31 December 2016

Sparkle

I made this card for a friend:


Materials
Bazzill Basics Raven cardstock
Bazzill Basics Smoothies - Walnut Cream cardstock
Simple Stories Sn@p! - Snappy Sayings filler card
Prima Epiphany paper flower
My Mind's Eye Find Your Wings and Fly - Up and Away layered sticker

I'm sharing my card at Simon Says Wednesday for the Anything Goes theme.

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30 December 2016

Clean and simple

Moving forward with my Rockhampton album, with a clean and simple page:



Materials
Watercolour paper
My Memories embossed patterned paper
Crayola Dark Green watercolour pencil
Paperclips

I'm sharing my page at Simon Says Wednesday, for the Anything Goes theme.

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29 December 2016

Ghost shapes

A simple layout which I created with just one piece of patterned paper, and a few of the leftovers on my desk:



Materials
Heidi Swapp product packaging
Fancy Pants What a Wonderful Day - Astounding patterned paper
Green Tara 7cm Petals - Liquid paper flower
Trinket Track ribbon flowers
Kaisercraft 2cm Pink paper flowers
Bella! Bling gems

I'm sharing my layout at Simon Says Wednesday for the Anything Goes theme.

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25 December 2016

Secret Santa

Over at Pixels and Paper we had a Secret Santa event for the DT members.  This is what I received from my lovely Santa (aka Rebecca Daly):


I'm looking forward to trying out the Magenta Nuance powders!

Happy Christmas to all!

21 December 2016

Hello Rockhampton

My love of autumn tones really shows in this page! Another for the Rockhampton album:


Materials
Want2Scrap Labels Eleven chipboard album (used as page template)
My Mind's Eye Dreamy - Daydream - Funky Flowers patterned paper
Memento Printemps - Tulipe patterned paper
Feather cutting die
Kraft cardstock
Kaisercolour White acrylic paint
Carl Mini Daisy punch
Portacraft red paper flower
Kaisercraft Red pearls
Cosmo Cricket Hello washi tape
Orange striped washi tape

My page is based on the December sketch at My Creative Sketches. I simplified the elements to suit my shaped page.

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20 December 2016

Regional Art Gallery

This page in my Rockhampton mini-album was inspired by the sketch challenge at the Scrap Suite December cybercrop:



Materials
Want2Scrap Labels Eleven chipboard album (used as page template)
Basic Grey Knee Highs - Hopscotch patterned paper
My Memories embossed patterned paper
Green Tara 4cm Petals - Sky Blue paper flower
Green Tara 2.5cm Petals - Batik Green paper flowers
Portacraft green paper flower
Flourish with a Bling Antique Gold pearls
Best Creations Craft n Craftin' - Flower chipboard
Green paperclip

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18 December 2016

Fitzroy River

I've been working on my Rockhampton mini album.  Today's very simple page was inspired by Sketch #55 at Sketches in Thyme PL Style:




Materials
Rouge de Garance Aile ou Fleur - Dream Diary patterned paper
Scenic Route product packaging
Tim Holtz product packaging
Echo Park Kate - Lowercase alphabet dies
Washi tape
Core'dinations Gemstones - Turquoise cardstock
Blue paperclip

I'm also sharing my page at Clique Kits for the Anything Goes theme.

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17 December 2016

Love Today

Woo hoo... I scrapped the very last page in my Ekka 2015 album.  I think that makes a total of one finished album for last year!



This layout was inspired by a cybercrop challenge at Scrap Suite - using circles and wire.

Materials
Kaisercolour Coastal Blue acrylic paint
Kaisercolour White acrylic paint
Heidi Swapp Label Holders - Icee chipboard shapes
EK Success Retro Flower - Medium punch
EK Success Retro Flower - Mini punch
Fiskars 1.5" Circle punch
Echo Park Victoria Gardens - Cheerful Words patterned paper
Simple Stories Carpe Diem - Bits & Pieces die cut circles
Basic Grey Lucille chipboard alphabets
Want2Scrap Baby Bling - Pink pearls
Maya Road Love Heart vintage wire trinket

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16 December 2016

I got Stuck?!


