Yummy cardsketch!!

May 31, 2011 at 6:25 pm (Hand made things by me) (, )

I always like a good challenge and the lovely Helen’s blog, Card and a Half, has a great monthly card sketch challenge.  I thought I’d have a go and here is what I came up with…

Rather than layering the rectangles on top of the backing, I cut out a black frame with 3 rectangluar holes.  I used foam tape to raise up the black frame from the grey pattern background sheet.  I made some gorgeous little roses (see the tutorial by the beautiful Belle here) and punched out some little butterflies with my Martha Stewart punch.  A liberal sprinking of bling was obviously obligatory!!! And the little sentiment is a sticker that I backed with card, trimmed and mounted on the black frame with some more foam tape.  All the paper and the sentiment sticker are from the Stella and Rose range from My Mind’s Eye.  Really like this little card and can see myself using this sketch regularly.

Thanks for the challenge Card and a Half…really enjoyed it!


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Things you do for love

February 3, 2011 at 7:03 pm (Loved, random things)

Well, not love of a person in this case. Love of an organisation this week.  Just back from 2 days stint on a board I sit on as secretary.  Brain-straining stuff for two days in Perth…but have achieved lots and feel satisfied we are working towards some excellent outcomes for our network.  But doing stuff just creates more work!!! So lots of things to get done in between the rest of my work/life!!!

Although I’m rather busy, I’m defininitely scheduling in some craft time this weekend!  Especially as I have a yummy pack of Basic Grey’s Hopscotch range!!

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Eeek! Cobwebs!!!

January 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm (random things) (, , )

OMG, the dust I had to scrap off the dashboard to get in here!!! Little blog, you have been sorely neglected.  I shall be good(ish) and endevour to visit more!!!

Well, what’s been happening?  The England holiday album featured in the last few posts is FINISHED (did take me until last month to finish but I do rather love it!) and I’ve done quite a lot of scrapping just lately.  And, most excitingly, I’m now on the Design Team over at the Little Scrapbook Shop or LSBS to it’s fans.  How awesome is that hey.  Same old on the work front, still managing the West Arthur CRC.  Other than that, just bobbing along.

If you are a scrapper, you should definitely check out the series of challenges that are soon to be up and running over at LSBS….

Ok, now I promise not to be so norty about up-dating!!!

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pecking with the chooks

April 18, 2010 at 11:56 am (Uncategorized)

I’ve had a busy weekend – yesterday I went to Chook Scraps’ Midnight Madness (only stayed til 5:30pm cos we had to go to friends’ for dinner) and I was getting into the Chook Scraps’ CyberCrop Challenges.  I’m not usually a shabby chic type of girl but I really love those Webster papers and they seemed perfect for the challenges (which were all based on a Shakespearean theme).  Here’s what I came up with…

Challenge One asked for lace, ruffles/pleating, a circle and hand stitching.

The second challenged asked for an animal or tree, a heart, 2 photos and a black element not including text or doodling.

This was my take on challenge three which was a sketch challenge.

The final challenge was to make a card which was vintage style, paper with writing on and a button. I love this challenge so much I made a few more cards.

Three of the cards I made when I was on a roll 🙂

More cards 🙂

Last week I did one of the challenges in the Little Scrapbooking Shop Cybercrop.  I would have liked to do more but on Saturday afternoon I sliced my index finger open on the food process blade and had to get my friend Karen to take me to hospital to get patched up and it was way too tended to do too much (one page was all I could manage!!!)

This was a challenge to scrap a creature - so I had a little photo shoot with our fur-girl.

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scrapping and shooting

March 16, 2010 at 8:16 am (Hand made things by me, random things) (, , , )

Okay, so probably not what your average crafter got up to this weekend…Friday night I joined my DH and two of his friends to go fox shooting, which was quite fun.  I was sooooo tired by about 10pm though I was falling asleep in the passenger seat while we were cutting around the paddocks and jerking awake when a shot gun went off.  I can assure you that waking up, having to get out to open and close a cocky’s gate (passenger gets gate duty) is something of a challenge as you do have to pay attention when you are doing up the windlass!! Luckily I avoided breaking my arm or anything similar doing the gates.  I won’t show you any of the photos of dead stuff as a) it’s a bit gory and b) most of them have our friend’s grandson in and I’m not sure if they’d want them on the internet.

Anyway, after all the gun slinging action, I settled down for a more domestic weekend.  I made some jam drops (featuring some tasty Fig Jam I made earlier in the week) and did some other cooking experiments (including my first attempt at French Onion Soup which tasted delicious but did rather interfer with the intestinal processes!!!).  The Little Scrapbook Shop had it’s ‘Good, Bad and Ugly’ cybercrop.  I completed 2 of the challenges…

This challenge you had to document something 'bad' and use green on the layout somewhere.

This was the sketch challenge, you had to make one minor change (I flipped the sketch orientation) and use the words 'good, bad, ugly' in your layout somewhere.

