Friday, 12 September 2014

the boyz-Sketchabilities #122

I've been promising my sister an album of her boys for years now. She gave me her favourite younger years photos years ago and on a recent visit she asked me how her album was going. I smiled and replied great! Here is the first page lol. My handsome nephews Eric & Tyler.
I used this sketch from Sketchabilities for this layout.
To make it more masculine I replaced the hearts with cogs. This is so hard for me as I am so used to doing the little girl and princess pages. This album will most definitely be a challenge!
I did add a bloom or two out of habit! I used Prima's Cartographer Collection papers and flowers.
To get the masculine look I did a great deal of misting including on the alphas!
A close-up or two.
At the last minute i decided to add some moulding paste to the page. I have been using homemade moulding paste lately and have really enjoyed it. I can make it as thick or thin as I want. Well off to start another page. I am so far behind because of my illness and my computer issues. Have a great weekend! All the best! :)

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Rainy Day Giveaway Update

Good afternoon everyone. Regretfully I have been having difficulties with my computer and have been unable to do anything. So I decided to make a few changes to the prize pack. I've added two stamps sets one from Prima and one from Bo Bunny as well as a package of rubons and a few more ribbons! Now I think it looks better! 
The rules are the same:
1. Be or become a member of my blog
2. Leave me a little note on how you deal with bad days!
That's it!
I will extend the contest until October 5th as I've lost a week! I will announce the winner on October 6th! So please check in!
I will also be holding a Bo Bunny surplus giveaway in the fall which will include all kinds of goodies and another Giveaway at Christmas so stay tunned!
Have a great day! All the best! :)

Monday, 8 September 2014

believe

 This month at Scrap Around the World the Mood Board revolved around the world of make believe of fairies and Fairy Tales and I was enthralled! I am still very much a kid a heart and love fairies and princesses! So I found myself not only making one layout for the Design Team reveal but a second one for myself. One of each granddaughter! Take a peek at my Magical Fairy Princess! 
When I take the girls for a week each summer for holidays we often dress up and play in the woods. Of course Grandma is never without her camera. This summer I got some really lovely shots of Emily. At five she is still a tiny girl much like a pixie. I loved how she got so caught up in the role and you can see it by the smile on her face!
I received my LE Kit from My Creative Scrapbook and it had these amazing papers from Websters Pages new line Strawberry Fields! The graphics in this line are just gorgeous!
I did a lot of fussy cutting placing flowers and strawberries throughout my page. I used some Blue Fern chipboard for a change. I love these little trellis bits!
I did a lot of inking on this page and used moulding paste (yes home made! the pages smell nice!) using two different masks. I looked everywhere for this heart mask but couldn't find it anywhere. Lucky me I have a wonderful friend , Marilyn Rivera, who went out and bought one for me and shipped it up to Canada! She is the nicest person! So kind and sweet! Thank-you Marilyn, again!
The other mask is Rings and Puddles which I ordered from The Scrapbook Diaries! (Great store by the way!) I added the little Prima resin angels in as they just seemed to fit the theme perfectly.
Fussy cut flowers mixed together with Petaloo's gorgeous blooms and another tiny fairy. I even used twine on this layout lol! From gifts that were given to me I kept the twine. I made yellow and pink bows. You can see a peek of Dusty Attic in there as well in the small red clock frame.
And finally my title. believe. I do I guess I always will. We all need a little fantasy in life. I stamped the bottom of my page and used black embossing powder to make a bold border. Believe is another Dusty Attic chippie! Well that't it for this post. I will be back soon to make a revision to my contest! Adding a few things and due to problems with my computer I haven't been able to really get it out there so going to change things around! Make sure you come back and check it out! I am off to bed. Have a great evening! All the best! :)


Scrap Around the World-September Mood Board

It's that time of month again for a new Mood Board from Scrap Around the World! I am a little late in posting as I just got my computer back from the repair shop. The Mood Board was designed by the talented Amy Voorthuis and it's a beauty! Fairy tales! I believe!!! Take a look!
Gorgeous isn't it? I ended up doing two layouts for this because the paper I wanted didn't come in on time so once I know which one is going up for the reveal (and I am doing a tutorial this month) then I will post the other one! And. . .don't forget the awesome prizes that we give away each month. . .



Please remember that in order to be eligible for our random prize each month you do need to share your project on our Facebook Wall.

We have a new giveaway up on our Facebook page HERE with a lovely prize 
from Galeria Papieru, closing on the 16th September so still time to enter!

 
To be eligible for judging you need to follow our
 10 Golden Rules HEREwhich include:- 

1)  Sharing the mood board image in your blog post.

2)  Mentioning Scrap Around The World {in full - not just 
SATW} & LINKING BACK to our current challenge.

