Monday, July 20, 2009

Scrap Tech Tuesday

With the start of Minute Mondays Scrap Tech Tuesdays will be coming your way once a month over at Scrappin' Patch. This month by special request I will go over lollipop flowers in a bit more detail.

Lollipop flowers are an easy embellishment to make and there are heaps of possibilities with them. They are also great to use up some scraps. In the following layout I have made a tree with lollipop flowers.

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Now depending on the way you like your lollipop flowers to look depends on how you scrap. Some of you might like precise circles in which case you would use templates or diecut circles - others like myself like myself would either cut circles freehand or draw the circles freehand and then cut them.

So firstly cut how ever many different size circles you would like for your flower . All my examples only have three layers.
If you would like a distressed look take each circle one at a time and using your distress tool or scissors go right around the circles and distress them.
You can also distress them using inks.
Next step is to assemble them - get all the circles and put a hole through the centre of them and attach a brad through the holes of all the circles.
They are now ready to be attached to your Project either with the brad or with a glue dot.

Here is another layout which I did couple of months ago using the above technique for the flowers.

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You can also make even "scruffier" circles by cutting out the circles a little larger then you want them to be and then carefully ripping the paper around the edges as I have done on this card.


Another cool thing you can do is cut slits all the way around the centre circle to make a different textured look as in this card.


Lollipop flowers can also be made with fabric and buttons like I have done in this layout.

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As you can see you can make a variety of different looking lollipop flowers and there are many more ways you can make lollipop flowers.
You can make them with different colour cardstock, spray glimmermist on them or just have circles with no distressing on them for a cleaner look - to name just a few.

An update

I have been away so no blogging or scrapping for the last week but have a few layouts to share with samples for challenges that are over and a couple that are current.

First up last weeks challenge over at The Sketchbook which is now closed. Rachel set a sketch challenge and here is my take

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and this weeks challenge from The Sketchbook is a monochromatic challenge set by Annelie who has done a gorgeous white one - you have until midnight Sunday to upload your layout to be into get a RAK by the end of the month - mine is a pink one

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Over at Scrappin' Patch Delys has set a product challenge using 7 Gypsies products - which closes tonight at midnight. Here is my layout using 7 Gypsies Market range.

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Also at Scrappin' Patch is Heidi's Sketch Challenge which ends at midnight the 31st of July - here is my take.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Scrapbook dreams Circle Journal

Back in October last year I decided to participate in my first circle Journal on the Scrapbook Dreams forum. A few weeks ago I received my finished Journal which has been all over the country. It is so amazing and I love it and thank you so much to the ladies that contributed their talent, time and money into probably the largest journal in the group.

The topic I chose was the A to Z of me as I thought it would be interesting. I chose to do an 8 X 8 journal due to the topic.

The Cover


Welcome and sign in Pages


The sign in page was made up of tags made by each of the ladies with their names and forum names on. The tags:


My page


Shell was the first to get my journal and this is her striking page


Lee was next with her lovely page with some bling and great alphas


Tricia with her beautiful page - I love those butterflies - one of my first cuttlebug dies too.


Next was Michelle with this gorgeous page I love the colours and flowers


Here is Tracy's - Great idea with the flaps so there was more space to write.


And here is Ngaere's Page - an awesome page with heaps of embossing


This is Jane's page - I just love the school look about it


Here is Rangi's page - love the clean lines (something I struggle with) and different colour rectangles.


Next was Lianne's turn and here is her cute layout - love the bugs


and for the journals last stop it went to Esthers place and here is her lovely page which was great as there was enough space for a photo.


Here is the sign out page which includes ATC's with a monogram of the initial of each contributor to the journal


and here are the ATC's


and finally the back cover


Thanks again Ladies for your contribution to my journal which is a real treasure.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sketchbook weekly challenge

A new challenge is up from Hannah at the Sketchbook. It is a countdown challenge ie
Use 4 embellishments in a cluster, three photos,two word title and a Journal spot.

Here is my take

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Scrappin' Patch Shabby chic challenge

Hi everyone hope everyone has had a great week and looking forward to the weekend and school holidays ( I can't believe this term has finished and we are into the second half of the year). My turm to set the challenge at Scrappin' patch - check it out here

Onto the challenge - this has proven to be a popular challenge and will be remaining the same as before. This week the challenge is to do a shabby chic layout with earth tones AND include a bird/s somewhere on the layout. Please post your layouts in the gallery by midnight on the 17th of July to be in to win a RAK from the shop and if you do three other challenges during the month of July you are also in to be In the Spotlight.

Here is my example - I did not buy the Webster paper for these photos but when I rediscovered the paper in my stash I saw it matched the old sheet in the photo - its so cool when you find a matching paper for a photo.

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Belle shaped paper, Websters paper, Prima flowers and leaves, K and co paper clip,Green Tara flowers, collections owl, pearl brads, lace

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Glimmermist has a new look!!

Glimmer Mist is the same great product with a Fabulous NEW Look! there are new colours coming out too including WHITE!!


If you want to win all the new colours check out the Tattered Angels blog! - this closes on Monday.

This weeks Challenges

Just a couple of challenges happening this week -over at Scrappin' Patch there is Annelie' Designers choice challenge which is to have at least four layers on your layout and 50+ words in your Journalling and you have until midnight the 6th of July to be in the chance to win a RAK as well as a chance to be in the spotlight if you do another three challenges in July.

Here is my example for Annelie's Challenge (looking a bit Nic Howardish not intentionally!!) The papers are by My Minds Eye

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Then over at the Sketchbook Annelie has a colour combo Challenge using red, green and blue. I was a bit stumped at first as I was thinking dark colours but I came up with this instead.

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You have until midnight the 5th of July to upload to Sketchbook's gallery to be in the draw to win a RAK at the end of the month.