Friday, May 31, 2013

Scrap the Girls May challenge

When I saw the May challenge at Scrap the Girls I thought I have to do this one. It is a quote challenge - to include the quote 'A smile is the best makeup a girl can wear'. 
As a person who doesn't wear make up this is something I strongly believe in and something I am trying to instil in my teenage daughter.

So this is a photo of me wearing just a smile on my face, taken by my son on Mother's Day.

I have used some strips of Lily Bee pp, along with some strips of washi tape. Loving the stripey thing at the moment. I added some stamping with Kaisercraft background stamps in 2 colours, some Manor House flowers, Studio Calico and Freckled Fawn wood veneer, and alphas from Fancy Pants Park Bench and some thickers.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


I have been wanting to scrap a page using Simple Stories Vintage Bliss for a while now and it feels so good to get it out of my system. I had toyed with using black and white photo/s but then I found this photo of Eleanor when she was a couple of months old and the pink matched the pink of the collection. I gathered together some matching flowers and made a few of my own (layering old mulberry paper ones and added some bling) and voila her is my layout.

It is for Scrap Africa Challenge #17 Chipboard Challenge. I used a piece of WOW chicken wire and butterfly chipboard


Frosted Designs - Punch challenge
I used a Martha Stewart punch to create a doily border along my 3 pieces of colours pp and also punched out some butterflies.

Here are a couple of close ups of my clusters

Talking of challenges. Don't forget there is only 3 days to get your Purple Pumpkin Sketch challenge in. Check out all the details here

Monday, May 27, 2013

CSI #73 and Scrap Your Story #13

I loved the colours as soon as I saw them this week for Case File #73 over at CSI and I decided to combine with Challenge #13 over at Scrap Your Story which was to use mixed alphas for your title.

Here is the case file.

I used all the colours.
My evidence was:
Clocks (Some old Studio Calico clock face rubons)
Leaves (on top of the pins of the flags)
Circles (Clock faces, button (Purple Pumpkin), flair (Greatest View))

My testimony:
I documented our outing to the International Airshow.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Scrapbook Savvy May Sketch

Good morning. It's a beautiful sunny day here in Victoria. Today I have my take on the Scrapbook Savvy May Sketch to share.
This photo was taken on Mothers Day, a couple of weeks ago. My Mother's Day wish was for some decent photos with my daughter actually posing/smiling at the camera!
I have used a mix of Lily Bee pp and lots of handmade embellishments. There are a hand dyed doily by me, a doily from Purple Pumpkin, a PP chevron flair button, a butterfly bottletop and ribbon rose from a kit I got from  D-lish Scraps and the today journal spot and day banner comes from {scrAp this}

Here are a couple of close ups

And here is the sketch my layout is based on.

May 2013 sketch sml

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Scrapbook Store May Sketch

Good morning. Today I have a layout to share with you that I did for the sketch challenge over at The Scrapbook Store. The photos are of my son competing in the school swimming competition. I decided to go with the primary colours of the boundaries of the swimming lanes for my colours.  Purple Pumpkin has so many bright embellishments, which is what I love about them.

I have used a PP Blue Swimfast Flair button. This particular one isn't available now but there are a number of swim themed Flair buttons in the shop. I also grounded the embellishment on some red zigzag washi tape.

Here I used an aqua crochet doily for my title base.

And here is the sketch I worked from.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Page Maps Sketch Competition

I saw this wonderful sketch on the Simple Stories Blog last week and was delighted to discover that there was actually a competition on PageMaps to create a layout using it. The only added criteria was that you had to feature borders. 

I had originally planned on using two smaller photos as per the sketch but when I printed them out on the home printer the pink was way off so I was left with either one or two 4x6 photos. They say that necessity is the mother of invention so I decided to use one 4x6 and turn the sketch 90 degrees. I think it turned out ok. I used Doodlebug Take Note pp and border stickers for the vertical stripes plus a piece of chevron washi tape.

