Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sketchabilites reveal # 64

Sketch # 64 is now live on the Sketchabilities blog, where you will find plenty of fabulous inspiration from the very talented design team!   I hope you will all be inspired & give the sketch a go :)

Here is the sketch.....another amazing one by Karan Gerber!





And here is my take on it.....


Using lots of gorgeous Echo Park - Times & Seasons (available in store at Handmade by Suzanne)
With some Prima flowers, Kaisercraft wooden birdcage, Lil Red Rocket vintage tag, Lovelybug Bits n Bobs button, some MME paper for the journal tags & Sassafras & Cosmo Cricket alpha stickers.

Pics were taken in Bright, Victoria of this gorgeous little pathway that led from the main street down to the river...it was ever so inviting!  So of course, I just had to snap a few pics :)

 
And now for some close ups.....




Thanks for dropping by & I hope you'll all give the sketch a go....just link your layout to the linky tool at the bottom of THIS post on the Sketchabilites blog by 14.2.12.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Testing....and Happy Australia Day!

A huge HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY to all the Aussie scrappers out there!
Hope you're all enjoying your day, whatever it is you're doing today :)



So, the purpose behind this post is to test the workings of a scheduled post...lol
& I find it hard to do a blog post without a pic!  I've already shared this layout before, but thought it was quite fitting for today, being Australia Day!...plus I don't have anything else that I can share atm - I've only been doing secret squirrel stuff of late :)

So, here goes....I'm seeing if this will post in about an 1/2 an hours time....but I don't know if the time I put in is referring to MY time (here in Aus) or American time ?!?!
Oh well, I'll soon find out...lol

Monday, January 23, 2012

Get Picky & Basic Grey

I love this months sketch over at Get Picky  and have ended up combining it with a challenge over on the Basic Grey blog, with is a double up challenge....to use paper/embellishments from at least 2 Basic Grey ranges, with 2 photos & a 2 word title.

I recently re-discovered/found a heap of my old BG collections in the back of the cupboard.....and I mean OLD.  I still have a heap of papers from Vagabond, Skate Shoppe, Lily Kate, Blitzen, Sub Lime, Oh Baby, Black Tie......so these are now in with the rest of my stash where I plan to start using them (because BG never goes out of date!).... rather than hidden in the back of the cupboard!


So, here is the sketch....




And here is my take on it......using up some of those BG collections :)




I've used papers from Sublime, Skate Shoppe, Blitzen & Out of print....Alpha stickers from the Vagabond collection, Office tab from Curio, Brad from Oxford...and another Brad, I think from the Marrakech collection.....plus a few Prima, Kaisercraft & Manor House flowers, and a really old Fancy Pants chipboard flourish.....and A Lil Somethin butterfly & ticket.

And a few close ups...




Loved using up some of that old stash!

Thanks for dropping by...and I hope everyone has a great week :).  xx

Saturday, January 21, 2012

My Minds Eye - Blog challenge 31

Challenge 31 over at the My Minds Eye blog is a sketch challenge with the theme of "New".

The sketch (created by Anam Stubbington)....

MME2012_sketch_layout01_Jan

 

And here is my take on it....


 
Using a few different papers, die cuts & stickers from a few different MME ranges - Lime Twist, Ooh La La, Quite Contrary & Lost & Found Two.

Pic is from New Years Eve 2009 while we were holidaying at Norfolk Island....with fish & chips, picnic style...with the most beautiful view & sunset - it was just magical :)

A few close ups....




TFL!  xx

Jan 15 Stuck!? sketch....

Yesterday, being exactly 1 year after, I decided it was about time I scrapped this, not so happy, event - about DS's emergency dash to Bathurst Base Hospital & then the continuing drama 1 week later when he was back in the local hospital.

Soooo, using the Jan 15th Stuck sketch.....




This is what I have created....



Lots & lots of journaling on this one....to tell the story.  I didn't have any pics relating to the mad dash, so found these pics of the hospital on-line.  But really, it's all about documenting the story for this LO, not the pics.


Any guesses on what these papers are?  They are really OLD (I seem to be doing that alot lately, using up super old stash - probably due to me recently having a bit of a clean out! lol)  - it is the Lemon Grass range from Crate Paper....not sure HOW old it is, but I've had it for donkey's years!


It really was an awful week or so....but feels good to finally have it documented :)
TFL!  xx

Friday, January 20, 2012

All good things must come to an end....


Hello everyone.....Happy Friday  :)

I'm here to share my last layout using the very versatile "Farmhouse" range from October Afternoon that Suzanne sent me for my January Handmade By Suzanne DT kit (all available in store!)

My layout is based on this sketch over on the October Afternoon blog...


Roree-OA Jan12-Jan 12 Sketch 2



....well, that's what it started out as, but I guess you could say that I've gone a little off track with it...lol.  But at least the bones of the sketch is still there, as in the rows of different tones/colours!


Here is my layout....