I also got the week’s challenge done for the Seasoned Scrapper

This challenge we had to use some of the lyrics from a song by some old guy (Billy Thorpe?) in our layout.

I also did a couple of other random pages just for fun which I have been slack and not photographed.  Also been busy knitting away for Knit One Save One.

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scrapping MACHINE

February 21, 2010 at 7:13 pm (Hand made things by me) (, , , , , , , )

I’ve been super busy over the weekend and done a heap of pages for my album for our Christmas trip to England.  Here are my layouts from the past few day.  Not much else to post – hope you enjoy looking at the pix.


We don't look toooooo bad seeing as we'd just been off the plane from Australia!

Self-timers on the camera rock

He was very, very excited!

Not totally happy with the title - need to figure out how to make it pop a bit more.

Same problem with this title!

I used the sketch from Scrap Therapy's Cyber Scrap Challenge for this one. Really like this sketch. You had to do some distressing/painting and/or inking for this one too.

Recognise the sketch? Yup, did two pages using it, but they will be quite a few pages apart so don't think anyone would notice.

I used Rachel's Heidi Swapp distresser on these pix - I want one now!

Great scupltures!

I made this last weekend (I think) but forgot to share it with you. It's a set of flatpack drawers from Kaiser and covered with their new prairie lane collection and with a rubon on the top. nice i thought.

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seasoned with sugar

February 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm (Hand made things by me) (, , , , )

Well, two weeks into the Seasoned Scrapper over at Little Scrapbook Shop and I have two nice OTPs to show off.  Week One saw us making covers for a book to record our Seasoned Scrapping work in.  I can’t say I love mine, but it’s alright.

Cover of my note book for Seasonsed Scrapper - used some Krafty Kutz, some patterned papers by My Little Shoebox, letter stickers by Basic Grey (and some ancient TLC ones), some foam Thickers and some DM and Kindyglitz.

This week the challenge was to follow Deanne’s instruction for making a very cool box with cocertina fold slots to hold the cards we make over the year.  We also had to make sure our card what ‘summery’ in feel.  I was pretty pleased with how mine turned out – nothing fancy but it’s neat, accurate and bright.  The instructions on how to make it are here.

Not many materials to make this one, black card, patterned paper from Basic Grey's Lemonade range and foam Thickers.

Anyway, I’m off to continue scrapping some of our holiday photos from our trip to England.  Hopefully I can find some inspiration!!!

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nearly the weekend!

February 5, 2010 at 8:36 am (random things) (, , )

I’m excited as it’s nearly the weekend and tony’s parents are coming to visit (and bringing their boat).  We will be off to our nearby ski lake for some tubing and skiing which will be good, good good.

I have a few scrappy things on the go – hopefully I’ll have something to show you in a day or two but in the mean time here’s a little quote that I really liked (and the pic) and thought you might like it too.

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no longer a bfz (aka blog-free zone)

January 26, 2010 at 5:47 pm (Uncategorized)

Well, I’ve been horribly slack with this blog of late (well, for quite a long time).  We’ve been on holiday to England for 4 weeks and I’ve started a new job! My first ever full-time job that isn’t teaching!  I’m now the Coordinator of our local Telecentre (Community, Health and Techology Resource Centre).  It is a complete change of scene and I’m loving it (well, only been there 6 days so still have lots to learn but it’s a great place to work).

Scrapping-wise I haven’t done much lately as we’ve been overseas – which was excellent – but I do have some projects on the go.  Firstly I’ve started (well, printed some photos for) an album featuring our holiday to England.  I’m also going to participate in the Little Scrapbook Shop’s 2010 by the Month – currently trying to organise what I’m going to do for my January page – I definitely need to take more photos in February!!!!  I’m also really excited about the LSBS’s 2010 weekly challenge program (previously 52 Pick Up) which was unveiled last Sunday – it’s the Seasoned Scrapper…

I’m definitely keen to get into these challenges as I really loved doing 52 Pick Up (and I’m proud to say I did it 52 times in 2009). Anyway, hopefully my next post will have some pix of scrapping I have finally got around too.

Finally, and most importantly, Happy Australia Day!  We had a lovely morning at the beautiful Lake Towerinning for a community bbq breakfast.

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more cropping goodness

November 17, 2009 at 7:20 am (Hand made things by me) (, , , , , )

I kept busy for the remaineder of the weekend.  Here is a quick look at the goodies I made…

Kaisercraft desk calendars - bought these on super special at my local scrap shop as they had 09 calendars - resigned some 2010 calendars themed in colours to match each calendar.  Mostly Kaisercraft stuff to decorate them.

Another calendar on special from LSS.

This challenge was to make a garland (the suggestion was stars, but you could do anything).  I got a whole lot of inspiration from here...http://thesmithgirlsspot.blogspot.com/2008/11/christmas-garlandbanner.html I'm looking forward to being able to go get some extra xmas decs to jazz it up a bit more.

Another 'gift can'.  Really, really love these.

Thanks Little Scrapbooking Shop Design Team for great challenges and all the ladies over there for a great croppy weekend.

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