Sunday, August 30, 2009

DT call for ARTastic Challenge Blog

Hi Ladies,

I am looking for two new DT members for six months and two Guest designers for November and December for ARTastic challenge blog. A challenge site that takes inspiration from the great Artists.

Requirement is one monthly submission, comments on entries, voting on entries, and suggestions for monthly challenges. Blog address is :

If you are interested, please email me with some of your favourite layouts attached and a link to your blog. A little bio about yourself, your favourite artist and why?
Also a submission using the current September 'Artist Wassily Kandinsky - On white II' as your inspiration. I am looking for someone that thinks out of the box and has a unique scrapping style, if you think you fit the picture please email me at:

Closing date midnight Friday 25th September

Good Luck :)


Thursday, August 27, 2009

RAK Time... The Joy of Winning!!!

OK who is ready for an RAK....
Look at what Marisa is giving away....on her blog The Joy of a Page!

These are lots of fabulous items from brands like Heidi Swapp, Making Memories, Heidi Grace, Queen & Co, A2Z Scraplets, Li'l Davis, SEI plus lots more....

To be in the draw to receive all these lovely goodies all you have to do is leave a comment on her RAK post... You can get to her blog from here.

But wait that is not all......... if you get your friends to follow her blog and they add a comment including your name in the comment you also get more chances in the the more friends you get to follow Marisa the more entries you get to win this fantastic pack of goodies...

She will draw a winner on Monday 31st August....
Only Australian residents may enter.

Thanks Marisa, I hope the word gets around and you get a heap of new followers on your blog...
I have my fingers crossed to win!!


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Fun Family Journey is .........

This is my entry for the August Themed challenge at RSS.

For this month's Themed challenge Kirsti would like you to create an item using the theme:


Journey can be interpreted any way,
as a physical journey, holiday or personal journey.

The word Journey must be in the title and Kirsti would also like to see:

one metal embellie and
a subtitle

A fun Family journey is shattered when those 4 little words are uttered...... R we there YET?

I have covered all criteria:
The word journey is in the title, I have used a birdie metal embellishment, my subtitle is 'R we there YET?'

The tag says: Once upon a time there were three children who used to travel a lot. I used to do lucky envelope so I could keep my sanity on long trips! :)

Fun challenge Kirsti.

and a close up


Here's Kirsti's example:



This is my Entry for the August word challenge at RSS.

For this month's Word challenge Ann-Marie would like you to create an item using the word:


Ann-Marie would also like to see:
use of a black and white photograph(s)
More than one button
and ...... I want to see somethings popping off the page (like using foam etc)

A pic of Hasan and I earlier this year.

I have covered all criteria:
I have used a black and white photo, more than one couduroy button, lots of circles, some stitching on the matting and my 'S' is popping off the page :) I added a doodle border around the page.

Great challenge AM really enjoyed this one.

and a close up


Here is AM's example:


Crouching Tiger Hidden Pixie

This is my take for the August Ebony and Ivory challenge at RSS. Here is the criteria for the challenge.

For this month's Ebony & Ivory challenge Rachel would like you to create an item using the following:

Ebony (black) with Green & blue

Rachel would also like to see you :
Use a different size other than 12x12
Use a decorative edge
A flourish

I have used Black with Green and Blue and the size used is 12 x 7. I have a cut out flourish decorative edge and I also used a chipboard flourish (painted it white and added kindy glitz) to give it a bit of sparkle. The layered flower is a cut out from Stampin' UP! pp called Urban Garden. I also added a blue bird and some metal brads!

I really loved how this turned out, loved attempting something a bit different, thanks Rachel.

and some close ups



Below is Rachels example:


For You and Winter Hat cards....

This is my entry for the card challenge at U2S challenge blog using the sketch below.

Winter Hat


For you

Thanks to Pagemaps for this great sketch..... Challenge is to complete 2 cards using this sketch BUT they need to be different patterned papers.

Great challenge enjoyed making these cards!


