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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!


* 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 26/4
* 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 ;)

* 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!


* 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!).

* 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 :)


* 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!

* 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:


* 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

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

"Training" Home

Hi all,

It's Carnaval in my part of the world this week, that means I have an extra couple of days off and some extra crafting sessions! We went to see the parade with our little one on Sunday and she had a great time. At first, she was a bit overwhelmed with all the noise and dressed up people, but later on she started clapping to the music and had a big smile on her little face. Lovely :) Another challenge is also starting at the (P)inspirational Challenges, using this inspirational picture:

Hm, enough inspiration there to get anyone's crafty juices flowing, I believe! When I am trying to find products for the challenges, I always go through my 12x12 papers first and I came across a paper with faux stichting all over. This seemed like the perfect paper to use here, but which photo's to include? Staring at the page made me notice that the stitching looked very much like a road or even.....train tracks! Aha, I knew immediately which photo's would work; on Christmas Day last year, we traveled by train to see my parents! I also added some really stitching here and there. The rest came pretty easily. So, here is my finished page:

The title is Training Home 4 Christmas, inspired by the Chris Rea song :) Hope you enjoy my page and consider playing along with our challenge, you have 2 weeks to get your project finished and loaded up! We are sponsored by Pattie's Creations.

* The Paper Girls (Stars and Stripes
* My Time to Craft (Travel
* Crafting When We Can (Inspirational Picture)
I love making scrapbook layouts, as it's a great way to reminisce and relive the great memories I've made over the years. I still get to play with paper, but on a grander scale and including writing and pictures, what's not to love about that!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Kitchen Love

Good morning everyone!

This is my last LO I am sharing as a GDT for Lasting Memories, I have had a lot of fun making these 4 layouts! Thank you to Karen and Michele and the rest of the girls for giving me this opportunity, it's been great and I will definitely be back for the challenges! This week's challenge is inspired by a photo:

I've used the colour scheme and theme to scrap pictures of my daughter playing in her play kitchen, a Christmas gift from her Granny and Grandad. She is not yet 'cooking', but loves to play with the oven door (open, closed, open, closed, open.....) and dragging bits of the kitchen throughout the house. Oh well, every chef had to start somewhere, right? ;)

I hope this has inspired you to submit your own project to the challenge,
you have about a week to do so!

If You Give a Crafter a Cookie (Inspirational Cookie, I've used the colour scheme (red, black, white) and the heart/love theme)
My Time to Craft (Anything But a Card)
Alphabet Challenge (You Choose)

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Here & Now

Hi all,

A new challenge at Pinspirational Challenges starts today and here in the inspirational image:

Cute, no? I decided to use the colour scheme as my inspiration and found this lovely paper in my stash that would work well for a backing paper. This layout is about what is happening with us right now and since there was going to be quite a bit of personal details in my journaling I decided to take the picture before I put the words down. I also found a balloons chipboard piece that went well with the colours and the inspirational picture. 

Our sponsors this time is Beccy's Place, so play along with our challenge to have a shot at a lovely prize!

Morgan's Artworld (Add Flowers
Crafting with an Attitude (Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Creations (Anything Goes
Creative Moments (Anything Goes

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Doing the Things we Love

Happy Sunday everyone!

Today I am sharing my third LO as part of my GDT spot at Lasting Memories, this week the challenge theme is Sharing a Celebration of Something you Love. My LO is about how much my daughter loves rides my bike together and how much I enjoy seeing her enthusiasm. What will you share? Perhaps a book or tv show you love or your hobby or something completely different? Let us know in your post!

Southern Girls (3 or more patterned papers
Jo's Scrap Shack (Anything Goes)
Scrap Our Stash (Bingo Card, I used Echo Park Paper, Hearts and enamel dots)
Paper Girls Challenge (Hearts

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Arrows Aplenty

Hi all,

Another week, another challenge at Lasting Memories! This is my second GDT layout for their challenge, this time the challenge is to use lots of hearts or arrows. 
I chose to use plenty of arrows for this layout:

When I saw the theme, I immediately thought of this background paper, which got me thinking about the Simple Stories Instasquares pack that I knew I had in my stash for quite a while but hadn't really used yet. I had a lot of fun trying to incorporate as many arrows, see if you can spot them all ;)

Delicious Doodles (Anything but a Card)
Lil' Patch of Crafty Friends (Anything Goes)
Love to Create (Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes; I've used Distress Inks to stencil the arrows)
Doing Life (Anything Goes)
Crafts Galore (Anything Goes)

If you have an idea how to use lots of hearts or arrows on your layout, why not share it with us? There are more fun challenges for the month of February, so check out the blog and play along if you want!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

(C)old and New

Good morning everyone!

Hope you are all feeling fine. We are dealing with some teeth coming through and stomach flu, but I am trying to be positive nonetheless! How about a new Pinspirational Challenge? Here is the inspiration picture:

And here is my project!

Inspiration: pink, stripes and dots, hearts

These pictures were taken on the 1st of January, when it was quite cold here. We though to take a little bike ride to the petting zoo, but our little one got really cold, even though she was wrapped up warm. Back to the warmth we went! 

The Paper Girls (Patterned Paper
Crafting When We can (Spots and Stripes

Hope to see your lovely creations at the new challenge!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Snow Review

Hi everyone,

Last year, I participated in a Lasting Memories challenge and based on that they invited me to be their guest designer for 4 weeks, how cool is that! Today the first challenge is up and it was a tricky one! The idea is that you use at least 4 supplies that start with the letters in the word L-O-V-E. I've used Letter stickers, Orange-Red colour, Vellum and Enamel dots. I also dug out some really old snowflake brads I still had in my stash. These pictures are very recent of our daughter's first encounter with snow; she wasn't all that impressed but we got some lovely images! I plan to make another page with photos of all of us.

* Fairytale Challenges (Colourful Snowflakes)
* Alphabet Challenge (Winter Walk)
* Kreative Inkauf (Snowflakes)
* If You Give a Crafter a Cookie (Inspiration Cookie; I've used the snow theme and colour scheme)
* Crafter's Cafe (Inspiration Picture; I've used the snow and outdoor theme)

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!
* Scrap from your Heart (Winter without Christmas)
* DL Art (Winter)
* Sasayaki Glitter Challenge (Green)
* Come and Get It (Winter)
* Digi Design Challenge (Snowy Winter)