Thursday, October 31, 2013

Shabby Christmas with Inkido

The first Xmas card of 2013 is ready :)
Inkido  has beautiful 'Happy Christmas' collection this year, but I will show you a Christmas card made with some pieces of older collections.
Torn edges and die cuts, acompannied by a title from Inkido's Christmas papers as a sentiment:)

A card in a shabby style:

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Trick or treat - Halloween with neon at Allt om Scrap

At Allt om Scrap we are sharing today a load of Halloween inspiration with a twist - which is neon!
Halloween is not a big tradition in this part of the world, but last year we were visiting our family in US during this season, so we got the full show:) and I had a bunch of photos to scrap.

Here 's my daughter as a little pirate - a bit curious and even scared of the costumes of some other kids from the neighborhood  :)

Supplies - UHK Gallery Dear Watson.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Golden accents - Let's Get Shabby # 51

On Let's Get Shabby blog we are just sharing our latest challenge which is using gold! This might be just what we need to add a bit of glamour to those dark days:)
Check it out or better yet-come and play!

I used  gold as an accent in this soft, pastel, shabby card.

Supplies: UHK Gallery (Dear Watson), Papierowa Galanteria (kraft)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Julia & Isaak - scraplift

Tegoroczna jesien wiaze sie dla mnie z ogromem obowiazkow-glownie zwiazanych z praca niestety :/ ciesze sie niezmiernie, kiedy uda mi sie wykroic troche wolnego czasu na jakies wyzwanie. Takie jak np wdzieczny scraplift na blogu :)
Ponizszy scrap powstal na specjalne zamowienie mojej corki i upamietnia jej pierwsza przejazdzke na kucyku o imieniu Isaak :) Byla taka radosna i dumna!
Warstwy i niedbale chlapniecia oryginalu pasowaly mi idealnie do tej radosnej chwili.

This fall is extemely busy for me at work so I'm even more glad to have a chance (and time) to play in a challenge. Like this one, an inspiring scraplift at
This layout is a special order of my DD, capturing her first ponny ride-ponny's name is Isaak:) You should have seen how glad and proud she was :)
The layers and careless splashes were exactly  the expression I needed here.

Supplies: Papers - 7 Dots Studio, various collections
Brads - Prima
Chipboard - Imaginarium Designs

Friday, October 18, 2013

CSI case # 93 - with Inkido

With a short delay, I'm popping in with the layout which I shared yesterday on Inkido blog.
This month Inkido is sponsoring a fantastic challenge blog Color Stories Inspiration CSI and our DT is appearing there as guest designers.
CSI is very close to my heart, as I'm a retired CSI detective, so I've put aside my golf bag and the gardening (or whatever it is the retired detectives do :)
I rolled up my sleeves and came back to investigate a tough case filed as # 93.
Eventually I came up with a funky, joyful story about my daughter struggling to learn inlines skating :)

Here's the CSI file

My evidence:
checked pattern
mixed media background
text pattern
My testimony:
I documented daring -  learning to skate

Don't forget about our current challenge running at Inkido, a scraplift!


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Memories - summer 1948. Maja Design moodboard

Witam Was!
Konczy sie moj pracowity weekend, ktory zawieral m in wymiane sofy, mebli lazienkowych,  podejmowanie gosci, produkcje tortu ozdobionego marcepanowymi kroliczkami grajacymi w pilke na lace (nie pytajcie skad taka kombinacja...)  oraz troche scrapowania :)

Niedawno wypozyczylismy kilka starych rodzinnych albumow, pelnych cudownych rodzinnych zdjec. Istna kopalnia inspiracji, jestem pewna, ze powstanie conajmniej kilka scrapow.
Dzis mam pierwszy z nich, z czarujacym zdjeciem z 1948 r, inspirowany fantastycznym moodboardem Maja Design.

It's been a busy weekend in this household, including among others: exchange of the sofa & bathroom furniture, having guests, producing a b-day cake with marzipan bunnies playing football and last but not least - a great deal of scrapbooking :)
Recently we got a chance to borrow a few old family albums, full of beautiful old photos. Inspiration load is enormous, I'm sure there will be few layouts done with those photos.
Today I'm sharing the first one, with a charming photo taken in the summer of 1948, inspired by fantastic vintage moodboard by Maja Design.

