Friday, November 30, 2007

Dare # 34 Slide Show!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Dare # 35

So here we are with our next dare, sorry for the delay this week. Dare # 35, can you believe it. We are so rapt with all the awesome entries we keep receiving, it makes it all worthwhile, so thank you for your support guys!! And thank you to our wonderful, wonderful sponsors.
ETA - this dare is kindly sponsored by the lovely Lisa from Scrapbook Studio

Anyway, this fortnights dare is another colour dare. Megan has left us now due to other commitments (and we are very sad to see her go) but she left us with this great idea for a dare, thank you darling. You are to go here to the Resene website and find a colour palette to inspire you in some way or other. Take from it what you will. It is a great site for inspiration particularly colour (obviously, LOL).

Maggie Armstrong was our guest designer for this dare and here is her layout. Awesome Maggie, thanks for being our guest designer this fortnight.

And here is the colour palette she chose for her layout

Here is Sharon's layout.

And here's where she found inspiration.

And here is Moniques layout.

And her inspiration.

And my layout

And my colour palette for it.

Can't wait to see what you come up with.

Please post a link to your layout in the comments section of this post by Wed 5th Dec at 6pm.

Rach's LO.

I got total inspiration from this very bright + colourful room!!

Can't wait to see what you all come up with. Its lots of fun checking out these links!! :D

Vicky here...heres mine, sorry for the shocking photo!!! I used this link for my inspo, the room on the top right...

We wanted to apologise that we have been a bit behind with the dares in the last few weeks, As you know this is a busy time of year for everyone and us darers all have jobs and families too so, while we try to get the dares and slideshows posted posted on time it is not always possible. Thanks for your understanding...and if youre really keen for a look you can always go blog hopping through the comments section :)


I got my inspiration from here I went for the spots as well as colours! I also got the concept for this layout from a the flybuys ad on TV at the moment - dream a little

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Dare 34 - Winners!!

What fantastic entries! And it was great to see such a wide variety of techniques on show. We did two draws for a set of the very cool
Magistical Memories chipboard shapes. My seven year old pulled Jule and Gwen Kirman's names from the bowl. Congratulations - I know you will make some terrific pages with those! Can you please email your details to Lianne

Now I have to pick my favourite page and boy was that hard. In the end I went for Denise and her Shape of Love page. I love how the editing of the photo echoes the title and what a super cool sillouette!

The next dare won't be posted until Saturday night - but it is worth waiting for. It may even inspire more than a scrapbook page :) See you then!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Dare # 33 - Slide Show!

Friday, November 09, 2007

Dare 34 - Alter a Photo Digitally

Hello all and welcome to another dare! I'm Sharon and I do my scrapping digitally so I had to make it something to do with the computer! We have an awesome prize this week from Magistical Memories - these very cool chipboard shapes. In fact they have been so generous we are offering two prize draws this time. Check them out:
Personally I am in love with the robot/alien. Thanks so much for your support!

The challenge? Make a layout using a photo you have altered digitally. Now you don't need to be a Photoshop whizz to do this. For example, you could use a free program like Picasa (which is free) to turn your photo black and white or sepia or add a nice glow at the touch of a button or two. You could use Microsoft Paint. If you want to try something a little more challenging, download the trial version of Photoshop Elements - you get 30 days to try it out. Microsoft have a free progam you can download that lets you combine several images for the perfect group shot. Have fun and have a play - we dare you!!

Irene is our guest designer this week and her awesome layout is below:

And here are ours:
I used Photoshop Elements to selectively colour the photos. I have posted a tutorial on my blog if you want to see how I did it.
This photo is actually a combination of two (someone always has to make a funny face). I also used this tutorial to get a bit more "punch" in the photo. Donna:
I have Microsoft Digital Image and used a Diffuse Glow filter to alter my black & white image. The original photo made my daughter's skin look really blotchy and I'd avoided scrapping it, but I love the new softer version!

Jo - I am totally in awe of the work of Jessica Dittmer (go here: to see her stuff) and wanted to have a go and see if I could get a halfway decent approximation of what she does. Anyway, the photo in this layout is the result...

And here is the original so you can see the difference.

Monique - My layout was made using the very basics...I love this photo but the boys faces were in shadow so I lightened and brightened it a bit with my computers photo editing software...then I drew the little telephone embellishment onto the photo using Microsoft paint (and if this techno challenged person is right, I think all computers have this!) Once the photo was printed I I sliced around one edge of the telephone with my craft knife so the journaling box could be slipped under it….hardly fancy stuff!!! but using paint to draw on the photo was a lot of fun, and I can see myself using it again to create my own doodle effects.

Lesley - I have used photoshop elements to add a digital brush (from the Joni set 17). I have added a white frame to each of my photos.

Vicky- Im not much of a digi scrapper but i do edit most of my photos. I use photoshop and for this photo i ran a colour pop action on it (sorry i cant remember where i got it from) then played with the levels and curves until it was 'just right'.

Lianne - I used a photoshop action called Professional Retro from here:
and I've also added the original photo.


I made 2 copies of the photo. On one I added a colour pop action and also adjusted the brightness and contrast, then I added an Accented Edges filter which gives it a painted look but with kind of glowing edges as well. On the second copy I added a Graphic Pen Filter. Then I layered the 2 copies together with the Graphic Pen copy on top and erased the layer over Isla to show the Accented Edges copy through. I've added the original photo to so you can see the difference.

HI! Trina here with my take on this fortnights dare. And it was a great one to challenge me again. With this photo I lightened it, brightened it, adjusted the curves and contrast. I also enlarged it to 8x10 before cutting it to fit the circle. And on top of that for the LO itself I used some gorgeous chipboard from Magistical Memories. What I used is that cool big round frame, with the three little circles. Its called "Outside the bubble".

Here is my LO and the original photo.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Dare 33 - Winner

Hi everyone! Your entries this fortnight were outstanding! Thank you all for creating such eye cand to look at. I loved all your different takes on the colour theme, but it means my job tonight was a lot harder! LOL.

Also a big THANKS to our guest designers Charmane and Ngaire. Wow ladies. A real honour to have you participate in our site and what amazing LO's. Thank you.
So without further ado, here is our winner of the Tarisota November Kit: Beverley Warwick. Beverley, congratulations. You created a beautiful LO. Enjoy your kit.

My favourite from this dare was Maggie Armstrong. Loved the pink and brown together Maggie, and I particularly liked the heart, and swirls across the bottom of the LO.
Tomorrow there will be another cool dare. Its a little bit tricky, but totally fun, and we have another amazing prize for you, so tune in and see whats up.
ETA: Beverley and Maggie can you please email Lianne

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

And another WOW. A huge thanks to Ngaire Bartlam also from the Tarisota DT for creating this gorgeous layout for our colour dare using green and blue. I love that Ngaire has scrapped these cool photos in a layout.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Wow, check out this awesome layout created by Charmane Koch from the Tarisota Collections Design Team for our dare. She chose Hot Pink and Green as her colours and she used the November Tarisota kit to create this gorgeous layout. Thanks so much Charmane for playing along.