Thursday, December 31, 2009

On the last day of the year two layouts from Mary :-) !

Mary used different flower stamps by Kelly Panacci as well as the Heidi Swapp ‘Adore’ stamp. She hand coloured the flowers and teamed them with several flowers she had knitted and crotched. Mary made this wonderful layout about another one of the granddaughters, Willow. I love the bright colours!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A layout and a card by Melissa ...

My dear friend, Melissa Docking, sent me a card for the stamping competition and a layout for the sketch competition.

She created the card using the kissing technique on the large stamped flower. The two stamps used for the flower and the background stamp are from Inque Boutique # Funky Flowers; greeting is from Heidi Grace tags and words. The layout is about a scenic railway trip in Cairns. Thanks, Melissa!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A beautiful layout by Anja Curvers ...

Anja Curvers sent me this beautiful layout for the sketch challenge. I absolutely love everything about it; the colours, the photos, the embellishments ... just gorgeous!

Monday, December 28, 2009

A different take on the stamp challenge by Lizzie Slouthouber ...

Lizzie Slothouber from Perth, Australia, made this little album using a variety of stamps. Some of the materials and techniques she used are:
  • Circular Paper Clip,
  • Alphabet beads,
  • Alphabet Stamps,
  • Hero Arts stamped into Violet coloured Opals (Aussie version of UTEE),
  • Metal Circular Alpha buttons: Making Memories,
  • Butterfly adornments: Unknown source,
  • Journalling on vellum using computer fonts,
  • Fern stamps by Artee (in Perth & Melbourne, AU),
  • stamp pad: Stamp-It, USA,
  • Word stamps unknown unmounted stamps from USA – gift from stamping friend ...
Thanks Lizzie!

Lizzie made this stylish card 'Serendipity' (see picture below) using the following materials:

  1. Stamps:
    * Background script: A Stamp in the Hand, USA (Kat Okamoto’s handwriting)
    * Serendipity: Collections, Australia (Julie Van Oosten)
  2. Within the collage .. is actual torn Australian new postage stamps featuring the WWII soldiers, mulberry skeleton leaf, tiny Beedz, gold leaf – swiped over with the Versamark (clear) stamp pad then melted 3 layers of clear UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel marketed by Suze Weinberg, USA ) to give that thick glazed effect.
  3. Background: honeycomb black squares – greeting wrap paper by Hallmark
  4. Brass Split pins
  5. Stamp pad: Stamp It – Archival Brown

She also wanted to share another project. This project came about due to an online discussion Lizzie was having with another respected Queensland Aussie Stamper/Scrapper: Deslie Gordon, who challenged me to do UTEE collage projects. This was the result:

Lizzie also wanted to share an idea with us all: "Keep the Ferrero Rocher Chocolate acrylic/plastic boxes… they are perfect to store your tools, materials or even the perfect size for photos too! "

Five layouts for the competitions arrived over Christmas!

We were away for a few days over Christmas and when I came home there were five layouts waiting to be added to this blog; four for the sketch competition and one for the stamp competition. Thanks girls!

Joke made this layout about her little niece, who is playing with her dolls. So cute!

Karista made this digital layout for the sketch competition. Thanks, Karista!

Maja made this layout about a photo shoot with her mother-in-law and her two granddaughters.

Yvon made this laout about her son, Dylan. The layout is about his graduation hence the numbers and letters papers.

Karen Kowalick made this layout for the stamp competition. She used four different stamps and used an embossing technique with the stamped vine on the photo.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Two entries today for each competition ...

Karen, who used to be on my design team back in Australia, created this layout for the sketch competition. It is about her boys being boys by having fun! Thanks, Karen!

Lena created this layout for the stamp competition. She used toilet paper rolls to stamp the circles and she used a piece of cardboard to stamp the border. She used bubble wrap for the background. The title has been stamped with clear alphabet stamps. She added some butterflies, flowers, a label ... and done! Thanks for participating, Lena!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A cool layout from Gayle for the sketch competition ...

My friend Gayle from Australia created this cool layout about her husband and some friends from their church playing golf. Thanks again for participating, Gayle!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Another layout for the sketch competition!

Lena made this cute Christmas layout as a Christmas message to all her internet friends. She used fabric, stitching, bling, a handmade crocheted star, ribbons and a message on vellum. Thanks for participating, Lena!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A few entries today :-) ...

Dithny made this Christmas card for the stamping challenge. The largest star is a die cut and used as a stamp to create stars on the paper using glimmermist. The smaller stars are die cuts too and have been inked and UTEE on the top. The swirls have been stamped and cut. The words have been stamped too.

Maja has made these ATC cards about old Christmas decorations from her grandma. She stamped red/ yellow and green/ yellow with a background stamp first. She used swirl stamps on top of the photos and alpahbet stamps for the words. The last ATC has the word 'oma' (grandma in Dutch) embossed in green. Thanks Maja!

Caroline from the US created this beautiful digital layout. She took all the pictures in her parents' garden. Her Mum just loves gardening, and Caroline thought the quote was very appropriate to describe her. She went back to England for a visit after nearly a year of not seeing my family, and her Mum had made an extra-special effort to make the garden look pretty. The papers and embellishments come from Shabby Princess, Designer Digitals and Cottage Arts.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The third sketch layout is from Marion.

