Thursday, April 30, 2015

April Challenge @ Scrapbooking Top 50

This month's challenge at Scrapbooking Top 50 was super easy, the only criteria was that we had to use the word HAPPY somewhere on our layout.  Super easy for me, soooo many photos to choose from, but this one of my baby girl and her 4u jazz troupe after they'd performed it for the first time.  Seems so long ago with some of these girls including Bronte now in 8u.  They've been friends for years now, how lovely for them to have such special friendships from such a young age.

Happy Babies - This is my fourth layout using the new TSK Kit from The Scrappery called Indi, and the BPK Aria Kit.  I've used another one of my backgrounds created with gelatos from my SFS scrappy visit.

(Crate Paper paper, Crate Paper Ephemera, Maggie Holmes puffy stickers, American Crafts Thickers, Rainbow Splendour  bow,  TCW templates)

(Crate Paper Ephemera, American Crafts Thickers)

(Rainbow Splendour  bow, metal embellishment)

(Crate Paper Ephemera, Crate Paper word stickers)

I love this kit so much and can't wait to play some more...this weekend is not looking good though with a massive troupe day Saturday and a solo eisteddfod all day Sunday.  Hopefully I can pull my scrapping out again soon.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April Challenge @ Kraft+

This month's challenge at Kraft Plus was a Retro Recipe that looked like this...

And my take -  She Came! featuring my Georgia girl showing me the money that the tooth fairy left her.  This is my third layout using the new TSK Kit from The Scrappery called Indi, and the BPK Aria Kit.

I have used all the ingredients required as listed:-

- Washi tape on the strips behind the photo
- Polka dots on my background, on the washi and on one of the papers
- Cotton in all of my tags
- 3 tags all from the kits I was using
- A sprinkling of silver in the paint added to the background
- Stamping which is on the background, this stamp was in the BPK Aria Kit this month

I'm sure these kits were made for this challenge, they had everything I needed except the washi which I digged out of my stash.

(Crate Paper paper, Crate Paper Standouts, American Crafts stamp, handmade flower by Grandma Joan, Crate Paper Ephemera, Maggie Holmes puffy stickers,  TCW templates)

(Crate Paper Standouts, Crate Paper Ephemera)

(Handmade flower by Grandma Joan)

(Rainbow Splendour  flower & hairpin, Crate Paper Standouts, Maggie Holmes puffy stickers)

Thanks for dropping by!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

April Week 2 @ Let's Get Sketchy

Another great sketch at Let's Get Sketchy, I'm just loving having a new sketch to do each week! Something new for me as most of the Aussie challenge sites are monthly.  Monthly is great but weekly....woah!  That is a lot of work for the LGS team, well done!

This is the April Week 2 sketch looks like this...

And my take - Mojo Moments - another layout using the new TSK Kit from The Scrappery called Indi, and the BPK Aria Kit.  These photos were taken at the Camp Mojo retreat back in 2011 and include lots of selfies with my scrappy friends including AM, Lis, Wendy, Ali, Witchy, Susan & Peta.

(Bazzill Kraft cardstock, Crate Paper papers, Crate Paper Maggie Holmes pockets, Crate Paper ephemera, Crate Paper wood veneer, American Crafts Thickers, Crate Paper puffy stickers)

(Crate Paper puffy stickers, Crate Paper ephemera)

(Crate Paper ephemera, American Crafts Thickers, embroidery twine)

Thanks for dropping by, there is one more sketch just revealed over at Let's Get Sketchy that I need to get done this week, wish me luck!


Monday, April 27, 2015

April Week 3 @ Let's Get Sketchy

Last week in the mail came the very lovely new TSK Kit from The Scrappery called Indi, and I was a bit naughty this month and also added the BPK Aria Kit to my order.  So far I have completed four pages with these gorgeous kits and here is the first one I will share with you.

This is the Week 3 sketch at Let's Get Sketchy, I have completed Week 2 as well but will share that next as I can't find the photo of it right now.

Foot Undies - something that anyone that isn't a 'Dance Mum' would probably not understand!  These cute little things provide comfort and support for the girls when they are doing a dance that doesn't require shoes, like a modern or contemporary.  These were Bronte's first pair at only 4 years old and she wore them for her modern solo.

(Bazzill Kraft cardstock, Crate Paper papers, Crate Paper Maggie Holmes pockets, Crate Paper ephemera, Crate Paper wood veneer, American Crafts Thickers, Crate Paper puffy stickers)

(Crate Paper wood veneer, Crate Paper puffy stickers)

(Crate Paper puffy stickers, American Crafts Thickers, Crate Paper ephemera)

(Crate Paper ephemera)

Thanks for dropping by today!


