Thursday, April 30, 2009

Blog of the Month - April

Hi! This month's blogger for April, is my good friend Tanya.

I have known Tanya since May/June 2008 when I joined her Stamp club. Tanya is a Stampinup' demonstrator and runs a group of six ladies that get together monthly. Tanya demonstrates techniques that we use on our cards and scrapbook layouts. Tanya loves her scrapbooking and has done some awaesome layouts, her favourite subjects are her family of course.....

Tanya has her own blog, which is worth having a look at. You can get to it from here.


Sunday, April 26, 2009

Chocolate Supply

This is my take on Amandas challenge at the April Cybercrop at Uproar to Scrapmore.

Okay here's my challenge:

Milk, Dark or White ...... chocolate is lovely to eat ..... but ..... it also makes a lovely colour combination!

My challenge to you is to make a page inspired by the colours of chocolate! You may add one other colour to the combo if you choose but it is not necessary. You don't have to scrap an Easter pic either.

I have tried to stick mainly with the chocolate colours. You can view my eg layout here.

Can't wait to see what you all come up with!


Chocolate Supply ~ Amanda's Cybercrop Challenge

The journaling reads:
Shazza says: For your own safety, please stay behind the line I have drawn around my supply of chocolate.

I have drawn a police line around my supply of chocolate.

here are a few close ups:




Saturday, April 25, 2009

Chicks Rule! and Egg Carrier

Here are two little projects I did for the April Cybercrop Challenges at Uproar 2 Scrapmore.

Who's up for another ATC challenge?? by Amanda

Same as last month ... make an ATC and load it to the gallery .... poll will go up with the others .... whoever gets the most votes wins the set of ATC's!! (By playing along you are comitting to sending your ATC to the winner)

This month your ATC must have either a bunny or chic/bird on it and must be in pastel colours. It doesn't have to be Easter themed but it must be a one of creation!!

What you waiting for ....... HOP TO IT!!!! Grin Grin Grin

Here is my creation:

Chicks Rule! ~ April ATC challenge
My third ATC, I am really enjoying doing these little creations !


Kylie's Challenge
Yeh!! I got the OTP challenge for our Hop to It Cybercrop Grin

Your challenge is do design an OTP that could either carry easter eggs or a block of chocolate. But i would like to see pastel colours and easter embellishments.

Here is my creation..... lacking embellishments, oh well!

and below is the before and after shot.



Attracting Butterflies

Welcome everyone to the new ARTastic Challenge Blog. I have had this idea floating about for ages and welcome you to share it with me as inspiration for some creative layouts. I have had a passion for the great artists since highschool fact here is my year 12 submission that I dragged out from under the bed (you didnt hear that from me LOL) that (as daggy as it is to some) it was inspired by an artist called Gustav Klimt. In fact I did a whole series in different medium and gave them as present so Mum and my sister both have masterpieces hanging on the walls LOL

So as a quick challenge for April I have dragged out the following works by the same artist as inspiration for your masterpiece!

You can use the colours, subject idea, or geometric patterns for your designs. In fact whatever inspires you from the great artist!! Each month a new artist will feature. Check the side bar for the current prize of the month. We are not currently sponsored by stores so its a little treat for your efforts from me :) by Allison Payne


Here is my take:

Hi Ally,

This is my take on Gustav Klimt's "Sea Urchins" called "Attracting Butterflies".

The colors he used for the sea urchins reminded me of colorful butterflies, so I went with this concept. I also added three elements which Gustav klimt was renowned for. The first is the love of cats, so I included a cat in the corner of the layout clawing at a butterfly flying past. The second was his fixation with "Red Heads", my lady has beautiful wavy red woolen hair.The third is his use of gold leaf in his painting, I have included four gold butterflys in my work.

I loved putting this together and enjoyed the artistic freedom to use any elements from "Sea urchins" in my work.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Cheers and regards

P.S Can you pick which celebraties eyes I used ?


and here are some close up:




Friday, April 24, 2009

Kinder - {Shell's awesome class}

This is the negative space layout I did in Shell's class at "Flutterbuy's", a scrapbooking store located at 653 High Street, Preston. Shell is a great teacher, she covered the technique of tearing paper (now I know how to do it correctly), and how to punch out a line correctly, choosing colors and matching embelishments.

