Tuesday, 22 November 2016

ARTastic November Challenge

I needed to get some more scrapping done, I really wanted to finish the layouts for my daughter before baby Squirtle arrived but after this one I still have 8 to go so I have packed 1 bag of supplies to take with me in case I get a chance to scrap.
I gave myself a few 20 minutes on Sunday and 30 on Monday to finish this layout for ARTastic November Challenge.  Using the second baby bump photo.

I started by pulling out embellishments that they artwork had me drawn to, including vintage white and blue lace from my Mum's sewing stash, a piece of vintage doily that reminds me of leaves, these cute Apricot flowers and sky blue crocheted heart from D-lish Scraps, this cute heart from Charms Creations, some vintage metal buttons, Kaisercraft white mini roses, blue mini roses from the cheap shop and this cute blue paper flower that I got at the Destash Market (it is the only one like it in the entire pack of flowers and it is perfect for this layout).
I used a TCW stencil designed by Gabrielle Pollacco and Mister Huey's Color Mist in Warm Calico as the artwork has a tree trunk in the top left corner so I decided to add something brown as I don't have any tree trunk stencils or stamps I used a leafy vine.
I wanted to Gesso the page after doing this so I could experiment with that effect, I applied the Gesso in a thin layer over the section of the stenciling I wanted to show and thicker elsewhere in random strokes.
I then used Distress Stain in Tumbled Glass and Mister Huey's Color Mist in Powder Blue with water to get the rest of the colour I needed.

The Charms Creations heart and D-lish Scraps heart work wo well together.
I love the vintage lace from Mum's stash.   I am really loving including Mum's sewing supplies in my scrapbooking.
This piece of doily is just so lovely.
The flower has a lovely blending of blues in the centre.
I love this cute vintage button.  I have only 1 left now.
I like how the leaves on teh vine turned out.
Papers used include scraps from My Mind's Eye Collectable "Unforgettable" 6x6 paper pad that Heike gave me for my Birthday.  Thank you Heike I am getting so much use out of this wonderful paper pad.
I have also used a scrap from a background I did for a layout in April that I was unable to share the finished layout online, I did share a close up of the background  on my Facebook and Instagram.
I am really happy with the results of this layout and can't wait to give this album to my daughter.
Are you participating in any challenges this month?

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Giveaway Time

I am so excited to be doing a GIVEAWAY.

There is a minimum $45 value of craft supplies in this Giveaway so far, I planning on adding more.

This giveaway is all about my celebrating passing milestones on each of my social media and I love getting feedback from you even if it is just a smiley face so I want you to engage with my social media

Here are the rules.
Head to my Facebook and please like the page and then like, comment and share My Giveaway Post
There you have entered.

Here are the ways you can earn bonus entries.

On my blog please subscribe and comment on posts, I love getting feedback from you.  You get an entry for each post you comment on.

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On my Instagram please follow me and then like, share with the hashtag #dyspraxicorganisedscrappergiveaway and tag a friend in the comments of my Giveaway Photo.

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Bonus entries for liking, commenting and sharing other posts on my Facebook page.

I have tried to make sure everyone can enter by running this accross 4 different social media platforms and my blog, so there are plenty of ways for you to earn entries.

I look forward to getting your entries.

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This prize will be drawn when my Facebook Page reaches 300 likes.
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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

D-lish Scraps November 2016 Moodboard

I absolutely love this month's D-lish Scraps Inspiration Board and Just Add Paper Kit as they feature my 2 favourite colours and it was perfect for doing another layout in my daughter's pregnancy album.
My daughter's album is a 8x8 so there is the added challenge of limited space when creating but I love the results.

The flowers and doily in the  Peacock Paradise kit are just stunning.
The kit worked beautifully with bits from 2 previous kits, Berry Blast and Plus One.

