To help get into the Christmas spirit, my generous friend,Angie, has decided to giveaway some Christmas Candy. I just couldn't help myself , I have to share the chance to win with you...I'm good like that! Check out her blog for more details HERE
I spent Melbourne Cup Day scrapbooking! What's up with that? Usually I would be out to a lovely ladies luncheon, but all my friends were working this year.
Anyway, it was a nice productiveday- the first day I've felt like creating in a LONG time. A layout for each of my boys of their first Charter boat Fishing Adventure. I was inspired by a class I took with Skye Johnson as a fundraiser for Breast Cancer.
Here's a sneak peek of my "Think Pink" themed cards for my October classes I'm teaching at made with Memories in Rockingham. I'm teaching 6 classes next month. It's going to be a busy time with lots of new techniques and fun getting inky. Until then, I'm having a week off enjoying the School holidays.
It's been a beautiful day here in W.A. I sat outside and finished my book and am halfway thru another. Lovely way to spend the Queen's Birthday public holiday.
One of my scrapbook pages was accepted for publication at Scrapbook News and Review magazine, They are having a special 12 hour sneak peek this weekend where you can look at the magazine online for 12 hours only from Saturday 8.30pm EST- to Sunday 8.30am. That's the US timezone which I know is 12 hours different from me in Western Australia. Please check it out by clicking on the magazine tab.
Love this page I made from a Kit by Deb Mitchell. My Mr "Almost 15" is looking so handsome with his hair longer (yes I'm a proud Mum!). I tried out the barbed wire doodling I saw in a tutorial somewhere. I'll get back to you with a link if you are interested.
Look what i made this morning. I tried out core'dinations, patterned paper and recycled vintage book pages for these handmade flowers. Now I just need to design some cards for them to go on~ There's not enough hours in the day!
I've been creating! Inspired by a tattered old copy of "Little Women" and some Prima flowers I saw online, I decided to have a go at creating my own recycled book flowers. of course I couldn't resist adding ink and glimmer mist and some Bling to finish them off.
Look out for these on some of my cards and scrapbook pages soon
Sometimes when I go to get photos enlarged to 5 x 7, the photobooth gives the warning signal that the photo is not suitable for that enlargement so I did some research about what size a digital photo needs to be in order to get a good quality enlargement done. I hope this advice is useful for all you scrapbookers who are sick of getting Pixelated prints. I got it from an online printing service
Print Size/Product Minimum image resolution required 4 x 6 690x460 pixels 5 x 7 805x575 pixels 8 x 8 920x920 pixels 8 x 10 1150x920 pixels 8 x 12 1380x920 pixels 11 x 14 Enlargements 1610x1265 pixels 12 x 12 1380x1380 pixels 12 x 18 Enlargements 2070x1380 pixels 16 x 20 Posters 2300x1840 pixels 20 x 30 Posters 3450x2300 pixels 11 x 14 Collage Posters 1260x990 pixels 12 x 18 Collage Posters 1620x1080 pixels 16 x 20 Collage Posters 1800x1440 pixels 20 x 30 Collage Posters 2700x1800 pixels Wallet Prints 374x259 pixels
A blind scrap is where you are given instructions on how to make a scrapbook page, but have no picture to follow. The fun of it is comparing your layout to the one the challenge setter designed. I hope you are inspired to create today!
We play a scrapbooking challenge at Uproar2scrapmore called Chinese whispers. One member makes a layout, emails it on to the next person on the list, who scraplifts at least 4 elements and then emails it on to the next person. When everyone has done their turn, we can all reveal our pages. It's so much fun seeing how it all started, and how mine relates to that. I was number 8 on the list. I'm happy with my page, but it's VERY different than the original. I've been busting to share it. So here you go!
If you want to see the rest, come check them out in the Uproar gallery.
I tried a new blog layout for a few days, but I couldn't get used to it. I wish they would let you choose the middle colour. I like black, for some reason! Sorry if you've visited in the past few days and felt "lost". All back to normal now thanks to the Cutest Blog on the Block!
I have the hardest time making "masculine" cards. I'm not good at "minimal" and I always think cards for men look better "clean and simple". I'm teaching "masculine cards" this month at my LSS (Made with Memories) since Father's day in Australia is the first Sunday in September.
Guess what? I found a way to make them look "clean" but still satisfy my need for "more" and fancy them up. I designed 3 cards using LOTS of background techniques. Not a scrap of patterned paper in sight! AND I love them. I can show you a little sneak peek, and will put all 3 cards up at the end of the month when my classes are over.
My sister, mum and her best friend all have birthdays this week, so we went out for lunch today to celebrate- Absolutely delicious meals, infact we were fighting over who had the best meal. (aaaah, family). Anyway, getting to the point... This cake slice shaped box was part of my present to my sister. I filled it with Dolly mixture and humbugs. The template for the box came from Stampington Sampler magazine. Leave me a message if you'd like me to find you a link. Patterned papers from Uproar2scrapmore. I used divine swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder (a bit fiddly) and teabag folding for the flower on top. Thanks to ChrisW for making me thing "outside the box" for her Cybercrop challenge.
Since I started scrapbooking for my son, I have really enjoyed it. I am quite traditional in my thinking, in that I struggle to put flowers and pretty things on a boy's page. -Just not ready for that yet. Hopefully as I mature as a scrapbooker I will feel more comfortable with it.
