Saturday, July 28, 2012

Colour Challenge at Our Creative Corner

This week we have a colour challenge over at Our Creative Corner - a wonderfully colourful palette that reminds me so much of spring. Pinks and fresh green coordinated with black and white - I couldn't resist making this sweet little shaped card. 

I started by cutting two shapes from black cardstock with my cuttlebug using a flourish frame by spellbinders and joined them at the edge to form a card base. I then cut a third flourish frame slightly smaller than the first two in white cardstock and added my pink colour using a soft pink shade of ink. Over that I stamped the polka dot image in a shade of light red to match the palette and then distressed this layer using white embossing powder to give that gorgeous shabby chic look, and adhered this to my card base.

I then cut my butterfly shape from white cardstock again using a die and my cuttlebug and coloured this image with a fresh green ink, distressing the edges with black. I layered the butterfly onto my card curling back the wings to give dimension and added some tiny white rosebuds and a lime green rose to the centre for some added interest, along with a piece of green florists wire that I bent into a tendril shape. 

Lastly I punched a hole into the side of my card and threaded a coordinating pale pink taffeta ribbon tied into a nice fat bow and added my sentiment - simply XOX

Here is the colour palette for this week:

Hope you enjoyed my card today and please stop by the other OCC creative team blogs to see their beautiful creations. 


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Little House

It probably seems as though I haven't been terribly present in blogland lately, and that is probably a fair call. I have been busying myself with a few larger projects as well as creating things for creative teams and so haven't been able to share. Yet. But I will. And I can't wait to do this - but I have to say it feels a little odd to me to create something and then not blog it right away as I normally do! It's like there is something missing.

So I went through a few of my older projects at home and came across this little gem. I rembember creating this sweet little house on a hill with the sun shining and some lazy clouds in the sky. I remember loving every minute creating this and was so pleased with it - it just made me smile and still does. I love the textures, the colours and the whimsical fun style and I love the upcycled picture frame I used to frame it.

I hope it makes you smile too!


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Kraft It Up!

You'd be right! Kraft It Up! has just announced their new creative team for August 2012 - January 2013 and I am thrilled to be able to say I'm a part of this great adventure. I'll be getting down and mixing it with the best of them on this new team as we explore this so very versatile product. There aren't many things you can't do with kraft, so roll your sleeves up and get ready to have some fun while we challenge ourselves to this fun product.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Card Makeover at Our Creative Corner

The Challenge over on the Our Creative Corner blog is to choose an old card from your stash and remake it! I made the above card a few years ago and it's still sitting in my card box exactly where I originally stored it. I did love the original colour scheme and butterflies are still one of my all time favourite embellishments but it just didnt "sing" to me. I am however liking my newer version below, much better.

So come and join us this week, have a look at the fabulous new for old designs the creative team has come up with and put a new twist on an old favourite project of your own, link it up on the OCC blog and share the love.  

Hope your weekend is great.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

How Lucky Am I?

I cannot believe I am now officially on the Design Team for The Studio! This team really ROCKS and I cannot wait to get started. If you haven't yet come across The Studio then click on the link! Go ahead, I'll wait for you to get back :)

Awesome, yeah? I know, right. So I'm busying myself with all this great stuff coming up which I am looking forward to sharing. Until then, happy creating and talk soon, k? 


Monday, July 16, 2012

Time For A Sketch Challenge!

Yes, that's right! Time for a mid-month sketch challenge over at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge blog! I loved playing with this sketch - it has that "happy day" feel to it, so I chose some photographs of a happy day spent wandering a deserted beach in Western Australia with my husband and the girls. This is such a great memory for me - blue skies as far as the eye could see, fine white clean sand and hardly another soul to be found. Then to top it all off, we stumbled across this sentiment etched into the sand which spoke absolute volumes about this special place on earth - Wish You Were Here. 

Looking forward to seeing YOUR version!


