Thursday, May 31, 2012


I created this layout as a memento of our holiday spent in outback Queensland at a place called "Boodjamulla" which means "rainbow serpent". These photographs really don't do this place justice at all. It's a desert oasis, there is very little around the area until you come across this area which doesnt really seem to belong there. And the water really is that green - it's spectacular.

I chose an archived palette from The Color Room and followed the sketch to create this finished layout - and enjoyed every second of the process.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

No Need For Words

I created this page of my daughter using a combination of digital and traditional scrapbooking elements from a variety of Websters Pages themed collections. After I had arranged and rearranged, added, subtracted and rearranged again, I decided the layout didn't really need a title or journalling, that the page really spoke for itself. This is the only layout I have created which doesn't use any kind of lettering, and it's still one of my favourites so I wanted to include it in my new blog. Enjoy!


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

She Captivates

I created this layout using The Color Room palette and sketch for this week's challenge. The plain vanilla cardstock base was painted using watercolour crayons and the title is written in my own handwriting and coloured with Copics.

I have also created many of my own embellishments using dies and punches, adding some doodling for definition and that individual touch. Here is the sketch and palette from this weeks challenge:

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Creative Spirit Card

This card was made with this week's Card Patterns map in mind, as well as the challenge over at The Pink Elephant blog to use buttons on your card.

I created the background image and card base texture using watercolour crayons on watercolour paper, adding detail with an ultra fine permanent marker and mounting them over some torn cardboard box. I added more texture by using gauze instead of a banner and placed my buttons randomly around the edges. I then coloured the girl image using Copics then fussy cut and glued her into place using dimensional stickers to create more depth.

Here is the sketch this week from Card Patterns:

EDIT: This card was featured on Cardpatterns

- Kim

Father's Day Card

I've created this Fathers' Day card using lots of fussy cutting for that super layered look and feel. I dug deep into my stash for most of the images used here, including some real recycled postage stamps which I picked up in a junk shop for next to nothing - they were that perfect touch and coordinate beautifully with the rest of the card. The Simon Says Stamp blog is holding a Fathers Day Card challenge so this was the perfect opportunity to get a head start on my cards, even though we don't celebrate Father's Day until September in Australia.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012


The challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp blog is to create a clean and simple card - nothing fussy - using La La Land or Lawn Fawn stamps. I love this little ballerina stamp from La La Land, so I set about creating this little card. I coloured her image using Copics, using shades of red on her tutu. And if you have tried to colour and shade with reds before you will know it can be a challenge. But, I'm quite happy with how she turned out and this tiny card is just adorable.

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Creative Wings

I really enjoyed creating this tag card from start to finish. The inspiration photo from the Case Study blog, created by  Agnieszka Malyszek, practically sung to me when I saw it! The colours are amazing and the butterfly image is perfect. I couldn't wait to get my hands dirty. Here is the image we were given:

As you can see, I was completely drawn to the vibrant greens used in the butterfly images. I used a manilla tag as my starting point, creating colour and background with watercolour crayons in various shades of blue, green and yellow, distressing it with black ink. I then created a few layers of distressed cardstock, again coloured in watercolour crayons, added a stamped image and some embellishments from my stash. The butterflies were stamped onto cardstock, embossed and coloured, fussy cut and applied to the tag base. To finish, I just added a large eyelet to the tag and the creative wings tag.

The title is particularly appropriate to me since I have not long returned to papercrafting after having a long break - you might say I have recently again found my "creative wings".

Use It Tuesday is also holding a challenge to use some of your hoarded stash to create something. I have had these watercolours in my stash for what must be five years now and rarely used them, so along with the large eyelets which have also been floating around for quite a long time with little love, I have managed to dust off and use two products which hardly ever see the light of day! What a great challenge!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Let's Play, Mummy!

I wanted to create a fun layout for this photo of my youngest daughter taken when she was four years old. I was lucky enough to be able to combine three different challenges on the one page - a colour challenge, a sketch challenge using some journalling, and a challenge to use artists' gauche on your creation.

