Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Scrappin' Patch retreat Part two

Back again to share some layouts.

Prima BAP -The watercolour line just fitted the photos so well! (also this was counted as two layouts)

Crafty Sketches Sketch

Pencil lines sketches 178 and 179

Stuck sketch

For fun

There are another eight layouts that I did at the retreat - one I did for Adrienne with some of her photos, another for an upcoming challenge at Scrappin' Patch and six for challenges coming up at Sketchy Thursdays which I can't show you just yet.

I had a better sleep on Saturday. I then scrapped my last three layouts and did a demo about flowers. Then I had to sort out my mess of a suitcase and help pack up the shop. I spent the rest of my time at Paulines house before flying back to Auckland and was home by midnight Sunday.

Thank you everyone for an awesome weekend. Special thanks to:

Jane - for keeping me company at the airport
Adrienne - for picking me up at the airport, and for an awesome weekend
Pauline - for an awesome weekend and your hospitality on Sunday evening - dinner was yummy and thanks for the ride to the airport.
Heidi, Megan and Annelie for being great scrapping buddies and helping out with scrapping goodies and ideas.
Liz for our talks and sharing a brandy or two !
Trace for drving me to get my dinner on Friday night.

And a big thank you to my DH without him I would not have been able to attend. Thank you so much.

I have put my name down for next year as I had a great time - just need to learn to sleep a bit more at retreats!!


I had an awesome time at the retreat. It was great meeting new people including Pauline and Adrienne and catching up with others I have met before. This is going to be a long post so be warned!!

Run down of the weekend (sorry I did not take my camera):

On Thursday night I was worried I wouldn't sleep being excited and all but I managed to have a good night but was woken up by the kids before six. We took the kids to school and went and saw Andrews nana on the way to the airport who I had not seen for awhile. I met up with Jane at the airport as we were on the same flight but not sitting together. The flight was good and when we landed in Christchurch it was a warm 26 degrees.

Adrienne picked me up from the airport and along with Annelie and Heidi we set off for the retreat venue. We set up the tables and the shop with lots and lots of yummy goodies nicely spread out. Then just before six people started to arrive and not long after started spending. I also did a bit of shopping at that stage.

Then I started scrapping - my first two layouts I cant share just yet! Then Trace took me and Annelie to get some dinner and I needed some brandy for my cheesecake. I had some yummy sweet and sour pork. When we got back I had dinner and made the first bit of my cheesecake that had been requested.

I then helped Heidi with her make and take which was using glimmermist and shimmerz on chipboard and flowers. Here are the two layouts I had made prior to the retreat. The frame in the first one is painted using crackle paint and then covered in shimmerz while the second one is using embossing powders.

I stayed up until just after two scrapping and tried to go to sleep but only dozed so I gave up and sat outside with some other earlybirds. We started scrapping again just before seven.

Saturday was great I did Annelies classand as I had a big photo I could add more elements and here it is:

I did not manage to do Liz's class but hope to do it at home sometime - it is just beautiful. Thank you Liz for our talks I really needed them!

I did more scrapping, shopping and also picked out the stuff for my new kit that I am making up for Scrappin' Patch soon ! I finished making the cake which vanished at suppertime after a yummy roast dinner and Pavalova. I then did a demo with liquid pearls and foud out if you hit the table it settles the pearls better!

Here are two layouts I did prior to the retreat for the demo

Now I will share more in another post as I am off to watch House now. See you soon......

Challenges at Scrappin Patch

Robbi has set a Challenge over at Scrappin' Patch Have a go!!

Here is my take

Annelie also has a challenge up which is a budget to blitz challenge ie

Create a LO with 1 sheet of double sided pp and 1 sheet of cardstock. Embellishments can be either handmade, recycled or non scrapbooking related and the same for the titles. You are free to create with inks, paint, oddments/leftovers of paper, material, packaging materials and wrappers and anything else you can find or think of.

Here is my layout - my alphas are from my oddments box

Will update later re THE RETREAT

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My take on the current Sketch at Sketchy Thursdays

I am officially on the design team at Sketchy Thursdays on April the 1st but decided to have a go with the current sketch as it is great for those photos that are not great if they are larger. Here is my take:

Thursday, March 18, 2010

My Scrappy News

Do you see my new link on my sidebar. Yes I have made it onto the Sketchy Thursdays Design Team - the blog is an American one and I am looking forward to being on the design team with the other very talented international team. As the name suggests it has a sketch every Thursday which the design team take turns to do examples and a winner is picked randomly which makes it great for any level of scrapper.

October Afternoon Farm Fresh Kit from Scrappin' Patch

Well this kit has been sold out and so I can now show you the full layouts!

Awesome kit and great value - watch out for a heritage kit from me at Scrappin' Patch

Also have some other scrapping news that I can hopefully share tomorrow!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Lets get shabby March challenge

Well the challenge this month was to do a garden scene and have a quote from Alice in Wonderland. Well I chose what Alice said about the dance of the lobsters near the end of the book - "It must be a pretty dance". With a frame picture that I found at the opshop for a $1 I created this with some yummy new Prima, a Webster tree sticker and a Dusty attic chipboard fence. The frame has been repainted with old photo crackle paint.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Up 2 Scrap Challenge

UP2SCRAP's challenges have restarted and it is Annelie's turn to set the challenge.

The challenge is to use a sketch and use the colours cream, brown,coral and mustard. The added challenge is to have "white'' space.

Here is my entry :

Talking about Annelie she has an awesome giveaway on her blog go and guess the no. of Buttons!

A sketch inspiration

Sketches are a great way to get the mojo going and while I was looking around the internet I found this awesome sketch at page maps. I loved the idea of the large photo and having a double layout which I don't do very often. I would love to see your interpretation of the Sketch in the Scrappin' Patch gallery by midnight the 15th of March.

See the sketch here.

and here is mine (I have altered the large photo to a landscape photo)

Products Used:

Karen Foster Ancestry Papers
Prima vines
2Craftyand dusty attic fences
My minds eye journal spot
Tim Holtz adage tags
Basic Grey alphas

Monday, March 1, 2010

Look at this awesome giveaway!

Tiff who is on the design team at TWIDDLEYBITZ (yummy chipboard/mdf goodies) has an awesome giveaway on her blog which is here Thanks Tiff!