Dec 28, 2012

December Layouts

Hi Everyone, hope your Christmas was an enjoyable and memorable occasion.  As we now approach the end of yet another year, we would like to share a few layouts with you.  A little inspiration whilst we wind down from all the festivities is sure to keep the excitement ticking - until we can get back into it all!
December Monthly Pack
Windswept by Deb Pulford (CT)
Dec/Jan Sketch Layout
Year 10 Awards by Deb Pulford (CT)
There will be more to share before the end of the year, so stay tuned!


Dec 20, 2012

December Layouts

Hello everyone, today we have some wonderful creations from a few of the girls, using the Rondelle range from Prima.  I hope you enjoy their inspiration.
Cousins by Claire Apostoloff (CT)
Beautifully done Claire, your fussy cutting and layering is awesome.  The distress inks work really well, and your stitching above the photo adds that little bit more.  I love that photo too, it's just gorgeous and I bet it holds special memories for you.
This is a closer look at Claire's fussy cutting and layering. The Prima centres add a nice touch to the flowers too. Well done Claire.
Picnicking by Zan Boyle
Zan has scrapped a great photo of herself and hubby, Steve out at the Hume Weir. Fussy cutting, mixing the patterned papers and some decorative punching bring it all together. Zan has also layered the Prima flower, paper flowers and journalling tags, and fussy cut the lace motif for a little added softness. Well done Zan.
She Loves Frogs by Anita Bownds (CT)
I love frogs too, but they're mostly chocolate......... He is a bit cute though (boy frog?), and she looks very proud of him! Photos like this are great memory builders, and the scattered effect of Anita's background and layers bring the focus right into the photo.
Lots of dimension and colour in your layers Anita.  Each elements adds something a little different, yet still soft and girly.  Well done, just lovely.

I hope you are all inspired and enjoy seeing what the girls are creating with their December Monthly Packs.  They actually fit under the "tree" too....... just saying!


December/January 2013 Sketch

Hi Everyone, well here we are, the last Sketch for 2012.  Lucky that it runs into 2013 though!  I hope you will find time to have a play, and look forward to seeing what you all come up with.
December/January Sketch Layout
Don't forget, you have until Pumpkin Time on January 14th to complete your challenge.

And now, a little announcement for the November/December Challenge Winner.
Layout Sketch winner:
Jake by Zan Boyle
Zan's sketch layout is a great interpretation of the sketch Layout.  Her layout is easily recognizable, and she has used some wonderful distressing, inking, paper rolling, masking, stamping and misting techniques to highlight this great photo of Jake.  Thank you to all the other challenge entries, we had some lovely takes on the Layout Sketch and this always makes choosing a winner that bit harder.
Card Sketch winner:
Christmas Wishes by Debi Clark
A lovely card by Debi, very story book/vintage with a lovely Christmas theme.  The simplicity is very appealing.  Again, thank you to all the girls who entered this challenge, we are seeing such beautiful cards and appreciate all the entries.

I look forward to sharing more with you all shortly.


Dec 17, 2012

Monthly Pack Layouts

Hi Everyone, today we are sharing some wonderful creations using Scrapville's Monthly Pack.  The beautiful Prima papers from the Rondelle range are proving very popular, so I hope you've been able to pick one up.  It's great to see the girls creating with so little time left to get through all the madness before Christmas. Scroll on down and take a look.
Eve's Plaits by Anita Bownds (CT)
What wonderful thick hair Eve has Anita, and FOUR plaits!  wow....  A great use of the pack, with lots of little handmade 'bellies, stitching and stamping - and Anita's wonderful doodling.  Anita mixed light pink paint with gesso and smeared it on the black cardstock in 3 separate places. She then sprinkled pink glitter onto the gesso to give it some sparkle and thickness. Then a few more droplets of pink paint were added over the background.
Yes Ma'am by Deb Pulford (CT)
Deb has kept her layout fairly simple, utilising the orange tones to match her scarf in the photo. Just a bit pf paper tearing and some accents with Spriced Marmalade Distress Stickles, and a Spellbinders Die.  Certainly works well at bringing out the orange tones Deb, I think it has come together very well.

Thanks girls, and we'll have more to share shortly.


Dec 14, 2012

Counting Down

The November/December Sketch Challenge is almost at an end, and we patiently await the Pumpkin's midnight toll.  With such a busy time for everyone I'm grateful for the effort you have made to get your challenges in on time.  Everything seems to come to a head as we approach Christmas and everyone is readying themselves for you-know-who, a well earned break, and time to catch up with family and friends.  That's without all the other activities going on as well, break-ups, dinners, concerts, Kris Kringles and the like.  I hope it's all been going to plan!

