Thursday, 21 August 2014

Scrap the Boys - August

So, I have been doing a little scrapping lately, but not as much as I would have liked to. Was sick for a bit, still recovering actually, and just not inclined to do anything.... On the mend now, thank goodness!

Thought I would start with the Scrap the Boys challenge for this month, which was to profile your boy/man. I just happened to get the Teen Boy Project Life cards recently (like I need more of these!) and found the perfect one to document my Liam at almost 10.

Played with a new technique on this one, which kind of worked. The idea was to lay down some texture paste and stamp a background stamp into it to create an interesting background. The stamping didn't work as well as I was hoping. Not sure if the texture paste was too "thin" and wet or the stamp too complicated. Still a technique in progress I think!

Have also played along with the D'Lish Scrap Suite Cyber Crop that was launched last weekend. There was four challenges and I have managed to complete all four!

Challenge 1 - Use stamps

Well, to say this one excited me is probably and understatement! My next question was "which ones"?! I decided to try and create the kraft, white, black and red backgrounds that I am seeing around at the moment, loving this look (think Kaiser Craft Mix and Match collection).

I really enjoyed playing with some of my Kellie's Stamps (diamond, plus and words), also stamped the title and journalling spot.

Challenge 2 - use monochrome embellishments

This one took a little more thought. I ended picking photos first and the rest came together. Not a colour that I usually use though!

Lucky that I had some glorious purple (in the right shade and all!) embellies from D'Lish!! Love these photos of Liam and Alex too!

Well, I will leave it there for now. I will be back in a day or two with the other two challenges.

Katie x

Monday, 4 August 2014

Blog Hop with a Difference...

The blog hop with a difference has been spreading across the crafting webisphere for a little while now and I have to say I am honoured to have been chosen by the lovely Renee Iveson to be another link in the chain! I had to have a little giggle at her post where she said she had been FB stalking me! Funny, but an amazing ego boost!

I will get to sharing a bit about me, myself and I shortly. But firstly, I wanted to say that I won't be continuing the chain as it has been going. The people who I asked to join us have been busy, or asked before or for some other reason just not able to participate. And I get it, sometimes getting to one's blog on any regular basis is hard. So instead I am going to throw up some links to others blogs that I think you should check out anyway!

So a bit about me:

1. What am I working on right now?

To be perfectly honest, nothing! I am in between Creative Team tasks, been busy with family commitments and getting ready for the Kindy photo season. I do find that having a break from time to time is necessary and usually results in the feeling of desperately needing to get to my scrap desk! The only thing on my craft desk right now are some photos that I am thinking about using!

Here is my White with 1 sample for this month, something that was created not too long ago!

White + Liquorice

 And a couple of close ups:

I had fun creating the background for my Silhouette to cut out. It is great having a tool that can be so versatile!

2. How long does it take to create a project?

That is a good question! Usually, if I have the time and inclination a couple of hours, not solid though! Other times I can have a project on my desk being "worked on" for days as I grab 10 minutes here and there to rearrange, add, subtract or otherwise get that bolt of lightning on what to do!

Here is a page I completed a little while ago for a cyber crop that never got finished in time. The challenge was a colour one with blues, green, yellow and brown.

3. What are my favourite things that I love to create with?

Usually something along the following are used almost every page:

Wood veneers
Enamel dots
Silhouette creation

4. How does my creative process work?

Sometimes I really don't know! It just happens! If I am feeling flat as far as the ol' mojo goes then a challenge or sketch is usually a good place to start the ball rolling.

If I have something specific to complete I tend to overthink it, which is very suffocating to the creative process, so I will browse my Pinterest boards and usually something, even a small detail will inspire me to start. The rest of the process is a lot about grabbing things, laying them down where I think they will go, moving them, adding things, taking things away until I get to a point where I am happy with the basic layout and I start sticking.

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

A lot of screen time! I love browsing the galleries at Studio Calico and adding to my Pinterest board. Reading blogs of my favourite scrappers, watching videos on processes and techniques. You tube is my friend!

6. What is my signature style?

I think you could describe my style as clean with clusters and splatters! I love the mixed media phenomenon but I certainly am not as adventurous nor "messy" as some out there! I love to include and try out new techniques and ideas, especially ones that stretch my product further!

So that is me! Thanks for dropping by. Here are a few scrappers that I admire for many different reasons, so go and check them out and be inspired too!

