Monday, 16 March 2015

Kraft +

The K+ challenge for March is a sketch and sparkles, here's my page.
I'm working my way through some old photos at the moment in an effort to scrap rather than print.


Lots of different washi tapes from lots of different places, a pre-made background from cleaning up stencils used for other pages, Dymo, glitter stickers and a gorgeous flower stem from Imaginarium Designs.
It's based on this sketch, rotated and slightly modified.



Thanks for coming by

Monday, 9 March 2015

Love a Quote

Quotes are my fave kick off point for a challenge
so this month over at Gauche Alchemy was perfect.
I had a play in my art journal and came up with this.
Head on over to the blog for more deets and 


This is the challenge board, you don't have to use it, you can create anything you want just make sure you use a quote. Entries here.

Have fun!

Monday, 23 February 2015

It's a Love / Hate Thing

The February challenge over at Gauche Alchemy is a twist on the regular schmaltzy Valentines and gave me something to think about before I came up with this. It's a layout very much in keeping with my warts and all documentation of life. I love and adore this man for so many reasons... 
Smoking is not one of them.


This is the mood board
and you can check out what the other gals are doing on the blog.

We'd love you to join us, the linky tab is looking a little neglected so come and get your gauche on with us! Anything goes, creatively speaking.

Thanks for coming by

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Kraft +

There has been a kraft shaped hole in scrappy challenges since the demise of Kraft It Up so it's great to see a brand new challenge site for using kraft card.
The inaugural challenge is up this month and of course I had to play along.
This is my page...

and this is the challenge...
Click on the image to go to the site.

Come and play!

Monday, 2 February 2015

Scrapbooking Memories Masters winning submission

I am still gob-smacked about being chosen to be a Scrapbooking Memories Master this year. I have seen some of the unsuccessful subs and know a few amazing artists who also subbed and so I feel humbled and privileged to have been selected. Here today to show you my entry.

Challenge 1 - Use a 5x7 portrait that engages the viewer.
I used a lot of old rub-ons to make a background for the photo. Messy mists and some stamping with bubble wrap, a bit of punchinella from Gauche Alchemy (shop to re-open soon), and some Dymo.

Challenge 2 - Use a non conventional scrapbooking item
I love briefs like this that really get you thinking outside the box. I used a playing card, some gyprock (drywall) tape, and a piece of old 35mm film which I embossed and inked. The background was done using a piece of basket-weave handmade paper as a stamp with black paint. A bit of colour added with some card scraps and spray inks, Hazel & Ruby tape, Prima wood, Heidi Swapp acrylic letters, and some brads and Dymo

Challenge 3 - Focus on Journalling
I love telling stories on my pages too, even if sometimes I have to hide them. This was another opportunity to use my old typewriter (love!), I had to trim the page to fit it through but the join is hardly noticeable. Again a misty background using a heart stencil and spray inks, a gorgeous WoW leaf frame (painted and stamped), Prima flowers painted with Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze, Kaisercraft rhinestone flourishes, Dymo, and old chippy numbers coloured up.

Challenge 4 - Art Journal cover
This was messy and fun. I dug into my Gauche Alchemy stash of vintage book pages and fabric and used similar colours to challenge 1 because I had them out at the time. The wood letters are from Pink Paislee.

And that's it.
It was fun and obviously worth it, although I must admit to feeling completely overwhelmed by the huge amount of prizes so stay tuned this year
for a couple of giveaways.

Thanks so much for coming by

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Jot Mood - Take 2

And this is the second page I did with the Jot Christmas mood board.
Photo from this year :-)


Less green, more black & white, and obvious inspiration from the chalkboard.
December 2014 Mood Boardsmall


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Jot Mood - take 1

Trying to get in the Christmas spirit I  thought I'd have a go at the Jot E-zine December mood board. I only had mini pictures of the kids from last year so I planned a Santa hat shoot but in the meantime put this page together.


I kinda like the wood grain with red and green but for some reason this didn't really do it for me, so I took some pictures for this year
and had another go, will post it later.
December 2014 Mood Boardsmall
Thanks for coming by and I hope the festive season is treating you well.


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

I'm a Master!

A Scrapbooking Memories Master for 2015, that is!
Beyond excited to be able to add this achievement to my resume.
Must give a shout out to a very special woman, Louise Nelson, because even though she hasn't had the opportunity to nag me to submit for it in recent years I still have her sweet words ringing in my ears from all the times in Brisbane when she gave me the encouragement. (I miss ya Lou! xx)


Congratulations go to the other 9 awesome creative spirits who I feel privileged to be included among.

So 2015 will be a busy year again, I like it like that!

And just because I struggle to post without a page, here's one that was recently published in Scrapbooking Memories, they cropped it a little.


Thanks so much for coming by

Friday, 14 November 2014

New, to me

Is the Jot Magazine mood board challenge. I have looked at it before but never played along. This month however, it was completely irresistible!

In an effort to break out of my grunge comfort zone I have been attempting to create more subtle pages with soft colours and whites. I see so many pretty pages with no dark colours at all and have set myself the task to achieve a similar effect so this challenge was perfect.

This is what eventuated, I like it and am encouraged to persevere.

It is still me in the mist and stamping, the feather hand-carved by the awesome Louise Nelson, clocks from Kaisercraft. Ink sprays from Ranger Dylusions, journal card and star embellie by Charm's Creations, crochet piece from Lime Tree Creations, some big brads and twine, a few enamel dots and a wood grain alpha. The blue looks a bit green, I had trouble getting the colours exact.

This is the heavenly mood board
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I might have another go at this board, it's so pretty.
Thanks for coming by