Thursday, 24 November 2011

he adores him

 Just popping in to share this LO for Bird is the Word challenge - adore.  I had the perfect photo's - just taken last week - of my oldest and youngest together.
I've used papers from Kaisercraft - Madame Boutique collection - which are just beautiful - a little bit of vintage with beautiful colour tones.  I've also added in some Prima and other fun embellishments.  Here are some close-up's:
 ... Prima flowers and a cute bug button from Lil Red Rocket ...
 ... more flowers ... letters from Sassafrass and American Craft Thickers ...
... and I spy this cute little Maya Road ruler - totally adorable and available from Handmade by Suzanne ...

Hope you are all having a great day and getting a bit of scrappin' done ♥

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

guest designer at Handmade by Suzanne!!!

Earlier on this month, I mentioned that I'm guest designing at Handmade by Suzanne for this month - I received a kit of fabulous papers and accessories by Echo Park - Seasons Greetings.  So I've been creating LO's and other delights with these papers - you can pop over to the gallery to take a peak!
Here is one of the LO's:
 I've kept the whole LO rather simple and used lots of white space ......... and my new CW template - chicken wire .... think it's going to be a favourite ♥  Suzanne has this one in the shop!
Here's some close-up's:
 ... a chipboard accent - these make it so easy to add something extra to your page ... also shaped sticker borders from the same range ...
 ... more chipboard and the wording is cut out from the Echo Park papers ...finished off with twine and a length of cut red twill ...
... and a little bunting using the Martha Stewart punch and twine ...

I've really enjoyed creating with these supplies - if you are after Christmas themed papers or other supplies, be sure to check out Handmade by Suzanne - you won't be disappointed.
There's still time to play along with this months sketch challenge too - the winner is chosen by random so everyone has a chance to get the $30.00 voucher to spend in the shop - check out the gallery for  amazing inspiration!
Thanks for coming by - I always appreciate the love you share ♥♥♥

Tuesday, 15 November 2011


 The second sketch for the month is up at Stuck?! Sketches!!  I had lots of fun with this one and got a little messy with gesso and misting.
I've sprayed glimmer mist and swipes gesso onto the background pattern paper by Echo Park.  I've also gone a little wild distressing and tearing the edges ☺
I really love this picture of my boys with their friend while we went camping together - they are really quite inseparable! 
Here are some close-up's:
 ... a little bunting from book print ... hamburger pin from my friend Leeann ... lots of stamping and painting ...
 ... another little bunting and a cute button from Lil Red Rocket ...
... a handmade flower with a brad ...

and here is the sketch - this month it's been provided by the talented Crystal Goulding who is on the Creative Team.  

We hope you can play along this month - check out the details on the Stuck?! Sketches blog and all the inspiration from the Creative Team.

Monday, 14 November 2011

four very special blessings

 Ok, so I'm quickly sneaking this one in for Once Upon a Sketch - have been working on it for the past few days with lots of interruptions, but now it's done!
This challenge is all about why we scrap book - so I've used a picture of my four blessings as they are my inspiration.  And I ♥ working with b&w photo's as I get to match up some great colours.
I've used Jillibean Soup, Hambly, Prima flowers and the cool letters are from Cosmo Cricket. Here are some close-up's:

 ... a cluster of embellies including a hand-made button from my stash - you can also see some Kaisercraft wooden swirls in the background ...
 ... lettering by Cosmo Cricket and Carolee's Creations ...
 ... and my journalling ...

... and here is the sketch to go with the challenge.
Thanks for coming by.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

four wheeler adventures

 I've been enjoying some of the Basic Grey challenges of late - it's great to be able to use some of the hoards of papers that I have in my stash!!
For this challenge you need to include a chevron design in your LO or card.  So this is what I've come up with and wow - it was so much fun ♥♥
Apart from the pictures, I haven't added too much to the overall design - really wanted the chevron design to stand out too ☺
Here are some close-up's:
 ... details of the pattern - I've used the June bug collection ... and I've also added in a BG bloomer ...
... a hand-made paper flower with the scallop punch ... and a stamped frame onto the BG pattern paper - the frame and the background stamping has all been done using a Basic Grey stamp set ...