Friday, April 24, 2015

April Week 1 @ Let's Get Sketchy

Not sure how I stumbled across this challenge page called Let's Get Sketchy, but they have a sketch released each week which is just perfect for me at the moment while really in the zone and wanting to scrap as much as possible!

The April Week 1 sketch looked like this...

Snuggle - a photo of my snuggly girl Georgia and I on the lounge, she is always the first one of my kids to want a cuddle.

I have used the Crate Craft Market Paper range that I was lucky enough to get from Anna's Craft Cupboard with my recent voucher win.  I have used the Hardcover paper for my background and added the circle in the sketch plus other background touches with StazOn inks in three different colours and two different TCW templates

(Crate Craft Market Wood Veneer Shapes, Crate Craft Market paper, Prima flower, Rainbow Splendour  hairpin,  WOW wood veneer, fabric flair)

(Crate Craft Market paperWOW wood veneer)

Hope you've got a scrappy kind of weekend coming up, I'm hoping to get a little bit done!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

April 1st Stuck?! Sketch

One more layout created from the January TSK Kit from The Scrappery called Cleo...that makes seven!  When you take into account the cost of the kit plus postage, that works out approximately $5.70 per page so far...and I still have plenty of bits & pieces left in this kit.  I'm going to have to keep going with it and see just how many layouts I can create from one kit...that sounds like a challenge!

This layout was based on the first sketch released over at Stuck Sketches for April, which looks like this...

I had a portrait orientation photo so I have turned the sketch to suit.  

Party Craft - a photo of Georgia at her friend Mason's birthday party last year, enjoying the craft on offer.

This is the first time I have used this TCW template with the houses on it, have always loved it but had yet to work out a way to incorporate it into a layout.

(American Crafts papers, alpha & ephemera, Basic Grey alpha stickers, TCW template)

(American Crafts papers, alpha & ephemera, Basic Grey alpha stickers)

Don't forget that the deadline for uploading your layouts over at Stuck is the 29th of the month, I got caught out last month as I thought it was the end of the month!  I've made sure I've got them done in plenty of time this month though.  

Thanks for dropping by!


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April 15th Stuck?! Sketch

The second sketch this month over at Stuck?! was just perfect for these photos of Bronte when she was only tiny, in the pool with Emma and having an absolute ball.  I have such great memories of our weekends spent with Emma and I miss spending time with her now that she is all grown up!

The sketch looks like this...

Splash! - I have created this page using the gorgeous Bo Bunny Sweet Life papers that I bought with my voucher prize from Anna's Craft Cupboard.  This range was so easy to work with, its just too pretty.

I've used the Sweet Life paper on the background and have just added some texture paste through the new script TCW template.  For the first time in forever I have also stitched on my page using the sewing machine, around the outside edges and also on the strips of paper.

(Bo Bunny Sweet Life papersBo Bunny Chipboard Stickers, Bo Bunny Noteworthy, enamel dots)

Thinking of all my Hunter Valley friends and praying they are getting some relief from the storms, its looking pretty awful here in the Illawarra is the perfect day to sit & scrap but unfortunately I'm off to work instead.  Booooo!

Happy Scrapping!


Monday, April 20, 2015

WOW Triple Treat Challenge

This month Words or Whatever had a great challenge on all social media websites that looked like this...

I was excited to receive a gorgeous 'family' set of chipboard in the post which included a Family title, a journal spot with a frame, two love hearts and a hashtag symbol.  With these I have created a layout of my past Design Team at Savvy...these gorgeous girls were so great to work with and I definitely classed them as my scrapbooking family at the time.  Of course, we have all moved on in different directions...some still scrapping and some not...but I will always call these girls my friends!

I started this layout on Saturday night when I was really just not feeling I just started to play and make a mess.  I started with a piece of Bazzill cardstock which already had some gelatos effect on the background, I then added some mist over a mask...I wasn't happy with it so added some ink over the new script TCW template...still not happy so I added some blue paint....actually quite a lot of blue paint but a lot of it is now covered by my photo.  Lastly I added some texture paste with a credit card, swiping it back and forth, and then finally pressing onto it with a piece of plastic gauze.  

I have used papers from a gorgeous new paper kit I bought from SFS called Simple Stories Sn@p Life Documented.  I have fussy cut the arrows on my layout from one of the papers, then simply folded them up a little and glued them down.  I love this effect and will definitely be using this particular paper again in the exact same way.

With these few pieces of the WOW chip, I have left the centre of the journal block raw but on the heart and border I simply painted some red mist onto the chipboard with a paintbrush.  With the hashtag symbol I coloured it in with a black sharpie and then covered with Stickles.

