Sunday, May 13, 2012

May's Show Us Your Stuff

At Show Us Your Stuff the photo inspiration is fabulous I loved the colours and the the word grow and the bricks and the climbing boy made me feel that layering would be awesome for this challenge, here is my DT sample and the inspirational image, please call in and play along I can't wait to see what you do

Scrapmatt's May upload and Mothers Day

Today is mothers day and the we celebrate our love for our mothers, so I thought I would share the story of Mothers day.

As it was a free choice month for the DT this month I decided that to make a few cards would be something different for me to do. The image on the 2 middle cards are actually vintage they were found at an estate sale and offered to me by a local antique dealer and I thought the were wonderful, I decided to keep the cards simple and classical and let the images do the work along with the Scrapmatt's I used I feel the Scrapmatt's chippies don't overpower the images on the cards.

The story of Mothers Day is a long one. It is neither a recent phenomenon as many people believe it to be. Nor it is the creation of card and gift marketers syndicate as assumed by cynics of Mothers Day festival. To the surprise of lot many people Mothers Day celebrations are first said to have taken place in the time of ancient Greeks and Romans hundreds of years ago. Even Mothers Day celebrations in UK began much before the tradition saw the light of the day in US. In US the efforts of Ms Julia Ward Howe and Ms Anna Jarvis are greatly recognised for starting the tradition of Mothers Day but several other women too made remarkable contribution to further the cause of Mothers Day holiday.

Today Mothers Day is celebrated in more than 46 countries around the world though at different times in the month of May and in some countries it is celebrated in entirely different times of the year. In the present time Mothers Day has come to be internationally recognized as the day to honor all mothers and thank them for the services they impart for the benefit of their individual child and consequently to the development of mankind.

Mother's Day Story: Celebrations in the time of Greeks and Romans 
The tradition of Mothers Day started with the ancient Greeks who celebrated their annual spring festival in honor of Rhea, the mother of many Gods and Goddesses in the Greek mythology. Ancient Romans too celebrated a spring festival by the name of Hilaria in honor of Cybele, a mother goddess, some 250 years before Christ was born.

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Mother's Day Story: Celebrations in UK

In UK, Mothers Day celebrations started by the name of Mothering Sunday, several years before the tradition found its roots in UK. Mothering Sunday came to be celebrated following the practice in UK of 17th century wherein children of poor families were send to work as apprentice and domestic servants with the rich. These children were allowed to visit their 'Mother Church' or the Cathedral of their home town annually in the middle of the fasting month of Lent. Children met their mothers after visiting the church and presented them with flowers and special 'Mothering Cakes'. The custom received a set back with the advent of Industrial Revolution when the lifestyles changes. American soldiers contributed in the revival of the tradition after the World War II.

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Mother's Day Story: Genesis of the Festival in US

The story of Mothers Day in US began with the efforts of a dynamic writer and poetess, Julia Ward Howe in 1872. An activist to the core Julia utilized her potentials to further the cause of Mothers Day. She wrote a powerful Mothers Day Proclamation in Boston in 1870 and demanded declaration of official holiday and celebrations on Mothers Day. Her idea gained popularity but she could not get the idea implemented. Julia is also credited for penning words for Civil War song, "Battle Hymn of the Republic".

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Mother's Day Story: Struggle of Anna Jarvis
A loving daughter from West Virginia, Anna Jarvis is recognised as a 'Founder of Mothers Day' and 'Mother of Mothers Day'. Anna kept the word of her activist mother, Mrs Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis who once expressed a wish that someone should strive to provide mothers their due recognition. After her mothers death in 1905, Anna's determination became strong and she along with several supporters started lobbying for the official holiday on Mothers Day by writing letters to the people in power. To celebrate Mothers Day, Anna began to send her mothers favorite flowers, carnations in her local church requesting people to wear them in honor of their mothers. The idea gained immense popularity over the years and in 1910, West Virginia became the first state to recognize Mothers Day holiday. On May 8, 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Crafty Sketches May sketch

This months Crafty Sketches sketch is awesome here is the sketch and my DT sample I would love to see what you create with the sketch

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Pretty Paper Studio - Guest Designer for May

I was recently offered a guest designer position for May with an awesome new shop called Pretty Paper Studio. It was a pleasure to accept the position considering I had applied for the design team and missed reading the requirements correctly that you had to live in the United Arab Emirates or India (lesson learnt need to read better LOL) But the lovely Neelu asked me if I would like to be a guest designer so I jumped at the chance.