I wanted this layout to coordinate with my layout for Aussie Crafter's June Challenge so I used scraps of the papers I used on that layout.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Super Mario Party

Mr E asked for a Super Mario Party  6 days before his party, I had to DIY everything as nothing is available locally or use non-themed items.
While scrolling for inspiration Mr E spotted some cute invites, check out my post I did for the 20 Exploding Box Super Mario Invites.
I decided to take photos once everything was set up so unfortunately that means I don't have many photos suitable for this post as the day of his party wound up being the hottest day this Spring, with very high humidity and very strong winds.  The strongest gust hit just after I hung the Pinata and it snapped the zip-tie that the Pinata was hanging by, my decorations blew away within minutes of my hanging them as it hit just after I hung my decorations, it even blew a entire pack of straws off the  table, it blew bowls of food off the table, etc and then it calmed down a little but I was not hanging decorations or setting things up again to have them blow away again.
Hubby stayed home keeping the Pirana kebabs, Power Stars and Cake in the fridge as long as possible while I set up, once the cake arrived the icing started to melt, so we did cake early and the icing liquified as the kids ate it.  It was a lot of messy fun.
So I am including what photos I can and I will link to the Pinteres posts that inspired me and to the free downloads I used.

I loved the idea of Green Pipes as table decorations and the one on the right would be perfect to put the Pirana Kebabs in (put a freezer bag in first for food hygiene purposes).
Not sure if it is the humidity here butthe paint bubbled.
Here is the Pin that inspired me.

My Pirana Plant Kebabs did not last long enough for me to get a photo, I didn't even get them into the pipe as the kids loved them, 30 were eaten with great enthusiasm within minutes of them arriving from the fridge. For mine I removed the leaves, cut a knotch out of the tip of each strawberry and I only put 5 grapes on each stick so the kids would have a good sized handle to hold.

The Water Bottle Labels were a hit with the kids.
You can find the free prinatable and lots of other great free printables Here.

I loved the idea of using Yellow Plates as Coins hanging with fishing line that I found several Pins of and it took some effore to find round yellow plates here but unfortunately the wind did not agree with the idea.

My poor melting cake.  My friend who does stunning cakes for us was not able to do a cake for Mr E this year so I gave it a go, I used to do cake decorating before my hands got really bad and I certainly can't do cakes the way I used to but I was happy with my Toady/Power Star themed cake until the heat started melting it before I could get a good photo.
The kids loved the gooey mess.

Using a recipe for Rice Bubble treats I learnt off my Grade 5 teacher and adding some Yellow Food Colouring I made some Power Stars, I was inspired by the treats at the bottom right of this Pin.  We have plent left over as they weren't as big of a hit as the Pirana Plant Kebabs.

I was also inspired to make some Toady Marshmallow Pops but unfortunately my hand started to reall play up so my Toady Pops didn't have white dots just red chocolate tops, they were delicious and eaten before I could take a photo.

For the Loot Bags I grabbed these paper bags from The Reject Shop, solid colour bags were not available locally so I had to go with stripes.  I printed the M on some standard printer paper, cut them out with my circle cutter and adhereed them.

I didn't put a lot in as the Pinata had 750grams of lollies in and we were expecting only 10 kids including our 2 so I didn't want to put too much in the loot bags so  they  would have room to put their Pinata lollies they hadn't eaten in.  I included some Mustache stickers and chocolate coins for a Mario themed treat but added some standard party goodies to the bags also.

The Pinata was a Silver Star from Kmart (wish it was gold) and it was really strong, in the end we had 12 kids attend, each child had 3 whacks at it and it didn't brake, the kids wound up having to rip it apart and one boy had a ball running away with it with lollies dropping as he went with the rest of the kids chasing him, it was all in good fun and just him being funny and they all loved it.

Next year I think we will definately have the party at home or I will take photos at home before setting things up.

Super Mario was a fun theme to work with, I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Super Mario Brothers Birthday Invites

Mr E has been rather indecisive regarding his 10th Birthday Party and with just 6 days to go asked for a Super Mario Party, I was planning on just doing basic invites up quickly now that I finally had a guest list from him but as I scrolled Pinterest for DIY decoration inspiration Mr E spotted these cute exploding box invites as he looked over my shoulder and asked me to make 20 while he was at school that day so he could hand them out the next morning.
I went with simple decoration on the invites due to the limited time I had to create them, the kids loved them and were so excited to recieve them from Mr E.

