Wednesday 16 October 2013

TOP 3 Sketch no.22

Hello Everyone

Thanks soooo much to everyone who played along with the last challenge! We really had such beautiful projects that it was really hard to choose just 3! So please, don't be discouraged if we did not pick your project in the TOP 3 here, it was not easy!

But before we get to that, let's see who won our random goodies.

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Congratulations 19. lexeyok !!!!!! We will get these out to you asap, so please would you send your details to
Okay now to those esteemed TOP 3.
Congratulations  7. Mona Pendleton, USA !!! Wow, did we love this amazing page! ;-) We loved the soft colouring, the beautiful details and and that lace is just sooo special! Beautiful page all round! ;-)

Next up is 5. Ronazita , well done on this fabulous page. We loved the fresh colouring and your fresh styling, along with your doodling! It is just gorgeous and fun! Stunning page!
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And then to round off the TOP 3 projects is  1. patricia Cugnod ! Congratulations! The brick background and your stamping are just super, along with your gorgeous photo! The clean lines give it such an elegance! Well done! ;-) 
So to these ladies, really well done and thanks for these amazing projects!
Mona we would love to see more of your work and so please could you mail us for a future Guest design opportunity!
We hope you will play along with the current challenge and thank everyone again for your support! We really do love visiting your blogs and seeing all your wonderful inspiration!

Tuesday 15 October 2013

Challenge no.22 - Resisting

Hello Everyone

We hope that your week has started off well! We have a really cool and exciting challenge today and it is hosted my the amazingly talented Elena Smoktunova.

Elena Smoktunova

The challenge today is all about resisting, whether you use embossing, crayons, glue, gesso or any medium that resists paint, inks etc.

Guest Designer Badge

We have a super Guest Designer today, who was a previous TOP 3, Ade.

She created an amazing page for us, as well as showed us how she created the page.

And finally the finished page.

Thanks so much Ade, for creating a gorgeous gesso resist page! The stamping and detailing are just wonderful! We love this mixed media page and your kitty photo's are precious too! ;-)

As always, we also have the DT to inspire you, and as always, they have not disappointed! Check out these amazing resist projects.

First, we make the printsthen bake, then sprinkle sprays to get the interesting resist effect.

On this layout I did resist stamping using household Vaseline. I stamped waited for 5 minutes. I then blended with distress stain. Then used a paper towel to wipe over the stamped area to reveal the image.

My resist technique was a crayon and mists, to created my scallop border.

I used two different resist techniques: a modeling paste/gesso resist with a Prima checkerboard mask, and on my Molossi chipboard butterfly I used a gorgeous Visible Image script stamp with white embossing powder and did an emboss resist technique, coloring the butterfly with Peacock Feather and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

I used pearlescent embossing powder to create my resisted stamping.

I stamped the image on smooth white cardstock using clear embossing ink.
I sprinkled American Crafts Zing clear embossing powder over the wet ink and heat set the embossing powder. I then used Ranger distress ink to colour the background and added a few sprinkles of water to the background to make the little white dots...

I used Wood glue as a resist. Stamp script image onto plain white card stock. Add a small amount of wood glue to plain smooth white card stock and spread it out using an old credit card. Leave some area of the card stock clear with no glue on it. Leave the glue to dry really well and then ink using different colours of Distress ink. Wipe the glue clean and use as a background.


I used a Bazzill resist paper and then blended PanPastels onto the background and played around with texture paste and inks.

I used Clear Embossing Powder as a resist on the flourish, sprayed my first colour of mist. I did the scribbles with my hot glue gun and sprayed my second layer of mist...On the tags and pocket I used bubble wrap covered with Pritt gluestick. Once it was completely dry, I sprayed my colour mists...

We hope that you are really inspired by these projects and can NOT resist playing along with us!!!! ;-)))
We really hope you will join in the fun.

We have some goodies up for grabs for a random winner too!

You have until the 31st October to upload your project.

Monday 14 October 2013

New DT Member - Val Thorpe

Hi Everyone

I have some really exciting news, we have a new DT member! She is really a very talented and creative lady! A warm welcome to Val Thorpe! ;-)

Hi my name is Val and I am a scrap-a-holic. I have been married to Simon for 37 years and we have two kids, Clint and Storm, a DIL Lin who is expecting twins in Feb, four very spoilt yorkies and a beautiful cat called Hansa. I am lucky enough not to have to work and to have a very well kitted out studio. I get to travel a lot and photography is my other passion and so I always have loads of material to scrap. My passion with scrapbooking is the journalling (newly discovered) and now I am going back through my layouts to add the stories.

I am on the DT at Once Upon a Sketch, CSI, Let's Scrap and Black with 2. I am also addicted to challenges. I like the fact that they challenge me to think outside the box and to try things that ordinarily I may not have... I have a blog Val-Belles Ramblings and you can also find me on Facebook Valerie Ann Thorpe so come and look me up and say hello.

