Saturday, May 30, 2009

New Family - DT PAGE for PAGES IN TIME

Pre wedding pic taken the night my SIL's family arrived from America for the wedding of dd and her dh. Big family gathering and first time we met most of his family.

This is for the DT at Pages in Time
I must admit to cutting the paper quite a bit it is Prima and the darker blue areas are flocked the lighter blue shading in it matched Jarrod's top so I decided to use the apricot with it as he had underneath in his T-Shirt and liked the match.

I stitched around the edge using the Bazzill 'In Stitch'z' template 'silly stitches' then used 5 strands of Anchor Embroidery cotton.

Birds were stamped from a Stampin Up Stamp on to the rough side of Acetate
Butterfly's stamped from an unknown clear stamp set

I then coloured them both on the rough side with Marvy Markers and added bling.

title cut using Cricut Cartridge Cursive 101, and the scalloped circle using Cartridge Accent Essentials

Life's Little Memories

Youngest daughter Katie, this pic is 20 yrs old and didn't have much going for it in the background so I cut around the pic when I spotted this paper and thought it so suited the look on her face. If only I knew what she was thinking at the time.

Paper is Sassafras Lass Woodland Whimsy collection, and the green background is Cosmo Cricket Mr Camper Collection pack, caravan and bird are also added from that kit.

Wording on the cloud 'Mmmmm' Life's little moments was cut using Graphically Speaking Cricut Cartridge

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


This layout was created for the DT on Pages in Time

I love manipulating paper, the more I can do that the less embellishment is needed in my mind.
For this reason I love to purchase matching paper sets.

The papers used here are from Prima, ' Spotlight' and 'Kabloom' these are available from Karen's store at Pages in Time; as well as the pale green b/ground paper I have used.

The frame is cut from 1 piece of Prima paper the base of which was a dark red that I have used to cut the title.
Vines and flowers around the page were cut from a separate piece of Prima paper with was brown with the pink and a few green flowers on it, the remainder of that is being used to make a card.

The Title was cut on my Cricut using Cartridge 'Cursive 101', and the lattice work was cut using Cartridge 'Graphically Speaking'. The vines top right corner, bottom left corner and across the lattice are from plain cardstock and cut using Cartridge 'Home Accents' then covered with Eucalyptus Stickles to blend it more and to match the other vines and leaves all of which came already glittered.

Used a Fiskars Finger Knife to do all the paper cutting. Flowers bottom left are adhered with 3D dots.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

My youngest daugher Katie and partner of 8 yrs, have been together since 18 yrs and in University plus working extra jobs. 8 yrs on Katie is a qualified teacher who went straight from University into teaching at a top Private ladies School in Tasmania, and Jeremy is a software designer with a computer company.

Am really proud of them because they have travelled to Europe, saved and now have their own home which they are renovating and this Sunday leave to visit my eldest daughter in America, they really have done well and work very hard.

Love distressing and for this I used various techniques:
I begin by cutting completely around the edge with deckle scissors any design will do. Then run my craft knife around the already cut edges and it will catch and tear in the indentations, I think this gives more of a natural distressed look.

I then get a foot buff sander and rub at all rough edges to feather them a bit.
This was followed by using 3 different colours inks, any can be used but a mix of light to dark works best.

B/ground paper is K & Co, brown circle paper is BG Bittersweet as are the embellishments i cut from a piece of paper.
The frame is cut using Cricut Storybook cart, bottom shield shaped embellie I have had for yrs in my stash.
Punched top around circle is using a Tonic punch which I love.

It's a P Night

Local Golf Club had fundraising night to buy water (we are in a severe drought), theme was to dress as something beginning with a 'P'.

Bob was Phantom of the Opera and I was his Parlor Maid hehe

Used BG Bittersweet paper and cut from a piece of paper all the strips using a Fiskars Finger Knife
Btoom right embellishment and 'p" were cut from Cricut as was the title

Used Stickles on the flowers
White signo Pen around matting and circle.

Note for journaling was from 'Making Memories'

Guest Designer on Pages in Time

Would you like to be a guest design team member here!
Then enter your lo's in our gallery and on this discussion forum and mention you want to be a guest dt member. Must be recent lo's!Please try to stop by the site at least weekly too,stop and post a message here,and to see if you have been choosen. I choose one lo of the week that I will feature as *lo of the week*,and then after 4 choices,you pm me ur fav of the 4 and that person could be the guest design team member for the next month.

You will also be featured in the gallery and on the main post! You will win a kit for being a dt member too for that month!


Enter as many times as you'd like.

When you post your lo,card,item,mention its for the guest dt member spot.
Make a point to come live chat,its on the bottom right hand side,click on chat button,chat then click on enter!

***You must have a minimum of 10 (lo's,cards,ect) posts in to be eligible.*

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cards from leftovers

A challenge on 'Pages in Time' was to do a layout and a card using the leftovers. I thought this was a wonderful idea and although I didn't meet guidelines of challenge (it need to be about Easter), I thought it was such a great idea I would start doing it. Don't know how much I have thrown away when I think I am doing the right thing in keeping scraps 'to be used later', only to never use them and thrown them out.

