May 29, 2012

More May Monthly Challenges

Here are some more monthly challenges to share.
Monthly Pack
Be You by Roz Langridge
Sketch Challenges
Card by Zan Boyle
Love Is.. Delightful by Grannie
Love Is.. Special by Heather Bensley
Check out the the variations in the Sketch Challenge, these are great.  With 2 weeks still to go, there's still plenty of time to get your challenges in.
The Monthly Pack challenge finishes this week, and the lucky winner will get their June Monthly Pack free.  Time is counting down...
Thanks everyone for sharing all your beautiful creations.


May 26, 2012

Sketches May/June

Today we are sharing some Sketch Challenges for you.  We're glad that everyone is inspired by something different in their interpretations of each sketch, it certainly makes them more interesting.
Love Is.. Mari Court Broadbeach by Deb Pulford (CT)
Love Is.. Looking @ You by Nicole McNamara
And a little closeup of the flowers.
Love Is.. Lunch (With my Sisters) by Jennie Seal
Thanks for sharing girls, wonderful to what everyone comes up with.


May 24, 2012

Stretching the Monthly Pack

 Enjoy by Anita Bownds (CT)
Here is what Anita has done: I stamped a Papercraft border stamp around the edges of the grey cardstock.  Then I added a splash of white watercolour paint to the background of the cardstock.  I’ve used a wide strip of the polka dot patterned paper, cut a bracket at each end, distressed and adhered a strip of punched out paper down the sides.  I have matted my photo onto another piece of striped patterned paper, cut out a tab and stapled it to the photo.  I have cut out the strip "Live in the Moment" to add as a subtitle.  I’ve also used Adorn It alphas for the extra wording, and a die cut flower with a button in the middle to add a little bit more colour.
Flower Display by Sally Clark (CT)
Here is what Sally has done: I have recycled an empty scented diffuser bottle and it's reeds.  I covered the bottled with a strip of paper and used the gathered ruffle ribbon trim to cover the neck of the bottle, which works really well with the curves of the bottle.  I trimmed the 'Be You' strips from the strip at the bottom of each paper and adhered those to the bottle also.
The flowers were so much fun! I used my Cricut to cut 3 flowers in different sizes, dampened each flower before scrunching violently, un-scrunching slightly and holding them together with an i-Top brad.  I gave each of them a burst with a heat gun which curls the edges a little and hardens them nicely. I then attached them to the reeds and cut the reeds to various lengths before arranging them in the bottle.

Don't forget, there's a free June Monthly Pack up for grabs to the winner of the May Challenge.  Make sure you grab a pack and get yours in before the 31st May.


May 23, 2012

More May Pack Layouts

Hi Everyone, today we are sharing some more wonderful projects from the May Monthly Pack.  The winner of the May Monthly Pack Layout Challenge will receive next months Monthly Pack free.  Get your May Pack today to be in the running, you still have time as challenges close at midnight on May 31st.
Kloe by Deb Pulford (CT)
Deb has used the chip shapes to add some bunting, along with the buttons and handmade flowers.  The photo is placed over layers of patterned paper, with more handmade flowers and touches of Cristalina Kindy Glitz to add a bit of sparkle.  Well done Deb.
Be You by Sally Clark (CT)
Sally's layout is clean and simple, with the focus on the photo panel. The hand-stitching and mounting up are subtle and add a nice bit of dimension.
Sally has stitched a scallop border above the centre block of photo and patchwork rectangles.  The solid colours are mounted up for dimension, and the other two fussy cut to mount up several of the flowers and little birds. The edges are doodled with a black fineliner.
The chip shapes are doodled on with the black fineliner, and adhered along the hand-stitched wavy line.
Flowers by Jennie Seal
Jennie's layout is nicely put together using the garden theme and birds on the patterned papers.  A creative way to add the photos into the theme, along with some fussy cutting and smaller handmade flowers.  Very nice layout Jennie.

Keep them coming, we're loving the different takes on this pack.


May 22, 2012

May/June Sketch Challenges

Hi Everyone, today we are sharing more challenges from the May/June Sketches.  I hope you are enjoying the challenge, and are finding this month's challenges inspiring.  I'm looking forward to seeing more of what everyone comes up with.
Love Is.. Leaving (it all Behind) by Claire Apostoloff (CT)
Claire has used patterned papers from Feature Art, Glitz, MME and Echo Park to create her layout.  She has fussy cut the map of Australia from the Feature Art paper to use as a base of focus for the sketch.  The background paper was rubbed with an inkpad in red and lastly, she has hand-stitched the borders in red also - which took Claire forever!

