Wednesday 25 July 2018

4 crafty chicks and Craft Dee bowz

4 crafty chicks  wants a charm on your project.

I've made an "I love you" card featuring red and a diamente charm.
The card was slightly tilted in the scanner.

and at Craft-Dee Bowz they want a handmade bow.
I had some cream ribbon so hand stitched a double looped bow for this floral card.

Tuesday 24 July 2018

Mystical Mood board challenge.

These are the colour palettes for Mystical scrapbooking.
I'm going with the lower right hand side one.

I started with a brown and orange patterned paper then added a vertical strip of dark brown with grey marbled.
Next I added a strip of yellow,followed by red.
A smaller strip of black going horizontally then vertical ribbon ,2 photos and I was done.

I'm also entering this at Use your stuff where it is anything goes with a title/sentiment.

Monday 23 July 2018

Southern Girls challenge

At Southern girls challenge there is a tic tac toe board.

I've gone down the right hand side and made another grandfather card for Fathers Day.
I inked the wood veneer card yellow.

Sunday 22 July 2018

My sketch World

Here's my interpretation of the layout. I have used tiles instead of circles and couldn't resist the flamingo.

I followed Cindy to My sketch world where I found both a layout and a card sketch.
Because my kits are so big this month, I have almost run out of sketches and challenges to enter.

I'm starting with the card sketch.

Vintage layout for Paper Issues

There was a scraplift challenge on Paper Issues using letters or numbers in the background. This meant I got to use some of the vintage kit I've had.
The background paper is busy, but I'm so glad I could use it.
I also added ribbon, button, cog, cork hearts ,camera and finished off a border strip pack as well.
The father in this photo is my cousin.

Friday 20 July 2018

fusion card challenge


This is the new picture at Fusion.
I've used mainly the sketch, but also used pink and the idea of being outdoors for the card as well.

My card has a beach theme and could be a birthday or travel card.

I've added a die cut ice cream as a final touch.

Here's another card I've made using my Tropical kit.

Thursday 19 July 2018

Tropical sunset layout.


After searching around, I found this tropical themed layout by Sue Plumb on her blog.
She is on the Cocoa Vanilla DT so I can't expect my scraplift to be as good.

I used the basic arrangement of photo, papers and embellishments as a springboard to my own layout.
I had several "tropical" items that matched with my photo of sunset in Hawaii last year.

In the following close up you will notice that I have layered 2 cards, one said hello sunshine and the other says awesome. As this was sunset, it wasn't hello sunshine, but goodbye.
It certainly was a gorgeous view.

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

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.

Wednesday 11 July 2018

Mystical scrabooks July Challenge.

This is my layout for the July sketch challenge at Mystical Scrapbooks.
It is based on a sketch.

Mystical Scrapbooks

Challenge YOUrself


I'm combining 2 challenges on this layout. Firstly Challenge yourself and Rochelle Spears sketch challenge.
The theme is take me to the ocean, so I used my TROPICAL kit
The photos show us looking at the window in the glass bottomed boat and that's me in the apricot coloured top. My title is The sea calls to me ,which is written on the card near the button.
I used striped pattern paper on the right hand circle.

Saturday 7 July 2018

Scrap Room Freaky fast formula.

At the Scrap Room they have this freaky fast formula

I've used my Primary colours kit, in this case all Bella Fusion papers to construct this layout.
I kept it simple because of the strong colour tones and as I had no E's, I used the airline abbreviation for Sydney.


Also here is another layout using my kit and PRIMARY COLOURS again.

Friday 6 July 2018

Pause dream enjoy & sunny day crafting.

My next card is for pause dream enjoy where they want us to use scallops.

I found a pinched border strip in red and used the reverse side of red chevron paper from my kit.
Because of the floral aspect, I used the sentiment GROW, which will work with a plant I plan to give a friend in a new home very soon.

Next I have a card for Sunny Day Crafting where we are asked to use any animal,in my case it is a toucan.

Cardz4guyz.& others.

Here's a card for Cardz4guyz. The challenge is blue and brown.
I've had an argyle patterned paper in my stash which is brown, blue and pink.
I'm hoping you don't mind the pink because I'm doing a happy dance that I can finally use this paper.
Once again a Father's Day card as it is coming up in September.

My next Card is for If you give a crafter a cookie.

In my counterfeit kit (tropical) there was both ice cream paper and die cuts.
I simply arranged them on this card and added some enamel dots.

Home and scrapped sketch

Primary Colours

Here is the sketch challenge at Home and Scrapped.

and here is my take on it using my Primary colours kit.

Wednesday 4 July 2018

The scrap Room


This is a sketch for The scrap room.

I'm also combining it with a tic tac toe from Paper Issues.
I've gone straight across the bottom row.

I've stuck to the colours of red white and blue mainly with a small dotty paper in the background.
The stitching is down the left hand side of the photos, holding the buttons in place.

The enamel dots are under the doiley and up the top on the right.

Apologies for the top photos quality, the koala moved fast and I wanted to catch him standing upright, a rare sight.

Stars and stripes


Paper Issues has a stars and stripes challenge.
I've used a background paper from Bella as well as scraps which I fussy cut into stars. The washi tape down the left hand side is also striped.
The tiny red stars are like enamel dots.

I chose traditional red white and blue on this one.

Tuesday 3 July 2018



Unstampabelles has a challenge to use a fancy frame or edge.

I'm using 2 of my papers from the tropical Counterfeit Kit to make this birthday card.
Using a border punch on the ice cream paper I have created a lacy edge. It sets off my rosette perfectly.

Monday 2 July 2018

Hotel Chill


I'm scrap-lifting with this layout. It is based on this layout I saw on and was made by Marnel.

I loved the fact that she has used lots of scraps and so have scratched through my blues and greens to come up with my effort.
I've also used string, 2 x ricrac, a shiny clear chiffon ribbon plus buttons.
The two ivory(?) or bone rings are from an old button box.
My title and the flower on the right are from Crate Paper "Oasis" range.