3)  Explaining how you were inspired by our mood board

4)  Linking back to your SATW blog post NOT YOUR ENTIRE BLOG.

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If receiving comments from some of our Design Team members is important
 to you please ensure that you have WORD VERIFICATION TURNED OFF.

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And what can you WIN?!?

1ST PRIZE

 $50 worth of AWESOME STAMPS from Darkroom Door 


Darkroom Door is owned by photographer Rachel Greig &  graphic designer 
Stewart Yule, who combine their talents to design a unique range of rubber
 stamps & papercraft products suitable for card making, scrapbooking, invitations, 
collage, mixed media & altered art. As the name suggests, Darkroom Door
 products have a strong photographic element in their design.


Rubber Stamp set Brush Strokes & Frame Stamp Emulsion.

Check out the Darkroom Door website to see their full product 
range along with a gallery full of projects and ideas!

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/rachelgreig

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2ND PRIZE

$40 worth of product from 7Dots Studio in the form
of 2 stunning product collections as shown
 PLUS 2 CHIPBOARD PACKS!


7 Dots Studio was born from dreams & for dreams. 
We are a European scrapbooking manufacturer of high 
quality scrapbooking products – papers, stickers, die-cuts,
 collage sheets, 6x6 pads, collection kits &chipboards. 
Quality of our products is our top priority. 

Our collections are created by amazingly talented artists - 
from clean, graphic designs to mixed-media, grungy collage look. 
What you can always be sure of are high quality & thickness of our papers, 
which makes them work perfectly with all kinds of media.

 Among our products you will find also clear stamp sets coordinating 
with our collections to make them even more interesting & versatile.
We are amazingly happy & feel very blessed to see how much
 our products are loved by crafters & artists around the world!

If you would like to see more awesome inspiration from 
our design team please visit our blog or Facebook fan page.


Blog/website: http://7dotsstudio.com/
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/7dotsstudio

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3RD PRIZE

$30 worth of Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays, as well as 
some pretty chipboard sponsored by 


Scraps of Darkness & Scraps of Elegance are monthly scrapbook kit clubs 
that cater to scrapbookers who are looking for an alternative to what other kit 
clubs offer.Our kits are designed for artists who wish to take scrapbooking to a
 level beyond. We strive to include the latest & greatest items on the market
 that will enable you to create not "just a layout", but a work of art.


Please also check out the inspiration from our design team on the shop's blog!
You can also find us on Facebook & Pinterest & YouTube - let's connect!
Our tutorials you can find here!
Store: http://store.scrapsofdarkness.com
Blog: http://scrapsofdarkness.blogspot.com/
Community / Gallery: https://www.facebook.com/groups/scrapsofdarkness

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4TH PRIZE

$20 worth of NEW RELEASE  2Crafty Chipboard!
 See their awesome new products just released HERE!


2Crafty Chipboard is an Australian owned & operated manufacturer & wholesaler 
of laser cut chipboard products, located in Sydney, Australia.  We have been
 in operation since October 2006 & have more than 1 000 designs on offer.
We pride ourselves on quality products that are versatile & up to date with 
market trends, as well as offering unbeatable customer service, 
with quick turnaround of jobs large & small.

We are happy to quote on personalised jobs, whether it be a single title for a 
customer, or large jobs for retreats, classes etc.  If you are a retail business 
& would like to stock our range of unique products, please contact us
 for more information.  Please see further details on our blog!


Image depicts a sampling of 2Crafty's latest products & is for illustration 
purposes only. Prizewinner will receive an awesome selection 
of 2Crafty Chipboard to the value of their prize.


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5TH PRIZE

$15 gift card from The Flying Unicorn Online Store!


Flying Unicorn...Your Passion. Your Art. 

Their on line store has an incredible selection of products for all paper crafting 
artists. Their Kit of the Month is filled with the latest & greatest ~ including 
an off-the-page project to keep your creative muse flowing!

Be sure to check out the Flying Unicorn forums, a hot & happening place 
which includes monthly challenges, tips, techniques & friendships that last!

They also have a blog &  Facebook page where you can find loads of inspiration!



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RANDOM PRIZE

$25 worth of Green Tara products & flowers!


Green Tara are an Australian based company & are importers 
& wholesalers of fine handmade & milled mulberry papers,beautiful ribbons,
both fabric & paper flowers, washi tape, etc. They are continually adding to
 their collections of high quality products & provide papers with rich colours, 
wonderful textures & beautiful patterns!


Image depicts a sampling of Green Tara's latest products & is for illustration
 purposes only. Prizewinner will receive an awesome selection of Green Tara 
products worth $30.

Blog:  http://www.greentara1.blogspot.com.au/
Website:  http://www.greentara.com.au/home.php

ALL OUR PRIZES ALWAYS INCLUDE FREE INTERNATIONAL POSTAGE!!