Here is the sketch on which the layout is based.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Scrap Your Story challenge #11 and Frosted Design challenge

In contrast to my last layout I decided to do something more graphic and simple for this one.
It is based on Challenge 11 at Scrap Your Story, which is a sketch challenge. I also combined it with the current challenge at Frosted Designs which was to use black, white and another colour - in my case red.

Here is the sketch I used. I kept pretty much to the sketch but used washi tape for my stripes and a couple of bits of 12 inch border stickers I had left. I used some very old Bella rubon to create the lines around the photos. I replaced the stars with Studio Calico Wood Veneer aeroplanes painted black.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

White With 1 May challenge

The May challenge at White With 1 was to create a layout that was white with black and include banners or badges or both.

This photo is of my DD dressed up as a zombie when her class performed Ghost Busters at the school Christmas concert a couple of years ago. Her long hair looked amazing teased and with flour? in it but it was a right pain to comb through that night after she had washed it. I think it took a couple of hours!

For the challenge I went with the badges and used a couple of Flair badges from Dlish Scraps. I had fun creating the background. I used a large Crafters Workshop Chevron mask and black paint and then a small chevron mask and some texture paste. I also stamped using a couple of Kaisercraft background stamps and splashed some Black Dylusion around the page. Then a layered bits of scrap black and white paper and some corrugated cardboard and some Green Tara black web ribbon that seemed fitting. Added some washi tape from Purple Pumpkin and Teresa Collins. I also have a large ghost fabric button from Purple Pumpkin and a person paperclip from Big W, I think. Used a dymo to create my sentiments, added a wooden black and white button and used a couple of stamps from Pink Paislee Portfolio. Then added my title using AC thickers and some chevrons from Prima.

Monday, May 13, 2013

OUAS and Berry71 Bleu May challenge

This month Once Upon a Sketch and Berry71 Bleu have teamed up with a joint challenge. 

The challenge at OUAS was to use the sketch and include a meaningful number somewhere on the layout - either in the title or journalling. Berry71Bleu had the additional criteria of using chipboard.

I used the number 20 as it is very meaningful for us this year. In August we will have been married 20 years and it is also 20 years since we bought and moved into our house. Coincidently, it was also 20 years since we last went to Port Campbell.

I used a couple of 2Crafty chipboard polaroid photo frames and covered them with Lily Bee patterned paper. The rest of the paper and most of the embellishments are from Amy Tan Sketchbook. I also used some Studio Calico wood veneer embellishments.
The background to my pp was created by watering down some Teal Dylusions to create a watercolour effect.

Here is the sketch that my layout is based on. I sort of flipped it vertically.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Scrap Your Story Challenge #10

Just scraping this one in with 2 hours to go. The challenge this week at Scrap Your Story was to scrap favourites. I've been mulling it over all week and finally decided to give it a go this morning and scrap about my favourite TV shows on at the moment. I had the idea for the collage of photos and that worked out fine.
When I sat down to do the layout, the finished layout ended up completely different from how I'd imagined it.   I remembered I had some Jillibean Soup pp with TV's on so that was my starting point. I thought of concentrating on the blues and reds of the photo with some grey. However, I couldn't find a grey I liked and the other colours were going to make it too dark. So I decided on the base aqua paper which is from the  Jillibean Soup Blossom Soup Collection. As it happens I got a collection pack of Teresa Collins Memories this week and it was sitting on the floor next to my desk. I decided to have a look at it and saw the film strip paper and thought that would go well. Then I noticed the grey spotted paper and thought that too was perfect. Then I noticed the Schedule journalling card and was going to pop that behind my photo and had started cutting it out when I thought I could write what nights the shows were on. So quickly it came together completely different from how I'd set off. I did end up cutting a TV out of the original Jillibean Soup paper I had intended using.
Anyway I like how it ended up.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Scrap Our Stash May #1 challenge

Afternoon, the weather is absolutely gorgeous here in Victoria today. The kids have gone off to school in their summer uniform!
Today I have a layout to show you from another new (to me) challenge site - Scrap Our Stash

The first May challenge this month is to use patterned paper from 3 different collections AND use rubons. 