The plane has been cut from the Glitz paper, matted and covered in Dimensional Magic.  I've used dimensional tape to make it pop.  Loving the little flight path with the Bakers Twine and hearts too Claire. The wooden scroll has been smudged in gesso and I inked the chipboard hearts, but otherwise left them raw. The button is Jenni Bowlin and the letters are AC Thickers.
Just for You by Sarie Los
Sarie has made a gorgeous little Doggie card, with wet embossed sentiment, paw prints and bones.  Well done Sarie.

Thanks for sharing your creations girls, we're looking to seeing more being shared soon.


May 18, 2012

More May Sketches

Hi Everyone, I hope you're enjoying the new Sketch Challenges.  Today we have some inspiring layouts to share with you all.
Love Is..Baking at Great Nan's by Zan Boyle
Just lovely Zan, love that crackled frame and the colours in your flowers and leaves. Your Spellbinder frame adds a nice touch for some extra journaling.  What a great background paper for that photo - she looks very happy too!  Well done.
Love Is..Enjoying Life by Angie Wenke
Angie's layout brings new meaning to "exploring your creative talents".  She has brought her artistic talents right onto the page by painting this beautiful story of our native flora without taking away the anything from the photo. I love the gum leaf journalling tag too!  Well done Angie.
This is a little closeup of the detail in Angie's flowers, leaves and branches - and the textured title frame.

Thanks girls, some great variations to the Sketch.


May Layouts

Today we have some more layouts to share from the girls, using their May Monthly Packs.  We hope you'll find them inspiring.
Buzz Saw by Deb Pulford (CT)
Deb's layout uses lots of colour and layered panels to tell the story of the Buzz Saw.  Paper folding, edging and rounded edges keep the layout simple.  The black Ric Rac breaks it up nicely too, in line with the stripes.  Well done Deb.
My Friends by Beth Metcalf
Beth has used a great mix of colours on her layout. The layered flowers look great, and a bit of black doodling defines the edges.  The ruffled trim softens the layout even more, and the chip shapes add texture and depth.  It's great to have the kids do their own journalling too (this is half of a double page).  Well done Beth.
Python by Anita Bownds (CT)
Here we have a photo of Anita's daughter Kara, holding a python Snake at an animal park in Maryborough.  She has added a splash of black water paint to the background of the grey cardstock  A bit of doodling around the edge of the border with a black pen defines the edges. To make the photo pop Anita has punched a decorative border edge beneath the top and bottom. The offcuts from the border edging has been layered with the red patterned paper strip.  A very clean cut layout Anita, the colours are great and I love the spattering.  And I take my hat off to Kara - awesome photo!

Keep posted, we have more to share!


May 15, 2012

May/June Sketch Challenges

Hi Everyone, welcome to another Sketch Challenge.  We hope you all enjoy these sketches and are inspired to get creative with the challenge.
May / June Layout Sketch
Mother & Son by Deb Pulford (CT)
Deb has done a wonderful job with the new sketch.  She has used the BG Konnichiwa pp's, as well as foam Thickers, Manor House flowers and black lace leaf trim. Deb has done some fussy cutting of the spindly flowers from the BG Koi Pond patterned papers to create the flourishes on the sketch.  The background paper is from Graphic45.  Lovely Deb.
May / June Card Sketch
Happy Birthday Card by Claire Apostoloff
Claire has used a La La Land stamp with the Fancy Pants Monthly Pack and BasicGrey patterned papers.  The lovely Marcie Ballerina has been coloured using Copic Markers, and a die cut flourish has been painted and washed over in Glimmer Mist, and mounted along the side panel.  Claire has added a touch of Kindy Glitz, and used the strip of ruffled trim from the pack as a tutu. Nice job with the stamping and colouring Claire.

May 14, 2012

Our Latest Sketches

This is our latest Sketch for April/May, and the last for this Challenge.
Be-You-(tiful) by Grannie
What more can you say, just beautiful.  Gorgeous colours, punches and that amazing Manor House flower from Scrapville.  Thanks for sharing.

I hope everyone will stay tuned for the next Sketch Challenge, being uploaded tomorrow.


