Saturday, October 25, 2014

Sketchabilites #125

Hi there, hope you're having a great weekend! 

 Today  I would like to share with you the layout I created for the Sketchabilities sketch challenge,  its been sometime since I've been able to play along with their beautiful sketches.

Here is my take!

I used photos that were taken of my kids whilst they were holidaying in Perth quite a few years ago.  Yes they are not portrait perfect,  however that is what scrapping is all about!!!

I've used a number of different manufacturers here the papers are from Kaiser Craft, the bottom sheet is Con Brio from Chanteuse Collection and the 2nd layer up is Beloved from the Porcelain Rose Collection.  Some of the photo mat layers are packaging from Prima along with a few scraps from their Stationer's Desk & Cigar Box Secrets Collections.

Just a couple of close us, I used several stamps to create the back ground along with masks, gesso and gelatos'.  I have also machine stitched around the edge and randomly border punched.

Other Product used:

Prima blooms & mask
Memory box - Gwyneth Floral
Blue Fern & WOW Chipboard
Stickers - unknown
Washi Tape
Stamps - Impression Obsession, Autumn Leaves

Thanks for stopping by!!!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Prima BAP & Show Us Your Stuff Challenges

Welcome crafty friends!!!

I've had a busy couple of days sorting through my paper stash trying to put it into some kind of order,  ha ha ha  Order!!!  Not sure that is even possible, seems every time I have it in what I deem as a good working order, I still find myself spending way to much time looking for stuff, rather than creating.  Anyway whilst doing this I found a really old Prima paintables 12" sheet and decided it would be perfect for a Prima a challenge,  de-constructed it and used it as the main part of my layout.

I wasn't inspired to go with Halloween since its not something we celebrate here in Australia, however I did love the colours that were selected.  I also decided to combine it with a Sketch Challenge over at "Show Us Your Stuff".

Here is my take on both of these.

 For the colour work I used the Prima Blooms Tangerine and Colbalt and applied with a fine tip paint brush.

Textured paste along with Prima's mask was used to create the background work along with some beautiful Prima Blooms.  The hand made flowers were created using Magnolia's Doohickeys Peonies and I have dyed these using Cobalt and gold gelato's along with Shabby Blue embossing enamel. 

Products used:

Wow - chipboard frame
Gesso & textured paste
Glossy accents
Prima - Chevron stencil, flower blooms, pearls

  Tangerine and Cobalt & Lime Wedge

Prima Paintable
Stampendous - shabby blue embossing powder

Thanks for stopping by and thank you to those that always take the time to leave me a comment.  Have a great week!!!!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sketchabilities #124

Hello all  my crafty friends....

As I said in my last post it's been a hectic few months and whilst I still haven't quite worked out my crafty space I did finally get a chance to scrap.   Although I didn't meet the time frame I thought I would still share anyway.  I love the sketches over at Sketchabilities, I find them not only inspirational, but a good way to challenge yourself when your time poor like me.  Like any challenge I like to at least try and incorporate the obvious challenge in it, for me it was the hexagons.  Sometimes it can be a shape or a colour that you just don't often use so when it comes up in a design I like to challenge myself and try and use it rather than avoid it.  

I was also able to to make use of one of my recent purchases a Creative Memories Hexagon punch.  Not that I really, really needed one, but needless to say I now have  Even better it punches out 2 sizes.

My take on the Sketch!!!

For the background I've used a mix of printed tissue paper, Maya Roads white mist, black gesso and teal tumble dry colour.

For the hexagons I've used a mixed of punched out one and some transparent one's that I cut from an old Hambly Sheet, I then did some machine stitching over them.

The paper for the background is an old Cosmo Cricket paper from the Salt Air range and I have also used a Websters Vellum print to frame the photo.

Products used:

Cosmo Cricket - Fish tales collection
Websters - 6"vellum sheet
Me Minds Eye - Banner stickers
printed tissue paper
Glitz - transparent element
Kaiser gems
Tim Holtz - splatter template

Thanks for looking and hope your having a wonderful day.

Bye for now!!!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Quick Hello!!!

Hi Everyone

I cannot believe its been well and truly over a month since I started the revamp of my craft space.
  I dreaded even the consideration when hubby suggested it, then after much thought I went with it.  As much as I'm loving the transformation its has been quite involved and time consuming,
I  blame this on PINTEREST!!!!  I couldn't simply just do a lick a paint on the wall and floors  with some new cupboards.  I decided I needed some inspirational quotes on the wall,  apparently these takes weeks to arrive, and some sweet fabric accents, such as curtains.

And with all this going on I spent 15 days over  in Perth visiting family, I hadn't seen my Grandfather who is now gong on 86 for quite a few years and it was great to see although he stoops a lot more he is still in good health and spirit.  Now I am back and just wanting to scrap so badly but still have jobs in my craft room to sort out.  I still have a few curtains to sew, Im thinking some sheer curtains will cut down on dust but still allow me to see what in my cupboards and it really is a big task to go through your craft room that has been an accumulation of over 10 years worth of collecting.

