Saturday, March 12, 2011


I really did like this one. I wish I had kept it. I sold about 30 or so scrap pages on ebay. It was great but a bit draining trying to continually churn out ideas. I knew that it was helping people that couldn't or wouldn't ever scrap their own photos. It was nice to know that they were going to help keep some else's memories safe.
I love the colours on this page. I traced around some chipboard letters with a white colouring pencil. The cardstock had a ribbed grain to it so it worked really well with the rough shading that I used. I outlined the letters with a white gel pen in faux stitching. I cut a frame from patterned paper and some flowers to match. A few white punched flowers and some bright blue metallic brads. A line of chocolate satin ribbon along the bottom finished it off. It's really pretty I think. I wonder if I could re create it now. That patterned paper is long gone I think. I have another page that I did with the shading and the white pencil too. Maybe I will post hat one too. May give someone some ideas. Nothing worse than when you run out of creativity...

You are loved Mummy

I just want to remind you that it's not just photos that provide us with memories. All manner of things do that.
Oh so cute. So sweet, would you believe it's from the same child in the previous story with the firecracker look of mischief on her face (the little one)?
I didn't want anything else on this page. It's perfection all on it's own. I painted a wooden flourish, framed the note with a mat, stamped the date, name and title and added a glitter dragonfly to circle it. I drew my own dragon fly trail with a white gel pen. Have a closer look by clicking on the photo if you like.
We are the memory keepers. Consider this memory "kept".

U are amazing

This is from a long time ago. I look back at some of my earlier scrapping and cringe. Then I am glad that at least I think I have learnt more along the way and improved a bit. I hope. This was our first trip with the girls to the Botanical Gardens in the city. These Hydrangeas were spectacular. Lots of ribbons on this page, a bit of faux stitching, some brads, stamping and my own letter creations. The "a" is a sticker. I remember at the time we weren't too flush with the dollars so I had to scrap on a budget. There's something about this page that I still like though. It's fresh and sparky, like those cheeky girls.

Welcome to my Island

I like the simple pages when I have a great photo. This was just after our arrival in Fiji. Castaway Island to be exact. At the time it felt as though it truly was our island. Miss C thought it would be nice to wave and welcome the new comers to her island.
I stamped a floral flourish on the photo and used a small amount of tropical style paper to lift the page a bit. The "welcome" is a Making memories rub on. Perfect for this job. The chipboard embellishment I painted white and then glossed it. I used a white gel pen to draw my own intentionally rough frame around the picture and added " to my island " in the same gel pen. A couple of Prima flowers and a white brad. Simple. You can double click on the photo to enlarge it and see it clearer. Then you may weep because you wish you were there. Me too. *sad face inserted here*

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Flower Pot Card

Oh my. Now I don't think that I will go into all the details of this card. It's actually not that difficult to make. The basic idea I found on the internet, I am sorry I can't remember where.
I adapted it to suit this paper as I love this paper. SO cute. The top card slides out of the pot and you can add your message there if you like. The name of the paper is the Hey birdie collection form Kaisercraft. Here is a link to it on their website
It's been out for some time, last year 2010, I think.
I used vellum flowers in a smaller size to the cardstock ones and attached them with brads. Die cut leaves just to add a little lift and decorative scissors for the pot rim edge, also the ribbon with a neat bow seems to tie it all together *pun in tended haha*. Have a go, it's not as hard as it looks. You may just shock yourself! Then you may not want to give it away.

Fan card

Just a simple card. I think it was a Birthday card for one of my best friends. (Needless to say that 99% of cards my friends receive from me are handmade, whether they like it or not)
Yes well, the paper is Invitational paper but I can't remember the brand. So pretty isn't it? I used a white card stock base with a black card stock top and then used a grey card stock behind the patterned paper. I added teeny weeny adhesive pearls to the two holes either side of the "friends" jelly tile and strung some ric rac across for interest. I also cut out a separate fan and stuck it on making a 3D effect. I quite liked it and as I recall so did my friend, actually she loved it. Mission accomplished. Mmmm I might try something similar again soon.


Yes well this is something a little different to my previous posts. It's a shadow box frame with a photo of our two girls. The theme is "wish". We asked them what they would wish for and they said they would like to go to Fiji. I enlarged and cropped the photo to fit the frame and then stuck real beach sand (with glue) to the bottom half of the photo blending into the sand in the photograph. I added a "wish" rub on as would have been discovered under the sand. A few starfish, shells etc and I am happy with it. Not too fussy as it distracts from the photograph. I have seen people puzzle at why they photograph is of the back view of the girls. Well this is because for those who know them, their mannerisms and stance depicts their personalities without even needing to see their faces. This was their first overseas trip and they were exploring the ocean. A bit hesitantly I must say. Perhaps it was their recent knowledge that there may be sea snakes lurking by....? (and there was! *aaaaarggh!*)

Boys Cards aaarrrggghhh!

For some reason I find boy's cards very challenging. I have 2 girls so maybe I just don't have the creative mind set for boy stuff. Don't get me wrong, I love creating no matter what it is but I just find that I sit down to start and I go blank. I find myself automatically reaching for flowers, bling and pink. For the "seven" card above I stamped the letters with some foam Making Memories stamps that I have (and use a lot!) onto cardstock. Then I cut around them leaving a slight border. After that I added some faux stitching with a fine marker pen. I popped a few clear adhesive bubbly spot thingoes on to add a bit of dimension and interest. Topped the card face with some funky paper and used foam dots to pop out the letters. A cute die cut bought online and 3 eyelets for exhaust bubbles. A tiny bit of ric rac (there is the girly thing again) and some spiders. Not too bad. Considering kids never look at the card anyway, they just want the pressie, I didn't want to put too much energy in to it.

The "ten" card below was a similar thing just a bit more grown up. Darker colours and a bit of string, faux leather stringing and some brads. I think it was for one of those laser type parties so I was trying to get some element of battle (oh I hate saying that but that's what it is I guess?). Anyway not too bad I suppose for a last minute creation. I am sure it ended up in the bin a few hours after that so why do I do this??? Hmmmmmm...