May Monthly Pack Creations

Green Ants by Anita Bownds (CT)
"I've used water paints to create some colour on the cardstock to match the patterned papers, and then sewn around the outside of my cardstock to create a border.  I've added foe stitching and doodling.   I border punched some paper then gathered and stitched them together.
I created a paper rose from patterned paper, then mounted this on the scalloped border punched from paper and topped with the black Ric Rac.  I made a little flag by gathering and sewing to the frame."
I love the colours in your layout Anita, although there isn't a lot of paper on it your layout has given the pack a whole new look.  It's very neat with clean lines, I think it looks great - well done.
Hello Card by Claire Apostoloff (CT)
"I've used a Martha Stewart punch around the page to make the bracket shaped card. I've cut off part of one of the journal spots and cut the bird from it. I've then glued the bird next to the flowers. The flowers have been covered in Dimensional Magic and I've stamped the sentiment. I've then cut a strip
from the paper, inked the edges and sewn the buttons on. I used a marker to do some faux stitching around the edges of the card."

Very nice Claire, great colours and a very cute little bird too.
 Birthday Flowers by Deb Pulford (CT)
What beautiful flowers Deb, something nice to come home to after your trip away.  The strips in your layout are all very bright and colourful, just like special birthdays!  The layered handmade paper flowers add a bit of dimension at the bottom of the photos to tie in with the other paper strip.  Well done Deb.
ahh... Friends by Angie Wenke
Angie has also used patterned paper strips on her layout, but with more white space.  The hearts have been cut out from another paper and covered in Dimensional Magic.  Angie has also added  lovely stamped images representing the Friends, which she has coloured with Copic Markers. Well done Angie.
 Be In The Moment by Zan Boyle
Zan's layout has lots happening, least of all the lovely quotes from the patterned paper.  There seems to be something in them for everyone.  The background mask was sprayed with Glimmer Mist and works well.  A little tearing, layering, distressing and mounting up brings it all together.  Well done Zan.

The end of May is the deadline for those that have the Monthly Packs to do.  Don't forget, the winner of this Month's Challenge will win NEXT MONTH's MONTHLY PACK!  Don't be late...


May 13, 2012

More May Creations

Hi Card by Sally Clark (CT)
Sally has used a 12x6 strip of DS patterned paper folded in 1/2 to create this card.  She has adhered some cream cardstock inside the card, and used a scallop punch along the front edge before folding it back onto itself.  Doing this has exposed the reverse side of the paper. Dimensional Magic has been used on the ladybug, flower centre and the glitter letters, which has toned them down a bit.
The inside of the card.
Below we have a mix of Monthly Pack layouts, Sketch layouts and a card, and Show & Tell.  The Monthly Pack layouts are a real mix of colour, and depending which way you choose to use them you can have something fun and whimsical or bright and concise.  It really is great seeing what everyone comes up with and how they use the pack.
Girls Night In by Angie Wenke
You & Me by Zan Boyle
Sketch Challenges
Here we also have a different take on the sketch with heritage/shabby in the layout, and bright and ....dare I say it - chirpy! in the card. Both lovely in their own right.
As Time Goes By by Angie Wenke
Card by Pinky Higgs
Show & Tell
Every so often the time comes when we feel the need to scrap ourselves. During our personal journeys we each find a way to express something in our creativity to help us work through it. This first layout signposts the down times through life's journey, and is done is such a great way - the photo really doesn't do it justice. 
Life Is... the down side by Judy Laracy
As with most of life's journeys there is a brighter side, and Judy has done another wonderful job signposting all those wonderful moments and times.  I love the colours and the two layouts together have created a wonderful way to tell our stories in such an inspiring way through scrapping.  Well done Judy.
Life Is... the bright side by Judy Laracy
For those racing the Pumpkin, midnight on the 14th is the deadline to get your challenges in.  Drop your layouts into the store, or email your images to Scrapville here.


May 12, 2012

May Blind CropVille

Hi Everyone, this month we did a layout featuring the theme of Mothers, which is quite appropriate considering it's Mother's Day tomorrow!  In this challenge the girls got to play with some colour stamping and clear embossing, fussy cutting and layering.  The layouts weren't all that different from the Master really, although placement will always come into it.  I think one of the girls actually dropped her layout, threw everything back on and stuck it down.... that's my theory Sal!  Thanks to Sally for putting up the design, and to the ladies who attended.
Mum by Sally Clark (CT)
 4 Generations by Judith Young
Image by Julie Cawthray
My Mother by Roz Langridge
Blossoms by Grannie
1949 by Angie Wenke
Love You Mum by Max Rusk
Mother by Beth Metcalf
Lovely work girls, I hope you all had fun.  The next BCV is on Saturday, June 16th - don't forget to book!

I hope everyone gets to enjoy their Mother's Day, however you care to spend it.  Enjoy!