Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year at Archiscraps

Happy New Year to all of you!

Our winner for December was Diane Hasthorpe.

We would like to welcome Mary Schreiner Steinmetz, our newest DT member.

Now here is our Architectural masterpiece for January

I've always liked the look of this house. It is Cloud House in Melbourne.

It's  a cloud house in Melbourne.

Your requirements for your layout this month is CLOUDS.

They can be in the photo or as part of the detail on the embellishments.
Cards, canvases, tags etc are fine so long as they meet the criteria.

Now here's what the ladies have produced.

                                       I love the bling that looks like raindrops on her layout


Here i have used the wave die on the top of my LO to resemble clouds
Trish has used a wave die on her layout to resemble clouds.

 JAN's layout will be added later in the month as she is away for a few days.

Our sponsor this month is Funky Flairs.
Find them on facebook

Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Challenge

Our NOVEMBER winner is Diane Hasthorpe.

Now on to our December picture
This is the dragon bridge in DANANG, Vietnam.
Our challenge for you is to SCRAP AN ANIMAL.
It can be in the photo or on the layout as an embellishment  or whatever.
Our sponsor this month is     Its and Bits from Cootamundra.
Now let's see what our ladies have produced for you.

I hope the bird is considered an animal,and curvy lines under the word (eye) that remind me of that amazing structure.


I used a golden dragon like the one in the bottom picture. Plus, I used the Asian theme. These photos are from our trip to Macau.

The large scallops are my inspiration from the photo.
  •  This was taken on Marissa's 1st birthday, she will be turning 6 two days before Christmas.


    I took my inspiration from the curvy nature of the bridge and also the serpents head at the end.
    This little not!! visitor graced our presence a few years ago by turning up in our shed whilst we were waiting for carpet to dry in the house.
    Never, ever....... thought I would scrap this pic........but anyway...
    Thank you ladies.
    As you can see there is a variety of animals there.
    How does this inspiration picture strike you?
    Click on the inlinks on the right hand side to add your layout.
    Remember, you can double up on challenges and it can be a card, layout or whatever.

    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    Funky Flairs feature.

    Here is a picture of some recent Funky flairs that I bought

    Eve has a great selection and has just released her end of year ones.
    Look up Funky Flairs on Facebook.

    Why not treat yourself and buy some soon!

    Just a reminder about this month's challenge, which is to scrap a song title.
    Remember, you can combine it with other challenges.

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    November challenge

    Our winner for October was Debi Clarke.

    Here's the picture for November

    Yes, believe it or not it is a building.

    The CRITERIA is to use a song title.

    We are sponsored this month by Funky Flairs.
    Their facebook group is here.

    Now here is what the ladies have prepared for your viewing pleasure


    I was inspired by the inspiration picture to use this photo of my phones. I could have chosen many of my photos but this one was mostly black and white like the picture, plus phones nowadays have a lot of ring tones and are very musical. I couldn't go past the ABBA song "Ring Ring" for my title.



    It is an old song called “Baby its cold outside”

    It's of my late husband and his girls...when they were alive.

    Song Title:  Today
    Includes music sheets throughout the file.

    I loved the idea of the music school building shaped like musical instruments, so I covered my pie-shaped wood veneer with Happy Birthday sheet paper music. More on my blog:

    This is an old layout of mine based on the song "It's all about the money" by Meja.
    Check out the bling on that cash register.

    So, why not join in the fun. Remember the CRITERIA!

    Overseas entry winners will be invited to be our guest designer,so there is incentive for everyone.


    Tuesday, September 30, 2014

    October challenge

    Another month slides by, where has this year gone?
    Things have been quiet here at Archiscraps.
    Now Spring has sprung in Australia and the kids are back at school in the northern hemisphere we hope you will find time to join in this month.

    Our winner for September was Leslie Smith.

    Our sponsor for October is Its and Bits.

    Now for the picture.................

    How is this for different?
     The extra criteria this month is BLING.

    You can use rhinestones, pearls, sequins, glitter, glitter paper, real diamonds(LOL),whatever you can consider bling!!!
    It can be a layout, card or OTP item.

    Now, let's see what our ladies have made this month

                                                LESLIE (our new kid on the block) is her blog if you'd like to see more of her work


    I was inspired to include some paper folding across the bottom of my page by the shape of the building. I also have 8 embellishments that sparkly with glitter as my bling element.



    I included 2, both with glitter paper.

    Inspiration I have taken from the alphabet shape of the building, mine is a 't'.
    Additional criteria bling added to LO. 
    I've used those little gold stars that you buy to put on tables at parties, a bling butterfly paperclip and gold washi tape.
    And some of you might like to try Chip it colour scheme for our picture. Don't forget the bling.
    So please join in. We'd love to see your item in the inlinkz on the top right of this blog.

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    September Challenge

    Our winner for August was Wendy O'Keefe.
     Your prize from Its and Bits craft supplies will arrive shortly.
    Our September challenge is based on this

    A famous building by Gaudi in Spain.

    The extra criteria is to use TEXTURE PASTE OR GESSO.

    The ladies on the DT suggested funky, Halloween, underwater, a giant tree........perhaps you could use one of those ideas or another of your own.
    Don't forget to link up your entry on the side.

