Saturday, September 27, 2014

Creative Scrappers Sketch #278

Good afternoon everyone.    I have another page I'm sharing today using a sketch from Creative Scrappers.
I was all enthusiastic and suggested to Jean that we do some scrapbook sketches.   Mmmmm well once again, a wee bit over ambitious!!!!    The photos I've used aren't gorgeous scenes, or wonderful days at the beach etc, just pictures of what I was taking to a friend's place for a day's sewing. lol    For some reason, I'm not very good at travelling lightly.    I try but end saying 'Oh I better take this or that in case I need it!'. 

So before I unloaded the car, I took some photos of exactly what I did have with me and this is the resulting page using the sketch.    This page nearly didn't happen because I thought people want to see scenes etc but after some more thinking, I decided that it's all about MY pages and MY way of scrap booking.
One thing that is fairly awesome, is that I've managed to do some sewing on this page without any problem at all.  The letters, flair and extra bits are from the Scrappy Canary August kits.

Thanks for visiting today.  Keep well.
 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Scrappy Canary September Sketch Challenge

Good morning everyone.  Yes, I know.......a very neglected blog.   My apologies.    I have been making cards and doing some classes but life has been hectic lately.    Once again, I'm trying my hand at scrap booking.    Did you notice I said 'trying'.  I can make cards, work out what's right and what's not right with them but when it comes to this sort of work......I am stumped.   The best I can do is follow a sketch, well try to anyway. lol
Last month for the August sketch challenge at Scrappy Canary, I won it.  Random draw....I couldn't possibly have won it on my work. lol
So here I am again, entering September's sketch challenge.
I used another photo from the same selection as the last two lay outs.  That way they'll all match, I hope. 
The end result is the second time around.......the first attempt, well, most of it is in the bin.   I kept the top section and changed the base page.  All the bits except the base page are from the this kit and this one.  The backing paper is Stampin' Up from the SAB dsp pack this year.
It's a miserable day here today.   Overcast, coolish and wet.    I personally don't mind BUT we are in the middle of the crushing here and goodness knows when the cane will get cut now, all the paddocks will have to dry out.
I'm going to try another sketch today....Creative Scrappers sketch #278.   I also have to do my teddy box.....here.   It's so cute.
That's all from me today.   Keep well everyone. 
 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Scrappy Canary August Sketch Challenge

This is the second page I did for the Scrappy Canary Sketch Challenge. I really enjoyed doing both pages.  The other photos I have that were taken on the same day will be pocket scrapped.  So the two full pages will fit in quite well.
Once again I used mostly items from the Scrappy Canary kits with a few bits from my stash.
Thanks for visiting. 
 

Scrappy Canary August Sketch Challenge

I recently subscribed to an Australian business, called Scrappy Canary who supplies monthly kits for scrap booking.   This month they have a sketch challenge.   Now I haven't done a full scrapbook page since 2009 so I am extremely out of practice but this is what I came up with today.
I used the bits and pieces that came in the three kits I subscribed to and some extra things that I had in my stash.
Actually I'm quite pleased with my efforts.  
Thanks for visiting today.
 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sailing In To Say Hello.

Good morning.   I have another card to share today.  
This one uses Pion Design Shoreline Treasures papers. These are fabulous papers and I love them all.  I paired the papers with Marianne Dies.  The greeting is from a set by Joanna Munster, Inspired By Stamping.
The net is some of the linen cast net that I was given and the shells are from a packet I purchased at a DIY craft shop here in Mackay.
Thanks for visiting today and hope everyone keeps well. 
 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Join Me For A Coffee?

Hello Everyone.
I'm back!   My computer had to go in for immediate and urgent repairs.  Fortunately all good now AND I have a new photo program......Photoshop Elements 12!!  Yaaaayyyyyy. lol
I managed to edit this photo with my new program.  There certainly is a lot to learn about it.
Anyway on to the card.  This is the first card I made with my new Maja Design papers called Coffee In The Arbour.   These papers are absolutely gorgeous.
Also on this card, I used some other new toys.   The metal corner has been embossed with Stampendous Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel.  The teacup, saucer and spoon is a new Marianne Design die set. The pretty, pretty lace is new too.  The ribbon is some I've had for years.  The frame is called Tiffany by Memory Box.
Thanks for visiting today and I'm pleased to be back with my large computer screen where I can see everything.  
 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

McAleese Lookalike!!

