Wednesday, December 18, 2013

WOW - I did it - so that means you can too!!!


I don't know about you guys, but this time of year is crazy busy!

I love the weather, but at the same time having the kids home. I am going nuts - trying to juggle work with having "fun" with the kids, plus trying to work out when to shop and when to wrap pressies... blah, blah, blah - do we actually get a HOLIDAY???

Well, I must admit... I have somehow managed a fab day of scrapping and I have finished ALL of the December 1,2,3,4 Challenges we have set out for you to do...

This is how it works:
 *You have until the 31st of December to link it to the correct December Challenge linky on the side bar>>>
*It is a 1,2,3,4 challenge and you MUST have each days criteria on your project but you can add other items (But no more of each listed criteria)
*As with each month one lucky person will win a $20 SFS Voucher 
 
BUT there is a BONUS $30 to another lucky entrant who completes all the challenges!!!

Here we go...
 
Challenge #1
  • use ONE photo
  • you need TWO word title
  • you need THREE embellishments
  • you need FOUR papers


 Challenge #2
  • One word title {US}
  • Two pieces of Washi 
  • Three Stars
  • Four circle embellies


 Challenge #3 
  • One 6x4 Project Life card
  • Two masks/stencils 
  • Three hand drawn doodles 
  • Four different mixed medias


 Challenge #4   

  • ONE Flair
  • TWO mist/paint colours
  • THREE photos
  • FOUR different alphas

 

 OK, I must get back to my clan - I can hear some crying! Gotta love the holidays!

Hope you to see LOTS more layouts linked to win some SFS $$$
So get SCRAPPING!
Charm xx 

Monday, December 16, 2013

December Challenge #4

All of the criteria for our 4th challenge is now ready for you to complete your layout.





You have until the 31st of December to link it to the December Challenge 4 linky on the side bar.
Challenge # Four

1st day - you need ONE Flair
2nd day - you need TWO mist/paint colours
3rd day -you need THREE photos
4th day -you need FOUR different alphas
 
It is a 1,2,3,4 challenge and you MUST have each days criteria on your project but you can add other items.


As with each month one lucky person will win a $20 SFS Voucher

 
BUT there is a BONUS $30 to another lucky entrant who completes all the challenges.


 Happy Scrapping!
 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December Challenge #3

All of the criteria for our third challenge is now ready for you to complete your layout.



You have until the 31st of December to link it to the December Challenge 3 linky on the side bar.

Challenge No #3 
1st day - One 6x4 Project Life card
2nd -Two masks/stencils
3rd day - Three hand drawn doodles
4th day -Four different mixed medias (gesso, gel medium, acrylic paint, ink, gelatos, watercolour paint, modelling paste etc)
  It is a 1,2,3,4 challenge and you MUST have each days criteria on your project but you can add other items.

As with each month one lucky person will win a $20 SFS Voucher


 
BUT there is a BONUS $30 to another lucky entrant who completes all the challenges.

 Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

What's on Wednesday... Make Your Own Resist Backgrounds


Last month Peta, Kel and I were lucky enough to go to Heidi Swapp's 'Make Pretty Stuff' in Brisbane. WOW what an amazing and inspirational lady she is. 

Today I am going to share with you a resist technique that she taught us to use with her  
Color Shine mists. 

Heidi has produced some resist products of her own, you can find them here. But this is a great way to use the stash of masks and templates that I am sure we all have. (And I have heaps!)

This is all you need to make the resists

  • Mask or Template
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylic Paint
  •  Paint pallet (or something to mix paint in)
  • pallet knife or paddle pop stick.

I am sure we all have a bottle of mod podge somewhere in our craft stash left over from the OTP craze. If it is like mine, the lid was stuck tight. After lots of banging the lid on my desk, I finally got it open. 
You need to add equal quantities of mod podge and paint to make the resist. 

And then use it like you would do texture paste. (But a lot thinner)


Remove that mask and wash well, and wait for it to dry naturally. If you hit it with a heat gun it will bubble and look more like texture paste.

