Once upon a sketch saying goodbye

I was so sad to learn earlier this month that one of the best challenge sites was finishing up - Once Upon a Sketch.  I can fully respect and understand Nadia's decision though and I'm sure wonderful inspiration will continue to be around on the net.

I want to take a minute to thank Nadia for a wonderful and inspiring challenge site.  I have often loved to play along but due to other commitments just haven't had the time.  There are so many talented scrapbookers that have designed for the site, been a guest or taken part.  There has always been so much on offer to get the mojo flowing, not to mention the wonderful sponsors that make these sites a little extra fun to play along.

I haven't had much time again this month to play along but today after spending time at the beach with my boys, coming back and playing with them I sat down for a little me time and scrapbooked one of the photos from the day.  I was really inspired by the challenge, and it was so fitting with the prompt being 'December' as this is the time we get to go away as a family and have a REAL holiday.  I cherish this time taking the kids to new places, exploring, making wonderful memories and also having some much needed relax time, and this picture is just one example of the fun we have.

Here is my layout:

I stayed quite true to the sketch but as I didn't have any flowers with me in the caravan I used embellishments and twine to help me keep the design elements happening along with the sketch.  My other challenge was realising I didn't have any texture paste and I really wanted to add some texture into my background, so instead I used carpet tape and coated it with a layer of gesso after removing the plastic backing and adhering it to the background.  The crafter's workshop stencil TCW496 was just perfect to finish off my page and the other design elements of the sketch.

Here is the challenge sketch:

Some detail pictures so you can get up and close to the page.

I used lots of different products on this page:

  • The Crafter's Workshop stencil - Sea Creatures
  • Bazzill Card Shoppe collection - Marshmallow cardstock
  • Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Gelatos in mint and butterscotch
  • Kaisercraft 'Sandy Toes' collectables
  • carpet tape
  • My mind's Eye enamel dots
  • natural twine
  • Craft Queen wood embellishments
  • Scrapmatts chipboard word
  • Coloured hessian
  • gesso
Hope you enjoyed my share today of my scrappy antics in the caravan on our holidays

Happy Crafting and thanks for stopping by.  


Merry Christmas!!
I hope you had a lovely day celebrating this special day wherever you were.

I am so excited to be sharing another project for Ruby Rock-it.

I love the Country Cookin' collection and today with a Thanksgiving theme I wanted to share with you a project I created to keep something I am very thankful for close to my heart.  Although my husband's mum is no longer with us I am thankful everyday for the recipes from my husband's childhood she shared with me in the years before her passing as well as the hand written recipes we have to cherish in our home.  It is so nice to have a lovely place to hang some of these keeping her close to our heart through the beautiful memories.

Ruby Rock-it Supplies used:
Country Cookin' CIN83 Die Cuts
Country Cookin' CIN90 3D Stickers

Other Supplies Used:
Cosmo Cricket Project hanger

It really came together rather quickly and here are some detail pictures so that you can get up and close to the project.

I'm sure this oven mitten was MADE for my project!  

I hope you enjoyed my share today and I have inspired you with my project

Happy Crafting!

It's Christmas Day here and as part of Ruby Rock-it's countdown to Christmas (my post going live on Christmas Eve over in the US) I created this elegant Christmas card without actually using Christmas themed paper.

Products Used:
Bella 'Year in Review' collection papers
CIN176 - Country Cookin Tag pack
Bella bling and lace border

Preferred Partner Products used:
Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia S5-055

Here are some more pics so you can get up nice and close

I hope you enjoyed my share today and I might have helped you out in creating a quick last minute card!

Hi Everyone I am so excited to share with you my first project on the Chameleon Blog!  I have had lots of fun with the Color Tones Pens already and I'll even share a link to my first project created with them recently on my own blog at the bottom of this post.

For this card I decided to colour this sweet image.   I teamed up the coloured image with divine Spellbinders - Opulent Ovals die set and beautiful pattern papers finished off with bright and cheery Manor House flowers.

 Here is a nice detail shot for you as well

I am by far no colouring expert, but enjoyed how quick and easy the pens made colouring this image.

I recently made another card which I shared on my blog.  If you missed it, head on over here to check it out.  I even have a video showing how it came together if you are curious to see these new pens in action!

I hope you enjoyed my share today and that you get to have a little fun playing with this awesome pens.

xxxBeck BT

Creative Cards with Ruby Rock-it

Hi it's Beck BT here today and I am so excited to be sharing with you some delightful feminine cards created using the Heritage collection.

I adore how easy this collection is to work with especially when it comes to making cards!

Here are 3 cards I created each showing how enhancing the papers with some of the dimensional stickers can really make those cards stand out.

Products Used:
Heritage Collection Pattern Papers

Preferred Partner Products used:
Spellbinders Back to Basic Tags die set S4-367

I hope you enjoyed my share today and I inspired to to go out and create some fun cards!

A Snowy wedding

Hi Everyone it has been pretty crazy here as always at this time of year for me, but I have taken a little time out to play along with some friends using the new A Gilded Life Beacon St. Chapel die set.
This set is so darn cute!  I have so many ideas for it, but I thought my first go would be to create an accompanying piece to my Snowman display - I collect them and have SO many.  It doesn't snow here, so while I dream of one day experiencing my 'White Christmas' I have them out instead!

The theme for mine is 'A Snowy Wedding' for these two love birds!

I used some Kaisercraft paper from their 'Just Believe' collection, white glitter cardstock and to finish it off I added the perfect embellishment one of the Gilded Life Relics A pieces - the cross.

Some of my fellow designers on the Spellbinders team have played along too, so if you would like to see some other decorating ideas for this cute item check them out!  Each is different and oh so divine!

Hope you enjoyed my little share today getting into the Christmas Spirit!