Friday, 30 March 2012

Get Creative Card Challenge and Scrap THerapy MME Weatherboard Papers

Boy, nearly April already!

Almost ran out of time to get this little card down for
Get Creative's great little sketch which was flipped on its side.


Here's an array of the weatherboard papers and ways to use them from MME's 2012 release....

'On the Bright Side' has some fabulous coloured weatherboard-look papers.

Weatherboard LO #1 Image

I've woven the diagonal RED paper into the horizontal BLUE paper - so fun! (weaving is getting a bit of a resurgence!) You might wonder why there is a 'chip' cut out of one of the red pieces - that happens when I cut out the middle of a 12x12 paper if I need a small bit but the photo covered this :wink:

The little banner is a diecut from an accessory sheet which as loads of useful bits on it! Making up the banner is Miss Caroline Twine and Black Lost&Found2 Buttons

The photo has a lovely transparency over it that gives a soft white doodle effect around the edges and some decorative brads

Bigger Red Alpha
little red alpha
Label stickers - blue framed label, blue label and date ribbon label
Blue bow

Weatherboard LO #2

Again, I've used this pink gingham paper (reverse side) in a previous project and had cut out the middle to use a little piece, so now I'm using the remainder as the background paper by covering up the hole with grey and white weatherboard paper

Cutting out the butterflies and long strips of the negative leftovers (from the middle :wink: ) of this butterfly paper forms a nice element to add to the LO too.

Slicing down the side of this Fiddlesticks Journal Card is another way of double-using a product. The numbers are attached to the side of the weatherboard papers and I'll use the rest of the journal card in another project probably butted up against a photo for example

Adding some banner stickers, cream cotton lace, paper clip, small tan and cream trim and , pale blue trim with brown glitter alpha and little red alpha to finish off.

Weatherboard LO #3
Weave the orange weatherboard paper with the grey wood
works well, and ink all edges with black ink

Adding stamping for some sort of background like a script stamp (not quite the same stamp as I've used but just as good) then over stamping with another more solid element gives an interesting additive to a page.

Finishing off with: ticket rubons, buttons, banner buttons and 'love to see you happy' sticker
Flocked Hay coloured Thickers
Hope you can pop along to Scrap Therapy to join the chatter and have a go at some of the challenges.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Let's Get Shabby, MME Card and PanPastel

The criteria for Challenge #33 is up for

go check it out, its a 'Spring and/or Easter' theme
with an inspiration picture!

Here's my interpretation
(had trouble photographing with the reflection!)

I was inspired by the colour !

Some of the products I've used are from our Sponsor's etsy
and I received this fabulous parcel!

Arent the little birds and  birdhouses cute.  I used them  and also used the green and pink trim, clouds, red seam  binding and doilies for my Easter bottles(bottles bought at a local store)...  I think these little altered bottles will be among the centrepiece on my Easter table!  Especially since Meaghan will be missing this year - *insert sad face* (she lives in London)

I hope you can join our challenge!!


Created a gate card for this and really enjoyed the process.
LOL, I dont call myself a card maker at all, but lately I'm enjoying this more and more!

Products used:
Miss Caroline:
Fiddlesticks 'You and Me' Bloom Paper (Yellow gingham)
Dolled Up 'Favorite' Madras Paper (blue paper)
Fiddlesticks 'Story' Farmhouse Paper (one layer of the flower)
Dolled Up 'Day' Sticker (doily trim)
Dilly Dally 'Hello' Rub-on Transfers (red flower)

Follow Your Heart Decorative Brads
12 Days of Christmas Trims (blue twine)

(most available at Scrap Therapy)


Playing with Pan Pastel

Here's a page out of a little vintage German book I've been altering
It will be a book of life quotes for one of my daughters when its finished

Using a large sponge, lightly spread 'Turquoise' over the page

adding 'Bright Yellow Green' in patches

Then a light rub of white to tone it down and blend together a bit more

the alpha is from Purple Onion Designs  'Small Broken15 Alphabet'  I have the large one too and LOVE the font!

Made a mistake!!  In my haste, when I did the butterfly page, I forgot to spray the fixative over the pastel before stamping!!!!  So the stamp image (stazon ink) bled a little - rest assured it didnt happen when I did my alpha page... did the fixative first - then stamped!  (rolling eyes - cant believe I did that!)


Friday, 23 March 2012

Colour Challenge

Sprayed 'slate' glimmer mist roughly over the magenta cardstock so it would peek through the seams too.

