Sunday, November 28, 2010

Time Flies


Scrap The Boys - Nov 15

Trying to get  a few challenges in before the end of the month.  I had a clear idea of what I wanted for this LO and it just seemed to come together really well... which was a nice change as I have been struggling a bit with my LO's lately.

The 2nd challenge for STB this month was to use chipboard and alter it in some way.  I used a gorgeous balloon chipboard embellie from Scrapmatts which I backed in pp then went over in porcelain Luminescence... unfortunately you can't see the glimmer very well.  I used an old Cherry Arte chipboard clock and added wings which were stamped with the Tim Holtz visual artistry stamp set, then I flicked some ochre paint over them with a toothbrush to tie in with the Bo Bunny Cambridge & Scrap Within Reach pp's.   I also stamped some balloons on chipboard with the Kaiser Up Up & Away stamp set.  The mustard cs was put through the Diamonds in the Rough Cuttlebug embossing folder as it went perfectly with the pattern on the background paper.

The pics are of Luke now at 17 and when he was my darling little baby boy at 2.  Like the title says "Time Flies"... the journaling reads "where does the time go??? It seems like in the blink of an eye you have gone from my cute  little munchkin to this handsome young man."

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Life is Sweet


Get Picky Sketch

Here is my last minute entry for the Get Picky sketch challenge. This is a fabulous new challenge site where you need to use multiple photos... go check it out, the creations on this site are absolutely fabulous!!

Decided to use a technique that I have noticed in various galleries where you use left over alphas.  Chantal at Bon's Scraps has a wonderful tutorial for this technique.  I used some pink foam alphas so I really had to slap on the paint to cover them.  Wasn't too sure whether they would show up very well so I splattered on some red paint over the top to make them stand out a little more.  Used some BG Wander... LOVE!! that range... & Bella Blvd Midterm pp's with some red cs which I embossed for a bit more texture.  A few rubons to take the place of the butterflies in the sketch and some bright Glitz Design & LYB stickers for the title.

DON'T FORGET

There are only a few days left to get your entries in to WW1 and Challenge Heaven!!!  Go check out their sites as there are some absolutely fabulous creations to inspire you!!

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Big Thank You

A little post to give a BIG!! thank you to the girls at Bons Scrap who left such lovely comments on my blog as part of Bons Cyber Crop and Blog Hopping Train!!! 

I am really in awe of all the gorgeous talent in the Gallery on Bons' site ... it's absolutely amazing and am always checking  it out for inspiration, but I think it's time to sign up over there and try out a challenge or two!!

Again thanks so much... really made my day!!! 


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Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Colour Room #33


Beautiful Days

I haven't done a Colour Room challenge for a little while and thought I would get this one in before the deadline.  Used some Fancy Pants pp's.  Layered up some Prima flowers and doilies for a bit of texture and stamped the blue background to try and lift it a little as I'm not really a pastel girl.  The burgundy paper was white washed, and crumpled but it doesn't really show very well, and I only did a little bit of hand cutting on this one as I didn't have too much time to scrap.  The little quote says "Live in the present and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering"

ONLY 5 DAYS TO GO!!!

There are only 5 days left to get your Challenges in at Challenge Heaven.  There are some great prizes up for grabs from:

Avid Scrappers
Mad about Scrappin'
My 2 Angels
Old Favourites
Scrap Addix
Scraptique         
The Stamp Spot

so go and check out the gallery for some wonderful inspiration!!!

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Live Loud Play Hard



123 Challenge

This month's 123 Challenge criteria were:

THE WORD: Live
THE COLOUR: Blue
THE TECHNIQUE: Doodling

These pics are of Luke on holidays in Forster having a fabulous time waterskiing. He was a natural and got up the first time!! Used lots of blue paint & LYB pp's. The title says "Live Loud Play Hard" and I doodled around the Tim Holtz mesh stamp. Finished off with a few splatters of yellow paint.

ONLY 8 DAYS LEFT!!

There are still 8 days left to get your LO's in at WW1's Challenge site. This month the challenge is white with yellow and journaling directly on to your LO. Go check it out as there are some absolutely gorgeous LO's so far!!

