Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Some September winners and our October guest designer ...

Time once again to make some ladies happy with our monthly winner announcement.  Thank you everyone for all your totally amazing entries last month - they were all truly gorgeous.

 Our MAIN winner for September is Cathi O'Neill with this absolutely beautiful page.  We all felt you captured the true essence of the photograph.


We would love to send Shazza a small prize and ask her to guest with us for October.


and our random draw (courtesy of my son) is #11 - Karen B


Ladies, please email me at jjjustjane@bigpond.com with your address and I will make sure your prize gets away to you.


We welcome Karen Findlay as our October Guest Designer ...


Hi, I'm Karen and I live in Canada, not far from the majestic Rocky Mountains. I have been married to my hubby Richard for 20 years this year. We have two labradors who fill our home with a lot of tail waggin and love.

I started paper crafting when I joined a stampin up class in 2005. I was hooked. I have always been creative in some way shape or form but paper crafting has been my true love. I began with card making and then after a couple of years tried scrapbooking. Of coarse after I tried scrapbooking I never looked back as it combined my passion of being creative and geneology. To me, documenting life whether it be new life, old life, days gone by life, it's all important to me. Adding colours, themes, embellishments to those photos of life are just icing on the cake to me.


Please visit me on my blog ...


I was by the lovely color combination and the roses.


You have until the end off the month to play along with us with our pretty October challenge.  We'd love to see how you are inspired by our tea and roses inspiration.  Thank you for your continued support.


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

And then it was October ...

And welcome to another month of this super fast year.

I think you will all like our inspiration photograph for October.  What fun ways can you come up with to interpret this image.  Using the colours of pink, blue and green perhaps.  Or using lots of flowers on your page.  Maybe you like the idea of highlighting a teapot or drinking tea or a collection of glass jars in your kitchen.  Perhaps this image conjures are memories of family traditions or a specific family heirloom - a treasured teacup or teaspoon possibly.



Whatever the inspiration, we would love to see your work.  Please don't forget to tell us what it was that caught your eye from the above photograph.


Here is how our design team was inspired ....


I loved this challenge this month as the pastel colours were beautiful to work with.
I hope you join in this month with P&P.
 I was inspired by the beautiful pink and blue and had lots of fun with this colour palette.  I made the flourish using a die cut and then gluing string pearls onto it 

How can you not love this gorgeous inspiration picture this month. To me it says English Tea Room, so with a few photos of the most delicious Cornish Cream Tea I have ever had, at the famous pub (from Doc Martin in "Port Wenn") by the harbour beach in Port Isaac, it just  had to be a page with these photos.


I was inspired by the tea theme and the pink roses; this was my grandmother's teapot and cup. Many of my family and friends enjoy bonding over a cuppa.

From this month's inspiration photo,  I have used the idea of a cuppa, in my background papers and have also taken the colours from the teapot  and the glass teabag container and used these in my embellishments. The flowers have been diecut from vellum, lightly sprayed with Perfect Pearls .

I was inspired by the colours, my favourite combination.

 I was first drawn to the flowers and the blue of the teapot. I found a photo of the dress with flowers on it. Then I used the blue as my accent color.

I was drawn to the concept of tea - I love a good "cuppa" and both my children know this which is why tea featured heavily in my birthday gifts from them this year.

and now it is your turn ....

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry to the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on October 31st.

You are welcome to submit traditional paper layouts, art journals, divided page protectors, smash books (etc etc).  Digital entries are welcomed and encouraged.  All entries must be new for this challenge and no back-linking is allowed.  I am happy for you to combine with other challenges (maximum of 3) but the essence of the Pixels and Paper inspiration must be clear in your work. Combining with a sketch or colour challenge would be preferred.  International submissions are welcome.

Please come back on the 8th when we will announce the winners for September and welcome our guest designer for the month.

Monday, 8 September 2014

August winners and our September guest ...

I love announcing our monthly winners and have the pleasure of sending out lots of happy mail to those lucky ladies and we sure had lots of delightful entries last month from which to make a selection. 


 Our MAIN winner for August is  Heather Robinson with this gorgeous page.

