02 December 2016

Happy birthday

This layout is my take on the December mood board challenge at Scrap the Boys:



I took inspiration from the colour scheme, the diagonal stripes and the black & white accents.

Materials
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned paper
MME/Breaking Free Best Buds - Nothing But Dots scalloped patterned paper
Core'dinations Gemstones - Turquoise cardstock
Simple Stories Homespun - Insta-squares card
Simple Stories Life Documented - Bits & Pieces die cut word
2Crafty Film Strip - Small chipboard
Basic Grey Lucille chipboard letters/numbers

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01 December 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like...

Christmas... and at Pixels and Paper we're getting into the spirit too, with this inspiration picture and criteria: Christmas and/or pets.


I decided to make some Christmas cards.  I jumped into my (very small) stash of Christmas-themed products, and came up with... reindeer!  Santa's pets, yeah?



Card 1 - Materials
Basic Grey Marrakech - African Nectar patterned paper
Fancy Pants Oh Deer - Prancer patterned paper
Fancy Pants Oh Deer - Santa's Team patterned paper (fussy cut)
Bella! Bling Red rhinestone

Card 2 - Materials
Basic Grey Marrakech - African Nectar patterned paper
Fancy Pants Oh Deer - Prancer patterned paper
American Crafts gingham ribbon

I'm sharing my cards at Simon Says Wednesday for the Anything Goes theme.

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23 November 2016

Bean Creek Falls

Another pocket page - I'm finding my groove with this format.  It's a good way to fill the gaps in my unfinished vacation albums, and use up some of my older stash and scraps.

My title card for this page was inspired by Sketch #52 at Sketches in Thyme PL Style:



Materials
Creative Imaginations Winter Garden - Winter Vine patterned paper
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket Material Girl - Measuring Up patterned paper
MFT Die-namics - Little Lowercase Letters alphabet dies
Francheville spotted grosgrain ribbon
Daiso Fancy Pop brad pin
Chipboard alphabets (unknown brand)
Kaisercolour Lime acrylic paint
Felt die cut flower (RAK gift)
Embroidered ladybird motif (RAK gift)
Kraft striped washi tape

2/12/2016 Edit to add:  My page was featured at Sketches in Thyme PL Style.


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22 November 2016

Good Times (Notorious)

A simple single page pocket spread to add to the family album for July 2015:



I used customised the journal card:


I'm joining in the following challenges:
# Sketches in Thyme Project Life Style ~ Sketch #50
# Simon Says Monday ~ Trio-Tastic ~ three photographs

Materials
Simple Stories Sn@p! Insta-page insert
Simple Stories Sn@p! Everyday journal card
Simple Stories Carpe Diem - Bits & Pieces die cut anchor
Baker's twine

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19 November 2016

Playing with Blogger...

This post is all about playing around with my Blogger template...

In my professional life I sometimes play with HTML and CSS coding when developing e-learning packages, which got me thinking about how to expand and collapse text on my blog. After a bit of experimentation, I finally worked out how:

EXTRA INFO to read (or not)
I can put text or materials lists in here and it won't clutter up my blog post...

EXTRA IMAGES to look at (or not)

How to do it:
1> Enable JavaScript/jQuery in the blog template - Some custom templates already have it built in; if not, the code needs to be added. Basically, this says to Blogger, "Hey, I want to be able to expand and collapse some bits of my blog."
2> Add CSS script to the blog template - This defines the look and feel of the hidden containers. I can change the default colours, backgrounds, fonts etc in the style sheet.
3> Add HTML code to the individual posts - This defines which parts of the post I want to expand or collapse.

I did a bit of research to fine tune what I came up with; a quick internet search will ALWAYS return quite a few hits!   For me, the most helpful post was THIS ONE.  I edited the CSS to suit my own style, but the other codes were all ready to go with no modification.

Obviously, if I change my blog template in the future, I will need to repeat these steps to ensure the new template still does everything I want it to.

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18 November 2016

Daisy Hill

Scrapping some photographs from our walk in the Daisy Hill Forest...

This layout was based on the November sketch at Scrapping Clearly:



Materials
Simple Stories Summer Vibes - Yellow Grid patterned paper
Watercolour paper
Kaisercolour Yellow acrylic paint
Kaisercolour Lime Green acrylic paint
Cosmo Cricket Social Club - Swingin' patterned paper
My Mind's Eye Boy Crazy - Seeing Stars patterned paper
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned paper
Kaisercraft Vines diecut
Memory Box Perched Reed Bird diecut
MFT Die-namics - Little Lowercase Letters alphabet dies
Buttons

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This layout was based on the second November sketch at Stuck?! ~ I rotated the sketch like this:


And this is what I came up with:



Sharing this one at Clique Kits for the Anything Goes theme.

