Thursday, December 27, 2012


Here is my entry for Mary's word challenge at Soul Scrappers.

Her last word for the year is BELIEVE.

So, if you get and a chance and would like to join in you have until the 17th January to add a page to the gallery.

 you can find Mary's challenge here


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Archi-scraps Challenge - Western Plains Zoo

Here is my entry for Archi-scraps challenge #7

Here is the inspiration and criteria

It is the front entrance to Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney.

It recently celebrated its 95th Birthday with a complete refurbishment.It is iconic to Sydney and is heritage listed.
Your challenge is to do a layout containing at least part of a circle,or a whole circle and because it is the zoo,an animal somewhere. It can be any animal from a bird right up to an elephant. Perhaps you actually have a zoo layout or you've visited an animal park.Get out those pictures and get scrapping.
You don't have to wait until the end of January to upload HERE

Western Plains Zoo

and a close up

I used a circle cut from a paper bag with the Western Plains Zoo logo,
my added animal is the chippy elephant.

Journaling says....We are on another adventure with the CHEERS family. This time we had a stopover at Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo.
It was a lovely sunny day and the kids had heaps of fun!!

Julene would love to see some more entries this month so come on get scrapping !!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

From Screen 2 Scrap December Inspiration

(suggested by shazza)
Extra Criteria
 1pt = Use the technique 'Tearing' on your page
2pts = Red Card Stock
3pts = Use a Family photo
Entries for 'This Christmas' will close
Monday 31st December  at midnight.
You can get to FS2S HERE 
  'This Christmas' Gift Giving
and a close up
 I used Red card stock and tore out a star shape and 
added a star shaped photo of Hasan and I.
It makes a gorgeous looking gift! 
Thanks for Looking


ARTastic December Inspiration

DECEMBER inspiration comes to you from Emma Hack

DECEMBER inspiration comes to you from Emma Hack

Criteria - large, bold patterned paper or paint
A little about Emma Hack
Adelaide-based artist, Emma Hack, has been exhibiting extensively throughout Australia since 1999. Through a combination of painting on canvas, body painting and studio-based photography, Emma's works evoke a rich array of visual narrative and magical realism.

Emma's recent collaboration on
Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' has seen her profile skyrocket with the single in UK, Europe and US charts and over 100 million hits on YouTube.

You can get to ARTastic here


I went with something a little bit different this month.
 Body Form Pin Cushions

I used bold printed fabrics and used the idea of a body form, to represent the bodies that Emma Hack would paint.

We would love to see your entry this month :)


Jennas Fairy Garden - Archiscraps challenge #6

Here is Achiscraps challenge # 6. You can get to Archiscraps here.

You have to include either a gate or a fence or both on your layout somewhere.
Here is what I came up with.....
Jenna's Fairy Garden
(Complete with added fence)
and a close up!
Julene's challenge finishes on the 15th December so you still have six days to get your entry in!
We would love to see some newbies join in :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hugs from Dad

Here is a page from my daughter Jenna (She doesn't have a blog!), she was inspired by the ARTastic challenge this month by Kay D Haerland's 'Under the Canopy'

Jenna wanted to try her hand at machine sewing for the first time :) on her page, she machine sewed two pieces of pp to her page although a bit wonky, (but not bad for her first time, hey!). She circled '21' as this was taken on her 21st Birthday Party with her Dad. She also nabbed one of my crochet hearts to use on her page!

and a close up!

'Thanks for looking'

Sunday, September 30, 2012

ICY Cold Feet

Here is my entry for 'Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia's ANTARTICA challenge  for the Amazing Race.

The criteria for this leg of the race is to add  an icy coloured 'fANTsy' pin. (unfortunately I did not purchase a kit as they were sold out) but I did make my own pin to represent an Icicle (....since we are in Antartica!)

