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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"Stuck" Sketches - 15th November Challenge

This months 2nd sketch challenge over at Stuck Sketches was very minimalistic and I kind of struggled achieving the end result, but I totally love the finished layout.
I have used some papers from The Scrap Cake - Bright Side of Life range and I think I have found a new favourite.

Pop over and have a look at the awesome entries for this months challenge

Here is the sketch we had to follow.....

Here is my take on this months Sketch Challenge, I love the papers they are so soft and delicate and take on a whole different look when teamed with some very special Prima Resin Goodies and flowers, but then again it wouldn't be one of my layouts without a little bit of Tim included somewhere.........

What do you think....................This Photo of Trevor and Myself was taken at the Botanical Gardens here in Dunedin during a wonderful photo shoot recently, he was being extremely cheeky as we had just walked up a hill to the seat for the photo and I must admit I was a bit puffed!

I can't wait to see what the next months sketches are going to be

Monday, November 14, 2011

Stuck?! Sketches November Challenge

Stuck? for an idea.................
Use a Sketch from "Stuck Sketches"......................

The sketch for this month over at for the first part of November was exactly what I was after to show off these awesome photos of Little Sophia,
(I love stealing Baby photos from the Neighbours!!!)
I was also able to use one of my new favourite paper lines from Kaisercraft- the Bonjour Line arent they absolutely gorgeous..........

Here is the sketch for the November's Challenge:-

and my entry into this months challenge..................

Isnt she a wee cutie?
lets know what you think of the layout and of course if you are at all stuck for an idea head over to the website and see what you can come up with.

Prima BAP Challenge October 2011

In October I spotted this sketch for Prima's BAP Challenge so thought I would give it a go since Trevor and I had just received out Photos back from the gorgeous Mel at (well worth the time and money if you get the opportunity) and I was really excited about having new photos and goodies to play with.

Here is what I came up with and the sketch underneath:-

I even got to use some of the awesome packaging that came on the Fence Mask I have purchased recently. (might have to get some more of these)

I had a lot of fun playing with this sketch , new photos and of course Prima goodies.............. what a combination!!!

Hope to catch you all again soon with some more creations from my never decreasing stash...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hello....I'm Back!!!

Well after what seems to be forever I have found some mojo again to get this blog updated!!

poor neglected little thing.....
If anyone would be keen to make this Canvas then there is 2 ways this could happen, on the
4th December I am taking a class making it at the Balclutha High School, if you would like to come along please let me know and I will let you know the finer details, and secondly there is a possibility I will be teaching this at the Scrappin Patch Retreat next March if there is enough ladies that want to get creative with me.

Please let Adrienne know if you would be keen to have this at the retreat or if you are not able to make the either class then letz know where in the country you are and if theres enough ladies in that area to create a class I can look at bringing it to you.

I have used a 12x12 canvas but the back is now the front.....

Letz know what you think of it.......

I hope to hear that some of you would like to come along and have a morning of fun and creativity, just like the class up there this last weekend when the wee book went travelling to Christchurch and my good Friend Sharon came to help ...... (help.....yes thats the word), no I joke, she was a tremendous help and it was great sharing the day with her and lots of like minded ladies.

Have a great week and Go the All Blacks in the final ( and go Wales in the 3rd/4th playoff against Australia!!!)


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Very Sad Day 2Day as I'm Leaving the Scrappin Patch Design Team....

By now most of you will have read the newsletter and be aware that I am leaving the Scrappin Patch Design Team.
This is for personal reasons and the fact that time has come to let others take the reigns for a while and inspire you all further with new and fresh ideas. When I was asked to join the Design Team 2 years ago my main aim was to try and make people think about their scrapping and try new things and maybe even challenge themselves, and to look outside the square even if just a little and see what they come up with, it really is to easy to stay with the tried and true, sometimes it does you the world of good to jump outside never know you might like it!
I have totally enjoyed my time with Scrappin Patch and the friendships I have made along the way and I sincerely hope to keep up with everyones scrappin and achievements in their scrappin endeavours.Adrienne has been a true pleasure to work with and I hope that from time to time she might allow me to take the odd class or 2 or supply kits for the shop. The past and present DT members that I have worked with were and are awesome ladies and scrappers in their own right, and it is especially sad to see that Heidi is also leaving the DT but we both know we are leaving it in capable hands.
Love to All
Former DT Member
Scrappin Patch

Monday, August 1, 2011


Yawn ,Yawn, Stretch,Stretch, Scratch, Scratch and Yawn, Stretch and Scratch again....
I am here and am now out of hibernation well thats what it feels like anyway!
I have been told by quite a few people that I havent been around much lately,
and I sincerely apologise the weeks have really just escaped me and you know with today being
the 1st of August its only 4 months till Christmas (thats about 16 weeks incase you missed it)!!!

