Monday, September 29, 2008

September 1,2,3 Challenge!

It's been so long since I've had a chance to do the 1,2,3 Challenge, but with this month's criteria of Teal, Scallops, and Spots, how could I resist?!

Here is my entry (click to enlarge):

I have used:

* Basic Grey patterned paper
* Pink Paislee patterned paper
* Bazzill cardstock
* Basic Grey letter stickers
* Basic Grey elements sticker
* Urban Lily rub ons
* Kaisercraft rub ons
* Heidi Swapp damask sticker
* Maya road owl stamp; versacolor ink
* Green Tara flower
* Kaisercraft rhinestones
* Foam mounting tape; black sharpie pen; white gel pen.
* Tim Holtz distress ink - Walnut Stain

The journaling block was created by die cutting a scalloped circle out of pink Bazzill cardstock using my cuttlebug. I then used an Urban Lily journaling block rub on, and drew around the inside of the scallops with an Inkessentials white opaque pen from Ranger.

I created the scalloped edge on the Pink Paislee polka dot paper using the new Fiskars Threading Water border punch. Love that punch!

I also created a hand drawn scalloped border below the pink border sticker at the bottom of the page.

Thanks for looking! :)


Saturday, September 27, 2008

September Technique Challenge!

Yay! I actually got some more scrapping done last night! My creativity needed a bit of a kick start, so I decided to scraplift a fabulous page that I saw in a magazine! It just so happens that the creator of that page is my friend and fellow Scrapbook Savvy Design Team member, Julie Heard! I'm always drawn to her pages, and this one was just so stunning that I had to scraplift it!

So I decided to create the layout as my example for Renee C's September product / technique challenge, which was to use a book page on a layout. Here is my layout:

These gorgeous papers from the Pink Paislee Vintage Moon collection were perfect for the mood I wanted to create, and go so well with the book page (which I sprayed with archival spray before I glued it down!).

I have used:

* Pink Paislee patterned papers
* Bazzill cardstock
* Scrapware chipboard journaling blocks
* Carolee's Creations letter stickers
* Heidi Swapp mirror butterfly
* Basic Grey Rub ons
* Basic Grey buttons
* Prima flowers
* Lace
* Page from a book
* Tim Holtz distress ink - Walnut Stain

I figured since I was scraplifting Julie, that I would go the whole hog and include some features which remind me of her - the stenciling using punchinella (she taught me this technique), and heartfelt journaling (a key element of her pages). :)

I edited the photo in photoshop using a great technique I learned from Jessica Sprague to mute the colours and create a more dreamy feel.

I used rub ons over the Heidi Swapp mirrored butterfly which you can see better in this close up:

You can see Julie's page on page 60 of Scrapbooking Memories, Vol 10 no 6, or here on her blog.

Thanks for looking! :)


Friday, September 26, 2008

Mel's Savvy Scraplift - September '08.

Well, I've finally found some time to do some scrapbooking! There hasn't been a lot of crafty stuff going on in my scrap room lately, so was nice to get back into the swing of things.

This is my take on Mel's Savvy Scraplift for September. Our challenge was to scraplift this digital layout by Scrapbook Savvy owner, Diane Basnett.

I have used the following products:

* Patterned paper from Inque Boutique.
* Bazzill Cardstock
* Grungeboard bracket
* Bella chipboard letters
* Lace, brads, metal buttons.
* Tim Holtz distress ink - Walnut Stain

I used a sewing machine to do the zig zag stitching around the photo, and created the honeycomb pattern using punchinella (sequin waste) as a stencil.

I distressed the paper and the chipboard letters using my Tim Holtz distress hammer which you can see in this close up:

Thanks for looking!

Hoping to get some more scrapping done tonight, so I should have some more to share with you tomorrow! :)


Friday, September 19, 2008

Sky Watch 10.

It's time again to look to the beauty of the skies for Skywatch Friday!

This week I have chosen to share some photos that I took on the 28th August 2007 during the Total Lunar Eclipse. They are some of my favourites! (Click to enlarge).

