23 December 2011

Seasons Greetings

I just wanted to wish all my lovely creative friends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you so much for stopping by and for the wonderful inspiration I get each time I visit your lovely blogs. I may not be commenting as much these days but I love to stop by and check out what you have been creating! It's been such a hectic time here this year with work and school activities that there has been little time for me to scrap. I am so looking forward to some family time and hope to do some creating over the holidays. 

In the spirit of Christmas, I thought I would share a set of cards that I made using Simple Stories 25 Days of Christmas from ScrapBoutique. I have wanted to make an album of my kids Santa photo's for a while and decided to use a set of Urban Lily cards that I have had since I started scrapbooking. It's a keepsake that I hope my children will enjoy in the years to come!

Thanks for stopping by and best wishes for the holiday season xxx

10 December 2011

Some Christmas cheer...

It's such a busy time of year! I have been running from one school activity to another as both of my children are moving schools next year so our last few weeks of term are full of orientations, presentations, graduation dinners and class activities! I will be glad when this week is over so I can relax a bit and enjoy the holiday season. My last ScrapBoutique stylist pack had some gorgeous Simple Stories Christmas papers in there. I loved the traditional colours and lovely designs.

A made a couple of simple cards and a layout of Jake's first visit with Santa...which was pretty cool as Santa was riding a Harley!

Last weekend was the ScrapBoutique Christmas cyber crop and this was what I created...

Chelsea's challenge was to create three different shaped cards. I have used LYB papers.

Christine's criteria was to spell out Christmas by using each of these items on your layout:

C - cardstock
H - handmade embellishment
R - ribbon
I - ink
S - stamp
T - tag
M - mist
A - alphas
S - staple/s

...and my page using Kaisercraft papers and diecuts. I have used a Purple Pumpkin button and hand cut and kindyglitzed trees as the handmade items.

This month I hosted the roast and have used Making Memories and LYB papers for this page of Mikala decorating the tree.

Thanks for stopping by and happy creating.

01 December 2011

Some Random pages...


I totally love Crate Paper! These pages were created using the fabulous Random range...there are so many gorgeous embellishments in this collection. Here I have used chipboard, rosettes and some super cute buttons.

I used lots of different chipboard, layers of paper and border stickers on this page...

...more border stickers and chipboard with 7 Gypsies rub on butterfies which I added to transparency and pop dotted for dimension.

You can get all these gorgeous goodies at ScrapBoutique where Chelsea has always has a  fabulous range of Crate Paper products.

I recently had a win at the Card and a Half challenge blog. I was lucky enough to win a shopping spree at Little Scrapbook Shop. I now have a new cutter and some Studio Calico on it's way to me :) It will be my first ever play with this range so... Thanks LSBS!!
It's been a while since I completed any challenges so I was very excited to win and it's a nice feeling to know that your work is liked by others.

This was my entry using Pink Paislee papers and diecuts.

Thanks for stopping by and happy creating!!

Leanne xx

17 November 2011

Retreat layouts

I just had the best weekend at the ScrapBoutique Coffs Harbour retreat. How cool is it having a retreat only 20 minutes from home!! And...what a great bunch of ladies we had to scrap with! Chelsea really knows how to organise a retreat and it was so much fun!

Here we are in our cute aprons from our goodie bags...

And these are the pages I completed...

...using Basic Grey Picadilly...love this range!

and October Afternoon Sidewalks.

The inspiration challenge using Simple Stories Yearography....

...the speed scrap using Pink Paislee Nantucket

and the quote challenge using Crate Paper Farmhouse.

And my November stylist challenge using Fancy Pants Baby Mine. My colours to use for this challenge were blue, yellow or red....perfect for my new little nephew Flynn!

Chelsea had an awesome mixed media area set up at the retreat for all the ladies to use. I did a small demo on Saturday to show a few techniques and then everyone had a chance to have a go and see how much fun it is!

...this is my canvas using pan pastels, liquidtex ink, neocolor crayons, paint dabbers and lots of background stamping using a big brush pen...

I also had a play in my art journal and created a few different pages...but will have to share those another time.

The Passion 4 Fashion Competition is now over with the overall winner being the lovely Karen Watson. Runner up was Monica Brady...both super talented girls and well deserved winners!
I was lucky enough to be a weekly winner and for a style I love...grunge!

This was my page...

It was super exciting to win this as the entries were all so fabulous!

Thanks for stopping by and happy creating xx

31 October 2011

Passion 4 Fashion Week 8...

Well we have come to the final challenge of this great competition and this week was all about....