This way I should never have to buy cards again and I won't be piling up a heap of scrap paper either. From the layout posted below, I made 3 cards which I am very happy with because I am not a card maker - well, I should say I have never been a card maker, but now I plan to become one and be creative in my use of paper with it.

Made sure they were for different occasions as well.

Mum & I

This layout is a very special one for me, as my mum was my greatest inspiration, a real lady and someone I miss heaps.

The original pic was taken by my father in 1957 and was only 2 X 2 inches, so not very clear and quite scrunched up. I restored it best I could on photoshop then blew it up to 5X7 and was amazed it came up as well as it did. Because it still is isn't 100% with the restoration I realized I would need to create a beautiful background to lift the pic and give it the credit the pic deserved.

Techniques used; Cosmo Cricket papers and journaling tag
Deep orange/red colour for backing page, olive green with red and gold front pp
Cut a square to surround pic and didn't distress on that
Cut a square 1" around that, zig zag in a line around the centre of that strip in green cotton
Cut both edges of that frame and the inner and outer edge of the outside square which was left with serated edge scissors and stitched with a straight stitch which I sewed in uneven twisted lines
Used a heel scourer to ruff up the already cut edges on all but the square around picture
Inked around all edges using Versamark 'Pine Cone' deep brown ink, and also Stampin Up 'Old Olive' ink
Cut vine from another piece of paper from same Cosmo Cricket range and adhered only in certain sections
Added a range of autumn tone flowers and leaves to match papers
Stickled with 'Cinnamon' on brown flower buds on paper vine and 'Eucalyptus' on small leaf sections, and 'Frosted Ice' on cream flowers
Added a metal floral heart to centre of main flower, another brass floral style heart to anchor the journaling note, very small cameo button at base of paper vine and a vintage style square brad at end of braid, topped off pic with 2 metal corners
Didn't want title to stand out too much so used a dull green lettering and stickled over that with a dk green
Hope you enjoyed viewing.

Journaling says;
My mum, my greatest inspiration, my greatest loss, a lady like no other whom I adored unconditionally and who I miss so much.
Picure taken at Marion Bay beach Tasmania, 1957. Original pic only 2X2" reproduced it on Photoshop

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mothers Day Lunch

My daughter Katie and her partner Jeremy came up from Hobart to spend Mother's Day here. We went to our little local restaurant which does Wood Fired Pizzas/Pasta, we love it, well, actually its the only restaurant here other than the hotel. They are getting pretty excited now as its only 2wks today and they are heading off over to Fiji then on to Erin's in Virginia to visit, they really haved saved hard to do this and Katie can't wait to see Erin.

We have a lovely day and it was so nice to see them, they have been so busy with work.
A friend who was going to be home alone came with us. Here's a pic of our lovely luncheon.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Pages in Time - May Kits - SORRY ALL SOLD

Check out this gorgeous new Kit and rubons from Pages in Time, all can be purchased separately. They are selling really quickly so if you want some really great value, get in quick and grab then,

Can't wait for mine to arrive they have been so beautifully matched and put together with enough paper and embellies for lots of projects.

Unfortunately I am having difficulties with my computer and can't post the images of these great buys, but this is the link to the site where you can see them and the descriptions.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


This page was made from the PAGES IN TIME - April Kit, absolutely gorgeous and very feminine.

I used only a portion of it to do this page of my beautiful great niece Taylah. Picture was taken at her 12 th birthday family party.

The white lace at left of picture and small hand made flowers bottom left, are the only things that weren't in the kit. Can't wait for the next one, these kits are gorgeous.

Congratulations to the WINNER!

Well NSBD challenges all went very well, and a great day was had by all it seems.

The winner of my challenge MULTI PAPER - was CHERYL KOSAKURA, congratulations Cheryl.
Please contact me so I can arrange for you to receive you package.

Saturday, May 2, 2009


For this challenge you must complete either a layout or card using at least 4 different patterned or mix of patterned/plain paper. TWIST: embellishment/s must be added, NO flowers. Any sized layout can be used.

When your finished post your project here and leave me a message so I can enter you in a draw for a great prize pack.

Please ensure you also post your project to the gallery using the name of this challenge.
Attached below is my layout to show how many papers can be mixed, using paper packs makes it easy as its already coordinated. Also below is picture of the prize pack for this challenge.

For those who aren't familiar with the Pages in Time site, if you have any queries about where to submit your project just put a comment on here for me and I'll advise you.

NSBD - Not long to go now

eWell it is getting close now, only a little while to wait for the posting of my challenge. I will be posting it here along with my sample layout and the RAK I will be providing to the random winner.

However, you will need to actually post the layout or card on Pages in Time in the appropriate thread on the Forum as well as posting it in the gallery.

You will have until end of Monday to complete your project so if you have any queries about where or how to post it just leave me a comment on here. Hope to see you back soon.