Monday, January 30, 2012

Recipe Challenge

A bit of trivial information - this is my 150th Blog Post - have I really had that many creations to blog about?

I have been struggling to find time to scrap between visitors and work etc however yesterday I was determined to get something done by the end of the month - Paper Chase or Prima were on the table and Paper Chase's January Challenge it was as it came together.  I now have an idea for the Prima BAP but unfortunately time has run out - maybe it will fit in for next month.

As soon as I saw the Paper Chase Challenge earlier in the month I knew what recipe I wanted to scrap.   It was one we found in my grandmother's recipe book while planning her eulogy back in 1998 and it just fitted her perfectly. 
 The Papers are from a K & Company paper pad that I have had for ages.  I cut the flowers from a 2nd piece of paper and raised them with mounting foam. 
 Two small squares were punched to create the frame with Wild Orchid Craft flowers and pearl pin are added to the corner. The bling heart is Prima.
 The recipe card base was a free image from the computer and is framed with a Dusty Attic frame finished with Glimmer Mist.
The flags are also Dusty Attic, alpha American Crafts.  Not sure the brand of the fabric rose strip - purchased off a roll last year in Australia.  The crocheted doily is from an op shop (Gran crocheted beautiful doilies so they always remind me of her). 
. The buttons are old op shop ones.
The clock face is Tim Holtz and it is bordered with liquid pearls. 

This is the Paper Chase sketch.  I am pleased with the way it came together and it was nice to do another heritage page - still my favourites. 

Well it's bed time and tomorrow will no doubt be another busy day at work, (and it is supposed to be another very hot one in the high 20's)  so must away.  Thanks so much for visiting today.

Until next time .....


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Flower Pot Card

Hello and Welcome.

Today I am back with a flower pot card made over the holidays.  I made one a couple of years ago with just one large flower but this one is more like a topiary of flowers. 
 The flowers are Prima and Wild Orchids with some fabric leaves added. 
 The flowers were attached to a chipboard circle with a glue gun but you do need to be sure of the placement before adding the glue as there is not much time for mistakes. 
 The skeleton leaves have been in my stash since the early days.  Fiskars and Martha Stewart Punches were used.  Main PP is MME and top paper is a scrap.
The 'Thinking of You' flag was printed from the computer.  Pearls are Kaiser.  This card was sent as a bereavement card but I also think they are nice for patients in hospital in lieu of a bunch of flowers (they don't need watering and don't smell, lol). 

Grateful thanks for visiting my blog.  That's all for today.

Bye for now....

Monday, January 23, 2012

Lavender and Lace

Back again....

The current Lili of the Valley Challenge is 'Lavender and Lace' so I will share this card made as a 'Thinking of You / Get Well" Card recently.  I used the Martha Stewart Swirling Lace punch both outside and inside (Love this punch)  and the Vintage Floral punch outside as well. 

 I also love the Cherry Lynn Fanciful Flourish Die which I am sure is going to get lots of use.
 and the inside.

Thank you so much for dropping in to view my blog today.  Have a great week.


Ingvild's Blog Candy

The Holidays are over - the last 5 days spent camping again so yesterday we packed up and brought everything home including going down 24 km of dusty road then spent several hours cleaning and getting sorted before returning to work today.  Well Day-1 at work went well aside from the 80 odd calls I had asking which classes their children would be in this year (.... and they weren't supposed to phone until Wednesday - I have to wonder who actually reads the newsletters!!!!)  Enough gripes....

LOOK what arrived early last Tuesday morning.... (DH was going to make me wait to open it, by taking it with us camping, so as not to delay our departure - NO SHOW.)  After drooling over it, taking some photos and emailing a thank you to Ingvild I got back on track but it was hard as I didn't take any scrapping with me that time.
I can't wait to get creating with these wonderful products. 
  Even Ingvild's trademark lamp included and look at the gorgeous birdbath and birds. 
 The chocolate did get taken camping and hasn't come home (lol). 
I have admired these gorgeous Prima flowers on Ingvild's creations for some time but never before have I had them in my stash.  Thank you Ingvild - I am so grateful to receive this wonderful Candy.

Now that there are a few home weekend scheduled I am looking forward to getting creative and hopefully blogging those more regularly.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog.



Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Birthday Wishes - Side Step Card

Talk about side steps - That is what has been happening all holidays - I have been away, home, away, home, away, home...and this is a brief stop again.  Panic... only 6 days left and I feel I have hardly been home.  However it has been all good - lots of cuddles with my new grandson and relaxing time at the lake - next time with good friends.   Just not all the scrapping I would have liked to have done.  I was just getting on a roll last week and it was time to 'side step' again. 

So... last week I completed my 1st side-step card for JoJo's Birthday Wishes.  Joanne makes absolutely amazing cards - inside and out - so I had a challenge on my hands and had mulled over it for several weeks before finally getting on with it.  Here is what I came up with.  
Paper is from a DCWV Mariposa Stack, dress form - Kaiser, Flowers - Prima and Wild Orchid, Bling - Prima. Alpha - Prima, Lace from material some 30 years old, and the button bunting idea  I recently saw on someone's creation.

 I carefully cut around the bird and left the acetate on the back for the window effect. 
Well I must away - lots to do and I am feeling a tad guilty blogging when others are doing my garden.  eeek!!

