Saturday, July 30, 2011

White with 1

Here is my entry for this months White with 1 challenge...

We had to use: White - plus TEAL, plus chipboard.

here is my entry - using an old photo of Dave and I from back in the day! Not sure the colours look the true white that they are because of the fading light when I took the photo, I'll try to retake it in the morning!

I used Heidi Swap mask with Glimmer Mist and I did a bit of stamping over the mask too, which is subtle so look closely!

I used a "Dusty Attic" doily chipboard, and some "collections" chipboard.  I wrapped a chipboard circle with muslin fabric, which kinda looked like a bandage until I painted it with my Silver Glimmer Glam.  Plenty of flowers and bits and the layout is done! I kinda like it!

I appreciate your comments, thank-you!


SASSY L'IL Sketches

Go to Sassy and check out this months designs. NEXT month our new team of designers line up and I was asked to stay on for another term, which is JUST lovely!

Here is this months sketch:
As you can see I rotated the sketch:

Beautiful Basic Grey and Echo Park papers.  Me with my littlest girl Jessie - Love her and love this!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Purple Pumpkin JULY sketch challenge...

Anyone awake out there?????

Had to get this sketch finished tonight so I could enter it before the PP sale tomorrow night.

Go to Purple Pumpkin to see their cool embellishments and great sketch challenge.  I'm also going for a Guest Deisgner Spot right now, so I need you to VOTE ("like") my page on facebook....go here....!/photo.php?fbid=222041691164187&set=a.222041427830880.48085.141808655854158&type=1&theater

Hope that link works!!!!

Anyway... here's my sketch page:

Papers: LYB (grey background), Crate and MME.
Purple pumpkin goodies: pink doilie, spotty buttons, rose button, twine.
Plus: Thickers, Prima flowers, MME brads, handstitching, fancy pants paper doilie (inked&painted&misted)

Now my page was a FLIP of this original sketch... see....


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

STUCK! Sketches

I had fun using the July 1 stucksketches and ended up doing 2 layouts using the sketch.  Each different, but still based on the same sketch. This is it...

And here are my layouts!:::
Got my new stuff from "L'il Something!!!"

Used my new Stampin Up clock stamp and check out another Charm Lollipop!

NOW, I better get onto the next sketch for this month!

Thanks for looking,


Charms creations........ I need MORE!

Okay everyone... I am just loving Charm's creations and i can't wait to get in and buy some NEW stuff this Friday!

Go to:
to check it out.

Now what she makes are gorgeous handmade lollipops and i can't wait to try her page runners and other new bits!

At our retreat I had mine next to me, so I could finish layouts with them... like this...



and here

Well, I need MORE!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Purple Pumpkin - guest designer...I wish......

OKAY - I know I've said it - but Purple Pumpkin buttons and dollies and twine are SO fun to play with on layouts and I have been having such fun using them on layouts. One of my layouts filled with them was just picked up by SCRAPBOOKING MEMORIES to be published in an upcoming mag (so can't share that one!).

Well, I want to try out and be a guest-designer and to do this I need to link a layout to their blog and then the layouts willl go in for voting on Facebook.  I can have a CRACK at this!
I'm gonna enter this layout:

Just love that perfect button and twine winding through the layout!

They have a great sketch challenges each month too. In fact last month I entered this page on their blog:


So I'll let you all know when you need to start voting for me on Facebook! Lol!

Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Beyond the Door

This month we go Beyond the Door into the kitchen.... also we had to use a food photo, 2 flowers and 3 kitchen items, plus twine....

I did it!

I cut a spoon and spatula on my friends cricut, plus I found a teapot brad! And I finally finished a layout about my gran's recipe that had been in my box for ages!

ON a happy happy note - I won a PRIZE on this cool blog last month, for my Jessie "Little Bruiser" page. Happy days!



Once upon a Sketch

I did the Once Upon a Sketch again this month.  I love this layout, a special one about my Mum.

What do you think?

Papers: Prima, sassafras and bazzil white.  Flowers, inc: Charm creation lollipop, twine, ric rac, maya road tickets, brads, maya road chipboard letters. The paint splatters were fun!

Sooooooo..... I did this during our retreat this week and one of the other challenges Moira set was called "EQUIPMENT OVERLOAD" - which meant we had to use all the tools available: sewing machine, computer, cricut and Big Shot (die cut and emboss). So you can see I use sewing machine, the cricut cut my circle, computer journalling, plus die cut and embossed kraft tags.

Thanks for looking,


123 Challenge

Hi again,

MORE challenge creations!

This time at 123 challenge we had to use:

WORD: "THING" - could be anything, everything, something etc...
TECHNIQUE: Create A Scene

Here is mine,,,... Now a quick word - I did NOT cut the photo as an oval for this layout.  I did cut it, but like, when I was 10 and trying to squeeze the photo into a frame.  Now I had to use the "oval-ness" to fit into my design.  I like this layout, creating the scene was quite fun - all the little bits on that tree - so pretty!

Papers: Crate and MME, plus various scraps (sassafras, Oct afternoon, etc). Plus lots of lovely bits: prima flowers, Bo bunny butterfly, MME brads, buttons, etc.

Thanks for stopping by, I'd love to hear what YOU think of my page..!!!


Scrap the GIRLS

Over at Scrap the Girls for July, you needed to create a layout inspired by the latest PINK greatest hits album, plus use the lyrics in journalling or title.

