Sunday, November 29, 2009

Baby Blue Eyes

This was my submission for Novembers 'Out of the Hat' challenge site, you had to use the following criteria:

1. A tree - Lisa Kamphuis

2. 3 pics of different sizes - Natalie King

3. Use a die cut paper - Avina Lim

Here is my take:

Another layout of baby Keira, I just cant get enough of her she is so adorable :)

I loved the criteria for this challenge, I knew straight away what photos I wanted to use and even the die cut paper. My photos are all different sizes and instead of using one tree (like Anne) I have a small forest....... lol As the die cut paper was not very large I have kept the layout simple and not too busy!
My stint at 'Out of the Hat' is nearly over, I will miss the other ladies on the team, Anne, Christine, Taryn and Debbie, we've had a lot of fun. Proudly we were the first Mad Hatters chosen so I will always remember that :) Thanks to Amanda for my first ever DT position, its made me think out of the square and to meet deadlines!! I will miss you all, the good thing is I will be back next month to play along with the next lot of criteria!

Cheers for now

Love you All

This was submission for November at 'From Screen 2 SCrap' challenge blog, you had to take your inspiration from the poster Kill Bill 2 with some added criteria.

1. negative space

2. must have a cutout from a photo/photos

3. must use blue, pink and yellow somewhere on your layout

4. painted title

*Movie Diva Demand* For an extra bonus two points ....... paint your title red!! ( This is optional, you dont have to do this but it does give you the extra bonus points!)

This is my submission called 'Love You All'

This is my neice Megan, stretching out her hands, the words (attached to wire) she is holding says.... 'I love you all this much'. I have covered all the criteria but I missed out on the bonus points for not painting the title red............ Thanks Shazza

Heres a close up:


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Keira's Teddy :)

I have finally finished our dear baby Keira's jointed teddy, its taken me months. Lots of sewing, stuffing, pulling apart, putting back together, adjusting the joints.... and a lots of cursing.
The face was the hardest, oversewing the nose was a nightmare. I think one eye is slightly out of whack.... but whats a baby to know!! :)

I'm happy with the end result.




Saturday, November 21, 2009

2 x Over the Top Awards

I received this award from the lovely Anne and Kylie thanks so much for this great award and sorry it has taken me so long to pass it on.

Shazza...for leaving lovely comments for me - thanks xx from Kylie


Shazza - Cos she has so many wonderful Challenges going on. from Anne

Here are the rules of this award:

1. You can only use ONE word!!!
2. Pass this along to 5 of your favorite bloggers!
3. Alert them that you have given them this award!
4. HAVE FUN!!!

1. Where is your cell phone? kitchen bench
2. Your hair? clean
3. Your mother? food shopping atm
4. Your father? Watching over me
5. Your fave food? Mexican
6. Your dream last night? strange
7. Your fave drink? Iced tea
8. Your dream/goal? care for others
9. What room are you in? garage
10. Your hobby? Scrapbooking/painting/sewing
11. Your fear? drowning
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Travelling
13. Where you were last night? home
14. Something that you aren't? snob
15. Muffins? Blueberry
16. Wish List Item? Travel more
17. Where did you grow up? Rosanna, Melb
18. Last thing you did? shopping
19. What are you wearing? Jeans and T shirt
20. Your TV? Off
21. Your Pets? both asleep on their couch
22. Friends? fun and irreplaceable
23. Your Life? no complaints
24. Your Mood? relaxed
25. Missing Someone? My dad
26. Vehicle? Toyota Yaris
27. Something your not wearing? Shoes
28. Your fave store? Spotlight
29. Your fave colour? Blue
30. Last time you laughed? today
31. Last time you cried? yesterday
32. Your best friend? are fun to be with
33. One place that I go to over and over? Post Office
34. One person who emails regularly? Amanda
35. Fave place to eat? TGI Fridays 2 x 5 = 10 chosen bloggers are

1. Chelle Beeby

2. Mandy Snow

3. July Gaceta

4. Hasan Niazi

5. Amanda

6. Tanya Joseph

7. Natalie Elphinstone

8. Peggy Schenkels

9. Martina Holmstrom

10. Jacqui Miles


A Promised Woman.....

This is my submission for ARTastic challenge blog, you had to take your inspiration from Tadema's 'A Greek Woman'

Entries for Novembers Challenge will close on
Saturday 28th November at midnight SHARP!

Here is my take....

This is [me] on my wedding day 1981 and the church (St John's Anglican Church, Heidelberg), that I was married in, (in the background). I think I went a bit overboard with the flowers.
This is the first ever photo I have scrapped of my special day. My daughter Jenna has already nabbed it for her album. :)


The Barutzki Family.....

This is my layout I did for Paula's Scrapbooking Place scrapbooking 6 week challenge.

Well week 3....Here it is.

