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

Music themed scrapbook page for April ARTastic challenge

Hi friends. Happy April Fool's Day!

Here is my layout for April 2022's ARTastic challenge.

These two ladies are my dear friends. The title is best friends forever.

Here is the inspo pic.

ARTastic are using shop windows this year. Cool huh. I used to think for a while that I wanted to be a Visual Display Presenter.  Great creativity involved in that job.  I've picked up the lime green and bright pink wavy pipe patterns as my colour inspiration and background paper choice. Also I like the glam look of the ladies. 

Looking forward to seeing what your entry might be. Head over to the facebook page to enter. Random draw creates an equal playing field for the win.

Have a great day.

Dale x

Thursday, March 17, 2022

A green birthday card

Today is St Patrick's Day. I decided to make a card so I thought I'd make a green one. I'm also wearing green.  I'm not Irish, but my surname is!

Here is my card.

I got a pack of the base cardstock at Officeworks this week for $1. It had 25 pieces. Bargain.

I chose to use an offcut piece of white cardstock that I had painted with a variety of green paints. I wanted it to have a border. I've used a Martha Stewart punch to achieve that.

Do you remember the company K&Co? I used to really like their stuff. That leaf die-cut is one of theirs.

This is for this month's Stick It Down sketch challenge.

Thanks for looking.
Dale x

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

March ARTastic scrapbook page

 Hey, it's March!  A really fun and quirky challenge is ready for you at ARTastic this month.  See the design inspiration below. You'll see from my example that mushrooms are not at all necessary.

I chose to go with bright colours in a variety of colours and a multitude of patterns. I also liked the border around every side so I added that to my page. 

Go to the ARTastic fb page to add  your entry.

Happy creating.

Dale x

Archi-scraps' March challenge

It is March already.  Here is the Archiscraps challenge. You have to add scallops and texture.

Very busy, yes. What do you pick out to inspire you? I've picked up some of the colours, added a "window", used a stencil with diamonds using nuvo drops. Plus, I've added scallops everywhere.

La lujosa arquitectura de Casa Vicens de Gaudí,  (

I created this card, decorated the inside a little also.

Enter this challenge on Archi-scraps facebook page.  Have fun creating. 

Dale x

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Stick It Down card

 Another pink card for Stick It Down. I do make cards of all colours, truly I do. haha

Here is my card.

Here is the sketch.

I copied it pretty closely. A nice, simple design.

Thanks for looking.

Dale x

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

February ARTastic layout

Welcome to the first of my Design Team examples for ARTastic challenge blog for 2022.

We've gone in a new direction this year, taking our inspiration from shop displays.

I had such a multitude of ideas for this one. I had very strong ideas. I wonder which way you'll go. 

Here is my layout. The inspiration pic is below.

I chose to go with black outlined shapes, in my case squares. I also used the 3 primary colours of blue, red and yellow and the theme of shoes.  I love shoes, truly.  I was gonna show you all my shoe closet. I would have had to tidy it though. It's not too bad but still.

Have some fun with this. Go to the facebook page to add your entry.

Happy creating.

Dale x

February Archiscraps challenge

 Hope you're all doing well.  It's been a real scorching hot summer here in Perth,WA, the most isolated City in the World.

Hope you are inspired to join in the Archi-scraps challenge this month. Here is the inspiration pic and the criteria is to use squares and roses.

An idea popped into my mind of using punched squares in a circle.  I wanted to pick the colours out from the photo. I chose a nice blue patterned paper with roses on it for my background. Then I added mostly green squares (as per the inspo pic) and a few magenta ones to pop. I had fun choosing some flowers and tiny white kaisercraft roses and a few little leaves to embellish.

What do you think?

Dale x

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Pink happy birthday card

 I felt like creating today so I went looking for a challenge. 

I chose to do the card sketch from this month's Stick it down.

This is the sketch. Pretty simple.

I went with pink and stickers.

I also chose to decorate the inside a little bit.

I'll put this into my stash. I have plenty of female friends who have birthdays coming up soon.

Dale x

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Archiscraps' January 2020 challenge - my DT example

Welcome to 2022.

A very elegant challenge this month from Archiscraps.

Your criteria this month is to use SILVER AND GOLD.

I made a card.  I gave this to my Aunt and Uncle on the occasion of their Wedding Anniversary. They loved it.

Head over to the fb page to add your entry.

Dale x