Thursday, 22 March 2018

Travel is my Passion

Hello, hello!

I got a tad excited when I saw the challenge up at 13arts. The theme is travel. Travel is my other love - after scrapping!

Here's what I made:

This is one of my favourite photos from our last trip. Durmitor National Park in Montenegro was simply sensational!

I used a few different 13arts papers for this. I tore one of them into two pieces, flipped one end over and added a different 3arts paper underneath the tear. I added retro lace under the torn edges then I hand-sewed fishing swivel things (I don't know what they're called!) across the torn section for a cool look. I love the way the ombre paper blends to a differnet green as it flows down the page.

To create my blue paper behind the photo, I took some 13arts paper in a neutral colour and painted it with 13arts Ayeeda Mist in Pastel Blue. I also used the mist as a spray around my photo and I flicked it around my elements at the end.  In keeping with the metallic theme, I added various metallic elements to the page.

I painted my chippie with gesso and Ayeeda Mist then added Metallic Melts to the bottom section for a bit of texture and interest.

I cut out a sticker from 13arts' Fly Away series and added a few fussy cut pieces from some Timeless papers.

I hope you can join in the challenge! You can find the details here.

Happy scrappin'!


Monday, 5 March 2018

So Silly at Kraft Plus!

Hello and welcome back!

Have you seen the new challenge over at Kraft+ yet? The challenge is to use their sketch and add some fussy-cutting. Yikes! I'm not big on fussy-cutting but I'll give anything a go. I'm so glad I did. I discovered I absolutely loved this sketch! Here's what I made with it:

I've made a run of vintage layouts lately for classes so it was really exciting to go full-on with the colour on this one. I was very inspired by the silly photo of my sister-in-law and her daughter.

I stuck very closely to the sketch. I don't often use sketches but this one was the best I'd ever used by far. The details were amazing. I kept finding more things on it! Here it is:

I fussy-cut the flowers, leaves and owls and added thread to replace the circles on the sketch.

The cute little owls added a touch of quirkiness to my bright, colourful page.

I sure hope you can join in the fun over at Kraft Plus this month. You can find all the challenge details here.

Happy scrappin'!


Thursday, 1 March 2018

Getting Comfortable at More Than Words

Have you seen the warm and snuggly challenge over at More Than Words yet? The challenge is to be inspired by the word 'Comfortable' and to use at least three of the colour combo colours from the challenge board.

Here's what I created:

When I thought about 'Comfortable' I was reminded of the amazing rooms in the pubs and B&Bs we stayed at in England. We had big, comfy beds with fluffy pillows and snugly quilts. When it was cold and wet outside we just didn't want to leave the rooms sometimes!

I chose to use the greens and the white from the colour combo. These are not colours I normally use so I found this challenging but I do like the result. I used the greens in nearly all parts of my page but predominantly in my flower clusters. I don't usually use many flowers in my work either but they just went with the old-world feel of the photos.

That chipboard is from The Dusty Attic. Isn't it gorgeous? I painted it then embossed the whole piece with white embossing powder.

I hope you are feeling 'Comfortable' to join us at More Than Words this month. You can find the challenge here.. Here's the challenge board:

Happy scrappin!


Saturday, 24 February 2018

A Colourful 7 Dots Challenge

I fell in love with the new mood board over at 7 Dots Studio this month. It's full of pastel colours and gorgeous scenes. I was inspired by the colours of the mood board to create this layout using a photo I took last year.

I used the pinks, blues, greens and yellow-green from the moodboard, but made the colours a bit brighter to work with the bright pink flowers in my photo. I used the Verano Azul collection from 7 Dots to create this. If has such gorgeous colours.

To make the frame around the photo, I fussy cut one of the journalling cards from the collection and raised it up around the photo. I also fussy cut the title from another journaling card.

The background is a mix of sprays and paints and I've glammed up the waste from some Dusty Attic chipboard circles with paint and stamping.

I scattered mauve stars around the page which were punched from one of the Verana Azul papers. I'm not much of a mauve fan usually but I love this colour!

I took the photo of the window on the island of Cres in Croatia. We loved it there. The buildings were all painted in gorgeous pastel colours and windows with shutters like these were so beautiful!

The circles were made using the chippie waste piece as a stencil.

I hope you can join in the challenge this month. You can find the challenge here, and here's the gorgeous moodboard:

Happy scrappin'!


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

It's All About True Love

It's Mini Challenge time again at More Than Words! As February is tradtionally the month of love, the word that we want to see on your card, tag, ATC or postcard is 'True'.

Here's what I made:

I made this for a very special couple who are getting married. I wish I knew what colours the bridal party will be wearing as I could have co-ordinated the flower but the colours are always a surprise!

Here's the challenge board:

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You can find the challenge details here. Remember that February is a short month so get your entries in on our Facebook page soon!

Happy scrappin'!


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Getting My Challenges On!

Hello there! I've been having heaps of fun making a layout for a couple of challenges - CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration and Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo. I really enjoyed making this.

This is a photo I took of Kotor, a stunningly beautiful old town in Montenegro. We climbed up the steep hill behind the town and we could see right across the gorgeous bay. We met fantastic people there and have great memories of this place.

I have a bit of a thing at the moment about creating with small scraps of paper. I love the random effect this gives my work. I have layered my scraps up here with many bits and pieces - photo corners, puched and cut shapes, tabs, stickers and stitching.

At Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo, the challenge is to use masking tape. Here's what I did:

First I adhered my masking tape to a scrap of glossy paper. It has to be a paper that the tape will peel off.

I then punched along one edge of the paper with the tape on it.

Next I used a border stamp along the tape.

I then peeled the masking tape from the glossy paper and adhered it to my page. I layered it up with paper scraps and added some random stitching. I also added my journaling on torn strips of masking tape.

At CSI, I fell in love with the colour scheme. These colours are so me! I chose to use all five colours in my embellishments. I also used white gesso to stencil behind my photo and journaling.

For CSI, I also used a holiday photo and used something fringy (I'm not sure that fringy is a real word but I love it!) My fringy item is the water fountain - it reminds me of the hula skirt on the CSI image.

This is the first time I've entered a CSI challenge so I hope I've done it right! You can find the challenge details here.

It's certainly not the frst time I've entered a Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo challenge though. I love their fun and user-friendly challenges! You can find the current challenge here.

Happy scrappin'!


Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Forever in Love at More Than Words

Hello there!

The new challenge is up at More Than Words and it's very relevant for February. The challenge is to be inspired by the word 'Forever' and to use hearts on your layout, canvas or art journal page.

Here's what I came up with:

I taught a class to my local ladies recently and I was inspired to use the same technique to make the background and heart balloons on this page.

I added lots of stitching - both by hand and machine.

I tethered my balloons to a hand-made arrow and hung feathers from it as well. Underneath is a gorgeous swirl chippie from The Dusty Attic.

I found some dangly bling in my stash and added that to the bottom of the torn paper.

I hope you can join in the fun this month! You can find more details on the challenge here.

Happy scrappin'!