Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sticks and Stones Kit

Here is a Sneak Peek at the May kit from Dixie Pieces called 'Sticks and Stones'. 

You can view the sneak peek here

Ladies, if you really want some great value in kits you have got to have a look at these DP kits. I have been ordering them since November 2010. They are good value (and better still now that the Aussie Dollar is on par with the USDollar!!) postage is fairly inexpensive too.

Dont miss out!!

La-La Land Candy

How cute is this little stamp :) I love the little 'panda' (thats my nick name!) and how cute are the bunny slippers!

If you would like a chance to win this stamp hop on over to Ashlee's Blog called
and follow the really easy instructions to be in with a chance to win


Monday, April 25, 2011

Stash your CRop Cash - Erica's Paper Flowers

Phew!1 I think I just made it to get my challenge in before the deadline. You can get to Dixie Pieces STash your Crop Cash to have a look from here

This is Erica's challenge - 
Hey guys! I loved the vintage dress patterns that were included in the April kit and I made some really fun flowers out of them. My challenge to you is to create a layout using a flower (or flowers) that you've made from non-scrapbooking paper!
Here are some kinds of paper you could use just to get you started!
Tissue Paper
Dress Patterns
Sheet Music
Security Style Envelopes

Here is my entry for Ericas paper flowers - I made my flowers from book paper and distressed them with my crimper, I then added Kindy Glitz to the edges.

A Hug Between Friends is the Shortest Distance.

This is my friend Sam and I at Uproars retreat on the Gold Coast in March. I also used a cut out and quote from a 'Friendship Calender' that Sam gave me as a gift in 2010. 

and a close up!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

I'm loving 'Stash Your Crop Cash'! - Sandi's card from packaging challenge!

I'm loving Stash your Cash Crop at Dixie Pieces this week :)
Sandi's challenge
This is what Sandi had to say.....OK! I'm a bit of a hoarder...squirrelling away bits & bobs that might 'just come in handy' for something...& you have to agree, some of the packaging our scrap supplies come in is just too pretty to throw away! 
So, my first challenge to you is to create a card using at least one item of manufacturers packaging!! Include a before & after photo if you can!! You can view the entrants for Sandi's challenge here




I'm loving 'Stash Your Crop Cash'! - Don't Come the Raw Prawn with ME!

I'm loving 'Stash your Cash Crop' at Dixie Pieces this week :)

This is my entry for Scrappykims Trash Challenge, you can view all the entries here.

Here's what Kim had to say about her challenge - With homemade embellishments being so popular these days, I am always on the lookout for something I can use to create new and fun things. Sandi challenged us this morning to use Scrappin' product packaging, but what about other things that we might consider "trash". There are lots of tips online about using dryer sheets to create flowers and such, but we don't use traditional dryer sheets. We did switch laundry detergents that other day, though. We started using a 3-in-1 sheet --- it's a thick sheet of foamy like material that goes from the washing machine to the dryer. When I saw what was left after it did it's job in the dryer, I knew it would be perfect! They end up being a 1/8 inch thick piece of foamy material with a slight plastic film on the back.
There are lots of things in our trash or recycling bin that we can use for embellishments ---- another thing I love to do is punch circles out of cracker or cereal boxes --- the color families are so interesting!
So my challenge for you today is to use something on your layout that was pulled out of your trash or recycling! Get creative! Be sure to explain to us what is was and what you did with it! The only stipulation is that it can't be scrappin product packaging!

Here is the packaging I used
Pandaroo Prawn Crackers

I have used the 'Pandaroo Prawn Cracker Box' that I saved from the Garbage, I was going to make cardboard flowers but instead I decided to use that gorgeous fat prawn image, and this is what I came up with.......

Dont Come the Raw Prawn with Me

I dont think Adam would like a close up! this time lol


I'm loving 'Stash Your Crop Cash'! - Byron Bay 2011

I'm loving Stash your Cash Crop at Dixie Pieces this week :)

Some info about STASH YOUR CROP CASH
April 15th is d-day here in the US when it comes to filing our taxes. For many of us who stress leading up to that day, the weekend following will bring a huge sigh of relief! So let's get together that weekend and have some fun! In fact, let's have some fun while saving money! Join us here at Dixie Pieces and we will show you how to save some of your hard earned cash by using your stash! There will be challenges, games, and prizes and you aren't going to want to miss the fun!
We will be kicking it off bright and early on Friday morning with our first challenges being issued at approximately 9:00am PST! We will play, learn, and be challenged all the way through Sunday night! Then you will have until the 24th at midnight to get all your designs uploaded to the Dixie Pieces Gallery to qualify for the Grand Prize! Yep, that's a whole extra week to work on them! We wouldn't want anyone to stress! So be sure to check in on Friday and let us know that you are playing along!
Collect points along the way for participation and we will pull on Grand Prize winner to win a Dixie Pieces Kit of their Choice!
Keep your eyes open this week for some game preparation going on ---- like BINGO words!
The fine print:
All layouts must be created new for this crop and not used for any other challenges either here or on other sites. You are free, however, to post them on your blogs and anywhere else you desire.From Kim (DT member at Dixie Pieces)

Here is my entry for Erica's Fussy Cutting challenge you can see the entries here

Here is what Erica had to say........Hey guys! My challenge for you today is to fussy cut patterned paper to create your own embellishments and mimic the look of more expensive tools.

