Thursday, 22 March 2018

Crafty Girls corner, 4 crafty chicks and Cardz4guyz.

Crafty Girls corner has make it green as their challenge.
Cardz4guyz wants something with a tail.

I've had this chipboard crocodile/lizard/dinosaur for a while now.
I inked him in green then mounted it on green papers.
As  final touch, I added teal green pearls on his spots
The card's sentiment says Get Well.
It could be for a boy or a man who is sick.

And at 4 crafty chicks they want brads.

I've used a large brown brad in the centre of my flower.
This is an affirmation card for a teen age girl.

Counterfeit Kit sketch challenge.

The challenge at Counterfeit kit was to use this sketch.
I've modified it slightly and sewn the button right in the centre of the photo. Brave eh?

One technique I adapted was the 2 border strips weren't long enough so I overlapped them and used 3 enamel dots to visually finish the line.
I've used mainly geometric patterned paper on this layout to go with the statues.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Sketch File

I'm the proud owner of a challenge blog named Archiscraps
We do monthly challenges based on Architecture.
This month it is chevrons and blue.

To promote my blog I made this mothers day card based on a sketch at The sketch File

I've used blue chevrons.

It also features a chipboard owl and stars on the top horizontal paper.
I'm also entering it on Tuesday Throwdown where the theme is seeing stars.

Cactus mini album page

I had fun with these 2 pages and I'm still using my Counterfeit Kit mini kit.

Apart from using scraps of papers I also cut some corrugated card into a wavy pattern as an embellishment. Below my journaling was some space so I drew a cactus.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Mini album page

Here is another double page for my mini album with Counterfeit kit this month.
I've used some asterisks from a set of alphas as my embellishment.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

March Mini Kit

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I have based my  mini kit on the papers from the March kit.

Here's my line up. There is not a whole 12x12 paper among it, only smaller pieces.
I added some embellishments to the mix
 With this group I have made...........
Some pages for a mini travel journal

Saturday, 3 March 2018

4 crafty chicks

4 crafty chicks has a sentiment challenge.

I often make inspirational "happy cards". This is one of those.
My sentiment says Today it's a beautiful day
I made it sunshine yellow with some gold flowers.

Lets get sketchy and Case this sketch

Let's get sketchy has this mood board.
As soon as I saw it I thought about flamingo paper that I have been hoarding.
It matches the bright pink and the flip side is all of those colours featured.

I found 2 photos from a trip we went on through a fern laden forest.I had the road view plus a close up.
They were matted on Jade green spotted paper. I double matted the bright pink flamingo paper on a pale pink then olive green.With 2 busy papers, I needed to delineate the border.
My journaling card says happiness(also my title.)
On it I have placed a small FWAB Jack vine.
I've finished my layout with a round pink brad.
I haven't used flowers as I feel the layout is busy enough. Sometimes "Less is best".

Then using the leftover papers I went to Case this sketch

I used the pink flamingo paper as my background.
The strip is from the reverse side.
I decided the black rosette went well with it, so I've opted for bright pink/black &white theme.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Stuck?! sketch February 15th

I have a photo of my daughter's paintball team to scrap. This sketch  suited what I wanted to achieve.
I started by double stitching the 2 circles in the background. The purple card with the splats is actually a Christmas card recycled.
The other embellishments are all from my Counterfeit kit, excepting the purple ribbon at the top.
I chose the orange circle awards to contrast to the duller colours.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Try it on Tuesday

Try it on Tuesday has a vintage challenge.
I'm finishing up my Counterfeit kit for this month and found I still had the vintage lace to use.

I've chosen 2 aqua papers but made them more vintage by using pinecone ink and a punched border on the spotted one.
I added the vintage lace (from my grandmother) along the right hand edge.
My tag in the centre features a fussy cut picture of a compote of fruit 
with some neutral grey and white papers. I added some enamel dots to finish it off.
Hope you like it!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

CSI challenge.

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It has been a while since I did a CSI challenge. The bear picture and the colour scheme goes with my Counterfeit Kit.
Here are the criteria.

  • Solid white background
  • Floral pattern
  • Hearts
  • Balloons
  • Birds
  • Butterflies
  • Clouds
  • Leaves, flowers
  • Strawberry or other fruit
  • Birds, rabbits, or other animals
  • String
  • Colored pencils
  • Draw something or use elements that have a hand-drawn look
  • Something fuzzy (e.g., felt)
TESTIMONY (Journaling ideas)

  • Topic: Document something special about the one you love.
  • Prompt Idea: Choose a February prompt.
  • Presentation: hand write your journaling with a colored pencil.
  • Writing Format: Write a love letter.
  • Inspiration Words: love, flourish, wild

I started with a Kaiser paper, mainly white, but with touches of green and writing on it.
I also had in my kit a half of a shaped Kaiser paper featuring roses in pinks and greens.
After cobbling those together, I matted my photo in brown, then on a scrap of pink .
I popped a doiley under the mat to add depth. 
Next I added some butterfly stickers from Sassafrass Lass and some wood veneer leaves.

Checking the colours they're all there.
Evidence is floral pattern, butterflies, leaves, animals, drawn element.
Testimony I used 2 of the 3 inspirational words.

This is one of two rescue grizzly bears on Grouse Mountain in Vancouver
Their names are Grinder and Coola. I'm not sure which one this is but it came right over to us.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Use your stuff

At Use your stuff they want sparkly.

