Sunday, December 18, 2011

SO PROUD of this canvas I made

OK... so this was a whole new experience for me... I created a canvas for the wonderful Montessori Kindy 2 of my girls have gone to over the past few years.  Jessie finished up with them this week, as she moves to a Pre-prep program at the kindy at the girls' school.

So to say thanks I made this.... it was a scary at first, but look at how lovely it turned out!

I used acrylic and water paints for the background, the green grass is tissue paper. Patterned paper and letter stickers and words. Flowers, leaves...
Yellow Lollipop from Charms Creations  for the sun, plus a cloud.
Pink Kite and clouds from a Lil something.
I did a layer of mod podge over it all to hold all the flat bits down too.

Thanks for LOOKing! Leave me a comment so I know you've been by!


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pencil Lines #262

ok........ here goes...... FIRST time having a go at the Sketch challenge at Pencil lines.... a website I always stalk.... but I have never joined in before,,,.!!!!

So here is my page.... welcome baby boy.... OSCAR!
Papers: MME, Fancy Pants
letters: Studio Calico, Lilybee
Embellishments, MME glazed brads, Prima wooden buttons, Authentique and Cosmo C word stickers, Making memories metal tag.... AND the very gorgeous flowers from Precocious paper.

But more importantly... is the subject.... that gorgeous new baby boy.... oh melt my heart.... as a mother of 3 girls, I so enjoyed doing this layout - do the flowers make it too girlie? Are you allowed to use flowers on boy layouts? LOL! THANK YOU Mel for giving me this photo and letting me scrap it!

BTW... here was the sketch I used.... a great one....
Sketch 262

Thanks for stopping by, hope you like my page... I do.!


Saturday, December 3, 2011

123 challenge

love this challenge blog... always the first i do every month!

This month....
COLOUR: Orange/marigold
WORD:  make
TECHNIQUE: Make your own

Here's what I came up with...

Papers: Prima, Basic grey and Lilybee.
Flowers, Tim Holtz Tape, Dusty Attic Butterfly.
I made the hesian/tulle/muslin layered/twisted flower.

Thanks for stopping by...


EXCITING NEWS.... New Spot creating for Beyond the DOOR

I am pleased to say that I got a spot on the Creative Team with Catie and other VERY talented ladies over at Beyond the Door... YAY!!!

This month was my first room and here is the page I created...

Papers: Bazzill cardstock, Lilybee, Fancy Pants, Pink Paislee (resist papers- I inked the doilie patterns)
Letters: Thickers and Lilybee
Embelishments: Flowers (including one from a flower swap I just went in!), leaves, chipboard, buttons, brads, tulle, machine stitching.

It was inspired by this SUNROOM....
....the colours - white, orange, green and obviously the flowers...

CHECK OUT THE AMAZING INSPIRATION over at the website and join us in the challenge this month....

Thanks for stopping by...


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A-Z advent calendar

Hi all,
So I couldn't quite decide how to make my A-Z advent calendar for our December competition at RES.  But I made a start and suddenly 2 projects evolved.  My favourite bit is that BOTH projects are fun and functional - things that I know I will use long after the competition has finished!

So I started putting mixed up chipboard alphas leftover from all those old sets  (I know you have some...)onto a sheet of chipboard

I painted each letter BLACK, I made sure that black paint went around the letters, so I could see the outline of the letter on the back piece of cardboard.

Then I misted and sprayed with the letters still in place....

Now I have TWO things... a cool alphabet board AND a-z letters...

I decided to use the awesome Alphabet board as my Advent calendar.... I will decorate each letter with a word, flower, bling, something little as I achieve each letter challenge.... I've done A and F currently!


Well, I made A-Z cards.... (so easy)

I stuck the Auslan Fingerspelling alphabet onto the backs of the cards...

I then presented in a cute box (the box was a perfume box from a gift i received for my birthday on the weekend - how lucky!)

COOL, huh? i love it when i make something useful!

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November Mystery Challenge - by Liz and Amanda

Creative team members, Liz and Amanda,  challenge you to invent your own project using mystery box items.
To celebrate "Movember" and the MEN/BOYS in our lives, this month you must create a masculine layout OR a card using the following items, and post into the RES gallery by the end of the month for a chance to win a prize.
Your Mystery box ingredients this month:
* Chipboard  - LOTS OF DUSTY ATTIC in STORE now!
* Metal
* Distressing/Tearing
* Buttons
Please note: You may add some staples from your pantry (!!! - ie. ink, stitching, lettering), but please try to stick to the core ingredients as much as possible.
Here are our creations for some RES inspiration:
Amanda's layout:
The details:
Papers (all available in store now!):  Authentique- green check ; Bo Bunny, etc - yellow ; Bo Bunny ETC - teal ; Kraft cardstock ; Simple story - I handcut elements from the pages "noteworthy" & "remember".

