Christmas Cards

Cards

Lately I have been making a lot of Christmas cards, because, you know it’s almost Christmas. Before I started scrapping I was a cardmaker/stamper and I really enjoyed it but I guess my hobby evolved but now I have started making a few I can’t seem to stop. I even went to one of my old challenge haunts and took part in a sketch challenge!Mojo376SketchI used to love playing along at Mojo Monday and I loved the idea of sketch 367 for a shaker card. (I think one of the last sketches I played along with was in the 150’s so it really has been a while!
I am obsessed with shaker cards at the moment, I am seeing them everywhere so I have been trying my hand at them and although they are a bit time consuming they are worth it because they look amazing.
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For this one I used the Season’s Tweetings stamp set from Lawn Fawn and the matching die set.  The papers are just out of my off cuts basket. I did move the square accross and the trim up but stayed pretty true to the sketch.

The next card was also used Lawn Fawn stamps, this time Snow Day. I didn’t have the dies so I fussy cut the rabbits.
Merry & BrightFor both of these I used my new copic markers to colour the images, I have a long way to go learning how to use them but I really love them and the way they blend together, I want to colour everything!

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Lucky Strike

12x12 Layout Creative Scrappers Scrapbooking Sketch Challenge Video

I can hardly believe it is December already. Of course I don’t have my December Daily pages prepped and nothing particularly exciting has happened today (unless you count grocery shopping!), I think I have just going to do an album of 25 different december things maybe, I’m still not sure.

About a week ago I played along with the sketch at Creative Scrappers which was sketch 282 but then I completely forgot to link it up and only remembered when the new one came out today! Anyway I am going to share it anyway because I am happy with how it came out. Here is the sketch:
Creative Scrappers 282

So recently I went bowling with my dad, we used to go all the time, in fact we were in a league together about 15 years ago and we didn’t do too bad if I do say so myself. Anyway a couple of weeks back his Rotary Club had a social night where they went bowling and he asked if I would like to come along, it was the first time we had bowled together in about 10 years and it was so much fun.

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The photo’s I took weren’t great because of the fluro lights so I just turned them to black and white in Photoshop. I decided to use Basic Grey Second City Collection because of the retro feel and turning the photo’s to B&W also helped make that easier to use.

Lucky Strike2For the title I used one of the new Amy Tangerine Stitched Thickers and some of the Elle’s Studio Letter & Number stickers, I liked the way these two fonts mixed together. The Elle’s are my new favourite mini alphas, I love the choice of colours and the size is just right. I like the sleek font too.
Lucky Strike3This layout is pretty flat, there is hardly any layering in my embellishments other than with the flair and the dimension of the chevrons from Pinkfresh Studio.
Lucky Strike4This sketch was a lot of fun to work with and I like the bold colours mixed with the clean like.
Over the weekend I was also part of an Scrapbook Essentials Video Hop over on YouTube where a group of us got together and talked about products that are a must in our craft room. If you want to check that out you can find it HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Totally Addicted

12x12 Layout Scrapbooking Video

I hope you have all had a great weekend, the weather here has been perfect for crafting so I have been busy in the studio playing with some new goodies and making some new process videos.

I decided to play along again over at Paper Issues where the current challenge is “Get Your Game On” so I made a layout about my very bad addiction to Candy Crush Saga (it is a sickness, don’t judge me LOL).
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I mostly used the Creative Agenda Collection from Echo Park because the bright colours are the same as the colours of the game so it was a perfect fit. As you can see it is a pretty basic design and I didn’t go too crazy with embellishments because I felt that piece of watercolour dot paper was busy enough without adding too much extra.
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I added a punched edge to one of the cardstock layers which is a bit unusual for me because I don’t really get them out much anymore but I thought it would add some interesting texture and then I just used my new tiny attacher (after killing the old one) to add some labels from the sticker sheet.
Totally Addicted2I also coloured some wood veneer from Freckled Fawn to match the title letters and I also journaled!!! (I know crazy times). Of course I have a process video of how it all came together HERE on my YouTube channel.
Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day

