Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Little Shop of Sketches - sketch 50

These "lost" memories of an aunt & uncle
from more than 50 years ago
( they are now in their 70s)
uncovered some sweet love notes
that they had written to each other on the back of their pics.

I was inspired to do a vintage type layout to try to
re-capture their sweet , youthful romantic days .
The photos are reproductions of the originals
hence some pinkish , violet tones .

I tried out some fabric swatches ( compliments of Lucy Edson ! :) )
-which I received as a challenge prize over at AMM ! -
together with some Webster's Pages Postcards from Paris & Nature's Storybook.
I also misted & masked unto the background pp
to add more shine & color to the overall design.

Rock Candy crackle paint is all the rage over here with Singapore scrappers these days .
Couldn't resist using some here .

Check out this week's sketch here

Do play along with our sketch, put it in the gallery and a winner will be picked at the end of the month.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

52sketches52weeks #39

Slowly de-hoarding Webster's Pages
Postcards from Paris
& Nature's Storybook.
The squares were cut from
the collection pack's packaging .
Just love the smaller print of the lovely patterns sometimes .

Some misting ,& lots of stickling here .
otherwise I kept it simple , basically.

Check out the latest sketch over at 52sketches52weeks
for a chance to win a$25 GC to Scrappy Jo’s Scrapbook Supplies

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Scrappiest layout sketch 32

Some of my favourite papers post CHA Summer
aren't at all what I predicted before CHA was over .
is one line I can see myself using over & over again .
ie if I allow myself to ...

Played with the new Tim Holtz Rock Candy stickles on the Thickers here
for a sandy/sugar coated texture
( you can click & see the larger image )

& Brought out some long forgotten crackled paint in corduroy & faded jeans .
I am also loving the combi of misting first , then masking using distress ink these days ..

Check out the latest Scrappiest sketch here,
and see what the awesome designers did -

this week's sketch is
a really fun one with suggestions for lots of circular elements .
I used Such Sweet Tierney buttons for some of my circles .

Complete the sketch and email your LOs to Be sure to put Sketch 32 in the subject line.Who knows, You could win that super cute kit from the Scrap Attack.

Friday, September 25, 2009

A shout out to a young friend on his Singapore Idol journey

Can you imagine a Singaporean Chinese 16 -year- old teenage guy singing PokerFace on Piano ?
This guy certainly did it & is through to the next round of Singapore Idol here!
Way to go , Duane !

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Di Hickman's card sketches - Sep #3

Supplies: Prima Indeed Delighted pp ,
Prima Cadoodles, Cuttlebug Cut & Emboss Set - Damask ,
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Autumn Leaves buttons,
Heartwarming Vintage Crafty Little Secrets Creative Cuts - Freindship & Flowers

Check out the sketch & all the DT cards here

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

ICS #35

Lucky us for not having to wait very long for the famous
Martha Stewart loopy punch to land on our sunny shores .

I tested the border punch out on the first piece of scrap I came across

& then turned to ICS #35 to see if I could do anything with it easily.
Fortunately the sketch was perfect to put these scraps to use.

Sentiment is a sticker from the new Crate Paper Bliss collection.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Little Shop of Sketches - sketch 49

We have an awesome guest designer this week with us -
the ever effervescent Jing-Jing Nickel !

& her style is perfect for this week's multi photo sketch -
a 10 photo prompt at that ! l;)
& Congrats Jing-Jing
on being a finalist
over at Maya Road's
Summer of Fun Mini Album contest ! woohoo !

Everyone did an awesome & absolutely unique take !
Love them all !
Do check out what the rest of the DT did here !

My layout here used Prima's Animal Bash as the base - some animal cut outs from the same paper line & a sprinkling of TPC Studio's whimsical owls, some Bo Bunny Swirls too.

We would love it if you would play along too!! And if you do, you’re in for a chance to win some of Tanya Leigh Design products!!! So please start uploading your layouts into the gallery
(there’s a separate folder for each sketch)!!!
At the beginning of each month the winners will be announced!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Scrappiest layout sketch 31

This is such a rare kind of layout for me
that everything is from a different manu !
- but I think it was necessary to make the photo work here with this week's sketch.
Check out what the rest of the DT did with the sketch !
Lots of ideas how to incorporate trees into a layout !

Just love this cheeky pic of one of our littlest dudes in the fam -
The CC Boyfriend title was just perfect for me to use here .
It really is harder to embellish boy layouts sometimes.
I was glad to put some
Bella Blvd , MLSB circular die cut, SR Garden Grove,
Nikki Sivils' Sweet as Cherry Pie
& that fab stitched fabric Prima tree to work together here.

If you complete the sketch , email your LOs to
Be sure to put Sketch 31 in the subject line.
You just might be the lucky winner of a super cute kit from the Scrap Attack.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

52sketches52weeks DT

52 Sketches...52 Weeks

Ecstatic to announce to
I get to be on the DT of

with the following fabulous scrappers :

I discovered Julie's sketches
via 52sketches52weeks in January this year
& have especially enjoyed
the warm ,ever growing international community there.
Do check it out , if you haven't yet !!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Di Hickman's card sketches - Sep #2

Welcome , Baby Boy !
Supplies: GCD Studios It's A Party pp, Prima Pearl & Crystal ,
Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch

You can check out the sketch here

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Little Shop of Sketches - sketch 48 - & **Pick of the Day**

New sketch inspo is up over at

An easy breezy one photo sketch
which shows up in all the DT layouts -
they are all of kids having fun in the sun or the great outdoors !