I'm so excited to be a Guest Designer at Stuck?! Sketches this month.

This is Laura's fabulous sketch that was my starting point:


... and this is my layout:



Visit Stuck?! to join in the current challenge, and don't forget to check the 1st December sketch too.

Materials
Cosmo Cricket Social Club - Swingin' patterned paper
My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart - Be Amazing - Kraft Unique patterned paper
Prima Free Spirit - Perceptions patterned paper
Baker's twine
Buttons
D-lish Scraps Umbrella wood veneer
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters alphabet dies
MFT Die-namics - Little Lowercase Letters alphabet dies
Simple Stories Life Documented - Bits & Pieces die cut tab
Simple Stories Carpe Diem - Bits & Pieces die cut cloud

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15 December 2016

Christmas card for Carmel

Another Christmas card, made for a friend:



The card features my own handmade Christmas tree ~ I made about a dozen different ones at the beginning of the month, and I've been using them on cards, tags and layouts.

Materials
Basic Grey Sugared - Pleasing patterned paper
Martha Stewart Floral Lace decorative edge punch
Carolee's Creations Adorn It - Rugged alphabet stickers

I'm sharing my card at Soul Scrappers for the Last Minute Christmas Card challenge.

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Christmas card for Mishel

A Christmas card, made for a friend:



The card features my own handmade Christmas tree ~ I made about a dozen different ones at the beginning of the month, and I've been using them on cards, tags and layouts.  (It's also got a punched decorative edge on the front right, but it didn't photograph very well.)

Materials
American Crafts Melon cardstock
Martha Stewart Floral Lace decorative edge punch
Kaisercraft Mini Alpha - Latte letter stickers

I'm sharing my card at Soul Scrappers for the Last Minute Christmas Card challenge.

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12 December 2016

Candles

I'm guest designing at Unstampabelles this month, where the theme is Flickering Lights, and an added challenge twist to include a candle.

I scrapped a layout using a photograph from last year, when we visited Government House for their Christmas lights display:



Materials
Studio Calico Story Time - Nighty Night patterned paper
Making Memories Addie - Brocade Dots patterned paper
Carolee's Creations Adorn It - Flirtatious alphabet stickers
Gold sequins

I'm sharing my layout at Clique Kits for the December Anything Goes theme.

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11 December 2016

Cybercropping

In my latest tidy-up of my scrapbooking stash I came across a shaped mini album, which I must have won in a prize pack at some stage.  I haven't made many mini-albums in the past, but I  thought this one would be perfect for the photographs I took on my recent work trip to Rockhampton.  I'm using the heavy duty chipboard pages for the cover, and also as a template to cut extra pages for the inside.

Here's the first page I finished (which won't actually be the first page chronologically in the album):



Materials
Want2Scrap Labels Eleven chipboard album (used as page template)
My Mind's Eye Dreamy - Daydream - Funky Flowers patterned paper
Hotel note paper
Feather cutting die
Kraft cardstock
Kaisercolour White acrylic paint
Echo Park Kate - Lowercase alphabet dies
Carl Mini Daisy punch
Portacraft red paper flower
Green Tara 2.5cm Petals - Pale Pink paper flower
Kaisercraft Red pearls
Washi tape

The design of my page was inspired by Challenge 3 at the Mystical Scrapbooks December cybercrop, and I'm sharing my page at Clique Kits for the Anything Goes theme.

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10 December 2016

Playing with colours

This layout was inspired by the December challenge at White... with 1:



Materials
Green foil (upcycled T2 packaging)
Charm's Creations Super Star embellishment
Echo Park Kate - Lowercase alphabet dies
Crayola Sap Green watercolour pencil
Baby pom pom trim - apple green

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This pocket scrapping page was inspired by the colour combo at Scrapping Outback:

WHITEgold tones and black


Materials
Simple Stories Sn@p! Insta-page insert
Imaginarium Designs S-Curve Corners chipboard
Moon Glow King Midas Gold embossing powder
Echo Park Kate - Lowercase alphabet dies

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09 December 2016

Girraween, Part 1

I've started to put together a mini-album about our day trip to Girraween National Park.

