Saturday, 16 June 2018

4 crafty chicks and Cardz4guyz

At 4 crafty chicks they want birds and blooms.
This worked out well for me as I had this die cut featuring 2 birds on a pine branch.
I used a border punch to back it and added 2 stars in the corners. My background s dark to provide contrast. Some ladies like more subdued colours so I'm sure this will be used.

Next at Cardz 4 guyz they want fathers day cards. 
I found a patterned paper scrap featuring whales, clouds and rainbows and thought it was appropriate for a small child to give to their daddy.
I've used 2 of those end strips from patterned paper on here.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Freaky fast Friday.

I arranged my papers down the right hand side and slightly overlapping.
I used a Webster's paper as my background.

The banner across the bottom plus the washi tape strip and the Heidi Swapp overlay "Remember" are all extras. Similarly is the journaling block.

The story behind this was a trivia night about Music which was on our European River cruise 2 years ago. People were asked to get up and jive to get extra points. One of the other ladies and I became so tangled up that we had a fit of the giggles, hence the photo.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Crazy for Cas

At Crazy for Cas we are asked to scraplift this card

Despite it being a Stamping Up blog , I've decided to join in just for fun.
I re-used some packaging so the sides covered in paper contained print.
This is why my background is striped, not plain.

My baby boy cards always sell well.

Monday, 11 June 2018

The Male Room and Daring Cardmakers

I have two cards here.
The first is for the Male Room where they want cards for little boys.
My card is for an older boy,hence the crossword puzzle paper.
I have used a gold (not black) transparency with XOXO on it.
There are also two rows of washi tape plus 3 enamel shapes as well as the word wish.

A neighbour has a boy turning 10 soon and I made it with him in mind.(still little in my eyes).

My second is for Daring Cardmakers and this started with orange paper too.
(In fact it is the flip side of the crossword paper.)

I also found paper featuring pineapples and matched it with a 3D pineapple sticker.
I also added a tropical looking leaf I had plus 3 lime green enamel dots.

Sunday, 10 June 2018


Image result for pagemaps sketches

Scrapbookit has this sketch plus we need to use 2 of the following.

Washi, watercolour, stamps , stencils.

I added some water to my candy coloured acrylic paint and covered the bottom right hand corner.
This will be where my journaling will go.
There are 2 lots of washi across the middle square (dominoes) and as part of the decoration top right.

I recently spent a weekend to catch up with the  Purplescraps ladies. These are 3 of the photos of us.
I've also used striped "fabric paper" which I have had for years, plus a clear overlay from Heidi swap for my title.
I also added wood veneer spectacles to match Emily's and 2 gold flower stickers for layering.

Mystical sketch challenge

This is the layout  for Mystical scrapbooks.
Our challenge was to use lace across the middle, which I have done. It was lace from my sister's wedding dress in 1973.
I've also used a FWAB pearl swirl that I bought from Mystical plus the green paper.
I'm liking the combo of pink and aqua and the similar spotty patterns.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Freshly Made sketches

I've used the last of the black gingham paper from my kit for this card.
It is for Freshly Made sketches.

Instead of having a contrasting strip down the centre I used gold washi tape to define the design and a chandelier with bling as my centrepiece.
This will be an engagement card.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Cardz4guyz and 4 crafty chicks. wants Fathers Day cards.

I've made a tie card,(my first.) for this challenge and will also enter it at 4 crafty chicks where anything goes.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Sketchy Boards challenge

On Facebook is a challenge named Sketchy Boards.
This month there is a colourscheme and sketch.

In my Counterfeit kit was a Kaisercraft Sea Breeze collection paper that looked like this.

By flipping it over to the B side, I get aqua wood grain.
I fussy cut around the flowers so that they overlapped the strips of paper.
I cut the doily in two and added my photo of Notre Dame Cathedral . Next I added the black chipboard swirls from Bella, then decided it needed the pearl FWAB as well.
I added a flair that says Discover plus my title.

Here it is! The clock on the challenge says Paris, subconsciously I scrapped a layout of an iconic Paris landmark without making the connection.

