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Thursday, November 27, 2008

....... and I'm still in the game ........

After 6 rounds I am still in and it is quite hard to believe some days. This round had quite a few requirements, 12x12 layout with no straight edges on the base CS (scalloped etc), inking, stamping, flowers, kindyglitz and bling. I decided to use We R Memory Keepers PP's from their White Out Collection. These in particular are from the Nonsense range.

I did a lot of hand cutting for this one for the 3D work. Added Kaiser rhinestones to the centres of the flowers and Kindyglitzed the leaves. Here is a closeup of the detail.

Voting starts tonight and then Round 7 will go up tomorrow night as well as the beginning of the Cybercrop! It is going to be a full on weekend of scrapping. Lucky for the uninterrupted crop time at the local scrap shop on Saturday night, and I actually plan on scrapping this time, no really I do, stop laughing at me!!

Heading off on a little nature walk now in preparation for my first ever Cybercrop challenge. Quite excited really - theme is The Great Outdoors - hence the nature walk. If you want to see what becomes of my little stroll then I guess you will have to join in this weekends crop!! :-P

All in a rainy days work.

Well the rain has kept us inside all day. Cody is going crazy and I can tell you I am not far behind him. Can't wait for dad to get home ........ what's the time again! The bonus is that I managed to fit in some scrapping. Just for fun stuff today as I have no challenges on the books atm.

My new Sass Lass papers that I got in the mail from Uproar yesterday. I must say, I wasn't a fan when they first came out and was pretty sure that I could live without, but I had a voucher to spend so thought I would give them a go. I think the papers make great boy pages and I am very pleased with the overall result.

This layout has a whole heap of stuff from the Crate Paper Lemon Grass Collection. A little indulgence of mine from my last trip to the lss. Probably not something I needed to spend money on this close to christmas but they were just begging to come home with me and I couldn't resist.

Next round of Wipeout starts tonight, fingerscrossed that I get through as I am pretty sure that my name will be in the hat tonight. (there is a three way tie for last place) :-(

Monday, November 24, 2008

Round Four ......

...... challenge was to use brown as the dominant colour, inking, brackets, journalling and your choice of either a 12x12 or 8x12 layout.

I have had these October Afternoon papers sitting at the top of my stash for a few weeks now and they were just begging to be 3Ded. I used one sheet with some of my Chocolate Box CS from Coredinations as a base which I tore to expose the green core - yum! I inked a Bazzil border strip with brown and gold ink - it started off bright yellow - and added this and a strip of brown suede along side the photo. The alphas are doodlebug, the sticky ones, that I have flocked with the doodlebug flocking powder. I added my journalling around the title and finished off by inking around the edge again in brown and gold ink.
The quality of work coming from this competition is amazing considering that we only have 24 hrs to complete and many work ft and have family commitments as well. It has really helped me develop my scrapping skills and I honestly feel that I am finally beginning to find my own style. Some of the layouts I have produced I feel have been some of the best that I have ever done.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I made it!!

I was sure bad luck would decide my fate and I would be out of wipeout this game ..... but somehow luck was on my side ...... I got through!! Game 3 was an interesting challenge, 12x12 layout with chippie title, a pocket, a flourish and pink somewhere. (doesn't have to be one of the main colours as long as there was osme pink) It was the pink bit that had me stumped as I don't use a lot of it, then I remembered this gorgeous Bella stuff that I bought some time back to scrap our 5th anniversary photo. It's quite funny actually, it was all packed neatly together in one of my scrap files and has come to quite a few crops with me! I just never actually found the right inspiration to scrap it! I must say though that I am glad that I waited cause I think the end result looks fab!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Some work to share .....

Christmas cards for this month's card swap:

I love this design, was quite quick and easy to make actually. It was a scraplift from a card class I took with Kim (our fab Stampin Up! demonstrater) and I think I am going to use the design for my own christmas cards - something I should get on to real soon!

Wipeout is on now @ Uproar! Round 1 was black, white and one other colour only.

Round 2 challenge was brights but the twist was no black or white was allowed, not even journalling. Tough one - I went through my stash thinking it would be easy as I love brights and have a huge collection - not so unfortunately! Almost every piece had some white or black in it somewhere or other so was actually very tricky! I did find something in the end ..... these yummy papers from My Minds Eye.

None of my layouts have received any votes yet so I was quite lucky not to be wiped out after round 1 ...... but as there was a lot of hiccups with power outage due to the storms Dee was kind enough to allow everyone through to round 2 providing they had both layouts posted by the deadline. I don't think I willl be quite so lucky today though, I think I will be wiped out tonight which is kind of sad as I am really enjoying the game but I guess that's how the game goes. Not too long though and round 2 will start so I can try again. Wish me luck!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Another challenge completed .....

...... for Uproar 2 Scrapmore. This was the November monthly challenge, requirements were paint, bling and habadashery. I used fabric as my habadashery as I have tons and it was going to waste otherwise. The chippie hearts are painted and covered in crystal Stickles. (my bling)

This was my second attempt at this challenge. The first time I went running off with this fantastic idea for fabric without first considering the impossibility of sewing through double sided tape - what a sticky horrible mess that was and the thread kept snapping! I was so frustrated and then I realised that I hadn't thought about the other requirements of the challenge! So second time lucky for me - I am quite pleased with the result although I feel it could use a little more embellishment jut don't know how or where, so less is more atm!

