Exciting News

Exciting news to share, I have been accepted as a DT member at Southern Girls Challenges! Many thanks to Lou and Trace for picking me to be on Team Trace!

This is the first design team I have ever been on, a scrapbooker all these years and I have never been brave enough to apply for one so it was a total shock to find I had been picked for the first one I applied for.

So watch this space, and don’t forget to pop over to SGC and check out all the other new members blogs and take the challenge!

Hugz

V xxx

You spin me….

You spin me right round, baby
right round like a record, baby
Right round round round
You spin me right round, baby
Right round like a record, baby
Right round round round…

Opps sorry, my 80’s is showing lol…what can I say I was a child of the 80’s and so the latest challenge at Southern Girls Challenge was right up my alley so to speak. Actually the challenge was is about circles and all things round. And it was a fun challenge to do, Thanks Lou…And here is what I came up with, the photo isn’t the greatest, I took it while we had all the rain and general miserable weather that was insulting the country over the weekend. I used some Heidi Swapp pattern paper from the stack I got a few weeks ago, some old Lost and Found pattern paper from my stash for matting and my trusty Silhouette to cut the frame circles which are cut from chalkboard vinyl. some stamps, Heidi Swapp embellies and some very very old Scrapworks Alphadots (and if you can remember them you have been scrapbooking for a looooonnnng time) I updated them but using clear embossing powder to give them some texture and adding foam dots behind them to give a little lift. Then I used a template to do the design for the stitching since I don’t trust myself to sew a straight line much less a flourish like this one. I used some twine to do the stitching and to accent one of the photos and finally a star paper clip. The photos where taken on Guy Fawkes Day and I had to play with the iso to get the images I wanted. I always wanted to do that. And yes my girl is wearing her PJ’s. I blame her big brothers, I was just about to put her to bed when they rocked up bearing sparklers for her, what’s a mother to do when she has two big sons that insist on spoiling their wee sister? Not a word because I am just as bad at spoiling her lol.

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And before I go I just want to share a card I made for my new little great nephew Dallas, I haven’t met him yet, he is in Wellington hospital at the moment fighting an infection which he picked up at a week old. He must be strong though, he is winning. My niece hopes he will be home in a couple of weeks. Needless to say its been a stressful time for her and her partner and her parents, she’s only 19 and its her first baby.  This is him, isn’t he a sweetie?

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And this is the card I made. I don’t make a lot of cards but I am happy with how this one turned out and I finally got to use one of this spring thingys (don’t ask me the name of them lol) behind the monster so it wiggles back and fourth.

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anyways thats me for now. thanks for stopping by, time to get tea ready and drag Katie kicking and screaming off the computer, however briefly, Oh I love school holidays.

hugz

V xxx

Busy Busy

We are finally settled in and about 99% unpacked, it is so not easy to fit a 5 bedroom, 2 lounge, 2 bathroom house into a normal 3 bedroom, 1 lounge, 1 bathroom house. We already have plans for an extension giving us another bedroom and an office for me, right now I have all my craft stuff in a corner of my bedroom and in the wardrobe lol. But we are getting there.

Anyway I have done a lot of crafting done lately, I managed 4 layouts and some other bits, I am in the midst of prepping an old jewellery box to paint. I have this plan in my head to paint it up to look like the Tardis its the perfect shape for it. So watch this space in the future.

and now….Drumroll please…..the layouts.

first up my favourite photo of my favourite Uni Student (can you hear that motherly pride???) This is for the Artfull Crafts challenge which this month is either sport or selfie and since I don’t have a sporty family and I don’t take selfies I thought I would use the one Uni boy took to show me his beard lol. He has just been home for a week during trimester break, while he was home he got last trimesters results, mostly A+, A and B’s, so proud of him!

oh right the layout I call it Got The Look, used Sassafras Lass, some Amy Tan, a little Dear Lizzy a few silhouette diecuts, a Dear Lizzy badge and veneer, and Thickers.

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Layout number 2 is my beautiful boys, I love to catch moments like this that really show their closeness. Its called “Brothers in Arms” I used some old Crate Paper, some Kaisercraft, and Amy Tanagerine, some Tim Holtz grungeboard and a whole heap of diecuts which was the brief from Southern Girls Challenges and lucky for me I have a big box of them that needed to be whittled down a bit.