I think I'll keep this design in mind - it's fun to try some new things.  Thanks Basic Grey ♥

Monday, 7 November 2011

a special time

 I have another LO to share using my kit from Handmade by Suzanne, with the gorgeous papers from Echo Park - Seasons Greetings - even though they are Christmas papers, I haven't actually made a Christmas themed LO - instead I've used these cute pictures of my little man and the 'otherside' of the papers.  Love the colours and the vintage paper that was included in this range.
This LO is also for the November sketch - you can check out the gallery for the details.
Here are some close-up's of the details:
 ... the banner is made with the Stampin'Up punch- it came together so easily - finished off with stitched ribbon and chipboard buttons from Echo Park ...
 ... a hand-made paper flower using a scallop punch and another chipboard button ... the chipboard accents make it so easy to embellish ...
And here is the sketch - lots of lovely layers - we hope you will play along this month and be in the draw for a $30.00 voucher from HBS - what a great prize ♥
All supplies are from Echo Park - Seasons Greetings (HBS) accept for the paper doily in the background.

Thanks for coming by - ♥ reading your comments.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

you are our happy little man

The first sketch for November from  Stuck?! Sketches is up and running - I think you will LOVE this two picture sketch.  I had lots of fun with it, especially using these photo's of my cute little man ♥
I've used the remainder of paper in my stash, from Crate - Random collection - I really love line, even though the papers and embellishments are fairly girlish.
Here are some close-up's:

 ... a cluster of doilies, prima flower, and chipboard flower from Crate ...
 ... another chipboard flower with doilies and a cute sticker bunting ...
 ... the title uses Sassafrass letters and Crate ... also some close up details of the stitched circle - I used the Sew Easy and some yellow thread to make this ...
... and another embellishment - tissue paper flower with doily ...

and here is the fabulous sketch - we had so many great entries last month, so we hope you are all inspired to play along again.  
There's lots more lovely work from the Creative Team on the blog - you can check it out here

Hope you are all enjoying the weekend - stay safe and happy crafting ☺

Friday, 4 November 2011


 I've joined in with the Basic Grey sketch challenge - it's been set by the amazing Leeann - I love the sketch and her adorable LO - so many fun details!!
Here's my interpretation of the sketch -(it's a double-page sketch but I've just used the first page)
I've used the Oliver collection - these papers were perfect for a boyish page!
Here are some close-up's:

 ... i've created the banner shapes using Nestabilities and the Cuttlebug and have included some BG bloomers and a bottle with co-ordinating paper.
 ... computer journalling ... butterflies and machine stitching ...
 ... MS punch-out's and the cute little pictures with more machine stitching ...

... and here is the sketch if you'd like to play along too:
Had lots of fun with this one!!
Have a wonderful weekend.

guest designer at Handmade by Suzanne!!!

well, it's a pretty exciting month for me - the lovely Suzanne from HBS asked me to be guest designer for November - of course I said yes!!  How could I not!!  
I was sent a kit with gorgeous Christmas papers and embellishments from Echo Park - Seasons Greetings  this range is so nice to work with - great colour tones and a touch of vintage.

 This is just one of the LO's I've created - this picture was taken a few years back when my little man was just eighteen months old.  It came together very quickly - the papers all co-ordinate nicely together and my title is actually a strip from one of the papers.
Here are some close-up's:
 ... using the chipboard accents and twine, I've created a bunting ...
 ... cute little chipboard buttons ... I just adore that vintage paper ...
... more chipboard accents ... and the journalling ...
I've inked all the edges of the card stock and chipboard - it really gives a little more depth and I can't seem to do a page without doing just that!!

Pop over to Handmade by Suzanne to view all the lovely papers and embellishments in the Echo Park range - you won't be disappointed.  HBS is my one-stop craft supply shop - there are always the latest products available, the best prices and the quickest postage I've known!!

I'll be back through-out the month to bring you more inspiration from Echo Park!
Thanks for coming by and happy crafting.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011


Good-bye October - Hello November,   like everyone is saying, this year has certainly flown by so quickly. I think life gets busier all the time.  As we head towards the end of the year, it's often a good time for reflections.  I've created this LO around that theme - my journey.
 This LO is for the November challenge at ARTastic.  We have a painting as our inspiration along with the following criteria:  include fruit/grapes on your LO, wine glass/bottle and a bow!
The first two elements I've included as embellishments - printing out some pictures that I found.  And I've made a bow with some organza ribbon.
Here are some close-up's:
 ... prima flower, stamping, misting, Bo Bunny trinket, doily, tags, roses, muslin ...
 ... the two cards that I've printed out and a extra large button from my stash ...

... and here is the painting for inspiration - Bacchus by Caravagio
You can check out all the details on the ARTastic blog - there's lots of inspiration from the Design Team and fantastic prizes to be won - we hope will join us this month.

Thanks for coming by.