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We would love to send a small prize to Karen and ask her to guest with us for October.


and our random draw (courtesy of my son) is #1 - Margaret Crawford


Please email me at jjjustjane@bigpond.com with your addresses ladies and I will make sure your prize gets away to you.


This month we are delighted to introduce you to the amazing work of Miyake from Korea.



My name is Hee Sun Kim and Korean. (MIYAKE called)

I live in Seoul, Korea with my father, mother and an older brother. My mother and brother are pastors!
It was 2009. I found such a beautiful handmade card on the Internet while searching for collage techniques and images I could use to decorate my personal planner. I was very much surprised to find out that there were so many people in the world making cards. I am enjoying this craft to this day!
I am seeking a unique and vintage mixed media. To express the feeling, I have used many materials and made various attempts. I am continuously seeking inspiration, making an effort to share it, teaching students every day and making works.I always enjoy finding new inspiration and sharing what I found. Above all, I found a joy of my life through this crafts so that I am happy to share it.

My blog link is...
http://takakomiyake.blogspot.kr

Here is her take on our inspiration photograph this month.  You'll agree it is stunning!





















You have until the end off the month to play along with us with our September inspirational photograph. 


We'd love to see how you are inspired by this beautiful image.  Thank you for your continued support.



Monday, 1 September 2014

Welcome to September ...

This month we celebrate Father's Day in Australia so as a tribute to Dad's everywhere we bring you a little male focused inspiration.  That doesn't mean we expect male dominated pages - oh No!  In fact you can select anything that inspires you from this image on which to base your page - it could be the fishing or the silhouette, perhaps the sunrise or sunset or the lovely water scene.  Maybe the muted colour scheme attracts you - whatever the inspiration we would love to see your pages.


This month our team have some really lovely yet very different takes on our inspiration photograph.


I'd  also like to welcome Lynne Joncas to our team.  Lynne was our guest designer last month but I am now delighted to welcome her to the team as one of our members.

LYNNE

The feeling of serenity is what spoke to me most in the inspiration photo, and that's what I tried to capture here. This photo was taken near where we used to live in northern BC by a family friend, who was kind enough to let me scoop it from his Facebook page! The gathered paper is from a sewing pattern, and the monochromatic colours are meant to draw your eye to that fabulous sunset!


TONE-LILL

It is such a breathtaking inspiration photo this month, so I was truly inspired by the sea and the calming evening colours.

I have had some photos of my sister's family for a while, taken around their cabin by the fjords, so now I could make a page as an addition to my niece's album.


HEIDI

The fishing picture inspired me to do this page using a similar theme.  Come along and join in with P&P for this fun challenge.

From our inspiration photo this month, I decided to go with the beach theme. The photos are of my son (aged 8)  and myself, exploring the rock pools at Flat Rock near Ballina. This is a great area to find all sorts of little marine creatures, including starfish, sea anemones and sea urchins.
Diecutting, stamping and heat embossing are some of the techniques used on this layout.

Loved this photograph - I instantly wanted to scrap my sons first fishing trip.

I was inspired by the beach theme. I am on the right, aged 2 1/2. I have written all the names on the tag slipped under the left side of the photo.

 I was inspired by the blues in the water.


I was inspired by the sunset/sunrise aspect of this photograph.  It is a magical time caught between night and day, when the earth is still and tranquil like it is just catching it's breath.

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry to the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on September 30th.

You are welcome to submit traditional paper layouts, art journals, divided page protectors, smash books (etc etc).  Digital entries are welcomed and encouraged.  All entries must be new for this challenge and no back-linking is allowed.  I am happy for you to combine with other challenges (maximum of 3) but the essence of the Pixels and Paper inspiration must be clear in your work. Combining with a sketch or colour challenge would be preferred.  International submissions are welcome.

Please come back on the 8th when we will announce the winners for August and introduce our September guest designer.




Friday, 8 August 2014

July winners and our Guest Designer ...

I always love to announce our monthly winners and we certainly had some truly fantastic entries last month. 


 Our MAIN winner for July is Deb K with this amazing page.


We would love to send Carolyn J a small prize and ask her to guest with us for September.


and our random draw (courtesy of my daughter) is #12 - Donna


Please email me at jjjustjane@bigpond.com with your addresses ladies and I will make sure your prizes get away to you.


