Saturday, 30 December 2017

Colour Stories Inspiration Case #244
Thank you to Debbi and the CSI team for another great year of challenges. Thank you also to all the sponsors for their generous donations each month.

Once upon a time

How I solved the case:
The scheme: all colours used - red - texture paste, embellishments; palest gray - on the patterned paper, mist on background paper; green avocado/kiwi - texture paste; gray - mist on background paper, paint on title; black - ink, embellishments.
The evidence: Christmas, stencils, bricks, scallops, animal (cat photo), trees.
The testimony: Document Christmas.

Thanks for looking and Happy New Year to all.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Colour Stories Inspiration - Case #241

Hi crafty friends, today I am sharing my layout for the CSI case #241.

Keep Calm

How I solved the case:
The sketch: I have kept my photo and embellishments to the centre 'panel' of the page.
The scheme: pale, pale grey - the diamond pattern on the light paper framing the photo; peanut brown - the cork paper strips top and bottom of the photo; light buttery yellow - thin photo matt; crimson - the lollipop in the photo; palest grey, almost white - the sky in the photo.
The evidence: tree, stars, hearts, animals, wood, chevron arrows, vellum.
The testimony: the inspirational word 'calm'.

Friday, 24 November 2017

Colour Stories Inspiration - Case #242

Do what you LOVE!

How I solved the case:
The scheme: pale grey - patterned paper (background), title tag; khaki - paper framing photo, mist, flowers; white - texture paste, journalling strips, die cut scribbles; moss green - radiant gel, stamp ink, leaves; coffee brown - mist, paper, flower.
The evidence: leaves/flowers, stamp (random along edge in moss green), buttons, tags, bird, string, jute ribbon.
The testimony: document something you love to do.

Thanks to Debbi and the CSI team for another great challenge!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Kraft Plus challenge - November

Hello crafty friends. My entry for the Kraft Plus Think Big challenge.

Big Dam
Another photo from my husband's cycling adventures. As long as he keeps cycling, I will have a supply of photos to scrap.

Products used: Tim Holtz grit paste, distress ink - ground espresso, Stampin' Up ink - chocolate chip, Kaisercraft alphabets, coconut shell buttons, metal cogs, die cut mesh, dry wall tape, chipboard pieces from my stash.

Thanks to Sandra and the Kraft Plus team for another great challenge.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Colour Stories Inspiration Case #240

CSI Case #240

So Lovely

How I solved the case:
The scheme: pale pink - texture paste; pale turquoise blue - photo matt; scarlet - photo matt, small heart; black - texture paste, hexagon die cuts, white - texture paste, flowers.
The evidence: stripes, fruit (pineapple washi tape), flowers, texture paste, hearts, stars.
The testimony: inspirational word 'Lovely'.

Thank you so much to Debbi and the CSI team for two more fun challenges, and a huge thank you to all the wonderful CSI challenge sponsors. XXX

Monday, 30 October 2017

Colour Stories Inspiration Case #239

CSI Case #239

Lets Go

How I solved the case:
The sketch: I have used one larger photo rather than the four smaller ones; and added embellishment cluster in the bottom right corner of the photo.
The scheme: ballerina pink - texture paste, enamel dots; minty green - texture paste, die cuts; pale warm grey/off white - patterned paper, die cuts; dark navy blue - chalk mist; sky/powder blue - patterned paper, shimmer mist.
The evidence: thin stripes, floral pattern, flowers, leaves, flamingo, washi tape, circles.
The testimony: song title inspiration - Lets Go (by the Cars in the eighties), hand written journalling.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Scrap Matrix Challenge

My Happy Place challenge

Hello crafty friends. It is very exciting to be entering the first ever Scrap Matrix challenge....although Vicki has very generously been sponsoring other challenges for a long time now.  I was inspired by the colours of the moodboard, and have used some 'warts and all' photos from my scrap space.

 I am lucky to have a 'room' to my own, although I do have to share it with our cat Smudge. I have been using this space for almost a year now and there are still some things in the 'I don't know where to put this' pile, so the evolution continues.

Because my layout background and photos are very busy, I have kept the embellishments very simple.

Products from Scrap Matrix: 13@rts Rainbow Colour - bordeaux, navy (duo); Ayeeda Mist Chalk - yellow amber, turquoise, dirty pink; Ayeeda Ink - black; Ayeeda Gesso - white, Faber Castell - whipped spackle (love this); Colour Arte Radiant Gel - vavoom red; and (not sure of the brand) wood veneer title 'imagine'.