Monday, 4 June 2018

csi #255

CSI has this challenge


  • solid white background
  • scallops
  • stripes
  • hearts
  • dots
  • rhinestones
  • ribbons/bows
  • circles
  • donut (or other food accents)
  • decorative border
  • seal or other animal
  • glitter
  • stars/starburst/ asterisk
  • texture paste
  • heat embossing
  • people embellishments
  • crown
  • mimic the sprinkles on the donuts


  • Topic: Document something about food or a meal.
  • Prompt Idea: Get inspired at Three Word Wednesday (inspired by the 3 donuts in the air). Be sure to scroll down or use the archives to get the words. 
  • Presentation: Add your journaling to a circular journaling spot or tag.
  • Writing Format: Write a haiku (inspired by the 3 donuts in the air).
  • Inspiration Words: sparkle, playful, juggle


  • 86.144.158 – teal
  • 185.226.212 – pale turquoise
  • 255.255.255 – bright white
  • 211.149.174 – pinkish purple
  • 90.75.108 – dark violet
This fits well with the colours of my Counterfeit kit.

I started with a white background.
I misted with turquoise over a dotted mask. This became my background.
Add lots of lovely layering (including vellum), then my embellishments.

EVIDENCE : white background, hearts, scallops (on washi tape),dots, food accents, animal (butterflies), glitter on alphas.

TESTIMONY: document about a meal, (birthday lunch), journaling on a circle (wood veneer speech bubbles.

SCHEME:  All the colours are there.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Jump start sketch at the scrap room

The Jump start sketch at The scrap room is this

I had a paper in my Counterfeit kit which looked like a handkerchief ,so that was my starting point.

I misted the top left and bottom right with green and gold mist. Next, I stamped a large circular flower over the top.

I've used another Kaisercraft Class of 87 crossword paper. This became the contrasting background for my 3 photos. Each were matted with green. I used the garland from my kit to provide the horizontal line for my pictures
We hired a golf buggy in Hamilton Island to drive to the lookout.

Little Red Wagon

At Little Red wagon this week they want Shabby Chic.

I'm attending a baby shower in a few weeks and they already know it is a boy.
I've made a shabby chic baby boy card for the little chap.
The cream lace was from my mother's lace collection so definitely vintage.

On an Angle at Paper Issues.

I was inspired by Lisa's layout in last month's challenge

and Paper Issues has a challenge this month to put it on an angle.

So choosing my favourite aqua tones, I constructed this layout featuring an angle with the papers.

I used the Bella chipboard swirls which makes a good contrast to the pale greens and also some vintage lace I've had for years. There is also a Bramble fox flair and a shimmery gold heart.

Friday, 1 June 2018

June Counterfeit Kit

The June Counterfeit kit comes from

It looks like this. 
That's lots of summery tones right there.

I started by matching papers to those in picture 3.
I had spectacles, pink hexagons, an apricot and yellow paper, black and white striped, soft pinks, aquas and black & this has been formed by colour matching and in some cases pattern.

Next came my embellishments.
 I found matching washi tapes in pink, aqua, black, gold, and silver.
There was also a garland made from gold, pink and grey circles.

I also added these

For my alphas this month, I don't have gold. 
I do have silver which will match well and I will add other colours as needed.

(Excuse my photos, it is winter here and difficult to find a sunny spot for photography.)

A big welcome to Alice our guest designer for this month.
Now here is the order of the blog hop.

Counterfeit Kit Challenge Blog -

Guest Designer Alice -

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Craftaholics are us.

Craftaholics R Us want us to use gingham.
I looked for scraps of gingham paper and found 2 different greens.

I tried to make it look like a tablecloth and serviette. (with a flower hanging over the table perhaps.)
This went with my sentiment of EAT CAKE.

Freshly made sketches

Freshly made sketches has this sketch this week.

The ladies have excelled themselves with their examples.

Mine is a large card. I kept it plain so that it suits a variety of people and reasons.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Sweet sketch Wednesday and Use your stuff

I'm making male cards for the next little while to make sure my stocks are up to date for Father's day.
This is the sketch at Sweet sketch Wednesday.
It became a birthday card but that is ok too.

At Use your stuff they ask us to use washi tape this week.

I had a floral scrap piece to use as my background then added black and an orange/ochre toned washi to complete my card.
It will be a general birthday card.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Cas(e) this sketch and 613 creates.

