Saturday, May 31, 2014


Hello again!!! Today I would like to share with you a couple of Prima layouts I made last week. Unfortunately I had some troubles with my blog and couldn't access it until this morning so I have just missed being able to link to Prima, but I still wish to share them with you. After heading into the city a couple of weeks ago to shop for my Son's birthday and coming across a scrapbooking store there, I finally managed to get my hands on some Prima papers.... They are not new papers, mostly from 2012 and earlier, but any Prima papers are so hard to come by where I live that I could not resist buying myself some!!

The first page I wish to share with you, is of my cousin Beth, who is only 6 months younger than me. I have had this photo of her sitting in my folder for so long but never thought to create a layout with it until now. I chose to use Prima's May PPP for this layout, inspired by both the colors and products. It just very much reminded me of Beth a very beautiful girly girl, even if she is a painter by trade and covered with tattoo's!!! I can't talk I have my fair share of them too!!

Prima's May PPP:

2014 May ppp

Here is what I came up with:

'My Cousin, My Friend'

I really love this page.... It is so girly and fun, and this is such a beautiful photo of my cousin!!

Some close-ups:

An arrow I made. It has been a while since I shared a layout with you that had one of these on it, though I must confess I have become just a little addicted to them and have quite a few layouts sitting on my desk that have arrows on them!!

I have layered the bottom of the arrow on some gorgeous Prima flowers, a straw, and metal bits and pieces. 

I have been so inspired by the paper bows that Stacey Young uses on her layouts, and have been wanting to make one myself for such a long time, though I never really got around to it. I used some coordinating Prima paper, and placed a Prima flower in the center.

I have used a lot of different collections on this page, old and new. I really love how Prima products all work so well together, even if they have been designed years apart.

I have painted a chipboard scroll white and added some glitter to the top and ends. I have layered it between some flowers.

Lots more yummy flowers, metals, and wood icons. I love these white-washed butterflies from the Princess collection... So delicate!!

Next up is the layout I made for Prima's May BAP. This time I have created a boy page using photo's of my Son, though still using lots of yummy flowers.... As always!!!

 Here is this month's sketch:

BAP May Lene

And here is my take on it:

'So Charming'

As you can see I have decided to place my photo's more or less side by side. I tried to place them apart like the sketch, but the photo's on their own are quite thin and just did not look right.

Here is what my background looked like before I covered most of it up:

I started with a plain white background, to which I added a torn strip of paper. This sheet of paper is not Prima, at least I don't think it is (Everything else is though!!).... I have had it for years, but I don't know who its by. I wanted to use a relatively plain sheet of paper, as I knew that most of it would be covered anyway.
I have scraped gesso randomly over the background and added some texture paste using my Prima netting mask. I have turned it on a diagonal to create a square pattern instead. I finished the background by painting it with watercolors, before adding stamping, and some pencil circles.


Another paper bow.... this one didn't really turn out all that well. I have layered it on a small broken piece of chipboard I found in my stash, which, in turn, has been layered on some flowers for dimension.

I simply used some Prima canvas alpha's for my title.

There is quite a bit of bulk and dimension on this layout.... Just the way I like it!!!! 

Love this little metal Prima lamp from the Shabby Chic Treasures collection!!
I have sprayed it with some blue mist.... Love how it has seeped into the cracks!!

The wood icon near the top originally said 'My Sweet Princess', I have covered the 2 s's with the flower petal, gluing it in place, so that it says 'My Sweet Prince'. I actually really love the Princess collection, and have it quite versatile for both girl and boy pages

That's it from me today.... I'm still a long way from catching up on here, but I am getting there!! I will most likely be back during the week with more, and hopefully this time I won't have anymore blog dramas!! Hope you all have a great weekend!! XO!!

Monday, May 26, 2014


Hiya!! Hope everyone had a great weekend!! We spent most of yesterday at Chipmunks... It's one of those indoor playstations for kids, for my little nephew Riley's 3rd birthday. I am still exhausted, I fear I will be all week!! Jet wouldn't go in it unless i went with him.... as fun as it was I struggled to keep up with him. Thankfully it will be a little while before we have to go there again!!

