Friday, November 30, 2012

Some Exciting News To Share

I cannot tell you how excited I am to be joining this amazing team of scrapbookers at Once Upon A...Sketch! For me this is a dream come true since I have long been an admirer of this blog and the people behind it. I am just thrilled to bits and am very much looking forward to getting to know everyone better. Anyone who knows anything about me will know that I have a tough time resisting a sketch challenge, and Nadia's sketches are always so much fun! 

BUT, I'm not the only new face on the team. There are TWO more new faces so hop on over and take a peek!

Wow, am I dreaming?

See you there!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas 1997

Today I wanted to share a layout I created to play along with the sketch challenge at Keeping The Best, another cool challenge blog I came across in my travels. This was such a fun sketch and really let me play around with some of my very favourite techniques and styles right now. And just because we are on the home stretch to Christmas I thought I would create something festive.

I've used lots of washi, some patterned papers and giant faceted gems from the All Is Bright collection by My Mind's Eye, as well as a few of my fave Green Tara flowers - Roses, a small red Heirloom flower and the most adorable little Christmas Bouquet Vine. I have also used some Silver Stars and Silver Braid which are both really beautiful. 

Here is a look at the sketch - 

and as you can see, I have rotated it 90 degrees clockwise. 

Thanks for calling by today and enjoy the rest of your week! 


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Mixed Media Angel Canvas

This week's challenge at Our Creative Corner is an ABC challenge. A is for Angel, B is for buttons and C is for Chipboard! Incorporate all of these things into a project of your choice. I chose to create a small canvas featuring an angel wearing a chipboard crown. 

I created my background using a variety of mediums including paint, inks and mists. I then used Distress Ink and Kaiser Journal Stamp to create texture and depth. 

I then assembled my angel with a tiny chipboard crown I coloured with embossing powder, a gorgeous little Green Tara Vine, angel wings made by embossing a couple of skeleton leaves, a dress cut from a gorgeous 10cm deep vintage style lace, buttons, a tiny flower, and a silver diamante heart

This was such a fun project to create and I really enjoyed playing around with a mixed media style canvas again. 

Thanks for calling in. 


Hard Core Crop - Pre Crop Challenge

I thought I might get involved in the crop this weekend on the Core'dinations blog and the first challenge is to create a small gift item. I chose to make a tiny pillow box and fill it with M&M's. The photo doesn't really give you much of an idea of how small this box is measuring 9cm x 5cm (31/2 x 2 inches) - it's adorable! Created using core'dinations of course! I've decorated it using some silver Green Tara metallic trim and flowers and a tiny gift tag from My Minds Eye.

Are you going to play along too? 


A Couple Of Cards Using Websters Pages

Today I wanted to share with you a couple of cards I created using Websters Pages Park Drive collection from The Scrapbook Store. There are so many little elements perfect for cards and smaller projects. I've used  Box Lunch, Margaret, My Town and Through The Lens patterned papers for both my backgrounds and fussy cut elements. I've added sentiments with Word Stickers and Tags & Prompts along with Heidi Swapp Color Magic Chipboard Alpha With Resist for the word "LOVE", adding a splash of colour using my October Afternoon Sprinklers, but any mist will work on these. Lasty I added a sweet little Green Tara rose for that finishing touch.  

Thanks for dropping by! 


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Just Smashing!

Having you caught the bug yet? You know, the Smash journal bug? 

I've tried keeping a diary and I've tried art journalling. It just didn't seem to fit me very well. I've made mini books and handmade journals which still sit around my room in a half done state or with nothing in them at all. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore them and love to see what other people create but it's just not my thing I guess. 

That is, until now. I think the problem has been that I have had nothing I -WANTED- to put in a journal. I am an avid scrapbooker and I get my fix from scrapbooking my photographs so a journal, to me, was pointless. I have however very recently discovered that I love to journal about my scrapbook creations. Such a simple idea but one that has eluded me all this time. I LOVE it. Look forward to it. Think about the pages I can create with it. It's like a light bulb was flicked on all of a sudden in my mind somewhere and I am really excited to have discovered another creative outlet. 

