Sunday, 21 September 2014

August Winners and Favourites

Wow we are amazed by the amount of entries to the challenges this month and they all ROCK! 

However, we had to pick a winner but first a few entries that especially caught our eye...



And the winner is.......

Congrats Maria!!! Please e-mail with your address to claim your prize from Augusts sponsor A2Z Scraplets.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

14th Sept - Sketch

Hi, everyone!
For today's challenge, we have a lovely sketch created by Valerie.  Her sketch is based off the button layout that our August Guest Designer, Kerry Bruce, created.
Here is the sketch:

Isn't it fun?!
And here are the beautiful layouts that our design team created:


Thanks to the sketch I finally did something I wanted for some time - make a circle of sequins and used my sewing machine to sew circles on them. I really enjoyed it! I went all gold as a kind of tribute to my school friends and used lots of vellum paper to keep a lighter touch on the background.

For this challenge I rotate the sketch, I used papers from October Afternoon and a photo of my hubby on our dating aniversary, My favorite part are the library cards I sew, They look so fun!

HeeSun Kim:

The myriads of stars were twinkling in the night sky. I hope that she shines like a star in the night sky.

I chose to use cards from a Projekt Life collection for my layout, just they had the perfect colors (and theme) for my photo.

I cut the buttons from some worn out blazers ages ago - I knew they would be useful one day :-)

That big circle nearly scared me right out of my boots!  I mean... I've done pages with large circles but never really liked the end result... until today.  I still can't believe that my cutie patootie is already seven-months-old.  These pics were taken during his first month of life and highlighted by another conglomerate of manufacturers from Stampin' Up and Pebbles, Inc. to Jenni Bowlin and Market Street Stamps.  It's the way to go, folks ;)!
This was a fun sketch to work with, although the circle scared me a little bit initially!  However, I finally made peace with it (ha!) and rotated the sketch on its side for this layout. 

For this opportunity, I decided to transform the sketchand turned around, but alsochange the figure to a squareif you turn the sketch is similar. I hope you like mylayout and will inspire you to play with shapes.

I love doing layouts with large circles, so I was thrilled with this sketch.  I decided to use this old photo of my little guy. Gotta document the time I sent him to school with chicken pox! :)  

We would love to see all your great takes of this sketch so please link them up to the side bar when you're finished for a chance of becoming our guest designer for a month. You have until 8:00am GMT on 12th October to enter!
Happy Scrapping!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

31st Aug - Tic tac toe

Hey, everyone!

Today we have a tic-tac-toe challenge for you.  This month's tic-tac-toe board was designed by team member Kat Benjamin.  Here is the board:

And here is what our designers created with it:

I just loved this tic-tac-toe challenge, although it wasn't easy to choose which line I would use for my layout - but this time it was because I liked all of them. Finally I went for the third vertical line: stars (used lots of them and different types, in background vellum, stickers and wood veneer), paint splatters and at least 3 types of alphas. And here is the result:

For this challenge I choose the third horizontal line (Something that sparkles-doily- 3 types of alpha). I been wanting to use a world background for A while and I finally did it! I love the result. I took this photo when I arrived to Brazil, for the second time in my life. I love Brasil and can't wait next summer to go there again =)

HeeSun Kim:

I used the top row - hot pink, at least 2 kinds of washi, stars
I'm collecting the washi. (so pretty!) I collected hundreds of washi. But I almost never have used it. Because I didn't want to be breaking the packaging too. Today is the day of the washi! Let's use freely! She's my niece! adorable~~


I chose one of the diagonals: Hot pink, chipboard and three kinds of alphas

Every photo has a story to tell - but it might not be the obvious one. I bet you are sure the journaling is about our kitten riding with my son, but it's not *lol*. Title/journaling says: " Every picture has a story to tell - like that 2014 was the year M decided he no longer would wear regular t-shirts, shirts with collars only, and that Polo Ralph Lauren was the only desent brand". He has become such a snob - sigh.

What a great tic-tac-toe board Kat has whipped up, for us, this month!  Matter of fact, it was uber difficult for me to pick just one row/column.  I took lots of inspiration from the entire grid but ended up making my tic-tac-toe across the bottom (sparkly letters, doily, and three types of alphas), using a smorgasbord of products from a medley of different manufacturers, including Stampin' Up!, My Mind's Eye, and American Crafts.

I used the top row across: hot pink, at least 2 types of washi (I used 3) and stars.  I love the results!!  I've been playing around with washi tape a bunch recently, so I've had this idea floating around in my head for awhile.  I'm glad it worked out and I was able to highlight this photo of my husband and I with our adorable niece.

I really liked the proposal of Tic-Tac-Toe proposed by Kat, it was hard to choose because everything I liked, until I finally chose the first horizontal line (hot pink, 2 different washi tape and stars). Take this challenge to continue using cuts cameo, taking advantage is mine so recently I have to take advantage. Photography is my husband, at the scene of a deserted theater in Salitera Humberstone Iquique, a city in northern Chile, a tourist place you can not miss the magic that has to be there....

Time has come for me to say farewell to  The Studio Challenges.
I have been on the team since August 2012 and I have made some of my favorite pages for this team and I will truly miss all my sweet team mates. This is my final page (I chose the middle horisontal row) and I used chipboard from this months sponsor A2Z Scraplets on my page:

I had a hard time choosing a row, but I am happy with what I decided to use. I went with four kinds of patterned paper, chipboard, and paint splatters. Love the way this layout turned out!