The 3 small white spots that you see when you enlarge are not faults - they are stars / planets!

It was such a spectacular event which lasted for about an hour and a half all up. I took this photo with my Olympus SP350 using a telephoto lens converter, a long exposure, and a tripod. You should know that this camera isn't even an SLR! I was very impressed with the results.

What's a Total Lunar Eclipse?

"A Total Lunar Eclipse is when the Moon passes completely into the Earth's umbral shadow, described as "Totality". Total Lunar Eclipses account for the 35% of all lunar eclipse. These are the most spectacular type of Lunar Eclipse, as during totality the moon can take on a range of striking colours. Scattered sunlight passes deep through the Earth's atmopshere which filters out most of the blue light. The remaining light renders the Moon in shades of red, orange, yellow and brown - depending on the amount of dust and volcanic ash in the Earth's atmosphere".

So there you have it!

My mother in law, Cheryle Schwerin, also wanted to join in on the Sky Watch Friday fun, but she doesn't have a blog, so I'm sharing her pic here for her:

This spectacular sunset was photographed by Cheryle out at Hughenden in Central Queensland on a sheep shearing station. This photo is so amazing - it must have been truly sensational to see in real life!

Happy SWF! :)


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Quick Card Share!

A few weeks ago it was my Aunty's 60th Birthday, and she requested everyone that was coming to her birthday party to make/buy her a purple birthday card with butterflies on it! (She's mad about Purple and Butterflies).

Always up for a challenge, I chose to make her one! :)

Running out of time (as usual) I had to make a quick and easy card that also looked great - so here's what I came up with (sorry about the dodgy photos - they were taken at night and in a hurry!):

I folded a piece of dark purple Bazzill cardstock for my base card, and ran a piece of purple Bazzill Bling through my Cuttlebug with the Happy Birthday embossing folder.

I wrapped a piece of beaded trim around the base of the card front, and topped it off with a nice piece of silver satin ribbon. I then added the brads, before attaching the cardfront to the card.

Here is a close up:

The metal butterfly was attached with double sided foam mounting tape.

Such a quick and easy design, but with maximum impact! My Aunty said it was the best card she received on the night!! Woohoo! LOL!

Thanks for looking!


Friday, September 12, 2008

Sky Watch 9.

It's time again for another Sky Watch Friday photo!

Here it is (click to enlarge):

I took this photo out the front of my house back in early January 2007. The sun was setting (bottom left hand corner of photo - was very bright hence the blow out!) and dark storm clouds were rolling in, which made for an awesome cloud display! This photo doesn't even do it justice - the colours were so vibrant in real life. It was all over so quickly - I only had a chance to snap 3 pics after running inside to find my camera! LOL!

Thanks for looking! Happy SWF!


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Goth girls!

I was so excited when I found these fabulous goth girl stamps that I just had to buy up big! I've had them sitting in my stash for a while now, waiting for the perfect opportunity to get them inky! LOL! They remind me of when I was a teenager - whilst I wasn't quite that bad, I would still have been classified by some people as a "goth" - I wore all black - long black skirts, long black hair, grunge music - you get the picture! I'll have to dig up an old photo and share it with you - let me know if you wanna see it! :) Ahhh - those were the days. Good times. LOL!

Anyway, I recently joined a yahoo group where we swap ATC's and other arty goodness, which presented the perfect opportunity to use my stamps!

The ATC theme for August was "Caught In Crystal" which is a cool technique for creating backgrounds. Here's what I came up with:

Don't you just love her??! LOL! I created the title using my computer and printed it out onto paper that I had dyed with TH distress inks. I sewed the CIC background onto the black bazzill cardstock with my sewing machine. I created 9 for the swap - I got to keep one, and got 8 others from the other ladies in the swap - and they were amazing! Here's what my 9 looked like all together:
Can anyone tell what my fave colour combo is lately?? LMAO!

