Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Card featuring hand made purple flower

 Here is the image for this month's card challenge at Stick It Down.

I created this card for it.

I created a fabric flower for it. I used a top that fell apart in the wash. It was actually brand new so I didn't want to waste it. Poor quality sewing. I also cut some lace from an offcut. 

Thanks for looking.

Dale x

Thursday, September 1, 2022

September ARTastic challenge. Bright.

 Wow, look out. This month's window display is a bright one. Who loves to work with bright colours? I think some art journal pages would look good using this month's inspo.

This is the pic to work from:

Pretty fun huh? I thought so.

Here is what I did.

I've gone for colourful. I've picked up the colours from the booth frames, aqua, bright pink and yellow. I've made a rectangular shape like the booth and zentangled with coloured pens. That was fun to do.

The ladies are wearing bright coloured outfits. I got a vintage vibe from the window pic.

Hope you can join us at ARTastic. Go for it.

Dale x

September Archi-scraps challenge - rolled paper

Hi there.

It's time to have a bit of fun with paper. Archi-scraps challenge is to used rolled paper on your paper project. Below is the inspiration pic.

I decided to make a card. I came up with the idea of creating a fan.

I got a book out from the library and it had a pattern in it for rolled paper tubes, but I downscaled the size to suit my project.

I chose some pretty paper from a Daphne's Diary magazine.  I didn't want it to be thick as cardstock so that it was easier to roll.

I chose some patterned paper for the base of the fan that matched the rolled paper tubes and added a strip of reddish pink for the bottom. I bought some twine from Kmart, their Anko brand to finish off.

I used pink cardstock for the background to make the blue of the fan pop.

The sentiment reads Have a FANtastic birthday. A cute pun I think.

Sometimes I quite like to decorate the inside. It's a nice surprise, plus the card is quite big so that would be a lot of room to write otherwise.

Monday, August 22, 2022

ARTastic cyber crop

 ARTastic are holding their second cyber crop. Go to the link for all the details.

They are playing some fun games and doing 3 challenges. I have examples for the following:

Challenge One
Please use:
1 x photo
2 x buttons
3+ other patterned papers
Arrows (you chose how many)
Enamel dots (you chose how many)

Challenge Three
BOY themed or GIRL themed
BLUE tones or PINK tones

My choices were:
This or That
Used boy, blue, bling, cb, washi and ink. The nautical buttons and the title are cb stickers. I particularly wanted to use bling on a blue page. I've said boy because it's not a girly page.

To be eligible for each challenge prize draw your entry must be placed into the appropriate album (or left as a comment in that album) by midnight Sunday, 28th August. Any entries only placed onto our wall will not be included in the prize draw. Entries must be your original work created exclusively for our Cyber Crop. International entries welcome.

Get on it. Still plenty of time. We'd love to see your entries.

Dale x

Friday, August 12, 2022

2xcards for Stick It Down

I like to join in with the card sketch each month. 

I had a new product that I wanted to try. Liquid pearls in the colour merlot. It has a metallic lustre and it's just beautiful. I applied it to my chipboard sentiment. Really loved how it came out.

Here are my two cards.  Two are always better than one, right?

Thanks for looking.
Dale x

Monday, August 1, 2022

August ARTastic design project - scrapbook layout

I hope all is well with you.

I love a nice cup of chai latte. It warms you up in winter and it tastes yummy. Lately I've been having it with almond milk. Very tasty. Adds a nice nutty flavour.

This month's window challenge for ARTastic is a really interesting one. I'm keen to see the interpretations in the entries. I'll show you the inspo pic and then post my layout, then give you my interp.


I felt like there were many choices here.

I've picked up the kraft coloured background, the red from the dress and the wheat. The cinnamon in my tea looked a bit like wheat I thought. Plus, there's bound to be tea in that picnic basket, right? I made a little teacup with some charcoal coloured paper (from the saucer colour in my photo) and I had a chipboard spoon which I coloured with a copic marker. I've also added a banner (inspo came from the spotlights hanging off the sides).

Have a go. Head to facebook to enter here.

Dale x

August Archi-scraps Design Team layout

Check out my colourful page! A feast for the eyes.

