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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Winter Birthday

Hello everyone!

Happy New Year, can I still say that on the 17th? I suppose it's alright! The DT at the Pinspirational Challenge is starting up 2017 today with this inspiration photo:

How super cute is that picture? Plenty of ways you can go with this as well: snow, the colour scheme, the textures or just the little girl. I chose to do the latter:

I found this image semi-finished in my to-do pile and decided to complete the card for this challenge. I can't remember the artist, but if one of you knows please tell me! Our sponsor this time is All Dressed Up, have a look at their webshop as there are plenty of great digis available!

* Let's Craft & Create (Things with Wings) My little birdie! 2/2
* Scrap from your Heart (Winter without Christmas) 28/1
* DL Art (Winter) 26/1
* Sasayaki Glitter Challenge (Green) 3/2
* Come and Get It (Winter) 20/1
* Digi Design Challenge (Snowy Winter) 27/1

Tuesday, 20 December 2016


Hi all,

Christmas is coming near now, hope you are all prepared? Our last challenge this year at Pinspirational has this inspirational photo:

Lots of things to choose from; the theme, the colour scheme, the stockings, lace, rosettes.......I chose to use the colour scheme and the lace in my layout this time; these are two pictures before and after my daughter's 30 mins swimming lesson. As you can tell, that half hour took a lot out of her, so tired! But it was fun :)

Join us for one last challenge in 2016, we will be back in January with new challenges, but in the mean time will take some time off to celebrate the holidays with our families. See you on the other side in 2017!

* Lasting Memories (AG with photos from 2016)
* Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends (AG)
* Inspiration Destination (AG)

Friday, 9 December 2016

Birthday card for Dad

Hi all,

Back again to share a card I made for my FIL, whose birthday is at the end of December. I have had the Graphic 45 Typography paperpad for a long time and have hardly ever used it. I don't really know why I bought it, since it really is not my style, but for some reason for a while there Graphic 45 must have been hypnotising me with their products as I constantly wanted to buy more. Thankfully I resisted mostly, as that stuff was/is expensive! Therefore, I didn't just want to purge it and not use it, so I thought it would really well for a birthday card for an "older gentleman".

I used several papers from the pad and teamed it with a party person wood veneer (I realise now that I really didn't need that many party people as come in a pack, I have had this forever too!) and some really ancient word stickers. Some gold thread stitching along the sides of the banner completed the project. I think it worked out quite well and some more paper leaves my craft room :)

* Crafty Creations (Masculine)
* The Male Room (Christmas/December Celebrations/Winter Wishes) Winter Birthday
* Paper Shelter (Birthday Card)
* Paper Play Sketches (Sketch)
* Get Creative (Birthday)

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

The Cutest Easter Bunny

Hello all,

Can you feel that? It's Christmas that is approaching! Oh lord, give me strength......let's just say I am not the fondest of the holiday season, but now that we have a little sweet pea it's actually getting more and more fun. It's just so stressful, this time before we have our time off, everything needs to happen at the last moment of course. However, on the up-side.....lounging in my jammies all day! Now that is a holiday tradition I can get behind ;)

Our challenge this week at Pinspirational Challenges focuses on this picture:


Ow, how adorable and lovely Christmassy! So guess what I did with it:

Funny how different the project looks from the inspiration picture, but I assure you I started out with the colour scheme in mind and went through my stash. I was hoping to find some tartan paper in either blue, green of red, but couldn't find any, so selected the red floral background instead. I don't know about you, but flowers are not really what I associate with Christmas (bar the Christmas roses of course). So I decided to keep using the colour scheme, but veer towards a more spring-like topic, like.....yeah, like Easter of course. Bear with me, people....That meant I had to soften the colours a little bit to match the theme, I added a little pink and a splash of yellow to make it match elements in the photos and hey presto: a project was completed, Let's call it artistic licence ;)

So perhaps you will be able to stick to the photo more, or perhaps you also like to make a cross-over project. Regardless, come and share and tell your story behind your work! Sponsor this time around is the Cutting Cafe, a great reason to play along. Hope to see you sharing your work with us!

* Crafty Cardmakers (Anything but a Card)
* Paper Nest Dolls (Anything Goes)
* Use Your Stuff (Layers, using papers, enamel dots, (letter) stickers and chipboard to layer)
* Creates and Makes (Anything Goes, optional Red, Green and Gold)

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

First Smiles

Hi all,

There's still time to play along with the current Pinspirational Challenge. This is the photo we are taking our inspiration from this time:

A lovely winter scene, but I used it for a different kind of project:

I let myself be inspired by the colours and textures; using the blue from the cups, stars, wood from the background and branch-style stitching. Once I did that, I felt it was a little too much samey in colour (I love working with contrasts). I came across the awesome chipboard piece that fitted perfectly between the branches I had already stitched and it really went from there! This was our little girl in January, when she just started to smile. I can't believe she turned1 last week, what a milestone! Happy birthday, sweetheart :)

Hope you can join use this fortnight, our sponsors this time are A Random Fan and Sherri Baldy. In the meantime, I am off to the little wean's birthday party!

* CRAFT Challenge (Not a Card) 30/11
* Crafty Boots (Trees) 5/12
* Crafty Cardmakers (Anything but a Card) 12/12
* Glitter 'n Sparkle (Blue and White) 5/12
* Pile It On (Two Patterned Papers) 11/12

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Vintage Scene

Hello all!

This time at the Pinspirational Challenge, we have such a lovely inspirational photo, you can go so many ways with this!

You can use theme or colour scheme, you can take it very literal or just use the concept.....I loved working with it! My only problem was picking what I would take from the photo. Eventually, I spotted some postcard paper and a postage-themed stamp set, so decided to take the vintage theme for a birthday card for my dad, who is celebrating his 80th birthday on Boxing Day. Unbelievable....time flies!

I tried to really make it look like a postcard, with the stamps in the right place (I was also careful not to cover up the word Post-Card in any way), and it feel like I pulled it off ok. So how will you interpret this photo for your own project? Come on and join the fun! Our sponsors this fortnight are Elizabeth Bell and Kitty Bee, so why not take a change and try for a win?

* Dream Valley (Winter Birthday)
* Get Creative (AG)
* House of Cards (Lots of Layers and/or Colours)
* Ooh La La (Vintage)
* Scrap 'n Challenge (Autumn Colours)

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Black and Orange.....but not Spooky!

Hi all!

Today my project is another lay-out, using traditional Halloween colours....but it's not about Halloween! I've used this great colour combo to scrap about my daughter's love for all things bouncy, she is just happy as a clam sitting on the see-saw in the playground or on my old rocking horse at home. I'm pretty happy with how this came out, combining one large photo and several smaller ones.

The black and white background paper was a little damaged in the upper right corner. I tried to fix it by adding layers, but it looked messy and distracting to me. Then I just tore the corner off and put a little yellow paper scrap behind that and liked it much better :)

My project fits well with our new challenge over at the Pinspirational Challenge, where we have this inspirational photo to work with:

It suits Halloween projects, but also projects about cats or scrappy pages about making pumpkin pie, or.....well, I'm sure you can come up with even better ideas! I used the colour scheme and the outside theme.

Our sponsor this fortnight is Digital Delights.

Hope you can join us! Remember, you can share any crafty project, it doesn't have to be a scrappy page or a card.

I am submitting to these challenges:
* Craft Your Passion (Always Anything Goes)
* Dream Valley (One for the Girls)
* Get Creative (Black and Orange)
* Love to Scrap (Anything Goes)
* Simon Says Stamp (Autumn)