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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Using Up My Flowers

Hello all,

What a lovely sunny day today in my part of the world! Still cold, mind.....Nothing like a nice summer project to get me going when it's cold outside, so when I saw the (P)inspirational photo this time:


I knew I wanted to scrap some summer photo's! And here she is, our little girl, having an alfresco dinner in the garden. Unbelievable that this was less than a year ago, this weekend she started walking in earnest, stumbling her way around the living room! All the cliche's are true, they do grow up so fast..... I love it and hate it at the same time.


I took several elements from the inspirational photo, including the frame, butterflies and the word TODAY. I couldn't find any leaves in my stash, but I do have an absolute mountain of paper flowers that I want to use up and never do. Same with chipboard and butterflies, they really stump me on layouts! So I just started sticking around a circle I cut with my circle cutter (another one of those must-have tools that I rarely reach for somehow), using up flowers, brads and other assorted pieces I had to hand. I am pretty happy with the result, I tend to use rectangles of paper most often, so when I do something different it all feels so brandnew! I always say I should do this type of design more often, but then I never do....I guess I know my comfort zone!

We have two sponsors this time for the (P)inspirational Challenge: Imagine That Digistamps & The Cutting Cafe. Check out these links to see what beautiful things they have on offer!

Challenges:

* Come and Get It (Circles) 28/4
* Creative Sketchy Girls (Flowers and/or Butterflies) 15/5
* My Time to Craft (Sequins and/or Buttons) I did both 4/5 
* Just Add Ink (Choose 2: Metallics, Balloons, Circles) I used Metallic letter stickers and created several circles on my LO
* Great Impressions (April Showers Bring May Flowers) I used a bunch of flowers on my LO and included the purple 1/5

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Birthday Boy

Hello everyone,

Another Graphic45 birthday card to share with you today, I love using up these paper pads for cardmaking! Love the quote and thought it very appropriate for a birthday ;)


Challenges:
* That's Crafty (Outnumbered) 27/4
* Try it on Tuesday (Add a Quote) 24/4
* Crafty Sentiments (Men/Boy
* Ooh La La (Birthday)
* The Paper Girls (Numbers) 29/4
* Dragonfly Journeys (Hip to be Square) 29/4
* Words 2 Craft By (Number Mouse) 3/5 

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Wedding Calamity

Good morning all!

It's that time again, today is the start of a new (P)inspirational Challenge! 
We have this photo as our inspirational starting point:


Makes sense with Easter just around the corner, but my mind immediately went to this one piece of paper that I had in my stash with doily ovals. So I am sharing a wedding layout with you today, documenting my tendency for calamity, especially when something important is about to happen. So yes, I did manage to cut my fingers just before we got married and all eyes in the room would be on this hand......unbelievable how I managed it! Anyway, it's all good now, but it seemed a story worth recording to me, as accidents are such a big part of my personality LOL


What will you go for? Our sponsor this time is Sasayaki Glitter, so well worth entering the challenge!


Challenges

* Sweet Stampin' Challenge (Mellow Yellow) the lace border is created using a stamp 
* Create with Connie & Mary (Colour Combination) 30/4
* Scrap It With a Song (Somebody to Love) 30/4

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Way Back When

Hello crafty peeps,

Did you have a good weekend? It was great springlike weather here, we had a bike around both days with our girl in front of me pointing and laughing all the way, it was delightful! Talking about bikes and spring, here is our new inspirational photo over @ the (P)inspirational challenge:


Would have been perfect for this weekend's photo's, but we didn't take any and just enjoyed the experience. So instead, I scrapped a very old picture (1993!) of me and my class mates in high school. Seems like a lifetime away (and by this time, it pretty much is of course)! I let myself be inspired by the lightblue window frame and the white wall, as well as the bike basket where all the flowers are in. Perhaps not the most obvious way of being inspired by a picture, but I have had this W R Memory Keepers triangles paper in my stash for quite a bit now and I despereately wanted to use it. I love it, but that light blue is not a colour I scrap with very often, so I very often passed it by regretfully when I was looking through my papers.This time I was determined to make it work and I did it! Yay for me ;)


We have two sponsors this time around; Elisabeth Bell and Fred She Said! If you would like to join, please link up directly to the challenge blogpost and let us know how you were inspired by the photo (personally, I love to read how you were inspired!).

Challenges:
* Lasting Memories (Use 5 different patterned papers)
* Crafty Friends (B is for...) Blue, Black & Brown colour scheme
* Making Memories (Add Some Layers)
* Ooh La La (Layer It Up)
* 613 Avenue Create (Anything Goes)

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Birthday card

Good morning all!

I'm back with a card share this time, I made this card last night for a good friend who is turning 39 this week, using up some of my Graphic 45 papers.I used a mask on the frame to create the brown stains, really looks quite authentic in real life! I love how the white card stands out from all the vintage-style papers :)


Challenges:

* Create and Makes (AG, optional twist: Make it Vintage
* Cute Card Thursday (Celebrations)
* Words to Craft By (Proverbs & Blessings)
* Incy Wincy (Happy Birthday)
* Scrap & Craft (Celebrations)

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The story behind my wedding bouquet

Hi everyone,

Two more week have passed, that means another (P)inspirational Challenge is starting today! This is our inspirational picture this time around:


The flowers immediately sparked some inspiration for me, I have a paper with similar flowers that I hadn't cut into! A quick rummage through my stash confirmed it: yes, I did, let's use it and fussy-cut some of the flowers! I also mimicked the chalkboard look a little bit by using a dark background paper, although it's not quite a chalkboard 'pattern' (turns out I didn't have any 12x12 like that in my stash). I did find some 6x6 paper pad that had a pattern with chalky frames on it, so I used that. I combined a larger square picture (4x4) with two small 2x2 detail shots to support my story. 


This LO is about how we chose the flowers for my wedding bouquet; they included roses but also thistles, which is probably a bit unusual for a wedding, but since my husband is Scottish it worked really well. Overall, I am pretty happy with the LO, but I think next time I would make the frame paper angle less extreme and show off the paper more by placing it higher on the page while keeping the rest the same. Oh well, you live and learn ;)

Hope you get a little inspired by my make and play along with our challenge yourself. Our sponsor this fortnight is A Day for Daisies, check our their website using the link below!


Challenges:
* Scrap & Craft (Celebrations)
* Making Memories (Add Some Layers
* Dream Valley Challenges (Lots of Layers)
* Another Freaking Scrapbook Challenge (Use Chipboard and something old from your Stash) 31/3 Everything is relatively old, included chipboard heart
* Hiding in my Craftroom (Use up some Scraps)
I used up some Simple Stories cards from a cutapart sheet; the blue chevron card was stretched to create the illusion of a full piece of paper (that took a bit of creative cutting!) and the card with the railing was repurposed to hold the little pictures. Also used some scrap paper to emphasize the title and fill up the space between title and journaling

Monday, 6 March 2017

Birthday card

Hi everyone! 

March is always a big month for me in terms of birthdays and anniversaries, so a card-making sessions was definately in order for me! Today I am sharing the first one, using some Graphic 45 8x8 paper pads from my stash. I love using these papers for card making. I have some 12x12 papers as well, but they just don't really match my scrapbooking style. Funny huh. 

Anyway, here's the card:



Challenges

* Scrap & Craft (Celebration)
* Creatalicious Challenges (AG with option of Green)
* Delicious Doodles (Add Something Green
* Dare2BArtzy (Lots of Layers)
* Dragonfly Dreams (Girly & Diecut or Punch)
* Paper Players (Cut it Out