Saturday, June 29, 2013

Hampton Art | Look Out...

Hello Everyone!!  Today I want to share my layout up on the Hampton Art blog.  It has a cute little story to go along with it, all about my son's journey into bike riding.  *grin*  And maybe, the title of this particular layout, gives you an insight into the story before you even read my journaling! 

"Look Out For That Tree!"
products used: cs - American Crafts; pp - Jillibean Soup; alpha - Jillibean Soup; Stamps -  Jillibean Soup | Irish Farm House Soup large (JB0012), Jillibean Soup | Chilled Cucumber Small set 2 (JB0042), Echo Park | Oh Snap (SC0529); other - ink: VersaMark Dazzle (Champagne), Archival Ink (sepia), Close To My Heart (crème brulee); embellishments: Jillibean Soup | Grandma's Lima Bean Soup coordinating cardstock stickers, Bean Stalks, Kraft tags; foam tape; tools - typewriter.

I absolutely fell in love with the bicycle clear cling stamp in the Jillibean Soup | Irish Farm House Soup large stamp set (JB0012) and knew that I wanted to use it on a layout to document Ethan's bike riding journey.  When he was learning to ride his bike, we took him to a very open space, so he could learn without fear of crashing into something.  Unfortunately he found every tree in the area and kept riding directly  into them. No matter what we tried to do to help him over-come his compulsion to aim for trees, he still couldn't avoid them!

When I created this layout I really wanted the bike stamp to become a main feature.  I stamped the image with VersaMark to create a watermark look onto the kraft tag.  I then stamped a second image of the bike with a slightly darker ink (sepia) onto a second tag and fussy cut around it. Using foam tape, I've layered the fussy cut bicycle onto the same stamped  image to make it pop on the page.
I hope I have shared some inspiration here today and I'll sign off by asking the question: "Have you ever created a layout or card, after being inspired directly by an image of a product?" ..  *grin*  I am looking forward to finding out what examples you share.  Thanks for visiting...x

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Jillibean Soup | Card...

Hi Everyone!  Today I have a quick share from Jillibean Soup.  I created this little card for the recent US/UK Father's Day but here in Australia we don't celebrate Father's Day until September.  So I guess you could say, instead of sharing this past the due date, I am actually ahead of the game.  Woo Hoo! *grin*

"Love My Dad"

products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Jillibean Soup: Macho Nacho Soup, Grandma's Lima Bean; alphas - Jillibean Soup; other - Kaisercraft pearl, Greatest View Seam Binding ribbon, Jillibean Soup: wise words stickers.
Right now, I am loving the Wise Word stickers from Jillibean Soup.  And did you know that these words are actually written in Jill's own handwriting! Gorgeous!!  Head on over to the Jillibean Soup blog today to check out some more awesome creations from the DT.  Thanks for visiting..x

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Scrapbook Store | Think & Wonder...

Think & Wonder, Wonder & Think.... I love this simple quote by Dr Seuss.  And it sums up my little guy perfectly at the moment.  He is ultra curious about all things and I get approximately (give or take 1 or 2) a gazillion questions a day! *grin*

I've had this photo in my stash since December last year. His curiosity has me watching him closely all. the. time!  LOL!!  I have finally scrapped it using my June DT Kit from The Scrapbook Store.

"Think and Wonder"
products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Echo Park Bundle of Joy; Alpha - Echo Park Bundle of Joy; other - MME enamel dots, zva creative flourish bling; tools - type writer, silhouette portrait.
I have tried a different approach to my scrapping this time around.  A little less white space and a little more block work.  I have also used my silhouette portrait to create plenty of negative space.

It was a challenge to use these beautiful baby boy patterned papers in a more neutral themed layout but I am happy with the end result.  Head on over to The Scrapbook Store if you would like to see the girls version of these papers!  They are very sweet!!

Thanks for visiting..x

Friday, June 21, 2013

Life.Paper.Scrapbook | June Colour Challenge ...

Hello Everyone!  Over at Life.Paper.Scrapbook today, the new monthly colour challenge is being released!  Manda has selected a gorgeous, bright and fun image to be inspired by.

I've chosen mainly to use the softer colours in the palette just because they are so pretty!!  *grin*  And besides... I've added a hint of navy and I'm classing the deep pink on my layout as red! 


products used: cs - American Crafts; pp - American Crafts: Dear Lizzy; alpha - American Crafts: Amy Tan wood grain thickers; other - Greatest View hashtag badge, American Crafts: Dear Lizzy printed chipboard & die-cut cardstock shapes; tools - sewing machine, hole punch, typewriter.



