Monday, December 7, 2020

Fancy fold Christmas card for December challenge at Unstampabelles

 Hello. Welcome to December 2020.

Time for a new challenge. You can make anything but it must include the following:

#107 DecemberJoy -

the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : DELIGHT; the expression or exhibition of such emotion : GAIETY: a state of happiness or felicity : BLISS: a source or cause of delight

                    TWIST : a music Carols/ Carol singing; instruments; drummer boys; bird song; concerts; music bringing joy

I have chosen to make a fancy fold card. Thanks to Mitzi for the pattern.

I will give this card to my son's girlfriend's family.  The girlfriend wrote the Christmas message for me, but she didn't know it was going to be used in her own card. It will be a nice surprise for her I hope.

I've also made another card using this pattern to enter into Mitzi's challenge at Soul Scrappers.

Do you have a preference? They are the same design but give a different feel. Second one suits a family with kids I think.

Happy holiday season.


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Scalloped card and extra technique

 Hello. December at last.

Time to show you the Archi-scraps challenge for this month.

Here is the image and the criteria is to use scallops.

I chose to use Martha Stewart's large Daisy Scallop punch to create some scalloped layers on a card.

I picked the Lawn Fawn 6x6 Dandy Day petite paper pack. I liked the softer colours. I want to give this to a dear girl for her 21st birthday.  (I am making this in September. We share an early October birthday).

I often like to decorate the inside as well. Good to use up the left over strip from the front and tiny bit of ribbon.

To create the front of the card I chose 3 pastel layers. I chose matching pearls for the flower centres. I have added a stamped image in grey and purple. Then for the final touch I added a flower with the same colours and a brad as the centre.

Now there were a lot of  petal shapes punched out and I wanted to do something with them.

I glued them down in a flower pattern with a couple of layers on to the other two left over strips. Then, I glued on a button.  I now have some value added embellishments to use on future projects and have minimised any waste.

What do you think?  Do you think you would like to try this? It's real easy.

Head over to the Archiscraps facebook page for further inspiration from other DT members and to add your entry. There is always a prize on offer too.


Dale x

ARTastic December challenge - Wildflowers

 As so this is Christmas.  Well, nearly. I've been in Christmas mode for some time.

A lovely challenge this month at ARTastic. Here is the inspo pic and there is no added criteria.

Salvatore Zofrea with Christmas Bells 2011

I've used flower photos from my August 2020 Broome holiday. I had a lot to choose from. I made a double page layout.

I let the photos speak for themselves.

Hope you can join in this month.

Friday, November 27, 2020

Guest Designer at Stick it Down

 Hello everyone,

My card was chosen as winner of the September card sketch challenge at Stick it down.

This means I was offered a Guest Designer position for November.

Here is the sketch I was given to work with.

Here is the card I made.

I started with some white cardstock on which I sprayed some green and purple ink.  I mounted that paper on some kraft patterned paper and then on to the base white card.

I chose some pretty resin flowers and some mustard coloured embroidery thread to make some "hanging baskets".

Lastly I added some Webster's Pages trim and a sentiment sticker.

It turned out quite sweet I think.

Thanks for looking. Why not head over and join in? There are also double page and single page sketch challenges to enter.

Dale x

Monday, November 16, 2020

November Unstampabelles' challenge

 Hi there,

I usually post in the first week for this challenge but was too busy this time round.

The challenge is:

#106 NovemberBelieve   to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something or someone, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so. 

Can be in a person or a myth or fairy tale or yourself.

                    TWIST : use an unusual fold

Here is my card.

It is a 3 panel gate fold style. Very easy to make. 

I am very much in Christmas mode at the moment. I've been wrapping presents. So much fun.

Hope you join in.

Dale xx

Sunday, November 1, 2020

November ARTastic vintage theme

 You all are going to love this month's challenge at ARTastic.  The painting is divine.

Artist: Emily Hilda (Rix) Nicholas

 (Australian, 1884–1961

Title: Picardy girl

 , ca. 1913

Medium: oil on canvas

I thought to myself that I would like to use some paint on my layout.  I picked out the mint green colour as my main focus.

Here is my layout.

 I used a Diana Wakley stencil and Soft Moss paint by Kaisercraft mixed with some basic white.
There are an awful lot of little interesting things on this layout if you look closely.
For the flower elements I have one large sticker to which I added a button centre. Then there are some other tiny little paper flowers, which I just love.

