19 January 2011

Cosmo Cricket Challenge

I love reading the Cosmo Cricket blog and they have posted a January challenge. One of our favourite things to do in January is visit the beach. Our family love to go to Moonee Beach where there is a gorgeous creek which is great for families. These photos were taken early in the month and unfortunately it has rained almost every day since...it has been an unusually wet  summer this year. I have used Cosmo Cricket Togetherness papers and Core'dinations cardstock for my page. I love the bright, happy colours in this range :)

Thanks for stopping by and any comments.

16 January 2011

Dressmaking pattern paper altered background

I have just had a play with altering my cardstock with dressmaking pattern paper. It was lots of fun crumpling paper and getting messy with glue. I have scrapped a few proof photos I have had sitting around since my wedding in 1993. I have used October Afternoon Thrift Shop papers, letters and stickers  with  a few Prima flowers and leaves, Tim Holtz film strip ribbon and ornate frame, some lovely Webster's Pages ribbon and American Crafts thickers. I have also added a Tattered Inspirations pin...these are so gorgeous and I will need to be getting some more soon

I love the texture and extra interest it adds to the page! 

Have you been checking out the CHA sneaks? I love all the sneak peeks...my favourites so far are Prima, Webster's Pages, and My Minds Eye. I can't wait to see what Cosmo Cricket and October Afternoon have for us!

Thanks for stopping by...Hope your weekend has been fabulous!

12 January 2011

My 2011 word is Renew

I have completed the monthly challenge over at ScrapBoutique which was set by Manon. We were required to choose a word and create a layout to remind us of this word throughout the coming year. I chose the word RENEW as I feel a lot of things in my life need to be revitalised. I decided to scrap the layout on a canvas that I had sitting around unused...that way I can keep it on display to keep reminding me of my word.

And some close ups...  

The photo is one that I have previously scrapped and was taken by Trish O'Brien of Jetty Images. I don't have a lot of photos of myself on my own and this one with Mikala is a definite favourite of mine. I have used My Minds Eye glittler papers, diecut and brad, Prima packaging, butterflies, flowers and centres, Tim Holtz ornate frame, Fourish with a Bling swirl, Purple Pumpkin doily, Tattered Inspirations pin and Making Memories glitter alphas.

Thanks for stopping by xox

11 January 2011

More scrapping...

I had another play with the Kaiser Seaside range. The photo of me was taken at Moonee Beach last week during one of those few sunny days we have enjoyed this year. I had fun making my own embellishments for this page and have only added a few Kaiser tickets, some starfish, string, Jenny Bowlin alphas and buttons.

This page is for Amanda's Stylist Challenge over at Scrap Boutique. I had wanted to do a page using this Cosmo Cricket paper and chipboard numbers for a while and Amanda's number challenge fitted perfectly. The stitching and basic design were inspired by a layout I saw somewhere while site hopping on the web...thank you for the inspiration! I really had fun working on this page and adding lots of bits and pieces. 

Thanks for stopping by and lets pray this rain will ease off so all the flood effected people can begin putting their lives back together xox

09 January 2011

Kraft It Up!

Hello, I am back again with another challenge layout...
I have wanted to complete a Kraft It Up challenge for ages but always seem to run out of time. Well I have finally managed to get one done...there are some benefits to being a lady of leisure! This months challenge is to create a layout based on a summer theme with a summer word in the title on a Kraft cardstock background. I have used Kaisercraft Seaside papers and tags with a Flourish with a Bling pearl flourish, Prima flower and Basic Grey chipboard alphas. I think this would have to be my favourite Kaiser range ever. I just love the colours with these summery photos of Mikala having fun in her friend's pool.

Thanks for stopping by and happy creating :)

A Compendium of Curiosities

Each Christmas our family do a secret Santa for the adults. I received this book...signed by Tim himself. How exciting for me!! I love Tim's products and techniques. There was a bit if a mix up and the book arrived inscribed with the wrong name :( Tim kindly replaced the book and sent a few photos of him signing my name. I will have to do a page on the story of this book one day.

How cool is that!! I can't wait to try out Tim's techniques as I have a few of his products that I wasn't really sure how to use...I have no excuse not to use them now :)

08 January 2011

Some more challenges to share

I'm back again with my entry over at Anna's Craft Cupboard. Wendy Smith designs some really cool sketches for the monthly challenge and this photo of my niece Chloe is one of my favourites. I have used Sassafras Indie Girl papers with Prima letters and flowers. I keep going back to my Martha Stewart butterfly punch...I think it has to be my all time favourite! I added some sticker words, tiny alphas and a bit of kindyglitz and Kaiser bling. It's a simple page but I just love the blues with the black and white photo.

I love the challenges over at Scrap Boutique...they just keep getting better and better! This one is for Chelsea's Stash Stomper and we were required to use at least thirty alpha stickers. I have delved into my scrap paper box again and used some older WRMK. I have added a few Prima flowers and leaves, pom pom ribbon, hand stitching and buttons. Alpha stickers are by Basic Grey, Carolees Creations, Websters Pages and Pink Paislee...It feels good to use a few more off the hardly used sheets :)
I love this cute photo of Mikala with her adopted baby Ginger...there is a bit of a story to us getting this kitten. Mikala loves all animals and always wants to visit the pet store. On this particular day there was a male ginger kitten there and she wanted it badly but I said we should only get a female...I said no and when we got home I would look on the RSPCA website for one. I really didn't think we would find one as female ginger cats are very rare...and I was very surprised to find that Ginger was the only kitten available at that time. Mikala insisted we visit the shelter the next day and many dollars later we came home with her. She must have been meant for us and she really is a cute and wonderful addition to our family.

I hope you are getting some creative time and thanks for reading my blog :)

Scrap the Girls Challenge

This is my entry for the January Scrap the Girls challenge. We had some beautiful days at the beginning of the year and our family took the opportunity to spend some time at Moonee Beach...luckily we got to soak up some sunshine then as it has rained almost every day since :(
 I recently sorted through my paper stash and have been trying to use up some of my paper scraps. I have machine stitched on Basic Grey and Echo Park papers for this layout of Mikala and myself. I have embellished with Kaiser flowers, Green Tara string, Purple Pumpkin buttons, American Crafts Thickers, Carolees tiny alphas and added a gorgeous little bird pin from The Chip Chop Shop. Hope you are getting some sunshine wherever you are!

01 January 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year...I hope that 2011 is full of good health and much happiness for us all. I love the way everything feels new and full of possibility at the beginning of a new year. I spent a wonderful morning at the beach with my family. The weather here in the last few days has been glorious...and such a pleasant change from all the rain.
I thought I would share my last 2010 layout which I completed yesterday. The photo is of my cute niece Chloe trying on her Mum's beautiful veil as they were preparing for the wedding in October. The photo is by Mike and Amy and is one of my favourites from the day. Chloe looks just gorgeous and so cute...such a special  moment to capture on film. I have used  My Minds Eye  papers and embellishments combined with Prima flowers, leaves and butterfly, Kaiser and Zva Creative pearls and American Crafts thickers. 

I have decided that I will make no resolutions this year and that way I will not be disappointed if I don't achieve them. I will leave you with an inspiring quote I came across at The Quote Garden.

We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.  Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential.  ~Ellen Goodman

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