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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.

Purple Pumpkin challenge

I did a few layouts the last few weeks. One for the Purple Pumpkin sketch challenge which I did last week before the big clean up and move around to get the house ready to sell. I did two pages, I wasn’t to happy with the first one so this is the one I am going to enter, I used Kraft cardstock, Prima pattern paper from the Song Bird collection, crochet flowers from Purple Pumpkin store, some handmade butterflies, Thickers, stamps mulberry flowers and a flower I made myself. some acrylic journaling tags, Kaisercraft canvas tag, Webster’s pages tag, and lip marks from Katie who decided it needed a little kiss in the corner to finish it off lol, still not sure why except she loves her brothers more than anyone.


the second layout was done for Two Peas in a bucket Stashbuster challenge which closes today. I used some pattern paper I brought in Australia called Merci, some tags from Lilybee designs, some Prima chipboard stickers, twine and a K & Co border that has haunted my stash for a very long time. The title was done using my new calligraphy set which I am still learning to use. I just love the bright colours in this layout.


Its taken me a while to get back into the scrapping mode. I am thinking of trying project life this year but its so expensive to get set up. As it is I have had to cut right back on my scrapbook budget as much as I would love to splurge on some of the latest goodies that were shown on all the CHA videos I have been watching but unfortunately its just not going to happen for a good long while. But I can look and dream and meantime try and make the best of the stash I have and it does give me an extra challenge to bring those supplies up to date.


V xxx

Blitsy Giveaway

You don’t want to miss this giveaway on the blog. They are giving away a cool Smash Book Folio. Click on the image below and it will take you straight there.  Good luck!


It was never going to be normal was it?

So I wanted to take some nice, normal, family photo since, for the first time in 4 years, my kids are all home at the same time and it has been a very very long time since I had a nice photo of all of us together (long being the day Katie was born, Dec. 22nd 2005) and also Mum has been asking for years for a family photo for her walk of shame down the hallway lol

So I didn’t think it was a big ask, a quick trip down to the lovely park down the road, a few quick shots and home again. I forgot to factor in 2 things, one, Katie had been to a school disco the night before and was tired and grouchy, and two, when Katie is tired and grouchy don’t even attempt to convince her to follow instructions, because the more you ask the worse she gets.

Need I say how it went? The words battlefield and temper tantrums come to mind. I got Jodi’s new girlfriend to take the photos and some how, she managed to get some good ones. but the thought of a nice normal family photo??? yea that was never going to happen. These are my favourites…
























So yes there is no nice normal photos for my family but at least we do have photos. And maybe next week at Katie’s 8th birthday I can give it another go and she will actually co-operate…yea I know, not going to happen…but its worth a shot right?  And Caroline did manage to get to so awesome shots of my boys that aren’t boys any more, shots of them being fools too lol, that only happens…oh every time they are together. and Yes in case your wondering, Jodi maybe part monkey but we cant prove it so we just let him climb things and swing off things whenever he feels the need, which is always.










So there you go, my little family…their all a bit crazy but with me for a mother…what chance did they have?

Oh and the bridge we are standing on…it has a story…years ago, about 7 now, when we first moved to Wakefield, I took a lovely photo of my 3 kids on that bridge…my plan for these photos was to re-enacted that photo to show how much they had grown…didn’t happen but maybe one day.

Merry Christmas one and all…and sorry for the photo heavy post.


V xxx

Entry for Scrappin Patch sketch challenge and other stuff

Its been a busy few weeks, getting everything organised to go away, sick kids, sick me, dress shopping for the wedding and taking my son to buy his very first suit which I will share photos of soon but right now here is my entry for the September Scrappin Patch sketch challenge. Last month I was lucky enough to be chosen to pick the sketch but this month I couldn’t wait to give the new sketch a go, I finished late last week and forgot to take a photo until yesterday. Thought I better get it up and entered before I forgot lol, I have a habit of doing that lately. Here is the sketch from the lovely Janet…

And here is my take on it…with gorguss photos of Katie at 18 months with her stash of toothbrushes


She had trouble pronouncing teeth back then and it always came out teef lol. I used kraft cardstock, some of my Sassyfras Lass hoarded papers, from the Nerdy Bird collection I think, the orange picks up the colour in her dress and I just love the wee blue bird, some American crafts flair, some Cosmo cricket and sassyfras stickers (Katie picked the turtle) some thickers, the ones that let you add glitter, and a bird paperclip that I picked up at a shop called Japan Mart that has just opened up in Richmond and is already set to become one of my favourite shops. I hand stitched along the boarder papers with twine and embroidery thread to give them some dimension and then called it done.

I just love the Sassafras papers and I am going to miss my stash when it finally runs out. They always managed to come out with something that was different from all the other companies out there.

The wee blue bird reminds me of Katie, like that wee bird, she sticks out from the norm, stands out in the crowd and is uniquely different (one of her teachers told me that Katie was a very unique little girl, and she didn’t mean that in a good way I could tell, I think the teachers get a little unsettled because she is not fitting into their idea of what a 7 year old girl should be, because she has grown up surrounded by mostly adults she has learnt to talk like an adult and even think like one, which makes it hard for her to relate to children her own age but she tries, she just doesn’t follow the crowd. She is not matching the required demographic of her age group, apparently all school children must be alike. Of course my daughter is unique, she comes from a family of very unique people and I wouldn’t want her any other way and I wont let the school try and program her into not being able to think for herself just so she fits into their little box).

IMG_0358Now on the subject of my amazing family, my very unique son Steve brought his very first suit on Friday. And doesn’t he look fabulous? and yes that thing in his hand is a sonic screwdriver. He is a huge Doctor Who fan just like me and I have no doubt he will be taking the sonic screwdriver to the wedding tucked into his inner pocket. He picked the suit because it was the closest one he could find to David Tennant’s Doctor Who outfit lol. But it looks so natural on him, like he was born to wear it.

I just have to say, I love shopping with Steve, he picked the suit, tried it on, and brought it all in less that half an hour! sometimes, man shopping is just awesome! lol. All he has to do now is get some shoes lol, I suspect he will insist on wearing his leather Chuck Tailors ahla David Tennant. He even has the brainy specs, a recent addition but very much needed. And once again, they suit him and make him look even more intelligent than he already is…anyways allons-y! as the good doctor would say.

And its time for me to sign off and get a few things done before bedtime. have a great night one and all.


V xxx