Anyone who knows me, as a person, or my cardmaking style, will know that I am a real BLING girl. I love rhinestones and sparkle and lace and flowers on my cards. I'm missing that in scrapping for my boys, so I decided to do a few pages about me where I can embellish to my heart's content with whatever takes my fancy.
Here's one of my first pages( I plan to do "52 pieces of me")
I'm so excited to be part of a sketch design team. I absolutely love working with sketches as the springboard to my cards and scrapbook pages. I hope you'll come and check it out. Gayatri has a monthly competition with a prize pack and all you have to do is make a card using her sketch to enter. This is the card I made as inspiration for the first sketch.
I taught this handmade flower as part of a class earlier this year, and have had a few requests for pictures. The first time is a bit fiddly, after that you'll be in love!
You will need Bazzill Cardstock, EK success large and medium retro flower punches, ink, sponge and rhinestones (optional)
punch 2 large and 1 medium flower from Bazzill cardstock (it must be Bazzill as it has 2 layers, this will not work with regular cardstock)
Now scrunch those flowers up, really well. the more you scrunch the easier the next step will be. Open them back up again.
This is the trickiest part! Peel apart the 2 layers of Bazzill on the flowers by separating at the tips of the petals and peeling back to the centre- don't pull the centre apart. Do this for each petal on the three flowers you have punched.out
Roll both layers of petal toward the centre of your flowers. It doesn't have to be uniform. You are going for a "distressed" look. Now stick the 2 large flowers on top of each other. Try to off set them a little, Add the smallest flower to the centre.
Apply ink to the flower with a sponge for a lighter look, or direct to the flower with the inkpad for a deeper colour. You can do this before or after you assemble the flower. Just keep adding ink until you're happy with the look
stick a gemstone to the centre . Here's a close-up for you
use your flower to decorate cards, scrapbook pages or gift boxes.
If you make any projects using my tutorial please give credt with a link back to my tutorial and, please post a comment here with a link to your blog. I'd love to see them.
is "Birthdays". Thought I'd give you some time to collect up your photos you've been planning to scrap, and join me at Uproar2scrapmore on Friday 26th, Saturday27th and Sunday 28th of June. Festivities commence at 7.30pm Queensland time Friday night with challenges, games, special offers and classes throughout the weekend. It's a cybercrop, a great big virtual crop that my friends from all over the world are welcome to check out...with lots of inspiration and fun. hope to see you there.
I'll be teaching a class with distress inks~like I used to make the background on this card
I got a BIG SHOT!!! and I have been excitedly making cards using the cuttlebug embossing folders and papers from my Uproar design team kit. Here's 2 for today inspired by the June sketches from Pagemaps
This morning I taught an online class on techniques with Cuttlebug embossing folders, as part of my design team gig at Uproar to Scrapmore. You can check it out here.There are card and scrapbooking challenges with prizes all weekend. Hope you can join us.
My entry for ChrisW's weekly challenge at Uproar2scrapmore. The criteria were: Circle feature,multiple pics and some clustering. I hope the flowers count as clustering? Can you see me? I'm 3 years old in this photo. Another layout I did at my scrapbooking class this week. it is going to have strip journalling around the photos eventually, but I'm still thinking about the words.
Today I finally caught up with my stamping friend and made a couple of cards. I was inspired by some gorgeous flocked papers that Kylie sent me as a prize for winning a Cybercrop blind challenge at Uproar2scrapmore. Stamps are from Kaisercraft
I've had a cold for the last week and it's hanging around. Not getting much creating done.
It was an exciting mail day though. ATCs from a "Flower Power" swap I was in, hosted by the very talented Renu, arrived today. Here's the whole set for you to ooh and aah over. They certainly brightened my day.
It's for a Movie Title swap at the Stamp-Shack. My friend Chris, in Canada has great theme ideas. I decided to go with the old Alfred Hitchcock thriller- "The Birds". Background is alcohol inks. Images from Inky Antics and inkadinkado
Yes, that's my big news! I hope you're doing the happy dance with me.
I'm officially part of the Tiger Team at Uproar to Scrapmore. Dalena has asked me to be the Card making and stamping Guru (her words)..and I'm so flattered. The Uproar design team has amazingly talented scrapbookers (Lisa, Amanda, Kylie and Chris) ,who are so inspiring they got me started scrapping when I said I never would! I'll be doing monthly challenges and cybercrop competitions too. I hope you'll check out all the fun in the forums and the inspiration in the gallery, as well as Dalena's amazing special offers. See you there!
hot foot it , over to the Stamp Shack for your last chance to enter my Ink-a-palooza challenge to create a single layer card. I have a great stamp set on offer as a prize. Entries close Sunday May 3rd, Midnight PST. oops, that's today people. get a move on. There are 14 other great challenges and lots of prizes on offer too. Just checked out what midnight PST means for Australians. Apparently it is 19 hours behind Sydney time, so if you work thru the night, you can get all 15 challenges done. C'mon Aussie C'mon!
Did you miss me? I've been on holiday with my family for 9 days in the Northern Territory. Here's my favourite landscape photo from our trip. This is Florence Falls. We swam in the cool, clear waters of the lagoon/billabong. I'll show you some more of my favourite photos tomorrow.