Saturday, 29 January 2011


Have you ever had too many projects on the go at once?
Started one and then got distracted to do another- or meet a deadline, so left another hanging..
etc etc..  so I'm made a concerted effort to get some finished that had been hanging around and to completely finish one before contemplating another.  Its not easy to do when you have my mind! lol

Scrap It Lah(and it won!!!)
is about a hobby (not including scrapbooking) and to use an element from that hobby on your LO.
I love gardening... and I've used some green wire tie that I've curled and put at the base of the Prima flower Iron-ons.  You can find the challenge here

And here are some Challenges I've managed to get done for Bon's Scraps
CC Sketch Challenge
January Sketch Challenge

Room of the Month

Write Now


is about 17 buttons!!
bit of fun!!!  The challenge is here


has it's 2nd release!

Its a Winter App!
This Winter release is full of themed sample layouts to suit the season from Christmas to Valentines and all the snow in between and is a way to give you more time and space to scrapbook by keeping all the sketches you need at your fingertips.
The Full version is $3.99, and has the free sketches plus 66 more sketches  and the free version has new 12 sketches to try out.
 and as a special for this weekend, we have reduced the price on the Original Sketches2Scrapbook release to $2.99!!! an awesome deal

Click HERE to go to the site for the links to purchase

Here's my DT sample for the WINTER app


You'll be happy to know that the dangerous tree is now down!
There was a hairy moment where five men had to hold one of the big boughs with chains from coming down on Hannah's bedroom!  Glad I wasnt home!!!
This is taken from the diningroom - the opposite end of the house from Hannah's bedroom
These are only half the branches that fell this way the other branches have already been chopped up.
 Hannah standing on the retainer wall beside the bigger boughs
 My poor garden!
The start of split firewood for the Winter

Some reminders....

LET'S GET SHABBY'S Wedding Challenge


The last few days for SCRAPJACKED!


Tuesday, 25 January 2011

LETS GET SHABBY Challenge #20

It's all about Shabby Weddings!!
You should see the wonderful inspiration

This is my DT sample...
of my dh  and I and my little flower girl looking on...
many years ago!  My little flower girl is now almost 28!

There's a wonderful shabby prize
cant wait to see what you come up with!!

Tuesday, 18 January 2011


Look at these three little girls of long ago galloping about on mops and brooms!!

Meaghan teaching Hannah how to make 'Melting Moments' cookies
and using some wonderful seam binding wound around the heart from

Just a quick simple card

With another new release of Sketches in app form for iphones, ipads and itouches ready at the end of Jan...
 for the latest check it out HERE
Again it was great to be a part of this project!!
Big smile!


Only a couple of days left to join in the latest challenge
Check out Challenge #19 HERE

And you might like to peek at our sponsor's gorgeous store

Saturday, 15 January 2011


Poor Tasmania has been hit by flooding and gale force winds now. And Wednesday and Thursday nights were so bad that  our big tree at the back of of the house cracked vertically to the ground in three places which threatens the back of the house and for the first time in our house ever, we felt very unsafe.

 One of the cracks from behind the tree looking down from standing on a four foot rockwall
The other two cracks are at the front of the tree... not a safe place to stand and take photos!
One of our garden paths just filling up..

The giant poplar tree at the side of the house and the force of the wind.
(this tree is safe)

  It was still too dangerous to get out and cut it down the cracked tree at the back so by Friday morning the our city's two big dams had overflowed and bridges were being closed.... and we packed up the car, drove through slightly flooded highways and massive potholes, wind, fog and water spray and got to Coles Bay on the EastCoast where the weather did a big turn around and it feels like the tropics.  Its so lovely to have this reprieve.

So today we've been swimming at the beach

So everything looked up and even though we dont know whats going on at our house back home...
Its just what we needed after losing Cosmo on Monday too.

However I've just got a phonecall to say that my studio which was only slightly flooded on Thursday and I managed to clean up and salvage the few things affected.... has now completely flooded out in one section.   Dh is going back tomorrow to see what can be done with the tree and now to sort out the studio.  The hardest hit room unfortunately is where we store all our massive amounts of sets and costumes and it was bad enough on Thursday, but apparently just couldnt hold the amount of water that still came down. 

Sigh.... however....
We are not as bad as Queensland and I havent lost focus or perspective of that.
And as many times I've been asked if I've donated...
and my answer has always been (as with the Victorian Bushfires last year)
'When they start asking for dontations to help the animals'
They are secondary to saving human life and I know that people in the end will be okay....
I have faith in that....
but the animals.....
they need help and so do the people who help them.

And if you haven't seen this... then this is the epitomy of why I feel like I do...
Just like Sam the Koala last year.....

As reported in the Herald Sun 
Ray Cole, a father of five, was cheered by onlookers but threatened with arrest by police when he waded into turgid waters to pluck the drowning joey to safety.

Mr Cole said he "couldn't stand there and watch our coat of arms just drown".
"I could just see its little head bobbing up and down and I knew it didn't stand a chance," he said.

"So I went in and by the time I got to it, it had been hit by a log and its eyes were the only things still out of the water.
"I grabbed it by the scruff of the neck and turned it over and carried it back to shore."
"Last time I saw it, people had wrapped a blanket around it and it was back on its feet."

RSPCA Queensland inspector Travis Cooper said native animals would be the most likely to survive the floods.
"They can swim so have more chance to get of danger," he said.
"It's not as easy for domestic pets or livestock that can't escape paddocks or houses at risk of floodwaters."
The organisation had to evacuate all animals at its Fairfield headquarters because of the flooding. Volunteers have stepped up to act as foster carers.
(You can read the whole article on the link above the photo.)

