Wednesday, February 29, 2012

123 Feb Challenge

Hi girls,

Well when I saw the criteria for the 1,2,3 Challenge for this month, I knew I would have to fit this one in, and just in the nick of time too.  I LOVE the colour fuschia, and fraying and frills are right up my alley for a girly page.

I used the title Fresh Faced Beauty,  frayed some muslin under my fussy cut flowers and I used some doilys for the frills
the word/s are: FRESH or FREE
the colour: FUSCHIA
the technique: FRAYING or FRILLS

Fresh Faced Beauty
At 16 my DD Brittany is still not in the least bit interested in makeup, but with a face like that she definitely doesn't need it.  I used the title Fresh Faced Beauty,  frayed some muslin under my fussy cut flowers and used some doilies for the frills.

Materials Used:  Bo Bunny Beau Jardin pp; Prima Madeline pps, paper doilies, Scrapmatts chipboard frame, Prima flower; Kaiser butterfly stamp, Prima Urban Junque chipboard; Maya Road Mist - cotton candy; Kaisercraft bling; Muslin; Websters alpha sticker, Carolee's tiny alpha stickers; Heidi Swapp stickers, Memento ink - black, rosebud; cream paint

Sneak Peeks

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving some love.

Cathy :))

Monday, February 27, 2012

BITW - Discover & Exciting News!!

Hi girls, I have this fortnight's new word for Bird is the Word which is DISCOVER.  To enter this challenge just use the word somewhere on your project.  There is also an awesome sketch created by Mary Thomas to get the creative juices flowing, which is optional.  The winner will receive a fabulous prize and along with 2nd top entry and random draw they also are our Guest Designers for the following month.  Pop on over to the site and check out the gorgeous creations from our super talented Design Team and our Guest Designers Yvonne, Georgia and Sarah for some inspiration.

Discovering New Zealand
A recent pic from our trip to New Zealand at Christmas was perfect for this fortnight's challenge.  We had a wonderful time exploring New Zealand and this pic of Luke and Brittany was taken on a tour at Rotorua, which was really fascinating.  Parts of the Mary's fabulous sketch inspired my design of this page.  I purchased the little fern leaf embellishments in a scrapbooking shop in New Zealand...  couldn't help myself!!  They are the national emblem and are made from Paua shell which is native to New Zealand. 

Sketch designed by Mary Thomas

List of Materials
Prima pp's - Reflections, Botanical & Melody
October Afternoon pp
Bo Bunny Mamma Razzi pp
Scrapmatts Federation chipboard corners
Martha Stewart punch
Basic Grey brads
Basic Grey Curio chipboard
Basic Grey alpha stickers
my2angels passport charm
MME alpha rubons
Cosmo Cricket mini alpha stickers
Glimmermist - chocolate
Shell fern embellishments

SO EXCITED- Made Meg's Garden DT!!!
I was squealing with delight when I found out from Meg that I had made the Design Team for Meg's Garden.  I absolutely adore Meg's gorgeous papers and embellishments and can't wait to create and inspire you with her fantastic products.

So excited to be working alongside all these super talented ladies who also made the DT.. congrats girls and I have admired the existing DT's creations for a while now and adore their work.

New DT Members
Eila Sandberg from Sweden
Heather Jacob from Australia
Yuka Hino from Japan
Gabrielle Pollacco from Canada
Vicki Alberto from Canada

Existing DT Members
Adriana Bolton  from Australia
Gayle Price from Australia
Denise Boddey from Australia
Sandi Edwards from Australia

Here is a little sample of Meg's gorgeous papers.. Check out to her blog site HERE to see all the stunning creations from the girls and click on the link to her store to see all her delicious product.

A Little Toot
So thrilled to be chosen as the winner for 1st Feb sketch challenge at Once Upon a Sketch.  There were so many gorgeous entries, so I was very surprised to be this month's winner.. congrats to all the other ladies who were featured too.. stunning work!!  As the winner of the challenge I get to be a Guest Designer next month.. how exciting!!  Here is my winning entry.
Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving some love.  Your comments really make my day!!

Cathy :))

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Scrap The Boys - Feb Challenge

Trying to get back to creating a few more masculine LO's as I have been geared towards girlie pages lately, so I thought I would try this month's challenge at Scrap The Boys which is a sketch challenge.

Holiday Memories
I decided to stick pretty much to the sketch on this LO and had a bit of fun with some ink, glimmermist and a Crafter's Workshop template for my background.  Went for a bit of grunge and texture which are techniques I love to use on a masculine LO.

