Thursday, January 31, 2013

First layout...

Over at Scrap Friends they are having a lot of fun sharing their very first layouts created...so I thought I'd join in on the fun too :)

To be honest, I really do not remember which layout was the very first one I created...I have no clue!
But I know that this one I'm about to share was one created in the first few months of me starting to scrap....which would have been approximately 2002



 
Isn't it a lot different to how I scrap now?? lol
Or can you see me & my style in there just a little bit?
 
The torn piece at the very top is Vellum 
 something I don't ever use anymore...I don't even have any in my stash.
 
The 3 little rose things at the bottom are something I used to buy a lot of....and still have some stashed away somewhere.  They are Rebecca Sower - Fresh Cuts...I used to love them!
Brads & buttons were usually a feature on my pages too....and journaling - I've always loved to journal & tell the story.
 
This story is about my Grandparents & it reads {in case you can't see it}.....
 
"This photo of my maternal Bentley granparents was taken in 1945 as they were walking down George Street in Sydney.  The story behind the photo is that Nan is pregnant with their last child, Aunty Kaye, and that she was annoyed with Grandfather because he wouldn't put out his cigarette, and had taken his tie off!  Hence the body language in Nan and the distance between them as they walked!"
 
 
If you'd like to join in on sharing your first layout....head on over to the Scrap Friends blog!
 
Cheers...xx

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

C'est Magnifique January sketch...

Hi everyone...just a quick post to share my take on the C'est Magnifique January sketch....



Using the gorgeous November C'est Magnifique kit, with 7 Dots Studio "Domestic Godess" papers, that I won on their blog hop last year (thanks again Leslie!  I'm still slowly getting through this amazing kit & plan to use up every last bit)
 
 
And here is this months fabulous sketch that my layout is based on ....


 
 
 
And now for some close ups
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I had a heap of fun with the background for this....lots of texture paste,  mesh tape & punched borders & butterflies, covered with more stamped texture paste, gesso & mists...so I hope the photos show just how textury this is, as I love it!
 
  Photo is from a trip to Melbourne with work friends. We all had the same shirts on that we had made up (I won't tell you about what we had embroided on them....it's a little bit cheeky! lol), and we came across these 2 pink ladies in the perfume department in Myers...just had to get a photo of a few of the girls with them :)
 
 
Thanks so much for dropping by....enjoy your day! xx

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Keeping the Best - sketch #52

Hey there lovelies...how is everyone enjoying their long weekend??
I am loving it ....in fact, I think it should be law that there's a long weekend EVERY weekend...lol
Wishful thinking there though, eh!

I'm back to share another layout I created last night for Sketch #52 which was created by Svetlana Austin at Keeping the Best

Using some of the gorgeous Kaisercraft Pickled Pear collection, Manor House Creations flowers, and of course, some 2crafty chipboard......


 
And this is the sketch....
 
 
 
 
 
And now for some close ups....
 

Here you can see where I've used a leftover piece of 2crafty Fencing Wire Panel
And that little camera?  That is a stamp that I scored at a Typo shop while down in melbourne...and, I had a little experiment with heat embossing it...came up pretty good!!  Thanks go to Lizzy Hill for all her helpful tips & advice she gave me!! :) :) :)
 
 

 This close up is showing one of the gorgeous 2crafty Bird baths...complete with cute little bird :)
 
 

My title <3
 
 
 
And this is another 2crafty chipboard piece....Graceful Butterfly , that I also had fun embossing!
 
 
 
I'm not sure if you can see them too well here...but there are a couple of skeleton leaves at the bottom of the large Manor House Creations flower....they were a creamy/natural kind of colour, but I misted them in a grey/black mist to help them stand out  & to fit in with the colours of my layout better.
 
 
I really enjoyed working with this gorgeous sketch.
 
Thanks so much for dropping by to see my work :)
Have a great day everyone...xx

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Happy Australia Day & week 3 - photo a day challenge

Hi there lovely peeps....
Firstly, Happy Australia Day to all the Aussies out there...I hope you have a good one!

 
 
 
 
Now for week 3 photos for the Fat Mum Slim photo a day challenge....