Embellishments: Prima lettering, metal charm, metal chain (from stash), buttons

Chipboard: Dusty Attic - COGS and TWIGS (AND watch out for some chipboard specials, coming soon, YAY!)

SOME close ups...

Here's what I used on my chipboard... was lovely and messy! While the paint was still drying, I ran this glitz roller stamp over it to create texture.  More mists sprayed and rubbed (yes, I used my fingers!) all over the chipboard.  I also put dimensional magic on the twig to make it stand out a bit more!

AND LIZ has outdone herself this month with 2 amazing cards!

Thanks a million card:

Happy birthday card:

Thanks a bunch card:

 Soooooooooo..... we used all OUR ingredients, what will you cook up this month????
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

STUCK?! November 1st Sketch

Here is my layout for the November 1st sketch at Stuck!

Papers: MME, Simple Stories, Fancy Pants. I handcut the little blue/grey banner out of a MME paper and machine stitched it along the circle edge.
Also used a piece of Glitz Design paper layers - strip in the back, plus circles as the accents.

Here is the original Sketch, maybe you should give it a go?

Thanks for looking!

123 Challenge- November

Here is the challenge for NOVEMBER at 123 Challenge (still one of my favourite challenge blogs!- and which can I add... I just noticed as I was writing up this post, that I won one of the prizes for the OCT challenge - WAHOO!!!!)

Anywoooooo, this month you had to use:
WORD: Please
TECHNIQUE: Unusual Stamping

Now here is my page:
White cardstock base - background with Prima Mask - I misted and then stamped with the script before removing the mask. I also stamp the Maya Road ticket stamp and handcut it.
Papers: Authentique - greys out of the Uncommon and Blissful paper ranges.
Prima flowers, Green Tara crystal dragonfly, plus Cosmo letters.

Thanks for looking!



Here is my page for SUYS this month! This is for the Nov 1 sketch challenge!

Papers: Basic Grey, fancy pants, Echo Park
Stickers: Crate, Alphas: Lilybee and Thickers

I recently got some HANDMADE goodies from Precocious Paper and one of the things I loved were the twisted flowers and the aqua one on my layout is just perfect!

This is the sketch... As you can see I added an extra photo along the bottom panel, instead of paper strips!

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Giveaway... go and check it out!

Sharing this LINK... so I can win this,......!!!!!!

THANKS Scrap Friends!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Together you climb....

Here is my layout....
I got all these new papers from RED EARTH SCRAPPING ...
The details:
I used NEW Lilybee Papers - memorandum - HERE. The green is Glitz design.
And NEW lilybee Alphabet stickers and NEW Lilybee banner (i stitched to join them) and tag stickers  - from HERE.
Bo Bunny ETC stickers - HERE.
SRM sticker - HERE.
COSMO cricket - journal sticker - HERE.
Plus flowers and buttons from my stash!

Thanks for looking,,.,,


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Handmade Halo Sketch MOJOVATOR

Head right over to the Handmade Halo BLOG for our new 'Mojovator' Sketch.... Corinne is determine that we use this sketch as a kick start and inspiration and not as a chore or challenge....

Corinne is offering some great prizes and here's what you need to do:

1. Use the Sketch below (designed by Em Stafrace) for inspiration.... here's the catch...
            A) YOU MUST ADD WINGS somewhere on your project.
            B) You need to use at least one Handmade Halo product
            C) Link your layout using the LINKY tool on the blog
            D) Also email your layout to
2. You also need to become a FOLLOWER of Handmade Halo blog and HH facebook page.

Here is my page:

I was lucky enough to use the new range "Summer Breeze"  from Pretty Little Studio papers.  These papers are exclusive to the HALO shop. I hand cut the bunting from one of the papers and machine stitched it to the layout.
Embellishments: Corinne whipped up these pink ropeable flowers, then I added Halo resin flowers, my Tim Holtz grunge board wings and a Halo pebble. PLUS one of Sue's Lovely bug buttons. The little birds are inked through a Crafters Workshop Template.
Letters: Thickers, Prima and Authentique.

WINNERS are in the running for:
Halo Owner Corinne, shall choose from all entries her favorite to receive a mystery prize pack valued at $20! This pack will contain one off, unique designs comprising handmade flowers, FIMO creations, Pebbles and even jewelry!

The 'Participants Prize' of a $15 mystery prize pack will contain similar items to the main prize and will be decided by random number generator. 


Thanks, Amanda

Challenge will run until midnight November 30th AEST.

Winners will be announced 2nd December on the blog and facebook page.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Charms Creations


Here;s another layout I made using Charms Creations... lollipop, and page runner...

I am sharing this on her blog to go in the running for a prize!

Check out Charms today!


Saturday, October 29, 2011

123 Challenge - November

Hi everyone...

well the 123 challenge had me stumped for a little while this month...
extra= leather/lace
I couldn't find any leather.... until finally i decided to sacrifice a leather (probably vinyl) plaited headband...