This month we have a fun Amy Tan prize pack to give away.  Check out the blog for more details.  Thanks for visiting...x


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bella Blvd | colour challenge...

Hi Everyone!!  Today I am sharing my layout that is up on the Bella Blvd blog this week.  This month we have a colour challenge based on the palette below...

Isn't it gorgeous!  I love everything about it and gleaned inspiration from the pink gingham table cloth to the title.  *grin*
"How Sweet It Is"
products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Bella Blvd; alpha - Bella Blvd; other - Bella Blvd: designer tape; Jillibean Soup twine; tools - black pen, foam tape.
After two attempts at this challenge, (the first being ALL wrong because I kept looking at the inspiration photo on my phone!), I am happy with the end result.  I've played with a bit of the designer tape too.  Treating it a little like a ribbon, I've folded it so it overlaps itself and then cut a pennant notch from one of the ends.
My hubby bought these flowers for me last month.  He knows how much I adore tulips and when he saw them, he went ahead and brought home two bunches for me.  No other reason.  Well, no other reason that I know of!!  *grin*
If you would like to learn a little more about this layout, head on over to the Bella blog where there's heaps more inspiration to be found.  Thanks for visiting today..x

Monday, June 17, 2013

Jillibean Soup | Finger Painting...

Hello Friends.  Hope you all had a lovely weekend!! Today I want to share a layout created for Jillibean Soup.  I just love how well the patterned papers coordinate across the collections! 

"Finger Painting"

products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Jillibean Soup: Fresh Vegetable Soup/Baby Carrots, Stalks of Celery, Crushed Ginger; Coconut Lime Soup/Kaffir Lime Leaves, Fresh Ginger, Straw Mushrooms; Chilled Cucumber Soup/Smashed Garlic, Yellow Tomatoes; Grandma's Lima Bean Soup/Leek Bulb; Macho Nacho Soup/Pinch of Cool, Bite Size Bits; Soup Staples II/Yellow Salt; alpha - Jillibean Soup Alphabeans - Roma Red; other - Jillibean Soup: Coordinating Label Stickers:  Chilled Cucumber Soup, Coordinating Cardstock Stickers:  Grandma's Lima Bean Soup, Soup Labels:  Card Sentiments; Greatest View badge/flair;  tools - date stamp, machine stitching, mist, stapler.

Finger painting is one of my youngest child's most favourite thing to do.. and he asks to "finger paint" almost daily!  So much so.. that we go through soo much plain paper and art books!  Not to mention my paint supplies!  *grin*  And he's not fussy or precious about getting it on his fingers either.  In fact I think he rather enjoys using fingers more than an actual paint brush.  :) 
On this day, I snapped a couple of photos of him creating his own art.  But I want to really document his love of dipping into the paint and so I focused in on his little hands. The colours from the patterned papers compliment the paint on his hands so well, that I hardly need to scrap with embellishments.  Add a few label stickers from the Jillibean Soup range and an "everyday hashtag" badge from Greatest View, and I was pretty much done.

I love scrapping with layers too (just in case you haven't noticed!!! *grin*) and they leave me with plenty of opportunity to slip in some hidden journaling.  What is your favourite thing to add to your scrapbooking layouts?  And do you find it a tried and true method?  *grin*
Thanks so much for visiting...x

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bella Blvd | Punch Challenge...

Hello Everyone!  Today over at the Bella BLVD blog, some of the DT members have been challenged to create a layout, by breaking out our stash of punches!  I love using punches, but I must admit, now that I have a fancy die cutting machine, I tend to forget they are sitting on my shelf!  whoops!

"Seaside Magic"

products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Bella BLVD; alpha - Bella BLVD; other - Bella BLVD: cardstock stickers (Sand&Surf), designer tape; glimmermist; tools - black pen, small circle punch, pinking circle punch, arrow punch, office supply hole punch.

As you may have noticed.. I have a few circle punches in my collection.  And when I use them, I like to use the negatives from the sheets of patterned paper, as layers.  The "Freestyle Sophisticates - Freestyle Salt Water" paper (blue chevron), was created by punching around the outside edge.  I placed the photo directly over the top of the area where the punch couldn't reach to give the illusion that the entire sheet of paper has been cut out with circles.

In the meantime, the actual circles have been repurposed on my layout as splashes of light and water.  *grin*  To add extra depth to my layout and the "splashes", I have used an ordinary, office supply hole punch as a smaller sized circle. 

If you would like to see more, don't forget to head on over to the Bella blog to check out what the other DT members created!  You won't be disappointed.  Thanks for visiting..x


Monday, June 10, 2013

Greatest View + The Scrapbook Store | Baby...

