Thursday, 2 June 2011

2 New Layouts (Scrap-it-Lah - Living the Dream) & (Colour Combos Galore/Sketch Inspirations "So Far Apart")& a Giveaway!

So the first reveal of the new DT is up at Scrap-it-Lah & what's not to love about this challenge site?  All you need to do is link up your LAYOUT (only layouts allowed - yay!!!) by the end of the month for a chance to win a lovely RAK - each & every month - no long list of rules, no challenge to make something weird & wonderful out of your old cereal box - just straight-forward scrapbooking - the way it should be IMO :)

The topic of the challenge is THINGS I CAN'T DO WITHOUT & the new DT have come up with a whole range of things from smiles to cell-phones - please pop in - become a follower & leave them some comment love.  Remember to add SCRAP-IT-LAH to your list of places to play OK!?!

I downloaded this cool font - with hearts inside the letters - called CUPID DE LOCKE so there's the link for those of you that want it - just click "download" - "open with Winzip" then right click the download & click install - waaay easier for Windows 7 users than the old XP method!

This layout came together like absolute clockwork - no hiccups at all - gotta love that!

I used some of my INSTAX photos for the first time ever (I have a display wall full of them!)


We R Memory Keepers "Be My Valentine" Hugs & Kisses printed paper
White bazzill
Making Memories Be Mine Valentine's Sentiment & felt hearts & bling flowers
Making Memories vintage Findings red metal roses
Black alphas - stationer
Chipboard Alphas - American Crafts Thickers - Hardcover
Tim Holtz "Adage" tickets

Here I just wanted to give a little shout out to my new friend Yolande - that sent me all these incredible goodies AS WELL AS 3 spray bottles of mists!  Wow, wow, wow...the love in Scrappy Bloggy land is alive & well!!  Yolande is a relatively new blogger & does the most amazing work so why not pop in & take a look at it here.  Sure she would love some comment love too - you remember what it was like starting out?!

And this is my MAY GIVEAWAY!  Yes, I do know that we are already in June, but I never got to posting May's giveaway so here it is!!  So far I have had a giveaway every month - January was won by Kirsty Vittetoe, February by Lynette Jacobs, March by Paloma & April by Stefanie.

This RAK contains a brand new pack of Crate Paper "Emma's Shoppe" buttons - some Studio Calico journaling stickers, a set of alphas, lots of punched shapes, flowers & hand-made crochet bits & pieces - just a collection of spring goodies already tucked into a little envelope that could have YOUR NAME WRITTEN ON IT!

This RAK is on offer to all entrants of my latest Scrapbook Challenges Product Challenge (now closed) & I stated in the forum thread there that they could have an extra chance of winning if they commented here AS WELL (and became a follower).  It is also available to YOU - my followers/blog readers/bloggy friends!!

What you need to do to have a chance of winning this little package too is:-

1.  Become a follower (if you aren't one already)
2.  Leave a comment on this post
3.  Become a follower at Scrap-it-Lah 

I will draw a winner within a week so don't delay!!

And here is my latest entry into this week's challenge over at Colour Combos Galore

Using the latest sketch from Sketch Inspirations

For some reason this site is not very well supported, which is sad, as their sketches are lovely & always work for me!

I am also entering this in Kirsty's "crepe paper challenge" over at Yvonne Yam's blog here.  You have a chance of winning a $15 voucher to her lovely little pixie store, by entering any creation where you have used CREPE PAPER so check out Yvonne's blog (she has challenges hosted by Guest Designers often) & enter before JUNE 17.  I used almost all Echo Park "For the Record" simply because it was such a perfect match!

I punched then pleated then stitched around my circle.

I always try to add a bit of journaling to tell the story - and I try not to forget to add the date!

I gathered up some tissue paper (under the scallop edge above) that I took out of some new shoes my son bought!  It was the perfect "Krafty" colour!


Echo Park "For the Record" printed papers & stickers & alphas - "Border", "Lace Stripes" & "Fancy Floral"
Fiskars border punch
Red thread
Sassafras alphas (Robotics)
Prima flowers & bling swirls
SEI brad

Well done if you made it this far!  I am about 10 layouts behind on my posting so I'm going to have to do 2 at a time to catch up!!


Unknown said...

These are beautiful Helen, that new font is so pretty, so happy it worked like a breeze for you. New follower, could not do it last week, tried and tried and blogger just was't cooperating, LOL!

Jasmine S said...

Helen your work is just fabulous. Your LOs are always so "happy". They draw you in and the colors are so refreshing and fun.