Kylie Cornish - I "met" on the D'Lish Scraps creative team. She creates a mean sketch and has a style that I relate too!

Ros Madley - Also a D'Lish Scraps aquaintence! I love how she experiments with her Silhouette and again her creative style strikes a chord with me.

Sandra Wallace - I met Sandra on the White with 1 team. She is lovely lady very passionate about her craft and is the creator of the Facebook group Watch, Be Inspired, Create where you can go and share videos or find great stuff to watch.

Katie x

Wednesday, 30 July 2014


Hello... I Love You, is the title of the Inspiration board over at D'Lish Scraps this month and with only a day to spare I managed to get something completed! Which is just as well, since I ordered the kit to go with the board as soon as it was released! And what a gorgeous kit it is too! So here is the board:

I loved the colours especially in this board, and the theme too. So, seeing we just had a new addition to our family, I decided to scrap her...

Meet our "Little One", a name yet to be agreed upon by all members of the household! She is a sweet young thing from the Little Paws Kitten Rescue group. We have always tried to rescue an animal when we look for pets. As for the page, a little bit of this and a little bit of that, my usual style I guess!

So that is all for now. Til next time...

Katie x

Saturday, 19 July 2014

White With 1 July

So, here is my sample from the White With 1 challenge for July. This month the colour is Duck Egg blue. Another one of those colours that can be a little hard to "match up", but I think my blue was pretty close!

And here is my sample:

We also got to play with some gorgeous supplies from Flutterby Designs! The love card, flair and people wood veneer are all from Flutterby. Check them out for some cool bits and pieces to finish off your page!

And of course, go and check out the WW1 page to see all the great inspiration from the rest of the team and then do your own page too!

Thanks for stopping by,

Katie x

Challenge 8

Well, technically we are way past the due date for this to be included in the competition, but I finished it and thought I would share it anyway!

This challenge was a technique challenge and that technique was using plastic to paint with. Now, lucky for me, this is something I have come across before, have tried and love using!

What I did do was play around with the technique! I proceeded as demonstrated in the challenge, by first wetting the background cardstock and then adding my paint (in this case a Mr Huey's mist sprayed directly onto the plastic) onto the background. Then after this dried, I sprayed some more mist onto the same plastic, which was "crumpled" in my hand and "painted" some more colour on. Without the damp background this second layer came out a little more defined and darker adding some interest and texture! I also stamped and inked a stencil onto the background for further "layers". So that's enough talking, here is the finished product:

Again I did use some D'Lish products on my page. Freckled Fawn glitter arrow, Chalkboard tab and a kraft bitty bag. I also played around with the Kal Barteski's font on my silhouette to cut the title.

Oh, and speaking of challenges, I was lucky enough to win Challenge 7, Wendy's colour challenge for my page with Liam and his lego head! Thanks Amanda and team!

Katie x

Monday, 14 July 2014

Challenge 7

So, it is a matter of hours now until the door closes for the D'Lish cyber crop challenges. I have completed challenge 7, but I am not sure I have it in me to finish of challenge 8.... But there is still time so we will see what happens!

Back to challenge 7, this was a colour challenge from Wendy, and best of all it has one of my favourite scrappy colours at the moment, yellow!

And here is my page:

I have managed to use some D'Lish goodies on this page too, and I had to chuckle when I realised most of it was Freckled Fawn! There is the flair, the wood veneer, the resin and the enamel dots.

Well, I suppose I better try and get back to it as that clock is ticking and just to prove that I have started - challenge 8 is a technique challenge of painting with plastic. Here is a picture of my background with the technique:

Til next time!

Katie x

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Challenge 6

Back today with Challenge 6! This challenge was to pick a row on the bingo card and use all of those items on your creation. Other stuff could be used too, so long as all the required items were there. Here is the bingo card and Ros's sample page:

I chose to do the first row down - Journaling, Paint, Hearts, Stitching and Wood Veneer. All me, all do-able! This is the page that I finished up with:

I chose these photos because there was a great story behind it all and I thought that was important as journaling was a must have for this challenge. All the other items there, even if the stitching is "low key"! There is also some D'Lish goodies (of course!) on this page - wood veneer hearts and heart shaped brads. I also had a play with painting my title for that script look. I need some more practice but I love the result!

Well that is now 6 challenges down and two more to go and I still have about four and bit days up my sleeve! Not doing too badly even if I do say so myself!

Katie x