List of Materials
Basic Grey, Bo Bunny, 7 Gypsies & Graphic 45 pp's
Crafter's Workshop template
Scrapmatts chipboard
EK Success binder punch
7 Gypsies tape
Tim Holtz negative trim
Kaisercraft rubons
Versa Magic chalk ink - tea leaves
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - walnut
Glimmermist - coffee shop
October Afternoon alpha stickers
EK Success alpha stickers
Vintage ticket
Sneak Peak

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving some love :))

Saturday, February 18, 2012


Thought I would have a go at this month's Scrap The Girls challenge which is brought to you by Guest Designer Agnieszka Bellaidea.   Agnieszka decided that February's Challenge would be:


Had some fun creating my background with gesso, masking and misting on this LO.  The chipboard frame was altered with paint and Jo Sonja's Opal Dust to give it a lovely glitter effect.  I also painted, inked and stamped a Scrapmatts butterfly chippie and the Kaisercraft wood flourish was inked, misted and coated with crackle medium.
Love It When You Smile

List of Materials
Bazzill cardstock
Sei foil pp
Crafter's Workshop butterfly stencil
Glimmermist - Riptide, Timeless Lilac
Jo Sonja Gesso
Jo Sonja's opal dust
Jo Sonja paint
Inkessentials crackle medium
Dusty Attic chipboard frame
Scrapmatts chipboard butterfly
Kaisercraft wooden flourish word
Kaisercraft script stamp
Prima flowers
Prima resin flowers
Mulberry blossoms
Martha Stewart doily tag
Maya Road leaf pins
Metal flower charm

More Birthday Cards
Made these 2 quickie cards as Luke sprung a joint 18th birthday party he was attending for 2 of his girlfriends last weekend.  Went for a vintage look here and used up a few scraps.

List of Materials
Kaisercraft Sweet Nothings pp
Kaisercraft music stamp
Graphic 45 dress form stamp
Wordsworth happy birthday stamp
Glitz Design journal spot
Basic Grey Curio chipboard label
Spellbinders oval scallop die
Distress Reinker vintage photo
Recycled crochet doily
Versa Magic ink - tea leaves, jumbo java
Memento Ink - potters clay

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving some love :))

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

BITW Heart & OUAS Challenge

 Happy Valentine's Day girls :))

Well this fortnight's new word at Bird is the Word is just perfect for Valentine's Day as it is "HEART".   All you have to do is use the word on your LO or in your journalling.  Check out the blog HERE for the gorgeous creations from the DT for some inspiration and there is also a fantastic sketch designed by Mary Thomas, which is optional.

Be Strong, Go With Your Heart

I loved this forntnight's word, and decided and layered up lots of Prima Scraps and of course added some fussy cut elements.  My quote reads "There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart... pursue those."
Sketch Designed by Mary Thomas

List of Materials
Prima Printery pp's
Prima Urban Junque chipboard
Basic Grey Little Black Dress pp
Graphic 45 Steampunk pp
October Afternoon Seaside pp
MME Lilac House pp
Daisy D pp
Black C/S
7 Gypsies die cuts
Kaisercraft wooden heart
Collections Butterflies
MME brads
Washi Tape

Once Upon a Sketch - Feb 1 Challenge
I Love You

Really enjoyed this fortnight's challenge from Once Upon a Sketch, as it dragged me away from all my girly pages and back into some boy grunge which I also love.  Created a page of my DS Luke and went for some texture and grungy layering with a bit of paint work for my background.  The journaling is hidden on a pull out tag on the right hand side of the photo.

List of Materials
Kaisercraft Timeless pp
Basic Grey Oliver pp
MME pp's (old stash)
Corrugated Cardboard
Tim Holtz Cog Dies
Crafter's Workshop Stencil

Kaisercraft rubons
Daisy D Rubons
MME Rubons
Autumn Leaves Stamp
my2angels winged heart charm
handmade pin embellishment

Scrapmatts Cog Chippie
Shipping Tag
Scarlet Glimmermist

Bella Pearl Brad
Prima chalk ink - coal

Sneak Peak

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving some love.. your comments really make my day :))

Saturday, February 11, 2012

It's a Big One - Scrapmatts In the Garden

Hi Girls,

Be prepared.. this is a biggie as I went a little crazy with my yummy new chippies from my Scrapmatts DT parcel and created quite a few cards and 2 LO's.   In The Garden is this month's theme and I went to town, cause you all know how much I love flowers and butterflies!!  Pop on over to Scrapmatts and check out the new chippies available and while you're there why not have a lookie loo at the gallery and be blown away by all the beautiful creations.

In the Garden
Just received some gorgeous papers from Meg's Garden in the mail, which are the perfect for this month's theme.  Had a play with some mediums and stamping on this LO.  I used the Ornate Frame 08 (CB6010) to draw the eye to the flower photo and added one of Scrapmatts chippie Butterflies 03 (CB4010) which I layered with a Martha Stewart butterfly punch.