Materials
Simple Stories Summer Vibes - Yellow Wood patterned paper
Simple Stories Summer Vibes - Yellow Grid patterned paper
Cherry Arte Floral chipboard (negative)
Cosmo Cricket Social Club - Swingin' patterned paper
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned paper
Becky Higgins Project Life - Girl Theme journal card
Bo Bunny Jazmyne - Wellspring patterned paper
Merci flair button
Yellow baker's twine
Cosmo Cricket Material Girl - Measuring Up patterned paper
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters alphabet dies

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17 November 2016

Scrap Boutique

A year later, and I finally got around to creating an opening page for the Scrap Boutique retreat section of my November 2015 album:



I was inspired by the November sketch at My Creative Sketches (which I modified just a little bit).

Materials
Bazzill Basics Smoothies - Blackberry Swirl cardstock
Bazzill Basics Bazzill Yellow cardstock
My Mind's Eye Boy Crazy - Seeing Stars patterned paper
My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart - Be Amazing - Unique Kraft patterned paper
October Afternoon Sasparilla - Pony Express patterned paper
Upcycyled tea box 
Butterfly die cuts
My Memories Butterfly punch
Buttons

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15 November 2016

Thanksgiving

This layout is my take on the November challenge at Creative Embellishments... lots of lovely autumn tones. I only used one patterned paper (both sides) but it was perfect for fussy cutting!



For the challenge twist I used some CE wood veneer leaves:



I'm also submitting my layout at Simon Says Monday for the Thanksgiving theme, and for Anything Goes at Clique Kits.

Materials
Kaisercraft Elegance - Catherine patterned paper
Creative Embellishments Fall Leaves wood veneers

Digital credits
Font: Sunshine in my Soul

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12 November 2016

D-lish cybercropping

Doing a spot of scrapping this week for The Scrap Suite cybercrop...

This one is for Challenge 3 ~ Show us your kits:



 I used some left over pieces from the D-lish Rustic Charm kit.

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This one is for Challenge 1 ~ Create a project that features alphabets as a design element:



Materials
MFT Die-namics - Little Lowercase Letters diecut alphabets
Simple Stories Life Documented - Bits & Pieces ampersand diecut

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This is for Challenge 2 ~ Colour challenge:



Materials
Kraft cardstock
My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart - Be Amazing - Unique Kraft patterned paper
Pink Paislee Color Wash - Shine patterned paper
MFT Die-namics - Little Lowercase Letters diecut alphabets
Simple Stories Life Documented - Bits & Pieces diecuts
Petaloo Mulberry Street - White embossed daisy
D-lish Scraps Rustic Charm flair & photo corner

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This one is for Challenge 4 ~ sketch:



Materials
Watercolour paper (overspray from previous project)
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket Social Club - Swingin' patterned paper
Kaisercraft Vines die cut

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10 November 2016

Flora

This layout is based on the colour scheme at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge:




Materials
Pink Paislee Queen Bee - Honeycomb patterned paper
Corrugated cardboard
Portacraft Metalllic Gold alphabet stickers
Yellow bulldog clip

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09 November 2016

Bloom

How gorgeous is this art inspiration piece at ARTastic?


It's a painting by Hilda Rix Nicholas and I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous teal tones.  Then I noticed the book/newspaper, and I knew which photographs I wanted to scrap.

For the vintage style criteria I included a crocheted doily, buttons and vintage book page. I also included teal highlights in my colour scheme:



Materials
Graphic 45 Come Away With Me - Cosmopolitan patterned paper
Kaisercraft Crochet Doilie - White 
My Mind's Eye Find Your Wings & Fly layered sticker
American Crafts Geyser cardstock
Echo Park Life is Good - Happy Borders patterned paper
Vintage book paper
Painted buttons
Butterfly die cuts

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08 November 2016

By the water

This is the gorgeous November mood board at Jot Magazine:


And this is my take:



I took inspiration from the watercolours and the colour palette.

I'm sharing my layout at Clique Kits for the November Anything Goes theme.

Materials
Making Memories Scrapbook Colors - Cornflower acrylic paint
Making Memories Scrapbook Colors - Ocean Blue acrylic paint
Cosmo Cricket Social Club - Blue Eyes patterned paper
American Crafts Stargaze textured cardstock
Basic Grey Lime Rickey - Howdy Doody patterned paper (fussy cutting)
White tissue paper
Lime green damask paper napkin
Doodlebug Hopscotch - Swimming Pool alphabet stickers
October Afternoon Mini Market - Green & Cream alphabet stickers

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07 November 2016

Clarence River

This is my take on the November challenge at Scrapping Outback:



I used each of the colours:

white, dark blue,  light blue/aqua, with a touch of black and red

I used a chipboard from my old stash, which I heat embossed and embellished with pearls:



Materials
Making Memories Scrapbook Colors - Cornflower acrylic paint
Making Memories Scrapbook Colors - Ocean Blue acrylic paint
Buzz & Bloom Botanica - Flower chipboard
Moon Glow Angel Wings - Jade embossing powder
My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart - Be Amazing - Kraft Unique patterned paper
Creative Imaginations French Blue Bell - Blue Bell Noir patterned paper
White tissue paper
Flourish With a Bling Chloe - Red pearls
Carolee's Creations Adorn It - Flirtacious alphabet stickers

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06 November 2016

You & Me

This layout is based on the November sketch at Stuck?!



