Wednesday, 29 June 2011


 I've created this LO using one of the Stuck?! Sketches for this month.  It's taken me so long to join in with these sketch challenges, but I finally did and had fun with this one.
For a change, I've used a 5x7" photo, which nicely fills the page too!  And once again, it's of my youngest on our last camping trip!
I've used some of the Core'dinations - Core Impressions cardstock in the background - which has some lovely embossed textures.
There's a shipping tag, old dictionary papers, rub-on's, chipboard etc - here are some close-up's:

a small shipping tag with a ticket and owl bottlecap embellishment.  I've also added a rub-on frame to the photo.
a chipboard owl embellished with buttons, crochet flower and shipping tag.
Jillibean chipboard lettering in burlap, journalling and rub-on's.

Here's what I've used:
Papers: Core-dinations cardstock, old dictionary papers, plain cardstock, Crate paper
Accessories: Owl Bottle-top, shipping tags, crochet flower, buttons, rub-on's, chipboard owl (Stuff 2 Scrap), misting, Jillebean lettering, doily ribbon (Basic Grey), twine

So I'm just sneaking this one in, but I really hope to keep playing along with these sketch as they are a great starting point to a LO!  So thanks Stuck?! sketches.

A big thank you for the many WOW's and lovely comments in my last post - I appreciate your thoughts and nice words - it was certainly great to see them poping up on my post!
And a big hello to my newest followers too!

Thanks for coming by and hope you are all finding some crafting time!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

a fishin' good time

I just love this picture of one of my boys - he's in his element - FISHING!  Because I love it so much, I've done a bit of a repetition, printing it out three times and then also enlarging it onto vellum paper.  Love this effect, especially with the vintage bookprint coming thru from underneath.
There's also stamping and rub-on's happening in the background too.

I've used it for the challenge over at Once Upon a....... Sketch.
Here are some close-up's:
my journalling - the requirement was for at least four sentences explaining why the photo is memorable.  I've printed it out and then inked the edges. 
 a decorated shipping tag with vintage bookprint doily, mini beach-hut chipboard and a canvas tag.
 and a larger chipboard beach hut - they are just so cute with the fine details.

Here is the sketch to follow with this challenge:
Here's what I've used:
Papers:White cardstock, Cosmo Cricket
Accessories:  Chipboard, crochet flower, stamps, ink, rub-on's, Crate paper collections buttons, Fimo embellishments, vintage bookprint doily, shipping tag, canvas tag - Kaisercraft, American Craft lettering

Hope you've enjoyed this one - it was a great sketch to work with and I'm loving these challenges that include journalling.  Thanks for coming by.

Monday, 20 June 2011

create art

 Happy Monday - hope you've all had a great weekend.  I managed to squeeze in some 'scrappin' time which is always a good thing.
This LO is for the 123 Challenge - use brown, include the word create and use tape - decorative/masking.
I've smeared some white paint with scumble gel onto the base cardstock to add just a little something to the background. 
....... strips of pattern paper, decorative tape and a shipping tag........
Here are some close-up's:
 yep, another crochet flower - chocolate and cream with a brad to the centre.
Shipping tag - stamped background, doily trip, vintage bookprint doily and journalling.
The vintage bookprint doilies are listed in my etsy shop - I have large and mini ones.
 A corrugated frame over the photo and a Maya Road wooden button.
Buttons from Crate Paper collections, decorative tape, rub-on's and American craft letter stickers.

And I've finished off the page with some random lines of stitching from my sewing machine.

..... some of my favourites at the moment - dressing up shipping tags, using texture stamps by Kaisercrafts, rub-on's, crochet flowers and paper doilies.......

Here's what I've used:
Paper: Brown cardstock, lined notebook paper, kraft cardstock
Accessories: shipping tag, crochet flower, corrugated frame, Maya Road buttons, Crate Paper button collections, decorative tape, American Craft letter stickers, stitching, lace trims & vintage doilies, computer journalling, rub-on's, twine.
(Most of my scrapbooking supplies are sourced from Handmade by Suzanne)

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

ARTastic June Challenge

Just a little reminder about the challenge over at ARTastic - we have a great challenge for you this month.  Be inspired by this painting and include the following criteria:  include 2 people in your picture, use striped paper and have a boat somewhere in your LO.
There are lots of great prizes up for grabs, including a delightful pack of goodies from my Etsy Shop - Creative Bits.
We look forward to seeing your LO's over at the challenge blog soon!


