Monday, 31 December 2012

my top 10 creations from 2012

Hello, hope you are all well on this last day of the year ☺  Enjoy it whatever you may be doing!!   Just popping in to share my Top 10 creations from this past year and am linking it up to Kellie's blog.  A great way to reflect over the past year - I have had a blast creating over this past year, being in a few wonderful design teams as well as creating for The Scrapbook Store - so thankful for these opportunities ☺

I've picked a page from each month; so instead of 10 I have 12!!


























I'm going to use some of these pages as my inspiration board for the start of the year - to get me back into the scrappin' groove.  We are having some very hot weather at the moment and are going to enjoy some camping time away.  So I will be back after that to share my new creations for 2013.  Happy new year to one and all and God bless. xx

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

this letter

Hello - I have one more page to share which will finish off my collection of Then & Now by Teresa Collins - I have totally LOVED working with these papers and embellishments ☺
 The other day my little man was playing with this letter C and I was taking some pictures of him.  Of course, he wants to take pictures too so I let him take a few -  when I was editing my photo's I found this one I liked ☺  And decided to use it for a page.
I've used the 12x12 chevron pattern paper for the base and have done some subtle stamping using ink and also Silks Glaze.  I've gone with a banner style design - you will know it's my favourite by now.  I've added in a few hand-made embellishments and some paper lace doilies.  Here are some close-up's:

I have used a number of the die-cut accessories - the little tags and words make it so easy.  I've even used some of the packing for one of the banners along with the cute decorative brads.
My journalling is a bible text which goes well with this letter c!
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Product used:
12x12 pattern paper - chevron - Teresa Collins
12x12 pattern paper - words - Teresa Collins
paper lace doilies
wooden pegs
die-cut accessory sheet - Teresa Collins
decorative brads -  Teresa Collins
handmade crochet flower
resin blossoms
white & grey ink
cotton thread
Glitz Design Teeny Alphas
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Some of this collection is still available at The Scrapbook Store - you can check it out here.
The monthly sketch for December has now been extended until the end of January - so you still have plenty of time to get your entries in for this beautiful sketch ☺

The school holidays are now upon us ☺  So I'm hoping for lots of relaxing and fun days with my family and hopefully some touches of scrap booking in between.
As the year is fast closing in - I would love to say a big thank you to all my readers - I enjoy reading your comments and appreciate you popping by.  I love sharing my work and hope you have been inspired in some way ☺

Monday, 17 December 2012

same same

Hello - I had my turn this month to create a step-by-step for The Scrapbook Store - it's now up on the blog if you want to check it out ☺  I really wanted to show my process of making this page and how easy it came together using the Now & Then collection by Teresa Collins - there are many die-cut embellishments in this collection which making the process fun, easy and quick and very coordinated.  You can check out the entire collection on-line here!!


Thursday, 13 December 2012

a moment shared

Hello - back to share another page using product from my DT kit from The Scrapbook Store - I've been working with the Now and Then collection by Teresa Collins - loving these papers and embellishments very much.  And I've been enjoying working with some photo's of my younger years too ☺
 What I love the most, is the ease at which you can put a page together using some of my favourites from this collection - the die-cut borders - strips of pattern paper ready for you to put in place - die-cut pieces from the accessory sheet - banners, tags and little words, ready to add to your page - and of course the gorgeous pattern papers.
Here are some close-up's:
... I've also used some of my favourite flowers by Prima and Kaisercraft - love adding in bits of cotton thread and twine too ...  the background stamping is done in ink and also some of the fabulous Silks Acrylic Glaze - I've simply applied the paint to my stamps and added random pieces to my page ...

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Product used:
White cardstock base
die-cut accessory sheet - Teresa Collins
Prima blooms
glimmer mist
ink
cotton thread - grey
decorative brads - Teresa Collins
paper lace doily
typewriter journalling
Glitz design teeny alphas
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I still have another page to share from this collection - which includes a step-by-step to show how I created the page - that will be shared soon ☺ Well the days are rushing by so fast, everything seems to be so fast past at the moment.  So I hope you can take the time to slow down and appreciate this very special time of year.

