Sunday, September 30, 2012

The magic of winter

CSI (Colour Stories Inspiration) and OUAS joined together for September to bring weekly challenges and sketches. Finally I have managed to get one completed before the deadline.  Here are the requirements of the challenge.

I loved creating this page of my Grandmother and siblings in the winter of 1921. I felt the image on the Kaisercraft Turtle Dove PP would have been the way they played over in Worsburgh Bridge, Yorkshire back then.


 The lace was one of my finds at a market on the Gold Coast. 
 The testimony is 'newspaper' style on velum and bordered. The evidence - flowers, bird, trees & branches and page is bordered.

It was lovely to catch up on those who attended the Embellish It crop yesterday.  My mojo and motivation was MIA and I didn't even achieve finishing one page.  However today I am trying to make up for it with two layouts  on the go at the moment.  Thanks to A for lending me her punches and snowflakes.  I had left my punches at home by mistake however it was nice to try out some new ones and now I just might have to add them to the wish list.

Well I had better go and get on with the layouts. 

Thank you for visiting today and have a wonderful week.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Embellish It Crop

Hello Everyone.  I hope your week is going well.  It is raining and cold here but I did manage my 30 minute walk at lunch time under an umbrella.  Currently I am part of the work group for the Sea 2 Sea Challenge which started on Monday and continues for six weeks.  It requires one to exercise/be active for at least 30 minutes a day and extra ticks can be obtained for having 5+ a day (2 fruit and 3 vegetable servings).

I achieved a whole day scrapping last Monday (South Canterbury Anniversary Day) and created three layouts.  Joanne from Embellish It had asked me to use a Kaiser Craft collection to make some layouts and cards for display at the upcoming crop on Saturday and at the 'Crop for a Cause' on 27 October.  There are still spaces available if you wish to participate in a fun, friendly day out surrounded by inspiration from both the 'Embellish It' shop available and the creative ladies attending.   Email Joanne if you are interested.We would love you to come.

I will show you the new layouts after Saturday.  In the meantime ... another from Raincliff of you know who?

 Created with Bo Bunny patterned papers and stickers together with a Martha Stewart round the page punch. 
The cone effect was created with Bazzill card stock and a Stamping Up embossing folder.  I thought the scalloped image with the butterfly looked like a ball of icecream.

Well off to the craft room for a bit.  Looking forward to Saturday and the school holidays.  

Thank you for stopping by today.  Until next time take care....

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Crop for a Cause 2012

After my  last post I realized, while on the theme of PINK, that I had meant to mention that Beck Caithness is once again organising a "Crop for a Cause" - a PINK day on Saturday 27 October.  Check out the blog here.  In 2010 I attended and it was an extremely well organised fun day.  There is the added challenge of decorating a bra so need to get the thinking cap on.  There were a variety of excellent creations last time so I am looking forward to seeing what people come up with this time.

Today I am going to share a layout created at the Embellish It Raincliff camp.  I had been wanting to scrap these photos of our little man for ages and the Bo Bunny papers were perfect.  He was so little then and tonight on Skype he clapped his hands for the first time so I was thrilled to witness it.  Once he finally got the hang of it he didn't want to stop.  ...and today he went for his first swim in the little rash suit we brought him .... so cute and he loved the swim.

It has been a busy weekend so far with having the company of two of my sweet great nieces age 3 & 5 for the day yesterday.  We spent a little time in the craft room finishing some little Kaiser people which had been started by my youngest niece a couple of years ago.  They then used them to play 'hide and seek'  so that was fun.  They were very helpful and insisted on helping make a salad for lunch.  We then went for a visit to the batch and enjoyed exploring and playing aliens while I mowed some of the lawns.

Today has involved visiting and some more lawn mowing at the batch.  The weather has been fine and sunny which is great for a long weekend.   I am now looking forward to some scrapping/planning tonight and a creative day tomorrow so must go and get onto it.

Thank you for your visit today.  Hope all is well in your little piece of the world.

Until next time........

Thursday, September 20, 2012

PINK Tea Party

Last Friday I was invited to a Pink Tea Party - only problem was it was in Invercargill and I needed to be in Dunedin that day with Mum and Dad that day (and had I not been there it might have been hard to get off work for a "Pink Tea Party" lol.)  So I made a Pink Tea Party card instead and sent it on its way.
 Papers are from Prima 'Tea Thyme' collection and the image Lili of the Valley and flowers mostly Wild Orchids.
 The lace motif was purchased on the Gold Coast at the Carrara Markets.

 I sprayed the chipboard frame with glimmer mist.  Frames are available at Embellish It. (email Joanne)
 Punch is Martha Stewart Vintage Lace.
  I was pleased that some of my rellies got to celebrate with the Birthday Girl.

This card has been entered in Lili's Little Fairies "Flower Power" Challenge

Thursday already  and looking forward to a long weekend in South Canterbury.