Today we have a variety of layouts and a card to share, just in time before the deadline.  I hope you can take a minute to enjoy the inspiration and escape the rush!
Patiently Waiting by Libby
Merry Christmas Rita by Rita Russello
Max by Dawn Collins
Tiny Feet by Delsie Mowbray
Inspiration Card by Libby
Great work girls, it's been exciting to see the variety of styles in every challenge.  I hope you've had fun, and we'll have our new Sketches out shortly.


Dec 11, 2012

Card Sketches and Layouts

Hi Everyone, today we are sharing some cards made for the current Sketch Challenge - which finishes Pumpkin Time this Friday.  Be sure to get yours in!  Also below is some layouts to share.  We have one from Zan using a magnificent photo from her talented niece, and one from Heather using the last Monthly Pack.  The Fab Scraps pack has been so versatile, great for boys and wonderful for shabby layouts.  I hope you had a chance to play with it.  Take a look below and don't forget to leave the girls a comment.
With Sympathy Card by Heidi Hemmerling
 Happy Christmas Card by Zan Boyle
Great cards girls, it's always good to see how we all intrepret the Sketches.
Daisy Chain by Zan Boyle
This is a great way to use your quilling dies to make flowers. Great design Zan.
True Blue by Heather Bensley
So perfect for boys on this layout, Heather has grunged it up a bit with distressing, tearing, some rosettes and tissue vines. The pennants add a nice touch too.
A little inking on the Foam Thickers helps them blend in a bit more, and the background matches his curls! Lovely Heather.

Thanks for sharing girls, great to see such a variety of creations.


Creations to start the week with...

Hi everyone, today we are starting the week with some creations from the December Monthly Pack, and also from the November Monthly Pack Challenge to share.  I hope you are all finding a little time out for yourselves with the rush of Christmas quickly approaching.  Take a look at these wonderful creations and you're sure to be inspired.
Chloe and Mum by Heather Bensley

Miss Bree by Delsie Mowbray

Great Great Aunt by Zan Boyle

We will be sharing more shortly.


Dec 4, 2012

December Monthly Pack

This is it everyone, the last Monthly Pack for 2012.  I hope you have enjoyed the inspiration and challenge of our Packs throughout the year, and we able to achieve lots of pages and cards.  For December we are using the Rondelle range from one of Prima's wonderful paper ranges.  Filled with hues in pinks, taupe, lemon, olive and a blend in between, the patterns will take you into florals, birdsong and a touch of modern trends.  I'm sure you're feeling curious?
December Monthly Pack - Rondelle by Prima
 This is a sample of the Patterned papers with their mix of flourishes and hues.
 Here we have the Silentium Flowers, an assortment of which can be found in the Pack.
The total abundence of this Pack includes:
2 x Cardstock, 
6 x Doublesided Patterned Paper, 
2 x Mini Alpha Sticker sheets, 
coordinating Paper Flowers and Wooden Shape, 
adhesive Bling shapes, 
a length of Black Trim, 
a metre of White/Cream ribbon, 
mixed buttons, 
journalling tags and 
a decorative lace embellishment. 
So much goodness to play with! This Pack is limited in-store whilst stock is available. Once gone, they're gone!  I look forward to sharing the wonderful inspiration from the Creative Team.  Monthly Pack expires pumpkin time December 31st.


Nov 28, 2012

Creative Team Layouts

Here Comes the Bride by Claire Apostoloff (CT)
I've used American Crafts, Tinkering Ink and MME papers. I've stamped around the edges with a flourish stamp and then sponged white and pink inks on top to soften it. I layered various punched flowers to make the blooms and added a rose to the centres.The adhered a bow onto the button and mounted onto the end of the bunting.
Beautiful Claire, the simplicity is stunning, yet there is so much to it!  Well done.
060712 by Deb Pulford (CT)
I have distressed the edges of the backing patterned paper and have inked these edges and all others, including the photo, with Dye Ink. I have also used this ink to change the colour of the Thickers by smudging over the top.The ink is very subtle Deb and blends in nicely with the ribbon. It brings in another colour and works well against the layers of text and patterned papers.  And I love that the journalling is created with the mini alphas, as there are lots of Collywobbles about that don't really need to read that!! :0)

Thanks girls, great inspiration.


Nov 25, 2012

Fab Monthly Pack Layouts

Here we have more to share....
Rose by Anita Bownds (CT)
Lots of white space here from Anita, with a smattering of black paint and a smearing of gesso.  The handmade flower looks gorgeous in the webbing.  The pennants and border strip are nicely balanced, adding that bit of shabby.  The tags and ruffle finish off, very nice!
Reflection by Delsie Mowbray
Such a gorgeous photo, perfectly titled. Delsie has used several different die cuts with the coordinating papers to embellish her page. The rolled corners and loose trims add more dimension as well. Well done.
Matt by Zan Boyle
Quite a simple design for a layout page, yet very effective given the distressed paper patterns are doing the work for you.  Perfect for a little grunge or outdoor style pageHand drawn music and stitching, a few dots of Liquid Pearls on the buttons, layering and mounting and you have a layout.
I'm loving that guitar Zan! Just the right piece of patterned paper to fussy cut, and a nice little play with the Liquid Pearls, a touch of ink and just a little bling, because we can! Inking the webbing has worked well behind the guitar, and the journalling onto the blue paper brings in more colour. Great inspiration, well one.
Merry Christmas Card by Anita Bownds (CT)
Love the colours Anita, what a great Aussie Shabby Christmas Card idea.  A die cut doily and the brown paper ruffle add enough to girly it up, or suit a blokey friend!  Well done.