Paper: Prima (new stuff- yum)
Letters: Prima, Basic grey and Thickers
Embellishments: Gold mesh ribbon, plus some white lace that I painted with gold smooch ink, prima wooden buttons and flower and cotton tape, gold charms and brads and stars (from the stash). Paint, more smooch, stitching.
My FAVOURITE thing... the ZIPPERFLY... made by the uber-talented Corinne at Handmade Halo.
And the twisted gold flower from Precocious Paper, which is pretty spesh!

So in the end it all came together... Plus this photo of me looking totally skinny and hot is kinda cool too!

Thanks for looking...


Friday, October 28, 2011

Kraft it Up! - October challenge

This month at KIU, you had a couple of style choices to create a layout...
I have done a vintage/shabby chic layout...

Added some chipboard, felt, paint and flowers, and  used a Kraft prima embossed background.

Thanks for stopping by...


Beyond the Door

Here's a great inspiring challenge blog... Beyond the door...

I have fun creating a layout about my hubby this month - BOOK inspired! (the prompt room was a library with green curtains!)

Used lots of new bits and pieces from Precocious paper.. (the butterfly, twisted flower,leaves), plus buttons and doilies from Lil Something. And stamped button from Lovely bug.

The journaling space was old dress pattern paper glued down.

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

SHOW us your Stuff - October sketch challenge

Hi again,

Did the SUYS sketch this weekend too:
Papers: White and blue cardstock, LYB.
Embellishments: Doilie, butterfly from Lovely Bug, Felt flowers from Precocious Papers, Clouds from Purple Pumpkin. Lots of handmade (not by me...!:()

I did flip the sketch like this:

White with 1 - OCTOBER challenge

This month's challenge at WW1 is:
White, BLACK, plus use mists/paints.

The details:
Papers: White bazzil and then some scraps of BASIC GREY - Out of Print
plus Hambly transperency.
Created background with glimmer mist (charcoal) and my Crafters workshop template and stitching around the edge. I doodled on the branches to highlight some of the shapes.
Embellishments: painted a Charms Creation clay button; checked flower from Precocious paper (etsy shop); Fabric button from Purple Pumpkin; paper flower from Lil Something, plus flowers, buttons, chain from my stash.

THANKS for looking.

SCrap the girls -OCTOBER challenge

So this month at SCrap the girls... it was easy - use distressing and the word LOVE...

Here's my page:
Papers: Cosmo Cricket Clementine (from RES), plus I used the SASSAFRAS foldie flowers that I stole from Moira's stash- she didn't want them..??!!
Embellishments: Neutral rosette, flowers, doilie and clouds from Lil Something, Prima flowers and crystals, yellow twisted flower from Precocious paper (I bought from her Etsy shop)
Letters: Basic Grey, Sassafras, october afternoon

THANKS for looking today!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Stuck Sketch - for OCT 1st

Here is my STUCK sketch (Oct 1):
Misting with a vine mask
Used papers from Pretty Little Studio - Vintage Collection- all available from Handmade Halo
Also added a bit of Authentique and Crate papers too. Letters: Sassafras, plus Authentique tiny words.
Lots of Halo pebbles used again...
Plus some little embellishments from Lovely bug Bits n bobs.
Thanks for looking today.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sassy Sketches SEND OFF....

Sadly, this month, sketch challenge blog and forum - Sassy Lil Sketches - is closing.  I have been on the design team for the past 8 months and had such fun creating layouts each month.  Lots of great creative ladies.... I wish Katie and Cherie luck with their next adventures!

SO.... in a Sassy send off - for October, I have completed all of the sketches for the month... here they are:

Sketch 1
Very old photo of my brother and I - love it!
Papers: Authentique, crate, Basic grey
Embellishments: Chipboard, muslin fabric, flowers, fabric brads, bling brads, denim button from Lovely bug Bits'n'Bobs

Sketch 2
Papers: Basic Grey, Daisy D
This one is for my Nana, who broke her hip this week...

Sketch 3
Paper: Cardstock, Basic Grey
Christmas Tree Chipboard- inked and then painted trees with smooch inks.

Sketch 4
Papers: MME, Basic Grey
Ribbon and chipboard butterfly

Sketch 5
Papers: Basic Grey, MME, Lillybee
Lots of stitching and buttons, plus a Lollipop from Charms Creation

Sketch 6
Papers: cardstock, Crate
Stitched circle, paper butterfly. "Hello" circle made by my very clever little cousin.

Sketch 7 (this was my group each month)
Papers: MME, basic grey
I created the background grid, with square bits of papers as a mask.  Plus added more misting and stamping.

Sketch 8 (finished it last night)
Using lovely Pretty Little Studios papers/tickets PLUS orange ropeable and halloween pebble - all from Handmade Halo...


Thanks for stopping by and saying GOODBYE to SASSY LIL SKETCHES!