Sunday, September 29, 2013

My little piece of Heaven on Earth - My cherished Garden

case file #91
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I journaled about something I enjoy everyday 


leaves, wet medium, metal elements, border punch, stripes, tearing .
Spending time in nature everyday, feeds my soul. My little piece of heaven on earth. 
 Cherished garden treasures, a cup of coffee. 
Re-potting bulbs and flowers is one of those heartwarming activities and I love feeling the air wrap around my body in currents of warm and cold .

thanks so much for dropping by and leaving me some love
hope you have a play at CSI 
bye for now

Friday, September 27, 2013

Vintage themed layout at Megs Garden

Hi everyone ,
my turn over at 
Today I decided to go Vintage , creating a layout with the ‘Top hat & Automobile Collection.
 These magnificent new papers are perfect for Vintage / distressed/and grunge art.

I discovered this old postcard, which I felt was just perfect for this layout.
 I wanted to create an impression of an envelope, with oodles of stamping and an old grungy /messy background suggesting age and days gone by.
Women would gather together for afternoon tea and support each other.
The fashions back then have always fascinated me with such amazing detail. Although quite impractical, still very beautiful with delicate hand crafted lace and the hairstyles of the day were beautifully exquisite.
A little bit of trivia about me :
As part of our hairdressing registration exams we were required to reproduce a Vintage hairstyle, and I truly adored creating from this era . I have always loved detail, and I guess I intuitively transferred my love of detail from my hairdressing days into my scrapbooking !!  
 This vintage distressed clock fitted in perfectly with my theme, mimicking the time and the layers of that era.  I altered the Tim Holtz metal frame with gesso and paint, and stacked it over the clock element.
 Again I distressed the papers and layered the diecuts to create dimension and interest .

Another layered cluster with papers, diecuts, chipboard, finished off with a metal brad .

Papers and items used  
Automobile Parts
Roadster's Front Seat Blanket
Old World Time (clock)
Washi Tape

Tim Holtz metal Ornate Plate

Other items.
Tim Holtz die cut/ metal brads, Sizzix die cuts, Brads
2Crafty chipboard, Kraft paper .

Thanks for popping by and I truly hope you are inspired to buy some of these papers and have a play .
until next time 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It's as simple as Black and White

For September we have a BOLD and GRAPHIC mood board
from Design Team member Gayle Price {Australia}.
Feel free to interpret the mood board in any way you like, 
using one image, several of them, all of them or even just 
one aspect of an image, using ANY COLOURS!  

for more info 

What a striking arty mood board. ... stunning inspiring images Gayle, thankyou.
here is my take on the challenge 
Black and White with some shades of Grey 


I am always inspired by the Black and White, especially B & W photographs .
this beautiful pic was taken by Tara of
Ella Jai ( my grandie) has such an expressive face and the images prompted me to
create a bold and dramatic page, with an arty background using stamping and washi tape .
My page is B & W with a few shades of Grey .
I adore this pic of Ella Jai, and she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside .
I am blessed to have such a loving family .
love you all xoxooxox

lots of  stamping layers.
a little cluster in Black and White, with shades of grey .
thanks so much for popping by my blog
there are a few more days left to play along this month at SATW 
until next time 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Case File #90 - are you ready to crack the case ??

loving the bright, rich colors this week 
and of course cats are my very fave creatures. 
I had the perfect pic of Ollie my old 18 year old boy . 

case file #90


cat, heart, white space, tie something, something transparent.
I shot this pic of Ollie in 2010 when he was 15 .
 He was relaxing in our garden room enjoying the warmth of a spring day .
My little furball Ollie is a majestic burmese, with a warm and cuddly nature .
He is now 18 and I am hoping he will be with me for another few years x
Cats are the best creatures and I adore everything about them. 
The sound of them purring brings music to my ears .
to reach CSI -  color stories inspiration 
for more info 
thanks for looking and taking the time to leave me some love 
bye until next time 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Publication in Scrapbook Creations - Color Challenge

This month  Scrapbook Creations issue 101 
is a whopper and has an awesome brand new look 
available now at newsagents 

as a member of the color team our challenge was to use some or all of these colors 
'Potting Shed '
these delightful colors remind me of nature, and they fit in perfectly with my friend's old potting shed, which has a lovely romantic quality to it . I wanted to create the feel of dense foliage(green) herb gardens (chipboard grasses) and small enticing paths (chipboard hexagon shapes ) leading to intriging , secretive parts of the garden .
Our friends Ros and Tony Hurren 
live on a magnificent property in the Adelaide hills .
This darling old garden shed is nested among the glorious garden Ros lovingly tends to .  

a dense cluster of flowers adds to the harmony of nature .
my beautiful friend Eila Sandberg sent me these flowers last year as a surprise gift.
thanks so much my special friend .
thanks for looking at my work and if you have a chance go buy the magazine
 it is wonderful full of inspiring works of art 
bye for now.

