Monday, 27 October 2014

Jane's Birthday challenge ...

Welcome to the final birthday challenge of our big birthday month.  

birthday is a day that comes once a year when a person celebrates the anniversary of his or her birth.  Birth is defined as the start of life as a physically separate being. 

My challenge to you is to celebrate birth in which ever form you would like it to be.  The human variety or animal, even something from nature.

Perhaps you have a tree in bud in your garden or baby birds in your aviary.  Maybe your farmyard chickens or ducks are proudly showing off their fluffy babies or you have photographs in your yet to scrap stash of the family pet as a very junior member of the household. 

Here is my sample:

I have these sitting in a photo folder for some twenty-one and a half years - think it was about time I got them scrapped eh!!

I used mainly Little Yellow Bicycle - Snugglebug Girl for my double page spread.

Hope you can join us for this final challenge or any of the other ones we have presented to you during October.  You have until midnight Sunday, November 2nd to get your creations into the gallery..

Monday, 20 October 2014

Tracey Campbell's Birthday Challenge

It is my turn to challenge you lovely ladies to our weekly birthday celebrations at Mystical Scrapbooks for the month of October. This week I want to see some stamping on your layouts....not just any stamping...birthday stamping, with a twist.

Use birthday themed stamps on a non birthday layout or use non birthday stamps on a birthday layout.

Here is my sample

Happy Happy

I have used Heidi Swapp and October Afternoon Birthday stamps on a layout of my two daughters at Howard Springs Park playing at the top of the slide after they had a swim...boy did they zoom down the slide so fast in their wet bathers.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Dale's Gallery pick

Hi everyone. It's Dale here with my pick from the Gallery at Mystical for October.

I've chosen this layout by Joolz that she did for Tracey's September cyber crop, white plus 1 with a twist. The little fishes are soos cute.

Eat Fresh

Don't forget all the birthday challenges that are currently running. Lots of fun to be had.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Mystical birthday challenge from Dale

Hi scrapper's. It's Dale here.

It is Mystical Scrapbooks birthday and we are having a month of challenges to celebrate.

My challenge to you is I'd like you to:


I have made two examples, one with an extra colour of red and the other using yellow. They are both very similar in design. You can make whatever design you like.

Get your entry into the gallery by the end of this month to qualify. Don't forget you must use the criteria I have set.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Dale's tip for October


Hi everyone. It's Dale here on the Mystical blog today. As it is birthday month here at Mystical I have decided that my tutorial will be on how to make cute little present boxes. These boxes can feature on any card or scrapbook page. You can make them for birthdays or even Christmas if you choose.
Only 16 weeks to go til the big day. I'm sure some of you are thinking about making your cards already.

Your list of supplies you will need might read like this:

square punch or trimmer
small flower punch
patterned paper and cardstock

Start by punching or cutting out squares. You can use the same sizes or vary it up.
Then cut some small pieces of co-ordinating patterned paper, cardstock or you can use ribbon or twine. These will represent the ribbon over your present wrapping.

 Attach these with your doubled sided adhesive.

Punch out some small flower or other shape to go on top to represent your ribbon flower. I used a small flower and a splat. I coloured around the edge of the splat in the centre present with green pen to co-ordinate with the ribbon.

Then your presents are ready to go on a page or a card. I've made a simple card using white cardstock, a strip of green and white patterned paper and some tiny alphas for the sentiment.

I hope this inspires you to make your own present boxes.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Jane's gallery pick for October ...

Some lovely layouts have appeared in the gallery over the past few weeks and it is my turn to highlight one for your pleasure.

I couldn't go past this really very pretty vintage page created by Debi for last months challenge.  I love how she has used patterned paper and tags which blend in beautifully with the colouring of the older photographs.

Sept Chall - Dad & Me

Lovely work Debi.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Extra Birthday Challenge


I have a sketch challenge for you :)

Take your inspiration from this sketch I've made, the only requirement is that you create a background.  You can paint, use some texture paste, free hand or use a template, it's up to you.

You have till the end of the month and we have a 'Bling' pack to give away, and our winner will be chosen by random.

Have fun with it!!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Birthday Give-A-Way

This weeks give-a-way is a FREE packet of beautiful  Kaisercraft - Mini Blooms.

Just place an order over $20.00 placed this week and add a comment letting me know which colour you would like.

Happy Shopping! ( and don't forget everything is on sale!!)

Friday, 3 October 2014

Jane's tip and tricks for October

Three ways with washi.

Do you, like me, have a mountain of washi tape and yet can't seem to pass a basket of them in the shop without rummaging through to find a few more?

And guess what !  Mystical has these little beauties on special this month HERE.

Do you look at these pretty rolls and wonder "Ok I have them but now what do I do with them?".

Here are three simple ways to use up that washi we all love so much.

1)  As a patterned paper block.

Use strips of washi to create your own striped patterned paper.

2)   As vertical or horizontal stripes

Use pieces of washi of varying lengths to bring focus to photographs or to anchor embellishments.

3)   As a border.

Use washi as a border either above and/or below a strip of photos  or at the top and/or bottom of your page like I did in layout 2).

Have fun with that washi !!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

October monthly challenge

Hi Jane here and it is my turn to host the monthly challenge.

This month I'd like you to dig deep into your patterned paper and embellishment stashes and find some very obvious paper made for those boys and girls in your life - be they your own children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or just family friends and do an obviously child focused (boy or girl) page.  I am also asking you to find an embellishment or two (can be from the same range or from somewhere else) which is obviously child focused to add to your page.

I've used the Bo Bunny Blast Off  range from the store with it's out of space, planets and aliens theme which worked well with photographs of my son on a school excursion to Luna Park a few years ago - yep they got to go to Luna Park ... for school!

I also like the Bo Bunny - On the Go range or the Imaginisce - Enchanted line for those with little girls.

Can't wait to see what you come up with for October and Dale and Tracey will be inspiring you throughout the month with their own creations.