Monday, 25 September 2017

Scrap Matrix challenge - Keep taking chances.

Hello scrappy friends, welcome to my blog on this Spring day.
Today I'm sharing a layout I created for the inaugural Scrap Matrix challenge.
I almost chickened out, because the challenge is the make a page about our Scrap space and mine is a total disgrace at the moment.  
I'm in the middle of reorganising and it's not a pretty sight.
So I decided to tidy just one area, where I keep my mixed media stuff, 
because that's what I enjoy the most right now.  
I love experimenting without any specific goal in mind.
I was inspired by the messy photo; it's an accurate image of my s/crap room at the moment and that gorgeous neat scrap room; something I aspire to!
I used a Blue Fern paper for the background, Seaside Cottage, "Embark".
Most of the pieces behind the photo are from 7 Dots, Lost and Found, elements and stickers. 
The quote stamps are by Dina Wakley - I stamped them and heat embossed them.  
The heart stamping is from Ranger Dylusions.
I treated the chipboard pieces with gesso and gold spritzing ink,
they are from Blue Fern.
The texture was created with a Tim Holtz stencil and texture paste.
I dabbed some Nuvo Mousse over the top.
The little red wooden dog toy is on elastic and he jumps around when I push the bottom.
He's there to remind me to have fun, that playing is essential at any age 
and that nothing needs to be perfect!

Thanks for calling in today - I appreciate the comments you leave - thank you.


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Sympathy cards

Welcome back to my blog on this cold day, it's only 10C as I type this
and I'm longing for Spring to arrive.

I've been experimenting again with Tim Holtz Distress Oxides and some under utilized stamps, to create a couple of Sympathy cards.   I'm not confident about what's appropriate when making cards for this occasion, but do like to use colour.
See what you think.
For this one, I used a Stampin' Up set "Thoughts and Prayers 1 of 2"
The inks are Fossilzed Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint.
And for this one, the Gum Tree is from Darkroom Door, "Gum Trees".
The inks are, Vintage Photo, Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans and Worn Lipstick.

Thanks for your visit, I'd love to know your go to theme for Sympathy cards.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Stuck?! Sketches Blog Hop - Movers, Shakers, Mischief Makers

Hello friends!  We have something special going on for our September 15th challenge!  Along with the reveal of a new sketch challenge, and 2 amazing sponsors, we have loads of bonus inspiration for you, in the form of a blog hop with our generous friends at 


We are teaming up with My Creative Scrapbook to bring you a super fun blog hop, to share loads of inspiration from both design teams and to give you an extra chance to win their prize!  The My Creative Scrapbook design team members will be using a variety of their fabulous September kits to showcase our sketch. Each of the blog hop commenters will earn a ballot and have the opportunity to win one of My Creative Scrapbook's gorgeous September main kits (shown below)!  Read on to find out how you can earn a second ballot to win this prize!



As usual, we have a second sponsor! Thank you also to the amazing, supportive and long-time friend to Stuck?! Sketches, Creative Embellishments  who are also sponsoring this challenge with a $25.00 gift certificate to their online shop for our second randomly chosen winner!

Creative Embellishments is a new family owned company that was created by Michael and Nicolle Kramer. We are a husband and wife team who design and manufacture unique, high quality chipboard, wood and rubber stamp products. It is our mission is to offer fun and inspiring products to bring out your inner creativity that you can add to any project. In the near future we will be expanding into other mediums such as rubber/acrylic stamps and acrylic embellishments.

ALSO, We want to show you how much we appreciate that you play along with us and share your designs and talent with us so we will be choosing one scrapbooker from this challenge to guest with us for our November 15th challenge!


Of course, we still need to share our sketch with you, check it out:


I chose to flip the sketch to suit my photo.
I've used Kaisercraft Papers, "Indigo Skies" collection, one of my faves at the moment.
The flair is from Studio Fourteen 40.
The stamp is from Carabelle Studio, "Nuage d'toiles."
The metal clock is by Prima.
The little enamel dots are oldies from Prima, "Allstar collection."

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
 It's not often we have a photo of all our Sons together, so this one is very special to me.  It seems such a short time since you were all at home milling about in a state of noisy chaos.  The days were full of sweaty clothes, mountains of washing, school bags, sporting gear, trolley loads of food, dirty dishes and vociferous debating about every topic under the sun.  There was wrestling in the lounge room, corny jokes and loud music.  Often advanced grunting and shoulder shrugging was the response to impertinent questions from parents and you always doled out information sparingly, on a "needs to know" basis.   Only in later years, at family gatherings, have we learned of some of the high jinks that went undetected by us at the time.  Ignorance is bliss, or so they say!   And look at you now; all married with families, careers and responsibilities of your own, yet the boyish glint of mischief in your eyes shines as brightly as ever when you get together.    Love you all to the moon and back.
   1st September 2012

And now here is your hop order!

You can also earn a second chance to win the My Creative Scrapbook September main kit by playing along with our September 15th sketch challenge and linking up your entry as usual!  As always all winners will be chosen randomly, though we will be doing a random manual draw for the My Creative Scrapbook prize, and our usual random.org draw for the Creative Embellishments prize.