November scraplift challenge.....

..... @ Uproar 2 Scrapmore. The lift was from a piece of Vicki's work chose by Kylie from the design team.

Wipeout starts tomorrow night and I must say that I am quite excited to see how the game will pan out. Basically, a challenge is loaded and you have 24 hrs to load your work into the gallery. Polls then run for 24 hrs and the person with the lowest votes is wiped out. We play until there is only one person left and they will then play in the Ultimate wipeout round which will be between the winners over 5 rounds. I think it will be a heap of fun, can't wait!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

My entry for......

...... the November White with 1 challenge; White + Lime Green + Scallops.

It is a very simple layout but I think overall the look is very effective. I just adhered the lace paper to white CS then doodled around some of the shapes in the lace paper to highlight them.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Two latest layouts....

..... are for this weeks and next weeks challenges @ Uproar. The weekly challenges are set by the lovely Lisa Kamphius. This first challenge was to use ribbon in a creative way on a page. I made these ribbon flowers and leaves with mine. The flower stems are ribbon also.

This next challenge was to scrap a minimum of three pictures in a creative way. I had these two pieces of pp in my stash that were given to me by my sister when I first started scrapping. She had bought stuff from the scrap shop and the owner gave them to her, she then passed them on to me cause she said she would never use them. I printed the pictures small (2x2") and then cut them out leaving excesss photo paper aound them so they looked like polaroids. I slit the paper along the "ribbons" so that I could tuck the photos underneath. I also randomly placed some gold brads to look like thumbtacks. The sticky note has the occasion written on it like a reminder note and the shopping list is the foods that we ate on the night.

Friday, November 7, 2008

November 123 Challenge

This is my entry for the November 123 challenge. Lace, picture of a scary face & monochromatic colour scheme. My scary face picture is of Cody in the Creepy Crawly Tunnel at Underwater World - which could be quite scary considering that the fish swim around your head!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Love getting mail ....

especially when it's free. I was the overall winner of the September Cybercrop at Uproar2Scrapmore and this was my prize, at $30 pack of scrap goodies!!

I actually ordered 2 sheets of this range the other day and was bummed that the star paper and the die cuts and alhas were out of stock. So you can imagine my surprise when I opened my package and they were inside!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

And the mini book .....

I am too lazy to take another set of pictures, so here is the mini book in all it's glory. The photo's are crap cause I took them at 11.45 last night and the lighting was very poor.

If you click on the picture you will get a better image to look at.

October layouts.

After realising that I had only completed 3 layouts for October (and that was in the first week of the month) I decided that I was going to finish all of the monthly and first birthday celebration challenges from Uproar. The first birthday cybercrop was all based on "firsts" and the number "1".

This challenge was to use one word for the title, one pic, and one layout full of bling!! It is a bit hard to see in the pic but the water splashes are hand cut from plain CS and then covered in crystalina stickles. Papers are MME:

This was the october sketch challenge. I made a library pocket as my envelope element from the sketch. Papers and embellishments are the new MME, Just Dreamy 2. Yum!!

For this challenge you had to complete a layout using things only once ie: one piece of pp, one button, one chippie shape, etc etc. I used my new Chocolate Box Coredinations CS which I absolutely love! Paper is KI Memories:

This challenge was set by Charmane Koch from 123 Challenge. It had to have the number 1 in the title, alterered chippie alphas and more than one rubon. The journalling on this layout lists all of Cody's milestones in his first year of life. The side tab pulls out and I put his hand and footprint on it. I plan to do one of these at each year of his life with his achievements and his prints to track his growth. Papers used are Scenic Route:

This next layout was the monthly challenge from Uproar. Challenge was to use 1 5x7 photo, handmade embellishment and NO flowers. I made hand beaded brackets to put around the picture. I also stitched seed beads in a dotted row across the top of the pp:

Lisa Kamphius's challenge for the month was based on the letters in the word ONE.
O - Orange somewhere, only handwritten journalling
N - nine flowers, nice buttons, no ribbon
E - embellishment made by yourself

My handmade embellishment were the flowers which I punched from corrogated card and the tin lid from inside the formula container and some bazzil. I layered them together to make three total flowers. Papers used here are Sassafras Lass - Robotica, I love these pp's:

Below is my submission for October's White with 1 challenge. The requirements were white, orange and stamping. This is my first time submitting a layout to White with 1. Papers here are Daisy Bucket and my stamping is my journalling which was done with my Stampin Up! alphabit stamps.

And this last layout is my submission for the 123 challenge blog. This is the second month that I have submitted to 123. Papers on this one are Imaginisce - Kewl stuff range.

I also made a mini album which I finished at about 11.45 last night (cut off was midnight) but the pictures are crap so I will retake and post later. This was also for the 1st birthday CC, you had to make mini album based around the number 1. So a book of firsts etc etc.
So since I have done all this since Wednesday I think I am a bit scrapped out for the moment!!