Monday, 27 April 2015

CAS(E) this sketch #120

Using the other half of the Tim Holtz kraft card, I decided to go mixed media.
Here's my card.
The giant bird tail almost passes for a branch of a tree.
The background was misted, then gesso applied through a chicken wire mask.
The chipboard parrot was chalked using 3 colours, then outlines done with a black pen.
The sentiment says hello, but I will add a name before using it.
And another reminder to leave a comment on my 2000th post here
The prize looks like this and I'm adding something new every day.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Feeling sketchy #119 and a reminder

Don't forget to leave a comment on this 2000th post to be in the running for my mystery prize

It is growing every day.

The above sketch at Feeling Sketchy prompted me to turn a disaster, I recently had, into a card.

Using Kraft cardstock by Tim Holtz (which isn't cheap) I upturned a dried out (I thought) bottle of glimmer mist.
You know what happened, don't you? It ran everywhere!

After cleaning up, I cut the cardstock to the size of 2 cards.
This is the first.
 By putting the centrepiece to one side (Does that make sense?) I was able to make a feature of my blob, plus use one of the other papers the glimmer mist ran on.
I had 2 brads which matched the same forest green card, so have made a mother's day card.

Very arty!

CSI #162

Over at CSI this is the most recent case.

I've started with a black background, then found an EK success paper featuring 3 of the colours and circles.
I adhered that to the back of ready made circle stickers then cut them out.
After locating the photo of my daughter in Disneyland from 1997, I matted that on yellow and put it to the side. I've used a transparent mini pocket for my journaling, featuring one of many felt stars I used.
My title is a "mental note to self" written with humour. The NEVER tag is my answer.

I've used up the last of the black cardstock from my Counterfeit Kit plus the mini pocket on here.
Wherever you see cream it is bright yellow in reality.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Freshly made sketches #183

Don't forget to leave a comment on this post to win my mystery prize.
 The prize is growing by the day!

The sketch at Freshly Made sketches has helped me to use some more of my Counterfeit Kit leftovers.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Stuck?! sketches part 2.

Laura Whitaker's photo.

Still on the ANZAC DAY theme, I've used this sketch from Stuck?! to create a 2nd layout using that Anzac paper.

Both photos were taken at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

And here is the double layout. Some items are common to both.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Lest we forget at Let's capture our memories.

Let's capture our memories

Here's the sketch which I flipped, putting the photo more on the right.
 A few years ago I bought Anzac Day paper in a throw out bin at Spotlight.
I thought I'd use it for scraps.

However with the ANZAC centenary coming up, plus a recent visit to The Australian War Memorial in Canberra, I felt inspired.
I've 2 sheets of this paper, so there may be another layout to make this part of a double.

I hand embroidered the title.
I made the red felt/tulle flower
The hessian is recycled,as are the buttons and buckle.

Curtain call and Shopping our stash and Papertake weekly

Here is Curtain call challenge
This picture inspired me to make this thank you card.
The roses are Kaisercraft, actually I think the background green paper is too.

Next, I've made a card using my cuttlebug and my oldest embossing folder-swiss dots.
I inked over the embossed paper in gold but it was more an ochre yellow colour.
This is for Shopping our stash
Another card I've made is for Papertake weekly.
Once again, I used the same background card and have used washi tape, a gift tag and 2 buttons.
Hope you like it!
And a reminder to add your comment to my 2000th post below to qualify for a mystery prize.
I'm currently gathering items together & you will be glad you joined in.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Christmas cards...yes you read correctly!

It is cold,windy and rainy......perfect ANZAC Day weather come early!

As it is stay inside weather I'm making Christmas cards.

My first is for

I had a gingerbread man that I cut from a package last year so have decided to recycle him.
Next the challenge at Jingle Belles is to recycle.
I had some animal tree decorations with chocolate tummies.
After eating the chocolates, I've made new tummies and put them on this card.

My Scrapbooking Crush and the magic 2000


I'm in awe of my Scrap Crush as her layouts always look so NEAT.
 Maybe that is why I like them.
Her sense of order appeals to me.

What I like about her layouts
They are clean and not overcrowded with unnecessary goods
The photo(s) are always the focus
Her photos are random every day stuff, not posed.

