Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! DT 15th August - Dreamy Diva

Welome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT page for
I splurged on some new papers for this inspirational sketch. 
They are from Scrapberry - The "Elegantly Simple" collection.

The gorgeous flower and butterfly chipboards are from Scrapmatts,
 one of our generous Sponsors this month.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-
You were only a little girl when you came for your first sleepover with Granny and Pa.
You coped really with without Mummy and Daddy as long as we kept you busy and had plenty of outside time.  We have lots of bees in our garden and keeping your shoes on your feet proved to be a bit of a problem, but other than that, everything went well.  Can you spot the difference in the photos?  The first one was taken when you needed a sleep and the second one after you hopped up, full of the joys of life and ready to strike a pose!   
It was just a joy to have you stay overnight.   Love Granny.
Photo taken 11th November 2017
They are donating 2 large pieces of chipboard.

They are donating $20.00 Gift Certificate.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Scrapmatts August creating with Helen.

Today I'm sharing three projects for the SCRAPMATTS design team.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Sofia & Andrew, the owners of Scrapmatts,  
at the Craft fair in Adelaide.
It was fun to get to know these generous people and 
be part of the hustle and bustle of a busy stall.

First up is a layout about one of my Grand daughters.
The paper collection is from Cocoa Vanilla, "Wild at Heart".  A bit like my girl!
I enjoyed using one of the newer stencils, ST9012 - A5  patterns,  to create interest down the right side of the page, before splashing on some Tim Holtz Oxides distress ink.
This cluster at the bottom consists of:- 
Flowers - CB1161 Flowers 11
Leaves CB4070 from the string Circles 06 Roses, treated with gesso, 
before adding water colour paint and some tiny beads to the centre of the flowers.
CB1038 Dragonflies 06 was heat embossed with gold.
The sweet title is from CB6117 Assorted words 30, just a touch of white paint to make it pop against the navy floral paper.
The pink and white twine and the locket are also available from Scrapmatts.

Can you see the little birds at top left?  I pushed several thick layers of texture paste through 
ST9020 - A6 Bird Stencil.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-

These photos were taken during the school holidays when you and your three cousins spent the day with us.  You adore getting together with the boys, playing outside, going to the playground, baking, crafting and telling corny jokes. 
You had already hopped into the bath, when the I started a photo session with the boys and you were a bit miffed when you thought you were going to miss out, as you love to have your photo taken. You dashed inside, pulled on a Tshirt  with your pyjama bottoms and hopped up on the stool as soon as there was a vacancy!  You borrowed one of my hair clips to get your hair out of your eyes and said. "I'm ready Granny" 
I love the two different expressions; from demure to cheeky in a split second.
Love Granny - 27th April 2017

Next is a vintage style card for a friend's Birthday.
The vintage image called for some vintage embellishments and I created the peach background with a stencil similar to This one ST9025 - A6
The leaves looked lovely with the At Deco theme, I used Distress Oxides and Wink of Stella to dress them. CB1235 Leaf Spray 14
I scattered a few Prills at her feet and the 
 trim across the bottom was treated with crackle medium and gold paint.
The tiny butterfly is from CB1028 Butterflies 18

Finally a Father's Day card for a special event coming up soon.
The background was created with texture paste through another new stencil, 
ST9024-A5 - Bricks
Then I added Tim Holtz Oxides Distress inks, to create a patina on the bricks.
The gears were already painted black, as were the words.

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! DT 1st August - Boy oh Boy

Welome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT page for
One of my favourite paper collections is Cocoa Vanilla - "You Rock"
Just the thing for these two Scallywags!
The hessian heart is from Charms Creations.
The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-

These pictures were taken at your big cousin's 18th Birthday Party.
We had lunch outside in the sunshine and you both relished the party food.
Although you have quite different personalities, 
you both enjoy playing football and patting the pets.
We stayed late into the evening and enjoyed listening to your cousin and Uncle playing their guitars, while all the rest of us sang along.
A little snippet of everyday life recorded when you were 6 years old.
Photo taken 4th March 2017
Love Granny

