Sunday, 29 December 2013

Wonderful, thanks, happy day...

I've been sitting on this layout for a while, as it used a Bo Bunny paper that I was worried was going to set off alarm bells for those on the 'Master' trail, (hehe) so I kept it aside, along with my secret...

Heidi Swapp has the best handwriting in the business! (Mildly obsessed with it at the moment) along with Pink Paislee 'Hey Kid' ephemera and HS Mixed Company confetti rub ons. One of my fave Greatest View flair finishes it off nicely.

The paper was super busy, so I toned it down a touch with a smattering of gesso and ran a Glitz roller doodle through it while wet for some texture.

Thank you again, to everyone who has sent well wishes on the various channels, your support means the world to me!

To those of you sweltering in and around Brisbane today - keep cool! I reckon we are going to go and take advantage of the Cinema air conditioning!

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

One tenth of a BIG secret!

So I'm sitting here, unable to sleep... or think clearly... or relax. I've felt like this before you see. Most recently on the 2nd of September. It feels every bit as nerve wracking and exciting as it did on that day, waiting for the call. Some of you may have seen my news on social media today already as I was finally able to shout it out loud...

I am one of the Scrapbooking Memories Masters for 2013!

Ohmygosh it feels good to say that. Soooooo good! It's been a hard secret to keep, but the euphoria today makes it feel all the more special, all over again.

As you can imagine, this is a dream come true for any scrapper. A dream that I was almost too scared to chase. But I remember seeing a quote somewhere which said "You have to want it more than you fear it" and that became my little mantra when I agonised over every tiny detail on each piece in my entry. It's amazing how much doubt one can breed in the early hours of the morning!

Thank you to SBM for making this possible and a huge congratulations to the nine other lucky Masters able to make similar announcements today!


Saturday, 21 December 2013

Making a List - Kraft it Up!

One of the things I love most about this time of the year, is watching my little man scribble his thoughts down, on what he would like from the big 'Man in Red'. When he wrote his own list a few years ago I literally jumped up and down with excitement. Such a milestone! He now helps little Sis with hers... but that won't last much longer either.

I've snapped him in action and used it in my layout for the Kraft it Up challenge this month. As with a few of my teams, this is my last one for KIU. I've made so many new scrappy friends in the process and will miss it. But... there are going to be lots of fresh new faces to inspire you in the coming months! I hope you will continue to support Melissa and the girls in their endeavours.

The challenge this month is to create a layout, "Christmas Themed" using one of the following non traditional colour schemes...

The kraft plays up both of these colour combinations beautifully! As you can see I have gone with the aqua combo, with a few touches of pink here and there (is that cheating? hehe)

I've created a pocket with the bottom section of lined paper, by sewing three sides and leaving the top open. In here, I've tucked more of Josh's writing - his top 10 (mind you, his choices change daily!)

This 2Crafty chipboard Reindeer has been given a slick of gesso and a slather of crackle paint. Looks divine!

If you can squeeze in the crafty time, the challenge entries close 11.55pm, 31st December... take advantage of the free time while the kids play with their chrissy toys ;)

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Bundle of Joy - 123 Challenge Blog

It's busy out there folks... sheesh! I'd rather stockpile the fridge and hide indoors, only venturing out after the crowds have worn themselves out for the day! ;)

If you have some time for fun (or to de-stress!) why not join us for the December 123 Challenge. This month's prompts are:


I'm ashamed to admit, but I am one of those people who has possibly the worst newborn photos ever. With my first child, we went to the labour ward and forgot the camera! So the first moments of my son's life were captured on a disposable one, bought hastily in the gift shop. Tragedy! I tried to get better prepared for the second... packing the camera in the bag days before I went in. Erm.... not thinking about where my arms were going to be during a c-section, these precious moments were entrusted to a less-than-enthusiatic nurse and well... the rest is history I guess. I wish I could have a rewind button where I wasn't looking like death, or the baby was sleeping beautifully, or I took those annoying sales people up on their offer for a free portrait of your bundle of joy. It's like the first few weeks of my children's little lives didn't happen! This is one of a precious few (that after heavy retouching) is just about passable...

