Tuesday, August 28, 2012


This layout was inspired by #173 sketch at Skissedilla, a photo of my old friends and my love of an artsy scrap page. I have to say that I am fastly (??? >;)) becoming a big fan of washi tape. Today it makes me happy. 

Hope you get some creative time in today. 


Sunday, August 26, 2012

One Day I Will Travel

WOW! - This layout won the Kaisercraft August Sketch Challenge! Woot!

I made this page today using August Sketch #4 from the Kaisercraft blog and using one of their collections from a couple of months back - Check In.

This is my third or fourth project using this kit - it's one of my faves.
Here's a closer look:

I've used stock photographs of 2 of the most famous icons in Europe - the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben - both of which I dream of visiting one day. So this page goes into my wish album :) 

Thanks for calling in. 


Saturday, August 25, 2012


The challenge for this week at Our Creative Corner is to recycle and add a pop of green. I made this card using a piece of old doily, some cardboard box, some Prima packaging, some Melissa Francis packaging and an old button. It has a distinctly old world feel to it and it totally appeals to my shabby side. Add a butterfly, some dry emboss and a sweet swirly chip and I'm loving it. 

Pop on over to the blog and take a look at what the other DT members have come up with - lots of fab inspiration going on. 

Thanks for popping in. 


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Birdhouse Tag

On a whim I decided I wanted to create a tag using the Tim Holtz Caged Bird die set. I have had this in my stash for probably a year or so but have probably only used it once or twice in that time. It was time to dust the old girl off and put it to good use again so a tag it is! I tore strips of patterned paper scraps up and glued them into place, giving them the shabby treatment then painted up my die cut cage, added some flowers and some pretty images I had in my stash. I then used gesso to give it that gorgeous shabby chic look and some drippy droppy ink splatters here and there. Lastly I glued a typed sentiment into place and a tag is born! I love making tags but I never seem to do it often enough. They make a great alternative to a card or you can use them on a layout, to finish off a special gift or just collect and hoard them! 

Thanks for dropping by.


Sunday, August 19, 2012

The Studio Sketch Challenge - 13

If you're anything like me and have a tough time resisting a sketch challenge then you're in for a real treat. I have used the new The Studio sketch, flipping it upside down to create my page using a photograph of me taken when I was 13 years old.

I've used inks, paint, gesso, stamps, patterned papers, paper flowers, a button, rhinestones, punched border, staples and a chipboard title. Here's the sketch for you - so hop on over and give it a try for yourself!

- Kim

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Office Supplies

This week I have the great pleasure of hosting the challenge at Our Creative Corner, and I chose an office supply themed challenge. Using things around your home that you might find in an everyday office, I want to see projects created with these objects. I have used ledger paper, file tabs, ruler images, string, staples, paper clips, a vintage typewriter image and a "while you were out" stamped sentiment. Notice anything else about the challenge? Yep, that's right! You must feature the colour RED. You are also allowed to use the standard neutrals - black, white, cream, grey, kraft and shades of brown. So head on over to Our Creative Corner and check out the rest of the DT projects - they are amazingly inspirational and so much fun! Can't wait to see what you come up with. 


Friday, August 17, 2012

The Lighter Side Of Grunge

**This layout finished in the top 5 at Once Upon A Sketch!

My friend took this photograph looking out to the ocean when we were in Hervey Bay last month. It's such a beautiful photo that I wanted to include it in a scrap page. The sky looks a bit surreal, with the clouds rolling in just as it was beginning to rain - it's a great snapshot of a winter beach scene. 

I used the sketch from  Once Upon A ... Sketch which I mirrored,  to create this layout - adding my journalling on a hidden tag (the red tab at the top of my photograph). It says "Hervey Bay in winter just before the whale migration began. It was a drizzly day but we still managed to have fun".

I wanted to create this layout using lots of layered elements which I distressed and inked for a grungy worn look. I don't often use this style anymore but I do like it and thought I would do something a little different to my usual. 

Thanks for visiting with me. 


Thursday, August 16, 2012


The mid month challenge over at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge is a fabulous sketch on which I have based this layout. I love how this turned out - I took the photograph about a month ago and I was fascinated with the colours, textures and shapes of the old pier at Hervey Bay. 

So pop on over and try your hand at this months sketch. The DT samples are absolutely wonderful.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012


EDIT: This layout won the August challenge at Scrapfriends. Woo!

Today I actually had time to take part in a challenge which I have had so much fun doing. I chose to do the sketch challenge over at Scrapfriends, and I decided it was high time I made a layout about myself. The sketch is totally inspirational and I had absolutely no trouble at all finding my mojo today. Great sketch, pretty papers and a quiet house was all I needed. 

Thanks so much for stopping in, enjoy your day. 


Scrap The Girls

The winning layouts for July have just been announced on the Scrap The Girls blog and they are just gorgeous. Pop on over and take a look for yourself - maybe grab some inspiration and, while you're there, check out the challenge for this month. STARS are all the go in scrapbooking world right now and that's the theme for this month. So why not grab all your girlie photos and whip up your own entry. You just never know, you might be chosen for one of the fab prizes up for grabs. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Hot Stuff

We all love our jeans, right? Dress them up or dress them down they are a classic piece of our modern wardrobe these days and we love them no matter what our shape or size. This week's challenge for Our Creative Corner is to use DENIM on your creation as part of a recipe! Your choice - 3 ribbons OR twine, 3 buttons OR brads - but you must include denim either real or a denim look alike.