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Monday, 31 July 2017

Kraft+ DT post - August 2017 Tree

Hello again Scrappy Friends, welcome to August where today I'm sharing a DT post for
KRAFT+
The challenge is to scrap about a tree, it can be a special tree to you, or trees in general.  
Be inspired by the mood board and let your imagination run free.
I chose to use a photo of a favourite tree of mine.  It's in the Flinders Ranges and it's called the Cazneaux tree. The photographer is Jacqui Barker from Port Lincoln.  I purchased the image and she has graciously given permission for me to use it on this page.
I extended the landscape by painting with Tim Holtz oxide distress inks.
The journalling is on the back and it reads:-

My early years were spend on a farm in the mid North of South Australia and I relished the space, freedom and quiet which surrounded me.  Although this tree is not one I climbed as a child, it's majesty reminds me so much of the avenue of gums which lined the track from the main road to our farm house.  One particular grand old lady was my favourite; I'd clamber up, with an apron full of fruit and my big Sister's Golliwog, to wait for her to come home from school.  Our neighbour used to bring her to the beginning of our track with a pony and trap.
One day when I was about four, I was in deep trouble with Mum.  I can't remember what I'd done to cause her ire, but when she said, "Just wait until your Father gets home" I decided that nothing good would happen to me when he arrived and I'd better run away.  I shimmied up the tree and waited, and waited and waited, for at least 20 hours before I heard the old buckboard wheezing up the track.  No one called my name, no one came looking for me and  it started to get dark.  My stomach was rumbling as I tentatively slid down the trunk and snuck toward the lobby.  I slunk inside, expecting the strap to appear. "Where have you been?" asked Dad.  "I ran away because you were coming home to get cranky at me."  With a tiny glint in his eye, he said "Well I think you've punished yourself enough - you'd better hop up and eat your tea".   What an anti-climax!  

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Stuck?! Sketches DT - 15 July 2017 - Beautiful Memories

Welome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT page for

I've used Cocoa Vanilla papers, the Wild at Heart collection.
The flair is from Funky Flairs.
I used a Martha Stewart punch "Vintage Floral", to create the pale green trim.
The gold washi tape is from my stash.
The lacy flower is from a Paper Flourish kit.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads.

This photo was taken on your first visit to Granny and Pa's and it was just a delight to have you stay for a few days.  Skyping and face time help us to keep in touch when you live in another state, but there is nothing like a real time cuddle to generate feelings of love and joy.  You are starting to smile readily and are happy to be passed from one to another without fretting.  Your little cousins were fascinated with you and all wanted to have a nurse.
The days flew by too quickly and soon you were on your way back home.
Love Granny, 15th May 2017.

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Our sponsors this time are:-

Accent Scrapbooking

They are donating a $25.00 Gift Certificate.


Wycinanka

They are donating a themed pack


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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Scrapmatts July creating with Helen ATC's

Hello and welcome back to Scrapmatts.
It's Helen with you today.

I have two extra pages which were revealed on other sites, 
so for now, I will just share a trio of ATC's
These small chipboard shapes measure 2.5" x 3.5" and are lovely for a little gift 
or to dress up the front of  a 6" x 4" card.
Scrapmatts products used:- 
ATC cards which I covered with various patterned papers & ribbons from my stash.
Scrapmatts products used:-  
CB6090 Ornate Frames 18, heat embossed. 

Scrapmatts products used:- 
CB5137 Ornate Toppers 01, heat embossed.

Heartfelt thanks to my friend Astrid McLean for gifting me the gorgeous vintage stamps.
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Sunday, 2 July 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! DT 1st July - Today is a happy day

Welcome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT page for
Brrrr! it's Winter here in Australia and getting crisp at night, but the days are glorious with pots of pansies smiling in the sunshine on the back verandah.
I hope you will feel inspired to join in and be eligible for one of the lovely prizes.
Still stash busting in my craft room, I chose some ancient WeRMemory Keepers green paper for the border.  By gutting the middle, I had enough to make the title too.
 The background paper, is from Jillibean Soup, Chit Chit Chowder.
The Charms embellishments are delightful to work with.  I chose an X and an O - they just happen to be the initials of these two kidlets, but they work equally well as a kiss and a hug, 
which luckily they still allow from Grandparents.
The flairs are from A piece of cake design.  The puffy stars are from Freckled Fawn 
and the enamel dots are from Teresa Collins.

