Friday, July 29, 2011


Well this was my take on this months Challenge.

I decided to also take the challenge of using only scraps, which I did adhere to. The picture is of a friends niece that she gave me two years ago to scrap for her, well she gave me a few to scrap and this is the first one that I have done. I was more than happy with how it turned out.

I have used the nestabilites labels twenty inked and stamped them.

I machine stitched around the paper and the photo frame, which is a Webters Sticker.

Products Used:

Papers - My Minds Eye, Bo Bunny, Sassafrasslass, K & Company and unknown
Stickers - Basic Grey Chipboard Urban Prairie
Rubons - Prima Reflections, Basic Grey L Urban Prairie
Flowers - Prima Sugar Blooms
Stamp - Prima
Alphabet - Petal Possibilities metal
Quote - Grants Archival Sticker book

Oh and if you noticed the slight peek of green and pink I do apologise about that, the rules seem to be blurred for some and I figured it was no different to using black or kraft when it comes down to the nitty gritty of it all. I can never figure out why some colours are classed as okay when DT members choose to throw it in to highlight their layouts, for some black might be their neutral as for me green seems to be mine.

Thanks for looking and feel free to comment, always look forward to reading what others have to say.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

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Color Combos Galore - Palette 202

Welcome to another new palette release, but before I move onto that I just wanted to shout out to Shaunery who was the winner of the CCG 200th Celebration Blog Hop, Congratulations.....

This weeks colours were so fresh looking, I loved working with them. Although the White Washed Wood colour was maybe a little tricky, it was a grey that had a violet tone to it. I found some bazzil cardstock in Lilac Mist that worked perfectly with it but it photographed a little light as did my Lime Ice color which is an old cardstock by Colorsense called Mountain Air/Chambray. These were one of the original doublesided cardstocks that were created for tearing.

Well this is what I came up with this week, the inspiration challenge was to use some sort of wood grain effect on our page, and for some reason it drew me to a picture taken of my DD when we had a bomb fire, we had to use sticks from the push to toast marshmallows. I know weird way to go for the inspiration but that's what I ran with. And much to my DD disgust that I used in her words ""the worse picture" lol, night shots taken with a flash are not always that good but for me its a natural photo of her in a moment. Her journey at that age braces an all..... I love it and hopefully when she is older looking a back through her album with her children she will be greatful that I did capture these moments candidly.

On the black background I have used a combination of rubon borders from K & Company that I cut down the middle and then randomly rubbed around the edges then sanded some back off. I also used a Prima template that I misted with Maya Rds Silver Plated mist and then chalked over with shimmer chalks. I splashed a little paint using MM Celery but it dried a little dull.

I have used Websters papers for the fussy cutting and a combination of MM flowers, Kaiser and Prima. Their is hidden journalling behind the tag up the top which is braded down and can just be spun around to read. Other elements used are more old rubons, K & Company Amy Butler die cut shapes, mixed stickers and transparency from Fancy Pants.

Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed enough to leave me your thoughts, would love to hear other peoples opinions about how important it is to scrap these candid style photos.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Color Combos Galore - Palette 201 & Once Upon A Sketch

Wow what a busy week, and it looks like everyone has been busy blog hopping. Don't forget you have until Sunday to Blog Hop for your chance to win some prizes. A big shout out to those who did stop by so far leaving your lovely comments.

This weeks colours were soft and dreamy with a gorgeous chocolate topping, hmmmm thinking of pistachio gelati with maybe some melted chocolate dribbled over it...yummy. Unfortunately I didn't have any pictures to do with ice cream but I did have some of my DD and her Great Aunt and these colours went perfectly.

Their was a little recipe to use with the colours this week. We also had to try and incorporate the following:

3 Circles - MM circle number, circle sticker and I matted all them on a die cut circle cut from glitter cardstock.
Fabric - muslin which I machine stitched down
Polka Dots - K & Company patterned paper
Metal - MM metal circle number
Leaves - I used the leaf from my sizzix die

A prima stamp was used on the background which I then brushed over with Cherub Pink glimmer mist. BB Mud Pie cardstock was stitched and then torn away. I placed the muslin over it all and machine stitched it.

Flowers were cut from Basic Grey paper, 3D'd and I have used crackly glossy accents and kindy glitz to decorate.

Other Products used. Zva Pearls, BG Alphabets, Life Documented Stickers, Heidi Swapp Sticker, Matha Steward Micro Beedz and Kaiser Bling.

