Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Kristina Werner Colour Challenge #42

I'm a bit late posting my entry for Kristina's color challenge #42 this week. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but had to fiddle around with the layout etc. Looking at it now I should have stamped a person in the truck - maybe next time! I, like others, have substituted Old Olive for Kiwi Kiss, as we are about a month away from getting that. I also substituted Ruby Red for Really Rust, as I had cardstock in that colour.

For some reason I love stamps with pumpkins in them!?! Maybe it's because Autumn is my second favourite season (after Spring). I'm really looking forward to Autumn this year - hopefully the horrible mugginess will go away, then I can think about moaning about being cold (yay!). Until then, the airconditioner is my best friend ;~)

Here is the recipe for my card:
Stamps: Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories
Inks: Ruby Red, Basic Black, Old Olive, More Mustard
Papers: Whisper White, Ruby Red, Old Olive, More Mustard
Accessories: Scallop circle punch (clouds), 1" circle punch, small tag punch, large tag punch, brads and tag hanger from the aged copper Hodgepodge Hardware set

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Stamp Happy Challenge of the Month - February 2009

I have been doing a few challenges lately, and this is one from Jacque's
blog. She got this sketch from Becky at Pagemaps. If you're ever stuck for inspiration for scrapbooking layouts then this is the site to visit!

Using the sketch as my inspiration I made the following page about me and my baby, Lil' Missy. I didn't have three small portrait photos of her so I modified the sketch so that I could use the photos I had. It looks kinda collage-y which also captures her personality. She's a real witch, but I love her anyway!

Here is the recipe:
Stamps: Warm Words
Inks: Pretty In Pink, Wild Wasabi, Pixie Pink
Papers: Afternoon Tea DSP, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Accessories: Aluminium-edged circle tag, cat punch, silver foil tape, white gel pen, Bella lettering, Making Memories rub-on letters, Bradletz flower brads, Groovy Guava double-stitched ribbon

Monday, February 16, 2009

Scrapbooking Shed Christmas Page Challenge

This weekend the Scrapbooking Shed in Kerikeri had a scrap weekend for Valentine's day. I went up for it and caught up with some old friends from the Cooper's Beach camps, as well as made some new friends (hi Alison and Nola!). It was a really great day - great company, great nibbles and some really cool pages being made. Rowena and Carolyn (the owners) made it a great day, and if any of you are going through Kerikeri stop in at the Shed - 175 Pungaere Road, just out of Waipapa.

Anyway, they also held a scrap challenge, which was to make a 12"x12" scrapbooking page with a Christmas theme. And guess what? I won!!! The page I made was of my gorgeous god-daughter Carla, who at seven was finally allowed to be in the Auckland Santa Parade (her father has been in it for the past eight years as a certain bearded man in a red suit!). She got to dress up as a 'Sugar Plum Fairy' and she looked too cute!!! Of course I took waaay too many photos, so devised the following layout with some hidden areas so that I could fit them all in!

Firstly, here is the page as it initially appears...

...Then the left side opens (love that round tab punch!) to reveal more photos.

But wait - there's more! The right side photo opens out to reveal another photo and some journalling about the day.

And here is the layout fully opened out:

I wanted to make it like a fairytale book, where the outside is the cover and the inside is where more information can be found. It's also a good way of displaying the best photos on the layout, but keeping the other 'less good' photos that you don't want to discard or not memorialise in a scrapbook. I found that using the round tab punch and star brads from the silver Hodgepodge set to make the 'hinges' kept with the theme of an old bound book. Hope you like it!

Here is the recipe:

Stamps: One of a Kind
(Spring 2008 mini), Big Deal Alphabet, Short & Sweet
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Pretty In Pink
Paper: Purely Pomegranate, Old Olive, Chocolate chip, Very Vanilla,
Pretty In Pink
Accessories: Round tab punch, 1/2" circle punch, designer tag punch, boho blossoms punch (Spring 2008 mini), silver Hodgepodge brads and frame, piercing tool, Very Vanilla 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Basic Black marker pen

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Kristina Werner Colour Challenge #40

Wow, this is my first Kristina Werner Colour Inspiration Challenge and it wasn't an easy one, considering the only ink in this colour I own is Old Olive!! I came up with this card by spreading the cardstock out on the table and looking at the colour combinations. Then it hit me - Wanted! I love this set, even though there's no wild west or cowboys in my neck of the woods. It's so versatile - I have used it on scrapbooking pages, altered containers and now on a card (duh!!).

So here it is:

I used Dimensionals under both the scallop circle and 3/4" circle to give the embellishments a bit of a lift, as well as some of those funky brads from the silver Hodgepodge set:

Here is the recipe:
Stamp sets: Wanted and Short & Sweet
Ink: Old Olive and Tempting Turquoise (lighter version of Taken With Teal, which I don't have yet...)
Cardstock: So Saffron, Old Olive, More Mustard, Whisper White
Accessories: Silver Hodgepodge brads and frame, paper piercing mat and tool, Dimensionals, scallop circle punch, 3/4" circle punch

Right I'm off to the beach now. Hope you all had a great Waitangi weekend (NZers) or just a great weekend (rest of the world)!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Using Summer Mini Catalog DSPs

I love the DSPs in the Summer catalog!! I have had this ugly little notebook for ages but didn't know what to do with it, so I decided to pimp it with Bali Breeze paper! Once I added a label with a frame from the silver hodgepodge set, a couple of round tabs and a vanilla ribbon it now look
s like something I will keep and use rather than throw out. The stamps on the round tabs are from 'Office Accoutrement' (one of my favorite sets) and the one on the front is from a cute set called 'Short and Sweet Sayings'.

I was on a roll so I decided to cover my 2009 diary. I used Bali Breeze paper again, and more stamps from my favorite set 'Office Accoutrement'. I also used the spiral punch to make the neat 'ripped from a notebook' effect, and also the round tab, designer tag and 1" circle punches. The word "diary" is stamped on whisper white using a set called 'Big Deal Alphabet' - my favorite set for scrapbooking titles.

Finally, Rainy (who is another demonstrator up here in Whangarei) and I went to Auckland last weekend for Jacque's teams' 'Auckland Extravaganza'. It was great to meet all the other demos from Auckland and try the cool projects they had us make. I was even lucky enough to win a door prize - a case for my roller accessories, which I will pimp and post a photo of soon. Anyway, we went down in Rainy's car so I made a little something to thank her:

Here is a better picture of the notebook - I used the Ginger Blossom papers this time. This DSP goes so well with Groovy Guava and Purely Pomegranate - I'm so gonna miss those colours from April!