Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fun Ahead - WCMD

So the reason behind this card may be a little bit my cryptic then the others...

It is a girl baby shower card. I wasn't sure what sentiment to use until I found my Chic Tags 'Cloud 9' goodies. I think "Goodness Me Oh My! - Fun Ahead" sums up whats coming pretty well.

This card was based on the sketch from Jenessa for the WCMD blog hop at My Scraps & More.

It took me an stupidly long time to get this bow right, but I think it was worth it.
I added the fussy cut rattle to ensure my meaning got across.

I'm pretty sure the receiver will appreciate the humor behind this card.
XoXoX Nicole

2 Today - WCMD

I really have been enjoying my ventures into card making and in this last week November has suddenly become very booked. So I'm getting prepared early.

This card will be going to a two year old boy (hopefully that doesn't surprise you).

The design came from Wendi's sketch for the WCMD blog hop at My Scraps & More

The lumpy boarder (the official name is escaping me atm) was created by punching small circles from 3 Bella Blvd papers, sticking them in a row then placing the car strip over one half of them.

The stars and letters were also punched from the same papers. While the cupcake was fussy cut then backed on white and  the 2 candle was cut free hand.

Hopefully the boy will like his card, ha, ok, hopefully his parents will! Lets face it, he just wants the prezzie!
XoXoX Nicole

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fabulous Darling - D-lish Scraps

With this layout a got a bit messy. Loved it! It came together super quickly (for me at least).

Oh So Fabulous Darling

I took inspiration for this page from the October Inspiration Board at D-Lish Scraps, another first time participate for this month.

I took a lot of inspiration form this one. First and foremost, the colours. I began the page by dripping a paint brush into the dylusions ink sprays green, pink and blue then added some spots of black too.

I did a quick round up of papers matching these colours and cut small strips laying them over the ink.

I couldn't resist adding these sunnies after noticing some in the board too.

Next I took the title directly from the inspiration board, all-be-it a bit sarcastically.
The washi tape down the sides could not be a more perfect match to the colour scheme.

After quickly jotting down the story at the bottom. The page was down. Yay for quick satisfying pages.
XoXoX Nicole

Monday, October 27, 2014

Thank You - WCMD

So I have been at it again and created another card. It really does feel good to give someone something you have created yourself. And these are by far my favourite type to give.

I was torn when I began this card. I wanted it to be bright (like always) but really wanted to use the dated looking thank you seal stamp. I finally found my answer in a super old Echo Park collection which was both of these things and I choose almost primary colour combo.

Armed with the above sketch from Nadine at My Scraps & More the card come together very quickly. I substituted the buttons for extra 'thank you' stickers because I am very very thankfully to this person.

I hope to make more cards as an occasion arises.
XoXoX Nicole

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Big Sister - WW1

So my layout count for the month is a bit low so far. And this layout I share today is the reason. I spent a looooonng time on it and not for an obvious result.

Big Sister In Training

 The photo was taken in December 2012 not long after I discovered that bub #2 (now known commonly as Jayce) was on the way. Chloe loved (at still does) caring for her babies, giving them bottles, cuddles and tucking them into 'bed'. I used this photo to document about her super nice/caring nature and our confidence that she was going to be a great big sister.

I have once again taken on the White With 1 challenge, this time very happily as it is my favourite colour! Radiant Orchid aka purple!
Although it seems that the wider scrapping community does not sure my love for it. Very few companies produce anything purple (I have actually emailed a few on this topic) and many blog scraps recently have mentioned their dislike for it.

The hold up with this layout was not my usual issue, hesitation to cut the pretty paper, as it is mainly strips of scrap paper from various companies. It was the stitching. Although the papers were all purple they were many different tones and were in need of something to unify them. I decided on stitching which seemed like a simple yet effective solution, until my sewing machine decided to play silly-buggers on me.
Hence most of the stitching was done by hand. Wow was it time consuming!

The star and heart are hand made embellishments from the super generous and talented Charmane from Charms Creations.

Now that it is finally complete and my fingers have stopped bleeding hopefully I can quickly create some more layouts before the month is out.
XoXoX Nicole

P.S. I already have an idea for the next WW1 and I don't even know the colour yet. I believe it has become my favourite monthly challenge.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Gammy & Gunnie - SUYS

So I am finally sharing a layout that has actually been finished for over a week now.
It just kept floating around my desk, getting moved to and fro, as I just wasn't 100% happy with it. To be honest I still feel that something might be missing.

Gammy & Gunnie

This month I discovered a new-to-me challenge blog, Show Us Your Stuff, which provides a piece of inspiration (sketch/mood board) and asks that you use a hand made item on the page. Octobers challenge is the sketch below.

