Sunday, 15 October 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! DT post 15 October 2017 - Love

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Stuck?! Sketches DT post - 15th October 2017 - Love

Welome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT page for 
Stuck?! Sketches!
This sketch was a joy to work with and my page came together easily. 
That doesn't always happen - sometimes I search for hours for just the right paper 
which I know I have tucked away in a safe place!

The papers are from Blue Fern, Seaside Cottage.   "Regalia" is the background
and I fussy cut the topper and the tag from Blush, "Devoted."
The enamel heart is by Pink Paislee - Oh my heart charms.
The enamel dots are from Doodlebug shape sprinkles, Bubbles.  
The chipboard title, is from Scrapmatts, CB6115 Assorted Words 28
covered it with Tattered Angels chalboard mist, Mint chocolate chip, 
before wet embossing with Ranger Bridal Tinsel.
The background texture was applied through a Scrapmatts stencil. ST9012 A4
The charms fabric heart was just the right colour for my page - it's from Charms Creations
I love the texture and the butterfly button.
I sprinkled some sequins around randomly - they are Springtime mix from Pretty Pink Posh.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
This photo was taken in the Winter when we spent a week at your home. You had grown so much since Mother's day when we last saw you. You had started eating big people's food like pumpkin and avocado through a little net bag with a handle. I'd never seen such an thing, but you knew how to hold the handle and direct the food into your mouth.  You were a happy little Bubba, delighted to play with your dog, listen to stories, have big snuggles and smile all day long.  That is until it was time for sleeping!  Then the battles began.  You were quite happy to be held to go to sleep, but there was something deeply suspicious in your cot and you were not keen on going in there at all.  Your parents were so sleep deprived, that they allowed me to mind you for a few hours during the night. Daddy arrived in the wee small hours with you, your wrap, your dummy, your milk and your dance moves.  What fun we had, with you struggling to get out of the wrap, jumping up and down like a tap dancer and spitting out your dummy.   You were not crying, just not in the mood for sleeping.  So we snuggled up and observed each other at close range, until eventually Mr Sandman coaxed your eyes shut and you slept!  I enjoyed helping out and it brought back memories of your Daddy doing similar things when he was a Baby.
Love Granny - 24th July 2017

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

October Creating for Scrapmatts DT - Precious Time layout and a Masculine Card

Hello and welcome back to to my blog
I have two projects today designed for Scrapmatts.

First I'm sharing a layout about our newest Grand Baby and her Pa. 
I used a sketch from Laura Whitaker, it's from August 2016 
Scrapmatts sponsors her site regularly. 
So happy to use the strip of flower paper at the back, It was one of the first ones I bought,  so is almost an antique!   It's by Scenic Route Paper Co. Charlotte, "Strip combo.
The pink circle was cut from Echo Park, "Princess Journalling".
The stencilling is hard to see, but it looks lovely IRL.  ST5030

The flower and leaf cluster is from Scrapmatts CB5166 Leaf Spray 15.
After using white gesso, I inked  and stamped it with water colours.  
The Family title is from Scrapmatts words.
The quote square is from Scrapberry, Elegantly simple collection.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
We were staying with you for a week and loved the chance to get to know you better. It's hard when you live so far away, but we make every day count when we are with you. It was fun watching you learn to feed yourself, trying to crawl and interacting with the dog. You were always content in your Grandfather's arms and despite not sleeping well, you are a happy and friendly baby.   Love Granny 21st July 2017

Next up is a masculine card - it could be for a Birthday, Graduation or Father's day.
I used some older Graphic 45 paper for the background
before adding Oxide ink through a stencil on Kraft. ST 9005-A6
The mottled colour on the tag was created with Oxides too.
The Penny Farthing CB 1012 was inked and embossed in black.
The sentiment is from CB1239 Scrap Words 25 

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Monday, 2 October 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! DT post 1st October 2017 - Wherever possible choose adventure

Welome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT page for
I like that this sketch uses multiple photos and still leaves room for white space. 