It was fun and I had a great time. Looking forward to her next session.

This is my oldest son Adam at Kinder in 1989.

Thanks Shell :)

and a few close ups



Wednesday, April 22, 2009

These are a few of my favourite things...

This is my take on the April challenge at SCRAPS OF US called "These are a few of my favourite things". This is for the group, IT'S ALL ABOUT ME, inspired by Tina.

Okey this time I want you to make a page of your

10 FAVOURIT THINGS , and explane why they are your fav. things !

looking forward to see your LO's :)


and here is my example and some close ups :)

Hi Tina,
I have finally finished this challenge and really had a great time putting it all together :)
I hope you like my take, the journaling reads:
*Fresh sheets and flannel pj's *My partner Hasan *Happy, smiley people *My cats - Kimba and Astro *Candle lit bubble bath *Art and craft {painting and sewing} *Sunsets... *Collecting Fairings :) *Family and friends *Handmade gifts and cards.

All the cardstock has been cut by hand the only thing added is the American crafts - Rockabye foam letters which I covered in Kindy Glitz to give it a bit of a sparkly feel to it.




Sunday, April 19, 2009

Christmas Elf

This is my entry for the April sketch challenge at Scraphappy Kat called "Christmas Elf"

An April sketch Challenge for you with a fantastic prize!!!

Hello lovely ladies!! Well I am (almost on my way) now sitting on a beach enjoying myself with my family!! Missing you all of course and wondering what you will be doing on Good Friday????
Now I have a little challenge for you all. Anybody can enter this one and you can just email me a photo of your completed challenge by 24th April to the following address.
Using a minimum of 2 patterned papers and 2 plain card stock, some buttons or brads (1 or the other not both), a painted or embossed or glittered title and some flowers. Below is a sketch for you to follow with the layout of the page for photos etc, but its up to you what you do with the patterened papers & the card stock & exactly where you use them on your LO! The squiggly lines are for your journalling!!

Here is my effort for you!!
Have fun girls and send us the end results by the 24th April for your chance to win a very cool prize!!


and here is my entry:


Here is my entry for your Sketch Challenge for April called "Christmas Elf"

I have covered the criteria: 2 x pp = green and red, 2 x cardstock = green and red, Elf title is glittery = Kindy Glitz, Brad used = red and green in bottom right corner however I did sustitute snowflakes for flowers as I thought they would suit the christmas themed layout better!

Shazza Bishop


and some close ups

The journalin reads:
I handmade 3 of these christmas elves for my family for Christmas 2008'
The loved em!

and lastly....


My Wild Rose

This is my take I did for the April Challenge at Black with 2 called "My Wild Rose.

April Challenge

  • Entries close April 28th
  • Dominant Black
  • 1. Pink
  • 2. Orange
  • Paint
  • 20 Brads

Hi Eve,

I thought I would have a go at your April Challenge, this is my take called "My Wild Rose". I have covered all the criteria required for this challenge. I hand painted a wild rose in the corners of my page and used 20 brads on the ends of the stamens. The paints I used were Gooseberry pink - Americana. Green Light, Turners Yellow and Cadmium orange - Jo Sonja. I also used 2 x "Sam and Lucy" puffies. The Wild Rose template I got from Mel Mcarthy (
Thanks to all the Creative Team Chicks for their inspiration.


Here are a few close ups:


Cheers for now

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bunny girls

This is my take on the "Rainbow challenge by Lady Grace at Roll2Create.

RAINBOW Challenge - set by LG

Good day to you all !!!

I would like to share with you and invite you to join me at Roll2Create for my 2nd challenge as their DT member. Here are the details of the challenge:

RAINBOW challenge - set by LG

For this months Rainbow challenge I would like you to create a layout using these two colors.


You may NOT add any other colors but you can use the different hues of the required colors (example pink, light pink and dark pink.

I would like to see ribbon and blings !!!


You will receive two points for submitting an entry for this cahallenge. the winner of this challenge will get an additional 5 points.


All challenge entries must be uploaded into the gallery by April 30th and make sure to post the link to this thread. Late entries will not be accepted.

