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Font of the Week

 Qbox looks like QixTix  in the list, and is a nice quirky, cutable font, perfect for a playful title.  While you're there, browse Tack-o-rama.  It's got a wealth of fun stuff.  Check out the Body Parts dingbats and th whole Steampunk category....you will be there for HOURS.




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Essential Links

I am adding this list of links, which will remain on the Home Page for quick access. The classes and challenges should be available in the linked forum by 10 AM on the Monday they are scheduled to appear.

TEAM Challenge (weekly) can be found in the House and Team forum each Monday here

SNAP: 2014 (BACK TO WEEKLY)  and can be found in the Photography forum here .  

  • Week One 
  1.  monthly HOUSE challenge  
  2. Blog Bits (monthly - Week One) will appear on the Home Page
PLEASE NOTE!  Team PL will always run a month behind - so the entry for JANUARY photos will appear in February.   

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Simple Recipes (April 2014)

Here is this month's colour combo - Members can download the PDF worksheet in the forum:


 The April Simple Recipe colours have been inspired by the Spring time but given a little twist. There's a bright Spring green, a zingy citrus yellow and then to give it a different twist a coral pinky/orange tone.

The colours can be changed to suit your project by teaming them with brown/cream toned neutrals to warm them or just sticking with white as your neutral to keep them bright and punchy.

The technique idea this month is a resist one using clear embossing with watercolour paints to create a subtle textured background.

BlogBits (April 2014)

Hello!  althugh in the past I tended to give BlogBits a holiday during the school breaks as we've moved to a monthly edition I won't! So here is your wrap-up for April.  


Layouts: Check out the Scrapology challenge layout  at soojay's blog.  Very pretty. See the other examples and the challenge sketch here .  And another monthly challenge from Mini-owner  - might as well bookmark both so you don't miss one. Looking to finish up those holiday layouts before NEXT Christmas rolls around? Get inspired by Weaselwise .

A CKC layout  from Maggie B that makes me thing of SPRING.  Love Jimjams layout  for SJ Crafts  photo inspiration challenge.  Another to bookmark. And sticking with Jimjams, I do like this mixed-media style layout (seen right) a lot too! And the baby on littlechubblies layout just makes me smile.

Striking layout  from Sian, but it's the blog post that strikes a chord. And oh the vintage lushness from Scrapdolly here , from a kit by Dawn Inskip.  Yum. Again.  Nice PL post  on Sarah's Cards blog.



Cards: I really like Susibee's simple card , perfect for the red-polkadot themed wedding.  Another sweet dotty one here  from kazy1.  

Such a cute little set of notecards  from badgerleader. And another set of notecards  from Dan99...sooo timely! {wink}

 I ADORE Sam's Banksy-inspired card at Bee Crafty 's blog. 

Lots of inspiration for the 52 Card challenge  - 100s (1000s?) from MystikNat  and many others from Chick .  More  from here_be_dragons.  Check them out and join in here. This one  from soojay is adorable for Easter as well as a new baby.  And see SarahKs digital/hybrid cards for the challenge here .



IMG_1597 Other Projects: Check out cath_evans free-motion embroidered butterfly !  It would look fab cut out and added to a layout or as a topper for a VERY special card. And I love the Mini-Book Monthly from a kit at Wear Crafts - I just bet that last kit is gone by now...

Lovely mini-album  tribute by cannycrafter.  Pet owners will surely appreciate the feeling behind it. And liking the look of the Flip Books from SJ Crafts .  They look great for fast gifts.

Always worth looking at Alexa's Simply A Moment  posts - why not join in? Anglefish  did - another lovely hint of spring...

Usually the APRIL edition will carry MARCH links, but this Disney Countdown  from Scrapdolly is too stinkin' cute to let it wait a month more. 





Tutorials and downloads:  Here is a tutorial from misteejay on colouring in digital images and a couple of posts (here  and then back) with links to images you might like.  Look left - soooo sweet! wombat has a couple of make-your-own-jelly plate posts  and I particularly like the first step 1. Eat all your Ferrero Rocher chocolates....

Notable posts from Sarah's Cards - love the one on Scrapping Selfies .  Made me smile and some cute ideas. 

Fancy a bit of stitching?  Sweet little pincushion  tutorial from efemera so you can make your own. 

I updated some printables  for Spring.  You can grab them here

806 Typography

This font, quite a distressed one and best printed large for a title (from DaFont) comes with the following warning: This font is heavy to load and may freeze or crash the Windows font viewer. You should avoid previewing it before installing it (do not double-click on the font file, but right-click > Install) 
I didn't have a problem loading it into Fontbok on the Mac but be warned.   
HOUSE Challenge (April 2014)

This month's HOUSE challenge is set by the Blue Brads:


Hello everyone,

The Blue Brads are back with a new recipe challenge for 2014.

Each of the team leaders has chosen an element to be included in the recipe. Your mission is to do a LO and include each of the 5 items and the amount of each specified.

Your recipe is:

One word title

Two photos

Three patterned papers

Four of any blue elements

Five lines of journalling

Your LO MUST be uploaded to your house gallery (BLUE, GREEN, RED) by midnight Wednesday 30th April 2014 to claim the 30 points on offer.

Please put a link in here to your LO so that we can come and see what you've done and leave you some love.

Hope you all have fun with the challenge and thank you for taking part.



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