Me @ 20 - U2S Challenges

This is my entry for Vicki's Blind Scrap challenge at U2S challenge blog called Me @ 20

Here's the directions you had to follow:

1 12x12 base cs
1 17cm x 23cm pp
1 13cm x 18.5cm pp
1 17cm x 7.5cm pp
1 4x6 portrait photo
1 21cm piece ribbon
3 strips of different width ribbon at 4cm,6cm and 7cm(1 of each length)
title and embellishments

1. stick down the 17x7.5cm pp 1.5cm from right hand side of cs and up 4.5cm from the bottom.
2. stick the 17x23cm pp 8cm from right edge and up 3cm from bottom.
3. stick the 13x18.5 cm pp in centre of last step, then stick the photo in centre of this pp.
4. stick the ribbon along the bottom of the 17x23cm pp.
5. place embellishments of your choice on the bottom left hand corner of the photo.
6. add the title above the 17x23cm pp.
7. add the smaller ribbon pieces above the 17x7.5cm pp smallest to largest. You can add any extra embellishments if like and distress, ink or tear any of the pp.
I don't do Blind challenges very often, but really enjoyed putting this one together, I just hope I got all the measurements correct!

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A little competition, become a follower !!!

At For Love of Slice, the contributors are going to be putting their slices to good use. If you sign up to follow and are one of the first 25 to follow the blog, you will go in the draw to receive a grab bag of sliced goodies. They are planning on having regular give aways which will feature designs from different design cards.

Drop on by and become a follower to be in the first draw.

Thanks for Looking.


.............makes me feel like a Queen!

This is my entry for the August CC challenge #3 - England at Ready, Set, Scrap! The theme for the cyber Crop was Holiday Escape.

Tracey has packed her bag and is off to...

Here are the details of Tracey's Challenge:

Ok when I thought of England I had to start singing!!!
God save our gracious Queen, long live our noble Queen.....

You must scrap something that makes you feel like a QUEEN!
It only has to be something simple, so long as it makes you feel good.

You must also include:
  • Something Gold
  • Some Bling (every Queen has some bling!)
  • The Colour Pink
  • Your Journaling Must Become Part Of Your Title
  • The Word Queen Must Appear Somewhere On Your Item
This is my entry:

Journalling says:
'When my lovey gives me a foot massage, it makes me feel like a Queen' - my lovey is a pyhsiotherapist, so I often get a foot massage :)

I have covered all criteria:
something gold = gold crown
Some bling = centre of flowers
color pink = yes
Journaling is part of your title = yes
The word queen must appear on your item = yes

Thanks for the challenge Tracey, it was great to do something just a little bit different!

and a close up:

.... and here is Tracey's sample.


The Living Desert

This is my entry for the August CC at Ready Set, Scrap. The theme for the cyber Crop was Holiday Escape.

Rach has packed her bag and is off to...

Here are the details of Rach's Challenge:

To choose your favourite holiday destination from around Australia
Whether you have been there or would just LUV to go one day
find a picture of your dream holiday and draw inspiration from it...

This is the pic that I took my inspiration from:

You must also include
- paint
- ink
- a colour photo

and here is my layout:

This is Jenna sitting on a sculpture of a horses head at the 'living desert' not far from Broken Hill in 1997. There are sculptures situated on top of a hill which were created by local artists.
This was part of our Coober Pedy/Ayres Rock/Alice Springs trip.

I have drawn inspiration from a pic of the outback higway, i will try and post it here and it will also be on my blog

I painted a frame around the photo in Jo Sonyas burnt Sienna, used an inked or stamped owl and birds as an embellishment and have used a color photo.

Thanks Rachel for the inspiration, it brought back some great memories of this trip :)

Here is Rachel's example:

This is a picture on top of Mt Wellington in Hobart
One of my favourite places to holiday...

Here is my sample, now go forth and CREATE!!


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I love Bali

This is my entry for the August Cyber Crop 3 2 - Africa' by Janine at Ready, Set, Scap. The theme for the cyber Crop was Holiday Escape.

Janine has packed her bag and is off to...

Here are the details of Janine's Challenge:

take inspiration from the below pic

I also like to see the following

A = A Heart
F = Flower
R= Red Element
I = Ink
C= Circle
A = A Title with 2 different fonts

and this is my take called 'I Love Bali'

This is my entry for the 'Africa' challenge, the inspiration I took from the pic, was the ladies carrying their over laden buckets on their heads.

I remembered I had the perfect photo from my Bali holiday in 1999. I took a photo as we drove past a group of girls carrying offerings on their heads to their local temple.

