Sunday, 10 December 2017

City crafter

Over at City crafter they want a hat.
I've chosen the obvious for this time of the year, Santa in his hat.

The Merry Christmas challenge wants anything Christmas so I entered it there as well.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Cardz4guyz plus others

At Cardz4guyz they have a snowman theme.

After some thought, I came up with this snowmen paper and matching snowflake trim.

I'm also entering it at the following
Always Fun-snowman
~Crafty Calendar-Christmas
~Card Mania-Christmas
~Aud Sentiment-sentiment and Christmas

Challenge YOUrself

I've chosen a quote "You are you, this is truer than true, there is no one alive who is youer than you"

On my layout I used only part of that quote.

I used 2 tape measures, a flower I made myself from hessian, a button plus some stickers from a set I has with a matching journaling block.
Yes this is me...back in the late 1970s.
The back ground paper is October Afternoon and is shaped.

Scrap Soup

This layout is for Paper Issues Scrap Soup.

My photos are of a café/deli/restaurant we stopped in on the way to Sedona.

If you are ever out that way, go in there. They have a gorgeous garden at the back amidst the trees with a creek running nearby.

My 2 photos are of Indian Gardens café.
My 2 circles are cut from brown paper
My 3 colours are black,cream and brown.
My 3 embellishments are black washi tape, the "love" bingo card and 2 transparencies of the owl and basket.
I've hand written my journaling and the date.

Using a complicated sketch

This sketch from Sketch Savvy was quite complicated. In fact I had to print it off and shade areas as I added papers to the layout. It was morning puzzle for me to master.

I had 3 photos of ART DECO style from New York, New York at Las Vegas.
This style appeals to me, like many people.
Here's my layout.

As this isn't entered on a challenge, it would be nice if some of you lurkers out there commented.
I wonder sometimes who looks at my pages.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Mystical Scapbooks challenge #2

Mystical Scrapbooks

Las Vegas is a crazy place. People everywhere, noise, too much visual overload!
For this reason I chose a multi-coloured paper that screams bright.
My strip vertically features arrows and is also bright.
Instead of a tag peeking out behind the photos, I used a playing card.
I've also used a transparency as the "paper " on the right.
Additional to the sketch details I added a Jolie's Boutique sign for Las Vegas.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Mystical December challenge #1

Challenge 1 - Karen's Recipe Challenge

Pattern paper distressed , 12 embellishments , 2 word title and hand journaling 

I"m so happy with this layout as I used a tiki paper I've had in my stash for 14 years!!!!!

Enough excitement.
I tore quite often on this layout and folded back a couple of times ,holding with staples (distressing)

My 12 embellishments are the cactus and mountain goat (2) + Live laugh love(1)+ white dots(5) and words describing my statues (5) .
This makes a total of 13-a bakers dozen!

My 2 word title and hand journaling are there as well.

No idea why the text is in white boxes,...

Scrap our stash & another freaking scrappy challenge

December Tic Tac Toe Stash Challenge

Here's the challenge for this month at Scrap our stash.
I'm going straight down the middle, so  Ampersand, holiday theme and green.

I started with a green patterned paper misted with green.
I layered my photo of a star light we sat under for our Christmas lunch last year.
I've used MME stars and Merry Christmas stickers plus some washi tape accents.
The ampersand is in the title.

I'm also entering it another freaking scrappy challenge and also at Christmas cards all year round where they accept any papercraft

Anything goes card and die cutting divas

Here's a purple toned card I made just for fun.
I'm entering it in the following challenges: ANYTHING GOES ANYTHING GOES

At Die cutting Divas they ask us to use a previous sketch for the year.
I've gone with MAY and it looks like this.

Of course it is a Christmas card and my die cut is a bird.
The layering is some vellum I had.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

More than words challenge has a numbers and family challenge.

I've used a white background and misted over with a gold outline of cogs.
Both my daughter and I are thinkers/dreamers so the cogs turning signify us.
I matted in purple to match my top, but also because it is her favourite colour.
The numbers are black leather, I thought they made a great texture.
The layout is pulled together with gold and white washi tape.

Let's get sketchy

Here's the sketch at "Let's get sketchy".
Let's get sketchy
I'm working through my Arizona photos so here's one of the Grand Canyon.
Once again, I used a striped paper for the layers of rock in the canyon.
My embellishments are from a Jolee's Boutique range made especially for the canyon.
I wanted to use them ,so here they are. I did not go hiking but we saw many who did.

It was a dream come true and a bucket list moment! Hence the title.

Paper Issues

Paper Issues scraplift challenge is on facebook :

The original looks like this

I had a train photo I wanted to scrap so went masculine with mine.
I'm pleased to have used felt stars and old buttons plus a misted gold cog chipboard piece.
Best of all was using up 5 of those strips from the bottom of papers.

The stars are yellow, not a washed out cream as they appear here.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Cardz4galz and 4 crafty chicks.

4 crafty chicks has an anything goes challenge.
Cardz4galz wants cupcakes.

I've gone pink with this card as I wanted to use up the strips sitting on my desk.
I also had the gold glittery cupcake as the main feature.
This is for a 10 year old neighbour's birthday.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Paper Issues Sketchy Saturday

This is the sketch at Paper Issues.
It appeals to me because of that skew paper on the left.
I dug out my rust coloured papers and embellishments as the rocks around Sedona are red.
I've used 3 embellishments that I bought at Michaels while I was over there...
The map of Arizona, the compass and the road runner.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Sketches in Thyme-December

This is the first December sketch at Sketches in Thyme.
Sketches in Thyme
I've chosen a very bright Basic Grey Paper named "Raspberry" as my background.
Next I cut a large vertical journaling block into 4 pieces and used it horizontally.
(Looks like a Navaho rug to me!)