The deadline for this challenge is  TUESDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2014.

We can't WAIT to see what you all come up with based on this
gorgeous mood board!  REMEMBER TO LEAVE A COMMENT
FOR OUR FABULOSO DESIGN TEAM LADIES!!

http://scraparoundtheworld.blogspot.ca/
Please give it a try I can't wait to see what  your imagination comes up with! All the best! :)

Friday, 29 August 2014

Rainy Day Giveaway Contest!

Needless to say August has been less than a stellar month for me. Aside from losing my job over a dispute between my boss and the building owner my health has taken another downward spin. I haven't been able to do much this month except clutch the hot pack tight to my tummy and pray for better days. That saying when it rains it pours? Well it's monsoon season in our house. So what better way to cheer myself up than to have a rainy day giveaway! So it's so easy first this is the prize:
And all you have to do for a chance to win is:
1. Leave me a comment on how you cope with rainy days (I need all the advice I can get!)
2. Be a follower or become a follower of my blog. (I promise you will see posts going up very soon!)
3. If you choose to share this contest on facebook or your blog then this will count as another entry! Please leave me the link in your comment!
THAT"S IT!

So I hope you'll join in for the fun of it and because I will be looking forward to hearing from individuals who have been through the same and have survived! 
The winner will be announced on September 30th so don't forget to come back and see if you are the lucky winner! This contest is open to international participants as well. 
All the best! :)

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Beautiful-Scrap Around the World Mid-month Reveal


 Welcome to the mid-month reveal at Scrap Around the World! And this is my DT layout!
 This month at Scrap Around the World we had this wonderful Mood Board to work with:
Hello everyone & welcome to Challenge 16, hosted by Marilyn Rivera, from the USA!



REMEMBER TO SHARE YOUR TAKE ON IT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE 
TOO to be in with a chance to win our RANDOM prize!

 We have a new giveaway coming up there soon too so remember
 to follow us there & subscribe to notifications from our page so you 
don't miss our exclusive Facebook competitions, held regularly!

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Marilyn's mood board is fashion based, as Marilyn herself is a Fashion Designer
& all her work is influenced by beautiful paper folding & drapery as in her clothing
designs.  There are so many different colour & style options here!

The possibilities are endless!!  Remember you only need to be inspired
by ONE image or many, up to YOU!  And you don't need to follow all the 
colours or ANY of them if necessary.  The world is your oyster at Scrap
Around The World!  Just let us know how you were inspired unless it
is glaringly obvious :)

To be eligible for judging you need to follow our 10 Golden Rules
 HEREwhich include:- 1)  Sharing the mood board image.

2)  Mentioning Scrap Around The World {in full - not just 
SATW} & LINKING BACK to the current challenge.

3)  Mentioning HOW you were inspired by our mood board,
UNLESS IT IS EXTREMELY OBVIOUS!

4)  Linking back to your SATW blog post NOT YOUR ENTIRE BLOG.

Obviously to me I saw beauty in this board and thought immediately of a photo I had of my youngest daughter Jessie. Jessie is a new mom and thinks she looks horrid now as there is no time for makeup, manis or pedis! I tell her how beautiful she is all the time but you know how it is when you're a new mom!
Used this lace sticker from Prima as my title as it said all I wanted BEAUTIFUL! I sprayed it with some Lindy's Stamp Gang Mist (Salt Water Taffy). The papers are a combo of Blue Fern's Ombre Dreams and Prima's Princess line. Thought the two birds looked adorable peeking out.
Flower cluster a combo of Prima and Petaloo flowers and some Blue Fern chippies.


Tried to use more texture and techniques with this layout. I used a new Prima mask I just got called Flowers and with a little moulding paste added these flowers. To bring out the pink of Jessie's lipstick a little I colored the flowers in with another Lindy's mist called Peony Scarlet Red.You can see some of the stamping I did around the page using various stamps. I cut my papers into various tag shapes and tucked them behind my photo.
More texture paste different mask! Prima's circle mask. This time I added some Liquitex Glass Beads in with the moulding paste for more of a textured look. I then added some of Prima's Say it in Crystal pebbles in between. (I love these!!!). The pink "objects" actually came from one of my husband's Harley Davidson orders! It was used to help package the item in the box. He brought it to me and asked if I could use it! How cool is that? So I sprayed them with mist and added them to the page. Just goes to show you what you can use as embellishments on your layouts!
The same pattern on the bottom left to add balance. Here you can see some of the hand stitching I did. And that ladies and gents is my layout for this month! Now a taste of some of the amazing prizes you can win!!
1ST PRIZE


$50 worth of product from 7Dots Studio!