FUTURISTIC - This category did not really make it outside Star Trek epoch and may have gone completely during the dot com era. The category emphasizes the look of the electronic and the computer age. The design concept is based on galactic or extra-terrestrial inspired clothing. 
Colour - Strong metallic (gold, silver, etc.), vivid, and contrasting. 
Lines - Angular, sharp and usually asymmetrical. 
Textures - Hard, unusually bold and often overwhelmingly round or square. 
Effects - Impractical to our present times, unique accessories or trim. 
Needs of customer - Bold statement 
Favourite Accessory - Bold geometric accessories. 
Note: Notice the unique accessories, its sharp and angular lines. Shoes with flashing red lights are examples of this style. 

Cool Huh??? 8) 

EXTRA CRITERIA - Please include the following on your LO....
:arrow: Repeat a geometric shape at least 4 times on your LO (eg. square, circle, triangle etc)
:arrow: Include a quote or passage that has something to do with the Future.

And this is my page...

...when I think of futuristic, I think shiny metallic silver so included lots of silver on the page. I stamped and inked the cardstock with silver versa colour, punched a foil strip, matted the journal strips with foil and covered a chipboard heart with foil. My journaling around the page and outlining of the title was done using silver pen. Silver threaded netting and sparkly stars completed my idea for strong metallic colour. I used pattern paper circles for the repeated geometric circles and a touch of red to contrast. 

My quote is by the late Steve Jobs...

"Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future". 

It's sad that the competition has come to an end...I have had so much fun and loved checking out the different takes on each challenge!!

Thanks for stopping by and happy creating xx 

24 October 2011

A scrappy and my first arty share...

I had a very busy weekend and was a bit late completing my inspiration challenge for the ScrapBoutique October CC. I was inspired by the colours in the picture and have scrapped my favourite girl Mikala. I have used the gorgeous Crate Paper Emma's Shoppe collection...I love all the patterns in these papers.

I have finished my first two art journal pages from the 3 Hearts Workshop and thought I would share them here...

I have had some fun trying different techniques...this one uses watercolour pencils, liquidtex inks in the hearts, stamping with a big brush pen and stencilling using paint dabbers. 

I like the way this one turned out...

I glued dressmaking paper, book paper and ephemera on the page and used acrylic paints to colour the background. The butterflies were stamped using the big brush pen and then coloured with liquidtex inks...gotta get myself some more colours of both of these products! I then added some doodling and rub ons. This is so much fun!

I didn't have a lot of the products used in the workshop so just worked with what I had. Luckily, a lovely parcel arrived from ScrapBoutique today...I now have a set of pan pastels and inktense blocks! I can't wait to have a play and get lots of colour on my pages.

Hope you like them!

Thanks for stopping by and any comments you may leave :)


23 October 2011

Passion 4 Fashion...week 7

This week we are going all grungey...

GRUNGE - A Category which was made popular during the early 90's. It creates an emphasis of younger generations, exaggerated constructions, the ripped, unloved look was popular.

Colour - Could be anything. Camoflage was popular. 
Lines - Unstructured, sometimes exaggerated and unusual. 
Textures - Popular (natural, blend or synthetic fibers), knits or canvas, frayed hems. 
Effects - Youthful, confident but sometimes impractical. Most designs died quickly. 
Needs - Easy pieces, but sometimes wild and usually inexpensive. 
Favorite Accessory - All kinds, real or fakes, inexpensive accessories including disposables.
Note: Notice the exaggerated lines, sometimes out-of-this-world. Different styles were popularized by Madonna and Cindy Lauper in the 80's. Very artistic and sometimes unexplainable designs.

EXTRA CRITERIA - Use at least 1 STAMP on your layout!!

And this is my page...

I had so much fun with this. I love the grunge style...it's great for teen pages! I have stitched an unusual border  and added the hessian and string for texture. The papers were distressed and heavily inked and I have kept the embellishments simple and inexpensive. I have stamped with grid and date stamps to suit the extra criteria.

here is a close up...

showing the stamping, rubber words and paint dabber circles...I just love the effect of these.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you are getting some creative time this weekend!

Leanne xx

22 October 2011

ScrapBoutique Pink Girls Night In October CC

Hello there
Hope your day is going well. This weekend we are cyber cropping at ScrapBoutique and our theme for October is Pink Girls Night In.

There is a pink spot sale in the store all weekend and 10% of the total sales will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. There is 20% off most patterned paper & accessories, albums, glimmermist products, storage and totes, and DecoArt acrylic paints. So why not pop over and grab yourself a bargain while helping out this great charity.

My challenge is up and I have chosen an inspiration picture. Don't you just love these Maxwell and Williams mugs and gorgeous flowers...what beautiful colours! My challenge is to scrap a page of one of your favourite females...or yourself, and include some ribbon and of course the colour pink somewhere on your layout.

Hope to see you over there!!

Leanne xx

15 October 2011

Passion for Fashion...week 6

I loved this weeks theme...
ELEGANT - This style includes expensive designer's reproduction, but should not be misunderstood as "haute couture" or high fashion.

