Thursday 25 January 2018

Scrap the Boys - DT reveal

Hello Scrappy Friends, I have some happy news to share with you.  
I'm delighted to be joining the team at Scrap the Boys.

With lots of Grand Boys to create for, I'm thrilled to be part of a challenge site 
which caters just for boys; big and small. 
If you'd like to read about the rest of the team, head on over to the
Design Team Announcement 

The team is headed up by 
Rachel Lowe
a supremely talented scrapper from
Western Australia.

A new challenge will begin on 1st February, so I hope you will come and join in the fun.

In the meantime - Boys rock O.K.

Monday 15 January 2018

Stuck?! Sketches! DT - 15 Jan 2018 - Stay a little bit wild.

Welcome to my blog where today I’m sharing a DT layout for 

I followed the sketch closely, just substituting flowers for the stars 
and omitting the small border.

This paper range by Cocoa Vanilla, Bohemian Dreams, 
seemed just right to enhance the sweet photos of my DGD.
The page came together quite quickly, apart from the hand stitching, but that’s easy enough to do in front of the TV.  I love the variegated thread from DMC.
Journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
I crocheted the purple ombre vest for your Birthday and some weeks later arranged to visit your home to take some photos of you wearing it.
You were happy to oblige until a little incident after lunch, when you and your Daddy had a misunderstanding, resulting in you flouncing off to your room and slamming the door as you departed in high dudgeon.  Left to your own devices, you emerged some time later wearing your pyjamas;
 you'd donned your comfort clothes.
Uh oh! I thought that was the end of any photography for the day.  However, with a change of topic and a recalibrating of your mood, we were able to capture a few lovely shots.  I'm impressed by the way you quickly recover from a disagreement and I admire they way you are a natural in front of the camera.  You create a mood, assume a pose and allow me to click away for ten minutes or more.  
I'm so lucky to have you in my life.
4th November 2017, Love Granny.

Our generous sponsors for this challenge are:-

 They are donating a $25.00 Gift Certificate.

They are donating a paper stack of the winner's choice.
They are donating an online class.

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Wednesday 10 January 2018

Scrap Matrix Paper Artsy Challenge Dec/Jan 2018

Hello again Scrappy Friends, just a quick post today to share a tag which I made for the Scrap Matrix challenge.  

The idea is to use Paper Artsy Stamps anyway you wish; a card, an art journal page, a layout, a tag, OTP, or whatever takes your fancy.
I've chosen to make a quick and simple tag with these stamps which are available,
 along with loads of other Scrapping and Mixed media goodies from Vicki at
Scrap Matrix
I used an older Prima tag, because it's thick and sturdy, 
stamped with Ranger Archival ink in jet black and then coloured with Distress Oxides.
I was inspired by some of the wonderful stamping on the Paper Artsy Blog
The finer details were added with Posca and Signo pens.
The butterfly was coloured with Twinkling H2O's and has a lovely shimmer IRL.

Thanks for calling in.  I appreciate any comments you care to leave, 
they bring a smile to my face.

Monday 1 January 2018

Stuck?! Sketches DT Challenge January 1st 2018 - Juneau, Alaska

Welome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT page for
The diamonds at the top of the sketch reminded me of mountains, so I flipped the sketch and created a page about a dog sled ride we enjoyed in Alaska.
The background paper I bought in Alaska; it's from The Paper Loft, Back Country collection, "Fly Fishing"; It seemed just right for these snowy pictures.

The snowflakes were created with a cut file from Silhouette and covered with Nuvo Glitter drops, "White Blizzard".

The mountains were fussy cut from a Pink Fresh paper, Escape the ordinary collection, "Explore".

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
A holiday in Canada and Alaska was one of the highlights of our travel adventures.
This part of the journey included a cruise in the Inside passage to Glacier Bay. We disembarked at Juneau, among other places.  One of the optional tours from Juneau was a helicopter flight over the snow fields, followed by a dog sled ride.  How exciting to be so close to the earth, whizzing along with these strong dogs pulling the sleds! We had no idea what we were doing, but the intelligent dogs had everything under control and we were surprised to see that they wore fluorescent socks over their feet to protect them from the cold.  Photos taken, June 2009

I hope you will feel inspired to join in and be eligible for one of the lovely prizes.  

Our sponsors this time are:-
They are donating 2 pieces of large chipboard.
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They are donating
The 3 January new releae sequin packs and 3 yards of the in stock May Arts Ribbon

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If this is your first visit to my blog - welcome, I hope you found something to inspire you.   

Kraft + January 2018 - Caffeine Hit

Hello again Scrappy Friends, welcome to January where today I'm sharing a post for 
Kraft+ which is all about coffee. 
The challenge is just be to be inspired by coffee, anyway, anyhow.
Take a look at what the Design Team have created for your inspiration.
When I first saw this challenge, the words of an old, old song popped into my head.  Some of you bright young scrappers may not have heard of it!
It's called, "You're the cream in my coffee"; it was published in 1928, featured in a film called, "Hold everything" in 1930 and made famous by the velvety voice of the incomparable Nat King Cole.

I made an anniversary card for my Bestie, because the words seem to appropriate
for the way we love and support each other.

I used some canvas Claudine Hellmuth Sticky back canvas to stamp the coffee stains with Kaisercraft stamps.
The cup and the tiny heart tag were cut with a die from Uniquely Creative.

The music paper is so old, that I've no idea about the manufacturer.
The love you stamp is from a set by Hero Arts.
If you are interested in the words from the rest of the song,
I've added them below, together with a link to NAT KING COLE & TRIO 
with their version of the song.

You're the cream in my coffee
You're the salt in my stew
You'll always be my necessity
I'd be lost without you

You're the starch in my collar
You're the lace in my shoe
You'll always be my necessity
I'd be lost without you

Most men tell love tales
And each phrase dovetails
You've heard each known way
This way is my own way

You're the sail of my love boat
You're the captain and crew
You'll always be my necessity
I'd be lost without you

You're the sail of my love boat
You're the captain and crew
You'll always be my necessity
Like a restaurant with a recipe
You're the lace in my shoe
I'd be lost without you.

Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Lew Brown

Please come and join in the fun at Kraft+, we'd love to see your take on the challenge.

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