Anyway, just stopping by to share with you my most recent creation for CSI. I found this old photo of my niece Alyssa at her 4th birthday, and realized it was perfect for this case!!! I will confess that I actually struggled a little with these colors, but I am very happy with the way my page turned out!!

This week's case-file:


For the evidence I have used:
Butterflies: The fussy cut butterflies placed around my page.
Glitter: The peg and handmade chipboard polaroid frame have both been covered with chunky gold glitter.
Flowers: All my gorgeous Prima flowers!!
Rub-ons/Stamps: I have added some stamping to my background.
Wings: The butterflies have wings!!
Watercolor: As always I have painted my background with watercolors.
For my testimony I have used all three Inspiration words. My journalling is hidden behind the photo on a section that pulls out.
It says:
'Every little girl sparkles on her birthday, and you especially so. To you the world is full of magic, laughter, fun and games. We were lighting the candles on your birthday cake and you were busy wondering what you might wish for on your very special day.'
'You will always be a princess Alyssa and you will always be loved'.

'Such a beautiful Little Girl'

  As you can probably guess, I have had a thing for white backgrounds lately.... It's a little strange for me as I have never particularly been a fan of white backgrounds..... I tend to be rather clumsy and mistakes on white are extremely noticable. I can't even count all the backgrounds i have tried to do on white and thrown away due to serious mistakes.... Thankfully I seem to be getting a little better with my clumsiness!!

Some details:

I am a tiny bit addicted to chunky gold glitter at the moment.... I love using it on my pegs, and on the polaroid frames I make!!

These 2 chipboard frames here were cut from the excess of some old chipboard that I had kept. I embossed it with some white UTEE, and when it was dry I drew over the entire frame with my Versa Mark Embossing pen, then covered with this very fine antique gold embossing powder and heated it. The smooth surface of the UTEE caused the gold to run and swirl as it was melting creating this really cool marbled effect.

A couple of little handmade flags!!
The butterflies were cut from some paper I found in my stash. They were perfect for this case-file!!

There are quite a few layers beneath my photo, papers, chipboard frames, the twine and calico. The little bow on top of the photo is handmade... I didn't have any ribbon the right size to place around the middle though, so i just wrapped some cotton around it.

 Of course my page would not be the same without my usual collection of gorgeous Prima flowers, and other embellies!!

As you can see there is quite a bit of dimension on here... I love bulky pages, though storing them is becoming somewhat of a problem.
I chose to do the title in black just to tie in with the baker's twine beneath the photo and my hand-drawn border around the page. I also really love how it stands out!!

That's all I have time to share today as it's nearly time for tea and my boy wants some dinner!! I will be back sometime between now and Saturday to share with you some Prima pages I made!! I hope you found something here to inspire you today!! 

Have a wonderful week everybody!! Xo!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Hi again everyone!! It has been bucketing down rain here nearly all day today, and it is windy and cold.... It's been like this for a couple of days now. I much prefer nice hot summer weather!! As promised I am back again today to share with you my most recent creation from CSI.This week's case-file at CSI is one of my fave's so far.... The colors, evidence and testimony prompts, all right up my alley!!! Make sure you stop by and check out some of the amazing entries and Design Team work, and of course, if you are up for it, we would love to have you play along.... the challenge will remain open until Midnight on Sunday!!

Here is this weeks Case:


For the evidence I have used: 
Flowers/Plants: Lots of yummy Prima flowers.
Mixed-media background: A combination of gesso, texture paste, masking, watercolors, mists, stamping and doodling.
Jewels: I have used square blue rhinestones on my layout and one of my Prima flowers has pearls in the center.
Dragon/Creature: I have used a butterfly, stamped onto the background and then drawn over with pen to make it look hand-drawn.
Mistable elements: I have misted my background, and some of the flowers with an iridescent spray to make them shine.
Rub-ons/Stamps: The butterfly stamps.
Braid/Plait or Weave something: There is some plaited black twine beneath my photo (It's a little difficult to see, so I have taken a close-up photo of it which you can see further in the post).
Floral pattern: The white and bright turquoise paper in my layers (You can see it poking out to the left of the photo behind the little camera) has a floral print on it.
Wings: The butterflies again.... They have wings!!!
Drape something: The plait I made is draped beneath the photo.

