Saturday, July 3, 2010

Kreatorville Krafts July Sketch and Let's Get Shabby

Another month, another Kreatorville Krafts sketch!

Lately I've loved making LO's using more than one picture, so I was really happy when I saw the KK July sketch:

Though I'm still not all that comfortable using sketches, this sketch spoke to me and the LO just seemed to make itself. Here's my take on it:

That's me when I was 17 months old (en 2 years old in the cut-out pic)... recognize the chubby cheeks LOL??? I guess my mom liked cute red raincoats in those days ... I chose the title because well, our belgian summers here are famous for their amount of rain. It seems usually we can't have more than two or three days of sun before a storm heads our way. This can't be said at this moment though, we've had almost tropical temperatures for quite a few days now. Today I only went out into the garden to go and cool off in our swimming pool ... just to go and hide back inside just as quickly! I'm not complaining though, as far as I'm concerned this weather may go on throughout the whole of the summer vacation!

Except for the red dotted pp, all the materials used came out of left-overs from previous KK kits. Make sure to head on over to the KK blog to see the other DT members' take on the sketch! And why not give it a try yourself! You have until the end of the month to post your LO based on the sketch (marked sketch #3) into our Flickr Group, I would love to see you there!

And just in case you hadn't heard yet ... Keandra is offering some of her previous kits (november through february) for 50% off. You can find all the details here... better hurry!

Let's Get Shabby

This wonderfully inspiring blog is turning 1, happy birthday to you all!!!! I can't believe it has been a year already. Ever since the blog's birth, I've been wanting to play along. However, shabby is something I'm not good at. Believe me, I've tried, desperately I might add, because I really love the shabby look, but ... it's just not for me, I just can't seem to be able to make it work. This month, their challenge is to use stamps. At first I thought I would have to give it a miss again ... those of you following my blog know by now I'm afraid of stamps. Silly, I know, but I just don't know how to incorporate them in a LO and I'm always afraid I'll screw up and will have to start all over again. Being afraid of them hasn't stopped me from bying them though, which means I have a nice collection of unused stamps here. So I thought ... why not give it a try this time??? I'd like to say I merely did this to show my courage, but in all honesty I must admit the awesome prize the ladies over at Let's Get Shabby are offering might have had something to do with it LOL. They are giving away a US$100 store credit for Purple Onions Designs ... they have the most beautiful stamps!!!!!

For their challenge, I decided to alter this little leather-like book:

into this:

I started out by painting over the black in several colours, and then added a Tim Holtz stamp. Then I figured, if I'm gonna use stamps, I might as well go all the way, and I decided to try if embossing it might work on that surface and over the paint ... and it worked. It actually turned out pretty cool. I have some close-ups to show you the effect:

It really gives a cool effect, it looks even better IRL! And it feels good as well, I can't stop rubbing over it with my fingers LOL. I'm so happy with this that I've promised myself to take out my stamps some more in the future!

Finally, I would like to thank all of you who took the time to visit my friend Vicky's blog. She was so happy to receive your comments. She's a little unsure about her scrapping (we all were in the beginning and I'm sure we still are at times...) and your words did her the world of good. Your visits made me feel glad once again to be part of this community.

xxx Peggy


  1. Peggy, your layout looks great! You were definitely a cutie pie hon. ;) I am SO loving your altered book! It's fabulous. Definitely something you should do more of in my opinion...

    I hope you're doing well. It sounds like you're having a hot summer and we are too! I'm super excited since we're headed to the beach in 3 weeks, so that should help cool it down some for us. ;) I miss you sweetie!!
    - April

  2. oh Peggy - both of these are outstanding.
    I really adore your take on the sketch. The way you coloured the dots to make it appear like rain - brilliant!
    And your diary is amazing. Very Tim Holtz!!!

    PS. I've just posted your interview on my blog just now. Thanks once again.

    I'm soooo thrilled you've entered!!! (clapping hands happily here!!!)
    YOur altered Album is just gorgeous!!! WOW that colour is great and the stamp technique is fabulous!!! LOVE IT!!!
    Thanks so much for playing with us at Shabby!!

  4. Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!! These are GORGEOUS peggy!!! I loveee those photos of "little" you and love love love love what you did with that agenda folder!!! *swoon* :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  5. Great job with the Shabby challenge! A great idea!

  6. Long time no hear sweet friend!!!! I miss you!!!

    Love the LO....wowza...those colors and pics are fabulous and aren't you the cutie!!!

    The altered book turned out perfect!! That's my talented PEGGY!!!!!

    Wishing you a great weekend!!!! :-)

  7. Peggy! Wat heb je die agenda gaaf "gepimpt".
    Echt een artistiek werkje.

    Je titel voor je layout vind ik zo leuk verzonnen. Erg orgineel. Zo´n regenjasje inclusief mutsje had ik vroeger ook ;)

  8. Wat heb je weer een mooie dingen gemaakt. Ik vind die agenda helemaal te gek! Wat je er zelf ook van mag denken, ik vind jou heel goed in shabby!
    En de lay-out is ook gaaf. Wat een prachtige foto's zijn dat! En wat heb je dat leuk gedaan met die uitgeknipte foto en de paraplu. Die rode "regen" is ook heel leuk gevonden!
    Groetjes, Loes

  9. Wat een leuke layout! Die kleuren zijn ook zo mooi.
    groetjes Isolde

  10. Wat lief deze lo! Ik heb 'm vergroot en vind 'm super met die rode stippel-regen!
    Ook de aganda-cover ziet er gaaf uit Peggy! Mooi!

    Dank voor je award! Er heb er verschillende gekregen en zal ze gauw eens plaatsen.

    Liefs, Angèle

  11. Wow, die agenda heb je gaaf gepimpt, Peggy!!!
    Heel erg leuk geworden :)

    Je layout is erg leuk gedaan zo onder de papraplu en de rode bolletjes regen :)
    Schattige foto`s van jou van vroeger!

    Fijne week , groetjes Viv

  12. Hello Peggy! I'm such a bad blogger........forgive me!

    I am LOVIN' how you altered that book my dear!! Wowzers! You got it girl!

  13. Wow, alweer een super gave layout! Prachtig gebruik van de schets! die agenda, heel erg mooi Peggy!!

  14. Great altered book. What an awesome take on the challenge.
    Hugz, Z

  15. Soooo cooool!! really love it Peggy