Sunday, June 27, 2010


This is my creation for Natalie Elphinstones challenge - Jolly June Yellow challenge, with your choice of Prize :)

Her Challenge:
I challenge you to make me forget about the blues and greys of winter, and show me something yellow.

I want you to create something (absolutely anything!!) with yellow as a feature colour.

It could be a layout, a card, a dress, a canvas, jewellery, a home decor item....... wherever your imagination takes you. I don't care if you make this for someone else's challenge (as long as they don't mind) or if it's just for you.

You have til the end of June to get your challenge in!! You can get to Natalies challenge from here.

Here is my never seen before layout called


(this oughta take Natalies blue's away!!! lol)

This was one of my first ever scrapbook pages, I never got around to posting it to my blog.....

The journaling says: I remember this day like it was yesterday. This photo was taken on a beautiful sunny day rowing on the Yarra River in Fairfield with friends. Fairfield Boathouse, Yarra Bend 1978. ...............................I was 20 years old back then :)


Thursday, June 24, 2010

It's never too late.......[take 2]

This was my 'About Me' Challenge at Soul Scrappers'.

This challenge is a follow on from my entry in Erika's AMC10 challenge........'It's never too late'..........

For this challenge journal about a topic that you feel, It's never too late" to do
Examples: say your sorry learn a new language be kind face your fears save your money get fit learn to cook be yourself

There's literally hundreds of topics and ideas that you could use on your page

Create a scrapbook page following the challenge guidelines listed below

1. Must have 'It's never too late'.........somewhere on your page
2. Must have your chosen topic listed on the page either from examples above or your own idea.
3. pic of your self
4. hand written journaling

It's never too late'.......To Laugh at Yourself

This is what my hand written journaling says: Life is too short to take it too seriously. It's easy to laugh at others - much harder to laugh at ourselves. but it's more rewarding. It lightens our lives, it brightens others lives. It builds self confidence and self worth. It endears us to others.

I had seven ladies join in the challenge:

Here is my winner......

The winner is Mary Anderson with her entry 'It's never too late to......act silly!

The reason I chose Mary's entry was....... its always great to stay positive and laugh at yourself or laugh along side others. :) I think Mary is a lot like myself and tries to find fun and humour by being silly and laughing at ourselves, life is too short, to take it seriously plus its great to have some fun :)


It's never too late......

I won Erikas challenge at Soul Scrappers.

Erika - I picked Shazza's page for AMC10. It gave me a wonderful view of many of the things that she's done over her years and that it's not too late to do anything as long as we're still here.

This challenge was to documenting what you've learned in life about yourself.

Journaling says: I've learned in life that it's never too late....... to break free of stale habits and change my life. Even if they are just small and humble changes. Some of the changes I have made during my life are, quit smoking, learning to say NO!, to lose weight and to love again. Even simple things like watching a sunset, listening to birds, laughing at yourself or finding beauty in everything I see.
This year I thought it's never too late to make some new friends, if I hadn't joined 'Soul Scrappers' I would not have made some wonderful internet friendships, like Erika, the Soul Team, Chriss Weiss and Mary Steinmetz.
It's never too late..... to do anything, you just have to take that first step!


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I'II make your happiness GROW!

This was my entry for amys themed challenge last month at Soul Scrappers

you had to use the following:
1x photo - check!
2 x stamps - butterflies - check
3 x brads - flower centres - check
4 x diff c/s - base, clouds, 3 x flower centres - check
5 x different pp's -scalloped and pleated outside edge, 4 x different flower petals - check
6 x staples - 2each on three leaf stems - check
7 x eyelets - 4 on fence one in each top corner and one in the garden :) - check
8 x buttons - scattered on page including lage button between bottom purple flowers - check
9 x bling - 9 raindroplets - check
10x inches of ribbon - flowered ric rac on stems of flowers - check

Thanks for the challenge amy, this did not turn out to plan but I'm still happy with the end result....TFL - shazza

Monday, June 21, 2010

Super Soccer Puppy

Yippee!! The world cup is underway...... I did this page for Debs sport themed page at 'Soul Scrappers and for 'The Studio' challenge site....Scrap using only the colours on your country's flag (and black)

Although not my country's colors it is our new baby chihauhau 'Duke' countries colors lol

I have used white letters (Rusty Pickle) and metal (brads and green matching paper clip) also background cs matches the green jersey, also used a black pen for journaling lol

Journaling says: We bought 'Duke' our chihauhau a Mexican soccer top (jersey) for the world cup. He wears it everyday, we have trouble getting it off him to wash :(
Here he is warming up for his soccer match. This is his favourite soccer ball and he always gives it a lick for good luck.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Just a quick one!!

