aWow Blog Hop – Sketch 102

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Welcome to our Around the World on Wednesday Blog Hop where every 2nd Wednesday of the month, our team based around the world, share Stampin’ Up! inspiration. Today we’ve got a sketch challenge and we could choose one of these variations.

A couple of weeks ago I celebrated my big 50. As part of of my celebrations, over the entire month of September I shared a card each day created with a different sketch during my Sketchtember Challenge. So with today’s sketch I thought I’d do something a bit unusual for me and create a scrapbook page with the layout on the left.

A friend of my daughter Cassidy took 800 photos (yes you read that right) on the night of my party. I am still sifting through what to post on Facebook! Got to love a young lady who takes her party duties seriously. I thought a family photo would be nice to place in this page layout with a similar colour palette to my birthday celebrations which was pink, sage and gold.

I am not a scrapbooker but I do love creating these layouts and I like that I can display them in a frame or shadow box and change the pictures out.

I started by cutting an entire sheet of Hues of Happiness DSP to 3.5 cm strips. Now that took courage to chop that pretty paper. Have you seen the other side? Papercrafter struggles! Then I laid all the strips together and blended Polished Pink ink over some areas through a mask before assembling it on my Crumb Cake Cardstock. Did you know we have a range of 12″ x 12″ Cardstock in our entire colour range? This makes it so easy when creating larger projects or gift boxes.

I stamped several of the flowers from the Happiness Abounds stamp set in Crumb Cake ink. This provided a more subtle outline and blended with my colour palette well. I coloured them in with a mix of Stampin’ Blends as shown below.

How to colour the flowers

  • Stamp in Crumb Cake ink
  • Light Petal Pink over entire flower
  • Some shading with Dark Petal Pink
  • Highlights of Light Polished Pink through the centre and at the base of some petals
  • Light Crumb Cake for shadow and depth at base of some petals

How to colour the leaves

  • Stamp in Garden Green ink
  • Long highlight strokes at base with Light Soft Succulent
  • Filled in with Light Soft Sea Foam
  • Add Dark Soft Sea Foam on smaller leaves to add shading at base

The number ’50’ was on the cupcakes which I had on my birthday and adding this to my page gave meaning to why we call scrapbooking – memory keeping. Also better than having this laying in a drawer with no purpose – now it has a place!

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today and I hope you are inspired to create some scrapbook layouts and make those memories even more special. Products I have used on this project are listed at the bottom of this post. If you have any questions please get in touch with me.

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Next on our hop is the fabulous Cazz Boylan who loves a bit of pink as well! Please make sure you check out the beautiful creations of all our designers and leave us a comment as you travel with us around the world.

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Jan Clothier – NZ

Leonie Stuart – AU

Rochelle Laird-Smith – AU (you are here)

Cazz Boylan – AU

Cheryll Miller – AU

Danielle Kassing – NL

Ximena Morales – DE

Aurélie Fabre – FR

Mikaela Titheridge – UK

Annette Ball – CA

Angie McKenzie – US

Wendy Lee – US

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert – US

Chris Smith – US

Brenda Nelson – CA

Tricia Butts – US

Teri West – US

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Ink & Share Scrapbook Blog Hop – Monochromatic

Thank you for joining me today in quite a gloomy day in Melbourne. They say it’s going to get sunnier this week so summer is on the way. Nothing like some crafting to keep the mood cheery. I’ve got some sweet florals to share with you for my scrapbook page for the Ink & Share Scrapbook Monochromatic Blog Hop.

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I chose the Hand Penned Memories & More Card Pack to create my page in shades of green. When Stampin’ Up! provide us the products, why not use it? It sure makes it much easier. To give you an idea how much easier it is let me explain that I am not a scrapbooker but I love taking part in challenges that get me to stretch myself and learn new things. So here I am scrapbooking! Stampin’ Up! products make it easy to create and try things which you normally don’t do.

I added the Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper – Beautifully Penned which coordinates with the Hand Penned Petals bundle. You can earn this paper free with a $90 order and there are several other options as well.

On a Soft Sea Foam page, I mounted all my elements. A 20cm square of Beautifully Penned DSP was layered on a 20.6cm square of Soft Sea Foam cardstock which a coloured in Just Jade around the edges with a Blending Brush. I use this technique quite often to give muted colours. In this case I was able to match the colouring on the Memories & More Cards.

The flowers in the Memories & More cards looked like Pool Party so to keep in the monochromatic theme, I touched them up with a Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blend.

Some of the cards were cut apart and mounted on Soft Sea Foam cardstock (coloured as mentioned before) so I could create a different layout for my page.

For a focal element, I stamped a set of flowers from the Hand Penned stamp set and coloured with a mix of Mint Macaron, Just Jade and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.

The gems were also coloured with Light Just Jade and Light Old Olive to coordinate with the rest of the page.

All products that I have used to create this scrapbook page are listed at the bottom of this post.

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Gez Carpenter

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

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Dorothea Winkler

Sue McDonald

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Ink & Share Scrapbook Blog Hop – Spring

Spring is in the air at our Ink & Share Scrapbook Blog Hop this month. My page did have to include some pink – I just can’t have spring without pink!

