Sunday, 31 October 2010

Birds of a Feather Craft Together

Don't you just meet the coolest people through cyberspace!
 A few years ago I become cybre friends with a lovely lady who oozes talent. Last week this very same lady asked me if Id like to start up a new blog with her. This blog is to be a place where friendly like minded people can share their talents and take part in swaps and challenges, anything goes from ATC's to altered books, and everything inbetween. We are open to suggestions.
Please check out our blog which is due to 'kick off' later this week.
Sure hope some of you ladies join us because I know many of you have so much talent to share.
You can find us HERE

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Colour Combo

Just for fun I took part in a wee challenge over at Colour Combos Galore and yesterday I discovered that I was chosen as the gallery favorite, what a buzz! If your looking for colour inspiration be sure to check this  site out.
  This was the card inspiration for this challenge, made by Kim Moreno ...
 This is the picture and colour combo...
And here is the page I created...

I used wax, a stamp and paint to create texture, inspired by the curtain in the photo. 
Check out all of the other wonderful takes on this challenge in the gallery here

Monday, 25 October 2010

Sketch challenge, with a challenge

This week is my turn to do the sketch challenge over at The Scrapbook Outlet, so if you have a spare moment in your week I sure hope you give this a go. I have kept my sketch quite simple....

....but there is  plenty of room for you to add your own mark. My challenge to you is to use your favorite Scrapbook  embellishment on this page. Add it/them where ever you wish to add them.

My most favorite embellishment are those tiny little Prima rose buds that you see on many of my projects.

...they are just perfect to add as a finishing touch. or to full a gap, or to simply add that little bit more!

Sure hope you can join in.  Layouts posted in the gallery by mid-night Thursday 28th October will be in for a chance to win a wee prize. So good luck, and happy scrapping.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Turn back the clock.

Thought Id share this old (and as yet unphotoshopped ) photo with you.
Its of my sister and I many a year ago. Our dear Nana had just taught us both to knit. Our Nana was the best of Nana's, she also taught us to crochet, sew, how to make soap poodles and tulle bath balls...and so many more crafty delights. Guess she unwittingly set me up for my love of crafting. I know if she were alive today she would be a scrapbooker as well, and what fun we would have creating together.

Anyway...back to the present ...and now I really really need to go and tidy up my mess. the way, Im the one in the fluffy pink slippers :-)

Days gone by

Just popping in to say hello before I throw myself into tidying up my very busy and very messy scrap room. Ive had many a late night this week tiring to create a master piece.

Below is a page I completed a week or so back. The photo is of my wonderful mother and father in law. As many of you know I'm really not much good at creating a typical vintage style page...I have this 'need' to add colour and an odd array of embellishments!
This page uses two gorgeous pieces of Prima Paper
Ashton was used for the background and Avondale has been cut up and layered in the corner (see below) along with the lovely Prima fabric flower.

Thank you for popping I'm off for that tidy up that Ive been putting off ALL day!

Monday, 18 October 2010

A little more Prima

Here I am at last! Ive been super busy in my craft room, even though the weather has been beautiful and outside is calling me, just need to get a few things finished and then I can relax and enjoy summer, which hopefully will hang around and wait for me!

Here is my Boy Prima page, created for Scrapbook Outlet

This paper is soooo cute

...and once again Ive cut out many of the images. I'm right into cutting out patterned paper at the moment!

I read this on Face book yesterday (thanks Bronwyn) and thought I d share it with you...
A Birth Certificate proves that you were born
A death certificate proves that you died.
Photographs prove that you lived
so preserve your precious and irreplaceable memories for a life time.
...that's exactly why I spend so much time scrapping I guess!
Be back soon.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Prima- So Cute!

Check out the new range of paper by Prima, called 'So Cute' available now from the Scrapbook Outlet
I was lucky enough to receive some of this to have a play with, here is my 'Girl' page. The photo is of Aimee when she was just a wee dot, Cody is in the background...just a 'wee dot' also!
The paper has such cute wee critters on it! I got busy with the scissors cutting them out and building up layers to create a 3D effect.

Tonight I'm working on a Boy page using the same line of papers. I should mention that these papers are double sided, one side is in pinks, lemons and pale blues, on the reverse side you get browns blues and greens..,.very yummy for scrapping the lttle'ies in your life.

Monday, 11 October 2010

A whole lot of Bull!

We had a very wet weekend in Rangiora at Bull Riding School this weekend
Camden had a ...'excuse the pun' ..ball!
Almost harder than riding the bull is getting onto it in the first place, If you get out of the 'box' without breaking both your legs then your half way there!

Shame you cannot hear the bull snorting...its quite scary to watch your youngest doing this very crazy thing!