15.  An ordinary moment - Flicking through the latest Scrapbooking Memories mag & spotting one of my layouts :)


16.  Two things - Gog & MaGog at the Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road
{using a pic from our holiday earlier this month as I didn't get a chance to get a photo today}
 

17.  Ready - For an early morning walk
{5.45am - because it's the best time of day to beat the horrid heat wave we are having}
 
 
 
 
18. Shadow - On the water at Menindee Lakes
{another older photo -  left my run too late this day & it ended up overcast}
 
 
 
19. Delicious - So delicious, all that's left is the stick...lol
 
 
 
20. Something you saw - Sunrise on our early morning walk
{taken with my phone, so not the best pic}
 
 
 
20. Something {He} saw - A turtle that we rescued off the road on our early morning walk :)
{another one taken with my phone}
 
 
 
21. What you do - my paid "what I do" is typing dictations
{yep, phone again...lol}
 
 
Okie doke....that's all from me for now...I'm off for one of those early morning walks again :)
Have a great day everyone!  xx

Friday, January 25, 2013

Do you love creating with chipboard?!?

To me, this is a bit of a silly question....perhaps I should have said...who doesn't like creating with chipboard!  I love creating with chipboard & discovering the endless possiblities to alter it.

Where am I headed with this, I hear you asking???

Well, in case you missed my post about a week or so ago....here's the goss...


2crafty Chipboard are having a design team callout, and trust me, this is a fantastic DT to be on!!

Here are all the details....





We are inviting applications from crafters
who are interested in joining the
2Crafty Chipboard Design Team.


If you love using chipboard in your scrapbooking and papercafting,
then we would love to hear from you.

The term will be for 6 months, beginning in May 2013 and finishing at the end of October 2013.

Successful applicants will commit to 2 new layouts/projects every 4 per weeks, including tips and techniques as part of your post. As well you will need to have, and update, an active personal blog and facebook page.

In return for your commitment to the 2Crafty DT, you will receive a GENEROUS amount of 2Crafty chipboard to play with and use.

So if you think you are up for the challenge and would like to be part of our team, we would love to hear from you.

Internationals welcome to apply.


Please send us:

1.   Three recent layouts/projects that show us your style and
talent and what you have to offer .
(preferably using chipboard, but not compulsory)


2.   All links to personal blogs and galleries.


3.    Short Bio, telling us a bit about yourself, including any DT
past or present and any other experience etc.


Applications close on Feb 8th and successful applicants will be notified soon after so that you can get started on your projects and be ready for the 1st of May.


Please send applications to Vanessa at salesat2crafty@optusnet.com.au, marked DT Call.


** Make sure your photos are no bigger than 500kb each.
Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you.

 Vanessa xx



So, what are you waiting for?
Hop on over to the 2crafty blog to see for yourself & then get applying!....

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Paper Stories Dec/Jan sketch....

Hello there peeps...how has everyone's week been so far?  Hope everyone is surviving the heat!

Just a quick post tonight to share a layout for the Dec/Jan sketch challenge at Paper Stories.
This is what I came up with....


Using some fairly old MME papers, 2crafty chipboard and some gorgeous Green Tara flowers that I won from the lovely & generous Eila Sandberg that were purchased from Di Garling's,  Di's Scrapbooks.  Thanks so much Eila!! (and Di) mwahhhh
 
 
And here is the sketch that I rotated 90deg anti-clockwise
 
 
 
And now a few close ups....
 
Here is a close up of 2 of the flowers from Eila...the Apricoty coloured one as well as the white one at the front....love them!  And the 2crafty doily at the base of my cluster
 
 
This piece is the stunning 2crafty Fifi's Flourish...love it!
 
 
And my title
 

And another small cluster with some more MME papers & washi tape along the top.
 

Photos are from The Great Ocean Road....at one of the structures called "London Bridge", but unfortunately, part of the structure collapsed a few years ago.  Hence my title :)
 
Thanks so much for popping by & leaving any comments....muchly appreciated 
Have a good one!  xx

Thursday, January 17, 2013

January week 2 photos....

Hello Hello there peeps...just another quick post tonight to catch up with week 2's photos for the Fat Mum Slim photo a day challenge for January.

So, I'll get right to it....


8.  Something beginning with T - Train tracks
{I had a heap of fun going out n about my area to find something
for this shot...and I love what I found}
 
 
 
9.  Paper - A little sneak peek of the end result of me playing with "paper"
{I can't share until the middle of next month - such a tease, aren't I...lol}
 
 
 
10.  One o'clock - At the supermarket buying milk
 
 
  11.  Water - In my kitchen sink!
{I can't believe how well this came out...totally surprised myself!}
And I have to give myself a little toot....this one proudly made it into the "fab 4" on the FMS FB page....sooooo totally stoked with that!!!
 
 
 
12.  Surprise - Surprised that this is so close to where I live & I had no idea it was there!
I had discovered it while I was out n about for photo # 8 above....and just had to go back to get pics of it {don't ask me why I didn't at the time...too busy focusing on that days challenge I guess}
 
 
 
13.  Circle - A local park known as "The Bubble Park"
 
 
 
14.  Something yellow - A good ol' jar of aussie Vegemite :)
 
 
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my take on this weeks photo prompts!
Take care & have a good one :)  xx

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

2crafty Design Team Callout....