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Stuck Sketches


Nov 15th - 3 of us Together

My take on 2nd sketch challenge for November.  Pic of me and the kids... we had to take about 20 shots to get one where we all look normal!!!  Used the new Cosmo Cricket Curio, & some old Bo Bunny pp's with a lick of black paint to frame the photo.  The flowers were purchased overseas on ebay and are simply devine (can't really see how good they look in a photo).  Used the doily trim for a bit of contrast, chipboard butterflies which I painted black and a bit of black hand stitching to break up all the red.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Super Hero


Scrap The Boys - Nov 1

This LO has taken forever to finish as I just wasn't lovin it!!  I've had it on my work bench since Sunday and kept going back to it & not liking how it was coming out.  I realised it was the images that I had cut out from an old comic book that just weren't  the right colour.  They were the perfect images as Luke had taken a fall from quite a height when he broke both his arms and cracked head, so I really wanted to use them, but the colours were too wishy washy.  I ended up getting my amazing son to help me manipulate the colour on the images in photoshop and voila!!! it made a huge difference.

I used some old Kaisercraft, Bo Bunny & WRMK pp's (trying to use up the massive amount of stash I have) with black cs to make it pop, & some old LYB Zach's Life  stickers.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sweet as Candy?


The Lollipop Ladies - Challenge #8

When I saw the jar of jellybeans as inspiration for The Lollipop Ladies challenge I knew I would have to take part as I had the perfect photo. This pic was taken when I dragged the kids out for a photo shoot last year.  We saw this huge poster advertising a lolly shop and thought it would make a fab background.  The title says it all... Brittany was pretty much over it by this stage and was giving me attitude... but it's still a great pic!!

Used some bright pp's to go with the jellybeans, some cute MS punches and some doodling in black to tie in with the black title.  The extra criteria on this challenge was to use gloss on your creation.  I used the gloss on the ink splats, mushrooms and the coloured sections on the doodled border.

Visit with Melissa

Finally managed to get together with the lovely Melissa O'Neill who has the most gorgeous scrapping style and who I have gotten to know through scrap blogging.  We had a fabulous time but ended spending most of it chatting instead of scrapping lol!!  I also got to meet her adorable little boy Nate, who was such a little darling during our visit.  Mel took a few snaps of Nate and the kids... I even let her take one of the two of us :0   You may all know I hate having my pic taken!!

I'm so looking forward to our next visit when this time we will get stuck into some serious scrapping!!  Thanks for a lovely day Mel :)




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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Scrap The Girls

Love to Watch You Sleep


Haven't had much time to scrap the past week, so I pulled out my papers last night to work on the Scrap the Girls challenge.  Had fun using some bright pp's for this “Bits and Pieces” challenge.

The rules are to use every piece of the puzzle ONCE ONLY! you can't add anything else to your page aside from the elements, they represent all the patterned papers, photos and embellishments - (exception to this rule is your base page does not count as a puzzle piece and you can add a title, ink, stitching, paint & glimmermist ).

The stars can represent ANY embellishment, the heart must be used as a heart, the circles must be used as circles - it is up to you how big or small they are, or what they are!  The puzzle pieces are obviously not to scale, it is completely up to you what size you want to make them.

I adore this old pic of Brittany fast asleep with a book still in her hands... she looks so so cute!!!  Managed all the bits & pieces... 3 circles with button centres.. my 2 stars were the cute little embellies I made using pics from an old Dr Suess book.. my heart is in the title and there are 5 rectangles and 2 strips of pp and a piece of ruffled lace for my 3 long strips.

YAY!!! - Won a Prize!!

I was so happy to have my LO chosen for Stuck Sketches and won  a voucher from Scrapbook Savvy.  I hadn't done a Stuck Sketch for a while... so it was a nice surprise.  Thanks so much Sara... you made my day!! :) 





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Kraft It Up - November Challenge

Owl Always Love You


The KIU challenge for November is to use Kraft of course... and decorative edges...
think punches, scissors, diecut strips (Sass Lass papers are a good example of these) diecut papers, specialty ribbons (pom poms) and crocheted trims just to name a few.
 

Had a bit of a block with this LO, so I had to leave it for a  day and come back to it.  After a bit of fiddling it turned out OK.  Pulled out and photo of Luke taken when he was quite a bit younger... he looks so sweet & handsome.  Used the Kraft for the base which I painted with orange and green splatters and added stamped a border around the edge.  For my decorative edges I used Martha Stewart and EK Success punches, scallop scissors on corrugated cardboard, pp strips, SL border, embossed some cs, sticker strip, pleated fabric strip and some knotted mesh ribbon... I think I went a bit mental!!!  Finished off with a few buttons and an owl embellie.