Yes I am aware that was the entire list!! Every time I have completed a case-file since first discovering this site, I have tried to use all the the evidence prompts, but never actually succeeding!! Like I said at the beginning of this post.... This case-file was right up my alley!!!

For my testimony I have chosen an Angelfire prompt. I was inspired by the 4th prompt on the list.... My full name and how it was decided upon. I have chosen to write about my Son's name and how we came up with it, though I have only journaled about his first name. I have also written my journaling directly onto the background.

Here is my finished page:

'Good Times'

It is very rare that I choose to use more than one photo on a layout, even when using sketches, though when I found these two in my photo box, I knew they would be perfect together!!

Some close-ups:

Once again I have chosen a small embellishment to double as my title..... I am terrible at thinking them up, and they all end up sounding the same when I

As most of you know, red is really not my color, and I very rarely use it at all. In this instance I was actually inspired by the single red rose in the inspiration image. I found a few of these little red roses in my stash and decided to use them to create a visual triangle on my page.

As I mentioned above, the 2 butterflies on here were stamped, and then drawn over with a black pen to fill in gaps and give a hand drawn appearance to them.

These clock hands would have to be one of my favorite things on this page. We used to have this clock hanging on the wall in the formal lounge room of our house that burned down, and i remember for years saying to my mom that one day I was going to pull apart the clock and use all the bits and pieces in my scrapbooking. When we were salvaging what we could from the wreckage of the house I noticed the clock beneath a pile of rubble.... most of the wood had been burned away, but all the metal parts had survived. I have had the pieces sitting in a box since then, and realized that these clock hands would be a perfect addition to my page.... They are held together with some glue and a chunky brad.

You can see the little black plait that I have draped beneath the photos here, and of course my page wouldn't be complete without lots of layers and dimension!!

That is all I have to share with you today. I had planned to share 2 other layouts with you, but I am so tired I am falling asleep on my desk... Rainy weather always makes me sleepy!!! I think its a night to curl up in my bed with a good book and read til I fall asleep!!! I will try and get them posted in the next few days. Have a great Tuesday night everyone!! Xo!!!

Monday, May 19, 2014


Hi guys!! Hope you are all having a fantastic Monday night/day depending on your little corner of the world!! I just thought I would quickly stop by to share the winner of my giveaway!! I wish to thank all of you for taking the time to become a part of this blog, and leave me such sweet comments. I hope I can continue to inspire you all. I wish I could give each and everyone of you a prize, but unfortunately there can only be one winner. I have used to choose the winner....

And the winner of this amazing prize is:

Karen France

Congratulations Karen!!! 
Please email me your details, so I can send you your prize.
My email is:

Once again a big thanks to everyone who participated. I will be back tomorrow to share my most recent creation from CSI along with some other layouts I have been working on!!

Hope you all have a wonderful night!! Xo!!

Sunday, May 4, 2014


Hi everyone.... Hope you are all having a great weekend!! Just stopping by with my first creation as a design team member at CSI. I had a very hard time with this palette. Red has never been my color and without any other brights to work with I really struggled. In the end I made a quite grungy page using a photo of my little brother taken 2 years ago when he was 15, and already a whole head taller than me!!

Before I get started would like to remind everyone about the huge giveaway I am having here on my blog!! Over 250 Australian Dollars in prizes.... check out this post for details on how to win, and to see a picture of this fab prize!!! This is open for another couple of weeks still. I will draw the winner on Friday 16th May. 

Here is an image of case-file 121:


For the evidence I have used:
Transparent: The black acetate flower in the cluster at the bottom right of the photo.
Flowers: Lots of yummy Prima flowers!!!
Metal: Prima Junkyard Findings 'jeans button' and 'heart gear', Prima Mechanicals 'bottle cap', and some small washers I found in Dad's shed!!
Cord/Twine/Jute: I have used natural twine beneath my photo, and waxed twine/cord on top of the photo.
Wood: The peg, and Studio Calico wood veneers.

