Wednesday, 25 January 2012

February Sneak Peek

On the 1st February there will be a new challenge posted on Scrapology. For now here is a peek of what is to come. Can you guess what the design team have been up to?

Come back on 1st February to find out what the challenge and sketch will be.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, 20 January 2012

How I made my January page II

I have had this set of Basic Grey papers, Eerie, for a long time now and never found the right photograpghs to scrap with them. Until now!  We spent a few days at Disneyland Paris in November 2011 and our favourite ride is the Tower of Terror. The story goes that in 1939 an electrical storm hits the hotel and plunges guests and staff to their death. Everything remained in place as the rest of the guests and staff fled. We join a service elevator and are dropped over 13 storeys, leaving our seats as we plummet down and back up again. What a ride!!! Anyhow, back to the layout. I used the off-white web paper, cut it in half and stuck it to the top of 2 pieces of bazzill. The orange paper has rows of bats so I cut around their wings and stuck them halfway down. The base was created with the purple web page. Instead of using two large photographs on this layout, I found the script used to introduce the ride and printed it onto another of the patterned papers which looked aged. The key was taken from the photo frame which came with the official photographs, mad I know but when you see Robert's face, just had to be done!
This side concludes the narrative welcoming you back safely along with the official photographs and one that Robert took from the top of the ride overlooking the parks.
The semi circle was cut with a creative memories circle and blade, the letters are from the paper pack. The numbers were added to the inner ring on a different piece of the paper pack to represent the service elevator dial along with an arrow cut freehand. I added some "screw-head" brads either side.
This was our sketch for this month, the original layout by Stacey Hansen who's work can be found here.
 You have until the 5th February to enter the challenge so why click on the challenge over on the right to see the original challenge page, see the other DT pages for inspiration, and get scrapping.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

December Card Challenge - Winner

Our lovely Sponsor Chrissy of Merly Impressions has chosen the winner....she said,

"Wow where did that month go lol. 
The cards are lovely, I was torn between two of them but have decided that the card from AGAPANTHUS (Karen)
is the winner. I absolutely love the colours and  the leaves - beautiful and very eye catching!!

Well done to Karen.

The scrapology blog is full of great inspiration."


Well done Karen!

Please contact us to claim your prize :)

Thanks to everyone else for taking part, check out our new challenge - hope to see you there.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Your Cards for January

A very quick response from Susie with our first card for this month.






Will you be next?

See the original post for details of Ali from Crafty Ribbon's Love is... challenge.

January Card Challenge - Crafty Ribbons

Welcome to the January Card Challenge.

Our sponsor for this month's challenge is Ali from Craft Ribbons.

The challenge is - Say it with Ribbons - create a 'Love Is...' card .... an ideal theme as Valentine's day falls next month at the end of this challenge.

Here are the DT's cards please click on the names to visit their blogs:


Our Guest designer:

Ali has offered a prize of the 'Love Is...' set of all 16 ribbons featured by the DT.
The prize is available to UK residents only.

Please comment with a link yo your blog entry or email an image using the address in the sidebar.
Looking forward to seeing your cards.
Our thanks to Ali and Carin.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

How I Made My January Page

This is the double page I made for the 'T is for Texture' January challenge. I used photos of my family from Christmas 1998. Because the colours were so mixed I changed them all to sepia before printing them out.

This month we are scraplifting a layout by Stacey Hansen, called Life's a highway, from September 2011 Creating Keepsakes Magazine. We are challenging you to use lots of texture (or lumpy bits), make a double layout and lots of photographs.

Left hand page

Right hand page 

I used:
2 sheets Red Bazzill cardstock
1 sheet Leapfrog Bazzill cardstock
1 sheet Salt Dotted Swiss Bazzill Cardstock
QuicKuts dies - Poinsettia, treelights, Lucy Alphabet
Creative Memories Large Circle Template

The patterned papers are American Crafts Christmas Dear Lizzy collection, Twinkling Tree, Gracious Gifts, Garland Greetings and Poinsettia and Pine.

Here is what I did:
Use the two pieces of red cardstock as a base for the double layout.

Cut two pieces of diagonal red white and green stripe, 4" x 12", use TT FUNdamental Postage Stamp template to draw pattern along the top of both pieces, just to mark where to cut, then using a small 5/8" circle punch cut notches in place.  Stick these to each piece of red about 2" up from the bottom so the pattern runs right across both pages, leave top unstuck to allow for tucking circle and bracket in place later.

Use a medium sized 'Swanky Frame' TT FUNdamental shape as a template. With Leapfrog cardstock cut half a frame following the outside edge of this shape. Cut a piece from holly paper using the inner frame as a guide. Mount the holly paper on top of the green, and tuck this under the diagonal striped paper on the right side of the layout to the right of this piece, about 3" down from the top. Trim where this overlaps the side of the layout.
Cut about 3/4 of a circle using the outer edge of the CM template and the fine stripe paper. Cut the inner circle from the dotted Swiss cardstock. Mount white over stripe and cut down the centre. Mount half of this shape on each side of the layout so they meet in the middle. See sketch for placement, but this is also about 3" down from the top. This is also tucked under the diagonal striped paper, and all is stuck down. (However I wanted a little spare red cardstock for making flowers, so I gutted some from under where the circle is going to sit before sticking all down for this purpose!).

I ran a wide red grosgrain ribbon with a white stitch effect across the bottom of the diagonal striped paper, then added a 5mm green satin ribbon on top of this, with a green bow to the left side of the left page.

I matted all my photos in white and arranged them across the layout as in the sketch (roughly).

Then I dusted off the QuicKutz, which has been neglected since I acquired my Cricut!  I got busy and cut 16 poinsettia petals and 16 leaves, arranging these in pairs to make 8 flowers. I curved the petals with the scissor blade and attached each pair together with a gold brad, these were added to the layout with a 3D foam pad. The leaves were added later, 2 to each flower. Then I cut lots of small tree bulbs and arranged in a garland along the top of the layout, each of these is raised on a tiny piece of 3D foam too.

Next I cut my title using Leapfrog cardstock and the Lucy Alphabet dies. I arranged these letters inside the white circle.

Thanks for looking.
If you want more details of this layout please see my blog.
For more details of this challenge please go back to the post titled 'T is for Texture' of 01/01/12 on this blog.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Winner of December Scraplift

The results are in for December's 'F is for Filters' Challenge and the winner is
with this super detailed entry.

Congratulations to you Claire.
Please contact us so we can arrange for your prize to be sent off to you.

Just a quick reminder of that lovely prize of the Echo Park Merry Christmas Scrapbooking Kit from Cardinal Colours:

Thanks to Jill, Pamela Young the designer, Suzie Snail our guest designer and to all who entered the challenge. 
We look forward to your textured double layout entries for January.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Your Scraplifts for January

Our first entry for the January 'T' is for Testure challenge this adorable layout from:










Looking forward to receiving more entries as the month goes on.
Please see the original challenge post for details.