Her layouts usually feature:
sequins or rhinestones placed singly, not in groups.
coloured enamel dots
other small embellishments
bright colours, quite often yellows and teals/turquoise
now that she produces her own masks and wood veneers, they also feature on her pages
her journaling is handwritten
subtle layering

Here's my interpretation of one of her layouts.

My interpretation used some of my Counterfeit Kit for this month, plus other items.
The only thing I've added (which I have not seen on her layouts) is the chipboard fairies.
They had to be there!
I'm also linking this to 4craftychicks where the theme is fairies

Guessed who it is yet? Tell me in the comments.

More importantly, come back to the CKC blog on 21st for the reveal post.


This is my 2000 th post on my blog.
Now that is something to celebrate!
In order to help me celebrate just leave a comment below and I will choose a random winner.
The winner will receive a mystery prize.
I will announce the winner on my 2015 post or in about 3 weeks, since I seem to average one a day.

Stuck on U sketches

Are you feeling the change in the weather where you are?
Today it is rainy & blowing a gale...........winter is on its way!

Perfect weather for scrapping.
I'm stash busting my Counterfeit Kit, using all those little bits for a challenge at Stuck on U sketches.
It is a die cut challenge where we are asked to use Industrial items.
Typewriter, gears, camera, lamp/light fixture, sewing machine.  

Last month I had some typewriters in my March kit.
I've used two of those to make  tags.

I also had photos of an old typewriter, so prepare for typewriter overload!

I'm still trying to establish a definition for diecut, but it is my understanding that pre cut shapes such as the chipboard I used is a diecut.
 Some sites insist you use a machine like cuttlebug to cut your own, while others accept anything cut into a shape.

I inked these chipboard pieces with black distress ink to resemble typewriter cogs and threaded ribbon through them as you would on a typewriter.


Monday, 20 April 2015

Sketchabilities #137

It is getting near the end of the month now, and I'm using my last 2 sheets from my Counterfeit Kit:-
Striped vellum over silver vellum cobbled together.

Here's the sketch at Sketchabilities

I've managed to use 3 doileys on here, plus 2 lots of 6x6 paper.
One was used to cover the do-it-yourself thickers on the title.
There are also 2 funky flairs featuring clocks as well as a pretty bow from American Crafts.
The subtitle is a strip cut from the bottom of a sheet of paper. She is my only child and I do love her madly. She was 3 here, now she is 28.

Earlier this month I did a tutorial on mini envelopes.
I've used the vellum one containing sequins at the top right of the photo.
Finally I added some red mist which doesn't perform well on vellum, but it is there.

Annoyingly, the brand label on the back of the vellum (bottom left) refused to come off despite using Eucalyptus oil. I didn't want to damage the vellum.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015


Challenge #40 at Scrapping4fun is to use lace or ribbon and anything goes otherwise.
By now this paper will look very familiar.
I've done a layout about my daughter dancing in Vanuatu at Island night.

That silver ribbon finishes it off nicely ,don't you think?
Join in the fun with us. It starts on April 17th.

Brown Sugar -Distress,Mojo Monday and Avenue 613

Over at the challenge is to distress.

On my card for a male birthday, I've used 3 types of distressing:- inking, tearing and using an edge distresser to create a rough finish.
I added 2 metal brads to make it more manly.
This was using Sassafrass Lass papers that I bought in a kit.

Next is a card for Mojo Monday 393
Again, this uses the same kit of papers.
Last but not least is 613Avenue create where we are to use this grid
I've chosen square card, Birthday and gold/metallic.
This will be a card for my ex husband's 60th Birthday on 20th May.
It has many elements on there that relate to him.
The music centrepiece because he is musical, the ginger/auburn because his hair used to be that colour, blue because it is his favourite colour and silver because he prefers it to gold.
I've raised the centre piece on pop dots so it stands out.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

CKC Challenge #2

Challenge #2 at Counterfeit Kits is to create a card using this sketch

I've started with a shaker box containing pink pearl beads.
I surrounded it with a musical paper then added my sentiment across the front..."Good Day"
Next I used distress ink on a large wood flourish feather that I had.
I've matted them on a grey geometric paper.