This is the title page:



Materials
Pink Paislee Cottage Farms - Wheelbarrow patterned paper
Simple Stories Life Documented - Bits & Pieces tag
Glitter washi tape
Basic Grey Lucille chipboard alphabets
Bakers twine
Kaisercraft Vines cutting die
Twinnings packaging


This is the first double page spread:



Materials
Pink Paislee Cottage Farms - Wheelbarrow patterned paper
Kaisercraft Vines cutting die
My Mind's Eye Boy Crazy - Seeing Stars patterned paper
Glitter washi tape
October Afternoon Mini Market - Gray & Cream alphabet stickers

I'm joining in at Rochelle's Scrappy Friends This or That challenge - Rhinestones or Glitter.  I used glitter tape on my pages.

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08 December 2016

Magical

More Christmas scrapping, this time a simple pocket page:



Materials
Simple Stories Sn@p! Insta-page insert
Kaisercraft Petals - Silver rhinestone flower
Value Craft Metallic Gold alphabet stickers
Gold knitted trim

My title was inspired by the December Random Word challenge at Soul Scrappers...

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07 December 2016

A2Z Scraplets

This layout was inspired by the mood board challenge at A2Z Scraplets.  I used lots of paper scraps to create a grid design background, focussing on primary colours:



I used an A2Z Scraplet, which I heat embossed:



Materials
Bazzill Basics Smoothies - Blackberry Swirl cardstock
Echo Park Kate - Lowercase alphabet dies
A2Z Scraplets Paisley 46 chipboard
Moon Glow King Midas Gold embossing powder

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06 December 2016

Some Christmas layouts

This one was inspired by the December sketch challenge at Scrapping Clearly:



The shimmery gold was difficult to photograph - here's a detail shot:



Materials
Bazzill Basics Smoothies - Blackberry Swirl cardstock
Basic Grey Infuse - Suffuse patterned paper
Basic Grey Infuse - Inspire patterned paper
Crocheted lace
Corrugated cardboard
Kaisercolour White acrylic paint
Gold sequins
Upcycled lingerie ribbon
Value Craft Glitter Foam star

I've been putting off scrapping these Christmas pics from 2014, because they are blurry (relying on a kind strangers to take photographs for us). I finally decided to just do it! Despite being out of focus, the pictures still bring back memories of our special evening out in the city to see the Christmas lights.

I used a handmade embellishment on this page, to add interest and hopefully offset the poor quality of the photographs a bit.

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This one was inspired by the December mood board challenge at Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia:



Materials
Bazzill Basics Smoothies - Blackberry Swirl cardstock
Pink Paislee C'est la Vie - Paper #3 patterned apper
Upcycled Christmas card
Green Tara Mini Tassel - White trim

I found the instructions for the origami fox online at:  http://en.origami-club.com/animal/animal%28small%29/fox/fox/index.html


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05 December 2016

Together

This layout is based on the sketch at Show Us Your Stuff:



Materials
Bo Bunny Mama-razzi2 - Oh Snap! patterned paper
Charms Creations Heavenly Heart - Hessian felt embellishment
Crocheted doily
Notepaper
Ribbon and lace scraps
Gold sequins
Value Craft Metallic Gold alphabet stickers
Collections Elements - Hearts chipboard shapes
Tsukineko VersaMagic - Pixie Dust chalk ink
Gel-a-tins Gelly Powder - Northern Lights glitter embossing powder

My 'something handmade' is the Charms Heavenly Heart.

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04 December 2016

Christmas 2014

It's the perfect time of year to scrap Christmas photographs... going back a few years and playing catch up...



Materials
Basic Grey Infuse - Suffuse patterned paper
Gold sequins
Morgan & Finch Home Collection ribbon
Value Craft Metallic Gold ribbon
Upcycled pale pink lingerie ribbon
American Crafts Thickers - Giggles foam numbers/symbols


The colours {and sparkle} were inspired by the December moodboard at Scrap the Girls:


The layout theme is about our tradition of going to the city at Christmas time and checking out the department store window displays, which are always wonderful!