Again with this larger WOW heart I have pained with red mist.  With the WOW 'family' title I coloured onto my chipboard with some gelatos and then rubbed with a baby wipe until the chipboard was fully covered. I then used Stickles over the top and allowed it to dry overnight.

Here is a closeup of my background texture and paint work, along with a gorgeous piece of chip from the Sn@p Life Document Chipboard Stickers.

Thanks Suzanne & team for a great challenge, I really had fun with this and it has inspired me to pull out my big box of random chipboard and start playing with it!


D-Lish Scrap April Inspiration Challenge

Playing along again this month with the girls at D-Lish Scraps.  Their current mood board is just gorgeous, and I even purchased the April Just Add Paper Kit which is called Aztec Dreams.  It went perfectly with the Basic Grey Aurora kit that I bought recently from SFS.

Here's the inspiration board...

And my take...

Friends For Life - a photo of me and my two besties Linda & Leesh. taken by TMK Photography.

I have stayed absolutely true to the sketch...I have to admit that I usually like to add or change bits & pieces in the sketch a little to become my own, but with this one I just had no ambition or creative just finished it off as best I could adhering to the sketch.  I've used pretty much the exact embellishments as shown on the sketch from the D'Lish Kit including the heart, feathers and flowers.  It is what it is...not my most creative effort by far but its another layout completed and in my album!

Thanks for dropping by and visiting my blog today!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Smarty Pants

This is my last layout from my SFS scrappy visit...its taken me a week to blog them all and I haven't scrapped once since then...this must mean its time to get back into it!  I have felt like scrapping all afternoon, but am yet to start and am in procrastination land.  Hubby broke his arm this week skateboarding, and between that and other things its been one crazy week.  When I finish this blog post I am definitely going to sit and scrap....oh ok, maybe I'll cook dinner first....but I WILL scrap tonight!  Lots of challenges to do and only 12 days left this month, come on mojo, come and get me!!

Anyways, here it is....

Smarty Pants - a photo of Bronte on the day she started school, we took her for morning tea at Country Grocer as she had a late morning start.  It seems so long ago but really it isn't, she is in Year 1 now but just seems so much more grown up than she was here.

This is my sixth layout using January TSK Kit from The Scrappery called Cleo.

(Bazzill Eggshell cardstock, American Crafts papers, alpha & ephemera, Studio Calio alpha,  TCW template)

(flair, handmade flower by Grandma Joan, WOW wood veneer)

I loved this kit so much that I have actually signed up for a six month subscription from The Scrappery, and I really look forward to receiving the next one!

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you get some time to scrap this weekend too!


Friday, April 17, 2015

My Favorite Girls...

Yeh yeh, I know favorite is spelt wrong...but when Heidi Swapp realises title stickers that look THIS good you just have to use them...even if they are American spelling!

Another background created with gelatos by Bronte, how awesome did this one turn out!

I have used the  January TSK Kit from The Scrappery called Cleo once again for this one, this is the fifth layout so far from this kit so it has definitely been good value!

The circle was done using StazOn ink through one of the new TCW templates.

My Favorite Girls - a beautiful photo of my niece Emma with my girls a few years ago on her birthday.  She is much more grown up than this now at 19 years old...but she will always be one of my favourite girls.

(American Crafts ephemera, handmade tag by The Scrappery)

Only one more layout left to share from my SFS scrappy visit and I'll be back with that soon!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Trophy Shelf

During my SFS scrappy visit we went to the Ritz & Glitz Dance Challenge in Maitland.  My 8yo Georgia had 7 solos, six all day Thursday and one on the Friday morning.  She had a great couple of days and was recognised in each of her solos, being awarded one 1st place, three 2nd places and three Highly Commended ribbons.  So proud of her!

Peta and the girls came to watch Georgia on the Thursday at the eisteddfod, but on the Friday we left everyone at home and went on our own.  While we were away Peta let the little girls go wild with her gelatos and cardstock, and I came home to lots more gorgeous backgrounds ready for me to scrap on!

Bronte did such a good job.  This next layout is using one of her backgrounds, and as you can see she used a LOT of colour.  Didn't it turn out great?!

Layout #7 - Trophy Shelf

I have used the January TSK Kit from The Scrappery called Cleo again for this one, along with the pink tissue paper that the kit came wrapped in.

(WOW wood veneer, October Afternoon journal sticker)

The green button flower in the next closeup was crocheted by my mum Grandma Joan, isn't she clever?!

(American Crafts ephemera)

I just love how every single gelatos background turns out different, so much fun!