Springtime Beauty
Again some gorgeous pp's from Meg's Garden with lots of fussy cutting, gesso and stamping.  I used some of the new Fern Leaves 01 (CB1155) in amongst my fussy cutting, some sweet Butterflies 18 (CB1028) and I cut down the Floral Frame 01 (CB6012) to tuck under my photo.  I also used one of the fab new Name Plates 01 (CB1148) in my title, and tucked in amongst the flowers is a gorgeous clock charm from my2angels.

For You
More new lovely chippies here on this card with the Words 05 (CB1156), Words 05 (CB1157), Leaf Spray 01 (CB1146) and the Baskets 02 (CB4081).  Had fun creating this sweet card and went with a bit of fussy cutting of some Websters paper to fill the cute basket then added the inked leaf sprays.  I decided to emboss the basket before inking to give it a bit more texture, and finished off by using the words as my greeting.  

Twins Birthday Cards
January is a big month for birthdays as Brittany had birthdays for her girlfriends which are twins and triplets and they love receiving one of my handmade cards.  I decided on some fun and bright pp's and used the Butterflies 19 (CB1045).  I left them raw (mist white) and backed them with pp then added a little bling. 

Triplets Birthday Cards
Had three 18th birthday cards to make here and again went for some fun brights with black highlights.  I used the Dragonflies 04 (CB1036), Microchips 17 (MC1025) and Flourishes 04 (CB1003), which I inked and blinged. 

OK that's it for now.  Thanks so much for stopping by :))

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Colour Room #95

I have cut back a bit recently on my DT commitments as I really wanted to have a bit more time to just play when I create.  This means I am now able to start taking part in a few more challenges, which I have been really missing.  I decided as soon as I saw the yummy #95 colour palette at The Colour Room, that I had to squeeze this one in.

Love You

Had a play with my Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers and just love how the background came out.

Scrapbooking Creation Who's Who LO Pics

Can finally show you my creations for the Who's Who article in Scrapbooking Creations November Mag.

Happiness Is

This LO of Luke was created with pp's from Simple Stories and Prima with lots of yummy chippies from Scrapmatts.


Another LO created with some Glitz Design, BG and GCD pp's.  Played with some Gesso and stamping for my background on this one and of course had to add some fussy cutting.

OTP Travel Clock + Matching Card

I am starting to get back into creating more cards and OTP projects and really enjoyed transforming this little travel clock... I loved it so much I decided to make a matching card.  I used some Graphic 45 pp's with more Scrapmatts chippies and highlighted with metal embellishments to tie in with the masculine theme.  The winged charm is from my2angels.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving some love.  Your comments really make my day.

Cathy :))

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

BITW & Scrapmatts Challenges

Hi Girls,

Well I have two challenges to share with you today.  First up is the new word for Bird is the Word which is:
To play, all you have to do is use the word somewhere on your creation.  There is also an optional sketch from the talented Mary Thomas to inspire you.  Pop on over and check out the gorgeous creations from the DT to get the juices flowing.

Family: A journey to forever

Here is my take on this fortnight's word.  I have used it in my title and my journaling to convey how this old pic taken of my babies when they were just 2 & 4.  This pic just melts my heart and is one of my favs, as I don't have many of my children when they were young.  I used some Simple Stories - Generations and some old Scenic Route for my pp's.  Went for a bit of an old world feel with some antique lace, a couple of crochet doilies and my fav Martha Stewart butterfly punch with some bronze filigree butterflies from my2angels and some pretty micro chippy flourishes from Scrapmatts.

Sketch created by: Mary Thomas

Scrapmatts February Challenge

It's All About LOVE
Well this month is my turn to host the challenge, and I am hoping you will be inspired to play along and get the chance to win a fabulous prize of a $25 Scrapmatts gift voucher.

How to Play:
As February is the month of love, I decided to have a word challenge. Use the word "LOVE" anywhere on your LO, card, ATC or OTP. The word can be in your title, journaling or on an embellishment. You don't have to create a romantic page, as you could use the word to convey something you love to do, to eat, to wear... the ideas are endless!!

I also have 2 other criteria for this challenge which are:

1. Have a heart (can be more than 1) somewhere on your project
2. To use some paint on your creation also.

To be eligible to win the prize, your creation MUST also use some Scrapmatts.  Members need to upload their entry into the gallery by the end of the month and call it 'February Challenge'.  Check out the gorgeous examples from the DT girls HERE for some inspiration.  Can't wait to see how you all interpret the challenge.. good luck!!


I went for a very feminine LO (surprise surprise) and decided to use a pic of me and my DH taken when we were dating and I was 19... OMG, such a long time ago!!  I used quite a few different Scrapmatts chippies on this page... Heart Frames 01 and 04, Keys 01 and Assorted Words 03.  The word love was used on my heart embellishment and I used paint on my masking and to alter my chippies.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave some love.  Your comments really make my day!!

Cathy :))