Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Give BIG

Hey everyone,

Just a note that Krista of Saturated Canary is raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and has two free digis available to download at her website:

If the budget is a bit stretched this month, you can still give BIG in a great way by donating your time and crafty skills to send a lovely card to someone who benefits from the work being done at St Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Louise xoxox

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Creativity is the key...

Happy Tuesday everyone!

The library at work was giving away a lot of free hardcover journals from the 1970s that were doing nothing but collecting dust. And whilst that might be good for somethings at a museum, it definitely is not the case with library books. I grabbed a few in the hopes of trying a new project...a hollow book...which took me forever to cut out the pages! As such I have quite a few pages that I thought I would try and recycle rather than just throw away. This is what I came up with:

I inked up the paper with some 'vintage photo' distress ink, then inked the edges with 'walnut stain.' The argyle stamp is a Tim Holtz design from Stampers Anonymous stamped in Staz-On Timber Brown and covered with clear embossing powder. The chipboard piece is from my stash, inked with 'walnut stain' distress ink and god embossing powder. The sentiment is my own made from a simple piece of copy paper, inked with 'antique linen', 'vintage photo' and 'wanlut stain' distress inks.

The brown and mesh ribbon are from my stash. The cream seam binding (yay I finally have some) and the cotton lace were purchased recently from the Craft and Quilt show. The metal button is a new range to Spotlight from Francheville called 'vintage.' (N.B It's so great to see Spotlight finally up their game with regards to scrapbooking and embellishments. It almost makes the messiness of the store worthwhile.) and the metal key is also from a new range at Spotlight called 'SteamPunk' from Solid Oak Inc (For those in Melbourne, it's in the jewellery section.)

I'm entering this into the following challenges:
 Have a great week everyone!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Geisha Girl...

Konnichiwa minna-san (Hello everyone)

I've been eyeing this little Geisha Girl, drawn by the incredibly talented Angelique at Sliejke digi stamps. The recent challenge over at Sketch n' Stash featuring Angie's sketch is the perfect layout for this little oriental beauty.

I've had this paper in my stash for ages, it was some of the first papers I brought when I got into scrapbooking. It's so great to actually be able to use them!

I'm entering this into:

Hugs, Louise-san

Craft Your Passion July GDT Challenge #121

Hi everyone,

Well July certainly has gone super fast, and so marks the end of my time as Guest Design Team Member at Craft Your Passions. It certainly has been a blast. Aside from the obvious perks of getting some free digis, it was a wonderful opportunity to make new friends, comment on some fantastic cards, and test and challenge  myself and my abilities.

The challenge for this week is based on the following sketch:

and here is my version:

The image is from Krista Smith aka Saturated Canary, and the papers are Howdy Doody from Miss Caroline by Jen Allyson from 'My Mind's Eye.' I love love LOVE these papers. They are so soft and feminine.

The flowers are from the Mother's Day Bouquet cricut cartridge coloured with distress inks. The sentiment is of my design and will be available to download as a freebie soon.

The half-pearls, yellow ribbon and lace are from my stash.

Please be sure to check out the other DT designs over at Craft Your Passions Challenge Blog.

Louise xox