The rest of the criteria to be include on your layout for the ANTARCTICA stop is:
1. white space
2. cool colour scheme
and  3. texture - be it texture paste, crackle medium, scrunched pp etc

Firstly I made my own pin to represent an Icicle
White space or Negative space - check :)
Cool color Scheme - I went with shades of Blue
For texture I misted some snowflakes and added them to the page.

I also cut out an ice berg and painted some shadows to add dimension. The Penguin is a cut out, and he is screaming.... Help! me I can't swim..... lol
I hand made the 'Polar-roo (a feltie polar bear with marsupial tendencies), her cub is carried in a neat little pouch. The Polar-roo was easy to make, I got the pattern from the book, 'Felties' by Nelly Pailloux. The Polar-roo is holding a Photo of my niece Kiera's feet, from when she was a new born.

I had so much fun with this challenge...... thanks Anthea!


A close up of the icicle

A close up of my stitched Polar-roo :)


Thanks for looking

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Frightfully Sweet

Hi Ladies! 
This is the second canvas
'Pumpkin Boy' from Christy Tomlinson's  
'PUMPKIN and CIDER' workshop. 
Love doing the backgrounds with paints, mists and rubons
Thanks Christy, I really think I know where my artastic passion lies now!
This will look great on my hallway table for Halloween!
and some close ups!!!



Trick or Treat

Hi Ladies! 
I'm pretty proud of myself, I finally gor to make my 
'Bumble Bee' Girl from Christy Tomlinson's  
'PUMPKIN and CIDER' workshop. 
I'm really enjoying getting paints and mists and rubons down on a blank canvas and
ending up with a piece of useful artwork.

Thanks Christy, I really think I know where my artastic passion lies now!

....and some close ups!




Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Always in our Heart's

Here is a layout I have put together in remembrance of  Britt Lapthorne who died in Dubrovnik four years ago. It is my little tribute to her each September. One day I will give all the layouts I have made to her mum, Elke who is my work collegue and friend.

 and a close up!

R.I.P Britt.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Live in the NOW

Hi Ladies!

Here is my inspirational example for ARTastic challenge blog

 Inspirational doodled canvas

Inspirational piece is....

"The prophetic calamity" by Shannon Crees (Graffiti Artist)

SEPTEMBER Challenge - "The prophetic calamity" by Shannon Crees (Graffiti Artist)
Criteria – Black background and solid use of geometric patterns
Please come and join in the challenge this month!
You have until midnight 30th September to upload your entry.
Plenty of time :)

Friday, September 14, 2012

Writing love letters in the sand.

Hi Ladies!

Here is my entry for our first detour!

Time for a quick detour on your SBT50 Amazing Race! Before embarking on your first international flight, you need to make a detour to the post office to send a letter to your loved ones. It is a really windy day, and while trying to post your letter, it has blown out of your hand! Sad Scrap a layout or 3 card set with either a postage stamp, envelope or some hidden journalling to get your letter sent to your loved ones and get you back in the race.

Writing Love Letters in the Sand.

 I have added all the criteria... a postage stamp, an envelope and 
journaling tag hidden in the small envelope.

And a close up!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Do you feel like a paper bag......

Hi Lovely Ladies!

Here is my example page for my song/Lyric Challenge over at Soul Scrappers. This month we are using the Song 'Firework' by Katy Perry. You must use a word....OR a couple of words...OR a sentence OR even the song title on your page. This is a free scrap so any theme goes :)

Do you feel like a paper bag..... 

I felt like doing a real arty piece, so here I have drawn and painted (look alike) plastic bags on to baking paper. Using Jo Sonja's artist acrylics. I basecoated the bags with smoked pearl, I side loaded my brush into Paynes Grey and painted the creases and shading. I then sideloaded with warm white on my brush loaded with Smoked pearl and blended over the highlighted areas. I then used a pen to outline the bags and then I cut them out. The paint has pulled away in some spots making the plastic bags look old and shabby. Exactly the technique I was looking for :)

Here is a close up!

