Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Once Upon A Sketch January challenge

Well, the hot weather seems to have returned here to Victoria - just in time for going back to school. DS is starting Year 12 this year and turns 18 at the end of the year.
I created this layout  for the Once Upon a Sketch January challenge., which was to use the sketch provided and to journal about lessons learnt. The biggest lesson I've had to learn is to let go and give my son some independence. Very hard to do but necessary as hopefully he will be off to university next year.
Things did not go as planned with this layout. I started off with some distress paint but it wasn’t coming out very well so I squeezed it. Unfortunately, I squeezed too hard and the top and half the contents came flying out all over my page. Luckily, I had my craft mat out so I scraped off as much as I could onto the craft mat and added some water and swiped this piece of cardstock over it. Ended up loving the look of it (probably more than my original would have looked like). Anyway I added a bit of texture using some Viva Decor graphite texture paste and Crafters Workshop little dots stencil and added a bit of stamping using a Kaisercraft background stamp.

Here are some close ups. I used a FWAB Luke Flourish in black and some FWAB adhesive black pearls on the cogs and key hole.

And here's a close up showing some of my journalling which I have tucked in behind the photo.

And here is the sketch that my layout was based on

Thanks for looking and enjoy the rest of your day.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Dlish Scraps Jan Inspiration challenge

Thankfully back to cooler temperatures over the week and I managed to scrap. Yay!.
I really love the colours of this months Inspiration Board challenge at Dlish Scraps.
Here is my take: 

It was nice to do a clean, flat layout for a change, after having accidents with Distress paint last week and my last 2 layouts are looking rather warped.
And here are a couple of close ups.
I used some homemade felt flowers and you can see my straw frame.

My other cluster featuring a Flair button, a felt flower and a painted wood veneer frame.

A resin button I got in a Dlish Scraps past Just Add Paper kit and a wood veneer star from Freckled Fawn.

And here is the Inspiration Board:

I was mainly inspired by the top right hand picture of straws. I used straws for a frame for my photo. I was also inspired by the colours and by the felt flower in the lower right hand corner.

Thanks for looking.

Judith xx

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Scrap Africa sketch challenge no. 25

Despite it being well over 40C outside and probably over 30 C in my scrap room I managed to scrap my second page for the week. Well, it's too hot to do anything outside so why not scrap?!
Just getting this one in before the deadline, I decided to do the Scrap Africa sketch challenge. I've been enjoying playing with Twinkling H2O's recently so used them for the background and again used some Viva Decor stone art texture paste. 

Here are some close ups - flowers from Kaisercraft, Manor House and Prima.  

  Alphas from Jillibean Soup and Prima with a wood veneer camera from Studio Calico.

Another look at the texture paste and flowers with a Freckled Fawn wood veneer saying.

and here is the sketch my page was based on:

Thanks for looking.

Judith xx

Scrap Around The World January Challenge

After not getting around to doing last months challenge  at SATW I managed to get this month completed.

This is a cheeky photo of my daughter buried in the sand by her brother at a local beach.
Here are some close ups. I used the whole Elise flourish and flower set from FWAB. 
I love working with texture paste of all types. This one is from Viva Decor and is called stone art but actually it looks a lot like sand when dry.
Another close up of my Elise flourish and flower.
Here is the inspiration board that it is based on.
I took inspiration from the colours, the beach photo, the texture on the cups and the string in the bottom right corner.
Thanks for looking.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Scrap Friends Sketch challenge #21

Good evening. Hope you're managing to keep cool if you're in the areas of Australia experiencing the heat at the moment.
Today I have my interpretation of the current Scrap Friends Sketch challenge. I love the sketches but don't always find the chance to take part.
I have done another layout featuring a photo from our Christmas Day photo shoot and Glitz Design Finnley. This time it's of DH and me.

And here are some close ups

And here is the sketch on which this is based: 

Thanks for looking

Judith xx

Sunday, January 12, 2014

CSI #104

I just loved the colour palette last week at CSI so had to give it a go. I didn't manage to get any done last month. My entry didn't really end up like what I had intended. I went into it intending to use up some Echo Park or Fancy Pants that have similar colour schemes. At one point I had no patterned paper on the page and ended up only using a bit for the clouds and the frames! I stenciled the damask shape using Distress Ink. There is light blue paper ribbon from Basic Grey and washi tape adhered to card and then punched. I also gave my stamps a good work out. The heart and lace are from Kaisercraft and the yellow mesh like stamp is from Prima. 

And now for some close ups

Here is the case file we were working from: 
My evidence was: frames, damask, hearts, alphabet and ribbon.
My testimony was frame my journalling and use five- what, where, why, who and what for my journalling.

Thanks for looking

Judith xx

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New page up at FWAB

Morning everyone. I have a new page up on the FWAB blog today. You can find it here: http://www.flourishwithabling.com.au/blog/buried-alive-by-judith-armstrong/

In the meantime, here is a sneak peek.


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Stuck Sketches Jan challenge #1 and Frosted Designs

 Good evening. First layout down for 2014. I decided to enter the combined Stuck Sketches and Frosted Designs challenge, which was to use the Stuck Sketch and to use either, paint, ink or mist or a combination of the three. I used ink through a stencil and in the form of stamping using a Kaisercraft stamp. I also splattered a bit of red mist around the page. On Christmas Day I managed to persuade the family to cooperate in a Christmas photo shoot. These are some of the photos of my 2 kids mucking around. I again used Glitz Designs Finnley.

And here are some close ups:

And here is the sketch on which this layout is based : 

Thanks for looking

Judith xx

Friday, January 3, 2014

A few pages based on sketches to end my 2013 layouts

Although I didn't get many pages done in December I did manage to get 3 sketch challenges done in the last week.
First up is my take on The Scrapbook Store sketch

Here is the sketch designed by Melinda Spinks.
December 2013 Sketch Competition

Second up I got the Scrapbook Savvy Big Sketch done. Here is my take.

And here is the sketch it is based on:

Finally, I got Anna's Craft Cupboard sketch completed. Here is my take using Glitz Design Finnley.

And here is the sketch it is based upon:

December 2013 Sketch Challenge

Now it's on to tackle 2014 scrapping!

Thanks for looking

Judith xx

Thursday, January 2, 2014

FWAB January challange

This month Kim has chosen a colour combination for the challenge over at Flourish with a Bling.
Here is the image for the challenge

So the challenge is to use these colours and of course a FWAB product. Upload your entry to the challenge folder in the FWAB gallery and you have until 31st January to be in the running to win a fab FWAB prize!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

Well, last year was a fairly successful year for me scrappy wise with 3 design team positions over the year. I have now officially finished up at Purple Pumpkin so I am back down to one for the forseeable future. However, I have a couple of guest positions coming up in the near future. so keep your eyes open for those.

Today I can do a full reveal of the sleigh I created for FWAB last month.
 I have had this sleigh for a while now and was determined to decorate this year. I began by painting it gold and adding patterned paper to the outsides. Then I set about decorating the side of it. I cut out some flowers and leaves from the patterned paper collection I was using and added some premade flowers and leaves. Some FWAB pearl flourishes and laser cuts flourishes were the perfect finishing touches! I used the small pieces from the FWAB Green Jack Vine and a piece of the FWAB Chloe Flourish in Antique Gold cut into two pieces.
Some close ups




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Wishing everyone a Happy, Safe, Healthy and Successful New Year

Judith xx