I LOVE this sketch. It was an absolute MUST for this month. The handmade item included is a flair button from APOCD. 

It was this section in the picture above that was giving me the drama while completing the page, not sure if it is still missing something...

The journaling has been hand written with a white pen and tells the story of the nicknames and love from my aunt and uncle to my daughter Chloe. I thought it was about time I started scrapping the other people in my kiddos lives. Many of them are just as important if not more. And they are two extremely loved little people.

The flower is an old blossom from Bella Blvd and all the papers are also Bella Blvd, the Family Forever collection, rather fitting hey.

Thanks for popping in. Hope you like the page. I intend to create many more on Chloe and Jayces extended family, even the non related ones.
XoXoX Nicole.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Our Lil Bub - Scrap & Play

After an enjoyable venture into the card making word, I am back with the usual, a bright layout of my kiddies.

Our Lil Bub

Surprise. Surprise. This layout has been inspired by a sketch. This time from Scrap & Play a fairly new scrapbooking challenge blog. The challenges vary from colour combos, words plays and sketches. Challenge #11 is the sketch below.

For this layout I have used only Bella Blvd. 90% from the Molly collection. I was totally shocked to discover that I had not used ANY of it yet. Well that certainly had to be fixed!

I fiddled with different supplies to create the 'banners' behind the photo strip from the sketch, I considered paper strips, washi tape, flowers and finally decided on the feathers. Thought it was something new to try and had the perfect colours to match Chloes dress.

Also because of the dress I had to include at least one flower. The Baby Blooms from Bella Blvd where again just perfect for the page.

I didn't have a title in mind when I created the page, so it was a last minute. The 'everyday girl' die cut was again just what the page needed, as these are just photos of Chloe that I like.

Thanks for checking out my layout.
XoXoX Nicole.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Thinking of You - WCMD

So this card was the first one I did today. And it changed design and meaning about 15 times. Eventually I just stuck it down and moved on.

Also based on the My Scraps & More WCMD Blog Hop this sketch is from Lisa.

The heart is three vellum hearts on top of one another to give it a some depth.

Well thats all the cards for now. Although I am currently undecided weather I should go to bed or squeeze out another... We will see.
XoXoX Nicole

You're My Fav - WCMD

Have another card to share, I think this one might be my favourite...

Once again I turned to the My Scraps & More WCMD Blog Hop. This time the sketch from Tracey R's blog

I have used a bunch of old Bella Blvd cardstocks for this one. Dark blue is not normally a colour I would use and did mean I had to decorate the inside too, but the effect is well worth it.

One more left...
XoXoX Nicole

You're The Best - WCMD

Back with another thank you card from today.

 This card was based on the My Scraps & More WCMD Blog Hop sketch from Michelles blog.

It is amazing what a black pen can do.

More coming...
XoXoX Nicole

Thank You - WCMD

So I loved making *this* card the other day. It felt good. Today a managed to find myself with a little (very little) bit of spare time!!! I know, crazy right? That never happens!! So put it to good use making some more.

I took inspiration from the sketch by Missy Whidden (a scrapper I have been blog stalking for awhile now, love her stuff!) for the My Scraps & More WCMD Blog Hop.

The card started with the 'flower'. It is actually two layers of colourful hearts which I cut out using my aunties Cricut a very long time ago (I knew I would use anything heart shaped eventually).
However I used so many colours in the flower I didn't leave any for the background, vellum to the rescue! I'm so glad it is coming back 'in'. I love the subtle effect it gives.

Thanks for dropping by. More cards yet to come!
XoXoX Nicole.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Positive Thoughts - WCMD

Happy World Card Making Day my friends in the blog-o-sphere!
Unfortunately yesterday I received some rather sad news which left me wishing I could do something, anything, to help. And unfortunately it is one of those situation where there isn't really anything you can do but just let the people know your there and thinking of them.
So in the spirit of today, I decided to make a card.

I made this decision about 5 minutes before my chance to visit them. So reached for the internet to inspire me. I found this sketch at Tracey F's blog for the My Scraps & More WCMD Blog Hop.

Armed with the sketch I merely rummaged through my scraps stash and the card was finished in a matter of minutes. I've used chevron patterned paper strips and washi tape all from Bella Blvd.

I do wish I took a little more care writing the sentiment and had I more time I probably would have outlined the strips with black pen. Oh well, next time.

I also put a strip of washi tape through the middle on the cards inside with positive quotes from Hazek & Ruby.
The card is not perfect but I think it did its job. I hope to make more cards in the not too distant future! 
XoXoX Nicole