Saturday, November 11, 2017

What's your Favourite Colour? Scrap Matrix Challenge Watercolours and Words

I was inspired by the previous months Scrap Matrix rainbow mood board colours and it reminded me of some journalling I had done about our fav colours back in 2005 that i still hadn't scrapped. So when the month rolled by and i had missed the last challenge and there was a new one Water colours and words i knew what i could do.
I found a photo from the same era and started experimenting with watercolors and bubble wrap. The result looked too intense so when it was dry I spread  Dina Wakely Gesso randomly over the background to calm it down a bit. Then I used acrylic paint to paint over the top of some old letters to make a new  rainbow title. Then I used a piece of rainbow vellum to punch hearts and sewed them to the lo with embroidery thread. So 12 years later this lo is finally done, thanks for the inspiration.

Face your fear

Do what scares you until it doesn't
I used to be afraid of walking on my own because 25 years ago I was touched up in a subway. The More than words challenge of "Fearless and Grunge" got me thinking about what i was afraid of and I thought 25 years is long enough to live with fear so I decided to just go and walk and deal with the consequences whatever they are. As i walked i thought about scrapping this story but did not have time in September to do so. 

Never mind doing a lo the challenge was to change my life!

In reality the biggest thing likely to happen is that I will get fitter and do more of what I love to do even if there's no one to come with me. I'm 2 months into this mindset change and each time I do it it gets easier. It's not easy yet so I just have to keep doing it until it is.

As for the lo done now this is for the Kraft + Think Big challenge, clearly i did with my photo here. I used acrylic paints mixed with ultra thick embossing enamel mixed with various glossy glittery embossing powders and perfect pearls. To make the circles I applied paint to jar and bottle bottoms/lids and used them as stamps. Journalling is behid the photo.

Somewhat ironically i had to take my son with me on this walk so as to take this photograph for the lo!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Oh Happy Day

The challenge on the Kraft plus site was to be inspired by trees.  and when I read the challenge criteria for the more than words challenge  to be inspired by Harmony and Song lyrics.

I immediately thought of a day when i went hiking with my son  to a beautiful spot to teach him some photography skills. We were in perfect harmony with each other.
It was a day were i could not have been happier, my son wanting to learn photography which is my passion and being out in the amazing countryside mid winter was truly a dream come true for me.
Oh Happy Day  indeed.


I collected some gum tree leaves and zentangled on them. I attached them on the lo on the LHS from a circle shape where they look like a dream catcher, which summarises how awesome our time together was like a dream come true. :)

I coated 2 of the leaves with glossy accents to make them look wet and placed them under the photo near the edge of the water.

I also used kraft paper with a raised wood grain finish.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Their Ignorance-My Bliss Creative Scrappers Sketch Challenge 309

I wanted to document this strange Tuesday evening, when my family put on this meal for me as a surprise on just any old week night including Mexican streamers on the front door for when i returned from work. 

(I cut the streamers from a photo of the door to make the embellishment on the top yellow circle.)

What they didn't know is that i had just had a call from the Breast Cancer Screening Team whilst at work saying they wanted to investigate further some changes in my Breast tissue since my last mammogram. As I am in the high risk category for Breast Cancer because of my family history i immediately assumed my life was about to change dramatically, I became quite frankly hysterical and left work. 
This sight is what greeted me, along with , "Oh you're home a bit early we're not quite ready yet"

 I said i'd take a shower to give them the few minutes extra they needed and composed myself to enjoy the Tex Mex Treat they had prepared for me.

My joy at the love of my family was overwhelming, I confided the news to my husband that evening and we made peace with inevitable cancer diagnosis

I was astonished (and delighted) when (thank God) 4 days later after further scans I was declared Breast Cancer free.

I decided to play along with Creative Scrappers sketch challenge 309
using this sketch

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Everything in the garden is Rosy

This is for the kraft plus challenge here to use roses 3 times.

I managed to do so 6 times by the time i had finished and especially enjoyed finger painting the rose embellishments.

Sunday, November 27, 2016


"White with one" challenge this month is using the blue, Niagara. 

This reminded me a a time in our life when potty training my daughter and I had the perfect picture and journalling I wrote 10 years ago.
I have never been a white space lo type preferring to jam pack my pages with as much as possible so i challenged myself this time and used texture paste for the first time too, Happy days.
I cut the demin hear out of an old pair of jeans and stitched it with white ribbon. and attached it with a large metal brad.
thanks for looking.

 ARGGH I can't turn my images from my phone around on blogger sorry please twist your head!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Welcome to Nara

Another Kraft+ October Blast from the past challenge Lo using old old papers and rik rak and also ancient prima flowers too!

Kyoto Wanderings

This lo was created for the Kraft+ challenge to use old stash. Old stash is not a problem i have some lovely old papers i saved because i loved them too much to use, so after many years i finally bit the bullet and here is my  lo using Basic Grey Phresh and funky which i reckon i have had since 2008 or thereabouts!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Inspired by Kraft + to break out the old stash I used old papers from circa 2009, sequins from before that and rikrak. Although I ended up covering most of the lovely Kraft to follow the sketch from creative scrappers I'm happy with the layout.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Tempus fugit

Well done certainly does fly. I did a lo to show the passage of time featuring my son and I 17 years ago and recently at a university open day.
I sewed on my lo as inspired  by this challenge

Time has flown since my last post on this blog but I have still been busy scrapping even  more so than before, I just haven't uploaded anything. The prize for this challenge is so interesting though I have resurrected my blog just to be able to take part.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Totally Addicted to Books

Getting the creative juice on the go again with some challenges.
The first a sketch challenge from Once Upon a Sketch which I have interpreted replacing the one photo with four depicting my daughter reading in her hammock strung between 2 palm trees, at a restaurant ( when i popped to the ladies), at the kitchen table and in the back seat of the car.. The journalling about my daughters book addiction is on a fold out concertina journaling piece folded up behind the "READ THIS" spot.