Grateful thanks for visiting my blog today.

Until next time....


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Layer It Up

The last week has once again flown by.  I have just returned from Dunedin on a visit with a dual purpose - My Dad had surgery on Friday - all went well and he is home today.  And I had also been booked to look after my little GS so his parents and aunts could go to the rugby so his Great NanNan, Great Grandad and myself enjoyed every minute of the little man's company together with his Great Great Aunts who also got to see him all dressed up in his All Black Supporters outfit for the occasion.

Sadly we also had a funeral last week.  Below is the card I sent to our friends on the passing of their dear Mum & Grandma.

I have also entered the card in the Wild Orchid Challenge No 58 "Layer it Up".  
 I have layered up a 6 x 6 inch Prima Tea Thyme paper pad and decorated it with Wild Orchid flowers together with some lace motif.

 Martha Stewart Punch was used and I finished it with liquid pearls and stickles.
 The 'With Heartfelt Sympathy' is printed on vellum so that the pp still shows through.

A happy occasion also occurred last week with a friend celebrating her 65th birthday.  I will post those photos next time.

Thank you so much for visiting today.  Your visits are truly appreciated and it would be great to know who is visiting by leaving a little comment.

Take care and have a great week.

Until next time.....

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Make someone's day!

Currently over at Big Picture Scrapbooking they are holding a Big Idea Festival.  I joined up (it is FREE by the way) and while it was a long shot to be able to keep up with a project a day (which I can't) I thought there would be some good ideas.  The first one was all about Making someone's day and writing letters.  It is so nice to get a personal letter.  I used to write lots of letters (way back) as I had two pen friends and my grandparents living far away.  I treasure the letters they sent me in return and still have them all. 

I recently received a lovely letter after sending an exploding box as a belated gift to an Aunt.  I will treasure that letter and also plan to use it as hidden journaling on a page of my Aunt's special celebration.  The exploding box was a kit created by Robbi Bell.  I thoroughly enjoyed creating it.
 A snapshot of some contents follow. 

It is so nice to do something for someone who really appreciates it. 

Back to Big Picture's Big Idea Festival.....  I made this little set of cards for a friend for her birthday and she can then also 'make someone's day' by giving them to someone else.
 and tucked in was a little Gift Voucher available at "Embellish It". 
 I made the little box with my new Martha Stewart scoring pad.  I think this will be very useful for envelopes and boxes.

 and included are 6 mini cards based on my 'add on' to the recent Heritage class I taught at Raincliff.  A great way of using up the little bits left over from other projects.

My friend was very pleased with her present and I hope the recipients of her cards will be happy to.  I challenge you to "make someone's day' with a letter or a card.

At Big Picture it is up to Day 5 already - the days are flying by but today's challenge is to scrap something that makes you happy.  Will have to see if I have time.   I am enjoying lots of laughs and cuddles with little Z and have just acquired some gorgeous photos taken by a photographer so have plenty to play with. 

I hope your weekend is going well. .  Well that is all for today - off to the scrap room while DD and DH watch the rugby. .

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Until next time....

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Guess Who?

Guess who is coming to visit tomorrow?  So looking forward to a visit from this little guy and his Mum.

A pic of him exploring his "Red Nose" day nose and scrapped at the Embellish It Raincliff Camp using the new Prima Craftsman Collection.  It was perfect for the photo.   The Prima Junkyard bulb embellishment says 'treasures'.
Prima Craftsman embellishments and a little black liquid pearls. 
 Finally I used some gauze bandage on a page. together with some texture paste and a template.
 A little Websters Pages trim added to the page above..

Looking forward to some more playing with the paste and whole template soon.

Hope your week is going well.  Mine is busy as usual.  Monday DH and I assembled a big shelving unit for my scrap room and installed it (must take some pics)  It is going to be great and is almost full already.  Last night I caught up on our scrapping group and tonight on the computer but off to have a quick look in the scrap room now as I could be a bit preoccupied with a little man for the next few days while he is staying. 

So bye for now.....
Thank you so much  for visiting today. 

Sunday, September 2, 2012


Hi there!  Thanks for stopping by today.  It is a lovely day here and the sun is shining so that makes everyone feel so much better.

I have found a page which I haven't shown on my blog before.  It was one made for DD#3's album and created using the Prima Fairy Belle collection together with other Prima embellishments and flowers.  I just loved the purple flower  as I just felt it made the page and also matched E's dress.  Thank you to my S-I-L A whose stash I raided for some of the flowers.
 The pic was from DD#2's wedding back in 2010.

Just a short post today - I have tidied my scrap room after a creative session last night, photographed projects and now I am off to enjoy the sunshine for a walk, then some lawn mowing is planned.  Lots of ideas spinning around for my next layout so hopefully some time tonight for creating.  I have a feeling the weekend is not going to be long enough again!!!

Until next time....