We welcome Lynne Joncas as our August Guest Designer ...

Hi! I'm Lynne and I'm so happy to have the chance  to guest design and share a page with you this month! I'm married with a grown son and daughter just getting ready to leave the nest, and lots of pets-2 dogs and 6 cats (they seem to keep following my daughter home...) I live in Ontario, Canada and have been scrapping for about 7 years,and I was thrilled to recently have a layout published in a magazine for the first time!

I loved this month's inspiration photo, and the sheep reminded me of big colourful fluffy clouds, so that's how I translated them to my page. They're cut from boxboard and covered in homemade texture paste.The photo spoke to me of the idea of living a unique and "colourful" life, which brought the title to mind.

You can find me on my blog ... Scrappy Squirrel's Nest.

Here is my take on the challenge for this month.


and here are some more pages I have done recently ...




Thanks so much for inviting me to play with you this month-I can't wait to see how that great photo inspires everyone!


You have until the end off the month to play along with us with our fun August challenge.  We'd love to see how you are inspired by our delightfully quirky coloured sheep.  Thank you for your continued support.




Friday, 1 August 2014

Welcome August, nice of you to drop by ...

Welcome to August.  Not only do we have a really different inspiration photograph for you this month, we also introduce three wonderful new members to the team -

Regina Chandler - AU

Phillis Walrath - USA

Anna Volker - AU

Welcome ladies !

Hee Sun Kim, from Korea,  will be guest designing with us in September.


I think you will like our inspiration photograph this month - something a little different!


Some really fun ways to interpret this one.  Do you like the colours?  How about a page using blue, yellow, green and red/pink with a touch of black thrown in for good measure?  What about connecting the sheep to a country scene, a visit to a farm, lamb chops on your plate!  Perhaps seeing coloured wool makes you think of  ... coloured wool - lol - do you knit, crochet, do tapestry or does someone you know follow a crafty pursuit?

Whatever the inspiration, we would love to see your work.  Please don't forget to tell us what it was that caught your eye.

Here is how our design team was inspired ...


REGINA
From this month's interesting image I followed the animal theme, and used the pretty colors of those unique sheep! I made my own mixed media background, lots of fun. Looking forward to seeing what you all create.

PHILLIS

The part of the photo that I was drawn to was the colors of the wool on the sheep.  I wanted to use bright pastels in my LO.  I used the paper with the circles that had the progression of colors and matched the butterflies with the same colors.

ANNA

I was inspired by the bright colours in the photograph.


I loved the inspiration this month the colours and black here is my take on the picture this month..
our beautiful children that we cherish every day ...


DI

From our inspiration picture, I have taken the colours and the quirkiness and produced a layout I had fun with.

The background was stencilled using gesso and Dylusion sprays.  I drew the sheep and clouds on white card. The clouds were painted with dabs and streaks of acrylic paint before adding the teased out cotton wool. They were then dabbed with colour. The sheep had cotton wool applied. The face was coloured with aquarelle crayons. Little knitting needles and some wool completed the sheep. (She's knitting a very special banner!)


TONE-LIL

Almost at the bottom of the pile I  still have a few more photos to make LOs for my nieces album,. This months fun picture of the coloured sheep was perfect as inspiration to make a page using this photo of her, so I used  multiple colored papers , stash and Dylutions as the sheeps had bright coloured fleece. 


JANE

When I see coloured wool of any variety I always think of my Grandmother who was forever knitting or crocheting things for her family.

Our Design Team member Alicia Somers will be taking a short break from the team while she and her family move states.  We will welcome her back later in the year.


We also have a delightful guest designer this month to inspire you,  Lynne Joncas from Canada.  Lynne's lovely layout will be up next week along with our July winner announcement so please make sure you stop back on the 8th. 

Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry to the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on August 31st.

You are welcome to submit traditional paper layouts, art journals, divided page protectors, smash books (etc etc).  Digital entries are welcomed and encouraged.  All entries must be new for this challenge and no back-linking is allowed.  I am happy for you to combine with other challenges (maximum of 3) but the essence of the Pixels and Paper inspiration must be clear in your work. Combining with a sketch or colour challenge would be preferred.  International submissions are welcome.

Please come back later next week when we will announce the winners for July.