Monday, October 31, 2011

Create + Sketchabilities...

Hello!  I'm back.  Again.  hee hee. (did you miss me??!)

I have another reveal I can share with you all today.  It's time for Sketchabilities #58.  And OMGosh!  The DT has gone crazy!  I mean... Their work has produced some stunning examples!  You need to go.  Right now.  And check them out!  LOL!


So here is the fabulous sketch (and wait for it... It involves circles! Aaarrggghhhh!!).

Can I just say... Karan ALWAYS challenges me.  Especially with those circles!  hee hee..  But I have to admit, it is still a pretty cool sketch.  :D

Here's my take:
products used:  cs - bazzill; pp - bo bunny, jillibean soup, kaisercraft, bella blvd, book paper;  alpha - jillibean soup: blossom; other - scrap fx chipboard branch; jillibean: diecut shape, stickers & journal card; kaisercraft: ink, flowers, ticket & rhinestones; string; twine; bling brads; machine stitching; tim holtz distress ink; black pen.

A little bit different for me.  I think it is the whole circle thing!  LOL!  And there are quite a few more textural elements.  It was really nice to have a play with those elements I don't usually associate myself with.  I should probably change it up more often!!  LOL!

Anyway.....  I hope you will join in and enter your version of the sketch.  I'd love to see some familiar names.  Thanks for visiting..x

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Create + Share...

Firstly.... I just want to say thank you all so very much for the love and comments left behind from the Get Picky blog hop!  It is always so interesting to see who comes for a visit!  And I also want to extend a warm welcome to all my new followers (who probably found me through the hop!  Yay! New friends!!)  I hope you enjoy your time here. :)  I had an amazing 74 comments left for me to read through!  Thanks to each and everyone one of you who entered.  And of course, I now have to choose a winner for my little giveaway.......................................................................................

CONGRATULATIONS..........  Lizzy Hill!

Lizzy Hill said...
The title caught my attention ~ I love the print look ~ I hope you bought 'em like this, cos it would some BIG amount of work to paste & fussy cut. Great idea, either way, so thank you:):)
Lizzy, if you can email me at leanneallinson (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk with your details, I'll send off my little gift to you as soon as I can. 

So.... Today is reveal day for the next Get Picky Inspirational challenge.  This month it's a photo prompt - be inspired by this photo AND you must include FABRIC on your page.  The fabric can be in any way, shape or form (burlap, lace, felt etc)...

And here is my layout:
[Fern & Wilbur]
 products used: cs - resist ink; pp - October Afternoon, Kaisercraft, Jillibean Soup, Echo Park;  Alphas - American Crafts fabric thickers;  other - ink: tim holtz distress ink, versacolor; tulle; bo bunny brads; string; home made satin flower; felt; kaisercraft pearls; Autumn Leaves clear stamp; black pen.

This is another Book Week layout.  Tahlia knew right from the beginning that she wanted go as Fern from Charlotte's Web.  She didn't change her mind a gazillion times like the boys did!  LOL!  She made her own spider's web and found a pig pencil case from the $2 shop.  Gotta love a bargain! hee hee...

Anyway... I digress!  hee hee...

The last Get Picky challenge was a huge success!  I can't wait to see who participates in this challenge.  Good luck...x

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Wow! Check this out...

OMGosh!!!  Are you as surprised as what I am????  My layout is currently the featured project over at Two Peas!  Wow!! ........ Wow!! 

I don't know how long it will last up on the site!  LOL!  But it was a lovely surprise to see my daughter looking back at me.  How cool is that!  hee hee...

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Hi Friends!!  I'm sorry for being away for the last few days.  All I can say is.... "Grrrrrr... Computers!!". But we seem to be back up and running so I 'll post on my blog very quickly, before it all goes pear-shaped again!!  LOL! (And knowing my luck.... It probably will!  hee hee..)

Over at Pretty Little Studio, there's an ad inspiration and an awesome giveaway!!  You need to go and check it out!  I have just recieved my DT parcel in the post so I am very excited to start playing with the two new collections!  Woot Woot!!

But.... Before I can start creating, I want to share my layout inspired by this pintrest photo!!

Here is my layout:

[When I grow up]

products used: cs - Bo Bunny; pp - PLS (Antique Store); alphas - My Little Shoebox, cre8tive; other - Bo Bunny button, handmade flower, foam tape, machine stitching, black pen, string, cupcake star topper, PLS: vintage tags, starburst numbers, notebook bracket journal cards; Heidi Swapp transparency.

