Monday, June 20, 2016

Funky Flair & Sketchy Boards Challenges

Hello & Welcome
Well its been an absolutely hectic last few weeks here, not only have I been trying to get DT
projects completed but I thought it would be great to play along
 with a quilting swap, will share that at a later date. 
 June is also my yearly scrapbook retreat that I host and organise, so yes its been a busy few weeks. 
 First up I have the Flair Challenge, Eve Rae the owner, always creates such a beautiful mood board and I loved the peach and grey tones in this one.

I have used some lovely products from Scrapmatts, click here to check them out. you can check out product use, they not only beautiful chipboard but I'm loving their little templates which I have used here to some of my background.

Here is a close up showing you what to do with those unwanted foam pieces that you may have lying around.  These were bright pinks, yellows and blues.  Not something I would probably ever use in their original state but I was more than happy how they turned out.
Next up is the Sketchyboards Challenge
Thought the sketch was quite cute along with the beautiful inspirational colours.

To create my background on this I have used a beautiful brick stamp from Magnolia along with Prima mists.  I have double cut the banner out and over lapped them slightly before raising them with foam tape.  Again some more lovely products from Scrapmatts and micro beads, who ever said products can be old.
Both pics are of my daughter, she was a gorgeous child and has turned into a beautiful young lady!!!!
Thanks for looking and I hope you also have some time to play along with these challenges.
Bye for now!!!!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Hello & Welcome
Well another month has been whirling through in my neck of the woods and I'm up again on the Scrapmatts Blog.  This month I created a fun page with another pic of my daughter that I've taken  took off her Instagram account.  She's a bit of a hippy so I wanted to create a fun page that reflected that side of her personality. 
I have used the lovely Scrapmatts feathers.  I firstly embossed them with white embossing powder  and then embossed again with 3 other colours, love how they turned out. 
A feather template was used to create the background frame behind the photo and I have then embossed them with powders to tie it all in.
My other creation is a canvas that I created for the wall of my craft room.

I love these little words that Scrapmatts have created, they are so easily incorporate not just into your titles but journaling as well.  I've also used the skeleton leaves and embossed with gold embossing powder to tie them in with the other metal elements I've used.
A close up of the leaves although it was a little hard to get a good photograph of the embossing powders used on this.  They always look so much better in real life.
Products Used:
Scrapmatts - Feathers 01 CB5116 , Leaves 02 CB1116, CB1236 Scrap Words 22
Prima - Splat Stamp, Flowers. Bloom Sprays
Embossing Powder
Memory Box  Die's
Crafters Works Shop  - Sharon Template
6"pattern paper
WeR Memories - Stitching Template
Thanks for stopping bye and if you have time to leave a comment then I say a big thank you!!!
Bye for now


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Monday, April 18, 2016

Scrapmatts Canvas & Kraft Plus Challenge

Hello Everyone

The days are as usual flying bye and I can't believe its been a whole month since my last post.
Life is just way to busy!!!!
 The weather has finally turned cooler, though the days are still a little on the warm side, I think  its safe to say the nights won't be going back to that awful heat.

Im up over at the Scrapmatts Blog with a canvas that I created.
 Part of being on this lovely Design Team was we had to create a canvas of ourselves,
What a challenge!!! Like most I don't often get the chance to scrap myself and what a mission finding an up to date photo.  In the end I had to opt for some selfies and try not to look like its a
Mission accomplished!!!


The background was created using  mixed media and the Scrapmatts Number template, along with water colour paper that I have coloured using paints.

  Here is a different angle so that you can see the template I've used in the background.  I also used the Scrapmatts CB4034 Floral design, I firstly cut this in half before embossing it and I love the tiny little cloud like laser words.

Next up is the Kraft Plus Challenge that I had a chance to play along with.  We all play along at challenges for some reason.  Mine is to stick within the confines of the challenge, for me this pushes my creativity by working with what we are allowed to use.  Its easy to create a layout when anything is a go not so much when we are limited.


With only being allowed to use black and white it had me scourring through all my bits and bobs and transparencies are one of my all fave go too's.  On this I have used a few different ones along with  the Scrapmatts splatter template and The Crafters Workshop template, also used is used is a feather stamp.

This shot shows a close up where you can see all the transparency layering as well as the different scrapmatts chippies One of my all time faves is the lamp and chain you can check it out from the link.

Other products used are:

Scrapmatts Micro Beeds, glitter, Prima, Kaiser Kraft

Thanks for looking and have a great week!!!

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Easter is a coming!!!

