Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Little Red Wagon #209 - Halloween.

Hi there......still sticking to the plan here as it's Wednesday and I'm posting on time, yet again, for this weeks Little Red Wagon challenge!

Regan's turn to host this week, so of course it's that time of year when she had to choose the obvious........Halloween!

Let's see all your spooky creations.

Mine is really not spooky at all......far too cute to spook!

I dug out the pencils again for this one.  My youngest and I had a mini colouring session the other night - much fun.

Don't you just love it when a 7 year old sets to work with OCMS and blending sticks!  Very professional if it wasn't for the mass area of destruction that's usually left behind!  I can't say too much though as my desk usually bears a similar resemblance!

Digi is a hoarded creation from Pollycraft (that was!).

Now I'm sure you have at least one (or two, or three) Halloween creations just lying around, so head on over to the Little Red Wagon blog and link up.

The Girlfriends have more inspiration waiting there for you too.

Have a great day......don't overdo the candy on Thursday and I'll see you Friday for the final installment of this weeks plan.  I have to try and stick to it for one week at least!

See you soon,
Challenges entered:
Creative Belli Blog - #181 Halloween
Creative Moments - #29 Anything Goes/Halloween
Paper Pretties Challenge - #282 Bold Colours
The Paper Shelter - #135 Halloween

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hakuna worries!

How's it going, hope you all had a good weekend?

We spent Saturday buying Halloween candy then filling the little goodie bags we hand out.  I say 'we' but it really involved me buying the candy and the girls filling the bags.......kept them quiet for a good couple of hours at least!

I took them to the Cinema yesterday to see Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2......not bad - I did manage to stay awake for most of it at least!  See.......some would consider it an expensive way to get a catnap, but for those with young children, I know you will well spent!!

So, on to today's project - a scrapbook page.

I sort of forgot I hadn't posted this and one other from a DT Kit I received from Two Scrapbook Friends a while back.  I think I've completed two since then so time for 'blogging' catch up!

This kit was using the 'Trail Mix' collection from Bo Bunny, and although it's something I would not normally choose (or rather, would tend to run a million miles from actually!), as it's very 'fishy/outdoorsy' orientated........I have two girls.......there is very little (Translate: NONE!) fishing going on in these parts.  I do however enjoy the challenge of taking a collection like this and using it for something completely different.

Most of the patterns are great ( I say 'most' as I still can't get to grips with that 'fishy' one!) and it has an awesome 'rustic' colour scheme.  There's a fab 'tree bark' pattern on one sheet which was basically the whole inspiration for today's page, so here goes.........

Hakuna Matata.

This is only the second 'Disney' page I've scrapped from our trip 2 years ago......I will get that book done some day!

I figured that tree bark would work wonderfully with these photo's from the Animal Kingdom, so I randomly cut a piece for the background.  There's also a little stamped chicken wire too.

I liked the idea of keeping with 'natural' elements so I have some wood on there (you know I like my wood!) and these awesome burlap covered alpha's for the title.

Those chevrons are made using a Martha Stewart 'photo corner' punch.....I find I use it more this way!

The combination of embellies in the bottom corner consists of a tag fussy cut from one of the sheets of PP, a butterfly paper clip (Maya Road I think), layers of paper die cuts and more burlap topped of with a pretty brad.

I hand cut the fern leaves from PP, glued a little florist wire on the back, folded them in half around the wire then snipped diagonally with scissors.  The wire gives them a sturdiness that you can then manipulate into whatever shape/position you great as feathers too if you change up the PP.

And that's about all folks!

I'm trying to get a little more organized with my blog posts, so the plan is to be back on Wednesday for Little Red Wagon day, then Friday with the second LO from this collection.........we'll see if that works out!

Have a great day,

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Hair Raising!

Hi there.

Don't you just love it when you wake up to this.......

Happy October to ya!!

So, as you can probably guess....I am NOT a snow fan, which is why I'm going to cheer myself up with a nice little layout here today, then some happy scrapping later.

