Thursday, 19 July 2018

The Male Room and Use your stuff


Over at the Male Room the challenge is to use an unexpected item.
In my kit I put a large felt star which was originally a Christmas tree ornament.
As the background paper features stars, I have decided to add it to this card.
This is another Father's Day card to go in the box to sell.

Next I have a card for Use Your stuff
I have literally used up the tiny pieces of paper left from my kit.
My sentiment says "Eat cake" which makes it a Birthday card.

This just about ends up my Primary colours kit...…… to use up the other 2.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

CSI #258

  • Stripes
  • Watercolor pattern
  • Sketchy patterns
  • Beach/nautical elements
  • Lobster or other animal
  • Cards
  • Glasses
  • Circles
  • Wet medium
  • Embossing powder or something else grainy like sand.
  • Sun
  • Fringe
  • Elements from the Scene, like candy, ice cream, bikini, shells, pail, beach ball, etc.
  • Topic: Document a trip to the beach or other place near water.
  • Prompt Idea: Choose a July question.
  • Presentation: Add journaling to stripes on your paper.
  • Writing Format: Write a list of things you need to bring to whatever event is in your photo.
  • Inspiration Words: relax, entertain, away


I started with a nautical patterned paper from my kit.
I have also added anchor themed smaller pieces plus 2 buttons featuring a captains wheel and a porthole.

I used a crab card that I had as my animal.

I've used wet medium (paint) on my background.

There is striped washi

COLOURS are all there.

I have used the 3 inspirational words in my journaling.
The topic is also represented as I documented a trip to the beach.

Here's the layout :)

Monday, 16 July 2018

Scrapbook Nerd.


This is a sketch at Scrapbook Nerd on Facebook.I started by using my Primary kit as background and some of the strips down the page.
Next I added some map paper cut from an old atlas and vellum I had partly used.

I cut circles from a yellow paper in the primary kit then decided to add some of the tropical items. The pineapple bottom right says "Right here right now" and the Summer tag added information to my title. The hibiscus matched the yellow circles and I finished up with some yellow enamel dots.

This completes my Hamilton Island album and I'm ready for the next holiday!

Let's get sketchy

Now for a quick layout for Lets get sketchy.

My grandfather was a builder by trade but during World War 2 was given an important job of Warden for the local area.
This meant he was responsible for making sure houses had blackout paper on all the windows, showing no light. If there was an air raid or bombs found he was trained to use a gas mask and rescue the people affected. He also hung posters at railway stations etc to warn people to be aware.
At the Australian War Memorial in Canberra I saw plaque which made me realise I needed to document this story.
I've used stitching across the triangles plus 2 buttons from the era.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Mod squad challenge and sisterhood of crafters..

This card is for Mod squad challenge where we must use a flower on our card.
I used the negative from a punched flower with a brad centre and added a cute butterfly near the top.
I layered papers to match the butterfly and flower.

And while I'm in the tropics here's another card for the sisterhood of crafters
We have to make a card using our favourite colour. Mine is green.
My alphas are being used up hence the variation between the colours there.

I'm ploughing through my tropical Counterfeit Kit with 32 papers and I'm enjoying the summery colours.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Fusion card challenge.

This is card challenge at Fusion.
 I've been inspired by the photo on the right and have made a card for Father's Day.
The 2 tags are from my TROPICAL Counterfeit kit as is the cactus.
I used pinking shears around the plain green paper to make it more spikey.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Challenge #1 Forget me knot.

This is a making memories distressing tool.
You run the paper through the V shape and it roughens up the edges to "distress" the paper.

I also have versa pinecone ink which goes hand in hand with the above.
Coupled together these 2 items give layouts the "aged" look.
A little while ago a friend and I went to the Australian National Museum.
There they have Australian inventions that changed our lives ,such as Ned Kelly's armour,hills hoist clothes line etc.

In this picture on the right hand side, you can make out an early aeroplane.
It is the Southern Cross 

Southern Cross is the name of the Fokker F.VIIb/3m trimotor monoplane that in 1928 was flown by Australian aviator Charles Kingsford Smith, Charles Ulm, Harry Lyon and James Warner in the first-ever trans-Pacific flight to Australia from the mainland United States, a distance of about 11,670 kilometres. 

It is the subject of my layout.

I made my background by using pinecone ink through chicken wire mask.
Next I layered scraps of heritage -looking papers which I distressed and inked.I also flicked gold mist drops on my background.
The old brads are rom my father's garage and might be nearly as old as the plane.(repurposed)
I tied string between the brads to form a partial border.
The large clock was fussy cut from one of the papers in my kit.