Another fun element is the paper doll. I chose a mint green dress with ruffled sleeves like the one in the painting. It ties in perfectly with the page theme.

I'm sure there will be a lot of vintagey, floral pages but this one I think is a little different. Still vintage and a bit retro too, but a bit unexpected.

Hope you join in. Head to the facebook page to enter here.

Dale x

November DT creation for Archi-Scraps

This month I have a pretty full on layout for you to see.  It's a New Year's Eve fireworks layout.

This is my Designer project for Archi-scraps this month.

Above is the building inspiration and the criteria is to use triangles.

I used a stencil and 3 different papers and 3 different inks to create a starburst design, then I cut those pieces up into various sized triangles. The design really focuses the eye towards the photos. As my son pointed out, the photos are stacked like a building.  The background patterned paper resembles fireworks in a night sky.

Take a look at what the other DT members did and then off you go and create. Let's see what you choose to do.

Dale x

Monday, October 5, 2020

Three card set

I went looking for a new card challenge to join yesterday. Found an oldy but a goody with a nice sketch.

It is the Feeling Sketchy October challenge.

I remembered some Cherry Arte black rub-ons I have that I thought would suit. Talk about stash busting! They are quite old. Rub ons often deteriorate over time but these have been reliable.

I decided to make a 3 card set.

I used the light blue paper from this paper pack.

Thanks for looking.
Dale x

Thank you card with a tag

I love October. It is my birthday month. I will celebrate this Wednesday.

How about some inspiration?

You could try this month's challenge at Unstampabelles.

Here is the criteria and my example

#105 OctoberInspire - who or what was your inspiration into the world of paper craft? 

                 TWIST: a Thank You card or tag using the word Inspire 

A tag on a card. Inspired by my Mum who introduced me to crafting at a young age.

I have used a Phase Eight clothing label tag, which was a double.  I love that clothing brand. This is the back. Yes, I also love a bargain. haha

I added a different coloured piece of vellum on each one and a different piece of patterned paper on each as well.
Then, I used some scraps from another project, mostly Kaisercraft bits.
Lastly, the black word Inspire is a sticker from Creative Memories. Appropriate for the challenge because I got into proper scrapbooking from a Creative Memories home class way back when.

Dale x

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Qantas Club - layout for Archi-scraps

 October is here and so is another challenge at Archiscraps. Just in case you don't know, we now upload our entries to our facebook page here.

Inspo pic is:

Here is my layout.

I thought the inspo pic looked quite moody so I wanted to do a page that reflected that. I have added light pink to brighten it up a little. I have cut a circle from the middle of the floral paper and flipped it to the back side, which was white. This duplicates the white plates in the photo. I also have a circle die-cut with a little plane on it. Lots of different layers here.  Some of the papers and the alpha stickers came from a set given out at Memoranza in 2006 by Creative Memories. Wow, old stash. Good to use some of it.

I am providing the prize this month. I made some tags and flags and there are two paper packs. The papers are big enough you can mount 4x6 photos on to them. The papers are exclusive, cannot be purchased, Creative Memories papers.

Get your thinking caps on and join us.

Dale x

Flowers for a funeral

 This month at ARTastic challenge blog there is a very pretty art inspo and the criteria is to use flowers. I know how many of you love to use flowers so I expect there will be a lot of entries.

Gail McCormack with Vintage tin trio

Here is what I did.

Those are Prima flowers and leaves in the middle. They do make very nice flowers.

Looking forward to seeing what you do.


Dale x

Monday, September 7, 2020

Get Well card

Unstampabelles' challenge 

#104 SeptemberPhoenix (rising from the Ashes) - as in salvaging a craft 'mistake' perhaps? Getting an education or career after a slow beginning; recovering from an illness ie Breast Cancer; celebrating a divorce?

                   TWIST: use an embossing folder 

This one stumped for a little while.  Then I thought about sending a card to someone who has been unwell.

I love the colour combo of blue, green and white. It's so fresh.  This is a particularly pretty embossing folder that I've used as well.

Dale x

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Father's Day card

 Hey, it's September. Spring has sprung. At last.

