Monday, December 24, 2012

Scraplounge 12 Days of Christmas

Scraplounge ran the 12 Days of Christmas competition for their November challenge. On the 1st 12 days of November a different challenge was listed. On conclusion all entries were voted for by all those who entered on a 3, 2, 1 points system. I was the lucky winner and received a $50 voucher from  Aunty Vera's Scrapbooking Supplies. So, a big thank you to all those who voted for me as well as a big thank you for Vera for supporting the challenge. Here is a summary of my entry.
Challenge 1 - Make a card from a given sketch

Challenge 2 - a blind sketch ie instructions verbally with no pictures to see how well you can follow the instructions given.
Challenge 3 - make 2 cards using the technique in the background - I cannot think what it is called.
Challenge 4 - Make a box from the given instructions and decorate.

Challenge 5 - Make 5 matching cards for the above box.
Challenge 6 - Scrap a Christmas photo using stitching and paint.
Challenge 7 - Make 4 book marks using the corner of an envelope.
Challenge 8 - Scrap a Christmas photo using non Christmas papers. (I used Halloween papers)
Challenge 9 - Make a set of 5 Gift Tags

Challenge 10 - Complete an antique look LO using the given photo shown as the Joyous Christmas wreath.
Challenge 11 - Complete a Christmas LO using the given text shown in the upper left hand corner.
Challenge 12 - Complete a Christmas LO inspired by the Christmas Tree


Birds of a Feather

This is my entry for the Scraplounge technique challenge for December. The challenge was to use string with Christmas papers and a non-Christmas photo. The papers are from the Kaiser Christmas range and the embellishments including the little charms are from my2Angels. The photo is the Capstick family at Hamner Springs in NZ.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Beach Babes

Samantha and her Mum with some fun sea creatures for her to enjoy when she gets a little older.

Looking for Fairies

Here is Samantha going into the glen..looking for fairies? I have been experimenting with stamping and masking but still have a lot to learn.

Grandad's Garden

It's that time of the year again when life gets really busy but I have made time to complete the sketch challenge for Scraplounge as the ladies who run the site are really awesome and committed so I like to support them. This is the sketch and the challenge was to use Christmas papers with non-Christmas photos.
And this is my take using a laser cut tree and papers from Kaiser. The buttons have been made by me using the " imaginisce" button coverer/maker. The photo is my Great niece Samantha, in my brother-in-laws beautiful garden in Christchurch NZ.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Winter's Day

I haven't blogged for a couple of weeks because I have been busy entering a 12 Days of Christmas Challenge which meant a project each day for 12  days. However before I started it I was able to get this challenge done for Stuck. The sketch they provided was this:
And this is my take using bits n pieces from my stash. I have done some masking on the background to resemble snow, added some bling, flowers, rubons, lace and twine. I made the chevrons  and the brown alphas have been finished with white paint to give them an icy/snowy look.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Such a Poser

I love doing the challenges set by the ladies at Show us your Stuff. This month the quest was to use yellow and washi tape. You must always use a hand made object as well.
The papers are Dots and Stripes from Echo Park. The gorgeous framing and daisies are from Scrapmatts and have been painted yellow by me. The black and white buttons used as daisy centres have been made by me using washi tape. I also made the bumble bee using some felt, cardstock and bling. The wings were made from plastic packaging which had a small white print on it. Texture paste and a mask were used on the background black cardstock. Those little white crocheted doilies are from Purple Pumpkin. The photo is Lucas striking a pose for the camera.
Here is a close up of the bumble bee and the washi tape buttons.

Thanks for looking.