I cut the curly swirl from pp, to look like waves rolling in on the beach. This is my dd Jenna and her boyfriend Nick. Photo taken Jan 2011.

 Here is a little close up


Monday, April 18, 2011

She was a Garden Angel

Here is my entry for Debi's Soul Scrap Quest 'How does your Garden Grow', at Soul Scrappers I decided to make a canvas, with lots of textures and some of Debs bits and bobs. I did not use 4 items...... the fabric flower, one white butterfly button, group of stickers and paper clip, sorry they just would have looked out of place.

and a close up!

I made this for my friend Ellen as a birthday gift, she works in the nursery at Bunnings and she is such a sweetie. I used the 'She is a Garden Angel' quote as we refer to her at work as our Garden Angel.

Here's how I used the other pieces........

Doily - as part of the sun
1 button - on waistband of dress
Chipboard piece - right hand corner of canvas
Quote - bottom left corner
2x4'x4' papers - Pink and brown polka dot as scalloped petticoat to dress the other piece I cut out a butterfly and used the rest as angel wings.
ribbons - pink waistband and cut our dragon flies on canvas
4x rhinestones - 4 flower centres
Watering can = bottom left corner

Thanks Deb for this marvellous challenge, I loved putting this together and Ellen (my Friend) absolutely loved it as her birthday gift :)


Lets all do the HOP - Easter card


Here is the card I created for 'The Lollipop Ladies', Challenge #18

EASTER Eggs... with some Glitter/ Sparkle

I used a little hand pieced bunny I made for our Soul Team embellishment swap at Soul Scrappers.

I have Kindy Glitz on the scallops and the two aqua flowers on the bunny.

Thanks Melissa for pointing me in the direction of 'The Lollipop Ladies' - I will be able to get more cards done now!!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

SCREAMING Children and Dances with the Daffodils

 This month at Scrap that Poetry' I was asked to be the Guest DT for the month, Which I'm just over the moon about :) If you would like to see me in the spotlight you can get to STP from here. We have two poems this month.....

AND from next month....
STP are changing the challenge blog slightly!
They will only be posting one challenge for the entire month beginning in May.

The first is.........Challenge #38

Calmly We Walk Through This April's Day
by Delmore Schwartz

Calmly we walk through this April's day,
Metropolitan poetry here and there,
In the park sit pauper and rentier,
The screaming children, the motor-car
Fugitive about us, running away,
Between the worker and the millionaire
Number provides all distances,
It is Nineteen Thirty-Seven now,
Many great dears are taken away,
What will become of you and me
(This is the school in which we learn...)
Besides the photo and the memory?
(...that time is the fire in which we burn.)
(This is the school in which we learn...)
What is the self amid this blaze?
What am I now that I was then
Which I shall suffer and act again,
The theodicy I wrote in my high school days
Restored all life from infancy,
The children shouting are bright as they run
(This is the school in which they learn . . .)
Ravished entirely in their passing play!
(...that time is the fire in which they burn.)
Avid its rush, that reeling blaze!
Where is my father and Eleanor?
Not where are they now, dead seven years,
But what they were then?
No more? No more?
From Nineteen-Fourteen to the present day,
Bert Spira and Rhoda consume, consume
Not where they are now (where are they now?)
But what they were then, both beautiful;
Each minute bursts in the burning room,
The great globe reels in the solar fire,
Spinning the trivial and unique away.
(How all things flash! How all things flare!)
What am I now that I was then?
May memory restore again and again
The smallest color of the smallest day:
Time is the school in which we learn,
Time is the fire in which we burn.
Here is my take, I used the words 'SCREAMING Children' and added will not be tolerated.
As soon as I saw those words I just wanted to do a page showcasing screaming children and added....'will not be tolerated'.
All the screaming children have been adopted from the internet lol.
The next poem is...Challenge #39

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud
by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but gay,
In such a jocund company!
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Here is my take on the poem...

