Thursday, 16 February 2012

Scrapology - February Card Challenge

This month on Scrapology the sponsor of our monthly card challenge is Amy from The Crafty Purple Frog. The challenge is to use Layers and Amy kindly provided the design team with digital decoupage sheets created from fantasy artwork by Ching-Chou Kuik.

I used a sheet called 'Dreamy Moon' to make my card.

I used papers from BasicGrey's 'Green at Heart' collection and Hot off the Press (I think) as well as quote a bit of black Bazzill card stock and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.

It doesn't really show very much in the picture but the decoupaged image was stickled to an inch of it's life to make it sparkle. (I think I may be addicted to Stickles because recently everything I have created has had to include some Stickles!)

Please pop along to Scrapology to join in with this months challenge.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Valentine's Day Baking

"Happy Valentine's Day"

This morning Lara and I continued our tradition of baking some sweet Valentine goodies. This year we made mini heart shaped iced cookies.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Echo Park Birthday Layout

It was my daughter's 9th birthday in December and I am quite chuffed that I have already scrapbooked photos taken at her party. I struggle with birthday layouts so for me to get one completed within 2 months of the big day is quite an achievement.

I used Bazzill cardstock, papers from Echo Park's 'Playground' and 'Walk in the Park' collections and cardstock stickers for Bella Blvd's 2009 'Sweet Celebration' collection. I used a white cardstock background and I matted all the photos, patterned papers and elements on black cardstock to make them pop and hopefully create a bright, fun layout.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Scrapology February Layout Challenge - P is for Patchwork

This month on Scrapology we are scraplifting a layout designed and created by SJ for the Cardinal Colours Retreat last autumn and this month our technique is to use your papers to create a "Patchwork" background.

Some of my readers may remember this layout that I created last year using BasicGrey's Offbeat collection. I really liked the colour combo and the papers were perfect for a series of photos I took of my daughter playing in the snow, so I decided to use the scraps of paper I had left from my original layout to create this challenge layout.

Just as scraps of fabric are perfect for patchwork quilts, etc. , scraps of paper are perfect for patchwork layouts. I used a square punch to punch my 'patches' but could have easily just measured then and cut them with a paper trimmer. After sticking the patches to my background card (which I had punched a fancy border round) I machine stitched over the joins. I used snowflake embelishments from K&Co and felt snowflakes from Papermania. I added some unbranded silver alphabet stickers for the title, tiny alphabet stickers from Adornit and metal corner embelishments.

To add a bit of sparkle I sprayed the whole layout (except the photograph) with 'Spray and Sparkle' glitter varnish from Crafter's Companion. It really does Sparkle & Shine in real life.

This was SJ's original layout ....

... and this is Lynn's sketch.

Pop over to Scrapology to see all the design team Layouts and maybe have a go at the challenge yourself. There is a great prize on offer and as they say, "You've got to be in it to Win it".