Sunday, July 23, 2017

Layout: Come Fly With Me

The Boy loved his Adventure Pass on our last cruise, apparently it is now an ESSENTIAL component to any holiday we take!  I must have taken a hundred photos of him flying through the air, climbing along the sides of the ship and venturing out onto the plank - he even had a 'Titanic moment' as we left one of the ports!

Today's layout features one of his flying fox adventures, zipping down the length of the Pacific Eden having the time of his life.  Too bad he wouldn't swing around for a lot of it and face the camera haha!

For this layout, I mostly used the Cocoa Vanilla Flying High paper and embellishment collection, but did a lot of grungy inky and textured work to the background - which was so fun! 

Layout recipe:
Paper, stickers, flair, wood veneer: Cocoa Vanilla Flying High collection
Stamps: Off the Grid (Stampin' Up)
Inks: Soft Suede (Stampin' Up!), Vintage Photo (Distress Ink)
Other: texture paste (Jo Sonya, heated with a heat gun and sanded), star stencil (Crafter's Workshop), distressing tool, various spritzers, blue pen for journalling

Scrap The Boys: July sketch challenge

(I tilted the design 45 degrees for something a bit different, and folded the paper over to expose the reverse side/make a pocket in lieu of the long stripey strip on the sketch)

Thank you for visiting my blog today!

OMM xox

Monday, July 17, 2017

Layout: PNG happy snaps

Last year The Boy and I were lucky enough to travel to Papua New Guinea on a P&O cruise out of Cairns.  Yes - just the two of us, we left The Man at home and ventured off by ourselves!  We had a blast, but we'll definitely go as a trio next time.  

I took the opportunity while we were away to take lots of pictures of the two of us, and no doubt will scrap them all over the next little while.  This is the first LO from the trip, and I knew I needed to highlight the beautiful leis we were given when we visited one of the islands (I was given a pink one, and The Boy had a cream one on his hat).  I didn't have any hibiscus stamps or papers, so I picked out some beautiful rose-y paper (Click, Click) from the Kaisercraft Happy Snaps collection in my stash.

This LO is inspired by the challenge over at Kaisercraft this month. The inspo layout is just beautiful (see below, or head over to the blog) and I just loved all the delicious layering with the flowers and embellies.  I hope you will play along if you too feel inspired by Sonia's lovely work.


Layout recipe:
Papers and stickers: Kaisercraft Happy Snaps collection
Stamps: Polaroid (Kaisercraft)
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum (Stampin' Up!)
Other: 3D foam and regular tape, fine scissors (for fussy cutting)

Kaisercraft July challenge: LO inspiration

Thank you for visiting!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Layout: such a lovely lady

I admit it - I sometimes scrap the same photo a couple of times because I love it so much!  This photo is just gorgeous, and the lady is a very special one to me - my nanna!  Isn't she a stunner!

Layout recipe:
Cardstock: Very Vanilla and Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Certainly Celery
(Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Vintage Roses (Altenew)
Inks: Sweet Sugarplum & Blushing Bride (Stampin' Up!), Frayed Leaf & Forest Glades (Altenew)
Dies: "lovely" (Heidi Swapp), So detailed thinlets (Stampin' Up!)
Other: various sprays (Lindy's Gang), paper doily (Stampin' Up!), letter stickers (Kaisercraft), sticky pearls (Stampin' Up!), chipboard circle (unknown, possibly WOW), white acrylic paint, stencil (Theresa Collins), texture paste (Theresa Collins)

I'd like to enter this into the June sketch challenge at Scrap The Girls:

Thanks for visiting my blog today!!

OMM xo

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I love you because...

It's cold and wet outside which means perfect crafting weather! This week I have been inspired by the current Altenew card challenge which is a picture inspo challenge:

The DT asked us to be inspired by the arrangement, colours, texture or other element of the photograph, and the name of the challenge is 'white on white focal point'.  The white on white part had me stumped for a bit.  I played with embossing, illuminate ink, and various off-white inks and cards before settling on soft champagne-coloured roses achieved using Antique Linen distress ink.  The flowers and leaves are stamped from Amazing You from Altenew. The soft colouring was achieved using sponging with the same ink as the outline.

The finished card is below: 


I am completely in love with this stamp set and have so many ideas to use it!