Friday, 7 December 2012

this is me

Hello - I have my first page to share using my December kit from The Scrapbook Store - I've been given the fabulous collection - Then & Now by Teresa Collins - this paper is just gorgeous ☺ So happy to be working with this lovely collection!
Here is my page:
 I was inspired to use some 'older' pictures of me when I was little ☺ This one was taken on my second birthday ☺  For my background I've used the 12x12 woodgrain paper - for once, just leaving it as is, with no textures or misting.  I've also used some pieces from the accessory sheet - the bunting and journal strips, also some of the die-cut borders - these make your pages come together so easily.
There is also some of the WOW chipboard which I've painted with Silks Acrylic Glaze in Silver Bells - this is gorgeous stuff to work with.
So here are some close-up's:
I've made my own ruffled flower using some of the pattern paper and a scallop edge punch, then adding in a decorative brad from this collection.  As mentioned, I've used some Acrylic Glaze on the chipboard - I've simply given it two coats to create a nice shimmer finish to the piece - as you can see I've cut the chipboard is two so that I could use it in two places on my page.
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Products used:
Decorative Brads - Teresa Collins
Kaisercraft blooms
Scallop punch
Sequins
Mist
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You can check out the entire collection in the store - Teresa Collins - Then & Now
Don't forget about the 3rd birthday celebrations for The Scrapbook Store - 20% off storewide (some exclusions) - ends 24th December.
Have a lovely weekend - we are off to see family who have had some sweet additions to their families - hope to snap some pictures while we are there ☺ Happy times ♥


Tuesday, 4 December 2012

all dressed up ...

Hello - hope your week is going well ☺  I'm here to share my inspiration for the challenge at ARTastic.

The requirements for the challenge are to have large, bold pattern paper or paint and below is the inspiration picture - by Emma Hack

Here is my page:
 I've gone with a similar colour palette to the painting.  My bold pattern paper is a Hambly transparency placed over a blue cardstock base - love the effect of this ☺ And I've used a very recent picture of me and my husband at a wedding we just attended.  Always nice to get a picture together ... all dressed up ☺  Here are some close-up's:
 ... Kaisercraft and Prima blooms ... swirls of cotton thread and string pearls ... also added in rhinestones and pearls ...
... yellow sticker letters by Prima ... the pattern cardstock is from My Minds Eye ...

Pop over to the ARTastic blog to see more inspiration for this fantastic challenge - we hope you will join us this month - great prizes up for the winner ☺
And sadly, this is my last post for ARTastic - I've been with this challenge blog for about 18 months and have really enjoyed the challenges each month.  So thank you Jane and the rest of the team - I hope to play along from the other side ☺

Monday, 3 December 2012

our christmas

Hello -  White with One have recently announced their new Design Team for the next six months and I'm thrilled to be staying on - I love their challenges!! So I'm here to share my page for the White with One - December challenge:
White & Red & Christmas - a fitting theme for this time of year and here's what I've created:
 ... this is not your typical Christmas page ... but our Christmas times are usually spent away camping with family and friends ... something we look forward to doing each year ☺
So there is plenty of white, dashes of red and a description of what our Christmas is all about!
Here are some close-up's:
 ... used gesso, muslin, garden stick, some prima flowers - have also stamped the words - love, joy peace, onto my photo - I love how this turned out ☺
... some more gorgeous prima flowers and shells from the beach ..

We hope you will have time to play along during this busy month - there are lots of great prizes including a voucher from one of our sponsors - The Scrapbook Store.  We look forward to seeing your pages ☺

Sunday, 2 December 2012

this is you

December is here - and it's officially Summer ☺  The beginning of the month means all the new challenges are out.  I have my page to share for The Scrapbook Store 
monthly sketch - check out this beautiful sketch:
 ... and here's what I've created:
 ... yep, another one of my littlest man - he's always with me, so I guess he gets the most photo's during the day while his brothers are at school.
I've used papers by Glitz Design - Cashmere Dame and Core'dinations - Leapfrog Chevrons.
Here are some close-up's:
 ... this flower is made using the Memory Box die-cut - Tilth Floral - I LOVE it - here I've used both pieces to create a more 3D look and added a button to the centre ...
 ... teeny alpha's by Glitz Design and AC thickers in yellow foam ... chevrons made using a photo-corner punch ...
... another die-cut - this one is by Poppy Stamps called Simple Banner ... I've cut out two and added some faux flair buttons in-between ... lots of computer journalling - just random thoughts about my boy ♥ ... as part of the sketch element - I've done some outlining in black pen and machine stitching ...

