Monday, 3 March 2014

You are my Sunshine - 123 Challenge February

Hi there!!

Today I am sharing the layout that I created for the 123 Challenge Blog for their February challenge. Due to a delay in the challenge being posted, they are leaving this challenge open till 22nd March, so there's still lots of time to play along! I really love joining in with their challenges each month... I love how they make me think outside the box and expand my creativity! This is the February challenge...

TECHNIQUE = TEXTURE (*Anything that will give your page texture)

Lots of scrappers find purple a hard colour to work with, but I actually quite enjoy using it... I find it very calming. So the challenge for me came with the requirement to use texture as I don't use a lot of 'mixed media' in my scrapping. But I enjoyed the challenge and this is what I came up with...

I created 'texture' using my purple Faber Castell Gelato through a Kaisercraft chevron template.

Here are some closeups of my layout...

Can I just say that I am more than a little bit excited because... I just purchased a Silhouette Cameo!! My title for this layout was my very first attempt using it, and it was really easy and sooo much fun!!! Can't wait to try out some more things with it!!

As required, here is my use of the word 'spirit' :-)

This butterfly was also cut using my Cameo and then I mounted it with some foam tape. I also 'sprinkled' (a.k.a 'carefully placed' as if to look like they have been sprinkled!!!) some sequins amongst my embellishments, and applied some Kaisercraft rubons.

My flower cluster includes some Kaisercraft paper blooms, a Prima flower, and a BasicGrey chipboard sticker. I also made a little bow with purple ribbon and popped it in amongst the cluster.

Thank you so much for taking a look at my layout and for any kind words that you leave me - I really appreciate each person who takes the time to leave me a comment!


  1. This is terrific Mandy! I hope you have a blast playing with your new Cameo!

  2. This is beautiful!! LOVING the colors and those sweet photos!!!!!

  3. A very sweet page with lots of pretty details, thanks for playing with us at 1-2-3 this month :o)

  4. What a delightfully sweet layout! I've enjoyed looking over at your latest layouts - lovely work! And congrats for the one picked up for publication. Yay! :D

  5. This is beautiful.. and that photo is glad you have joined with 123 challenge blog this month too..

  6. I was just wondering if you had a follow this blog link on your blog, I would love to follow you, really love how you create.. I just had a look back on some of your older posts.. I will copy and paste your address to my blog so I see when you post..

    1. Thanks so much Lizzy for your lovely comment. I'm still a bit of an amateur at this blog thing!! I will do some further investigating and let you know once I've figured out how to add a follow this blog link!!

  7. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Sweet photos :)
    Thanks for joining us at 123 Challenge Blog :)

  8. This is gorgeous Mandy! I love your 'sprinkled' sequins LOL! I think we're all guilty of that at some point or another! I really like your chevron background and hope it gives you a little courage/inspiration to branch out into more mixed media. So glad you could join us at 123 even though we were a little late with getting the challenge up. :)