Scrap Our Stash Challenge

Another layout for Scrap Our Stash March challenge. This one was a word challenge with a twist. You need to use items starting with the letters in the word STENCIL. It really caught my imagination and challenged me.

It took several days of thinking before I even sat down at my desk. I started with Amy Tangerine Stitched pp with clouds (that took care of C) I took some white tissue paper and pleated it then stencilled clouds on with distress ink (S, T and I)I used some glitter tape and kraft tape I found at Kmart (more T’s ) I took some acrylic Heidi Swapp letters and used a Sharpie to colour the B navy blue (N ) and the rest of the letters are spotted with the same Sharpie. Then I used Diy Thickers and added distress glitter (love this stuff but man it makes a mess) and the Cool cut file from the Silhouette Store. I finished off with a Fab Scrap chipboard butterfly which I embossed (E ) and a label (L) which is stamped with a Heidi Swapp stamp that says Noted (N again) and using chalk ink (I again) and finished with a red heart because it was cute Smile 


Now I need to rush over to SOS to post this as it closes like NOW lol…trust me to leave it to the last moment.

wish me luck


V xxx

3 Challenge Layouts to Share

It’s been awhile since I shared or even blogged. Not having my own laptop has been a pain but its been good too. Less time on the computer means more time for other things I love, like scrapbooking and reading and hanging out with Miss Pre-tweenie attitude girl. Yes it has happened, my sweet little girl has turned into a wee diva, and I am hoping its just a faze, fingers crossed.

anyway to the layouts. First up is this months sketch from Artful Crafts, such an awesome sketch. I used Rosie Studios shimmer cardstock, Maggie Holmes pp, washi tape, flowers, a cut file from the Silhouette store, a Prima veneer clock, a diecut from Rosie’s Studio’s Into the woods line and title cut from American Crafts Pow glitter paper. I Finished it off with a sprinkle of Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Shabby Tuxline Teal. Its hard to tell in the photo but this layout is so shimmery, I am just loving the shimmer look at the moment.


The next layout is also for Artful Crafts march challenge, this challenge is to use inks and splatters.

I used some Amy Tangerine pp, a piece of dark blue vellum and the background pp I think is an old Crate Paper one but don’t quote me on that, its been in my stash forever, lurking at the bottom of the pile waiting for its chance, and it was just perfect for this layout. Once the papers were layered just right I splashed on some Mr Hueys Calico Shine to make it look like stars. I used a small piece of glitter paper from DCWV to mat the photo, a veneer clock (get the idea that veneer clocks are my thing at the moment?) a font called WS simple gailifreyan which I printed out and went over with some silver holographic embossing powder. I cut the title and the tag line (Come along Pond)  using my silhouette and white cardstock, for the tag line I used more holographic embossing powder and for the title I used some blue distress ink and water which I flicked on using an old toothbrush and the dotted it with an embossing ink pen and added the holographic embossing powder to finish it off. Finally I used a cut file I brought from Pretty Paper Graphics, which is of Katie’s favourite Doctor, #11 played by Matt Smith. I found a picture of the Tardis online, print and cut it and added pop dots to the back for more dimension , cut out the pictures Katie drew and added them and finally added a tag which I stamped the date on.


Its taken 9 years for me to get Katie into Doctor Who but now she loves it almost as much as I do lol. That’s 2 out of my 3 kids I have turned into a geek lol…that’s some good odds.

Now to contestant number three lol. This one is for Scrap Our Stash using this sketch

scrap our stash sketch for March 2015

I used Maggie Holmes Open Book pp, some Rosie’s Studios gold cheveroned pp from the Into The Woods collection, Prima flowers, wood veneer words from RS’s Into the Woods collection, Kaisercraft rhinestone word “Girl”, a string of flatback pearls which I coloured gold with a sharpie, some RS’s Into the Woods diescuts (leaves with gold foil) a script stamp Couture Creations, gold embossing powder, scrap Love Elsie paper, a Rosie’s Studio polaroid frame, a acetate overlay and a cork star. Gold Heidi Swapp colour shine and a moustache and I heart moustaches cut files from Silhouette, finally I used some Mr Hueys dark calico mist and a plastic circle to make the coffee cup stains and a medicine dropped with the mist to make the splatters.


This the first time I have entered a Scrap Our Stash challenge so wish me luck Smile

I think that is enough sharing for now. Mum is waiting for her laptop back and I have a bit more scrapbooking to do, like always lol.

hugz all round

V xxx

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