Jun 30, 2011

ScrapBursts Last Chance

TODAY is the day everyone, come Pumpkin Time the 4 ScrapBurst Challenges end.  For any challenges that are not yet in we best get moving!  Email your challenges to me here to make sure they make it in time.  We have had some wonderful layouts created for the ScrapBursts, and I will be sharing more with you later TODAY.


Jun 23, 2011

More Layouts for June

There's only a week left to get those ScrapBurst Challenges in, so lets go!  We have some wonderful layouts filling the Wall of Fame at Scrapville, and the variety is amazing.  Just to refresh your memory, these are the ScrapBursts that have to be in by Pumpkin Time June 30th:
  • ScrapBurst #1 - Inspiration Challenge
  • ScrapBurst #2 - Numbers Challenge:
  1. Word Title
  2. Ribbons
  3. Shapes
  4. Photos
  5. Buttons.
  • ScrapBurst #3 - Blue plus ONE other colour
  • ScrapBurst #4 - Song Lyrics - Perfect by P!nk 
You must base your layout around what the Song Lyrics say, are about or what they mean to you.
Choose ONE WORD from any of the below Song Lyrics to use in your TITLE.

ScrapBurst #4 - Song Lyrics
Perfect by P!NK
Pretty, pretty please
Don't you ever, ever feel
Like you're less than
Pretty, pretty please
If you ever, ever feel
Like you're nothing
You're perfect to me
Now that you know what to do, lets have a look at what else has been created.
SCRAPBURST #4 - Perfect by P!NK 
Perfect by Sally Clark (CT)
Detail of the corner feature, and the nicely cut title using the Cricut Expression.
Detail of Sally's flowers and stems, adorned with buttons.
Here we can see the buttons being used to frame the photo, and compliment the scallop edging.

Perfect Family Snap by Sam Epps (CT)
The orange and black work really well together, and a bit of distressing, stitching and random droplets give it a nice touch.
Here we can see the layering beneath the photos.  The doily has been coloured, and the script paper sewn around it's border, as it the border on the orange Jillibean Soup paper.  Sam has used her white gel pen to doodle around the edges of the vinyl alphas.

Sketch Challenge
 IT'S ALL IN THE Smile by Janet Watt (CT)
How can you not have a crack at your very own first Sketch?  Well you've just gotta do it...  I wanted this layout to be as bright and happy as it's subjects.  Lots of yellow, layering, mounting foam and ruffling trims.  The background patterned paper, although striped, has toned it down a bit.
These paper strips are the same sheet, just reversed one side.  This ruffle ribbon has a green/bronze sheen to it - which works well in the right light!
The spotty sun's rays have been well inked on the edges break them up from the background, and then put through the crimper for that corrugated effect.  The sun has been layered and then mounted up.  I was happy with my layout.

I hope we get to see lots more of your work, with plenty of ScrapBursts to keep you all busy until the end of June.


    ScrapBurst Challenges

    Not long to go now until we reach the end of our ScrapBurst Challenges, so lets get them all in.  Here are a few more layouts to share from the ScrapBursts and the Sketch Challenge.
    Spring by Jennie Seal
    Detail of Jennie's background stamping, punched butterflies and handmade flowers on the top row.
     8 by Heather Bensley (CT)
    Heather has put a bit of hand stitching around the border and given the sewing machine a rest!  Playing a bit with the brightness of the yellows, Heather has added a painted yellow frame behind the photo.  Matching the journalled border strip with the butterfly punchouts ties in those patterns.
     Detail in the flowers, mixing up the size and styles along with the softness of some feathers...
    ...and a bit of ribbon on the bottom, layered and intertwined with the flowers.
    Generations by Heather Bensley (CT)
    Heather has used neutral tones on her Number layout, giving it a earthy look.  The inking around the border ties in the page and softens the edges, the chip shapes have been painted, stamped with text and inked along the edges.
    The handmade pinwheel is a good embellishment to add to a boys page in place of flowers, and looks effective even when mounted on Heather's chip flower shape.
    The natural twine tied in a bow adds to the theme.
     Fishing by Sarah Wood (CT)
    Sarah has kept her lines very neat and clean on this layout, keeping the embellishments to the Numbers theme.  Hand written journalling around the photos tells the story of the day.
    SCRAPBURST #3 - BLUE plus ONE 
    Best Friends by Michelle Rogers (CT)
    Blue plus Orange
    Michelle has used the text from the patterned papers to tie in the theme with colour and placement.  Blocked journalling hand written on paper and cut out tells the story of this "mateship" between her son and his friends.
    Layering and mounting of the paper strip and frames has lifted the layout, giving it a nice balance.
     Ballet Dancer by Sarah Wood (CT)
    Blue plus Black
    Sarah has used the Blue/Greens of BoBunny's Mama Razzi range to tie in perfectly with her daughters Ballet outfit.  Some violent distressing to the edges has added a bit of grunge, whilst the punched butterflies and handmade flowers add the softness.
    Dancing butterflies and..... errr...... very light blueish beading and flowers......

    I hope you've enjoyed seeing the challenges put up by the girls, and that it gives you some inspiration to created on these rather brisk days!