Just Me

This is my attempt at the November Purple Pumpkin sketch which was this.
I used Echo Park papers - Chillingsworth Manor Collection and a piece of corrugated card. The stamp has been done with Tim's Vintage Photo distress ink and has been overlayed with a bit of Kaiser bling. The yummy buttons, flowers  and other bits and pieces were a kit from Purple Pumpkin - check out that gorgeous cameo! The photo is of me - black and white - ideal for the vintage palette and the wrinkles.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Love Birds

Love Birds is my take on the October Sketch Challenge for Purple Pumpkin. The papers are from the Tiger Lilly range from Kaiser. The gorgeous pink fabric flower and those lovely coloured buttons are from Purple Pumpkin. The photo is Ang and Dan on her birthday April 2012.
This is the sketch.
And this is my take on the sketch.
Thanks for looking.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Showusyourstuff -Oct Challenge

'Connected Family' is my first attempt at aShow Us your Stuff challenge. The connecting cogs are all from Scrapmatts and have been embossed with an assortment of grungy colours. The heading of connected has been masked and the background paper sprayed with glimmer mist. The fans at the back of one of the cogs have been made from tracing a mask, then covered with texture paste then embossed with a mixture of tones. The key arrangement and the small coin at the bottom of the lowest photo have been made by me. The photos are of Noah, Lucas, Percy and Tom, my gorgeous grandsons.
This is a close-up of the keys.
And here is another.
What do you think?

ScrapLounge October Cyber Challenge

The Scraplounge October cybercrop is based on Halloween pictures and colours. I am just so lucky as in 2008 I was in the USA during Halloween and what an event and experience it was and as a result I have some great pics. So here is what I have done.
Challenge 1 - Spooky Hollow
Was to use purple, lime green, orange and black and include a Halloween photo.
and here is a close-up showing the oddments of flowers which I painted with purple paint and the cellophane spider web which came from the packaging of the spider web in the following layouts.
Challenge 2 - Boo
Was based on the following sketch and had to include the Halloween photo again.
and this is my take on the sketch.
and here is a close-up. Note the wispy white spider web on the right.
Challenge 3 - Halloween
This challenge required you to use paint on the background. I made a mask for the title then painted around it  in black and dabbed some purple using a very sick piece of bubble wrap. I will try this technique again using a decent piece of bubble wrap next time. Check out the spider web again.
I have really enjoyed rummaging through my stash in search of papers and colours for the Halloween theme
and trying some new techniques.
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rubber Duckie - you are the Star

This layout is for the October White With 1 challenge. The task was to use white with the nominated colour for the month which was yellow and some stars.
It is Cancer Awareness Month in Australia and this large rubber duck is sitting in the Brisbane River opposite our apartment to promote the Great Brisbane Duck Race. You can buy your own duck just like the ones you give the children at  bathtime which are all tipped into a chute on the river this Sunday. Their are some valuable prizes to be won including a car for the winning duck across the line downstream. All proceeds from the event go to cancer research. I have chosen to focus on breast cancer hence the bra on my page. I am sure you would all love a yellow bra with lots of stars and bling like this one. So what do you think?

Monday, October 15, 2012


Last week I visited the lovely Tracy's online shop my2angels and saw her fantastic beach kit of embellishments which of course I just had to have along with a few other bits and pieces then decided it was appropriate to enter her monthly challenge which has a beach theme. Tracy specialises in very unique hand made embellishments so check out my2angels online. On my layout I have used Carta Bella Alphabet Junction papers from which I made the sandcastles and then covered with crystal ice Stickles. All of the embellishments are from the beach kit and I still have plenty left over to play with. Note the cute hand made beach sign and tile. The photo is my gorgeous great niece Samantha on the beach in Sardinia.

So Cute

In keeping with the pink theme for Breast Cancer Awareness I have done this layout of Samantha  for the ScrapLounge October sketch challenge. Below is the sketch.
and this is what I did using Kaiser papers and bits and pieces from my stash including the cute pink button and rose from Purple Pumpkin.  The gorgeous pink ribbon came from a box of chocolates I received as a gift.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Pretty in Pink - Stuck October Challenge

I was very excited to win the September sketch challenge for Stuck  which was sponsored by  Scrap Therapy so a big thank you to them as I look forward to receiving my goodies. I have decided to play along again with this photo of my lovely great niece Samantha. The papers are from Basic Grey and I have included some Kaiser bling, Christina Re lace, and some K and C flowers. The pink bow and lovely centre rose are from PurplePumpkin and the Girl pin is from My2Angels. The frame around the photo was cut using my Cuttlebug, painted black and embossed with Aged Pink enbossing powder. The hot pink over the bling is
scrunched up netting fabric.
This is the sketch.
And this is my take.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Scrapmatts October Challenge - Such a Hoot