Chockalit

12x12 Layout Scrapbooking Sketch Challenge

I love when the weather is a bit warmer because that is when I feel my most creative, the cold seems to freeze my mojo. So now it is a bit warmer (not a whole lot though, it takes forever for spring to arrive here) I have been messing around in the studio with my new Heidi Swapp September Skies goodies and the latest sketch from Paper Issues
November Sketch PII thought this sketch would be perfect because I am in love with the large floral paper from the collection but didn’t want it to overwhelm the page so when I saw this I thought it would work well at the top behind the layers.
ChockalitI did change the sketch slightly because I had put my background paper on the wrong way round so I moved the photo across to accommodate my mistake because I did want those coloured triangles showing.
Chockalit2I also really went to town with the flowers in the embellishment pack, they are so gorgeous. I also popped a little camera charm on there from the new Maggie Holmes collection, it was on one of those bobby pin clips but I pulled it apart because I can never make them work.

This page is about my friend Chockalit (that is her real name and it is so fabulous) and in this photo she is on her way to a big celebration at a temple in Ubud with other ladies from her village.
She is seriously the most wonderful, kindest person I have ever met.
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We have known each other for so many years and it is proof that true friendship really doesn’t require a lot. She has dreadful english, my Indonesian is really poor so our conversations involve lots of jumping up and down, charades and laughter and most time neither of us know what the other one is trying to say but she is always so excited when I visit and gives me lots of hugs and even brings flower offerings to my room each day so that I will have good luck and karma. We were born the same year one day apart so we always joke we are sisters, one of the few words we can agree on in both languages. She is just a kind person with a kind heart and that is really the most imporant thing you could ask for in a friend.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Shine

12x12 Layout Scrapbooking Video

It has been a busy weekend around here and it was great to have some fine weather at last so as well as getting kits ready for Scrappy Canary, I also had a chance to play around in the scrap room as well as get some videos edited for my YouTube channel. Today I am sharing a layout I made using mainly the Teresa Collins Nine & Co collection.

Shine

This layout was fairly quick to put together (you can see my process video below) but once I had it finished when I went to add some black mist splatters and I managed to make a huge smeared mess.
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I ended up putting another piece of the chipboard flowers over the top which is kind of funny as when I put the layout together, several times I had thought about placing the flowers in that spot but ended up thinking it looked too busy. However when I was editing the video I realised how empty it would have looked with out it there so it all turned out for the best.
Shine2This photo was taken on my recent holiday to Bali and I was feeling really wonderful being in the warm climate and spending time with my Balinese friends so I wanted to use that Shine piece of veneer especially but when I was sorting through my supplies I found the Do what makes you happy card and I thought that they worked together perfectly for the theme of this page.

I do have a process video below of how it all came together, I have also just edited a couple of haul videos of some new goodies I got that you can find on my channel.

Thank you for dropping by and have a beautiful day,

Back at last!

Design Team Work Scrappy Canary Video

Hi everyone, I am back after a crazy long break from blogging. Life seems to have got in the way lately, everything has taken precedence over crafting for myself but I am trying to get that work/life balance in play.
I have also been overseas (again) to Bali (again lol) so at least I have a lot of photo’s ready to get scrapped.

Today I am sharing a layout I made using the Scrappy Canary October Kit – Wild Roses. This layout was the basis for the November Sketch challenge.
Happy Gypsies
This is a photo from our recent trip of my mum and I. We pretty much always travel together, it is something we both love doing and we (usually) get along really well. I just fancied us a wandering nomads so I chose the title Happy Gypsies. When it came to the title the thickers that were in the kit were a bit too wide to fit in the space I wanted them so I used some Shimelle Glitter ones  that came in Septembers kit, I am seriously in love with these thickers for so many reasons but especially because they are skinny and you can use them for longer titles and that they have extra vowels which is awesome.
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Because I haven’t blogged for so long, I feel like I have lost my writing voice so I am just going to leave you with a process video of how it all came together.