Here are the cutting and scoring measurements but I recommend watching the below video to see how the process worked.
Cut the cardstock to 9 1/2 x 6 3/4 inch. 
Score at half inch on one side then flip and score ever 2 1/4 inch. Turn 90 degrees and score every 2 1/4.
Then selectively cut on the score lines to get the needed shape.

I don't think I will get much scrapping done this week but I am looking forward to creating things that suit a party in a park that are Super Mario themed.

November List of Challenges

Welcome to another month of stunning scrapbooking challenges from so many wonderful places.  Make sure you follow the links and read the rules for the Challenges you want to particpate in.

I will update this list throughout the month as Challenges become available or I find Challenges I was unaware of or get permission from Challenges I am awaiting permission to include.  Some Challenges are not available until the 5th, 10th or the 21st of the month so make sure you check back for more fantastic Chalenges.

Please if there are any Challenges you are aware of that I have missed let me know.
I am really loving participating in Challenges, it is getting me to craft more often, to do projects I may otherwise save to do later, and some there is the added challenge of completing them when I have limited supplies that meet the requirements but that just adds to the fun.

So now for the list, I will provide a link to each challenge that has a direct link for it and either their Facebook page, website, shop, whichever is appropriate so you have all the details you could possibly need.

Those that are in a Facebook Group I will link to the group, please contact admins of the group to let them know you are joining to participate in the challenges or look at the challenges as some admins have requested this due to the waiting list. 

Off the Rails Scrapbooking has a colourful moodboard this month.  Here is their Facebook Group.  Make sure you check their blog for the rules of their Challenges.

White with 1 is a lovely shade of blue this month this will be fun to play with.  Here is their  Facebook Page. 

ARTastic Challenge Blog has a lovely artwork as usual for you to be inspired by.  Here is their Facebook Page.

Scrap the Boys has a great prompt to inspire you this month.  Here is a link to their Facebook Page.
Make sure you check their blog for the rules of their Challenges.

Pixels and Paper has a lovely inspiring photo to get your creating this month.  Here is their Facebook Page.

Scrap the Girls has a lovelyt Sketch this mont.  Check the blog for inspiration and rules.  Here is their Facebook Page .

Scrapping Good Time - Scrapbooking Group Australia is a Closed Facebook Group that has monthly Scrapbooking Challenges and Card Challenges each month. 

Aussie Crafters is a Closed Facebook Group that has a monthly challenge and swaps.  Please pm the group owner when you request to join.  

Dusty Attic has another beautiful moodboard up on their Facebook Page and their Blog and for even further information, they also have a Website.

Show Us Your Stuff has a fun prompt this month.  Head to their blog for inspiration and rules.  Here is their Facebook Page.
Use Your Stuff is a new challenge to me and it is a great weekly challenge that is all about using the stuff you have.  

Archi-scraps has a great visual prompt this month.

Scrapping Clearly has another great Sketch and another Moodboard again this month. Lots of inspiration on the Blog and Facebook.

Sketchy Boards Challenge has a great Sketch this month and a great colour palette for you to use if you wish.  Follow the link for inspiration and rules. 

Anna's Craft Cupboard have a lovely Moodboard for a Colour Challenge this month which you enter either via a Online Gallery or their Facebook Community.

More Than Words has prompt that gets me thinking about my wedding.  Here are the Rules for their Challenges. Here is their Facebook Page. 

Counterfiet Kit Challenge is well worth checking it out.  Follow the links to see what DT members have chosen for their kits. 

Kraft+ Challenge is a interesting prompt this month.  Hmm I need to check my wardrobe for inspiraion.  Here is the Facebook Group.

Scrapbooking Challenges have a moodboard and sketches that are posted throughout the month so it is worth checking their blog and Facebook Page throughout the month.

Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia has a great sketch this month, head over to the blog for inspiration and details.  Here is their Facebook Page.

Stuck Sketches is a twice monthly Sketch Challenge so I will update midmonth with the second sketch for the month.  

Aussie Scrappers Society is a closed Facebook group that has challenges.

