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!

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.