Wednesday 22 January 2014

Welcome Iya and Tanya - new Design Team Members

Hello Everyone

You might have seen when I posted the last challenge, that I mentioned 2 new Design Team members.

I am so happy and thrilled to say that Iya and Tanya have joined us! A really warm welcome to you!

Here is a little bit about these ladies.

Iya  (Russia)

Hi! My name is Iya Balushkina, I was born and raised in Russia. I am 27 years old. I love to draw. Almost on all of my works, I use paints, sprays, mists and masks. I can't put a name to my style yet, I like them all and I try to combine them together. I am very pleased to join such a great team.

Tanya Palamarchuk (Ukraine)

Something about me: I am a mother) I have 2 children and sometimes going crazy;)
I love scrapbooking! I like to do something new. I love interesting people and coffee)))
In scrapbooking I love all the styles. Oh, and I love bright colors, I love paper and paint!
I like to do pages, cards, tags and albums!I very happy to be a part of ScrapAfrica, It's my first foreign team and I hope  you enjoy what I'm doing!
Have a wonderful day!
These ladies are amazingly talented girls and I just know that you are going to love their work.

Firstly, here is a glimpse of Iya's work.

Please pop over to Iya's blog, she really has so much eye candy to show! ;-)

Here is some of Tanya's work.

Again, for some amazing inspiration, please pop over to Tanya's blog!

I really look forward to working with you ladies and also look forward to seeing all that you create for us! ;-)

Sunday 19 January 2014

TOP 4 - Sketch Challenge no.25

Hello Everyone

We have some winners and TOP projects to showcase today!! 
A huge thanks to everyone who played along, the voting was really tight and certainly was not easy.
We always love seeing your projects and please keep playing! ;-)

So, to our TOP 4 projects. Yes TOP 4, as the voting was that close! ;-)

In TOP spot, 11. Ekaterina Antipova ! Congratulations Ekaterina on this happy, fun and vibrant page!

We loved the colouring, styling and super sweet photo's! Just fabulous! ;-) The canvas and texture is just wonderful!

In second place was this super page by  5. cve . Well done Cve, on this gorgeous boy page!

These fabulous photo's were so very cute and your matching page a stunner! ;-)

In 3rd place were these 2 super projects.

9. Jessica Navarro 

We loved the sweet photo's, beautiful background and the added texture from the fibre! Just a gorgeous, fun page! ;-)

Also 7. Melinda Felicilda with this gorgeous page.

So very sweet, adorable and love the styling of your page! Wonderful!
So congratulations to all 4 ladies, you really did give us some wonderful eye candy! ;-)

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

Our random giveaway is going to 8. Cler Machado! Congratylations Cler! Please mail us with your postal details!

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Thanks again to everyone who played along! We really do appreciate your support!

Wednesday 15 January 2014

Challenge no.25 - Recycling

Hello Everyone

We are already 15 days into the year and we hope that 2014 has been good so far.

We have a fabulous new challenge today and it is about recycling. You need to use at least one recycled item on your project. Create a card, layout or altered piece, that has a recycled item and please tell us what that item is.

This challenge is hosted by the really creative Billie-Jean.

She also has this super little prize up for grabs.

So to inspire you, we have some guest designers.

Guest Designer Badge

First up is Leila Cassimira
who is a previous TOP 3.

Leila Cardoso

Leila created a super and fresh page.

Aren't these vibrant colours and the little splashes just fabulous?!
So beautiful and gorgeous!
Leila used a clothing tag as her recycled item.

Next we have Daria


who was also a TOP 3, and she kindly created this project for us too.

This is so very clever and so very useful and beautiful, all at the same time!
Love this little holder! Daria used a paper ice-cream bucket and an old hockey sock.

Thanks so much Leila and Daria for your super projects! Please pop along to their blogs, you will be sure to find more eye candy and fabulosity!!!! ;-)

As always we have some super projects from the Design Team and I can assure you they will certainly "wow" you.

I used drinking straws and I cut the hot air balloons out of a Pumpkin Patch bag.

I use an egg card box box to create these flowers. I have also added some close up snippets of the flowers. I will post this on my blog when I get back from holiday if there is interest.

Recycling a bit of Christmas for this one: the cardboard came from a Christmas package delivered recently and the netting you can see came from a bag of Christmas chocolates the girls had in their stocking!!

I recycled a clothing tag

and a lollipop stick

My background page is a page from an old calendar (year 2000) and the leaves, butterfly, book and chair are fussy cut bits from this calendar too.

I recycled a plain, brown clipboard!

My recycled objects are the typewriter tag from some stationery, the ribbon from a Christmas gift and the stars which were cut and inked from a Christmas Bob Bon.  The photo shows a bracelet which is made from old typewriter keys and I photographed it on a table cloth made by my Mother when she was a young girl.   The journalling is tucked behind the photo and it reads:-

A few weeks before Christmas, we flew interstate to visit our youngest son and his partner.  One balmy afternoon, we wandered through a local craft market admiring the hand made jewellery.  Sarah and I stopped to admire some bracelets fashioned from old typewriter keys and I explained that I’d learned to type on an old “Underwood” typewriter with very similar keys.  We strolled on and when she was engrossed in something else, I ducked back and bought the bracelet for her Christmas gift.  On Christmas day, imagine my surprise to open my gift from her, which revealed a bracelet of typewriter keys from the same stall.  She had asked our Son to distract me, while she whizzed back and  bought one for me as well. Neither of us was aware of what the other one was doing. Needless to say, we both love our bracelets.         
 December 25th 2013

Ия (Iya)
(Iya is also a new Design Team member and you will get to meet her shortly)

I used an old book...

and carton boxes.

 i used this large tag from new bedding that i bought to create this tag - the care instructions will be good advise for a friend and a fun twist to add to her gift

 I cut a 12x12 square from a cardboard box and set about distressing it to form the background for my page.
Here is a close up of the one corner of the page.


Out for Publication

I've kept and used the red bow (and bell) from the chocolate bunny on my layout. :)

I used Prima packaging, Gauze swab, Plastic vegetable bag and clothing tag.

Prima packaging and hanger from socks that I bought.

The black and sequence embellishments were from an Alice Band...

 I used a clothing tag for my recycled item.

(Tanya is one of our new Design Team members, I will introduce her properly in a little while! ;-))

This  metal  butterfly - my wedding decoration. I broke it into pieces and decorated my page with parts of it!

The heart was from a box that I cut up and covered with the glitter paper, the tag is a clothing tag from Poetry that I stamped on, the ribbon is from a T-shirt that I bought (to hang it up with) and the black banners are from Prima Flower packaging.. 

Well we hope you are inspired by our projects!

In addition to Billie-Jean's prize shown above, there are these yummy goodies up for grabs!

You have until the 31st January to upload your projects!
We really look forward to seeing your creations and all those recycled goodies!

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