Monday, April 25, 2011

New Bird Is The Word Challenge


Have been very busy over the Easter break catching up with family, so I haven had a lot of time for scrapping and blogging, but I have the Bird is the Word Challenge for you to look at.  The word for this fortnight is Begin/Beginning and there is also a fantastic sketch by the lovely Nadia to inspire you if you choose to use it.  Check out this link here to see all the gorgeous creations from the Design Team for some inspiration.

I decided to create a LO with a pic of me.. not one of my fav things to do as it's always difficult to journal about yourself, but I thought the kids would want at least a few of me in their albums.  I found a quote that I loved from Oscar Wilde which reads: " To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance" and added a bit of journaling which reads "At 45 I am finally starting to feel comfortable in my own skin and am learning to love who I am, wrinkles, flabby bits and all".  I don't normally like to pose for photos, so I quite like this shot my DS just snapped when I was unaware he still had the camera.

I loosely interpreted Nadia's sketch and used some of my fav range of papers from Echo Park "For the Record" & Crate Paper "Portrait".  Misted the background with a Crafter's Workshop butterfly stencil and keeping in line with the butterflies had to use some of my MS butterfly punches.

Scrap The Boys
So Happy Together

I have had this LO sitting on my desk waiting for my next post.  Mangaged to squeeze it in amongst my CT work.  This is one of my fav pics of Luke and DH from quite a few years back whilst on holiday and of course I was inspired by their clothing which was the criteria for this month's challenge at Scrap The Boys.  Used some Bo Bunny, MME and 7 Gypsies pp's, some Kaiser balloon embellies and stamped some borders with a gorgeous new stamp set from Pink Paislee.  Couldn't go past adding some ink splatters.

A Sneaky Peak

Here is a sneak peak for some DT work for an upcoming new Challenge Site... will be able to share the exciting news within the next week!!

A Little Toot

Was very excited to learn my card for Let's Get Shabby received an Honourable Mention as there were so many gorgeous entries for this Beatrix Potter inspired challenge... Thanks so much girls!! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving some love.. it really makes my day :)


  1. Congrats on your HM, loved that card :)
    Love your 'bird is the word' challenge, I think it's so important to do layouts on us...hehe I struggle with them too! I love that Oscar Wilde quote. Love your misting...gorgeous layout!
    I love your mix of papers in the STB layout...fantastic!
    Happy Easter to you :)

  2. I love that quote Cathy and your j0urnaling is perfect. Great pic and I love love your misting.
    And STB. Wow, that looks sensational.
    P.S. Know the feeling of busy and not enough scrapping.

  3. congrats on your HM .... no surprise to me, you do amazing work ... and these pages are as beautiful as ever ... great journaling Cathy and STB's LO is extra striking ... love your layering and those papers are awesome .... big hugz x

  4. wowee... gorgeous work cathy!! stunning lo's... i esp love the stb's one - i think it's the colours that really appeal to me. you have such a knack with colours. can't wait to see the new ch site! congrats on the hm too... i loved that little card! :)) x

  5. Congratulations on your HM Cathy, beautiful card. Your STB layout is just awesome, I love those hot air balloons!!! Gorgeous x

  6. Congrats on the HM, stunning card! Such a beautiful LO of you, love the misting and your STB Lo is gorgeous - love the mix of papers and the hot air balloons - awsome boy LO!!!

  7. Congrats on the honourable mention!!!!!
    Your layout are gorgeous as usual and I love that you can do guy layouts just as beautifully!!
    love your style Cathy!!!

  8. WOW Cathy, I love the BITW Layout, i know we never like taking and scrapping photos of ourselves, but you know we are who we are, and at least we can be remembered as not just look what mum has done she was a scrapper but here is what she looked like too.... (thats what i always think when i scrap a photo of me) its all for the memories..!!!! And STB Layout, WOW !!!! I love every lil detail about it...
    and you are a tease i cant wait to see that sneak peak!!!!!
    Oh and congrats on your Honourable Mention!! Well done you deserve every bit of it
    Have a great week

  9. Congrats on your HM at Shabby Cathy!!
    Love your first layout and I'm glad you've scrapped a photo of yourself. It looks beautiful!
    Love your STB's layout too. Very striking. :)

  10. Congrats Cathy!!Love your beginning layout! Did you use a mask? It's pretty!! Thanks for always stopping by my blog and leaving me nice comments!

  11. CONGRATS on the HM! That card certainly deserved it - it was beautiful! And loving the look of both of these layouts!! Love the look of that lilac mist in the top one (still haven't blogged BITW myself yet!!) & the Scrap the Boys one is lovely - it all goes so well with the photo - great job!! Happy Easter!

  12. Hey Cathy!! Just Love love your LO for BITW,A lovely Photo of you & the misted Butterfly background looks Totally FABBO!!! the STB LO is a Awesome LO of your boys... Gr8 colors & the air ballons look cool too!!!
    Congrats on your HM.... Hope you & your Family are enjoying your Easter/Anzac Breack...

  13. Hi Cathy, hope you have had a great easter break, enjoyed some down time and not given in to too much of that delicious sweet stuff. Congrats on your gorgeous card HM, and your 2 pages here are beautiful. Good on you for using a photo of yourself, it's great. I still have not got the courage to scrap a page about me, but maybe one day.

  14. These are soooo cool!!! Your paintwork always totally rocks!!! And the peek looks really funky too... love those alphas! :D

  15. CONGRATS on your honourable mention Cathy!!!! So well deserved. Your layouts are both amazing and I can't wait to see the full reveal of that sneaky peek!!

  16. This is totally cool, so many beautiful things to look at, wow!
    And congrats!!!!