I'm sharing my layout at More Than Words, where this month the focus is on Traditions & Handmade:


I made my own Christmas tree embellishments from corrugated card, ribbon scraps and sequins.

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03 December 2016

O Christmas Tree...

Time to revisit Christmas past, and get some of the dreaded "not so perfect" photographs scrapped.  Blurry picture, but crystal-clear memories...



Materials
Bazzill Smoothies - Blackberry Swirl cardstock
Creative Embellishments Flourish Tree 2 chipboard
Thermoweb Decofoil - Summer Rainbow transfer sheet
Prima Rondelle textured canvas alphabet stickers
Tsukineko Versa Magic - Pixie Dust chalk ink
Whispers Pearl embossing powder
Carl Mini Daisy punch
Kaisercraft Dark Green rhinestones


My layout was inspired by the following challenges:

More Than Words ~ Traditions & Handmade


My layout captures our family Christmas tradition of visiting the city to see the giant tree in King George Square. In recent years we also stay to watch the light show.

My handmade embellishment is the string of Christmas decorations draped over the tree.  I made it by punching shapes from foil teabags,  then stringing them together with long strands of coloured cotton.  This is a progress shot, before I attached it to the layout (and before the bling was added):



* Creative Embellishments ~ December challenge

I took inspiration from the Christmas decorations.  I used a CE chipboard tree, which I painted with gesso, stamped and heat-embossed.  Something that dangles?  My homemade decoration string, which 'hangs' on the Christmas tree.  Here is a detail shot:



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02 December 2016

Happy birthday

This layout is my take on the December mood board challenge at Scrap the Boys:



I took inspiration from the colour scheme, the diagonal stripes and the black & white accents.

Materials
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned paper
MME/Breaking Free Best Buds - Nothing But Dots scalloped patterned paper
Core'dinations Gemstones - Turquoise cardstock
Simple Stories Homespun - Insta-squares card
Simple Stories Life Documented - Bits & Pieces die cut word
2Crafty Film Strip - Small chipboard
Basic Grey Lucille chipboard letters/numbers

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01 December 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like...

Christmas... and at Pixels and Paper we're getting into the spirit too, with this inspiration picture and criteria: Christmas and/or pets.


I decided to make some Christmas cards.  I jumped into my (very small) stash of Christmas-themed products, and came up with... reindeer!  Santa's pets, yeah?



Card 1 - Materials
Basic Grey Marrakech - African Nectar patterned paper
Fancy Pants Oh Deer - Prancer patterned paper
Fancy Pants Oh Deer - Santa's Team patterned paper (fussy cut)
Bella! Bling Red rhinestone

Card 2 - Materials
Basic Grey Marrakech - African Nectar patterned paper
Fancy Pants Oh Deer - Prancer patterned paper
American Crafts gingham ribbon

I'm sharing my cards at Simon Says Wednesday for the Anything Goes theme.

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23 November 2016

Bean Creek Falls

Another pocket page - I'm finding my groove with this format.  It's a good way to fill the gaps in my unfinished vacation albums, and use up some of my older stash and scraps.

My title card for this page was inspired by Sketch #52 at Sketches in Thyme PL Style:



Materials
Creative Imaginations Winter Garden - Winter Vine patterned paper
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned paper
Cosmo Cricket Material Girl - Measuring Up patterned paper
MFT Die-namics - Little Lowercase Letters alphabet dies
Francheville spotted grosgrain ribbon
Daiso Fancy Pop brad pin
Chipboard alphabets (unknown brand)
Kaisercolour Lime acrylic paint
Felt die cut flower (RAK gift)
Embroidered ladybird motif (RAK gift)
Kraft striped washi tape

2/12/2016 Edit to add:  My page was featured at Sketches in Thyme PL Style.


