Happy New Year

Hope everyone had a safe and happy night last night and are not suffering from over indulgent today lol. I spent a very quiet night cuddled up with a couple of good movies and a box of chocolates and some pain killers lol. Yip a typical holiday period for me, a lot of peace and a lot of pain. RA does not react well with all the rich food and stress the silly season brings and I have been suffering since mid December.

And that is one of the reasons no one has heard from me, that and the fact that my laptop died at the end of November and I haven’t replaced it yet so have been jumping on one of other 2 laptops in the house that belong to my parents (yes being a geek is hereditary) when they aren’t in use which isn’t that often. That and I have been enjoying just spending time with Katie and Steve, who got home from Uni in early November for the summer. Though Katie got Minecraft for Christmas and we are having to drag her off the laptop kicking and screaming ever since it was installed on Mum’s computer. Steve and I have been building her a new desktop but haven’t got every far with it. Its a work in progress.

I haven’t spent much time scrapbooking, I made Jodi (eldest son) a mini book for Christmas so he can keep a journal of all his tattoo’s. He has been asking for one for a while now and I couldn’t think what else to get him. it was all steampunky and totally his style and typical me, I forgot to take photos before I gave it to him lol.

My plans are to get a new laptop in the next week or so and then I can share a few other projects I have been done earlier in November and the one layout I have done this month. its been a pretty dry crafting time lately, crafting  and pain don’t go well together and I have been a bit depressed as well which doesn’t help the whole creative process.

anyways I hope everyone has a safe and happy 2015 full of creativity and fun.


V xxx

Dr Who Tribute

I finally finished remaking my mixed media tribute to my favourite Doctor, number 10 played but the ever so sexy David Tennant. It was hard to photography so I have taken some detailed shots as well. Let me know what you think. I wanted to go with a sort of steampunk feel without it being to dark.


The  first close up is the Doctors final moment before regenerating, with the final heart-breaking line, “I don’t want to go”


The next is the lonely angel and a rose charm the represents his main companion Rose Tyler . In the background is a poem by Stevie Smith called Not Waving But Drowning. The poem  reminds me of The Doctor, particularly in the 10th Doctors final special “The End Of Time”


next is the Tardis,  I used clock hands to represent  the time machine.


And the most terrifying of all the Dr Who monsters, well to me anyway. The Weeping Angels have made me very scared of all statues lol


And finally one of my very favourite quotes, from the episode, The Family of Blood.


its hard to read but it says

He’s like fire and ice and rage.

He’s like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun.

He’s ancient and forever.

He burns at the centre of time and can see the turn of the universe.

and… he’s wonderful.

so there we go. I hope you like it. I would love to hear your thoughts on it and on the iconic show as well. Thanks for dropping by


V xxx

Sharing is caring :)

Hi there, hope your well and happy on this lovely, almost spring, day. I have been a bit busy lately, churning out cards for my great nieces birthdays, not just cards from me but two for Mum as well, I keep saying I am not a card maker but no-one believes me anymore lol. But i have not only been doing cards. I have managed a few layouts this month, not that many but a few to share today.

This first one is called “My Happy Place” and is for the CSI challenge number 136 and this is the brief.

I just love the colours we have to work with and the idea of scrapbooking about something I enjoy. Here is my entry


I had some much fun with this one, I made a wee book and added the mulberry flowers and leaves into the middle and topped it off with a wee veneer frame from Kaisercraft, I used paper from the Ruby Rock-it kit called Nostalgia, black cardstock, cream pearlised cardstock from Rosie’s Studio, for the photo mat I used a 6×6 from Dear Lizzy’s Day Dreamer collection backed with black cardstock. I used my Silhouette to cut the girl leaning on a pile of books diecut, a Studio Calico veneer typewriter, a black heart seal that I picked up at K-Mart, the letters are old Heidi Swapp ones and some DIY Thickers sprayed with Mr Huey’s Clover. I searched the internet to find the right definitions for the journaling and finally I punched out some small butterflies and diecut the larger ones using my new Memory Box die (its my new favourite at the moment)and inked them using Tim Holtz distress mini inks.

I do have one confession to share, this is the first layout I have every done that I have designed the layout completely before even taking the photo lol. It just fell together so nicely that I had to fit the photo to the layout instead of the other way around.

My next share is a layout done using the sketch from Artfull Crafts, this was a bit more of a challenge than the last one as the sketch gives you such a narrow space to use as you can see below. 

But in saying that, it did give me a chance to use up some scraps, of which I have drawers full of. I used a piece of white cardstock from Rosie’s Studio, some old Lost and Found paper from My Minds Eye as well as some scraps of papers from the depth of my stash. I matted the photos using the DCWV Serenity matstack, diecut some more butterflies as well as a few feathers, added a wood veneer piece from Dear Lizzy, a chipboard title, which I used ink and embossing powder to give it some texture and shine, I love the wee monkey. I used a journaling card from my stash, a paperclip from Making Memories and a wee resin butterfly cameo to finish it off.


Its not a very clear photo of the layout but I just love these pic’s of Katie and my Dad up in a tree in our back yard planning Katie’s soon to be tree house. Dad wouldn’t agree to build it until Katie proved that she was scared of heights. She wasn’t scared but I was terrified she would fall out lol.

Now for the last challenge layout. Also for Artfull Crafts, this one is for the themed challenge which is Colour and Costume. I decided to concentrate on the costume part as the colours didn’t really suit the photo which was taken a couple of years ago when Katie’s school got to take part in Nelson’s Masked Parade and her class were dressed as native birds in costumes they got to make themselves.


I used kraft cardstock which I used a stencil, I made it using my Silhouette, and some gesso to give it some texture, I sprayed it with a variety of Mr Huey’s to add colour. I added layers using DCWV paper, washi tape, paper lace tape, a Heidi Swapp journaling tag, Amy Tan Cut and Paste paper and black cardstock. I then dug deep into my sticker and rub on stash and came out with some old Love Elsie stickers and rub on’s. I added some diecut feathers and mulberry flowers to die it all together, cut the title using my Silhouette, added some punched hearts on pop dots and a small journaling tag between the flowers and I was done and I can stop feeling guilt every time I come across this photo because its not in Katie’s scrapbook where it belongs lol.

So that’s enough sharing for now. Please feel free to leave a comment, I love to get feedback on my layouts. And thanks for stopping by.


V xxx

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!


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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”


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.


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!


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.


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


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.


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.



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.


V xxx