The goal is to stay on the Bull for 8 seconds,

and your only aloud to use one hand...crazy!

Cam is so lucky this bull is a young fella and has not grown his horns yet!

Never ever linger when you fall off!!

Camden now needs lots of gear, I can see this 'hobby' is going to be costly. Cowboy boots are at the top of his list, a hard riding helmet is at the top of my, and Andrews list, and I cannot believe they learn this crazy caper without having to first put a helmet on!

Today it was back to work, and then home to unpack our bags as we never got home until late last night.
Camden got his restricted drivers licence duing the school holidays,so it looks like Andrew and I will be staying home for a whlie now as our van is never here!
Back tomorrow with some scrappng, for now its off to bed we go because us old folk need our sleep! Night night.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Playing with Prima

This is the box of goodies I received from Andrea at Scrapbook Outlet this month. All of my goodies are from Prima, my favorite brand, so lucky me!

I hardly ever scrap photos of myself, for two reasons, first I do not have many photos of me as I'm usually the one taking the photos, and secondly...well, see for yourself...

yup face is a little bit scary!

I love Prima so much that I could not bring myself to throw out the packaging from inside the flower bag, so instead I topped the butterfly's with Glossy Accents (to make them appear 3D)
and used the packaging as a backdrop for my photo.
Here is my second page on the go. The lovely paper, quote and flowers are all from my kit. The fence is cut from the Heritage Cricut cartridge,painted and dabbed with KindyGlitz.
...and I have doubled sided tape around the edges.
The Foreground of my layout is another piece of lovely prima paper, which I have made into a mask by removing the centre. I then sprayed the removed centre with water and scrunched it up! Once it dried I tore pieces from it and attached them to the back of my 'mask' using doubled sided tape.
After this I cut out a 12 X12'" piece of card, removed the centre and attached this to the wrong side, of my foreground paper mask.
Then I placed the whole piece over the top of my background layer
Because my foreground paper has cardboard on the reverse side, it sits forward and creates dimension, I love dimension!

All of the papers used here are from Primas Annalee Collection, which can be found here
Thanks for looking :-)

Saturday, 2 October 2010

KaiserCraft Dress-Up Dolls

Some time ago I received these in the post... I have to be honest and tell you that I felt tempted to light the fire with them!! Well, not quite, but I did wonder what on earth I was going to do with them! These Dress -Up dolls were the 'surprise' in store for all of the people who made it to the 100 point mark after round 8 of the Kiwiana Competition over at the Scrapbook Outlet.
It was my job, as a design team member to provide an example...ARRrrrgh
Much to my total amazement, once I began decorating my dolls my whole attitude towards them changed! I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and it took me back a year...or thirty... to the days when I was a girl who liked nothing more than to dress up her many dolls.
Here is my finished resulting pen/pencil holders....

Andrew laughed when he saw this one, and said she looked just like the little cartoon girl from the original KFC advert! (That makes Andrew pretty old as well, that advertisement goes back to the days when I used to enjoy dressing up my barbie dolls!)

I hand sewed tiny buttons onto my 'boys' shirt and made his belt from ribbon.

...he looks a little started!
Faux stitches worked quite well on the paper clothes

I used scraps of Echo Park paper that were left over from my August SBO kit

This is mum, can you tell by the apron?

To add dimension I backed parts of the clothing with cardboard, fiddly but fun!

Here is dad, looking rather flamboyant in his floral shirt!

...and ribbon tie!

I'm looking forward to seeing what the ladies create with their dolls. You can see what the other design team members come up with over at the SBO gallery. There are some very clever takes on this challenge.

Thanks for looking.

Hope you have all have a great weekend. I have been super busy in my garden, quite a change to be out of my craft room!

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Here is my finished latest painting

Here is my finished latest painting
This one is a hit with all the males who have seen it. I must say that I did not really enjoy painting a truck and it will be a one off for sure! Uncle David is now the owner of this one. Next project on thepainting scene is going to be a fisherman- for my Uncle Graeme who is wanting me to paint him something. Really need to get onto this one!

Finished at last- I think

Finished at last- I think
At last I think I have pretty much finished this painting for my uncle. Do hope he likes it.

My waterlillies

My waterlillies
one of my recent paintings

Naked Lady

Naked Lady
One of my last years paintings

Aimee and Bob

Aimee and Bob
A painting I did a while back for my daughter

Click on our house to see a little of where we live.

Thank you

Just want to say thankyou to those of you who have been kind enough to take the time to leave a comment or sign my guest book. Always get a buzz out of knowing people have been here for a wee look! THANK YOU!!

Check out my talented nephew Tony...he's the cool dude singing!