The background paper is an older one; it's by Kaisercraft, "Basecoat" collection. 
I teamed it with a new Kaisercraft collection, called "Factory 42" 
using the cogs and pipes from the collectables kit. 
The metal cogs are from my stash, I'm not sure where I sourced them.
The rulers are also Kaisercraft, "Photo friendly"
The mesh on the side is from a die lent to me by my friend at a Scrapping day.  
Thank you Marilyn. 

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
We were lucky enough to have you for a whole day during the Winter School Holidays and decided to take you to Port Adelaide to see the "Faile",  a 151' ketch built in 1909 and the "Adelaide" the worlds oldest clipper ship, which was used to transport passengers and goods from the Britain to Adelaide. Perhaps some of your ancestors arrived on her?
Of course I took my camera in the hope that a change of surrounding might evoke enthusiasm for photos, but it was so cold we found it difficult to get a spot out of the biting wind.  The Port is full of wonderful old buildings, history and Graffiti and I'd like to take you all back there next holidays.  Love Granny, 17th July 2017.

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Kraft+ October challenge - Louvre

Hello again Scrappy Friends, welcome to October where today I'm sharing a post for 

The challenge is to use see through materials on your layout, with Kraft as your background.  First, I went looking for a photo to suit the theme and came up with this one of the Louvre, a striking glass building in Paris.  Then what to use to support the photo?  Some of my teamies helped out with suggestions.  Think Vellum, Acetate, Clear letters etc.  So I rummaged around in my stash and liberated some older products and I'm happy with the result.
Everything old is new again!
The gold and vellum triangle was created with a remnant of Crate paper.
The patterned paper at the bottom is an old, old piece by 7 Gypsies called Fleur de Lys.
The stamped chevrons are by VivaLasVegaStamps.
The clear letters are also old, Heidi Swapp Ghost letters, I coloured them with
Tim Holtz alcohol inks and stitched them down.
The stamped image is Fleur de Lys from Stampers Anonymous
which I wet embossed with "Aged Taupe" by Stampendous.
The film strip is from Tim Holtz.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
This stunning building is a newer addition to the enormous Louvre and I love the contrasting architecture between the old and the new. Can't help but wonder about the debate between the conservatives and progressives, which preceded the approval for the building.  Maybe it was a bit like the nonsense that went on in Sydney during the construction of the landmark Opera House.  We queued with hordes of other tourists to see the Mona Lisa; so much smaller than I imaged her to be; and preferred less crowded spaces like the Degas exhibition.
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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!

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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

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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 draw for the Creative Embellishments prize.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Scrapmatts DT September 2017 - Together and Believe

Hello and welcome back to Scrapmatts.
It's Helen with you today.

First I'm sharing a layout about a newborn baby meeting her Daddy.
The photo was slightly out of focus, but too precious to discard, so I added a watercolour filter, to blend in with the ombre background paper.
All the papers are from the  Kaisercraft collection, "Indigo Blue." 
The flair is from Studio Fourteen 40.
The puffy clouds is from Amy Tangerine "Cute overload".
I'm not sure where I got the spotty flair, apart from the bottom of my stash, maybe G45?
I left all the chipboard bare apart from the heart which I wet embossed with 
Stampendous "aged Taupe."

I based my layout on a sketch by Laura Whitaker.

Scrapmatts products used:-
CB1229 Chains 02
CB1071 Hearts
CB5142 Retro Squares
CB6112 Scrap words 31
Heart Stencil

Next up is an older photo from a Christmas 2014.
Still stash busting, I've used scraps of older papers to make the red and patterned trees;
then combined them with a new Kaisercraft Christmas collection "Letters to Santa",
for the green tree and green mat.  I think that the gorgeous
 Scrapmatts products have added a touch of festivity and sparkle.
I used various water colours and Tim Holtz Oxides to paint the Holly leaves.
The Believe title, the Frame and the stencilling was done with Nuvo Mousse. 

I based my page on a sketch by Laura Whitaker

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