Friday, December 16, 2011

My last post (I think) for this year...

Gosh time just seems to move way too fast.  The days are ticking over and 
soon it will be Christmas, thankfully i'm on track with Shopping etc but 
sadly Scrapping has taken a back seat the last fortnight and so I think this will 
be my last share for this year.  Unless I'm lucky enough to discover a few extra 
days and am able to participate in some challenges this month....sigh.
I'm sorry to those lovely bloggers that I haven't visited and commented on lately, I'm sure I'm missing out on some awesome scrapping but it's just been, work, kids, school, housework blah blah. You get the picture. 

In Amongst the chaos this past week I needed to organise gifts for the 
kids teachers. My Daughter actually gave me this idea when she suggested to me that she would like 
to do a Christmas 'She Art' ala Christy Campbell Tomlinson.
It was the spark I needed to create these Canvas'.  They are on 8x6" canvas panels and 
apart from my time constraints the Teachers were lucky to get them because by the time I'd finished,
I loved them so much I wanted to keep them for myself!!
So here are my Christmas Nativity canvases;
Mary and Baby Jesus.

The Wise Men -sorry this pictures a little blurry, I was in a hurry when I photographing them. 
Surprise, surprise!!

The Angel

The Shepherds

and another little Angel

I had such fun creating these
and now as soon as School finishes Tuesday, I've promised my Daughter I'll help her with her
Christmas She Art. Can't wait! One of the boys has asked if he could do a 'He Art' (hehe cute hey?)
And I've bought some more Panels just in case I find time to make our own Nativity!  ;)
Cheers all you lovely readers and commenters. 
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas. x

Monday, December 5, 2011

Show us Your Stuff - December Sketch.

Show us Your Stuff blog this month has some fabulous sponsors
and I was super lucky to get a gorgeous bag of goodies from Carol Mead
You can check out all her lovely embellishments in her ETSY store.
The goodies I received were all lovely soft pink tones and romantic vintage images 
so I decided to scrap a couple of my wedding pictures in a
distressed vintage style. 

I just love this beaded trim and I used it to recreate the diamond pattern in the sketch.

I had such fun playing with all the Tattered Insprirations Embellishments and 
incorporating them on my Layout.
Lots of cute little tickets and stamps and this gorgeous butterfly button which 
was actually the centre of a bottle top which I removed.
Vintage seam binding and cabachon flowers,

crochet doilies and pins and a pretty pink organza flower.
 I decided that Core'dinations cardstock and some Prima patterned paper
suited the Tattered inspirations embellishments and I also fussy cut some butterflies from the Prima Paper
to add to the other handmade embellishments. 

this is the sketch you need to follow for our 1st December challenge
at SUYS.- designed by SUYS DT member Sara Noendeng
 Remember to include a include a handmade or hand dyed item made by either yourself or someone else.

And here's my take on the Sketch.

Head over to the SUYS blog to check out all the other DT samples.
And Decembers Guest Designer is Trudi Harrison her sample is divine, you must see that!
Cheers, I hope your week is off to a great start. :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

scrap the girls- December

Hello Bloggers and welcome to the start of another Super 
Silly Season.  
I really wasn't getting into things much, well I guess it was only November! 
I'd made a start on my presents but it was all sounding like too much hard 
work and constantly rushing here and there.
But today, the 1st of December, after picking up the kiddos from School, my youngest asked
me if we could put up the tree? We always put up our tree the 1st couple of days in December anyway
but I just wasn't feeling festive.
But how can you refuse an enthusiatic 6 year old?
So I got the ladder out and pulled down the boxes in the garage
and the kids all helped decorate the tree, and for the most part they were 
really enthusiatic about it.  Even when I made them stand still for photos!!
 I stood back and
let the kids jam all their many kindergarten made ornaments on the tree, they laughed with each other
over their crafty efforts, they Danced to Christmas Carols and messed around with 
Santa hats and reindeer antlers.  
It was.....special.  
And all of a sudden Christmas is here and I don't care 
that it'll busy and hectic and lots of work.
I'm looking forward to cooking Christmas treats and going to 
sing carols and wrapping presents. It's all worth it to 
share these times with my children.

(I'll remember to think of this post again tomorrow morning
in the middle of that crazy breakfast, getting ready for school and out the door on time routine, when 
they are all driving me batty!!!!) haha

OK better get on with my Scrappy share!

Scrap the Girls Challenge this month is all about Babies.

December is after all the month we Celebrate the birth of Christ.

