Thursday, 23 February 2017

Santa Monica

Another page done from our USA holiday - slowly getting through them (very very slowly 😉)
We did a hop on hop off bus tour, but this was really the only stop where we got off for any length of time.
It was so busy on the pier! Then again it was a sunny Sunday, so not really surprising.
Here's the page...
And here's the sketch inspiration from Scrap Our Stash...

 I used..
C - Cocoa Vanilla, clouds
U - Uni Paint pen
P - Puffy stickers
I - Ink
D - Die cuts, doily, drops (Nuvo)
I really had trouble trying to find something for U!
Overall I'm quite happy though with the way it come out, although its quite a subtle one for me!!!😁😁

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Sparkle and Shine

This page was done specifically for The Paper Teapot's challenge to document something special to me, and I chose the amethyst ring that my Auntie Mollie left me, which I had always admired. It's also my birthstone.
My cousin gave it to me at a wedding some months later and I couldn't stop blubbing for ages!
She was such a special lady, with a wicked sense of humour and I miss her heaps still.
Here's the page....
I have used a Cocoa Vanilla Make A Wish collection and a free cut file from Paper Issues plus a new heart from Charm Creations.
But the new thing I tried out and love love love is the Fineline masking fluid available from Joanna here, which I used in conjunction with the Tim Holtz Distress crayons available here  - they complement each other so well!!
Thanks for taking a look!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

You & Me - so Fab together

Hi everyone  - I hope your month is going well!

We don't have that many photos of just the 2 of us, this one was taken at Jester House on the coastal route between Nelson and Motueka. The gardens are gorgeous and worth a visit, even if you don't have time for a delish Devonshire tea 😋🍰

This new layout was done for this month's Tic Tac Toe challenge at Scrap Our Stash

Here's the challenge...
I used red, hearts and mixed alpha title.

I made the background just by layering distress inks Tim Holtz style, stamping, stencilling 3d gel and then a bit more stamping. I would usually use black somewhere in the mix but decided I wanted to keep the colours a bit "clearer" so the darkest I went was navy.

The papers and embellies are all either Amy Tan or Cocoa Vanilla.

Don't forget to give it a go!

Monday, 23 January 2017

Lucky to have good friends

These photos were taken at one of our favourite playgrounds on Shiloh's birthday. She's had the same friends since she was little and I think they will always be her besties 😁

This page was for the Scrap Our Stash January sketch challenge - 

You also must include something starting with each letter from G-O-A-L-S, my list is
G - Geotag (love these by Charm Creations!)
O - Orange
A - Arrows and Amy Tangerine
L - Letter stickers and layers
S - Stickers, stencil

I bought one sheet of this orange Bella Blvd paper and the stickers, and couldn't wait to use it as it's so bright and lovely! Apart from that there's a Cocoa Vanilla flair, and some Amy Tan stickers. The background was done with Tim Holtz Distress crayons and Prima light paste.

Thanks for the look!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

(Not so) Formal

This one's going back to Breanna's first Burnside High formal in 2015.

The photo is of their "squad" - basically a loose group of friends that has grown over time.

 A couple of close ups...

This page was made for The Paper Teapot January 17 challenge. 
99% of what I used is from the Cocoa Vanilla range "Make A Wish". It's kinda themed for birthdays, but I have yet to use it for that 😜
The background color was done with a combination of Prima watercolour pastels, and Tim Holtz Distress crayons.
I'm channeling Missy Whidden again with all the thread lol.
The only non- CVS item is the little wooden frame.

Give the challenge a go!

Monday, 9 January 2017

Young Wild & Free

This was taken when these 4 girls last got together back in July, up in Hanmer. They may not see each other that often, but when they do it's just as if they've never been apart.

This layout was made for the January Tic Tac Toe challenge at Scrap Our Stash.

Here's the challenge...

I used the bottom row - twine (on the button and tag), paper clips (gorgeous Paige Evans ones) and the colour blue (in the denim of ribbon and also in the background.

The background papers are also Paige Evans, the flair and woodie are from Cocoa Vanilla, the chipboard is from WOW, and the stickers are Simple Stories. I used Prima Watercolour pastels for the background, Tim Holtz crayons on the flower and there's also a 49 & Market stamp. The title is a Kaisercraft die.

I'm so happy with the way this one turned out!

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Ho Ho Ho

And another Xmas layout - I'm on a roll!

This one is our Santa shot from 2012 - note Shiloh plus friend Shannon, no possibility of getting the sisters together for this any more!

I've used brads to make string art again, I love the look this gives!
The watercolour background, tree and prezzies are all done with Tim Holtz Distress crayons, and the paper and stickers are Oh Joy (AGAIN!) fro Pinkfresh. I don't have much of this left now!  Good old Bo Bunny Glitter Paste makes a return with the stencilling, and the cut file is from Paper Issues.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Jumping for {Xmas} Joy

It's my daughter Shiloh's sweet 16th birthday today - she doesn't mind having her birthday this close to Xmas at all 🎂🎅

This page is kind of a continuation of my last share, I've used the same range and a similar theme. The photos from both layouts were all on the same day just before Xmas 2015, where Shiloh, Shannon and Shanae were just having fun on our trampoline before it was dismantled for the last time 😞.

Here's my layout..

I was trying to do a bit of "white on white" for this but as usual I got carried away!

It's getting close to the big day now but this sketch challenge goes to the end of the month so plenty of time yet to enter! Here's the sketch and lists...
I used Stars, Red, Glitter, Green and Gold from the lists.

I feel I have at least one more layout in me from this paper range!

Have a great Xmas everyone, catch you in 2017!

Friday, 9 December 2016


We picked these hats up last year from one of the cheapie stores - I love them, and so did the kids 😁

This is what I came up with for the December Book Challenge at Scrap Our Stash - 
This was such a fun page to do - and I love stripes, and have either enamel dots or sequins on nearly every page so that wasn't a problem lol.
I thought the gold paper background looked like a frame so I took it one step further and added wire to make it look like it was hanging.
The paper, stickers, Thickers and transparencies are Pinkfresh Oh Joy collection, the rubber is from one of their previous collections. And of course it has Nuvo drops.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

New Do

Okay, so it's an old do now, but man what a change when Shiloh first got her hair cut!

From super long, to shoulder length it now sits about halfway between these two and she's happy with that :)

This is my page for the Scrap Our Stash mid November challenge, here's the sketch and lists...

I used Amy Tan Better together collection, ScrapFX and Blue Fern chipboard along with Cocoa Vanilla flair and enamel dots.

Hope you like it!