So today I wanted to drop by to share a little glimpse into what I have been up to. Nuh uh! Not revealing EVERYTHING I have been up to! Not quite yet. I've blurred out the photos for the moment but promise to share them in December. But for now, it's the journal I wanted to share. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

This Kiss

I created this layout using a photograph of my husband and I on our wedding day outside the church just after were married.

I have combined the gorgeous romantic Vintage Chic  collection from The Scrapbook Store with the current sketch challenge from The Studio  to create my page.

I've used lots of layers of patterned papers from the collection along with some layered Trimming Flowers, definition and sentiment stickers, Color Magic Chipboard Alphas and Color Shine Mist in Mint Green.

Here is the new sketch for mid November, hope you can play along with us :) 


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Heidi Swapp Vintage Chic Layers

Today I wanted to share with you another layout I created for The Scrapbook Store using Heidi Swapp's amazing Vintage Chic collection. I wanted LOTS of layers in this page to show off the gorgeous vintage style text papers and coordinating colours and designs. This page came together so fast, I pretty much just trimmed down some of the patterned papers and stuck them down right away. It was that easy. So I have used "Handwritten", both sides of "Just Dots", "Textbook", "Bookkeeping" and the yellow side of "Worldwide", a couple of tiny tags from the Mini Tags pack, a "Definition Sticker", "Sentiment Sticker" and Trimmings Flowers. My title is creating using the numerals of my daughter's birthday - yes, she will be 18 in just a few days time!- and lightly misted using a pink shade of October Afternoon Sprinkers. I have also added a touch of some Green Tara roses and finally, a splatty spray of OA Sprinklers. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend :) 


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fly - AFSC

Don't you just love a good sketch to play along with? This layout was created in record speed thanks to a great sketch at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge. I love it when a layout comes together so quickly and easily - yeah! Oh and I rotated it a quarter clockwise.

I've used warm greys and mint greens with a tiny touch of pink from October Afternoon's Midway collection. I looove this collection and I've gotten so many different looks out of it so far. And until now I've never been much of a grey gal, but somehow I am loving it more and more. Is it an age thing? pssssh. 

Thanks for being here today - hope you can play along with us. 

A Cuckoo Clock, A Wizard and a Classic Tag

Today I wanted to share a few projects I've been creating using my much loved Green Tara products. My first project is an old cuckoo clock which I salvaged from a junk shop a while ago. I've had this sitting on my shelf for so long now and it was high time I gave it a new lease on life. I started out by removing everything from the clock until all I was left with was the housing. Sadly, I broke the tiny cuckoo while I was doing this, so I would recommend being more careful than I was! 

Next I gave the whole thing a good clean and undercoat. A couple of layers of a yummy patterned tissue paper later I was ready to add a little colour and I already had my pastel paints lined up. Gorgeously shabby, yes? 

All that was left for me to do was to start layering up my Green Tara flowers. A tutu, some heirlooms, apple blossoms, gardenias and my favourite little coloured roses. I've also used a vine, some leaves and lace, and oh my, check out that little pink butterfly! 

Too cute, right? 

I just lurve the colours.

My second project is a layout I created using a photograph of our eldest daughter when she was about four years old. I repeated the yellows and purple shades in the photo throughout the rest of my layout by creating a background on a chipboard base using vintage book pages, gesso and mists

I then created a frame for my photo with lots of Green Tara products - from gardenias and heirlooms to tiny roses and a large Rainforest Butterfly. 

These purple velvet leaves are absolutely perfect combined with the rich 
deep purple of the small Heirloom flower.

Yellow and purple roses to compliment a lilac Gardenia.

And a small batik sunset Aster. 

Again I love the colours, they are simply amazing!

And lastly I have created a vintage style tag using pink and burgundy hues. This looks absolutely stunning measuring 10cm x 19cm and featuring the large Laurel Silk and Organza bloom along with some Green Tara lace which I hand dyed with mist to match the palette of my tag. 

All the goodies up close.

A few burgundy velvet leaves and roses coordinate perfectly
 with the rest of the tag. 

More detail can be found on the Green Tara blog including an itemised list of all the Green Tara products I have used for each project. 

