Saturday, September 29, 2012

Our Creative Corner Photo Inspiration Challenge

Today I wanted to share with you the card I created for the new challenge over at Our Creative Corner. We were given a photograph and were asked to use PLAID somewhere and give our creations a "country and western" look. I totally dove into my stash and pulled out my October Afternoon Farmhouse collection. It's not country and western themed per say, but the colours in the photograph led me to think of it straight away. I've cut the squares out separately and glued them to my background after inking and distressing the edges of each little square. I wanted that worn out and aged look. My plaid is the middle banner and I just couldn't complete my card without using some Green Tara goodies as well, so I've added some jute style ribbon, thick natural twine and 2 tiny rosebuds.

Here is the inspiration photo so come and play along with us this week :) 

Thanks for calling in! 


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Green Tara Guest Designer

I am so excited to be sharing my projects for my guest spot with Green Tara today, and even more excited to be joining the team as a regular designer from October onwards. Today I am sharing two projects I made using some of my favourite Green Tara products. 

I made this layout featuring a photograph I took of my friends kids while we were in Queensland recently for a little getaway. It's a gorgeous beachy photo and to compliment this I wanted to keep my layout simple. 

I created a large bow using some of the new Green Tara tulle and went about adding layers of ribbon, string and a cluster of gorgeous paper roses to finish it off in colours reflective of my photo. 

I've also layered some GT lace and ribbon beneath my cluster for some added zing and texture. 

On the top right corner of my photo I've added a tiny cluster of a single rose and mini rosebud sitting on top of a white maple leaf. 

3cm Roses - White FDR4024Wh

My second project was made from an empty tin which was headed for the garbage, but I saved it and gave it a new life as a trinket box. Having painted it up with gesso, paints, mists and inks I then went about lavishly decorating it with loads of GT flowers. I wanted this to look LUSH! I started with a base layer of GT lace, added a pretty purple vine which I twisted into shape and then began layering up a variety of paper roses to surround the little nest in the centre. This was so much fun to make and really brought me back to my inner over-the-top girlie girl. 

A view from the top:

And lastly but not at all least, I finished it all off with a sweet little pink velvet and chiffon GT butterfly. Aren't those sequins adorable? 

All these products can be found below using the links and you can also pop into the Green Tara blog for more detailed photos of these projects. 

Thanks for calling in to visit me today :) Hope you enjoyed my projects. 


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Party - Inspiration Photo Challenge at Our Creative Corner

This week we were given the most beautiful inspiration photograph on which to base our projects on at Our Creative Corner. I couldn't resist creating a shabby style card in these gorgeous pastel colours to reflect the colours in the photo. It just reminds me of spring - pretty pinks, mint green, pastel blues - perfect for this time of year in Australia. 

I decided to run with the "cake" theme and drew my inspiration from the colours as well as including 2 buttons and some polka dots. That's right, don't forget your buttons and polka dots! 

Hope you get some time to play with us this week! 


Friday, September 21, 2012


This is the result of too much time on my hands and a bag full of old postage stamps. I now have a brand new (?) iPhone cover. Gotta love Mod Podge. 


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Perfect Match

Another layout created for The Scrapbook Store using my October Afternoon Woodland Park collection kit. This time I have used my MFT Die-namics "Hexagons" die and cut a variety of hexagons from the patterned papers in this kit which work wonderfully together. 

I started out with a plain vanilla coloured cardstock, adding a row of torn OA Woodland Park Washi Tape - Floral to the top and bottom edges. I then splattered the background using OA Sprinklers Miss Mary Mack for some added interest. I LOVE these spray mediums so much - they have the most wonderful opaque matte style finish ever. I only have the two colours so far - this one and a nice deep yellow - but I am planning on so many more! Oh, sorry got a little sidetracked there, but I really really love these! hehe. 

So I then started arranging my die cuts into a pattern to mat my photograph, adding a few more layers from the Miscellany Pack, Doo-dads, and a Little Flyer. The bottom left corner is made up of a piece of lace from the Wrap Pack and I added a chipboard duck silhouette which I coloured with the Miss Mary Mack Sprinkler. And don't you just love the peacock pattered butterfly image? This was fussy cut from the Huckleberry Hill patterned paper. 

