Monday, 22 September 2014

Paper Dvizhnik Colour Challenge and Unscripted Sketches......

Here's a couple of PL sized cards....
(with limited time, these sizes where perfect!)
And Unscripted Sketches....
Sketch 3
Hope you can join along with the fun of making a PL card of any size. It's kinda like creating a mini LO - with less space!   Total fun!
Its a great excuse to end up with a fab collection of your own styled and handmade PL cards ready for the picking when you want to place them into your PL pockets!
And it uses up scraps too.... got to love that!
Check it out HERE
School holidays are nearly here.... hanging out for Friday this week!
This past weekend Friday - Sunday I spent on an audition panel for 'Beauty
and the Beast' for the stage musical season set for Feb/Mar 2015... it feels weird writing 2015!!!
How fast is that happening!!
Anyway, at the same time I had casting done and first rehearsal beginning at my studio for Nutcracker... which Paige and the senior girls handled very well.
Things always happen at once!  Cant WAIT to have two weeks off!!!
Bring on the holidays...
I'll be hoping to catch up with everything here in blogland...too.. my apologies for my hit and miss

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Project Life - Week 21 and Map Necklace...

Today I took a little time to scrap.... really - REALLY wanted to settle in for the day!!!
But cant, though, still managed to do this....
Paige's midyear dinner....
And just before 'Maelle' (our French exchange student) went home, I made her this necklace. 
Luckily among my travel scrappy stash was a tiny little map in French!
She loved it, and wore it immediately... made me smile!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Life Less Busy..... and Unscripted Project Life Sketch #2

Yep, ballet exams are over after three long days and we are all exhausted!!
Nothing left energy-wise and I'm having a week off!

Paige and her exam partner at our studio in her very last exam ever...

Done and dusted!

For the rest of us though... its only over for another year, now attention is turning to the end of year production.... 'Nutcracker'.


Using the weekly 'Unscripted Sketch'
to create specific Project Life style cards for your Project Life albums.
Hope you can join along with the fun of making a PL card of any size. It's kinda like creating a mini LO - with less space!   Total fun!
Its a great excuse to end up with a fab collection of your own styled and handmade PL cards ready for the picking when you want to place them into your PL pockets!
And it uses up scraps too.... got to love that!
Check it out HERE


Friday, 12 September 2014

OLW Word Up #86 - LOST

 OLW over at Ronda Palazzari's blog.........
Did this a couple of days ago and trying to squeeze in a late night post...
(we are full on ballet exam mode here - one day down, two to go!)
The word is 'LOST"
and got another page done for Hannah's little quote book...

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Project Life Week 21, Unscripted Sketches #1......... and Happy Fathers Day

Played with my Counterfeit Kit to get another PL page done and am making a concerted effort with small amount of time to get somewhat caught up.
If ONLY I wasn't such a SLOW scrapper!!! (rolling eyes)
Anyway,  here it is, and how appropriate.... Scrappy Camp.  Oooh I LOVE these weekends.
We have 2 or 3 a year and its a 3 nighter each time.....  its the best and all we do is EAT! (and scrap)  All catered with the best group of scrappy friends. 
 Cant wait because I have another next month!!  Maybe I should dedicate it for just doing PL and that will help get my album a little fatter!

These are my two lovely SILs and neiceIL 
 Using the weekly 'Unscripted Sketch'
to create specific Project Life style cards for your Project Life albums.
LOVING this I must say...
Here's the sketch....
And here's my DT sample....
and had a little fun with this and cant wait to use it in my album!!!
 Hope you can join along with the fun of making a PL card of any size. It's kinda like creating a mini LO - with less space!   Total fun!
Its a great excuse to end up with a fab collection of your own styled and handmade PL cards ready for the picking when you want to place them into your PL pockets!
Check it out HERE
And lastly, because its soooo important....
My dh is rather shy when it comes to the camera, being scrapped
 and even celebrating days for him....he's a worker.
Here he is showing the girls the workings of under the hood of the car (learning to drive)
Here's how our morning went...
Dh gets up about 8am...
Me:  Where are you going?
dh:  To the farm....
me: Why? Its Father's Day!
dh:  The cows need drenching today, I've organised ddad and db
me: But its Father's Day!!!
dh:  (sighing with a smile) Weeeell, you know its not a big deal, and the cows need bringing in
me: (exasperated) Listen here... today is not about you! (did I just say that!!! )
dh:  (laughed head off and skipped out the door)
Paige: (at 10am) Where's Dad?
me:  Gone to the farm
Paige: It's Fathers Day!
me:  I know
Paige:  I organised for Meaghan to Skype from New Zealand at 11am for him
Me:  well, cant now...
Meaghan (on Skype early)  Ugh....
Hannah (on phone)  Double Ugh....
sigh.... when will he learn Father's Day is not about him!
Consequently if you cant beat them, join them... so off to the farm we went this afternoon complete with computer for skyping sessions. 
We all had a lovely afternoon with dh and his mum and dad, sister and bil, and niece...
And Meaghan and Hannah on Skype!
AND his surprise when he got home....
A 'Cold Rock' ice-cream cake!
Now he wanted it all about him!!!
(very big smile)