Gallery link for this rainbow challenge is


Here is LG's example:

Called the "baptism"


and here is my entry:

This is a pic of my DD Jenna and her friend Donna with painted bunny faces.
I have covered all the criteria for this challenge.
I have used Franchville pp called Citrus Paisley and thickers Rockabye. the rest of the bits and pieces are from my left overs stash!!

Thanks LG, I was very inspired by your layout and the colors you had choosen.

Here is the link to the thread on LG's site:


and a few close ups




Friday, April 17, 2009

i do...

This is my entry for the "April Challenge at "Out of the Hat" called "I do ..." You can get to the site from here.

April Challenge

1. Use lace in a unique way - Annette Ledger

2. Use a non square/rectangular background - Sandra Wilkinson

3. Use a "non traditional" scrapbooking item on your page - Anne Patterson

* I used lace in a unique way by making a mini head piece and veil and decorating it with light blue flowers.
* I hand cut cut my own scalloped background which is non square/rectangular....
* My non traditional scrapbook item is a "Wedding hanger" which I made.

and some close ups

and lastly

I think I have scrared Hasan off by doing this layout lol


Blog Candy giveaway from "Inked Inspirations"

Blog candy giveaway from Inked Inspirations

Jodi is giving away some goodies on her blog "Inked Inspiration" see below for more details.

I am giving this prize because my blog had recently hit the 20,000 mark!! This prize will go to one lucky person. This will run from April 7th until April 19th and the winner to be announced on Monday April 20th. Here is what you need to do to qualify.
Leave a comment to this post, mention it on your blog, become a follower of my blog and tell me what you'd like to see more of on my blog. I will ship anywhere. Good luck!!
Here is what the prizes are:
Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch,
Stickles, a variety of Prima flowers,
3 alota stamps (donated by Helene), Sugar Nellie stamp (Daisy), Whiff of Joy stamp(Willow Baking Cookies), High Hopes stamp (Wagon Full of Blessings), Jolee's stickers, CC Designs Rubber Duckie stamp set, $10 Gift card to Roses On Paper, 5 Magnolia stamps (3 Tildas, 2 Accessory stamps) 2 stamp sets from Stampin' Up.

So, give it a go, you might get lucky!!


Kellie Winnell - Blog Candy


I have just found this beautiful blog owned by Kellie Winnell and she has some amazing blog candy up for grabs please check it out HERE

Kellies work is inspiring, she is also an independant Stampinup' demonstrator so drop in and check out her blog and try your luck at the blog candy ..

Kellie Winnell - Blog Candy!

Kellie is celebrating her 15'000 blog hit and what better way to celebrate than to give away a gorgeous candy that has no calories but still yummy!

All you have to do is pop over to her blog, leave a comment on the blog post and post a link of the candy to your own blog.....Becoming a follower is not a must only an option if you want to.

The candy ends on the 18th of April so be sure to get yourself in the running before it gone!

Go for it!!


Blog Candy Winner at Crafty Secrets

Hey!! I won the Blog Candy at Crafty Secrets, you can get to the site from here.


I know i was to have this up yesterday so sorry ladies but i lost track of the days
anyway here is my winner of this beautiful blog candy ...
congrats darling send me an email at with your address and ill pop your pack in the post for you ....
Look out for some more candy in the coming weeks girls ...thanks for playing along ...


Every one loves blog candy and i have some up for grabs at the moment ..

I will be doing this on a regular basis ...
How do you go in the running to win this candy ? just leave a comment on my blog and follow it and i will choose the comment i like the best in 1 weeks time and announce the winner right here next thursday ...
Good luck this is whats up for grabs


Thanks Eve, its very much appreciated


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Easter Card from Ali

Guess what arrived in the mail for me today. This gorgeous handmade card from my friend Ali and her daughters Gemma and Zoe all the way from England. It really made my day....

Thanks Ladies!
(P.S - just noticed the pic is a bit blurry, will take another pic tomorrow under more light)

April Cybercrop prize at RSS ~ Love it

This is my prize for winning the April Cybercrop at Ready, Set, Scrap.

* autumn Leaves clear stamps "Big Swirls"
* Love Elsi Gel Stickers
* Love Elsie Cardstock stickers
and best of all.......

* Deja' Views 8x8 Paper and punch-out Tablet in Plum colors
Just love those papers.

Thanks RSS