Tuesday, 29 November 2011

I need help!!

I had heard about this but never thought it could happen to me! I am embarrassed to say I now have a severe Webster's Pages addiction. Symptoms include a sudden increase in your credit card limit, sleep deprivation and a whopping great blister on your thumb + a sore back from an overdose of fussing cutting. I fear I shall never buy another designer again and my pages with be eternally floral. What if it escalates? When Jess gets too old for girlie layouts will I have to resort to putting Mitchell in a dress? Adopt from China just for photo opportunity's or will I just pick random photos of little girls from the net to scrap to feed my addiction! 

The proof - and all yes fairly minimalist for a WP addict, I must ration but I am building up to having every inch of my page covered...

This is for the letter "T" challenge over at Scrap Therapy . Notice the token paint splatters so I can pretend I am somewhat creative =)



This is for the 'Trust' challenge at Bird Is The Word using the sketch #184 (flipped) at Creative Scrappers




I must go....I think I can hear the postie coming.....
Love & Light G xox

Note: Please don't take the above seriously, I just have a warped sense of humor. I will be doing boy layouts with some WP, without forcing my son to become a transvestite lol..

Monday, 28 November 2011

Sketchy Thursdays

Just a quick post with a layout for Sketchy Thursday's. My first time playing along, amazing DT layouts and so many gorgeous entries, you have to pop over there and check them out! This is for sketch 11.17.

Just wanted to also say a huge THANK YOU to those people that always pop in and leave me some love, your comments really do make my day!




Paper: Bella Paper Boyz, Cardstock: Bazzill Other: Pink Paislee baker's twine, bulldog & paper clip, Tim Holtz stamp, Kaisercraft stamp, Kaisercraft acrylic paint, Ric Rac, Karen Foster brads, Stazon ink.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Handmade By Suzanne Nov Challenge

Just a quick share of a LO I have done for the November sketch challenge at Handmade By Suzanne. I adore this photo of my stepdaughter Jess, it just captures her personality.





Paper: Sassafras Lass Sweetly Smitten & Starters. Other: Paper Doily, Sassafras Lass Sweetly Smitten & Sweet Treat stickers, Crate Paper Random stickers, Making Memories Brads, Bella brad, Pink Paislee twine, TPC stamps, Crafter's Workshop template, Kiasercraft rub-on, bulldog clip, Inks; Tim Holtz distress ink in vintage paper, straw & broken china, Stazon Black; Kaisercraft Rose, Prima E-Line rhinestone, Crate Paper Random chipboard. Sew Easy floss.

And a few sneaks of some other projects I have been working on-





Have an awesome weekend peoples =) TFL xox

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Pencillines November Challenge

Seeing yesterdays post was a bit of a novel, I'll keep this short and sweet. This is my interpretation of the sketch challenge #259 over at Pencillines. I really love their sketches and DT samples, I always seem to forget to enter because they aren't on my blog feed. Finally remembered this month =)






I have a new love in my life....Webster's! I have been scraping for 8 months? now and never brought Webster's before. Not sure why, I think possibly I found it intimidating as it is just so darn gorgeous and have seen so many amazing pages, I wasn't sure if I was up for it. Well this is my second layout now I've done with Western Romance, I've done one with Botanical Christmas and my xmas cards are all Waiting For Santa. Currently am working on a LO with Seaside Retreat and have some older ranges coming in the mail. So you can expect to see Webster's overload for a while lol.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Scrap Jack & Scrap Crap November Challenge

I haven't had a chance to do a layout for Scrap Jack for a while but with the new awesome designer team layouts this month, I couldn't resist. I decided to jack Dana's layout and while having a sticky around her blog, I also came across this site, Scrap Your Crap. So I have used Dana's LO as a sketch and added the challenge at Scrap Your Crap, which is to use 3 mists or paints. In honor of using 'crap' (makes me laugh) this was a bit of a recycling project. Back in the day, before I had a husband and actually earned decent money, I had quite the penchant for designer clothes. Given that I would pay $200+ for designer jeans and things (yes really), I kept all the tags in a box, so that when they eventually made their way to eBay, I could quote how much I paid, in the hope that I could at least get some of the stupid amounts of money I spent back. The wonderful thing about this is, is that when you spend stupid amounts on clothes, the tags look really really fancy (just to make you feel better about your credit card bill). I found this box of tags on the weekend and pulled out all the fancy (and shameful ones), some of which are on this layout, including spare buttons from some of the tags, the string is from one too and (gulp) that badge...No I don't have tickets on myself, it came with some jeans and just kind of worked with my LO ok lol. I've used Glimmer Mists, Trunk Bay, Black Magic & Slate as well as some paint. Don't you love this paper? A lot of the layered look and some of the mist is printed. It's from Scrap Jack's sponsor this month, Scrap Friends. The brand is called ICC and hadn't heard of it before or could find ANY info on it, but I love it!








