Jul 31, 2012

Tick, tick, Authentique

Whilst the Pumpkin is ticking away we have a few more layouts to share using Authentique's Fresh range.  Providing there are a minimum of 4 entries, you could be a winner like Beth or Delsie and win next month's pack FREE.  You have to be in it.....
All of it is Ordinary... by Sally Clark (CT)
"All of it is ordinary to everyone but me" was a word strip from the alpha-word sticker sheet in the pack and was perfect for these pics.  I trimmed the pics down to a small square and inked all the edges with black Staz-On ink and used mounting tape to mount them to the Layout.
I chose a word sticker to adhere to each photo and added some accents to some of the paper squares.
I trimmed some of the patterned papers to small squares, inked the edges and added some doodle lines before adhering to the Layout.
Laguna Muyal Layout by Sally Clark (CT)
 The double page layout showing both pages.
I cut the mesh ribbon in half lengthways and held it in place along the edge of the cardstock and sponged over the top with Distress Ink to create a background and also to colour the mesh.
I cut the length of coloured mesh into smaller strips, punched small holes in the LO and threaded the mesh strips through the holes and tied in double knots to secure.
I once again used the word stickers for my journalling.
A great pack with heaps of bits and pieces left over!!!
A great pack with lots of bits and pieces. Good to see a double Sally, and just loving all that inking and tearing. The alpha stickers make short work of journaling, so that's a bonus too.

July/August Sketch Challenge

Happy Birthday Card by Claire Apostoloff (CT)
Claire's card for the Sketch has used the gorgeous La La Land Prince Luka stamp, and a combination of colourful copics to colour in the little prince. A gold leafing pen has been used to colour in his crown, with a bit of added bling for a bit of sparkle. Claire cut the chevrons from our American Crafts paper and added a BasicGrey button and some bakers twine. The chevrons in the background make a great effect, and were done with the help of a tutorial.
Well done Claire, great colouring of the little Prince, and the crown looks fantastic.


Authentique Pumpkins...

Brown River by Sally Clark (CT)
I know it is close to Pumpkin Hour but I made it!! I really wanted red for my title so used the white cardstock in the pack and my Cricut Expression to cut out the title.  I then coloured it with a red marker and finished it off with some Dimensional Magic.
I cut a picture from the postcard paper and also cut a postcard image to the same size, then adhered them together.
I made an envelope for it to fit into.  The back of the picture is used for journaling.
I also LOVED the red webbing already threaded ready to gather to create a nice big accent.
I LOVED using the word stickers from the pack to create my journalling. I added a little corner accent with a fancy machine stitch and used the same stitch to adhere the mesh ribbon.
Well done Sally, your layout has come together beautifully.  Love the envelope and that embellishment using the webbing and trim.

Jul 26, 2012

Sharing more Authentique

Hi Everyone, I hope you are all enjoying your Authentique Monthly Pack. It's been great seeing what everyone is coming up with. Today we have more to share with one of our creative ladies stepping outside the square. How good is it to see other ways of using your scrapbooking techniques, whilst adorning your home at the same time!
Beach Babes OTP by Anita Bownds (CT)
I started with a blank mdf heart, I painted it white then stamped a flourish around the edges in blue and brown. I matted my photos on patterned paper, and punched a border strip for the bottom of my photos.

Then I cut out 2 shells from the patterned paper and made a flower using a die and put a brad in the middle. Next I added a bit of red trim and a bit of the cream webbing to the back of the flower and a little twine bow.
This is great Anita, and such a fresh adornment for your home.  Well done.
Sitting Forward by Nicole McNamara
This is Nicole's 2nd layout using the Authentique Monthly Pack.  A great use of the kit elements to showcase Chloe's first ride in her car seat, Facing Forward!  The flower with it's webbing, the arrows and the pin look great.  The little postcard is a great way to journal as well.  Well done Nicole.


Jul 21, 2012

A Little More Authentique....

Mitch's Cheesy Grin by Deb Pulford (CT)
Firstly, I printed the pic and placed it on the background cardstock. Next, I ruled the lines for the sunburst pattern, adjusting all the time to get the look right. When I was happy with the layout, I placed the layout on top of the patterned paper that I wanted to use, and pierced holes where I wanted to make the cut to fit the shape.  That was the time consuming bit!  I added from the Monthly Pack kit the sticker strip of text, some bare chippie alphas, 2 flower buttons and the pearl pin, and a piece of the blue ribbon.

