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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

52 Card Challenge UK Scrappers - Week 42

This week, Nat set the challenge as autumnal colours - a very different thing is happening here in Queensland in Australia - it is heating up and getting set to fry us in summer. 

As per the previous post, I found some ancient stripey paper that came in a magazine, together with the leaf pattern on the other side.  I try to set myself challenges as to ways to produce an end result that is pleasing - in this case, I really didn't like the original papers. 
I found an old die cut in my stash in matching brown tones and some lovely velvet ribbon.  I turned again to my favourite Curly Cute sentiments from Stampin' Up! and gold embossed around the edge.  Liberal mistings and dollops of gold mist together with faux stitching and distressing add more interest and texture.  The bronze sequins really do sparkle IRL and add lots of interest.  Very reminiscent of a beautiful autumnal day in England with the crunchy and variegated leaves underfoot, turning to mush and mould with dampness and the inevitable rain. 
 I got a couple more cards from the same paper and am now pleased to say that I've used it up - I do still have some leaves left and sometimes I wish I was ruthless enough to throw the remainder away - it would certainly relieve a lot of the clutter! However, I do know that I enjoy these kinds of challenges, and it does kind of justify the stash build-up .... (maybe?)

Stripe and Leaf patterned paper - unknown
Brown die cut
Bronze sequins
Tan velvet ribbon
Curly Cute sentiment stamps - Stampin' Up!
Gold Embossing powder
Cosmic Shimmer mist - Antique Gold
CTMH ink - Autumn Terracotta
Project Life journalling pen - brown

I'm not game enough to count how many cards I am down now - we shall have to wait and see how we go, to see if I can complete this years' cards .... thanks for visiting here today. 

Monday, 10 November 2014

52 Card Challenge UKS Scrappers - Week 35

Trying to dip back into the card challenge on UK Scrappers which has sadly again gone off course this year, I will try to catch up with them gradually in the hope of finishing all the challenges in one year - a goal, in any case!

This week. Nat set the challenge to be a "jaunty angle".  I am normally a straight kind of girl, but this is how I interpreted this challenge -

I took some freebie paper that had been kicking around for a looooonnnnngggg time (both the stripes and the leaves) and married it up with the gold felt doily that had come free with a card magazine.  I also delved into a packet of ancient die cuts for the brown paisley tag base. 
Stripe and leaves paper - unknown
Brown paisley tag - unknown
Prima Got Flowers
Bronze sequins
Curly Cute sentiment stamps - Stampin' Up!
Washi Tape - yellow triangles and woodgrain - CTMH
I also did some "faux" stitching around the border with the brown Project Life journalling pen and some gold over the top.  Lots of sanding and distressing and the addition of the twine (also distressed) underneath. 
A bit misty, inky and distressy - a nice change for me again!
Thanks for visiting. 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Kinder Musik

This is the first traditional scrapbooking layout I have done in a good few months.  We are through the worst of our move to Hervey Bay and a period of stabilisation and settling in is still ahead of us.  I am gradually sorting out my craft room and opportunities await but details have not been finalised so I cannot share as yet. 

To try and "get back in the groove" I had put the washi tape around the borders and printed out three photos and cropped them - and there I got stuck! The placement of things has always been my biggest issue and so it remains, especially as I am out of practise. 

Once I saw the sketch, things gradually fell into place with the acquisition of a few new supplies and so this layout was created!

After struggling for sometime, I really like it now.  The main technique was to "spray" paint onto the page with a mini mister, and create a faux Flair badge using a stamp, punching a circle with my circle punch, and covering it with Glossy Accents.  A bit more detail, without the bulkiness. 
Patterned Paper:  Heidi Swapp 6 x 6 paper pad “Favourite Things; Becky Higgins Project Life cards Aqua Banner and “Happiness”, MME Cut and Paste Flair "Small Charms" paper, Teresa Collins Memories "Filmstrip" paper
Transparency:  Kaisercraft Velvet Ensemble Collection "Theatre"
Cardstock:  Bazzilll White, Black and scrap of red
Washi Tape, various
Alpha - Black American Crafts Thickers, Jenni Bowlin Studio Playful Hodge Podge Stickers
Paint – Jo Sonja’s Acrylic Paint:  Sunflower and Titanium White
Punches - Small Music Note punch EK Success notebook border punch?, 1 ½ circle punch
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Stampendous Odds and Ends 2
Tim Holtz mini mister
Ranger Glossy Accents
3D foam pads
Acrylic block
Messy Mat
Heidi Swapp Stencil Kit “Stencil Minis – Shapes”
Heidi Swapp Favorite Things Puffy Gloss Stickers - Shapes
Hopefully I will maintain this crafting momentum and get back into the groove.  Thanks for visiting here today - stay tuned for more!