We also had another non-ATC swap in Ausgust, which was a mini-hinge book. And when I say mini - I'm not kidding! It was just under 6.5 centimetres high! LOL! Here is the cover:

The spine is a metal hinge, and I have used marble paper, German Scrap Borders, riggon, and a Maya Road ribbon slider.

Here is what the pages looked like before I glued them in:

And this is what it looks like all glued together with the cover opened:

I have used my goth girl stamps, basic grey paper, white gel pen, and sticky words from Kelsey O'Mullane.

My little mini book has gone to a new owner who I am pleased to say was thrilled with it! I got one from her in return, and it is fabulous! I'm loving this swap group!

Thanks for looking! This won't be the last you see of these girls! :)


Friday, September 5, 2008

Sky Watch 8.

Here is my photo for this week's Sky Watch Friday:

I took this photo at the beginning of January this year, just as we were leaving my husband's parent's farm in Childers, Queensland. I was standing on top of their dam, looking across their property to the property on the other side of the road. The rainbow was particularly spectacular - I could see both ends of it, as well as it's shadow! Mother Nature certainly put on a show that day!

Thanks for looking! :)


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Some new cards!

Last Saturday, the girls from work and I got together for a craft day to play with the Cuttlebug and work on some samples for the new website. We had a blast! More chatting than scrapping was done, but I did make a couple of cards that I thought I'd share with you!

Here they are:

I got out my Cuttlebug, my favourite embossing plate, and my Nestabilities die cutting shapes to make these cards!

I have used Core'dinations cardstock, Bazzill Bling cardstock, and papers from Basic Grey's new "Eva" range.

Here is a close up of the first one:

I ran the light green paper through the Cuttlebug with the embossing plate, and then sanded over the raised surface to give it that shabby chic look. I wrapped a scalloped velvet ribbon around the middle, and I then cut out parts of one of the "Eva" papers and mounted them on the front of the card with foam mounting tape. Finally, I added some white brads in each corner.

Here is a close up of the 2nd card:

I sanded the edges of the Core'dinations cardstock to give it a distressed look. The scalloped circle, circle, scalloped square, and square were all die cut using my nestabillities shapes in my Cuttlebug. The black damask shape in the middle is a Heidi Swapp fuzzy rub-on. These have a gorgeous velvety texture and look fabulous in real life! They take some getting on, but the result is worth it.

You will see these cards and more sometime soon on the new Craftools website. Make sure you sign up to the newsletter for updates and special offers!

Thanks for looking! :)


Inkurable Stampers - September Challenge!

It's time for another Inkurable Stampers challenge!

This month's theme is MEN!

Here are my ATC examples:

You can see close ups of each ATC on the blog here.

Your challenge is to create something "Men" themed using at least one stamp. Your stamp doesn't have to be a man, or have a man on it - as long as one stamp is used in your creation it is eligible. For example, you may stamp a father's Day card for your dad, use stamping on a scrapbook page about your hubby, or cstamp on an ATC that features a woman making a sarcastic comment about men! The possibilities are endless!

There are 6 fantastic prizes up for grabs this month from my sponsors, so make sure you get your entry in by midnight 30th September 2008 (AEST) for your chance to win!


Monday, September 1, 2008

Sarah's Random Challenge! September '08.

It's a brand new month, so that means a brand new Random Challenge!

This month, your challenge is to create your own patterned paper using stamps!

Here is my layout:

And here is a close up of the patterned paper I created using a plain pink piece of Basic Grey paper, plus some Kaisercraft stamps:

Here's what I have used:

* Basic Grey patterned paper - Sultry collection.
* Basic Grey stickers - Sultry collection.
* Basic Grey chipboard stickers - Sultry collection.
* Kaisercraft stamps.
* Kaisercraft rubons.
* Kaisercraft rhinestones.
* Heidi Swapp "Smile" stamp.
* Bazzill cardstock.
* Black ink, black pen.

Get your entries in by midnight on the 31st of September for your chance to win a $10.00 Scrapbook Savvy voucher! Details in the forum.

Thanks for looking!