I'm stoked!!, I was featured in 'Little Light Studio's' June newsletter........
It's my first time published so to speak!! lol

We love this gift basket of paper flowers that

Shazza Bishop created using instructions
from our IN BLOOM class. Great work, Shazza!

I really love 'Little Light Studio' and I am an avid follower :)


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

FREE STUFF!!! Now this is fun!! You shouldn't miss out on the next one.......


Every couple of months we do a 'Soul Scrap Quest' at 'Soul Scrappers' this is where if you sign up and promise to use your FREE STUff........yes thats right!!!.............................. FREE STUFF!!!! you go in the running for prizes aswell! It's proving very popular each dont miss out join 'Soul Scrappers' NOW to be in it!!!

You can use your free stuff to make a card, layout, off the page project or use in any creative way you like!!!

Here's what its all about............

Are you in?

What is Soul Scrap Quest?

It's FREE STUFF that can be used on a scrapbooking page, card, OTP item or used in any creative way you like.......everyone loves FREE!

(Check out the projects that were submitted for Soul Scrap Quest #1)

You will be sent a pack of embellishments to use on your page. Everyone
receives the same items (color and size may vary). The concept is to
scrap a page etc...... using all or most of these items. You can add anything you
like but you must use all or most of your FREE STUFF!

By adding you name to the list you agree to use all or most of the FREE STUFF
supplied, make a card, layout, OTP ("off the page"), sewn item or a mixed media
item.......and then upload to the gallery using the code SSQ in the
title. This Quest allows you to create anything you want......

What makes this QUEST unique..... is that until you open your
envelope you are really not going to know what is in it, and what you
are expected to use. Some of the embellishments could be shop bought,
painted items, stickers, stamped images, polymer clay items, metal
items, hand pieced images, handmade flowers, sewn items, felt items
etc......... the list goes on!!

Benefit of the Quest!!
1. You scrap items you may never have thought of scrapping before
2. You get to see how 19 or so other individuals use their items and you will be amazed at all the creative ideas.
3. You use techniques and ideas on your future scrap booking pages.
4. Makes you think out side the square, you become more creative and arty!
5. Perfect for beginners because you will learn so much

Each entry will be scored/voted by the host of the challenge:example below.....
10 x embellishments scores 1 pt for each one used = (max 10 pts)
If you use all embellishments = 2 x bonus points
Presentation, balance, design and overall look = 4pts
Creativity using embellishments = 4 pts
Total 20 points

NOTE: Yes you can slap em all down on a page and get 12 points, but you
will score low in presentation, design use of embellishments etc....see I
know what you are thinking!!!

Here's what I came up with for our SSQ#2


I decided to make a 'Diorama' for the SSQ #2 challenge. I got the idea to use a 'wonderland theme' from ARTastic challenge blog as this months inspirational movie poster was 'Alice in Wonderland' and I thought all the bits and pieces from Erika would suit this theme....

Whats going on in Jenna's Wonderland.......
Madhatter has grabbed his tea pot and heading off to his tea party as the banners advertise. The white rabbit is lurking around and continualy checking the time. Alice my DD Jenna is delighted to be in 'Wonderland' and is off up the stepping stone path to meet the catterpillar. The cheshire cat is grinning like a mad puss!!! always!!
Froggy is looking astonished at whats going on.

so................ heres how I used all the bits and pieces
6 asstd butterfly die cuts = 3 on wire and 3 attached.
3 flower die cuts = look hard I have attached the white side as centres to larger flowers I hand cut.
1 piece pink ric-rac = used to tie the banner 'M.A.D.(R/H side)
1 piece of butterfly ribbon = used to make 'Jenna's Wonderland' flag
1 piece yellow ribbon = also used as a flag
4 epoxy round stickers = used on 4 butterflies as bodies
1 stick pin = top of flag
3 buttons = used as centres for the 3 die cut flowers
3 alterable bottle caps = used for covered stepping stone leading Jenna to catterpillar!
3 asstd tags = used for MAD banner
1 strip of patterned paper = this was the hardest to use but I ended up cutting lengthways and making party streamers attached to Right hand side of diorama.
1 bag of pink/blue beads = threaded to wire and attached as butterfly flight path lol
I ended up with the word 'Laugh' in my bits and pieces dont know if it was supposed to be there but I made it into a sign as I thought it was a great addition to the theme.