D-lish Scraps Inspiration Board this month is full of my 2 favourite colours, I can't wait to play with thismake sure you follow the link for inspiration and the rules of this Challenge.  

Creative Inspiration is a online forum/group that features multiple challenges throughout the month.

123 Challenge Blog features a colour that was my second eldest's daughter's favourite colour for a short time when she was 8 so perfect for getting some memories of her at that age down.  Here is their Facebook Page. 

Scrap It With a Song is a monthly challenge that uses songs as inpiration for your layouts. 

This or That  is a Challenge that has a prompt that you choose 1 of 2 items and a sketch to use that item with.

I am excited that each month the Challenge List grows as I find more challenges and get permission to include them.  I have a few new challenges to add this month.  I hope you enjoy them.

Scrap Our Stash Challenge is new to the list this month and is a bimonthly challenge that has a book cover to inspire you on the 1st of the month and a sketch on the 15th.

Craft-Dee Bowz is new to the list this month and is a monthly challenge that involves using a bow.  Head to their blog for more details.

GrandDiva's Creative Corner is new to the list this month and is a monthly sketch challenge, this month sketch is cute.

Scrapy Land Challenge is new to the list this month and is a bimonthly challenge that is all about getting out those dies and using them.  Make sure you list  the brand of die you used and that it is one their store stocks.

The ScrapRoom is new to the list this month and is a bimonthly challenge that starts with a fun sketch each month.

Jot Magazine has a great summer feeling moodboard this month full of beautiful colours.  Here is their Facebook Page. 

Kaisercraft has a cute Christmas sketch this month.   Here is their Facebook Page.

Swirlydoos have a October sketch is continuing in November, so you still have time to create something with this cute sketch and share it with the community.  In addition to the Forum they have a Facebook Group for participants.

Berry71bleu is new challenge to the list this month.  It features a stunning Moodboard each month.

Challenge YOUrself is a new challenge to the list this month.  What I love is that the first rule is you must be in the photo so this is a great challenge to get more of you recorded.
They also have a Facebook Page.

Scrapbook Boutique has another lovely moodboard this month.

Scrapping Clearly has a lovely moodboard to play with this month.  Lots of inspiration on the Blog and Facebook 

The ScrapRoom second challenge for the month is Freaky Fast Friday this looks like fun.

Scrap Out Stash mid-month challenge is a cute sketch +3 from the lists.

Stuck Sketches mid-month sketch is now available.

We have 4 more challenges that are new to the list this month, I am so excited to see the list grow.

13arts  has a beautiful moodboard to inspire you this month.

Mystical Scrapbooks is a bimonthly challenge, here is their lovely moodboard.  They also have a Cyber Crop.

SCRAPBOOKIT is also new to the challenge list this month, they have a great sketch for us this month.

Maja Designs also has a beautiful moodboard to inspire you.

Mystical Scrapbooks midmonth sketch is a cute sketch that uses multiple photos.

And another challenge has joined the list for the first time this month.  I am so excited to see it grow even further.

Connie Can Crop is a monthly challenge, which has this cute pumpkin photo to inspire you.  

Here is a list of Challenges that would suit creating Project Life layouts.
Scrap the Boys have said they will accept PL layouts.
Scrap the Girls have said they will accept PL layouts.
Kraft+ Challenge accepts tradition layouts, art journalling, tags, etc so this challenge would suit PL I think.
Pixels and Paper accepts all forms of Scrapbooking and Memory Keeping.
ARTastic Challenge Blog accepts all forms of Scrapbooking as entries.
Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia accepts PL entries.
Show us your stuff accepts PL entries.
Scrapbook Boutique accepts scrapbooking, off the page, etc so I think it would suit PL.  The new challenge is posted on the 10th of each month.
Dusty Attic states in the August Moodboard Entry Rules (so assuming it is the same for October) that your project can be anything you desire including layouts, cards or off the page so it sounds like PL will be accepted.

Previous Lists

October 2016
August 2016

My scrappy friends who only scrap when at a crop, or who have stopped or reduced their time scrapping for any reason I think you will love some of these, have a look at each challenge and see what appeals to you.  Try to do one by the end of the month.