I was inspired by the large pennant flag of course!  LOL!  I didn't really follow the colour scheme!  But I threw in a few circles! 

Please visit here and check it out.  And while there, don't forget to enter with your version of layout or card.  I can't wait to see them!  Thanks for visiting...x

Saturday, October 22, 2011

My scrap space...

Hi Friends!  If you are looking for the GET PICKY blog hop.... pleases scroll down or visit here.

Recently I've had a HUGE clean out of my scrapping area.  Not just the generally tidy up.. but the full on of moving furniture, purging of patterned papers and getting myself so much better organised!! LOL!  It feels so much better to be able to walk into my room and even though it is a shared room (with baby change table, two seater sofa and a gazillion kids toys!!), I feel like I really have a designated area to work in now.

I think the last time I was "forced" to take a photo of my space, I was on the Kaisercraft DT.  And even then I didn't realise what I was in for.  hee hee.  My space was basic.  Incredibly basic.  

Simple and tidy but after working for Kaiser for 12 months, my space shrunk.  LOL!  They are very generous with their products and we, as a DT member, were swamped with all the latest and greatest product they produced!! Boxes and boxes of stuff arrived and I found I was placing them under my table and on the couch to stop from tripping over them!  It was cluttered.  Not all the time but every time I needed to scrap....

So... in the last two weeks, I've had a major scrap overhaul.  LOL!!  For no other reason than it was driving me nuts!  Completely.  I hate being in a disorganised space.  I can't use the products I have effectively (especially if I can't find them!) and it was time to give the camping table back to my hubby!

Well... maybe.  I haven't decided yet because I really like the table space! LOL!! (You can see it against the window in the photo below.)

And so the clean up began.  And I am not being "forced" to take the scrap space photos for any DT project.. hee hee.  This is just for me and anyone who wants a few ideas for their own space.  The end result?  Here goes...

So what do you think?  I think I need another one of the tall shelving units (from Bunnings) as I still have stuff I need to put away.  But for now I am hoping I can find things with a little more ease and get down to doing some more creating!! Yay!

Thanks for visiting...x

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Scrapboxx on-line class...

Hi Friends!  If you are looking for the GET PICKY blog hop.... pleases scroll down or visit here.

Today I wanted to share with you a few sneaks of my layout, from the class I am teaching over at Scrapboxx!  We are having so much fun and I am glad to report... ahem!*  tee hee.... people are actually learning something! LOL!

[My Boys]

If you are interested in joining us, you can purchase the kit for $80 or instructions only for $20.  I'd love to see you there!!

Thanks for visiting...x

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Create + Share...

Hello Friends!  If you are looking for the GET PICKY blog hop, please scroll down here to the next post!

Today however, I want to share with you, the next sketch reveal from Sketchabilities:


I think I say it every time, but Karan really has some wonderful sketches!!  I always seem to create something fun with them!  So..... Here is my layout:

[My Phone]

products used: cs - core'dinations; pp - October Afternoon, Kaisercraft, American Crafts, Authentique; Bella Blvd;  alpha - American Crafts; other - machine stitching, ink: versacolor; brad; buttons; kaisercraft: paper blooms & rhinestones; hessian; paper doily; string; black pen; martha stewart 1" circle punch; homemade satin flowers; shimmerz spritz; glimmer glaze.

journaling says: technology is worth embracing, especially when we are sitting in the car!  It really amazes me @ how easily the kids can work out the gadgets on my phone... Sept 2011

Every now and then (not very often..) I'll let the kids play a game on my i-phone.  I am constantly telling them "my phone is not a toy!" LOL!  But it certainly comes in handy in confined places... such as the car.. while we are doing some waiting.  :D  Even Cameron (my youngest) loves to play and I have found a really simple game for him. He likes to pop balloons by just touching the screen. And of course... the other two like to get in on the act as well.

By the way... did you notice all the flowers, doily and bling on my boys' layout?   Just mixing it up a little and challenging myself.

Thanks for visiting...x

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Welcome Blog Hoppers!!!

 Welcome to the Get Picky 1st Birthday Blog Hop! 