Card recipe:
Stamps: Amazing You (Altenew) (plus I think a few leaves snuck in from my stamping frenzy of Vintage Roses earlier LOL)
Ink: Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger), Purple Wine, Forest Glades, Sapphire (Altenew), Crumb Cake (Stampin' Up!)
Cardstock: Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Dies: stitched rectangles (Paper Roses)
Other: sponge, precision stamping tool, 3D tape and adhesive.

Challenges entered:
Altenew June 2017 inspiration challenge (see picture above)
Addicted to Stamps and More Make your mark (sponging)

Thank you for visiting x

Thursday, December 3, 2015

{Southern Girls DT} Layout - the joker

Hello crafters!

Can you honestly believe it is December already? Only 5 days of school left for The Boy, and 11 days of work for me before holidays! Where did the year go?  

I will be taking a bit of a break from blogging in the new year to work on some projects.  I am not sure if it's just the time of year, or that I've had such a big year with The Boy's big operation in May, or putting on a huge festival in October, but I am seriously worn out in the motivation and mojo departments.  If you know of any neat inspirational blogs, or some great YouTube how-to clips, please let me know!

Anyway - This fortnight we have a great challenge for you over at Southern Girls - 'do whatever takes your fancy' - so show us your favourite technique or product, or just whatever you feel like!  For me, I knew I wanted to do a layout, and this picture of The Boy enjoying a hot chocolate has been on my must-scrap pile for awhile.  As soon as I saw the picture (taken by The Man) I couldn't stop laughing at his Joker makeup... and so I have been holding on to the photo until I could find the right title.  I ended up using my new baby - my Silhouette Cameo - to make the title, and I used an emerging favourite - gelatos - to make the messy circles, reflecting the messy chocolate smile.


Layout recipe 
Cardstock/paper: Pink Paislee 'Atlas', red bazill
Ink: Not Quite Navy (Stampin' Up!)
Dies: Circles (Stampin' Up!)
Other: mini badge (Merci), Gelatos, Distress Stickles - Brushed Pewter (Tim Holtz), water brush, sponge, glossy accents

Thanks for visiting my blog, and I hope to see you again soon!

OMM xox

Thursday, November 5, 2015

{Southern Girls DT} Card - love featuring Sakura

 Hello hello!

I hope you are all well! Is the weather treating you kindly? It's quite pleasant here today, but summer is definitely on its way.

Our challenge this fortnight over at Southern Girls is Twine, tape or ribbon.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!  

Today I have a CAS card for you featuring Sakura from Chin Chou Kuik - isn't she divine?!  I really enjoyed colouring her up for the card, and I even wrote down all the copic colours for you... and promptly left them on my desk at home.  No matter!  I just used 3 shades of pink in the same family and C1, C3 and C5, with a touch of B000 and BG0000 for the wings.


As always our fabulous sponsors are providing some terrific prizes for our winners, and with such an easy challenge there is no excuse not to get your craft on this week!

Card recipe:
Digi stamp: Sakura from Chin Chouc Kuik 
Colouring medium: copics
Cardstock: white, burgundy
Ribbon: burgundy
Other: pink flower, silver charm

Thanks for visiting my blog today and if you join in the challenge leave me a little comment below so I can be sure to call in and say hello!

OMM xox

Friday, October 30, 2015

Off the page - Christmas configurations box

Hello hello!

I've finally managed to wrap up the biggest project of my life - a festival - and brushing away the cobwebs in my craft room and Pinterest board to get enthused and motivated about crafting again!

I had a week off following the festival, and so besides catching up on a lot of TV and R&R (and some angel gown sewing :)) I also finally put together my configurations box that I bought from Kaszazz 2-3 years ago!   The perfect opportunity came up when WOW Chipboard offered up their Triple Treat Challenge again (like their Facebook page to get an update when the next one is).


I challenged myself to only use items I already had... which worked FINE until I ran out of paint and needed some 3D decos to really set it off... haha. 

Project recipe:
Configurations box - Kaszazz
Acrylic paint - red and gold
Craft glue
Paper: Christmas Emporium (Graphic 45), Stampin' Up (retired Christmas papers), Kaisercraft (December 25)
Chipboard: WOW Christmas shapes ("Our Christmas", presents, stars)
Dies/cut files: Nativity (Silhouette store), various flowers, tag
Other: Christmas decorations (misc.), cracker from a DIY kit, ribbon,  bells, cork stars

Challenges entered:
WOW - triple treat challenge (October)

I'm working on something delicate for our next Southern Girls challenge... hope to see you join in the fun! The current challenge is here if you want to head over and see what the girls have come up with for our current stripes challenge!