I want you to create a layout using these elements.

1. A circular element to your page
2. At least one decorative edge (punch, scissors etc)
3. Handstitching
4.Two photos only!

The Barutzki Family - My sister Lorel, Brother-in-law Andrew and two beautiful nieces Megan and Keira.

A close up!!


Jack of all Trades

This was my entry for Challenge #4 for Casino Royale at Roll 2 CReate

Theme - Black Jack


* Use a playing card (you can use more than one card)
* Use any (or all) of the following words in your title - Black, Jack, Twenty-one (21)

This is what the journaling says:

I wondered why Adam had been so quiet playing in the backyard.
I went out and checked on him!
Wow! Adam had been busy building a dinosaur and painted it!!
(Mind you Dad wasn't too pleased that Adam had used his tools and paint from the shed!!)
It was the perfect photo opportunity.... Adam was so pleased with himself :)
Clever boy! He was only five......

Here's a close up.....


Friday, November 20, 2009

Check out this new blog!!!!

Three Pipe Problem

All the blogging I do, has left my partner lonely and bored so he has gone off and started one of his own!!!!! Luckily he has a lot of things to write about, so this should keep him off my back for a while...... hehehehe. The main focus of his blog is art, history, film, and books. I encourage you to go and have a squiz, you might find something interesting !!

I particularly like the post on the famous Flemish painting called The Arnolfini Marriage. Very interesting stuff!

You can get to his blog from here.

If it looks like your cup of tea, make sure you follow it and
leave comments, he will love that :)


Monday, November 16, 2009

Lasting Friendship - Mum and Keira

A layout I did of my mum [Melvie] and our dear new bubba, Keira.

I just loved this photo and wanted to do something with it :)

The tag reads: Mum and Keira!! An everlasting friendship!
Photo taken July 2009.
Mum home from hospital!

and a close up!


Haven a ball

This is my layout I did for Paula's Scrapbooking Place scrapbooking 6 week challenge.

OK so heres your second challenge......
I want you to use these three colors on a layout.....RED, AQUA and YELLOW.
You can use other colors as well if you wish BUT the other colors need to be the dominant colors. Good luck Ill add my sample in a moment.....

My neice Tash, playing in her ball pit when she was a bubba!

I have used aqua,red and yellow as the dominant colors, thanks for the inspiration!


Drive'n Mum Crazy - Shazza

This was my entry for Challenge #3 for Casino Royale at Roll 2 CReate

Theme - Pokies (Lucky 7's)


* use 7 photos on a LO OR a group of 7 embellishments (if you are feeling really brave you could do both!!)
* painting/inking
* (OPTIONAL) double page LO

Drive'n Mum Crazy - Shazza

My take on challenge #3 called Drive'n Mum CRazy. I have covered all criteria:
I used 7 pieces to embellish the page, 3 smaller pics, round guitar neck, chipboard guitar, musical charm and the word 'ROCK'. I have used ink around the matting on the photos and also on the cardstock.

This is my DS Adam at age thirteen, He loved music and had his own electric guitar and amp and played constantly........LOUD!!!! It used to drive me CRazy!!

a close up!
Thanks for looking
Take care

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My Double Doozey!! ............from Mad Hatter Shazza

October Challenge - My Boys

1. Use something folded on your layout - Sandra Wilkinson
2. Journal in your own handwriting - Belinda Achatz
3. Do a double 12 x 12 layout - Ronnie Simpson

Okay, I'm not big into double layouts, have only done a few, so this took a bit of thinking!!
This double is of my two boys around the same age (they are even wearing the same outfits).... poor Jarred he always got the hand me downs :(
I have covered all criteria 12x 12 double, journalled in my own handwriting on tags and my folded item was an old fashioned folded newspaper hat.... which they are both proudly wearing!! I also got the kids next door to add some doodles to the pages, they loved doing that!!
I really enjoyed the challenge. Thanks Sandra, Belinda and Ronnie!


Tigger Time

This is my entry for the bonus challenge # 2 for Casino royale at Roll 2 Create called Tigger time

Ok girls, here is the second bonus challenge

I would like you to create a layout based on the following sketch, and would also like to see the following:

* Flowers
* Bling
* Title

My take has the sketch reversed, just something a bit different. Pic is my neice Tash in her Tigger jacket.
I printed a map of the 'Hundred Acre Wood' to use as my pp and a some Winnie the Pooh charachters. I'm sure Tash will love it when she sees it :)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Us 2 and Billy

Here is my submission for the 'From Screen 2 Scrap' challenge site for October.

