Friday, 30 September 2011

Winner of September Blog Candy

The winner of this month's blog candy is number ......

... and number 2 is ...


Congratulations May!
Please contact us by email and we will get your kit sent off to you.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

August 2010 Re-visited -Our first challenge

Our first ever challenge was as follows:

A is for apertures -
or in this case starbursts!
The inspiration for our first layout was taken from our talented friend Anita.
She has made these two stunning layouts based on the same idea (see below).  She kindly agreed to us featuring them on this blog for the first monthly challenge from Scrapology back in August 2010. Please take a look on her blog, Inky Blossoms for even more inspiration - you won't be disappointed.

The sketch we drew for the challenge can be used in any orientation:

Lynn and I used the same set of papers from the Rusted Sun collection for our layouts.


Anita is working on another design for next year, so watch this space...      

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Prize for September Card Challenge

Sue from Craftwork Cards has come up with a fantastic prize for the card challenge this month. It's a full Sweet Meadow Collection Pack. That's the collection we used on several of the Design Team cards.

Craftwork Cards' brief description of this kit:
"Julie's hand drawn Summer blooms are the focal point for this collection. Patterned papers in soft pinks, dusky pink and olive green which combine so well with the softest subtle tones used on our embossed and washed papers. There are tags, messages, elegant stitched squares and even bunting to embellish your cards and projects with. The papers look fabulous when highlights of glossy accents are added to create an enamelled look.
You are sure to make pretty summery cards with our Sweet Meadow collection."

Sweet Meadow - BuntingSweet Meadow - Elegant Square Messages
Candi - Granny Smiths Candi - Love Me DoSweet Meadow - Stitched Elegance

Sweet Meadow - Skinny MessagesSweet Meadow - Ribbon Messages

So take a look at the original Scrapology Card Challenge for the month of September, you have until 15th October to enter. The theme for the month is 'bunting'.
Many thanks to Sue and all at Craftwork Cards.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Winner of the August Card Challenge

We are sorry to be late with this announcement, but a weekend retreat kept us very busy this month.

We are pleased to announce that the winner is


with this lovely brayered and stamped sun set.

Please contact us to claim your prize which was generously donated by Barbara Gray of Clarity Stamps
Email address in sidebar.
The prize is a years subscription to the New Design Club!
See HERE for details

Thanks to Barbara
Congratulations Misteejay!

Sunday, 25 September 2011

October Sneaky Peek...

Nearly time for a new challenge and here is a little peek at what's to come!

Can you guess the technique this time?


Monday, 19 September 2011

Scrapology Layout Class at Cardinal Colours Retreat and Blog Candy

Here is the class Linda and I taught at Jill's (Cardinal Colours) Seaside Retreat last weekend.
We have returned to reality, totally exhausted, but all had a brilliant time. Amongst other things Linda and I created was this layout (...not a scraplift in sight), for a class with 'Seaside' theme in mind. When we saw the advert for the Lauderdale range from Basic Grey, some time before it was released, we knew it was perfect for what we wanted to do and so designed this page before the papers were available. They are such fantastic colours and designs - we hope you agree.

There are now three versions of this layout, we made one together when designing called 'Island Hoppers' with photos of my girls on the Isles of Scilly back in 2000:

A second one I made for step by step instructions called 'Lady of Kent' which is the name of the boat I'm sitting on, way back in the 1982:

The third one was made by Linda, called 'Totally Tropical' which sums up these papers and the photos beautifully and shows pictures of her family in Barbados in 2005.

Lauderdale Layout Class
Cardinal Colours Retreat September 2011

Kit Content:
4 double sided sheets of 12”x 12” Basic Grey - Lauderdale papers - (SPF, Coastline, Cut Offs and Clearwater)
6 Basic Grey - Lauderdale buttons
1 - 12”x12” sheet Basic Grey – Lauderdale element stickers
1 - 12”x12” sheet Basic Grey – Lauderdale alpha stickers
1 pack of 4 Basic Grey – Lauderdale canvas tags
Selection of DMC stranded cotton threads.

We have included our sketch – that’s what we do at Scrapology! You may like to use it for another layout too. Please link or email any layouts you make using this sketch, it would be great to share them on the blog.

In addition you will need 2 - 6”x4” (or smaller) photos (one landscape and one portrait)
Basic tools including: Inks, corner rounder, Paper trimmer, Adhesives for paper, 3D foam pads, Pen for journaling & Needle for buttons.


We are known as the ‘Inking Queens’, we inked the edge of everything before sticking down (but this is entirely optional)!  We usually add thread to the buttons and tie a simple knot which is also optional.
1. To make your base, take the ‘sfp’ paper remove name strip, gut paper so you have a 12” x 12” frame 1” in from edge all round. This will be used blue, large dots side up.

2. Cut ‘cutoffs’ paper to measure 11” x 11” and round the corners, this will be used tiny dotty side up.
3. Round the corners of the dotty paper (optional). 

4. Stick ‘cutoffs’ dotty paper centrally over blue dots side of ‘spf’ frame, so you have a blue border of about 1/2” all round the dots. (Dot to Dot!)

5. Cut a piece of ‘clearwater’ paper 12”x5” making sure waves are horizontal.

6. Trim this to 11” wide (1”x5”). Affix to page 2” up from bottom.

7. Position photos on page and stick in place glue centres only to allow for tucking elements under later.

8. Take remaining ‘spf’, cut out a selection of clouds, boat, hearts and any other elements you wish to use.

9. Cut large green blossom, (leaving a narrow pink border) from left side of floral side of ‘coastline’ paper. Attach with 3D foam pads to top right corner of layout, overlap the edges a little then trim.


10. Cut a selection of flowers and leaves from the rest of floral side of ‘coastline’ paper, Leave a small pink border around each petal. Don’t worry if you can’t get whole images of the flowers you like, with a little clever positioning and lots of overlapping they will look great, and work well.

11. Use a strip of the denim side of ‘cutoffs’ paper, trim to ¾” x 6” and cut an inverted ‘V’ in one end.

12. Add all three pointer stickers to this strip, staggering, overlapping and layering with 3D foam pads.

13. Add Button to blunt end of the strip and stick the complete embellishment horizontally over the green blossom on top right of layout.

14. Here comes the fun bit! Arrange all the elements, including tags and buttons. When happy with the arrangement, stick in place with a selection of glues and 3D foam pads. Tuck some under and others overlapping the photograph. (Keep the acetate backing form the tags – we need this later.)

 13. Add some journaling to the tags.

14. Create your title to the top left of the layout using the alpha sheet.
Top tip – How often have you found you have run out of room for the last letter when placing a title, or it’s not straight whe
n you look at it later, but it’s firmly attached and won’t move without tearing the papers? Try making use of the cellophane wrappers or use the acetate from inside the packs to help with positioning.

Simply attach just the very bottom of the letters to the acetate. (If you want a curved shaped title, just cut the acetate to shape first.) Arrange how you want them.

Hold letters over the layout without touching the papers, to see if they fit.

Pull away the acetate when happy with the placement.

Now your layout is complete.

Thanks for taking the time to read this post and although the kits for this class are sold out, Jill has many of the individual elements and papers in the store, they may not be on her website just yet but you could email to see what she has available or check out Cardinal Colours web page.


Comment below for your chance to win one of the original kits for this layout.

Closing date midnight 26th September 2011

Good Luck!

Here is the layout made by Sue (Mini Owner) during the class, see her blog for more of her retreat creations.

This one was made by Scrappy Sarah.

Please add your creations, by commenting here with a link or send us an email with an image.