Cherry On Top Award

I received this lovely award from Nadia and there are some rules that apply when you pass it on, so here they are...

The rules are:

1. Thank the person that gave it to you!

Thanks so much Nadia for the Cherry On Top Award.  You are so very sweet!!

2. Post it with pride on your blog!

 

3. List 3 things you love about yourself!

1) I am a very giving person.

2) I can always see & take into consideration both sides of a story.

3) I don't stay angry for very long.

4. Post a picture you love!

 

 

I love this picture because, it's a rare thing to see me in a photo.  I just hate having my pic taken... I think I always look terrible unless someone takes the photo when I'm not looking... then they're not too bad.  Anyway even with the squinty eye thing going on I love this photo because I am with my two beautiful children and they are not making silly faces... (you should see the other 10 pics) so this is a very precious photo.

5. Tag 5 other people with the award

Melissa

Samantha

Jules

Colleen

Jess

Beautiful Blogger Award

Thanks again Nadia for nominating me. 

Now I have to reveal 10 things you probably don't know about me.

1. I have been happily married to my husband Yves for 25 years.

2. I have become addicted to watching "Jerseylicious" I know it really is a shocking show... but I can't help myself.  I have to know what will happen next... that big hair and all that makeup... straight out of the 80's!!!

 3.  I was born in Paris France and came to Australia when I was three years old. 

4. I love carbs... I know it's bad but I couldn't live without pasta, bread or sugar in my coffee.

5.  I am a bit of a neat freak... but I have to say as I am getting older I am getting better... not as up tight about it as I used to be.

6. I love going outside and gazing at a beautiful blue sky... it's the best pick me up when you're feeling a bit down.

7. I cannot function unless I have my morning coffee.

8. I am a night owl and don't usually go to bed until midnight... a bit of an insomniac!!

9. I have a French mother, Italian father and South African husband... our children really have a great ethnic mix... now you know where Luke gets that fro from... lol!!

10.  I don't wear jeans or shorts, only skirts or dresses... I hate my thighs (yuk)... got to keep them well hidden.

That's enough about me... now I must pass this on to 10 people.  They are:

Natalie

Gerry

Kerry

Melinda

Paula

Karen

Tania Martyns

Heather

Becci

Chantal

Thanks again so much Nadia.  I just love visiting your blog... your work is so inspirational!! hugs Cathy.


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Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Colour Room #30


Sweet Louie

When I saw this colour palette for TCR I knew I would have to use a photo of our Cocker Spaniel Louie.  He has the sweetest face... even when he's being naughty it's hard to stay mad when he looks at you with those big brown eyes!  He had just finished digging a hole in my garden when this pic was taken.

Painted my background on textured cardstock for something different and got out the needle and thread to stitch and knot the border.  A few scraps and some doilies and finished off with some Prima flowers with some gorgeous covered buttons I just purchased from Sam at Purple Pumpkin... aren't they just scrummy!!

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

WW1 November Challenge

So excited to be part of the White With 1 CT.  You really must go and check this site out, the Creative Team LO's for the month are absolutely gorgeous!!!  There are fabulous prizes to be won from Scrap Therapy, Scrap Boutique, Scrapbook Divas, Pretty Petals and Scrap Addix.

This month's challenge for WW1 is to use the colours  white with yellow and to journal directly on to your layout.  This can be your cardstock or patterned paper.  You can not use journal blocks, strips etc and your LO must be predominantly white and yellow.  You may use a small amount of black for journaling and inking etc,  but this must not detract from the other colours.

This was my take for the challenge.  When I received these new papers from Websters I new I would have to use them for this challenge... I just love daisies!!



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Monday, November 1, 2010

Exciting News to Share!!!

Can finally share my exciting news, which was being asked by Shell Turner to be part of the Design Team for Challenge Heaven with Jessica Mackenzie and Kylene Hickey who are such  fabulously talented scrappers.  Challenge Heaven is such a fantastic site with so many different challenges to choose from to get the juices flowing each month and great prizes for each challenge, so go ahead and check it out and be inspired!!! 

My DT LO's for the month of November are:

Number Challenge:   Your title must be a number, Criteria - multi photo layout.


Colour Challenge:  Halloween inspired colour theme,  Criteria - Brackets.


Ebony/Ivory Challenge:  Black OR White with red,  Criteria - Bling.


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