Anyway I have not layouts to share so I thought I would share some pics of my new space to date.

Love this one, especially that my craft work station face's it.

Another wall sticker quote and some of the curtains I have made to hide my albums.

 My new punch and die cut station.  Still wanting some magnetic boards so I can see some of my favourite die's at a glance.

A revamp of an old chair that I was going to throw out.

 Now all I need to do is get all my shelves sorted out with all my scrapping gear so I can start creating....Yawn!!!  already bored with the thought of that.

Bye for now!!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Little Crazy

Hi Everyone
Haven't been around much lately as things around here have been a little crazy.  
With the end of financial year book work that needed to be done, so the tax man can have have his good time share, my husband offered to give my craft room an over haul.  I shuddered at the idea!!! 

Move all my stuff out and paint not only walls but the floors as well!  That seemed like crazy person talk and my answer was no, to start with, just the thought of  moving everything out and not having access to my craft supplies seemed a little over whelming.  But it was out there now and the thought of freshening up everything got the better of me and I decided why not, lets just do it.   

My husband sat down with me and drew up a design for a craft cupboard that would hopefully meet all my needs, cough, expectations.  Once that was sorted I moved on to getting a coat of paint onto the walls and floors.  In between it all I also fractured fingers in both my hands, one is the result of a netball injury the other we self inflicted doing sprints on the treadmill, had to be there to understand that one, lol.

So with hands only half working I am happy and cramping as I painted I am happy to share a picture with you all.  I am loving this colour against the white and can't wait until its all complete.  And a big thank you to my lovely husband who has been working 10 hour days and then spending his weekend trying to get my craft room done.  

Here a sneek peak, the cupboard is now up and I have started loading it up but I will share that at a later date.

Thanks for dropping by and let me know what you think of the colours!!!

Take Care

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Color Combos Galore 251

 Hi Everyone, I hope you are all enjoying the weekend.  Its a beautiful sunny day here and its not to cold in the craft room so it looks like some creativity might be on the cards.  But before I do I would just like to share with you the new challenge over at CCG.

As always Janet has created a beautiful mix of colours and the Design Team have put together so awesome eye candy for you, why not pop on over and not only check out their work and last months top 4.  If you would like to be one of ouTop Five at the next Reveal! 
Be sure to submit your project by Sunday, July 13 USA EST for your own chance at the spotlight!

Ready for the next challenge? We certainly hope so! Our Reveal, "Fade Into You", is a beautiful set of soft pinks mixed with a touch of green and some black, and the results, pure sophistication and elegance! This week, we have these four challenges to choose from: Elements, Typography, Pattern and Theme. For these Focus On challenges, we will be playing with shaped tags/labels, typewriter fonts, polka dots, and the opportunity to record some beautiful and romantic wedding/marriage photos. Choose one, or combine them all! 


The picture is of a friend and I, we were on a night out and  my daughters friend picked up my phone and started taking pics of us.  We had been drinking quite a lot and were an awesome time, this photo in particular is when we discovered we were being photographed, lol.

I like the challenge of using the typography and it worked in well as I recently made a bargain purchase of an electric typewrite, I say bargain as it cost me $10.00 and included two extra tape cartridges and pick up was on the way home.

As you can see by these close up's,  I have used a lot of odds and ends that were lying around, really not something out of the norm for my scrapping style.

Well if nothing else I hope the photo at least but a smile on your face.  Thanks for stopping by and for any comments you may leave.  

Take care and enjoy your weekend!!!

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Black With 2 - Guest Designer

Hello and welcome again to my blog,  I don't think I have been this active in months.  
Normally the colder weather keeps me out of the craft room and in front of the fire...who doesn't love to be all toasty warm starring into the flames of a fire!

This month I am a Guest Designer over at Black With 2!!!
This month sketch is super cute accompanied along side beautiful bold palette.
The word Tropicana was a little bit of a challenge for me,  however I did finally get it on my page.

Here is the Challenge



This photo was taken a few years ago when visiting family in Perth, I cut it into 3 so that it would fit into the sketch.  I love sunsets in Perth and it always make me a little homesick when I seeing this pic!!!

Close up shots of so you can see the detail from a different angle.

Product use:

Jo Sonja paints for the background.
Do Hickey banner  & reel metal die
Prima - Patterened paper "Stationers'Desk'
MME - patterned paper
Flowers - Prima 
Memory Box metal die
Me and My Big Idea - puffy stickers
Chatterbox - Ribbons
The Crafters Workshop template
Kaiser - resin bloom
Micro beads
K & Company rubons

Thanks for looking and for your comments that you've taken time to leave, they are always appreciated.
Hope you have some time to join us over at Black With 2.
Take care!!!

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