I chose a night-time photograph, inspired by the book challenge at Scrap Our Stash


I added some stars that I made from paper scraps and buttons, and also some wood veneer stars.

1/12/2016 Edit to add:  I was selected a s a winner at Stuck?! Sketches!


Materials
American Crafts Geyser cardstock
Pebbles Homemade - 1905 Pine patterned paper
Simple Stories Homespun - Insta-square title card
Creative Embellishment Stars wood veneers
Bo Bunny Sweet Life - Noteworthy ticket

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05 November 2016

Chatsworth

This is my take on the November inspiration board at Funky Flair Studio:



Materials
Kaisercraft Lilac Avenue - Violet patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket Social Club - Swingin' patterned paper
Funky Flair Studio Just Green diecut flowers
MFT Die-namics - Little Lowercase Letters alphabet dies
Paper doily
Wooden butterfly buttons

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04 November 2016

Twinkle Twinkle

This is my submission for the November challenge at Show Us Your Stuff, where the theme is No People Allowed:



I used a photograph that I took at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art a few years ago.  My handmade items are Charm's Creations Silver Glitter star embellishment, handmade title that I made with my Cuttlebug and alphabet dies, and stars that I punched and doctored up with penwork and Kindy Glitz:



Other materials
Studio Calico Story Time - Nighty Night patterned paper
Making Memories Addie - Brocade Dots patterned paper
Becky Higgins Project Life - Open Book journalling card
Note paper
Sam & Lucy Medium Star punch
Derivan Kindy Glitz - Crystalina glitter glue
Sullivans Silver glitter cardstock
MFT Die-namics - Little Lowercase Letters alphabet dies

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03 November 2016

Joy of Song

This is my submission for the November challenge at White... with 1:



This is the colour swatch:


Materials
Vintage sheet music
Kaisercolour Navy Blue acrylic paint
Jillibean Soup Blue Happy - Wise Words title sticker
My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart - Be Amazing - Kraft Unique patterned paper

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02 November 2016

Out of the closet

I love the November Out of the Closet challenge at Kraft Plus...


A few years back, I customised a cheap little tank top for my daughter, by adding some handmade flowers made from fabric scraps.  She wore that top everywhere until she outgrew it!  The top has since been handed down to a friend's little girl.


For my layout, I took inspiration from the handmade flowers.



I embellished using flowers which I hand-cut from paper scraps.  I also punched out a few daisies, and stretched out every last skerrick of those papers! AND couldn't resist adding a little scrap of lace from my sewing box too.



Materials
Kraft cardstock
Basic Grey Porcelain - Chatsworth patterned paper
Crate Paper Shine - Dazzle patterned paper
Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Garden Gate patterned paper
Carl Mini Daisy punch
Nylon lace
Simple Stories Carpe Diem - Bits & Pieces diecut word

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01 November 2016

November already!

Somehow it's November already, where has this year gone? This is my DT reveal post for Pixels and Paper, where the inspiration photo this month is a stunner:


The additional criteria this month is TOUCHES OF GOLD.

I followed the floral theme, using some photographs I took at Brisbane Arcade in September.   I used the image as a sketch and kept the design very clean and simple. I used a piece of glitter cardstock as the matte for my photographs:



The design is simple, but the title was kind of fiddly!



I'm also sharing my layout at Simon Says Wednesday for the Anything Goes theme.

Materials
My Memories Bright Gold glitter cardstock 
Basic Grey Porcelain - Chatsworth patterned paper 
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters diecut alphabets 
MFT Die-namics - Little Lowercase Letters diecut alphabets 
D-lish Scraps Wildflowers - Candy Pink flowers

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30 October 2016

Ruff

Joining in with a challenge at Soul Scrappers...it's for Tic Tac Toe #TTT21 and I've selected:  DOG, PROJECT LIFE STYLE, BUTTONS.

I made a pocket scrapping layout, catching up on some more photographs from our Longreach holiday:



Materials
Simple Stories Sn@p! Insta-page insert
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned paper
Cocoa Vanilla Flying High - Boarding Pass patterned paper
Studio Calico vellum die cut frame
Buttons
Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type alphabet stickers

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