    Now here's what the DT have done

    The inspiration pic screamed Halloween to me (pun intended). I had some photos that matched the colour scheme. I have taken some white gesso and added 5 different coloured paints to it. I got a stencil and then painted the different colours over the stencil down the right side of the right page and the left side of the left page. It was a 6x6 stencil so I had to do it twice on each page. I've used a lot more techniques as well. For more info and pics see my blog


    I  have taken my inspiration from the oval shape of the windows and balcony's by using a Memory Maze Pebble Stencil with texture paste.


    The Picture of the house reminded me of a haunted house, so i used the spider web die i had forgotten about,added some stickles for a cobweb feeling.

    Also some liquid pearls for the drippy look,made it into a Halloween card.
    Here is your prize for this month: A stamp set donated by DT member Jan
    These will be for Australian entries only.
    Overseas entrant winners will be invited to be our guest DT in November.

    NOW what can you create?

    We would love to see your interpretation of this fabulously textural building!

    ANNOUNCING our newest Design Team member:

                                                    LESLIE SMITH

    I am a recently retired born-again believer, married to my high school sweetheart and living in the heartland, where we are busy creating a vision for our golden years while enjoying our grandbabies. We are truly blessed. 
    I have been scrapbooking for well over 10 years and currently serve on the Counterfeit Kit Challenge blog design team and  have been published in an ebook.
     The inspiration photos on the Archiscraps challenge blog are really creative! I love the whole concept. Here is her blog:


    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    Are you Design Team material?

    ARCHISCRAPS Challenge Blog is looking for new members to add to our current team. 

    Your term would commence 1st OCTOBER 2014 to end of FEBRUARY 2015 (inclusive)

    You need to submit one layout each month using the inspiration photograph provided, comment on entries received and to vote for winners at the end of each month.

    You should have an active blog and be prepared to promote Archiscraps where you can on other social media you may have. We have a private DT page on Facebook which you should be able to access.
    International paper applications are welcome.

    How to enter:-
    Submit an entry for our August challenge.Starts August 1st. 

    Email me a short Bio about yourself with your name, where you live and with link to your blog. 
    Entries close 31st August- new team members will be notified on the 7th September .  If selected you must have a page ready for the October challenge on the 1st.

    Thursday, July 31, 2014


    Our winner for July was LIZ HOCKING again. Congratulations!
    Since I started this in mid 2012,this is the first time we have had the same winner twice.

    Now on to our AUGUST CHALLENGE.

    Our kind sponsor this month is Merrilyn Jackson from

    And now here's your picture
    The towers of the Grand masters in Rhodes Greece.
    I have a friend who lives on Rhodes, so have been to this castle twice now.

    It can be anywhere on your layout, but include in your description where it is.
    Even if it is on your photo we would like it somewhere else as well to see your crafting skills.

    Our guest designer this month is Mary Steinmetz and she has done 2 layouts for us
    And here's the work from our DT.
    I have used the gorgeous Heidi Swapp papers and banners as they matched this challenge perfectly 

    My inspiration came from the colours in the picture. I also chose the photos due to the interesting ceiling pattern and the fact that the building that houses the Museum looks a bit like a castle. My  castellation element is a Creative Memories rick rack at top left which I have had forever. I inked it using sepia ink and added my title stickers to it.
    My family went to China in 2012.

    Lots of brickwork and turret type things on this page.

    The old place my daughter was married in in Scotland ( Auchterarder House )had turrets aplenty.
    You can see the building behind the couple my daughter and son in  law.
    Don't forget to apply for our D.T. this month.
    See the above post for details and you must be a follower of our blog.
    This month's challenge is part of the application.
    Good Luck!

    Monday, July 14, 2014

    JULY Challenge

    It seems as soon as I go away the universe works against me.
    My sincere apologies to anyone who was trying to upload their entry for JUNE and couldn't get it to work.
    Also many thanks to the D.T ,especially Dale and Jane for keeping us afloat.

    Our winner is LIZ HOCKING and her Memory Maze chipboard is on its way there.

    Meanwhile here is the stimulus picture for JULY.
    And the criteria is LAYERING.

    You can interpret that any way you like so long as the layering is visible to us.

    Perhaps you might do a layout featuring clusters of items arranged in layers.

    Now here are the DT's contributions

    the colours on the paper remind me of the original photo.

    I layered a Marianne die for my matting and there is a blue striped umbrella in the background of the photo.

    My grandkids are in Spain right now.

    Inspiration I have drawn from the colours orange, teal and white, plus the scallops.
    Additional criteria layers.  The card has 5 layers.


    I took my inspiration from the predominant colours of blue, white, green and orange. I liked the semicircle pattern on the large spire. By background paper picks this up nicely. The added criteria is layering. Firstly my photos have a Hotel that has a lot of interesting layers. Next I have layered papers and stickers.

    I used an Imaginisce trees stamp which I have then coloured and fussy cut to create a little forest to match the theme of the page.

    Our prize this month(for Australian entries) is donated by me.
    There is a mini accordion file, useful for storing smaller items, an Urban Lilly sugar cube, a travel border title and some jelly stickers.

     If you are from another country you will be asked to be our guest designer in September.

    We would love to see your take on this challenge.
    Please enter your work via the INLINKZ on the right hand side.