Monday, 20 November 2017

Spring in the City

I pass this magnificent magnolia tree on my way to work most mornings, and in the spring when it flowers it's just glorious 💗💗💗

I used the June Hip Kit for this page, and inspiration from Terhi Koskinen, I was feeling a bit flat before I started but now have my mojo back firmly in place!

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Just Goofing around

Finally getting on to some more of my Disney photos!

This is a DT project for the November Tic Tac Toe challenge at Scrap Our Stash...
I used the left hand column - the plaid is just peeking out 😉 I was trying for a simple vertical layout, but everything kind of exploded lol. I love all the stamping!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Sparkle and Shine

I made this page for the October challenge over at Colourblast Australia - I love the bright colours they have in all sorts of different media.

The theme for this month was triangles - can you pick that???😛

As well ast the fabulous Colourblast Colour Pastes and Shimmer cubes, I also used Cocoa Vanilla Wild at Heart papers and flair, Bella Blvd acrylic words and a Kaisercraft stencil.
I nearly went crosseyed with the hand stitching lol.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017


Couldn't believe this photo of my brother at a recent murder mystery night - it's so him! Right down to the Disorderly Conduct charge 😆😆😆

I'm entering this page into the current Stuck?! sketch challenge - I love these sketches 💓

Here's the page....
And here's the challenge...
Make sure you have a go too!

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Every Picture...

So this story was of Breanna and her Book Week costume back in 2010.
I think she made a great Nancy Drew! 

This page is for the September Scrap Our Stash Tic Tac Toe challenge

 I chose the left hand column - the Fancy Pants paper is from the Joy Parade collection, the arrow clip is from Ikea, and the cork chevrons have been whitewashed to better suit the page.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Hello Sunshine

Another photo of my cute niece Savarna (pre the self-haircut lol)

This is for the August sketch plus word challenge over at Scrap Our Stash

 The word is "Travel", and I used - 
T - Turquoise paint, tassle
R - Red, Resin flowers
A - American Crafts puffy stickers (they're SOOO cute!)
V - Vellum clouds
E - Echo Park Enamel dots
L - Little by Little Paper

This was also the first full layout I've done from my first ever Hip Kit  - Love them! 💓

Tuesday, 22 August 2017


Nothing like jumping off a bridge to get the blood pumping!

Or so they tell me, I'm sure not going to be trying it any time soon 😅😅😅

However Breanna was dead keen to try, so we shouted her for her birthday a couple of years ago.

This page is for The Paper Teapot August challenge, to use a large title. I think this counted 😉

I used Kaisercraft Factory 42 available here, and my fave Deep Water Colourblast paste.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Ice Bar

Man I loved this place! 

Absolutely everything was made of ice, including the tables, chairs and the glasses we drank our cocktails from 😁🍹

A bit of a different page for me - no mixed media AT ALL! (I made up for it later lol)

This is for the August Tic Tac Toe board...

I chose the bottom row - Emoji, Brads (more emojis) and Washi Tape.

Hope you like it!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Nut jobs

Love this - I was trying to get a photo of the fern leaf in the Queenstown botanical gardens, and as I pressed the shutter these 3 nutjobs jumped out 😁

The page was for The Paper Teapot July challenge, which was 54321 - 
5 patterned papers
4 enamel dots or Nuvo drops
3 Mixed Media or embellishment clusters
2 words
1 stamp

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Together - the best place to be

For Mother's Day this year we were in Auckland and I got this lovely photo of my sister in law and my niece. From six children Bronnie is the only girl 😁

I played along with Stuck?! Sketches here's the sketch for the second part of the month...

Most of the items used were from the May Hip Kit Club, plus one of my favourite hearts from Charm Creations.

Thanks for looking!