Little blue button banner


The March LO challenge is a fabulous sketch
Art studio window


March LO Sketch

Miss Caroline products:
Dolled Up 'Day' Worn Paper (background paper)
Dolled Up 'Favorite' Paper (doily, hexagons)
Fiddlesticks 'You & Me' Bloom Paper (tag)
Howdy Doody 'Beautiful' Roses Paper (frame)
Fiddlesticks 'Story' Farmhouse Paper (backing for banners)
Dilly Dally 'hello' Rubons
Dolled Up 'Princess' Layered Stickers

Follow Your Heart Decorative Brads
Lost & Found PomPom Trim
Lost & Found Union Square 'Favorite' Trim
So Sophie Savvy 'Best Thing' Alphabet
(available at Scrap Therapy)


This week, I've played with the MME 'On the Bright Side' papers.
I love them - one of which are the denium coloured papers.

When I saw this denium 'stitched' paper, I felt compelled to punch out some shapes in the squares... so out came a couple of hearts, flowers and a bracket die-cut.

Of course a little distressing doesnt go astray... it gives it a little '3D' effect rather than a flat one.

I totally love the larger zigzaggy patterns and tend to be drawn to them like I do to gingham.... so this time I've used the yellow and red(reverse side) zigzag ones to back the punch-out holes. (oh and there's a blue too but didnt use it this time)
Paper saving tip: I tend to cut out the middle of my papers if I need only a little bit, cos the rest can be used another time as a background paper with photos and embellies etc covering the hole :wink:

Here's the finished LO:

Here's a list of the embellishments available in the shop
On the Bright Side 'awesome tag' This is an accessory sheet full of fabulous tags, journal blocks and banner pieces
Red Alpha (love this cos its a great font, size and a 'red' red :wink:
bauble trim
Natural coloured lace and blue trim
Too cute for words sticker and blank ribbon sticker
And if you put 'decorative brads' in the search box - all the fabulous MME ones will come up!

Close up
The punch outs can be used again... with a little bit of distressing and a MME brad perhaps..


Sunday, 18 March 2012

Scrapping Escape...

Do you ever 'need' to get lost in scrapping? 
To shut out the world and chill where there is no sense of time or place?
sigh... isnt it good!

I did this today... 

'Day After Tomorrow'
Loved the colour combo - white with a touch of blue which can be seen (very pale) in the book paper
My eldest dd Meaghan

The theme is 'The Hungry Caterpillar' so picked up the colours and kept a garden scene.
I'm not sure how I feel about the background I've created.  I started with a blank piece of white bazzill cardstock and got out the paint.  And now when I look at it, one minute I cringe, next minute I really like it, then go back to cringing again etc etc.   I must be loosing my judgement, cos I cant tell what it is that keeps me questioning it. 

Global Scrappers - simplicity LO, back chipboard and flowers
Little Miss Paige

Global Scrappers - Shabby - distressing.
Used diecut Kraft doilies, script stamp and butterfly stamps
Hannah battling the unruly umbrella!

Dont forget to get your 'Strawberry and Hearts' projects in for
entries close midnight 20th March!
(Sydney Australia time)
Go check it out!


Friday, 16 March 2012

My Mind's Eye for Scrap Therapy

I know, I know, I cant get enough of them lately! :roll:
But totally in my defense :oops: ... I'm ENABLED! :shock:
My Mind's Eye's 'Follow Your Heart' is RIDDLED with them!!! :lol:

Check out this background paper. I actually cut out a few of the little hexagons from under the photo (so you cant see where! :wink: ) and then mounted them to make the pattern larger and to add depth :wink:

Here's some close-ups


Here's another hexagon 'Follow Your Heart' LO...
I love a gingham! Click on that background paper here (reverse side)

I started to cut some of the really patterny hexagons to see what might come of it (yeah its one of those....goodness knows how this will turn out LO's :roll: )

Then I thought I'd like to just leave the really pale coloured hexagons in which left a fairly skeletal template to stick down. Even after this pic.. the blue hexagons had to go!
(this 'blue' paper is sold out, but the 'pink' one can be found here)

Click to find these products:
Paper Clip

Miss Caroline:
Heart Pins

Banner Tickets


And yeah, I know, I know, there's quite a bit of fussing cutting... but hey, I've got a fabulous stack of hexagons ready to use!!  LOL - can I see you rolling your eyes??  hee hee

You can find our Scrap Therapy forum HERE
Would be great to see you there (big smile)