Thank you for calling in!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Spring Is In The Air

I created this layout using the sketch over at Sketchbook 365 as my inspiration along with some gorgeous Websters Pages Park Drive goodies from The Scrapbook Store. I always seem to find designing with Websters really enjoyable because it totally fulfils my love of fussy cutting with all the beautiful blooms throughout their designs. I've used Park Drive patterned papers in The Journey as my background paper, patterned papers Through The Lens along with My Town and Margaret from which I fussy cut my flowers and leaves creating a border top and bottom of the row of photos. Behind the row of flowers I've used Memory Box Co's Rounded Fence Die along with We R Memory Keepers 12x12 adhesive washi sheet in Brown to create the picket fence border. Yes, the washi sheets DO die cut beautifully! Epiphany time! I have also used The Meadow Dragonfly and Grove Branch dies along with the Typewriter Lowercase Alpha Set - all of which are from Memory Box Co as well. Word Stickers and Tags & Prompts stickers also come from the Park Drive collection which I've added to my layout creating a sweet sentiment "Beautiful Smile" and layers to my flower cluster. Paper roses and leaves are Green Tara which I have coloured using mists to coordinate with the rest of my layout. Lastly I added a sweet little Prima Domino Trinket as that finishing touch!

Here is the sketch!

Thanks for calling in to see me - have a great rest of your weekend!


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Create Your Own Background

The challenge this week at Our Creative Corner is to make your own background. NO patterned paper allowed! This was my chance to sneak in a bit of messy mixed media so I grabbed at it. I've used some Green Tara flowers and lace to create all kinds of yummy textures, added some chipboard and a scattering of seed beads and loaded it all up with gesso. I've also used a gorgeous resin piece then coloured my card with some pretty pastel OA Sprinklers for that finishing touch. Time for some creative fun! 


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Love You So Much

**This layout won at Stuck Sketches in November!

Soo excited to be creating using the new release Heidi Swapp goodies this month for The Scrapbook Store! The colours and style are absolutely gorgeous and I just can't wait to dive right into my kit again. 

I've created this layout starting with the "Bookkeeping" Patterned Paper (hard to choose which side I wanted to use on this!), and added an angled strip of aqua Adhesive Washi which comes in a 12x12 sheet, to top and bottom. Have you seen this stuff yet? No more being restricted to the width of your tape! I then set about adding my much loved layers and embellishments - "Beautiful Songs" Patterned Paper (again, which side do you choose to use??), Vintage Chic Mini Tags, Definition Stickers, Sentiment Stickers and I also had a play with the New Trimmings Flowers! The Trimmings are made from a material which responds to heat, so you can use your heat tool to add a funky crinkle look to your flowers! Cool, huh? 

I also had a play with the new Heidi Swapp Color Shine Mists. I have used Mint Green to add some snazzy colour to my Color Magic Chipboard Alpha. There is so much colour and glimmer packed into these bottles - a little hard to tell from my photo but it's amazing colour. 

Other products I have used on my layout include some Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, Sheet Music Washi Tape and Green Tara paper roses, along with a dash of Kaisercraft Rhinestones and October Afternoon Sprinklers

AND I have used the sketch from Stuck?! sketches 1st November sketch as inspiration for my layout. Here is a copy of the sketch - maybe you can find time to play along this month too!

Thanks for calling in again today, have a good one :) 


Monday, November 5, 2012

A Layout Using Die Cuts - The Studio

Time to dust off those die cuts and create a layout! If you're anything like me at all then you have a pile of gorgeous dies sitting somewhere that you just "had" to have but don't use anywhere near often enough. There is a great challenge over at The Studio this month to get them out and use them. You can also use your die cutting machine or regular ready made die cuts - the choice is yours! 

I have used a twiggy branch die, a gorgeous dragonfly and a trio of flowers along with some ready mades.

Just loving the look of dark kraft at the moment - can't seem to get enough of it lately!


Saturday, November 3, 2012

You're Never Too Old For A Tutu!

