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Southern Girls Challenge - Anything Goes

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So firstly sorry for the delay in this post!  I thought I had hit the publish button but I must have had one of those senior moments.  
Welcome to another Southern Girls Challenge!  There isn't technically a theme this month, so it's 'Anything Goes!' ...for me lately it's been all about Christmas and getting ready for the end of the school year coming up.  So my inspiration piece this month is a little bit of an unconventional Xmas card. 

Firstly I have used a coat of Clear gesso on some white cardstock. Then I've created a few layers using texture paste, and then layering up with some chipboard, and embellishments.
I've layered some muslin cloth behind my deer head, added some flowers and then splattered and sprayed on top.
While things have still been a wee bit wet I have sprinkled over some fine dust glitter to add that bit of extra sparkle.

Materials I have used
Art Basics Clear Gesso
13@rts fine glitter
Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes - Bauble Garland Pape…

Challenge #143 - Anything goes or Your fave sketch

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And today I'm back with a reminder post for Let's Craft and Create - welcome :).  This months challenge is a 'Anything goes' with an option for using your favourite sketch.
On days when I feel like I really want to create something but the juices just aren't flowing like they should - a sketch is a great way to help get you started.  I love going to the 'My Favourite Things' card sketches for a bit of inspiration but there are many other sites out there that you can go to.  If you haven't tried using a sketch before I would highly recommend it, and remember you don't have to follow the sketch exactly it can just be a guide.
So - here is my card for this month.


We would love to see what is your favourite sketch or just a project in general - so don't forget to link up your project!

Southern Girls Challenge - Stripes

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Welcome back to a Team Lou challenge, this month it is 'Stripes'!.

Thanks so much to Newton's Nook for being our sponsor for this challenge.
Newton is adorable and available in a range of cute images but there are also loads of other styles so be sure to click over to their shop and have a look around.



So my inspiration piece this month is a Thank you card.

Be sure to link up your entry! Thanks for stopping by

Challenge #141 - Friendship

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Welcome to the 'Lets craft and Create' challenge!  This months theme is Friendship - something to be valued and treasured.  I love that I have a wide variety of friends and I love that I can appreciate each of them in very different ways.  Now not to get too mushy here, I have to admit that one of the things that I love the most about my closest friends is the banter that we engage in - I've been told that I can be rather sarcastic at time but my closest friends well they like it...I think lol.
So with all of that in mind I present my inspiration piece for this months challenge.

I've used a stamp from aall and create #86 by Fiona Paltridge.  I met Fiona at a scrapbooking event here in New Zealand while with a group of my friends.  So I thought this one was quite fitting :)
The statement that I have used is from My Favourite Things - Sassy Pants Best Friends.  I love these statements - and this one in particular made me think of my bestie straight away.
I hope you have…

Tag - you're it! SGC Challenge

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Welcome back to another Southern Girls Challenge!  This fortnight the challenge is to use a tag or tags...it's your choice.  I don't normally use tags so this was a good chance for me to see what I could do with them.  I opted to make a card and created a tag out of some scrap paper to use as a layer for my focal pieces.
I wanted to add a bit of depth and texture to the tag so I punched a heart in the bottom right hand corner so that you would see the layers and colours of the paper below.  To add a bit more texture I added some stitch like stamping along the bottom line.
Well that's my creation.....can't wait to see yours!


Challenge #140 - Layers

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Welcome back to another Let's Craft and Create Challenge!  This months challenge is all about layers...a bit like an onion some might say lol.  Right sorry for the bad jokes, lets carry on.  Here is my inspiration piece 'Imagine'.



I love this photo - it brings about feelings of struggle but then great achievements...

So I like layers but in a flatter sense if that makes any sense to you.  I often use the colour and shapes in my papers mixed with some stamping, outlining etc to create my layers.

In this particular piece I have started with my base paper layer that had an ombre effect of orange and teal, a bit like rising from the fire and up into the sunshine.  I believe it is a 7 Dots paper range Cotton Candy Dreams. (Sugar Haze)


I fussy cut these fabulous circular flower kind of looking things off the Strawberry Fields paper and attached them to the top of the page - and thus our layering begins.  From here I went on to add some stamping, black ink tracking around some o…

Southern Girls Challenge - Add some stamping

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Welcome back to another Team Lou Southern Girls Challenge!  This months challenge is 'Add some stamping' - I love stamps perhaps a bit too much at times. I really enjoy the versatility of them.  I have some stamps that I haven't even actually used yet but I just can't bear to part with them!  Anyway as I often use stamps in my card making and scrapbooking layouts, I thought i would do something a bit different,  Check it out......


I have used a Stampin up 'Swallowtail' stamp to create some focal points in the background.

I have also used a prima brick wall stamp and honeycomb stamp to add some texture and interest,

For the border I have used an Indigo blue stitched stamp to frame the piece, and finally i've added some stitched circles to bring it all together.

I hope that this has helped to inspire you.  Don't forget to head on over to the blog and link up your creation!