We are celebrating our first year with a very exciting reveal as we unveil our 13th Sketch with you today and share the beautiful creations of both present and past designers from our first year!  Some of the team members will be offering prizes so you will want to visit all of the blogs to increase your chances of winning a prize.  We are also offering a major prize along with the chance at a Guest Designer spot for the month of November if you visit and leave a comment at all of the blogs in our blog hop and participate in Sketch Challenge #13.  The Blog Hop starts today and will remain open until midnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on October 28th so this will give you all plenty of time to visit everyone’s blogs and create a layout for the sketch challenge.

Here is Sketch #13:

And here is my layout

I have mirrored imaged the layout but the rest has pretty much been left the same. I may have also focused in on the circle detail too! LOL!!

products used: cs - American Crafts; pp - Jillibean Soup, Echo Park, My Little Shoebox; alpha - Jillibean Soup (newsprint); other - Jillibean Soup: stickers, journaling sprouts, die cuts; ink:Tim Holtz distress inks, versacolor; Green Tara: twine; staples; machine stitching; foam tape; black pen (sharpie); dymo label maker; rabbit embellishment (unknown).

Here are some details...

 As we mentioned, there are lots of great birthday pressies up for grabs along our hop today.  Some of our designers will be offering a RAK of their own and of course there is the chance to become our Guest Designer for November....but what's a celebration without that very special gift.

 We are so very excited to also announce that Imaginisce have been kind enough to sponsor us with an awesome prize for our very special birthday celebration.
Get Picky is the first stop of our birthday journey where you will find the complete list of all blogs in case there is a glitch along the way.  If you would like to play, just follow along the blog path in order so you don’t miss anyone.

Remember, if you want to be considered for the Guest Designer spot in November, once you have visited all the blogs and uploaded your entry for Sketch Challenge #13, please make sure that you go back to the Get Picky Blog and leave a comment on the challenge post.

The blog hop begins here: Get Picky Blog
Your next stop is here:  Mette Kallander!

Thank you so much for joining us for this very special birthday celebration and for your continued support!

PS - I love celebrating birthdays and so, just to show how much I appreciate your lovely comments I want to give one of you a gift!!

Please leave a comment on this post and I'll draw a random name to receive a little RAK out of my stash. Happy hopping fellow bloggers.

Thanks for visiting...x

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Gone Fishin'...

Hello Friends.  Today I have another little share from Pretty Little Studio.  I am still working my way through the gorgeous Antique Store Collection but this time I have put a twist on the typically vintage style papers...

[Gone Fishing]

products used: cs - bazzill, American Crafts; pp - PLS: Antique Store; alpha - pink paislee; other - PLS: vintage boy cutout, apothecary journaling card, cookie cutter label; celebrate paper ribbon; tim holtz: distress stain, distress ink; black pen (sharpie), machine stitching.

Definitely a little bit more boyish! :)  Especially with the ink splatters! (A little bit of pretend mud on the page couldn't hurt! hee hee!)  Head on over here for more details on the products listed.

Thanks for visiting...x

Monday, October 10, 2011


For the past few weeks, I've been teaching a class over at The Boxx, and fingers crossed... it is going well!  LOL!  But I thought I would share last week's layout that the lovely ladies are recreating.


products used: cs - bazzill; pp - kaisercraft;  alphas - kaisercraft; other - authentique shapes, kaisercraft: die cuts & paper flowers, ribbon, string, machine stitching, Martha Stewart: border & butterfly punch, embroidery floss, basic grey brads.
(All products can be purchased in kit form.) 

There is still time for you to join up and if you want instructions only it gives you the option of using up your stash!

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Spring waters...

You know it is Spring when the cool water beckons for you to make a splash...

... but even though it looks really tempting....  you still find yourself sitting on the edge of the pool...

because... the water's frigid temperatures are too icy to contemplate fully emerging yourself.  Unless of course, you are coerced, pushed or simply tricked into going under...

Then you have no choice but to toughen up and not act like a little princess (which is not a good thing in a household of mostly males!).  So you get on with the job of pretending the water isn't freezing and stay in the pool for at least... a full 10 minutes!!  LOL.

 Hope you are making a BIG splash of your own somewhere today!  Have a great one...x

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Feeling Punchy?...

This was the title of the article featuring one of my layouts I'd created for Kaisercraft!  And I almost missed it's publication!  LOL!

[Love Hand Made]

It was published in this issue of Scrapstreets E-Zine.  There's a lot of other inspiring creations over there too!  Head on over and check out the latest submission calls.

Thanks for visiting..x