I decided to continue the December theme with my sample and scrap some
Christmas photo's of my baby girl.

I used Jilly-Bean Soup, Making Memories and Purple Pumpkin embellishments.

lots of distressing and misting added to my Christmas paper. I love the effect created when using 
the lid off a glimmermist bottle to make these circle stains.

And the enthusiastic 6 year old I mentioned above, well
these are some pictures of her first Christmas and helping to 
decorate the tree even back then.   :)

I hope you're inspired to get scrapping some baby photos' - Remember Girls only for Scrap the Girls 
Make sure you check out all the other CT layouts over here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

some last minute challenges

and the Puzzle Challenge at Scrapbooking from Scratch

just a quick one today gotta go finish assembling my
December Daily. 
Catch ya Later

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Purple Pumpkin and Stuck Sketches

Novembers Purple Pumpkin sketch layout.

This Rocket Age October Afternoon range was a great match 
for my photo's of Hamish dressed as 
'Zac Power 'for Literacy week at school.
Love this spotty button!

And my oldest son went dressed as a zombie.
This is for the 1st Nov Sketch at Stuck Sketches

I made the circle of dots with red acrylic paint that has a very fine and pointed tip, 
and the papers are a Crate paper range.

thanks for dropping by.  :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Polly Scraps Give Away

How gorgeous is this new Basic Grey range?
LoVe it!

Polly Scraps is giving away one whole collection kit 
and 3 mini kits
How fantastic is that.
Go HERE for all the details.

You can see Polly Scraps kits on their 
Facebook page aswell

Monday, November 21, 2011

Some old Postage Stamps..

Amazing what you can do with some old Postage Stamps!
I saw this great Challenge on this talented chickie's blog and was inspired to 
create a layout using postage stamps.
It was for a challenge on the Do More With Less blog.
Sorry Chantal,  I left it a little late and didn't finish my layout until after the deadline,
but I'm so happy with how this one turned so I hope you don't mind too much. 

OK, so the challenge was to create a background using postage stamps.
Well quite a few years ago my Mum (who is a collector of many things!!) gave me
a storage box full of stamps-with the intent that I could sort them and put them into albums.
Ummm well I didn't quite get to that stage- 4 kids = busy life.
So when I saw this challenge I unearthed said storage box from 
my laundry cupboards and looked at these 1000's of stamps.
The ones that caught my eye were the older ones from the early to mid 1900's.

They are all in lovely monotones, blues, browns, greens, reds. 
Most of them had Queen Elizabeths' head or her Mummy's and a few
had some King I can't remember which one!!! 
I'm sure the Philatelic Society would keel over at the thought of gluing and throwing
ink over old stamps, but hey a it's all in the name of....scrapbooking.  ;)

Next I found a photo to scrap with.  Me at about 2 1/2years with my Grandfather. 
I may not be as old as the stamps!!!! haha but this Photo is
taken off a slide and is fairly faded so it matched the theme I was going for.

My embellishments are from Prima and D-Lish Scrap flowers, 
resin cabachons from Lil Red Rocket, and doilies from
My Minds Eye.
The clock is Heidi Swap.

My plan was to create a Layout that looked like an old parcel tied in string.
The Airmail bakers twine was perfect for this, along with all the old stamps.
Lots of distressing, inking, misting and splats. 
This is what I came up with.

The journalling is all about the things I remember most when I think of my maternal
grandfather.  He died aged 67 the year I was 12.  Some of these things I had forgotten
and they came back to me as I was doing this layout.  Gotta love a craft that 
can do that for you.

I just love these Prima resin shapes, I rubbed some glimmermist on it to
add to it's weathered look.

Thanks so much for stopping by and if you happen to want to leave me a 
comment, I thank you too for your kind words.  :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

WW1 and out of the Hat

Hey bloggers just have time to do a quick post, before the boys cricket game this arvo.
The First is for Out of the Hat

1. Spots or stripes
2. 2 different punches
3. Make a flower

I made the flower with the the cricut, two different martha stewart punches and some EP stiped paper.

The Second one is for White With 1
White + 1 bright colour + flowers

I love this textured white cardstock. It came up a treat with some 
bright pink paint scraped on it.  And several different flowers, Prima, a sticker flower, & crochet flowers 

Cheers all have a fab weekend. :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Savvy Nov. Challenges

These three layouts are my takes on the November challenges over at Scrapbook Savvy

This first one is for the 'wordy' challenge set by Sara Noendeng, which simply involved
including the persons name on you layout.