I have been very busy over the last couple of months taking classes and even a little holiday
I will be back over the next couple of days with some photos of the Holiday and incase you would like to see, I will make sure I have one of the Monkey that took a liking to boobs and I think she decided that mine were better than hers and she was guna have them, but anyway thats a story for another day, I will also be back with some photos of the layouts we have made in the classes I have been teaching and hopefully some sneak peeks of the book that was made yesterday by the lovely Balclutha Ladies and is being finished this friday by the Dunedin Ladies, (it really is quite neat and I love how the papers compliment each other....we used the 7 Gypsies Lille line) and I think the Ladies all loved the book and enhoyed the process of creating theirs....well I hope so anyway!

Ok thats it for now..........dont sit up and wait for the nect installment, it might not happen until Thursday.

Take Care and Hapi Scrappin

Monday, May 30, 2011

A right "Royal" challenge is coming over at Scrappin Patch

Keep your eye's peeled....

Help us celebrate the “Queen’s” birthday
Keep an eye out on the forum, we will posting
some clues for a FABULOUS Challenge which
will be set over the long weekend…..
Great Prizes up for grabs!!!!

So......Why not gather up your supplies and come join us.....

Thursday, May 12, 2011

My Books going on a Road Trip....

I am taking my little book on a road trip to Christchurch for the Ladies up there to make,
I am doing this on the 11th June and hopefully the Christchurch ladies will enjoy making it as much as all the ones down south have.
This will be happening at Scrappin Patch Headquarters and should start around 10am, you will not leave without the book being completed (unless you need to or want to!) as I really don't believe in ladies paying for and attending a class and going home with a bag full of nothing and tossing it in the corner, at least finish it before you do that!
Cover to cover there are 12 pages and each one a whole lot different to the last and you will learn a couple of little tricks along the way as well

So if you would like to come along and make this we honey, please let Adrienne know, she will be organising all the finer details on Tuesday after the big trip south for the weekend, and they should be up on the SP forum then.

You will not need anything other than normal goodies, tape, glue, scissors, and sepia ink (only to save you waiting) but everything else apart from photos is supplied, oh and a sense of humour is a must

The more the merrier.....

Happy Scrappin

Mothers Day Cards.....

I made these 2 little cards for the competition I set last week over at Scrappin Patch
Kinda cool aye? considering I'm not a cardmaker I was quite happy with how they turned out...

How was your Mothers Day, I was spoilt and got a nice bag and necklace from Chris and a scrappin apron with a wonderful large pocket in the front and some scratchy tickets (I won $24 ...Yahoo) from Emz and some lovely glove liners from Mike and Sherie In Aussie now my fingers at Rugby wont be like blocks of ice. Then we had roast chicken for dinner with lotz roast veges yum yum yum and gravy

I hope you all were treated like a Queen for the day, you know we deserve it!!!

Happy Scrappin

Monday, May 2, 2011

What a Fantastic Group of Ladies I had.....

....for the wee book class in Balclutha yesterday and thanks to Bronny and her extensive photo taking skills along with tripod and remote we were able to get a great photo, however 2 ladies disappeared before Bronny was set up.

I think all 15 Ladies enjoyed the wee techniques they learn't and I was even happier to see them all go home with a finished project, as I dont believe that you should pay to go to a class and leave with a bag of bitz and an unfinished project, so if you ever come to one of my classes expect to get the project finished before you leave.

Thank you Ladies for a very enjoyable day and I hope to be back in the near future.....

Monday, April 11, 2011

Enjoy Life Book Class

I was asked by OGHS to create an item that the Girls could start and finish in an afternoon, so I came up with this very cool little book. It measures 6 x 6 inches and has lotz of little pockets etc inside for those special memories. Since taking this class I have also run it for friends and acquaintances and they have all really enjoyed the process and I am happy that they have walked away with a finished project.

If you would like to come along to the class for this wee book it is going to be on the 1st of May in Balclutha and there will be a crop afternoon after the class.

The class will start at 9.30am and should be finished by 1pm ready for a bite of lunch and then crop until 5pm.

You will not need specific requirements for the class except for some tape, glue, scissors and inks although I will be providing an assortment of inks, to be used. Photos can be added later.