 Love capturing moments like these - don't you wonder what's going thru their little minds.  These are some pictures of my friends little girl when we spent a day at the beach together a few months back.
They tied in nicely with the palette from The Colour Room this week.
I've used some orange cardstock as my base and just a small piece of Sassafrass.  Lots of stamping going on to make up some background patterns........ and of course clusters of embellishments, mostly handmade.
Here are some close-up's:

 a crochet flower (love making these, so I think you will be seeing one of nearly every LO)
birdie button from the Chip-Chop Shop
a doily and a stamped frame onto pattern paper
 a hand-made flower using pattern papers and punches, attached to a little carnival ticket
 chipboard letter 'wonder' and some journalling
a butterfly punch-out, mini doily and paper rose

Here's the palette for your inspiration too:

Hope you are having a great day - we've finally had some Winter rains over this side of Australia which has been nice.  Now the sun is shining for a bit, so I think I'll take a walk with my little one and get some fresh air.
Thanks for coming by and happy crafting.

Here's what I've used:
Papers: Orange cardstock, Sassafrass
Accessories: doilies (Creative Bits), birdie button (Chip-Chop Shop), chipboard work, stamps for BG by Kaisercraft, crochet flower, paper rose, carnival ticket, rub-on, MS butterfly punch

Friday, 10 June 2011


 Here's a little more inspiration for the current June Challenge over at Stuff 2 Scrap!  This picture worked well with the colours .
Here's some close-up's:
 A piece of chipboard from Stuff 2 Scrap - I've painted it with blue paint, then used a Kaisercraft Stamp and white ink to add some swirls.  I've added in my buttons with a cluser of flowers, including a crochet flower that I just love making at the moment.
 The title is some letters from a die-cut - I've used some pattern paper from Echo Park and have simple outlined the letters with a black pen.
My journalling and lots of little bits - hand-stitching, a doily, stamping (I found a bunch of Kaisercraft stamps that are great to use as background to add some texture)

We hope you can find some time to join in with our challenge - head over to the blog to view the details and be in the running for some fabulous chipboard!
Thanks for coming by - happy crafting.

Here's what I've used:
Papers:  Kaisercraft, Sassafrass, Stampin'Up, Echo Park
Accessories:  Kaisercraft stamps, ink, crochet flower, dress-makers patterns, glimmer-mist, doily, computer journalling, buttons, black pen.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

little Etsy update......

...... just a few things that I've added to my Etsy Shop - Creative Bits!!

These are some vintage bookprint doilies and some glossy white embossed doilies - all die-cut by me!
I've also listed some mini doily die-cuts and some of the natural crochet doilies.

I hope you will come past and have a peek!

Monday, 6 June 2011

Best Bro's

 Some exciting news to share - I was recently accepted into the ARTastic Challenge Design Team.
And this is my first LO for the June challenge which is on now - you can view the details here.
Inspiration comes from a painting and there are certain criteria to follow - for June your LO needs to include: 2 people in your picture, striped pattern paper and a boat somewhere on your LO!
I really enjoyed working with this first challenge and I'm excited to be able to share my inspiration for this challenge - thanks to Shazza for having me on her team!
Here are some close-up's:
 A fimo boat from the ChipChop Shop and I've also stamped some boats on the patter paper.
 Another boat on a tag and a cute little chipboard birdie - which has been sponged with ink, then I've used some white rub-on's.
Some striped patter paper, a bunting and a fimo cloud.

If you would love to join in with this challenge, please head over to the challenge blog to view all the details and link up your LO - we would love to have you join in.  My Etsy Shop - Creative Bits is  sponsoring the challenge this month and this is what you could win:

Looking forward to seeing your entries soon - thanks for coming by and happy crafting.
Here's what I've used:
Papers: Sassafrass & Echo Park
Accessories: Fimo embellishments - Chipchop Shop, Chipboard Bird Scrap FX, Collage shipping tag, twine, MS punch, crochet doily, glimmer-mist for BG, computer journalling, rubbons, machine stitching.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

june challenge at stuff 2 scrap

The 1st of June and it's officially Winter - and the sun is still shining here on this side of the country - but we've had rain which has been great.
So the beginning of the month means a new challenge at Stuff 2 Scrap - I'm hosting and I've set a very fun challenge which you can read all about on the blog.

The challenge is to use the following three colours on your LO (make these the dominant colours) – of course you can still use your neutrals.
Lime Green
Ballet Blue
Also we would love you to include FIVE buttons and of course chipboard!!
I've used this picture that I had taken on Mothers Day - love how the boys are all looking so nicely at the camera.
Here's some close-up's:

 I've got a little arty and used a shipping tag to make this little creation - lots of collage, rub-on's, a sweet little felt bird and button flower.
 A chipboard mini bubble tree - with a few embellishments - button flower and rhinestones.
 A chipboard arrow - I love covering the more solid peices of chipboard with pattern papers and a few other bits like rub-ons and sticker letters.
A cluster of embellishments!

We would love to see you join in with this challenge - you have til 30th June to get your LO's in at the Stuff 2 Scrap blog.and have the chance to win some fabulous chipboard!

Here's what I've used:
Papers: October Afternoon, Blue cardstock, Fancy Pants Transparency
Accessories: Green Prima flower, Fimo Bird, Felt bird, Chipboard from Stuff 2 Scrap, buttons, rub-ons, computer journalling