making more cards as well as some more of the online card classes lessons.
This is using scraps from my "Having Fun" layout a few weeks ago and made with the mini version of the sketch MWS13-13, The image is a digi stamp Lil Steampunk Luca which can be purchased here. I have printed it on thick watercolour paper and coloured it with Derwent Watercolour pencils.

Online Card classes - His & Hers Sympathy cards  day 3 inspired by Kristina Werner.

Online Card classes - His & Hers cards day 4 inspired by Kelly Rasmussen. I really liked her colour pallette and design although I hated the fact that the original card design did not stand up. Just one of my pet hates.... what is the point of having a card if you can't stand it up on the mantel piece to show it off. I kept the overally design concept but jut converted it to a full front of the card instead of a smaller front opening panel.

Another card made with scraps from the matching layout and the MWS5-13 I used the highlighter technique that I learnt from the Craftstamper magazine and a stamp from the Urban stamps - Botanical Print set by Papermania.
Last but not least is a card made from some scraps of a layout I did using 6 x 6 collections paper of Paris. I even got ambitious and made the ribbon flower which I actually quite like and it wasn't difficult which is always a good thing.

Take care and happy craftin'...........

Friday, 21 June 2013

Is it really that long ago........

I am so not good at this blogging business......

Seriously, I haven't even put up my challenge for the month at Home and Scrapped.
Well, if you have some scrapping time between now and the end of the month you can come and play along with my challenge:

My challenge for you for the month is kind of a choose your own challenge. I watch with interest on some sites the people who choose their inspiration for a layout, from Pinterest. Some choose clothing, some artwork others linen etc. Now I know just a couple of us like to visit Pinterest so you can head there if you choose and for those others who don't do Pinterest, you can Google an image or find one in a shop catalogue or even take a photo of your own.
I want you to be inspired by Bed Linen.
Choose whatever colour, design etc. you like and then create a layout using the bed linen as your inspiration in what ever way it talks to you.
I would like you to upload your inspiration photo into the thread here and upload your layout to the gallery, tagging it June13-Melissa
Here is my inspiration followed by the layout I did, using the colours and the pillow frames.

I did fit a crop in at the beginning of the month and only managed 3 layouts for the night which is pretty poor for me as I used to average about 6  but seem to be getting slower and fussier in my old age.
 I kept this layout of my Indonesian daughter and her family, clean and simple to focus on the photos of us all and just a short note about what we were doing.

I also managed to get this layout done using Heather's Mid Week Sketch number 18-13. It tells the story of our visit to the Kebun Raya - Botanical gardens in Bogor where we arrived for a quiet walk around but there was a group of almost 100 students from a local English class that wanted to practice their English and so we were inundated with their questions as there were no other foreigners in the park at the time. 
This one was from a sketch of Heather's from last year 32-12 made with a paper from Bella Fusion.
 This is made with scraps from the Bedlinen challenge and Heather's MWS 17-13 followed by a card made with the same scraps and the mini kids sketch from the same week. The stamp is a freebie from a set with the Simply Cards magazine - Wee stamps by Whimsy Stamps. I coloured it with water colour pencils and am quite happy with the result. I seem to be improving slowly with my colouring efforts.

This month at Home and Scrapped, Karen has challenged us to use another of Heather's sketches from last year 23-12 and do a layout about afternoon tea, a tea party or coffee with friends etc. and to use items from a swap or die-cuts etc that relate to having afternoon tea. We also had to use a song title for our page title.
I had some cute charms in my stash that worked perfectly for my photos of a cuppa with my Home and Scrapped friends that I have finally had the chance to meet in real life.

Thanks for dropping by and catching up with my crafting. Have a great weekend..........