Spray with mist and leave sit for a few seconds. 
(The longer you leave it there the more intense the colour is)
Pat the sprayed area with a sheet of paper towel.


And then rub over the resist areas with a baby wipe.

 TA-DAH!
easy hey?


I was thinking about other ways you could do it and wondered what if it was possible to do a clear resist.

So, I tried it with just straight Gesso

Seeing as I was a bit heavy handed with the gesso in the pain pallett I thought I would add some green acrylic paint.
Works just the same with using other mists (eg. dylusions etc)

Have fun!

December Challenge #2


All of the criteria for our second Challenge is now ready for you to complete your layout.

You have until the 31st of December to link it to the December Challenge #2 linky on the side bar

  • 1st day - One word title
    2nd - Two pieces of Washi
    3rd - Three Stars
    4th -  Four circle embellies
It is a 1,2,3,4 challenge and you MUST have each days criteria on your project but you can add other items.
As with each month one lucky person will win a $20 SFS Voucher
 
BUT there is a BONUS $30 to another lucky entrant who completes all the challenges.
 Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas Cards using Studio Calico Magical...

Hello Ladies! Hope you are all going well with the silly season well and truly in swing!

I thought I would share the Christmas Cards I have recently made using the fabulous Studio Calico Magical Range! You can find the range in the What's New Section HERE





I have used:

Studio Calico Magical - 6x6 Paper Pad
Studio Calico Magical - Adhesive Badges 
 Studio Calico Magical - Chalkboard/Accent Stickers 
Studio Calico Magical - Enamel Dots 
Studio Calico Magical - Mini Alphas - Green
Studio Calico Magical - Sequin Stars
Studio Calico Magical - Vellum Die Cut Shapes 
Studio Calico Magical - Wood Veneer Die Cuts - Starbursts 

Tools:
Heidi Swapp Distresser
Sewing Machine
Sewing Thread
Scissors
Staples
Glue
Double Sided Tape
3x4 Inch Punch

Extra items:
White Cardstock
Kitchen Twine
Blank Cards with Envelopes


 To keep it simple when making my cards I like to buy the premade Blank Cards with envelopes - you can get these at cheap shops or craft shops and come in lots of colours...

First thing I do is trim one of the 6x6 papers - 4in x 5.5in

 

With the second 6x6 patterned paper I cheated a little by punching out a piece with my NEW 3x4 Punch {why not?} but, if you don't have one you could just cut a piece 3in x 4in yourself, then round the edges if you have a corner punch...


I then distress the edges of the patterned paper.


Position your 3x4 paper piece on your background paper piece, then adhere with double-sided tape. If you want to machine stitch around the edge of the 3x4 piece make sure the tape is in the centre so that you don't sew over the top {I learnt the hard way a while ago!}

 

 I have then pulled out all the gorgeous embellishments I had to play with and positioned them so that they "balanced" out. I glued them into position...

I have then grabbed some twine which I have twirled a few times around the star embellishments - when twirling make sure you twirl one way and then the other around each star...


I have then also attached the cute Studio Calico Magical Enamel Dots to the stars, and then glued the Card front to the Blank Card - one card complete!

Using the leftover papers from that card I have created another one...


For my base I have cut a piece of White Cardstock 4in x 5.5in, then layered the leftover pieces. I decided to use my 3x4in punch again to cut one of the pieces.


I then had another play around with my embellishments until I was happy with how they were positioned, and just copied the previous card steps... and this is what I have come up with...


Other cards I made using the other Studio Calico Papers & Embellishments {plus tips!}

I kept the colours of the patterned papers to only 2 or 3...

I made sure I mixed it up with the embellishments to make it interesting...

 The twine helps bring the card "together"...

Using different sized embellies {but same shape} keep the cards interesting as well..

