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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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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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Stuck?! Sketches June 1st 2017 - DT layout - Beautiful You

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. 
 "The scrumptious papers I used are  from Cocoa Vanilla, 
"Wild at Heart, collection "Grow Wild"
I added a Kaisercraft card stock border in soft pink - "Ballet" 
The butterflies were fussy cut from the Cocoa Vanilla range too, "Mariposa"
The flowers are from the die cut ephemera.
The Guipure lace flowers are from Prima, they have been in my stash for a while.
The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads:-

On this day, you had pulled all the soft toys out to inspect them and see which ones might be suitable for your new little cousin who was expected after Christmas.
You put aside two in particular, that you thought she might like.  The dog you are holding makes a "panting" noise and your second choice was the butterfly, which  jingles and rustles.  You are delighted that you are going to be her big girl cousin and you plan on teaching her the rules around Granny's home.  Most importantly she's not to go into the Scrap room without Granny, because there's too many precious things in there.  
You are going to explain to her that her that:-
 "Eyes are for looking with - not fingers!"
Love Granny, 14th December 2016

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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Kraft+ June Challenge - Create

Hello again Scrappy Friends, welcome to June where today I'm sharing a post for Kraft+

The challenge is to use just ONE colour on Kraft.  Black, white and neutrals as accents are OK, and different shades of the one colour are fine too.

My absolute favourite colour is blue and I loved the chance to scrap an older photo using one of my other favourite things; Maja papers. 
Do you have a favourite colour? Or one that you are not too keen on, but would like to challenge yourself with? 
Come, join us and be in the running for one of the fabulous prizes 
from our generous sponsors.
The Maja range is called "Summertime" and it reminds me of a dress I wore as a teenager which was covered in blue roses. I felt very special in that dress.
I fussy cut a lot of the roses and clustered them with Prima lace flowers and a few crystals.  The title word is by Scrapmatts.  The tags were cut with Paper Rose dies.

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Monday, 15 May 2017

Stuck?! Sketches 15th May 2017 Challenge - Beautiful

Welome 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.
The background paper is from the Kaisercraft Wildflower collection, "Floral" embossed.
I used various shades of pink, purple and apricot distress inks to reveal the flowers.
The small pieces of paper are scraps from Crate Paper, Prima and Kaisercraft.
Some are quite old, but they all played nicely together.
The metal embellishment is from Prima Vintage trinket.  
I wiped a bit of Olive coloured Viva, precious metal paint over it to tone down the shine.
The doily is a die cut by Prima - one of my all time favourites.
The vellum flowers were in a forlorn little neglected bundle in my room.  
They looked so sad that I spruced them up with a bit of orange distress ink 
and gave them a job to do. They were happy to be liberated!

The journalling is on the back of the page and it reads.
These three beautiful woman are my daughter's in law.  We are blessed that all of our Sons found their soulmate and each of the couples planned a family together.  
Our Grandchildren are supremely lucky to be Mothered by their warmth, wisdom, 
patience and good humour. I feel honoured to be included in their lives and trusted to nurture their children.  My cup overflows with love for them all.

Photo taken 1st September 2012

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Scrapmatts DT May 2017 - Perfect and a Birthday Card

Hello there and welcome to my blog on this gorgeous Autumn day.  
 It's my turn to share at the
Scrapmatts blog.

I'd love it if you popped over to take a look.
Here is a little peek of my projects for May.
Scrapmatts products used:

 CB1202 Roses 02
CB1028 Butterflies 18

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Kraft+ Design Team for May - Always in my heart

Hello again Scrappy Friends, welcome to Kraft+ in May, 
where I'm sharing a post using a different shaped photo. 
The challenge is NOT to use square or rectangular photos.
Interested?  Click here to see what the rest of the team have created to inspire you.

When I was sifting through my photos for ideas, I came across the photo of my dear Mother, Mary.  I wondered what shape would reflect her personality and a diamond came instantly into my mind. With Mother's Day just around the corner, I reflected on my random good fortune to have Mary as my Mother, Teacher, Mentor and Friend.
First I thought I'd add random diamond shapes, but the page evolved with a mind of it's own and I managed to created a floral M, but cutting away the Kraft and inserting floral paper underneath.  Pretty excited with the way it turned out.
The floral stamp is from Unity Stamp - Summertime Bouquet.
The little flourish is an older Rhona Farrer stamp.
I added a few little blooms and the little metal heart from my stash.
 I stitched around the edge of the page, a nod to my Mother's expert sewing skills.
The thank you stamp is from Stamping' Up and I coloured the stamped 
and embossed flowers with gelatos.

