Friday, May 30, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 22

Hello all.

Hard to believe that we are twenty two weeks into this year already. 

Has been a quieter week around my household with the weather turning wet and miserable at the start of the week. However that has left me with getting some inside jobs done around my house AND some time for scrapping. So I got stuck into creating for Mad About Scrappin. 

This week I have created a few cards for you. Have a birthday this week and also wanted to send a card to someone to let them know I was thinking of them.  
 Now I decided to use up some scraps from some Teresa Collins - Memorabilia paper range that I had left over from earlier this year. I am trying to clean up all my scraps at the moment and find that using them for making cards is perfect. 

For the first card I wanted to create something a little feminine from this paper range. By stamping onto the left side of the patterned paper using some dove grey coloured staz on I have added to the background without it being too bold in colour. I have then inked and layer a chevron journal card and a piece of a die cut frame I had in my stash. I then clustered some flowers together and added a greeting to finish off the card. Super easy by quite effective.

Now for the second one I had to create a card for my nephew. It's his birthday and I must say I always seem to struggle to create a masculine card. However this time around I must say I am most impressed with this card. By layering some of the papers and then added some twine held on with the brads I am quite happy with the look of this. I then cut a pennant and mounted it horizontally with 3D foam tape. Then I added some bits and pieces from my stash including the really cute wooded star from Mad About Scrappin. I then finished the card off with the greeting and it was all done.

Have you created cards lately?? 

Do you need to clean out your scrap stash ?

Why not give some cards a go.

Till next  week.

TFL, M x

Friday, May 23, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 21

 Welcome back to another week of Creative Inspiration on behalf of Mad About Scrappin.

With my study deadline looming this week I decided to get this weeks Creative Inspiration sorted nice and early. So I took advantage of some free time on Sunday to get creative.

However... my creative time didn't quite go as planned...

Unfortunately my printer ran out of ink!!! Always the way. So I decided to keep going with my plan to scrap... I just had to rethink how I was going to scrap this layout a little as I knew I would have to add the photo later. The funny part is though that when I actually went to print the photo I was going to use after the layout was complete... I ended up using a completely different photo of a different daughter. 

Anyways... here this weeks Creative Inspiration.

I have run out of the yummy Chickannidy paper range I was using. So I was in a flap trying to find some paper from Mad About Scrappin to use. I had grabbed this Kaiser paper rage from a Mad About Scrappin sale a while ago and had forgotten I had it. I love this  range, Through the Looking Glass. Very whimsical and fun to play with with the bold dark colours. 

 This paper range also had a great matching sticker sheet that I had grabbed to play with too. I loved being able to use the sticker accents to embellish my layout. I used some 3D foam dots to give some of the stickers a bit of dimension. I love these old tickets I found in my stash too. Amazing what you find when you go through all your bits and bobs.

I finished off the layout with this packing tag I found that was pre-stamped in my stash. Added some of the floral stickers, some with 3D foam tape to layer them, and some garden twine to the tag.

I love playing around with ink and creating this layout.

Still think it is funny that I ended up using a different photo.

Do you add photos to your layouts before or after embellishing ?

Till next week.

TFL, M x

Friday, May 16, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 20

Hello all and welcome back.

Well it has been a busy week in my household with Mother's Day and my Mum's 60th all in one week. 

Top that off with a busy week of family stuff and I have once again been flat out with little time to scrap.

However.. I did manage to squeeze in a bit of time to scrap in the last day or two using the last pasts from this paper range by Chickannidy Crafts.

Here's this weeks share on behalf of Mad About Scrappin.
I have decided to create a layout using a Project Life Photo sleeve as the bit and pieces I had left weren't really big enough to create a 12'x12' layout. Plus I really wanted to scrap a few different photos and still struggle to show case more than one photo in a normal 12'x12' layout. This would be another reason I think that I like scrapping multiple photos this way. 

I have cut the white patterned paper to 4'x6' and then printed it with a digital brush as seen it the bottom of the white card above. I then cut some vellum to the same size and layer it over the top to mute the pattern just slightly. I have also layered vellum on the title card for the layout. This has added a bit of texture to the card.

 I have printed a digital quote onto some vellum to another journal card. Then layered some washi tape and finished it off with some Studio Calico cork board chevrons. 
I love the dimension they add to the page.

Lastly I have used some of the quotes from one of the 12'x12' pattern papers to add mini title on each 3'x4' card using 3D foam tape then finishing off the title with some Kaiser alpha stickers. Then finished off with some Studio Calico cork board arrows and cameras and I was done.