Just a photo I loved of Shiloh 💓

This was for the Scrap Our Stash July sketch challenge - 

The word for the month was "Fireworks", and I have used
F - Flowers
I - Ink
R - Ranger
E - Embossing powder
W - White, Wood veneer
O - Organza ribbon
R - Rhinestones
K - Kaisercraft
S - Staples


Sunday, 9 July 2017

One in a Million

It's pretty darn hard to get a photo of my nephew Cohen, but it's worth persisting, because he's pretty darn cute!

This is for the Scrap Our Stash July Tic Tac Toe board, I was obviously influenced by Stars in the centre, but the line I actually used was the left hand column - Number, chipboard, Striped paper.
Here's the board...


Friday, 23 June 2017


While we were in LA last year, there was a compulsory stop at Universal Studios, and these photos were at the Water World action special FX show. Lots of explosions, fire and high speed!

This is for the June sketch challenge over at Scrap Our Stash - here's the sketch which I just turned on its side...

And the word for the month is "Summer", so this is what I used-
S - Stars, Stencil, Staples & Stickers
U - Uniball pen
M - Mousse (Nuvo)
M - Mambi puffy sticker
E - Enamel dots, Ephemera
R - Resin (star)

Super easy, super fast!

Friday, 2 June 2017

Always and Forever

I think that this just may be the first ever page I've made just of Mark - he's often in the group but he deserves one to himself after 32 years married I guess 😜

This page is for the Scrap Our Stash June Tic Tac Toe challenge

I chose the left column of Red, Camera and Wood. 

The grungy look of the page suits him lol - it's a mix of Kaisercraft Base Coat and Garage Days.


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Gotta Laugh

Bre has gotten to be good mates with Coopah - partly because she lives so close to us  - but also because they have a lot in common. Coopah came up to Auckland with Bre to see Panic at the Disco, and she wasn't even going to see Guns n Roses with us but we convinced her it was the right thing to do 😆 This photo was at Bethells Beach - a great wee spot 💗

The page is for the Scrap Our Stash sketch challenge...

And the stash word to be used  is "Mother ".

I chose
M-My Minds Eye (the enamel dots and glasses)
T-Tissue, thread
E-Enamel Dots, Ephemera
R-Rubber Banner

This is all from the Cocoa Vanilla Wild at Heart range - available here

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Be Impossible to Forget

My Hundredth post!!!

Well really - who could forget these characters??

And how many times would you get invited to a "Psychedelic Porn Party" ???

(My advice is don't google it to work out what to wear 😉)

Thanks to Simone for a great night, wonderful "slushies" and letting Dean And Wendy tag along with us so we wouldn't feel weird!

This page was done for The Paper Teapot May challenge, which was to be inspired by this photo

 And I used Bella Blvd Make our Mark collection available here, a Cuts2luv flair, and The Cut Shoppe cut file.

Have a go at this one - there's lots to inspire from this photo!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017


I really love this photo Shiloh took of Patch, and I knew when I saw it I wanted this page to look quite graphic. The only exception is the Charm Creation Heart and cat.

 This was made for the Scrap Our Stash May Tic Tac Toe challenge...

I used the left column - Journal card, Yellow and 4+ patterned papers. I love these acrylic words from Bella Boulevard!

Monday, 24 April 2017

Watch Out World!

Shiloh was so relieved to pass stage one  - she now has her learner's license 😁

This page was made with The Paper Teapot April Scrapbook kit - available here, all I added was an emoji charm, and a wooden arrow.

I love this technique using embossing powder on texture paste - it all puffs up and gives it even more texture! 😁

Sunday, 23 April 2017

A Ferry Nice trip to Devonport

For my birthday this year we went to Auckland for the weekend, and met up with Steve and Kate for lunch at the viaduct. We then decided to take the ferry over to Devonport and have a quick stop at the chocolate shop - Yum 🍫

This is for the April Scrap Our Stash Sketch+ challenge, here's the sketch

and for the stash items I used
F- Flowers, flair, flamingo, frame
L - Lindy's embossing powder, Letter stickers
O - Ombre paper
W - Washi Tape, woodies
E - Ephemera, embossing powder, enamel dots, Endless Summer (paper collecyion)
R - Ranger Distress crayons

