Hard to believe that another month has passed already, but it’s time for our next installment of Beat The Christmas Rush over at the Creative Craft World blog. Every month on the 25th we are going to try and increase our Christmas card stash in advance so we have plenty ready for the big day!
I’m also pleased to be hosting another Christmas card designer on my blog today – my mum!
If you would like to join in our Beat The Christmas Rush monthly challenge then all you have to do is make one or more Christmas cards, they can be all the same design or different, it doesn’t matter! Head over to the CCW challenge blog and add a link to your cards to the challenge post over there – simple!
We had some lovely cards in last months entries and it was hard to pick a favourite, but I think the cards below were my favourites from Wendy over at Scrapbooks and Cookbooks. Wendy said her cards were quick and easy to make – just what we need!
Its the first Saturday of the month so that means it’s time for a new Scrap Map Challenge over at the Creative Craft World blog!
This month we are doing things a little differently and the design team are hosting a blog hop to show you the layouts we made from Sue’s sketch. Make sure you click over to the blog to see the sketch that we used, and don’t forget to link us up to your layouts too. You have hopefully arrived here from Ali’s blog Alipeep’s Art, and your next stop will be Lou’s blog Loopy Lou’s Crafty Mess. Make sure you leave a comment on each blog along the way to be entered into the prize draw!
It was so nice to scrap these lovely sunshiny pictures from a couple of years ago on a cold January day, while the piles of snow from the weekend are still melting on my garden. Sometimes I feel like I will never be warm again
I used papers from Echo Park’s Paradise Beach collection (perfect for summer pictures!) along with plenty of Silhouette die cuts.
Here’s a full list of blogs participating in the blog hop this month…
• Doodles and Swirls (you are here!)
No, I’m not actually celebrating anything (although almost all the snow has gone, yay!) but here’s a card anyway. Made entirely from things that were hanging about on my desk that I had cut out for other projects but they didn’t quite work. Don’t you just love it when that happens? And now, when I do have something to celebrate – well, I have a card all ready to celebrate it with!
I must say, this months mini kit from Creative Craft World is just gorgeous! The papers are all from the Teresa Collins Tell Your Story range along with co-ordinating die cut flowers, gems and stickers. There was loads too – I made 5 cards but I probably could have managed another 1 or 2!
You can see what the rest of the design team made over at the Creative Craft World blog, and don’t forget to show us your mini projects to be in with a chance of winning!
Anyway, it’s time for another Scrap Map Challenge at the Creative Craft World blog. You can see the sketch that I used as inspiration for my layout over there, along with the other layouts from the rest of the Design Team.
I took these pictures back in March this year when we had a day out on the East Lancs railway. Jamie enjoyed riding on the steam train!
It’s time for a new monthly challenge for August at the Creative Craft World blog. Sue has provided us with a fab sketch to work from as usual – you can take a look at what the rest of the design team came up with here, and don’t forget to link us to your scrapbook page if you use the sketch for a chance to win.
I picked this picture that I had taken with my iPhone and gave it an Instagram treatment before emailing it to myself and printing out (sounds long winded but it really isn’t!)
I went for a random selection of papers – the aqua blue and the orangy yellow for a summer feel and the brown to tie in with the photo. I added a die cut from the Silhouette store for the title and some journalling which reads as follows…
We visited Newquay Zoo on what was probably the hottest day of the year so far. You were miserable in the heat and you only cheered up when we had lunch under the shade of a big umbrella and you got to wear Mummy’s sunglasses!
I have just realised that I have completely forgotten to add the date so will probably pop that on there now. I used my Promarkers to colour the title as I couldn’t find any suitable card stock, think it worked quite well!
You know, I have realised that these days it is quite rare that I scrapbook just for the sake of it – usually it’s for a design team project or a challenge or whatever, but this one is just because!
I got a few pictures printed at my local Costco including a few of these larger sized 12 x 8 prints, perfect for scrapping! Title is a die cut from the Silhouette store (of course!) and I got to use some of my new washi tape and Studio Calico wood veneer shapes from the CCW shop too.
*layout is straight in real life, only photography skills are wonky
** I cannot be held responsible for the amount of wood veneer cameras / arrows / hearts that may appear on craft projects in the next few weeks. There are a lot of shapes in one packet and I like to get my monies worth
Lou sent me one of the lovely mini kits this month, packed full of Studio Calico loveliness.
So now we want to see what you can do – your project needs to be smaller than 12×12 and this month’s theme is MONOCHROME.
Hop over to the Creative Craft World Challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team came up with and add a link to your project for a chance to win a prize!
Last week we had a fab blog hop around the UK Scrappers sponsor blogs. Lou asked me to create a project for the Creative Craft World blog, and I thought I would showcase some of my favourite die cutting techniques (hey, I’m a Silhouette Cameo girl, what can I tell you!)
Today is the launch of the new Mini Challenge on the Creative Craft World Challenge Blog. I was lucky enough to be able to play with the May mini kit for this one which was full of gorgeous Bazzill Wayfarer papers.
Plenty of help from my Silhouette Cameo of course!
If you want to be in it to win it then pop over to the Challenge Blog and link us up with your mini projects! If you want one of the lovely mini kits that I have used here then you can get one from the shop - they really are great value!