With this in mind I chose a stamp I have had in my collection for a few months but hadn't had the chance to use yet. This image makes me laugh every time I look at it - he is just adorable in that weird, every family has one, kinda way. Yes, he is perfect. I set about dressing him in jeans and a printed shirt, colouring him with Copics. The rest of the card just fell into place around him. I used retro print patterned papers and a Nestabilities frame to create the card base as well as to decorate the card front and not forgetting my 3 buttons and 3 ribbons. 

Thanks for dropping in today to see what I've been up to. Don't forget to call in to the other OCC blogs to check out their denim creations as well. 


* Art Impressions, Inc rubber stamps can be found here. The image I have used is from their "Golden Oldies" range, or you can click here to go straight to "Melvin".

Monday, August 6, 2012

So Very Proud Of You

This months challenge at The Studio is to use a technique you haven't used on a layout before. So I revisited a technique I havent used in a while - paper casting. 

Grab some white tissue paper (yes! tissues, the kind you blow your nose on!) and your favourite stamp. Make sure your stamp is ultra clean as any leftover ink will transfer to your cast. Laying your stamp on a flat surface, rubber side up, start layering your tissue paper until you have a nice thickness. I use about 6 - 8 layers. Then you go about spraying water onto the tissue paper until it is well soaked all the way through. Using your fingers, press down gently to expel some of the excess water and to impress the stamp image into the paper. I then used a dry cloth to repeat this process a few more times. The more water you remove from the paper, the faster it will dry. But you really need to take care not to damage the paper as it is super delicate while wet. Once you have removed most of the water you can very carefully peel the cast back and allow it to dry completely. Once it is dry it is easily coloured with sprays or mists to coordinate with your project!

As you can see from my layout I have used a text stamp to create my cast and placed it behind my photograph for extra texture and coloured it with rose pink ink to blend in with my background. 

Thanks for visiting me today - I hope you get time to visit the blog and see the fabulous techniques the  Design Team at The Studio have come up with!


* PLEASE be aware that if you do use tissues for this technique, the cast may not be photo safe. If you are concerned about this, either place another layer of photo safe paper between your photo and your cast or use it on another place on your layout away from photographs. 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Bee Mine

I made this card with the new Our Creative Corner challenge in mind - use some bling and combine it with nature! The first thing that popped into my mind were bees - and I had the most perfect stamp for this in my stash. This large bee stamp is absolutely stunning, measuring approximately 2 inches by 2 inches square, so I knew instantly what I was going to do. 

I stamped the bee image twice, using black embossing powder for that gorgeous shiny jet black colour and texture, then fussy cut both images for a paper tole effect - snipping the wings off both and using just the body for the top layer. To this I used inks and water to add the amber colour to his body. 

Next I stamped the bee image again, this time using permanent black Stazon ink onto acetate and fussy cut the wings, bending them in the middle for dimension and a realistic look. All I had to do was to layer up my pieces using dimensional dots - the lower body with legs, the wings and lastly the coloured abdomen. I coloured some flower stamens with permanent black ink and tucked them in to form his antennae. 

The base was simply layered and inked then I used hexagonal shaped dots dipped into chocolate brown glitter to look like honeycomb, adding a few scattered amber coloured rhinestones and my title. 

This was a remake of a card I created about 18 months ago - perhaps carrying over from the previous week's theme on a double take!

Thanks for calling in today, looking forward to seeing your creation using bling and nature. 


Friday, August 3, 2012

Camel Train

"This time around, we challenge you to Scrap about a pet.  We especially encourage you to scrap about one from your childhood or youth.  If you have never owned a pet, then scrap about a favourite animal - perhaps you have photos from a zoo visit!!!"

That's right! We all have photos stashed away of pets and zoo visits, anything to do with animals. And the themed challenge for this month over at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge encourages you to create a layout using up some of these pictures.

I chose some photos taken of us taking a camel train ride on Cable Beach in Broome, WA. This was an AMAZING experience. We had perfect weather and we took the camels down to the beach just as the sun was going down, so the colours over the ocean were just incredible. This truly is an experience I would highly recommend to anyone. I have to admit I was reluctant to get up on one of these giant beasts but it was well worth overcoming my fears!

So, I've created this layout using lots of yummy travel themed elements on an inky artsy background, buttons, half pearls, jute, staples and eyelets! These are a few of my favourite things!

Hope you join in this month, can't wait to see what you create.


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Be You!

This month's challenge at Kraft It Up!  is a fabulous sketch and I just loved playing along. I chose a taller portrait photo of my daughter instead of using 2 smaller photos as indicated in the sketch and set about flooding it with light - adding shades of pink and aqua to the background. I then went about creating an artsy style background with shocking pink paint and warm brown ink, adding some white splatters after the rest had dried. I stitched around my kraft background and then layered it on top of another sheet of kraft decorated in the same way. 

Layering up my embellishments is the funnest part by far. I just love moving elements around my page until I find that perfect placement. A photostrip element, some yummy flowers and berries, that gorgeous kraft butterfly and corrugated lettering - it all just fell into place, finishing the layout off with a pink distressed banner. 

Hop on over to Kraft It Up! and take a look at the other samples created by the Design Team - they are simply FAB!

Enjoy your day, 


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Scrap The Girls!

Sooo excited to finally be able to share that I have joined the Scrap The Girls creative team for the coming term. I just LOVE this challenge site! The challenges are fabulous, there are GREAT prizes up for grabs and the girls are so friendly and inspiring. So if you're like me and have girls to scrap, this is the place to be! 

I can't -quite- share what the challenge for August is yet, but if you hop on over to the STG blog there is a mini competition going on to guess the theme. You only have a day to guess, so hop on over, have a look at all the wonderful creative team samples and start guessing to win a prize!

Can't wait to see you there!