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Altered Noodle Box Basket

I made these cute little baskets with the kids for Easter but they would also be great for Mother’s Day, Birthdays, Christmas etc. The noodle boxes I used were from Woolworths and they didn’t come with the wire handle. I found they were easy to cut down and we added our own cardstock handles.


  • Clean, empty noodle box
  • Various papers for decorating
  • Flower punches in various sizes and a butterfly punch if desired
  • Ribbon, ink and bling for decorating
  • Adhesive – double sided tape and foam mount
  • General scrapbooking supplies

Firstly cut off the flaps from the top of the noodle box to make even sides.





Trace around the sides of the noodle box to make templates for cutting the patterned paper to decorate the sides. Cut your pieces of paper slightly smaller than the traced shapes so that when you adhere them to the noodle box there will be a small border. Ink the edges of the pieces you have cut.



Cut a 2cm wide piece of card for the handle and ink the edges. Adhere the handle to the noodle box using double sided tape. Adhere the patterned paper sides to the noodle box using double sided tape – covering the ends of the handle thus making it more secure.



Decorate the top edge of the box with punched flowers – mounting some on foam mount to give more dimension. Add ribbon, adhesive bling and extra punchies as desired. You could also add a tag with a greeting or name on it.



I hope you enjoyed this little step x step and don’t forget to share your creations with us either by posting a link in the comments or uploading into our gallery.

Make art everyday!


Simple Easter Card Using Washi Tape

Last weekend I made these simple cards with girls who came along to the Kids Kraft. They are quick and easy and I thought some of you would be interested in giving them a go.


  • plain card base
  • a piece of white card cut to 10cms x 14.5cms
  • three different washi tapes
  • twine or ribbon and two small flowers in colours that match your washi tape
  • sentiment stamp or sticker
  • oval cutter
  • ink and adhesive

Firstly cut an oval shape in the middle of your 10 x 14.5 piece of white card



Next add strips of washi tape to the front of your blank card.



Ink the edges of your piece of white card that has the oval cut out from it and add twine around the bottom as shown in the finished picture. Adhere this to the front of the blank card over the washi tape. Add your sentiment and flowers.



I had so much fun making mine I made another one using different colours.



I hope you find time to give this a go and don’t forget to share your creations by either putting a link in the comments or uploading to our gallery.

Keep crafting every day!


March Desktop Wallpaper Freebie

Hi all!

I know this is a little late but here is a free March wallpaper for you to use on your computer. I took this photo last year when I was lucky enough to be given some monarch butterfly chrysalises to watch hatch. This is one of the butterflies before it flew off to explore the world.


1024 x 768 March Desktop Wallpaper

March Desktop Wallpaper 1024x768


1680 x 1050 March Desktop Wallpaper

March Desktop Wallpaper 1680x1050

stencil stamping

this is a simple way to add a little more texture to inked stencils. i used kraft cs, but this would also work on white or other light colours – just choose your ink colours accordingly!

because i wasn’t going to be inking from an edge, i cut the corners and edges off a foam inking thing to soften the edges of the blending.


ink away! i used antique linen, dried marigold and squeezed lemonade distress inks. just go lightly, because when you take off the stencil, this:


turns into this:


i then used some texture-y stamps with the SAME colours i used for the inking. i started off with woodprint stamps in antique linen:

i also added some polka dots in the yellow, and an arrow stamp in both antique linen and dried marigold.

when i do this kind of stamping, i don’t want defined edges and to have it all nice and clear and sharp. i want it to be a bit uneven at the edges, so i ink and stamp WITHOUT using an acrylic block.

then, once you think it looks about done, this:
turns into this:


and that’s it – it took me longer to write this post than it did to do the inking and stamping. head over to the challenges forum to see the rest of the page!

Liquid Pearls Resist

Liquid Pearls by Ranger have been around for quite some time and mostly I have used them to create faux pearl or brad dots on pages or making faux pearl flourishes but I found another technique for them on Cropstop’s Youtube channel and decided to give it a go.