I double matted my photo of Maggie and Christina gambling on the BIG poker machine.(Didn't win)
The papers I used for that are 7 dots studio "All I ever".

Next, I scattered across the layout embellishments for Las Vegas from Jolie's boutique.
Someone gave me big square rhinestones,which until now I had no use for.
In the case of Las Vegas, nothing is too I glued them on.
Next I used old felt alphas(or numbers in this case) for my title and the asterix on the trail.

You gotta admit it is different!

In reality this is straight. My scanner is doing its sloping up routine. (grr!)

If you give a crafter a cookie

If you give a crafter a cookie has this picture.

Santa and a doiley are my main 2 elements.
I've added a sentiment that I recycled from another card and finished off with enamel dots.


I've made a similar card for Classic Design Team open challenge.
This time it features santa's clothes.
I saw the picture on an old Christmas card and thought it was cute enough to recycle.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Merry Monday Christmas challenge

 Merry Monday wants green/blue/silver and white on a Christmas card.

Here's my card.

CASe this sketch

As soon as I saw this sketch this morning ,I knew I had to make a card.
I'm still making Christmas cards for charity but I'm totally over red and green.
I decided to mix this one up a bit.
The pink scallop and balloon paper was an offcut from a Studio Calico paper.(Who says balloons can't be Christmas?)
The JOYFUL and the stars add to the Christmas feeling.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Several challenges

I would like to enter the following challenges:
CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS – Challenge #283: Sparkle
CRAFTY FRIENDS – Challenge #71: Add a Sentiment
SWEET STAMPERS – Challenge #14: Christmas
CRAFTY CREATIONS – Challenge #355: Anything Goes
AS YOU LIKE IT – Fave Christmas Colour Combo – Anything non-traditional really although I love the clean look of red, white and blue; fresh and festive!
THROUGH THE PURPLE HAZE – Challenge #138: Lace/Ribbon
STAR STAMPZ – Add Some Sparkle
WORLD WIDE OPEN DT – Challenge #28: Anything Goes
CRAFT-DEE BOWZ – November Challenge: Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow

CREATE AND INSPIRE – Challenge #68: Anything Goes
CUT IT UP – Challenge #135: Shape Up!
CRAFTING FROM THE HEART – Challenge #185: Anything Goes
ALWAYS FUN CHALLENGES – Challenge #34: Anything Goes  
ARTISTIC INSPIRATIONS – Challenge #191: Anything Goes
MAKE MY MONDAY – Happy Christmas
THROUGH THE CRAFTROOM DOOR – Nov 28 Challenge: Anything Goes

The background paper has a sparkly texture and the bow is hand tied.

My favourite colour combo at the moment is red and turquoise with some white as well.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Sketches in Thyme.

This is another of the November sketches at Sketches in Thyme.
I've chosen the most spectacular and awe inspiring photo from my Grand Canyon collection.

My background paper is Bo Bunny Back to backs "Double Dot".
I started by misting with Kaisercraft gold.
While in America, I bought a packet of Grand Canyon 3D stickers of the Grand Canyon.
I've decided to incorporate some of those on my page.
I also used some Studio Calico frames plus buttons.
A simple page but I like it!

Monday, 27 November 2017

Tic tac toe challenge plus Addicted to stamps.

Over at Tic tac toe challenge this is the latest grid.

I've made a blue card for a man .I kept it CAS. So I went down the left hand column.

My sentiment is on the ribbon and says Happy Christmas in French.

My second card is for Addicted to stamps where the theme is monochrome.

I used a Kaisercraft stamp to get my bauble shape

This is the transparency that goes on top of the stamp.

I stamped it on the back of blue patterned paper then cut it out.
Using magic mount to make it 3d I mounted it on my background then adhered a bow and matching sentiment.
All is in blue, despite the background appearing aqua, it is actually sky blue.

Scraplift Sunday

It is scraplift Sunday at Paper Issues and here is the original

I started with a similar bone with brown dots paper from Kaisercraft.
Next I used Perriwinkle collectables for my layering.
The only non- Periwinkle on this is my 3 cork hearts.

My photos are bigger than those in the original layout so there isn't as much room for embellishments.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Challenge YOUrself

The fun challenge at Challenge Yourself is to use sprays and inks


I started with 2 papers from the Kaisercraft Periwinkle collection.
I painted across the LHS and the bottom.
Next I used a square pattern mask with black ink to put more depth.
I then drop mist around the top right corner, mainly to add balance.

My layout features 5 photos from our Trolley car ride in Sedona, where there are gorgeous red rock formations including a camel rock (can you recognise it?)
This one is cathedral rock
Image result for Cathedral Rock Sedona Arizona

and this one is the native American woman with the energy healing vortex nearby.

Image result for Vortex Sedona Arizona

Also on my layout is an old post office used in a John Wayne movie.
Here it is!

Saturday, 25 November 2017

In the pink

In the pink wants stripes or spots.

It is nice to have a change making cards in colours other than red, green, silver ,gold for Christmas.

I've made a card for some friends who've just moved to a new home.
Here it is!

Sketches in Thyme

This is the latest sketch at Sketches in Thyme.
Brenda definitely picked a good one here!
Just constructing the background took over an hour, but, it was fun!!!!
I'm using Kaisercraft Perriwinkle collection again.

I've hand stitched the circle and used a transparency as one of my layering papers.
I added a bit of stippling to the bottom paper to resemble the river at the bottom of the canyon.

At deep ocean challenge they want things with wings.
I've chosen an angel on a silver and green Christmas card.
The black streak at the bottom of the card is metallic silver.