The journaling around the statue says: My first O/S trip with Wayne and Jane in 1999. We stayed at Hotel Sahid Raya in Kuta. This is where I got the travel Bug!
( As opposed to a stomach bug !!!.... lol)

I have covered all criteria:
A = A chipboard shaped Heart -
F = purple flower
R = Red flower brad element
I = inked chipboard heart with Stampin' UP! pink passion
C = Green filagree gold circle next to buttons
A = Two different font title (cut out and tiny etched letters)

Thanks for the great challenge Janine, it gave me the opportunity to do my first Bali page from that holiday.


Here is Janines example:


Sunday, August 16, 2009

More blog Candy at Naoual's Creations

August 18th is Naoual's 25th birthday, and she's going to celebrate it with all of us by offering her very first blog candy, YEEY! Sure hope you girls like what you see.

ONE lucky person wins ALL these YUMMY goodies:

Everyone who knows Naoual, knows how much she LOVE sparkle. In her opinion; every girl needs some sparkle, right? So she's offering some sparkle, and a LOT more ;o) :

1 package pink gems
1 package blue gems
1 package purple gems
1 bottle pink distress stickles
1 bottle blue distress stickles
1 bottle purple distress stickles
Some pink, purple & blue ribbons
Purple lace
Package of prima flowers
1 MAGNOLIA stamp

go check it can get to her blog from here.
and if you become a follower on her blog you get a second chance.
How cools that!


I love Paris

This is my entry for the August CC challenge # 5 France by Kath at Ready Set Scrap. the Theme for the cyber Crop was Holiday Escape. Kath has packed her bag and is off to...FRANCE

Here are the details of Kath's Challenge:

A shabby Chic item it can be a layout,card or any OTP item.

You must use soft pinks,greens and creams
You must also use tearing and inking

this is what I came up with:

This is my take on the August CC France challenge by Kath. As you can see Shabby Chic style is not my strong suit, I definately need lessons from Lisa Kamphius :)

The journaling reads: My Dream, sitting on a park bench and gazing at the Eiffel Tower with my lovey Hasan :)

All criteria met:

1. Shabby Chic Style - (sort of!)
2. Soft pink, greens and creams - definately
3. pearls - In the 2 lge flower centres and gold string of pearls along edge of lace
4. flowers - lots
ribbon and lace - small bow and ribbon skirting the pic

Thanks for the inspiration Kath, it gave me a chance to practise the Shabby Chic Style, which I normaly never attempt.

Ooh, to Dream........

a close up

Here is Kath's sample.


The Circle of Friendship Award

Today I received Two x Circle of Friends awards, firstly from Tracy at My2Angels, (actually she gave the award to the whole 'From Screen 2 Scrap' crew), which I thought was just lovely. The second Award comes from Ali, my beaut friend in the UK, who is also on the DT for 'From Screen 2 Scrap', her blog is called Scrappy Ali's Blogspot, go take a looksee!!

I am going to pass this award on to another five bloggers whom I think are very inspirastional........ but I'm going to have a think about it first :) and get back to you!!

OK, I've decided to award this badge to my DT members at ARTastic, these ladies have done some beautiful submissions for the month, and often keep in touch with me by email, so I do consider them my friends......

Natasha Allen

Terri Brown

Renae Deguara

Lisa Hanrahan

Michelle Winston


Color My World ATC's

These are the August ATC's I did for the theme - A splash of colour, chosen by Chris W, at Uproar 2 Scrapmore.

and a close up ofcourse!!!


There would be no PASSION........

This is my entry for the August Cyber Crop at Ready Set Scrap. This months theme was Holiday Escape. Lexie has packed her bag and is off to...ITALY

My entry is called 'There would be no PASSION........'

The journaling says 'There would be no PASSION in this world if we never had to fight for what we love!

All criteria met: White cardstock and everything else on layout is RED. I cut myself out of a 6x4 photo and have used the word passion in my title.

I fringed a piece of red material everything else used = bits and pieces from my stash.

I hope you like my layout, thanks Lexie for the inspiration :)


Here are the details of Lexie's Challenge:

Italians have such passion for everything
They are the most passionate race of people I know
And as you know the colour of passion is RED
For this challenge I would like to see white cardstock as your base
But everything else on your LO must be red
Photo can be black or white or coloured but must not be any bigger than a 6x4
And the words Passion/Passionate must be in your title

Here is Lexie's sample.


Vote 1 for Adam.