Aah, there's some wise words if ever I've heard any! This week's challenge at Our Creative Corner is to use either a stamped silhouette or a cut-out silhouette on your project. I chose this stamp because it has such a great outline, and therefore is perfect to convert to a silhouette. Yes, I really did stamp it and fussy cut the image out. In retrospect I could have just stamped the image onto my pink polka dot patterned paper and coloured her in black, but it didn't occur to me until I had finished! Sheesh. So anyway, you have the benefit of my wisdom now ;) and you can do it the easy way!

You're NEVER too old for a tutu!


Daisy Day - November Sketch Challenge at The Scrapbook Store

There is a new sketch challenge over at The Scrapbook Store Gallery and with this comes another chance to win a $40 gift voucher to The Scrapbook Store! This is such a great prize - you would be crazy -not- to enter. 

For this layout I've gone through my stash and found some gorgeous Crate Paper Pretty Party goodies to use. I just love the retro feel colours in this collection and it never fails to make me happy. I've added a bunch of layers behind my photo in various colours and patterns along with some file tabs (yep, love doing this!) and some washi tape for interest and texture. I then filled my die cut watering can with some gorgeous Green Tara roses to coordinate with the rest of my layout. I added a sweet die cut wrought iron gate and fence along with a dragonfly - LOVE this! The title was created using the coordinating Pretty Party Alpha Stickers which I coloured with OA Sprinklers, as well as adding some random paint splatters also with Sprinklers.

You can find the November sketch along with all the other DT examples here.

Looking forward to seeing your creations!


My First Job

November's challenge at Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge is to create a layout about your first job. Yes it's true, I'm an ex-McDonalds employee. This job gave me an allowance while I was school and gave me a sense of independence and freedom. It was a great first job and I stuck with it until I finished school. 

I must admit that I was daunted by this task but once I started it became an enjoyable layout and it is a part of my life that I had yet to document in my scrap albums. This is a challenge well worth doing :) PLUS I got to use some of my washi tape! It's turning into a serious addiction. I was concerned it would just be a case of collecting but I LOVE using this stuff! It's just too easy.

Thanks for calling in. Hope you have a lovely day :)


Friday, November 2, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

It is now the 2nd November in Australia. I wanted to wait until all time zones had ticked over to November in case we had a last minute entry from somewhere around the globe, but it is time to draw a lucky winner for this gorgeous kit. Here are all the entries which I have assigned a number in order of appearance on my blog:

1. Mitra Pratt
2. Kerry
3. Erin Blegen
4. Sue
5. Shaunagh @ Home and Hobbies
6. Pysselpetra
7. Mama_Vi
8. Torill
8. Linda Eggleton
9. Tone K.
10. Kelly Foster
11. Wanda at Two Make Do Scrapbooking
12. Helen Tilbury
13. Glorygirl
14. Cat Lacigale
15. Lisa M
16. Leonie Waldron
17. Phioniray
18. Eila Sandberg
19. Scrappingdownalane
20. Joy
21. Kim
22. Susan
23. Debbie
24. Anna

This is just a small way for me to thank you all for visiting me and leaving such lovely comments on my blog. I read each and every one of them and I have loved getting to know you all :) Thank you so much - you  make my blog such a happy place. 

And without further ado................

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Congratulations Kelly! Please drop me an email with your postal address so I can get this big box of goodies out to you! 

I plan on more giveaways down the track so keep an eye on my blog! 


Be You - Scrap The Girls Colour Challenge

Orange and Teal anyone? This is the current challenge for November at Scrap The Girls. I absolutely LOVE colour challenges. It changes the way I would normally approach a layout and makes me think in a different way. How gorgeous are these colours together?!! Yes, right? Orange and teal are so happy together and I absolutely love the look of my new page. So get out those girlie photos and put your orange and teal on - its time for a colour challenge!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ever After - Minimalist Challenge

The new theme at Kraft It Up! for November challenges us to use the minimalist technique to create a layout. I am already a big fan of this style of scrapbooking and often dabble in it myself which you can see if you scroll through my blog. 

I do admit though that at times all that negative space on a page can be quite daunting and overwhelming. I've added some texture on this page to counter that using strips of brown paper and my much loved Mod Podge. Such a fun technique!