Thursday, August 29, 2013

Scrap Our Stash - Sketch with a Twist

It's time for me to reveal my layout for the second Scrap Our Stash challenge for August. This time we are digging into our stash to use game themed pieces and using the sketch below
I had a lot of fun with this sketch adding lots of layers and bits and pieces. I am currently working on a family album for my mum so I have been sorting through a lot of crazy 80's pics including this one of me with dad, I am not sure what he is wearing or why LOL. 
For the gaming pieces I used some scrabble tiles that I have had sitting around in my art cupboard (I actually bought them on ebay to use for crafting). To adhere them to the page I used Diamond Glaze, which is what I used to stick down the wood veneer as well.
I choose a lot of bright colours because I thought it worked well for an 80's theme without looking too dated (like the photo - seriously what is my dad wearing????)
As you can see I used lots of bits and pieces of embellishments, one of my favourites being the little vellum pocket which I filled with wood veneer stars. 

There is still time to enter so head on over to Scrap Our Stash to play along for this months prize.

Thanks for stopping by, 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Sketchabilities #97

Today I am sharing layout for sketch #97 for the Sketchabilities Design Team, this is my second last layout with them as a DT and it has been so great to work with such amazing and talented designers. I would have loved to stay on but there is a lot happening in my life at the moment.

I have been playing with some Elle's Studio papers and decided to cut apart the vellum from the saltwater collection for this layout, then I stitched around them to give it some definition. The thing I didn't realise until I photographed the layout was just how crooked the arrows were and because I put the little wooden frame on an angle it looks even more out of whack :(
I used two pieces of Elle's Studio Paper as the base, the bottom one had a little pennant in the corner and I thought would be a fun touch to fussy cut it using a blade and then slide the top paper underneath. I also added a piece of the vellum to add some extra colour.
Anyway this is a photo I took of a Gecko when I was in Bali earlier this year. They are pretty much everywhere and this one took to hanging out on the balcony of our room. The title is the Indonesian word for Gecko which is Cecak (pronounced Che-chak).

We would love to see your take on this sketch. Go link up your layout to the sketchabilities blog. Don't forget you have a chance at an amazing prize from Quick Quotes.

Hope you have all had a great week, 



Thursday, August 15, 2013

Scrap Our Stash - Summer

Hello there, sorry I haven't posted for a while I have been super busy organising the PL kit for LPS. It looks great and I can't wait to use it.

Today I'm sharing a layout I made for the first challenge this month over at Scrap Our Stash. We are challenging you to use up those summer collections and to add in 5 die cut pieces from you stash.
I found this photo of me forever ago of the first time I went to Bali and I just had to scrap it. I have been to Bali almost every year since my first visit because I really love the people and the culture. 

I wanted to repeat the flower in my hair in some sort of motif, I dug into my stash and found a Dear Lizzy chipboard flower but it was pink which just did not work, so I decided to alter it. I took my Versamark pen and coloured the parts I wanted to emboss then added yellow embossing powder so it was a match to the one in the photo.
The rest of the die cuts are frames from The Pier collection (I have used all but one now so you will only have to see them once more LOL).  I had a cut apart sheet of Cocoa Daisy exclusive paper which has these cool little flip flops and sunglasses so I cut the piece up and put behind the frames.
I loved the little "You've got me..." sticker from the Simple Stories I {heart} Summer collection and thought it was perfect for this page and my journalling.
Another thing I love about this page is the Skipping5 geotag puffy sticker I put above the title, they are so cute. (You can currently get 15% off at the Skipping5 Shop when you use the code LPS15)

So get digging into that stash and come and play along. There is a great prize, all you have to do is head over to the Scrap Our Stash blog and link your creation up.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, August 5, 2013

Frosted Designs Fabulous Friday Challenge: Embossing

This fortnight at Frosted Designs we are challenging you to use embossing on your project. I have chosen to do stamped embossing with a twist because although I do have a cuttlebug I don't use it, I used it a lot back when I was a cardmaker but haven't really found a way to bring the technique over to scrapbooking (not to self, sell cuttlebug).
Instead of stamping I used some of the Studio Calico Cork Chevrons from the Atlantic collection which I covered in Versamark Ink then dipped them into some gold Zing Embossing Powder. To emboss the little pieces I left them stuck to the plastic sheet and embossed them that way (if you do this be careful to keep the heat gun moving so you do not melt the plastic, alternatively you could hold them with tweezers).
I am sad to say this layout is almost the last of my beloved Crate Paper Pier Frames - I have two left! I would like to get some more but after using 26 of them it is probably time to let go ;)


























I love this picture I snapped of Winston the other day, he is obsessed with going outside and stands up on his back legs trying to push the door open, which is firmly locked. (He is allowed to go outside into a custom made oversized cat run with has plants and trees and climbing things but apparently that is not good enough) I was actually taking a picture of a layout at the time taking advantage of the natural light so I was using my DSLR.

So now you have seen what I am have made head on over to the Frosted Designs Blog to play along, you can do dry embossing, stamping or even mix it up and use embellishments like I did.  There is a great prize from Molossi for grabs.

Hope you have all had a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, August 3, 2013

LPS August Sketch

The new sketch is up over on the Life.Paper.Scrapbook. blog today.
As I've said before, throw a circle into a sketch and I just get stumped but this time instead of trying to change the circle in the sketch I thought I would give the pie chart trend a bit of a go.
This layout is a bit of a mix of old and new product, I am trying to be more conscious of what I have in my stash that is a bit older and try to work it in. It is something I have neglected to do because I am a bit of a shopper and also I am a kit subscriber so I often have a lot of new product.
I added some stitching around the pie chart, it was a bit tricky because it was something I decided to do after I had stuck all the layers down (before the frame or the pictures) so it isn't as neat as I would have liked but it still worked to give the page some texture. I also used some old October Afternoon labels for the layering at the side and of course the mini market stickers from I have no idea how long ago. 
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The prize for this month's sketch is a 5 packs of fabulous puffy stickers from Skipping5
If you haven't checked out their website head on over there, they have all kinds of neat goodies, have flat rate shipping AND they are offering our readers a discount of 15% when you use the code LPS15.

Head on over to the LPS blog to see some fabulous creations from our all new DT.