Here is my take on the challenge. I've used a photo from our last holiday in Queensland back in Dec 2011. We've booked a holiday for Sydney next month - can't wait and hopefully I'll get a crop of new photos to scrap!
Anyway back to the challenge, I have used pp from 1. Basic Grey Origins (base and stripey strip) 2. American Crafts Campy Trails (light green wood grain and dark brown) and 3. some very old Cosmo Cricket Haunted (moss green and wood brown). I used some Studio Calico bird rub ons and  Scenic Route Enjoy and circular happy green rubs ons.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

My Creative Sketches April Sketch

This month I discovered the My Creative Sketches site and decided to have a go at their sketch challenge for April. I decided to get creative with Purple Pumpkin tickets and cut lengths of tickets in half to create the border. I also replaced strips of pp with tickets.

I replaced the flowers with my own star shaped embellishment cut from corrugated card and felt and added an XL dark blue star fabric button to top it off.

Here is the sketch I worked from. I created a mirror image of it.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Oodles of Echo Park

Good afternoon, I hope you had a happy Scrapbooking Day yesterday. I have been taking part in a few competitions on the Internet and decided to have a go at one of the scrapping comps over at Echo Park.

This is for their challenge #4 10x the love in which you had to create a layout using 10 papers or stickers or brads etc.
I chose to use 10 different papers from the This and That Charming range. Some are from the 12 x 12, some are from the 6x6 pad. I think this is one of my most favourite of all the ranges Echo Park has put out.
I also had a play with my Silhouette Machine that I got for my birthday. It's been sitting on my desk for a few weeks now and I finally plucked up courage to use it! I was a bit scared it wasn't going to cut properly (I had this problem with another electronic cutting machine I owned). It cut this circle pattern out fine. This design was what I had been wanting it for.

This weekend I have also managed to get a layout done for challenge #69 over at CSI. Coincidently, it too uses Echo Park pps, though they are from a mix of ranges.

Here is the case file.

I used all the colours. My evidence is house, circles, metal (washers), stripes (red pp). My testimony was to journal about an unlikely friendship - me and my washing machine (a bit tongue in cheek). It wasn't working properly this week and as it is 20 years old we were considering getting a new one. The morning we were going to the shops I asked my DH to drain it just to see if something was blocking it. Anyway there was a 5c coin in the outflow pipe. We gave it another chance and it worked fine. PS I also used my Silhouette to cut out the words which replicate the program panel on the washing machine.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

In Your 2nd Year

Good morning. Judith here with you to share a recent layout I did for CSI using lots of yummy Purple Pumpkin. I know I've scrapped this photo before but it is one of my favourites of my son when he was 2. I used lots of cogs in this layout cutting them out of felt and paper, along with the PP vinyl cog.

Here are a couple of close ups of my Purple Pumpkin goodies.

Here I have used a red and blue square felt embellishment, a yellow vinyl cog and a small red and white spotty button.

And here I have used a yellow bookpaper round

Here is a look at the case file, which included a sketch.
I included all the colours (wasn't sure how the brown was going to look but I quite liked it in the end). The evidence I used was stars, dinosaur and fussy cutting. My testimony was write a random collection of facts about my topic (which doesn't appear on the above list but was listed).

All for now

Judith xx

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Purple Pumpkin May sketch

The start to another month and that means a new sketch over at Purple Pumpkin.
Debbie has created another fab sketch for us.

Here is my take. I used a Dylusions stencil to create the stars and also a circle mask (although that is difficult to tell). Otherwise I pretty much kept to the sketch.

Here is a close up of the Purple Pumpkin goodies I have used.

I used a two toned felt star, a pink doily, a cute Easter rabbit flair button (the pink have sold out but there are still some yellow left), a pink fabric button and some light pink twine.

You have until the end of the month to complete this Sketch Challenge and link it up in our sidebar by midnight 31st of May 2013. There will be two fabulous Purple Pumpkin prizes!
$25 & 15$ to spend in the Purple Pumpkin shop - one winner will be chosen by the design team, and the second will be a random prize draw.

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