I used the last line ...'and dances with the daffodils' from the poem I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud by William Wordsworth

I used a watercolor pic of children holding hands and dancing in a field of daffodils. I loved this poem so I added the full poem and added the poem title and poet in the lonely little cloud at the top left hand side.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring Color

 Here is my entry for Kim's 'Signs of Spring'challenge at Dixie Pieces, you can get to the site from here

Come over and play along with the spring challenges this month and you could win a $15 Dixie Pieces gift certificate! All challenges need to be uploaded to the gallery here and linked to their threads in the forum by April 30th at 11:59pm PST!

From Kim-My challenge for you today is to create a layout that shares with us one of your favorite signs of spring!

Here is my entry for your 'Signs of Spring' challenge....... 'Spring Color' 

Kims 'Signs of Spring' challenge

and a close up!

The journaling says: My first glimpse of SPRING is seeing my CROCUS bulbs emerging.
CROCUSES are among one of the most popular of the early spring blooms.
They even pop up through snow in cold winter months.
This layout is made up of bits and pieces from my Stash and is a Scraplift! (by ?)


Being Nan

Hi Ladies!

This is my example for my stitching class at Flutterbuys store in Preston, Melbourne. Starting in May.....you can get to Flutterbuys from here.

Its a basic layout but does show two techniques...Pleating and Hand Stitched Titles.

and a close up!

Thanks for looking


Remember, without RAIN there would be no RAINBOWS

 Here is my entry for Sandi's challenge at Dixie Pieces, you can get to the site from here. 
Here is Sandi's challenge, ........Sandi said - Here in the UK we've had quite a bit of sunshine during March....but now it's April & we can expect showers!!!
My challenge is to create a LO using the theme of 'Rain'...

This layout was also inspired by this weeks challenge at The Paper Variety, which is inspired by this photo.

Come over and play along with the spring challenges this month and you could win a $15 Dixie Pieces gift certificate! All challenges need to be uploaded to the gallery here and linked to their threads in the forum by April 30th at 11:59pm PST! 
Dixie Pieces is where I go for some great inspiration...I just love this site since I joined in December 09'

If you decide to join the challenge at the Paper Variety before noon on Tuesday you will have a chance to win the "State Fair" collection from Studio Calico!! :)

So here is my entry for Sandi's 'April Showers' challenge....theme RAIN! 
this weeks challenge at The Paper Variety,

Sandi's 'April Showers' challenge....theme RAIN!

and a close up!

I used the quote 'Remember, without RAIN there would be no RAINBOWS. I used a photo of my DD doing her song and dance at Calisthenics when she was little, just perfect for both these challenges!


Monday, April 4, 2011

Leaves Box!

Here is my entry for Erika's 3D challenge at Soul Scrappers

From Erika......
Hello and welcome to our first 3-D Challenge here on Soul Scrappers! I'll be doing these every so often to get you using your scrapbooking supplies in a whole new way.

For our first challenge, I've attached a tutorial on how to put the Square Hi-Top Box together. Just follow the tutorial, make a box, take a picture and upload it to the gallery on Soul Scrappers using the tag 3D1. Make sure that your picture is posted by Wednesday, April 6th, at 7 pm. I'll choose a winner at random on Thursday and update this post with the winner.

Here is my entry for Erika's 3d challenge - A leaves box......I needed something to pop all my little leaves in that I use for embellies...just the right size!
Thanks Erika for this challenge :)


Life isn't About ......

Here is my submission for FS2S for April.

You can get to FS2S from here 

This months movie poster is 'Singin' in the Rain'

The added criteria is.....

For an extra 6 bonus points :)

1) A 'Rain' related title = 1 pt
2) An umbrella/s = 2 pts
3) Lets do it in 3's (3 pics, 3 embellies, 3 pp's etc...) = 3 pts
and a close up!

I loved this months poster, it was so easy to work with. I used a Quote on my page 'Life isn't about waiting for the storms to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain!
I have thee birds, 3 leaves, 3 clouds, 3 raindrops, 3 journaling spots and 3 figures cut from photos.
And umbrellas! 
I would love to see some followers have a go this month :)

Grin and Bear it!

Here is my submission for ARTastic challenge Blog for April.

You can get to ARTastic from here

This months featured painting is Autumn Wonder by Debbie Adams

 Extra Criteria for the month....

Diva Demand for an extra 6 bonus points try and
work the following into your layout.

1. Cloud/s = 1pts
2. Tree/s = 2 pts
3. Autumn/Fall colors (Browns, reds, oranges) = 3 pts
and a closeup!
 I loved this months painting, I love autumn earthy colors :)
I have covered all criteria, clouds, trees (on ribbon) and autumn colors :)

Here's what the journaling tag says.... Jarred was a bit overwhelmed at all the attention he was getting in his Koala Bear costume!
This photo made it into out towns local newspaper issue # 183 April 1991 Jarred was 4! :)
I would love to see some of my followers join in this month :)