Friday, February 28, 2014

Page Drafts Love is Everywhere sketch challenge

Nearly forgot to share this layout I created for the Page Drafts Love is Everywhere sketch challenge. I love Em's sketches so really wanted to have a go at this one. The criteria was to use one of the February release sketches and scrap about love. 

Here is my take. Another tribute to Midget.


I used Doodlebug Sweetheart collection.
Here are some close ups.




And here is the sketch I based it on. I added a couple of extra photos.


Thanks for looking.

Judith xx

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Scrapbook Savvy February sketch challenge

It's also been a while since I participated in the sketch challenge over at Scrapbook Savvy.

Here is my take:

I went for a bright mix of papers - Doodlebug Take Note and some very old Memento pp. I created the background myself using a mix of Kaisercraft background stamps and my favourite The Crafters Workshop stencil. I used some Shimmerz Dazzlers texture paste for the blue dots and added some yellow Dylusions to texture paste to create the yellow dots.

I also used a couple of handmade embellies from Rainbow Splendour (the felt chevrons)

And a Heavenly heart from Charms Creations.


And here is the sketch that my layout is based on created by Kerryn Fry of Scrapbook Savvy.


February BIG Savvy Sketch

Thanks for looking

Judith xx

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Scrap the Boys February challenge

It's been a while since I played along with the challenge at Scrap the Boys  but this month I just managed to get it done on time. The criteria this month was to create a layout about your boy/s and someone special in their life. 

I found this lovely photo of Robert and his Dad from a few years back but I felt it showed the bond they have together. They often go out to the movies together and they're both into computing and like the same genre of TV and movies and although I know he loves me, I think he takes more note of his Dad, especially on the nagging front!

Anyway here is my layout. I love the way it has turned out. I used some old Basic Grey Oliver pp. I cut the dotty paper and then added some Viva Decor Graphite Ferro texture paste on top. 


Here's some close ups.
Here you can see a close up of the texture paste.


I love using washers as embellies. 


My embellie cluster including a star from Charms Creations.


Thanks for looking.

Judith xx


Sunday, February 23, 2014

CSI 111 and My Creative Sketches Feb Sketch

This is my third week of being Special Investigator at CSI and here is the sample layout I created for Case File 111 which I also created for my entry for this months sketch at My Creative Sketches. I went for another clean and simple look.


Here is the case file it was based on
My evidence is: polka dots, wood, stickers, border punch, sprinkles and 3 of something (2 pieces of wood, 3 words in the title)
My testimony is to journal about a childhood memory. My journalling reads: Every summer Hartley's ice cream van would come round our street 3 evenings a week. It used to toot it's horn and stop just down from our house. I would go and get ice creams for Dad and I. Dad would have a sandwich and I would usually have a '99' (ice cream cone with a chocolate flake on top) You could get 'flavour' put on top - a red syrup - but I wasn't too keen on it. I used to love that ice cream. It was locally made and is till in business today. 

Here's The Creative Sketch that I based my layout on.

I kept fairly true to the sketch.

Thanks for looking

Judithxx

Friday, February 21, 2014

LESSology Challenge #33 Happy Mail

Back again with another layout to share. As soon as I saw this challenge on Lizzy Hill's blog I knew I had to have a go at it. The challenge is to use an envelope on your project and to recycle something. 
Last August, we went to see Pink in concert in Melbourne. It meant we had to stay the night as the concert finished too late to catch a train home and DH doesn't like driving late at night especially in the city. Eleanor had wanted to stay at The Langham ever since seeing it on The Block a few years ago. So we decided to surprise her (an extra birthday present as it was only a few days after her birthday). It lived up to her expectations but unfortunately we didn't actually get to spend too much time there. The kids weren't able to leave school early as my son had a VCE SAC so we didn't arrive in the city until after 5pm. Then we had to get something to eat. We checked into the hotel and soon it was time to go to the concert. We didn't get back until after midnight. Then my son left at 6.30am as he had a school chess tournament. Eleanor and I had breakfast with DH who works just round the corner and then left about 9am to get back to Bacchus Marsh as DD also insisted on going into school that day.
Anyway, I collected lots of momentos (as you do). I had an envelope, some writing paper and the information sheet that was on the bed when we arrived. There was also the key holder and a soap box from the bathroom. They had been sitting around waiting for me to do something with them.
So I used them on my page. 
The information sheet had the pink and gold on the back so I have used it as a base for my photos. I slipped the envelope behind it leaving the flap showing.
  
I wrote my journalling on the piece of notepaper and placed it in the envelope.

I stuck the key holder on my page and made a little mini album from the soap box.


I've included photos of Eleanor and The Langham. 


Another close up showing the journalling inside the envelope and mini album.


Although the design may not be the greatest it's allowed me to use up my momentos and tell a story I've been wanting to scrap for a while.

Thanks for looking

Judith xx

A2Z Scraplets February Mood Board Challenge

With so many 'love' challenges around I thought I'd scrap another wedding photo. I was inspired by moodboard challenge over at A2Z Scraplets
2014 February Mood Board Challenge
I was particularly inspired by the centre heart.
Here is my take using some A2Z Scraplet hearts. I covered half of them in Shimmerz Dazzlerz texture paste and half with Flourish with a Bling adhesive pearls of different sizes. I decided to keep it fairly simple with the focus on the photo and the hearts.


Here are some close ups of the hearts. I inked the hearts before adhering the pearls.