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The next one is for D’lish Scraps and comes from their June inspiration board. I loved the whole 80’s colour scheme. I used some very old Bam Pop paper, I knew I kept it for a reason, and some other paper thats been in my stash for ages, kraft cardstock and some diecuts. its called “You are my Sunshine”

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and one final one is from the sketch at Purple Pumpkin, I used Bazzil bling cardstock, some Cosmo Cricket paper, Carta Bella paper which I diecut for the banner and heading, 2 badges, Amy Tangerine flowers and washi tape and a photo of my favourite little Sand Angel.

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so that’s what I have been up to this month. well that and an aweful lot of unpacking and rearranging lol. I really do hate moving but it does have the advantage of making you have a good clean out. I cleaned out a lot of my old old stash and gave it to a friend of my parents who is a cardmaker and she was over the moon. Good feeling to make some one happy.

Before I go I just have to share a tip for the kiwi’s out there, I went into Spotlight this morning and they have just started a new sale, I picked up a Heidi Swapp 12×12 pad for $9 and a DCWV 12×12 Chalkboard pad for $10, they had heaps of stuff on sale but I didn’t have much time but head down to your local Spotlight and let me know what bargains you pick up…happy shopping Smile

Thanks for stopping by to visit, hope the weather were you are is treating you better than it is treating me today. Its pouring down yuck!

hugz

V xxx

Taking a moment

Things around here have been so chaotic the last few weeks. Getting ready to shift, finding a new house in an area with so few houses for sale, going back and forth to banks and lawyers etc. I am exhausted and we haven’t even begun the move yet. That starts tomorrow and I am about 3/4 packed, but we have friends and family coming to help tomorrow so it will get done, I hope lol.

Any way I took some time to keep my sanity and do a little scrapping before packing up my lovely little scrapbook room for good. and I must say it felt weird looking at my desk with nothing on it.

so these are for challenges from Artful Crafts , Southern Girls Challenges and Purple Pumpkin. The photos are not the best because I had to use my phone. I couldn’t find my camera amongst all the boxes lol.

This first one is for Artful Crafts, the challenge this month was Furry Friends, stevens beardI was going to use this photo of my son with his full on student beard lol isn’t he beautiful? he is so proud of his shaggy look these days. But I forgot to take it to get printed and since my printer is…you guessed it..packed, I couldn’t print it so I had to use one of his favourite baby,our cat Baloo. I used some of my Sassafras Lass stash, a fancy pants card, thickers, chipboard and my silhouette to cat the cat shape and some of the title. As well as a Purple Pumpkin button and a mulberry flower. Its called Happiness is a Cat Nap.

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This next one is for Purple Pumpkin, theirs is a sketch challenges using this sketch

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I used Kraft cardstock, Echo Park pattern paper (I think) some Studio Calico veneer, a Purple Pumpkin button, washi tape, Heidi Swapp card,  heart stamp, and my silhouette to cut the triangles, frame and banners as well as the title.

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and finally Southern Girls, the challenge is Earn Your Stripes.

for this one I used an Amy Tangerine sketchbook paper, both as background and to do a weave mat. brads from Making Memories (I think, I have packed the rest so cant be sure) Bella chipboard, star stickers, confetti, camera charm, a charm I made from shrink plastic and some twine. I spent ages colouring each oval around the frame just to make it a little different. I love these photos of my boys playing. they maybe in there twenties now but they still play together like they did as kids.

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So that’s all the scrapbooking I have managed these last few weeks, now I need to rest up for tomorrow. I can’t wait til we get settled again so I can set up my office and get crafting again. It maybe the only thing that keeps me on the edge of sanity.

hugz

V xxx

Challenge Layouts

I have spent some quality time in my scrap room of late. Now we have pretty much sold the house I can make a mess without feeling guilty and cleaning up as I go…I am a messy scrapper and I love it.

So this one is of my grandmother and is for Southern Girls Challenge I have never entered one of their challenges before. This one is a floral challenge. I used an old Prima pattern paper, Kaisercraft diecuts, a handmade felt flower, little flower patches, ribbon flowers and chipboard photo corners. I spent a good 15 minutes trying to get the title cut right, my silhouette was being mean lol. This photo of my grandmother was taken when she was about 18 or 20 we think, not to sure. We think it was taken before she came to New Zealand from the UK. I am totally amazed how much Katie looks like her. The only difference being was that my Gran was tiny, only 4.10ft at the most. I don’t really remember much about her, I was only 4 when she died but I do remember she was very lady like.