Good morning everyone.
I'm back this time with a card that I made especially for a friend's brother's birthday.
He used to drive McAleese semis so Lex wanted a semi trailer in McAleese colours on the card.
Here is the result.   The inspiration for the layout and embellishments are from this card by Ans Gilbert.
At first this card just wouldn't work but once I coloured the darker blue stripe with a bit more Island Indigo, I forged ahead. 
The base is SU Naturals White with a layer of Island Indigo.  In my recent stash buying, I bought this dsp by Kaisercraft called Base Coat Cracked.  It's actually a picture of a brick wall that has been rendered a few times.  I picked out a corner that looked like bitumen coming off road base....which I might add is what quite a few of our roads look like.  lol
Then a piece of Silver Foil Sheet was run through the Tim Holtz Diamond Plate embossing folder.  I matted this onto Basic Grey.   For this card I had the wonderful opportunity to use my new Gilding Paste.  Love this stuff.  It smells like shoe polish.  I rubbed Black Gilding Paste over the checker plate, gears, number and had a marvellous time with it.  rofl
 My semi trailer is a Stamp It stamp coloured with Prisma Colour pencils with the dark blue stripe over coloured with Island Indigo ink and blender pen.  For the background of the semi, I stamped the World Map stamp after stamping off first.
Tyre tracks from Rev Up The Fun have been stamped on the Smokey Slate layer and to clean my stamp a bit, I stamped randomly over my checker plate piece.
The grid paper is from Soho Subway and then with my old spiral punch I made it look like paper from a notebook. 
Enjoy The Journey seemed appropriate for the card and this has been stamped onto another piece of Soho Subway dsp.
Black photo corners, screw top brads, gears, paper clip, an age number and ticket provided embellishments for the card.
I had a wonderful time distressing, gilding, stamping and embellishing this card.
Lex loved the card and she is positive her brother will too.

The rest of today will be spent in making a couple of cakes and two potato bakes.  I also have to cut up kabana, cheese, heat up cheerios, butter bread rolls and worst of all, cut up onions. sniff, sniff.
My son is having a 21st birthday party here tonight.  Eeeeekkkk!!!!
Wish me luck! lol
Enjoy the rest of your day and keep well.
 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Dare To Dream.

Good morning.
I'm showing today one of the cards that my Saturday ladies made in their class yesterday.
The inspiration for this card came from this one by Stamping Shanni.
I used a stamp from a new Stampin' Up set called Traveller.  The Australian/New Zealand new catalogue goes live on the 1st July.  
The base is Crumb Cake, next layer, Midnight Muse, then Crumb Cake again.   I stamped the World Map with Soft Suede onto Very Vanilla twice.  The join from stamping twice is under the ship's log piece which has been stamped on Crumb Cake and layered onto Midnight Muse.
To tie in the Cherry Cobbler that I stamped the ship with, I used some mesh that I bought from Sharon at the Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.
The edges of all the layers and the banner have been distressed and inked lightly with Soft Suede.
The rope around the image is from Sharon too.  The anchor, which is from The Open Sea, I stamped in Midnight Muse then cut out. Along the rope on the anchor, I glued the frayed string and then threaded it through the hole, knotted it and tucked the end up under the oval.
The banner was die cut and then 'Dare To Dream slightly bent to the curve of the banner and stamped using the stamp-a-ma-jig.
Hemp twine and a button made a wonderful nautical embellishment.
A very fine line of Multi Media Matte around the oval so my knotted rope would stick and a compass charm completed the card.
Hope you have a wonderful day or night as the case may be.
Keep well.
 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Big Catch!

Can you see it?   The big fish?? lol  I had a lovely time designing this card because I was having a chuckle all the while.  This card was inspired by a card made Cootje - here.
I used a base of Stampin' Up Early Espresso.  On to that I layered a piece of creek pebble dsp that I purchased while I was away at camp in March.  The image is from Joy Crafts Fishing Fun paper block. I chose this particular image because I felt that it was more of a creek or dam than the ocean and would go with my 'pebbles' well.   The green layer is Wild Wasabi (I think) and the hessian paper is one out of the Kaisercraft Base Coat range.
The woven jute ribbon is from Linda at the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  This jute ribbon is fabulous BUT it is interwoven with nylon, like fishing line so it's a bit of a nuisance to try and fold. The grass die is Impression Obsession and I use it a lot.  The man in the boat silhouette and fish dies are from Joy Crafts.  I die cut the smallest fish out of silver card and added a bling eye.  The fishing 'line' is some hemp twine.  The Big Catch stamp is from one of the matching stamp sets in the Joy Crafts Fishing Fun series.  Unfortunately I cannot purchase the other one. It's mostly in Dutch but I just love some the images and words in it.  Pity.
Last but not least, is my Gone Fishin' sign.....an old stamp by Stylish Images.  Love it.
The ladies in class who made this card were thrilled with it and they had a chuckle too. lol
Thanks for visiting my blog.
 

To The Beach!!

Well I'd love to go but unfortunately it's a busy day here in my household. lol
Please excuse the quality of the photo, a. it's a very grey murky day here and b. the camera wouldn't keep still (yep, I was shaking).
I have another class on Friday with my ladies from Mackay.  
Due to the fact that I love beach themed papers and embellishments, there will be quite a few beach/boat/fishing themed cards in the coming weeks. I only hope the ladies won't get tired of them.
This card uses Graphic 45 By The Sea range of papers and stamps.  The sketch is from LOTV ideas to inspire sketch. I started with a base of Stampin' Up Naturals White.  The blue layer is retired Not Quite Navy.  The check out of By The Sea is gorgeous.  I added two panels of the starfish/anemone paper as per sketch and that's where I went off on a tangent.  The finished card looks nothing like the sketch.  Oh well, so be it.
The sign and wording 'To The Beach' are stamps which match the Graphic 45 By The Sea range of papers.  The birds and grass are Impression Obsession dies and the umbrella is a Memory Box die. The birds have been sponged with Weathered Wood distress ink.  
I added shells, fussy cut from the papers, I think there is a check on the other side.  Then a piece of fishing net with some actual shells attached finished off the card.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog.
Hope you like my card.
Cheers,