Using up the leftovers of the Farmhouse papers - Attic Trunk,  ClotheslineFaded WallpaperGravel RoadHer Bureau  &  Sunday Dinner, that are just placed in strips to form the base of the sketch.  I've also used one of the little tickets from the Miscellany pack & alphas from the Found alpha sticker sheet....along with another Manor House Creations Prior Rose - Vanilla flower.
I've added a few pieces from my stash....Coredinations CS - Kaisercraft blooms & wooden butterfly, Prima flower, Lil Red Rocket flag, yellow button & OA alpha stickers. 

I have tried something a bit different & new, for me, & have randomly punched the outside of my layout using my Fiskars Apron Lace border punch along with a bit of distressing :)


And a few close ups...







TFL & I hope everyone enjoys their weekend.  xx

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

And some more....

October Afternoon "Farmhouse" :-)




Papers Used:  Porch Swing,  Gravel Road, Faded Wallpaper  & Clothesline (the cute little banners across the top).  Along with more goodies from the Miscellany pack - Diecut card, ticket & the handcut rose from one of the diecut cards.  I've also used some more of the gorgeous Manor House Creations flowers & Prima flower, that is now unfortunately out of stock :(. ...and some gorgeous trims!

I have added a few little pieces from my stash...including the book page paper, Tim Holtz journal card that is tucked in under the photo & My Minds Eye date sticker.

Another pic from our cruise back in 2010 on one of the formal nights.

And a few closeups....








All October Afternoon "Farmhouse" goodies are available in store at Handmade by Suzanne

& don't forget the sketch comp this month at Handmade by Suzanne....there is a $30 store voucher up for grabs that includes free postage!!!  All you need to do is enter, as the winner is determined by a random draw :))).  Just load your entries into the January 2012 sketch comp folder in the HBS gallery HERE by midnight on 31st January!  Would love to see some of my blog followers enter :)

Thanks for dropping by & TFL!  xx

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sketchabilities Reveal - sketch # 63

Hello again everyone....I'm back again to share my first DT layout for Sketchabilities!! :)
Sketch # 63, created by the ever so talented Karan Gerber....is absolutely stunning!
I loved playing with this sketch, so I hope you will too! :)

You can check out the rest of the DT's creations on the Sketchabilities blog HERE.

Here is the sketch....







And here is what I've created....




My background page is a SUPER DUPER OLD (about 6 years old) piece of Cosmo Cricket from the "Wanted" collection (Love it & not sure why it has sat in my stash for so long :-/).  I've used my CW chicken wire template with some brown Pinecone Veracolor ink to mask it.....there's a tiny piece of MME Lost & Found 2 PP, a Dusty Attic CB flourish, Prima & Kaisercraft flowers, Maya Road clock face, Kaisercraft resin flower,  Prima leaves & Kaisercraft wooden birdcage, Basic Grey & Fancy Pants alpha stickers...with a few splatters of TA Suede glimmermist.

Pic is from our most recent holiday down to Victoria.....this big sculpture/statue of Ned Kelly was in the front courtyard of a gorgeous little B&B (no, we didn't stay there...we just borrowed their courtyard for out little photo shoot...lol).  I'm super happy with how this layout turned out....probably my fav for the year so far :)


And a few close ups.....













If you'd like to join in with the sketch, just link your blogpost that has your layout to the Linky tool at the bottom of THIS post before 29.1.12 (USA time - I think?!)


Can't wait to see what everyone creates!
Happy scrapping & TFL!  xx

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Good morning Sydney...

Hello lovely blog readers....I'm here to share another layout using my delicious October Afternoon - "Farmhouse" DT kit from Handmade By Suzanne.

And so far, none of my layouts are anything to do with farms or houses...lol
So, I guess you could say that this range is soooo versatile for any type of layout....the colours in it are just divine and I have been in scrappers heaven! 

All products from the Farmhouse range are available in store HERE



So here is my 3rd layout using my DT kit, "Good morning Sydney".....just love the bluey greys & golden yellows in this one!



Pic is from our cruise back in 2010, sailing back into Sydney in the early hours of the morning.  We had just sailed under the Harbour Bridge & this shot is looking back at it, with the sun rising behind it & to the right...it really was a spectacular view & a beautiful morning.  Just such a shame that our cruise was about to end :(

Products used:  October Afternoon "Farmhouse" Papers - Sunday DinnerGravel RoadAttic TrunkFaded Wallpaper.  Ive also used one of the tickets, journal tag & button from the Miscellany pack & alphas from the Found alpha stickers.  Plus I've used the stunning butterfly from the Prima flower pack, One of the Manor House Creations flowers, and another handmade flower from the gorgeous ruffled ribbon that Suzanne included in my kit, along with the beautiful Maya Road organza roses ribbon & this stunning Prima tassel trim that I've used on this page (you really should check out all the gorgeous ribbons & trims that Suzanne stocks in her store - there are soooo many & they are all so gorgeous) :). 
I've added a few bits from my own stash - Kaisercraft blooms, Kaisercraft wooden vine,  Punched butterfly & BG brad...oh & a paper clip.

and a few close ups....








Happy Sunday everyone....and TFL!  xx

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sketchy Thursday & more OA Farmhouse

Well here I am back with my 2nd layout using my gorgeous Handmade by Suzanne DT kit - October Afternoon "Farmhouse" range <3

This layout is for the 5th Jan sketch over at Sketchy Thursday....that I think I am only just getting in by the cut off time, by the skin of my teeth!  lol

Here is the gorgeous sketch.....