Hi Everyone!  I just wanted to share with you a layout that is up on the Greatest View blog today.  I've been using Gail's gorgeous new badge collections... The Story badge, Chalkboard Hearts.  I've also used my DT kit from The Scrapbook Store and am sharing another layout created with the glorious Echo Park: Bundle of Joy collection!!


products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Echo Park: Bundle of Joy; alpha - Echo Park: Bundle of Joy cardstock stickers; other - Greatest View badges/flairs; Kaisercraft wooden chipboard, Bella Blvd designer tape, zva creative bling flourish, MME enamel dots; tools - hole punch, black pen.

Everything on this layout can be found here at The Scrapbook Store and if you would like to know  a little more about the story behind the photos, please visit Greatest View.  Thanks so much for visiting..x


Friday, June 7, 2013

Life.Paper.Scrapbook | June Sketch ...

Hello Friends!  Today over at Life.Paper.Scrapbook, the new sketch challenge has been released.

I've decide to crack open my dt kit from The Scrapbook Store to play along.  Mmmm!  Lots of yummy "Echo Park: Bundle of Joy" goodness...

"The Stick Insect"

products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Echo Park (Bundle of Joy); alpha - Echo Park (Bundle of Joy) cardstock stickers; other - Greatest View badges (ampersand, hashtags), glimmermist, Bella Blvd designer tape; tools - hole punch, circle punch, black pen.

I just love how the alpha stickers imitate the long legs of the insect! (And they are my favourite colour too!!....ummm.  The alphas that is, not the insect!) *grin*

I've also added some of the new release, badges/flairs from Greatest View!  Aren't they lovely.

This month the sponsor for the Life.Paper.Scrapbook sketch challenge are the fabulous girls from Mei Li Paperie who have generously given us a gift voucher for AU$35.00 to spend in store.

Head on over to Life.Paper.Scrapbook to check out the details.  And make sure you find the time to enter, to have a chance of winning this fantastic prize!!! Thanks for visiting & good luck..x


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Scrapbook Store | Too Cute..

Hello Friends.  I am sharing with you today my last project using my May DT kit from The Scrapbook Store.  I really had a great time creating with this fabulous Pink Paislee Cottage Farms collection!  And even though it has plenty of pink in it.. It didn't stop me from creating a boyish layout! *grin*
"Too Cute"
products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Pink Paislee Cottage Farms; other - Pink Paislee: paper pack ephemera, packaging; tools - machine stitching, typewriter.

You may have also noticed that I have used the strip of paper that provides the paper product information.  I wanted to draw out more of the orange tones from the other patterned papers rather than the pink, but it also helps that there is a block of brown on the paper strip as well.

I think I have already mentioned in previous blog posts, how much I love this ephemera paper goods pack from Pink Paislee.  There are so many detailed pieces that come in the pack.  I love these circle elements used on my page and how they have formed a visual triangle around my photo.  I also love how each element can be layered with complete ease and doesn't detract from the layers below or above it.

If you would like to get your hands on some of these beautiful Pink Paislee products, just visit here at The Scrapbook Store.  Thanks for visiting..x


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Jillibean Soup | Thank You card...

Hi Everyone!  Up on the Jillibean blog today there is a lot of Summery goodness going on in the form of some very beautiful cards!  And I don't know about you, but as the Winter winds start to pick up here in the Southern Hemisphere, I am in need of a little visual warmth!  *grin*

products used: cs - Kaisercraft; pp - Jillibean Soup; other - Jillibean Soup: diecuts, buttons, epoxy buttons, twine, soup label (cardstock sticker) & felt blossom.

I love these colours together.  It makes me want to break out the picnic basket... *grin*  Head on over to Jillibean Soup to see what the other DT members have created for "Cards on Monday".  Thanks for visiting..x


Monday, June 3, 2013

Hampton Arts | card tutorial...

Hello Friends.  I know I am a little late in sharing this "Mother's Day" card, but it has only recently come up on the Hampton Arts blog.  *grin*

"Happy Mother's Day"
products used :  
stamps: Graphic 45 | French Country (IC0215); ink: Close To My Heart (chocolate), VersaColor (charcoal); Stampin' Up | Stampin' Write pens (old olive, crumb cake); cardstock: bazzill (black, white, yellow); embellishments: Jillibean Soup | Bean Stalks, Tattered Angels Glimmermist (sunflower); tools - silhouette portrait.

I've put together a tutorial on how to create this card over on the Hampton Arts blog.  Head on over if you are interested in achieving the same stamping look - just scroll down the blog post a little bit until you see the card.  :)  Thanks for visiting..x