So I created this:

ON top of the STG challenge - During the retreat, Moira had made us do a LUCKY DIP - this meant we had to draw a number from one hat and an item from the other hat.  So added to this layout I had to use:
1 button (thanks to Charms creations for the ONE button on her lollipop)
7 bling
and  8 alphabets (mean) and i counted the masked 'A', as one of the alphas!

So there it is! Thanks for looking!



This week for our Retreat, my good friend Moira Coates organised some challenges for us to do - 4 pages of them actually!

One of the challenges was to complete SKETCH BINGO - 8 sketches, first won to finish yells BINGO.  Michaela won - I tried to beat her, but apparently a few of my layouts were too wide interpretations of the original sketch (non-conformist me!) so I couldn't beat her - and fair enough, she was an organised machine and did a great job!  I eventually found photos and completed all the sketches better.

She picked a page of Sketches from The AMAZING Jana Eubank

This was the page of eight sketches....
Here are our pages (excuse the bad photos, done on my iphone from a chair!)

Michaela's SKETCHES:

Yes, I flipped some sketches and used different photo sizes, but tried to stick to them!



AND KERRY'S SKETCHES (with 2 spaces- I'm sure she's have them done next time I see her!)

WAY TO GO girls!
It WAS so awesome to see all the layouts lined up - each one different, but all taken from the same starting point!

Sketch 1

Sketch 2

Sketch 3 (with vertical photos)

Sketch 4  (4 vertical instead of 6 H)

Sketch 5 (photos from the vault)

Sketch 6

Sketch 7

Sketch 8 (rotated)

Thanks for looking!



This week over at Red Earth  road trip we went to the snowy mountains and were inspired by WHITE!

I did this layout....

The WHAT: white cardstock and scraps of paper.  Used PRIMA PACKAGING (one of Moira's challenges for the week!), snow flake (carefully inked and disguised amongst the flowers), more flowers, maya road ribbon, fancy pants letters, and I handmade the muslin flower. Scattered "clear crystal" beads from a broken bracelet too.

The WHY: I did this layout first thing on Thursday morning, after a huge emotional unload session with the girls on Wednesday night (thanks for listening girls).  I wanted to relax and enjoy my scrapping and put aside my stress and worries, so I gave myself the affirmation to have a HAPPY and CLEAR state of mind.  It worked! I felt so much better all day! I kept looking at this layout, because it is JUST stunning - I reckon anyway!

Plus we needed to do a glittery card... MINE:

BIT hard to see, but I used glitter paint on the flower and to paint the leaves of my lovely new stamp!

Thanks for stopping by!



I have LOTS to post after 3 days away scrapping this week with the girls (friends met and made at Scrapbooks ETC Brisbane).

Escaped to Toowoomba, stayed at a hotel and rented the conference room.  Took ALL our stuff and scrapped for a total of ABOUT 36 hours over the 3 days (give or take a few minutes with breaks for food!). I was tired, but I reckon I could of kept going!

CAN'T wait to share my creations!

I did 26 layouts and just 1 lonely card!  Some were for challenges and others were for me!  All in all, I was happy with my creations, but most of all, just LOVED being away with the girls, talking and sharing!


Tuesday, July 5, 2011


GO HERE and check out the wonderful and amazing purple pumpkin embellishments... I have a nice stash now and you will see them more and more on my layouts - LOL!

Hope I get to win a pack during this giveaway!


Saturday, July 2, 2011

End of the month challenges

Silly blogger playing up on June 30th, when I was trying to upload some pages I created to meet some online challenges.  I think I was able to link the pages via Facebook, but thought I should share them here too!

These were NEW challenges to me.  Ones I happened upon after spending some time on Chat with Charm.

Beyond the door... Inspiration from what's behind the door....

Painted, misted and machine stitched some Fancy Pants dollies.
Bit of Sassafras and Prima paper, plus Crate paper - tag cut from one of their lovely papers!
Twine and button from Purple Pumpkin, plus brads and bits!

And for the first time, I did Once upon a Sketch

Papers: Sassafras, Lillybee designs, crate, MME
Letters: MME and Sassafras
Ribbons, lace, string, buttons and did you spot more lovelies from Charms Creations and Purple Pumpkin!

Last one for tonight... I did the LOLLIPOP LADIES - inspiration from yummy things!

So I tried that messy grungy kinda layout, not sure it worked.... Inspired by a photo of chocolate dripping off some beaters - needed brown and metal on the layout.

Kraft paper with paint and mist, plus paper scraps, metal bits and pieces. Just not sure about this layout...??? Anyway it was fun and done quickly and i like this fun photo of me being silly on NY eve - don't you love those self portraits sometimes?

Thanks for looking!

My Moonsketch

Hi everyone!

Well we had a GREAT night scrapbooking last night at Scrapbooks ETC, Brisbane.

As usual, I designed a sketch and created a layout for the girls to do on the night.  We had 7 different layouts created by the girls and Kerry MacKellar won the challenge on the night!

Here was the sketch:

And my layout I created using the sketch:

Papers: Bo Bunny, Basic Grey, My minds Eye, plus scraps of Fancy pants.
Letters: MME and Sassafras

Buttons, string and look at that lovely yellow Lollipop from Charms Creations!!!!

Love this layout! Thanks for looking!