Maja Design moodboard.

I used Ska vi ta en fika and Christmas collections by Maja Design.
Stamps by Kaisercraft

Friday, October 4, 2013

A step back in time - behind the scenes

Hi there!
I hope everyone is doing fine and having a great start of the weekend!
I certainly do :) SO happy to leave this heavy working week behind...
Now equipped with 2 happy mails which arrived earlier this week (from UHK Gallery and Mixed Media Place), having 2 projects initiated on my crafting table. Life is good :)

Today I just wanted to share few details about my previous layout which I did as my DT project for SATW challenge.
I must say I'm really happy with this one! The projects made on plain paper, with mixed media background are my faves :) It's just so rewarding...can be frustrating sometimes, but hey, it's a part of the learning process and next time is always better :)

I used my favourite, a heavy cardstock from Papierowa Galanteria, a plain light ecru, which has the most beautiful soft vintage tone. PERFECT for the vintage page, trust me!
In my stash I had those fabulous papers from 7Gypsies, but I wanted to use them only as layers, with white space and some effect in the background.

  • I started with applying a thin prime layer of gesso on the cardstock (necessary step if you want to use water medium afterwards)
  • once gesso was dry I applied some random splashes of watercolour paints. I use Twinkling H2O by Luminarte: Mocha Rose, Rose Petal, Sandollar, Natural Linen, Rich Cocoa.
  • a really fun technique which I tried here was stamping with watercolour paint.
  • I applied the paint with the brush on the stamp and stamped the images randomly. It works well with rubber stamp or acrylic stamps which are a bit sticky - basically, the more difficult to clean the stamp, the better for this technique  :)
  • you can either leave the image to dry or spray some water on it, to allow to blend partly-both effects are really nice!
  • I finished off with another dark stamp for contrast, this one with archival ink
Here are some work-in-progress shots, not the best quality but just to illustrate the above.


Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your stay :)

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A step back in in time - SATW OCTOBER challenge!

Welcome back to Scrap Around The World Challenge SIX,
hosted by Design Team member Jessy Christopher from Malaysia!
Last month we made some IMPORTANT RULE CHANGES 
so if you haven't checked them out yet please look HERE.

Feel free to interpret the mood board in any way you like, 
using one image, several of them, all of them or even just 
one aspect of an image, using ANY COLOURS!   Please
do let us know HOW YOU WERE INSPIRED!! 

For example:- You could use fresh, clean colours like white, pale blue, 
yellow, pink, mint green & gold.  Patterns such as florals/leafy foliage
 together with images of birds, flowers, chevrons & polka-dots! There
are elements of vintage mixed in with modern; doilies, airy lace designs,
pretty bows & clashing colours, shapes & prints.  Circles, checks,
stripes - this board is all about eclectic combinations!

There's an air of nostalgia mixed in with the uber-modern images too.
This could prompt you to scrap about different generations, life as it
was then & how it is now, or simply outdoor memories inspired by the
botanical prints.  This board evokes images of purity, beauty & 
femininity,with a touch of romance & homely peace & comfort.  


To be eligible for judging:-

In your blog post:-

1)  Please share our mood board image.
{you may show the sketch image but ONLY IF YOU USE IT}

 2)  Please mention  that you are playing along at 
Scrap Around The World & LINK BACK to the current challenge.

{Please link to YOUR BLOG POST NOT your entire blog & please
 turn off word-verification if you would like some of our Design Team 
members to comment on your entry}.

3)  Please check our RULES OF PLAY HERE before entering.

Here's my layout inspired by Jessy's moodboard, I also used the sketch. I felt for the nostalgic theme and I documented a step back in time - a visit to a charming open air museum in the Polish mountains. I also took a great inpiration in photo # 2 , a dominating large flower and the lovely doilies.
In a day or two I will show you some more details and a sneak peak behind the scene - some details about my mixed media background and a new technique I tried here.

**This month we are offering SIX PRIZES - 


As well as a Guest Designer position in November the winner of this challenge wins
 this prize pack from Donna Salazar & Blue Gene Babyher daughter's Etsy Shop!

