Sunday, 20 November 2016

What I've been playing with....

Hello everyone and welcome back to my humble blog. I just want to share a mixed media project that I've been working on for a few weeks. The back story for this is when our daughter lived overseas for a few years she sent me an array of beautiful hand-written cards, postcards from all the Countries that they visited and entertaining emails filled with details of their day-to-day life and all the challenges that come with living and working in a different Country.  She also sent me a few small pieces of memorabilia. I've had all this sitting in a bag waiting for a permanent home. I finally rummaged through my "empty box" stash and found a sturdy, cardboard box just crying out to be altered and this has become the new home for the two years worth of happy mail from our girl :)

I have to say that this project has ended up nothing like it started out. I thought bright, happy colours were the way to go with lots of texture. However my mood changed after I layed down my original colour choice (and sadly those of you who know me more closely will understand why this happened). But in the end I still went with one of my favourite colour tones. The original texture is still there underneath all the layers that I added. Here is the finished product:

I rusted up some of the metal and chipboard elements then added paint and inks. I also used Inka Gold to swipe over it in random places.

I added some tiny seed beads to the inside of the frame.

My box full of memories...

So now that I've got that out of my system, it's time to get cracking on some Christmas cards and projects.  Thank you for dropping by once again xx

Monday, 7 November 2016

Uniquely Creative November Creative Kit Club

Welcome back all!  Another month has rolled around and here it is...the November release of the Uniquely Creative Kit (Note: new website). This month you'll find in your Kit a stunning array of fun, bright products. Here is just a few of the cards that you'll be able to create with this Kit.

Lots of fun colours for birthdays or any type of celebration in this Kaisercraft Party Time Kit.

These colours were very much out of my comfort zone, but once I started working with them it became very easy and lots of fun.

In the Kit you will find a full colour magazine with the instructions for some of these cards plus photos and instructions from all the other Designers.  Here is a Twist and Fold card that was taught to me by one of my dear Slipperhood Sisters, Cheryl O'Brien. 


The middle folds out for you to pop in some photos or sentiments for any occasions. 

Then folds back up into a neat card-size.  Gotta love that!

Don't forget to call into the Paper Flourish FB page or their Shop and have a look at this very pretty Kit.

Thanks for calling in and I hope you get a chance to play with this stunning Kit. I'm currently trying to get my Christmas Mojo happening, but it appears to be quite elusive. Cards to be made and time is flying. So until next time...xx

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Paper Flourish October Kit Club

Happy Hump Day everyone! I hope you are all having some relaxing creative time at some stage this week. It's the 5th of the month again, which means it's Release Day for the PAPER FLOURISH October Kit Club. Tracey has really given us some beautiful products to work with this month and I'm here to share with you some of the projects that you'll see in the October Instruction & Inspiration Magazine that comes with these Kits.

This is a set of mini gift cards that I made with the October Kit, mainly using the Collectables that come in the box of goodies.

And two more cards...

And a layout. Check out the stitched circle stamp with matching die! An optional extra in this month's Kit.

I had so much fun playing with this Kit and I can't wait to create again using the oodles of left overs.
Thanks for looking xx

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Sisterhood weekend inspo...

Just popping back as promised to share the other two layouts that I completed on our recent fabulous mountain Retreat. This first page is from a class that I commenced at the Create By The Lake Retreat back in July. This was a class taught by the beautiful Lauren Hender using lots of colourful Flutterby Designs products and multiple photos....eeek! I thought that the only way I was going to get this finished was to complete it for the challenge set by Lizzy Hill at last weekend's Retreat, criteria: use at least 4 photos. So here 'tis:

Just check out the beautiful Flutterby Designs Flair and wooden embellies! Soooo gorg!

This was really out of my comfort zone with the bright colours and multiple photos, but Lauren's design was very easy to achieve. Happily I think I'm becoming more comfortable with using lots of bright colours :)

The second layout that I finished whilst away was a challenge set by Mary Bennetts, criteria: use a song lyric or quote somewhere on the layout.  I chose this lovely quote by Carson McCullers, however at the time of printing the photo I had no idea who the author was, hence why it states "Unknown" on the photo, but happily I've since found out.   "We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known."  This is one of my favourite travel quotes, and I have many in my collection :)

This is another travel photo of DD on her recent trip to Thailand. Gee I hope she keeps travelling so I can keep scrapbooking! :D or better still, I hope I can keep travelling!

I covered the title with Pearl Pen. The papers are a mixture of G45, Echo Park, Stampin up with a bit of hessian thrown in. The lovely wooden compass is from Kaisercraft.

So that's it for the moment. Thanks for dropping by once again and I'll be back next week with the new Paper Flourish October Kit Club projects.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Weekend Getaway Projects

Hello again everyone, it's been a bit long-winded between blog posts I'm sorry. However I'm just back from a wonderful weekend in the Blue Mountains with my scrapping kindred spirits. I just want to quickly share with you a couple of the projects that I made over the weekend. The first is my entry for the challenge at More Than Words .  For my "recipe" I used Die cuts (skeleton leaves), Flair, Flowers and Mist and of course the word "Delight".

Here is how I cooked it up:

I love an Aqua and White colour combo. The flowers, sequined bow & arrow are from D-lish Scraps. The photo is a one of my DD & her partner on their recent trip to Thailand. The photo isn't perfect, but it captures their "delight" at travelling to foreign shores once again. 

Again I've included a pretty cluster using my die cut skeleton leaves - one of my favourite dies.

The other project I achieved over the weekend was a canvas that I've been wanting to do for a very long time.

The paint brush is an old one of my Dad's which I grabbed from him before he threw it out. It has some lovely bits of rust and calcium build-up on it so I've tried to reproduce that on the canvas. Thank you to Mary Bennetts for the Title inspiration, Lizzy Hill for her colour and texture guidance and Cheryl O'Brien for coming to the rescue with the perfect Mist. It was a real team effort :)
The background is stenciled with texure paste and coated with a thick layer of Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint.

I had so much fun creating this and I can't wait to do another.  I'll be back in the next few days with a few of the other projects from our weekend away.  Thanks for calling in xx

Tuesday, 6 September 2016


Well hello everyone and a huge hello to Spring! Of course with a new month comes a new and beautiful Kit from PAPER FLOURISH. This month's theme is Christmas....I know right! How can that be?!! But it must be faced and why not get your Christmas cards organised or create those overdue layouts from last Christmas before the new one is upon us. So to get you started I'm sharing with you what I've created with the wonderful Paper Flourish September Kit Club.

Lots of frosty blues and silvers in this Kit, which lends itself to more than just Christmas themed projects. You'll find the instructions to these projects and the designs of the other DT members in the Paper Flourish Kit Club September Magazine.


The little wooden snowflakes are just too cute!

Once again, Tracey has gone above and beyond to stock this Kit with so much product. You'll have enough for lots of cards for family and friends as well as your Christmas layouts and more.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Father's Day Inspo....

Yes it's hard to believe that Father's Day is just around the corner here in Australia, so I've had put my head down and rear end up!  I've used this card as my entry in the currenty Mini Challenge on the More Than Words FB page (criteria being to use the word "Best") and I've used left overs from the Paper Flourish August Kit Club

A vintage card with a modern twist using Colour Blast Colour Paste and a cute little stencil from Flutterby Designs. 

Plenty of stash leftover from this very cool masculine Kit. Thanks for looking xx