Bows... this was a challenge for me. Not a lot of flowers or 'pretties' on my layouts as you know, but I was totally inspired, having just experienced 'The Power of Heidi' after her class here in Brisbane. I've created a little mixed tag with a Crate ticket, a Heidi mistable camera and a clear heart from the Mixed Company ephemera pack. The seam binding was then tied through the die cut shapes of this Pink Paislee 'Color Wash' paper.

I've used some super cute bow pattern Mixed Company paper to back the triangle die cuts as well as a gold Crate doily for the metallic aspect of the challenge. Still enjoying my Epiphany Craft tool, I've teamed it with this gorgeous #love Greastest View flair.

Entries for the challenge close at 11.55pm 31st December. 

If you want to get your hands on some Heidi Swapp or Pink Paislee goodies, there is plenty available in the Sassy Scrappers store. As a bonus, all orders placed between the 16th and 25th December, go into a lucky draw!

Have a great day!

Friday, 13 December 2013

25 December Days and some cards

Shout it out loud with me Queenslanders.... Schoooooool's out for summer!

Yeehaa! I'm a happy little camper :) I have some 'December Days' updates on the Sassy blog today and I also had a few Chrissy cards a bit earlier in the week. I'm using Heidi Swapp's 'Believe' collection, which is in store now... and whilst you are there, check out the new Studio Calico Print Shop - it's too cool!!

Wishing you a fantastic Friday!

Monday, 9 December 2013

Love you to the stars and back - Scrap365

So I was feeling totally inspired the other day and had a chance to create something 'just because'. Doesn't happen often these days! I saw this month's sketch challenge on the Scrap365 blog and was quite taken by it.

These pics of my hubby and I were taken by my little sausage - all two years of age.
He drives me crazy at times - I guess after so long together, we both have habits that drive the other nuts! But he's still my nutcase ratbag.

I just got those AC 'Kitten' alphas the other day... aren't they fab! You can get them in store now (along with heaps of other cool stuff!) at Sassy Scrappers. There are also a couple Greatest View flair in the mix :)

My journalling to my husband is hidden under the second row of photos.

Stars, stars, stars... This Pink Paislee paper stole my heart the minute I saw it. I've backed the die cuts with a mix of patterned paper and glitter card stock and then embellished with as many stars I could find in my stash, including some too cute tiny confetti rubons by Heidi Swapp (fast becoming product du jour for me!)
The challenge ends on the 13th December if you'd like to have a go. This is the sketch:

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, 6 December 2013

25 December Days album progress

Just the other day I was thinking to myself, sheesh it's nearly December, and all of a sudden I'm ankle deep already! Merry making is in full swing on the Sassy Scrappers blog today as we continue our album tutorial. Don't forget, it's not too late to start! If you are toying with the idea, be brave and check out the kit all ready to go home with you ;)

You can hop over for more info and lots of pics.
Have a fabulous Friday!

Monday, 2 December 2013

Jingle All the Way - OUAS December

Happy December!

A weekend of camping has blown away (literally - the weather was rough for the most part!) the cobwebs and I am looking forward to a month full of frivolities!

This month sees my last post for Once Upon a Sketch. It was my first ever DT position and it's with mixed emotions that I say good bye and look forward to seeing the fresh new faces and creations of the amazing team for 2014. Good luck girls!

December's challenge
Journalling Theme: "My favorite month"

I love the magic of December and all that goes along with it! This layout was created with the very awesome 12x12 'Believe' paper pad we were given at Heidi's class. Love, love it! If you are looking for more of this Christmas line, Sassy Scrappers has had a delivery of more goodies, so pop into the shop and treat yourself!