I don't seem to have had much time recently for 'scrapping for pleasure', what with family and home commitments (you know I'm talking about that puppy right?!), and DT responsibilities.

Not that I don't enjoy my DT work, of course I do, but sometimes ya just want to sit and scrap whatever the heck you feel like.....yes?

So today's page is just that.......for fun!

It was inspired by a great sketch from the lovely Laura Whitaker over at Stuck! Sketches.

This site is a fabulous resource for sketches if you're ever in need of inspiration.

So as there is a prize involved if you enter a layout (bonus!), this baby will be heading over there.

Guess we'd better get on with it.

Here's today's page:

Hair Raising.

Remember that puppy I mentioned earlier?

I apologize if this photo and those following may seem a little blurred or hurried maybe, but this if the following shot.......


I snapped  the next few minutes balancing on one leg whilst holding him off with the other!

The joys of puppy hood!

There's an abundance of 'Whiteout' on here, together with Washi tape and a doily.

Layers, semi-circles, hand cut hearts and lots of doodling.....I do love a good doodle on a layout!

There's even a little 'stamped' chicken wire here and there, and finally, I placed the title and a few more embellies in place of the journalling.

Papers are from My Minds Eye and there you have it.

I'll be seeing you again soon, so enjoy the rest of the day,

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Little Red Wagon #208......Eyelets......Remember those?

Well would you look at that - here I am perfectly on time with a post for once, and it happens to be Tammy's turn to throw down the gauntlet this week over at.........

She would definitely like us to dig deep into our stash to hunt down some 'Eyelets'.....remember those?

Well actually I do cause I LOVE those things - no word of a lie!

I discovered a new found love for them approximately a year ago and have been using them pretty regularly ever since.....put some on the last 3 layouts I churned out......honest!

Anyhow, thank goodness for the Crop-a-dile cause there was no way I was hammering those babies into this card..........

Yep.....all 15 of them!

I think I must have bought a job lot in the early days of my scrapbooking venture, and I hate to say it, but I may have to go out and buy some more!  Do they even still sell these things?!

The stamp I used today (yes STAMP!) is from Whipper Snapper Designs and has actually been patiently sitting coloured with Copics for over a year!

The rest of the Girlfriends have some inspiration waiting for you if you check out their links in the left sidebar OR you can see them of course over at the Little Red Wagon blog whilst you're linking up your own 'Eyelet' creation.

That's it from me but I'll be back again this week with a layout.

Have a good one,

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Little Red Wagon #207 - Mini-mize me

Hello, how's it going?

Over at Little Red Wagon this week.........

Jan would like to see a 'mini' ATC or card no bigger than 3"x3".

Why is it the smallest things seem the most hard work?

I went with a 3"x3" card and it wasn't that this was hard to make (it will be become transparently obvious that that was not the case!), I just couldn't seem to get my head into gear......there's not an awful lot you can put on something the size of a credit card!

Here we go:

Did ya see how clever I was there.....throwing the dice in the shot just so that you'd know I wasn't wimping out on a 6"x6" card instead?

Like I said, this one definitely wasn't hard to make!  I feel as though I should apologize for the 5 minutes it took to finish!!

Still it's good to know you can whip up a quick card when you're in desperate need.

Go head over to the Little Red Wagon blog and check out the efforts from the other Girlfriends this up your own creation whilst you're there.

Have a great day and I'll be seeing you again soon,

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Bliss........and a Crafty Challenge.

Good morning.....yes here I am again, less than a day after my last post and I still have Internet!

Oh it feels good to be on-line.

I thought I'd better catch up on a few things, first and foremost a layout I thought I'd posted a couple of weeks ago.

Obviously hadn't!

This one is for the Crafty Challenge I'm hosting this month over on the Two Scrapbook Friends blog.  All you need to do is link up your own entry to be in with a chance of winning a gift certificate to the store.

I do love a good colour combination and quite often scour Pinterest and other websites for inspiring examples.

I found a particularly cool colour combo a little while ago over at Design Seeds (Hint: If you're ever wondering which colour to pair with that particular shade of puce (what colour is puce anyhow?!), this is the place to go.........the photographs alone are enough to kickstart the mojo!).