Thanks for sharing girls, I really am loving what everyone is doing with this pack.  It's all so creative.


Nov 24, 2012

More November Sketches

A few more sketches to share...
Mr Pulford by Deb Pulford (CT)
Just love your take on the Sketch Deb.  The masking is great, and the blue/green patterned papers are perfectly matched.  A bit of inking on the Thickers and they too coordinate. The cogs add to the blokey theme, but I'm liking how you still managed to sneak in a bit of bling!  Well done.
Inspiration Card by Sally Dowen
What a great quote Sally, so perfect for your card.  The lace is so soft and feminine, the flower and butterfly a lovely addition.  Well done.
A Widdle Peek by Janet Watt (CT)
Yes, a little late off the mark, but here is a layout I completed for the October Sketch.  I love these Fab Scraps patterned papers (teamed up here with the blue and white check background paper).  The photo is of my niece's son at her wedding, sneaking a peek at the rings during the ceremony!  The cardstock daisies are quilled from my EzyCut die stash, and are a nice touch for boys pages.
The Rose Paper Flowers are die cuts from Fab Scraps, and there are 8 sheets available in kits at the shop.  Each sheet has it's own coordinating leaves, and instructions.  A little mounting up on the borders adds more dimension, and the light inking on the birds gives them a bit more definition against the background.  Great sketch Anita, although late I'm glad I got to scrap it - and finally use this fantastic little photo of Beau!


Nov 23, 2012

November Monthly Pack Creations

I'm just loving seeing what the girls are doing with this pack, there is just so much variety in their layouts, and that is always so inspiring.  I hope you are finding time to play with yours.  Please scroll on down and see what we have to share today.
Fascination by Claire Apostoloff (CT)
I swiped the base with old rose vintage ink to add a bit of colour.   
I fussy cut a couple of flourishes from the patterned paper and based the layout around those. For the flowers I used a flower punch - layered them, swiped them in different vintage inks and added some bling. I fussy cut some of the roses from the patterned paper and layered these with the flowers on top of the flourishes.
The edges of the patterned papers have been lightly distressed and swiped with ink as have the foam letters. I have also outlined them in a brown marker to give them some definition.
Great layout Claire, having boys I just love these papers as they make it all that bit easier to work a theme with.  Having said that, see what you can do for the girls below as well!
Miss Blue Eyes by Deb Pulford (CT)
I heavily distressed the edges of the background patterned paper, not worrying at all if I tore the paper. I distressed all other patterned paper edges and applied Versa Colour ink in Old Rose. I printed a large square picture and mounted on the brown paper. I misted both the Thickers and the HMD flower with Burnt Red Glimmer Mist.  Love the effect of your layout Deb, great choice of colour for inking and misting.  Love that "windswept" look too, great photo, well done Deb.
Monthly Pack Card by Claire Apostoloff (CT)
I used a woodgrain embossing folder on the Kraft base and two Nestabilities dies.  Each of the die cuts has been inked with distress ink. The flowers have been made using Nestabilities dies and the centres have been filled with Kindy Glitz.

Great work girls, thanks for sharing.


Nov 22, 2012

Sketch Challenges to Share

Hi Everyone, today we have a few sketch challenges to share with you all.  I hope you are able to enjoy playing, as they are such great sketches to create with.  Let's have a look and see what the girls have done.
My Sunbeams by Debi Clark
The sepia photo works in great with your neutral colours Debi, good call.  The addition of the yellow/green 'bellies is a nice compliment to the layout, and you can see lots of depth in the layers.
Debi has stitched on her bunting and background patterned paper block.  The sequined and glittered butterfly looks great too.
Spider Boy by Sally Dowen
Sally has used a great little spider web mask in place of the hexagons in the sketch, and they are so effective for this page.  Minimal use of colours brings the theme to the fore, for one very serious little Spider Boy!  Well done Sally.
Jake by Zan Boyle
Zan has also enjoyed playing with her masking and texture stamps.  The cogs are such a useful addition to masculine pages.  The Paper rolling looks great, as does the bunting.
The Paper rolling and layering of the bunting.  The buttons give a bit more dimension and blend in nicely with the colour theme.
Masking and stamped background for the title.  Add some torn edges, a bit of fine point edging, staggered layering, masked background and you have a great blokey title!  Well done Zan, great take on the Sketch.