The last time I participated in TCR challenges was back in June with the color palette #64. Hmm I guess I have some catching up to do ;)
Here's the palette #85
Raspberry, white, fuscia, sunflower. Yummy colors. I picked a photo of me and C.D. Muckosky when she was a guest at our house with her sweet hubby Cam back in June 2008. We had a wonderful time and she taught me some crafty tricks;)
Used a Crafter's Worksop stencil and glimmer mist, book pages, acrylic paint, some stamping, melted some wax from old crayons, stitched around the blotches of melted wax, added washi tape and Tim's tissue tape, adhered 3 buttons and the title and called it quits;)
Here's a detailed shot of the branch I stitched on the layout.
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Anja's Poster challenge was next. She has a whole section of gig posters on Pininterest and I chose this one as my inspiration:
and made the following layout of Kristina and Matteo.
Then Vicki Boutin's sketch challenge.
Here's my take on it:
I made a very simple background because I wanted all the attention to go the eyes and the catchlights.
For Lisa's Creative Labels challenge we were given some inspirational photos and were asked to use labels/tags on our layout.
I used a cut tag, a journaling spot and a real label on the journaling spot. The photo was taken in Athens last April.
Kim's Repurposed Challenge was fun. She challenged us to come up with new creative ways to use up scrapbooking waste.
For the flower I used the acrylic packaging of some of Tim Holtz's embellies. I inked book pages with Distress Inks, glued the page to the underside of the packaging, passed it through Cuttlebug with Tim's Alternation Die "Tattered Flower" and assembled the flower using a pencil to curl the petals. In the center I glued a Prima vintage button. I also used a piece of Prima packaging on the left side of the page.
I created the pink splashes and the darker brown ones on the page melting crayons. Learned that trick from Mou Saha at Pacs Paris a year ago;)
The photo is of Kristina's 8th birthday. I had ordered a huge cake for 25 people and then Kristina contracted rosolia (rubella, German measles) 2 days before her birthday. Had to cancel the party but the cake was already ordered so we had it made, took some pictures and ate the cake for a WEEK!
This is my take on Amy Tangerine's Stitched Words challenge:
Just love how this turned out. I hand stitched the title and around the 2 stars. The light blue star has faux stitching. I used a brick stencil, splashed some cobalt and dark grey ink, stamped yet another star with Dina Wakley's new stamps (yummy!!!) and added some paper and text strips. Love this shot of Andrea which I took in early October.
Sharmaine's Jams & Jellies challenge was based on different color palettes. I chose this one:
We had to use at leas 4 of the colors + we were allowed to use white, kraft or black.
Here's my page about my splendid sandals. They are so comfy I can wear them all day.
My background paper is off white but it looks almost cream...
And then to Julie Fei Fan Balzer's Hand written challenge which I absolutely loved.
I've wanted to try the wire flower ever since I first saw Donna Downey use it. This was the perfect time: I wrote inside the petal in Italian "m'ama, non m'ama" which means "he loves me, he loves me not" and luckily for me, there was an uneven number of petals so the result was that he loves me
I made this on heavy watercolor paper which takes well different media without warping. I used gesso, book paper, watered down acrylic paint and mists, a stencil with Distress Ink, a background stamp with Archival Ink (love the new Plum) and some washi tape, random rub-ons and Jenni Bowlin's cute little butterflies.
The next challenge I tackled was Alissa's decoupage challenge. I mod podged (it's not a verb, I know) some phone book papers on my background paper, painted, used a Crafter's Wordshop stencil with Distress Ink, splashed some color, attached my photo, stitched through my title and around the edges and broke into tears doing the journaling.
The photo is of Andrea taken a year ago right before I flew to Finland to be with my mom for the week that turned out to be her last one. The journaling says: "We took this photo of you right before I left. You wanted Mummu (Grandma) to see a happy picture of you. Actually you look a little bit like an elf with that red and grey sweater of yours. Mummu was happy to see your photo and longed to embrace you once more before she left. Know that she loved you to pieces."
Danielle's Clothing challenge consisted in using a piece of clothing (she gave 3 options) as your inspiration and make a holiday card.
I was inspired by this garment:
and this is my card:
I made a template and used various shades of green of Distress Inks applied with a blending tool. I thought this was quite a cool challenge because I hardly ever do cards.
Lisa's Home Baked challenge was next.
You need to add the following ingredients to your LO:
FLOUR - Something white SUGAR - Something that sparkles BERRIES - Something red or pink AND LET IT RISE - Add some texture
and we had to answer at least three different questions about us (she gave a list).
sparkle: on the rim of the round stamp and at the center of my home made paper flower there's some sparkle. Below some detailed shots.
red or pink: the background paper
texture: gesso, gauze, some punched out paper gessoed onto the background, random stitching
journaling: a list of things about me and my faves
So far this is my favorite layout.
I used one of the graffiti backgrounds for Emily's Knit and Crocher challenge. The requirements were to use holes, a grid and some yarn or twine on the layout.
I used a stencil for the grid and the circles (and added some modeling paste with another stencil) and then stapled some yellow and orange twine onto the background. I love how this turned out.
I took a looooong break from scrapping. The last layout I made was at the end of July/beginning of August and then life just got in the way ;)
Now I'm back with a vengeance! The perfect opportunity to get my creative juices flowing was the online crop at Cocoa Daisy this past weekend. I started slowly and tentatively but got into full gear by Sunday evening and have been scrapping ever since, two layouts a day.
I guess I was just so "saturated" with all the layouts I had created since February that I needed the break. I was completely happy not scrapping but now that the mojo is back, I'm more than thrilled to keep creating.
Without further ado, here are the first layouts I created for the different challenges at Cocoa Daisy. We have time to complete the challenges until Sunday night.
The first one I completed was Typography by Ali Edwards. The challenge was to Go big with your type.
Some gesso and mists on kraft, some beautiful washi tapes, stamps, machine stitching
Then on Saturday I participated in the one-hour-challenge: use lines, some kind of stationary (paper clips, hole punch, pin, staples), a list as your journaling
This is my take:
Next I went to town with Ronda's quilting challenge where I used gesso, mists, stencils, Distress Inks, ink and Faber Castel's Gelatos, and circles as inspiration (there were various quilts with pinwheels, hexagonal shapes, stripes, circles etc)
( I "scraplifted" for this layout my own stencil album's covers that I created a while back)
The next challenge was Kim's machine stitching challenge. Here's my take:
Mists, stamping, some washi tape and Tim's tissue tape, and random stitching.
On Sunday I ventured into some graffiti painting after Denise's Graffiti 101 class. These are the backgrounds I came up with:
This one I like as is.
You have to wait until tomorrow when I'll show you how I used this one in one of the challenges.
I wasn't happy with this one - it looks like there's some kind of rash or measles outbreak going on - so I gessoed it and added some purple color wash. I have no picture to show you yet but it's definitely more to my liking now.