Anyhow, with this in mind I decided to issue a 'Colour Challenge' as this months Crafty Challenge.

Here are your 'colour contenders':


Now you don't have to match the colours exact, as long as there is a definite influence in your creation.

I felt these tones would work beautifully for a Fall page, so for my example, I took the liberty of introducing a little 'red' and 'burnt orange' into the equation too (can't possibly have a Fall page without a little orange now can we?!!)


There's a lot of fussy cutting on here to create the scattered leaves.

I also went to town on the paper layers with four different border punches.

One of my new fave effects is the distressed edge, created using Distress Ink and a Bo Bunny stamp I picked up at the store some time ago.

Papers are definitely from my stash......Imaginisce from at least a couple of years ago I would think, and that just about rounds things up nicely.

Feel free to join in with this months challenge if you get a chance.
You can check out the Two Scrapbook Friends blog post and where to enter here.

Alrighty, I'll be back again tomorrow as it's time for our Little Red Wagon challenge once again.  By that time you'll be totally sick of me after 3 days in a row!

Have a great day,

Monday, October 14, 2013

Little Red Wagon #206 - Thanksgiving

Well hello there. 

I promise I haven't forgotten my little blog but I've had Internet issues all this last week!

Uurgggh.......router to be precise!  It has finally bitten the dust so to speak, so up til now, my attempts at getting online have involved sitting on the floor of my upstairs landing with my laptop hooked directly to the modem.

Not good when my butt decides to go numb and I get a cramp!

Oh the dedication to my craft!

Anyhow, finally at 9.05pm on a Monday night we have Internet.......yay!

Sooooo only 5 days late (!!), over at Little Red Wagon this week......

.........Joanne had no choice but to pick the obvious of course, so she'd like to see some Thanksgiving projects.

I'm still making the most of killing two birds with one stone, so yet again, for the second week in a row I'm showcasing another layout I completed recently using my perfectly apt Fall/Thanksgiving DT Kit from Two Scrapbook Friends.

Reflections 'Fall' from Echo Park is perfect for all those projects we create at this time of year, so this page reflects just one of the things I'm truly thankful youngest daughter.

I love these sweet photo's, and a sticker from the co-ordinating sticker sheet provided the perfect title.

Lots of stitching of course and wood......can't seem to finish anything these days without digging out either of these!

And I used plenty more stickers together with various cuts of paper.  I like that this line uses fairly traditional colours but the designs have a funky modern feel.

Well that's about it yet again.

Head on over to the Little Red Wagon blog to check out creations from the other Girlfriends.

You still have a couple more days to enter, so hopefully you'll be able to link up your own project too.

No more sitting on the floor to blog for me, so I'll be seeing you again tomorrow.....still have lots of projects to post - just not enough time to post them!

Have a great day,

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Little Red Wagon #205 - Use a Fence

Hello, it's Wednesday which means it's Little Red Wagon day.........

This week, Jan would like us to use a fence on our project.........just so happens I stuck a nice little panel (well actually it's probably more of a gate!) on a layout I completed for my recent DT Kit from Two Scrapbook Friends.

Killing two birds with one stone for once?  Doesn't usually happen in my world, but I'll take it.

Here goes.........A Perfect Autumn Day.

Love, LOVE the colours of this paper collection........Reflections Fall from Echo Park - perfect for all those photo's taken at this time of year.

I made use of lots of stickers from the co-ordinating sticker sheet......most are popped for a little more dimension.

Also got to work with a leaf stamp to compliment the whole theme.

And finally, we get to the collection of embellies in the bottom corner, which houses the gate fence panel, along with buttons, covered chipboard and more stickers.

This collection is available in the store and online if you'd like to grab your own stash.

So, are you feeling the urge to conjure a little fence panel yet?

Hop on over to the Little Red Wagon blog and check out some inspiration from the rest of the Girlfriends.

Link up your own creation while you're there and we'll stop by to say 'Hi'.

Have a great day and I'll see you tomorrow,
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