Night at the Museum
(Battle of the Smithsinian)

Plus criteria = 1. Use a group photo

2. Yellow or gold title

3. Use one element from the poster - a dinosaur, monkey, plane, rocket, squid etc.....
3. Something inspired by one of the figures in the poster.......
example #1 The Pharoah = a pyramid or egyptian theme
example # 2 Napolean Bonaparte = the Eiffel tower

Shazza - Us 2 and Billy

I have covered all criteria for the challenge. This is a photo of Hasan and I in Thailand in 2004. We went to the Phuket Zoo and saw Billy the amazing orangatang. He was just like a little kid, he even kissed me on the cheek... he was so cute!! I have used bits and pieces from my stash :)


Hamilton Island

Here is a layout I did for Paula's scrapbooking 6 week challenge at Paulas Scrapbooking Place.

SO HERE IS YOUR CHALLENGE....I have kept it easy this week to ease you into it!!!!


by Ebony Van der Starre

Week One Challenge - Hamilton Island Snaps
Some snaps from our Holiday on Hamilton Island in November 2008. I have covered the criteria with three photos.


Van Gogh's Starry Night - October

Here is my submission for Octobers ARTastic challenge blog, you had to take inspiration from Van Gogh's Starry Night.

Shazza - 'Paris at Night'

My take on 'Starry Night', a roof top view over Paris at night.

I tried to get a behind photo of my two cats 'Astro and Kimba' together... but do you think they would co-operate, not on your life, no amount af coaxing or tuna bribing would they sit together!! There's a saying 'never work with children or animals', now I understand why?!?

The cats are cut out of felt and I hand cut all the roof top buildings and then layered them to get the feeling of distance and height........ I enjoyed the inspiration from Van Gogh's art work :)


I'm back.....

I have been a terrible blogger for the last few weeks, I will try and catch up! Thanks to all my new Follwers whom have added themselves over the last couple of weeks :)

My first post is a blog award from Jess. Jazzy Jess entered the ARTastic Starry night competition last month with a gorgeous Christmas card she had made :) Here is her Blog address, if you would like to go take a peek at her work.

You have to pass this award on to 5 people, then go to their blogs and let them know that you are sending them some love.............. (I'm going to cheat and email them.....)

Here are my answers to the questions, so if you want to know a little bit more about on!!


1. Where is your cell phone? Charging beside my bed.
2. Your hair? Brown (with a tinge of GREY!!)
3. Your mother? Melvie (she's a sweetie)
4. Your father? Watching over me......I miss him a lot!
5. Your favorite food? Thai chicken green curry and rice
6. Your dream last night? I never usually remember them
7. Your favorite drink? Iced Tea
8. Your dream/goal? To Travel more!
9. What room are you in? Garage
10. Your hobby? Apart from scrapbooking, I collect 'Fairings'
11. Your fear? Drowning
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Travel with Hasan
13. Where were you last night? Dinner at TGI Fridays, picked up DD from work and then home!
14. Something that you aren't worried about? Having the best of everything!
15. Muffins? Blueberry
16. Wish list item? Always something scrapbook related!
17. Where did you grow up?Melbourne, Australia
18. Last thing you did? Uploaded an entry to my challenge site :)
19. What are you wearing? PJ's
20. Your TV? off
21. Your Pets? Two cats, Astro (British Blue Shorthair) and Kimba (Snow Bengal)
22. Friends? Too many to list!
23. Your life? To care and give to others........
24. Your mood? Happy (today!)
25. Missing Someone? My Dad.
27. Something your not wearing? Bra
28. Your favorite store? Spotlight
29. Your favorite color? Blue
30. When was the last time you laughed? Yesterday at work
31. Last time you cried? With Elke my friend who lost her daughter last year (it was Elke's birthday Tuesday!)
32. Your best friend? Hasan - my partner, who keeps me level headed
33. One place that I go to over and over? My two challenge sites ARTastic and From Screen 2 scrap.
34. Facebook? I'm on there but dont use it much at all!
35. Favorite place to eat? Firestation Cafe, Hight St , Preston they have the best Vegetarian pasta (I'm not a vege just love this dish)

without further ado.......

My awards go to.......

1. Michelle Beeby. Great lady who has just joined my 'From Screen 2 scrap' challenge site as our new DT member. Her scrapbooking is fantastic and creative.

2. Tanya Joseph. Creative 3D genius, who has just joined my ARTastic challenge site as a new DT member. Her artwork is out of this world!!

3. Peggy Schenkels - Winner of 'From Screen 2 scrap' challenge for October with her piece 'Careful' Peggy always comes up with something arty and quite different! A well deserved win!

4. Natalie Elphinstone - winner of 'ARTastic' with her OTP piece - 'O Holy Night'. Fantastic entry and a well deserved win!

5. Amanda Lawrence - owner of 'Out of the Hat challenge blog' who gave me my first DT position, unfortunately my stint there has nearly finished. I enjoyed the challenges and getting to know the other DT members.

** Thanks Jess, this award is much appreciated**