Here's a link if you can donate to
Queensland RSPCA

And and and....

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

ONE DAY AT A TIME.. plus 'Extending the Background' Tutorial

 We've said good-bye and shed bucketloads of tears
and the ache inside will get less, this I know.
But for 18yrs Cosmo was part of our family
and thank goodness our vet saw it in his heart to come to our home to make sure Cosmo would go in a quiet stress free way....
Thank you so much for the lovely comments and hugs left on yesterday's post I read and re-read every single one of them and it meant so much
Cosmo was such a beautiful affectionate family member whom we will miss very much.... 

And to my wonderful friend Bec - thank you for these beautiful lilliums that turned up at my front door this morning - my heart just lifted

Even though this was going on,
Yvonne from 'Do More With Less' (Singapore) puts a spotlight on a guest artist each month and this time she has asked me.
I'm so grateful for this as doing a Step by Step and showing work that I love to do made me happy.
So thanks so much Yvonne it was a another bright light in the last few days...

Here's my LO and tutorial about how to

Here's the post.....

Extending the background with Mandy Dodd

My first guest of 2011 is the talented Mandy Dodd of Teacup of Scrapisms. I got to know Mandy through Scrapping The Music and I love her shabby chic style, particularly how she infuses vibrant colours and incredible textures on her projects. She is also the co-founder of the awesome challenge blog Let's Get Shabby. Today, she is sharing a tutorial on how to extend past the photo to create a scene! And there's a challenge with a RAK to be won too! :)

Hi, my name is Mandy  (also known as mandysea) and I live in Australia on an island called Tasmania.  I live in a big old house that over looks the sea and pretty much the sea is our way of life here.  I’m inspired by and love nature, and animals and use green and blue a lot in my scrapping.  I spend a lot of time capturing birds and lizards and wildlife with my camera.
My scrapping style is Shabbychic and I love playing with the arty side with it in paints, gesso, tissue paper, and all the lacy bits plus the layering and texture that goes with it.  I love to feel these things in my hands and most of all – I love to see the shadow its casts.
If I had some things that are undeniably me – it would be that I love to match the background of my photo to my background paper…. and extend the photo into the scrapping area, rarely use pattern paper, and usually draw a border around my papers edge and fold it to suggest a frame.  These are not always, but mostly, and I fall not conscious of these habits creating work..… they just kind of evolve as I go along.
My favourite paper to use is Basic Grey background papers – usually they are the plain reverse sides. I’ll pick them up wherever I see them – especially if they are older discontinued lines.

Extending the Background tutorial 

Choose a photo that has either horizons or Vertical lines in it that can be extended.
By placing some pointers – you can easily see where the lines in this photo are.
Here some tissue paper has been sprayed the same colour as the steps and creased in a way that its been moulded where the dark lines extend outwards on each side of the photo.  At this stage both the tissue and the photo is only just sitting on top as a gauge just to see how its working out.
Smearing some paint with my finger into an almost transparent film picks up the next set of horizon lines – a pinky cement colour.

Here I wanted to pick up the darker colour of the grass in the top part of the photo – the dark green right on the edge of the pic.  So I measured where the photo was and placed a scrap piece of paper there and sprayed.
Embellished and finished.   There are a couple of extra things I did to extend the background more.   I’ve made the brown columns behind Paige in the photo extend upwards more and decorated them a bit – to suggest where she was sitting did have a roof.   And I’ve used green crocheted lace to wrap from underneath the photo  and curved it up the side to suggest the circular shape of the podium she was  sitting on.


My heart also goes out to the Queenslanders who are affected so badly in the floods.
I grew up in Toowoomba were so many have died or are missing when an inland Tsunami and storms
 hit with little to no warning. 
Please stay safe and we pray that the water stops and recedes soon


Monday, 10 January 2011


That's how it feels at times...
Watching from far away knowing that in all this busy-ness
 time just runs past so quick...
While uploading this post, in our house we are preparing for the passing of our beloved cat 18yr old  Cosmo and it sure isnt easy.  There are little tears everywhere I look and at this time, I feel like I'm watching from the stalls at everything else including here...

123 Challenge

 The colour Purple and Punches!

You can find the challenge here 

At last we can show you our LO's that belong to the first app that Anam released for iphones, itouch and ipads. I cant show you the sketches... but I can show you my work.
You can find the information here


Working with some beautiful vintage doilies from  Tallulah Belle


Dont forget to go see the wonderful Brooch Tutorial that Sasya has created 
 and we want to see your Architectural LO's!!


Thursday, 6 January 2011

SCRAP JACKED is up and running!

Click here to see the new team and the scraplifts! 
There is a wonderful array of different styles
 to be inspired by! 
 Just pick one project you love and lift it! 
 If you really enjoyed that experience heaps -
then pick another to lift and submit that too! 
Its a lot of fun!
Here is my DT sample  and I hope to see you there!!


Getting some scrapping done - and being on holidays helps!
I made these two little flowers and found an old photo of Hannah that just needed to be scrapped!

 Paige in the Snow..
Using some of Carol's gorgeous seam binding again (in the LO above and below)  from Tattered Inspirations  (Carol is out of it for now, but will restocking as soon as it arrives!)

And look at this - had my Prima Tutu's showcased at Aussie Scrap Source!
Thats a bit exciting!!

Monday, 3 January 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 2010 Favourite Projects.....

2010 Favourite Projects...