& Thanks to Liz for choosing this as **Pick of the Day** over at

Some happy new & old findings together here -
Jillibean Alphabet Soup pps , Bella Blvd cardstock sticker for the title ,
Maya Road Gingham ribbon,
( love lovee these not sure why - they go with almost everything ! ),
new Prima Pearl/crystal swirls - they even come in color combos now !
Gotta lovee that !
Robin's Nest Dew Drops .
I try to add something new to each layout when I can -
& here I finally try out some paper rolling . ;)

If You do play along, show us what you make of this great sketch, we would love to see!

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Scrappiest layout sketch 30

More Bo Bunny fun

on top of the new AC Glittered cardstock -
one of the yummiest range of glitter papers there is out there.

Such Sweet Tierney buttons as accents , flower centers .

Check out this week's sketch here
& see what the other amazing designers created.

If you decide to try the sketch, email your LOs to
You'll be entered in to win that totally cute kit from Scrap Attack Scrapbooking.
Please put sketch 30 in the subject line.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

ICS #33

Trying out some Jillibean Soup on a card -

Check out this week's ICS sketch here
& their DT call here

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Gal Pals

DD has new pics for me to scrap
from her outing yesterday -
9 Sep 2009 .
Only too happy to oblige -
we'll have something to look back of that date!

Trying out some new Jillibean Soup here -
Lentil Soup on white collection - vegetable broth , kosher salt
Cup of Yak , Brown Pea Pod
Very fun names for the papers !
Title is a Bella Blvd Flirty cardstock sticker.
Other supplies : May Arts ribbon , Prima pearls & pebbles
52sketches52weeks Sketch #36

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Pagemaps Sketch contest

My first ever Pagemaps sketch layout contest entry .

Had some fun with the new Prima Tropics paper line here.
I really can't decide which is my fave line amongst their 4 new paper lines.
They are all soo versatile & easy to use I can't say enough !

I also used some multi colored lilies with a felt stem & the title is a stitched charm .
A little spritzing with my fave Maya Mist in metallic copper to finish .

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Little Shop of Sketches - sketch 47

More sketch inspo from the Little Shop of Sketches -
this week it's a multi photo layout.

These pics of my little neighbour at our local zoo
were just perfect to go with the DCWV Animal Crackers Stack .
Such adorable animal sculptures !

If you do play along ,
you’ll have a chance to win some Tanya Leigh Design products!!!

Monday, September 07, 2009

The Scrappiest layout sketch 29

New week ! New inspo !
check out the latest sketch over at the Scrappiest
& see what the awesome designers did .

Using Jenni Bowlin Town Square pps , bingo card , cardstock sticker.
Trying out making paper ruffles/pleats for the first time & love how they turned out

Love lovee the Such Sweet Tierney floral chipboard buttons -
I am so taken by the handrawn details !
absolutely unique !
& adding a fab funky touch to a teen page !

If you are inspired to do the sketch, email it to
to enter yourself in to win that awesome kit from
Scrap Attack.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Get Sketchy #4

Had fun playing & making discoveries with some new findings today -

New Prima Indeed Delighted patterned paper ,

( never had so much fun just using this one sheet of patterned paper ! )

Prima Cadoobles & lace

New Cuttlebug cut & emboss - Damask set -
I used bits & bobs of the damask pieces

Crafty Secrets' Heartwarming Vintage Cuts - Friendship & Flowers

Saturday, September 05, 2009

ICSketches Sept '09 DT Call

Using the ICS DT call sketch
& using
Prima Indeed Delighted patterned paper ,
Prima Cadoobles & lace
New Cuttlebug cut & emboss - Damask set -
I used bits & bobs of the damask pieces
Crafty Secrets' Heartwarming Vintage Cuts - Friendship & Flowers

Friday, September 04, 2009

Di Hickman's card sketches - Sep #1

Kinda rare for me to do wedding /anniversary cards
but I came across these lovely chipboard expressions
and had a go with the sketch

Supplies: GCD Studios Paris flocked cardstock, DCWV Silver glittered cardstock

I love cuttlebug embossing on glittered/metallic cardstock

I've had this dress embellie for the longest time
& finally decided to use it here

Thursday, September 03, 2009

The Pink Ninjas - Prompt 14 - Secrets

The latest prompt over at the PinkNinjas -
Let us in on your secrets!~we all have them!

Well , nothing earth shattering here ,
just a philosophical look.

For attractive lips,
speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes,
seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure,
share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair,
let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise,
walk with the knowledge you never walk alone.

"Beauty Secrets," by Sam Levenson

I used Diana's latest Sketchy Thurday .

These new Prima Tropical Paradise papers are like none other -
in terms of the colors and patterns !
So very versatile & easy to use .

I also incorporated some Prima Fave Product Picks -

check out these Fleur Danseurs with the rhinestone centers ,
new Pearl center on the fabric dressform

Love . Loveee Prima xoxo

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

ICS #32 & a DT call

A quick card
Using G45 Domestic Goddess pps &
image frm Crafty Secrets' Creative Scraps

Check out the latest sketch here
and what the awesome DT did .

ICSketches is also on the look out to add more
cardmakers to their DT team.
Do check out the call here
if you enjoy cardmaking.
Dawn is super nice & easy to work with !

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Little Shop of Sketches - sketch 46

Another fabulous sketch for inspo
from the Little Shop of Sketches
Check it out here

I really love using this JB Town Square line
and am getting a lot out of it .
Love the tiny circle alphas too .
The journaling blocks are from the Red Memo Book

I also bravely attempted some stamping in Brilliance Metallic inks
unto the journaling blocks for a change .
Really loved how this multi photo layout turned out.

join in the fun & put your take of the sketch on your blog or gallery
and let us know your link.