So many things to love about Christmas time! I remember seeing these Pink Paislee chipboard embellishments a bit after the rush last year, so I bought them and squirrelled them away until now, lol. My Epiphany tool has to be a new favourite toy for sure! I love how you can create custom creations for any project.
The 'Believe' ephemera pack is the bomb! An awesome mix of clear, vellum and paper die cuts. I've paired them with some mixed embellies... sequins, stamping, epoxy buttons and vellum cuts I've made on my Silhouette.

You are free to interpret our theme any way you like but please make sure your layout is based on the sketch below and includes some journalling (hidden journalling is fine)

You have until midnight December 25th Australian Eastern Standard Time to enter.

Thank you for popping in!

Friday, 29 November 2013

25 December Days mini album

Hello and Festive greetings!

My little mind is well and truly awash with Christmas cheer, as today marks the first day of my
'25 December Days' mini album tutorial on the Sassy Scrappers blog.

Olga and I have worked closely to put together a fabulous kit, jammed full of wonderful 
goodies to help you complete this keepsake. 
For more information, you can pop over to the shop. This album would make a fab project for yourself or a wonderful present for special crafty someone!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Cool Customers - 123 Challenge Blog November

Posting to my Facebook page can be a right pain in the bum sometimes!

Unable to link to the 123 Challenge blog (and giving up before I threw a tantrum) I'd like to share my DT example for this month's challenge

The prompts this month are: teal; 'cool' and stamping

There has been so much going on lately, I'm glad I didn't forget to post this as I've been looking forward to sharing it.

Title is a mix of silhouette cuts (glitter... love!) some cheeky stamps and alphas

I have inverted the colours of the photo I've used and repeated them multiple times with one black and white. They have been sewn down on top of a background of gesso and mixed stamping. 
The last photo has been made into a pocket by not applying any adhesive to the top of it. It holds my journalling.

It's been a fun challenge, getting to use loads of stamps on one layout - I'm keen to try this a bit more!

*You have until 11.59pm 30th November to link your entries. I've said it before but please remember that your entries CAN NOT be used for any other Challenges, it must be created solely for this site and challenge...

Thank you for stopping by x

Friday, 22 November 2013

Daddy Love - Sassy Scrappers

Hello again!

Another little share today on the Sassy blog using Crate's Close Knit which is in store now. Such a pretty line with so many heartfelt sentiments.

Some close ups and more info here...

Thanks for visiting and a hearty welcome to new followers :)

Monday, 18 November 2013

Today... Kraft it Up November

Hello hello!

Hopefully this post finds you very well and planning your next moves in the countdown to all things Hum-bugian! I will have a few exciting sneaks coming soon for a little project I have been working on, but tonight, I'd quickly like to share this layout I've done for Kraft it Up November challenge.

This month your challenge is to create a layout using Kraft Cardstock or Kraft Patterned Paper showcasing one of these trending products...

* Flair's
* Wood Veneer's
* Enamel Dot's

ALL things I LOVE to work with, but this time I have gone with wood veneer. I was feeling rather melancholy when I created this one. It was the 18th anniversary of my Mum's passing from breast cancer on the 23rd of October. Time might heal wounds, but those of you who have lost loved ones will know, it doesn't make it any easier.

This is a photo of my beautiful Mother sometime in her late teens or early twenties. It captures elements of her personality that I can only fully understand now, as an adult. Every event, every milestone, the funny things my kids say, I wish I could share them with her.

I have had this sunflower Bo Bunny paper sitting, waiting, to be used on a layout about her. They were her favourite flowers. For extra dimension, I have used a Silhouette cut on some wood grain paper along with the fussy cut flowers.

As always, there are lots of prizes up for grabs. You have until 11.59pm November 30 to link your entries. Please remember that your entry can only be used for Kraft it Up challenge. Every month so many gorgeous entries cannot be counted as they are used in multiple challenges.

Also, why not have a go at trying out for the Design Team call happening right now! I have so loved my time on the KIU and 123 teams. It will certainly be a sad goodbye at the end of Jan!

Thank you so much for stopping by