I love how this layout has turned out. I haven't had to pick just a few photos to use by scrapping them this way and I now have a cute layout to remember the fun day we had at the zoo.

Well.. better get back to playing catch up.

Have an amazing weekend.

Get Creative !

TFL, M x

Friday, May 9, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 19

Good Morning All.

Hope that you have had a good start to the month of May.

I have been squeezing in a quick morning of scrapping using some more bits and pieces from this paper range available at Mad About Scrappin.

With Mother's Day this weekend I have been busily creating a card especially for my Mum. 
Have done something a little different this time around with this paper range by Chickaniddy. Rather than focusing on the obvious colours on this paper I have decided to focus on the yellow in the centre of the little blue flowers. I have used a very vivid buttercup yellow from my paper stash to create a 5'x5' size card especially for my Mum. I wanted the card to be nice and bright feeling. However I felt that the navy flowers were a little too dark for what I was chasing. By teaming this with a Project Life bright yellow 3'x4' card I have been able to really brighten it up.

 To then tie in the blue I have added a die cut and glittered butterfly in the same dark blue tones and the navy flowers of the base flowers. I then added some lighter contrast flowers the soften it up a little and create a feminine feel to the card. I love adding flowers to cards as it adds dimension quickly. 

Well off to get the rest of Mother's Day celebrations prepared for my Mum.

To all the Mother's and Grandmother's out there...

I wish you all a magical Mother's Day.

Till next week.

M x

Saturday, May 3, 2014

New month brings a new challenge

Now I love a challenge. 

I love sketches. 

Especially when I am stumped for ideas and just don't know where to start some days. 

With the start of May comes a new sketch challenge  at Mad About Scrappin.

This month's sketch has been created by fellow Creative Team Member, Crece.

So here's my take on the sketch.
I went digging in my stash for this paper range. I have had another clean out and I can see more empty cupboard now than clutter and unused stash. I have kept as true to the sketch as possible however have given it my own little twist here and there. That is what I struggle with sometimes when using a sketch.. getting it to work for me. I get a little OCD about making it look exactly the same and then when I play around with it I find it just doesn't work for me. I think I just need to relax and remember that it is a just a starting point and the sketch is there to inspire. 

Loved playing around with this layout. Though I must say that at times I do struggle with embellishing a masculine layout. However thanks to these cute Studio Calico cork chevrons I am in love. They are sooooo much fun to play with. I am really impressed with the quality and kinda regretting not having bought more at the last Mad About Scrappin sale! lol. 

I love too that the Studio Calico cork pack also came with these little cork arrows. 
Finished off my layout nicely I think. 

Why not give this month's sketch a try.

Head over to Mad About Scrappin's Blog to find out more.

TFL, M x

Friday, May 2, 2014

Creative Inspiration - Week 18

Hello everyone.

Well.. so starts another month. Along with a new month starting this week the kids went back to school here in Adelaide so I have found myself with some time to catch up on studies and scrap. 

I have been playing aound with some of this paper range again this week form Mad About Scrappin.
I must say that I have found this paper range by Chickaniddy Crafts to be very versatile. 

This week my aim to stay ahead of the game and have gotten my Mother's Day card's all sorted nice and early this year. The cards are two different sizes because one of the cards has to be posted and the other I will be giving in person so I didn't need to worry about the envelope.
So here's the two cards I have created this week.

Larger card I have made as 6'x6' size. I haven't made cards this size for a little while now and I must say i found it a little challenging to fill the space on the card. Because my cards are usually made using scraps that is one of the reasons I tend to make them 4'x4' normally. Plus the fact that because my cards are quite dimensional and need to be posted it is easier to keep them smaller. 

I have created a lot of layers on the larger card. I did cheat however and cut away the paper from the centres of the lower layers that you can see. I wasn't going to but I felt it was making the front of the card too weighty aside from the fact I knew I would be able to use the hidden piece too. I have used some mixed bits and pieces from my personal stash to embellish the card. I am in love with the wood veneer words. They add that little bit extra to the card.

The last card I have created has to be posted so I have kept it to my normal scrap size of 4'x4'.  I am finding I actually enjoy scrapping this size the best. I think because I can get the card done quickly and that I am able to use up all my scraps easily. Once again I have used up a few bits and pieces from my personal stash including lots of yummy flowers from Mad About Scrappin sales. 

Well.. better get back to the grind stone. 

Till next weeks inspiration.

TFL, M x