Here is the prize you will be playing for :)

A selection of Chevron bags (not plastic bags!!) lol
These are great for adding hidden journaling on your layouts!
Would love to see some entries so please pop into Soul Scrappers

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Two quick shares from Soul Scrappers

I had some spare time and managed to complete two challenges at Soul Scrappers

First is Liz's Birthstone/Gemstone Challenge.


Here is my entry for Liz's Gemstone challenge. My Birthstone is Ruby. 
I have a few ruby rings (as you can see!)
Ruby is the birthstone for the month of July *Devotion * Integrity * Courage * Happiness *Vitality *Confidence * Strength
Used to enhance energy, generosity and to bring success
The red color is caused by the element chromium
It is also the wedding anniversary gemstone for the 40th year of marriage.

Here is a close up...


Next is my entry for our Guest DT member at Soul SCrappers for September,  
Tracy Kielty from my2angels.

Mad Hatters Tea Party

ABC challenge with charms :)

I have used pieces from an old Diorama that I had to pull apart as I didnt have room for it in my studio. I wanted to keep some of the bits and pieces so I have used them in a layout :)
A= Alice (Jenna)
B= Banner
C=Cheshire cat
D= Deer (had to throw one in!) etc........

I have used three charms Tha bird in the bird cage, Rainbow and clouds and the fob watch (perfect for the White Rabbit!)

Hope you like and TFL

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall CARD

I loved the criteria this month at 'Get Creative' 
On the 5th of the month they reveal a card challenge .

Here is my entry....

I took my inspiration from the round mirror and green drawers.
I put foil behind the mirror and my frog represents the green drawers.

Create a card drawing on inspiration from this picture
you can use the colours or the furniture or the shapes
be as creative as you like just let us know what inspired you


It's Cold Outside Baby

Here is my entry for a new challenge site that Jane Howden (friend) put me on to called Scrap That Song.

The challenge for September is to scrap to a song containing the words WINTER or COLD.

I chose the song 'Baby it's COLD Outside' by Dean Martin

Here is my entry

Journaling says.... Here is Robyn waiting for the plow to come through. She is not able to get out of her home which is situated in Olympic Vally C.A. near Lake Tahoe. Her home is under 4 foot of snow. See her home in the photo...Let's hope the plow comes through soon!! (22/11/2010)

Here is a link to the YouTube video below

and a close up....

 Note - this also for TWELVE - SEASONS - August.
My colored embellie is a little orange bling circle on the bottom L/H side Snowflake
(However it fell off during the photo shoot)
 and I have replaced it now. My number '12' is in the bottom R/H corner.


This Moment

I found this wonderful challenge site called  Challenge Me Happy.

With a very creative Design Team there examples are fantastic! They have also just added a few more DT's to the group. So, pop in and take a look you want be dissapointed!!!

This months challenge technique is – SEWING!

Stitching by hand or machine sewing does not matter, just make sure the sewing is prominent in your project!

This is a newly made layout just for this challenge, I used machine stitching (with a heavy thread), I also hand stitched the buttons to my layout.

This Moment 

This is my S.I.L Pauline on her wedding day!

You can see my 'Random' machine stitching around the outside of the pp, 

and a couple of spots on the pp.

The winner of this fortnights challenge will win a mini kit from 

C’est Magnifique!!

Here is a close up of my page....

(You can see some of the random stitching peeking out!)


and  hoping to see you join in the SEwing challenge this month


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Heart you 2 Big Time !! xxx

I'm in a real scrapping groove atm, my mojo has been very kind to me of  late. So kind that I managed to join in another challenge and its a new site to me. I loved the criteria this month at 'Get Creative' So if your feeling especially creative this month, have a go at their September challenge which is based on the photograph below.

Here's my interpretation.....

Heart you 2 Big Time !! xxx

I took my inspiration from the colors, chandalier and the 
silhouetted pillows.

This is the inspirational piece...

and here is close up...