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Hello everyone. 
my turn over at 2Crafty today 
today I have some Grunge projects to share with you 
are both created on a chipboard Base .

I covered the board with paper and then begin layering lots of yummo chippies and metal elements 
applied massive amounts of ink and paint and finished off with Tim Holtz crackle paint .


this project is on a base of chipboard, covered with paper, 
next I added a smaller piece of chipboard over the top .
the hexagons are covered in paper, stamped , inked and completed with Tim Holtz Crackle paint .
I trimmed the Hendri Frame and placed it on the side and bottom of my photo.
2Crafty materials used . 
 a cluster of chipboard ferns, blooms and altered nibs.

and finally a Vintage layout I created in June 


thanks for popping by my blog 
I truly hope I have inspired you to use some of these wonderful chippies on your work 
big hugz to you all xooxox

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


sharing my final Guest design layout for Flying Unicorn 
from the September kit - '50 Shades of Summer '.
thanks so much Alda and Denise, for having me.
I have had so much fun with the kit 
to see more inspiring projects 


' Thomas and Pearl '
 my Mother and Father on their engagement
in 1937.

I created my background by splashing cold tea , ink drips,  random stamping,  and washi tape .
I added heaps of layers under the photo with diecuts and elements from the kit .
This paper is super duper perfect for a Vintage theme .

I created this title by stamping with the Kaisercraft stamp included in the 
September kit  - 50 Shades of Summer 
thanks for popping by and pop over to Flying Unicorn 
to see all the magic 
bye for now 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Case file #88 and Kraft it Up September challenge

CSI case file #88
rich and earthy case this week 
to find out more 

here is how I solved this case 

clock, doodle, frame,  pen work.
Notes to myself, I buy beautiful empty books and fill the pages with the stories, thoughts and feelings from my life. I capture in words my life's journey .
 I like to record JOY, and a decade later I can read it over again
 and FEEL the happiness I felt on that particular day . 
I also record despair and one sad day I can read it once again 
and know that I can recover just like I did before .
Being a student of my own history I can design a better future .
 Written words can capture a feeling forever, before TIME steals it's lessons away . 
I love to open my books and read my writings about the story of my son Mark. He developed cancer when he was 14, and it reminds me of the difficult times we experienced, and how we supported each other, felt our deepest feelings, and always kept our eyes on the light at the end of the tunnel and survived.
 Mark was amazing to say the least .
 An entire year in the childrens hospital, many many operations, hideous chemo and a transplant . He regained his health, lived his life in each moment with happiness and to the fullest only to be killed on his motorbike 8 years later .
Now here we are again going through another cancer journey with My darling hubby Baden .
we can do this, we can !!!!
My journals are an amazing source of love, hope and inspiration that feed my soul .
I believe 
Life is a journey to evolve each soul and I know that when I come from my heart I am ok .
thanks so much for your love and support, it has been overwhelming to us all.
warm hugz xoox 

Now for another challenge 
the challenge is to interpret the following sketch

I flipped the sketch and made it less busy .
'Remember This Moment' 
 I really adore these Kaisercraft stamps, they are so quick and easy to use 
and make wonderful titles. 
I only created 6 circles and embellished them with flairs, brads and crackle paint .
pop over to 
to find more info 
I do hope you are inspired to have a play at one or both of these challenges 
thanks for popping by and leaving me some love .
until next time

Friday, September 6, 2013

Guest designing for Inkido - stacked elements birthday card

Hello and welcome my friends
today I have another card to show you .
lots of yummo layering with Inkido paper mixed with white card stock .

'Happy Birthday'

I began with white cardstock and a tag 
next I built up my layers by using diecuts in various shapes 
to stack my layers .

I added some darling leaves giving the perfect finish to my card.

beautiful memories Collection
 I used the light greys for my card. 
I love to use mono-chromatic hues and these papers are perfectly designed for this theme. 

thanks so much for looking at my work 
and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at 
I hope to see you again next month 
Many Thanks for having me and I do hope I have inspired you to create 
something with these glorious paper collections.
until next time