Here's my boy Hamish Flynn and a bit of his writing I discovered 
one day early this year. I think it's a pretty good description of him actually and
I love his misspelt 'especially'. Not technically the best design scrappy wise or anything but I'm so
happy to preserve not just Hamish' handwriting but his view of himself at 8yo. Hamish sometimes exhibits
a low self-esteem and is extremely hard on himself when he fails at something.
So it's even more lovely to see him writing about himself in such 
positive terms. I love you Hamish. xox

The quote challenge set by Tara Scobie.
"Enjoy the little things in life.... for one day you'll look back and realise they were the big things"
Beautiful quote and showing some more of my Crafters Workshop template obsession. Actually the brick template is 
Prima. So I do sometimes use templates other than CW! ;)

And the sketch set by Anthea Peterson.

I usually scrap in Chronological order, I'm sort of scrapping 
August/September photo's at the moment. the other day I realised I had 
completely forgotten to scrap any pictures from 
this years Easter. So I printed a few off and here's one of them. :)

Cheers and thanks for stopping by. xx

Monday, November 14, 2011

Once upon a Sketch.

I think I'm just squeaking this one up in time.
Deadline is tonight for this sketch at Once Upon A Sketch.
I actually did the layout 2 weekends ago but just hadn't added the 
journaling. So I finished it off today.
I rotated the Sketch clockwise.

and cut this flower out with my cricut.

And the jouranling is all about why and when I started

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Scrap the boys-Nov

The November challenge at Scrap the boys is a beauty.


"We have recently had the AFL & NRL grand finals, the Rugby WorldCup, the US Open etc so this month we want a layout of your boys or men showing their colours.
Please note that it does not have to be limited to footy or rugby, it can also include soccer, Touch Footy, Cricket, Tennis and sport that your child or hubby loves but you MUST make sure you have a photo of them in their colours!"

Well with quite a few sports mad boys in this house I could have scrapped 
at least five pages with this theme.
But I settled on these photo's of 3 of the aforementioned boys.
Celebrating Geelongs' Win in the AFL Grand Final.
Haha I think Hubby is a little embarrassed about me capturing 
him in such a frenzy. Hamish thought it was hysterical to see
Dad so excited and Andy was in as big a frenzy as his Dad!

I used the Chevron CW template and distress stains and inks this time and the black circles
are made with the wonky circles CW template which I stamped with black paint rather than 
using it as a stencil.

And a few blue and white (just to tie in with the team colours the boys are wearing)

 Thanks for looking. :)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Get Picky Inspiration

A couple of weeks ago I came across a heap of photos from 2006 that I hadn't scrapped. Amongst them
were these cute pics of my daughter playing at the park.  So sweet to look back at these toddler pics, holding her favourite doll at that time and she always used to roll her tongue when concentrating.  I'd forgotten that (and am planning a layout about it!).
 I guess this is exactly why I love recording all these little things from our lives.

 So, I put together this layout using some of these pictures and because there were 
several pictures it suited the Get Picky inspiration challenge.

Totally loving my crafters workshop templates at the moment.
The one I used here is the mini-herringbone. Along with some paint, distress inks and stains.

The Black bubble wrap stamping was a nice contrast against all those bright colours.
(Thanks Jas for the big bubble wrap:)) I love it).
As you can see I was inspired by the colours of the quilts in the 
picture and the touch of black.

Extra criteria were to use fabric
I added a calico bow and some fabric trims, and Prima fabric alphas.

I also used these Studio Calico Fab-ribs to make a boarder
around the whole layout. 
If you haven't seen them they are sticky backed fabric strips. 
Love these too lots of fun.

Cheers everyone, and thank-you so much for all the lovely people that take the time 
to comment. I love to hear from you all. :)
Have a great week-end.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

sketchabilities #58

This is one of the layouts I completed on the weekend.
It's for The Sketchabilities blog.
I love sketches that have lots of stipes, great chance to 
add lots of different papers. :)
These papers are October Afternoon.

and some close ups.

 lots of layering.

Cheers, thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

November Anna's Craft Cupboard Sketch

A quick share of the Sketch challenge this month

Some Purple Pumkin embellishments, the little mushroom button and the red flower. 
And a Charms Creations lollipop

This is the Sketch.
I only had the one photo so I used a 
tag with a quote (from the Wizard of Oz) on it, in place of the second photo.

And heres the whole layout.
Some gesso brickwork and then
I gave the base a rainbow effect with mists. 
There's also some rubbons on there to form 
the border.