It is my Design Team example page for August's Archi-scraps challenge.

This is the inspo pic. Lots of swirls of colour, I mainly pick out blues and reds and some yellow. The added criteria is to use the colours.

There are also lots of lines so I've incorporated those into my layout as well.

It reminded me of Freemont St in old Vegas where they put the light show on at night so I've made my page about the lights and glitz of Las Vegas.

Join in, go to fb and add your creation.

Dale x

Monday, July 4, 2022

Teal birthday card

Here is a card I made using my favourite colour. The cake is a die-cut.  The "rainbow" is a pattern I made using different paints.

It's for the Stick It Down challenge.


Thanks for looking.

Dale x

Friday, July 1, 2022

July ARTastic challenge


Here is my page for this month's ARTastic scrapbook challenge.

It depicts my son's first driving lesson. 

The inspo window is:

I've used the colours, especially light blue background. I have squares, like the domino shape. Also included luck.

I could see the window translating to a really great double page layout, I hope someone goes in that direction.

Head over to fb to add your entry. Winners are chosen at random so anyone can win.

Dale x

Use weaving on a scrapbook page


It's winter here in Perth. A good time to do indoor activities like scrapbooking.

The challenge at Archiscraps this month is to use the weaving technique on your project.

Here is your inspiration building. This is the Longaberger building in Ohio, USA.

The colours are very pretty in the night sky.

I went with hues of blue for my project.

I cut a lot of strips in complementary colours and wove them into blocks in two places. Then I put the photo in the middle so that your eye travels diagonally down the page.

It works I think.

Have a go and add your project to the facebook page.

Dale x

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Cyber Crop- Hollywood theme

I'm very excited to tell you about something special going on at ARTastic this weekend. They're holding a cyber crop. It is Hollywood themed. How fun is that? I was asked to create a challenge for it. I just love my challenge and I hope you do too. Here it is:

Base your layout on the Hollywood Walk of Fame logo, using any number of the following criteria:
  1. Feature any of the words Hollywood, Walk, Fame.
  2. Use the colours of the logo: pink, gold, black and white.
  3. Use the design of the logo as a sketch.
  4. Use one giant star as the feature of your page.

I've use all of the colours in my layout. I very loosely followed the logo and I three different stars, as well as the title.

I really can't wait to see the entries for this. 

Dale x

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Male 25th birthday card

I love playing along with the Stick it Down card sketch.

This month I have a special birthday to celebrate. My son turns 25. I will give this card to him on the weekend. I can't believe I became a Mother 25 years ago.  Wow, where did that time go?

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

18th birthday layout

 Hey, check out this layout I did of my son on his 18th birthday.  Isn't he a cool dude?

This page is my design inspiration for June's challenge at ARTastic this month.

Below is the window display we are taking inspiration from.

The photos of my son reminded me of the screen in the middle of the window display. I've used black, cream and gold and a nod to dressing up/fashion. I've also added a frame to one pic.

I've followed the design principle of the three, using 3 photos and allowing the eye to move along the page diagonally. 

Hope you can join us. You could do something really cool with this inspirational scene I'm sure.

Dale x

I see leaves of green at Archi-scraps this month

 Hi there.

Singapore is a destination I have visited many times. It is a hub and a great stopover point from Perth, WA, where I live. It is also a wonderful place to go for lots of fun.

The Gardens by the bay are absolutely stunning and well worth spending a few hours at.

They are the inspiration for this month's Archiscraps challenge. 

On our 2019 trip to Borneo we spent a lot of time in rainforests. I could have shown you some pages on Gardens by the Bay for inspiration, but that's not what this Designer does. Here is my page.

The extra criteria you need to add to you layout is USE LOTS OF LEAVES AND GREENERY.

The photos have leaves, the background paper has leaves, I have added die cut leaves and punched out border leaves. Also the title features leaves and there is green everywhere. Criteria met.

What will you do? Please have a go and enter this month.

Dale x

Saturday, May 7, 2022

2 x Tulip birthday cards

I have found a new challenge to enter. It is called Daring Cardmakers. I loved the inspiration image.

I decided to make 2 cards. I loved the colour scheme so I chose that, plus pink tulips, black and white ribbon and sheet music.

