Monday, August 29, 2011

BITW & Scrapmatts

Haven't had access to my computer for several days as DH has been changing the motherboard.  I always dread updating the computer as it always means there will be major problems with installing, and of course this time was no different.  It was very frustrating not being able to use my computer, but hopefully everything is running smoothly now.  Have quite a bit of catching up to do and will be around in the next few days to get some blog commenting done.  Thanks to all you lovely ladies for you concern over Brittany.. she's still a bit under the weather as the doctor told us she has a secondary infection, but I think she is turning the corner is is on the mend.

Bird is The Word - Memory/Memories 
First of all I would like to shout out a huge thank you to all out participants in "Dream" word challenge as we had 58 entries, which is absolutely amazing, but the downside is having to choose winners from so many fabulous entries.  We are already up to 36 for the "Today" challenge, but you still have 13 days left to submit your entries.. looks like this will be another big one. The winner will receive a complete Tidbitz in Time  kit of their choice, posted anywhere in the world, while the winner & 4 finalists will all be entitled to display a "Bird is the Word - Featured Winner" badge on their blogs.  Just use the word memory/memories on your creation, whether it is in the title or on your journaling.  Pop on over to the site to see gorgeous DT examples and the exciting news... Wendy will be looking for new DT members as of 1st September.

This fortnight's new word at Bird Is The Word is Memory/Memories and I thought I would create a page on  my dog Louie, who we lost very recently.  It was very difficult to look at his photo whilst creating this LO as I was still feeling quite sad, but I'm really glad I perservered as I love how the page turned out.  When I'm not feeling so raw I will probably create another page with some journaling.

I used some fab chippies from Scrapmatts with the new gorgeous Lost & Found range from MME.. love the beautiful glitter accents on this range!  I used a quote to convey my feelings, which reads "Memories are a way of holding on to the things that you love".

Scrapmatts - All about Dads and Boys
This month at Scrapmatts the theme is Dads and Boys and I have a few things to share so I will try to be brief.
OTP - We Love You
Sofie and Andrew have some new chippie items available in store and one of them is this DAD plaque which makes a perfect gift for Father's Day.  Covered the plaque in paper and used the cog chippies as accents and some of the new word chippies which I painted red.

Ocean Memories
Love the new Nautical Design chippies that Sofie and Andrew sent in my parcel of goodies, and they went beautifully with an old pic of Luke and his dad at the beach and a gorgeous piece of Websters seaside pp.  Altered them with a bit of baker's twine and added some distressed muslin for my background to look a little like sea foam.  My2angels has some lovely new seaside charms which I added to tie in with the beach theme.

Love My Life
Had fun playing with the new large circle and large word chippies on this LO of DH taken on Australia Day last year. I started by used some paint on my background paper.  Then keeping in line with the circular theme, I covered the circle chippies with hessian and embossed the pp inserts with circular designs for some texture.  The title was painted in a navy glimmer paint to tie in with the red white and blue colour scheme and I added some red buttons with blue stitching to make the cogs pop.
Enjoy The Journey
My last creation for Scrapmatts is a quick and easy masculine card using the word and cog chippies.  Found some old Graphic 45 & October Afternoon pp's which had a great masculine feel and just layered them.  The quote sticker is from Simple Stories.. added a cog chippie with a brad to make it look a little like a wheel and painted the word chippie for my sentiment.

Thanks so much for hanging in there for this lengthy post and for taking the time to leave some love :))


  1. great layouts Cathy esp. like the ocean one, I might have to enter the BITW challenge.

  2. Hi Cathy,

    How are you feeling? I hope you're doing good! Sorry I haven't visited you in busy all your LO. Louie's LO is just gorgeous, but all of your work is just amazing..I can't pick a favorite as they are all stunning. Love the card too..take care and my best to you and your family. xo, Marivic

  3. You have been a busy lady...i just love ALL your creations....hard to pick a fav this time!LOL

  4. WOW!!!! You sure have been busy Cathy. Absolutely beautiful work. Love your page about Louie and the way you covered the chippie circles with hessian. That card is awesome too...and the beach layout. I Love all of them!! :-)

  5. Hey Cathy!!!!
    What stunning just stunning layout you have created here!!!
    I just love them all!!!
    You sure are one heck of a scrapper!!!
    I just love all your work and everytime i pop on over here it makes me smile!!!!
    Take Care

  6. Firstly I'm amazed I never knew before that you married a South African! Secondly what a wonderful bunch of pages you have here & so glad your girly is on the mend xx

  7. amazing stuff Cathy ... truly amazing ... you do awesome male pages and cards .... all these are fabulous ... if I had to choose one it would be two.. LOL !!! bird is the word and my2angels are stunning and very yummy ... love them all though ...hugz x

  8. My goodness Cathy!!! GORGEOUS GORGEOUS work!
    PS sorry about your beautiful friend Louie. My blog post title was a line from Schnitzel Von Krumm because my post was about our snitzy night. I used to have a Jack Russell Terrier and he would climb trees. He'd go after a possum and follow it up a huge gum tree. We could hear him up in the tree and we'd freak out waiting for him to fall... he never did!

  9. First of all, I am glad DD is getting better.
    And secondly, I am glad the computer is ok.
    And thirdly, WOW what a wonderful showcase.
    They are all so different but all so fabulous.
    Your pooch is sooooo cute and I love how you used the paper. I saw it at the Expo on Friday and wondered how you could use it. You have done it beautifully.
    Fabulous textures and designs on all Cathy.

  10. These are fabulous Cathy!

    Glad to hear your girl is starting to feel a little better :).

  11. Stunning layouts here Cathy. I struggle with lost and found papers as much as i love them so i love how you have used them here. Great texture in your beach layout with the gauze and theres some fab texture happening in the Aussie layout with the paint and chippie and embossing, love the hessian circles too.
    Hey my Hubby's from Sth Africa aswell. :)
    Cheers Leonie

  12. SOOOOOOO Glad to hear your Girl is now on the Mend!!!
    WOWZERS! What of array of STUNNING creations here Cathy..........
    Love them all too bits!! xx

  13. O M G.

    What eye candy!!! Well these are amazing! You layouts and all your creations are always amazing - but seeing them in this super-duper post altogether is even more amazing! I love them all!!! The ocean one is pretty full-on incredibly unreal! Wowzers!

  14. just amazing cathy!! gosh, where do i start.. i love them all, but esp the ocean memories, must be the colours, the muslin and the beach! :)) just gorgeous work as always.. :) xx

  15. OMGOODNESS!!! These are all so freakingly fantastic Cathy!! I don't even know which to comment on first, I LOVE them all!! but I think my fave has to be "my life"! Hope you are having a great week xoxo

  16. Wow! Wow! Wow! These creations are just fabulous! The colors and mix/detail on each one is awesome!

  17. Gee you have been one busy girl Cathy, such stunning stunning creations you have shared with us. My favorite here would have to be the nautical one with the Scrapmatts on. I commented on this one in the Scrapmatts gallery too, just beautiful xx