Chantal Vandenberg said...

These are so gorgeous! Love how polished your layouts look if that makes sense. :)

Jolanda said...

Beautiful work Helen!!and beautiful give aways!!
Have a nice day!

topkatnz said...

Both layouts are great. Love the journaling on the top one:)

Yolande (pronounced you-land-a) said...

Hi Helen. Both Layouts are absolutely superb! I love that you managed to use so many beautiful photos on your "Living the Dream" layout, and I love the journaling...really have to agree, that family is number 1. How cool is that font you used?! Love the design of your second LO and that fabulous large format photo...the details are absolutely gorgeous. How clever of you to use tissue paper and to gather looks fantastic!!! Also love the stitching, borders, cut outs, bling and other lovely details.
Oh Helen, thank's so much for the shout out on your not necessary but you are an absolute sweetie pie! :)
Have a superb day...and keep up the amazing creative work.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

WOW WOW WOWWWWWWWWWWWWW!! These are BOTH AMAZING!!!! I just loveeeeeeeeeeee all the photos and your designs are GORGEOUS!! And what a giveaway! :):):):):):):):):):):):)

Stefanie said...

I love the first one esp, but they are both truly works of art.
I have signed up to follow Scrap-it-lah so qualify for this one as well. I notice those crocheted flowers.
I saw my name this time...LOL.

Ella Swan said...

Aha Steph! Observant you were this time LOL!! Yes I get some Zimbabwean ladies to make those crocheted flowers & will be giving them away to SIX of my blog followers over Christmas so keep your eyes peeled in December LOL! Thank you so much to all of you for your encouragement - it means more to me than you know!

yyam said...

You do such amazing work Helen! The layout for SIL is just divine! Love how eye-catching it would make a really good ad design! It just draws the eye in! And that second layout is stunning too. Love how you used a large photo and embellished so beautifully. Just awesome work Helen!

Thanks for playing along with my guest Kirsty's challenge! :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Wonderful work!!! I love how you "blow up" the photo, it looks extremely gorgeous with all the lovely embellishment and beautiful choice of DP, you are so creative!!!

Marelize said...

Your work is just amazing Helen!! Love both these layouts! You've got a gorgeous family!

Elisabeth Helland said...

I love the journaling on LO nr one.......good one!, and all the pictures as well, makes it amazing....
on LO nr 2, i love the colors and the details.....and what a nice picture....

Diana said...

Love the first LO and the lovely sentiments.

Lynette Jacobs said...

I absolutely adore your first layout...what I love about it most of all is the just oozes love.

Alison said...

Love the journalling on the 'family' LO..fab font too! Have become a follower on made it sound like fun!
Alison xx

Kristal said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the jounrally on your Family layout alos and I love how it just all pops and works so weel togther!! Thank you o much for your kind comments on my blog xoxox

Mitralee said...

Always enjoy your blog and today's pages in particular!

Eila Sandberg said...

Just reading your blog puts a huuuge smile on my face and so much warmth in my heart. Elsa woke me up at 04.30 (yup, 04.30 as in a.m. it is) wanting a cuddle and not giving it a rest until I had OPENED my eyes having a proper look into hers. Smiling is also what I did checking out the DT's work over at Scrap-it-Lah. So much to love in both your pages Helen, dunno where to begin. Only had time to think "yeah, that's so totally Echo Park "For the Record" when I saw last week's palette on CCG, but had only time to whip up the page for TCR before leaving on our trip. Been itching for my papers even if we had an absolutely glorious time in London. Will post some more photos :)) Really agree with you on the weird challenges out there, couldn't be bothered to use 8 buttons, 16 loops all gathered upside down on a converted milk carton. I want to keep my layouts for posterity because they mean something to me. That's exactly what your pages are all about, beautiful memories. xoxoxox

Sharm Nidyanandan said...

Wow Helen!! This is so gorgeous! from the colours to ruffles, totally jaw dropping my friend!! tfs!!! I love it!! :)

Sharm Nidyanandan said...

ooohhh and you totally rocked your first DT project for Scrap-it-lah!!! it's beautifully and very tastefully put together!!!! u go gurl!!! :)

Mel said...

Helen, wowsers, you have done 2 perfectly gorgeous layouts, I just love firstly the photos you did with that little camera...I just have to get one, super cute and I went to your friends blog and so glad you sent me, she is an awesome scrapper, I love her style, wowsers girl, I love For the record too, gorgeous rocked that crepe paper challenge, stunning. That wide photo is just stunning, that isn't done with that camera you have mentioned is it? I love the effect. Melxx