I used a bo bunny paper for the back ground and nearly all the embellishments are from CSI case file no 109. I have punched and inked some book pages too and used a template cut by Scrappy Suzi on her robo to ink circles on the back ground with distress ink.

Monday, October 14, 2013

A moment in Time

Ok so I have not been a good blogger being absent from the blogosphere for over a year, however in that time I have managed to locate, buy and renovate a house. I have been hard pressed to find time to play along with Counterfeit Kits challenges and UKs challenges. I have managed from time to time but when I did I had no time at all to blog about it. I was just happy that I had enough time to scrap or play with my camera.
Last weekend my UKS friends all went to a retreat; being in Australia I wasn’t able to attend. Mary was kind enough to post me her sketch challenge which I mixed with the CFK jewellery challenge and have just completed.

I love to feature ephemera on my los and before the house move had a major sort out and placed all the ephemera I had saved over the years into envelopes in year order. I also wrote a list of the stories I wanted to tell using the ephemera. In October I have had a slightly different approach to making my CFK in that my friend Scrappy Sue came over a couple of weeks ago with a stack of papers she was disposing of, mostly old free papers from magazines. My kit this month is that pile of papers together with a box of bits and bobs I haven’t found time to pack away properly in my new craft studio and a happymail gift from my Sweet Marie in Canada which arrived this month.

It was simple once I had decided to tell the story about my watch to find the receipt, jeweller’s business card and very out of date warrantee card that I had saved in 1998 before I had even heard of scrap booking! 

Hidden journalling

Now whenever there’s a challenge I can check my note book and hopefully there will be some story just waiting to be scrapped and I’ll be on my way...

.Do you like to use ephemera on your los? If so how do you organise it? 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Last bits of CFK from.... when?

Oh my goodness that'll be June. I really need more time to scrap! 

Inspired by Katie Scotts lo idea here I made this quick and easy dlo (it only took me 2-3 evenings!)

As usual the amount of journaling I wanted to get down was too great for the space Katie used for her journaling but inspired by Jim Jams tags here  and because in my CFK  scraps swap kit Scrappy Sue gave me were some plain tags I dressed them up and used them to make mini journaling books. Perfect for all those words.

I added to the CFK with some extra papers and the red flowers were from a paper ribbon received from my not so secret Santa 2011 Pat.I added "Cheap as chips" black diamantes and layered the whole thing up to give it some dimension.

Just so you know i have done February too but theres too much personal journaling on show to share :)


I haven't posted any creative work bar my photoscavenger hunt photos for too long.

Heres the latest prepared for the next weekly challenge on UK Scrappers no clues as to the criteria though!

A captured bullet split in half for scrap booking purposes!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Everything else on the list - scavenger hunt round up

So here we have it, One giant post of everything else on the Scavenger Hunt List. 
Are you sitting comfortably? then we'll begin.

My son's favourite shop in Adelaide, where he was able to test drive a $105,000 grand piano, thank goodness he didn't break it eek. Sadly the shop has gone just into receivership which means there is currently 40% of said piano... the answer is still no 
(in other news this weekend he took and passed Grade One Piano Yay)

A very ordinary picture train snapped from the car window on my phone on the way to the piano exam, but a train nevertheless.

and the train just in case photo oh how I wish I had dusted it before I took the photo (shame on me!)

One of the churches we attend with a great message

A horse (or 2) at the farm we look after from time to time which we did for a week during the time period of the hunt

A colour coordinated washing line

The library my children treat as home from home

A swing and son hanging from a tree

The outdoor stair way where hubbie and I go for our walk to get some fresh air and check that the sea is still there.

Although I photograph weddings professionally and have several thousand shots I could choose from I thought it a little rude perhaps? to use one of "my brides" so here's one of "someone else's" bride we spotted on a day out in the middle of Adelaide's North Terrace

A Trail through rain forest in Queensland on Tambourine Mountain

A movie poster IceAge 4D at Movie World in Queensland the 4D aspect involved being hurled around in the seats and sprayed with Dino snot, which I hope was water? it clearly wasn't genuine Dino snot, I can spot that stuff a mile off.

 Someone (daughter) dancing and me experimenting with a very slow shutter speed at a home disco

Me with something to represent my nation ... but which nation, British or Australian?
There is a long standing argument between us Poms in Oz and the Aussies as to which is tastiest Marmite or Vegemite.
Having been brought up with Marmite it wins hands down for me; I'm trying to go the Aussie way to adapt and embrace my new home country, after all in a year I will become an Australian Citizen so long as I can learn the words to Waltzing Matilda.

Thanks for setting the hunt Rhinda I have so enjoyed playing, using the opportunity to look around me, see things somewhat differently to usual and to record some aspects of our life we would have otherwise missed. To boot I have some photos of my family I love and from now on will get my "big" camera out more often for my family, and not just for clients. Looking forward to next year already!