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Our Creative Corner Design Team

So happy to be able to share some more news with my bloggie family - I am so thrilled to be a part of the OCC Creative Team. I have been a follower of this weekly challenge site for quite a long time now so joining the team is really something special for me. I am very much looking forward to reviving my love for card making alongside this great group of talented ladies.

Please drop by the OCC website (link in list on right) and have a look around and join in the fun. Can't wait to see you there!

Speaking of can't wait, looking forward to getting back home to my little creative paradise.


Friday, July 6, 2012

Time For A Bit Of A Holiday?

Yep, I think so. Only a bit over a week though, nothing too rash. Just putting everything together now for an early (eww) start. It'll be tough, going up north to some sunshine. Think of me won't you, doing it hard.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tutorial - Creating A Dimensional Title Using Alpha Stickers

I thought I could share with you today a few tips on how I get my alpha stickers straight, and probably more importantly to me, arranged on my page with dimensional embellishments. I am a HUGE fan of dimension and texture in a LO, but adding titles, journalling or just words to a page can be a challenge if your scrapping style is anything like mine. Here is how I go about it..

And here's a great idea on how to recycle some of that cellophane packaging we all have loads of but just throw away. Cut a piece of the packaging to measure larger than your intended title. Be generous - you were only going to throw it out anyway!

The next step is to rule a line onto some scrap paper as a guide to where to place your stickers. Adhere the cellophane packaging over the drawn line using sticky tape or the like, being careful not to place sticky tape where your letters will go, and begin adding your letters to form either a phrase or a single word like a title. Cellophane is quite forgiving in that you can usually lift a sticker back up and re place it again if you're careful. I find that long tweezers come in really handy for this job and I tend not to press my stickers down too much until I am happy with the placement.

When I have finished adding my letters I then carefully remove the cellophane sheet from the sticky tape and, using sharp scissors, cut closely around my letters being careful not to snip them apart. This helps to camouflage the cellophane against your layout/card/project so that there isn't any visible excess.

Besides getting your lettering straight, this allows you to place your titles, phrases etc over the top of other embellishments on your page without any problems! You will probably never want to place those stickers directly onto your layouts again.

Oh, and one more thing? As an added bonus you can also very easily move your words around your page for that perfect placement before you commit! How good is that?!

Thanks for joining us today, and have fun using up those alpha stickers stashed away in your draw.



I am sooo excited to be able to share this news with you guys. I've just joined up with Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge as a part of their wonderful Design Team. If you're not familiar with this challenge blog, come on over, look around, get to know the great people and get involved!

There are TWO challenges per calendar month - one is a theme challenge and the other is a sketch challenge. So what are you waiting for? Let the fun begin..


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Beyond Words

The new Bird Is The Word word is BEYOND, so I created my entry using a photograph of my youngest. I've never really been a grey typa person, but I've lately been discovering the beauty of those grey shades and how well they combine with most, if not all, other colours. Using bright pink like the one I have used here can be quite harsh in a layout, but combined with the soft warm grey tones it works really well to add interest but not completely overtake the focus of the page - which is my photograph.

There's loads of time to get an entry in if you're up for the challenge.

Have a great day.


This layout was featured at Bird Is The Word in the top 5!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Yanno, I've never scrapped a layout which celebrates my country as such. I've created pages of things we've done around Australia and places we've been as a memento but not something purely as a tribute to the country I was born in and have lived in all my life. I am extremely proud to be Australian and feel lucky to have been born here and there is no other place I would rather be, but as a nation we don't particularly toot our own horns except perhaps, on Australia Day which is pretty much reserved for BBQ's and a day at the beach. Oh and during the Olympics once every four years.

The new challenge over at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge is to do exactly that. Create a page in your nations colours which reflect how you feel about your heritage or your country. This page was made using a panoramic night photo of Sydney Harbour and the landmarks found there. The Harbour Bridge and Opera House along with the harbour itself stop me dead in my tracks every time I see it. It truly is a sight to behold - breathtakingly beautiful.

Why not play along and create a page of your own to celebrate your place of origin or the country you love.

Thanks for joining me today.