Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Challenge Me Happy Hoopla - Word Layout

I had high hopes to get all 7 challenges completed but time has run out on me.  We are now on summer holidays and to celebrate we are going to see family and friends in NZ for a few weeks.  Will be fun but not so sure about those cooler (freezing) temps!!  And then to the beach - am sure I'll have lots of new inspiration to scrap when I get back.

Here is my take on Michelle's challenge incorporating the word HAPPY.  I used mine in the title.  I used a combination of Scrapbook Circle kits to create this layout.  I also used a little washi tape - have to say I'm having fun with this product.....might become a regular staple on my layouts.

NZ Paper Chase June Callenge

The June challenge for NZ Paper Chase was slightly different and for me, took me out of my comfort zone.  There was a fabulous photo that we had to take our inspiration from.  I have to admit I looked at this photo for a few days thinking what can I do.  It was one evening when the girls were in bed I took another look - a closer look and discovered the orange building with the turquoise awning (maybe) beside the right of the tower.  As soon as I saw that I had my 'ha-haa' moment.  I used that colour combo (which I just love) & then used some woodgrain thickers, a wooden button and twine to bring in the elements from the boats.

The banner is Heidi Swapp's colour magic and I used Glimmer mist 'Aquamarine' to get that gorgeous colour.  Loved how it turned out

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A sketch for Challenge Me Happy Anniversary Hoopla

Challenge Me Happy have a fun challenge going on at their website for the next month.  There are 7 challenges.  Marie's challenge is to use a sketch.  I saw this and thought immediately of 2 photos which I've been wanting to scrap for a while but have been waiting for the 'right' moment.  This was that moment.  

I had a few pieces left over from one of my Scrapbook Circle kits which I wanted to use.  To also keep in with my 'secret agent' theme I did some hidden journalling on the tag.  I really like how this turned out and my daughter thinks it's pretty cool too.....being a secret agent and all that.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Cardmarker in the Making perhaps...??

I'm not normally one for making cards but over the past few weeks I've tried my hand at a couple.  They're mainly thank you cards.  And I've been surprised by how easy it was for them to come together.  They weren't a quick put together as I probably thought about what I would do maybe....abit too much....but I didn't spend alot of time on them.  The waiting I had to do was for ink and glue to dry.

In Hong Kong it is nearly the end of the school year.  For someone who comes from the Southern Hemisphere finishing the school year in June is a tad strange and it has taken me a little while (a few years) to get used to it.  Now it seems perfectly ok for this to happen and for Christmas to be cold.....

For me this end of school year is bittersweet.  My youngest will be finishing up at her preschool and will be joining her older sister at primary school in August.  This preschool has been such a huge part of our lives since arriving in HK has we have been going there for the past 4 years and it is going to be sad to say goodbye.  

Victoria's preschool teacher is the most wonderful teacher.  She has given all the children a love for learning and has helped bring out the best in them.  She is just a fantastic person and is going to be missed.  I make a card for all the children to sign and we will give to her on Friday as it's the children's graduation day.  She's done an amazing job of making our children feel special so we're doing something to make her feel special and to say thank you.

I made the card with Kraft cardstock, My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline paper and twine - I used both sides of the paper.  Heidi Swapp Colour Magic Banner, a Prima wooden heart button and a stamp from Studio Calico.  On the inside I stamped the sentiment "Thank you for a wonderful 2011/12 year".

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

How exciting....

I was reading the Challenge Me Happy blog as the winner of Challenge #23 had been announced....and it was me!!!  It was such a thrill to see that my layout had been selected.  Thank you for selecting me!!

This has to be one of my favourite layouts.  It just came together so well using Scrapbook Circle's The Story kit.   Click here to see my layout.

NZ Paper Chase Monthly Challenges

I've been abit remiss with uploading my layouts for the monthly NZ Paper Chase challenges.  I do enjoy these challenges that come out and always look forward to seeing what they are and what I can do with them.  It's always a great feeling to get another story told....

February 2012 

March 2012

April 2012

May 2012

And I'm currently working on June's entry.  If you'd like to check out the challenge click here.  It's a great challenge - I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.