The supplies I used for this project are:

Here are the steps:

1. Squeeze out a little of the liquid pearls on to a craft sheet or other non-stick surface and dab a dampened sea sponge into it and then pounce the sea sponge all over your piece of white cardstock to create a mottled pattern with the liquid pearls.


2. Allow the liquid pearls to dry and then using your ink blending tool blend the Broken China distress ink over the entire surface of your card. The liquid pearls will resist the ink leaving a lovely mottled pattern with pearlescent patches in it. When I was happy with the look of the ink I inked the edges of the card using the direct inking method.



3. Add the doiley rubons as desired and adhere your card to the black card blank.



4. Colour in parts of the rubons to add more colour and interest using your distress markers, use the Graphic45 French Country diecuts to add a banner to the card, stamp on your greeting (I have used one from the Darkroom Door Garden Greetings Stamp Set) and finish off with some doodling.


I loved the effect of the liquid pearls used this way – if you give this a go don’t forget to share your creations as I love to see how everyone interprets the different ideas and projects.

Till next time,


It’s Cybercrop Time

Hi everyone! Well it’s cybercrop time again here at Chook Scraps. We have three challenges and there is a $10 voucher for the winner of each challenge. If you want to enter just upload your entry into the appropriate album in our gallery by midnight on Monday, 24th February and you will be in the running to win.

This month we have used the explorer Bruni d’Entrecasteaux as inspiration for our challenges. Here are the challenges and some inspirational samples from our design team.

Challenge One

-Bruni was governor of Mauritius for a time. The flag of Mauritius has red, blue, yellow and green stripes. Use at least four colours (not including black and white) on your LO. 
-Bruni was in the navy in the time of the big wigs and powdered hair – include something curling or wavy on you LO 
– Bruni’s mission to Australia was, at least publicly, to track down Jean-François de La Pérouse, who had not been heard of since leaving Botany Bay in 1788. I want your to look through your stash and “find” something you have had for more than one year. 
– It was in December 1792 that Bruni again found himself in the area of the South of WA but the explorers encountered terrible weather and their further plans to explore the southern coastline of Australia were aborted. Use distressing of some kind to represent this difficult time.

Sample by Emma


Sample by Sue-Maree



Challenge Two

-Bruni’s exploration was coming to an end as the revolution bubbled in France. Thinking of the guillotines I would like you to use a die cut or something hand cut on your LO 
– Food at sea was often in short supply and Bruni died of scurvy in 1793. Create a minimalistic page where the photo and embellishments take up less that 1/3 of the page. 
Include something metal to represent the guns on the ships and the metal on the naval uniforms
– The expedition changed tack several times and, following Bruni’s death and the death of several other officers it was a very different looking party by the end. Alter something on your LO.

Sample by Emma



Sample by Lil’ Rach



Sample by Sue-Maree



Challenge Three – Card

Use red white and blue – the traditional colours of France
Use a banner, flag or bunting to represent the revolution (yes, alright, I am thinking of Les Miserables here Wink )
– With forcible change there is always pressure on people who may not be that keen. Use pressure with embossing or a rub on. 

Sample by Anna



Sample by Lil’ Rach



Sample by Sue-Maree



Sample by Emma



Can’t wait to see everyone’s interpretation of the challenges.

Have a creative weekend all!


Another free desktop wallpaper

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.

I enjoyed making the February calendar desktop wallpaper so much that I decided to use a scan of a canvas I created to make another one today. I think this one will be perfect for Valentine’s day next Friday. Enjoy!

1024×768 Love Birds Desktop Wallpaper


1680×1050 Love Birds Desktop Wallpaper


Welcome Rach

We have great pleasure in welcoming Rachel Humfrey (Lil’ Rach) to the design team for the next four months. Rachel has been a member at Chook Scraps since January 2008 and we just love her minimalist style with a hint of grunge.