I've also used some of my favourite things - Cocoa Vanilla papers (again!) and a Charm Creation arrow that I partially coloured - I wanted to use the music one as that's always one of our topics of conversation when we get together 🎵

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Miss Mess

My niece Immy is growing up so fast - last time I saw her she wasn't even crawling, and now she just runs everywhere! She's such a cruisey kid though, nothing fazes her 😊

This page was made for the Scrap Our Stash April Tic Tac Toe challenge,
I used the middle horizontal line - Stitching/flowers/ephemera - not much of a challenge as I use those on most of my pages anyway lol

Happy Scrappin'!

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Sharon Newport classes

Last weekend I went to a couple of classes with Sharon, run in conjunction with a crop day for The Paper Teapot. This was the result....

 This one featured Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals, which I hadn't used before - always good to try new things!

And this one featured lots of Prima goodies including the paper range Wild & Free.

Not my usual style, but I still love them!

Sunday, 2 April 2017


For some time I had been meaning to do a page about the meaning of  Shiloh's name, so when it was my turn to choose a challenge for The Paper Teapot, that's what I did, but with a twist.
Shiloh means peaceful, and as a baby she certainly was, maybe not so much now depending on which friends she's with!
 Your page also has to include something beginning with each of the letters N-A-M-E, and I used
N - Negative Space
A - Acetate
M - Mesh
E - Ephemera
I used Bella Blvd's Make Your Mark - I absolutely love the bright colours of these papers 💓

You can get this range from The Paper Teapot here😄

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Amazing Savarna

My most gorgeous great niece when we visited recently 😍

This is the first page that I've completed from The Paper Teapot's April Scrapbook kit...plenty left for a few more pages yet!
There are some really beautiful papers in it - check it out here!
I also tried out the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxides - likey, likey!!!

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Being Boho

I love this new collection from Kaisercraft, "Wildflower"! So many butterflies, such a dreamy feel! (and you can get it here from The Paper Teapot!)

I made this page for the March Scrap Our Stash sketch challenge - here's the sketch - 

and for the word "Charm", I used

C - Close to my Heart watercolours
H - Hearts
A - Acetate word
R - Ribbon
M - Mica Powder, Martha Stewart punch

Shiloh was a school friend's birthday party, and the theme was Bohemian  - what a great idea! I think the whole thing just looks so dreamy 😍

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

You make me so proud

Hello scrappers!

I've made this page with the magnificent Magnolia Jane collection from Heidi Swapp (available at The Paper Teapot) for the March Zebra challenge.

I couldn't get past the influence of black and white, plus stripes - so this is what I came up with!

I also used one of the new Tim Holtz stencils, I love these cute little stencils, so easy to use and they don't take up much room at crops 😉

The photo was at Breanna's graduation from High School, which she achieved with merit (meaning she received a year 13 subject prize also). 

I just couldn't be more proud of this kid and her achievements!


Thursday, 9 March 2017

They call me The Dinosaur Expert

Hi all,

 Just popping in to inspire you for the current Scrap Our Stash Tic Tac Toe challenge :)
My nephew can recite every dinosaur name that I've ever heard plus a fair few that I haven't - so awesome!

 I've been holding back this paper until I had some photos of him to scrap - it's Crate Paper Cool Kid, and I also completed my line by using a flair and mini-alphas.
Love that there are so many different ways to complete these challenges!
Here's a look at the Tic Tac Toe

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 6 March 2017


I was at a bit of a loss as to how to document the place we stayed while we were in Anaheim so I ended up grabbing my Shimelle Go Now Go and just seeing what happened! I started off scraplifting Becky Stidham from Paper Issues but then things just evolved - as they do, and I was quite happy with it in the end.

The Hotel was called Castle Inn and Suites by the way, and although it wasn't your normal tourist place, the location was great, so close to Disney; it was clean, and comfortable. The girls weren't that impressed with sharing the same room as us but we were only there to sleep, way too busy out and about every day!

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!