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This next one is for Artfull Crafts The march challenge which was Wings & Water. I was lucky enough to win last months sketch challenge. With this one I wanted a bright happy theme so used a DCWV paper from an old stack, cut butterflies from vellum and decorated them with sharpies and washi tape. The cards are from Kaisercraft, the fish I cut up from glitter paper using silhouette. I spent a good half an hour finding a good Dr Seuss font to do the journaling with, and used some font stickers that were similar, then some butterfly stickers I picked up in Australia last time I went and some old Imaginisce stickers and a very old Love Elsie rubber sticker. and to finish it off with washi tape.

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And finally I did this one yesterday for fun. I used the prize of a 6×6 Kaisercraft Hello Sunshine pad. It was so cool I couldn’t wait to use it. I added a few bits like some old Sassfrass lass felties that I won way back when. I knew I was saving them for a reason Smile  I cut a hot air balloon and some wee balloons with my silhouette using the same paper and a die-cut from the pad. I so love this collection, I want the whole lot lol. I added some American Craft flair, some felt cloud stickers, some Heidi Swapp acetate alphas and washi tape and finally a heart shape paper clip.

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so that’s my layouts for the last few weeks. I have finally recovered from the small op I had week before last. It took me so much longer than I thought I would. And now with the house looking like its going to sell and hopefully we have a new house if everything works as it should. Watch this space Smile

huz

V xxx

Two Layouts for Artfull Crafts

These two layouts where done for Artfull Crafts Feb challenges, the first for the theme challenge which is Summer and Sunshine, sort of fitting right now as its so hot here at the moment its just unbelievable, Its nearly 9.30pm and its like about 24/25 degrees still, that’s about 68 Fahrenheit for you northerners Smile .the photos of the layouts are not that great, I put my camera somewhere safe and I can’t find it so had to use my phone.

Anyways I did this layout about two weeks ago of my baby on the beach last summer with her bright pink bikini, long scruffy hair and chubby tummy,(the long hair is gone but the chubby tummy remains lol) she hates this photo btw lol.I used some older Echo Park pattern paper from the Playground collection, I also used a Kaisercraft Captured Moments journaling cards I brought from Spotlight recently, some American Crafts flair, Bo Bunny Buttons and some Amy Tangerine flowers. I used a lot of scraps and my handy 1 inch circle punch to cut out all the circles.

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The second is from this months sketch, again featuring my not so wee angel, she found my wedding dress and decided to play dress up. the scary part about this is it fitted her around the waist. I wore it 26 years ago at the tender age of 19 and my waist was as small as a (admitted big for her age) 7 year old. where did that waist go??? ohhh I know where, it was stolen by three children and to many years on medication that makes you fat lol. I never thought back when I wore that dress that it would be so many sizes to small for me lol. aaaaahhhhh the good old days, when my figure was tiny and kids where a mere dream of maybe one day! Nah I prefer these days, where I am not nearly so naive.

Anyway back to the layout, I used kraft cardstock and pattern paper from, well I have no idea, from the deep depth of my stash, added a doily, pretty pink lace, black lace, flatback pearls, thickers, chiffon flower with a bling heart in the middle, a cameo, stickers I picked up at K-Mart and added a bit of Sticklers Rock Candy and some fine glitter and a silhouette diecut called girl in mom’s wedding dress which was downloaded from the Silhouette store and cut unseeing some Webster’s Pages paper. oh yes and I used a lot of distress ink from Tim Holtz.

 

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so that’s my latest creations, I haven’t done a lot of anything lately, to busy being sick and trying to sell my house. neither of which have been easy.  Please let me know what you think, I always love to get comments, makes me feel like I am not just talking to myself lol.

hugz

V xxx

Look what I brought

 

The ultimate craft table! and it only cost me $2.50!! oh and another $15 to hire a trailer lol.

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its 2 metres across and will be ideal for Katie and I to share, now I just need to find a house with a rumpus room big enough lol. We have found a house we want but need to sell ours first. The photos get taken tomorrow and we have our first open home this weekend I think. And the house we want has the perfect space for this table. of course I can always sell it if it doesn’t fit in the new house, for $2.50 who cares.