Friday, 5 September 2014

September Counterfeit Kit and Challenge #1

Really really wanted to get this kit together and being only one week from our ballet schools examinations... weeeeell, time is very very scarce..
Classes are coming out of my ears, and while I'm pretty happy with how the students are shaping up, its this big final race to the finish line.
Pretty soon though (and I'm counting down!) are our school holidays...oh sheer joy!!!
Two weeks!  Cant come soon enough!!!
Anyway,  last months kit kept me soooo organised in busy time, so I needed to get this month's kit together to do the same.
Its strange how it comes about:
I know I'm so right brained!
Each month I hop to the dt members blogs (haven't done this month's yet though) to see how they put their kits together and am intrigued by such varied thought-processes
I cant seem to move past colour!
You can find the main kit HERE
Though, more than anything, I was captured by one piece of paper:
 from Basic Grey's 'Grand Bazaar' range
Yes its busy - huh! 
But the colour combination is fabulous!
So I picked out the colours (or close to) and matched up a heap of old embellishments from a box I'd long forgotten about and added only a couple of newish ones.
Glad to use them again.....and here's my kit
Challenge One was to make up challenge criteria...
Weeeeeell, mine is:
Scrap your new season!
here in Australia...
gosh, I haven't scrapped flowers in sooooo long!
But they are in my box and I'm going to use them up!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

PL Week 19

Yes, yes, I'm behind... ..
and do have to make a conscious effort to catch up somehow.
It'll happen, just not sure when - I got this done today after being 'home-alone' this past weekend.

This is for the vellum challenge at Counterfeit Kits Challenges...
(oh gawd!  I spelt 'medicine' wrong!!! don't ya hate that when it's been fixed on my page...thanks Lizzy H!)

Had little vellum butterflies and a see-through pocket with some enamel dots...

oh and got named one of
August's Fabulous Five there too!!

The reason I was home alone was because dh took Paige and Hannah to Hobart (Hannah back to her studies) and Paige to visit 'Open Day' at the University she hopes to get acceptance there next year.
 I had to work, and had a meeting and dinner commitments so got left behind.

And funny enough... on the University site - was one photo of the open day... and low and behold of all the hundreds and hundreds of people there today..........dh with Paige and Hannah behind him... were captured in the left hand bottom corner!  Paige said it was the only time they sat down in a precinct and it was for about 5 minutes!

 AND.... talking of coincidence....
(forgot to post this.....)
A couple of weeks ago when Paige flew to Melbourne with a small school group...

'Gotye'  was on their flight!  
(absolutely love his arty video of 'Someone I used to know')
He was quite happy to have a photo taken with Paige and friend Chloe!
To say they were thrilled was an understatement...
 I promply got the  frantic phonecall...

MUM!!!! You'll never guess what just happened.............'


YAY to the first DAY OF SPRING tomorrow!!

Goodbye WINTER!



Friday, 29 August 2014

Off the Rails and White with 1......

Weeeell, what a mad week its been workwise!  I swear I'm going cross-eyed with analysing paperwork!
  Soooo today, I kinda had a day off - and managed some scrapping!
Weeeeell didn't really have the whole day......but.... I certainly made the most of the time I did have!
Our French exchange student with Hannah and Paige....Cradle Mountain.
Sketch and Mood Board..... loved playing with this!  Got the colour going... and LOOK! Another patterned paper background I've used!   Getting better with using busy stuff :)
Black and white with this one..... and another busy background, but somehow it works!
Maelle (from France) and Paige hamming it up in front of our lighthouse

Find the challenge HERE
Oh to have this much energy, I don't know where the girls get it from!!!!
That's me for now.... need a good nights sleep!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Let's Get Shabby Challenge #58

This time, Let's Get Shabby's Challenge is about 'WOOD'
However you'd like to interpret it...
I thought it would be fun to attempt a 'shabby' Project Life page and love how it turned out.
The wood grain background paper was a perfect fit for the photos.....
(check out the pink 'aura' around Meaghan's head???)


Hope you can join the challenge no matter the genre.... its just got to be a bit shabby!


Saturday, 23 August 2014

Amiche de Scrap... PL Guest DT... #8

Love this challenge blog of Amiche di Scrap as it does actually encourage me to get my PL pages done!   The challenge is to do a Project Life page with some sort of hidden journaling...
Check out the details
You can see the hidden tag poking out...

Revealed a little more of the photos by cutting out the border and slipping the photos in behind..


