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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chantal's take on this month's challenge... :)

Hi everyone! Well I really enjoyed this month's challenge, set by Mel! It's er... challenging! In the best way possible! I love a good challenge and this one is very "doable" and at the same time really different! :D

So! For the Layout Challenge you must follow this criteria.
  • Layout Theme :- "Looking Forward, Looking Back" ( You must use these words somewhere on your layout).
  • Non traditional shaped layout.
  • Must have :- Buttons, Ribbon, and at least 1 other embellishment.
  • Quote for Inspiration :- (You may or may not choose to use this on your layout) "I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." (James Dean).
This month I was thrilled to work with the gorgeously pretty "Ruby Violet" line by Prima! Wow, hey! I'm very lucky!

So here is my layout, "Looking Back..."

Yes, that's me in the pics! :)

So I've used the words "Looking back" & Looking forward" in my title and journalling. CHECK!

I have a non-traditional shaped layout - I've outlined and cut around the "Ditzyfloral" patterned paper - you can check it out in store here. CHECK!

I've got buttons, ribbons and flowers too (flowers being my "other embellishment") - so CHECK CHECKITY CHECK! ;)

The tones of this paper are so lovely - just look at this closie...

And how about those flowers! Stunning hey?! They are Kaisercraft's "Paper Blooms" in Amethyst. I even liked the back of them so that's why I've got one upside down. I think it looks cute!

I just adored using Green Tara's Satin Leafed Garland in Hot Pink on my layout. I simply stapled it into place - it made a really lovely embellishment!

And now for the Card Challenge.

Here's the criteria...
  • Non Traditional shaped card
  • Must use: * At least 2 parts of 2 patterned papers, Plus *Paint, *Masking tape, and *Flowers.
And here's my card!

I've used Core'dinations Cardstock in White as my card base (so I've just folded a full 12" x 12" sheet in half), and then I've stamped Prima's Ruby Violet Stamps #1 in a tree-like shape on the front. In this awesome set of stamps, you get four tree branch stamps (two with birds on top!) and I've "built" my tree by using a combination of these stamps and also the three other stamps in the pack, which are different sized flowers. So I've used the whole pack of stamps on this card to make my tree card!

Then I've doodled around my tree, used masking tape as my trunk and then cut out some shapes that I've drawn (eg: the grass) and I've fussy-cut some uber cute flora and fauna from Prima's Ruby Violet patterned papers. Using up alot of my scraps from my layout! :)

I've painted some of the little details on the stamped images with Kaisercraft's Deep Yellow Acrylic Paint. My favourite paint colour at the moment! :D

The last step was simply cutting around the doodled outline at the top, leaving the left folded edge, the base and part of the right side intact.

All the criteria... covered! Great criteria it is, too - don't you think?

Here's a closie so you can see my card's "3Dness" - you see it without the glasses! LOL!

So I hope you have lots of fun with the challenge, entries are due the 14th of February e-mail to Joanne to be in the running for some fabulous prizes!

"Looking forward" to seeing your creations! :D


Chantal :)


  1. Great take on this challenge Chantal!! I new you would 'Rock' this range, Hey great pics!

  2. Hey Chantal.....oh wow oh have done an awesome job with this layout and card. I admire the way that you use brights.....such a talent!!! How gorgeous do you look in those photos????? I LOVE the shape of your layout and how you have taken your layout outside the border of the base page! Your card is beautiful - I LOVE the 3Dness of it and how gorgeous is that tree.....well done! xxxx

  3. Absolutely stunning Chantal!! Love all those gorgeous colours and your card rocks!!
    You are so brave scrapping those photos of course it helps that you are gorgeous!!


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