Lastly I added a sweet little layered chipboard banner, topping it off with some twine from the Wrap Pack and a coordinating aqua mulberry paper blossom

Thanks for dropping by today, hope you find some inspiration :) 


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Backyard Bliss

This layout was inspired by the mid-month sketch challenge for The Studio. Our in house sketch artist is amazingly talented at creating the sketches with which we work and I find her to be incredibly inspiring. When I first saw the sketch we were given I immediately had an idea growing in my mind which began with the circles in her design. I imagine this is the sign of a great sketch :) 

I used a thick gesso base and layered my cotton crocheted doilies on top in line with the placement of the circles in the sketch. Adding to this some vintage pink splatters I then began to place some layers on top of the doilies using October Afternoon goodies from the Farmhouse collection and built up my page using elements to coordinate with my photographs. I just love these pastel colours - creams, pink, aqua and mustard teamed with white is an amazingly delicious combination. It reminds me a little of a thickly iced layer cake. I dunno, maybe that's just because I'm dieting and wishing for cake.

In any case, I would highly recommend visiting The Studio to take a wee peek at what the rest of the team have been up to. You won't be disappointed :) 

October Afternoon Farmhouse collection can be found at The Scrapbook Store.

Thank you for dropping by! 


1964 EH Special

I created this layout using my september kit from The Scrapbook Store made up of October Afternoon Woodland Park. I've used a gorgeous photograph of my husband's mother standing in front of the car - a 1964 EH Special sedan. My husband has the exact same model in our garage, albeit a different car to the one in the picture, waiting to be restored to it's former glory. 

I have used: OA Woodland Park patterned paper - Willow Path, Rose Garden and Bunny Tail Trail, OA Woodland Park Miscellany, OA Woodland Park Wrap Pack, OA Woodland Park Mini Market Alpha Stickers - Sherbet and I used October Afternoon Sprinklers - Crepe Paper and Miss Mary Mack to create the splattered background. I just love these matte finish opaque colour sprays - they pack such a punch of colour!

I have combined this project with my Creative Team sketch challenge project for Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge. This sketch was so easy to work with I thoroughly enjoyed working with it. Perhaps you could try your hand at the sketch this time as well :) 

Thanks for calling in today. I hope you get some creative time in this weekend. 


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Timeless Spirit Card

For this week's challenge at Our Creative Corner we were given the task to 1. make a male themed card, 2. use the sketch below and 3. create a card with a monochromatic colour scheme. I have to admit I had some trouble with this. In fact, this was my second attempt at the challenge. But I will just bet you can do a far better job than I did so go on - try your hand at this week's challenge and show me how it's done! 

Here's the sketch:


Friday, September 14, 2012

The Scrapbook Store News

There are four new DT members over at The Scrapbook Store and I am so happy to be able to say I am one of them. I am absolutely thrilled to be joining this team of hugely talented scrapbooker ladies and I look forward to seeing each and every creation.

The four new faces are: 

and me!

We will be joining the current team of

What a lineup! I can't quite believe my name is in amongst this list! Wow!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Have You Got Yours In Yet?

We have such a fun challenge going on at Scrap The Girls this month - do you have your entry in already? We are challenging you all to scrap those action or sports photos. I know I had lots to choose from at home having two very active young ladies in the house! Sports carnivals, outdoor games, fun in the park - we want to see them in a layout. 

There are lots of prizes up for grabs and it could be your entry that takes home the loot. Looking forward to seeing your take on this month's theme! 


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tag #3 - October Afternoon Woodland Park

This is my 3rd and final tag in the set made for The Scrapbook Store as part of my Guest DT spot for September. I have LOVED creating these vintage/shabby style tags.

For the background I have used the reverse side of October Afternoon Woodland Park paper Rose Garden, torn pieces of October Afternoon Woodland Park paper Birch Hollow, ribbon from the Miscellany pack, lace from the Wrap Pack for my tassel and of course a butterfly image from October Afternoon Woodland Park paper Huckleberry Hill. The bouquet of flowers is made up using TSS Mulberry Paper Roses 5cm Dark Pink and Yellow. I have used two of these roses, but turned one into a rosebud by plucking a few of the petals from around the edges to form a bud shape. The little blue flower is a TSS Mulberry Paper Cherry Blossom in Aqua.

And one more photo of all three tags together

Thank you for calling in, enjoy the rest of your day. 


Monday, September 10, 2012

Tag #2 - October Afternoon Woodland Park

Today I am sharing with you my second tag using the October Afternoon Woodland Park Collection. I have had so much fun creating these and it has re-ignited my love for that beautifully classic shabby chic style. Gorgeous retro images, tattered and frayed edges with that aged and worn look - just breathtaking. 

I have one more tag to share to complete my tag set - so call back tomorrow to have a peek at that one - it's my favourite of the three. 

Enjoy your day today, it's feeling like spring in Australia!


BIG news!