The journalling is on the back and it reads:-

When you came for a sleepover in the holidays, I had a few inside things planned in case it rained all day, which it did.  So we made corner book marks, quite a few in fact, because you all wanted what the others had made.  We had dogs, cats, koalas and lions, all jostling for position on the craft table.  You enjoy using the scissors, the glue and the punches to make the googly eyes.  Some of you are organised and put your completed projects on the traymobile near the front door and others get distracted by the next project and then there is a great kerfuffle at home time when your things are missing in action.
Love Granny, 27th April 2017

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They are donating a $20.00 Gift Certificate

They are donating a $25.00 Gift certificate

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Kraft+ DT July - Memories

Hello again Scrappy Friends, welcome, today I'm sharing a post for 

Kraft+

So, for this challenge you must use roses on your creation...but in three different ways!
eg.: stamp of a rose, a stencil of a rose and a photo of a rose
or you may choose to use
a rose flair, washi tape with a rose pattern and a rose flower embellishment.
using any medium you like and any combination you like or any embellishment you like.. but there must be roses used Three DIFFERENT WAYS on your creation .
**Please let us know the three different ways you used roses when you upload your entry. 

I've used Fussy cut roses, a background of roses, a rose stencil and rose chipboard.
The pretty papers are from Kaisercraft, the High Tea collection. 
The background paper is "Tea leaves"
The fussy cut roses are from "Devonshire"
The stencil is by Tim Holtz THS075. 
I used acrylic paints on the gorgeous rose frame from Scrapmatts. 
I've tried a different medium through the stencil - It's from Liquitex, flexible modeling paste. It's so smooth and creamy and glides on beautifully.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-

This photo is of my Maternal Grandmother, Catherine Harriet.  I only knew her as an older woman and then not intimately, as she died of Breast Cancer, when I was eight years old.
She was born in 1884 and was a Dressmaker by trade.  She married a farmer, William Ryan, at Undayla, near Auburn, South Australia, in 1912. 
They had nine children. The oldest living child, was my Mother. Sadly their first born child James, died at 3 years of age from diarrhoea after eating green grapes. 
With all those mouths to feed it was a frugal existence; they ate what they grew, or traded with the neighbours if they had an excess of something seasonal.  
I can't imagine how exhausted she must have felt preparing meals, washing and ironing by hand, sewing and mending clothes, supervising homework, feeding babies, changing nappies, growing vegetables, milking the cow, feeding the chooks; all without running water, 
electricity or any appliances.  
My Mother told me they had rammed earth floors with rag rugs scattered about to keep out the cold and slept three children top to toe in a single bed.  If you were last one in, you got the squishy spot in the middle next to the other two kid's toes.  Along with many others of that era, Grandmother were made do with very little.
I often think of her, if I'm tempted to get grumpy when the power goes off, 
or our electricity or water bills are too high. 
Catherine would be amazed at the totally different world that her descendants live in.
Photo taken Circa 1902

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Stuck?! Sketches! DT post 15th June 2917 - Love

Welcome back to my blog today where I'm sharing a DT page for

I hope you will feel inspired to join in and be eligible for one of the lovely prizes. 

Purple is not one of my favourite colours to scrap with, but when faced with a purple outfit, what's a gal to do?  It does seem to be the logical choice!  The papers are from Maja.

I used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe, to create the heart shape and played 
with various Tim Holtz Oxide inks to achieve the mottled look, 
trying to reflect the various colours of the dress.
The flair is from Studio Fourteen40
I used texture paste through a Tim Holtz stencil to create the roses.
The embellishment on the heart, is one of a pair of silk ear rings I wore in the 80's.
The pale green flowers are from Prima and the rhinestones are from Francheville.
I hand stitched around the heart with DMC thread.
The love title, CB6117, the pieces of circle mesh chipboard CB130 and the butterfly CB6117 are all from Scrapmmatts.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-