Yep, you heard right....2crafty Chipboard are having a design team callout, and this is an amazing DT to be on!!

Here are all the details....




We are inviting applications from crafters
who are interested in joining the

2Crafty Chipboard Design Team.

 
If you love using chipboard in your scrapbooking and papercafting,
then we would love to hear from you.

The term will be for 6 months, beginning in May 2013 and finishing at the end of October 2013.

Successful applicants will commit to 2 new layouts/projects every 4 per weeks, including tips and techniques as part of your post. As well you will need to have, and update, an active personal blog and facebook page.

In return for your commitment to the 2Crafty DT, you will receive a GENEROUS amount of 2Crafty chipboard to play with and use.

So if you think you are up for the challenge and would like to be part of our team, we would love to hear from you.


Internationals welcome to apply.

Please send us:

1.    Three recent layouts/projects that show us your style and
talent and what you have to offer .
(preferably using chipboard, but not compulsory)

 
2.     All links to personal blogs and galleries.


3.     Short Bio, telling us a bit about yourself, including any DT
past or present and any other experience etc.


Applications close on Feb 8th and successful applicants will be notified soon after so that you can get started on your projects and be ready for the 1st of May.

 
Please send applications to Vanessa at salesat2crafty@optusnet.com.au, marked DT Call.


** Make sure your photos are no bigger than 500kb each.
Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you.
 
Vanessa xx
 
 
Did you notice that bit that said you will receive a GENEROUS amount of 2crafty chipboard to play with???  Well I can testify to this.....Vanessa really does spoil her DT members!
 
So, what are you waiting for?  Hop on over to the 2crafty blog & apply!....

Monday, January 14, 2013

Scrap Friends sketch #9

Good evening fellow scrappers...how is everyone today?

Just a quick post tonight to share a layout I scrapped over the weekend, and it's for ScrapFriends sketch #9

Here is what I came up with using another pic from our recent trip down to The Great Ocean Road...


Apologies for the not so good pic
 
As the title says, the photo is from the amazing Bay of Martyrs...it was nothing short of beautiful!
I've used up leftover pieces of quite a few different My Minds Eye ranges....and there's also a few little leftover pieces of 2crafty chipboard in there as well - ATC Flourish 2, Funky Heart, a gorgeous little Kite & my last leftover piece of Barbed Wire
 
 
Here is a looksie at the sketch....
 
 
 
And now for some close ups :)
 
 
 
 
My small cluster with 2 pieces of 2crafty...the small flourish & funky heart.
 
The 2crafty kite & the barbed wire right at the top.
 
I've added some journaling on the little pull out tag...and there is a a Flair button that I won on a blog hop from Marcia Pringle :)
 
 
I can't remember the last time I did a layout on white cardstock....but I quite like the results.
I think this would have to be one of my most favourite colour combos <3
& I had a heap of fun with the textured background too.
 
Thanks so much for dropping by today :)
Have a great day/night....xx

Friday, January 11, 2013

Keeping the Best - Sketch #51

 

Wooohoooo...finally I have some scrapping I can share :) :) :)
I have been scrapping up a storm this week, but this is the first one I can share.  Now that I have all of next months DT commitments out of the way, I can finally do a challenge or 2.

Just one for today though....for sketch #51 at Keeping the Best

Here is what I've come up with.....



 
Using some fabulous 7Gypsies "Postale" papers that I bought forever ago from Paper Stories in a kit...some 2crafty chipboard pieces & a few other bits n' bobs.

  
This is the fabulous sketch
 
 
 
 
And now for some close ups :)
 
 
 
I love this piece of 2crafty chipboard...I think I could use a piece on just about every outdoorsy type of layout I create.  It's the Summer Leaf Stems...and comes in a pack of 3 different sizes.
Oooops...just noticed that the glue under the red button isn't dry yet...I think I must have been super keen to get my layout up!
 
 
 
The 2crafty piece under the photo is actually a scrap piece that I cut from Ornate Fence for a layout a few months ago....as you can see, I never throw anything out! :)
 
 
 
Tucked in under the photo is a piece of the Bracket Frames...that I've cut in half & used the other piece on the opposite side of the photo (as you can see in the photo below)
 
 
And finally...my journaling :)
I LOVE it when a sketch allows for lots of journaling!
 
Well that's all for now folks
Thanks so much for dropping by...xx
 
 

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