Thanks to Vicki and the Scrap Matrix team for a fun challenge, can't wait to see future challenges. 
Cheers and Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Kraft Plus - October Challenge

I can see clearly now

Hello crafty friends. This month I was honoured and very excited to be asked to be a guest designer for Kraft+ with their "I can see clearly now" challenge for October. What a fun challenge, you need to include something clear on your creation. 
Why not pop over to the Kraft+ Blog, be inspired by the Design Team and enter this fantastic challenge.

Sharing my creation - 'Sweet'
Another photo taken while at Monarto open range zoo. Yes I do love visiting zoos, love taking photos of the animals, and I do love meerkats!

I wanted to try a 'less is more' approach with this layout, utilising negative space, while also keeping an earthy, natural feel.  For the see-through elements I have used vellum strips and flowers. To create the vellum strips I roughly tore the vellum and inked the edges, after they were glued down I added some accents with Distress Crayons. The vellum flowers are an assortment from my stash. The chipboard pieces (Dusty Attic and 2 Crafty) I have kept raw, except for the title which was inked with Distress vintage photo. 

Thank you to Sandra and the team at Kraft+ for another great challenge.
Thanks also to all the sponors for such wonderful prizes.

Colour Stories Inspiration Case #238

CSI Case #238

Once Upon A Time

How I solved the case - and only just in time!!!

The scheme: all five colours used.
The evidence: animal, flowers, leaves, tree, light bulbs, enamel dots.
The testimony: Once upon a time.

Thanks to Debbi and the team for another great challenge.
Thanks for looking.

Friday, 29 September 2017

Show us your stuff - September challenge

SUYS - Mixed Media

Fun can happen anywhere
This photo was taken while exploring at Burra Creek Gorge at Worlds End.
It was a fun afternoon, even when we had to use stepping stones to make a 'creek crossing'. I am not as agile as I used to be!

Products used: Hand made item - Charms Creations heart.
Background elements - Tim Holtz matt texture paste, grit paste and distress mist, Ken Oliver colour powder, Stampin' Up stampin' write, washi tape, glitter flourish stickers, assorted blooms. D-Lish Scraps glitter enamel dots.

What a great challenge. Thank you to the team from Show us your stuff.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Kraft Plus - September challenge

what's the buzz?

 I found this challenge to be a challenge. My inspiration took a winding path, with a few options being rejected, before I decided to run with this idea. I am still not sure if this page is may have some tweaking before it goes into the album. happy

Products used: Colour Blast colour paste - leather & deep water; Tim Holtz distress ink - faded jeans, A2Z chipboard frame (cut in half), Charms Creations heart, Studio Calico wood veneers, alphabet stickers, flairs and brads from my stash.

Thanks to Sandra and the Kraft Plus team for their great challenges and thank you also to all the sponsors that support Kraft Plus.

Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo - September challenge


A new found love...creating a canvas.
Using an awesome photo taken by my husband during a cycling adventure. I just love the morning mist in the photo, giving a slightly eerie feel.

To begin, I primed the canvas with a layer of black gesso. Then comes the layers...matt texture paste, sand texture paste, lots and lots of chipboard cogs/bolts, and some random metal elements. I built up the centre section of the canvas with scrap chipboard pieces. As I added each layer, I coated all pieces with black gesso.

Before adding the final layers - the chicken wire and the framed photo, I added colour to the  background - a mix of Prima Antique Brillance wax and Prima Art Alchemy mettallique paint.

To frame the photo, I have used a piece of corrugated cardboard, smudged with gesso and wax. The top layer of embellishments are metal cogs, arrows, globes and other bits and pieces.

 Thank you to the team at Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo for organising such great challenges each month. This was lots of fun.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

White...with 1 - September challenge

 Such a pretty green, a lovely challenge from WW1.

"Wear a dress"

Products used: Tim Holtz matt texture paste; Nuvo mousse - spring green; Kaisercraft stamp - blossom; Prima & Scrappers Garden flowers; D-Lish Scraps - sequin bow and flair; glitter flourishes, wood veneer 'happy' and bling hearts from my stash.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Off the Rails Scrapbooking September challenge


One of a group of photos taken during a visit to my old home where I grew up as a child. I just love the colours in the photo, and the way the tank has aged over the years.

To create the background, I coloured some matt texture paste and applied it through a chicken wire stencil. I added kraft paper strips used like washi tape, and added some Prima Brillance wax accents around the edge and on the kraft paper. Other embellishments - metal cogs, jute, wire, chipboard and some paper blooms.

 I really LOVED this challenge, any excuse to do steampunk anything! Thanks to the team at Off the Rails Scrapbooking.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Colour Stories Inspiration Case #237

A great group of friends.