Have a great week and thank you so much for visiting my blog.

Until next time......


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Circa 1918 with Manor House Flower

Following on from my last post today I am sharing a layout of my grandmother and her brother which includes a Manor House flower. .  As soon as I purchased these papers I knew this was the photo for it and then at the Scrappin Patch Spring Retreat I discovered the Manor House flowers that went perfectly. 

A Dusty Attic signpost and leaf vine were inked with a chalk ink and lettering Prima canvas.  Besides the Manor House large flower are Wild Orchid Flowers.   A Martha Stewart around the page punch was used to create the photo frame.



Another day has flown by.  A friend came over to scrapbook this morning - we managed two wedding cards for her. (I am still getting started - I have a very special card to make  in the next day and think I am procrastinating lol).  However I have installed my new printer today and it took a lot longer than expected and while doing that I got stuck on the old family DVD's - wow did I really look like that in the 80's?  but it also showed how far our property has come since being a paddock in 1985.  Each birthday celebration my father recorded showed a little more progress inside and out. The DVD also refreshed lots of memories and little things we had forgotten about.

Must away and make some scrapping progress.  I hope your week is going well.  Thank you for visiting today.

Bye for now.....

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Manor House Creations Flower Giveaway

 Have you discovered Manor House Creations Flowers? - if not take a look - they are gorgeous.  

 Manor House Creations are having a giveaway.

Here’s what you can win….

…a bag FULL of flowers! There are 3 to win!


*  ‘Follow’ Manor House blog
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It would be a dream to win this.  A scrapper can never have too many flowers. 
Thanks for visiting. 


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Family Memories Pouches

Spring Cleaning has been the focus again today - the porch cupboard bar the photo shelf (I would have never got anything else done if I had got side-tracked on that shelf) which will be kept for another day. I now have to focus on the area where the TV goes in order to accommodate a new entertainment unit (DH bday pressie) so that meant going through the old video's (almost extinct aren't they?) so we have a box full to discard of but have kept all the family videos (taken by my Dad of the extended family) and also all the shows the girls participated in.  Prior to Christmas all the extended family videos were put onto DVD's for everyone so I gave my girls a set each for Christmas and made special pouches to put them in (see below).  Today I found all the productions they were involved in and a school camp etc so will now take them to the experts to get put onto DVD.  We still have a video player but once it doesn't work any more we will be in trouble. 

Here are the pouches I made while up camping before Xmas.
Front and backs - 
 I used one piece of Bazzill and one patterned paper for each one plus some Bo Bunny stickers. 

 I put little gussets on the pouches to accommodate the thickness of the 5 DVD's and used magnets to keep them closed.
The DVD's were a real hit but nothing was said about the pouches!!! - Never mind it keeps them together.  Once I had made the first one they went together reasonably quickly.

That's it for today - back to the spring cleaning.

Have a great weekend.  Until next time ....


Friday, January 6, 2012

For You

Today has been a busy one, starting and ending with a major clean out of  'the cottage' (basically a garage which holds all the good things that you keep and keep) - but not any longer as we have had a major cull and there will be a trip to the transfer station tomorrow. We can once again move around freely in the space. But in-between we went to the batch with our DD#3 to have lunch with Mum & Dad and then to town to do a few things. It's good to have achieved something today but no scrapping as yet.

Below is a card made for a friend while up camping prior to Christmas.  I have entered it in the Wild Orchid Challenge Week 39 "Christmas Friendship".  I used Wild Orchid gold corners but painted them with white paint and then Twinkling H20s and rubbed some off.  Flowers and seam binding are Wild Orchids.  Papers are assorted MME, Bo Bunny, Websters Pages and DCWC.  The dress form is Kaisercraft finished with liquid pearls.
Thanks for visiting my blog today. 

I had better let DH have some time on the computer as I have certainly had mine.

Take Care until next time .....


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Five Favourites

Well I didn't expect to be back so soon but decided to participate in Debby's blog candy challenge.  I am in awe of the cards that Debby produces and the 3-D effects on her cards.  She must have had a very hard job selecting her favourites.
 Here are my five favourites...

All of my card posts can be found here.

Thank you for looking.

Until tomorrow (this time)....


Lili's Little Fairies Challenge

Hi Everyone, HAPPY NEW YEAR and thanks for visiting my blog today.  Apologies for not getting another post done while in transit last week - we have just returned from another five days at the lakes.  Gorgeous weather again however even though I took all the scrapping supplies the opportunity to scrap was limited with just two layouts and a card this time.

When catching up on the many blog posts while away I discovered Lili's Little Fairies Challenge (formerly Lili of the Valley Thursday Challenge) with their 1st Challenge "New Beginnings".  This is the new baby card, to welcome little Tilly, I have entered using a cut out Lili of the Valley Image.
 Flowers are from Wild Orchids. Flower border is using a Martha Stewart Punch with liquid pearls.

For a change this card went together super quickly.  The paper is a tissue type paper that has been in my stash for a while and I then framed it with the silver border to make a nice edge.  The insert in the middle was punched around a 5 inch square using the Martha Stewart flower punch as on the front. The stars had also been in my stash for a long time.

Have a happy week.

Until next time..... (all going well - tomorrow)