Tuesday 31 January 2023

Paper players

 At the Paper players there is this sketch

I'm currently making baby cards so used this idea on my card. It is suitable for those who don't know what sex the baby is or for grandparents etc.

 The sentiment says " I wish for you "

Monday 30 January 2023

The Male Room

 The Male room wants cards featuring 

I have lots of stars but thought I'd do something different.

I made a card using an owl (fussy cut) then used a corner of a different paper to resemble the moon.

This would be a good birthday card for a male of any age I think. 

Thursday 26 January 2023

Creative Inspirations and Li'l red wagon.

 Today I have used some really old scrapbooking paper and new ribbon.

 I made 2 of these cards exactly the same, to enter at Creative Inspirations  and Li'l red wagon

They are bright and colourful and I'm sure will be well received.

This is now also entered at Seize the birthday . "Anything goes" 

Monday 23 January 2023

Mystical cyber crop 3rd layout.

 The criteria for this one was doodling around the edge ;3 bows and 2 stamps.

I only had patterned paper with watermelons and ice creams, so I added some formal looking paper white with silver. The big pink flowers were stamped then fussy cut. I did a simple loopy doodling around the edge. The big pink bow came off an Easter egg, I think. 

My memory of that day in 1966 are dim. Us kids ran around the back yard where the wedding was held then scoffed down watermelon because it was such a hot day. My cousin Jann, the bride, sailed away to USA by ship. It was the first cruise I had ever heard of, so I remember that fact. 

Friday 20 January 2023

Li'l red wagon.

 I'm entering this card at L'il red wagon where the theme is sea related.

I used the sketch from Sketch 'n' scrap on Facebook.

All papers on here are from my January Counterfeit kit.  Many of my friends go on cruises so this will be given to one of them.


Thursday 19 January 2023

Lasting Memories

 At Lasting memories, they want us to create a title page for an album. 

Years ago, I went to Europe which ended up being 7 weeks and nearly 1100 photos. I still haven't scrapbooked them all, and probably never will. I left doing the title page until last because I wasn't sure what I wanted.

I found the filmstrip and used smaller photos in it with highlights of the places we visited. Otherwise, there's washi tapes, a slide mount, ribbon, a list, plus my title which I think sums it up. 

Sketches in Thyme.


This sketch is the first one for January at Sketches in Thyme on Facebook.

I wanted to use the paper with thongs (flip flops) on it, so I found a suitable backing paper  and also used 2 6x6 papers as my mats. The kraft card behind the title is cut from packaging and the title plus journaling are 2 journal cards. All this is from my kit. 

I couldn't resist the blue ric rac and the sunglasses sticker, they added that beachy feel.

Wednesday 18 January 2023

Rochelle Speares and Scrap with Stacey plus Challenge #2


Rochelle Speares has this sketch. Then you can combine it with Scrap with Stacey's tic tac toe.

I have 3 photos of a summer get together with my 2 best friends and Constance the cat.
I used an American Crafts paper featuring ice creams since it was a summer get together. My banner is chocolate in colour and reminds me of chocolate coated ice creams. 

For Stacey's challenge, I have gone across the top row. My circle is made up of two semi-circle transparencies (watermelons). The banner is there, and the paint is a pale green finishing touch.

For Counterkit Challenge #2 we have been asked to use an old technique.
 I always forget about paint, but it does add a nice finishing touch and a plain background for small embellishments.

Tuesday 17 January 2023

Mystical cyber crop.

 Here's another layout for the Mystical cyber crop. We had to use and inked backgroun, 2 torn papers and 3 circles.

Using white background I inked through an old doiley with pinecone ink.

My torn papers down the left-hand side are both from my kit. The 2 hibiscus flowers were cut from a used birthday card. I'm pleased to have used the summer escape card, the beach bum card and the aloha word. My other 2 circles are vintage buttons. 

Monday 16 January 2023

Mystical monthly challenge


This layout is an accident. I started doing it for a cyber crop challenge and it morphed into the monthly challenge. (So here it is! )

I tore the swimming paper and inked the edge in lilac. I added 2 lots of ribbon from my kit.

I then became confused and added 3 arrows as well as tiny dots from the pink sparkly alphas. 

Oh well I have used the wave paper plus the swimming paper from my kit. ;) 

Sunday 15 January 2023

Mystical cyber crop challenge.

 I saw this design for a layout on Paper Issues and thought it was a good one. 

Debra's challenge at Mystical scrapbooking is 1 patterned paper, 2 flowers and 3 butterflies or dragonflies.

The yellow flowers don't seem very lizard-like, but it suited my colours in the photos. The 2 flowers are Little Birdie leather flowers with bead centres. 

I also stitched with blue thread across the top. The little blue pearls are another hint to the blue tongue lizard.

Thursday 12 January 2023

Sketch 'n' scrap

 This is the layout sketch for sketch 'n'scrap.

I used papers from my kit to make a Christmas (gift) layout. A couple of the cut aparts worked as subtitles. I used a border sticker and the cork triangles from my kit as well.

Monday 9 January 2023

Lasting Memories -Firsts

 At Lasting Memories they want firsts.

I've tried to think of a first, so went back a few years to a Christmas outing. My nephew is pictured here with his newly arrived daughter. 

She was about 3 months old. Her first Christmas!

I used white cardboard as my background then layered a few papers and a fancy edged envelope. The envelope has string and 2 circles that the string winds around. (eyelet thingys) 

There are also 2 different sets of alphas and a cute cork tab on the left.

Double trouble and another layout.

 Today I made a layout using scraps and offcuts from my Counterfeit Kit.

I layered them from the bottom up in order of size (roughly), with the shortest at the top. I then mounted my photo on floral paper, so it stood out.