7 Dots Studio was born from dreams & for dreams. 
We are a European scrapbooking manufacturer of high 
quality scrapbooking products – papers, stickers, die-cuts,
 collage sheets, 6x6 pads, collection kits &chipboards. 
Quality of our products is our top priority. 

Our collections are created by amazingly talented artists - 
from clean, graphic designs to mixed-media, grungy collage look. 
What you can always be sure of are high quality & thickness of our papers, 
which makes them work perfectly with all kinds of media.

 Among our products you will find also clear stamp sets coordinating 
with our collections to make them even more interesting & versatile.
We are amazingly happy & feel very blessed to see how much
 our products are loved by crafters & artists around the world!

If you would like to see more awesome inspiration from 
our design team please visit our blog or Facebook fan page.


Blog/website: http://7dotsstudio.com/

-----------------------------------------------

2ND PRIZE

$40 gift card from The Flying Unicorn Online Store!


Flying Unicorn...Your Passion. Your Art. 
Their on line store has an incredible selection of products for all paper crafting artists. 
Their Kit of the Month is filled with the latest & greatest ~ including 
an off-the-page project to keep your creative muse flowing!
Be sure to check out the Flying Unicorn forums, a hot & happening place 
which includes monthly challenges, tips, techniques & friendships that last! 



They also have a blog &  Facebook page where you can find loads of inspiration!


---------------------------------------------------

3RD PRIZE

$30 worth of 2Crafty Chipboard!


2Crafty Chipboard is an Australian owned & operated manufacturer & wholesaler 
of laser cut chipboard products, located in Sydney, Australia.  We have been
 in operation since October 2006 & have more than 1 000 designs on offer.
We pride ourselves on quality products that are versatile & up to date with 
market trends, as well as offering unbeatable customer service, 
with quick turnaround of jobs large & small.

We are happy to quote on personalised jobs, whether it be a single title for a 
customer, or large jobs for retreats, classes etc.  If you are a retail business 
& would like to stock our range of unique products, please contact us
 for more information.  Please see further details on our blog!


Image depicts a sampling of 2Crafty's latest products
 & is for illustration purposes only. Prizewinner will receive an
 awesome selection of 2Crafty Chipboard to the value of their prize.


----------------------------------------

4TH PRIZE

 $20 worth of Inklinkz from Shimmerz Shimmering Watercolours - 
sponsored by SCRAPS OF ELEGANCE KIT CLUB!


Scraps of Darkness & Scraps of Elegance are monthly scrapbook kit clubs that
cater to scrapbookers who are looking for an alternative to what other kit clubs offer.
Our kits are designed for artists who wish to take scrapbooking to a level beyond.
We strive to include the latest & greatest items on the market that will enable you
 to create not "just a layout", but a work of art.



Please also check out the inspiration from our design team on the shop's blog!
You can also find us on Facebook & Pinterest & YouTube - let's connect!
Our tutorials you can find here!
Store: http://store.scrapsofdarkness.com
Blog: http://scrapsofdarkness.blogspot.com/
Community / Gallery: https://www.facebook.com/groups/scrapsofdarkness

------------------------------------------

5TH PRIZE

 $15 worth of Green Tara products & flowers!




Green Tara are an Australian based company & are importers & wholesalers
 of fine handmade & milled mulberry papers,beautiful ribbons,both fabric & paper 
 flowers, washi tape, etc. They are continually adding to their collections of high
 quality products & provide papers with rich colours, wonderful textures & beautiful patterns!


Image depicts a sampling of Green Tara's latest products & is for illustration purposes only. Prizewinner will receive an awesome selection of Green Tara products worth $15.

Blog:  http://www.greentara1.blogspot.com.au/

--------------------------------------------

RANDOM PRIZE

$25 prize-pack from Darkroom Door


Darkroom Door is owned by photographer Rachel Greig &  graphic designer 
Stewart Yule, who combine their talents to design a unique range of rubber stamps
 &  papercraft products suitable for card making, scrapbooking, invitations, collage, 
mixed media & altered art. As the name suggests, Darkroom Door products
 have a strong photographic element in their design.



Check out the Darkroom Door website to see their full product range
 along with a gallery full of projects and ideas!




Crafty Lady Line Art Stamp and Splatter Texture Stamp

ALL OUR PRIZES ALWAYS INCLUDE FREE INTERNATIONAL POSTAGE!



The deadline for this challenge is  SUNDAY 31th AUGUST 2014.



It has to be said, Scrap Around the World has the most awesome prizes of anyone!
I know this was an incredibly long post so I'll make this short. I've been absent from my blog for awhile. Things have been difficult for my family as of late and we are muddling thru. As a result I have been involved in alot of "support" and damage repair but am hoping that now things have sorted themselves out and I can regain my momentum. In fact I want to push myself harder than ever so hang in there and I'll try not to disappoint! All the best and have an awesome weekend!