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22 November 2016

Good Times (Notorious)

A simple single page pocket spread to add to the family album for July 2015:



I used customised the journal card:


I'm joining in the following challenges:
# Sketches in Thyme Project Life Style ~ Sketch #50
# Simon Says Monday ~ Trio-Tastic ~ three photographs

Materials
Simple Stories Sn@p! Insta-page insert
Simple Stories Sn@p! Everyday journal card
Simple Stories Carpe Diem - Bits & Pieces die cut anchor
Baker's twine

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19 November 2016

Playing with Blogger...

This post is all about playing around with my Blogger template...

In my professional life I sometimes play with HTML and CSS coding when developing e-learning packages, which got me thinking about how to expand and collapse text on my blog. After a bit of experimentation, I finally worked out how:

EXTRA INFO to read (or not)
I can put text or materials lists in here and it won't clutter up my blog post...

EXTRA IMAGES to look at (or not)

How to do it:
1> Enable JavaScript/jQuery in the blog template - Some custom templates already have it built in; if not, the code needs to be added. Basically, this says to Blogger, "Hey, I want to be able to expand and collapse some bits of my blog."
2> Add CSS script to the blog template - This defines the look and feel of the hidden containers. I can change the default colours, backgrounds, fonts etc in the style sheet.
3> Add HTML code to the individual posts - This defines which parts of the post I want to expand or collapse.

I did a bit of research to fine tune what I came up with; a quick internet search will ALWAYS return quite a few hits!   For me, the most helpful post was THIS ONE.  I edited the CSS to suit my own style, but the other codes were all ready to go with no modification.

Obviously, if I change my blog template in the future, I will need to repeat these steps to ensure the new template still does everything I want it to.

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18 November 2016

Daisy Hill

Scrapping some photographs from our walk in the Daisy Hill Forest...

This layout was based on the November sketch at Scrapping Clearly:



Materials
Simple Stories Summer Vibes - Yellow Grid patterned paper
Watercolour paper
Kaisercolour Yellow acrylic paint
Kaisercolour Lime Green acrylic paint
Cosmo Cricket Social Club - Swingin' patterned paper
My Mind's Eye Boy Crazy - Seeing Stars patterned paper
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned paper
Kaisercraft Vines diecut
Memory Box Perched Reed Bird diecut
MFT Die-namics - Little Lowercase Letters alphabet dies
Buttons

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This layout was based on the second November sketch at Stuck?! ~ I rotated the sketch like this:


And this is what I came up with:



Sharing this one at Clique Kits for the Anything Goes theme.

Materials
Simple Stories Summer Vibes - Yellow Wood patterned paper
Simple Stories Summer Vibes - Yellow Grid patterned paper
Cherry Arte Floral chipboard (negative)
Cosmo Cricket Social Club - Swingin' patterned paper
Becky Higgins Project Life - Jade Edition patterned paper
Becky Higgins Project Life - Girl Theme journal card
Bo Bunny Jazmyne - Wellspring patterned paper
Merci flair button
Yellow baker's twine
Cosmo Cricket Material Girl - Measuring Up patterned paper
MFT Die-namics - Little Letters alphabet dies

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17 November 2016

Scrap Boutique

A year later, and I finally got around to creating an opening page for the Scrap Boutique retreat section of my November 2015 album:



I was inspired by the November sketch at My Creative Sketches (which I modified just a little bit).

Materials
Bazzill Basics Smoothies - Blackberry Swirl cardstock
Bazzill Basics Bazzill Yellow cardstock
My Mind's Eye Boy Crazy - Seeing Stars patterned paper
My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart - Be Amazing - Unique Kraft patterned paper
October Afternoon Sasparilla - Pony Express patterned paper
Upcycyled tea box 
Butterfly die cuts
My Memories Butterfly punch
Buttons

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15 November 2016

Thanksgiving

This layout is my take on the November challenge at Creative Embellishments... lots of lovely autumn tones. I only used one patterned paper (both sides) but it was perfect for fussy cutting!



For the challenge twist I used some CE wood veneer leaves:



I'm also submitting my layout at Simon Says Monday for the Thanksgiving theme, and for Anything Goes at Clique Kits.

Materials
Kaisercraft Elegance - Catherine patterned paper
Creative Embellishments Fall Leaves wood veneers

Digital credits
Font: Sunshine in my Soul

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