Thanks for looking, hope everyone has a great weekend and I look forward to seeing your creations in the gallery.


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Monday, July 18, 2011

HMITM Challenge# 176 Christmas in July

I know it's not really Christmas, but don't blink--it will be here before we know it. I thought it would be great to get into the spirit of Christmas without all the added stress that comes with it. I am sure you all know what I

And now on to this week's challenge... as this my first challenge post I thought I would give a prize. So if you would like a chance to win this then why not pop over to HMITM and give it ago.

Christmas in July refers to Christmas-themed celebrations held in July. It's a fun time and because the weather is so much cooler, we can celebrate with those traditional foods that we cannot have here in summer. Well, we can have them here in Australia but it's generally way too hot that most of us celebrate with BBQ's, prawns and salad. So let's pull out our Christmas paper and embellishment stashes and put them to use.

Requirements and What I used:

2 + photos, at least 2 {I used 5 that I cut into circles.}
1 x Christmas tree image, any size {sizzix die cut tree}
5 x patterned papers, i.e., Christmas patterns,{2 Websters, 1 Pink Paislee and 2 Basic Greys}
5 x metal embellishments, and any other embellishment in increments of 5{5 yellow star brads, 5 gems and 5 other embellishments made up of 3 swirls of prima pearls and two pieces of Websters bloomers}

And here is mine take on the Challenge:

The photos were taken when my Mother,DD and I went into Brisbane City on a girls night out to do our Christmas Shopping. This was the Myer window display that they did that year.

I have done a lot of cutting of papers and raised with foam dots. I've added glimmer mist to give it that extra sparkle since its a Christmas layout. And I have stippled gesso around the edges of the photo to soften the blue a bit.

Hope you have enjoyed looking at my page and hope you have time leave me a comment.

Bye for now Fi

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Color Combos Galore 200th "Anniversary" Blog Hop

Welcome to the Color Combos Galore 200th "Anniversary" Blog Hop! We hope by visiting the CCG Design Team members' blogs, you will be able to pick up some fun tips and techniques. Many of the team members will be offering prizes, so you will want to visit all of the blogs to increase your chances of winning some fun scrappy stuff. We are also offering a chance at a Guest Designer spot for the month of August if you visit all of the blogs in our Blog Hop and participate in Challenge 200 by uploading your project to the CCG Gallery. It's so much fun to get the colors before everyone else! Plus, who doesn't love to see their name in lights! The deadline for the chance to win these prizes is one week from today, Sunday, July 24, EST.

If this is your first stop at our Blog Hop, you'll want to start at Bente's blog, and follow the hop in order so you don't miss anyone. If you've been hopping in order, your next stop is Helen Tilbury -

I thought I would add this little tutorial on how to make Altered Skeleton Leaves, this is the first time I've done one of these so hopefully it is understandable. If not please feel free to drop me an email. So as not to make this to long winded I have had to make the images smaller, however if you click on them you will get one that you can read better. I post again at a later date.

Once you have visited all the blogs and uploaded a project to the CCG Gallery using Challenge 200, please make sure you check in at the Blog Hop discussion in the Special Announcements Forum at CCG. We will choose our August Guest Designer from that thread. Individual DT members will be choosing winners for the prizes they are offering. Good luck, and we hope you'll enjoy our blog ho

For the chance to win the prize below please leave a comment about my altered Skeleton leaves. I've kept the prize relatively small that it maybe sent to any country. Thanks so much playing along.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Color Combos Galore - Palette 200

WOW, can you believe that Color Combos Galore has reached their 200th Palette, what an achievement!!! In honor of this we will be celebrating with a Blog Hop so keep an eye out over the next couple of days for your chance to win some prizes.

Now onto this weeks Palette, another bright one here and I loved the inspiration picture and prompt.

The technique challenge was to take inspiration from the melted dripping ice cream. I used paint and did a few splotches in white and I made the creamsicle colour by combining some paints, Vibrant Orange and some yellow paint to tone it down, this was painted onto my swirly mask and I spritzed with Maya Roads Cream Metallic. This is reverse masking. I then gave another little squirt with the Maya Roads, which is the slight silvery shimmer you can see on the cardstock.

I used my white gel pen to highlight the swirl a little more. The photo is of my DD and her Aunt, these shots were taken as they stood in the bucket from one of the big mining trucks at the open pit in Kalgoorlie, I have been wanting to scrap it for ages and this weeks colours were perfect. I have overlayed with a Kaiser filmstrip transparency.