Busy weekend here...
We've taken our French Exchange student to  'Stanley' for the day - they have climbed the 'Nut' (a big volcanic plug)

Then off to Boat Harbour beach....
with its white powder sand (when its dry)
They are fun girls!
Hannah has now come home for a week and we are currently at Cradle Mountain staying the night.  We've done a small walk today... and hopefully if the rain stays away we will do a bigger walk 'Dove Lake' tomorrow.  First up though will be a hearty breakfast!
Weeeeell, better get off this computer and join the dh and the three girls for the remainder  of the evening....
Hope whatever you are doing... you are having fun!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

DT for Unscripted Sketches......

A little while ago I happened upon the Unscripted Sketches  blog and their call for a new design team for  Project Life card styled sketches...
Weeeell, it just appealed straight away....
so I did the sketch on a little card and that sense of playing with scraps and also doing something that was going to be apart of my PL album just struck a cord!
So I sent it in for consideration and got the nod that I'm on the team (very BIG smile!)
Its just plain fun... a little PL card doesn't take long (pretty good from me being a painfully slow scrapper!) and strangely has it has a sense of accomplishment the same as a LO or card does.
I know.... I did say it was strange.... but for me true.  I really really love doing this!
SO....... here's what happened....

 The sketch:

DT Sketch #1
And the little card I made and sent in.... using left overs!
We will be using the weekly Unscripted Sketch to create specific Project Life style cards for our Project Life albums.
But you can make what ever you like from the sketch :-
flip it, rotate it… create a project life card, a scrapbook page, a card or anything your imagination comes up with! There is no right or wrong way, as long as you are using the Unscripted Sketch as the inspiration and basis of your creation!
So come and play!!!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Been Productive!

I'm back from working away, and did manage to get quite a bit of scrapping in of a night so am really glad I put together some homemade kits from Counterfeit Kit Challenges!!  (hello to visitors from Counterfeit Kit blog!!! *waving*)
First up is....
Talk about getting out of the comfort zone! I'm not sure what happened here, but the sketch was very sparce, YET,  I managed to use a very busy patterned background paper - soooooo not me!! I usually run from pattern paper!! (and I mean fast!!!)  Maybe I felt a need to fill this sketch??? so it's inspiration worked a treat if so!  And I love the result....maybe this might get me to use the fifty million pattern papers I have stashed away???? 


I found really appropriate text in print to tear out and use for Paige who has worked hard for her
Yr 12 midyear exams and also doing 1st yr uni for French as well....

Here's what can be drawn from the criteria... 
Colour and/or sketches....
What I like is that it can be loosely based on any of these above..
I decided to do a card - and started with the colour... but only got as far as the blue, sand, very light orange and green... so thinking thats okay...  moved onto the sketch... loved the thought of the dandelion and don't have that unity stamp (unfortunately) but wanted to be inspired by it, so came up with my tissue ones .... and then stamped dots with  the sentiment...
the cardstock I used already had very faint swirls on it, so I drew over them and highlighted them a bit more to make it look like stems and somewhat leaves.  And a along the bottom a torn strip of blue vellum.....
 I wanted it to look delicate....

The Unity Stamps used are:
'Distressed Dots'
'Art and Possibility'
Then afterwards....
                                          an afterthought....
I had a thought that I'd use the front of this card to go into Hannah's little antique 'Quote book'...
so have edited in this photo... cos it works a treat here....
it's nothing fussy, but plain and simple....and fits a treat!
Counterfeit Challenge LO #1
I was soooooo pleased to have this months kits with me while away... and managed to get this one finished also.   However, what a challenge!!!  ONE layer scrapping... the only way I think I could manage this is by doing project life!!  But not having any PL pockets with me... just did a 12x12 in a PL kind of a way  for Week 16 (oh my gosh I'm sooo far behind with this!)  so a great excuse to get another page done!   Did struggle though... and wanted to add more... but that's okay for PL... I think I added a butterfly.. and my alpha's otherwise it was stamping!
Scrap a card with two colours.... black and white...
Ohh... just what I love!
Did some stamping of leaves, as well as cut out some too.
And last by certainly not by least is
Found this wonderful quote for 'Evoke' and perfect for another page in Hannah's Quote book...
and because I loved using the blue tissue so much before, I saw the orange and went with that too!
So, with some gesso, orange tissue paper, a couple of square brads, green washi and a mix of alpa's... this happened....
 oh.... need to pop this in too....
This prize came from 'Flourish with a Bling'
(plus I added a little to it) but how cool ....
The ladies there are just lovely people to deal with... so thanks soooo much!

 AND..... don't forget to join into the
 challenge at
Amiche di Scraps for you PL page/s!!
There's a prize!

Yay, you got to the bottom!!
I know, it was a lot!
Busy times today.... Paige is comes home from Melbourne (she's been away all weekend on a Christian leadership camp)  Revolving doors here, I come home, and she goes!
We get another French exchange student arriving tonight too. 
So no doubt will also show up in my scrapping shortly.
Better go get some bedrooms ready!