Other additions:
Mushroom made from clay and painted, stalk is a large cork.
Catterpillar pieced together from circles and cs



Time is slipping by!

Here is my 'Clock' ATC for the June swap at 'Soul Scrappers'. We had to make 10 the same!!

Time is slipping by!



I do an ATC swap with another DT member 'Jami' at Soul Scrappers each month. For June we used the theme 'Tea time' and embossing.

Here are mine :) for Jami!

Tea Time

Garden of Life
here are the ones below that Jami swapped with me...

Tea Time

and her embossed ATC


Comfortable in my Panda Hat!

Here is my entry for Erika's 'About Me' challenge at 'Soul Scrappers', you can get to Soul Scrappers from here

Here's Erikas challenge.....

This challenge is all about something you've found comfortable about yourself.

Here's my entry.....


Dont push my buttons

This is my take for amys button challenge THC12 at 'Soul Scrappers'. You can get to 'Soul Scrappers' from here.

Here's what the challenge is all about....

Your theme challenge, should you chose to accept it....

you have seen my layouts using lots of buttons and lots of stitching and a number of you have commented about it... so now do something about it!

you may use cardstock, patterned paper, pens, thread and buttons on a layout. ONLY these elements.

your title needs to mention buttons or sewing

your layout will be judged based on the following:

1. interesting use of the theme.
2. usage of all required elements
3. aesthetic appeal

Here's mine!!!



Hey pop on over to 'Scrap That Poetry' the latest poem 'Footprints in the Sand' is up and there is lots of inspiration from the DT ladies. would love to see you take on the challenge :)

Footprints in the Sand

Mary Stevenson

One night I had a dream --
I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and
Across the sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand;
One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of my life flashed before us,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that many times along the path of my life,
There was only one set of footprints.
I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life
This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
You would walk with me all the way;
But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life,
There is only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why in times when I
needed you the most, you should leave me.
The Lord replied, "My precious, precious
child. I love you, and I would never,
never leave you during your times of
trial and suffering.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."

Here is my interpretation:

Here is my sub for the month featuring Jarred my son leaving his footprints all over the sand at 'Ocean Grove' in 1988, of course I had to add the poem and some sandy feet lol

and a close up!


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Here is the criteria for June for ARTastic challenge blog Site........

'The Perfumed Garden' by John Coburn

I have made the criteria easier for this month....

Diva Demand for an extra 6 bonus points

1 x tree = 1pt
2 x different coloured birds = 2pts
3 x falling leaves = 3pts

Looking foward to seeing lots of gardens, landscapes, orchards, tree houses....just a few ideas!

Here is my submission
'Mexican Garden'


Here is the criteria for June at 'From Screen 2 Scrap'

Please feel free to interpret this poster in anyway,
as long as it is Alice in Wonderland themed.........

Added criteria for extra 6 bonus points
give me..........
1) A white rabbit = 1pt
2) A clock or a fob watch = 2pts
3) Drink 'me' bottle = 3pts

here is my submission
'Jenna's Wonderland'

Looking forward to seeing your entries for the month and good luck!


Come see what I made.......

Here is another project, I have finally finished for 'Little Light Studio'

A flower pot with circle flowers.

This was one of the tutorials in the 'In Bloom' classes.

You've got join in when the classes are offered next time, as its really well worth it, the classes are not overly expensive in fact quite reasonable :)

Each circle flower is attached to a peg that has magnetic tape on the back.
So you can pin up reminders, bills etc... to your fridge :)

Here are some of the individual flowers :)


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Photo swap at Soul Scrappers

I still have quite a few posts to catch up on.......Here is my photo swap I did for Mary Steinmetz at Soul Scrappers last month, called 'Altoona Beach' featuring her two gorgeous daughters Jenn and Hannah. I tried a seascape with lots of bits and pieces and made it a bit arty as well as 3D. I have just noticed the filtered light across the page from my photo shoot :(

I hope you like it Mary!

Altoona Beach

and a close up


All Handmade :)

Hi Ladies!

Here are the first two projects from my 'Handmade Blooms' class I took at Little Light Studios. I used three hand made flowers on this canvas, I'm going to make a few of these for gifts as the canvas is very easy to put together :)

and I also made these tissue blooms, easy peasy!!! I just need to buy some different colored tissue paper.