Tomorrow is Father's Day in Western Australia. I've made this card for my Dad. I'm hosting an afternoon tea for family at home. I hope he likes it.

I've made it to enter the Stick It Down card sketch challenge. Here is the sketch. I've used the collection On The Move by Kaisercraft (which I won from them some years ago).

September Card Sketch

Thanks for looking and happy Father's day to the Dads.

Dale x

UPDATE: Happy to announce that my card won!

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

A scrapbook page about a door

The Alchemist Bar and Cafe

This bar in Melbourne is lovely.  This page is my Designer offering for Archiscraps this month.

Image may contain: plant, house and outdoor 

Padua Street , Barcelona, Spain

Isn't this a lovely building?

You have to add a door.  The background paper I used is from Kaisercraft's Cottage Rose collection. Lots of doors and there is a door in one of my photos.  Got that covered that is for sure. haha

Cheers, Dale x

Best Wishes card


It is September. Time is marching on.

Time for a challenge at ARTastic.

The inspo pic is:

Cathy McClelland with Butterfly Tree

No photo description available.

The criteria is to use a stencil.  This is important. Don't forget this part.

This is the one I chose. It is quite cute and versatile.

I chose to make a card. I used some marker pens, stickers and washi.

I added some little butterfly stickers to go with the inspo pic.

Get creating. Have fun.

Thanks for looking.

Dale x

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Guest Design Spot at Soul Scrappers

I invite you to participate in my challenge at Soul Scrappers.  It is a nice, easy one with lots of scope.

I used to run this type of challenge when I was on the Design Team many years ago. It is called cooking up.

You need to follow this recipe to design your scrapbook page.

1. It should be nature based.

2. Please use a punch (you can use more than one if you'd like to)

3. Add a bee or a butterfly

4. Use more than one photo

5. Add dimension

Here is the layout that I have made.

I have used Creative Memories hexagon punches to create a little path winding through my page. It creates movement and draws your eye around. 

The bee, butterfly and flower are all raised to add that dimension.

Did you notice that I used the word "soul" in my title. Just a little nod to the challenge site.

Click on the highlighted link in the first sentence to take you to the site. If you are not a member, why not join? There are always lots of challenges to enter and the people there are friendly and the gallery is full of inspiration.

I'm adding a prize.

It is Amy Tangerine - Love Spun embossing folder and Becky Higgins Project Life - 12 photo overlays.

I'd be delighted if you joined in.

Dale x

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Paper folding and lace flower on a layout

 Hello friends,

I've created a layout today featuring my two sons.

I'm entering this one into three challenges.

1. Scrap The Boys  - put a flower on it

2. Stick it down - single page sketch

August Single Page Sketch

3. Mystical scrapbooks - use a handmade textile embellishment

I chose to use the colours in the photos of black, white and red. I have also picked up on the decor at the Restaurant. I have done some punching and made some paper folded napkins out of Japanese paper. Lastly, I have added a hand made lace flower.

Dale x

Friday, August 7, 2020

Thank you card using square punch

 I've made a card today using the August sketch at Stick It Down.

Here is the sketch.

August Card Sketch

Thanks for looking. Have a great day.

Dale xc

Monday, August 3, 2020

Butterfly congratulations card

Unstampbelles' have a new challenge for you to try.

#103 August:  Good News baby card; or any form of Congratulations  - a clear scan; a pregnancy confirmed; an educational achievement; a new job.........

                TWIST BUT you must make your own background.

Perfect for those who like making their own backgrounds.

I made a card.

I had previously made an a4 sheet of white paper into a purple and green inked creation for another project.  I had some left over so it was perfect for this challenge.

I used a pretty teal colour card to back.

I cut it into 4 rectangles and then used a ruler and a purple pen to create a border on each one. I also added one green dot in each corner to finish it off.  I had a beautiful butterfly that matched perfectly.  A congratulations sticker and I was done.

Easy.  Your turn. I look forward to seeing your project.

Dale x

Saturday, August 1, 2020

August ARTastic challenge - Spring

No photo description available.

Adrian Feint with The Green Hen

CRITERIA - Feature things that fly in some way

I've used the colour scheme.  The elements that fly are two birds, a butterfly on the tag and a dragonfly.

I really like how this turned out. What do you think?

Head over to the fb page to join in with this challenge.

Dale x