Please let me know if you would like to attend as I am going to be organising the packs this weekend.

Here is a sneak peek of the cover, can you imagine whats inside..........

Leave me a comment if you would like to come and I will flick you through some more details

Thanks for looking

Sunday, April 10, 2011

My "Babies" Birthday Today.....

Where has the time gone, 24 years ago Michael was born at 8.45pm. The Dr warned me that he had an awards ceremony to go to that night and didn't want to have to leave to deliver my baby, so if I could please either hold on or not bother until the next day it would be good.......Well

he missed the Pre-Dinner drinks but he did come to deliver Mike in his Tux, and his hair was all spiky and he smelled good .... mmmmm the things you remember aye! Chris wasn't so lucky as John had been in the garden when he got the call Chris was coming so he arrived in his singlet, rugby shorts and gumboots and smelled like compost! and Young Miss Emz well he came straight from his practice so he had to be dressed reasonably well and I cant remember what he smelled like (lol)

Anyway Mike is 24 today, he is living in the Gold Coast with his awesome Girlfriend Sherie and they are coming home next weekend for a very quick trip (we are allocated Sunday afternoon, but not too much of Sunday afternoon as it might break into the drinking time and catching up with Mates time!!!) Nevertheless I am looking forward to a hug and seeing him in real not just nicking photos off facebook and scrapping them.

Here is a layout I have previously done this is using 7 Gypsies paper and lots of wee roses and of course some Prima, they were off to a race meeting here on Melbourne Cup day and looked wonderful all dressed up

Thanks for looking and have a great week

Thursday, March 31, 2011

My Poor Little Blog.....

I promise not to ignore you again....................but I have to go and do some luxing, wash some clothes and have a general tidy up after what has been a week from hell!. Everything was planned and put into organised days of what was going to happen last week as I had scrap classes to cut and pack for, kits that had to be finished and Layouts that had to be uploaded and then out of the blue we get a call, to be told that Trev's Dad's Wife (not Trev's Mum) had collapsed at the doors of Dunedin Hospital (while visiting) with Pulmonary Embolism we sat with her for 3 days and nights and she finally slipped away on Thursday morning at 5.30am so then we had to help organise the funeral and because we live in Dunedin and they live in Bluff (Southland) there was a huge amount of travel involved and a lot of very late nights! so all the plans I have set in motion for last week very quickly went out the window.... She was only 58! So little blog I will be back soon and I hopefully will have some goodies to share with everyone

Friday, March 4, 2011

March Sketch Challenge at Scrappin Patch

It's My turn this month for the sketch challenge over at
Scrappin Patch how about popping over there for a wee look find out what
you have to do and then enter, there is a great
prize at the end of the month for the Winner.

Here is my take on the challenge, I have used some
very special photos of my wonderful Dad who has
now been gone for 5 years and there's not
a day that goes by that I don't think about him .

I had a bit of an unconventional childhood,
but boy did we have some fun!

and heres a close up of the Tim Holtz Bird on a bit of Prima Branch

thanks for looking and I hope you have an awesome weekend

Take Care

Monday, February 28, 2011

Pencil Lines Sketch

I had a dilemma.......
will I...... won't I...... well maybe...... then why not?
and So I did..........
the dilemma was whether or not to enter the
Pencil Lines DT callout, either way it was another
opportunity to create a layout

so here is the sketch that had to be used

and this is what I came up with.......

Goodies used of course are Prima, Tim Holtz, Graphic 45, Dusty Attic etc

all these are available over at

Thanks for looking...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Inspiration for Scrappin Patch....

I was sent a package with lots of different bitz and pieces from Scrappin Patch to use for some inspiration and included in it was some Hambly Screenprint - Couture sheet, along with some MME papers and tags, and some cute wee Chipboard dress forms (which I covered) The rest I added so of course there had to be some Prima and some of Tims goodies!

What do you think....

The alphas I used are Basic Grey - Elbow chipboard letters and are awesome as they are a good size. The metal pieces hanging from the tag in the top corner are from a necklace I found at Equip Jewellery Store, these are exceptional value at $5 on sale and there is always so many pieces that can be used off each one

Thanks for Looking

Friday, February 18, 2011

February Cards......Romance

This Year some Friends I scrap with on a regular basis have started a card swap, some of the topics are relatively easy and then there the other this one! The topic was of course
since it is February love - Romance - Valentines etc

This is 2 of the cards I have made (we have to make 6 - or more if you choose to) I chose to use the Graphic 45 - Once Upon a Springtime Collection - Woodland Fantasy and some Glitz Design - Love Nest Block along with Basic Grey - Nook and Pantry - Beaters and some Stickles to high light some of the colours in the Fairy papers.
HINT:- if you use a Stickles such as Crystal or Star Dust or Icicle then the colours from underneath will *Pop*

Anyway what do you think of these 2 cuties:-

These Papers that I used are available over at Scrappin Patch for only $1.90 a sheet and that is exceptional value for the Graphic 45 papers as so much can be created with them.
Go check it out, here is some links.....