Dale x

Friday, May 6, 2022

Thank You card

Hi there.

Here is my card for the Stick it down card sketch, May 2022.

This is the sketch.

Dale x

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Create a dynamic page or a subtle one

 Hello friends,

A new month and a new challenge. Archiscraps gives us an interesting one this month.

Create flying buttresses. One immediately thinks cathedral, yes?  Maybe not.  Check out what the other Designers did on the facebook page.

MAY- Flying buttresses.
Use a central picture (layout) or die cut/picture (card) and think of a way to have strips or curves coming out from it.

For me, I wanted something subtle. I chose to use vellum.  Here's my page.

I simply chose a single sheet of white A4 vellum and cut it using one of the cutting wheels on my American Crafts trimmer, (mini waves, like I said, subtle). I had two interesting photos so I used both, but put them in the centre of my page. Makes you focus on the photos, which I like.

Put your thinking caps on.

Dale x

Add paint to a scrapbook page

 ARTastic has mixed it up this year. They're going with shop windows as inspiration.  I love this theme. I also came up with it, hahaha.

ARTastic challenge for May 2022

I really adore this month's inspiration.  I immediately thought of washi tape. You could use that. It would look great.

When I chose my photo for it though, I changed my medium.  I decided upon paint. There are such beautiful blues in the photo so I got some acrylics and mixed up my own colours. I had a lot of fun doing it.

I needed to add the punches of colour from the rig, orange and yellow. So happy with the outcome.

Dale x

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Pink Thankful card

I quite like to make different sized cards, not just stick to the standard size.

Here is a slimline card I made for April's Stick It Down card sketch.

I've used a stencil with 2 different coloured chalks on white cardstock as my technique and chosen stickers that match the card base.

Here's the sketch.

Thanks for looking.

Dale x

Saturday, April 9, 2022

First cyber crop at ARTastic

Hey, there is a cyber crop going on right now at ARTastic. Go here to join in the challenges.

Today I did Challenge 2, set by Karen. It's really fun.  Here's the criteria you need to meet:

I challenge you to follow a recipe:
Choose one shape and use it as many times as you wish.
Use at least two pieces of Chipboard.
Die cut at least one shape.
Use a stencil.

Here's my layout.

The stencil I used was all diamonds. I used Pebbles Pearlescent chalk and made up a pattern. It just adds a little something extra and directs your eyes to the photos.

Get your layout in the album by 18 April to be eligible for a prize. It would be great if you could get behind this cyber crop.

Dale x

Friday, April 8, 2022

ARTastic are having a Cyber Crop!

Wow. ARTastic are having a cyber crop.  You will love this one. It is about shapes. Easy subject matter.

I wanted to do something really fun. I chose to make a mini album for my son's 22nd birthday. He has moved to Sydney to work.  Very sad about that, but a great opportunity for him.

I had a Kaisercraft circle chipboard album that I thought would work. I also chose a couple of 6x6 paper packs to draw from. Blue and red seemed a great colour combination for a 22 year old guy.

Firstly, I used some Semco soft blue acrylic paint to give 3 coats of paint to one side of each circle.

I chose complementary papers and covered the other sides using Mod Podge. I also punched some stars from the offcuts of the papers.

Last thing was to choose embellishments. I wanted to keep it simple.  I used die cuts, ribbon and stickers. I put the whole thing together using a jump ring.

I love how it turned out. I hope it make it to him in the post in one piece. I miss him a lot.

Dale x

Friday, April 1, 2022

Archiscraps April challenge

Happy April 1st (and April Fool's Day). I hope you don't get pranked.

Here is something a bit different. Archiscraps is asking you to take inspiration from this image:

There is the added criteria of "Use brackets as your main feature on your layout or card".

Here is my DT layout.

I have used some chipboard and inked it to replicate the hammock in the photos.

I've taken the soft blues in the inspo pic and made that my background.

I chose to use the beautiful blue in the photo for my alphas and I wanted to mix the alphas up so I've also chosen some woodgrain ones (inside the brackets). I thought that made the brackets stand out more. By using one whole quarter of the page just for the title I thought that emphasised the brackets as well.

What will inspire you? Enter on the facebook page.

Dale x