Thank you for stopping by and I will be back again soon with another layout,

Creative Scrappers|Sketch 278

12x12 Layout Creative Scrappers Design Team Work Scrappy Canary Sketch Challenge

Creative Scrappers 278

Today is my last reveal for the Creative Scrappers design team. I have had such a fantastic time being part of this amazing team, as you know I am a HUGE fan of sketches so to work on a DT that is focused just on that was an awesome experience for me. So onto today’s sketch:For this layout I kept true to the sketch but instead of 4 photos I just used one and divided it up, which is a fun way to scrap everyday photos that don’t have people in them (otherwise you cut them in half and it can look a bit odd if the pose isn’t just right).
CS278MandaI used up some of the remains of last month’s Scrappy Canary Bohemian Kit and also used this months Lovely Rita add-on and the embellishment kits from both months. These two kits really are very different to each other but by mixing and matching I got a completely different style again.
Totally Addicted3Now you have seen how I used the sketch head on over to the Creative Scrappers page to see how the other girls interpretted the sketch and for details of how to play along to win a prize from My Creative Scrapbook.
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend,

14 May

12x12 Layout Scrapbooking Video

Hey all, hope you have had a wonderful weekend. We finally had some spring sunshine but of course I woke up with the most dreadful migraine yesterday so I couldn’t enjoy it but thankfully I felt much better today and go busy out in the studio. I am a bit behind on my sharing lately, Scrappy Canary is keeping me so very busy but I count myself lucky that my hobby is now my work too.

I made this page about two weeks ago I think. Elle’s Studio had a fantastic offer on the Shine bundle which I grabbed. It was one of those lines that I wasn’t desperate to get at the time because it came out in our winter but when the bundle deal came up it was perfect timing as we were coming into summer.
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This is a picture I snapped from my sunbed on my birthday. All I wanted to do this year was lie by the pool and go to my favourite restaurant (we were in Bali so the former was easy!)
This layout came together pretty easy for me as I had gone through and picked out all my embellishments etc which is something I don’t usually do, generally I just grab some things I like and look through them as I go.
Any I have made a process video of how this one came about which you can see below or on my YouTube channel
So that was a short and sweet post but I want to get back out in the sun while I still can because we are expecting rain all this week : (
Have a great day,

Creative Scrappers Sketch #277

Creative Scrappers Design Team Work Sketch Challenge

Hello there, today I am sharing my newest layout for the Creative Scrappers Team using sketch number #277.|
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For this one I flipped the sketch over so the photo would be slightly lower on the left hand size.
CS277MandaI used papers and embellishments from the Pink Paislee Solstice and Shimelle collections with a couple of other bits and pieces I had on hand. I am totally in love with the gold thickers.
NightRiver3I fussy cut the globe from a transparency, I loved how it tied in with the Solstice foam embellishments. I finished off the page with lots of gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine on the navy background to reflect the lights in the photo, so it looked a little like stars.
NightRiver4This week I also have a video with you can see below or on my YouTube channel

This month’s sponsor is My Creative Scrapbook who are giving an amazing kit for one lucky challenge participant! To Win a prize all you need to do is create a layout and link it up on the blog.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week,

Barong

12x12 Layout Scrapbooking Video

Hello there. Sorry for the absence in blogging there seems to be less and less hours in the day lately! Today I wanted to share with you a new layout I made using the Basic Grey Grand Bazaar Collection, I have been absolutely loving this collection for my Bali album because of the bright colours and patterns.
BarongIt worked perfectly with this photo of a Barong I have been wanting to scrap but hadn’t found the right papers to go with his gold and bright red.
Barong3I didn’t have much of a plan when I started out this layout but it started to be very symmetrical untiI got to the embellishments but even then I tried to balance them out even though they are different. Below is a video of how this layout came together, you will have to excuse my voice I think I am getting a cold.

Thank you for stopping by,