I know I will be buying heaps more....

Thanks for visiting Me, hope you all have a wonderful weekend
Toodles xx

Friday, February 11, 2011

Some Very Exciting News.......................

I won.............the competition to be Magistical Memories March Guest Designer.
I am very excited that my layout about Mike and Me has been chosen and I get to be a little creative for the month of March.
Just hoping I can do the position justice and come up with something really special
but you will have to wait and see, and watch this space. But in the meantime pop over to
Magistical Memories and have a wee look at some of their chipboard goodies, they are amazing
Annelie is a DT Member for them and produces some amazing work using their goodies.
I am looking forward to hearing from Tina regarding the list of goodies to use and then get started on the projects........................
Have a Wonderful Weekend, I know I will be!
Toodles xx

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Magistical Memories - Chipboard Challenge

As many of you know I am a Chipboard Freak and when I saw this months challenge over at, I instantly knew what I was going to use. There is a lot of Chipboard on this layout some from Basic Grey's Curio collection, a brick wall from Dusty Attic and the words Magical Moments and "Mike" from Terri at "Meant to be" scrapbooking supplies, along with a little Prima and Tim Holtz goodies they all make up this meaningful layout as this was taken just before Mike and His wonderful Girlfriend Sherie moved to Aussie. The hidden tag has some personal journalling on it saying how much we miss them. So yes these are very precious moments to me.

Here is the Sketch that was to be used for the challenge:-

and here is my take on the challenge

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog and latest additions
Have a wonderful week

Friday, January 21, 2011

My Bungy - Scrapped!

Had to do this layout while this was all so fresh in my mind,
actually now that it is a few days later, I am quite amazed that I jumped (Fell), I can't actually remember the moment I left the platform, so thank goodness Trevor got it all in photos so I could relive it over and over again.......

So this is the start of a year of challenges for me, so lets wait and see what else is in store.......

Toodles xx

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I'm early, "Yahoo" I'm early for a change with the BAP for January for Prima normally I am running late and finally get to upload it on the 2nd last day and never know if they make it in time, so my motto for this year is "Be Early" Ok Ok so we are 16 days into the new year and this is the first time I have been early for anything, give me time... Rome wasn't built in a day (well it might of been had a woman been in charge!)
Anyway this Prima challenge was quite fun as I really love clusters and this was right up my little alley. Prima has some wonderful sketches to lift for their challenges but sometimes just sometimes there are some that look very similiar.................or is that just me.

Its not very often that Trev and I get a reasonable photo of us "together" so this is a treat and even better it was taken by Emz and was one of the many she managed to snap on Christmas day.

Hope you are all have had a wonderful weekend and maybe even had some time for a little scrappin!

Toodles xx

Monday, January 3, 2011

My New Year Leap......Wasn't Pretty...............But.............I did It!

Hello, here are some photos to prove I completed the Kawarau Bungy just outside of Queenstown it is only 43m high but once your standing on the bridge it feels like a whole lot more!!! As one of the Bungy employees tried to prize my very tight grip from the hand piece, one finger at a time, the other young man edged me forward closer and closer to the edge until finally there was no room left and the only way out of this situation was down! Unfortunately it wasn't pretty and I'm sure I let rip with a string of obscenities to my Eldest Darling Son who gave this to me for Christmas last year (being 2009) and its taken this long to get up the courage to use it.

Anyway it was good and an unbelievable feeling of falling , but boy you should see the bruises from the harness around my legs, not down at my ankles but up further, now that is impressive. But hey the little harness and straps had a whole lotta weight to hold up until I managed to crawl into the waiting boat below (now thats a whole lot of different photos as there was definitely nothing elegant about being ceremoniously dumped into the boat!)
I still do think the Tower of Terror in Aussie is a lot worse tho, so if your down the Queenstown way and feel like throwing yourself off a bridge....go for it!!!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and check my blog
hope everyone has a wonderful 2011 and we all get a lot of scrappin finished!
Toodles XX