I also stitched around the photo and the through the punched border strip.

Other products used are K & Company papers several different older lines, prima flowers and pearls, stickers from Websters, Kaiser bling strip and pearl brad. Other flowers are hand made.

Thanks for looking and I hope you have time to leave a comment or feel free to ask a question if their is something you would like to know and don't forget to keep an eye out for the blog hop.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Once Upon a Sketch - JULY 1st CHALLENGE

I decided I would play along at Once Upon A Sketch, if you haven't popped in over there you should. Seriously talented Nadia, has to be the most amazing sketch artist I have come across, and this weeks sketch was no exception. So lets start with the gorgeous sketch.

Journalling Criteria: Who is in the photo? Name the person in the photo and at least 1 fact about them. This can be personality, character, talent , achievement etc. but it must be at least 2 sentences long.

Products used: White Bazzill, Websters Garden Estate, Graphic 45 and Basic Grey papers.

DA laser cut bricks have been inked and painted. I also used Glimmer Glaze in Shy Violet for the splatters and painted it on the decorative scallop border that is around the photo.

Journalling was printed out on transparency and placed behind the cutout Gazebo.

Other products used: Dusty Attic chipboard, prima, Tattered Angels, Ranger Pearls, Kindy Glitz, Maya Rds leaf ribbon and Basic Grey alphas.

Thanks for looking and I hope you have enjoyed enough that you will take the time and leave a comment.

Thanks and bye for now Fi.....

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Color Combos 199 Challenge

This weeks focus was not only on some bright fresh colours but tiny type lettering. Why not hop over to CCG and check out what all the Design Team members did.

I decided to not only do a layout but I would throw in a card as well. I don't usually make cards, seems such a waste if they are thrown in the bin. I staggered the letters and I decided to go with a film strip to mimick looking into the bowls, something like that anyway.

Products used - White bazzill cardstock, Matha Steward doiley punch, Kaiser Dress form & flower, Fancy Pants buttons, Basic Grey Alphas and Tim Holts die cut.

My Layout this week is of my Niece, I very rarley get to see her so it was nice to spend my Christmas with her since, ummmm never have I had that opportunity in the picture she is 17.

I decided to go with a black background to make the colours look that much brighter, I used papers from Cosmo Cricket Upcycle range, and the leaves are left over paper that I cut the red flowers from in my last CCG layout from Pink Paislee fascinating paper. I used PP house of 3 fibre and tiny stickers from Lime Twist MME. Other bits are are left overs found in my stash.

Thanks for looking and for any comments you may leave. Hope to see over at CCG.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

OMG!!!! I was accepted over at Color Combos Galore for their Design Team Call.

This was one of the first sites I found last year when I decided to take a look online to see what was around and challenge myself a bit more. I think I typed something like colour into the search bar and this is the site that I came across. Since then I have mostly met the weekly challenge.

Janet Perafan-Babar who is the owner of CCG is lovely and always makes time to be available through the live chat when the reveal is done, one can only imagine how hectic trying to organise that every week must be. Debbi Tehrani and Susan Stringfellow just to name a couple of their amazing design team members are alwayss around and quite happy to have a quick chat as well. They are all so friendly and make you feel right at home, I am so excited to be working along side these talented ladies.

Well this was my submission for the Call.

I decided to go Retro and use photos of my DD. I took inspiration from the picture in a totally different way. I looked at the girl on the background wall and thought about how far we have come as women and my DD is totally proof of this. She has an Electrical Apprenticeship in a very male dominated world. She has just been signed up recently and purchased her first car, which is a far cry to the older style one in the picture and it worked so well with the colour

I decided to go with black cardstock for the background to make the colours really pop out. The red flowers were cut from a Pink Paislee paper and the photo is matted on some core-dinations embossed cardstock that I sanded. I stamped the background using a Magnolia stamp loading it up with two colours.

I turned my photo black and white and then used a transparency tool to bring some colour back into the picture for the car and tools on her work belt, I then applied some softening effect to the edges of the photo and then overlayed with a 7Gypsy transparency.

Other embellishments use are from Prima, Dusty Attic, Websters, Melissa Frances and a couple of others that I cannot think of at the moment.

Well thank you for looking and hope you have enjoyed my layout enough to leave me a comment, its always so lovely to read them.

I also wanted to say a big congratulations to all the other newly appointed Design Team members, well done.

Bye for now

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