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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!

Challenges:
* Crafty Cardmakers (Anything but a Card) 12/12
* Paper Nest Dolls (Anything Goes) 1/1
* Use Your Stuff (Layers, using papers, enamel dots, (letter) stickers and chipboard to layer) 12/12
* Creates and Makes (Anything Goes, optional Red, Green and Gold) 29/12

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!

Challenges:
* 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?

Challenges:
* 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)

Autumnal Birthday Card

Oh, how the weather has changed! One minute I was barefoot and rolling around in the grass with my little one, next thing I know I am desperately craving gloves and a hat on the bike this morning! Change of season also dictates a change of crafty style for me this week. Over at the Pinspirational Challenge Blog, we have the following inspirational picture:



Again, lots to take from this picture! I took the colour scheme, the plaid/tartan pattern, the leaves and the country feel. I used all of that for a birthday card.



Sponsor this fortnight is Fred She Said, prize is a 10 dollar certificate for their shop.Check out the challenge blog for more inspiration from my fellow teamies and all the crafters that will be playing along!  Hope to see you all there!

Challenges:
- Animal Friends Challenge (Fall/Halloween with an animal)
- Let's Craft and Create (Halloween/Autumn/Fall)
- Pink & Main Challenges (Fall/Halloween)
- Scribbles Designs (Woodland Creatures)
- Crafty Cardmakers (Birthdays)
- Critters and Creatures (AG with a critter or creature)

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

I´m back on a DT!

Hi all,

Yes, I am back in the DT swing of things, the Pinspirational Challenge girls asked me to join their ranks after I put myself forward and of course I said yes! If you are not aware of the challenge blog, there is a new challenge up every fortnight and all you have to do if let the (p)inspiration image start up your mojo! We welcome every type of craft in the challenge. Let us know how the image inspired you, always fun to see other crafter's take on the same challenge!

Check out the image for the new challenge @ the Challenge blog!

Lots of things to be inspired by in this image! Once I saw it, I knew right away I wanted to scrap the story of our little girl's first toy, which was a Miffy rattle (we call her Nijntje in the Netherlands). Here's the result, it's a 6x8 page, which I will tuck in between 12x12s in her first year book.


I used the blue and script lettering from the image on the wall, the wood grain and I tried to go with neutral colours (but had to throw in some shockingly bright enamel dots in the end!).

Monday, 29 August 2016

Blue and Green should never be seen......not according to me!

I tend to lean towards wood papers and such when I scrap outdoor photos, but I challenge myself today to use the characteristally blue-green combo that many scrapbookers use with these kinds of photo's (just not me). I'm quite pleased with the result!