Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Cardmaker of the year 2016

Good morning lovelies

Today is a very special day. After what seemed like forever I can finally reveal the secret I have kept for more than 2 months...

Last year I decided to do something different. After noticing the competition in 2015 the idea started growing. I thought I might just give it a go...So in 2016 I entered Australian Simply Cards Magazine's Cardmaker of the Year.

I was so worried that my cards won't get there in time and was rushing to get the instructions done. So I thought oh well I tried and left it at that.

Then one afternoon before I went on leave I got a call... It was Tracey Orchard, Editor of Australian Simply Cards Magazine. I could  hardly believe it. She told me I won... "What really?" I stumbled upon my words and I may have asked her if it was for real. I may even have asked her to promise me that it's not a joke. I have been totally overwhelmed. So many amazing cardmakers enter each year. I look at their cards and am amazed by their skills with markers and intrigued folds. Really, what chance did I have?

All I can say is thank you to Practicalpublishing http://www.practicalpublishing.com.au/   from the bottom of my heart and thank you for trusting me to work with you this year. Thank you also for the sponsors Arnold's Scrapbook and Craft Store, and Art Deco Creations and Chameleon for a very generous prize pack worth $2500. I am super stoked.

Thank you also to Heather McMahon who supported and encouraged me to do more tags and cards when I first started. Sandra Wallace,  Beck Beatie and Michelle Grant for giving me opportunities to create for them and Vicki for asking me to teach at Scrap Matrix. Thank you believing in me from the very start and before I got on any other DT's. Thank you to my family and friends and their unwavering support. Love you guys. And last but not least Tim for all his inspiration techniques and 12 Tags of the year tutorials. He might not be aware but if it wasn't for the 12 Tag tutorials I may have never thought of myself as a cardmaker.

To see my entries and read more about my journey, you will have to make sure you get your copy of Australian Simply Cards Magazine Issue 104 on sale on the 16th of March. A few lucky subscribers have already received theirs :)

So with this news I leave you today till next time.

Xxx

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Hello dear friends

I'm back as promised and this time I am sharing the new More than Words Challenge. Gosh you cannot help but to be inspired by this challenge. The task is to use the word Beautiful as inspiration and to include a butterfly on your layout. Easy right? I mean who does not like butterflies?


I was inspired by gorgeous flowers. When I was in South Africa in January we drove from my hometown to the city so I could catch the plane back to Australia. As we were driving I saw all these sunflowers just growing wild all along the road. They were simply gorgeous. I just wanted to stop but we didn't.

At the same time I also had a photo shoot booked with 2 of my best friends. ( You know how you always just snap a photo b4 saying goodbye and then it never looks good...? do you?) Well before I visited I decided that this time will be different. We will take professional photos so we can have captured memories of our beautiful and long lasting fiendship.

Seeing all these flowers along the road,  I decided that our photo shoot will include sunflowers. While we weat the florist I also found this big bright bunch with roses lillies and daisies. Super bright in orange red yellow and purple. Definitely not my usual colours, but ooh so pretty. I just had to buy this too. It made me so happy. So we had to use them as well. We all layed down with our heads amongst the flowers tbough it was dominated by the beautiful big suflowers.



I hoped you liked this post and appreciate you stopping by today.

Please come and play along with us this month by following this link: http://morethanwordschallenge.blogspot.com/2017/03/march-2017-main-challenge-beautiful.html


I can't wait to see what you come up with.

All my love

Anguree


Kraft + March 2017 Challenge

Good morning lovelies

It is the first of March. Yikes time sire flies when you ate having fun. I'm going on an overseas trip in 3 weeks and am sooo not ready. It felt so far away... eek

First things first though, and yes as always the start of the month means an array of new exciting challenges for you to join. Yeah... excited? You are going to love March my friends I only did 2 so far and both have been super duper fun.

So this month in Kraft + we ask you to use kraft + Denim. I am a demin kinda girl and it's so trendy right now. Seriously I love my jeans and I don't think it can ever go out of fashion. Do you agree?

So here's my take on it:


I was inspired by my gorgeous cousin in her denim jacket. Somehow this photo was just perfect for the job. I love the fact that it makes I contact and reaveals part of that vibrant attitude and personality.


I used the leg of an old pair of jeans. I loved the strong seam lines and decided to use it as a photomat on on my painted background. It just happened to fall perfectly and I loved the folds it made so I stapeled it too my page. ( Well that's not all I stapeled last night... I had to detach my messy mat afterwards LOL 😜😂..)


