Friday, 17 February 2012

SJ Crafts Monthly Challenge - February

Its challenge time again over at SJ Crafts and this month one lucky winner can win a gorgeous 6x6 paper pad of My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline Howdy Doody.  The closing date is 14th March at 1pm and the challenge this month is to use flowers and pink or red.  

I'm loving 6x6 pads myself at the moment.  The allow you to have a lot more patterns available and I often find that the scaled down versions can be a little easier to use when you have big and busy patterns.  They are great for using in a quadrant for a quick starting point to a layout.  My papers here are the original Dear Lizzy from American Crafts which are eons old now but I've mixed them with some newer techniques and products so that I am finally able to revel in their loveliness on a page and not hidden away in my piles of patterned paper.

I overlapped the squares for interest and inked all my edges (as usual!) with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using a Blending Tool.  I liked the effect of the bright papers against the kraft cardstock which helps to ground the design and add a bit of neutrality.  The chipboard is old AC too (and yes I do seem to have lost one of my bunting flags between taking the photos for Sarah and then retaking them in better light this morning!)  I fussy cut some flowers and added Glossy Accents for texture in various places among the flowers and I used foam adhesive and finger curling to add more dimension.

I'm really trying to bust my stash at the moment and I love layouts with lots of "stuff" on so I went to town with labels from Crate Paper, various stickers and charms and badges, and some tiny letter stickers.

The page is about my cute girl pottering in the garden with her little watering can and her wellies on, just watering plants that really didn't need to be any wetter than they already were.  She was in her own little world and had no clue that I was watching her going about her thing.

So, what will your project be?  It can be a card or a layout or an off the page project and there are more details on the blog.

Bye for now


  1. Love the squares and all those bright flowers..perfect for the picture!
    Alison xx

  2. fab layout Lisa-Jane. The quadrant works well and all those flowers are gorgeous x I'm favouring 6x6 pads too.

  3. Your layout is lovely. Thank you for visiting my blog. I come from Chennai (Madras) where in India did you stay?

  4. Oh my, how gorgeous :)

    Hope you're feeling better, so many horrid bugs doing the rounds

  5. Lovely layout. I just awarded you the LIEBSTER award!

  6. What a nice, bright, fun layout. I just found your blog thru Lisa's Liebster link.


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