Thanks for looking

Judith xx

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Scrap Around the World Guest Designer

Good morning!.
  Flourish With A Bling is the main prize sponsor over at Scrap Around The World  Scrap Around The World was created by Helen Tilbury in April 2013.  Since then it has evolved, and will continue to evolve, according to player feedback & experience, into the IT place for scrapbookers to see and to be seen!
1st Prize – GIGANTIC PRIZE PACK OF BLING EMBELLISHMENTS from FLOURISH WITH A BLING (That’s us!!! :) )
Look at the fantastic prize on offer:
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And this is February’s stunning mood board:
SATW guest FEB

Everyone on the FWAB design team was asked to be guest designers this month.
Here is my take on the mood board:

I just couldn't go past the colours and at the time I had been playing with my Twinkling H2O's so created my background using them on watercolour paper and a stencil. The Stars part of the title is was created using some left over pieces of chipboard and a gold Sharpie pen. I used FWAB Chloe Pearl Flourish in Antique Gold, FWAB Jasmin Laser Flourish in Gold and some FWABadhesive pearls in Plum. 
Here is a close up of my FWAB laser flourish.


Thanks for looking

Judith xx

Saturday, February 15, 2014

CSI #110 and Off the Rails Scrapbooking Feb 7 challenge

A couple of weeks ago we lost our beautiful Netherland Dwarf rabbit -  Midget. I know most people will probably think a rabbit is a rabbit, but he had such a big personality for such a little rabbit. In winter, he would flop down in front of the heater to keep warm and in the summer lie in the sunlight and sunbake. He was forever jumping on the couches and he was a bit partial to toast. He would wait at the boards every morning waiting for me to bring my daughter her toast. I would give him a little corner and sometimes he would do a vertical jump up to grab it out of my fingers. Sometimes when the mood took him he would try and steal my daughters toast. He would jump up on her and try and get to her plate to pull a piece of toast off. Just the day before he died he had actully managed to jump up onto her plate even though she was holding it up away from him.

Anyway this is my entry for the Off the Rails Scrapbooking challenge which is to scrap a page with a photo or memorabilia of a loved one. 
It is also my sample for my special investigator over at CSI








And here is a close up of my cluster.


And here is the case file


As my evidence I used: pet accent, flowers, pearls, solid background and jewels. For my testimony I added jewels to my journalling spot.
My journalling reads: Rest in peace dear Midget. It is impossible to measure the happiness you brought. For such a small rabbit you had such a huge personality. We miss you.

Thanks for looking
Have a great weekend.

Judith xx

Friday, February 14, 2014

FWAB Sneak Peek

I have another layout up on the FWAB blog. You can find it here:
http://www.flourishwithabling.com.au/blog/xoxo-by-judith-armstrong/

And here's a sneak


Judith xx

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Scrap Africa Sketch Challenge No. 26

Hi, today I have a layout I created for the sketch challenge over at Scrap Africa. February is the month of love so I thought I’d scrap a wedding photo as I think I have only scrapped one previously. 
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And some close ups:
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Here is the sketch on which this is based: 

 Products Used:
Patterned paper: Prima and Jillibean Soup
Manor House Creations diecut frame
Flowers: Prima and Dlish Scraps
Alphas: Bo Bunny

Thanks for looking
Judith xx

Saturday, February 8, 2014

CSI Special Investigator for February

I haven't had much to share on my blog so far this month. Most of my layouts have been for DT work so can't share yet. 
I was honoured to be asked to be a Special Investigator over at CSI this month.

The first challenge  for February Case File No. 109 is up and here is my take:


I decided to go with a clean simple layout this time. I used lots of Jillibean Soup pps on this one.  I used the colour palette. For my evidence I used book pages, silver accents (some label rims I've had forever), stack something (my paper and embellies below the photo). For my testimony I used one of the random questions which was about journal about your work.My journalling reads: For most of the last 10 years I have been lucky enough to work part time from home. Initially, we needed some extra cash as Robert was in between job. I wrote to my former employer Australian Council for Educational Research for a reference and they offered me some casual work from home. I'm able to vary how much work I get and at the moment it is my only source of income while I try to find another job in the library field. Every couple of months I get a batch of journal articles/chapters or conference papers which I have to catalogue, edit or write an abstract for and create subject index terms using the Australian Thesaurus of Educational Descriptors. I normally work from around 6am-10am with an hour or so break in the middle whilst I get the kids breakfast and off to school. Then the rest of the day is mine!

Here is the case file from which I worked.



Why not give it a go?

Judithxx

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Lots of FWABulous news

First up, it is my turn on the FWAB blog today. Why don't you check it out on the blog I would love to get some comments!! http://www.flourishwithabling.com.au/blog/bouquet-by-judith/
Here is a sneak peek:

Second up there is a new challenge for February. 
February is a month of passion and love!
Laura has set a quote challenge. She wants to see a layout about the love of your life
and  she wants this quote to inspire you.
“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”

Full details can be found here: http://www.flourishwithabling.com.au/blog/february-challenge/

Finally, IT'S SALE TIME
There is 50 % yes 50% off everything in the FWAB store excluding already discounted value packs.
Check it out here: http://www.flourishwithabling.com.au/store/


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday challenge - winter blues

Good morning and welcome to February and a new batch of challenges. I decided to have a go at the Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday challenge - winter blues which was based on a mood board full of blues and whites. I wasn't feeling very wintery as it is in the high 30C's here so used the colours and created a birthday page. I love this photo of my DS. Where has this little boy gone!
I loved playing with straws last month on another challenge so decided to use some more on this layout as it went well with the theme.


Products used:
Jillibean Soup Owl Soup patterned paper, stickers, journalling sprouts and diecuts
Jillibean Soup alphas
Jillibean Soup place mat
Jillibean Soup twine
Kaisercraft background stamp
Flourish With A Bling pearls
Straws
Ric Rac

And here are some close ups




And here is the mood board:


I used blues and white with a touch of green and yellow. I also included a bird (owl).

Thanks for looking.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and hopes it's not too hot (or cold) where you are.

Judith xx