Friday, 29 October 2010

Sarah's Card's sketch challenge.

Another great sketch challenge over at Sarah's Card's this month so I had a go using an old photo of me (for a change).

The sketch, which I turned anticlockwise.

My page, which I used some gorgeous papers from Cosmo Cricket called Something Special, Something New and Something True. Some stitching to give a bit of extra detail and the journaling is hidden behind the photo.

Here is a close up of the flower in the corner which I made at Bradfield Craft Club last week. It was a first attempt but came out quite well so I will definitely be making more.
If you want to enter a page using this sketch at Sarah's Card's I think it is open until Monday 8th November. You can find all the details HERE.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Inspired Blueprints Sketch.

Do you remember this sketch that I posted a few days ago? It is from Inspired Blueprints and I managed to get the page done for it and posted in their gallery to be in for a chance to win this month's giveaway.

Here is my layout and as you can see I stuck quite close to the original sketch ( sometimes it just works out that way). The photo is of my DH making me a mowing strip out of some paving blocks and the journaling says " where would we be without Gary's ability to fix, make and redesign almost anything he puts his mind to".

and a little close up of the details, the border punch was borrowed from my friend Helen when I was over hers last week so I'm not sure what it's called but it is one I haven't got so I made the most of being there and used it for this page.
The papers I used were 2 sheets of this Scenic Route Designer Scrap Strips and the brads are Basic Grey.
I really love using these scrap strips papers and I acquired quite a few different ones from the Scrap Shed earlier this year. It means you have lots of different papers in little pieces to play with and the back is a full page of a co-ordinating pattern. I think other paper companies do them aswell so I might search out some others when I finished these ones although I may have 3 or4 more to scrap yet!

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Friendly challenge.

My good friend Helen and me got together yesterday to chat, scrap and eat cake but we also compared our pages that we both did for a challenge we set each other.
The challenge was to use two sheets of the same patterned paper - Scenic Route Designer Scrap Strip.
Here is my page and I used a quote about daughters which is one of my favourite quotes, I think it's because I have three daughters!
A close up of the cute little birdie that came from a sticker sheet I got from my local Paperchase shop, they have the sweetest stickers.

Helen's page incorporates lots of lovely hand stitching and shows her and her sister when they were little.

and a close up of that stitching and of the equally cute butterflies.
Helen and me are doing a photography course together so Helen suggested that our next challenge could be to document our return to the world of school and homework!
We will be back soon with our challenge and some of the photo's from our newly learnt photo skills.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Bradfield Craft Club.

As promised here are the pages and cards from this weeks club starting as always with scrapbooking and the additional challenge was to add buttons to their page. (nice and easy).

Another sketch from the wonderful PageMaps.

Here is my page.


The card sketch, again from PageMaps.

My card.





Monday, 18 October 2010

Blog Love.

Today's Blog Love is a sketch challenge blog called INSPIRED BLUEPRINTS who have new sketches posted on their blog on the 1st and 15th of the month. You can upload your challenge pages to their gallery or just have fun creating a page using their sketch of course.
I have joined their site as I intend to have a go at this sketch as the design team has inspired me with their gorgeous layouts.
Here is my favourite designers page created by Jennifer Yates, it's so cute and colourful.

I'm off now to get ready for tonight's Bradfield Craft Club meeting so I will be back in the next couple of days with the photo's of our challenges.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

In the nick of time.

I have been meaning to get this page done for the sketch challenge over at Sarah's Cards for weeks now and kept thinking " I've still got plenty of time"!!! Well the deadline is tomorrow and here I am posting it with just a few hours to spare!
Anyway the sketch was a bit of a challenge (I suppose it's meant to be) not one I would have chosen to use but I am pleased with the end result.

Here is a couple of close up's.

I will try harder to get the next challenge Sarah sets done a bit sooner than the last minute. I think she sets them a couple of days after this one is finished so check out her blog soon if you fancy having a go at her challenge but there is always some great inspiration to be had all the time on the blog so go HERE to have a look at the designers work.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Candle Card.

I made a card for my friend Helen at the weekend, I can show it to you now as she has received it.
I loved the effect made by my new Cuttlebug embossing folder (been wanting this one for ages) simple yet so effective.
As Helen is more of a pastels girl I tried to tone down my usual tendency for bright colours but I was pleased with the end result, I even put some ribbon on!

I am trying to get a page done for the sketch challenge over at Sarah's cards but I am stuck with the title and it's getting frustrating as nothing I try looks right. The deadline is the 11th October so I had better get cracking but hopefully it will be posted here tomorrow.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Autumn Colours.

This week at Bradfield Craft Club we had Autumn colours as well as the usual sketch challenge as we seem to be travelling headlong into October and all the gorgeous oranges reds and browns that are appearing everywhere outside.
So to start off with the page sketch is from Kirsty Wisemans blog and I chose this one as it seemed to be a little different to any I've seen lately. I could imagine those stars changing to banners or xmas baubles. Anyway here is everyones take on the sketches.

my page

Joan's layout.

Pam's page.

This is the card sketch from CPS card blog.

My card.

Joan's card.



Saturday, 2 October 2010

Saturday Sketch.

Well Wendy has posted my layout for the Saturday Sketch on the Papermaze blog so I can post it here aswell now. This was the sketch I was sent (quite a while ago I am embarrassed to admit) and I returned the layout this week.

Here is my layout, I have stayed true to the sketch this time because the photos I had worked better that way. The papers I used were old ones -two sheets of Scenic Route Designer Scrap Strips that I got in the Scrap Shed sale earlier in the year so I don't think they are available now but there are some others HERE that are lovely and still in their sale.
The background paper is actually white but the day I took the photos it was grey and foggy so not the best lighting for taking pictures so please forgive the quality but you can click on the image for a closer look.
Thanks for dropping in on me and if you have some pennies to spare Papermaze have got a special offer this week as it's their birthday - 25% off selected papers, a different manufacturer each day so check out their website everyday to see if your favourite papers are on offer. You can find them HERE.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Blog Love.

As promised another Blog Love for you today. This one is the blog of the Pebbles Inc company who do gorgeous papers and accessories and their design team come up with beautiful cards and layouts.
Check out this layout below by their design member Laura Vegas, lovely bright colours and such a simple design that looks fab but does not detract from the photos.

I recommend you check out their blog for yourself HERE it will become one of your favourites. They even post great sketches with examples by the DT members so you could be seeing me using some of them soon.
Let me know what you think as I love sharing my blog finds with you all.