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.