20 January 2017

Freaking in January ...

Another freaking scrappy challenge ...

Use the colour grey in your work. January can be a grey, dreary month - let's celebrate grey!!

Well no, not here in Australia it isn't - we have it hot, hot, hot.  In fact too flipping hot even for us :)  44 deg C is a tad ridiculous.

But I have embraced grey and documented a fun day out for my son and members of his swim club - a great bunch of very cool kids!

18 January 2017

Show us ...

Seems we are all in a hot summery mood with a lot of the challenges here in Australia - and no wondering judging by the extreme heat conditions many of us are suffering through during January.

Show us your stuff has this vibrant moodboard.

I loved the colours in this one and searched through my paper pile on a mission to use some old supplies.  I've made a bit of a pact with myself this year to either use them or loose them - if these older lines are still in my stash by the time we move in the Spring they are going out!!

Anyway these are old Studio Calico but worked very well for the colours especially the gradient colours in the top left image.  I also pulled in the use of a large star (which is also my hand made item from Chantal Vandenberg) and the theme of Summer and Water of course.

There is nothing quite like a good water fight for a bit of fun and a quick cool off.  With the height and age difference my poor son came off a little wetter than his sister in this one.  I have yet to date this page (will go on label at the bottom - just can't locate the original file for them atm).

17 January 2017

123 in January ...

I completely forgot to put up my submission for the wonderful January challenge over on 123 Challenge Blog.  I think you will all like this one.

My son completed his Higher School Certificate in 2016 - yes it was one very big year for this household so we were all waiting on tender hooks for his results mid December.  We need not have worried as he did brilliantly and received an early offer into the University degree of his choice.  Of course I just had to document the moment.

I've used Shimelle Starshine - love this range and totally adore Shimelle!

16 January 2017

ARTastic January ...

Our first inspiration for 2017 on ARTastic is this fantastic painting by Ken Done called Sydney Night.


I was inspired by the idea of viewing the Sydney city skyline from the water and knew I had the perfect photos from a cruise my daughter took to see the Vivid light spectacular from a year or so back.  I also knew I wanted to go big so the photo dominated the page and used the colours from the artwork to enhance the photo.

Thanks for looking - hope to see your entry on ARTastic this month.

08 January 2017

Pixels and Paper in January ...

Our very first challenge for 2017 is up on Pixels and Paper Challenge Blog ...

January is our middle month of Summer and traditionally vacation time here in Australia.  The kids are out of school and very many of us head to the coast for family holidays or visit our local beach for days of sun, surf and sand.


What inspires you from our photograph?  It is the ocean waves, the sand, children playing contentedly or the bright happy colours of summer in their clothing?  Are you more drawn to the blue of the ocean or the gold of the sand?  Does this image remind you of sun filled vacations or time spend at the beach or in your own backyard pool?

I was inspired by the basic colour scheme and the idea of summer in a waterside location.

Hope you can come and join in with us this month ...

23 December 2016

Picture This ...

The challenge on Picture This during December is about using shapes ...

 You can use any shapes that you feel, hexagons, circles, squares, diamonds you name it.

I decided to go with squares - 4 squares mounted on a square, mounted on a square, mounted on a square.

thanks for looking :)

Scrapbookit ...

They are having a December recipe challenge over on Scrapbookit.....

Your project must include the minimum of the following, 5 squares, 4 Buttons, 3 Flowers 2 Arrows and 1 Circle.

5 square chipboard embellishments, 4 tiny buttons, 3 flowers, 2 arrows and one circle all covered.  
My son likes playing on his PS3 in comfort - it's thrilling and cosy all at the same time lol

Thanks for looking :)

Top 50 ...

Such a lovely moodboard on Scrapbooking Top 50 this month.  I searched high and low for anything remotely foxy in my over flowing stash and could you believe it ... nothing.

So I focused on the russet red with green on white, used a large wooden heart and a scattering of wooden stars instead.

The OMG can stand for the 98% nice 2% naughty (although in the case of the tabby it may well be the other way around) but also for the fact that they NEVER ever sit side by side peacefully except the box the Christmas tree is stored in was too fascinating to resist!

21 December 2016

CSI #219 ...

I was drawn to challenge #219 over on CSI this month - perfect Christmas colours I think!

My son loved (still loves) anything Lego and Star Wars - combine the two and he was an extra happy chappie!!

Colour scheme covered.


Metal brads

Archi-scraps ...

Archiscraps and a December challenge criteria of cogs.  Hmm, getting cogs onto a Christmas page wasn't the easiest of tasks but since I was determined to only do layouts during December for my Christmas album I made them work.  I've used them in my cluster placement and they sort of blend in - I like to think they could be ornaments lol.

Thanks for looking :)

Some cards ...

Christmas wouldn't be complete without me making a dozen or so Christmas cards - it's sort of a bit of a tradition for me.  I used to give out many more but I came to realise that not everyone appreciates the time and effort it is to do handmade so now I usually send these send to like minded people and purchase charity cards for the others. Off the rails has a "Traditions" challenge this month with a sweet mood board featuring predominantly white, silver and red.

Here are 3 of the cards I made (there were 10 in total) using leftovers from a Christmas kit I have used to pre-make pages for my Christmas photos for 2016.  I love using up bits and pieces like this for cards.

Kraft +

Funnily enough Kraft + has a similar theme this month to our challenge on ARTastic, namely Home.

I did a page featuring our current home for this so I had to think a little laterally for this challenge on Kraft +.  Since I am desperately trying to reduce my rather large pile of yet to scrap Christmas photographs I decided to use one of my daughter in front of our Christmas tree.  I added in little house embellishments to my page to highlight the home aspect.  I guess I can be cheesy and say that at this time of the year "home" means family and surrounding ourselves with the ones we love.

Thanks for looking :)