I also found a strange love for tulle of late so obviously I had to include that and a couple of flowers to finish it off.


I hope you enjoyed this post with me and can't wait to see what you come up with. Also visit the blog for more inspiration by my uber talented design team buddies.
http://kraftpluschallenges.blogspot.com.au/?m=0


I will be back sharing another fabulous challenge soon so stay tuned.

Xxx


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

More Than Words Main Challenge February

Hello there everyone

I'm back again today sharing another fabulous challenge for this month. Yes it is More than Words Main Challenge for February.

This month the challenge is to use the word together as inspiration and use a & somewhere in your layout, canvas or art journal.

February is the month of love and holds some very special memories for me.
Yes I am one of those people who got married on Valentines Day. Not because it was Valentines but because it fell on the 14th and was exactly a year after our engagement. It just happened to be Valentines Day as well.

 I was inspired by the &, my memories of this day and our life together. 13 Years this year and I still love him to bits, maybe even more than all those years ago.

Here is what I have done:


I used some modeling paste though a stencil and lightly splattered on faded yellow watercolor paint. Next randomly stamped a script background on top. I also glued on some twine to add texture.

Due to being on holidays at the time I had some wood veneers custom cut for my layout.

Last but not least I added embellishment clusters my veneer title and some journaling strips to add to my story and open a window to my heart.


I  hope you enjoyed these tips on how I created it and that you will play along with us this time.

Please find this link for more inspiration by my fellow design team members and more details on how to play along: http://morethanwordschallenge.blogspot.com.au/2017/02/february-2017-main-challenge-together.html?m=1

I can't wait to see what you come up with so come and get out your paper scissors and ink and get messy.

Till next time have fun playing.

Anguree xxx

Kraft+ February 2017

Hello my friends

It's the 1st of February 2017. My oh my, how quick has January gone by?  Hope you are just as excited as me, because the first always means new challenges and more opportunities to create and express yourself.

This month we are going coastal at K+. This fabulous new challenge also includes a sketch challenge. Just because the sketch is in 12x12 format does not mean you have to create a layout either. You can interpret it in any way you like and create whatever your heart desire. They only rules are that it has to be on kraft paper and incorporate the challenge elements. You can do a layout, cards, OTP, art journal, it does not matter. In fact, we would love to see what you come up with.

I decided to make three ATC's, also called Artist Trading Cards. They are really small, measuring only 2.5 x 3 " each. Yet so much fun and quick to put together.


Details:





Come and check out more inspiration from the rest of the DT and be sure to play along with us this time.

Till next time, have fun.

xxxx





Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Hello there everyone

It is mini challenge tme at Mrore than Words Challenge and we would love for you to play along.

I made this tag using Maja Designs patterned paper, Heartfelt Creations die-cut, Flutterby Designs journaling strips and some flowers.


The Challenge is to create a card or tag using the word One. So here is my tip: I did not have any words swith the word one so i simply cut the d from the word done and added a complimentary word to finish my strip. 


Please come and play along with us and show us what you create.

Till next time have fun 
xxx 



Monday, 16 January 2017

#52cafecards January Challenge Week 1

Hello dear friends

I'm back on the blog today sharing a small little project I created just for fun. Yes it's been a while since I entered challenges but it is definitely something that I would like to do more this year.

Marta Lapkowska created a Facebook page called Maremi's Creative Cafe. She invites all kinds of crafters to come and share their work and be part of this wonderful, careing community where people can inspire and encourage each other and be free to express their art.

As part of this she started a new challenge where you need to use playing cards to create 52 cards in 2017, each with it's own theme. Week 1 started off with the theme "Art".

This is my take on it but make sure you pop in and play along.https://www.facebook.com/groups/939245982873406/permalink/958166220981382/



Hope you join in too.

Till next time have fun xxx

Friday, 6 January 2017

Kraft Plus January 2017

Hello dear friends

I'm back on the blog today sharing my take on the January challenge at Kraft +.



This month's challenge is to create a layout, card art journal or off the page project featuring a bicycle and as always to use kraft paper. You can interpret it in any way you wish to so come and play along. 12/on-your-bike-january-challenge.html?m=1


I was inspired by the images in the moodboard and vintage bicycles. This photo of my cousin and his gorgeous wife was perfect as bike rides gives us the opportunity to explore the beautiful things in life rather than rushing about. At the same time it symbolizes the journey together and all the ups and downs along the road. What inspires you, how do you interpret this challenge? I can't wait to see so come and join us.

Till next time enjoy creating 
Xxx