We hope you will find some time in this busy month to complete the sketch - there is a $40.00 voucher from The Scrapbook Store for the winner ☺  And it's also the 3rd birthday for the store - so there will be 20% off Storewide until Christmas eve (some exclusions apply) - WOW - what a great time to go shopping ☺

Thanks for coming by and I'll be back over the next few days to share more new challenges ☺

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

enjoy these moments

Hello - I have one more page to share using my November Design Team Kit from

  Here I've used a simple design to create this page using a picture of my boys eating an ice-cream - Saturday afternoon treat ☺  I've used some of the dot 12x12 pattern paper, A4 washi sheet, a Poppy Stamps die-cut, a snappy saying card and additional embellishments to finish it off.
With the A4 washi sheet, I've used it as a photo mat in this page - simply cutting a square and tearing the bottom edge - it's so easy to work with and versatile too.  Some of my favs to add to pages are: chevrons, sequins, buttons, splatters of mist and cotton thread.
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Products used:
12x12 double sided paper - Calendar
3'x4' Snappy Sayings card
Simple Banner - Poppy Stamps
Tim Holtz Mini Rosette
Sn@p Sticker letters
paper doily
sequins
buttons
Kaisercraft sparklets
glimmer mists
machine stitching
blue cotton thread
photo corner punch
A4 washi sheet - We R Memory Keepers
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Sn@p Life is a fantastic collection and I've really enjoyed working with it.  I've been using it in my Smash Journal too - which I hope to share soon ☺ The month of November is speeding by but you still have a few days to enter TSS monthly sketch - check the gallery!!  Thanks so much for coming by.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

build a calendar

Over the past weeks, I've been joining in with the challenge over at Aussie Scrap Source - Build a Calendar.  Each week, there have been two sketches for two months from each of their Design Team.
I thought I'd give you a glimpse at my new calendar - so happy that I managed to finish the whole project ☺


Sketches are a great starting point for a page, so it was fascinating to work with the different sketches each week, which reflected the styles of the Design Team.
Thanks Aussie, for another great challenge ☺

Happy weekend everyone and hope you get some crafting time in ☺

Monday, 19 November 2012

little helper

Hey, hope you are having a great start to this new week - student free day and we are all loving the relaxed pace - looking forward to school holidays ☺
Just popping in to share another page use the fabulous and fun collection Sn@p Life by Simple Stories - for The Scrapbook Store:
 I've gone with one of my favourite designs for this page - a banner style - showcasing some of the cute 3x4 Sn@p cards, washi A4 sheets and Sn@p sticker letters.  I've used a whole 12x12 sheet of paper for the base card - Teal/Calendar - I love the teal colour with the pop of red from the photo (once again of my littlest man ♥ )

In my previous LO, I used circles of washi - here I've used the negative from the A4 sheet and added it to the background for some interest.  Have also used sequins, buttons and Colour Shine to the page as added texture.
The Hot Air Balloon from Memory Box is fast becoming one of my favs - here I've used cardboard and some of the pattern paper to create this fun little embellishment ☺
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Products used:
OA buttons
White ink
Sequins
Computer journalling
washi tape
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As I've said before - this collection is great for so many styles - and it's BIG!!  Check out the entire collection @ The Scrapbook Store.