Shopping our stash-The earth has music

The challenge at Shopping our stash is "The Earth has music".

Most entries are about flowers and Spring.

I'm taking a different slant! TRAVEL.

I had these words left from "Far and Away" by Teresa Collins.
The one saying Travel notes, had me thinking.
I've used the music as a pun for notes.
I also have some keys so went with the idea of arriving at your hotel and being given a key.
There is my Bon Voyage card for a man!


Each time I use a sheet from my Grandmother Hilda's old pianoforte tutor book I have to go to You tube and listen to the tune. This is an old Irish air, the Last Rose of Summer.

I wonder did it exist when Francis Drake sailed on the Golden Hind?
This is a photo of the replica of the Golden Hind, which we saw in London.

"Golden Hind or Golden Hinde was an English galleon best known for her circumnavigation of the globe between 1577 and 1580, captained by Sir Francis Drake."

As well as the music I've also used another other recycled item on here. The cord was from Mum's sewing box, obviously cut off something.
I will use the thread another time. 

Enough diversions.
The theme at Lessology is typeface.
There is the aforementioned music, plus a page cut from an old encyclopaedia. The Bo Bunny flower features newsprint.I've also used a writing stamp as my subtitle to add more depth.

I misted the background, then used bubblewrap dipped in a mix of gesso and yellow paint.

The layout is NOT CROOKED. The ship in the photo is!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Challenge #1 Counterfeit Kit challenge.


I do heaps of challenges each month so my challenge is ....NOT TO DO A SET CHALLENGE.

As I have put lots of doileys in this month's kit, I decided to scraplift a layout that I just saw on kaisertcraft's blog.

It is “Smile” layout by Anna Zaprzelska

My background paper is Meadowland from the sundrifter collection by Studio Calico.
It features golds , pinks, reds and yes it was in my "Purely coincidental " kit.

I've used most of the sheet of Black & white word stickers on here.Plus 2.5 black doileys and a white doiley. I also found some autumn sentiments that go with this because it was that time of the year.

The story behind this photo is we had about 3 days straight of rain after reaching Ireland.
I looked out the coach window & saw this smiley garden and realised we were on holidays and therefore happy.


1 2 3 challenge blog

A user's photo.

Here is the criteria at 1 2 3 challenge blog. We would love you to join in the fun.

And here's my DT layout.
Annabelle is nearly 10 now, but has always been such a happy child.
These photos captured her first birthday perfectly.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Scrapbooker PHD

At Scrapbooker PHD we are asked to create a card which focuses on the sentiment.

I've made a card using a chipboard cotton holder, painted with metallic pink.
Around that I wound twine.
The background paper is also metallic.
Using mini letters I have put Thank you and you are sew kind as my sentiments.

It will be given to a friend who has helped me out with some sewing recently.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Scrapping outback

The colours at Scrapping outback this month were more obscure.

Searching through my stash I found a set of adhesive circles with the largest one being frosted in the lilac colour. The frosting is cracking, but that gives it texture, doesn't it?
 A smaller circle was black with a yellow background.

Next I found this paper....perfect! I used it as my mat.

I wanted to use up my black "October 31st " alphas ,no Es of course, so I used the 3 and the ampersand.
I've inked the chipboard butterflies and wooden ampersand with black distress ink.
The aqua "Good stuff" arrow is Heidi Swapp.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015


This is the sketch from Cardabilities.

I'm using my Counterfeit Kit, including some vellum elements I did during Forgeries on the Fourth.
It turned out to be a Sympathy card which is highly unusual for me.
The black, grey and silver just seemed to say it was a sympathy card.
I've used a flower from Bo Bunny plus some adhesive silver flourish stripping.
The Fleur de Lise brad finishes it off nicely.

Little Red wagon

At we are asked to CALL THE VET.

This means our card must feature an animal somewhere.

People who followed my blog last year know that I had many squirrels to use on my Canada layouts.
I've still a few left.

I used paint chips on my card plus 2 printed sentiments and 4 squirrels & 3 acorns!

There is a tiny black border around the chips which was cut off in the scanner.