This photo was taken at DreamWorld on a family holiday. The essence of it is...I'm a piker. I don't do rides, or junk food, anything noisy, with too many kids, or scary...I just do Mum, who watches, tells them to put on sunscreen, have a toilet break yada yada. In fact, this doesn't just apply to theme parks, I don't swim ( but yes I can if I HAVE to), I have never camped, I don't bush walk, or do sport, I am bloody boring really and NEVER go out of my comfort zone. It is something I would like to change....before I get too old and grumpy lol.

Sorry for the long post, it appears I'm in a talkative mood today lol. TFL xoxo

Are you curious?

Afternoon all =) So I haven't really got a lot to show today apart from a few cards that I have made with scraps from other projects I've been working on this weekend. So....while photographing them, I thought I would take a photo of my scrap space. I am always curious about what other people's spaces look like. I have seen some that are so perfectly polished I would be scared to scrap in them and then others that resemble rooms you see on Foxtels Bio show, "Hoarders". I never really share anything about 'me', just LO's on here. So, if your curious, like me, about people's spaces, here's mine....


It's not pretty like some but very organised and functional. I've often gone to go buy pretty baskets and things for this space, then thought, "How many pieces of paper could I buy with that $150?".  Daron built me the shelf above the desk about 5 months ago. All my tubs up top are in reach with things like stamps, flowers, paint, trims and alphas. I have a little sewing space to the side, my "proper" sewing machine died after one too many layouts. I brought a cheapie which is rubbish so this area doesn't get used often. Under the shelf, I keep all my publishing stuff on one side and DT assignments to the other. Usually always OUAS. Nadia is the queen of organisation and it makes things so easy! SUYS is usually a bit of hodge podge and a mad dash to get everything together at the last minute lol. Under my table I have photos, a box for scrap paper and a box for bits and bobs! 

This room is sort of a weird rumpus room.
Our house is 2 story, 2 bedrooms upstairs, 2 down, with this room downstairs. On the left of this photo is a weird little mini kitchen area with a fridge, cupboards and a sink, which is great for me when misting and painting and I can make a coffee anytime I like! On the right is my home office area, which seems to be gradually getting smaller as my scrap space gets larger! Directly opposite this wall is sliding glass doors which goes out to our lower deck and to this...


There is a bush area directly behind us with a small beach and jetty on one side of the end of our street, with a childrens park and swimming beach on the other. Completely useless to me as I haven't swam at a beach since I was about 7. But I do love the view. In summer we get big pools of dolphins that swim near the jetty and love playing around the boats. Plus, hubby LOVES fishing, part of the reason we moved here. So there you have it, MY space =)

oh and my cards lol....





Apologies for the quality of photos, the light here is really meeehhhh today!



Saturday, 19 November 2011

Want to win some goodies!

Once Upon A Sketch are having an awesome giveaway .....Ohh I wish I could enter I love Melissa Francis goodies !



You have a chance to win this gorgeous album kit featuring Melissa Frances 5th Avenue collection...
"Limited Edition Melissa Frances" Kit Contents (kit by Scrap That! - Canada's best kit club) 
Envelopes and Tags Book
5th Avenue 6 X 6 Paper Pad
5th Avenue Sticker Book
5th Avenue Diecuts
2 Mini Envelopes and Tags
Trinkets & Baubles
Diamond Chandelier Drops
“Mom” Expressive Transfer
Vintage Architectural Molding Appliques
Crepe Paper - Light Blue, Pale Pink, Cream, Pastel Green
4 ZVA Pink Transition Mini Roses
6 ZVA Cream Mini Roses
Vintage Seam Binding





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The details
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Good luck!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Best laid plans....

Well the plan was, with all my DT samples done up until next year, was to have a little break for a month or so. Maybe if I got the itch to have a dabble with a little digital scrapbooking, get my christmas cards done and leave it at that. However I have found myself back at my craft desk again. I had a 'too good to pass up scrappy offer' so am back creating again, none of which I can actually show right now =( .However as a warm up to get me back into it I decided to have a go at another challenge for the month. Another fabulous sketch from the girls at Creative Scrappers. This is for sketch #182....




