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.


November Blind Cropville

This month the girls were treated to a Blind CropVille with Sally at the helm.  This is a nice change for the girls, and Sally for that matter, as they all got to experience a different kind of Blind Cropping!  Below we are sharing a few of the layouts that were created at the class, each one different in it's own right.  I hope everyone enjoyed the techniques, and were able to have a play at home.
Mount Buller by Sally Clark (CT)

All The Girls by Jennie Seal
Chiltern Bridge by Zan Boyle
Feed Time by Judy Laracy
Bali Interlude by Dawn Collins
Thanks for sharing your layouts girls, it's interesting to see how the papers you all chose can change the look of each layout's colours once embossed.  

I'm look forward to more of Sally's wonderful Blind CropVille creations next year, thanks so much for keeping the girls inspired and trying new techniques.


Nov 17, 2012

November Card Challenges Set to Please!

Be Merry & Bright Christmas Card Set by Sally Clark (CT)
Be Bright
Ho Ho Ho

Be Merry!

Christmas Wishes Card by Debi Clark
Lovely, lovely, lovely cards!  Well done girls, loving the bright colours Sally, those Bazzil patterned papers are just wonderful.  Debi, love that topper, rustic and simplistic.  Such a comparison of cards and colour themes, yet all beautiful.  Thanks for sharing, they are all very inspiring.


Nov 16, 2012

Fab November Layouts

Today we are sharing layouts from Sally and Anita using the November Monthly Pack.  The Fab Scraps kit has some wonderful earthy textures, with a bit of heritage thrown in.  The stickers and paper packs that supplement these papers are gorgeous, not to mention the Flower Making Die Cut Papers.  Call into the Wodonga store and check them out!
Monthly Pack
Where Did She Go? by Sally Clark (CT)
I created a torn and rolled frame in the top layer of paper and adhered the photo to the base card beneath the rolled frame.
I fussy cut some leaves and a large flower and mounted them to the tag. A thin layer of Dimensional Magic over the flower creates a little more depth.
To make a ribbon slide - glue some paper to thick cardstock and punch a circle using a circle punch. Sand and ink the edges of the circle and cut a slit on each side of the circle. Cover the circle with Dimensional Magic and thread ribbon through slits when dry.
A bit of journalling onto the dictionary insert blends in nicely with the layout.  Well done Sally, a great layout.
Sketch Challenge
Our Little Princess by Anita Bownds (CT)
Anita has used a bit of masking and stamping on her layout, creating a lovely background.  The handmade rolled flowers have come up a treat, as the fussy cutting.
The bunting has been layered after lightly distressing, and the webbing has made a nice little line to attach them to.  Beautiful layout Anita, well done.

I hope you have been inspired to grab yourself a pack to play with before they all go!


Nov 15, 2012

Sketch Inspiration for November

Hi Everyone, here we have a couple of creations to get your inspiration flowing.  Sally and Claire have put these two sketches together using the Nov/Dec Layout and Card Sketches.  I hope you enjoy their handy work and are inspired to start creating.
Breathtaking by Sally Clark (CT)
 For You Card by Claire Apostoloff (CT)
Thanks for sharing girls, they are both wonderful.  Love the colours Sally, and the bunting.  Those MHC Cutie Pies are the most gorgeous flowers!  And Claire, you've made good use of your embossing folder to stencil your image, it's come up a treat!  Can't wait to see more.


November Sketch Challenges

Hi Everyone, and welcome to the November Sketch Challenges.  I hope you'll all get some inspiration from these and join in.
November/December Layout Sketch
November/December Card Sketch
I look forward to sharing some inspiration from the Creative Team shortly.  Let your creativity get you started on yours before the Silly Season Madness goes full swing - Pumpkin Time is 14th December...



October Sketches final tick down...

Hi Everyone, well it's almost Pumpkin Time for the October / November Sketch Challenges.  I hope you've got yours in, and that you've had fun with it.  Today we are sharing some of the last entries into the challenge.  Thank you to all those that have played along.
Vittorio by Rita Russello (Italy)
I love the colours you've used Rita, and the background misting breaks up the white space.  Your doily looks great, and I like how you've used the photo turns to hold your photo in place.  Thanks for playing!
Celebrate Card by Heidi Hemmerling
Lots of little Robot elements on this one Heidi, with a few little metal brads and stamped cogs.  A great boys card, well done.
 MOvember Man by Judy Laracy
Great take on Movember Judy, the row of little mo's at the top make a great border! Well done.

Thanks for joining in girls, I hope you'll have fun with the new Sketch!


Nov 9, 2012

Fab Scraps

November Monthly Pack - available now!
Fab Scraps - Heritage Range
Included in the Pack
6 x 12x12 DS patterned papers
2 x textured cardstock
1 x sheet Dictionary Paper
1 x sheet brown paper
1 x mini alpha sticker sheet
1 x Dear Lizzy Thickers
5 x pink bling brads
3 x coloured buttons
1 x length of pale pink webbing
1 x 12” length of natural twill trim
1 x 12” length of deep pink grosgrain ribbon
1 x Sandie’s Handmade Daisy

To participate in the Monthly Pack Challenge you must:
· Use only the contents in the Monthly Pack
· Use as much of what’s in the pack on your layout as you like
· You may use techniques such as inking, stamping, painting, misting, sewing, die cutting or embossing
· All challenges must be sent to Scrapville by Midnight 30th November (via email or drop off)
· International Challenge guests can only enter if they agree to pay the postage from Australia if chosen as a winner.

The Winner of the November Monthly Layout Challenge will win themselves the DECEMBER MONTHLY PACK! Gotta love that!


Nov 5, 2012


Hi everyone, thought I would share a layout for Show & Tell.  This is from Zan, who has recently purchased a couple of our Lucky8 Border Punches to make her die cuts.  The page has come up a treat, and I couldn't wait to share it.
Retreat Roomies by Zan Boyle
Thanks for sharing Zan, it's great to see how everyone is using their new toys!