Overlap your embellishments and keep in mind when cutting the "word" papers where they will be on the card {I made sure the "Merry Christmas" was at the top right and not covered up with other paper}


Here I have also highlighted the number "25" seeing as I didn't have a greeting, I thought the focus on the number would be good...
I try to use the rule of using odd numbers for my embellishments {1 flair & 3 of each of the candy stickers and 3 stars}


I used the "strips" from the 6x6 papers "Happy Holidays" and the red strip with white scallops on this card - love using up all the "bits"

This card was one of the last ones I created - as you can see using the "scraps" of patterned papers...


I knew "Merry Christmas" wouldn't look right all in one line on the banner, so I've put Merry at the top and then christmas on the actual banner. I have then used the chipboard stars to cover the blank bits so that it doesn't look bare...

Last tip - Use the word stickers as part of your greeting

I hope you're feeling inspired and want to give Hand-Made Christmas Cards a go! They are really so much fun once you get started! I really can't believe I managed 13 - and that was just in a couple of sessions of creating! Too easy! And I am sure your friends and family will be thrilled to receive a handmade card just from you!

Happy Card-Making!

xo Charm

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

December Challenge #1


All of the criteria for our first challenge is now ready for you to complete your layout.

You have until the 31st of December to link it to the December Challenge 1 linky on the side bar

Challenge #1
  • Day 1 - use ONE photo
  • Day 2 - you need TWO word title
  • Day 3 -  you need THREE embellishments
  • Day 4 -  you need FOUR papers
It is a 1,2,3,4 challenge and you MUST have each days criteria on your project but you can add other items.
As with each month one lucky person will win a $20 SFS Voucher
 
BUT there is a BONUS $30 to another lucky entrant who completes all the challenges.
 Happy Scrapping!

WOW! Using Snap Cards on Layouts - Kel



Hi there,

Today I am sharing a couple of pages I have created using Sn@p cards. These do not have to only be used on Project Life pages, you can also incorporate them onto your traditional scrapbook pages.

This first page uses cards from the "Family" range..


 And a close-up..you can see here I have cut the little house and mason jar from other cards..


On this next page, I have cut from these "love" range cards..


And I created a page of my hubby and I on our wedding day..




So there you have it... why not have a go and incorporating your Sn@p, Smash or Project Life cards onto your layouts?

Thanks for stopping by
Kel :)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

DECEMBER Challenges @ SFS


This month we are going to have a bit of fun with something different for you to play with.

As well as an extra prize!!

As with each month one lucky person will win a $20 SFS Voucher
 
BUT there is a BONUS $30 to another lucky entrant who completes all the challenges.

There will be 4 challenges - one every 5 days - each challenge will have 4 days of criteria that you are required to use.

It is a 1,2,3,4 challenge and you MUST have each days criteria on your project but you can add other items.

Stay tuned for the 1st December Challenge coming soon!
                             

Who is ready for Christmas to arrive? 

We here at SFS are ready to 
GIVE to YOU this Christmas.

Yes, once again the 12 days of Xmas will be here at SFS starting today - 
WOOHOO - everyone loves a present!

Each day we will offer you 'a gift' from us.
Lets enjoy the festive season
Pop over to the shop or our Facebook page everyday to see what present we have for you. 

 PLEASE NOTE - here's the fine print

***If you would like to accumulate your orders don't add freight and put a comment in the notes.
***Once you have placed all the orders you wish over the next 12 days I will contact you with a combined freight cost [sometimes this will exceed the flat rate due to weight].





If you have any questions don't hesitate to email me at peta@scrapbookingfromscratch.com


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What's on Wednesday from Donna and Peta


Last weekend we packed the shop into Barry, for our last retreat for the year, and headed off to the beautiful Stanwell Tops. The venue was fantastic, and those Scrap Girls certainly know how to run a retreat... and WOW the food was amazing!

While we were at the retreat we got a delivery of the new Simple Stories 'Daily Grind' kit. 
We couldn't wait to have a play!


Here are some of our layouts that we have done, and we have lots of the kit left for many more.







You can find the kit here!