I had a pretty box from something I received at Christmas.
It had a window on the front and I thought I could use it on this card.
The picture of the girl is from a scrap of patterned paper.
My sentiment goes well across the fold in the box and I used stickers from MME across the bottom of the card.

Meanwhile at Mod Squad challenges the theme is winter.
I've made a card that says Warm thoughts and features a watercolour background in blues and purples. My tag has snowflakes on it.

Paper Issues Recipe Challenge

Paper Issues has a recipe challenge. 

See the video here:

Here is your list as it went live:
Start with a cardstock background 
Add 6”x7” patterned paper
Add 1 patterned paper layer any size
Add 1”x12” paper strip
Add 2 pieces of ephemera (doiley and chipboard dress model)
Add 1 tag (Stamped lady)
Add doodling (flower at top of layout)
Add 1 sticker (gold arrow)
Add a big title (HAPPY)
Add 2 layers anywhere. Can be paper can be embellishments. Anything. (papers)
Add enamel dots/shapes (black dots and triangles)
Add twine or ribbon (Black and white twine around top of photo, ribbon under photo.)
Add a sub title (under photo)
Add the date (bottom right)

I'm using 2 Pink Paislee papers from my Counterfeit Kit.
The chipboard is Twiddlybits

Friday, 16 February 2018

Cardz4guyz & 4 crafty chicks

Over at Cardz4guys the challenge is Something with the letter L.

I had some sparkly leaves remaining from a sheet of Halloweeen stickers I bought in Michaels.
Using 2 oval stickers from my kit, I arranged the leaves.

Over at 4 crafty chicks ,there is an ATG challenge with layers as the extra criteria.
Using my Counterfeit Kit Items, I've made this Congratulations card.
A friend is retiring soon and this will be perfect for her.

Sketch Saturday #500

Happy anniversary to Sketch Saturday! This is their sketch.

I'm pleased to finally have some time to join in. I've used items from my Counterfeit Kit.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Challenge #1 I love Paris.

Counterfeit kit challenge has its first challenge today.
I chose to celebrate LOVE (Valentines Day is coming up) by creating this layout about my favourite European city.

I used an Imagination Project paper named "Leaves at Breakfast" for my background with a chevron backing mat from American crafts.
I had the ADORE card plus the heart card in my kit.
The confetti hearts arrived recently in an order from Bramble fox.
Inside the folder I put my story of that morning.......

Here's the info for the challenge

WE all love Paris.
Capture the mood of Paris in your layout/card/tags.
Use iconic buildings from Paris (need I list them?)
Add love hearts, lace, whatever you want.They don’t have to feature photos of Paris!

Alphabet challenge & Inspired by all the little things

At Alphabet challenge the theme is wheels.
Inspired by little things has this picture to inspire us.

Using one of the papers from my Counterfeit Kit I've made this card saying LOVE.

I also used one of the oval stickers plus a Prima flower.
There are no hearts on it but the message of love is clear.


Over at Cardz4guyz they want musical. I used pink heart paper as my background.
Men can have pink too!
I used music paper plus a grey sticker and domino washi tape.
My sentiment says "Hey there Handsome" and I've added 3 black enamel stars to complete it.

Off the rails

I chose the most colourful photo I had for Off the Rails this month. It is of a parrot at the birdlife park in Cairns.

The background of my layout is a bright turquoise blue. (Scanner makes it paler).
I put gesso through a mask to make white shapes. The surrounding paper was white so I've used cut off strips to frame the layout.
I've also misted with white but that is harder to see.
I matted my photo on bright orange paper then added a torn strip of corrugated card.There is also a chipboard circle.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Rochelle Spears February Sketch

I've used a Heidi Swap paper as the background on this layout plus a HEART PAPER.
It is for Rochelle Spears sketch challenge  

I'm on a mission to use up all my ribbon stash,so instead of the sewing top and bottom I have used ribbon.(One from my Counterfeit Kit.
I recently purchased a gorgeous Twiddlybits Wrought Iron border so that is there too under the photos.

I've also used a flair from Bramble Fox and some Prima flowers which both formed part of my Let's get sketchy prize.

Let's get sketchy

I'm the feature designer this month at Let's get sketchy

Here's the February Sketch

and here's my interpretation of it.

Why not join in the fun over there. This was an easy sketch to recreate.

Friday, 2 February 2018

February Stuck sketches!

Here's the first Stuck sketch for February.

Using my Counterfeit Kit, I decided to do a layout about the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas.

 The paper is an old one.
I have several sheets.
The tag at an angle features a lady with a bird cage. It goes with the romance of Venice.
My 2 smaller tags feature music wood veneers and there is also a fleur de lis wood veneer.
The picture on the RHS is actually from the ceiling.(I turned it sideways to look better on my layout.)
My enamel dots are Shimelle. I thought it needed a touch of gold.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

February Counterfeit Kit

It is my tur to chose the February Counterfeit kit so I've chosen Noel Mignon's "Weekend in Paris"

There's lots of scope here.
Here's my list:
Hot air balloons
love elements.

Here's the papers
and a chip it colour palette

I've decided to use my garden furniture to display my kit. RETRO PARIS

Close up of Washi tapes

Mine is more aquas,pinks,apricots and black and white.

I hope you like it :)
 Welcome this month to our guest designer, Monica Maier

Now on to the blog hop:

Guest Designer, Monica

Julene (you are here)

Kelly (go here next)