This is my take on the August Cyber Crop at Ready Set Scrap. The theme was Holiday Escape.
Ann-Marie has packed her bag and is off to... AMERICA

Here are the details of Ann-Marie's Challenge:

For my challenge I want to see some STARS and STRIPES!
I am not fussed about the colours you chose to use for your entry and it can be OTP, Digi, LO, Hybrid, Card - whatever!!
Apart from the stars and stripes I have the following stipulations that I want to see ...

Your photo(or photos) must have some alterations
eg. cut-outs, rounded corners, selective colouring etc.

I want to see some layers!

I want to see some metal on your project
eg. pins, staples, brads, eyelets etc

I want to see some tearing and some distressing

and lastly, I want to see some paint, even if it's just a drop!

Have fun!

Below is my entry 'Vote 1 for Adam'

I decided to go the whole American theme for this layout, called 'Vote 1 for Adam'

Stars = 3 red
stripes = Stiped pp and Stripes on flag
Photo alterations = rounded corners
Layers = 4 layers of pp
Metal = staples and metal edged tag(Vote 1 election badge)
Tearing and Distress = around all pp's
Paint = white stars on flag (Jo Sonyas' Titanium white paint)

I used satin material to make the Curvey red decorations along the top of the page and added yellow stars. I cut the elongated flag from Cardstock added the "Uncle Sam' hat and two American icon pics (Uncle Sam and Statue of Liberty)
I made the election badge from metal edge tag from Stampin' UP! and covered it in cardstock and added the white lettering.
Used a picture of Adam taken at kindergarten in 1984.

Really enjoyed putting this layout together thanks AM for the great challenge.

and a close up

Here is Ann-Marie's sample.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mini Album Aug CC challenge # 3

This is my entry for the Challenge Chics August Cyber Crop hosted by Amanda Lawrence.


Challenge Setter: Vicki

Challenge: Make a mini album any size, shape or material it has to include a stamped image, lace and pearls on the cover.

I used the daisy stamp from Stampin' UP! 'Upsy Daisy' stamp set and whisper white pigment ink. Lace and a string of gold pearls.....


Cry baby

This is a layout I did, that I was going to enter for the Songbirds July Design Team Call. I decided not to enter, as it was around the same time that I took over the ARTastic challenge site. I got my inspiration from the lyrics Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen.

I love this photo of Keira, I have used it before. I used the lyrics:
This thing called love
Called love
It cries like a baby
In a cradle all night

And a close up!

Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
This thing called love
I just can't handle it
This thing called love
I must get around it
I ain't ready
Crazy little thing called love
This thing called love
Called love
It cries like a baby
In a cradle all night
It swings, it jives
It shakes all over like a jellyfish
I kinda like it
Crazy little thing called love
There goes my baby
She knows how to rock 'n' roll
She drives me crazy
She gives me hot and cold fever
Then she leaves me in a cool, cool, sweat


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Squeegee Sisters

This is layout I did for my Stampin' UP! stamp club get together last month.

It was designed by Sam (Samantha), who put this together for our class. It's a fairly easy layout , using all Stampin UP! product. We were all asked to bring a black and white photo to use...... Thanks Sam, you did a really great job and every one was pleased with their finished layouts.

Here is mine called "Squeegee Sisters"

The only thing not Stampin' UP! that I used were the large white brads in the centre of the flowers!

and a close up!


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Dream, dreams........

This is my entry for the Challenge Chics August Cyber Crop, hosted by Amanda Lawrence.


Challenge Setter: Amanda

Challenge: Use the following quote in a layout; 'Dream dreams that no one ever dared dream before' by Edgar Allen Poe. There are no other restrictions for this challenge.

.... and this is my entry

.......and a close up of baby Shazza!!


Cabaret Kid

This is my entry for the Challenge Chics August Cyber Crop hosted by Amanda Lawrence.


Challenge Setter: Pauly

Challenge: 12 x 12 LO, 1 B&W photo, colour scheme to be white on white.

This is what I came up with.

and a close up.

Thats my neice Tash when she was a baby.... ain't she cute!!

Got carried away and forgot to use a black and white photo, Oh well, you can hardly tell, its not a very colorful photo anyway, so if you all squint and imagine its black and white, I might just get away with it!!


Blog Candy Bonanza!!! from Bev

Gotta be in it to win it......... Go check out Bev's blog All the things I love


Sunday, August 9, 2009

Cute as!

This is my entry for the August Sketch challenge at Forever Always.

Here is the August Sketch:
And here is my layout called "Cute as!"

Had fun with this, loved the sketch!

Here are a few close ups: