Wednesday, 25 July 2012

autumn days

Hello.  The end of the month is creeping up fast!!  I have one last LO to share using my July DT kit of Crate Paper - Story Teller collection from Handmade by Suzanne.  I have enjoyed this collection so very much ☺

 For this LO I've used a cute photo of my littlest man - playing in the autumn leaves.  I really wanted to show the beautiful pattern papers in the collection , so I've layered a few of them together and also included some of the strips which are along the bottom edge of the papers where the description is.  Using every last piece!!
Here are some close-up's:
 ... the fun wooden frames which are part of this collection.  I've used it to frame one of the tags and then added some black hemp twine ...
 ... the adorable pegs - they go so well with tags and making banners ... also popped in a Lil Red Rocket Spotty button ...
 ... another button and my journalling ... and  a fun little poem which reflects the day - walking to the park where there are plenty of autumn trees ...
... this little embellishment has been made by punching out a circle from pattern paper and then using an epoxy dot to cover it.  (these epoxy dots are also used for the bottle caps) - I'm loving the flair buttons that are coming in, so this is like a 'home-made' one ☺☺

and here is a collage of my creations of Crate Paper for July -

This Crate Paper - Story Teller collection is available at Handmade by Suzanne.   as well as many other gorgeous products.
Thanks for coming by and I hope you've been inspired ☺☺

Thursday, 19 July 2012

the orange bus

hello - hope your week is going great.  still school holidays here, so we have been busy going out and having a good time.  But I've still been managing to find some time to create - mostly at night when it's all quiet ☺
So I have another LO to share using my DT kit of Crate Paper - Story Teller collection from Handmade by Suzanne!!
I've really enjoyed working with this collection - love the colours and different patterns in the paper ... oh and all the tags - I think I've used every last one ....
Here's my LO:
 My boys travel by bus to school every day - about 40 mins each way.  I've always wanted to record the morning routines ... etc ... and thoughts about it all.  So this picture is of them hopping onto the bus one morning.
My background has some texture paste with a CW template and also some misting - this mist is 'Custard' from Studio Calico.
Here are some close-up's:
 ... making good use of strips of pattern papers, buttons, stickers from the alphabet sticker sheet and some washi tape from my own stash ...
 ... an array of tags - each embellished with buttons, twine, tape and stickers ...
 ... my journalling is hidden behind this bottom tag (you can just see the tab peeking out) - I've documented the morning routine and some thoughts about going to school on the bus - something for my boys to read when they are older and looking back thru their albums ...

I've also created this easel card (inspiration from fellow DT member Belinda Spencer)  These cards are so cute and easy to make - the front of my card measures 4 x 4 inches square!!  Of course, I've added in a tag and also some very cute hearts made by my 'retro' Carl punch!!
The word 'celebrate' used stickers from Sassafrass!

This Crate Paper collection is available at Handmade by Suzanne - plus plenty more gorgeous products too, which can be at your doorstep before you know it - amazing service!!  Don't forget about the monthly sketch challenge - a random winner is chosen for a $40.00 voucher for the shop ♥

I have one more LO to share with you all, showcasing this fun and fabulous collection - so I will be back another day with that one ☺☺
Thanks for all your comments - I LOVE reading them!!  We are off camping tomorrow for the weekend - so excited about this little family get-away - making the most of school holidays because it's all back to normal routines again next week!
Til next time - hope you are crafting wherever you are ☺

Monday, 16 July 2012

a special kind of friendship

Hello - half way during school holidays - it's been fun and busy - as always, it's going by too fast.  I've created this LO for the Once Upon a .... Sketch challenge for July - with the theme of FRIEND.
Here is the fabulous sketch:
 And here is my LO:
 A photo of my beautiful niece with their family puppy dog - what a great shot that was taken by her mum!!
I've used lots of different products in this LO - it really is fun to jumble them all up every now and then!!
There's papers from October Afternoon, American Crafts, Hambly and Studio Calico.
Here are some close-up's of the details:
 .. some of the cute chipboard embellishments from the Dear Lizzy collection ... a crochet heart from my stash ... typewriter journalling ...  Martha Stewart doily punch ...
 ... paper heart bunting using my heart punch - it's actually an 'old' Carl punch and I totally love it ...
 ... shipping tag with some background stamping ... more of the chipboard accents (love the mason jar theme) ...
... little letters from the same Dear Lizzy collection ... and a cute mint green doily peeking out ...

Loved working with this sketch and challenge theme!
Hope to be back soon with more inspiration from my DT Kit for Handmade by Suzanne.

Thanks for coming by ♥♥

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

love & laughter

Another LO to share using my DT kit of Crate Paper - Story Teller collection from 
I've gone for a more soft and subtle look ... and girlie too - it helps I have some great pictures to work with - this one is of my neice ☺

 Once again I've used some of the tags on the 12x12 pattern cardstock and also made a banner, cutting out lots of little flags ☺
I've also used texture paste and mist in the background with some of my doily stencils. It compliments the cream pattern base paper.
Here are some close-up's:
 ... a side view of the little flags ... I've also used the circle stickers from the alphabet sticker sheet for my title ...
... and this gorgeous wood-grain frame - there are three in the pack in different sizes - also the Story Teller collection ... I've added in flowers and some little butterflies by Kaisercraft which I've covered in pattern paper and added in pearls ...

Of course, all of these goodies can be found at Handmade by Suzanne!!
Thanks for coming by ☺

Monday, 9 July 2012

my little helper

This month, for Handmade by Suzanne, I will be working with Crate Paper - Story Teller collection ☺  What a joy to create with - it's colourful and has lots of fun patterns, tags, buttons and little pegs.
Here is my first LO using my DT kit:
 Some pictures of my little man helping me doing some baking ☺All of the products used here are from the Story Teller collection (except for the stamps) Here are some close-up's:
 ... I just love tags - in this collection there is a whole 12x12 page of tags which you can cut out.  Once again, I've used the Tim Holtz mini rosette die and added in a sticker to the centre - I've also cut out some little flags to add at the bottom of the rosette ...
 ... sticker letters outlined in chocolate pen and cute wooden pegs perfect for the tags - all from this collection ...
... another rosette topped with a wooden button from the button pack ... also some more stickers ...

For the rest, I've added in some background stamping for texture and interest - some of the word stamps are from Prima and the texture stamps from Kasiercraft.

School holidays is upon us now - so nice to have it relaxed and 'out' of routine ☺  I still hope to fit in some scrap booking - my boys have already attacked my craft room and messed it all up - must be my turn now.
Thanks for coming by and happy crafting ☺

Thursday, 5 July 2012

you & me

Do you love polka-dots?? Then White with 1 have a very fun challenge for you this month!!
The challenge is: White + Polka-dots + Tape (there is no colour requirement this month as the theme is polka-dots)
So here's what I've come up with:
 I had so much fun creating this LO ☺I've used a mixture of papers all with dots.  My spotty background has been created with mists and paint and bubble wrap.  I've sprayed mist over the bubble wrap, then added splotches of paint and ink - then I've placed the white card stock onto the bubble wrap and pressed it down, so the paper could soak up the mist/paint/ink.  By doing it this way, you can have several colours that are defined.
Here are some close-up's:
 an assortment of flowers including a rosette using Bo Bunny papers ... the black spotty strip is washi tape ...
 ... a close-up of the background - I've covered a chipboard cloud with washi tape ...  also some Fimo creations from Leeann's Chip Chop Shop - love the brightness these embellishments add ...
...my 'typewriter' journalling and lots of strips of spotty papers and tape ...

We would love you to try out this challenge and link it back to the White with 1 blog - all the details for this challenge can be found there too.

Thanks so much for coming by and your kind comments ☺☺

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

summer days

Looking for a bright and colourful challenge - we have one over at ARTastic this month.  Be inspired by this painting and create something BRIGHT ☺


Here is my Design Team inspiration:

This challenge worked well for summer holiday pictures.  I've used bright and colourful papers from Echo Park and teamed them with fun embellishments! 
Here are some close-up's:

 ... Fimo embellishments from my friend Leeann - colourful doilies and a rolled felt rose from Polly Scrap Kits ...
 ... some misting in the backgound with a sticker cloud and fimo cloud ...
... strips of coloured papers and a fun star button - my computer journalling ...

We would love to see you join in this month - check out the details at the ARTastic blog.  There is also a Design Team call - lots of fun stuff happening ☺
Hope to see you at ARTastic.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

July sketch at Handmade by Suzanne

Hello - Wahooooooo!!  I'm happy and excited to be able to share some fantastic news - I'm now part of the wonderful Design Team at Handmade by Suzanne.  I'm thrilled about this new opportunity and look forward to promoting products from HBS and also sharing my creativity and inspiration ☺
So I have my LO for the July sketch - designed by fellow DT member Nadia - she really does some fantastic designs and they are so much fun to work with.
Here is the sketch:
 And here is my take on the sketch:
 My sister-in-law has given to me some photo's of her family that I can use for my scrap booking - this is one of them - two of her sweet children ♥♥
I've used an assortment of papers for this one - Studio Calico, Basic Grey and Bo Bunny and a touch of Hambly.  And I've used that pretty punch from Martha Stewart - French Scroll ♥
Here are some close-up's:
 ... chipboard title - I've painted it white then sprinkled with Diamond Dust (really cool stuff and I can't wait to use it some more ...I've also used the MFT Die-namics Fancy Flourish die ...
 ... an array of flowers - some from Prima and the others are handmade rosettes using the Tim Holtz Mini Paper rosette die and roses using the  MFT Die-namics Large rolled rose - both of these flowers are so much fun to make☺ ...
... some little letters from MME ... I've also done some subtle misting and texture in the background ...

We would love to see your entries in the gallery at Handmade by Suzanne!!  There is a $40.00 voucher to win - WOW - that's a great prize ☺
I will be back through-out the month with LO's using my DT kit of Crate Paper goodies ☺☺
Thanks for coming by and all your lovely comments.