I have to admit that this is my absolute fave layout of this year so far, those Authentique patterned paper's are the best. Yes, looks great Deb with all those different patterned papers.  The hues really suit the b&w photo of Mitch too.  Well done Deb.
Cronulla Beach by Nicole Mcnamara
With these papers I couldn’t go past beach photos and decided to make a beach scene. Unfortunately the details of it don’t show up so well in the photo.  I also used white ink in the sky to make subtle clouds.
I did a bit of paper piecing with the sand castle and kite, and inked all the edges in the sand section to help them be seen.
I have also torn the water patterned papers to make them appear more like waves.
Caitlin by Beth Metcalf
Beth has used a patchwork of colour and patterns to form the background of her layout.  In addition to this, she has also embossed the squares, adding ink and glitter to some to give more definition.  The ribbon with it's small bow adds a nice soft touch.
Tiny paper flowers with pearl brad centers and light inking adorn the photo.  The patterned paper squares are inked around the edges as well.

Well done everyone, a great mix of inspiration.

Jul 20, 2012

July/Aug Sketches

Little Sunshine Girl by Claire Apostoloff (CT)
I've used some of the MME patterned papers on this month's sketch. The background paper was a bit too heavily patterned for the other papers so I whitewashed it and added a few sprays of yellow Glimmer Mist. The lace has been also been dyed, using some blue Glimmer Mist.
I've done lots of doodling around the edges of the patterned paper and doodled some flowers on white Bazzil to match Carys' outfit.  I've matted her photo against a huge chipboard journaling spot and added a bit of bling. I've altered the sun diecut by adding a little dimensional magic to the rays, and a sprinkling of very fine glitter.

Great colours Claire, such a good mix for that little bundle of Sunshine!!  Well done.


Jul 19, 2012

Authentique Layout

Today we have another layout to share from the July Monthly Pack.  The layouts are certainly proving to be an inspiring mix of styles. I hope you are enjoying yours!
Same Day Different Time by Deb Pulford (CT)
I printed the pics in b&w, which I think is a better match for the papers.  A very simple layout with the emphasis on the pics. I cut a strip off the bottom of the background pp and added the wave paper.  I made concertina folds on a strip of the Kraft cardstock, and misted with Mel's Diner Glimmer Mist.  I then tried to fold this to look a bit like a seashell.  The cream webbing was pleated and stapled along the bottom of the wave strip, and I used a couple of the journaling sticker strips and the wooden button on top of the photos.

The b&w photos certainly tone down the layout Deb, and I'm loving the hint of red everyone is using with these papers.  Well done.


Jul 18, 2012

July/August Sketch Challenge

The Sketch Challenges for July/August are due in pumpkin time August 14th.  Your sketch can be created by using the design as is, by turning or flipping the design.  The challenge will not be accepted unless the Sketch is recognizable from your creation.  There must be a minimum or 4 entries to qualify for a prize pack.  Have fun, we look forward to seeing what you come up with.
July/August Layout Sketch
July/August Card Sketch
Thanks again to Anita for designing Scrapville's Sketches, we're sure you're going to have fun with them.


Jul 17, 2012

Sketch & Monthly Pack Layouts

Hi everyone, here we have some more layouts to share using the June/July Sketch, and the July Monthly Pack.  First up, the Sketch layouts.
 Little Man by Judy Laracy
 My Girls by Jennie Seal
Monthly Pack
First Meeting by Zan Boyle
Leave the girls a comment and let them know what you think of their challenges, we all love comments!


July Monthly Pack Creations

She is my Sunshine by Anita Bownds
I doodled a border around my cardstock, adding decorative little hearts on the border.  I added some mist to the background cardstock.  The cream webbing made a nice base for my layered flower, and the red webbing along the patterned paper strip is soft and bright, blending in with the mists and flowers.
I used bubble wrap dabbed into blue paint to add to the background.  I used a postcard from the Authentique postcard paper to journal on, adding patterned paper strips to make ribbons.  A bit more webbing and another layered flower balance out the page.
Well done Anita, loving your use of paint and mist.
Just a Note Card by Sarie Los
Sarie used a mixture of inks and markers to edge the border of the papers, and she had fun with a her corner punches.  The pinwheel flower hs come up a treat, centered with a flower and some bling.
I like the softness of the red webbing behind the middle panel, with the cream webbing used to make the ribbon.  Well done Sarie.

June/July Sketch Layouts

Here are some more layouts for the Sketch Challenge.
Mum's Photo Shoot by Claire Apostoloff (CT)
The canvas stickers are Basic Grey and the hearts are cut from some lace paper, which I've painted red.  Lastly, I've sponged some red ink around the edges of the layout.
I've used a Nestability die to cut the hearts from some Crate Paper and did some faux stitching around the edges with a white marker. I painted some corrugated card with some gesso and covered it with a transparency by MME. The leaves have been decorated with a bit of bling. I've stitched down the centre of the hearts and added some twine which I've looped and stapled to the layout.
Go Pony Go! by Sarie Los
Sarie has used many different elements to put her sketch together. The combination of patterned paper to show the sky and the trees is great for the layout's theme, and the fences are handcut.
This is a great shot of the Pony cutting loose. The patchwork has been machine stitched, and the flourished pattern is little horseshoes. Well done Sarie.

