Scrapbooking Challenge

Yes, that’s right, I have finally been doing some scrapbooking!
The reason being, that I have been invited to be part of a Design Team for Stick it Down.

Here is the sketch for this month’s Double page layout.


And I made it really hard on myself this month, by choosing to make my layout a remembrance layout for my beautiful niece, Jacqui, who passed away back in December last year.

I have used pretty pinks, since Jacqui was definitely a pink girl, the background papers are some I found in my extensive stash!  I have created a pocket behind the photo panel on the right hand page by stitching around the panel, so that I can store the booklet from the funeral behind the photo panel.  I have also stitched around the outside edge of the background papers.  All of the stitching was done on my trusty sewing machine.
Then I have used lots of the gorgeous swirly flourishes, die cut from white cardstock using the Flourish Thinlits Die.
Here are the pages individually……

I hope you will check out all the gorgeous layout inspiration at Stick it Down.
Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Stamping!
Chris

Remembrance Day Projects

Just reminder of the fabulous challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges this week, don’t be scared of this one, there are so many possibilities……. just make something to remember someone by.

Here is a Scrapbook page that I have made using a really old photo of my Mum when she was very young and my Grandma, just a lovely way to remember two wonderful people who had a huge influence in my creativity.

Lots of goodies out of my stash in this page, including some gorgeous crocheted lace which I think was originally in my Mum’s stash of crafting goodies.

And I couldn’t resist the temptation to do a little more colouring with my Blendabilities, so thought I would make a Poppy themed card.

I didn’t own a Poppy stamp, so went looking around online and found this lovely image which I downloaded, printed and then coloured.

So please come and join in, we love to see what wonderful creations you have come up with.  And you can also check out what the rest of the Design Team for created for your inspiration.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

MDS Pages

As promised, here are some of the pages I have been putting together using My Digital Studio (MDS).  I have certainly been learning a lot as I go!

These first two use a photo as a background.

 

For the third page, I have created my own background paper, then coloured in the flower and butterfly images.

 

If you would like more information about MDS, please feel free to contact me.

Happy stamping!
Chris

A Scrap Page….

… finally!!  Yes, I finally started and completed a scrap page today.
In the last two years I have only done one scrap page and even that one I wasn’t particularly happy with.  My mojo has been completely lost when it came to scrapping, but today I decided it was time…. yep, time to force myself to make just one page.

This is the thing I love so much about Stampin’ Up!, everything is so well coordinated that it makes it just so much easier to make something quickly and easily without too much difficulty (unless your mojo is MIA), so once I got into the swing of it, things fell into place pretty easily.  What do you think…..?

I have used the Comfort Cafe Designer Series Papers for this page, and just matched up the colours for my card stock, except for the base which is Sahara Sand.  And keeping in line with my obsession with paper piercing I have used the template to pierce some circles – I like the contrast of the different shapes and geometrical patterns.
This page is 8 x 8 inches, and because I have used a smaller size for this page, I didn’t want to have journalling visible, so I have cut a tag using the Two Tags Die, layered some vanilla card stock on top and attached some Linen Thread. And yes, even the journalling is finished!
Did you realise that if you turned those pieces of patterned paper over, it would make a lovely feminine page?  Stampin’ Up! are so clever at this stuff…… 🙂

I just wanted to thank all of you for the lovely messages about my mishap on the weekend, my thumb is fine and healing up nicely, although still quite painful.  Not painful enough to stop me from stamping though 🙂  Thanks again, I really appreciate your kind thoughts.

Well, you never know, I just may have turned the scrapping corner, and you may just get to see a few more of these soon 🙂
Happy stamping!
Chris

Scrapbooking again

Yes, I have finally started to do some scrapbooking again, after well over a year of being scrapbook-less.?.?..  either through complete lack of inspiration or just the need to do other things. 
I have used a sketch challenge from Our Creative Corner for my scrapbook page today.  I think I will have to make a card using this sketch too!
I am doing a set of pages looking back on all of the things that we have been through, both positive and negative, over the past 12 months, so most of the journalling will be out of sight. 
Once again I have used the Everyday Enchantment DSP for this page, and also the Fresh Vintage stamp set. 

We are in the process of moving house at present, so there may be some gaps in blogging for a couple of weeks, but I intend to keep stamping and scrapping in between days of moving and cleaning, so I will try to keep posting my creations.
Happy stamping!
Chris
PS Here is the sketch:

Ferris Wheel Scrapbook Page

Just a very short post today, but I wanted to share with you a scrapbook page uses some of the elements from one of Stampin’ Ups fantastic Simply Sent kits.  The kits are designed for making cards with, but it’s always good to see a different way of using things.  The Simply Sent kits are a wonderful way to get started in cardmaking if you are a beginner, or if you like to have things pre-cut and ready to make into cards.  So just send me an email if you would like to order one, (they are on Page 141 of the IB&C) and don’t forget that if you place an order of $100 or more between now and 31st March, you can have your choice of one of four limited edition stamp sets FREE. It’s a good time to build up some stamping supplies.

Cardstock: Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Whisper White.

Accessories: Rock Star Simply Sent Card Elements Kit, Corner Rounder Punch, computer and printer for journalling.

And that’s it! Pretty easy, huh?

Artwork copyright Chris Parker-Barnes
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