How I solved the case:
The sketch: I have stayed fairly true to the sketch, only using one larger size photo rather than two smaller ones.
The scheme: all five colours used.
The evidence: stripes, speech bubble, triangles, eye glasses, animal, washi tape, school themed photo.
The testimony: inspirational word group.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

CSI: Colour Stories Inspiration Case #236

CSI - Case #236

Catching yabbies

How I solved the case:

The scheme: all five colours used.
The evidence: stripes, wood (wood veneer hello), string (red), banner.
The testimony: document an adventure.

Thank you to the team at CSI for another great challenge. I am so happy this month that I was able to complete both has been a long time since that last happened.

Monday, 28 August 2017

CSI: Colour Stories Inspiration Case #235

CSI: Case #235

Beautiful together

How I solved the case:

The scheme: all five colours used.
The Evidence: solid white background; flowers; bling; wet medium (shimmer texture paste - sour apple, mist - blackberry, watercolour powder - olive green); eyeglasses, summer elements (bird, butterfly).
The testimony: the inspirational word 'together'.
The scene: Because I like to scrap 6 x 4 photos, I have really tweaked the sketch. Instead of the title down the bottom, I have placed two word stickers. The upper part of the sketch I have increased, using one photo instead of two. I have placed the title where the embellishment cluster was. Where the third photo would be I have placed another embellishment cluster.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Kraft Plus - August challenge

Trees Leaves and Branches

Perfect Moment
Another fantastic photo taken by my husband while out cycling.

Products used: Prima graphite texture paste, Shimmerz Texturez - artichoked, Distress mist - peeled paint, bundled sage, Kaisermist - blackberry, Stampin Up ink - mossy meadow, Ken Oliver Colour Burst - olive green,  Dusty Attic chipboard cog corner, 2 Crafty chipboard cogs, leaves, chicken mesh, 13 arts chipboard title, Prima brads, Corbett Creations wood veneer leaf, various metal embellishments, jute ribbon.

Thanks to Sandra and the team for another amazing challenge.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Kraft Plus - July challenge

Roses 3 Ways

What a clever challenge, use roses three ways. 
I tend to use flowers on a lot of my pages, and I thought this would be fun. 

Rose one: stencilled roses in the background
Rose two: paper roses
Rose three: ivory resin rose (lower right hand corner)

Thank you to Sandra and the team at Kraft Plus for another great challenge.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Colour Stories Inspiration - case #233

Such pretty colours in this summery case file.

So Cute

How I solved the case:
The sketch: I have used the top part of the sketch and rotated it 90 degrees.
The scheme: carnation pink - heart; pale sage green - paper, flowers; sage green - photo matt, texture paste; white - paint splatters; light golden yellow - photo matt.
The evidence: flowers, wood veneer, watercolour paint splatters.
The testimony: the inspirational word 'hello'

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

White..with 1 - July challenge

Lavender Lane

Monkey Business at the Zoo

Products used: Kaiser Mist - blackberry; Shimmerz Spritz - walkin' a tight heliotrope; Resin Rainbow - doily, lace strip, sequins, bling strip; Kaisercraft - stamps;13 arts - hello gorgeous sticker; chipboard from my stash - coloured with Shimmerz Dazzlerz - I lilac you, grapetastic; Scrappers Garden - flowers.

Thank you to the team at White..with 1 for another great challenge. 
Thanks for looking.

Smile - July


I love the sombre colours on this layout. The texture paste for the stencilled roses is Shimmerz Paste-eez in raspberry sherbet...with 2 drops of black ink added. I am so happy with the finished colour, it matches the roses on the paper beautifully. The corner chipboard pieces I painted with black gesso, and then rubbed on some Prima Art Alchemy wax in brushed iron and amethyst magic. These waxes are my favourite new toys at the moment! The chippie title, I coated with Tim Holtz grit paste, gave it a smudge with chalk ink and randomly glued on some micro beads. I added some micro beads onto the black cheescloth and finished the page with a few pearls.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

13arts - challenge #56

Create your own background

Another fun challenge from the 13 arts team.

Using a photo taken during Aida's visit to South Australia in April. It was a wonderful day, meeting Aida and also meeting Vicki from Scrap Matrix. They are both such lovely caring, sharing people.

To create the background; first I sprinkled some 13 arts Rainbow Colour Duo - navy, spritzed with water and allowed it to dry. Then some purple shimmer spray, some random stamping - rocks and flowers, then over the top of everything I applied some transparent shimmer texture paste (his does not show up in the main photo) through a flower stencil.

 Some close ups to show the shimmery texture paste. Apologies for the photo quality of these, the weather was not helpful!

Because I love the crisp, fresh feel of the background, I have kept the embellishments very simple, a few flowers, some flairs, hearts and a bow.

Thank you for looking.