I cannot believe it is October already and I am into my second month of challenges. Last month kept my creative juices flowing into this month and "Such a Hoot" is my entry for the Scrapmatts October challenge. I attempted to think outside the box so I hope you like the result. I have included a copy of the sketch so to reflect the horizontal lines I made a mask and created the branches using texture paste with a mixture of black, brown and white paint. It might be difficult to see but they are lovely gnarly branches. I then added some rouched ribbon.  I mounted three photos of Thomas on the cute little owls which I made from my stash and sat them on the branches. A couple of flowers and those delicate laser cut leaves from Scrapmatts complete the layout. 
The Sketch by Anne Patterson

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

ScrapLounge October Technique Challenge

The ScrapLounge technique for October is textured backgrounds introduced by Crece with a beautiful layout of an owl so check it out. It is also Breast Cancer Awareness month so the colour focus is pink. We are a bit short on pink subjects in my family so it was suggested I should scrap myself so I am really putting myself out there for all to see.
I started by using a thick Gesso covering on the cardstock and covered it roughly with a lovely rose patterned serviette with a scrunching technique. I then added several different layers on top and realised I had covered most of it so I cut out some additional roses and layered them under where the photo is.  The plain pink cardstock on the right has been embossed with a butterflies using the Cuttlebug. I have added a selection a pink ribbons in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness.  The vintage clock is from Scrapmats
and the cute pink cameo from Purple Pumpkin. Some Kaiser bling and roses complete the project.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Cherish the Memories

This is my take on the CSI - 39 Challenge. I loved the colours nominated and just happened to have some left overs from the Mismatched collection which I thought were pretty spot on with the colours given.
For the evidence I included a rubon flourish and lots of little bits n' pieces and the journal has been completed in the little booklet.
Here are some close-ups.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Big Boys N' Toys - Charms 123 Challenge

This is my entry for the 123 Charms Challenge which required the colour grey, some metal and the word either men or man. The cardstock is a grey which has been sanded back to expose the grid. Some chicken wire from the garage forms the base for the photo. Papers are "Authentique'" a fabulous range of grungy boy papers and embellishments. The bike has been cut using my Cricut. Thanks for looking.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Our Mum - Stuck?! Sept Challenge

Stucksketches provided a great sketch for this challenge. I have chosen to keep it mellow to reflect the passing years as my mum nears her 90th birthday. I dug out the K & C papers from my stash, used a stencil for the rose climber wall, added some Gesso for texture, embossed it with some Zing then cut it out so I could thread the climbing rose through it. The gorgeous cane chair is from Scrapmatts. The lace reflects some of the curtaining that would have been in her home in the past. When I cropped the photo to fit I cut off a branch of rose coloured bougainvillea so I cut it out and overlayed it onto the photo. I think this links the colour of the photo back to the layout nicely. What do you think?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Catching the Winter Sun

This month is my first attempt at the White With One Challenge. WW1 is different to other challenges in that it contains a basic colour scheme of white with one other nominated colour for the month with a small amount of black being allowed. As you can see the colour for September is orange and I have used the beautiful Tigerlilly range of papers from Kaiser. The doily is from Purple Pumpkin and the flourish from Scrapmatts. I have used some machine stitching and completed the heading with hand stitching. The ellipses have been run through the Cuttlebug for texture and embossed with opaque and glitter orange Zing.
The photo is of some of my family at Manly on a sunny Brisbane winters morning.
By the way WW1 have a great Candy Giveaway at the moment. So pop over to their site ans check it out.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

I'm a Tigers Fan - Scrap the Boys September Challenge

The Scrap The Boys September Challenge was an opportunity for me to use up some of my stash. I started with a Minds Eye page and applied the orange and black paint using a tooth brush. The fan is Elsie (Zoe Click Click) and the chipboard frame from Kaiser Craft. Oddments of alphas complete the layout. Thanks for looking.