For my Testimony I have chosen to write 4 interesting things about my subject. It is written on the back of the layout in bullet points.

My journaling reads: 
  • You were taller than my Mom at age 10 and me at age 12, at 15 you stood 6 foot tall and now at 17 about 6'3" .
  • You are really good at digital art!!
  • You are an amazing photographer!
  • You taught yourself to play the guitar, and you are really good at it now!! Maybe you should teach me!
   Here is my take on the case:
'Oh Little Brother... Your Not So Little Anymore'
As I mentioned above, I am not a fan of red! I own no red embellishments, nothing!! After searching through my papers for hours looking for something suitable to use I came up with an old sheet of paper that i have had for years, but never used because the pattern was too bold to my taste. The little red and black circles on the background were cut from it.
Some close-ups:
All my paper layers have been edged with gesso. 
I added the cork to the page because the colors just felt really cold to me and I thought the brown of the cork would add some more warmth to the page.

My little cluster of Prima flowers and embellies at the top of my photo!!
For the title I have simply used some AdornIt Carolee's Creations alphas. 

As always my layouts have lots of dimension.... I'm running out of room to store them, they don't fit into albums, and are stacked in piles all over the house!!
My background was done following my usual routine, though this time I have added a load of stamping to the background, some of which you can see here.

The little transparent acetate flower was actually the image to show what one of my Kaisercraft clear stamps would look like, cut from the packaging they came in!!

I also have a page from my art journal, some cards and ATC's to share with you today!! It has been a while since I shared any of my art journalling with you, and I have lots to catch up with!!
I have had this photo sitting on my desk for so long, waiting to be scrapped, but somehow it always ended up being passes over. I was just 20 when this photo was taken, seems forever ago now!! 
I wanted to create something bright and bold and very different from anything I would normally do. There are about ten different layers on here, I just kept going over everything because I wasn't happy with it.
The circles ended up on here quite by accident... I was frustrated that nothing I was doing was working for me and I had a bit of a tantrum and started painting round in circles really fast with the intention of tearing it up, screwing it up and throwing it in the bin when I was done!!! Everything just fell into place from there!! 

Next up I have a card I have made for my Mom for Mother's Day.


Once again I made the polaroid frame myself, cutting it from a sheet of chipboard, before covering it with gold glitter. I am really loving these at the moment!!
I have layered the frame on top of twine and a large Prima flower, placing a chipboard flourish on top, along with more gorgeous Prima flowers and the title.
The little gold metal flowers are used for beading, I bought a pack of 10 at spotlight for just 1 dollar!! A bargain!! Besides, they add a great finishing touch!!!


This card was not made for anyone in particular, I was just bored and only felt like creating something small. I made the arrow... Love how it looks with the blue glitter!!
Of course my card just wouldn't be the same without some gorgeous Prima flowers and a metal heart gear!! The title is printed chipboard by My Mind's Eye. I have had it sitting around for a couple of years now.... I could never think of what to do with it!!

I also made a couple of ATC's a few weeks ago, though I never thought to share them before. I fear they are not your typical ATC's.... They look more like cards, but I wanted to stay true to my style when creating them!!


The background for this ATC was done using gesso and watercolor paints. I have also added a heap of cotton, little tiny star table confetti, and sequins. The gold frame is also handmade and this time embossed with gold embossing powder. The butterflies were stamped, painted with watercolors, and carefully cut out. 


This card also had a watercolor background. I have layered papers, with a silver Hambly frame, adding sequins on top. The circle frame is made using both twine and wire. Of course it wouldn't have been complete without some more beautiful Prima!!! 
I may add something else to this ATC at a later date.... It seems like it is missing something to me, though I cannot think what else I might add to it at the moment.

That's all I have to share with you today!!!  Thankyou all for stopping by... and don't forget about my RAK (See here). I have tons more to share with you all, so I will be back later in the week!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and have a creative week!!