Colour - Unusual, muted solid colours (gray, black and white are common)
Lines - Mostly uncomplicated and well fitted (think Chanel, classic styles)
Textures - Fine fabrics, usually expensive materials.
Effects - Very refined, chic and executive-looking.
Needs - Semi custom-made or altered to fit.
Favorite Accessory - Coordinated Accessories and matching real gold and diamond accessories.

Note: Notice the emphasis on uncomplicated, well fitted status look. 

:idea: As this style incorporates "Designer Reproductions"...... this week we have a Sketch to Reproduce. 8) 
(thanks to scrap a little sketches)

and this is my page using Glitz Design papers...

The photo is of my MIL looking very chic on her wedding day in 1963. I was inspired to use muted earthy colours with touches of black. I altered the Collage Press die cut by cutting out the centre so the gorgeous stripe of the background paper would show through and then threaded the eyelets with satin ribbon. I have covered the bottom piece of pattern paper with Webster's Pages netting to represent the texture of fine fabrics. 

I have used new Prima alphas for the title....I just love the texture and size of these little yummies!

...and I added a Prima diamante swirl (which I picked up at the Boutique for a bargain price) to represent diamond accessories and embellished with a few new release Prima flowers...I just adore the fabric Harlow flowers!

That's it for now...I hope you like my 'elegant' entry and thanks for stopping by.

Happy creating,


11 October 2011

ScrapBoutique Stash Stomper

Hi there, This month I am setting the ScrapBoutique stash stomper challenge. I have just sorted out my paper stash (as it was becoming very difficult to find the paper I was looking for) so I decided paper would be a good choice for stomping. I borrowed this fabulous sketch from Creative Scrappers...a great one for using up lots of papers. I added the extra criteria to use at least three different brands of paper.

This is my page...

...using a mix of Bo Bunny, Crate Paper and Echo Park papers. How cute is our new little budgie Buddy? He is so affectionate and easy to handle. He loves to sing and is just adorable.

Happy creating,

Leanne xxx

09 October 2011

Passion 4 Fashion week 5...

I'm back again with my week 5 Passion 4 Fashion entry....

This week we're going CASUAL.

CASUAL - This category includes Jeans, TShirts, feeling at-home, feeling comfortable. 
Colour - Any!! Colour is not an issue (brights, pastels, earth tones) 
Lines - Unstructured, simple, and easy. 
Textures - Popular (natural, blend or synthetic fibers). 
Effects - Easy-going, athletic, unpretentious and simple. 
Needs - Easy care, home atmosphere and comfortable. 
Favorite Accessory - Flip Flops, Joggers, basic accessories, including disposables.
Note: Notice the easy-going features and UNSTRUCTURED lines.
EXTRA CRITERIA - This week I would like you to include a MINIMUM of 40 words of Journalling on your layout!! PLUS use a non-scrapping or Household item on your page (eg. as an embellie or a stamp or whatever.)

Talk about leaving this to the last minute.

Luckily the criteria included simple, unstructured lines so was quick to finish. I have gone with the earth tones and a at-home feeling. The photo was taken on my iPhone using hipstamatic. I know I have said this before but I love that app! I have so much fun playing around with it and the best photos are of just everyday things...It's awesome!! My household item is the little bundle of sticks that I made using matches.

Happy creating,
Leanne xox

Some stylist work to share...

Hi there,
Hope you weekend is going well. I have a few ScrapBoutique stylist layouts that I have not shared as yet. There are so many gorgeous ranges out at the moment :-)

This one is using MME Blush...

I can now laugh when I see these photos of a much younger Mikala at her dance concert. She had beautiful long hair that was to be worn in a bun for her dance concert...but she decided the week of the concert that she wanted to be a hairdresser. She found my scissors and went to work cutting huge chunks of hair from her ponytail and fringe. I was distraught! It had to be cut super short to straighten it up and we only managed to get it into a very short ponytail and it was one of the shortest fringes I have ever seen! 

These pages are from the Echo Park Victoria Gardens range...

I loved the versatility of these papers and decided to create quite simple pages just using the papers and stickers with few other embellishments added.

And 3 Bugs In A Rug Ashton...

This is my first play with this brand and I must say I really loved the colours in this range.

My latest Boutique stylist pack is chocked full of goodness. Here are a few peeks of what I have been creating...

The stylist's have been playing with new Prima collections and I have had some fun creating with the Printery collection...

There are some gorgeous new flowers and embellishments! My favourites are the new antique mirrors and canvas resist shapes. I love this old photo of my Mum with her sister and sister in law at the Grafton races in 1957. My Uncle was one of the jockey's racing on the day! 

...a sneak showing the canvas and antique mirrors.

And finally a card I created using some scraps...

I have just added a few pearls and some seam binding for a super easy card.

Well that's all for today. Thanks so much for getting this far!  I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by and love reading your lovely comments. It makes my day!

Leanne xox