Hi & Welcome
Thanks for dropping by!  I hope you're having a relaxing weekend. 
 I'm still waiting for the weather to turn cooler but I did start my weekend  end off with a lovely session of yoga.  If nothing else I will be hot and to speak!!!!
Yesterday was my first Design Team reveal, I decided to make Easter cards.
Now the kids are older and  we don't do the whole Easter egg hunt I'm trying to create some other little memorable moments for us.   Firstly handmade cards and I've just invested in some more cookie cutters, so keep an out later in the month to see what I create.
If you haven't checked out Scrapmatts yet why not pop on over to and check out what the other DT Members have been creating.

 With Love

The great thing about creating cards is you not only gift something handmade to someone, you also use those scraps that just sit around.  Distressing and stitching the edges of the paper  before inking gives a great Shabby look.  And I love pulling out all those metal die's that you only get  to use once a year.  I also used the Scrapmatts String Circles to create a larger egg shape around the cutout bunny.

Again I've used the String Circles and created a birds like nest to cradle the large Easter egg.  Again I have stitched around the edges as well as the egg.  Also used a Kaiser embossing folder to create more texture.  Scrapmatts Words 28 was also used.


On this one I cut out the egg shape in a patterned paper and then using decorative scissors I cut another one slightly larger in white cardstock.  
Using my Quickutz rabbit die, I placed this in the middle of the egg so as to leave the cut rabbit shape behind.  Rather than just leave it an empty space I then glued some printed transparency there to jazz it up a bit.  On this one I have used Scrapmatts Scrap Words 08. 
Well I hope you enjoyed my Easter Card Reveal and we would love you to pop on over and see what all the other Design Team members have been creating.
Thanks for looking and for any comments you take the time out to leave. 
They are always appreciated
Bye for Now!!!!

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Scrapmatts 2016 Design Team

Hi & Welcome

Just a quick share, I stubled on this gorgeous chipboard company a few weeks ago whilst at a craft fair.  Whilst have a look around their website I noticed that they were having a DT Call and thought whiy not.  I have more time up my sleeve this year so thought why not apply, and was excited to have Sophie contact me with acceptance.  If you haven't checked out Scrapmatts products go and have a look, you won't be dissappointed with the range.  I especially love the lighter colour choice which is great when you are wanting to colourer them.


This is such a geat line up of tallented people!!!

Congratulations everyone!!!!

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Funky Flair Inspiration Challenge

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Just when you think the weather is cooling, we are hit by another heat wave.  Bring on winter!!!!  Fotuntely I was able to finish my page before it hit, now I just need it to cool back down so I can re-enter the craft room.   Soooooo neeed airrrr con!!!!

This was the Challenge, Created by Eve Rae, she always creates not only a beautiful colour palette but a yummy mood board as well to get your creativity flowing.

February's Challenge

We also have to use one of Eve's gorgeous Flairs!  Since I only had one left I decided that I need to alter it to fit within my page, below is the before shot.

This is what I created!!!

The picture is of my daughter on one of our High Tea dates, this one is at the Samford Hotel in Brisbane.  Its one of faves and its so tranquil looking out over the Botanical Gardens.

Close ups show my adorable little dragonfly that I have die cut from this gorgeous felt that I recently purchased whilst up at Toowoomba.  You can also see I have used a trasparency to draw the eye away from the person sitting in the background.

Here is my close up on my altered flair, I did try to ink but unfortunately I didn't have the right colour in a stazon and nothing else wanted to take.  My alternate was to use a rubon and I loved how it turned out.

Another shot from a different angle so you can see the layers, stencil and stitching details.

Kaiser - Paper, blooms & transparency
Fancy Pants - rubons
BlueFern - Chipboard & paper
The Crafters Workshop - Templates
Prima - Ink & blooms
Memory Box - Stencil
Tim Holtz - Distress embossing powder & pistachio distress ink
Other - Doily, gesso, textured paste & ribbon

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!!!!

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Challenge - Lindy Stamps Gang & Scrap Africa

Hi Everyone
Hope you have had a lovely weekend!  I thought I would give combine a couple of challenges for this page.  Lindy Stamp Gang  & Scrap Africa  Sketch Challenge
Here is my take on the two combined!

Loved the challenge of using the hexi on this one!  I only had two colours of the Lindy Stamp Gang mist and I think I will be buying more, they blended really well with the gesso and texture paste that I used on the page.

Some close ups, unfortunately you can not see the sparkle and shine.

Products Used:
Scrapmats - chipboard
Making Memories - mini hexi punch
Lindy Stamp Gang - Turtle Bay & Cheshire Cat
Crafters Work Shop templates
Heidi Swap - watercolor die cut word
Other products:  Embossing powder, glitter, patterned paper,cardstock
Thanks for looking and enjoy your week!

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