Hello and welcome to May and a new challenge at the 123 Challenge Blog, using one of my favourite colours (Teal), my favourite type of people (Family) and one of my favourite tools (Stencils).
I have used a photograph of my brother and I with our Great Aunt Shirley and Great Uncle Keith, both of whom are no longer with us – and are very dearly missed. I was pregnant with our oldest son in this photograph, and the event was a 21st Birthday Party I had organised for my brother.
I chose to create my layout with the Kaisercraft Island Escape collection and a whole heap of embellishments and goodies – some I created and some I had lingering in my stash.
I have used Lindy’s Stamp Gang Mists, white Gesso and Stickles to create my layered Mixed Media background.
That is it from me for the time being, and it is over to you to create with this beautiful challenge at the 123 Challenge Blog:
Hello and welcome to April, which means that a quarter of the year has already passed us by – and we are finally getting a reprieve from the hot summer weather here in Central Queensland, well only a couple of degrees so far but it is a start.
A new month means a new Challenge at the 123 Challenge Blog, which I really enjoyed creating with. And not just because it is my challenge either….
I chose to create my layout with the brand new release Kaisercraft High Tea collection, which lent towards some serious fussy cutting and beautiful floral layers.
The challenge criteria is to use the colour Pink (easy with two girls), the word “Beautiful” (which happened to be on the matching sticker sheet) and Hearts (also easy with two girls).
I have used a photograph of Naomi-Jon, which as always shows how similar my girls are in appearance – so much so that Amelia-Ann won’t try to guess who a photograph is of anymore.
So now that is it from me for the time being, and it is over to you to create with this beautiful challenge at the 123 Challenge Blog:
Happy New Year everyone – and I for one am working on 2017 being a much better year for myself and my family. We have had a few years of bad luck and heartache, which is all going to change!
The new year means a new month and a new Challenge at the 123 Challenge Blog, which I really loved creating with. And not just because it is my challenge either….
I chose to grab a pack of leftovers from my stash and a photograph of Milton and one of his cooking triumphs. Milton is becoming quite a good cook – when he doesn’t tweak the recipe too much in one of his experimental moods.
I have used a few layers of paper and die-cuts, some mist spots and sequins to create my simple layout – which I wanted to be all about the photograph and journaling even though they were only small.
I love how the three colours of Lindy’s Stamp Gang Mist (Yellow Rose of Texas, Lucky Shamrock Green, Hydrangea Blue) overlapped and slightly mixed as they dried – naturally of course.
This pack is actually some of the leftovers from several classes I did earlier in 2016 using the Kaisercraft Pop! collection – not bad for a pack of scraps.
The effort that Milton has put into learning to cook and look after himself has truly paid off now that he is an adult and he can impress his friends with his skills in the kitchen or on the BBQ. Apparently the girls in his group of friends appreciate his skills the most.
So now that is it from me for the time being, and it is over to you to create with this awesome challenge at the 123 Challenge Blog:
The challenge this month at the 123 Challenge Blog is perfect for Girly photographs, like the one I have used of my beautiful girls – Naomi-Jon and Amelia-Ann. Yes, we love hyphens for girls and James as the middle name for boys – just two little traditions of our very own.
I have used the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla Studio Love Always Collection – which has to be my favourite from this awesome brand so far this year…..that revelation could change this month when I get my hands on the new Endless Summer Collection, as it looks pretty awesome.
The Challenge is to use the colour Peach, the word Pretty and the technique of Pleats. Which was pretty easy to accomplish with all of the lovely ranges around at the moment that either feature Peach or work very well combined with Peach.
When you visit the 123 Challenge Blog you may just realise a bit of a secret…..as I am actually the Owner of the 123 Challenge Blog, and have been for over two years now. It’s not that it is a secret, but it is something that I am careful with as I also own the main sponsor Scrapbook Fantasies (an arrangement in place long before I took over the site). So now you know that Challenge Blog Owner is another one of the dozen or so hats I wear.
The Bits& Pieces packs were a new product line to Cocoa Vanilla Studio this year, starting with the Love Always Collection. This little pack of awesomeness is a must when I create as it includes lots of little bits of co-ordinated goodness that work so well with my layered style. I also love the new adhesive Chipboard and Vellum Die-cuts too……just yum!
Now it’s your turn to have a go at the challenge, and don’t forget to check out the awesome layouts created by the 123 Challenge Design Team —— here!
It’s a new month and a new Inspiration Board has been released at the 123 Challenge Blog. And the board this month is designed by yours truly as the new owner of the 123 Challenge Blog.
This is actually the first layout I have completed in my new Studio at our new home, even though it is still a bit of a work-in-progress (by that I mean both the house and the studio – as both are filled with boxes).