I'm also pleased that I used a journal tag from my kit, they mount up.


Next is a card for Double trouble.

We are asked to use these colours, which I have.
Also, they want

Recipe:     Warm & Cuddly 3-2-1 Recipe
Servings:  Unlimited Portions of Fun
     3  Colors of your choice     
     2  Layers 
     1  Warm & Cuddly Image 
         Use a stamped or digital image, or 
         one that is die-cut or hand-drawn

My card contains the 3 colours plus 2 layers on top of the background and warm and cuddly image. I happen to think flowers plus a love banner gives off warm cuddly vibes. I searched but had no woolly jumpers or fireplaces or puppies.  
Here's my card.

I'm posting this to a close friend whose birthday is coming up on 14Th.

Sunday 8 January 2023

Throwback sketch and GOALS at The Scraproom.


I'm working on this throwback sketch today and decided to use vellum for those squares. As my photos are from inside Cologne Cathedral, I thought the vellum will add a nice touch.

I have also used a pink flourish with a bling from my kit plus a sticker tag. My alphas are also pink and glittery but provide enough contrast to be seen. There were some glittery flowers in the alphas set to match, so I used those too.

Another requirement for this is to use something from your stash more than one year old. The vellum is about 7 years old.  Despite it being very pink, I'm happy with it.


And to go with it I scrapped a second page for the GOALS challenge.





S=sticker journal space.

Now I stitched them so you can see the double.

Saturday 7 January 2023

Freaky fast Friday and Jumpstart challenge.

 Yesterday I followed the Freaky fast formula at The Scraproom and made this layout.

One of the things I haven't done over the past few years is use cardstock as my background. This bright yellow was ideal for me to put the florals and busy papers I use on the circles. It was a reasonably simple layout which I enjoyed making.

Next, I made this layout 

It was based on the sketch from The scraproom which was the jumpstart sketch. 
I cut into the red heart cardstock as it went so well with the grey plus matched the kangaroo paws in the photo. The small embellishments are from the Confetti pack in my kit.

Tuesday 3 January 2023

Scrap our stash and Mystical bright challenges.


Scrap our stash has this sketch. We must also include 3 different patterned papers and 3 different embellishments.

I've started with my background paper which is a forgery in my kit. My photo is from a "get together" I had with former neighbours from childhood. We get together about once a year.

I've used 3 different green papers which are all 6x6 and cut to size. The big strip down the centre was from a kit covering a book. I didn't use it so put some of it on here. It is a bright contrast.

The tabs are cut from a gingham tag, also in my Counterfeit kit this month.

My 3 different embellishments are the pink asterisk that matches the title, the black telephone on left hand side and the yellow person on the bottom. You could also count the 3 wood veneer arrows.

At this point I discovered a second challenge, At Mystical Scrapbooks Louise wants 1 bright colour, two-word title and 3 arrows. This also qualifies for that, so I'm combining.

Childhood friends

Monday 2 January 2023

Mystical 1,2,3 challenge.

 My 2nd layout this month is for Mystical scrapbooks

Therese's challenge is 1 title, 2 photos, 3 patterned papers.

I used 2 photos exactly the same plus a fairly neutral paper frpm my kit plus abusy one with brown circles. It matched the bubbles in the tea squishy. The 3rd paper is the yellow behind the photos.

I also added black cardstock that has been embossed, white lacy edging and a black tassel as my feature.

Mystical Scrapbooking December challenge #1- Julie's sketch.


We were given this sketch and asked to use 2 lots of bling on our layout.

I used some of the items from my January kit on here. Pink vellum, cream embossed and the background pink floral plus I also used pink and white striped ribbon top and bottom of the photos.

My 2 items of bling are blue rhinestones in a circular shape on top of the tabs plus tiny white pearls in a row. The photos were taken from a video made of her when she was a baby,36 years ago. Slightly out of focus but very precious.

Sunday 1 January 2023

January Counterfeit Kit.


Happy New Year!!!

The kit we are counterfeiting this month is 

It has a Christmas/ winter base, but I've gone rogue as far as the theme goes.
At the moment it is summer here, so I've based it around summer/beach idea.

Presenting my kit, Summer at the beach.

Here are the papers from the kit.

                                                Here are my papers

I've tried to match colour and similar pattern where I can, but I have put a summer spin on it.
I've included papers featuring ice creams, swimming, thongs (flip flops). Also, there are 2 different waves papers. As well as that there are bright colours , plus a few neutrals. One of my neutrals is a forgery.

The kit embellishments are winter themed, so I used similar colours and textures again.

I've included cork pieces, die cuts, tags, pink alphas, bling in pink, aqua and white, enamel dots, 
There's also ribbon, embroidery cotton, ricrac, and will add buttons, wood veneers, mists as needed.
I also found a small bag of random beach stuff such as watermelon pieces and sunglasses etc.
I will probably use washi tape as well.

I'm also including this Heidi Swapp confetti box that I have had stashed away.

Welcome to our Guest Designer: Anandi RC

1st January - Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal and Hop

·         Guest Designer - Anandi - https://www.instagram.com/anandirc/

·         Anna - https://www.youtube.com/c/piececraftlove

·         Cindy - https://cindyscreations-cinmfoster.blogspot.com 

·         Julene - http://julenebydesign.blogspot.com   (you are here)

·         Juliet - https://www.instagram.com/julesd (go  here next)

·         Leslie - http://lcsmithsaved-outofthemire.blogspot.com 

·         Misty - https://craftysoup.com/

·         Tara - https://kryptonite72-rambles.blogspot.com 

·         Tina - http://tinasscrapcorner.blogspot.com


That's it for me for this month. Happy New Year everyone!