Here is some of Val's gorgeous work.

I am sure Val would love a visit from you, so pop on over to her blog and say HI.

We look forward to seeing all your projects Val! ;-)


Thursday 3 October 2013

A Welcome and some Goodbyes

Hello Everyone

We have had a few DT members leave us, and so I just wanted to say thanks so much to Julie Tucker-Wolek, Maryia Potapovich and Ludmila Kodymskaya and Kasia Grzegorzewska. We have loved your work and you will be missed!

However, I also have a warm welcome to make to our new DT member, and that is Cathi O'Neill. She is a super, talented lady and it's so great that she has joined us here at Scrap Africa! ;-)

Here's what Cathi has to say about herself.

 My name is Cathi O'Neill, and I am an American who married an Irishman and I have been living in Ireland since 1997. I live in a beautiful village on the Shannon River with my DH of 18 years (wow, that makes me feel old!) and my two beautiful daughters, Aine (onya) 10 and Aisling (ashling) 9 who are the subject of many of my projects!!

I have always love crafting since I was a little girl. My grandmother taught me to knit and crochet and I remember sewing Barbie doll clothes with her on her front porch! I am a knitter and quilter as well, but have recently in the last two years found cardmaking and scrapbooking, and an obsession was born!! I truly love creating and make vintage cards to sell here in our local village cafe as well as stacks of mixed media and shabby/vintage style layouts of my girls to keep and share with family! I also love to do tags, ATC and altered projects, barely a day goes by when I haven't done something crafty!!

I am currently on the design teams for several manufacturers: Couture Creations, Molossi Chipboard, Paper Wings Productions, Tresors de Luxe Etsy Lace Shop, Visible Image stamps and Paper Temptress specialty cardstock store. I also design for challenge blogs Frosted Designs and Sugar Creek Hollow, and have guest designed for challenge blogs Keeping the Best and Scrap it with a Song, C'est Magnifique Kit Club, Scraps of Elegance Kit Club and Crop Stop online store. I truly enjoy the challenge and inspiration that scrapbooking and cardmaking bring me.


Here is some of Cathi's work.

Please visit Cathi's blog for more eye-candy! ;-)

Welcome Cathi and we really look forward to seeing your projects and inspiration.

Wednesday 2 October 2013

Top 3 - Challenge no.21

Hello Everyone

Wow, we were really blown away by so many wonderful entries!!! Thanks so much to everyone who played along! It was really difficult to choose and unfortunately there can only be 3 top projects and so without further adieu here they are.

Congratulations Katya on being top project! This page is just super and we loved the styling, the vibrant colours and your creative use of the twine! Gorgeous in every way! ;-)


Well done Yvonne! This is really a fabulous page, with your clean styling and super detailing! This page is really wonderful! Sooooo beautifully done! ;-)

Congratulations Michelle! This is a fabulous, artsy and vibrant page! We simply loved your background and your wonderful sentiment! Awesome!

Congratulations very well done!

We would love to see more of Katya's work, so please can you send a mail to for a Guest Design opportunity.

The winner of the Scrapbook Studio Voucher is 11. melinda Felicilda

a certificate for 250 Rand (approximately 25USD), which can be used by foreign participants as well.

Congratulations Melinda! Please send your details to to claim your prize.

Thanks again everyone, for playing along and really showing us your creativity and talent! We always love visiting your blogs and seeing what you come up with!
Hope to see you playing along again soon!

Tuesday 1 October 2013

Sketch no. 22

Hello Everyone

Can you believe it, it's the 01st October!! Where has this year gone? The time is certainly flying and before you know it, Advent will be upon us.

We have a super sketch for this challenge, and is a real goodie from Page Maps. We thought we would throw in a fresh and modern sketch and see what you all come up with.

So here's the sketch.

Guest Designer Badge

Our Guest Designer for this challenge, is Taniko, who was a  previous TOP 3 winner.

Моя фотография

Check out this amazing page she created for us.

Taniko created a fresh and vibrant page, that is so gorgeous and fabulous! The colours and styling are really just so super!  Please visit Taniko's blog to see more of her wonderful eye candy.

We also have Libeeti,

 a previous TOP 3, who created this amazing page for us.
The colouring and different textures are just amazing, plus that super background!
I am sure Libeeti would also appreciate a little visit from you on her blog!

Thanks soooo much Taniko and Libeeti for your super inspiration! ;-)

As always, we have our Design Team to inspire you as well, so we really hope you can find some seeds of inspiration here.

(I turned the sketch)

Thanks to the Design Team for your beautiful work!

As always, we have some goodies up for grabs.

Evgenia has kindly sponsored these lovely goodies. One random winner will get these to play with.

You have until the 14th October to submit your projects.
We look forward to seeing your creativity! ;-)

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