I am sooo happy to be able to say that the new Design Team for Green Tara has been announced and I am on it! There is some AMAZING talent in this line up and I just can't wait to get to know them better and share our ideas! The new team officially starts on 1st October, so keep watching for further updates!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Tag #1 Featuring October Afternoon "Woodland Park"

Called in today to share with you the sweetest tag I made for The Scrapbook Store over the weekend. I know I've said it before but I'm going to say it again - I just love the gorgeous retro feel to this range! For this tag I have used Woodland Park patterned papers - Crab Apple Orchard, Huckleberry Hill and Willow Path. I made my tag base from the reverse side of Willow Path and painted some gesso over the top which I heated up until it cracked and bubbled for extra texture. I then distressed the edges with a rough file. I used Kaisercraft's Texture Clear Stamp "Script"  and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy to add some stamped interest on the background. Add a splash of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Aquamarine and some torn strips of October Afternoon Woodland Park washi tape in Floral to the top and bottom of your tag and the background is done. 

Now that the base is done it's time to add some strips of lace and velvet ribbon in the Wrap Pack and I've also used some twine from the same pack to create my makeshift "tassle". Because I am a big fan of fussy cutting I couldn't resist cutting out some of the wonderful images in their patterned papers to create my arrangement. The butterflies on Huckleberry Hill are so so pretty and are just begging to be cut out and added to all kinds of projects. I chose a black and white butterfly which I distressed using inks along with a few flower and leaf images from Crab Apple Orchard. I have layered the flowers and added dimension using foam tape to help them sit up off the tag. And that's pretty much it for this tag! 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Maybe you will get time to create a retro style tag too!


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Kiss The Card!

For this week's challenge at Our Creative Corner we were asked to create a project using the kiss technique. Smooch smooch! I had to go back a fair way for this because it's been literally years since I have tried this technique for myself. If you aren't familiar with kissing !!, there is a step-by-step explanation on the Our Creative Corner site. I have used both the kiss and the reverse kiss techniques on my card - one on each of the large flowers. Both these flowers have used exactly the same stamps but in a slightly different way to get a different pattern and look. We were also asked to included XOX somewhere in the card. Hope you get to have a play with us and perfect your own kissing technique! 


Thursday, September 6, 2012

31 January 1970 - GDT Layout for The Scrapbook Store

Today I wanted to share this layout I created for The Scrapbook Store as their Guest Designer for September. I have been given the task of showcasing October Afternoon's Woodland Park new release and I cannot tell you how much I love these papers and coordinating embellishments. It has such a wonderful retro feel to it from the colours to the sweet patterns and illustrations and gorgeous matching vintage style buttons and ribbons. I couldn't help myself but to pull out some old photographs and set about creating this first layout. 

I have used October Afternoon Woodland Park "Chip 'n Stick", Wrap Pack, Huckleberry Hill patterned paper, Bunny Tail Trail patterned paper, Miscellany Pack, Doo-Dads, Little Flyers and Mini Market Alpha Stickers in Sherbet. Other products found in The Scrapbook Store I used are 12x12 Chipboard base, gesso, My Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Aquamarine and Sun Sisters and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Linen. You can find all of these products and more in The Scrapbook Store now AND Australian addresses qualify for free postage for orders over $65! 

Monday, September 3, 2012

U Mesmerise - Guest Designer for The Scrapbook Store

I am absolutely stoked to have been invited to be a Guest Designer for The Scrapbook Store for September. You may have noticed their sweet little blinkie on my blog for the past couple of weeks in preparation. I was hard pressed not to let the cat out of the bag before time! 

So my first task was to interpret the monthly sketch challenge which can be found at The Scrapbook Store Gallery. Go ahead and enter your own take on the sketch - there is a random prize up for grabs! Mine is pictured here using Cosmo Cricket "Baby Jane" mini deck papers,  MFT Die-namics "Flower Trio" Die, Kaisercraft Texture Stamps "Grid" "Journal" and "Script", Prima Fabric Alpha Stickers, Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Antique Linen". All of these products can be found in the store.

All that PLUS I have been set the task of showcasing October Afternoon "Woodland Park". Can't wait to show you what I have been up to with that! I am in love, seriously this range is to die for. 

Thanks for calling in today, see you next time! 


Sunday, September 2, 2012

2 Of Us

I just LOVED creating my layout for this months challenge over at The Studio. We were given the challenge to use numbers somewhere in our layout - as a feature, a design element, a title or whatever you could come up with. I decided on going with a design element and a title. 

I love how this background turned out - adding interest and texture without taking away from my photograph or subject of the layout. And the rest of the layout seemed to just fall into place around it - from the patterned paper layers to the ink splatters, chalkboard mists to the washi tape and other elements. 

I borrowed this idea from an article in SBM a few months ago, written by Melinda Thompson on reviving your letters. Fab technique Melinda, you are amazing. Thank you so much for the inspiration. You can find her original canvas on this page of her blog here

Thanks for dropping by, hope you can join us this month for our challenge. There is a great prize from the new Ruby Rock-It CHA release so don't miss this.