I am very happy with my layout and how it turned out, with lots of misting, stamping and flowers of course. Oh, and two of my favourite people on this earth – Quentin and our lovely Naomi-Jon.
The background is from the Tim Holtz Resist pad and I have also used some Prima Resist Canvas lettering for my title.
The flower and embellishment selection is very spread across a few brands, and basically just whatever I could lay my hands on in my new Studio.
Products I have used:
Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Imagine Patterned Paper
Bo Bunny Double Dot Carribean and Lavender Cardstock
Tim Holtz White Arrows Resist Paper
Kaiser Sea Breeze Alpha Stickers
Prima Resist Canvas Alpha Stickers
Carolees Creations Adornit Tiny Whoopsy Teal Alpha Stickers
Stabilo Point 88 Purple Pen
Bo Bunny Enchanted Garden Ephemera Pack (flowers, buttons, jewels, ribbon)
Basic Grey (pipecleaner) Flowers
Maya Road Pins
Prima Texture Stamp
Prima Teal Damask Chalk Edger
Tim Holtz Seedless Preserves Distress Ink
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Mist (Tea Pot Purple)
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Fabio Mists (Pop Rock Purple, Merci Beacoup Mint)
The June Challenge at the 123 Challenge Blog is now open and along with it is the half-yearly Creative Team Call. As some of you may have worked out by now I am the new Owner/Caretaker of the 123 Challenge Blog, and have to say a huge thank you to the girls for welcoming me so warmly and helping me to find my feet too.
The colour this month is Blue, the word is Together and the technique is Masking.
I have never shared these photographs with anyone (other than Quentin) before, not even my Mum or children. They were taken of Noah and I just moments after his birth, and yes he was a bit purple. He has been proudly telling everyone who will listen that he wasn’t light like his brother and sister when he was born – he was purple making him different and special. Well we all know he is special and have had to explain that he was a bit early and not very well when he was born. He actually went from purple to yellow in a matter of hours, and thankfully he managed to get himself through it all with our love and cuddles.
I enjoyed creating with lots of mist and ink on the Tim Holtz Resist background, adding some papers found in my scraps bag for layers. The wooden swirl has been embossed with the Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powder, which happens to be one of my all time loves – besides mist, etc.
Below is the challenge Inspiration Board created by Melissa Heather for you to have a go yourself. You can find all of the details by visiting the challenge post – here:
Patterned paper – Echo Park Splash 6×6 Paper Pad, Tim Holtz Resist Paper Stash
Cardstock – Bazzill (Lily White)
Cutting die – Cottage Cuts
Wooden flourish – Kaiser
Mist – Lindy’s Stamp Gang (Blue Hawaiian Blue, Azure Sea Asters)
Embossing powder – Lindy’s Stamp Gang (Morning Glory Azure)
Ink – Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Broken China)
Mediums – Viva Decor Glitter Paste (Sapphire Light Blue), Golden Light Molding Paste
Masks – Tim Holtz Bubble, The Crafters Workshop Doily
Punch – Martha Stewart
Flowers – Prima
Lettering – American Crafts Thickers
Pen – Zig Writer (MS-6600)
Key – Bo Bunny
NEW Tim Holtz Mini Blending Tool
The May Challenge at the 123 Challenge Blog is just too hard to resist, being the main reason for the layout I am sharing with you tonight. There is also another reason, but you just have to go to the Challenge (here) to find out what it is. The colour this month is Green, the word is Time and the technique is Journaling.
I had a blast masking, stamping, inking and messing-up my background in fresh green and yellow tones. And I had the added bonus of the perfect photographs of Noah and his Dummy in my “To Scrap Next” pile – which I am slowly working my way through.
All of the items on my layout are leftovers from other projects that were still hanging around on my desk waiting to be put away. I love it when creating a layout helps with my clean-up burden.
Below is the challenge inspiration image for you to have a go yourself. You can find all of the details and some other special news of mine by visiting the challenge post – here.
Patterned paper – Kaiser Limelight
Cardstock – Bazzill (Lace)
Washi sheet – WeRMemory Keepers
Ribbon – Vandoros (green), Bo Bunny (yellow)
Stamps – Kaiser (dots), Colop (date)
Mask – Kaiser
Pins – Maya Road
Button – Bo Bunny
Chipboard letters – Maya Road
Letter stickers – Carolees Creations
Ink – Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Prima Chalk Edger (Olive Vine), Versacolor (Split Pea)
Pen – Stabilo
Dimensional Pearls – Butterscotch
Mist – Shimmerz Coloringz (Lime in da Coconut), Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Fabio (Pineapple Paradise, Curiouser Chartreuse)