Marion sent me this layout about a stork the family saw when they were riding their bikes. In the journaling it says that the children thought the stork was on its way to a friend's place, because she was having a baby soon. Thanks for sharing, Marion!

Monday, December 14, 2009

The second layout has arrived ...

Corine just sent me her layout for the sketch competition! How adorable is her little one? Too cute!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The first layout for the sketch competition is here!

Dithny made this layout for the PageMaps sketch competition of this month. I am glad someone finally send me a layout; I was wondering if everyone was too busy to scrap this time of the year ... thanks for your entry, Dithny!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Annie's entry for the stamp competition

Annie made this Haloween layout using a few different stamps and techniques. She used a stamp at the bottom of the page and stamped with bubble wrap at the top. The diamond shaped stamp was made by herself. The word 'cherish' was stamped and embossed (see detailed photo above).

Monday, December 7, 2009

December 2009 Competition - based on PageMaps sketch

I loved the entries from November based on the PageMaps sketches from Becky Fleck! Therefore I decided to do another sketch competition this month!
Create a layout based on Becky's sketch above and email a picture of your layout (if you want you can also include another picture or two with details of your layout) to me before midnight on the 31th of December, 2009. The winner will be announced in the first days of January 2009.
I will add all entries on this blog. Please let me know your blog address, so I can link the layout to you own blog! I have a nice prize pack for the winner (see picture below):
The prize pack includes:
  • 3 ink pads (VersaColor)
  • Chipboard Journaling Plaques (Lil' Davis Designs)
  • Vintage Wood Baby (Lil' Davis Designs)
  • Colored Rubons Playhouse (TLC)
  • Foil, Flocking, Glitter pack 'Guys' (TLC)
  • Flocked White Alphabet Stickers (Delish Designs)
  • Chipboard Brackets and Flowers (TLC)
  • Clear Stamps 'Dated & Noted' (Autmn Leaves)
  • Calligraphy Markers Brown and Black (Zig)

IMPORTANT: this competition is open to ANYONE, ANYWHERE in the world!!! It doesn't matter if you live in the US, Europe, Australia ... I will post it to you regardless where you live!

So ... what are you waiting for? Look at the sketch and start scrapping! Have fun,


Thursday, December 3, 2009

The first stamped creation is here!

Wendy has mailed me the first entry of the stamping challenge. She created a winter tag. First she sprayed different inks on a sheet of plastic. She pushed the tag on the sheet to create a unique background. The stars and lights are stamps. She also used a swirl stamp, but this one is a bit hard to see on the picture. She added Glossy Accents and some glitter. The snowman has swirl stamps and silver Stickles on it. She finished by adding some Dimensional Snow Accent at the bottom.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December Stamp Competition!

The first competition of this month is a stamping competition. I will create at least one and possibly two more competitions this month, so make sure you check my blog regularly. I have a nice pack of clear stamps to give away to the winner of this competition! At this stage I am not sure if I will determine the winner through the Random website or by a voting system, but I will announce that later this month too!

So ... what do you have to do? The challenge this month is to create a card, layout or project with at least three different stamps and/ or stamping techniques. If you can give a short description of the techniques you used, that would be great. It isn't required for the competition though! There are so many talented stampers out there, that I cannot wait to see what you all come up with!

Please email me with a picture (or two, if you want to show some details) of your work no later than December 31, 2009. The winner will receive the stamps and acrylic block as seen in the picture above. This competition is open to anyone, anywhere in the world. So ... get those stamps out and show us what you can do!

The prize pack includes:
  • an acrylic block
  • 'Precious' clear stamp by Heidi Swapp
  • 'Love' clear journaling spots stamps by Heidi Swapp
  • 'Frills' clear journaling spots stamps by Heidi Swapp
  • 'Doodled Frames' clear stamps by KaiserCraft
  • 'Friends' clear stamps by KaiserCraft
  • 'Baby' clear stamps by KaiserCraft

If you have any questions, please email me!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The winners of the two November competitions are:

As you all know the competitions on this blog are open to everyone all over the world. That means we have different time zones too, since I have had entries from girls in Australia, Europe, Canada and the US. The winners of my competitions will be announced when it is the 1st of the month in all countries, therefore the Australian girls will have to wait a bit longer, but a little patience never hurt anyone, right?

Anyway, as mentioned in my original post, I wanted to use the Random site to determine the winners. I believe it is fair to give both beginning scrappers and more experienced artists the chance to win. Since we had 15 layouts for the PageMaps sketch competition, the winner had to be between # 1 and # 15. As you can see below the winner is # 6, which is Cora! Congratulations, Cora! Please email me with your postal address, so I can post your parcel to you!

Then there is the other competition 'Our favourite attitute should be gratitude' ... Since I made the first comment myself, the winner had to be chosen between # 2 and # 14. The site chose # 7 as the winner, which is Karen! She nominated her good friend Anne Rayner to receive the prize. Karen, please contact me with her postal address too!

Thanks to all who participated; I really enjoyed receiving entries and comments from all over the world.
Since it is my birthday today I will probably not put the two new competitions on the blog today (got to have a bit of partying to do), but please check the blog in the next day or two for the new competitions!

Layout # 15 from Elaine ...

The last layout for this competition is from Elaine. Isn't it cute?