    Jun 22, 2011

    ScrapBurst #4

    For the 4th ScrapBurst we are going to be using a selection of song lyrics from one of P!nk's greatest hits.  The idea with this ScrapBurst is to take inspiration from what has been said, what it's about, or what it means to you.  So, buckle up for the last ScrapBurst Challenge for June, and get your entries in before Pumpkin Time on June 30th.

    To get started you must:
    •  base your layout around what the Song Lyrics say, are about or what they mean to you.
    • choose ONE WORD from any of the below Song Lyrics to use in your TITLE.
    ScrapBurst #4 - Song Lyrics
    Perfect by P!NK
    Pretty, pretty please
    Don't you ever, ever feel
    Like you're less than
    Pretty, pretty please
    If you ever, ever feel
    Like you're nothing
    You're perfect to me

     You Are Perfect to Me by Sarah Wood (CT)
    I love the addition of the stitched buttons on the borders, and the flowers and leaves have come up a treat.
    The added layer on the leaves adds dimension, the colours all work well and the punched butterfly edging is just lovely.
    Lots of little interesting bits in Sarah's work, and she has really dressed up those "most favourite" boots!  Beautiful layout Sarah, well done.

    I'm pretty, pretty excited to see what everyone makes of this one! Give it a go, it'll be fun.


    June Blind CropVille

    Last Saturday the June BCV got off to a Wintery themed layout for the girls to work with.
    In this BCV the girls got to use the Cricut Expression to cut out snowflakes, the Imaginisce i-Top to make a fluffy centre piece for the largest snowflake, some glitter to make several more sparkling brads, and a fair bit of masking with inks.  

    The girls applied some hands on distressing, and have a hidden photo and journalling beneath the first photo.  I have only shown the journalling on the Master Layout, which also shows the second photo and flap.   Thanks to Sally for putting the Blind CropVille together.  Below is the Blind CropVille Master Layout by Sally.
    Snowballs by Sally Clark (CT)
     Below is the hidden photo and journalling.
    A Day to Remember by Roz Langridge
    OMG 2001 by Julia Cawthray
    Winter Wonderland by Paula Tennison
    Dinner Plain by Elaine Kirk
    Winter Wonderland by Dot DeMarco
    Winter's Day in Tas by Max
    Redfeather Ranch by Jeanese Coope
    Snow Play by Lynne Edwards
    Snug as a Bug by Heather Bensley
    Bryce Canyon by Di Corbitt
    Thanks to everyone who came along, and once again to Sally.  I am really looking forward to seeing what the girls will be doing next month!


    Jun 15, 2011

    June/July Sketch Challenges

    Hi everyone, and welcome to a new Scrapville Sketch Challenge.
    This month you will see the introduction of a new series of Sketches by yours truly.
    I am happy to say that the girls have made me proud by putting up some wonderful
    samples of the first sketches.

    Please ensure you stay within the requirements of the Sketch Challenges, and that each challenge is recognizable to the original.

    Good luck and have fun!

     June/July 2011 Sketch Layout
    Beautiful Butterfly by Michelle Rogers (CT)
    What a great photo to work these papers with, the red and green has balanced nicely with the pastel pink background.  Michelle has kept her layout very close to the Sketch, and it has a very clean cut appeal.  The crocheted flower and the ruffled paper strips give added dimension.
     A closer look at the ruffled paper strip, which can be effectively used to replace ribbon when you want to co-ordinate your papers and don't have any suitable ribbons at hand.
    I Love a Sunburnt Country... by Sally Clark (CT)
    Sally has given her Distress Inks a workout with this layout, adding to the theme of the photos.  Hands on distressing, violent scrunching and that lovely elongated font all tie into the theme very nicely.
    The use of stitching tends to tie into the theme whilst softening the effect, and the eyelets look great on the tabs and page corners.
    An effective medium for distressing Mulberry Paper can be used in so many ways.
    A little violent scrunching (had to be there...), some distress ink, a bit of tearing, folding and the eyelets to finishing it off - and so effective.
     You 2 are Special by Sarah Wood (CT)
    Sarah has created the tree in much the same technique as Sally's distressing, and it gives the trunk so much more dimension.  To add a bit more personal journaling Sarah has added strips of text using the same paper as the canopy, and adhered this on top.
    The butterflies and the clouds add a whimsical effect, and the paper strips have been folded and adhered so that they sit up slightly.

    Gone Fishing by Sam Epps (CT)
    The colours in Sam's layout tone very nicely with her photo, very masculine and not overbearing.  The white space balances it all out nicely, and the Notebook Punch adds a nice balance to where the upper and lower strips of the sketch are used.
    This photo gives you a 3D look at how Sam has created the dimensional stars, very effective.
    Happy Birthday card by Michelle Rogers (CT)
    Michelle has used the Sketch for a boys card, always a challenge.
    Hello Sunshine card by Sally Clark (CT)
    Knowing how much Sally ....Loves Owls, I love this card even more!  The sun is gorgeous and the papers and clouds just scream whimsical. 
    Detail of the inside of the lovely Hello Sunshine OWL card....
    Love You card by Sarah Wood (CT)
     The combination of Cosmo and October Afternoon works well with Sarah's card. The colours work well, and the bird on the button looks great.

    Plenty of Pumpkin Time to get your sketches in everyone, and such wonderful sample to be inspired by.  You have until July 14th to have them completed.