Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy author of a blog (Class Nov 30 - Dec 3)

Yes, me having a blog is all old news, but this page is my August in review page for our 2010 in review group on the Boxx. (If you haven't heard of this wonderful forum yet, get yourself over there right now! No wait, finish this post first...) We are making a page every month about our scrapbooking life and having a blog was one of my goals at the beginning of the year.
The journalling reads, "Oh joy! I'm the happy author of a blog"

There are a lot of little techniques hidden in here that we haven't done in a while, like texture paste and using masks for things other than glimmer misting:

 Thank you Janet for the wonderful pleated ribbon! I love it.

And I've dug out the good old roller stamps:

Those of you who like getting into the Christmas spirit early can use this for a Christmas photo, too.

This looks like a bit of fun and before I forget it: the circle idea was totally inspired by the wonderful Shell and her awesome work.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Playtime in the sand

Me and the kids headed off to the beach last weekend while Greg was away rehearsing for the first gumball theatre show on the 27th in Brisbane (go on, check it out!). It was our first time back at the beach this summer and the kids spent hours playing in the sand. If only all days could be so peacefull... The journalling says, "First beach day this summer and the kids are totally absorbed with playtime in the sand".

I used Shell's "Apple of my eye" LO as a starting point. We scraplifted it once before in a crop and I wanted to do another one.

I used foam strips for the title letter, an idea I saw on Leanne's page.

And I like the little hand pointing to the month:

The circle got distressed, torn, sewn, crumbled, rolled, buttoned...
What can't we do to paper?!

I started out with white lace and used some walnut ink to change the colour:

Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sugar and spice

...and all things nice.
These 2 best friends are cuteness on a stick! Leah and Lif have been friends since they were two and they go to Prep together. Once day they were pretending to be ballerinas (note the fabulous make-up!)

My daughter Hannah (in the middle) organised and choreographed it all and here they are:

(I feel a double page coming on!)

I used some muslin for a bit of texture and to make some roses:

There had to be a feather and some bling:

Some embossing:

and the cute little mini-prints:

All this is thanks to the gorgeous sketch by Julie Winks:

You can check hers out at the Boxx. I really like the idea of adding some of the mini photos, I'll have to use them again. Someone suggested we can also use some photo booth photos there, how cool is that?!


My sister likes the Aboriginal style, so I made her a handbag for Christmas. I hope she likes it. My friend Sam had made one and I soooo had to have one too. The pattern is by Janelle Wind.
It was fun and easy to sew and now I'll be making a few more.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

My birdie wreath

I made a pretty wreath to hang on my front door. It's not really meant to be a Christmas wreath, but rather one that can be there all year. I used a chipboard kit by Kaisercraft and papers from the oh-so-cute "wishful thinking" collection by Fancy Pants. These are some of my favourite colours.

I found this little fellow in a scrap shop in Toowoomba:

I made a few paper flowers too and used the glitter glass from "My 2 angels" on the stemen. It gives it just the right amount of sparkle without being kitschy.
Next time you visit me, come and check it out in real life!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Wishful thinking

It's not often that I appear on one of my pages but the fortnightly challenge on the The Boxx was to do a page about ourselves and I wanted to join in.

The little dress maker's dummy is inspired by my friend Gilly:

all fluffy and pretty...

and some embossing with my new embossing folder:

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Moritzburg is the gorgeous hunting castle of the kings of Saxony, right in the middle of a lake and it's close to where my parents live and where I grew up. I've been there so many times, bike riding, ice-skating, drawing, visiting festivals and the local zoo of native forest animals. Plus, every visitor we ever had got to see it too. This place is very dear to me.

Here is my layout:

I've got to use my new edge punches by Martha Steward. I think I might get addicted to the lace edge. The tree is a laser-cut acrylic tree by Kutalicious, owned by a couple of very sweet local ladies. It comes in various finishes, but I used a clear one and added Crocopaint on the back to give it a bark-like look:

 I was going to use some doileys but I think most of my class ladies are doileyed-out and so I opted for a little stamping on vellum. I wanted to get that old-fashioned soft look.

The layout was inspired by a sketch from My Creative Scrapbook.

Class times for this layout are:
Tue Nov.9 at 10am
Thu Nov. 11 at 6pm
Fri Nov. 12 at 10am