Southern Girls Challenge - Jan 2019!

Welcome everyone to the first Team Lou post for The Southern Girls Challenge! The thought of a new year for me is like a blank canvas...which is quite exciting.  A chance to review and change aspects of your life that weren't quite to your liking in the past year.  It's not a clean slate but more something to build on.  This year I'm working on being more organised .... I'd love to hear what your new years resolutions are!
So in the spirit of me trying to be more organised, I finished my project a week before it was due - how organised is that!  Well for me it is anyway lol
My project piece for this month is a mini album that I have created for a lovely lady and her daughter.  She gave me an idea of what she wanted and then the rest was up to me.....

This challenge is sponsored by: Krafter Cart and The Paper Shelter

With a bow

Weclome to 2019!!!

I bought these paper bows from my local spotlight store ages ago...I have co-ordinated colours by using up some of my scrap pieces of paper..added a bit of bling and ta daaaa.....

It is a new year and while I don't make resolutions as such I do have some aims/goals for the year.  I create and sell under the name of The Overthinking Crafter..and the name suits me to a tee.  I overthink everything which also tends to mean that I hoard a lot of craft bits you know for those just in case times.  So my aim for this year is to actually use those just in case bits and bobs and simply create with them.  I hope that you will join me in this journey and check back in!

See you later - happy crafting!

Southern Girls Challenge - Anything Goes

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

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

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

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

Welcome back to another Southern Girls Challenge!  This fortnight the challenge is to use a tag or'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!