And here is my creation....using my OA "Farmhouse" DT kit from Handmade by Suzanne....


Farmhouse papers used - Her Bureau, Clothesline & Faded Clothesline
Also used a few pieces from the Farmhouse Miscellany pack - CB key, pink button & die cut cotton reel.  Farmhouse Found alpha stickers, Manor House flower, that I have changed to a soft blue using Glimmer Mist, Prima flower & ruffled trim.

I have added a few bits n bobs from my stash - flower made using MFT Prima Donna Petals die & felt flower using MFT rolled daisy die, Doily from MFT Decorative Doily Duo die, Kaisercraft wooden heart, BG & OA alpha stickers.


And a  few close ups....




TFL!  xx


October Afternoon "Farmhouse"

I received my Handmade by Suzanne DT kit on Monday, when I was home from work with a nasty migraine!....so all I could do was drool over it all day!  It is such an amazing gorgeous kit full of so many beautiful things.....thank you Suzanne!!! 

So, needless to say, I have been itching to get scrapping with it, so I've managed to squeeze in a bit of scrapping each night after work & have finally finished a few layouts :)

My gorgeous kit contained papers, Alpha's & the Miscellany pack from the October Afternoon "Farmhouse"range ......some Manor House flowers, Prima Flowers, Zva pearl flourish and some gorgeous ribbons & trims  <3



So, without further ado....here is the first layout I have created using my kit.....


My base is Coredinations CS (available at HBS here).  The CB butterfly, grey button  & yellow ticket are from the Farmhouse Miscellany pack, which is full of so many fabulous things!...and the large letter N in my title from the Farmhouse Found alpha sticker sheet.  The golden coloured leaves were cut using my Cheery Lynn "Olive Branches" die ...and my journal strips were cut from the Manor House flowers packaging :)

October Afternoon "Farmhouse" papers used:  Attic Trunk,  Clothesline,  Faded Wallpaper  & Gravel Road.....all available here.  I have added a few pieces from my own stash....buttons, Kaisercraft paper bloom, punched butterfly & October Afternoon Mini Market alpha stickers.


Now for a few close ups....

 I have glimmermisted one of my Manor House flowers to give it a lovely soft brown tone to blend in with the rest of the LO, and I also made the bluey/grey flower out of a piece of ruffled trim from my kit.






Don't forget about this months fantastic sketch at Handmade by Suzanne....you can see the DT's amazing interpretations of the sketch HERE in the January sketch folder of the gallery.

Thanks for dropping by & TFL.  xx
I will be back shortly with my 2nd layout......

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Daring you to scrap!

Is a brand new challenge blog!  Their first dare is to use paper scraps to create your background - and who doesn't like to use up scraps?!

You can check out their blog HERE and see the fabulous samples by the DT.

Here is my take on it using random scraps from my scrap pile, some Lil Red Rocket and some felt flowers that were given to me in a rak by Melinda Thompson



Pic is from our cruise back in 2010 at the Island of Lifou  in the very gorgeously lush forest :)




TFL  xx

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

HBS January sketch....

The January sketch for Handmade by Suzanne is now up in the HBS gallery.  It is another fantastic sketch by Michelle...and I'm sure you'll all want to give it a go!  There is a $30 store voucher up for grabs, that includes free postage....and all you have to do is enter! 


So, here is this months sketch...



Jan12Sketch



And here is my take on it :)


Using the gorgeous Echo Park - Times & Season's range (all available at Handmade by Suzanne)  with a few other goodies thrown in.  (don't ask about the background piece being sideways! *rolls eyes*  lol) Pics are from a recent 1920's themed party - such fun!

A few closeups.....





You can see the sketch in the HBS gallery HERE .....and be sure to check back regularly throughout the month as the gallery fills up with amazing inspiration :)

You can also check out the latest Handmade by Suzanne newsletter HERE for all the latest news on sales, new product arrivals......and who the newest DT member is!!!  :))

Thanks for dropping by & I hope everyone is inspired to give this months sketch challenge a go!
Have a lovely week.  xx

Monday, January 2, 2012

January White with 1....

I'm back so soon again :)

This months WW1 challenge is WHITE + LIME + BUTTONS.....love it! and couldn't wait to give it a go, so I've had another scrappy afternoon :)  Might as well, seeing's the holidays are over as of today & it's back to the daily grind tomorrow :-/


Anyways....here is my take on the WW1 challenge.....




Using a few scrap pieces of lime coloured paper - I think they're Kaisercraft, Pink Paislee & Cosmo Cricket.  Manor House, Prima & Kaisercraft flowers, plus a couple of die cut rolled rose flowers from felt.  Lil Red Rocket button, Charms Creations page topper, Crafters Workshop chicken wire template, TA glimmermist, Matha Stewart butterfly & frond punches, paper doily, lace, ribbon & buttons.

and a few close ups....





Pic is of the old gaol wall at Beechworth....who would have thought that a gaol wall would look so good!!!  Had fun creating this one <3

TFL  xxx

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