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

Mary, my darling Mother was born during the first world war.  She grew up on a farm and left school after obtaining her Q.C.   Years ago, most girls were encouraged to leave school after Grade seven (Qualifying Certificate).  Education was for Boys, as Girls would eventually marry and stay at home to raise a family!  Mum didn't have a choice but to stay on the farm to help her Parents. She cooked, cleaned, washed and Mothered her seven younger siblings; a daily drudgery for which she received little thanks.   Her dream was to become a teacher, but that choice was denied her by the societal norms of the time.  Her Mother taught her to cook, knit, crochet and tat.   She had her own garden and raised poultry to sell.  Later, after she married and long before computers and You Tube, she taught herself to sew ball gowns, to smock, create hats, weave baskets and decorate cakes to supplement our meagre income.  She was a kind and patient Mother who encouraged us to make the most of our education.  Supremely competent at all she attempted, she was calm and stoic when adversity struck;  she just got on with it, no matter what chaos was happening around her.  Like a diamond, she was multi faceted, strong, wise and generous to a fault.  She also had a great sense of humour, a sparkle in her eye, a love of Irish music and dance. Her empathy for the underdog meant she was forever helping lame dogs over stiles.  My words don't do her justice really, but I am forever grateful that she was my Mother, a constant source of unconditional love right throughout her long life.  Journalling, on her Birthday, 28th April.   

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Monday, 1 May 2017

Stuck?! Sketches 1st May Challenge - Unique

Welome 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.
The paper range is mostly all from Kaisercraft, Indigo Skies Collection. 

 I was delighted to find the little heart button in my stash.  The beads are from a previous project; 
I just scattered them along the stitched circle.  
The Making Memories alphas are shimmery IRL 
and work well with the sequins on the "Veil"
So happy to used them, as they are dated 2008!
The fabric star is from Charms Creations, one of our frequent sponsors.
Our girl is crazy about cats, so I popped on a wooden embellie to keep her company.
The delicious pink floral paper is by Cocoa Vanilla, the Wild at Heart collection.
Yay! I finally got my hands on some and even though this layout was finished, 
I had to cut into a piece immediately.   I'm sure you understand! 

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

These photos were taken on one of the last full days we enjoyed together.  We had been to the toy library, where you pounced on this black sequinned skirt and brought it home for dress ups.  You immediately decided it made a much better veil than a skirt and asked for some photos to be taken.  Without any direction from me, you assumed all sorts of different poses and angles, saying, "Just because it's a skirt, it doesn't mean it can't be anything else does it Granny?"  "Absolutely not" - I agreed.  So, you ate lunch in it, danced in it, reluctantly took it off for your bath and asked longingly if you could take it home with you.  You were quite happy to leave it here though, when you heard that it would be waiting for you next week when you came.  
14th December 2016.


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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Crafty Cardmaker's Challenge and Freshly made sketches card challenge.

Hello again, welcome back to my happy place.
Today I'm sharing two cards with you.

The first is for a challenge at
Where my friend Margaret Mifsud is a DT member.
Many of the techniques I've used are inspired by her beautiful cards.
The challenge is to use Pearls or other Gems on your card.
I used some Pion paper and a Heartfelt Memories die.
The gems are from my stash - I think they are from Kazzaz.
The flowers are an assorted mixture left from other projects.
The Prills add a touch of softness to the cluster.
I've added some punched (Martha Stewart) strips to decorate the inside.

The next card was made for a Freshly made sketches challenge,
but I ran out of time to enter, so here it is.  
In an attempt to Stash Bash and not buy any new products
I used scraps of Maja papers and an older, much under used Stamp.
I heat embossed the the stamp on watercolour paper and then used
various colours of distress inks to colour the poppies.

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Just for fun - Lindy's Stamp Gang Challenge using Stampotique stamps.

Hello Scrappy friends, thanks for calling in today.
I have something completely different to share with you.

I own a few Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals that are under used,
as well as three Stampotique stamps which rarely see the light of day.

LSG April challenge prompted me to liberate them from their 
hiding places and make a few cards.

Not my usual style, but I'm really happy with the way this one turned out. 
I used the heart stamp by dabbing it directly into a puddle of Magicals. 
The Angel and the Heart Banner were stamped with Versamark 
and coloured with various Tombow pens.

That's it for today.  I love it when you leave a comment, 
to let me know you've been and appreciate each and every one of them.