The above palette is this week's challenge at The Color Room. Oh, and btw, if you're wondering why I spell the word "colour" two different ways - when I am using the word in a sentence I use the Australian spelling, but when I am referring to a web name or a challenge that uses the alternative spelling then I use that version. So, back to the topic, I adapted my page using the colour palette from above. Rather than use the sketch from this challenge I chose to use the sketch and journalling challenge from Once Upon A Sketch for the month of May.

And lastly, but not least, I used some artist's gauche to colour my chipboard title. This is the current challenge over at Paper Issues blog .  Paint is one of my great loves - its a fabulous medium to experiment with, and gives amazing results.

- Kim

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sew Sweet

I couldn't resist the next sketch challenge over at the CardPatterns blog and decided on a sewing theme. My crafting existence started many years ago now when my babies really were babies and I began to learn hand embroidery. I explored many styles of embroidery over the next few years and this led to my first job in the craft industry where I worked and taught in a great little embroidery shop in Canberra. Creating this card made me think back to those times and brought many memories back to my mind.

Thanks for visiting me

- Kim

Saturday, May 19, 2012


I created this layout from my existing stash and I found myself reaching for many of my favourite products. Things such as Prima flowers, Kaisercraft pearls and rhinestones, Martha punches and Tim Holtz inks. I also tend to have favourite photos and colour schemes which I have used here - you could say I am a bit of a creature of habit. I am, however, finding that I am enjoying doodling on my pages which I have rarely done in the past. Fear of making a mistake has probably held me back, but no more!

But I have always enjoyed a colour challenge and a sketch challenge - even better when they are rolled into one. So this is my interpretation of the special edition palette for the month of May over at The Color Room.

...and the sketch...


Friday, May 18, 2012

Color Throwdown Challenge - You Warm My Heart!

The Color Throwdown palette for this week uses Tangerine Tango, Regal Rose, Melon Mambo and Soft Sage. This combination of vivid colours just screamed summer bouquet to me, so I pulled out some of my old stamps and found the perfect set for colouring - Kaisercraft Clear Stamps - Candy Lane. After colouring each of the flowers in the palette, I hand drew some leaves and coloured them using shades of sage. I gave the teapot a good coat of Glossy Accents before creating the flower arrangement onto the Kraft cardstock base, adding a sentiment for that finishing touch.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ahoy, matey!

Copic Markers have been one of my great loves for a couple of years now, so dusting off my markers was one of the first things I wanted to do. I chose one of my La La stamps from La La Lands Crafts  - Pirate Luka - and set about colouring the image using several layers, fussy cutting them then piecing them together again for a paper-tole effect. The result is a more 3-d look to the image.  Daring Cardmakers are holding a fussy cutting challenge this week if you're interested in joining in. 

I've used masculine colours in my card which happens to be the challenge over at the Mad For Markers, as well as using sketch #165 from CardPatterns, shown below.  And lastly, but not at all least, The Pink Elephant challenge - polka dots and stripes. That's a total of five challenges for one card - a record effort from me, for sure.

I had a great time creating this card for these challenges and will look forward to doing it all over again. 


The Great Burrito Challenge - Layout

This layout was featured at


I decided to use this week's palette at The Colour Room to create a page featuring my husband challenging himself to eat a HUGE burrito. The colours for this challenge were a perfect match for the photo making my job so much easier. I really like random looking scrapbook pages but I haven't often dabbled in this style. I also used the suggested sketch to create the finished layout.  

Products used:

- Echo Park - For The Record papers and stickers
- Tattered Angels Chalkboard - Banana Pudding
- Jenni Bowlin Studio Apothecary Stickers
- buttons and chipboard from my stash

EDIT: This layout was featured in The Color Room

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mothers Day Card

Having had a break from creating and blogging for almost a year now, I decided to start over with a clean palette - or blog - and with Mothers Day just around the corner I thought this was the perfect opportunity to pick myself up and try my hand at a card sketch challenge. I found a great sketch over at the CardPatterns site and spent some long overdue me time enjoying my much missed past time. And I always did enjoy a good sketch challenge.

I found myself reaching for all those favourite girlie colours and textures in that shabby vintage style - creating a tiny flower display in a chipboard urn as the centrepiece. All I had to do was add some trim and a little sentiment to complete my card.