He Believes In Me

Today I am happy to be able to share my layout for Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge new challenge for the beginning of September. Wow, I can't believe it's September already! That means it's officially spring in Australia and it is definately starting to warm up. 

The challenge theme is to "scrap about a teacher or someone who inspired you, believed in you, helped you in some way." Before I began my layout I thought about who has been the biggest inspiration in my life. There has been no bigger influence on me, teacher and inspiration than my very own husband of 20 years. You see, Simon and I met while we were both working for the same company about 24 years ago now. At the time, I was working for the same company he was but not officially employed by them. He was transferred to my hometown to set up a new office and establish the business, and I was lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to join up. You see, he became my direct senior at work. Oh I can hear you saying, that's not so unusual! But Simon had a profound way of inspiring me to be a better person. He is a natural leader and people seem to warm to him very quickly. I suppose you could say he is charismatic. I had no direction in my life, no goals, no idea of my future. I was young and had no idea of anything much at all! Simon changed all that for me. He encouraged and believed in my abilities as an employee and gave me many opportunities to learn and grow in my job. He gave me confidence and taught me that I was a valuable and intelligent person, worthwhile of his time and effort. 

It wasn't until much later - 3 years - that we began going out and got married. I still admire his ability to connect with people and bring out the best in them - a special gift. 

I hope you can join in on this challenge and scrap about someone who has inspired or believed in you too. I have to admit this wasn't an easy challenge but it certainly is one worth spending time on. 

Thanks for calling in to see me today, 


Saturday, September 1, 2012


The new challenge over at Scrap The Girls is to create a layout using sports or action photos. This layout was created using a photograph of my eldest daughter running in her age race at the Henley On Todd back in 2002 while we were in Alice Springs. It was such a great day out and as you can see, not a drop of water in sight, only a dry sandy river bed which runs through the middle of town. 

This page was lots of fun to create. I used gesso, inks, patterned papers, buttons, staples, flowers, rhinestones, rubons, a date stamp, rubber stamps, twine and masking tape. 

GREAT challenge this month and lots of wonderful inspiration from the DT over at STG. Can't wait to see you there! 


Fly LIttle Fishie, Fly

My card for this week's challenge at Our Creative Corner was all about resist techniques, but it also had to include wings. I so wanted to do an underwater theme..hmm wings? Sure, why not. I gave my little fish some "wings" which I glued into place giving them dimension. 

Well, not only that but Lisa wants us to describe how we went about our resist technique! If you're a regular visitor to my blog you will well know I am not much for going into detail on how I came to anything, let alone describing a technique. But because she asks sooo nicely here we  go:-

I started by stamping some bubbles onto white watercolour paper using a fab stamp set by Darkroom Door from their Seaside Collection. You can find the set here "Under The Sea". For anyone who doesn't know Darkroom Door stamps yet, they are well worth a look. So, I stamped the bubbles onto my watercolour paper using versamark then dumped a heap of clear embossing powder over the emboss marks. Tipping the excess embossing powder back into the jar I then hit it with a heat tool to set the powder. Voila! I have resist! I repeated this process a few times using the seaweed stamp from the same set around the bottom and sides of my card. I then went about adding some colour to my card using water based reinkers directly onto my card and dousing it with lots of water to spread the colours and create puddle patterns. After I dried this layer off I then stamped more seaweed using versamark and embossing powder again and repeated the process. This added lots of depth to my background and gave the appearance of seawater.

I stamped a tiny goldfish image using black Stazon onto yellow cardstock and added orange shadows to the image with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. I created his "wings" by stamping a larger fish image using Stazon again and fussy cutting his fins out, attaching them to my little goldfish. I then mounted the fish onto my card base using dimensional tape and printed off a funny sentiment to compliment the card. 

This was a great fun technique challenge and I really enjoyed getting back to my stamping basics. Thanks Lisa for the challenge. 


Day Out - Kraft It Up! September Challenge

September is here already and with this comes a few new reveals of scrappiness (happiness??!). This layout was created using the September colour swatch for Kraft It Up!. How cool is this? Black, white, kraft and gorgeously garden fresh GREEN. I had sooo much fun creating this. Splashes of paint and ink, beautiful matching embellishments, rubons, stamping and even a little fussy cutting all came together on this page which celebrates my husband's grandparents in their heyday. This is probably my favourite photograph of them taken in the '40's. Aren't they just wonderful? 

Here's the swatch we used and I would highly recommend dropping in to Kraft It Up! to see my fellow DT's creations as well. They are amazing

Thanks for calling in, can't wait to see what you come up with :)