The quote on the page says "Start each day with a grateful heart" and when I make a conscious effort to do that, everything else falls into place. We've been together for so long, that it would be easy to take each other for granted; to let the little niggles of daily life rub away at the positive traits of the other and transform them into pinpricks of friction.
However, when I look through the prism of gratitude, most of life's  concerns fade away. We've enjoyed wonderful times of transforming joy and endured hideous times of grief and loss.  We are stronger as a couple than we are as individuals; welded together by the storms of life and stronger because of our broken places. Now, in the Autumn of our lives, we rue our aching joints and lack of stamina, but we find joy in the smallest things; a Child's crazy joke, a Baby's smile, a brisk breeze to dry the washing, a Kookaburra singing in our tree.   We have some one to love, something to eat and a reason to get up in the morning.  We are truly blessed. Photo taken 1995. Journalling 2017

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 who are donating 2 large pieces of chipboard
They are donating a $25.00 Gift Certificate

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Scrapmatts June creating - Once upon a time and Cool Kid

Hello and welcome back to my blog. 
I have two pages to share with you today.

I had the pleasure of the company of our Grandsons over the school holidays 
and am now lucky enough to have a few new photos to scrap.

First up is one of the six year olds dressed in his King's cape.
Still on my stash busting strategy, I used one of my favourite collections from 
Simple Stories - "Say Cheese." 
 This CHIPBOARD TITLE seemed perfect for dress up play - I left it raw.
I cut into the STICKS and scattered them around under the photos.
The DELIGHT title is from a word pack.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads.

You came to visit on your own one day and asked if I'd be able to make you a cape.
"Hmmm - possibly - What sort of a cape?"
"Well the kind that an important King would wear"
"OK - what colour capes do Kings wear these days"
"I think a bright red"
"Well I don't have any red fabric"
"How about in your scrap room Granny?"
"No - not even in my scrap room, would you like to go to Spotlight and look for some?"
"Yes please Granny - could we go right now?"

So off we went, found just the right material, plus some black cord to tie it at the neck.
When you noticed the fabric was rectangular you got a bit concerned, 
asking how it was going to end up the right shape.

"We will have to cut it into shape."
"But how will you know how to do that Granny?"
"My Mother taught me how."
"But she's dead isn't she?"
"Yes, she is, but I can still remember what to do."
"Well you must have a good memory, because that was long, long ago in the olden days!"

So we cut it out, you helped me pins the hems, we threaded the cord through 
and you were pretty chuffed with the finished garment.

Do you remember what happened next? You asked me,
"Granny, do you know how to make a gold crown?" 
"Yes, I think so"
So we quickly made one and you went home with a Gold crown decorated with bling.

Love Granny - 11th January 2017

The next layout is combined with the CSI challenge 231 
which Scrapmatts is generously sponsoring.

The idea is to use all the colours, at least three of the evidence clues 
and at least one of the testimony clues.

Evidence :- White background, Stripes, Animals, Twine, Stars, Hearts, Puffy stickers.
Testimony:-  I chose to write about this Boy's super power which is his incredible memory for facts, figures and details about his current passions, which are Football and Cricket.

I used some older scraps again. The red plane paper is from Echo Park, "Game Plan"

The background was given the star treatment by adding texture paste
through  STENCIL STARS and splashing some Oxide paint on top.

The blue and turquoise clouds are from Jillibean Soup, "Chit chat chowder"
The fabric heart is from Charms Creations. 
The little yellow dog and word stickers are by Crate Paper, "Cool kid"
I heat embossed the STRING CIRCLES 


I'm a big fan of the ALPHABET FLAGS, I think they look great on a Boy's page.

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-

You are never a big fan of having your photo taken, like Pa, you find it hard to relax and act naturally when the lens is pointed at you.   I took a lot of photos and when we looked at them together, neither of us liked what we saw.   When I asked if we could try again, you reluctantly agreed and I distracted you talking about Richmond, your beloved Football team and a couple of your heros, Jack Riewoldt and Dustin Martin.  You became quite animated and I captured your lovely smile.  You are fascinated by Footy and Cricket at the moment and have a phenomenal memory for the details of the game; who is playing whom, how much each team wins by and where they are on the ladder. 
Love Granny - 27th April 2017

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