Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Once Upon a Sketch has a new Reveal! (Our Chix Layout) & solving your Blogging Problems once & for all!!

Oh goodness, the 1st of June already!  Wow...for me it has been a very busy year so far!   I am busy organising a birthday party  for a certain little girlie in my life & numerous other non-scrappy commitments are taking up quite a bit of my time & head space at the moment too.  My big girl comes home in 3 weeks time & we have her at home for a whole 5 WEEKS so we are just counting down the days for that!

I have been faced with seriously detrimental "Blogger" issues this week.  At one point I wasn't even been able to access my own blog to do some simple know you're all on "speed dial" so without access to your blog addresses I couldn't even browse..then when I finally "got the keys back" from Blogger to my own space...NO COMMENT BOX...Yesterday I was tearing my hair out & couldn't get any last minute challenges done as I couldn't even get to the challenges I wanted to do without access to my private blog with all my address links.

This month I have a new I see a challenge I hope to do I am shortcutting it into a file on my desktop...should skirt around any future Blogger hiccups...

To overcome the problem of being unable to comment I downloaded Google Chrome - which solved it immediately - so I uninstalled Firefox & we seem to be on our way again!!  So if you are having any "Blogger" issues yourself try that.  I don't think it's a Blogger issue at all but rather a browser one.

Once Upon A...Sketch!  The new love of my life - has a new reveal up for the month of June, and of course my layout is on show there too so pop on over here, leave us some comment love & nab that new sketch straight to your desktop & get ready to scrap!!  Emeline Seet is the Guest Designer this month, Webster's are the prize sponsors (and there is some seriaaaas stash on offer...) and Lene Neby is also guest designing (our April winner & another hyper-talented scrapbooker).  I am now following her blog - if you are into shabby chic - she is the Queen!

So here's mine - using mostly the "Springtime" line by Echo Park.  I fussy-cut the flowers & birds from the paper I had left over after creating this fussy-cut layout here.  The theme was to journal about a special woman in your life, using at least 2 lines of journaling.  The little birdies that were left over from the paper made me think of my "big girl" Chelsea as her nickname is Chix or Chicken!

Isn't the sketch gorgeous!  Save it from here if you haven't already - you have two weeks from now to submit your entry!   Here is a close-up of my  journaling so you can read the story.

I used my favourite bubble-wrap stamp again, with a two-tone effect this time.

And, in a quest for something different, I made my own tulle grass by spraying some tulle (from a fabric shop) with green mist then gathering it up & placing it behind the white picket fence sticker & the pink flower border.

These little birdies & hearts were ideal for my theme of "Our Chix" leaving the nest & flying off!

Below is my little bit of "white space" - the top right-hand corner - which I left relatively plain.

There is my tulle/netting grass, fence, flowers, scallop edging & other flower heads - all layered up one behind the other...

 I used my some of my sponsored stash of Imaginarium Chipboard here for the title & was featured on their blog today here!

 Some of my layered embellishing...

And my little chicken there again, together with he mum & dad (the big chickens) LOL!


Printed paper - Echo Park "Springtime" Delightful Stripe
Cut-outs from Echo Park "Springtime" Spring Feathers
Ricrac - American Crafts "Peachy Keen"
Pearly brad - American Crafts "Letterbox"
Doodlebug "Fancy Frills" cardstock stickers
Making Memories Tiny Alphas
Red staples - Making Memories
Chipboard alphas - Imaginarium Designs
Kaiserkraft Bubblewrap stamp
Tulle - local fabric store
Misted with Mr. Huey Clover & Key Lime(Tattered Angels)
Red ink - Memories Chalk ink pad
Little Yellow Bicycle stickpins
Doily - handmade
Pearl - Prima


Alison said...

Love the LO Helen...especially love that tulle sticking up-very clever! you might be right about Google Chrome...I haven't had any Blogger probs and that's what I use
Alison xx

Unknown said...

just so beautiful and love the sketch!!
hugs carla

Shayne said...

How cute is your grass/picket fence layering story. Very cute. Love this LO!

I have Firefox and have absolutely no probs whatsoever with blogger. the only prob i have is crap speed with is because our wireless is down. otherwise everything is just dandy. the only time i was stuck was a couple weeks ago when blogger had it's issues.

glad you're all sorted tho.

Jolanda said...

Wow Helen,very beautiful and pretty!!!!
Amazing these layers!
Have a very nice day!

Cynthia Lloréns said... are such a great friend..and I love to see your face in my blog you really makes me a happy person!!!!!
Thanks so much from my hart for your wonderful words in Nadia´s blog..very nice from You!!!!!!
Now!!!!!I just love yor page..such a great work..stunning I´m in love with the layers....they are so marvelous...
My friend I wish a wonderful day and a very nice week.
Kisses and huges from Brazil and from my hart!!!

Diana said...

I haven't had a single problem with blogger on firefox (knock wood)
love the LO much brighter and "cleaner" (hope you kwim) than your usual
the tulle grass is brilliant
love the picket fence and that little row of flowers
and great journaling
why have I not used any capital letters?
I have no idea I hope this wasn't too annoying ack

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

Absolutely stunning! Love the two toned bubble wrap stamping, the picket fence, the fact that you made your own grass (looks fab!) and the fussy cut elements. Superb take on the sketch.
Blogger Issues - Incidentally, I use Google Chrome as my default browser, and have still had blogger issues..including the comment box and follower issues...hope you have better luck.
Thanks so much for all the incredibly kind feedback that you leave on my blog...really appreciate it! :)

Jessy Christopher said...

Eeekkk...the chickees are so cute on the layout! I love your take on the sketch and all the details are just lovely. Well on blogger, I think they are having some issues lately & hope the bug won't come back again!

Kerryn said...

This is such a beautiful page Helen!

Heather Jacob said...

gorgeous, wonderful, awesome, fabulous .. love your work Helen so inspiring and fun ... hugz x

yes I installed google chrome last week too ..NO PROBLEMS NOW ....
I feel GOOGLE want bloggers to use all their products .... understandable and it is FREE !!!!!!

Unknown said...

Hi Helen,
First of all, thanks for your recommendation on using google chrome..Blogger has been driving me crazy lately.

This is such a pretty page! I love your colorful pages. Chix is beautiful!

Sharm Nidyanandan said...

i love this page Helen!!! it's so so darn cute!! the chicks, the lil scenery you created is wonderful my friend!!! :) not to mention the border for the photo! beautiful!! thanks so much for sharing!!!! :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Beautiful layout Helen, the colors are so lovely and I love the rows and rows of borders, so cute!

yyam said...

Ahhh...such awesome layers! Love the little details and love you put into your creations! What a great page about your daughter!

Eila Sandberg said...

Jeeez Helen - this is plain AMAZING!! love love love the layered borders, so much yumminess! really ingenious to mist the tulle, have to remember that - ta! beautiful effect with the two-tone bubble wrap stamping and the cut-out chickie family is just so cute! You are always so good with the sketches, this one proves it to at tee! I so wish some of you talent could rub off on me, just love everything you do! Mwah!

Sabrina Scrapbook said...

Another beautiful layout!! I love reading your journal. It makes how meaningful and precious this page is. Hope you are having a great time there, my dear friend!! :)