Saturday, January 30, 2010


New weekly challenges are up at It was my turn to tackle the card challenge and this is one of the samples I made. It really reminds me of those little red houses you use in Monopoly. Haven't played it in years!

Paper Making Memories, October Afternoon. Stamps Hero Arts, Punch Fiskars.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Thunderstorms, scraps and buttons

I was going to do a whole lot of uploading and editing on the computer last night, but we had electrical storms all evening. I made some cards with paper scraps, stickers and buttons instead. I think of them as funky valentines.

Besides, I need to keep using up my stash to make room for all the fabulous stuff I'm going to inevitably end up wanting from the CHA releases. I think my favourites were Apple Jack (Sassafras), Joy Ride (Cosmo Cricket) and the basics range from Basic Grey. Although I did spy some must have felt embellishments from Making Memories too. What about you? What are your fingers just itchin' to get a hold of?

Monday, January 25, 2010


Somehow public holidays make my life more hectic rather than less hectic! Good time to break out some fantastic papers by We R Memory Keepers called Geo Hectic. I have never ever bought any of their product before, but the retro mechanical look of this line just really captured me.

TIP: Clear heat embossing black ink makes it even blacker and gives it more pop- The 'zoom' looks so much better embossed. Trust me.

Papers and stamp We R Memory Keepers, Dymo labeller, digital frame Carina Gardiner.

Sunday, January 24, 2010


I completely forgot to post my sample for the Build It Up weekly challenge at The challenges have restarted after a break for Christmas/New Year and it is the perfect time to have a go! Just create something to help keep you organised and upload it to the challenge gallery. You could be organised AND win a prize! Doesn't get better than that :)

Kaisercraft memo board, October Afternoon Farm Fresh papers

Saturday, January 23, 2010

last minute Saturday

This week there has been a couple of last minute "I need a card for...." moments. This one is a gift card holder I made using Lauren Meader's timeless templates (cash or charge) and Cosmo Cricket's The Boyfriend collection. Doesn't seem that long ago when boom boxes and Walkman's were the must have items, does it? Ah well, nothing like a little 80's nostalgia on the weekend.
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

More christmas scrapping

I'm really enjoying doing multi-photo layouts now that I can print at home and have more control over the size of the photo. Unfortunately the glitter on the alpha stickers and red polka dots doesn't capture well when photographed.

Paper Jillibean Soup, Making Memories, October Afternoon; stickers Making memories; font Pea Roni script.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Finally, some Christmas scrapping

I did my first layouts from the 2009 Christmas photos yesterday. These were taken at big A's preschool concert. I'm more and more interested in hybrid digi-paper scrapping these days now that I can print quality photos at home. This layout uses a digital frame cluster.

Paper October Afternoon, Making Memories; Fancy Pants glitter die cut; Thickers; digital frame by Katie Pertiet.

Saturday, January 16, 2010


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Friday, January 15, 2010

Apron strings

My two boys are actually pretty neat and far as small boys go. We bought the ladybug apron a couple of years ago in San Francisco after a trip to The Discovery Museum (if you find yourself in SF with kids, you MUST go there.) I made little A a star apron using the original as a template from fabric I bought here. The design involves a little tunnel for the twill to go through around the side through to the back so the neck length is completely adjustable.

My creation doesn't have a little pocket on the front like the original though. Maybe little A is jealous? It makes a good gift if you need that sort of thing.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Once upon a time

Once upon a time...there was a paper crazy gal who wanted to try something new. Her first few efforts combining the background stamp with liquid pearls and the Scorbug (a Christmas present!) did NOT go well and she was going to give up. But just then the papercraft fairy appeared (otherwise known as good 'ol fashioned stubborness) and she decided to give it one more try. The result was a fairytale card with a quilted effect background. "Not bad" she thought. "Glad I didn't give up."

Spellbinders nestabilities label four, Hero Arts dots and flowers, Scorbug, liquid pearls, October Afternoon farmyard fresh paper.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

More punched flowers!

I've gone a bit crazy adding punched flowers to everything! This layout is for another Biggest Loser challenge at

I used gel medium on the owl and branches to create a resist and painted over the rest of the paper with white paint, spreading it out thinly with a plastic credit card type scraper. After it mostly dried I wiped the paint off the gel medium areas with a nappy wipe. I planned out where I wanted my photo, added some more background paint using sand and blue colours and blended the paints over the photo. Added a strip of journaling on vellum and left the rest of it alone after toying with a title in the upper left corner.

It looks very different from the orginal paper- it was a bit of an experiment, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

Friday, January 8, 2010

And look what turned up on my cards

These are the cards my flowers ended up on- a quick and easy focal element. I think I will have to attack my scrap pile more often and come up with a stash of DIY embellishments to keep and giveaway.

Carl blossom punch, Fiskars upper crest border punch; all stamps Hero Arts; papers Pink Paislee, Sassafras Lass, Cosmo Cricket.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Attack the scraps

Punched some small blossoms from scraps today. I have been really inspired to attack my scraps and get our study in shape from all the great challenges at I'll show you what projects they have ended up on soon.

Carl punch, assorted buttons, glitter (attached to cardstock using punched scor-tape).

Sunday, January 3, 2010

got zoom?

I love to share exciting online finds, especially reliable stores- Kelani Fabric sell ultra cool fabrics and I have picked up a few remants from them lately.

This is my latest project using some Japanese fabric produced by echino. I just cut around one of the cars carefully, attached it to a T-shirt with iron on adhesive and then embroidered some black backstitch around it.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Welcome 2010

A two week hiatus from blogging around the Christmas frenzy and I am back ready to begin 2010!

We saw out 2009 and brought in 2010 with some of our favourite activities- sleep, office organisation and the purchase of a new gizmo :) Yep, we really know how to party on.

A big no strings attached plug for Joyce Mayne- I had almost given up trying to find the Canon MP990 in a store for less than the full RRP (most did not even stock it) but got a great price at the Bennetts Green. My faith in bricks and mortar stores has been given a boost.

And don't forget to check out the inspiring challenges for The Biggest Loser at I think everyone needs some encouragement after the excesses of the eating season!