Here's the latest sketch for Cas(e) this sketch. and 613 Avenue creates wants blue.

I see a chance to use up some more of those end strips off scrapbooking papers!

I'm running short of thank you cards at the moment so I'm replenishing my stock.
I've used 3 strips on here plus some full stops from an old set of alphas.
They are RED METALLIC , not black as they appear on here.

I like this sketch and might make more in this design.
In fact here's a second one I've just made
(slightly different design but I like it just as much.)

Take 5 and 100 patterned paper challenges.

I'm combining 3 challenges in this layout.
100 patterned paper challenge has this sketch
Scrapping4fun wants dots and stripes. This layout features both.The dots are on the horizontal strip under the photos.

and the Take 5 at paper Issues wants this

I started with striped paper.Then I used pink and blue as my mats.
 I've stitched across the top as in the sketch.
 Next I added the 2 strips and 2 black chalkboard stickers.
On the chalkboard stickers I placed glittery sticker moths and on the bottom one a die cut place marker.
Finally I added a title and 3 black asterisks stickers.

So in summary I used pink,blue,stripes,die cuts and stickers.

Vivid occurs in Sydney each winter. All the buildings are lit up. Yesterday we went on a harbour cruise to see the lights.

Feeling Sketchy

This is the example we are asked to follow at Feeling Sketchy.
I try to join in their challenges when I can as I used to be on their design team.

I've chosen green for this birthday card. With the 3 gold stars at the top and "How many candles?" as my sentiment, I think it will be most suitable.

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Challenge Yourself

Challenge Yourself  has a challenge based on this picture.

I thought gardens which led to birds and insects. After searching through my papers I found this velour one from MME named lush. The wild garden with bird reminded me of the photo.

Next I found a photo of me taken last year at Las Vegas in front of Secret Garden.
The colours were right, so I matted it on a few different green scraps then added a butterfly sticker top left  plus a FWAB jack vine in olive green to link the paper and the photo.
My flair says "This happened" and my title is LIVE.

I kept it fairly simple because of the paper.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Cardz4guyz and Seize the Birthday

This weeks challenge at Cardz4guyz is steampunk.

I had no cogs or machines but thought of a Victorian era traveller and made a collage card for Dad.
(Fathers Day)

There were a range of items from Kaisercraft on this.
The bottom right is a large sticker featuring luggage. The balloons across the top are part of a border.
The alphas are also stickers. I hope it qualifies!
And at Seize the Birthday they ask for patterned paper.
I've used a neutral piece as my background, then added a strip of floral.

Paper Issues "What's up" challenge

Paper Issues says "We want you to place all of your goodies at the top 1/3 of your page. That means nothing on the bottom 2/3 of your page! You can do it and we can not wait to see!"

I chose a striped vertically paper then placed 2 papers across the top in co-ordinating blues.
I've used 3 stickers, the oval quote,the branch and LOVE. There is also a flair from Bramble Fox as well as a journaling card and a camera cut from another patterned paper. Simple and quick!

Crafty Hazelnuts patterned paper

Crafty Hazelnuts patterned paper challenge is always anything goes.

I've made a card for a 1 year old boy and this fits that.
This was totally made from scraps which I'm always pleased about.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Use your stuff

The challenge at Use your stuff is to use orange. (Tis the season for pumpkin.)
I've made this card using another picture from Graphic 45 and it will be an exam pass card.

The card looks crooked because the butterfly is at an odd angle. I measured it and it is straight.

Cute card Thursday

At Cute card Thursday the theme is the great outdoors.

They must have known I had some Graphic45 birds and flowers to use. :)
Here is a card made with a bird and a sentiment saying near nature.
What a good place to be!
I glued some tiny blue Prima flowers to make it look prettier.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

4 crafty chicks & crafty friends

I've made a card using kit leftovers for 4 crafty chicks. The challenge there is to use buttons.

The 3 flowers are actually buckles but I left the centres in. You have to agree pink and brown go nicely together.

Next I have made a card for Crafty friends challenge where we are using the letter B.
My card features a Bone background and Balloons.
I'm thinking it could be either for a male or a bon voyage card.