We asked Rach to complete our DT questionaire so we could learn a little more about her and here are her answers:

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself 
I have been married for just over two years and we have a little boy called George who is just about to turn one. I am still a stay at home mum at the moment. Apart from scrapbooking and other crafty pursuits my main interest is basketball.
2. How were you introduced to scrapping?
I can’t remember exactly. One day I think I decided I wanted to start doing something more with my photos so found out about scrapbooking. Turns out my mum’s friend Steph (Grannie Sam) was into it so she showed me some of her stuff, gave me some magazines, introduced me to Chookscraps and here I am!
3. How long have you been scrapping?
On and off since 2008.
4. What is your favourite scrapping technique? 
Tough one, sanding does tend to make an appearance in pretty much everything I do!
5. Who is your favourite scrapbooker and why? 
Louise Nelson as I just love her minimalist and mixed media style. Whenever I start looking through her blog I tend to get caught for ages.
6. Where do you find inspiration for your scrapbooking?
Mostly the internet in various forms: forums, blogs, tutorials, pinterest. I also get magazines sometimes.
7. What is your favourite scrapbooking tool? 
I don’t think I have that many tools as such, I am getting a lot of use out of my corner punch these days. Once I have some more dies I will use my Big Shot more too.
8. What would be your most used scrapbooking product? 
White cardstock.
9. How would you describe your scrapping style? 
Minimalist and frugal!
10. What do you hope to gain from being a part of the Chook Scraps DT?
I hope this experience will give me lots of new ideas, push my boundaries and encourage me to make the time to get back into scrapping properly.

Here is the page Rach submitted with her DT application and the accompanying sketch:

guest dt entry lil rach sketch


Such a cute page and a great sketch – I must use it for my next project.

Please make Rachel feel welcome and I am looking forward to working with her.

Happy scrapping all!


February 2014 Challenges

Hi everyone! Well here we are at the beginning of a new month and it’s time for some new challenges. You will see we also have some wonderful samples from our 2014 design team to inspire your creativity this month. Thankyou Sue-Maree for once again setting some wonderful challenges.

Challenge one:

“Words to Live By”

This was a Photo A Day prompt and I thought it was really interesting so I would like you to be inspired by this for your first challenge. Here are some samples: Sue-Mareefebchallenge1 emmafebchallenge1 annafebchallenge1

Challenge Two: Sketch


and some samples:

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Challenge Three: Stash Busting

I was looking at my distress stains, which I adore, and was surprised to see how little I have used out of each bottle… we all have wet media (inks, stains, paints, sprays) I am sure – I want you to use it! Here are the samples:

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Challenge Four: Year in Review

Have you all finished 2013? And have you started on 2014? Upload something you have done for your YIR this month.

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Challenge Five:

The theme for the Creative Jump Start this year was “around the home”. Use something from around your home as either an embellishment or a tool.

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Challenge Six: Christmas Card

Let’s get stamping. Once you have made a Christmas card or tag you may use the stamping prompt on other non-Christmas items e.g. card, mixed media, OTP or LO.

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I think you will agree the samples are gorgeous and the Design Team chooks have out done themselves! Keep an eye on the blog this week as we will be introducing our design team over the next few days.

Hope you find time this month to complete some of our challenges and upload them into the gallery or put a link to your page in the comments here. Remember you will be in the running to win a $10 voucher which you can use in our shop.


Desktop Wallpaper Freebie

Hi everyone

I hope all of you in Australia had a wonderful Australia Day and enjoyed the long weekend celebrating our great country.

I was playing around in photoshop last night creating myself a Desktop Wallpaper which included a calendar for February. It turned out to be so cute that I thought I would share it with you. I have made it in two sizes – 1024×768 for the traditional square shaped monitors and 1680×1050 for the widescreen monitors. If you need another size send me your screen resolution (which you can find by right clicking on your desktop) and I will resize the file to fit your screen. To download click on your selected image and open it in a new window then right click to download to your computer. To set as your desktop background find the file on your computer then right click and select “set as desktop background”. I would love to know if you think this is as cute as I do so please take the time to leave a comment.

Till next time, Lorraine

1680×1050 February 2014 Desktop Wallpaper

February 2014 Calendar Wallpaper 1680x1050


1024×768 February 2014 Desktop Wallpaper

February 2014 Calendar Wallpaper 1024x768