Donna fell in love with art AND her husband in high school!
 A lot has changed in the last 20+ years but these two loves remain the same.
 A mixed media artist at heart, Donna loves to experiment with “cross-crafting”.  
She loves to sew,knit, paint, and draw, but she especially loves paper crafting.
Donna sees the beauty that surrounds her in everyday life…
 from a dusty wood floor to a frilly piece of will see Donna
 blending contrasting elements together to create her“Girlie Grunge” look. 
Donna teaches technique heavy classes in stores, at large events & online
& you can view her web show “Tuesday Tutorials” for FREE every other Tuesday!
 If you go to her website ( you can see the product that
 will be used on her “Tuesday Tutorials” show so you can play along at home.
Donna has licensed product lines with 5 different companies:- 
Clearsnap, GCD Studios, Spellbinders, Want2Scrap and Zutter.
Visit the Girlie Grunge site for challenges, giveaways, tutorials, e-classes, etc HERE.
You can friend Donna on Facebook HERE & Twitter HERE
You can LIKE Donna Salazar Designs on Facebook HERE
 & the Distrezz-it-All Facebook page HERE
You can find her on Pinterest HERE & follow her on Instagram HERE
You can subscribe to her YouTube channel HERE  
{Gosh she must be ONE BUSY WOMAN!!}

This selection of chipboard valued at $30 sponsored by 2 Crafty!

2 Crafty offers affordable & versatile laser cut chipboard products to the Australian and International Craft market. 2 Crafty’s products are manufactured in Australia & are suitable for scrapbooking, cardmaking, altered art, invitations & mixed media.

 With over 700 designs every area has been covered!   2 Crafty’s owner Vanessa stumbled upon a demonstration of a laser cutter at one of the Sydney craft fairs back in 2006 &, although her background was Human Resources & Payroll her creative mind recognised unlimited possibilities!  So began her journey into the world of craft wholesaling!!

 Vanessa provides the highest level of customer support & is happy to discuss personalized orders with customers via their local scrapbooking store.  2Crafty has a fabulous blog & Facebook page that is updated weekly with projects created by its international Design Team.  Check out the 2 Crafty website for products available to wholesalers & ask your local store to order products for you that they may not already have in stock.

A selection of chipboard to the value of $25 from Scrapmatts!

Australian Made Laser Cut Chipboard to compliment your scrapbook pages, cards & paper-crafting projects. Scrapmatts has a Ning site that showcases an amazing talented international design team who post daily on the blog there, a gallery, customer challenges & an online store. Come join in the fun here!

Below is just one example of some of the awesome products they stock HERE.

YOUR CHOICE of products, to the value of $15 courtesy of Purple Pumpkin.

They stock a huge range of embellishments, washi tape, motex tape, etc in their online store HERE

Purple Pumpkin

Purple Pumpkin manufactures high-quality embellishments of a fun & funky nature!  They are Australian based & specialize in fabric buttons, handmade flowers,resin, twine & washi tape.  They have a great blog that is constantly active & they hold monthly challenges open to all, with Guest Designer positions up for grabs as well as awesome prizes of Purple Pumpkin loveliness! 

Below is just ONE EXAMPLE of the many products stocked in their online store.

This lovely prize-pack sponsored by Design Team member Juraci Falcucci - thank you!

3 packs of Prima flowers donated by our generous Design Team member, Eila Sandberg.

The deadline for this challenge is Thursday October 31st 2013

Let us know what you think of our Mood Board, Designer Reveal & our prizes!

If you would like to see more inspiration from our talented designers
 please click on their names {above their layouts} to get taken through
 to their blogs, to see close-up shots & more details!!

Thank you for supporting Scrap Around The World & Happy Scrapping!!!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Family portrait - scraplift with Inkido

This month at Inkido blog I'm proudly hosting our October challenge :)))
The challenge theme is Scraplift - it's all about Inkido inspiration and you can check the rules here.
I chose to scraplift a layout made by an amazing artist, our DT member Anupama Choudary. We brainstormed this challenge idea together, so for me it was an obvious choice.
I felt so inspired by Her bold, artsy, mixed media style and I picked Her beautiful vintage Inkido page as a starting point to create my layout.
I recently came across this cute photo of my cousins and it directly reminded me of Anu's page, there is a certain similarity of the scene :)
This is Anupama's layout, which you can see more in details on Her blog. There is also a fantastic tutorial provided!
I hope you feel inspired to join our challenge and dive into Inkido creations world in search for your inspiration :)