Jul 10, 2012

July MP Challenges

Today we have more to share from the Monthly Pack. I'm beginning to think that this pack is shedding a bit of warmth on our current cooler climate! Lots of beachy themes, which is good. Hope you enjoy the inspiration.
Balmoral Beach by Claire Apostoloff (CT)
I lightly sprayed the background with Glimmer Mist and used some bubble wrap and paint to randomly stamp it. I used the postcards from the patterned papers as mats for the photos.  I layered the red netting and sea paper, fussy cutting parts of the waves to overlap the photo.
I coloured some texture paste with Sand Glimmer Mist and spread that over the page for a sandy beachy effect.  Another of the postcards has been used as my journaling spot and I fussy cut a couple of shells, matting them against the blue cardstock. The Basic Grey letters have been inked in red to stand out.
Those photos sure tell every little boy's story Claire.  Mine only had to look at the sea and they were in it in a flash!  Great beachy layout, and loving the techniques.  Well done.
I measured four panels from 2 different patterned papers, distressed and inked them and used these for the bottom of the card. I layered the papers over a strip of latte webbing and added the ribbon and the pearl pin. I used the criss crossed patterned paper to make the flags and inked them in red to stand out more and match the ribbon. Lastly I die cut a sentiment frame from some of the same paper using a nestability, then stamped a sentiment onto it.
Your card looks great Claire, a quick and easy anytime design, and I love the dash of red to tie it all in.  Well done.
I hope you've got your Pack and are inspired to play along.  Don't forget, you have until the end of the month.

July Monthly Pack

Welcome to our latest layout from Anita using the Monthly Pack, Fresh by Authentique.  Such a beautifully textured paper with soft hues, and a splash of red.
Beach by Anita Bownds (CT)
Anita has has chosen a great beachy photo for her layout, and printed it twice.  I love these photos, they are so natural.  Anita has flicked water colours onto the background cardstock using light blue & grey.  A circle punch was used to cut the doily out of patterned paper, and Anita has then used the outer circle as well.  The border and photo mounts are all from the patterned papers.  The "wish you were here" postcard and journal strip add a nice splash of red and a gorgeous addition to the layout.
Her beautiful shells are fussy cut from the pattern paper, and a bow added to each.  These have been shaped nicely and adhered with DS foam mounting tape to give dimension.  Anita has used the pearl brads in the centre of her flowers, and raw chip alphas for her title.  The webbing forms a nice ruffle beneath the arrow strip.
Great layout Anita, love all your little touches.

Jul 6, 2012

June/July Sketch Challenge

Hi Everyone, well this is going to be a quick one, but here's the latest Sketch Challenge.  Layouts need to be in by Pumpkin Time July 14th.  Thanks to Zan and Anita for getting this one out.
Layout Sketch Challenge
Here is one already done.
Hum Drum by Zan Boyle
Don't forget, you can turn it, flip it or scrap it this way, as long as the Sketch is still recognizable.  Good luck everyone - have fun!


Scrapburst Winners

Hi Everyone, well after much deliberation we have finally chosen our Winners for the ScrapBursts.  Thank you to everyone who took part, it was wonderful to see SOOOO many entries, the inspiration has been amazing.  Thanks also to the CT for painstakingly choosing from all the wonderful creations.  Without further ado, Congratulations go to:

Your layout can only include a combination of Kraft and 2 other Colours. Mix and Match to get them right, but only using these elements.  You may use your chosen techniques BUT in these colours (where applicable)!
My Cait by Delsie Mowbray
Your layout must include a length of Bunting and a Tree.
The Bunting can be any shape or style, but you MUST use MORE than 3.

The Tree can be in the paper, a stamp, screen, chip shape or other - but you MUST have BOTH on the layout.

Autumn by Judy Laracy
This layout is to be Rustic & Raw, including 3 Handmade Items.
Earthy, Rustic tones, Raw products and a mix of 3 Handmade Items on the page.  These items can be of your choosing, but must be a legitimate handmade item.
Music Man by Zan Boyle
You must included this WORD in the Title, or a derivative of this word.
(ie: Eye, Blue Eyes, Big Eyesore, Eyeballing, Eye of the Storm...etc.... hope this helps!)
Your layout must also reflect the theme of the Title.
Birds Eye View by Kylie gW
Part of the ScrapBurst Challenge this time around was also the option to use Scrapville Kits for the ScrapBursts.  If you used a Kit and won, your Kit would be reimbursed.  Well, we had one lucky Kit Winner out of the four, so congratulations to Zan who will receive her prize AND the cost of her Kit back!  The Creative Team were not shown which ScrapBurst entries used Kits when they were making their votes, and it was not mentioned on the Blog, to ensure it was fair on everyone.  I must say that I am very impressed with the number of entries, and the inspiration each and every one has displayed.

Thanks again everyone, and we look forward to the next ScrapBurst Challenges.
Winners can contact Janet at the store to arrange collection of their prizes, well done everyone.