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I chose the Forever Blossoms stamp set and coordinating Cherry Blossoms dies and coloured the images with a mix of current and brand new colours coming in our Annual Catalogue.

Spring generally means weddings and I incorporated a sentiment from the same stamp set. I kept this page minimal in layout. as the combination of papers makes it interesting,

I am so enjoying these scrapbook challenges … and I hope you are too. Please make sure you follow the hop right through for lots of spring inspiration.

Next on our hop is Sue McDonald

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Heike Hülle-Bolze

Cindy Mitchell-Clark

Gez Carpenter

Dorothea Winkler

Jo Blackman

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A Mother’s Day Tribute through a Scrapbook Page

Happy Mother’s Day!

To all you lovely ladies who are doing the best job of all – being a mum, to those who are step-in mums and care givers and those Dads who take the place of mum. Hope your little ones (or not so little ones) show you the love and appreciation you deserve on your special day.

I am blessed to be mum to my daughter Cassidy. She is a kind and caring lady and amazes me with her compassionate spirit to see the good in everyone. I am also thankful to God for blessing me with a kind, caring, Christian mother who was always there to listen and was always telling us and showing my sister and me that she loved us. My project today is a tribute to my mum who passed away 17 years ago, the day before Mother’s Day. That was a very tough Mother’s Day to go through.

The photo I have chosen for my scrapbook page is one that brings back a beautiful memory for me. I remember this framed photo sat on my Dad’s desk until the day he passed away – they had been married for 39 years and he missed Mum so much when she had gone. This photo shows my mum sitting at a typewriter. This was taken at her workplace but I also remember her typing aerogrammes (who remembers them?) and pages and pages of letters to friends and relatives. 

Mum and Dad’s love story began at their joint workplace – Back to the Bible Broadcast. This was a Christian radio ministry. My Mum was involved in the music – playing piano and accordion and administrative work. So I think this photo had special significance to my Dad. 

This scrapbook page just had to have orchids because my mum loved purple Singapore orchids. I had the perfect stamp for this didn’t I? The Orchid Builder stamp and die set worked perfectly. 

I used a retired 12’x12′ Basic Black cardstock sheet as my base. Then I created the watercolour wash on the Shimmery White cardstock using Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Mango Melody and Calypso Coral. I inked separate Clear Blocks for each colour and using an aqua painter, washed the colour onto the Shimmery Cardstock. 

Once this piece had dried, I added the Timeless Textures stamp in Highland Heather. The Sheet Music stamp further captures this tribute, remembering my mum’s love of music. Her ‘other’ job was teaching piano at home and in the early days going by bus to the student’s homes to teach them. Lots of sacrifice was made to help our family.

I inked only part of music stamp by ripping a piece of paper and covering part of it, inking it up and then stamping it. This creates that unfinished look on the stamped image.

The orchids were stamped in Basic Grey and I added Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape and Rich Razzleberry with sponge dabuers to colour them. These orchids are easy to create with the coordinating dies. The centres have been stamped in Mango Melody onto So Saffron cardstock. 

To create the leaves, I water coloured a piece of Shimmery White cardstock with Old Olive and Shaded Spruce ink. Once dry, I stamped the leaves in Shaded Spruce and die cut them. The flowers and leaves have been laid onto a branch from the Seasonal Layers die. 

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I then incorporated the typewriter from the lovely P.S. You’re the Best stamp set which has a vintage look about it. Some colour was stamped onto it with the Highland Heather, Mango Melody and Pineapple Punch. 

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The addition of of the Delicate Lace Edgelits and a doily adds a softness which reflects my mum’s character and her sense of style. A few rhinestones coloured with the Dark Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend embellishes this layout perfectly. 

I chose this Bible verse because my sister and I were truly blessed to have this special lady as our mum. I have used the Story Label punch, which is available in the new catalogue, to write out my sentiment. 

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Enjoy your day.

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Blended Seasons Scrapbook Page

I know many of you love to scrapbook and have a lot of experiencing doing this. I struggle to get photos in an album let alone scrapbook with them! In the past I have dabbled with a few scrapbook layouts to create newborn baby gifts.

The project I undertook a couple of weeks ago was much more involved and I put a lot of my heart into it because it was around my daughter. This photo was taken at her cousin’s wedding in Tasmania earlier this year and I just love her simple, natural look here.

I used several products on this layout including the Blended Seasons bundle and products from the Tea Room Suite. The Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper worked in so well with the colours of Cassidy’s dress. I tore the edge and dabbed it with Soft Suede ink to give it a distressed look. 

Behind the photo I’ve added added a die cut from the Stitched All Around dies. Several flowers were stamped and coloured in Calypso Coral, Petal Pink, Old Olive and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. These are quite quick to fussy cut. I then die cut leaves from the Blended Seasons dies, cut them apart and arranged around the flowers.

The Olive green panels are from the Tea Room Memories and More Card Pack and I’ve also added some Wood Twxture DSP which has been matted onto Soft Suede cardstock.

I really love the sentiment as it expressed exactly what Cassidy is – a blessing in my life. It’s from the Very Vintage Hostess set and has been embellished with a Copper Vinyl sticker which is also from the Tea Room Suite.

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