Friday, January 31, 2014

February challenges

February challenges already !!  I'm hoping to join in a few this month....but we will see.

My first LO is for the February challenge at SCRAP THE BOYS.  The challenge this month was to scrap about "someone important" in your boys lives.  My boys are just as important in my husband's life as vice versa.  Loved this photo and thought it suited the challenge perfectly.


I've used watercolors, gelatos and mists to create the background effect.  I've then used washi and strips of paper, and covered with gesso to create a distressed look.  A bit of stamping with paint, stencilling and some texture paste, and it's complete :)  

And a close up

Make sure you head over to the blog to see what the other AMAZING DT ladies have done.  It will blow your socks off !!!!

Next challenge is for the February Once Upon A Sketch challenge.  I haven't joined in before as there are soooo many talented ladies that play along, but I decided to give it a go this month.   The challenge was to use this sketch

together with the theme "Addicted To"

My boys are Football addicts !!  When the AFL starts I cannot get a ball out of their hands, and it drives me insane.  Every waking moment they can, they have this football in their hands and kicking, tackling, jumping on each other and arguing who has kicked the highest score !!!  

Here's my LO

This LO was inspired by the extremely talented ladies from Pops and Colors 2.  I have loved watching all the great tutorials and learning a few more tricks :)

The background began red, but after watering down the mists, paints and gelatos, it now looks pink.  I love, love my new Prima stamps.  Again, I've used texturez pastes, rub ons and stamps to help create my background

A few close ups

Love the mesh tape on this background.  A bargain from Bunnings :)

Stamping, gelatos and texturez

Thanks for stopping by.

Hope to be back again soon. 

Happy scrapping


  1. have really created some amazing back grounds!!! Loving all of the textures and your photos of the boys with their Dad is just precious! Thank you for starting your month of challenges of with our sketch from OUAS...really appreciate it!

  2. STUNNING! Loooove your bg work....that plasterer's tape works a treat, doesn't it? Fab 'addiction'...well, I guess it is:):)!!!! Being an ex-Victorian I can relate!! Thanks for joining us - hope it's the first of MANY times!!! And if you haven’t already done so, you can link this to our Once Upon A…Sketch Facebook Page for a chance at our special FB prize!

  3. A gorgeous layout... I have done the Pop and Colours 2 as well and loved that I learned so much. This is a beautiful mixed media piece and perfect for a house full of boys and football... we have rugby here with the same ball and my boys and girl are the same in rugby season so this layout resonated well with me. :) Thanks so much for playing along with us at OUAS this month :D

  4. fantastic mixed media work on both these amazing pages!

  5. These are stunning layouts, really love your back grounds.. well done on each challenge..

  6. Awesome shares Karen, love both the layouts. I must get over to the pop and colours... just need the time before I commit!

  7. Stunning layout!!! LOVE both of them!!! These colors are just gorgeous and I love all the texture too! Thanks for joining us at Once Upon A Sketch :))

  8. Beautiful pages , both of them. Love the colors, the design on the first one is great!
    I know how crazy boys can be with football. I have 6 boys and 5 of them addictd to football (well soccer in Europe). The ball came with them in school, bett , shopping. I was always yelling: NOT inside the house. Anyway: thanks for playing with us at OUAS this month!

  9. What a gorgeous layout! My eyes are drawn to so many things on the page. The colors are awesome! Love the texture and the stamping. You have the patience of a saint to deal with that much football! All the best! Drop by sometime would love to see you! A new fan! :)

  10. I love both pages, you have such a carefree , effortless mixed media style! Thank you for playing along at OUAS!

  11. Wow!! What gorgeous pages, Karen with your fabulous mixed media backgrounds!! Yes, boys create so much commotion when they are excited about something!! Love seeing your journaling in your own hand as part of your fab page design!! I’m so glad you have joined us for the January Once Upon A…Sketch Challenge and for sharing your layout on our Facebook page! ~ Blessings, Tracey

    Garden of Grace

  12. both pages are amazing, love what you're doing with the backgrounds. Please don't feel shy about taking part in challenges, we're all here to learn from one another! And thanks so much for joining us at OUAS :)

  13. Beautiful colors back ground!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at OUAS!


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