It was really hard to choose a row or column to work with, but once I started combing through my stash, I settled on the stars, paint splatters, 3 alphas column. I made the alphas the star of the show and used the mist and stars as accents.

Guest Designer - Kerry Bruce
Such an awesome choice of Tic Tac Toe items but in the end I opted for the last column - stars, paint splatters and three different alpha's.
I had kept the 'Photo Bomb' Project Life card with this photo as I knew I wanted to use them together and I decided to make a fun page with a masculine feel  so the stars were a perfect fit! I chucked around some co-ordinating paint and kept the title short but appropriate!

Hope you have been inspired by our team and will play along!

This month the winner will receive a package of chippies from this month's sponsor A2Z Scraplets.

A2Z Scraplets manufactures lasercut chipboard products in Australia for the scrapbooking world. We have an extensive range with 1000's of products to choose. You can paint them, ink them, emboss them, glitter them - the possibilities are endless! We are WHOLESALE ONLY ... Head over to our website to see our great range of products.

A2Z Scraplets can cut designs or titles to suit your needs. Whether it is a single title or a bulk order for a retreat, we can accommodate your needs.

You will find the products here >>> <<< and some inspiration here
>>> <<<

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Julys Favourites and a Winner!

I know I've been a bad blogger and not sorted out our favourites and winner for July, I blame the holidays and too many lovely entries to choose from! Thanks so much to everyone that entered, we loved seeing all of your lovely creations!

So on to our favourites......

Sweet T. Park

And the winner is ......


Congratulations Daniele, please email me Anna at to arrange your prize of £15 worth of Washi tape from Washi Tapes.

See you next week for another inspiring challenge!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

17th August - Mood Board

The wonderful Tessa has created an awesome mood board for us to work with today:

Here's what this great design team created from it;

What a great mood board - especially when most of your friends are on summer holiday and you are about to go on holiday as well ;) I was obviously inspired by the photos of the sea and the beach theme and decided to scrap about my favourite beach in Greece, although I had to find a photo online since I wasn't into photography back when I went to that place!

I just love this mood board, the colors, photos, everything! For this challenge I use papers from My minds eye "ashbury heights" that match perfect the colors on the mood board. The photo is me on my summer vacations back in 2011! I can't believe how the times flies I hadn't realized how old was the photo 'til the moment I stamped the date LOL!

Don't forget our promise....

<Eres Tu>
Como una promesa eres tu
Como una maƱana de verano
Como una sonrisa eres tu
Asi eres tu


The entire mood board inspired me to make this layout: the theme, the colors and the details as the swim wear, sun deck chairs and the waves.

My youngest son just loves to swim - ocean or pool - it doesn't matter as long as he may swim.

Want to use a sun burst paper background but don't have one? DIY! It's so easy - all you need is two paers and a craft knife. I sketch up where I wanted the burst with a pencil and cut out the parts free hand. No ruler involved :-)

Obviously, I was drawn to somehow include the beach on my page this time; but being as I'm from Kansas, and the nearest real beach is like 18 hours away by car, I decided to scrap pictures of my family at the lake.  Believe it or not, us land-locked people still call the sandy plot pictured below the beach.  My Jenni Bowlin kit arrived, on my doorstep, just in time for this challenge, and eeek!  It is packed to the brim with delicious, beachy goodies, y'all!  I was especially inspired by the Webster's Pages designer papers.

I was really inspired by Tessa's mood board.  I stuck to the turquoise, red, yellow and navy color scheme and made sure my layout was about the beach.  My title work was inspired by the great stenciled sign that says "The beach is my happy place."  My favorite part of the mood board was the turquoise sequins, so I made a shaker card that incorporated my favorite turquoise sparklers.

The board inspired me one of my favorite holidays, definitely summer colors, turquoise sky and the sea, and a bright yellow sun, I love these colors and are perfect for my photo in a moment of pure fun!!!. Use Simple Stories collection, I {Heart} Summer, perfect for this challenge.

I got inspired by the beach theme but also the colors of the mood board. I used a chipboard from this month's sponsor A2Z Scraplets on my page.

The color scheme jumped out at me as soon as I saw this mood board. Red, yellow, and turquoise is one of my favorite color combinations. I decided to use this photo of my sweet boy enjoying the sunshine in our yard.

I had so much fun creating this mood board! I was inspired by one of my all-time favorite color palettes and the summer season. When I sat down to create a layout, I found a summer photo that matched the colors of the mood board. This is my little Adlyn on her first 4th of July. The yellow is a fun addition to a traditionally red, white and blue holiday.

Guest Designer - Kerry Bruce

I'm so glad the mood board was a beachy one as I am still scrapping my Ibiza holiday from last year! From the board I took on the colour yellow, waves, sequins and the beach of course!

A2Z Scraplets team member Bel Woods:
I went with the blues, yellows and aqua colours for my inspiration.

This month the winner will receive a package of chippies from this month's sponsorA2Z Scraplets.

A2Z Scraplets manufactures lasercut chipboard products in Australia for the scrapbooking world. We have an extensive range with 1000's of products to choose. You can paint them, ink them, emboss them, glitter them - the possibilities are endless! We are WHOLESALE ONLY ... Head over to our website to see our great range of products.

A2Z Scraplets can cut designs or titles to suit your needs. Whether it is a single title or a bulk order for a retreat, we can accommodate your needs.

You will find the products here >>> <<< and some inspiration here
>>> <<<

Please link up your layouts to the side bar. We are lucky this month as we happen to get three challenges in August so we will be back in two weeks for another challenge!

Happy Scrapping!