Pretty Paper Studio is a new player in the industry and is an amazing shop with the latest stock on hand from a wide range of suppliers they offer monthly sketch challenges for both Layouts and Cards and has an amazing gallery of inspiration from some fabulous DT  

The Pretty Paper Studio May kit is an awesome kit with some amazing products in it below are my DT Samples and the kit its self so please check out pretty paper studio on Facebook or on  their website 
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List of Contents
1. American Crafts 12x12 Cardstock Vanilla
2. American Crafts 12x12 Cardstock Kraft
3. American Crafts 12x12 Cardstock Grey
4. American Crafts 12x12 Cardstock Mustard
5. Dear Lizzy Nepolitan Dreamy Days 12x12 Patterned Paper
6. Amy Tangerine It’s The Little Things 12x12 Patterned Paper
7. My Mind’s Eye Follow Your Heart Be Amazing 12x12 Patterned Paper
8. Dear Lizzy Nepolitan Hazy Horizon 12x12 Patterned Paper
9. Authentique Dependable 12x12 Patterned Paper
10. Dear Lizzy Nepolitan Silver Lining 12x12 Vellum 
11. Dear Lizzy Nepolitan Fresh Blooms 12x12 Patterned Paper 
12. October Afternoon Sidewalks Red Rover 12x12 Patterned Paper
13. Amy Tanerine Goodness Thickers
14. Jenni Bowlin Studio Bingo Cards (Set of Six)
15. Jenni Bowlin Studio Embellished Butterflies (Set of Five)
16. My Mind’s Eye Follow Your Heart Brads (Set of Thirty)
17. My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Label Stickers
18. American Crafts Whittles Clothespin (Set of Twelve)
19. Dear Lizzy Nepolitan Smile Stamp Set
20. Dear Lizzy Nepolitan Flutterbys Paper Garland
21. Monthly Sketch
here is what I made with the kit

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Scrapmatts Monthly Challenge

Do you wan the chance to win some Scrapmatts then all you need to do is complete the monthly challenge and ensure you have used some awesome Scrapmatts on the challenge, this months is a blind challenge here is is please enter you LO for your chance to win

Upload date is not before the 20th why this date so that you can do the LO with your own inspiration and ideas rather than looking at what the others have done

Here is my sneak peak

What you will need
All papers need to coordinate it is ideal for your scraps
1 x 30.5cm  x 30.5cm  page
1 x 24cm x 22.5cm paper 1
1 x 18.5cm x 15.5cm paper 2
1 x 13cm x 8.5cm paper 3
1 x 8cm x 24cm paper 4
1 x 2.5cm x 1.5cm paper 5
Scrapmatts of your choice
6 x 4 Landscape
You may ink or distress as you like
1 take paper 1 and adhere it to you 30.5 x 30.5 page it will need to be 3.5cm from the top of your page and 2mm from the left hand side
2 Take paper 2 and adhere this 7.5cm from the top and 5mm from the left hand side of the page
3 take paper 3 and adhere it 10.5cm from the top of the page and 2cm from the left hand side so 8.5cm is the height
4 Take paper 4 and adhere it 18.5cm from the top of the page and 7mm from the left hand side of the page
5 Take paper 5 and adhere it 24cm from the top of the page and 1cm from the left hand side of the page
6  Photo placement your photo will go 13cm from the top and 3.5cm from the left
6 now add you Scrapmatts embellishments as well as any other you would like as well as your title
7 you are now finished your LO

Scrap With V Challenges

This months challenges at Scrap With V are awesome I loved the colour challenge here are my DT samples for these I would love to see what you do with them. The colour challenge is my favourite
here is my take on the colour challenge
This is my take on the sketch

Scrapping Outback

White with A Twist challenge at Scrapping Outback this month is an awesome combination of colours the DT would love to see what you do with it
I have also used amazing chippies from Scrapmatts you have got to love the detail on the tower and the butterflies are just perfect

The challenge is White with  brown, khaki and pale pink. 
here is my DT sample

While you are checking out the challenges don't forget this months awesome sketch as well
here is the sketch


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