Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Bird is the Word BEGINNING {Sweet 16 & Your Life is Just Beginning}

So I told you all recently that the new challenge is up at Bird is the Word & that the word of the moment is SUN or SUNSHINE

We got a record FORTY FOUR entries for the challenge that has just closed - the word FOREVER - so this site is really hip & happening - and going from strength to strength!  Great prizes, merit judging, all good things...why not join us...become a follower & play along?!

It is a great challenge site & a really unusual concept - the focus is on one word only - that needs to be incorporated into your layout - really gets you thinking!  And of course you can combine the challenge with a sketch/colour challenge too so it really is win/win - not to mention that there is always a great prize up for grabs & a moment in the spotlight for the winner & 2 honourable mentions each fortnight :)

In case this feels a bit like deja vu I did blog this layout earlier here but I didn't have time to show you all the close-ups or write the supplies list.  I like to do that for my own records, just makes me feel like the layout process is complete - and I love to have a thorough record of what I have got up to & be able to remember what I used, just for myself in case I want to re-order or something you know?!? 

You still have time to complete this challenge - it closes in 11 days!

I bought these 2 sheets of paper (the backing paper & the scalloped sheet} online recently just as I was on my way to the check-out!  WRMK...not a brand I buy often but these were too good to pass up :)

All you Glitz Design fans out there will recognise this as one of their latest ranges - Afternoon Muse - and wasn't it just perfect for this layout?!

Those pretty resin roses are from Maya Road - one of my long-time favourite manufacturers - can't go for a season without picking up a bit of Maya Love :)

The little pennant flags of "Fabrics" (Emma's Shoppe by Crate Paper) I made from little offcuts I had lying around on my desk from my previous layout :)

See the bright print under the bookpage?  That's a Studio Calico Promotions Card that they send with each kit (they send quite a few actually & each month they are usually different - so I keep them & use the printed side as opposed to the promotional text).

Must tell you that the paper is pre-stitched - in case you thought I stitched all those loop-de-loops!  No I did not LOL...

Some layouts are a struggle, others just fall into place...this was one such layout!  Gotta love it when that happens...

Who DOESN'T love these October Afternoon alphas?! Just the PERFECT size...

That flower there is a last season Sassafras one - sooooooooo pretty I hope they make more in different colours soon!  I misted that old lace cardstock piece from Basic Grey & added it under the photo - just for an interesting touch - having it peeking out there!

I must say I am just loving all this scrapbooking & blogging at the moment.  The more I have to do the easier it comes...am thankful for that for sure!

Also wanted to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for so many lovely comments recently :)  I am fast & furiously trying to repay all the love between getting my DT/GDT layouts in on time this month so if I've missed a few I'll get there eventually!!

I promised the girls over at Scrapbook Challenges a showcase blogpost for my Earth Day Challenge there recently - Nature in all her Splendour - as all the entries were so wonderful - but alas as yet no time to save all those images & copy all the text. 

Trust me - it's in the pipeline though & Paloma (click her name to see her awesome winning layout) your goodies are in the mail - all the way to Brazil :) (Paloma won my April RAK & Stef I am still waiting for your postal address so I can get the March one out to you - ALL THAT PAPER LOL!)


Prestitched paper (Be My Valentine - Sweet Nothings)We R Memory Keepers
Scalloped paper (Be My Valentine - Sweetheart)We R Memory Keepers
Offcuts - Crate Paper's Emma's Shoppe (Fabrics)
Mauve cardstock for matting - Bazzill
Studio Calico Promotion Card (under book page - saved from my kit & used for matting)
Alphas - October Afternoon - Mini Market stickers (Black & Cream)
Pink Broderie Anglaise - Crate Paper (Emma's Shoppe) Trims
Lace Cardstock - Basic Grey Doily - misted with Studio Calico's "Mister Huey" in "Clover"
Resin Roses -Maya Road
Cardstock sticker titles - Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse"
Paper Layers (book page) - Glitz Design "Afternoon Muse"
Shiny pink alphas - Alpha Shimmer Stickers "Dilly Dally" by Making Memories
Ampersand - Glitter Alpha Stickers - "Love Struck" by Making Memories
Metal flower - Sassafras Vintage Brooch - Lemon Yellow
Journaling pen - American Crafts Slick Writer - Fine


Kirsty Vittetoe said...

LOL, that is what I wrote the last time, those amazing stitching, oh well, even it is a pre-stitched paper, it still need a talented crafter to make a beautiful layout like this one. Love those little details!

Heather Jacob said...

OMG Helen !!!!!!what a funky striking Page !!!!!!! absolutely awesome work ....love all your details and embellies ... I just cant stop looking at that photo WWWWWOOOOOWWWWW!!!!
hugz x

Rachael Funnell said...

Soooo bright, Fun & a bubbly LO!!! Just like a 16 year olds Life, I guess......This is just Gorgeous Helen!! looooooove it!!
Enjoy the rest of your Day!!!

Alia said...

Wow, this is SO SUPER SASSY!!! LOVE IT!!! All your details make me smile! :) To answer your question, the big butterfly punch I used on my last layout is EK Success. The deep border punch is Martha Stewart Blossom Eyelet. :)

Jasmine S said...

Gorgeous Helen. You have so many details in each LO. Love pouring over them.

Nadia Cannizzo said...

This is absolutely stunning and gorgeous Helen! LOVE the bold colours and the photo is just amazing. You are creating such unbelievable pages these days! Keep going my friend!

Rene Sharp said...

Such a fab girly page Helen. I love all the detail shots, great that you do that because sometimes you miss some of the details if you just post the one photo! Thanks so much for the very sweet comment you left on my Project Life photos, me too x

Lynette Jacobs said...

Beautiful...you put so much into your layouts...and it looks just perfect.

Jolanda said...

very pretty and wow,your stitching is so very pretty!
Cool work!
Have a nice day.

Cathy said...

WOW Helen love your funky LO's!! So many fantastic details and I just love your photo.. what a gorgeous daughter you have! Have a fab day :)))

tania said...

Beautiful creation helen:) Actually a work of art,shall i say:)

Sharm Nidyanandan said...

Amazing layout Helen!! I love your use of the papers! the pre stitched one is beautiful and you totally rocked it ! I love the details on this layout! :)

sandi said...

Wow! Another gorgeous lo! Love the entire mix you used and placement...so striking! Love your style!

Eila Sandberg said...

L-O-V-E it Helen! just as Rachael says, it's so fun and bubbly and just perfectly sweet 16!! Was just wondering about the loopy-loop stitching and getting mighty impressed; "isn't there ANYTHING this marvellous woman doesn't master?!". Well, I'm still marvelling at your energy and creativity Helen :)) xxx

Sandy Ang said...

such a cool and awesome LO !