Thanks for coming by ☺

Thursday, 15 November 2012

everyday with instagram

Hello - back to share some more using my Design Team Kit from The Scrapbook Store - this time using:  Sn@p Life by Simple Stories.
If you love Smash Journals, Project Life and recording every day moments then this is the collection for you.  It's a large collection of assorted bright papers, snappy thought cards, journalling cards, fun stickers and chipboard dividers.
Here's my first LO's using some of the fabulous collection ☺
 I'm using my Instagram photos for this - I love the idea of capturing every day moments and Instagram makes that very easy to do ♥  I've used a simple 'block style' for the design, with white cardstock for the base and some of the snappy sayings in between. I've also used some of the A4 washi sheet by We R Memory Keepers.  Here are some details:
 ... the title uses letters from the Sn@p sticker letters pack ...
... I've used some assorted circle punches to make the circles from the washi sheet - it's so great to have washi in A4 sheets - there's many great ways to use it ☺

You can check out the whole collection in store - I'll be back to share more Sn@p Life inspiration very soon.  I'm having a great time creating with it ☺
Happy crafting ♥

Saturday, 10 November 2012

nearly four

Hey, hope you are having a great weekend!!  The weather is a little grey and rainy here so I thought I'd share my latest page for The Scrapbook Store using the Yours Truly collection by Glitz Design
 I usually go for white card stock as my base, but the papers in this collection have been so beautiful to use as the background; just with the right amount of pattern, design and colour ☺ This 12 x 12 paper is called Stripe!!
I've used a collection of pictures of my littlest man just before his fourth birthday.
Here are some close-up's:
 ... do you like my photo mat - the lid of a jar ☺☺ ...
... I've layered some of the beautiful pattern papers and also a frame from the Watnots pack ...  some resin blossoms and rosettes using the Tim Holtz mini rosette die-cut ...
 ... these sweet balloons are created from the Memory Box die-cut - Hot Air Balloon ...  I've even used some washi for one of the balloons - We R Memory Keepers have full A4 sheets of coloured washi - so many ways to use this, including with your die-cut machines ... ☺ ... and the very cute Prima domino trinkets ...

... have also used the puffy words through-out the page ...

I hope I have inspired you to check out this amazing collection - it really can be used for so many different styles of scrap-booking - you can view the entire collection at
  The Scrapbook Store.
Thanks for coming by ♥

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

today

Hello - I'm here to share another page with the Yours Truly collection from Glitz Design for 
 TOTALLY adore this background paper - it's called Polka and is a gorgeous yellow with a distressed look - so this is my base!  Once again, I've layered some of the papers and frames together and have also added in some texture paste using a new Kaisercraft mask. I've also used some more of the aqua washi - which comes in full sheets of A4.  Here are some close-up's:
 ... a cluster of Prima flowers with a cute Prima domino love trinket ...  I've used the new Kaisercraft clock mask along with some texture paste and some misting - the quote is a rub-on also from Kaisercraft ...
... the card is from the 'Watnots pack' - a great collection of cards and frames to add interest to your pages - these would be fantastic for cards too!!

You can check out the entire collection at The Scrapbook Shop - so many great embellishments with this one ☺
Thanks for coming by and hope your week is going great!!

Monday, 5 November 2012

you + me = us

Happy Monday ☺☺
I have my first DT page for this month for The Scrapbook Store - first up I'm using 
Glitz Design - Yours Truly.  What a fabulous collection - totally love this style - this collection has a mix of the latest on-trend design of pattern papers and great embellishments.
 For this page I've used the 12x12 Motif pattern paper as my base and have layered some of the fabulous Whatnots together (which seem to have sold out - they are a great collection of frames and cards)
Here are some close-up's:
 ... a Prima flower and Kaisercraft resin blossoms ... a Prima trinket - dominoes - super cute ♥ ... and some of the puffy sticker words ...
 ... a little  die-cut hot air balloon by Memory Box ...typewriter journalling ...
... here I've placed a few strips of the paper as a border and have also added in some of the new washi sheets by We R Memory Keepers - this is the aqua colour and it comes in a full A4 sheet ...

There's so many new and exciting products at The Scrapbook Store as well as fantastic service - gorgeous products delivered right to your doorstep ☺
I'll be back to share another page very soon.
Til then, happy crafting and thanks for visiting me ☺