Created using a few different October Afternoon collections with a little MME thrown in, some handmade fabric buttons and with some washi tape I picked up on eBay.

So for the rest of the week it is a case of head down, bum up. Hopefully I will find some time to visit some blogs again and see what everyone has been up to. TFL G xox

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Once Upon A Sketch Nov 15th Challenge

Morning everyone! The new awesome challenge has just gone live at Once Upon A Sketch and it is a beauty! This time the journalling criteria focuses on YOU as a woman OR ANY female in your life. What is the best thing about being a woman? Motherhood? Shopping? Make Up? Girls nights? Gossip? Your journalling can be as long as you wish and in any language, but you must journal at least 2 sentences on the best part of being a woman.

You must combine the journalling criteria with this sketch..



And here is my take on the challenge...








And always some amazing prizes up for grabs...



Our November 15th challenge sponsor is the amazing Australian chipboard company Imaginarium Designs which you can purchase through Seriously Scrpabooking and they are giving away this gorgeous chipboard collection to 1 randomlychosen winner. 






Our Guest Designer , Leanne Pearce has a GORGEOUS etsy shop filled with her amazing and very UNIQUE handmade creations called The Chip Chop Shop which is giving away a stunning collection of goodies to the value of $25.00 to onerandomly chosen winner. 


Lastly, the winner of this challenge, as chosen by the Design Team, will receive this embellishment collection from BasicGrey's Jovial line.  Just in time for Christmas...
This collection includes a 6x6 paper pad, and 1 packed each of stitches brads, glazed brads, epoxy stickers, pops stickers, ribbon doilies and clips.


I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with , TFL xox

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Scrapbook It Week 4 Challenge

Morning all =) Thought I'd pop in and share my last LO for a while. This is one I did for Scrapbookit Week 4 sketch challenge.



Things are getting busy with work with christmas just around the corner and to be honest, I feel like I'm producing really average pages at the moment, so am going to take a break from scrapbooking for a while. I'll still create and post my DT pages and hopefully some time away from my craft desk will help me find my mojo for challenges again. Right now, it's just not happening for me =)

Be good & stay safe
xoxo

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Bird Is The Word 'Wish' Challenge

As always I've decided to play along with the girls over at Bird Is The Word. This challenge is to use the word Wish in either your title or your journalling. Really great DT samples for this one, pop on over and check them out!

So this is is my little man on his very first b'day. Although he is looking relatively calm here, it was a totally mad day of children running in all directions, squealing, covered in food, fighting one minute and best buddies the next. I swear it took me 6 months to clean all of the sausage roll and chocolate cake out of my carpet. It was insane but the best fun ever and one of my most fondest memories of Mitchells baby years.






Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge

This is my LO for the November challenge at Another Freaky Scrappy Challenge. The challenge is to scrap about a belief, or philosophy you have - it can be something deep or something silly. I chose to scrap about Karma. For me, I believe, good or bad, your actions always to come back to you and you can only get out of life, what you put into it.











Time to get busy!!

Along with the start of the month brings a brand new awesome challenge at Once Upon A Sketch. The challenge is to use Nadia's gorgeous sketch below and journal at least 2 sentences on when and why you started scrapping...too easy!! Up for grabs this month is 3 prizes ( we always have the best ones don't we!). A full and fabulous Swirlydoos Kit, a $25 gift voucher at The Chip Chop Shop where our Guest Designer, Leanne Pearce, has lots of her yummy handmade embellies AND A Websters Ladies & Gent Paper Pack. Sound good? Time to start scrapping my lovelies =) Can't wait to see what you create, you may even get a spot as our Guest designer!


Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Creative Scrappers #180

Hope everyone has had an awesome weekend and maybe got lucky at the Melbourne cup today =) This post is for my first ever entry to Creative Scrappers. I've always checked out the gorgeous DT work from time to time and finally I have had a chance to join in. It feels like ages since I have done a vintage LO so I decided to do sketch #180 using these rather dashing photos of my dad in his 20's...





Show Us Your Stuff November Challenge

It's the first of November already and the new sketch has just gone up at Show Us Your Stuff. An awesome pack of scrapware chippies is up for grabs this month so hope to see some familiar faces playing along with us! Here is my first ever "gone live" DT layout....whoo hoo!