Sep 20, 2011

September Sketch Layout

Hi Everyone, with RetreatVille almost upon us I have made a little time to update you with another of our Sketch Challenge Layouts.  Using lots of white space, Sam has also thrown in a few interesting techniques.  Lots of embossing folders to add something different to each square, i-Rock bling to define the edges of the squares, and a bit of Dimensional Magic and flocking.  Nicely put together Sam, well done.
The Look by Sam Epps (CT)
Below you can see the texture in the layout using the embossing folders on the cardstock, and of course the flocking on the tree tops.
We hope this inspires you to pull out the stash and get started on yours!


Sep 17, 2011

Sharing Jenni Bowlin

Hi Everyone, just wanted to share a couple more items with you all in the lead up to RetreatVille.  These next creations used the Jenni Bowlin Monthly Pack.  I really do think this range lends itself to our older style photos.
The Campbell Girls by Sally Clark (CT)
This is such a beautiful photo on it's own, yet the touch of burgundy with the added inking on the black and cream really ties it all in.  The little burgundy flowers on the pleating are just enough to bring a bit of colour in here as well.
Sally has used the black gimp to frame the chip shape on the patterned paper.  Beneath this Sally has pleated her patterned paper and topped it with a length of lace.  Looking closely you will notice that Sally's hand stitched flourish provides a nice accent to the chip shape.
A Little Birdie Told Me Card by Sally Clark (CT)
This card looks great just like this, lovely distressing on the front, layered panel, the mini alpha's from Cosmo look so effective overlapped and mounted in this way.
Then you see the inside and doesn't that just look great? Again the alpha's add such a nice look, and that cherry branch is simply part of the beautiful patterned papers.
...and this is what the Little Birdie told everyone.........

We will have more soon.


Sep 15, 2011

September / October Sketch Challenge

Hello everyone, and welcome to the new Sketch Challenges.  This month the girls have added a bit of a mix to their sketches, with a patchwork effect on the layout, and a tag for the card.  You will have until pumpkin time on the 14th October to have your challenges in.  Here are the first samples.
September/October Layout Sketch
 Autumn by Sarah Wood (GCT)
 This is Sarah's take on the Layout Sketch.  The colours have all worked in well together, with each square carefully stitched along the borders. The leaves have been die cut, and they look great layered on each other.  The Flocked AC Thickers have been lightly inked around the edges to tie in with the colour theme, and also add a bit of shadow.  What a great photo Sarah has used on her layout.
 Are you looking at those tiny letters?  The patience paid off, they look great!
Here you can see the layering of the bracket and pleating, with a bit more added depth from more layered and shaped leaves.
 September/October Card Sketch
 Happy Birthday Tag by Sarah Wood (GCT)
Well how cute is our Winter Marci?  Using the La La Land stamp and showing her prowess with the Copic Markers, Sarah has beautifully tied the colours in together.  The MS Eyelet Lace punch aslo adds a nice soft touch to the pink, with the yellow background breaking up the colours a bit.  This Tag Card has actually been quietly on display at Scrapville for a little while - it was too nice to keep hidden!

Thanks Sarah, great samples of the new Sketch Challenges.  And thanks to Michelle and Sarah for working together to put the new sketches together.

Before I sign off I would also like to share another layout from the last Sketch that did in fact beat the pumpkin!

Camera Shy by Kylie gW
Kylie's layouts are all in A4, and always an interesting mix of colour and design.  The fringing looks great, and the crimped paper strip and crochet flower compliment each other nicely.  A great stalking effort too Kylie, that photo has come up great.  Thanks for sharing your challenge.


Sep 11, 2011


Hi Everyone, a little earlier than expected we have this month's Blind CropVille.  Brought forward so as not to clash with RetreatVille, this class used lovely co-ordinated summery colours to tie in with a Father's Day theme.  Lots of white space, which was challenging for some, a bit of bunting added in, some "light sewing", a bit of embossing with the Sizzix Texture Boutique and the Epic 6, and a fair bit of inking.

I would like to thank Sally for her hard work putting these classes together in 2011.  Not knowing what you are going to get each month can be a little daunting for some, but that IS what a Blind CropVille is all about, totally up to your own interpretation of the instructions.   Below we'll take a look at the Master Layout, and what the girls have done.
My Dad by Sally Clark (CT)
 Sally's boys Alex and Dylan spending time with their dad, Boyd.
 Using the Embossing Folders on the cut out Titles.
A look at the bunting and palcement of the pleating and strips.
Oops by Maxine Rusk
Dad's Girls by Di Corbitt
 My Dad by Jennie Seal
Gar by Roz Langridge
Cheers by Judith Young
Paul by Judy Laracy

And here is one I prepared AFTER the Blind CropVille, just so I can say I did it!!  
 Brunch by Janet Watt (CT)
From the same range of lovely co-ordinating papers I chose to use more reds/oranges and blue so that it could be distinguished from the actual class.  It's so nice to scrap again!!  Thanks again Sally, and all the girls that attended the September Blind CropVille.